Friday, June 29, 2012

Male Waxing, Is It Now The Norm?

Hi My Beauty Buddies, 

Do you think that male waxing has become the norm today? I am not too sure but according to recent surveys,  more and more modern men have found a number of benefits to waxing. Male waxing allows men to remove unsightly and embarrassing body hair without the disadvantages that are associated with other hair removal techniques, such as shaving.

There are a number of reasons why waxing has become the norm for men. One reason is because spouses frequently prefer men without hair. However, instead of shaving, which can lead to prickly body hair and unsightly bumps, men have begun to utilize waxing services because it provides longer results, rarely results in bumps, and the hair grows back thinner, rather than darker and sharper. 

Vanity is another reason that men are seeking waxing services. Whether going to the gym or taking a jog around the neighbourhood, no man wants to bear their chest when it is covered with hair. A hairless chest also makes it easier to show off a great physique instead of hiding it behind a mass of hair.

Some men find waxing convenient because it can help them to sweat less. Having a chest or back covered in hair can actually make a person sweat more, which can be both unattractive and inconvenient. By removing unwanted hair, the body is less likely to overheat when working out or going about everyday activities. The male body already produces more sweat than the average woman, so excessive hair can only exacerbate the issue. Hair also holds onto smells, which can be unhygienic.

Waxing is also convenient for swimmers who are looking to increase their speed and improve their performance. However, waxing is also convenient for those who simply want to enjoy a leisurely swim at the local pool or at the beach. Not only does a hairless body feel better in the water, but it looks better as well!

The stereotypes revolving around waxing are quickly breaking down. It is no longer exclusively for us women but is quickly becoming the norm for men as well. Whether doing it for themselves or doing it for the benefit of their significant other, men are quickly realizing the benefits to hair waxing. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Guerlain Bloggers Get Together with Maxime Poulin

Hi my Beauty Buddies

How have you been keeping lately? I hope you are well. It's mid June now and I hope you have made some interesting beauty find.

As for me, I have something interesting to share.

Guerlain has organized a get together for bloggers to learn more about their latest summer collection - Terra Azzurra by Emilio Pucci. As you know, I love everything French especially French Manicure that I have not been sporting for a while. 

The event was held at Alexis, the Gardens. We were priviledged to have Maxime Poulin to demonstrate how to create the summer look using the Terra Azzurra collection. Maxime is a Frenchman and it was great to be able to hear him pronounced "Guerlain" and "Orchidee Imperiale" the skincare range made from 3 types of special Orchid flowers.

Karen introducing Maxime, the international makeup artist for Guerlain

Maxime explaining Guerlain's skincare to us

We tried the the Orchidee Imperiale Cream on our hands and it really has a very smooth texture. The Orchidee Imperiale Cream is an anti ageing cream for day and night use.

The Makeup Maestro in action

Guerlain's Terra Azzurra collection

Terracotta Gloss - RM95 each, Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow - RM193, Khol Kajal - RM121

Swatches of the Terracotta Gloss
The Bronzing Powder - RM294

 The Bronzing powder is the star of the collection. It can be used as a bronzer or a blusher. The casing is exceptionally beautiful and it is nice to hold.

Jess trying out the Meteorites Perles D'Azur

I really like the casing

Meteorites Perles D'Azur - RM189
Of all the items,  Meteorites Perles D'Azur is the one that caught my eye because it is so pretty - the packaging and the pearls. It can be used as a bronzing powder or a loose powder (if your skin is not the oily type).

The pearls have 3 effects:
1. blue & pink - correcting the yellow tones in tired complexions
2. beige & orange - warm up the complexion and create an even tan
3. ivory & white gold - are light reflectors that can illuminate the skin without a whitening effect

Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow - RM193
I personally think that the Terracotta eye shadow has very wearable colors. They are good for beginners and the color is suitable for everyday use. You can create a subtle look or play with the black to create more dimension or depth.

For us Malaysians with summer whole year round, this collection works best for us. If you have the budget, why not get one or two items that you like.

A picture with Maxime
Thanks to Guerlain for organizing this event!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tribute to my colleague and friend

Dear Friends

Today, I want to share with you that I lost a colleague and a friend. She went home to be with the Lord yesterday night after fighting for about 2 years. She has been very strong and I am proud of her. I shall miss her. She has been so kind to me. I admire her patience and gentleness.

The cross stitch was sewn by her. She showed it to us when we visited her in May 2011. Time flies.

Dear Sister,

I just want you to know that I miss your company discussing about simple thing like health food. I will remember you when I eat avocado. You were the one that taught me how to eat avocado. I will remember your laughter and the jokes you told. I could still hear your voice in my memory.

I am comforted as you are in a better place now.

Good bye sister. I am glad to know you.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

I want to go Travelling

Hi People

It is mid year now and what have your been doing lately? I have been thinking and dreaming quite a lot. I wish I can travel more often. This year I have only been to Krabi and I do not have any holidays line up yet. I hope to be able to plan ahead for another trip this year. It may be a nearby country but I do hope that I can go to Greece in the near future. My friend told me that Santorini is a beautiful city. Has anyone been there before? I also want to visit the Acropolis and many other places.

Do you have any holiday plans for the 2nd half of this year? Do share with me.

Happy working tomorrow.


Saturday, June 2, 2012

How to Learn About Beauty

Hi My Beauty Buddies, 

It's June already! Have you accomplished any of your new year resolutions yet? If not, let's start doing something about it. 
Perhaps you’re a creative individual who enjoys handling makeup and love to do styling. You may want to give some serious thought to learning more about beauty. By becoming a cosmetologist, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge and skills in an area that interests you the most. This could involve business, fashion, hair styling, makeup, personal fitness, skincare or any other area that focuses on beauty. Below are some options you may wish to explore in your quest to learn more about beauty.

1.   Cosmetology School

To become a professional beauty consultant requires some formal training. There are plenty of good cosmetology schools that offer various programs for individuals seeking to build a career in beauty. Fortunately, a lot of funding is available for students enrolled in beauty programs. Various organizations offer cosmetology scholarships to students to help them meet their educational expenses. Scholarships usually have eligibility criteria which applicants must fulfill in order to apply for an award. Besides scholarships, many schools also offer different forms of financial aid. By visiting your school financial aid office, you should be able to find out what options you qualify for. The American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) offers scholarships and grants to students enrolled in schools that are members of the association. Securing funding helps to ease the financial strain typically associated with postsecondary education.

Why Pursue a Beauty Education? 
Investing in a beauty education is one of the best decisions you can make if you’re serious about a career in beauty. Attending cosmetology school gives you the opportunity to build the knowledge and competencies required for various careers in beauty. You may want to consider becoming a beauty, fashion or image consultant. Perhaps you have an interest in entrepreneurship. Career opportunities for the business-minded with a focus on beauty include beauty salon proprietor, beauty supply store owner or beauty spa proprietor. Other professional careers that are possible with a degree from a cosmetology school include:
  • Beauty magazine columnist
  • Beauty product designer
  • Cosmetologist
  • Esthetician
  • Fashion show stylist
  • Hairstylist
  • Makeup artist
  • Manufacturer sales representative
  • Nail care artist
  • Nail technician
  • Research chemist
  • School instructor

2.   Magazines

One of the best ways to learn about beauty is by reading magazines. The market is awash with various magazines for beauty enthusiasts. Themes include fashion, hair, makeup and skincare. You’re sure to find magazines that focus on your interest. The great thing about magazines is that they serve as a great reference, even after you’re done with them. Reading beauty magazines is also fun and entertaining. This makes magazines one of the greatest resources for those who wish to learn more about beauty.

3.   Online Resources

The internet has rapidly established itself as one of the world’s greatest learning resources. It is now possible to get a college education or attain professional credentials through online learning. You can also turn to the internet for diverse information on beauty matters. Numerous sites offer various resources, including lessons, to help individuals with a keen interest in beauty learn more about the field. Internet resources tend to be regularly updated, which makes them an excellent source for both current and past information on beauty themes.


4.   Videos

Another great way to learn about beauty is by watching videos. Various beauty themes are covered in videos, which lets you educate yourself on aspects of beauty that interest you the most. The great thing about videos is that they usually contain demonstrations, which helps to make learning more effective. Watching videos allows you to build your knowledge base and develop your skills on specific beauty themes.


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