Afternoon Retreat – Caudalie Spa

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It is hard to imagine that less than an hour outside of Paris, you could find such peace and quiet.

Situated between this magical French capital and Versailles, is the Caudalie Spa that I should’ve written about many weeks ago but as a professional procrastinator…I have put it off until now.

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What is there more to say though? This gorgeous little retreat is tucked away neatly inside a 4 star hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant next to a pond where many take their afternoon walks.

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The service is friendly and professional, as you would expect from Caudalie and you get a bag of goodies along with your bathrobe and slippers. It contains:

  • a 15ml Moisturizing Sorbet
  • 5ml Clear Skin Purifying Toner
  • 2ml Skin Perfecting Mattifying Fluid
  • 1ml Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream
  • 7ml Nourishing Body Lotion

Strangely, I have a feeling that these are the products that sell the least and as a “two birds one stone” strategy, they’ve given testers out to clients who visit the spa. None of the products that I really want to purchase (and that sell well) have made it into this goodie bag. Right now, I have my keen eye on the VinActiv line, mainly the serum and detox oil.

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Regardless, we spent a good amount of time in the jacuzzi and hammam, alternating between the two and taking a wine break in their gardens which were bathed in warm, golden sunlight – the kind you get only in Autumn…

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For more information, visit their website!

 

 

 

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Parisian Fashion & Beauty Trends

One of my favourite pastimes is people-watching and as a professional people-watcher, you notice things. Paris has made this sport even more convenient and easily accessible with its thousands of outdoor terraces. In fact, they are so dedicated to the idea of sitting outside that the cold can’t even stop them! The solution? Heaters, heaters, and more heaters. So I hereby present you with five Parisian fashion and beauty trends! (Please do not hesitate to correct me if I’m wrong.)

  1. Green Stan Smiths
    I don’t understand this trend but everyone else seems to. Let’s move on.
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  2. Red lipstick
    The red lip has become an emblem of Paris. I remember wearing red lipstick in London…stuck out like a sore thumb and made me feel VERY self-conscious it did but in Paris, you just blend in.
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  3. Less makeup is more makeup
    As mentioned above, the red lip may be symbolic for Parisian women but did I mention that its an EITHER OR situation? Either a smoky eye and a nude lip or a bold lip and bare eyes. You can’t have both because it’s all about looking NATURAL and EFFORTLESS.
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    (Christen Dominique Youtube)
  4. I-just-woke-up hair
    Again. It’s all about looking effortless. Great example is Caroline de Maigret.
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  5. Tights and trainers
    A common look I see is the green Stan Smiths, black tights with shorts, skirts or dresses. Not sure if this is exclusive to Paris but it’s present.
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  6. Multi-coloured trousers
    Something I’ve always admired about French men is their ability to pull off trousers of any colour.
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  7. The basic colour palette: white, black, grey, navy blue, beige
    But…the rule of thumb is to just stick with the basic colour palette! Simple, chic and stylish. I don’t see a lot of patterns and motifs so best to stay with plain colours as well!

 

 

 

Love Diamond Heated Eyelash Curler

If you have hard-to-curl, stick straight lashes, you’ve come to the right place. For most of us Asian ladies whose lashes are naturally softer, shorter and grow towards the earth, naturally curly lashes are the ultimate dream. So to make up for it, we stick fake pieces of hair to our eyelids which is why falsies and lash extensions are so popular in Asia, if you’ve ever wondered.

Luckily, I’ve been blessed with long lashes but I don’t have much of them so using an eyelash curler is painful for me because once in a while, you’ll find a lash hanging onto the torture device for dear life. Perhaps it’s just me but I seem to lose lashes more often than not when I use a traditional eyelash curler so at one point, I decided that that was no longer an option.

In my quest for curly lashes, I discovered lash lifts. These look amazing for the first few weeks until the fourth or fifth. New lashes then grow out stick straight again so you have an array of curly/non-curly lashes. It just looks messy, even more so with mascara on. Another downside of the lash lift is that it costs NTD500 (approximately USD16) each time. Yes, it might be cheaper than what salons in other cities are asking for but it is still expensive when you add it up and it’s time consuming to visit your salon on a regular basis.

So I decided to DIY. My plan was to go and buy myself a lash lift set but Amazon didn’t ship that particular product to Taiwan. I then went out to Taipei Main Station where the back alleys are fringed with beauty shops. You can get EVERYTHING at these shops: gel nail polish, blackhead extractors, conditioners, makeup cases and whatnot. Everything except lash lift kits. I was later told that the Taiwanese government had banned the practice of lash lifts as the chemicals were proven to be cancerous. Many of these perming chemicals were made in China, so no surprise there.

“Maybe you could try using a heated eyelash curler?” the clerk said.

In my early modeling days, stylists would often carry one so I knew what she was talking about. After a bit of Googling and some very persuasive before and after pictures, I decided that it was worth a shot. So this is how I bought my very first heated eyelash curler!

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The product was designed by a famous Taiwanese make up artist and is called Love Diamond. It had received so much praise online that I knew I couldn’t go wrong if I purchased this one. I ordered mine on Yahoo (at this link), which is a very popular platform for online shopping in Taiwan. It was NTD950 (USD31) plus an extra NTD60 (USD2) to get it shipped to the nearest 7-11 convenient store near me. Two days later, it arrived and voila!

PACKAGING: Girly metallic pink with a silver lid and comes with its own pouch. An instruction manual/guarantee booklet is provided in Japanese and Traditional Chinese.

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PROS:

  • Heats up quickly
  • Can be plugged in unlike other heated eyelash curlers that are battery fueled. However, it does come with a battery version cover.
  • Does not burn the skin

CONS: None. Absolutely none that I can think of except the name perhaps…Love Diamond has nothing to do with what the product does but then again, not all Taiwanese are fluent English speakers and the name doesn’t affect the performance at all.

HOW TO USE:

  1. Plug in the device.
  2. Slide the silver button upwards.
  3. The reverse side of the curler is usually RED and will then turn YELLOW when it is heated and ready to use!
  4. Set curler against lashes for 10-15 seconds and move in a slow, upwards direction
  5. Apply mascara.

BEFORE

As you can see from this picture, there are NO apparent lashes. The only makeup I have is on my brows. My natural lashes are stick straight and point down at a 45 degree angle. You wouldn’t be able to see my lashes even if I had applied mascara.

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AFTER

No explanation needed. The photos speak for themselves! Of course, mascara was applied for the full effect.