LUMINNEJ Has A New Home

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Hi all, yes, we have decided to make a move. We love both platforms, but there is always some gives and takes in life. It’s never perfect and complete (that’s the fun part about it!). We will be blogging on a new platform. Please do support us! All things are (almost) the same, the same nice feeling, the same beautiful pictures and the most awesome luminous things that we will be sharing more with you (there). Will miss this space very much, nonetheless. It has been a great journey here. Will chart a new course over the other side *_^

So, please visit us NOW! See you all and happy blogging!

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Lumi Radiance Winner!

Thanks to all who have entered in our very first Lumi Radiance Giveaway.

lumi radiance giveaway winnerThe LUCKY consolation prize winner is Elmo Fae! Congratulations, you have won yourself a consolation prize of 60 minutes Cle De Peau BEAUTE facial spa treatment worth more than RM300! To Elmo, radiance means “the aura within yourself” (how true is that!). LUMINNEJ sincerely hope that you will enjoy your pampering and hope to hear about your experience and share with us here in this post ya ^_^

To redeem your prize, please email your full name, IC and mobile contact number to jennniferliew@me.com  Thanks again and we do hope to have more giveaways in the future. Have a great week ahead and stay luminous, everyone *_^

Inspiring Creativity, An Artistry That Is Shiseido Professional – Part 1

sa single1This is not my first hair show. I have been to and worked on one many years back. Nothing could have prepared me for something this EXCITING! From the time LUMINNEJ received the invitation (thanks Shiseido Malaysia!) to the event day, I have been waiting, anxiously, can’t wait to set foot at the fabulous Royale Chulan Hotel. The night was finally here. It was Shiseido Professional’s Beauty Innovator Award 2013 – Artistry of Inspiring Creativity! It is the largest cross-cultural hair design photo competition of its kind, bringing together the top hairstyling talents across eight countries – Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.  Impressive indeed.

sa guests collagesa singlesa finalist collage1sa finalist collage2The crowd was sizzling, the food was tantalizing, the wine was dreamy, the prized car (a very colourful one) was definitely tempting! I even had a chance to meet up with some old industry friends like fashion designer Khoon Hooi and fabulous make-up artist, Monica Lee. The work of the top 11 semi-finalists were being displayed. It was interesting to see, how some of the top nation hairstylists came up with their creations, the concepts behind them and what actually influenced and inspired them.

finalist work collage1The competition was steep, to say the least (from over hundreds of entries nationwide). The competing hairstylists had  to impress a panel of esteemed judges who are talented professionals from the industry. This night, the top 5 finalists will be selected, and will be making their way to an all-expense paid trip (thanks to Mayfair) to Japan to attend the Shiseido Professional Beauty Congress to be held in Tokyo this coming February 2014! (How I wish LUMINNEJ can be there too *_^)

finalist work collage2These top 5 winners will be judged, again, by  the panel of Grand Jury comprising of  Shiseido Beauty Top Specialists, Mr. Masa Otake, as well as renowned photographers and designers. Only ONE Grand Prix winner will be chosen and the lucky winner will be driving home an all-new Nissan Almera 1.6, sponsored by Edaran Tan Chong. So nice! Some of the other Choice Awards up for grab included Shiseido Best Makeup Award, NUYOU Choice Award, Estetica Asia Choice Award, Shiseido Professional Popularity Award and H4ufme Choice Award. So, which ones are your favourites?

IMG_5925We were invited to be seated inside the Grand Ballroom as the show was about to begin. The moment I saw the stage, I was absolutely mesmerized by it. Such simple elegance. It has that very clean, simple, old kyoto-Japanese feel, yet being juxtaposed by intriguing visuals. Two big screens on stage, at each side, displaying some of the most vividly colourful and beautiful images of everything Japan – the food, the culture, the city, the landscapes. Extremely beautiful! I was immediately transported to a whole different dream world all together already.IMG_5927IMG_5926

Something interesting is brewing! To find out more about the show, stay tuned to my next blog post! Till then, have a fantastic weekend ahead.

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Wrap Up Your Flawless by Laura Mercier

Laura collage4Thanks to a dear friend and The Gardens Club, I spent a beautiful Friday morning recently with the internationally renowned brand of cosmetics (skincare, body & bath and fragrance too), Laura Mercier’s global make-up artist, Luis Soto himself, all the way from New York in what they called Wrap Up Your Flawless makeup workshop since the festive season is approaching.

Laura collage3Laura collage1Once all participants have arrived and seated, Mr. Luis swiftly moved on with the workshop by introducing himself and the brand (which I believe need no elaborate introduction already!). For more than 15 years, the creator, Laura herself and her make up industry has won critical acclaim among models, celebrities and photographers alike. Luis explained that Laura Mercier creates looks that are both flawless and accentuate one’s natural beauty. Immediately, he requested for a volunteer from the participants for the morning, and a sweet lady in bright orange top stood up and risen to the occasion. I was excited to see how Luis Soto transform her bare face into a natural beauty.

laura artistLuis emphasized the importance of Laura Mercier’s 4 simple steps to create that flawless face (am sure we are all excited about). Of course, before any make-up application, skincare regimen is crucial to prep the skin well. Some basic skincare range was introduced and products were passed around for us to try and check out their textures. With great ease, he started to prep her face, with Laura’s famous foundation primer. That he said, would be the first step to flawless skin. Since her skin is already fairly good, Luis continued to apply Laura’s signature and award-winning tinted moisturizer, instead of foundation. Instantly, her face was transformed and evened out even more. Luis revealed another secret weapon to flawless face is their concealers (one can choose either the moisture-riched secret concealer or the two-toned iconic oil free and long wearing secret camouflage). That would be step three. The final step would be applying the ultra light-weight, sheer and silky setting powder. With that, a flawless face would have been completed.

Laura collage2Next, Luis introduced to us their latest festive holiday collection Wrap Up Your Flawless. Endless colours and combination to choose from! A day look is completed with blush, lip colours and mascara. Since it is for the holiday, Luis turned up the heat and continued to show us how to take the day look into a more fabulous and glam night look with shimmer effects mini caviar stick eye colours for that easy smokey eye! Voila, she is all ready to party (don’t you agree >_<)

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Wrap Up Your Flawless Holiday Collection 2013. All pictures via A Stairway To Heaven blog

Laura collage5All in all, it was an informative workshop. I secretly wished that they would have structured the workshop to be more hands on so that the participants can actually try the make-up on ourselves! Then, I believe it would have been more experiencial and fun *_^

To discover more about the brand, click here. If you would like to find out more about the latest happenings at The Gardens Mall Club, more here.  Till then, have a fabulous week ahead and happy Monday, everyone!

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Celebrities Spotted In Burberry

lumi loves burberryIf one is at the other parts of the world, it should be autumn now! Of course, Malaysians rarely get a chance to even put on a trench coat or thick fur clothes walking under such hot Malaysian weather (or get ourselves dripping wet in the rain these days!). But always good to see how others dressed it chic their own ways in such outfits.

Collage spotted michelle obamaSpotted here are some celebrities in Burberry womenswear, which I absolutely adore (even the first lady of US Michelle Obama is looking pretty cool).

Naomie Harris seen here looking elegant in Burberry evening wear

Naomie Harris seen here looking elegant in Burberry evening wear

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Hunger Game star Jennifer Lawrence rocking that black trench and outerwear Burberry look!

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Hollywood celebrity Jessica Chastain in Burberry trench coats

Collage spotted celebsMy personal favourites? That long black trench outerwear that Jennifer Lawrence is rocking (with that purple fedora hat) in (shop here), Naomie Harris’s gem embroidery crepe white dress (shop here), Sandra Bullock’s black jacket and Rosie Huntington’s quilted leather black peplum biker jacket (shop here).

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LUMI red carpet Burberry look, featuring Brilliant Earth’s accessories

If ever I would walk the red carpet one day,  perhaps this is the ensemble look that I would go for. Till that day happens, have a wonderfully beautiful weekend, everyone.

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NARS Has Arrived In Malaysia!

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I personally love the deco of the NARS boutique! Has that very futuristic vibe to it.

nars deco1 smallerI was actually counting down the days the moment I got my invite approved by NARS from USA (via NARS Malaysia), to the opening party by this cult cosmetics brand! Blessed indeed that LUMINNEJ is a part of this special occasion. I was real excited, to say the least. Thanks a million.

nars collage1Very quickly once the registration for the guests was opened, the invited guests were slowly arriving. It was still a breeze for me to check the new boutique out upon my arrival, but MY OH MY, in less than 10 minutes, the nicely lit and decorated brand new outlet (just next to Topshop at Pavilion KL) was soon swamped with guests all dressed in BLACK, looking so chic!! Suddenly, the place was jam-packed with NARS enthusiasts (from fashion editors, actress, celebrities, beauty queens, make-up artists, hair stylists to ardent supporters of the brand and many others). Such a happening event.

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So much to choose from! SOS, need help *_^

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The NARS boutique is officially opened with the cake cutting ceremony

NARS Malaysia made it a point to see that it was indeed going to be the talk of the town. DJ Patricia Knudsen was pumping out some real cool house music (isn’t she looking sweet?), most could not contain their excitement any further, but tried out the products by doing colour swatching, some had their make-up done by the make-up artistes there (me included!), on standby. I was just having a great time snapping pictures away and catching up with some old friends (and making new ones ^_^)

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Lovely ladies. Girls just want to have fun, when it comes to make-up. No?

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Do you noticed how I went with a red lips, and after the magic touch of the make-up artist, I had a burgundy lips and a more even complexion?

Do you notice how I went with a red lips, and after the magic touch of the make-up artist, I had a burgundy lips and a more even complexion instead?

The event was emceed by the lovely Bernie Chan, and some of the celebrity guests were Shafinaz, Thanuja, Natasha Hudson (and her cute daughters), Elaine Daily, Vanessa Chong, Debbie Goh, Carey Ng, Amber Chia, among others.  Like most girls I happened to chat with, we shared the same dilemma, not knowing what to buy or choose, simply because we were spoilt by so many choices of shades, textures, and lovely products!  It was truly a happening event! I  had a blast. If you want to know what I have bought, stay tuned. For you fans out there (we all know you want it!), more of NARS here or stay more up-to-date at their facebook page here. Better still, head down to Pavilion KL now to shop >_<

nars deco2 smallerTill my next adventurous beauty or fashion adventure, stay luminous and happy, always *_^

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[Instagram] Exciting Past Few Weeks

insta collage8The past few weeks had been great! At LUMINNEJ, we were invited to a few events –  h2O+ ambassadress and ambassador/new product launch, NARS very first boutique opening at Pavilion KL. For my production work, we got a chance to work with the hip hop rapper Joe Flizzow for a music video of the latest installment of local director Brando Lee’s film, Kisah Paling Gengster. Personally, my sister-in-law came back from UK for a visit (and I got my  early X’MAS present delivered!) and we had a good time (mainly eating >_<) with the family. Everyone came together.

giftLife is short, I have learnt it the hard way recently, after losing someone I loved very deeply and dearly. I made it a point to tell myself, to do the things that make me happy, or get me one step closer to my dreams, no matter how small that step maybe, or how insignificant it may seem. The rest, the universe will take care of itself. Surround myself with good company and enjoy the time. It is always a blessing to be able to live, just another day.

We truly appreciate all the support given to LUMINNEJ here, be it our readers, our friends (near or far), or even the clients and brands that have given us the opportunity to be featured and work together with, share the joy and love for all things beautiful, through this little space of ours. Thanks to you all! Some exciting events coming up next too, and we can’t wait for it to take place. Big hugs ^_^

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H2O+ Revealed Their Latest Ambassadress and Ambassador

reception5 smallerThanks h2O+ Malaysia for inviting LUMINNEJ to be a part of the recent brand spokespersons’ media launch! I arrived at One World Hotel with enormous anticipation, wanting to find out who are the ambassadress and ambassador for this leading global skincare brand in marine science, h2O+. Well, I was in for a surprise!

collage receptionIt kick-started with some light refreshments for the morning and quickly moved onto the lovely emcee of the day starting off the event by introducing the brand. I am aware of the brand for it has been around in Malaysia since 6 years ago, focusing on marine science based in a wide range of skincare that can be personalized to suit individual needs.

collage stageh2O+ recently combined its water concept of sea science with its revolutionary technology to introduce the latest range of Total Source. Now, they have even introduced their latest consumable product called h2O+ Collagen 8000 to help achieve a more hydrated, firmer and younger looking skin inside out as the collagen content is pretty high (8,000mg of hydrolyzed collagen extracted from high quality deep-sea fish, and it is 100% formulated and produced in Japan).

collage spokespersonsSo, the eagerly awaited moment has arrived. The spokespersons were unveiled. They are none other than the popular Hong Kong TV travel host and actress, Priscilla Wong Tsui Ying and the inspiring Malaysian singer actor, Aric Ho. Both of them greeted the audience warmly. With her nice complexion, Priscilla was chatty, with a really down to earth and friendly demeanor, telling the media how fond she is with the brand and some of her favourite products – Face OASIS and TotalSOURCE, while the energetic Aric shared his deep-sea diving experiences and expeditions while working on the Marine Conservative Programme to Save Our Water Planet (helping to build its first artificial reef in Pulau Soyak, off Pulau Tioman!) with the brand.

both1 smallerboth4 smallerBoth bonded very quickly during their previous TVC shoot for h2O+ while she was here in Malaysia. Priscilla’s natural beauty and approachable personality did shine through and is quite infectious. Both artistes kept the media entertained by answering all the questions skillfully. It was a pleasant event after all. We even walked away with a token of a goodie bag with some samples of the h2O+ products *_^

samplesh2O+ skin and body care including the latest Collagen 8000 are available in all h2O+ outlets throughout Malaysia. For more updates on these two celebrities and their marine conservative programme activities, one can follow them on facebook H2OPlusMalaysia here or visit the website here for more of their wide range of skincare products.

It Is a PERFECT Time With SENKA

senkaproduct5 copyI have been eager to share with you my Christmas gifts experience since I have received them. Yes, both Perfect Oil and Perfect Gel from SENKA. Of course, before even embarking on using the products, I read the information about this Japanese brand from their official website here. When I first read their tagline, “The skincare made with you”, I thought I read it wrongly. How to “make” skincare WITH someone? I was very curious but my curiosity was soon answered. It turns out that the SENKA project team will develop products only after listening to consumers and digging deep to identify their needs, as well as through repeated product testings, in order to produce skincare products that truly satisfy their customers. Interesting approach.

senkaproduct4First impression, very simple packaging, nothing fancy (which is actually part of their brand philosophy – no fancy packaging frills). I have always been someone who is more intrigued by the content of the product itself, and of course, its efficacy. I tried Perfect Gel. It is white in colour (like what the brand promises, no artificial colouring (which is good), and it has no specific smell too (which is even better!). A make-up remover that does do what it says, thoroughly removes make-up and skin pore impurities. After applying and massaging the product onto my face for a while, I removed it with a tissue. Surprisingly, my make up came off pretty easy (thanks to the smooth micro-oil in the gel). It feels gentle on the skin. The other way to use the product is to rinse it off, which I tried as well. I personally prefer wiping it off as it feels cleaner. But knowing myself, I love double cleansing, so, I would still wash my face off with a liquid cleanser during shower *_^

On days when I have slightly heavier make-up on, I would use Perfect Oil as I feel oil does its job “harder” in taking off my make-up. It says that this oil is a make-up remover that can also remove horny plugs. This is especially good for removing water proof mascara as well. Since I don’t really have any horny plugs (thank goodness), so I can’t really vouch for this at the moment. I love for a fact that the texture itself is not too sticky heavy kind of greasy oil feeling, but rather a right amount for it to work its magic. Because of its super-micro water in the oil, the oil blends well with water and leave no sticky residue after cleansing.

senkaproducts6Both products work on different levels for me, and I find them equally effective, and I have to admit that I am pretty impressed by their performance. I am sure any of the products (or a combination of them) from this SENKA Cleansing range will make the PERFECT Christmas gift for your BFFs (simply because we all put on make-up almost everyday! Even more so during the coming festive seasons *_^ More about the cleansing range here. SENKA products are available at all WATSON stores nation wide. So, happy shopping, gals (and guys!).

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[Faces] RMK Make-up Maestro Mr. Masaaki Abe (Japan) Believes In Natural Beauty

RMK brochure chat withRMK makeup bookletsTruly excited I was to be able to have a face-to-face chat with the make-up professional himself, Mr. Masaaki Abe (all the way from Japan!) for RMK. Of course, with the help of our friendly interpreter, Mr. Cheong and the kind arrangement by Minda from RMK Malaysia.*_^

RMK is a Japanese brand which has its roots within the New York make-up artistry, but focuses on bringing across its cosmetics and skincare products from the laboratories in Japan itself. With RMK’s philosophy of “Revealing the best and most beautiful you!”, Mr. Masaaki talked to me recently what he thinks of make-up and what beauty truly means to him. Calm, collected, very soft spoken and well-mannered, Mr. Masaaki, in all black, is actually very friendly and answers all the questions I threw at him, with great ease and passion. I could tell his deep rooted love for the art itself. Perhaps it’s the RMK products which he has been using (he has been with RMK for more than 4 years now), his face is glowing and has a skin as smooth as a baby! (Really, no joke ^_^). I quickly asked him which is his favourite skincare product from RMK, he gladly revealed to me (will let you in the secret at the end of this post, be patient). This is what we talked about (in essence of course, as we spoked a great deal that beautiful day!)

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The maestro himself, Mr. Masaaki Abe. Thanks for talking to me!

With the helpful interpreter for the day, Mr. Cheong

With the helpful interpreter for the day, Mr. Cheong

How did you get involved with beauty and make-up? Well, it was way back in my high school time. Whenever I was free, I would love to see how women put on their make-up, and eventually, I went onto making women beautiful by doing their make-up! It is the joy of seeing women shine beautifully, after applying make-up that I realized this was where I want to be – to make each and every woman feel beautiful, in their own way. It makes me happy to see them happy.

RMK BoardsWhat does the RMK brand stand for? RMK is a strong believer in natural beauty and enhancing a women’s beauty through our cosmetics, our brand has that very New York feel, current and fresh but with a Japanese approach to make-up. We are famous for our base make-up and natural finishing products, among others.

What’s the uniqueness of the latest RMK Autumn/Winter 2013 Make-up Collection? With this palates, we focus on the eye make-up. The texture is very smooth, creamy with strikingly mute earthy colours but also very wearable and easy to blend with the pearl-like ingredients in the shadows. You don’t have to be a professional to apply and still achieve the polished look. It is also about layering those colours together to create a harmonious effect for your eyes. Finish the look with a hint of pink blush and lipstick with glossy lip gloss and that’s all you need to look pretty. Of course, load up with our award-winning mascara to complete the look!

RMK masaaki in session7Due to the Korean trend, it is such a huge impact that Korean make-up has on women today, how is Japanese make-up different from the Korean make-up? Korean make-up tend to focus on creating the cat-eye look, and very glowing skin, for Japanese, you will notice that Japanese girls like to make their eyes look BIG (simply because we Japanese men love big eyes girls) with eye make-up and put on a more pinky rosy cheeks. As for the face, it is more with a natural finish. Then again, make-up is very personal, it is about your own creative expression. There is no right or wrong to it.

RMK products collageI was told by some make-up artists that BB cream may not be a good thing for everyone. Is that so? First of all, one must understand the function of a BB cream. It is a combination of skincare and make-up product in one. Of course, it is convenient to just use one product to prepare your face, and cut down your make-up time, but we believe that your skin needs a protective barrier after your skincare application, before your make-up, so that your make-up can also stay on longer. Applying a thin layer of base before your actual foundation application is an important step.

I have combination skin and make-up tend to not last long, how do I overcome such predicament? Well, you are living in a humid and tropical place, there is no such foundation or make-up that will last hours and hours without needing any sort of touch up at all. You will just need to be a little “hardworking” and do some minor touch-up here and there, as and when you need to.

What is beauty, to you, as a make-up artist? Beauty? There is no absolute beauty in life. It is the little imperfection in you that makes you beautiful. Like how RMK believes, let your natural beauty shine through, with the little help of make-up. That is beauty to me. Don’t go all out of your way to be perfectly beautiful. That is not beauty.

If you were not a make-up artist today, what would you be? Wow, that’s a good question… (he thought and thought hard for quite a while) Seriously, I have never thought about it that way. I guess I would still be a make-up artist, one way or the other. (He ended that with a grin on his charming-looking face)

That thought of Mr. Masaaki on beauty really hit a chord in me. Honestly, I was like a novice and a humble student trying to learn as much as possible from the expert. Mr. Masaaki was never weighed down by my seemingly endless questions! In fact, he answered them all with such enthusiasm and seriousness that I truly admire and appreciate (for spending his time with me). I guess the best thing I got out of talking with him, is that not taking make-up too seriously and just embrace the best part of me. It was such fun talking to him. Thanks again! Sensei! Arigato, Abe San.

Oh right, I almost forgot. This is his secret to “almost”-perfect-looking skin (now we  know!). If you would like to know more about his tips and tricks to achieving a dewy look, do check out my previous RMK workshop post here. For more on RMK, do check out their website here.

RMK Skintuner Smoother Light, Mr. Masaaki Abe's favourite product of RMK.

RMK Skintuner Smoother Light, Mr. Masaaki Abe’s favourite product of RMK.

Till my next FACES session with another personality, stay luminous and have a lovely weekend!

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A Blue Christmas Gift from SENKA

senkaproduct1This year’s Christmas came so much earlier for me. I was pleasantly surprised that I received an email saying that LUMINNEJ will be receiving an early seasonal present from SANTA! Best of all, they even played Santa and the special gift was to be delivered to my doorstep (Wow, what a treat indeed). As promised, the gift was swiftly delivered to me the next day. A blue red striped box with a big red polka-dot ribbon was right in front of me. I was really excited to see what’s inside this lovely box!

senkaproduct2Upon opening, the two products were quickly revealed. It’s a Christmas gift from SENKA, a sister brand of Shiseido!  Marvelous indeed. Love the wrapping, love the look of the two products. What I got were one Perfect Gel and one Perfect Oil, both are actually make-up remover (after I briefly went through the write-up). I am looking forward to trying out these products and see how they perform. Do stay tuned for more soon. Meanwhile, you can check out more of Senka’s product here.

senkaproduct3Thanks again, SENKA for the lovely gift. I couldn’t have asked for more. Christmas has just become extra special this year! Hope you all are gearing up for the special occasion too. Stay luminous and have a joyous occasion with family and friends.

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The Beautiful World of Aerin

aerin1Can style be cultivated? Or it comes from a family with acute sense of beauty that is equivalent to effortless luxury which is transferred down (wired in the genes), I wonder? But I guess it takes a keen eye to “see” what is there, and at times, not there, but understand the aesthetics of what beauty is all about. But then again, everyone has different interpretation and understanding of what beauty is. But I truly believe everyone is somehow attracted to all things BEAUTIFUL in life, and all its aspects – design, arts, music, fashion, film, and other forms of creative work. Beauty is definitely in the eyes of the beholder (and is pretty subjective).

Aerin2Aerin3The moment I ventured into Aerin’s website, I am absolutely captivated by the way it is designed, its layout, the fonts used, its soft pastel colour(s) scheme and its beautiful images. I am a very VISUAL person, I am totally in love with it. Kudos to the team behind it! Of course, am sure it is the visionary direction of Aerin herself. It is after all, a global lifestyle brand inspired by the signature style of Aerin Lauder (from the family of Estee Lauder). I love her premise of living life beautifully should be effortless, classic with a modern point of view! (all pictures via World of Aerin here).

Aerin4I really believe that beauty is in its simplicity, amidst a world of sophistication. Find your kind of beauty that makes you happy and hold on to it, for it is as precious as air itself, that you are breathing, and that is what keeps us alive, every day, seeing the beauty in things (and people) *_^ Happy happy Wednesday (my favourite day of the week!)

Be luminously beautiful. Be YOU!

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