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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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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[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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The Lumi Radiance Giveaway! (Ends 30th November)

cdp giveaway1 w text mediumI absolutely LOVE Cle De Peau BEAUTE’s products, especially their lipsticks. I even had a chance to experience myself their blissful facial pampering which I blogged about previously here. Now, here’s YOUR CHANCE to win some of these fabulously luxurious products and relaxing pamperings! (all thanks to the beautiful people at Cle De Peau BEAUTE Malaysia! ** drumroll please**).

I am so excited to share with you LUMINNEJ very first giveaway! Jointly brought to you by my blog and Cle De Peau BEAUTE Malaysia, we are thrilled to welcome you to the beautiful world of Japanese skincare and make-up (plus pampering). So what are the prizes for the giveaway?

1. 3 x main prizes of Cle De Peau BEAUTE skincare + makeup products + 60 minutes facial spa (all worth RM1,000 each)

2. 3 x consolation prizes of 60 minutes facial spa (worth RM300+ each)

Isn’t that amazing?! So, what are you waiting for? Here’s how to win…

cdp facial room4Giveaway entry guidelines:

1. You must be a follower of LUMINNEJ blog (see sidebar* that follow button, hit it), “Like” LUMINNEJ on Facebook, and “Follow” LUMINNEJ on Instagram.

2. Answer the 2 questions by leaving your answers on LUMINNEJ Facebook giveaway post here. Question 1. What Does Cle De Peau BEAUTE mean? *hint: check out Cle De Peau BEAUTE official website here*   Question 2. What is radiance to you? (In not more than 10 words! *hint: be creative*)

3. Post a picture of a rose (taken yourself or otherwise) on your Instagram and hash tag #cledepeaubeaute and @luminnej (so that I know you have posted the rose picture *_^)

4. Lastly, go to LUMINNEJ Facebook page and  share The Lumi Radiance Giveaway post on your timeline and also SHARE it with the lucky 8 of your friends (whom you think would LOVE to be pampered like you do!) and urge them to join this fantastic giveaway too.

So, that’s about it and you are on your way to possibly winning one of those attractive prizes mentioned above. Please take careful note of the Terms and Conditions of the giveaway:

1. Open to Malaysian residents or readers only (for now)

2. DEADLINE of the giveaway is on the 30th October, 2013

3. All guidelines need to be fulfilled in order to be eligible for winning

4. All prizes collection and facial redemption are to be done at the Cle De Peau BEAUTE Parkson Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur outlet by the winners.

5. Most creative answers will stand a better chance of winning. So,  be as creative as possible and LUMINNEJ decision is final.

6. Winners will be announced approximately one week after the deadline. Winners will be announced on my blog as well as LUMINNEJ Facebook page.

A BIG thanks again to Cle De Peau BEAUTE Malaysia for the lovely prizes and we wish you ALL THE BEST and have a happy week ahead *_^ Meanwhile, check out how you can have the radiance (and elegance) like Amanda Seyfried here.

Note: If you have a fabulous product and are interested in a giveaway collaboration, please feel free to email me at jenniferliew@me.com

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A Rosy and Relaxing Pampering, Cle De Peau BEAUTE Style

cdp products1 smallerIt was a ROSY occasion, I arrived at Svago, the Italian restaurant at KLCC last Friday morning feeling all exquisitely glam and feminine, simply because the space is dressed up with lovely red roses, it stirred up such array of different emotions – calm, intoxicating yet warmly inviting. I was invited to a private social outing, exclusively for Cle De Peau BEAUTE clients and loyal fans!cdp collage3 smaller

cdp collage1 smallerFirst off, each guest was being pampered with a soothing hand massage, then you can also get your make-up done or touched up by the friendly make-up artistes, using Cle De Peau BEAUTE latest Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection (La Beaute des Roses), created by Lucia Pieroni.  Co-incidentally, I bumped into my long-time fashion stylist and consultant friend, Peter Lum! How great it was to finally had a chance to catch up with him. He is one of the raving fans of the brand too. For more about the brand, click here.cdp collage2 smallerA beautiful make-up collection inspired by the alluring beauty of roses, one can’t help but to fall in love with its rich textures and vivid colours. Guests can also purchase the skincare and make-up on a special price package on that day. I was simply enjoying the company (and the food), while breathing in all the divinely elegant sights of the rose-theme decor and collection, all thanks to my friends at Cle De Peau BEAUTE. Each of us walked away happy (for all the right reasons) with a gift of a rose in a white vase and a Cle De Peau BEAUTE Enriched Lip Luminizer (lip rouge). Am loving it a lot, using the lip rouge so far. The colour is indeed vivid, but glides on smoothly and feels really gentle to my lips and not drying.

It was a splendid day after all. I truly enjoyed myself. Till we meet again, have a magical weekend ahead *_^cdp products2cdp products9

Too Cool For School: The New Korean Fix (Part 1)

tcfs12 Displaytcfs19 Lip Studytcfs3 BB Foundation Lunch Boxtcfs14 Dinoplatz Cream EyeshodowTwo words to describe my first impression of the brand – Cool and Creative! When I breezed through Robinsons at the Gardens the other day, what caught my eyes and made me turn back to check out these lovely make-up items at a wood-based monotone-themed counter was in fact its uniqueness. The packaging is very creative and intriguing. After a few chats, the friendly promoter referred me to their brand manager and the next thing I knew, I was invited to visit their boutique at Telawi 3, Bangsar to check out more.

tcfs4 Art Class Blushertcfs7 Egg Mousse SoapTOO COOL FOR SCHOOL, how cool can you get for a cosmetics brand? I was amazed by the variety of make-up items found there. The boutique is spacious, well designed to keep you interested (and perhaps shop more *wink wink*). It is a little like a treasure trove, the more you look at the cosmetics, the more you will fall in love with the art designs of their packaging. This new Korean brand (now available in Malaysia) differentiates themselves from the rest of the Korean brands in the market by not having a particular Korean celebrity attached to it. Check out some of the items found at the boutique.

tcfs store2tcfs collage3tcfs collage2tcfs5 Emma Mini Liptcfs18 Dinoplatz Popup artIn line with the “Doll” theme, one will notice some naked and cute dolls being displayed on the shelves. They really tickle your senses. I find the character driven line cute and very girly. Illustrated by German illustrator Anke Weckman, characters like Sienna (the starry eyed lovely girl), Emma (the Bohemian artist) Joey (the chic fashionista) and Max (the secret cat of Sienna) seem to come alive and call for your attention. My favourite will have to be the Dinoplatz range in terms of the packaging design. I love the white and black, and most of all, the dinosaurs seemingly rampaging across the city full of skyscrapers! Oozing with awesome coolness, don’t you think?

tcfs10 Dinoplatz Pop-up Mascaratcfs11 Dual Eye Shadowtcfs8 Pumpkin Sleeping Packtcfs6 Black Long EyelashesThere’s so much to see (and try out at the make-up counter), if you see what you like, just shop till your heart’s content. They have cute packaging make-up to skincare items like masks and egg mousse soap cleanser, to address different needs. They even have eyelashes and make-up brushes. I  guess the Korean wind is so strong that one can’t seem to resist these days. To see for yourself, check out their boutique at No.11 (Ground Floor), Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru or you can check out their FB page here. You can even shop at the Robinsons, Too Cool For School.

Stay tuned as I will reveal which ones are my favourite Too Cool For School products in my second parter of this post. Till then, stay luminous and COOL *_^

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Hello Pink September

Yay! First day of September (Already?!) Time slips by without a trace. Lots have happened and perhaps, will continue to unfold this coming new months ahead. Let’s hope it is a good month for everyone out there. Suddenly, I woke … Continue reading