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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The English Rose of Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2014

Backstage at the Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring_Summer 2014 ShowIf you had seen the Burberry Prorsum Womenswear SS14 runway show, you will be mesmerized by the pastel colours and intricate designs. It is flowy, textured, feminine with a twist of little flowery details worked into the collection (with a touch of polka-dots as well).

burberry the show collageBurberry is a British brand that is well-known for pushing the boundary by incorporating technology and reaching out to its loyal clients all around the world via active participation in social media with their digital campaigns (remember that campaign with Google+,  Burberry Kisses?), In-store technology with fully immersive audio visual experience, and many others. This time around, Burberry even pre-promote their runway show using the brand new iphone 5S even before the product hits the mass market. Smart partnership indeed! I am also one of the many 938,000 (still counting)  followers of Burberry on Instagram, making Burberry one of the most followed brands on this app.

burberry ss14 look1burberry ss14 looks2burberry ss14 looks3burberry ss14 looks4burberry ss14 looks5I love this collection. Love their silhouettes of cardigan outwear, wrap coats, lofty knits paired with pencil skirts. Fabrics used include English lace, Macrame lace, lofty Scottish and soft sculptural cashmere, among others. Here are some of my favourite looks, as well as the accessories (The Petal bag, Petal-shaped sunglasses, iPhone cases). burberry ss14 looks6burberry ss14 looks7

Take a look at some of the celebs who have graced the event and backstage shots. I also love the make-up look of the runway done by Wendy Rowe using Burberry SS14 colours and Burberry pastel nail colours. Hair is simple by Neil Moodie.Burberry guestsBurberry make-up n nail

I also adore that Burberry do actively promote and work with local emerging British artistes and musicians in terms of music used (Burberry Acoustic). The artistes who were featured in the show include George Ezra, Jake Bugg and James Bay. For those die-hard fans of Burberry, you can actually custom-designed your pieces from the collection and have the opportunity to be the first to own next season’s collection, months before it arrives in store. Amazing indeed with its special personalisation tool. I think Christopher Bailey (and his team) is very ingenious. So, what are you waiting for? Check it out here.

And if you had missed the show, no worries. Check out the highlight video below, shot entirely with iPhone 5S! Happy shopping, fashionistas!

Till then, stay luminous and happy, always

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