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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[Faces] The Fashion Forward Designer, Jimmy Lim (Part 2)

The peppermint tea was still simmering, my conversation with Jimmy continued. It was a relaxing Sunday afternoon after all. What’s important in the process of making clothes? Jenn, believe it or not, sampling is actually crucial. It’s like your prototype. … Continue reading

[Faces] The Fashion Forward Designer, Jimmy Lim (Part 1)

Jimmy Lim's Spring Summer 2013 Collection

Jimmy Lim’s Spring Summer 2013 Collection ‘Eclectica’

The many faces of Jimmy Lim, the award-winning fashion designer.

The many faces of Jimmy Lim, the award-winning fashion designer and my dear friend. Hugs and kisses *_^

Over a hot cup of peppermint tea at CoffeeStain by Joseph (here for more) at Parkamaya on a cosy Sunday afternoon, I sat down with my fashion designer friend, Jimmy Lim, after so many years. You know, at times, you have friends whom you only get a chance to meet once in a blue moon (or bumped into occasionally), yet, each time your encounter with them, it hit a deep chord in your heart and you can just picked up from where you left off, no fuss, no elaborate mundane chats, but real talks, and you are “old friends”, all over again, just that simple. I have a few of such friends and Jimmy is definitely one of them. We first met way back in 2007, when we were fresh out, just started our own production company, PATJENN FILM, and mifa8 Fashion Forward was our very first TV Program that we had the pleasure to work on, and that was where I met Jimmy. Co-incidentally, that was also his very first Malaysian come-back fashion show that he did, for he has long since resided and established a name in New Zealand with his self titled fashion label, and has already won many internationally acclaimed awards then! We hit it off straightaway and talked about anything and everything. Here are some snippets of our conversation:

How was it being back here in Malaysia now? It’s been crazy busy, one thing after another, Jenn! First the move from New Zealand, then comes the KLIF (Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2013), Fahrenheit88 Pop-up Store right after, and now my new outlet opening at Parkamaya! I have also started stocking up at Bangsar Telawi 2, can you believe it? Things happened so fast since I came back. It’s crazy busy but nice kinda crazy. (He has a huge grin on his still boyish-looking face).ImageImageWhat made you decide to come back, really? Gosh, you know I have been based in New Zealand for the longest time, I love it there, honestly. It has been great but travelling back and forth between these two places, gradually takes a toll on me. I am neither here, nor there. At times, it’s hard for people to reach me. We are, in a very people oriented kind of business, your clients, your media friends, they all need to be interacting with you, it’s your personal touch and service that matter,  so I decided it’s time for me to come back to Malaysia. As you age, Jenn, your heart seems to yearn for something more meaningful, and one of it , is being back home to your roots, closer to your culture. Funny enough though, it was that one odd incident that pushed me to actually make that shift in mind. (What was that? My eyes wide opened. I was so excited to find out what actually made Jimmy come to that life-turning point decision he recently made) It was when I was watching this Singaporean movie by Michelle Chong, called ALREADY FAMOUS. One of the scenes, the old lady character said, “If you don’t get to do what you love, what would be the meaning of life? And Longevity will be utterly meaningless”. It struck me, at that instant. How true! It triggered me to just follow my heart, to come back to Malaysia, to be in Asia. Partly, it also has to do with Dato Jimmy Choo, whom I met few years back in London. He was the first person who told me, I should bring my business and beyond, expand it in Asia! That was what I remembered. Now, I am back here, and I have never been happier. ImageImageWhat does the Jimmy Lim brand represent? There are three elements to my design. It is always functional, with added elements of tradition and sportiness. I have always believed that fashion has to be function and wearable. To me, fashion is not real until it is worn. Fashion has to make sense to people on the streets, people who are living their lives and people who are, ultimately your clients wearing your designs and clothes. That’s crucial for me. It only make sense. Having said that, I do have high admiration for designers who make couture their fashion vision. I absolutely salute that part of the passion, totally!

Our chat went onto something more personal, at times wicked, but never boring. Stay tuned to this space for part 2 of our peppermint tea conversation! For more of Jimmy’s award-winning work and background, do check out the official website here.

Stay luminous and be fabulous! You can get your fix of Jimmy’s high casual ready to wear pieces now @ Parkkayama, Fahrenheit88, 3rd Floor and SeeThrough Concept Store at Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar. Happy shopping!

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Lovely see through pieces. Divine indeed.

Lovely see through pieces. Divine indeed.

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