female http://femalemag.com.my Malaysia's Leading Fashion & Beauty Magazine Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:49:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Office Skincare Woes and Hacks http://femalemag.com.my/beauty/office-skincare-hacks/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:45:36 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=26556 Working life brings with it a very specific set of skincare problems, especially if your job requires you to spend eight hours...

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Working life brings with it a very specific set of skincare problems, especially if your job requires you to spend eight hours in an office. The dry air-conditioned air can desiccate your skin, the glaring computer screen strains your eyes, and it’s always so darn hot during lunch hour!

These problems are easily remedied with skincare, but no matter how laid back your office may be, you can’t exactly dive into your full skincare routine at your desk. Sigh. #FirstWorldOfficeProblems.

But don’t worry! These are our smart solutions to your office skincare woes.

 

PROBLEM: The air-conditioning dries out your skin

This is the Worst. You know it goes: you start the day with your meticulous skincare routine, loading up on your toner, essence, serum, ampoule, moisturiser, and sunscreen. Great! Your skin is hydrated and happy, and you feel wonderful.

But at 3 pm, you start noticing the signs. Your face feels tight. You sneak a peek in the mirror and your skin is dull, sallow, drained of colour and life. When you touch it, it feels like paper. It’s the air! Air-conditioning can cause the humidity in the air to drop. That lack of moisture in the air dries out your skin.

SOLUTION: Moisturise. If you don’t want to be caught smearing moisturiser onto your face at your desk, use a facial spray or stick moisturiser. Hands-free and convenient!

 

PROBLEM: You went out for lunch and now you’ve sweated off all your sunscreen

Sunscreen is key to a good skincare routine. But a lot of sunscreen isn’t sweat-proof, and dermatologists advocate reapplication every 2 hours! If you’re walking out in the full blast of the afternoon sun, you’re almost certainly going to sweat off your sunscreen.

But how do you reapply it when you’re stuck at your desk? Patting on sunscreen with our grubby post-lunch hands doesn’t sound very appealing. It might be hard to control the greasiness and white-cast that comes with most sunscreens as well.

SOLUTION: Korean sunscreen sticks, which claim to top up your sun protection, control oil and moisturise without messing up your makeup! Win.

 

PROBLEM: Your eyes are shriveling up from staring at a computer all day

The human eye was never meant to squint at the glare of a computer screen for eight hours a day. The amount of time we spend looking at screens is actually really bad for eyes. You’ll recognise the familiar symptoms of eye fatigue: blurred vision, dry eyes, even headaches. Your eye bags and dark circles will also magically look worse. Thanks, office life.

Sadly, computers are an unavoidable necessity of modern office work now, so what are you gonna do?

SOLUTION: Eyedrops, eyedrops, eyedrops.  Eyedrops are instant relief in a bottle, because they relubricate dry eyes and replace the moisture your computer screen seems to have sucked out of them. Just be careful not to mess up your eye makeup! Besides that, a stick of eye cream is a convenient way to soothe tired eyes!

 

 

PROBLEM: Your face is turning into an oilslick

Remember our air-conditioning problem? When your skin dries out, it can start to produce oil to overcompensate for the dryness. The tell-tale heavy itch that starts in your T-zone is a sign that your skin is getting a little bit greasy.

SOLUTION: You could use a powder pact, but we love oil blotting paper. Especially the Japanese ones. These absorbent sheets are as discreet as a pack of tissue, and no one will look twice if they catch you dabbing delicately at your face with it. It’s also less mess; no powder puffs or brushes required!

 

PROBLEM: You smell like the coffee shop you went to for lunch

Oh, lunch was great, but you probably don’t want to smell like it! The poor ventilation and food smells in eateries can cling to your skin and hair, leaving you feeling gross. Easy, a spritz of perfume should fix that! Except that you work in a cubicle and your neighbours may not appreciate the sudden cloud of fragrance.

SOLUTION: Keep a rollerball or solid perfume at your desk to touch up your scent without announcing it to the whole office.

So there you have it! Tell us your office skincare woes or hacks! Until then:

aggretsuko

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REVIEW: FEMALE tests the new CHANEL Blue Serum http://femalemag.com.my/beauty/review-female-tests-new-chanel-blue-serum/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:32:07 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=26534 The Chanel Blue Serum is a simple product with a simple promise. Watch this: So, what the Chanel Blue Serum promises is...

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The Chanel Blue Serum is a simple product with a simple promise. Watch this:

So, what the Chanel Blue Serum promises is skin longevity. It’s not about anti-ageing anymore, folks. The scientists at Chanel look at three things before defining if your skin is “great”! And these are: how many and how deep your wrinkles are, the firmness of your skin and the evenness of your skin tone. So, if we go by what they say, people with fewer wrinkles, firmer skin and an even complexion have good skin. Skin with longevity. Skin that’s healthy.

The review:

But does it deliver? I decided to put it to the test. I tried it twice a day, every day for two to three weeks. My skin had been looking dull and tired before that, and I wanted something simple to use that would improve it. I’m used two small drops all over my face and neck.

I used two small drops all over my face and neck. I used just the Blue Serum, with a sunblock during the day, and just the Blue Serum with a moisturiser at night (but you can use it without a moisturiser if you have oily skin, especially in humid Malaysia).

The result? My skin became clearer (my pigmentation seemed to reduce and my skin was more even-toned) and ‘fresher’ looking (like I’d been getting more than eight hours of sleep every night.

The best result was this: I’d been wanting to review an article we did about going makeup free for a certain amount of time. So I did, after my three week Blue Serum test ended. I went completely foundation-free, blusher-free, powder-free, no complexion makeup products at all. I only used skincare (cleanser, toner, sunblock and moisturiser), a light stroke of mascara and some lip balm.

My skin without any makeup looked just as good as my skin with makeup. I think even better because I had a bit a of a glow! It’s so liberating that I think I’m going to keep going makeup-free for a while longer! I just need to buy another bottle of Chanel Blue Serum

 

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6 Things You Shouldn’t Write in Your Online Dating Profile http://femalemag.com.my/relationships-sex/femaledatingdiaries-6-things-shouldnt-write-online-dating-profile/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:40:58 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=26533 For example, “Just a normal girl who likes coffee.”

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For example, “Just a normal girl who likes coffee.”

Photography: Pinterest

Single and ready to mingle? If you’re actively seeking a potential soul mate on _____ (insert dating app of choice) but haven’t scored a single face-to-face date, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate that dating profile, darling. For some guys, these descriptions are the ultimate deal breaker, so choose your words (and emojis) wisely, lest you want the wrong guys to swipe right.

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Here’s How to Get Kylie Jenner’s New Highlighters http://femalemag.com.my/beauty/makeup/heres-how-to-get-kylie-jenners-new-highlighters/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:25:56 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=26510 Kylie Jenner has done it again. Ever since her Lip Kits single-handedly started the MLBB matte lip revolution and made us lose our collective...

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Kylie Jenner has done it again. Ever since her Lip Kits single-handedly started the MLBB matte lip revolution and made us lose our collective minds, Kylie’s been steadily expanding her cosmetics line. From Kyliner to Kyshadow, the social media queen hasn’t let up! And now she’s introduced a new range that we are psyched for: HIGHLIGHTERS.

Behold… Kylighter.

Kylie revealed the intense metallic highlighters on her Instagram and Snapchat, showing off their shades, packaging and swatches.

The shades range from the usual yellow golds and pearl creams to more unorthodox pink and brown-bronze. We’re especially excited for the rose gold Cotton Candy Cream shade! Here’s what they look like on skin:

Wowzer 😳😍 #kylighters

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Look. At. Them. We’re already in love with the fact that there’s a shade for everyone – the deep golds and bronzes will look stunning on darker skin, and lighter-skinned girls will like the pale champagne and pearl shades. We know it can be a challenge to find highlighters for darker skin, but Kylie has us covered.

What’ll be next? Blush? Brows? Whatever it is, we’re sure it’ll be gold. Or well, in this case of the Kylighters, gold and rose gold and beautiful shimmery champagne.

Get your Kylighter when it launches on kyliecosmetics.com (price unannounced) on March 1, 7 am Malaysian time.

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Smart Ways to Track Your Fertility http://femalemag.com.my/relationships-sex/smart-ways-to-track-your-fertility/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:28:12 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=26482 Why should you track your fertility? It’s not all about avoiding or achieving pregnancy. Your fertility dictates your menstrual cycle,...

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Why should you track your fertility? It’s not all about avoiding or achieving pregnancy. Your fertility dictates your menstrual cycle, and that’s important.

Ask any one of your girlfriends about her cycle, and she’ll probably be able to tell you when her period is due. Most girls are happy just knowing that, but your menstrual cycle is more than just PMS and your period. Ovulation and the time between each stage matter too. Basically, your entire menstrual cycle can influence your life in ways you never could have imagined, as this video illustrates:

So yes, knowing your own cycle is important. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recently declared that the menstrual cycle should be treated as a health indicator just like blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate. The menstrual cycle is really that vital to a woman’s health.

Besides that, getting in touch with your body and keeping up with your fertility can be empowering! Knowing what’s happening to your body at any given time can help you feel in control and comfortable.

Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to keep track of your fertility and cycle with the rise of smartphones, apps, and wearable technology. Here are some of your options!

The smart app: Clue (iOS, Android)

Photo: helloclue.com

Created by a team of Danish entrepreneurs and scientists, Clue has been called the best menstrual cycle tracking app by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Why? It’s a powerful, simple-to-use period tracking and fertility predicting app that is backed by strong scientific research.

To use Clue, you enter your average period and cycle length into the app. If you’re not sure what they are, don’t worry – the app will start with averages that will get more accurate as you continue to use it. By comparing you to a global data set, Clue will then predict your ovulation, PMS, and period and alert you via notifications on your phone. Of course, Clue’s predictions depend on your data input, so you need to be diligent in logging your symptoms and periods to get the most accurate predictions.

Your cycle in Clue

If you’re a data buff, you’ll love Clue. It lets you choose from a wealth of factors such as mood, digestion, skin condition and more to track throughout your cycle. That means you can track what’s relevant to you and see how it relates to your cycle. You can even choose to share your predicted fertile window, PMS, and periods with your loved ones! Share data with your girlfriends (time to put that synced cycles theory to the test!), or keep your significant other in the know.

You’ll also get an email summary of your last 6 cycles, revealing unique patterns or deviations in your cycle. Another cool thing: if you consent to it, your data will help drive global research to better understand women’s health.

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Clue is free for both iOS and Android.

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10 Lesser Known Beautiful Places to Visit in Malaysia http://femalemag.com.my/travel/10-lesser-known-beautiful-places-to-visit-in-malaysia/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:17:18 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=26478 Head to these places before the crowd swarms in!

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Tired of visiting the same old destinations in Malaysia? Don’t go overseas yet. We’ve uncovered some lesser-known beautiful places to visit in Malaysia – right here on our very shores! Whether it’s a day trip to witness the salt flat mirror phenomenon at Sasaran, Kuala Selangor or spending your vacay surrounded by nothing but sea in an oil rig turned resort, your days will be filled with relaxation, excitement and adventure!

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Tommy Hilfiger X Gigi Hadid Spring 2017 http://femalemag.com.my/fashion/tommy-hilfiger-x-gigi-hadid-spring-2017/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:13:24 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=26403 First look at the most anticipated Spring 2017 fashion show.

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First look at the most anticipated Spring 2017 fashion show.

Gigi Hadid shows no signs of slowing down in 2017, so expect more from our favourite ‘It’ girl this year as she joins forces with Tommy Hilfiger for the highly-anticipated Tommy X Gigi Spring collection which is finally here and trust us, you do not want to miss it!

ESC: Gigi x Tommy, LA

Photography: eonline.com

The fashion show that was set in Venice Beach, California, saw a line-up of A-list celebrities and influencers on the front row including Lady Gaga, Kaia Gerber and Kris Jenner. It doesn’t stop there; the list of models who strutted on the runway also included equally big names like Taylor Hill, Hailey Baldwin, Sara Sampaio and none other than Gigi’s baby sister, Bella! Plus, the entire Hadid crew including Yolanda, Anwar and Momahed Hadid, as well as boyfriend, Zayn Malik, were all in attendance to show their love and support.

Bella Hadid, Sara Sampaio and Hailey Baldwin on the catwalk/Photography: eonline.com

This would be the second time the designer and model duo collaborated on a stunning collection; first being during the Fall 2016 runway show. This season, the collection consists crop tops, bohemian dresses, plenty of denim and gorgeous swimwear, while playing up the iconic Tommy Hilfiger colour scheme and logo. The full installment even included Tommy X Gigi accessories!

 

Here’s an exclusive peek at the Gigi X Tommy Spring collection:

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The Funniest Korean Beauty Product Descriptions http://femalemag.com.my/beauty/korean-beauty-product-descriptions/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:16:37 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=26454 Oh K-beauty, we love you for your fascinating yet effective ingredient lists (snail mucus and donkey milk, to name a few),...

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Oh K-beauty, we love you for your fascinating yet effective ingredient lists (snail mucus and donkey milk, to name a few), adorable packaging, and also for writing the best product descriptions ever. The quirky and uniquely charming descriptions of these Korean beauty products will have you laughing and promptly pulling out your wallet.

 

1. This cream’s extremely specific promises

cosrx blackhead cream

 

COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Cream
We’re not sure if 3-year-olds are technically babies anymore, but sign us up for overnight baby skin please!

 

2. “This is all thanks to rice!!”

 cosrx overnight rice mask

 

CosRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask
Whatever sturdy and milky skin might be, we want some!! Rice cake skin sounds downright awesome, and the entire product description for this sleeping mask is genius.

 

3. This mask looks exactly like honey

cosrx honey mask

 

COSRX Ultimate Moisturising Honey Overnight Mask
But please don’t eat your skincare.

 

4. Have you ever been dazzled by a tomato?

son&park lip crayon in dazzling tomato

 

Son & Park Lip Crayon in Dazzling Tomato
Because now you can have lips the shade of a dazzling tomato.

 

5. These skin goals

 

The Face Shop x Disney CC Longlasting Cushion
Whether you’d like your skin to be monster-class sustainable or a young legend, these adorable limited edition cushions have you covered! We don’t know what it means either, but we want it.

 

6. The apple test

ost c20 vitamin c serum

 

OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum
Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant, which is how this serum prevents the sliced apples from browning due to oxidation. And if it works on apples as this apple test shows, imagine what it can do for your skin! (In all seriousness, Vitamin C is one of the best things you can give your skin.)

 

7. Wait, what skin??

secret key glam tint glow

 

Secret Key Secret Kiss Sweet Glam Tint Glow
That doesn’t look anything like black to us.

 

8. The most perfect name for a deodorant

Neoday Don’t Cry, Armpits Deodorant Perfumed Stick
Don’t cry, armpits!

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This Guy Showed the Real Deal to Being a Father on Instagram http://femalemag.com.my/entertainment/guy-showed-real-deal-father-instagram/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:19:07 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=26390 And the photos are true and hilarious! Okay we never said being a parent is easy. Everyone knows how hard it...

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And the photos are true and hilarious!

Okay we never said being a parent is easy. Everyone knows how hard it is for moms but what about the dads?  Well, Simon Hooper gives a peak into his life and shows the reality of what parenting looks like. Simon and his wife are parents to four beautiful girls (a 10-year-old, 7-year-old and one-year-old twins) who are also quite the handful (literally!).

His Instagram account, @father_of_daughters has garnered more than 517k followers (and counting), every photo has an honest caption that’s funny to read.

In an interview with HuffingtonPost, Simon said he said the account was to share what it’s really like to parents but with a dash of humour in them. He believes many parents are sugarcoating the reality of it. The Londoner hopes through his documentation, he’ll be able to help out other dads and moms out there in the journey of parenthood.

Here are some of our favourite post with some of the funniest captions from @father_of_daughters:

Source: huffingtonpost.com, @father_of_daughters

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6 Korean Beauty Gurus to Follow on Youtube http://femalemag.com.my/beauty/6-korean-beauty-gurus-follow-youtube/ Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:58:30 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=26331 Keep up to date with the latest K-beauty trends with these ladies!

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Keep up to date with the latest K-beauty trends with these ladies!

When it comes to makeup and beauty rituals, the South Koreans are in a league of their own. So many trending beauty tips and tricks have come from Korea — for example, the famously extensive Korean skincare routine, and makeup trends like aegyo sal, gradient lips, and the puppy eye. So what’s the best way to keep up with the trends and master the techniques if you’re a fan?

We suggest you give these Korean beauty gurus (don’t worry, English subtitles included!) a follow on Youtube to stay updated and inspired.

Check out the list:

1. PONY’s Makeup

You’ve probably heard of or seen Pony on the web. She’s one of the biggest Korean beauty guru on Youtube – and for good reason! As a professional makeup artist, Pony creates some of the most flawless, beautiful makeup looks we’ve ever seen. Best of all, she’s full of educational tips that have really upped our make up game. Pony now has over 2 million subscribers and her own makeup brand, called PONY EFFECT.

She’s also done Hollywood celebrity makeup transformations from Kylie Jenner to Taylor Swift and the results are well…you’ve got to see it for yourself. Hint: Uncanny at first glance!

2. Dayeong’s Beauty drawing

With her cat-like eyes, Dayeong makes easy to follow step-by-step makeup tutorials. We really appreciate her clear instructions and detailed explanations behind her product choices and applications. She often includes her own twists on basic techniques, like filling in the brows naturally and two toning your lip colours.

3. CHES

Ches not only does beautiful makeup tutorials but she does a lot of tutorials showing you the techniques to master the basics from drawing the brows to lining the eyes. What we love about her is the wearability of her makeup looks. In true Korean style, it’s beautifully subtle with a touch of strategically-placed colour for an accent.

4. The Beauty Breakdown

If you’re also a Korean skincare buff, then Morgan’s the girl. Always bubbly, listening to her is like having a close friend share her major love for all things K-beauty. Being half Korean herself, she’ll make videos on tapping on the latest Korean beauty trends out there and showing us how to wear them. Her approach is always accessible, so with her makeup tips and product reviews, you’ll have no problem donning the trends for everyday wear.

5. SSIN

Looking for something dramatic? Have a click through SSIN’s channel. She does some serious makeup transformations from looking like K-pop stars and celebrity to teaching you how to lose 5kg with makeup! (Or look like it, anyway!) But she doesn’t just do extreme makeup looks, she’s also got many helpful practical videos that’ll teach you ways to clean your makeup sponges, applying mascara on shorter lashes, the right way to conceal dark circles and others in the mix.

6. Sunny’s Channel

Sunny does a lot of makeup tutorials, celebrity makeups, and reviews. She has videos in both English and Korean, so she can cater to a wider audience. She changes her hair colour quite often from strawberry to her current one – yellow blonde, so subscribe to her to keep up!

 

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