female http://femalemag.com.my Malaysia's Leading Fashion & Beauty Magazine Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:29:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kendall Jenner Shows A New Kind Of Love With Estee Lauder. It’s Wild And Pure! http://femalemag.com.my/beauty/kendall-jenner-shows-new-kind-love-estee-lauder-wild-pure-vibrant/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:38:36 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=31026 Kendall spills on her failed beauty technique, beauty tips, guilty pleasures and secret talents (it’s not singing, sort of)!

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Kendall Jenner is a lot of things but she’s never boring. The 21-year-old has gone on to being known as part of the Kardashian clan, to making it big on her own terms with her own name through modelling, and now singing? Well, not quite. Since being the face of Estée Lauder in 2014, she’s back now with a new campaign for the Pure Colour Love lipstick range. And we’re so in love with it!

 

The new campaign sees Kendall lip-synching to Elle King’s new super upbeat dance single, Wild Love after putting on the new lipstick. The model and singer star in the clip promoting the new Pure Colour Love lipsticks. See the stylish (with a hint of comedy) music video below!

 

 

Kendall also took the time to answer 8 questions with Estee Lauder on her failed beauty technique, beauty tips, guilty pleasures and secret talents.

Click next for more!

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Meet The Rest Of The All-Asian Cast Of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ http://femalemag.com.my/entertainment/meet-the-all-asian-cast-of-crazy-rich-asians/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:01:42 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=31002 Hollywood has been in the spotlight lately for all the wrong reasons. The casting of Scarlett Johanssen as the originally Japanese character of Major Motoko Kusanagi in the Ghost In The...

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Hollywood has been in the spotlight lately for all the wrong reasons.

The casting of Scarlett Johanssen as the originally Japanese character of Major Motoko Kusanagi in the Ghost In The Shell film adaptation sparked a firestorm of debate over Hollywood’s practice of white-washing – casting a white performer to play the role of someone of colour. This comes just two years after the very white Emma Stone was cast as “quarter Chinese” Allison Ng in the comedy Aloha.

It’s a practice that hasn’t gone away since its inception in the early 20th centuries, limiting non-white actors to supporting – or worse, typecast stereotypical – roles.

Which is why this casting announcement comes as a desperately needed breath of fresh air.

Earlier this year, the lead roles for the Crazy Rich Asians movie were announced. Constance Wu (best known for her role in American sitcom Fresh Off The Boat) will star as Rachel Chu, an Asian-American economics professor from New York, with our very own Henry Golding making his feature film debut as her boyfriend. Fellow Malaysian Michelle Yeoh will play his disapproving Singaporean mother.

Now, the rest of the cast has been announced, and we are thrilled to see that director Jon M. Chu has stayed true to his promise to cast only Asian actors in his adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book.

The impressive ensemble cast includes British actress Gemma Chan (Humans, Sherlock), Australian actor Chris Pang (Marco Polo, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), Japanese actress and model Sonova Mizuno (La La Land), American rapper Awkwafina, and Johor-born comedian Ronny Chieng (The Daily Show). The cast also features a number of Singaporean actors, including Pierre Png and Tan Kheng Hua who previously played married couple Chu Beng and Margaret (oh nostalgia!) on the popular Singaporean sitcom, Phua Chu Kang.

According to a Warner Bros. statement, filming has commenced and will be shot entirely on-location in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. So keep your eyes peeled in case you come across any film shoots!

Before you go stalking through the city, here are some announcements from the cast themselves!

CRAY in Malay yesterday haaayyyy

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KL squad – @gemma_chan @ronnychieng

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Can A Bobby Pin Give You Perfect Winged Liner? http://femalemag.com.my/beauty/makeup/can-bobby-pin-give-perfect-winged-liner/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:37:09 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=30982 Of all the makeup struggles we face, we can all probably agree that drawing the perfect winged liner is probably one of the hardest. An Instagram makeup artist has a...

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Of all the makeup struggles we face, we can all probably agree that drawing the perfect winged liner is probably one of the hardest.

Who else can relate?

An Instagram makeup artist has a new method that might just help you master the elusive flawless wing, and all you need is a little tool you probably already have lying around somewhere.

Bobby pins!

In order to make this trick work though, you’ll need the kind of bobby pin that splays open at the ends instead of the ones that meet in a narrow point. A large one would be better.

Paint the arms of the pin with liquid liner.

Then stamp the pin against the corner of your eyes. If you angle the pin so it aligns with the slant of your lower lash line…

…you should have the perfect outline for your wing!

Fill in the outline and line your upper lash line with your eyeliner of choice.

In our experiments, we found that this worked only if your eyes aren’t set too deeply! As the bobby pin’s arms aren’t very flexible, it won’t stamp well on an uneven surface.

Watch the full video below:

This tip will join the list of other tools resourceful makeup artists have co-opted in their journey to winged perfection: sticky tape, a spoon, a business card… the list goes on!

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Should You Be Drinking This Pink Drink? For Moisturised, Glowing Skin, Yes! http://femalemag.com.my/beauty/should-you-be-drinking-this-pink-drink-for-moisturised-glowing-skin/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:42:38 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=30935 What’s this pink drink we’re talking about? It’s rose water. Yes, the good old rose water is one the oldest consumable beauty ‘potion’. A lot of today’s product contains rose...

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What’s this pink drink we’re talking about? It’s rose water. Yes, the good old rose water is one the oldest consumable beauty ‘potion’. A lot of today’s product contains rose water to infuse the formula for its hydration and the antiseptic properties. Rose Water contains vitamin A, B, C, and E which can help to provide that lit-from-within complexion, balances your skin’s pH level, aid troubled skin caused by ageing and sun exposure.

Apart from getting its benefits from other products, there’s a rise in drinking the pretty pink water. There’s not exactly a lot of studies out there that actually solidifies the benefits of drinking rose water but people have been doing it for centuries to reduce stress, help with digestion, improve moods, inflammation and also for the beautiful skin. Unless you’re allergic to it, then drinking it won’t be a problem.

Gif: weheartit.com

Here are four reasons why you should try out this old school fragrant tonic:

 

1. Reduce acne, eczema, and redness

Is your skin problem inflammation? Perhaps drinking rose water can aid you. Sipping it can help to reduce any redness, puffiness, eczema and dermatitis, as rose water is a good anti-inflammatory agent for people with sensitive skin. If you love going for facials, rose water can help with any sore spots and also calm the skin. Besides that, it also has great antibacterial properties that can help to kill lingering bacteria on the surface of your skin, which is what causes acne.

2. Lit-from-within

To get that perfect glow on the surface of your skin, let the hydration work from within you. A well-hydrated skin is the result of a well-balanced water intake. To get that plumpness, a sip of the pink drink can restore water to dry skin. You can add a few drops of the rose water into your daily eight cups of water intake to get the full benefit.

3. Youthful touch

Rose water have anti-aging properties in them which can help with reducing your wrinkle lines, lighten any dark spots and tighten the pores. You can thank its antioxidants like vitamin C and E and flavanoids for that. The Egyptians were major beauty junkies, they not only bathe in milk for baby smooth skin but they were also rose water drinkers who consume it to get that youthful complexion.

4. Easy DIY drink

Honestly, all you need is just two ingredients – Fresh rose petals and hot water.

Step 1: Using fresh roses, pluck all the petals and rinse them to get rid of any residue. You can use fruit or vegetable wash if you want it extra clean.

Step 2: Place the petals in a glass jar and let the petals steep for around six hours for that mild gentle rose water perfect for drinking.

And that’s it, you can drink a glass of it every day and see results in a week’s time. If you want it a bit stronger continue reading…

Step 3: Fill a pot with rose petals and distilled water and let it simmer over a medium to low heat for 20 to 30 minutes. Until the petals are pale pink in colour.

Step 4: Strain the petals and pour the now pink to red water in a jar once it’s cooled.

You can refrigerate this and store it for up to one week.

 

Source: [1]

 

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FEMALE Tries: COSRX One Step Moisture Up Pads http://femalemag.com.my/beauty/female-tries-cosrx-one-step-moisture-pads/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:45:58 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=30956 My boyfriend has a problem. As a self-described oily-skinned person, he revolts against the idea of using a moisturiser – despite my protests and insistence that he needs to moisturise....

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My boyfriend has a problem. As a self-described oily-skinned person, he revolts against the idea of using a moisturiser – despite my protests and insistence that he needs to moisturise.  He gets around it by saturating a cotton pad with his toner and calling it his moisturising step because “it’s wet”.

This has gone on for more than a year. I’d all but given up the fight. But then, a game-changer appeared!

COSRX’s One Step Moisture Up Pads! This unassuming little tub sold out almost immediately when released in Korea earlier in the year, and now, COSRX has caught up with the international demand. After months of waiting, I was thrilled to find out you can now get these at Hermo, yay!

 

What’s in the box?

70 lightly-textured cotton pads, all saturated in a seriously hydrating essence. According to COSRX, the pads are designed to replenish moisture for all-day hydration, while removing irritants and dead skin cells happy, healthy, smooth skin.

The essence is thick and full of hydrating skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid, propolis extract, allantoin, and butylene glycol (an ingredient used in all sheet masks to enhance penetration into the skin). There is no alcohol in this at all, which is fantastic for dry and oily skin.

To boost its exfoliation and cleansing claims, the pads are also fortified with BHA, an exfoliant that dissolves oil and clears pores. Each pad is so saturated with essence, you can easily cut one in two and get twice as much use out of one tub.

So how do they perform?

To use, just swipe a pad on your face, first with the rougher exfoliating side and then with the smoother side to clean up any debris and rehydrate.

After use, the pads leave behind a slight residue that you might be unaccustomed to. It feels like the extra essence after using a sheet mask, only slightly thicker and richer. In this way, using the pads feels slightly different from a traditional cream moisturiser. Thankfully, it absorbs quite well when you pat it in, and you’re left with plump, moisture-filled skin.

Unlike my stubborn boyfriend, I love moisturising. I layer hydrating toners over essences over facial oils, and I have different moisturisers for morning and night. But there’s still room for these pads in my routine!

I use them on days where I feel that my skin has taken a beating (too many hours at the office) and needs a serious boost in moisture. They’re also easier and faster than a sheet mask with comparable effects! When I’m in a rush, I use them to replace my toner, essence, and moisturiser steps.

My boyfriend, on the other hand, uses them as a moisturiser. It doesn’t feel too different from swiping on toner, and he also likes not having to fiddle with tubs or tubes of moisturiser.

But here’s my favourite way to use them:

Keep them next to your bed with a pack of micellar water-infused wipes for those late nights when you get home and you just cannot be bothered with skincare in front of your bathroom mirror.

All you need is one swipe of the wipes to cleanse and remove makeup, followed by one swipe of the moisture pads to exfoliate and moisturise. Done!

The COSRX One Step Moisture Up Pads retail for RM 95 for a tub of 70 pads, which works out to be RM 1.35 per pad. 

 

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How To Mindfully Declutter Your Closet http://femalemag.com.my/fashion/mindfully-declutter-closet/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:21:03 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=30947 How do you spring-clean your closet? Most of the time, you’ll find your closet in need of a serious update, but where do you even begin? Berlin-based minimalist writer Anuschka...

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How do you spring-clean your closet? Most of the time, you’ll find your closet in need of a serious update, but where do you even begin?

Berlin-based minimalist writer Anuschka Reeves is here to help with a very handy flowchart from her latest book, The Curated Closet

In this book, Rees puts her minimalist approach towards helping you develop your personal style and build a dream wardrobe.

Rejecting fashion cliches and arbitrary rules, she offers a simple system to create your own curated fashion style based on your own lifestyle, preferences, and personality. Her book is filled with interactive prompts, infographic-style questionnaires, checklists, and mood boards to help you on your minimalist fashion journey – from identifying your own style preferences to decluttering your closet and shopping for the future.

Here’s a little sample of what you can expect: a super useful downloadable flowchart to help you mindfully declutter your closet:

To download, go here.

Download and print this flowchart before you start your closet detox. It asks you a series of simple questions such as whether an item of clothing is comfortable, worn frequently, how you feel about it, whether it can be tailored and such.Your answers to these questions should help you determine what to do with it.

It’s a pretty involved process that’ll get you thinking hard about everything you own. In that way, it’s a bit like Marie Kondo’s decluttering method, but just for clothes!

While Rees recommends detoxing your closet like this twice a year according to the seasons, that doesn’t always work for people like us who live in a tropical country. If that’s the case, advises Rees, you can skip the seasonal overhauls. But it’s still a good idea to regularly revisit your wardrobe- at least every six months – to make sure it still fits your style and lifestyle and deal with repairs.

It may be tough the first few times, but it’s worth it!

“Once you have cultivated a strong sense of style, become your own best stylist, and built a great wardrobe, those things will stay with you for the rest of your life.” – Anuschka Rees

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Yves Saint Laurent Beauté To Open It’s First Standalone Store in Malaysia http://femalemag.com.my/beauty/yves-saint-laurent-beaute-to-open-its-first-standalone-store-in-malaysia/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:18:08 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=30916 And it’s going to be the biggest in Asia!

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And it’s going to be the biggest in Asia!

Photography: YSL

Luxury Parisian couture brand Yves Saint Laurent Beauté is preparing to open its doors in May this year to its Malaysian market with a standalone flagship boutique in Pavilion KL.  Spanning over 1057 sq ft, with glossy sleek black panelling and the signature YSL gold embellishment, the modern and opulent new store will be the brand’s biggest boutique in Asia!

Fans can look forward to being spoilt for choices as the brand will bring not only their makeup but also their skincare and fragrances.  Our flagship boutique will be the first to offer the highly covetable Le Vestaire couture fragrance range, a first in Asia!

That’s not all, this store will also offer a first of its kind in Asia, a Gifting & Engraving station where you’ll be able to engrave your name on your YSL Beauté products. This is also a sweet treat to gift someone for that personal touch.

The new store will be located at Level 3, Pavilion KL.

 

In the meantime, you can anticipate and take note of these highly popular YSL Beauté products for your next beauty splurge!

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Makeup Monday: 3 Easy Steps To Nail The Glamorous Glossy Eye Lids Look http://femalemag.com.my/beauty/makeup-monday-easy-3-steps-nail-glossy-lids-look/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:30:06 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=30899 It’s chic, grungy, high on 2017’s trendy list and it’s totally easy to achieve!

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It’s chic, grungy, high on 2017’s trendy list, and it’s totally easy to achieve!
Enter glossy lids.

Photography: kokolife.tv

Everyone’s sporting this eye makeup trend –  from the runways to selfie posts on Instagram. The glossy look used to just be reserved for lips, with layers of thick sticky lip glosses for that extra plump and shine to your pout (hello 00’s!) .  But now, the beauty world ‘s been served a twist on the old trend, bringing the glossy or wet look to your peepers.

And the best thing about this glistening glossy eye makeup look? It’s a statement maker that takes literally only a minute to do!

This shiny look may not be suited for everyday wear but if you’re looking to take your night out or events look up a notch, the only thing you need is this one product. We hopped on the bandwagon for our Makeup Monday – check out the steps below:

Step 1: Apply a base colour on the entire eyelids.

Step 2: Going two shades darker, swipe it on the outer corners of the eyes and making sure to blend it out nicely. This is to add some dimension and some drama to the look.

Step 3: Using your ring finger, apply the gloss on the lids in a tapping motion. Don’t worry about smudging it, the lived-in effect adds a flirtiness to the look.

TIP: For everyday wear, use lip oil or vaseline over subtle hues of pink, lilac or nude to get a juicy, tease-worthy look!

Et voila, you’re done!

Recommended products to use:

 

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Shiseido’s Mother’s Day Gift Sets Are Perfectly Curated For Every Mom http://femalemag.com.my/beauty/shiseidos-mothers-day-gift-sets-perfectly-curated-every-mom/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:00:50 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=30887 What makes a good gift? With Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, we’re sure the question is looming on everyone’s minds. Of course, when trying to decide on a...

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What makes a good gift? With Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, we’re sure the question is looming on everyone’s minds.

Of course, when trying to decide on a gift, you should the recipient in mind. The more practical-minded might prefer a utilitarian gift that will see daily use or serve some sort of practical function, while the more sentimental tend to prefer beautiful gifts that carry emotional significance or meaning.

With that in mind, Shiseido has specially curated seven different beauty sets that are both beautiful and functional.

Take a look and see what we mean. Swipe next to see each gift set in its full glory!

 Beauty of Clarity, RM594

Featuring Shiseido’s signature White Lucent Microtargeting Spot Corrector, this gift set bestows a newfound radiant complexion.

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The First Photos From Game Of Thrones Season 7: What We Think It All Means http://femalemag.com.my/entertainment/first-photos-game-thrones-season-7-think-means/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:32:32 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=30835 HBO dropped a real treat in our laps today, with a bundle of pics from the upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones. The pictures show our favourite characters (including all...

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HBO dropped a real treat in our laps today, with a bundle of pics from the upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones.

The pictures show our favourite characters (including all the remaining Stark siblings) scattered throughout Westeros, and are a tantalising hint of what’s to come. Being the fans that we are, we think there’s a lot to be gleaned from each picture!

Hint: it’s all in the clothes. Sort of. The one thing that jumped out at us is how every single person is decked out in long-sleeved cold-weather clothes. Does this mean that winter is really coming?

Slight spoilers and speculation for season 7 abound.

Game of Thrones Season 7 will premier worldwide on 16 July 2017. All photos by Helen Sloan/HBO.

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30 Things to Explore in Klang Valley from 21st to 30th April! http://femalemag.com.my/thing-to-do/30-things-klang-valley-to-30th-april/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:15:44 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=30749 Have you been feeling bored every weekend? With this list of activities going on within the next week, you’ve got no excuse to anymore!

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Have you been feeling bored every weekend? With this list of activities going on ’til the end of April, you’ve got no excuse to anymore!

Just for laughs

  1. KL International Comedy Festival 2017

    Credit: KLICFest

When: Friday 21st April to Sunday 23rd April

Where: Black Box MAP Publika, Block A5 Level G2-01, Kencana Tower 1, Jalan Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur/The Bee Publika, 36 Level G2-01, Block C, Publika, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Price: From RM30 to RM85 per show or RM158 for a daily pass (access to all shows on either Saturday or Sunday as well as the two shows on Friday, excluding ‘Harith Iskander Presents Malaysia First Singapore Second’)

Contact: +6011-28020559

Curated by ‘World’s Funniest Person 2016’ and beloved comedian Harith Iskander, this three-day laugh fest will certainly tickle your funny bone! Harith himself, as well as a slew of local and international talents, will be taking the stage at Black Box and The Bee Publika. Expect lots of local humour (Malay- and English-language), and prepare to take part in a comedic journey around Somalia, the US, Greece and more! There will also be an open mic competition hosted in both Malay and English. Check out harithiskander.peatix.com or the festival’s Facebook page for more deets on each event and to nab tix! P.S. They’ve also got transport covered: simply key in the promo code ‘KLICFEST69’ on your Grab app, and remember to select debit/credit card as mode of payment.

  1. Crackhouse Carnival 2017

Credit: Crackhouse Comedy Club KL

When: Wednesday 26th April to Sunday 30th April

Where: Crackhouse Comedy Club KL, 1st Floor, 24A Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000 Petaling Jaya

Price: RM40 per entry, RM60 per entry for the gala show and RM200 for a full carnival pass

Contact: +6017-2603654 or laugh@crackhousecomedy.asia

Still haven’t got your full dose of laughter for the week? Next week, head over to Malaysia’s first (and only) full-time stand-up comedy club for more giggles! To celebrate their third year anniversary, Crackhouse Comedy Club will be hosting a range of comedians from Malaysia, the UK, Australia, the Philippines and beyond! In total,there’ll be 10 shows held over five nights; they’ll be held in English, except Vivek Mahbubani’s Cantonese show on the 28th. Click here for all the info you need and to purchase tickets.

 

Get your art on

  1. Pendidikan Seni – Mari Ponteng Datang Conteng by Black Milk Project

Credit: Black Milk Project

When: Saturday 22nd April

Where: Black Milk Project, No. 8, Jalan SS14/8B, 47500 Subang Jaya

Price: RM90 per person for the art workshops, RM10 registration fees for meet and greets (fully redeemable)

Contact: enquiry@blackmilkproject.com

To mark their move to a brand new studio, Black Milk Project will be hosting their soft launch party! From 10:00am to 7:00pm, there will be four workshops: two sessions of suminagashi, a Japanese marbling technique done with ink and paper, as well as coffee stain art and floral watercolour art done in monochrome. But that’s not all: guests will also get to experience close-knit sessions conducted by local artists, who will explain and demonstrate their craft. Intrigued? Click here to register!

  1. Elegant Jewellery Studio Jewellery Making Workshops

When: Saturday 22nd April, Sunday 23rd April, Saturday 29th April and Sunday 30th April

Where: Elegant Jewellery Studio, Shoplot No.9 & 10 1st Floor, UBN Tower Shopping Arcade, No.10, Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur (opposite Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur)

Price: RM198 per person

Contact: +018-2527176

Elegant Jewellery Studio will be teaching all keen jewellers how to create their very own accessories this weekend and next! For three hours, you’ll be shown how to string together a bracelet, necklace and a pair of earrings using fine gems and pearls (all tools and materials included in fee). There will be two classes conducted on each day, from 11:00am to 2:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Check out Editorial Assistant Alya’s review of the class here for a taste of what to expect!

  1. The Bourgeois Ladder

When: Friday 21st April to Saturday 22nd April

Where: White Box MAP Publika, Block A5 Level G2-01, Kencana Tower 1, Jalan Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Price: Free

Contact: facebook.com/thebourgeoisladder/

Fashion meets art at ‘The Bourgeois Ladder’, a collaborative exhibit demonstrating the practice of using upcycled materials to design wearable fashion. Instead of showcasing the designs via live runway, the designs have been captured by talented photographer Shanghwan, one of the exhibit’s collaborators. The space will be open at 10am on both opening dates, with an exclusive introduction and idea-sharing event on Friday at 7:00pm (which you can sign up for here).

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See Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, and Penélope Cruz Dazzle At Lancôme’s Gala Dinner http://femalemag.com.my/celebs/see-julia-roberts-kate-winslet-penelope-cruz-dazzle-lancomes-gala-dinner/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:51:59 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=30774 Lancôme ambassadresses Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, and Penélope Cruz looked absolutely stunning at Lancôme’s gala “Stars & Wonders” dinner in Monaco. Held at the Salle des Etoiles hall, the spectacular dinner paid...

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Lancôme ambassadresses Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, and Penélope Cruz looked absolutely stunning at Lancôme’s gala “Stars & Wonders” dinner in Monaco. Held at the Salle des Etoiles hall, the spectacular dinner paid tribute to Femininity, Beauty, Happiness and Wonderment.

Penelope Cruz, Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet at Lancome

Photography ©Thibault Desplats for Lancôme

For the first time ever, parts of the event were also broadcast live on Facebook in a stream that lasted just over 2 hours.

The trio joined Francoise Lehmann, General Manager of Lancôme International, on stage for a quick interview where they were asked what they thought made life wonderful.

“Well, we were all just backstage gushing about our families, so dare I speak for the three of us to say that would be number one on the list — followed quickly by fragrance and sunscreen,” said Julia Roberts. (We definitely agree, Julia!)

“And husbands,” Kate Winslet added. “Definitely husbands”.

“I also think gratitude makes life more wonderful,” added Penélope Cruz, before thanking the 270 guests for their attendance.

Makeup Creative Director and amazing makeup artist Lisa Eldridge also made an appearance on the live broadcast – wearing earrings borrowed from BFF Kate Winslet, no less!

Other guests included French designer Olympia Le-Tan, Chinese actress Liu Tao, Korean actress Kim Go-eun,, and world-renowned influencers, Camila Coelho, Tati Westbrook, Desi Perkins, Louise Roe and Millie Mackintosh.

Photography ©Thibault Desplats for Lancôme

The night ended with a stunning performance by Australian singer Josef Salvat who roused the audience into a lively sing-a-long of Aretha Franklin’s classic Say A Little Prayer.

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Beatrice Looi Designs A Beauty And The Beast Inspired Collection That’s Oh So Stunning! http://femalemag.com.my/fashion/beatrice-looi-designs-beauty-beast-inspired-collection/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:00:21 +0000 http://femalemag.com.my/?p=30683 A dream come true and a fairytale come to life!

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If you were in Sunway Pyramid between 10th and 26th March, you might’ve had a glimpse of a fairytale come to life. Malaysian fashion designer, Beatrice Looi of Beatrice Looi Couture, brought the magical world of Beauty And The Beast to the real world through her exclusive collection for Disney Malaysia. The collection comprises 14 looks, each beautifully handcrafted to make the inner kid in you jump for joy! Beatrice and team also did an exclusive fashion spread (see below) just for FEMALE. We caught up with the designer on the craftsmanship and the process that went behind the collection, and also her favourite Disney tunes!

 

 

F: Which piece was the most elaborate?
“Definitely my rendition of Belle’s iconic yellow ball gown! It took about 175 metres of fabric. The embroidered detailing was made by hand as well as the placing of the Swarovski crystals. I’d say 80 per cent of this dress was handmade. I mean, just look how dramatic it is!”

F: How many people did it take to come up with the full collection?
“I had a team of eight working for me on this project.”

F: How long did it take for you to complete it?
“I got the call from Disney Malaysia to create a Beauty And The Beast-inspired collection two weeks prior to the showcase. I didn’t waste time and started working on it right away. I usually take months to complete a couture collection. So, even though this was short notice, the team and I managed to pull through successfully in just two weeks!”

F: How is this project different from your previous ones?
“This collaboration was like a dream come true for me! I literally dropped everything and went straight to work. I grew up watching the film and I know so many others who did as well; getting the opportunity to be a part of your childhood is very nostalgic. The 1991 Beauty And The Beast was one of my favourite Disney movies of all time. I’ve watched and re-watched time and again, and I’m glad to get to be a part of it.

“As a designer, you always have a background story to your collection and your own vision of what it looks like and who would wear it. When creating this particular collection I brought my own interpretation of the classic tale to it. I wasn’t stressed out cos it was one of those rare opportunities that come once in awhile, and cos I’m a genuine fan!”

F: What was the process like to create the overall feel and look of each garment?
“When I created the collection, the movie wasn’t due for release yet in Malaysia. So they were all solely from my own imagination. I did a lot of research beforehand. I would have loved to experiment with the designs but of course, I couldn’t stray too far from the original. I tried to pay homage to it cos you have to go back to the roots at the end of the day.

“When creating the looks for Cogsworth and Lumière, I did a lot of research on the Internet. I looked at images of old century clocks and candlesticks (or as Lumière calls himself, candelabra) and discovered what colours and details were suited to incorporate into my design, which you can see has tons of gold, purple and maroon. Also, keeping in mind that it had to also fit 18th-century French fashion with all the baroque influences!”

F: How was the model casting like?

“There was a theme, and that was to show women empowerment. It was also in conjunction with the Women’s March back in March. As you know, the new Belle portrayed by Emma Watson, gives a breath of fresh air where she’s much stronger in character, level-headed and in touch with her feminist side. So moving with times, I went through the list of models and picked out girls who best portrays the modern-day heroine. We even dressed female models in the Gaston, Cogsworth and Lumière looks!”

F: Which of the Disney Princesses is your favourite?

“I don’t have one but if I were to choose a Disney character, Maleficent would be my pick. I’m more of a Goth girl than a princess type. Ha ha!”

F: Which Disney song do you know by heart?

“The Beauty And The Beast soundtracks are my favourite Disney tunes. I have them on my playlist since forever! A favourite of mine comes from the 2017 version, How Does A Moment Last Forever by Celine Dion, and from the original it has to be Belle, hands down! The tune is just so catchy and I always catch myself humming to it every now and then.”

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Check out some of the stunning looks below!


Fashion Spread Credits:

Photography: Patrick Yap/Midas Touch PLT

Styling & Coordination: Beatrice Looi

Art Direction: Beatrice Looi & Patrick Yap

Makeup: Barrett Hirai & Zaf Zak/M.A.C

Hair: Yen Lim & Jane Choo/Wenawave Salon using Matrix

Models: Rafael Do Prado/GME Malaysia & Sofya Golubkova/Icon Model Management

Decor: Helena Chin/Blooms enriched by Kechara

Outfits: Beatrice Looi Couture for Disney Malaysia

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