What’s a party without champagne, canapés, fashion show and beautiful people? Sonia Sui reveals fun facts about herself, hear from home-grown fashionistas and check out what stylish guests wore — here’s VIP access to one of the most stylish parties of the season!
We’ve been having such sunny days of late! While it gets a little warm some days, even by my tropical-heat-loving standards, most days I love it, and I LOVE how there isn’t much rain. Hate the cold and wet of dreary rainy days!
While it’s true I don’t feel warm easily and I don’t perspire much, which makes the tropical heat a lot more pleasant for me than for those who have “hot bodies” (heh), I also try as far as possible to dress for the weather. So while I have a lot of jackets/fuzzy jumpers/smart blazers and the like, I’ve not been doing the layered look much at all lately. Instead, my trusty shorts have seen a lot of wear-time, together with some forgotten dresses and singlets.
My dresses especially are great for the heat as I prefer mine shift, straight or slouchy cut; nothing too form-fitting – don’t you find tight clothes very stifling when it’s warm out?
White dresses are my favourite, and a disproportionate number of dresses in my wardrobe are white. This in spite of the fact that there are fewer chances for me to wear them as it’s inappropriate to wear a white dress to a wedding unless you’re the bride – and at this age, it seems there are a lot of weddings to attend indeed!
Love this white shift from Headline Seoul which is minimalism the way I like – a clean silhouette with a play on textures (there’s a mix of materials on this number).
Headline Seoul white dress | H&M clutch | Shoes from a boutique in Siam Square, Bangkok | Nixon timepiece | Ray-Ban sunnies | Manicure courtesy of The Nail Status |
I’ve always had fuller cheeks, as do most of the women in my family. We call them the ‘Raeburn cheeks’ as most of the relatives on my mum’s side have them. They’ve never been the favourite part of my face. You know how when people put on weight, it goes to different areas for different people – some put on on the thighs and hips; some the butt; these actually makes the body a little curvier and more feminine. Unfortunately, if I do put on the odd kilo or three, it NEVER goes to these areas, it just goes straight to my face!
Some earlier photos, to illustrate my point about the cheeks:
Cambodia in 2008. This was beautifully shot by a wonderful person, but the cheeks, the cheeks! LOL.
This was taken in 2009, five years ago. Age (or the lack thereof – a whole 5 years ago!) may have contributed to the more cherubic face then, but the extra volume in the lower part of the face is pretty apparent.
Slightly more recent, this was taken in 2010 during a photoshoot for this restaurant that serves awesome ma la (that literally means “spicy and numbing”); it’s indeed a spicy, oily and numbing Chinese sauce that hails from Sichuan or Chongqing; a combination of Sichuan peppercorns that numb the tongue when you bite into them, fiery red chilli peppers, spices and oil.
Yes, the love affair with ma la (I am absolutely addicted to the stuff; in soup, hot pot or stir-fried form) and with eating in general has always been there. This of course, does not help the face look slimmer – oily and salty foods contribute to water retention, and these are my favourite kinds of foods which I eat on the daily!
So what’s a girl to do to get a smaller face? Surgery? I don’t judge those who choose that route, but I personally am not an advocate. I think we were given the faces and bodies we were given for a reason, and I prefer to try to learn to love it and make the most of it instead of messing with the One Above and His work – I don’t want to permanently alter it.
A friend of mine (who is already very slim with a very small and slim face, mind you!) introduced me to this product more than a year ago, at one of our girly catch-up sessions. It started when I asked if she’d lost weight and she said no – but that she had been using this new product. I was sold and had to try it.
So therein started my journey with Clarins and their awesome Shaping Facial Lift. I bought a bottle and gave it a go. I was told to use it after toner and before any other skincare (I don’t really use toner though, so I use it straight after washing my face) using this “Manual Auto-Lifting Method” that is a lot easier and enjoyable to do than it seemed at first. Two extra minutes before regular skincare was do-able, even for a lazy beauty regime person like myself!
Here’s a video on this Manual Auto-Lifting Method if you want to learn how it’s done – this is my routine before I hit the sack and when I get up in the morning!
To be really honest, it wasn’t immediately apparent to me – like I didn’t feel like my face had ‘shrunk’ – but friends kept asking if i’d lost weight, and I really hadn’t. This was taken at the bestie’s wedding – I think I’d just started using the product then. There’s more facial contour definition for sure – you can see a slight indentation in the cheek area that you couldn’t in the previous picture.
Have to make mention of certain not-so-nice “friends” who insisted and/or insinuated I’d gotten work done – same sort of people who on earlier occasions apparently said I “confirmed” did something to my nose – surgery or botox or fillers or whatever – or eyes – for the record, I have not. And I still struggle with uneven eyelids (some days double, some days triple, lol) though I am better at concealing them with makeup. Interesting how people can “confirm” such things, lol. I attribute it to being unhappy with their own lives and I try to say a prayer for them. Sometimes not so easily, I’ll admit!
Moving on from negative people – here’s one in more recent times (taken early this year). You can really see the reduction in cheek volume.
It works – I was convinced! And so…I was super stoked when Clarins began talks with my manager on becoming their spokesperson for the product! I am particular about the products I endorse, and I have turned down some offers as I didn’t believe in what I was supposed to be endorsing. So to be asked to front a product I already believed in and had already spent good money on purchasing was quite a dream. The deal went through, and I was flown up to Tokyo for the re-launch of the new Shaping Facial Lift in March 2014!
There was a dinner to launch the new Shaping Facial Lift that was held in Happo-en, a beautiful Japanese garden – love pretty places like that.
This was us on stage at the dinner for the Kagami Biraki ceremony (a Japanese traditional ceremony which translates to “opening the mirror”), together with Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins, Managing Director of the Clarins Group; Mr. Laurent Lautier, President of Clarins Asia Pacific and Ms. Sumiko Vormeringer Kobayashi, General Manager, Clarins Japan; that’s Ms Universe Japan, Ms Ayako Hara, next to me and Mr Perry Liu (also known as xiao P lao shi), celebrity makeup artiste from Taiwan on the right.
Sharing my Shaping Facial Lift experience at the dinner.
It was a fun trip that didn’t quite feel like work! Plus Cheryl from Clarins Singapore took great care of us – arranging an awesome makeup artiste and hair stylist for me so I’d look good, and researching yummy food places to take us to. I also extended my trip to check out Tokyo again (I haven’t been back in almost a decade!) and also to hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen. Will post more on that trip soon, I promise!
We also had a photo shoot in Tokyo – results in Her World magazine!
Also in CLEO magazine.
What I learnt as part of my training as Clarins Shaping Facial Lift ambassador in Tokyo is that we Asians really are “blessed” with a larger face than our Caucasian counterparts – a whopping 40.3% wider on the lower part of the face and 14% thicker in the cheek area! I was a little bummed about that till my Caucasian friends reminded me that Asians and Asian skin ages slower and “better” on average too – you win some, you lose some, I guess!
This product works to enhance your facial features by uplifting the face with three key actions: anti-fat, anti-sugar and anti-fluid. This basically means it helps with the release of excess fats on the face, the draining of excess fluids (it rids the face of water retention) and tightens and lifts the skin.
Results on over 200 Asian women after using the product for a month have shown a slimmer face (22.8% overall refining of the face), refined cheeks (5.4% reduction – and my biggest problem area!) and a lifted jawline (13.2% reduction in jaw-to-chin line sagging – no more double chin!).
It definitely worked for me, but if you want to give it a try before you buy, here’s your chance: click here for a 5 piece trial supply of the new Shaping Facial Lift.
Ahhh fashion bloggers. On their blogs and on their Instagram feeds, they look good in every picture; always stylish and put-together in their outfits. What happens though when you challenge a fashion blogger to style an outfit on the fly, with a mystery item? Is it all just her designer items that look good or can she work a trash bag? Find out in this fun challenge!
In this episode, I hang out with fashion blogger, Willabelle Ong of Pale Division and challenge her to style an outfit with a trash bag as the main focal point.
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You may or may not know this, but I am the new ambassador of Clarins Shaping Facial Lift. Other than being very honoured to be chosen to front one of my favourite skincare products (I started using this a year ago and everyone thinks I’ve lost weight – I havent; just that the chubby apple cheeks have gone down!), it’s an honour to represent a brand with such a long heritage;one with a strong research foundation.
So I was recently invited to be pampered at the Clarins Skin Spa, and the experience was nothing short of luxurious. I don’t go for regular facials as I hate the extraction process – can’t stand the pain! I also have skin that is slightly sensitive, so am loathe to risk a breakout or flaky skin (usual reactions =( ) by going to a facial and having new products used on my skin. Since I’ve already been using Clarins’ plant-based products for some time without any bad reaction, and assured that they don’t use machines or do extractions, I accepted the invitation.
Glad I did too as the experience was nothing short of luxurious. I was ushered into their relaxing Lounge area, where I was offered a choice of beverage.
After that, it was into the consultation area where my lovely Beauty Therapist, Candy, asked about my skin concerns. I told her I’ve been suffering from a mild breakout (I blame the stress and late nights!) and also slight puffiness in the face (for this I blame Hai Di Lao and all my late night hotpot suppers!). She recommended The Total V Shaper Facial to address my concerns, and explained how they use a range of extra high-performance Clarins products at the Spa that’s not available via retail. She also assured me they do not perform extraction and that no machines are used – just her professional, trained hands. I was sold.
Time for the treatment! Everything smelt super good, as Clarins products do. Candy performed this amazing facial massage on me that helps lymphatic drainage and gives the skins a glow. I appreciated the attention to detail and how all elements came together to help me feel thoroughly relaxed – on top of the facial, there was also a hand massage and a shoulder massage.
The whole treatment was so relaxing, I fell asleep! Candy gently woke me up…to super radiant skin, and a more contoured, V-shaped face. This was snapped right after the treatment. Even my usually terrible eye circles look less prominent - this picture is without any editing nor a spot of makeup on.
Afterwards, what sets Clarins Skin Spa apart from your regular spa is that they have an extensive Touch-up Area where you have full access to all their makeup products so you don’t have to go out bare-faceed – great as I didn’t bring any make-up with me that day.
And I left feeling so refreshed, with light makeup on and a much smaller, more V-shaped face!
Here’s a short video of the entire process. I recommend The Total V Shaper Facial to anyone who wants a smaller face, glowing skin and a super relaxing treat.
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Recently shot new episodes of styleXstyle TV, and here’s some of the crazy that happens behind the scenes of every shoot with this fun team!
That elegant lady is Jacq, the director behind the episodes!
They told me to pick out a pair of shoes for the shoot. I love sneakers and I was dying over all the bright colours and prints! Decisions, decisions…
Extremely mind-blowing stuff going on here. This is exactly how I pick out my shoes at home – I take one side of a pair I think may work and because I’m too lazy to actually put it on, I just hold it up and squint a bit as I imagine how the whole outfit will look.
Yellow won by default over coral as the white-with-blue polka dots were out of my size, boo.
This was actually pretty awkward, although I tried my best. Jacq asked me to dance, but already I have two left feet and am a terrible dancer (although I still love killing everyone’s eyes and going for it on the dance floor – too bad for you!); and then they’d cut the music so I was basically bopping around to a made-up song in my head. Not good.
Tried to look model-ly instead but hmmm. All in the edit – make me look good k, Jacq!! (Knowing her and Sharon though, and their sense of humour, they’ll show all the terrible geeky/goofball moments.)
These guys are really great though. =) They make working fun!
Pretty epic one-shot-walking shot. Everything has to go just so when doing such a shot – lines have to be smooth, everyone has to look up and look natural at the right moment, no video-bombers in shot (true story!) and no tripping from the poor camera guy who has his eye on the lens and not where he’s going.(also true story!). Definitely no one-take wonder with this kind of shot!
Part 2 of this chat series; he’s a radio DJ and one half of The Muttons on 987fm, she’s a fashion personality and blogger – and they have a 17 year age gap between them. They’re getting married in a few weeks’ time and I managed to convince them to take a break from wedding prep to let me ask them really nosy questions. Get the low-down on what NOT to do as a couple as well!
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He’s a radio DJ and one half of The Muttons on 987fm, she’s a fashion personality and blogger – and they have a 17 year age gap between them. They’re getting married in a few weeks’ time and I managed to convince them to take a break from wedding prep to let me ask them really nosy questions, like how they got together, whether the age difference was a problem, what they hate about the other’s fashion choices, and the like, heh. (Thanks guys for being so candid and cool about it!)
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