Sabrina’s Top Beauty Picks: June

 

 

 

 

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Sabrina here… back again with a freshly picked batch o’ beauty products from my June sample sesh. This month is more about taking care of your skin than anything else, and I have found some really lovely products to cleanse, refresh, and revitalise your complexion. Let’s get down to business, shall we?

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LUSH Mask of Magnaminty
If you like the fresh smell of minty goodness (and who doesn’t) than this mask is for you! LUSH has brought us a multi-purpose mask slammed full of peppermint and marigold essential oils, calming kaolin, and exfoliating primrose seeds and aduki beans. The mask is super thick and gritty so I scooped it out with a small spatula (great for keeping bacteria out of the jar) and applied it with a clean foundation brush, which ensures even application while also keeping your nails neat too. Once on, the minty tingle went to work and felt really energising. This would be a great start to your Sunday morning after a big night out as it really wakes you up. After 15 minutes, I grabbed a damp cloth and went to work gently massaging it off of my face. It did a nice job of exfoliating and I was left with a bright, soft complexion underneath.

Remember to keep this product in the fridge so it stays fresh and to add a cool zing upon application. While it is self-preserving, meaning that is lasts longer than other fresh-made LUSH products, it does have an expiration date so don’t forget that it is in there!

Available at all LUSH Hong Kong store locations (see here), www.lush-hk.com.

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Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil
Just one step out the front door and your hair expands threefold thanks to that glorious HK humidity. To battle this phenomenon and to combat any damage that may lead to excess frizz, I gave this Christophe Robin Mask a shot for a week. Within the first use I noticed that my hair was shinier and less prone to fly-aways… and this was last week when it was rainy and horrible outside everyday! After shampooing, apply the masque from roots to ends and leave on as you go about the rest of your shower. Five or so minutes later add more water and massage the scalp and hair, then rinse out. No need to follow with conditioner as your hair will be silky smooth… all thanks to the prickly pear seed oil! I love the smell, which is similar to a bowl of honey-covered oatmeal – comforting and delicious. You only need a little and you only need to apply once a week at best, so the tub will last you a while.

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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque
I need to thank Kiehl’s for making this product perfect for lazy people who want gorgeously supple skin (i.e. me!). Slather this thick gel masque on your face, neck, chest, and hands and go straight to sleep to recharge your youthful glow overnight. It’s really that simple! I do recommend a separate eye cream, but if you can manage that then you are good to go. The texture is quite thick so it took me a few nights to get used to it, but once I did I came to look forward to the luxe texture. In the morning my skin was plump and slightly dewy and ready for my next moisturiser and sunscreen application. I have a feeling this product would really help your skin on your next long haul flight too!

Available at all Kiehl’s stores in Hong Kong, see here for all store locations.

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If you have been following this column then you already know that I am a big fan of local label Evie (see here!). Their products are made with no nasties and smell of the most intoxicating yet refreshing scents. The All-Star Cleansing Velvet is an intense make up remover that doesn’t at all feel overpowering on your skin, but instead creamy and gentle. You can use it two ways depending on the level of cleansing that you need. For a more gentle option, use with damp face and hands, smooth on, and rinse away. To ensure that full-face evening look comes off, then apply to dry skin and wipe off with a wet cotton pad and rinse well. You will love how smooth your face feels after… almost like velvet!

Evie products are available on their site and at Harvey Nichols locations in Hong Kong.

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Gucci Bold High-Gloss Nail Lacquer in Iconic Ottanio
Enough with the products that only you know you used – here’s a beauty treat that you can enjoy for all to see! If you are looking for something a little different for your tips and toes then try Iconic Ottanio nail polish by Gucci. The mesmerising metallic deep teal shade is a nice contrast to the summer whites you are likely wearing and it looks great no matter how your tan is shaping up. The brush was easy to maneuver thanks to Gucci’s triangular shaped bristles that allow the polish to glide smoothly on with no streaks. The first day I wore this I had friends asking what the shade was!

Now you have enough products here for an at-home spa treatment. So call up the girls, chill the champers, and get ready for a spa-rty! See you next month, Sassy ladies!

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Trend Watch: Fringe!

Yeah, I shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do (as Meghan Trainor would say!)… but it helps when I’m wearing something equally as fun as my attitude. Hello fringe! From jeans to gowns, this little loose add-on amplifies any outfit, adding a boho flair and a whole lot of life to your look. But how can you wear fringe without looking like you are two braided bracelets away from a music festival? Here to help is our Trend Watch with loads of style ideas and useful tips for carrying off this tasseled trend without being carried away! 

 

IN THE DETAILS: FRINGE-CESSORY

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From left to right: Marc Jacobs Locked In Orbit RingMonki Minty RingsTory Burch Adeline Stackable RingsUNIQLO Silk Long Sleeve BlouseAlexis Bittar Gold and Crystal Spear NecklaceNars Lipstick in LiguriaDiptyque Black Baies CandleKaren Millen Ripped and frayed skinny jeanghd Sahara Gold Gift SetStuart Weitzman The Lovefringe SandalFurla Kelis Travel Tote

If you’re tempted by the trim but are afraid to take the leap, then start with dipping one toe in… or better yet, two feet! Our look starts with a Stuart Weitzman sandal in a very lovely hue – perfect for a light pad around Central. Add a matching silk blouse by Uniqlo (local faves Vaughan and Grana also suit well) for a loose luxe look. I just bought these incredibly comfy boyfriend jeans from Karen Millen and have been living in them! If you need some boyfriend jean inspiration, then check this out, but be sure to put a cuff in the hem. For the sparkly bits, we add a host of gold rings from MonkiMarc Jacobs, and Tory Burch and a very sleek sharp pendant from Alexis Bittar. Pull the whole look together with this oversized travel Kelis tote by Furla. You can even stash your gorgeous gold ghd straightener in it so you’re ready to be glam on the go!

See other snazzy ladies below who’ve figured out that a fringe accessory is a must-have when creating a look to love.

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DAY TO NIGHT ESSENTIAL: THE FRINGE SKIRT

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From left to right: Equipment Lana Sunglasses Red Handcrafted SunglassesBalmain Cotton-jersey T-shirtOlivia Burton The Hackney Rose Gold Plated WatchHenri Bendel West 57th Leather Tassel Phone CaseKate Spade New York Love Birds Wink ClutchTOPSHOP Fringe Lace Pencil SkirtCC Skye Pave Double Header Spike BraceletMichael Kors Rose Golden Pave Pyramid BangleTed Baker Clowi T Pattern Enamel BangleCHANEL COCO MADEMOISELLE Eau de Parfum SprayGianvito Rossi Suede pumps

From brunching to lunching to munching hors d’oeuvres with champers, this look takes you from event to event with ease. A basic white tee provides the perfect neutral to set off a very girly TOPSHOP lace and fringe skirt (learn to love lace here). To add a little spice to a sugary look, I opt for a bright Gianvito Rossi pump and a quirky clutch from kate spade new york. To keep with the floral tones, I would add a Coco Mademoiselle perfume and a bevy of rose gold beauties to your wrist. The one thing you must remember when wearing fringe is to stay on the move. No one wants to see these embellishments just hanging there, so be sure to put some shimmy shake in that step of yours!

Here are a few more skirt-spirations for you. And what do I spy with my little eye? Super Styler Sarah Rutsonsporting a fringey skirt!

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PARTY PERFECT: THE FRINGE DRESS

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From left to right: Saint Laurent YSL Logo Cuff BraceletMango Fringed Hem DressFurla Satchel – Candy Cookie Paint MiniCards Against Humanity3.1 Phillip Lim x Linda Farrow acetate chunky cat eye sunglassesProenza Schouler Black Block Heel Suede SandalsCrabtree & Evelyn Nail Polish – SnowdropHendricks Gin

When have I ever put a monochrome look together for Sassy?! Quick, call a nurse! This look was so perfect it didn’t even need one splash colour, though I couldn’t help but put a paint slashed satchel in the mix. Gone are the Gastby-themed parties and in with 60s mod! This anything-but-basic Mango dress draws attention to you for all the right reasons. The v-neck will first bring the eye to your face and the simple white shift shape skims over any areas you may wish to conceal. Then the fantastic fringe hem pulls attention to those gorgeous gams of yours! Since the shift is short, keep the heel low and structured with these architectural Proenza Shouler block heel sandals. Your bag is going to get heavy with your Cards Against Humanity set and a bottle of gin in there… but it will be worth it. Think of the Instagram photos! With a look like this, you will want to party until the wee hours of the morning, so there are some spectacular 3.1 Phillip Lim x Linda Farrow shades at the ready.

Check out some other fringe dress ideas below – from red to wild and all that’s in between. Even ‘Kate the Great’ rocks a flouncy little number on her night out.

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TALK OF THE TOWN: THE FRINGE TOP

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From left to right: Gold Dreamcatcher RingVictoria’s Secret Embroidered Fringe TopLanvin Snake Chain Tassel Earrings3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli SatchelMara Hoffman El Mundo High Waisted Pencil SkirtToo Faced Cocoa ContourKlub Nico MoxieH&M Bronzing powder

With the addition of this swingy top, your whole look will wave goodbye (and we aren’t talking about Aunt Odelle’s jiggle arms!). When the top is loose you can find balance by keeping the bottom more fitted. Pencil skirts are flattering on a variety of shapes and are appropriate for almost any environment. Keep the movement going with a pair of fringy earrings! To lighten the look, white accessories are added in the way of a laser cut shoe by Klub Nicoand a mini Pashli satchel by 3.1 Phillip Lim. Nothing says summer like the perfect golden glow, so save your skin and fake your way with products from H&M and Bobbi Brown. This is one summer look that is sure to impress.

Clearly fringe will get you stopped and snapped on the street! Even Anna can’t escape this trend – or the cameras wanting to capture it!

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There are few things as fantastically fun as fringe. I hope this inspires you to try some new outfit ideas. Spring is upon us and summer is on the way, so there will be loads of excuses to wear a fun flippy piece. This is one garment that needs to be seen – so gussy up and get on the move!

 

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Sabrina’s Top 5 Beauty Picks- April

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Another month has passed (already!) and in that time I’ve been wandering the aisles of Sasa and smudging my hands and eyes with every product I can find in order to bring you April’s best beauty finds. I think I have some really good little scores here to get you set for summer! From skin to nails to hair, you will be smouldering on the street – and not from HK’s extreme temperature, but from your own radiating hotness! Check out what I’ve found for you this month…

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ghd Curve Creative Curl Wand and Curl Hold Spray
I’m pulling out the big guns to start this piece off! You may already know the superior performance of the ghd styler, but have you experienced the power of their creative curl wand? I recently stopped by AirPlay where I got to try out the wand for myself. ghd expert Robert Resnick sat me in the chair and showed me the ins and outs of this device and the accompanying Curl Hold Spray. The wand heats evenly thanks to tri-zone technology meaning you don’t have to hold the hair on for as long – only 5-8 seconds. It also has one temperature setting – the right setting! This means you don’t need to fear burning your hair by setting it too high or leaving it on your hair too long. Rob taught me to first spray the hair and run the spray to the end to protect the strands. It’s important to make sure the hair is dry before applying the wand.

Rob said to curl the pieces away and towards my face for a more relaxed look. He also said to start the waves at eye level for the pieces around the face so the top doesn’t look so beauty parlour-fixed. Another great tip was to start with the front pieces on both side and then work my way to the back. If you are running short for time you can skimp on the back where no one will notice but the front is done and fabulous. Plus, that gives the front longer to cool so the waves are surely set. When all the waves have been created, simply flip your head and run your fingers over the scalp giving a shampoo-like massage to break up the pieces and add volume. Flip back up and admire your incredible hair! I’ve been converted from a bun and ponytail girl, to one that has gorgeous bouncy waves all day and night… and it takes me less than ten minutes to achieve!

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Browlash Ex Waterstrong W Eyebrow Pencil and Liquid Liner
If you have seen my Instagram feed lately then you may have noticed that my brows have been on point. This is not due to any new grooming, but to one little product available at Sasa that I randomly picked up. The Browlash Ex Waterstrong W Eyebrow pencil and liquid liner is amazing! First you fill in your brow with the soft twist up pencil. Next, you define the line with the liquid liner. This isn’t like eyeliner though as the consistency is not thick and inky but more like a thin water-colour that just adds the slightest definition and oomph to the shape. When I only have five minutes to get ready, this is one of the key elements I add as a clean defined brow totally polishes the face. There were multiple shades to choose from as well so you should be sorted no matter your colouring.

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HyperSharp Wing Liner by Maybelline

Another fantastic find on that same shopping outing was this HyperSharp Wing liner by Maybelline. I had been using the Shu Uemera Calligriph-ink, which is wonderful, but my cartridge recently ran out. Instead of reloading on this tried and true product, I decided to test out a few others. While several were not up to snuff, this Maybelline liner is a great lower-priced alternative to its department store counterparts. The pen come to a sharp point making a winged look easy to achieve. It’s long lasting with little to no fall, and comes off easily with make up remover (I used Evie Oil found here). Overall, a great budget friendly pick for an eyeliner pen!

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Dolce & Gabbana “The Nail Lacquer” in Shocking and Bella
I’m heading on a beach trip very soon and I was wondering what to do with my nails while away… then I discovered these two shades and the answer was clear! The day before departure I’m taking these babies to my local nail spot for the perfect manicure. Afterwards, I’ll pack them in my beauty kit so I can do touch ups on the go. The hot pink Shocking shade is tops for toes, while the pale pink Bella hue will be the perfect neutral on my hands. I have long been a fan of D&G beauty products and love how the thick brush on the polishes has a curved tip, making application near the cuticle and around the edges simple and clean. The polish goes on smooth and line-free and dries relatively fast compared to other salon brands. The staying power is also quite good, lasting around 7 days with no chips. Plus, the lovely packaging just looks great when left sitting on my vanity!

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NARS Body Glow

Summertime means that lots and lots of skin will be on display. Get it in tiptop viewing shape with this luscious body oil that boasts the smallest flecks of shimmer to set off your tan swimsuit ready body. The oil is a mix of monoi and gardenia-infused coconut oil making for one intoxicating scent! After you apply, you may soon find yourself dreaming of ocean breezes and pina coladas… A client recently used this on a shoot atop her perfect spray tan and I was left looking quite pale and bland next to her radiance. Needless to say her skin was glowing in the final images, resulting in one gorgeous spring/summer campaign. Now I just need to replicate this for myself in real life!

I hope my adventures in beauty-land will turn into some new finds for you. Until next month, I will keep testing and trying and moisturising and applying to discover new goodies to excite and beautify you! Enjoy the gorgeous weather currently upon us. I’m now off to uncover a few new products to stand up to the heat and humidity, which is surely on the way. Wish me luck

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GHD Turns Bad Locks Good

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Once upon a time a girl named Sabrina moved to Hong Kong and she had lovely long blonde locks. This girl was 6′ tall and loved bright colors, prints, big heels, and red lips so she decided to go back to her natural shade in order to “blend in”. The problem was that due to all the damage from years and years of coloring compounded by the overwhelming humidity of the new town she was left looking very much like the maiden in distress…tress distress!

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It turns out she was not alone. All the ladies of the kingdom had the same issues. Whether short or long, blonde or brunette they all found malice with their mane. They gathered together at Airplay Blow Dry Bar (the spot for ladies in the know) and cried out for help!

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Thankfully, a shining knight on a white steed came to the rescue (ok…a pro-hairstylist in a red taxi). His name was Rob Resnick and instead of a sheath and shield he brandished a GHD Curve Wand.

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This magic wand made all the difference in the texture and shine in her limp brown locks. The wand turned on to the perfect even heat (thanks to the brands tri-zone technology) in seconds flat and was easy to maneuver around her head. The trick was to switch the hand that was holding it when you moved to the other side of the head. One only needed to section off a piece of hair, spray it with the Curl Enhancing Spray, and hold the hair around the wand for 5-8 seconds for the perfect bouncy lustrous wave to appear.

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Rob taught that it was best to start with the front of the hair on both sides and then move to the back as the front is what counts. Who cares if the back is perfect!? The waves should go away from and towards the face for a look that is relaxed and natural. But the best tip that this guru had to offer was that the waves around the face should start at eye level! Then go back and add a bit of oomph and volume by holding the wand near the root and lifting the piece over the wand to add height.

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Sabrina and the other lovely maidens hair were saved! No more braids and buns for these girls! It was time to show the kingdom (ok Hong Kong) their glorious new ‘dos.

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Just a quick shake of the head while massaging the roots and Sabrina was ready to go!

 

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Abreka-Dabra-Presto-Chango! Here was the new and improved version complete with curls made to last.

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All the ladies of the land rejoiced! “Hear Hear- Our hair is saved thanks to GHD!”, they chanted.

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The Ladies: Myself, Elma of Stylicious, Emma of Dog and Pony Vintage, Norbyah of I’m A Norbyah,  Jannah of Jannah Velma Nior, Jasmine of Dress Me Blog Me and Ira of Style Kush,

(the next day and the curls are still going strong! )

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And they all lived happily ever after. The End.

To book an appointment at AirPlay and live your own fairytale hair dreams then reach out to them here.

To buy the GHD Curve Wand or Tongs stop by AirPlay or Lane Crawford in Times Square or Harbour City.

Big thanks of Kan Man for his ace photography skills!

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Thinking Pink for Spring!

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It’s finally spring in the ‘Kong! The flowers are blooming, the sun is out and the breeze is a blowin’. Now is the time to stash those dark drab winter duds and don something easy breezy and downright flirty. We called in a few of our fave brands and stylists for a very Sassy photo shoot at the newly opened First Wife Studios in Chai Wan, to bring you a smattering of what is fun and fashionable for spring. And as this is a Sassy photo shoot, we just couldn’t resist having all the pieces pretty in pink!

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Left – Shirt, Trousers, Sweater, and Tote: Jack Wills; Necklace and bracelet: what the frock?!; Shoes: models own; Right – Carte Collective; Skirt: Marks & Spencer; Shoes: Inniu; Necklace: Callixto; Ring: The9thMuse

Coloured jeans are still all the rave and we love these ones on the left from Jack Wills. When paired with a pair of gold brogues, Natalie is all set to run around town. To contrast the pink we added a pop of colour with this chartreuse bobble necklace from what the frock?!. For a fun night out you can show a little skin with a crop top and high waist skirt combo like the one on the right. This top is by local brand Carte Collective, and the brand also boasts loads of fun little dresses for a night out on the town. Here Katya wears it with an A-line midi skirt so she doesn’t show too much skin. The polkadot sling backs from Inniu only add to the fun! Inniu’s new shop opened on Wellington Street at the start of this year and holds a staggering array of shoes, bags, and CZ jewels. Be sure to stop in and check out the cashmere scarves on the bottom floor too!

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Dress: what the frock?!; Glasses: Chloe; Bag: Danielle Nicole available at The9thMuse

We all know that accessories can make or break an outfit, so we made sure to include several stunners on this shoot. This adorable little blue Danielle Nicole crossbody can double as a clutch, making it that much more versatile. The Chloe sunnies, available at The Hong Kong Optic, are a real find and nearly everyone on set wanted to try them on! Plus, you can actually see the world through rose-tinted glasses when you wear them…

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Left -Dress: Polkadot Boutique; Bag: Charlotte Ronson available at The9thMuse, Ring: Mallarino; Shoes: Models Own; Right – Dress: Marks & Spencer; Bracelet: Caty; Shoes: Models Own

Why save pink for after-hours when you can wear it to work as well? Here we have two great shift options from Polkadot Boutique and Marks & Spencer, both featuring black details which makes accessory pairing a cinch. Both frocks are super flattering as one features a line down the centre, which makes you appear taller and the other boasts illusion silhouette panels which instantly make your waist appear smaller. Yes please!

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Dress Paula Ka from The Swank; Scarf: Innui; Bag: Mischa; Ring: Caty

Have a spring wedding to attend on the horizon? Then this look is perfect for watching the nuptials. This sweet Paula Ka dress from The Swank provides the perfect canvas to set off outstanding hair and make up. Hair stylist Ross Kwanmade this dramatic up-do possible thanks to a bit of teasing using just a few bobby pins, then he wrapped the ‘do with this sumptuous silk available at Inniu. The pale pink eyes and lips by make-up artist, Jaime Smith of Smudge Make Up Artistry, make the look sweet and approachable yet flawless in photos! Before heading off to the ceremony be sure to grab your Mischa clutch, which is perfect for stashing tissues and a camera to catch tears and memories respectively.

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Left – Dress: what the frock?!; Shoes: Models Own; Centre – Dress: Trina Turk available at Polkadot Boutique; Shoes: DYOS; Bracelets: what the frock?!; Right – Dress: Marks & Spencer; Scarf: Vintage; Bag: Perrin Paris; Bracelet: Caty

For work or play, the wrap dress wins every time. It can go from conservative to sexy in an instant depending on the accessories you pair and how much leg you want to show. All eyes were on these two models as they worked these looks in front of the camera. They looked so good I was sold, and I ended up taking home this hot pink what the frock?! wrap in another colour after seeing it in action!

For a bag that does double duty, check out this stunning leather ball bag from Perrin Paris (you can read all about this brand here). You can carry the bag as it is, or remove the interior leather pouch and either use it as a clutch while the shell of the bag becomes more of a basket. This luxury brand will be opening a shop very soon in IFC so keep your eyes peeled and grab your own bag or a pair of their infamous gloves (seen on the hands of JLo, Fergie and Drew Barrymore!). These bags also come in a mini size too, though I prefer the drama of the larger size (plus I have a lot of stuff to carry).

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Left – Dress: Melissa Bui; Shoes: Models Own Christian Louboutin; Earrings and Ring: Caty; Right – Dress: Melissa Bui; Shoes: Models Own; Earrings: Caty

At your next formal event, leave the crowd with their jaws on the floor as you float past in a Melissa Bui creation. From the luxurious fabrics to the figure flattering cuts and hand beading, you will surely be the centre of attention. Melissa’s collection harkens back to silver screen sirens and will have you feeling the part too. Here are two of her latest looks paired with oversize pearl and stone earrings from Caty. If you’re in need of jewellery for any occasion then Caty has you covered! Check out the shop on Caine Road and tell them I sent you!

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Dress: Melissa Bui; Earrings: Caty; Glasses: Pottinger Street

Now that the weather has turned brighter your wardrobe should follow suit. You can take a little inspiration from these lovely ladies looks or you can go out and buy the whole outfit for yourself as all these pieces are in stores now. Either way, we wish you a beautiful and fashionable spring season!

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Sabrina’s Top Five Beauty Picks: March

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I’m sure you had a pretty rough go at the Sevens. Let’s face it, no one comes out unscathed. You probably had a great time dancing and chanting and laughing with friends, but you also probably had your Katy Perry/Where’s Wally/Smurf costume drenched in beer… and let’s not even begin to talk about the beating your hair and skin took! Even if you managed to avoid the South Stand, it’s likely that you ended up throwing back a few cups of Pimms, or scarfing down some fried chicken, right? Well, good news! Our March beauty finds are all about putting you back together again. From skin to hair to scent, we have you sorted with our Top 5 Beauty Picks this month…

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Rene Furterer Paris Naturia Dry Shampoo
Ok – you should definitely wash the beer out of your hair. But if your hair just needs a pick me up between parties then reach for this Rene Furterer dry shampoo. The scent is pleasant and with only a few spritzes can refresh your style with ease. Part your hair down the centre and spray a line at the roots, then spray each side part, one spritz around the hairline, run a brush though it and go! Most other dry shampoos I’ve tried leave a white residue on brunette hair and this one is the best thus far, however you’ll still want to brush over the final product to blend it in. Now you can be out the door in a blink and no one will believe you were sporting an Iggy Azalea blonde wig just moments before!

Available here.

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Kate Somerville CytoCell Dark Circle Corrective
Now to freshen up those eyes I have two products here that will leave you more looking more alert (i.e. less hungover!). The first one is this intensely rich and hydrating eye cream that works to combat those dark circles. Every night before bed and every morning when you wake up, pat this thick cream on. It contains Vitamin C and light diffusing pearls – simply apply around your eye area for a soothing feel and brighter look. I have been using it for about two weeks and it has become the first thing I reach for in the morning due to how soft and supple it leaves my skin, making my make-up application that much easier.

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MAC Fascinating Eye Khol
Product number two to combat the signs of the Sevens is a bright white eyeliner pencil, which will instantly brighten your look. The pencil is creamy and glides on smooth, making application a breeze. Open up your eyes by lining the inner lower rim as well as the inside corners of your eye. To pump up the effect even more, add a drop of Visene (or any other red reducing eye drops) before you apply your make-up to reduce the redness of the veins in your eyes. These eye drops also work wonderfully at reducing the redness of a pimple!

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By Terry Baume De Rose Nutri-Couleur
An easy way to bring your look back to life is by applying a thick gloss in a girly shade. This gloss set from By Terry provides you with four supple shades and one pearly gloss, great for using alone or on top of any other lipstick in your bag. The glosses all smell like roses, which caught me off guard, but once I got use to it I came to find the smell calming and luxurious. My two favourite shades are #1 and #3, the pale pink and strawberry hue respectively, as they are sweet and girly and look good with any outfit.

Available here.

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Guerlain Paris La Petite Robe Noir Eau Fraiche
Oh the scent of the Sevens… let’s just pray no one bottles it up and sells it! Instead let’s apply something far, far better – and fresher. I received a sample of this scent and stuffed it in my wallet for emergencies, but found myself reaching for it time and again, bypassing all the scents displayed on my vanity. The fragrance smells of mandarin, rose, and pistachio and is exciting and intoxicating. It’s feminine and a little spicy, just like me!

 

Even if you sat on your couch this past weekend and avoided the rugby craziness all-together, you can still benefit from these little pick me ups. Who doesn’t want bright eyes, hydrated skin and luscious lips? Until next month… stay lovely my Sassy ladies!

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The 9th Muse Presents “How We Wear: The Mini Crossbody”

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I recently teamed up with local jewelry and accessories store,  The9thMuse, for a series of how to wear photos all about the new mini cross body. Check out how I styled these adorable little bags with everything from boyfriend jeans to crop tops! Shop these bags as well as the full range of goodies at The9thMuse website here!

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A Fifties Fling at Burger Circus with Team Sassy and Sau Clothing!

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Team Sassy welcomes Burger Circus to town with a fun 50’s shoot all decked out in dresses by the new local line Sau. Check out Sassy Hong Kong for the full article here! Photos by Sabrina Sikora.

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It’s been a long time… we shouldn’t have left you [without a dope beat to step to]

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Hat: ℅ Helen Kaminski; Top: Topshop; Shirt: H&M Cochella Collection; Boots: Sambag Sydney; Bag: ℅ The9thMuse; Necklaces: ℅ Karen Millen, Edge of Ember, Zara, verameat, and Fab’rik; Bracelets: H&M, ℅ Karen Millen; Sunglasses: ℅ The9thMuse

 

In the craziness that has surrounded these past two months I have emerged from it all with lots to share. I recently launched First Wife Studios, Ltd. (pics coming soon but for now check out #FirstWifeStudios on Instagram and @FirstWifeStudio on Twitter) which is a new 3,000 sq ft studio in Chai Wan, HK and it is busier than I ever could have hoped for. I’m shooting nearly everyday and in a whirlwind of sequins and flashing shutters seem to be managing it all just fine. Also, my son just turned one which is a huge accomplishment in my book. He has even grown larger, appears to be significantly smarter, and still has all his fingers attached so we are really succeeding over here (if you knew how much he gets into on a daily basis you would applaud these small triumphs too)! He slept through the night for the first time the night before his first birthday (that other time doesn’t count because he was hopped up on drugs form the doc appointment that day). My goal was to get him to accomplish this feat by his big numero uno bday and darn if he didn’t drag it out to the last bloody second. Over the past few weeks I have managed to get a few good nights sleep again and wow oh wow does it change ones clarity. You really do lose yourself when you haven’t gotten more than 3 ½ consecutive hours of sleep in 18 months. I’m starting to feel like my old self again… and just in time as I have my 31st birthday next month. Now to figure out what to wear to celebrate going “in to my 30’s” <insert emoji of eek face>.

 

 

 

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Top 5 New Local Hong Kong Labels!

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We here at Sassy are always on the prowl for new local talent to brag about, and this city is chock full of it! We recently came across five new brands that We just had to share with you. We found everything from bags and t-shirts, to gowns and sport bras, all from the hottest local labels. Have a gander and maybe you’ll discover your new fave brand!

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Laykh

We all know Hong Kong ladies love their bags, so we were quick to welcome Laykh (pronounced lake) to the local satchel scene! Kashish Hemnani creates designs that are influenced by the women in her life – she even names them after them. She’s teamed up with a host of fashionable HK female bloggers to launch a line of bespoke bags for her Spring Summer ’15 collection. Perhaps you like the “Christing”, a boho bucket bag in a rich brown python, or maybe your prefer the “Jasmine”, a hearty satchel with a cross-body strap made of black ostrich and matte python belly. The “Cindie” might be just the pop of colour you need in your clutch wardrobe.

Need something that changes with your plans? Try the “Sabrina”, named after yours truly, that transitions from a satchel, to a cross-body, to a backpack in a refreshing bright white ostrich skin! All hides are sourced from the finest tanneries in Italy. Kashish won’t rest until your bag is perfect, so give her a shout and get the bag of your dreams now!

Make sure you join Kashish and the featured bloggers, AKA the #LaykhLadies,  for the official launch of the brand today – Tuesday from 5-7pm at Marriage Maestros, 127 Wellington Street. You can also shop the pop up in that same location from March 17-19 from 11am-7pm. See you there! More details here.

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Sarah Lai

Financier by day and dress designer by night, Sarah Lai is a modern day female superhero. With a quick change of clothing (preferably not in a phone booth!), Sarah settles in front of her sketches and begins to unveil her superpower. What is it you ask? Designing clothes that are both modern and retro that can worn by women of all ages. It’s not a simple task, but she manages to do it with ease. Pieces are in clean, crisp cuts with architectural elements and are created in a range of textured fabrics that are sure to draw the eye in a flash! This season her stand out piece is an exaggerated black dress with a fitted shift-style top and a voluminous skirt with contrasting pleated colours – adding a dramatic 50s cheerleader vibe. Is it a bird, is it a plane, no – it’s the money flying out of my wallet in exchange for this gorgeous garment!

Available at D-Mop, G/F, 11-15 On Lan Street, Central, HK and at The Refinery at PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong.

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Dress in Print

You may think this brand is all about printed dresses, but you would only be half right. Prints are for sure the name of the game, but there is a lot more than frocks to be had. We love the easy to wear, whimsical, animal-printed chiffon scarves in artistic digital and hand drawn prints. The latest collection is certain to up your workout wardrobe, as the pieces are all beautifully printed with everything from flowers to water to hands tying a shoelace! And yes, if it is a frock you fancy then Dress in Print can certainly hook you up. The dresses featured are fitted on top with an a-line hem, making them flattering for almost every figure. A panel of pleating hides the print, revealing it when you walk and move.

Available online here and at these locations in Hong Kong.  

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SAU
Team Sassy recently borrowed the full range of SAU dresses for a shoot (stay tuned!) and we were stunned with the collection! Squeals of delight were heard around the room as each girl emerged in a new look. It was hard to choose if the royal blue a-line was the favourite, or if the red, long sleeved lace number was the winner. Jaws dropped when Sassy Managing Editor Dervla appeared in a two-piece lace crop top and ball-gown midi skirt combo! No matter the shape or size of the Sassy lady donning the garment, they looked incredible. These are dresses made to impressand we know that this brand is going to be one to watch in HK and beyond

Available online here – look out for SAU at various pop-up events around town too!

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Rong
Sometimes things in HK can get a bit lost in translation. Rong is a new t-shirt line that pokes fun at this near daily occurrence with its line of witty t-shirts made for the long-term expat, the tongue-in-cheek local, or the in-the-know tourist. Right now you can only order the shirts online, but I hear that shops are clamouring to put this brand on their shelves. Until then, shop the site, but be sure to spend some time clicking all the tabs as there are treasures to be found in the way of comic strips, videos, and even a tattoo consultation service! I recently had a private viewing of the range and was very impressed with the thickness and softness of the cotton used for the shirts. There is also a good bit of stretch ensuring a flattering fit. The inside tag gives you the translation of the shirt so you are never left with “No Meaning”… Funnily enough, that’s the shirt I walked away with!

Available online here.

Now your shopping list is all sorted! I’ll keep my eyes peeled for new Hong Kong designers and local labels to watch, and if you hear of any please be sure to let me know on Twitter – @sabrinasikorahk. Happy shopping Sassy ladies!

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Posted in Hong Kong, Modeling, Sassy Hong Kong, Shopping