Author: Meileen Son Hing

How to Protect Yourself

Are you protecting the delicate skin on your face by wearing enough sunscreen? Chances are the answer is no. My morning routine of the last several years incorporated a daily facial moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or over, worn under a foundation with built-in SPF as well. Should be enough on any given day right? Wrong! According to dermatologists we should be applying sun protection at least every two hours. How do you do that without feeling sticky, greasy or ruining your makeup? Read on. A few years ago while pregnant, my forehead went a darker pigment than the rest of my face. This condition commonly called pregnancy mask, is melasma gravidarum in medical terms. Post birth, I started noticing dark patches showing up on my cheeks too! Melasma is caused by hormonal changes and sun exposure worsens it. I tried in vain to cover the dark patches with lighter foundation, but it made my complexion chalky, and I didn’t like the feel of wearing so much makeup. I cut bangs to cover my forehead which hid part of my …

Sleek, Stylish & Sculptural

When I’m not looking at Fashion, chances are I’m glancing at interiors or furniture. I love all design! I ogled a stool months ago on a design blog and have been obsessing over it, ever since. A lover of 20th Century Modern Design, I was immediately struck by the simplicity and beautiful lines of the Jo stool. Like many iconic chairs of the 20th Century, the Jo stool was designed not only for its good looks, but to be easy to manufacture. Designed by E & J Design studio in Berlin for Punt, furniture makers in Valencia, the stool has three j-shaped moulded plywood legs, creating a sculptural base, and the seat top completes the minimal stool. The Jo stool, available in 17 amazing lacquered colours, is available from for $391.14 USD. One of these beauties in bright yellow, orange or red, would look amazing anywhere in my house or office. The Jo stool offers a sculptural punch of colour, and an extra seat when needed. Click on this link to purchase –

Tom Ford’s 10 Commandments

Not many online headlines grab me hook, line and sinker. But reading “Mr. Tom Ford shares his style rules” on Net-a-Porter Magazine, had my heart racing and finger clicking, lickety-split. Mr. Tom Ford, mega fashion royalty, is one of my fashion heroes. I know not all of you read the magazine, so I just had to share them with you! There isn’t a share link on the site, so here’s his tips in an abbreviated form, from the article by Kay Baron in Net-a-Porter Magazine, and my comments for fun. 1. Don’t let fashion dictate to you. – I couldn’t agree more. I don’t love or suit everything that’s in fashion at any given time. 2. Never try to be overtly sexy. – My sentiment exactly, that and the word “classy”, nothing tackier! 3. Find your uniform. – I give my clients the same advice. 4. Remember sexiness is about confidence. – So true no matter your size or shape. 5. Reassess your style every five years. – I agree, and hire an image consultant or stylist, namely …

Five Steps to Perfect Brows

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Making the smallest change to your eyebrows can have a major impact on your appearance.  When Image Consulting, I’ve shaped some clients’ eyebrows before I’ve even peeked inside their closet! Eyebrow shapes come in and out of fashion, from pencil thin to the full brow that’s in right now. More important than what’s fashionable, is to figure out what eyebrow shape suits your face and balances your features. The colour of your brows is just as important. What if your eyebrows are too sparse? Read on to find out. This photo shows different eyebrow shapes on the same face, notice the effect different shapes have on the eyes and face. A major defining feature of our face, eyebrows help us to express our emotions. Depending on the shape of one’s eyebrows, they can falsely make a person look angry or surprised all the time, so let’s make sure we get this right, yikes! Studies also show that eyebrows provide important clues to one’s identity. “Eyebrows are very intriguing to me because they …

Check Out this Powerful Video #YouLookDisgusting

I read a couple of  articles this morning regarding the perception of beauty and the psychology of wearing makeup. What I found particularly poignant was an article about beauty vlogger (video blogger) Em Ford, aka My Pale Skin. Although she blogs about make-up and beauty, the fact that our culture and the media perpetuate an impossible ideal of beauty, has not been lost on Ford. She recently began posting photos of her makeup-free face on social media, hoping that exposing her acne would be a confidence-booster to her fans. Sadly, deplorable internet commenters responded with criticism including, “Seriously… has she ever washed her face?” and “Ugly as f*ck.” Ford decided to fight back the haters by making a powerful video #YouLookDisgusting, which has been seen by 7,241,757 YouTube visitors at the time of me writing this entry.  Hopefully Ford’s video will prompt discussion and ultimately perceptions about what it means to be beautiful. My idea of beauty? As quoted by Diane von Furstenburg “Character. Intelligence. Strength. Style. That makes beauty”. The most gratifying moments in my career are when a client I’m working with realizes the full potential of their self-image, which ultimately boosts …

How to style the LWD Boho Chic

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How to style the Sporty LWD

How to style the Sporty LWD by crepedechine featuring a yves saint laurent lipstick Banana Republic white high neck dress 160 CAD – Yves Saint Laurent zip jacket 3,970 CAD – NIKE white sneaker 135 CAD – Superdry zippered tote bag 63 CAD – 1 Face stainless steel watch 50 CAD – Yves saint laurent lipstick 44 CAD – Jin Soon silver glitter nail polish 22 CAD –