Monthly Archives: June 2008

I used to think that expensive curling irons and flat irons were just gimmicks but when I finally got myself a CHI flat iron, I can see why people are willing to fork out that extra money for it.

The Farouk CHI Turbo Flat Iron 2″ is extremely lightweight and it has a slightly longer, 360-degrees swivel cord to help it from getting all tangled up. The controls are placed on the outside for easy access and the velvet lining on its handles makes it really comfortable to grab onto and less likely to get your fingers burnt. The indicator light is located on the outside as well but the light itself is really crappy so it can be hard to tell if the flat iron is heated up or not.

Temperature-wise, there are two settings – low and high – with a range of 175F/80C to 356F/180C. I normally use the highest setting and it never takes more than half a minute for the flat iron to heat up completely.

I also love how how the 2″ plate allows me to work with more hair at a time. Five minutes is all it takes to straighten my long, Asian hair and most importantly, my hair is left looking shiny and smooth and it stays straight even until the next morning, which almost never happens with my other cheaper flat irons from Sally’s! Plus my hair never gets dry or damaged when I use the CHI Turbo, even without a heat protector.

Overall, this is a very user-friendly flat iron that is great for beginners and pros. I am proud to say I am now a CHI convert!

As promised, I will be doing a series of Bridal Makeup Looks from different cultures and first, I am going to start off with my hometown – Hong Kong.

Hong Kong brides like to keep the look natural and light, especially during the day.

The look is very soft and feminine and you will rarely see any dark smoky colors or harsh lines on the eyes. Instead, a lot of soft, shimmery pastels are used. Some colors to really bring out brown eyes are pink, lavender, minty green, light blue and silver. A long-lasting eyeliner, an eyelash curler and a waterproof mascara are a must. You can also use false lashes for the day but remember to pick a pair that lengthens without being too over the top. Lining your lower lashes with an off-white/beige pencil will also make your eyes pop.

To create a healthy flush as spotted on Janice Man on the left, try colors like baby pink and soft peaches. Smile big and apply directly onto the apples to create a cute doll look.

When choosing a lip color, you can never go wrong with a medium pink or peach.