Oriental Love…

Hey Beauties,

February has always been our favourite month of the year, and for obvious reasons too! It’s the month of being hopeless romantics and celebrating love and togetherness with our respective families and that’s our take on Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year. To commemorate these two celebrations this month, we at Luxuria Cosmetics had an amazing photoshoot (made possible  by our tres magnifique team! Thanks guys!) and we are so excited to share with you our Oriental themed fashion shoot and we certainly hope you enjoy these beautiful pictures.

We would like to wish you all Happy Chinese New Year and stay flawless!

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Our beautiful co-founder: Diana Danielle

The Oriental theme is inspired by the Chinese culture, known to celebrate opulence and intricacy in terms of fashion. We had the privilege to work with Max Mak, a celebrated designer who channeled these looks beautifully.

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Red has always been THE colour of Chinese New Year and there is no reason why you should not include this majestic colour in your closet. In the Chinese tradition, this bold colour brings luck and good fortune which is why most of the Chinese New Year decorations are in this color.  Red is also the colour in Chinese weddings, representing good luck, joy and happiness, thus, it should be your colour of choice. With all these good vibes coming to you by wearing red, don’t be surprised if you receive a pair of red-soled Louboutins in the near future, ladies!

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Our beautiful Luxuria girl: Iman Mohamed Osman

Besides the color red, yellow and gold are also the colors that we often see during the Chinese New Year celebrations. The Chinese saying, Yellow generates Yin and Yang, implies that yellow is the center of everything. Yellow symbolizes neutrality and good luck and is sometimes paired with red in place of gold.

It  also represents freedom from worldly cares and is thus esteemed in Buddhism as seen where Monks’ garments are yellow, as are elements of Buddhist temples.

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And of course, no celebration is complete without flowers! Flowers have recurrent presence in our photos as it is in tandem with our Oriental theme. We love pairing themes from different extremes together, pairing bold colors with dainty pretty flowers. A metaphor we would like our readers to understand as being a woman, with the concept of Yin and Yang, it is important to face the world as independent, poignant, opinionated and strong but we must never forget to enhance the femine qualities we already posses as a woman such as being sensual, soft-spoken and of course all that while having our make up on point!

All fashion looks styled by Max Mak (@maxmak7288). We’ll be interviewing Max Mak on his inpisration next week for the blog so stay tuned!

MaxMak is a Malaysian fashion designer and stylist and clearly is very talented.

Photographed by Marcus by Blink Studio.

Makeup and Hair by Cherina Othman.

Content edited by Melle Marley.

We hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as we enjoyed making them. What do you think about this?

Love,

Luxuria

Love is a Verb

Love is a Verb,

Happy Valentine’s! Everyday should be Valentine’s not just ONE day. We should always appreciate our loved ones, if it is our boyfriends/ girlfriends, hubbys/ wifeys, friends, family or even strangers. Of course, it sounds weird to say strangers in this context but we urge you to get out of the notions and stereotypes of this holiday and actually appreciate the ones we are with. Whether at work or at a coffeeshop, be kind, be open and let people into your lives. You might just be surprised with what you encounter. This is why it does not matter whether you have a ‘Valentine’ because your Valentine can be anyone in your life or someone you just met. Think about it. It’s actually pretty simple. Why make ourselves unhappy and miserable? If we step out of our comfort zones, we will be amazed of what it may lead us to. Love is all around and we need to start spreading love. The world needs love more than ever now, we have so many things going on 24/7- we need to start owning love and showing people that love is all we need. We need to take action and make things happen for ourselves, we cannot just expect things to fall into place. Without action and dedication, long lasting love and happiness is a far fetched dream. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, to let down your guard and experience new emotions.

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We cannot forget that it is also Chinese New Year- Happy Chinese New Year to everyone! Whether or not you are celebrating, we should rejoice in the celebrations. The year of the Sheep, a festival for families to come together and celebrate a new year. If you do not know much about the Lunar New Year festivities, I strongly recommend looking within your city or township and joining in the festivities or visiting friends who are celebrating. It is an amazing experience to be part of the dragon dances, the drums, the lights and the colours of this festival.

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Some Relationship Rules that we try to live by:

#1 Love honestly and openly

#2 Never go to bed mad

#3 Give everything you got- 100%

#4 Drop the barrier and let your loved ones in

#5 Be understanding- Forgive!

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Love,

Diana & Harveen

Gwyneth Paltrow on staying close to Chris

Gwyneth PaltrowA new life in LA, a new relationship, a new career… why Gwyneth Paltrow is embracing the future while keeping Chris Martin close to her heart.

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Jennifer’s Best Year Ever

The actress opens up about Cake, her relationship with Justin Theroux, and all those pesky rumors.

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“If I haven’t gotten wiser about relationships, then I should be kicked out of life school because I’ve had some really good training.”

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Source: InStyle – Feb 2015

Shanghai Surprise

Celebrate new Year’s eve with cherry blossom, oriental motifs and lanterns that light up the sky.

Photography – Simon Bevan – Styling – Amanda Koster

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Guest Book

Take snaps of the gang as the music starts up – then compare notes in the morning.

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Singapore Slings

A vintage cabinet makes a sturdy bar. Brightly coloured glass adds to the fun factor.

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Fan Fair

Dress every space with accent shades inspired by the east.

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Floor Filler

When the clock strikes midnight, shower the revellers with oversized paper decs.

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Sweet Dreams

Sit back and make a resolution in the chill-out zone. 2015 is up for grabs…

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Source: Livingetc January 2015

Hot Christmas News

NORDIC TALES

Hot Christmas News - LuxuriaInstead of vibrant reds and greens, go for a clean, minimalist look this Christmas with Nordic ornaments from Georg Jensen. These laser- cut, mirror-finish stainless steel disc decorations are embellished with seasonal motifs and poetic landscapes to add a classy and understated impact to your home. For whimsical charm, go for new design selections that include a seal, drum and teapot.

WINTER SCENTS

Hot Christmas News - LuxuriaInspired by the snow-covered mountains of Sweden, these sustainable alder-wood Christmas ornaments by Dirt By Earth is suffused with a tree scent. This will elicit images of a wintery wonderland from the moment a pack is opened. They come in an array of festive icons such as the gingerbread man, Christmas angel or snowflake.

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VIRTUAL ELEGANCE

Hot Christmas News - LuxuriaOnline store kellyhoppen.com gives you more reasons to celebrate gloriously this year. Launched by designer Kelly Hoppen who is known for her luxurious designs, kellyhoppen.com now features a festive collection for this yuletide season. Bring the holiday cheer into your home with a wide selection of candleholders, fragrances, wine glasses, cushions, and elegant table centrepieces.

 

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Source: SquareRooms – December 2014

12 ways for a green and space-friendly Christmas

December is a good month to… celebrate!

12 ways for a green and space-friendly Christmas

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Source: SquareRooms – December 2014

The power of a quiet mind

Hi guys!

 

It seems impossible nowadays, the way most of us are living our lives to have adequate rest & down time. It’s been said that for every hour of work we do, we should give our mind/body 15 minutes of free time. I know many of us can go hours and hours ticking off the to-do lists from work and home but you’re risking burning yourself out.

 

What does it mean by burning out?

Your mind is hazy, you’re unable to focus, it’s hard to find motivation or any will to even go into the shower. All you want to do is zone out (if not sleep) for an entire week or even month. Don’t be surprised. A lot of people get into depression mode thinking they are depressed and unhappy when all they really needed was to take care of their body.

 

Stop thinking so much. Quit worrying. Rest! Sleep for Pete’s sake!

 

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How do you quiet your mind?

Now I’m not going to teach you to quiet your mind like a professional guru but I do know a couple of techniques that has helped me.

 

* Deep breathing:

When it’s been a long day or when there’s just too much on my plate, I lay flat in bed (or anywhere you can sit/lie down) and take very deep and slow breaths. I do this for a good 15 minutes and boy do I recharge. My mind is clearer, my body energized and my focus back to top notch.

 

* Revise your to do list

Yes, check it again. You need to ask yourself if all 50 things you need to do needs to be done TODAY or it can be slotted into another day or week. Learn to differentiate urgent from important.

 

* Exercise

I can’t stress enough how good I feel after i’ve exercised. For me I’m not the gym type. I need exercise to be fun, not a chore but something I look forward to doing. I enjoy Yoga because it’s a chance for me to practice quieting my very noisy mind. I swim because the soft flow of water and body is therapeutic for me (and my son and I are water babies). I also love dancing because it’s been my passion, jungle trekking and rock climbing.

 

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Find physical activities you REALLY enjoy and you won’t feel so unmotivated to do it.

 

* Organize your life

A frantic mind is sometimes a sign that you need to focus on organizing your time, and balance it out. Are you too focused on your job and have no time for yourself or your friends/hobby/passion? I recently found a weekly schedule that is super “balancing”. It has spaces for family/friends/work/hobby/goals and most importantly myself. It may seem like a lot, but if you know just how important living a balanced and well planned life is, the little effort is very much worth it.

 

Of course, always remember that as humans, there will always be off days. Don’t get discouraged. Pick up where you left it and take it easy.

 

* Pray and hope for the best

God is always listening, and watching. When troubles and pressure pile up, remember that there is the hidden strength in you given by God. How many times have you gone through times when you never thought you’d come out alive? Always be grateful and share your gratitude with God and your loved ones.

 

As we grow older, we tend to forget to have fun and be silly. Don’t let the stresses of live rob the lightness of your life. Instead embrace everything you are, be bold and when your mind speaks too much, acknowledge it and continue to slow your thoughts down. Come on, you can do it!

 

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Love,

Diana

An elegant piece of yourself!

Everyone needs that little black dress in their closet. That piece that just ties your whole look together perfectly! In this case, it’s an elegant piece Marc by Marc Jacobs worn by Diana Danielle. Look out for the whole editorial on EH! magazine. 

 

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Paired up with some killer or comfy but cute heels and its almost good to go. Doesn’t she look stunning?

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An outfit is never perfect until the makeup is just right! A smoky eye look can never really go wrong with an all black outfit. The other way to go is bold bright lips but nude shimmery eyes. For this look Diana chose the smoky eyes and nude lips. IMG_9160

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Shop now on www.LuxuriaCosmetics.com to create your own smoky eyes!

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Love,

L