It’s been crazy busy! I am house hunting and viewing apartments has been taking up all my blogging time! I love blogging and DIYing so am missing that a little at the moment.

Nevertheless, here’s a round up of what I wore to the Mix 94.5FM office last week.

Monday: Top by Uniqlo, Pants by Iconic, Necklace by What Women Want in Singapore.

Tuesday: Blazer from G2000 in Chiang Mai, Shoes by Aurora Wild, Skirt and Top by Stephanie Audino and Necklace by H&M, Lipstick CHANEL.

Wednesday: Harem pants from Kmart, Bolero from a boutique in Singapore, V-neck from Cosset, Necklace from Forever 21.

Thursday: Radio DJ T-shirt DIY, Blazer from Topshop.

Friday: Best bargain ever were these Saba jeans from the outlet store in Subiaco. They were  just AUD $40. Shoes are by Seed Australia. Blazer from H&M, Necklace by Aldo, Shirt by Saba and Watch by Juicy Couture.

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Wishing you an inspired work week!

For my 30th birthday I wanted to do something DIY-related and I have always loved Audrey Hepburn. Her big doe-eyes were my first time seeing a dark-haired and dark-eyed woman as beautiful, having grown up in Australia in the 90s, it had all been about the blondes.

On a side note, I am house hunting and I am going to furnish my apartment like this:

For more inspiration you can check out my Pinterest account.

Here is the mask tutorial I came up with for parties because the felt does not need to be hemmed and the glitter glue is almost instant. If I were making this not as a party DIY, I would definitely get the sewing machine out and do it with satin.

This is what you’ll need:

Gold braid, fabric glue, sewing scissors, aqua felt, fabric paint in gold in a thin-nozzled tube, permanent markers, standard sized spoon, clear nail polish and a cheap sleeping eye mask.

Start by tracing around the eye mask with the marker onto the felt. Cut it out and set it aside.

Using a spoon trace around the head to mimic the shape of the eyelids.  Cut around and set aside.

Draw the eye balls on in black fabric marker and then glue the eyelids on top.

Cover the cheap eye mask with glue and then place the felt one on top.

Glue the trim on around the border with the fabric glue.

Use clear nail polish on the raw end to stop fraying.

Use the fabric paint and put on your eyebrows and lashes and you’re done!

Happy DIY’ing and please comment below and let me know what you think!

 

 

The weeks are whizzing by. I have so many things in store for this blog. You will be hearing from me a little less…yes “less.” That is to say, this blog is reaching 2 years old and it’s time to up the quality of the images and reduce the frequency of DIYs. I will be teaming up with some local Perth photographers to bring you stunning shoots of my hand made products in uniquely Australian settings.

I am also house hunting, so expect a lot of decor DIYs shortly too. For now though, you can still look forward to my weekly posts on my #whatimwearinginthestudiotoday instagram hashtag.

Here’s a round up of what I wore last week:

Monday: Sequined mini from Michelle Belau in Dubai, jacket from Topshop, t-shirt from S*uce. Necklace from Forever 21.

Tuesday: Jacked, pants and top by Steph Audino, a good friend and an amazing WA designer. Necklace by BYSI in Singapore.

Wednesday: Tutu skirt which is actually a dress from Miss Selfridge. Scarf from Kookai. Jacket from Topshop. Necklace from What Women Want. V-neck (under jacket) from Country Road.

Thursday: Jeans by GAP. Necklace by Curated Editions. Boots by H&M. Top by Portmans. Blazer from Topshop.

Friday: Jeans by GAP. Watch by Marc Jacobs. Top by Portmans. Jacket from Michelle Belau in Dubai. Necklace from C.Wonder.

I have paid for this treatment before. I have flown over from abroad for this treatment and I am so in love with what Browhaus do, I am sincerely looking into bringing the company over to Australia!

Here’s where I yell out, IF YOU ARE AN ASIAN WOMAN WITH SPARSE BROWS, YOU NEED THIS. YES, YOU DO. DO NOT GO TO ANY OTHER TATTOOIST/BEAUTY PARLOUR BESIDES BROWHAUS, IF YOU DO, YOU WILL END UP WITH CRAY CRAY BLUE EYEBROWS (and people may stop you on the street and call you Aunty) Phew! glad I got that out.

From the time I went through puberty I became aware that my eyes were so dark and my eyebrows so sparse. I have a very high forehead and without my eyebrows drawn in, the space from my eyelids to my hairline looks like it’s almost half of my face! It’s insane! #firstworldproblems I know.

Don’t believe me. Here is a picture of me sans make up:

These are my brows after my Browhaus Brow Resurrection:

*Now do note they are newly done here and fade down by 2 shades after the first 10 days. I also opted for the “Define” treatment. You may want to go for “Natural” for something lighter.

Below: These are my brows now, 3 weeks later, with no eye makeup.

The first time I got my brow resurrection done was in April 2013. The guy I was dating then was so impressed at how much better I looked without makeup and my new brows, he actually said it was a “vast improvement” (needless to say I am no longer dating this tactless wonder). I didn’t how know to take the comment, as a compliment or an insult, so I just took it as a compliment to the team at Browhaus, particularly the therapist Lydia Li Xia Yan. This is Lydia and I below:

Every Brow Resurrection Define comes with a complimentary touch up within 3 months to redefine the semi-permanent treatment but as I was living in Dubai I wasn’t able to last time. The months whizzed past and by June 2014, I was well in need of a touch up. I was so blessed and ecstatic when my management in Singapore, Fly Entertainment, managed to book me in. I am so passionate about the treatment, I had been bugging them for months that I needed to come to Singapore just to get it done. Yes, I have flown once from Dubai and now once from Australia for a Browhaus Brow Resurrection, it’s that damn good.

I think the thing I love the most is that I can wear only some BB cream and with my brows resurrected, I am ready to walk out the door. I don’t have to be scared that people will be shocked that I am not the same “Simone Heng” they see on Google images when they see me sans make up. This used to happen a lot in Dubai.

So by now you’re wondering, what is this Brow Resurrection exactly? Brow Resurrection is a signature semi-permanent treatment, an advanced brow embroidery technique that is unique to Browhaus. Each strand is constructed to give the illusion of actual hair strands. Browhaus also uses 100% vegetable dye and a top-grade anesthetic, making it a completely safe, comfortable and near-painless treatment.  Hence, why my eyebrows have never faded blue and don’t look like a McDonald’s is sign drawn half way up my forehead (or a fivehead as I like to think of mine, because it’s so damn big).

The way the treatment is done, it creates a defined yet “non-golden arches” look because every single strand is thicker at the root and tapered off at the tips to mimic real brow hair. How do they do that? You may ask…Let me walk you through it like it’s one of my step-by-step DIY tutorials:

First the therapist draws on your brows with a super fine eyebrow pencil. Every single hair is defined to show you how the 3D-treatment will look when it’s done. This way you can see the exact shape you will get.

Here’s what my shape looked like at the end and I was happy with it. I had Lydia (by total coincidence) as my therapist in April 2013, so I trusted her completely this time. I later found out she’s one of Browhaus’ most prized therapists for Brow Resurrection. She also tolerates me speaking infantile Mandarin to her (she’s from China) and I love seeing her giggle.

From here the eyebrows are numbed with numbing cream and covered with some cling film type material. This is left for 15-20minutes until your brow area is numb. During this time, the Browhaus team will ask you if you have plans to dye your hair and if not, they will recommend you a shade of vegetable dye for your brow embroidery which best matches it. I didn’t know if I’d get to visit Singapore again in 90 days for my touch-up and I wanted my treatment to last longer than last time so I opted for a slightly darker dye this time.

Now from what I am told is going on here (I barely “feel” what is going on here, because it’s almost painless), Lydia is using the finest multi-pins to craft life-like brow strands into my brows following the lines of the shape she drew in with pencil earlier. The vegetable dye is then deposited into the skin. This process is done within 40-45 minutes.

As you can see. I couldn’t be more happy with how my brows turned out. I suffered only 1 week of minor scabbing and took home my after care kit and followed it religiously. They recommend no swimming, sauna, steam baths or excessive sweaty exercise (I gave up my long runs) for 2 weeks. No facials for at least 2 weeks and of course no tanning (which let’s face it, none of us smart girls who want good skin do anyway)!

Thankyou so much Browhaus for another reliable treatment. I had so much fun giggling with Lydia that I got the boyfriend threaded straight after. He needed some giggle sand grooming! He said the brows were amazing and not blue as he feared! LOL. I cannot recommend this treatment enough to women in the public eye especially, who have no brows. I will be going back every year for this.

Here’s a limited offer specially for my readers!!
Quote “Simone Heng” to redeem a Brow Resurrection Natural Trial at $300!
Only available at the following outlets – Browhaus 100 AM #03-06, Raffles City Basement #B1-17, Raffles City Street Level #01-15, Westgate #03-23 & Holland Village 18A. For bookings, please call Browhaus call centre at 6471 2769 (BROW).
Valid for new brow resurrection customers till 31 July 2014 only.

I am really proud of this project, basically because it uses a piece of an old necklace of mine that broke when  I was in Singapore recently. I loved that necklace and was annoyed it broke but found a way to repurpose it into another feature necklace:

For this project you will need:

You can see the piece of the broken necklace front and centre. I then used some rhinestones courtesy of Wander and Hunt and pom pom trim from my trip to Chiang Mai in Thailand. You’ll also need jump rings, pliars, clasps, curb chain and embroidery thread.

Knot 4-6 strands of embroidery thread (3 times the length of your chain) to the end of the curb chain. Weave the thread to the chain as shown here.

Weave the embroidery thread as shown in this tutorial until the whole chain is covered.

Lay out all of the stones to have an idea of the design you want to have.

Attach the front piece with jump rings.

Hand stitch on the pom pom trim:

Now hand stitch on the stones:

That’s it. This is how I styled it up!

Happy DIY’ing