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Gaston Luga Backpacks are always a better choice when it comes to bags. It’s comfortable and they fit a lot of stuff. Oh, you know how girls are. We need everything, just in case!

I always felt the need to bring my umbrella, water bottle, portable charger, makeup, and the list goes on and on.

So I was ecstatic when I was kindly gifted the Gaston Luga backpack (Praper) to try out!

“The Pråper: the dominant, simplistic and elegant design that will look good in any situation. The strong hooks will keep valuables secure when chasing your next train or flight, adjustable with four levels to suit your current packing need. Make your bag unique and match up your personal style with a coloured leather address tag. Equipped with Gaston Luga’s signature passport pocket.” – Gaston Luga

WHO IS GASTON LUGA?

The story begins during a trip to a new continent. Founder of Gaston Luga, Carl Sundqvist met a Frenchman who inspired him to create his own brand with classic elegant style and practical details.

Why?

Because a backpack needs to be more personal, functional and unique to be the best companion to travel the world!

Read more about Gaston Luga’s beginnings here.

HIGHLY DURABLE CANVAS

Gaston Luga Backpack (Praper) is a simplistic yet sleek bag that is made of highly durable canvas. It’s designed to endure all your adventures and is the perfect bag to bring along your journeys.

Being safe, I chose Black but there are 3 different other colour combinations to choose from.

EXPANDABLE METAL HOOK CLOSURE

What’s unique about this bag is their expandable metal hook closure. It’s nothing I saw before!

Depending on the amount of stuff you house inside, there are 4 different hooks for you to choose from so the top flap won’t be stretched.

INNER 13-15″ LAPTOP SLEEVE + 2 POCKETS

The inside of the bag feels nice too! Made of strong cotton fabric for durability, there’s a main pocket that claims to fit 13-15″ laptop and 4 additional smaller pockets for your knick-knacks.

Did I mention how I love the Red-Black combination as well? <3

HIDDEN PASSPORT POCKET

Another unique feature that I absolutely adore is the hidden passport back pocket. It’s designed for passport, flight and train tickets, to make them safe yet easily accessible. Which I think it’s just genius!

But if I’m just using the bag locally, I usually just put my phone, which fits like a charm!

The Guston Luga Backpack (Praper) retails for SGD309.

But wait!

There’s still 20% off tax rebate and free shipping! And if you use my unique code, you’ll get an additional 15% off!


 

Shop Gaston Luga Backpack here!

[Products were sponsored for my honest review. I’m not affiliated with the company.]

Love,

Miss Rusty

 

 

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Christmas came early this year for me, thanks to Sephora!

Kat Von D only came to Singapore April this year and I have heard nothing but raves for this brand. So I’m pretty excited to be able to get my hands on some of them!

This haul, I’ve got:

  • Shade + Light Contour Palette
  • Shade + Light Contour Brush
  • Lock-It Foundation in Medium 53 Warm

With all just face products, I’m determined this time to achieve a flawless sculpted look suitable for both day and night. I gave myself some time to try the products out and here’s my thoughts on them.

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SHADE + LIGHT CONTOUR PALETTE S$73

“Expert sketch artist Kat Von D uses shadows and light to create depth and dimension in her captivating portraits. Take artistry shading into your own hands with the Shade + Light Contour Palette, an exclusive set of three contouring and three highlighting shades to sculpt, chisel and shape your face. Unlike traditional bronzing powders, this palette is loaded with a unique selection of matte shades that capture the true hues of shadows and light. These silky, buildable powders blend flawlessly into the skin, won’t fade throughout and the day and flatter every skin tone and face shape.” – Sephora Singapore

The rule here is to darken the shadows and highlight the places where the light touches. This way, the face will be more contoured and defined.

But not everyone contours right?

Even if I do, it’s not for the everyday girl!

Well, guess what?

Everyone is able to contour on a daily basis. And it doesn’t even take that much time!

With Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Contour Palette, the powders are pigmented yet easily blendable. Which makes it simple and effortless for anyone to be able to rock the sculpted look everyday! They are also very buildable so always start with a light hand and slowly add on if needed.

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The palette itself is pretty sturdy and has the words “Shade + Light” embossed at the top. I’m glad to say that the packaging isn’t filmsy at all and is in fact, very well made.

The products are safely housed within the palette and is accompanied with a decent size mirror. I also like how they used magnets so there’s no unsightly latches which would have ruined the sleek design of the palette.

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The shadows wears well on my skin and can still be seen at the end of the day. For my skin tone, I mostly used Shadowplay during the day and Subconscious at night to contour.

The colour doesn’t look muddy or orange and if none of the individual colours suit you, you can always mix them to achieve your perfect shade.

However, I used the light shades to set my concealer under my eyes instead of highlighting. But that’s just my preference. Because these shadows are matte, I felt it’s not highlighting my flat features enough. What can I say? I love shimmering highlights!

But, do I still love it?

Yes, I do!

If you want a contour palette and is considering if this is the right one for you, I would recommend this regardless if you are a professional or just a beginner. The shadows are of great quality and is pretty forgiving.

TIP! You can even use the shades as eyeshadows!

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Along the palette also comes an illustrated tutorial insert which shows you 3 different ways to fully utilise the product for a well defined face.

First, the card teaches you how to achieve higher cheekbones. (You perhaps would have to do the fishy face for this one!)

Next step is to define your jawline for a slimmer face. Now who doesn’t want a V-shaped face, right?

Lastly, it’s the nose. This technique that the card teaches you would have you rock a slimmer and higher nose bridge!

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SHADE + CONTOUR BRUSH S$58

“Experience the transformative power of contouring with this advanced multipurpose brush. Specially designed by Kat Von D to be paired with the Shade + Light Contour Palette, this brush’s powerful two-in-one design combines the density of a contouring brush with the tapered accuracy of a highlighting brush to deliver ultimate precision and versatility. Glide the angled end along the hollows of your cheeks and temples for effortless sculpting; guide the tapered domed end along desired areas to enhance and illuminate features. Artfully constructed with super soft, white-tipped synthetic bristles on both ends, its gradient brush hairs expertly pick up and diffuse high-pigment powders for seamless blending. This ultimate contouring tool comes encased within a beautiful coffin-shaped case to keep it protected on the go.” – Sephora Singapore

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I cannot get over how the brush comes protected in a pretty plastic case! It may not be of super good quality, but it’s already a bonus to me to be able to store the brush, protected from all the dust.

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The bristles are so soft and I like how it’s dual ended that served both purpose of shading and highlighting, making the process a breeze!

Using the angled bristles for contouring, the size is just nice to focus the shadows in the contours, creating a natural yet well defined look.

For highlighting, I used the tapered bristles and its light touch accentuates the facial features like my nose bridge.

It’s a perfect combo pairing with Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Contour Palette. It distributes the shadows evenly and doesn’t poke at my skin. It may seem pretty pricey just for a brush, but to me, it’s worth every cent.

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LOCK-IT FOUNDATION IN MEDIUM 53 WARM S$56

“Kat Von D created this foundation to provide exceptional coverage without compromising a smooth, striking finish. The powerful high-pigment formula matches a broad range of skintones with bold, full coverage. A combination of raw materials and the best siliconic elastomers and siliconic esters provide 24-hour wear with transfer resistance. Natural polymers absorb oil for a matte, soft finish, and the added emollients provide a velvety texture for perfectly-smooth, hydrated skin.” – Sephora Singapore

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How gorgeous is the bottle? I love how good it feels in my hands and especially love the airless chamber that prevents any contamination.

The pump also dispenses just the right amount so I don’t have to waste any of the foundation.

Another benefit to note is that the product is paraben-free, sulfate-free and phthalate-free!

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How I would describe this foundation is that it has more of a thicker consistency. However, it spreads easily and blends well. But, you have to work really fast for this.

Thus, I divide my face is 7 different sections and slowly work my around. Bottom half of my right cheek, top half of my right cheek, same for my left cheek, forehead, nose and chin.

It dries up really quickly so speed is important. Once applied, the foundation dries to a matte finish and gives the skin a flawless polished look.

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Just a glimpse of how all the above products look like on my face.

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Interested to give the products a go?

Shop Kat Von D here!

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Miss Rusty

 

 

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MY JOURNEY WITH HEADLINES HAIRDRESSING

My hair has been very well taken care of for the past 2 and a half years. Charles from Headlines Hairdressing has been nothing but a great help. Even with frizzy problematic hair, he has always been patient and has advised the best solutions to help.

He has solved my problems with frizziness, hair loss and even curbed my curious appetite for wild colours.

Have a certain style you want to achieve? Find him!

Not sure what to rock next? Find him!

Stuck with chronic problems like loss of hair? Find him!

Regardless of what you may face. With Charles, I’m sure you will be in good hands.

GET A ‘HAIR’ LIFT

What my hair needed is basically divided into 2 sections:

1. Getting rid of frizziness

2. Colouring

I have written a few posts touching on both areas previously. So if you’re interested, click on each thumbnail above to be directed to the respective posts!

GET RID OF FRIZZINESS – MUCOTA DYNA ARGAN OIL TREATMENT

After being introduced to Mucota Dyna Argan Oil Treatment, I doubt I will ever go back. Living as a frizzy-haired girl can be stressful; I used to straighten my hair every morning!

That’s 15 minutes spent just on my hair (if I’m quick!) daily. Which makes up to 105 minutes per week. Hmm, let me calculate for a second… That’s 5,040 minutes per year!

84 hours per year is wasted on straightening my hair.

Don’t you agree that there’s so much more things to do for 84 hours other than straightening hair?

Which brings me back to my point. Mucota Dyna Argan Oil Treatment. A treatment that not only treats your hair, but also straightens it (or curl it, if that’s your jam!). Are you sure? That’s always the question I get whenever I speak about Mucota Dyna Argan Oil Treatment to someone.

And yes, yes I’m sure!

We are so used to the fact that straightening our hair is BAD, that when a good product exists that not only straightens hair, but treats it, we become skeptical. And I’m not blaming you. I was too!

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But after experiencing it for about 2 and a half years now, I have full trust towards Dyna. Not only do I not have to deal with frizzy hair problems, my hair is significantly softer and more tamed.

miss-rusty-mucota-argan-oil-treatment-afterAlso, I love how I don’t have to commit to a certain hair parting. So hair isn’t always weighed down and become limp and flat. Whenever I feel that my hair needs a boost, I flip it to the other side and VOILA! Awesome “Curry-Puff” hair makes me feel and look fresh!

COLOURING

Colouring is equally important as well. Just take a look at this.

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Are you cringing at the 2 tone hair colour yet? I do know that gradient hair is in trend right now. But not 2 tone!

What Charles has used on me is L’Oreal Matrix Wonderlight.

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This colour dye uses Lipid-Lift™ Technology that help to nourish and protect hair while lifting. No wonder my hair feels light, soft even after colouring!

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FANCY A HAIR MAKEOVER?

Book an appointment with Charles NOW! Details below:

Website: www.headlines.com.sg
Facebook: www.facebook.com/headlines.sg
Address: 18 Cross Street #01-15 China Square Central, S048423
Contact: 6221 6866
Hair Stylist: Charles

Quote “MISS RUSTY” to get 10%-30% off all services*. Discount depends on type of services. To know how much discount applies to each service, contact Charles.

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Love,

Miss Rusty

 

 

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