From jewellery to crackers, the former VOGUE Stylist has got us covered when we’re out on the town
Ever see one of those mums walking down the street looking like she stepped out of a fashion catalogue? She’s got a baby strapped to her belly, but she’s sporting heels and looking incredible? After hating her just a little, we got a little curious. How does one look so ah-ma-zing all the time? We asked none other than one of our That Mamas, the fabulous former Senior Fashion Style Editor of VOGUE China, Grace Lam, to let us peek in her handbag and to spill her secrets on what she carries with her to always look her best.
Victoria Beckham Eye Pallette – “I’m a really lazy person, and when I like something immediately, I use it. The quality [of this eye shadow] is very good. I have oily eyelids and this manages to stay on all day. [I find other eye shadows] are too powdery, but this stays on.” Her trick? She gently wipes her eyelids with a tissue, dusts foundation powder on top of her lids, and then applies the Victoria Beckham eye shadow.
Maybelline Eye Studio ‘Hyper Sharp’ Laser Precision Liner – “I’ve tried endless amounts of eyeliners, and this is the only thing that I like and that works well. They’ve got it sorted when it comes to the tip and the thickness. I’ve tried everything and this is [the best]. You can even buy it at Watsons!”
Joomi Lim fashion jewellery rings or earrings – “I’ve been a fan for years and years. I have serious baby brain, so sometimes I forget an appointment and I’m not dressed for it. I keep some of these in my bag to toss on. Even if I’m just in a T-shirt and jeans, adding some of these makes me look great.”
Mac ‘Ruby Woo’ lipstick – “It’s the only thing I use because it stays on so well.”
Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment – “I like this because the [Ruby Woo] lipstick is sometimes drying. I don’t rub it in; I dab on a few spots and that’s all I need. I apply this first, and then apply the lipstick after. Then I blot it off with a tissue.”
Kiehl’s Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist Mini spray – “This is just so refreshing. Hong Kong is so polluted, so this is good for when you’ve just spent a half a day walking around. Also, in public, it’s good to spray around you when you’re in small spaces [when it’s stuffy].”
Tiger balm ointment – “Mosquitos love me, so this is perfect for mosquito bites, especially in Hong Kong.”
Rechargeable battery – “Because my phone battery goes down so quickly.”
Jo Malone ‘Pomegranate Noir’ Cologne – “I love this scent and it’s [in a] mini bottle, so it fits perfectly in my bag.”
Chewing gum – “I love spicy food, so if I need to have a quick [fresh breath] fix!”
Face masks – “For when I go to mega busy places [and don’t want to catch any germs]!”
Business cards – “You never know who’ll you meet. Only in HK and Asia do you use a lot of business cards. In London, I never used them. No one ever asked me. In Asia, you’re in the fish market and people are like, ‘Do you have a business card?’ Within two weeks of moving to Shanghai from London I gave out 200 business cards.”
Plaster bandages and disinfecting wipes – “For [blisters from] high heels or kids’ wounds.”
Mini mirror – “To apply makeup.”
Candy, mini biscuits and/or rice cakes – “For when my son throws a tantrum while we are out!”
An iPad mini – “For my son, loaded with educational games and ‘Angry Birds,’ his fave at the moment!”
Packet of tissues, wallet and credit cards – “For obvious reasons.”
Thanks to Grace Lam, Fashion Director, Stylist, Vlogger.
Youtube: Grace Lam (Search for ‘Grace Lam Style episode 1)