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The Winston Story

The Winston Story

Through his lifetime, Mr. Winston believed that behind every great diamond was a fascinating story. That Diamonds, like people, were most precious for their individuality. And that our most meaningful moments should be marked with jewels so exquisite and rare that they would forever serve as glittering reminders of our most cherished memories. One of Mr. Winston’s greatest gifts was to impart his fascination with the beauty, the romance, the majesty and the mystique of great gemstones to a clientele that ranged from heads of state to Hollywood stars. Harry Winston’s renowned collection of rare jewels has been compared with those amassed by royal houses and governments alike. Since 1932, some of Harry Winston’s most extraordinary diamonds have played a prominent role in commemorating some of the greatest romances of our time, from expressions of love-such as the flawless pear-shaped stone presented to Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton; to symbols of commitment-like the legendary Lesotho III diamond engagement ring given to Jacqueline Kennedy by Aristotle Onassis; to one of a kind jewels, for once in a lifetime celebrations. Instilled in every Harry Winston Diamond is an incredible sense of pride, grounded in decades of experience and tradition. When you purchase a Harry Winston engagement ring, our legacy becomes yours.
Oxy Essential

Oxy Essential

What is Oxy Essential ? Oxy Essential is a revolutionized concept in well-being and relaxation. It promotes a positive lifestyle and reflects a decision to give your body and mind. …. A 20 minute vacation Hong Kong has long been regarded as having one of the most unhealthy environments in the world. The extended working hours, the endless socializing, the boundless traffic and noise, all challenge the mental and physical well being of its residents. Furthermore, oxygen makes up 21% of the air we normally breath . People who live in heavily polluted cities, like Hong Kong, are likely to consume less, approximately 14%. Oxygen is essential in maintaining a healthy and disease free body. Oxy Essential main objective is to help combat the effects of air pollution, stress and fatigue on our bodies. Oxy Essential combines the remedial benefits of oxygen inhalation (equivalent to breathing air), natural fruit fragrance and colour projection, concomitantly with other traditional relaxation techniques. These methods have been proven beneficial to the body, contributing to it’s well-being, making it more energetic and rejuvenated. For years oxygen sessions like Oxy essential have been used for anti-ageing purposes, jet-lag, enhancing athletic performance and stamina, as a remedy for hangover, fatigue and migraine headaches. Therefore, by visiting and experiencing Oxy essential, you create a body that looks and feels rejuvenated. How does Oxy Essential work? A small soft canula is positioned in the nasal passage. Oxygen is slowly passed through at a predefined rate and quantity. It is filtered through freshly pressed fruit juices of your choice, enhancing it with vitamins. The oxygen session can be enjoyed at the Oxy essential open bar or within the comfort of a private room. Private rooms come complimentary with a colour projection session while you breathe your oxygen. The colours chosen can be individually tailored to your needs; each representing a specific mood and producing a specific response. For example, the colour red, when projected onto your body, can increase your energy levels and enhance motivation. What is the Oxygen Bar ontology? Oxy essential is the place to meet and share a healthy time with your colleagues and friends. Alternatively, you can visit on your own, relax on a comfortable lounge chair, feel the various colours on your skin and finally breathe fresh air again. The results are immediate. You feel more awake, energetic and your skin even looks healthier. It also helps to eliminate and puffiness or dark shadows around the eyes. Who supports it? For years celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Madonna , Kirstie Harley, John Travolta and Woody Harrelson, just to name a few, have been strong supporters of oxygen sessions. Athletes and high level executives have advocated the use of oxygen to enhance performance.
Five Minutes With: Makeup Artist Nigar Qureshi (featured in Localiiz)

Five Minutes With: Makeup Artist Nigar Qureshi (featured in Localiiz)

“Makeup is a girl’s best friend, diamonds follow.” – Nigar Qureshi From contouring to strobing, smudging to blending, award-winning makeup artist and owner of Spa BPZ, Nigar Qureshi, knows exactly how to bring out the smoky-eyed goddess or natural beauty within us. After spending two decades working in cosmetics, and celebrating the 15th anniversary of her sought after Power of Tool make up brushes, we catch up with the makeup whizz to find out how to get that A-List look – and avoid those beauty faux pas! 1. What is the biggest makeup trend at the moment? Strobing – this focuses exclusively on a highlighter that is applied to the areas of the face that light naturally hits. I find that a small angled brush lets me apply colour exactly where I want it to go, and blends cream and fluids beautifully on the cheeks. A brush also helps to create more definition and leaves a soft, chiseled, blush look. 2. Contouring is hitting the headlines, what’s your opinion of it? Contouring is a technique previously reserved for runway models and fancy photo shoots, but for many women it’s now becoming a part of their daily routine. Contouring uses makeup to give shape to an area of the face and enhance the facial structure, but it can also use dark shades to help reduce features, so for this you need to go two shades deeper than your foundation. Contouring is all about the artistry and illusion, and there are certain rules to follow: • Stick with matte – always avoid shimmery products. • Follow the tone – as a makeup artist I’m against the use of bronzer on every skin tone, unless you have tanned skin. You need to find something which creates the illusion of an actual shadow, like a tone of beige, brown, taupe, or gray. I would suggest using a darker pressed powder such as MAC Congo (my favorite). For darker skin tones, try the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate, or a bronzer like the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder. • Customise your skin tone or complexion – if you use powder to contour you will get a matte finish, and if you use a cream it will be more dewy. I always tell my students to start with creamy products which are easier to blend and build. My favorite is Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Base. • It’s all about the brushes – start with a small, fluffy brush for more precision and use an angle crème brush to apply under the cheekbone and jawbone. It’s better to have two brushes – one for contouring and the other for highlighting. My favourite is MAC 217. A fan brush is also a great idea, and Sigma has some nice, cheaper options to help you get that precise, airbrushed look on the cheekbones. • It’s about the smudging too – hard lines are not allowed. Most makeup artists use a regular brush or an egg shape sponge to blend the contour and blend it well. Add some happy colours, like candy pink, to the cheeks and a bit of sheer to further enhance the complexion. • Start soft – build pigments as you go along by using circular movements. • Buff it after building. 3. Do you think “less is more” when it comes to makeup? Yes. Less is more, especially if you are an amateur makeup artist or doing personal makeup. Dramatic makeup can age you if not done by experts. Mask-like makeup can cover up the real you, but that doesn’t mean that you need to stop using it completely – just use less and you can feel more confident and beautiful. 4. When applying products, when is it better to use your finger rather than a brush? It depends! Fingers can give more of a natural, rosy, fresh look. As long as the blusher formula is long lasting or water resistant, the result will be the same whichever tool is used. Two decades ago there was no choice when it came to brushes and makeup tools, that’s why I created my own, which I call my “power tools”. They are 12 essential brushes, and I still use them when I could use my hands. 5. What is the most unusual makeup request you have ever had? Being a makeup artist, I’ve come across a lot of different style requests. Most of the time, guests come up with a picture of their favorite actress – the most popular right now is Kim Kardashian, and sometimes Audrey Hepburn. But the most unusual one for me was around Halloween time when this beautiful lady came to me with a picture of her dog and asked me to match its face – it was an unusual request, but I fulfilled it the best I could and she was very happy with the end result! 6. What is the biggest makeup “fail” you see women make? The skin tone factor. Finding the right colour of concealer and foundation is very important, as balance is key. Too dark and you will look orange, and too light will turn your skin a grey colour. Also, make sure to balance the lip shade and eye shadow colour. Some of the biggest beauty fails have been when attempting to follow trends. When the results go wrong, you end up with over-plucked eyebrows, too much tan with pale foundation which creates an orange skin tone, overdoing the hair waves, noticeable contouring (without blending), over extended eyelashes (so they look like a fan), or messy extensions. A makeup artist should know when to stop – whether it’s blending, over-doing the eyes, or over-plucking the eyebrows. 7. In your opinion, which famous celebrity gets their makeup right, and who gets it wrong? Most celebrities make a good job of their makeup and very few have mishaps. Everybody knows the Kardashian clan nowadays, and being a “smokey eye queen”, I can relate to their look. The most important thing is to make sure the selection of foundation, concealer, and powder blend well, otherwise you will have a disaster like Angeline Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Sharon Stone. These girls have been known to get it wrong in the past. 8. What do you think about makeup tattoos? For or against? This topic is one of my favourites and I say, why not “wake up with makeup”? Makeup tattoos are a great help for eyebrows, lips, and up and down eyeliner because you don’t have to worry about applying it every day. A word of caution – hygiene, natural pigment, tattoo artist, and consultation are very important factors to consider if you go down this route. Always look for a reputable place. 9. What is your favourite brand of makeup and why? As a makeup artist you can’t limit yourself to only one brand, so while I use my own NQ brand of customised foundations, concealers, and brushes, I love to use MAC products which offer a great range of variety and prices. Bobbi Brown is another one of my favourites, I love Chanel for its ingredients, and Smashbox and Urban Decay are great brands too.
Glam Girl Halloween Make up Trend

Glam Girl Halloween Make up Trend

Here at Beauty & the Bar, we catch up with celebrity makeup artist, Nigar Qureshi, where she shares her thoughts on this hot “Glam Girl” Halloween makeup trend. B&B: Why do you think glamour makeup instead of “scary” makeup has taken over ? N.Q: From my experience, the ladies and young girls that are coming to me for makeup rarely ask me to do scary makeup on them. On the contrary, they always seem to request elegant and beautiful looks like Sleeping Beauty, princesses, or something fun like Wonder-Woman. For the past five years, more and more clients are asking for dramatic eye-makeup or some floral design on side of their face (think fairies and garden nymphs). I think girls are finding it more important than ever to look their best for this occasion. Plus, in my opinion, since there will be lots of picture taking, don’t you want beautiful memories of yourself? Not only are my clients requesting for glamour makeup when attending Halloween events, but even beauty professionals are embracing this trend. I was in New York one Halloween night, and during that time I attended a competition that was held by Sephora. Most of us judges liked the pretty makeup looks over the “scarier” ones and agreed that “elegant is in”. “I THINK GIRLS ARE FINDING IT MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO LOOK THEIR BEST FOR THIS OCCASION”. B&B: What are the most popular Halloween glamour looks that your clients request? N.Q: Requests for Princess Jasmine and Cleopatra are most popular, and more recently, girls have been seeking inspiration from Hollywood celebrities. Last year, I had so much fun doing Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj looks. This year, some of my bookings include doing a Dolly look, Mermaid, and of course my personal favorite, Cleopatra. B&B: We know you usually don’t reveal your beauty secrets to just anyone, but could you give the readers here at Beauty & the Bar some tips on achieving one of these popular looks? N.Q: Nicki Minaj’s famous “Barbie Doll” look is definitely beauty-business (you would need to be skilled in the eyelash application department, but other than that her look is quite simple to achieve). Essentially, go with a bright color all over the lid (I like to use bright blue-green MAC eye shadow in aquadisiac because of its super shimmer pigment) and of course do not forget to use a base primer (I like using MAC’s paint pots). To replicate Nicki’s bright eyes, use white eyeliner along the lower waterline and inner corners. Nicki is well known for thick eyeliner across her lashline, so draw a thick black strip and flick it out with an extravagant wing. Finish with full lashes (I go withEsque Lashes #44 by MAC, or sometimes I stack up to 3 layers of lashes on top of one another!) Since she is known for her bubble gum lips, MAC’s Pink Nouveau or Saint Germain would be the perfect shade. For finishing touches, of course a pink wig is essential along with a pink bra strap and turquoise bling-bling. (photo – Princess Jasmine look)
Care for Men

Care for Men

Forget what you think you know about spas — they’re not just places for tai tais, hens weekends and general emasculation. Besides, you work hard, so you deserve a little gratuitous indulgence. Everyone deserves a little pampering every once in a while. Call us to try our new care for men! Facials, Massages, Wax and Laser.

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