Squeaky Clean: How to Keep Sneakers in Tiptop Shape


Even the most careful of us still get stains on those sneakers. Keeping them clean is part of your overall look. Dirty sneakers could ruin your outfit. If cleaning your sneakers seem like a load of work or you don’t have enough time, there are shoe cleaning shops all over Singapore. For those who prefer to hand wash their sneakers, here’s a step by step guide on how to remove those stains and dirt.

  1. Follow instructions as indicated. Check instructions on how to clean your shoes. It is not recommended to machine wash your sneakers unless indicated by the label. Hand-washing your sneakers is your safest bet. Take note of what chemicals, especially soaps, you should avoid. Some sneakers are made from rubber, leather or canvas. Each of these materials can be cleaned in different ways.


  1. Gather the materials for cleaning. To hand-wash your sneakers you will need water, brush, rags, paper towels, detergent or soap, and a basin or bucket. You might need a leather cream for leather sneakers. Check the market for soaps or detergents designed for cleaning sneakers. Make sure to keep in mind the material your sneakers are made of


  1. Remove the shoelaces and insoles. The shoelaces and insoles can be cleaned separately. The most recommended is to use warm water, soap and soft brush to scrub the dirt off. There are different opinions on what soap to use. Just avoid using bleach and use mild detergent instead. You can machine wash the shoelaces as long as you separate the white from colored shoelaces.

  1. Remove dirt and stains with brush. Mix mild soap with water. You may use an old toothbrush, sponge, soft-bristled brush or cloth to scrub off the dirt on the surface of your sneakers. A circular motion of the brush is recommended. Apply more pressure for stains that are hard to remove. Clean the insides of the sneakers using the same method.


  1. Rinse with clean water then air dry. Rinse your sneakers thoroughly by taking care to remove excess water or moisture. Do not place your sneakers in the dryer. Open out the sneakers to let the insides dry faster, but don’t place them under the direct heat of the sun. To help keep their shape, some people recommend stuffing paper towels inside. This will also help in drying them faster. Shoelaces and insoles should also be air-dried.


  1. Replace shoelaces and insoles when dry. Make sure that everything is dry before replacing the shoelaces and insoles. It usually takes a day or more for your sneakers to dry. If not dried properly, your sneakers will leave a bad odor. There are touch-ups you can do if there are still stains visible on your sneakers, especially white sneakers.


  1. Apply cream on leather sneakers. If your sneakers are mostly made of leather, use leather cream to polish them. Make sure you’re using the right cream color that matches the material. Use cloth to polish the leather in a circular motion. If your sneakers are made of suede, there are also products specifically made for cleaning the fabric.

Four Shades of Red

4 Types of Red Lipstick You Should Have in Your Beauty Kit


A bold red lip is considered a classic look, yet most of us still struggle to find that perfect shade of crimson that flatters our complexion. This is why we enlisted some professional makeup artists to help us know the basic types of red lippies that we should be keeping in our trusty makeup kit.

  1. Classic Reds

The classic red lips usually come in the form of a blue-toned lipstick that’s neither too dark nor too bright. It’s the kind of red that always matches your cat-eye and favourite little black dress. This classic red lip look is often seen on Audrey Hepburn’s old photos and on some pin-up poster girls. The classic reds that are worth keeping in your beauty kit are NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red and MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo. So if Hepburn is your style inspiration, then this type of lippie should have a place in your makeup stash.

  1. Fire-Engine Reds

Love to add some pop of colour on your face? Then a red lipstick with an orange undertone is the perfect choice for you. It might be the complete opposite of that dark lip because of its bright shade, but you can trust it to make a statement just the same. So be sure to invest in lippies like MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger and Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Fireball to achieve that striking red colour.

  1. Red Lip Crayon

Every red lip novice should know that achieving that stunning red lip either takes work or no work at all, which is why you should tread this path gently. You can start your journey to finding that perfect red lipstick by using pigmented red lip crayons, such as Revlon Matte Balm in Fiery and E.L.F Matte Lip Colour in Rich Red to help you achieve a solid crimson shade, as well as a well-sculpted kiss.

  1. Sheer Reds

Not every red lip needs to be bold and perfect. You can choose to make yours look more natural by going with sheer lipstick formulas that give the same awakening and complexion-enhancing effect. Some of the sheer reds worth investing in include Maybelline’s Colour Show Stain Lipstick, NARS Sheer Lipstick in the shade of Manhunt, and Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. With these lipsticks in your makeup kit, you can be sure that you’ll never go overboard.

Finding the right shade of crimson for your lips can be quite tricky, but keeping these types of red lippies in your beauty kit will definitely help you pull off any look that you want.

Survive the Scorch

Amazingly Helpful Tips for the Sweaty Girl on Surviving the Hot Weather

A short walk outside during noon time feels like a walk inside a volcano’s crater, you feel like layering clothes is simply not a good option- Ah, it’s officially summer time. Summer time in Singapore is usually fun if you’re stuck at home enjoying the air conditioner or cooling down in the pool.

But for sweaty girls always on the go, it’s just not possible to look presentable and cool in this heat. Fortunately, there are certain steps we can do to look and feel better amidst the torturous weather.


Perfume placement

To avoid being smelly, plan the placement of your perfume. Spritz on the key spots that make the perfume last longer. Usually we spray perfume on pulse points because those are warmer areas.

Actress Halle Berry has an unusual place she sprays perfume on- between her thighs. The heat in this area helps intensify the scent of the perfume. As heat is produced, the scent will eventually rise up so you’ll always smell great.


Step in the shower

In this heat, one cannot bear to forego morning showers. The heat can make your skin feel sticky and your hair greasy. Regular showers keep the skin clean and the body cool. If you skip on showers on such a hot day, body odor may develop.

If body odor is already a big problem for you, determine the source first so it’s easier to think of solutions later on.


Never forget your deodorant

No matter how you’re rushing to get to work or an appointment, the deodorant is something you should ever forego. The intensely hot weather means that you sweat more than usual. Apply deodorant daily without fail to avoid body odor attacks.

For girl who sweat excessively, choose a good antiperspirant and deodorant that provides optimum protection that will last all day.


Spritz some face mist

The heat and sweat can leave your skin looking like a mess. Refresh and invigorate the skin by spraying some cooling face mist that also helps set your makeup. You can spritz several times a day, depending on when your skin needs it.

Quick tip: When applying the mist, be sure to hold the bottle at least six inches away from your face and spray in an X motion.


Refresh your hair

Being too sweaty can make your hair smell not so fantastic. Get yourself a hair perfume that will eliminate the smell and keep your hair soft and fragrant again. A hair perfume also works for days when you skip washing your hair.


Down under

Every part of the body can give off a bad smell when we get too sweaty. Yes, even down there. Always carry a pack of feminine wipes and extra panty liners in your purse for emergency situations where you need some freshening up.


Gum in your pocket

Being busy all day means you have no time for brushing your teeth or even gargling. Don’t just tolerate stale breath smell. Grab some gum, preferably mint and sugar-free. Chewing gum keeps the breath fresh no matter how hectic your schedule is.