Help! I'm new to the Hong Kong heat. I don't like minis or showing much leg, so I thought some of those long, stretchy sleeveless dresses would get me through the summer. Tight all the way down otherwise it might look a bit mumsy. I was sure they'd be easy to find, but none of my favourite designers have them.
Long Shot, Mid-Levels
The Dictator rules: Good for you. Don't take the hint that none of the designers you like thought it was worth making bodycon tank dresses for spring-summer 2016. Anyway, what leg horrors are you hiding? Tight is not always attractive and "long" falls short when you consider the difference between a midi (usually to the mid-calf) and a maxi (to the ankle or longer). The length will also vary according to your size and height. T by Alexander Wang does it fashionably with a sleeveless midi dress in black modal jersey featuring a twisted detail (HK$1,500; Harvey Nichols). Sorry, ladies, but the draping is too high to provide pot-belly camouflage. Agnès B did hers in black, fluid crepe jersey with black beading along the neckline (HK$2,290). You might also want to check out casual brands, such as The Gap, which has simple, comfortable column maxi dresses in various colours (HK$349). If that side slit proves too revealing for your gams, check out American Vintage's Skanea tank maxi dress (HK$700). Or visit zalora.com.hk, where the Zalora brand, Mango and Something Borrowed (HK$149 and up) all offer variations on the theme.
I saw in a magazine that YSL has these sticks, just like the Touche Éclat, but in those colour-correcting colours. I'd love to buy all of them for my different skin issues on different days. Could you tell me if they're available in Hong Kong?
Correctional Facility, Stanley
The Dictator: It's all about who you know, dear. I have it on good authority that YSL Beauté's Touche Éclat Neutralizer series will launch in Hong Kong in August. If you can't wait till then, then shop online (HK$295; yslbeautyus.com) and use a forwarder such as myus.com. Did you say stick? Bite your tongue. The brush-tipped pen is much more, dispensing targeted amounts of violet, apricot or green make-up with just one click. Do you even know the purpose of each colour? Purple tones counteract a sallow, yellow or dull skin tone. Greens are your best friend if you flush, blush or redden easily. Peachy hues help to brighten and cover dark areas, including under-eye circles. Yellows are also great under the eye, to diminish blue or purple areas. Lemon Aid by Benefit Cosmetics (HK$195) is a good example. But if it's sticks you want, Smashbox has Color Correcting Sticks in Don't Be Dull lavender, Get Less Red green and Look Less Tired light peach and dark orange (HK$178 each; sephora.com). Does it have to be a pen or pencil? I like the range of several colours in one package, such as the Colour Corrector Concealer Wheel by Kiko Milano (HK$145), a compact of beige, lilac and green concealers, plus an illuminating powder.
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