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5 reasons to use Face Oils

5 reasons to use Face Oils
While both skincare products are important in their own right, the most commonly overlooked product in many skincare routines is face oil. It is the one product that can actually solve your skin issues (every skin type), while giving you the bright and glowy face of your dreams. Continue reading

Extraordinary Women - Katrina PARKER & Justina EDWARDS

Extraordinary Women - Katrina PARKER & Justina EDWARDS

Katrina PARKER
Co-Founder & Creative Director
BEING 

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K: Katrina PARKER


C: How important is it for women to lift each other up and what does that mean to you?

K: I think it's imperative for women to empower other women in all facets of life – whether it be in business, throughout motherhood, or any other hobby or activity a woman may pursue. I strongly believe that if you surround yourself with a network of empowering women it helps to form a sense of community and feeling a part of a community is a human instinct that we all innately desire. I think that offering support and encouraging other women to chase their dreams is a very, very powerful and important thing. 


C: What barriers did you face, as a woman, to becoming successful in the current photography field? How did you overcome them?

K: I was fortunate enough to go into photography at a time where I personally have always felt encouraged and supported in my work as a woman. Therefore, there really haven’t been any noteworthy barriers that I have had to face in that regard. However, since becoming a mother I have definitely felt certain professional and personal barriers that have been very challenging to overcome. Being a commercial photographer and owning your own business is a very demanding role. It requires so much of your creative and emotional energy and many many long hours. When I became a mother, I struggled with the identity shift that comes with being a new mum and I feared that I was going to lose everything I had been building within my business. I absolutely love what I do for work and I didn't want that to change once I became a mother. It took me a very long time to find some kind of balance between the two. Looking at it in retrospect, I think that having my son has given me the clarity I needed around prioritising what’s important to me and to learn to be more gentle on myself. 

 

C: What is one piece of advice to all women who are juggling between home and work?

K: The juggle is tough and I’m in no way an expert on balance. If anything I'm still learning to navigate it myself. I think the hardest thing when you are a working mother is how unpredictable life can be with kids and how trying to achieve balance is near impossible. The things that have helped me on my journey and what I would suggest are.. listen to your intuition first and foremost, give yourself permission to take things slower when needed, make self-care a regular practice in your life and surround yourself with a support network of women who encourage and uplift you. I believe that if you are able to do these things, you will eventually find a flow that works.

 

C: What is your #ConsciusMoments?

K: Regularly get out in nature to reset and recharge. 

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Justina EDWARDS
Co-Founder & Formulator
BEING 

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J: Justina EDWARDS


C: How important is it for women to lift each other up and what does that mean to you?

J: I was raised by a hard-working, independent mother and this has rubbed off on me in a big way. I am lucky to be surrounded by talented women and there's nothing I love more than cheering them on as they navigate their dreams. As much as there are lots of lovely talented men in the world, I still feel women have unique sets of challenges that they face. I believe it is super important to not only support other women but to tell honest stories about these challenges and how we can overcome them in order to achieve great things.

 

C: Have you encountered any challenges along the way on your journey to becoming a herbalist? 

J: The biggest challenge for me is that I am not a degree holding herbalist. I did start out that way, however a traumatic life event threw me off that course. It was a challenge that was a blessing in disguise (as they mostly are) as I was able to connect deeper with what I wanted to achieve with my passion for plant medicine, which is a focus on formulating and making herbal skincare. I soon realised that a degree was only one path to working with plants and have since enjoyed learning from many different herbalists from around the world, on an unconventional but ultimately more rewarding path.

 

C: What is your favourite thing about being a woman?

J: It's a hard task picking one thing! I love feminine energy, I love holding the honour to create life! You can't really top that. I love being a mother and cherish the relationships and bonds I get to experience with other women.    



C: What do you do to stay encouraged and motivated in both your daily life & work life?

J: I have done a lot of work in order to stay positive and motivated in all facets of my life. Life is never straight and narrow and I am thankful for the lessons I have learned along the way that have helped build resilience. I've learned that honouring your body through gentle movement, nourishing food and time in nature with friends and family ultimately brings the most reward. A little self-care time each day playing around with herbs and plant oils also does wonders. When all these are in balance, I feel like I can do anything.

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Extraordinary Woman - Melinda WONG

Extraordinary Woman - Melinda WONG


Melinda WONG
Founder
Vein 

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M: Melinda WONG
 

C: What defines beauty in a woman?

M: To me, character, intelligence, inner strength, passion and a kind heart defines the beauty of woman.  

 

C: Why do you enjoy working in the fashion industry?

M: Fashion for me is about creativity, a form of expression and communication, also a playful exercise of emotions, desires and dreams. And I think I am best at doing that and that’s why I enjoyed doing the most. Fashion is a very dynamic industry where art and commerce, design and culture, interrelated, integrated, at every level, it’s also a very paradoxical thing as well, like a lot of people say it’s just a dress, so it’s something that you can take very seriously or you can take it not so seriously at the same time. So for me I think I enjoyed very much the thinking and the creation process behind these paradoxes. And also helping people to find their way of expression and build up their confidence, that’s why I like to do!

Melinda Wong, Founder of Vein

C: What advice would you offer to any young woman wanting to pursue a career in fashion or start her own business?

S: To pursue a career in fashion, to me I think you need a lot of passion, tons of passion, patience and a lot of inner strength. Because fashion industry is no glamour in a lot of ways. It’s a lot of hard work and physical work, and also you need to invest a lot in yourself, in building up the knowledge, so to prove fashion is not skin-deep at all.  

To start your own business, definitely you need tons of passion and patience, and perseverance, and again a lot of inner strength. And I think most important of all is to have a financial partner to support you to make wise decisions in business.

 

C: What is your #ConsciusMoments? 

S: I would say 10 years ago, after working for a company for a long time, when I was taking a rest, I found that in Hong Kong we are lucky enough to have a lot of brands, international and local, and a lot of products, high-quality products, high-quality designs, but interestingly, there was not enough independent stores or multi-brand stores that could bring good style solutions to Hong Kong. So I was just wondering, if I would like to start something on my own, if there’s something meaningful that I can bring to Hong Kong, then I started to bring Scandinavian fashion to Hong Kong. That’s how I started my business. That’s an example of my #ConsciusMoments 10 years ago.

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Extraordinary Woman - Selma MASOOD

Extraordinary Woman - Selma MASOOD


Selma MASOOD
Principal
SM & Co Solicitors

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S: Selma MASOOD 

C: What made you decide to pursue a career in law?

S: My father was a very well-respected and well-known lawyer in Hong Kong. And growing up he exposed me to the legal profession at a very early age. And I grew up with a strong passion for it. I wanted to be an advocate of justice and to help those who had been wronged. 

C: What do you think helped you get so far in your career? How can we mentor young girls to dream bigger?

S: I think it was basically my core.. so my origins, how my parents saw the world, how they treated people, how they instilled strong values in me that kept me going and that made me who I am today and brought me to where I am today. I think it’s important for young girls to have role models, positive role models, it could be your mum, it could be someone from the public, any one that inspires you to do well. And I think, you know surrounding yourself with a network of strong women and younger girls would help lift you up. 

Selma Masood, Principal of SM & Co Solicitors


C: If you could give one piece of advice to your 20-year-old self, what would that be? 

S: I always have this motto over the past few years. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” You can’t control change, but you can always control your attitude towards it.  


C: How to get going when the going gets tough? 

S: I think you have to have a very strong attitude, the never-give-up, you have to keep working hard perseveringly. Pursue your goals and dreams and never be afraid to fail.


C: What is your #ConsciusMoments?

S: So for me – A “break” is probably during my workout sessions. That’s the only time where I can feel like I can relax from everything, let go of work, family responsibilities, everything else and just be in my conscious mode, and listen to my body, and listen to myself, exactly what I need to feed my body to relax, recharge, rejuvenate and detox from all the toxins and stresses in life.

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5 incredible tips to use face oil

5 incredible tips to use face oil
Do you know how to maximize the effectiveness of face oil and get twice the results with half the effort? Here are some brilliant beauty tips. Continue reading