Prepping for New York Fashion Week

Hi, everyone!

New York Fashion Week starts this Thursday on February 8, are you ready? I will be attending a few presentations and shows this season, and I'm really excited! Other than picking out my outfits, I've also been busy getting ready, beauty-wise, for fashion week. Read on to find out what I've done:

Let Your Hair Do The Talking

I always try my best to take good care of my hair but going to the salon for a big fix-up is a definite must before fashion week!

I went to Art + Autonomy Salon last week and asked creative director and colorist Siobhán Quinlan to help touch up my roots and give my current hair a "refresh." I love the highlights Siobhán did for me last time, so I didn't want that to go away. I wasn't really sure how to go about it, but luckily, being the artist she is, Siobhán suggested to simply add caramel highlights framing my face and use a gloss on the ends of my hair to get rid of the yellow hues.

The results turned out better than what I had imagined! My hair looks healthier and shiner overall, and appears to have more depth thanks to the multiple layers of colors. I highly recommend anyone who wants a change of hair color to pay Siobhán a visit!

Once the coloring was done, Siobhán prepped my hair for styling and used the Salt Spray and Styling Mousse by evo while my hair was still damp. Once my hair dried, she used Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray and Free Styler Working Hairspray as she styles my hair.

Art + Autonomy Salon  is located in Soho; the interior has a very chic vibe. Photo by  Tiffany Chen .

Art + Autonomy Salon is located in Soho; the interior has a very chic vibe. Photo by Tiffany Chen.

Lashes For Days

I don't normally put a lot of makeup on, and I hope I won't have to for fashion week either, especially in the winter. In the colder months, I like to prioritize keeping my skin moisturized and protected. Having said that, I also don't want to show up looking tired or too bare-faced. So, after giving it some thought, I decided to go and get my eyelashes done!

I went to an adorable beauty salon called T-Amori for a set of eyelash extensions. It was my first time there but it wasn't my first time getting extensions; I've previously gotten them in Taiwan before.

Because I wanted a natural look, I went for 100 real mink hair per eye in the same length as my original lashes. I asked to keep my eye shape as round (instead of going for the cat-eye style) and have them at their curliest since I have really straight lashes. The beautician who worked on my lashes is Nayoung and she is amazing!

I was really happy with the results. My eyes are not irritated, the lashes feel light (and barely there), and I love how they look! If you are looking to give eyelash extensions a try, they offer new clients a discount, which is a great way to test them out and see if you like them!


Note: My eyelash extensions were offered to me free of charge; all opinions are 100% my own.

Dress Those Nails

If you follow me on Instagram and watch my Instastories, you'd know I'm a fan of getting nail art done. Call me silly, but I think when I look down at my hands and see something pretty, it just makes my day feel like a good one! So, of course, I cannot participate in fashion week without getting a manicure done first.

Last week, I went to Art Nail NYC, a manicure booth hidden away inside The Market NYC. The founder Sataya, a certified and talented nail artist, did my nails and dressed them up nicely with some elegant, blush tweed. I've received multiple compliments on my nails since I left her booth!

Photo by Enki Tovuuch. 

Photo by Enki Tovuuch. 

Photo by  Tiffany Chen .

Photo by Tiffany Chen.

A Mini Facial that Makes Your Skin Glow

Currently, there are two places that I go regularly: Heyday and Skin Laundry. The main reason I love them both is that either of them requires a lot of your time and are fairly affordable! Heyday offers quick facials that are only 30-minutes long, while Skin Laundry's light and laser facials only take 15 minutes.

I just went to get a session from Skin Laundry this morning and my skin is looking clean and bright.

And now, I'm ready to go have fun and enjoy fashion week! Thank you so much for reading!



Tricia Chen is co-founder of Key To Radiance. She loves having fresh flowers in her apartment, putting on face masks, savoring cupcakes and a daily cup of grande almond latte. She works in PR and Marketing, and is currently based in New York.

Skin Type: Combination skin with an oily T-zone area (forehead and nose). Changes in climate, diet and/or lack of sleep irritates skin and causes inflammation, which then leads to large pores. High moisture level required on dry cheeks.