Conquering Valentine’s Day

Each holiday comes with it’s own quirks and quarrels. Thanksgiving you eat turkey, but the stress of hanging out with your crazy relatives might just make you throw it all up. Christmas is presents, presents, and more presents, but your sister might hate you forever because you skimped on her gift this year because you were broke.  New Year’s is fun, but what if you’d rather stay home alone and chill instead of partying it up? And of course, there’s Valentine’s Day..

Not only is there the built-in stress that comes with each holiday, but there is the added pressure to make this day extra romantic and special.. for no particular reason really. It’s what we learned in kindergarten, it’s what we do as adults, and Hallmark, CVS, See’s Candy, Godiva, and Papyrus are all very happy to support our endeavors to make every February 14th special and romantic. Continue reading

This Is For The Makeup & Skincare Lovers: BeautyBook By Sammie Lee

This is for all the makeup and skincare enthusiasts, a crowdsourcing platform with fresh content shared by the minute in a rapidly growing community that is easy to join and follow.  From contouring applications, product hauls with reviews to skincare questions, BeautyBook has brought together thousands of people in a positive and information packed hub.  For founder Sammie Lee, what initially began as a growing interest in cosmetology and freelance hobby has blossomed into a full-time endeavor.

While crowdsourcing platforms aren’t a new trend, popular fashion and street style sites like Lookbook.nu and Chictopia are the first that come to mind.  That is why we are excited to bring Audrey readers an interview with Lee, and how she has built one of the most interactive beauty groups we have encountered.  From beginning inspirations to the new BeautyBook mobile app, scroll down to read more about her developing entrepreneurship.

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Audrey Magazine: When you were first creating BeautyBook, where did you draw inspiration from and did you think it would gain the success it has as a crowdsourcing platform?
Sammie Lee: My inspiration was mainly from all my friends and family.  They always came to me for beauty advice, such as product recommendations, beauty tips, and makeup techniques, so I wanted to create a platform where my friends and family can get together and talk about anything beauty related.  I never thought that BeautyBook would grow into such a big and diverse community overtime. When I first started the group, I was the only active member.  There were only 5 active members a week.  I knew that as long as I was helping someone, I wanted to keep going.  After 3 months, BeautyBook finally reached a thousand members. Once others saw how fun it can be to be a part of BeautyBook, they started inviting their friends to join, and now BeautyBook has become an amazing beauty community with members from all over the world.  Many members tell me that BeautyBook is the first thing they check in the morning and they can’t get enough of it.  It’s their “go-to” place for anything beauty related.  I love to see that I created something that can help others.

AM: We viewed the newly released application software, what were some of the reasons behind building your mobile app?
Lee: With BeautyBook growing so fast, I wanted to expand it into something more solid with less spam, more functions, and an easier way to interact.  An app opens up far more possibilities for the future.  It took 6 months to develop the application, and I was finally able to launch the mobile app for BeautyBook in December 2015.

AM: What do you feel was one of the hardest challenges you had to overcome as an entrepreneur?
Lee: There weren’t too many challenges when I first started BeautyBook, because it was a hobby of mine to manage it. As BeautyBook grew, it was harder to balance it with a full time job, time with my husband and our two boys.  Eventually I realized I wasn’t able to manage it as effectively as it deserved, so with the help of my supportive husband, I quit my full time Job and focused on BeautyBook.

AM: As the BeautyBook community continues to grow larger, how do you handle the daily operations and maintain a positive environment for makeup and skincare fans?
Lee: I spend most of my time managing BeautyBook.  I now have two administrators that help manage the Facebook Group.  They’ve been absolutely amazing especially with BeautyBook growing larger every day.  They help with management duties such as approving posts, filtering unwanted topics, and approving hundreds of new members everyday.  There are rules and guidelines in BeautyBook to help maintain positivity, but ultimately it came down to the members.  The members of BeautyBook are some of the most positive and supportive people.

AM: Finally, can you share with our readers some of your future aspirations for BeautyBook?
Lee: BeautyBook has a lot in store for the future.  The possibilities are endless since it is a growing platform.  I plan to do more activities with the members; such as hosting events, featuring members, and finding new ideas to expand.

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Want to check out the community yourself and download the app? Be sure to find it on Google Play here or the iTunes app store here, and start uploading your favorite #motd looks, product finds, reviews and videos!

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6 Facts About Miss Universe

It’s old news by now about Steve Harvey’s slip up on his announcement of the 2015 Miss Universe, accidentally crowning Miss Columbia instead of Miss Philippines.  In all the chaos surrounding Harvey’s actions after the crowning, it was easy to overlook the model who walked away with the coveted award.  Although, with the way Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, worked the stage, it was hard for us not to want to learn more about the inspiree.

Here are 6 things to know about the 2015 Miss Universe:

1. Pia has only been doing pageants for 5 years

It’s hard to believe that after her performance on stage, Pia had actually only started competing in pageants in 2013!

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2.  She’s a writer.

Pia writes articles for the beauty/cosmetics/fashion section for Inquirer.net

3. Wurtzbach is one of the three oldest Miss Universe title holders

The latest pageant rules says that candidates should be between the ages of 18-26 and Pia hits right at the maximum age limit.

4. Pia started off her acting career at the age of 11

Pia is definitely not new to fame, especially after joining modeling and acting agency, Star Magic Talent, at such a young age. According to EN Starz, she appeared on children’s shows and films before she got her big break in afternoon TV show “K2BU.”

5. She’s a trained chef

Pia received her culinary degree at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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6. Pia is part German.

Although she represented the Philippines in the 2015 pageant, she’s half German.  She was actually also born in Stuttgart.

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Valentine’s Day Goodies For Your Loved Ones

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  If you are looking for goodies to give to your friends, coworkers, or special someone, we rounded up some ideas that are sure to please!

1. Formula X #ColorCurators: Song Of Style Edition Nail Polishes
With names like A Girl’s Best Friend and Nude For You, these pastel tones are a perfect way to break into spring.  Make sure you get them quick because each exclusive collaboration is only for one-month.  Knowing how chic and stylish Audrey’s past cover girl Aimee Song is, these will definitely please the fashion or beauty product lover in your life!  Find her polish trio here for $12.50 each.

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2. For The Avid Art Follower, Sculptures By Artist Isabella Kim
Throne, Desire, Life is the title of the piece below by Isabella Kim.  She describes the sculpture as a philosophical utopia, “the artist laid the utopia of the future on the throne and it will not be visible to the eye. Utopia of a throne will vary for everyone…the artist wants everyone to imagine their own utopia above the pedestal.”  A beautiful addition for collectors and those who love interior design, you can read more about Kim’s work here.

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3. “Indulge Without A Single Calorie!” – JAQUA Bath And Body
Take your pick from five warm, romantic scents: buttercream, raspberry, caramel, champagne, and coconut.  While they sound extremely delicious, these products are for the skin to indulge.  With great moisturizing properties found in the body butters and soaps, it’s the perfect treat for surviving dry winters.  We’re getting hungry just smelling them.  Our favorite?  The caramel cappuccino for the caffeine addicts you adore!   Get them all here along with the other scents!

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 4. The Pizza Blanket From Lolli
With pepperoni shaped like hearts, speak the language of love to the foodies you know with Lolli’s Valfre pizza blanket collaboration.  Who knew food could look so cute?  This is one of those goodies we may just have to keep for ourselves!  Check out the yummy design here for $99.

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5. The Mirror That Makes Makeup Application A Breeze
For you ladies that know how hard it is to apply makeup when it’s super hot.   Fanity Mirror eliminates those moments when we have to stop half way through our makeup routine to fan our faces so the humidity doesn’t melt everything off.  With a sleek design and built in tower fan with two speeds, it’s the one gift you know that will be used well and not stashed away in a drawer!  Gentle breezes and great magnification can be obtained here for $199.

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6. A Romantic Pink From Mineral Fusion!
We found the loveliest romantic color to woo your date or gift your girlfriends.  Not only is the shade fabulous, you’ll find a completely vegan-friendly formula loaded with antioxidants to help keep your nails healthy.  A favorite of Asian beauty bloggers, Mineral Fusion’s chip-resistant polishes are definitely worth a try!  Our favorite?  Whisper—a dusty, darker pink that has the most befitting name.  Want to take it up a notch?  Layer a coat of nail confetti over the top!  For more polishes, click here.

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Lack of Diversity at the Oscars

Story by Natalie Do

#OscarsSoWhite.

The Oscars are around the corner and my social media has been blowing up with the same hashtag that circulated during last year’s Oscars.  The 88th academy award ceremony is being held February 28th and although live television may not show it, there may be many missing faces.  Many actresses and actors are rumored to be boycotting the award show, including Jada Pinkett Smith, due to the lack of diversity in award nominations.  And by diversity, I include the minority, the Latinos/ Hispanics, the Asians, African Americans, Native Americans, Middle Eastern, and  even women.

Nominations for best performance by an actor in a leading role include Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, and Eddie Redmayne.  What’s in common for all nominations?  All of them are also men.  Although there are a few breakthrough female stars, a majority of the nominations go to men.

A few 2015 Hollywood films directed by women and minorities, such as “Straight Outta Compton”, “Creed”, “The Revenant”, “Beasts of No Nation”, and “Chi-Raq”, did get Oscar attention, but the nominations in those films mainly went to those of Caucasian background involved.  And here this out, these nominations include Caucasian actors who were nominated for playing roles of Latinos and Asians!

Most of the blame is being reverted to the the voting chairs, but where I think it should really be pointed towards is Hollywood itself and the consumers.  The film industry most definitely fails to represent the diversity of America behind casting doors and drama schools.  If movie-watchers want to see an improvement in diversity in award nominations, they have to first make a change in the steps that lead to these nominations and it is possible.  Studies show that 25% of movie goers are Hispanics and if they, like the actors and actresses tweeting #OscarSoWhite, want a change for diversity in Hollywood, then Hollywood would be sure to listen.

As for my fellow Asians, it’s time for us to step up and make a voice out in Hollywood.  In the last 10 years, only three actors of Asian descent have won an Oscar.  Asians are at the lowest in percentage of nominations for Oscars, at a low of 1%.  Despite the phenomenal Asian actors and actresses gaining attention in Hollywood, such as Constance Wu, Jamie Chung, Randall Park, Ken Jeong, and many more, we need to push for more lead roles and a louder voice.

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Behind the Scenes- Jeannie Mai Photoshoot

Here it is, here it is!  We’re excited to share with you the behind the scenes of our beautiful photo shoot with the amazing Jeannie Mai.  Here, Jeannie talks a little bit about her history and tells us a little bit more about herself.  Follow us onto the photo shoot for the last print issue of Audrey Magazine and to learn more about this Asian-American role model.

 

Be sure to purchase our last and exclusive issue that will surely be a collector’s item.  This 120-page collection, using high-quality semi-gloss paper, is a split issue, with Margaret Cho and Ken Jeong on the cover for KoreAm and Jeannie Mai on the Audrey side.

We are proud and humbled to share these final pages with our community, who has sustained us so well over the years. We’d be honored to have this final issue in your precious hands. IT WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLY FOR A LIMITED TIME.

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3 Fashion Trends To Consider From The Pre-Fall 2016 Collection Shows

Pre-Fall 2016 designer collections have been released!  Take a peek at some of the coming trends and obsess over which styles you want to upgrade your closet with and the ones that you may prefer to skip altogether.

1. Wide-Leg Trousers And Long Lines
Opening Ceremony and Jason Wu pushed themes of power and masculine tailoring along with a dark and wintry palette for their women’s collections.   Long trench coats, double breasted details, and wide-leg trousers are found throughout their recent lookbooks.  Ultra skinny bottoms seem to have run its course with these two designers, so if you were never a fan of anything super tight, you may fall in love with these flowing cuts!

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Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2016

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2. Varsity And Bomber Style Jackets
From solitary colors to funky embroidered palm trees, varsity and bomber style jackets seem to be a favorite transitional jacket.  3.1 Phillip Lim took a sporty approach to utility tones, mixing the two into an eclectic collection. On the other hand, Alexander Wang plays the trend up more with animal prints and cool embroidery.  Either way, we feel like we’d easily fit into the stylish streets of Seoul wearing any of their pre-fall pieces.

3.1 Phillip Lim Pre-Fall 2016

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Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 2016

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Alexander Wang Pre-Fall 2016

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 3. All-Over Prints And Patterns 

Move aside monotone! All-over prints and patterns are popping up everywhere on the runway and two design houses embraced the trend fully.  Issey Miyake’s work feels like an otherworldly, celestial painting, while Humberto Leon and Carol Lim for Kenzo (also the founders of Opening Ceremony) opted for a more traditional stance with their Asian inspired flower prints and kimono-like patterns.

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The End of An Era: Last KoreAm and Audrey Print

THE END OF AN ERA

KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine have defied the odds for years, fighting off a declining print industry so that we could continue to highlight the marks Asian Americans have been making on the world. Unfortunately, these two trailblazing publications, which have been a platform for underrepresented voices, can no longer withstand all the changes that have roiled the media business.

But before going out, we have published one final print edition, and it is brighter and bigger than ever before – literally, it is a hold-it-with-both-hands 9-by-12 inches, filled with fabulous photos of the many people who have graced the pages of the magazines over the years. What will surely be a collector’s item, this 120-page collection, using high-quality semi-gloss paper, is a split issue, with Margaret Cho and Ken Jeong on the cover for Koream, while Jeannie Mai front the Audrey side.

We are proud and humbled to share these final pages with our community, who has sustained us so well over the years. We’d be honored to have this final issue in your precious hands.

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The Real “Problem” with the Golden Globes North Korean Sketch

Featured image: Tina Fey, Margaret Cho, and Amy Poehler during the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards. Paul Drinkwater / NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Story by Natalie Do

There has been a circulation about Margaret Cho and her performance at the Golden Globes Award this past week.  People have been revealing mixed feelings on her recent gag as an American entertainment obsessed, North Korean soldier named ‘Cho Young Ja’.  Some people responded saying it was purely in the name of comedy and for others, it just rubbed them in the wrong way, with them calling it racist satire.

Cho immediately took to the media her reaction towards her critics, which included nothing of regret.

Cho defended her stand up and revealed in her conversation with Buzzfeed that she is of both North and South Korean descent, saying “I do impressions of my family and my work all the time, and this is just another example of that.  I am from this culture. I am from this tribe. And so I’m able to comment on it.”

Despite the commentary Cho’s performance drew to the community, my main concern and focus was not on so much the reactions gathered from her performance, but rather the fact that the aired time that was used to represent the Asian-American community was used in such a way. Although I was thrilled to have seen so many characters honored for the portrayal of many diverse life stories, there was, again, a lack of voice for the Asian-American community.

Cho went on in her Buzzfeed interview, commenting on the Globes controversy and the limitations many Asian performers experience in Hollywood.  “I think that we’re being held down by that incredible tide of invisibility that we’re constantly fighting. Whenever there is visibility, it’s shocking. Whenever there is visibility on our terms, it’s shocking. That’s why any visibility is so highly scrutinized. I’m so used to it that it doesn’t alarm me, it doesn’t bother me. I welcome the controversy. And I don’t care.”

Though there were strong showings by women, the LGBT community, and even African-American and Latina actors,  the Asian-American presence was limited to Cho’s two minute gag.  Margaret Cho is one of the few Asian-Americans who have been able to make a voice in Hollywood and that’s what we need more of.  With this, I hope that Hollywood would one day display Asians in more prominent and award-worthy roles.

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Breaking the Traditional White Wedding Gown

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Story by Natalie Do

Everyone knows the wedding tradition of wearing the typical white gown.  Despite the endless options and possibilities available when it comes to choice and design in a wedding dress, many people continue to prefer the traditional white bridal gown.  Throughout Asia though, many brides opt out of the traditional white wedding gown and wear cultural bridal gowns instead.  These garments include gowns with beautiful and intricate designs that involve many colors and designs.  Bridal gowns do not only have to be inspired by one’s own personal taste, but can also be influenced by one’s culture.

Recently, Buzzfeed released a video, sharing a little bit of the Asian culture to its viewers and we’re in love.  Buzzfeed presented a gorgeous fashion show that features modern and traditional Asian wedding dresses that prove wearing white isn’t always the way to go.

In the Buzzfeed video below, traditional bridal gowns from countries that include Vietnam, Afghanistan, Korea, India, and many more are showcased and will “..dramatically change the way you think brides should dress.”

Take a look at some the the looks below:

 

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