Congratulations to Audrey reader Alice Han who won our Thank Goodness It’s Free Friday Giveaway for an Allison Dayton silver strung nest necklace with grey pearls!
A note from Alice:
Thanks! I love my new necklace. My daughters love it too. They wanted to try it on and I said this one is mommy’s special necklace. It’s beautiful.”
Don’t forget, we have TGIFree Fridays every Friday, so keep checking back. And we’ll be starting up random POP giveaways during the week, just to keep you on your toes!
Are you a part of The Audrey Community? Send us your photo and why you love Audrey and you may find yourself on our website! (And just as incentive, we’ll send you some cool stuff, too …)
In winter, I pamper my skin. Lots of creams, lotions, masks … it’s a veritable moisturizing love fest at my house.
Come summer, it’s all about the exfoliation boot camp. Kicking the butt out of grime, oil and sweat is my daily mantra.
And MCK Labs M2 exfoliating cleanser is good weapon of choice. Ideal for all skin types, this skin refining gel cleanser combines mandelic and malic acids to gently exfoliate and remove impurities from the skin.
Now, if you don’t know what mandelic and malic acids are, pay attention. They’re essentially alpha hydroxy acids, which means they exfoliate dulling dead skin cells and eliminate the look of damage and discoloration.
But unlike typical AHAs, mandelic and malic acids have a slightly larger molecular structure, which results in slower, more even penetration and less irritation, according to MCK. This allows people who are normally unable to tolerate high concentrations of AHAs (like me) to enjoy the collagen-promoting benefits of M2.
It’s not just a cleanser; it’s a treatment. It’s got plenty of humectants to restore balance, and its natural antioxidant properties also help fight free radicals in the skin, which can contribute to skin damage.
So though I talk big about exfoliating and kicking the crap out of oil and sweat, I’m actually still pampering my skin. I’m just a big softie.
Kaila Yu is the lead singer of the Asian girl band Nylon Pink, and as they like to say, they sound like “Hello Kitty on acid.”
So it makes sense that if Yu is going to venture out into jewelry design for her line Hello Drama, you’d expect nothing less than punked-out cuteness. With a penchant for bloody cleavers, slashed teddy bears and heart-shaped handcuffs, Yu does not disappoint.
Her “Love” earrings are all geometric angles and sharpness, but with a message oh-so sweet. The gold pair is on sale today at AudreyShops.
It’s good to be Jennet Chow.
Or maybe I should say, it’s good to be friends with Jennet Chow.
Not only does the Chinese American own adorable shoe line Jellypop and its sister shoe company Prima Royale, but for her 30th birthday, she decided it’d be a good excuse to give back to her friends and family with a huge Thank You party. Yup, Jennet was hitting the milestone, but she was treating her friends to all manner of sweets (gastronomic and otherwise) at her Southern California home.
For the party, Jennet called in some flavorful favors from friends. Flowers were courtesy of Fleuretica, a company run by two Asian American women, Euri Wong and Kendra Liu Ackerman. And Popisme Dessert Concierge, run by Asian American Kelley Lee Gin, along with Wong and Ackerman, set up an amazing “hanging” dessert bar.
Guests noshed on pistachio macaroons, sea salt caramel macaroons, kiwi tarts, white chocolate cream puffs and chocolate chip cookie milk shooters.
And what’s a party without some gorgeous baubles? Guests perused two jewelry lines, both owned by Asian Americans. Lucky Grace features beautiful jewelry handmade by Grace Lu, and Matt Wang showed off Guy and Eva pieces.
And of course, there were plenty of Jellypop shoes to sweeten the aesthetic palate. With dainty floral prints, stripes and wovens, candy-sweet hues, and lacy, ruffled details, the shoes were a perfect complement to the dessert bar and décor.
Want a taste of the sweet life? In another post, we’re giving away Jellypop shoes, so scroll down!
Photos courtesy of Jennet Chow.
We just blogged about Jennet Chow, the owner and creative director of Jellypop shoes. She threw quite a party for her big 3-0, and now we’re here to share the wealth with you! We have three pairs of Jellypop “Trendy” sandals for three lucky Audrey readers.
The antique gold pair is a size 8 and comes in a gorgeous shimmery bronze color, embellished with bronze and clear faceted beads, bronze studs and sequins. An easy zip back makes it a snap to wear and elastic sides allow for a comfy fit.
We have two black pairs, one in a 7.5 and one in an 8.5. The black pair is smooth and matte, with jet and blackened silver faceted beading, black sequins and dark studs. It’s also got a zip back and elastic sides. So cute for summer!
So just click on this post’s title and it’ll take you to a page where you can comment to your heart’s content! Don’t forget to tell us your preferred size (you can pick more than one size), and you must have a U.S. mailing address to win.
You have until Wednesday, June 30, 11:59 pm to comment. Good luck!
When I went to Hawaii a couple months ago, I lived in my hat.
Here’s what I envisioned: A holiday chic look, lounging by an infinity pool or scouring a local handicraft market, with oversized Alexander Wang sunglasses adding an air of mystery and Chanel Le Vernis in Jade on the toenails.
After looking at the photos, here’s what actually was: Pale, pasty, practically all vision obscured by my blah-colored hat. You couldn’t tell from the photos whether I was 36 or 63.
Lesson learned. Next time, I’m going with San Diego Hat Company paper braid hat with extra large brim. The happy, sunny hue alone is enough to liven up any holiday chic look.
That, and some serious self-tanner.
My poor husband. This summer’s been filled with must-see’s for me, from Sex and the City 2 to the documentary Babies, and now my guilty pleasure, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, is finally coming out!
Thank goodness there’s a film opening tomorrow that he might actually like (and that I’d be willing to see!). Grown Ups features a heavyweight comedy cast, including Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade and Filipino-Jewish American Rob Schneider.
We ran into Chinese American actress Di Quon, whom we’ve featured in Audrey, late last year and she told us about her role as Rita in the film. She said it was amazing to be in a scene standing there between these legendary comic geniuses. Can’t wait to see her in the film!
Another Asian American making an appearance is former Audrey cover girl Jamie Chung. The Korean American actress stars as Amber Hilliard in the film.
Grown Ups opens tomorrow, June 25.
What do you think? With a cast like that, will it be a hit? Or a flop?
Photos by Tracy Bennett, courtesy of Sony Pictures.
Add another Asian face on the hit musical dramedy Glee for next season, premiering in the fall. This time, it’s YouTube teen sensation Charice Pempengco, the pint-sized cutie with the voice of a diva.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the 18-year-old Filipina will be playing a foreign exchange student whose amazing voice threatens queen Glee bee Rachel (Lea Michele).
She just released her self-titled debut album last month, where it ranked eighth in the Billboard Top 200.
Check her out as a 15-year-old.
And then her appearance on Ellen, her U.S. debut.
I think Charice is a perfect addition to Glee. Her voice really is amazing. What do you think? Will you watch?
Photos courtesy of Charicemusic.com.
Get Audrey Magazine’s Summer 2010 issue, available now!
* Easy summer hair and skin
* Fashion gets graphic with slashes, cut-outs and scribbles
* Jeannie Mai of E! Style’s How Do I Look and Extra
* Shoe designer Jinny Kim
* Comedian Steve Byrne
* Hip-hop/electronic band Far East Movement
* The Asian American dance phenomenon, including Jabbawockeez, Kaba Modern, and Asako Hara
* Plus fashion, beauty, entertaining, travel and more!
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When you get a virtual tome on the benefits of a beauty product from the exclusive U.S. distributor, you know there’s got to be something of substance there.
That’s what happened when I emailed Lillian Wang of KosmeLink, the exclusive importer of Japan’s famous beauty line Marie Louise Cosmetics. Believe me, she believes in her product (a “gem” from Japan whose story has not yet been told in the U.S., she says), and her enthusiasm is infectious.
The Marie Louise Moistraiser α-VC is a personal favorite of Lillian’s. Why? “Toners in Asia are very different from toners in the U.S.,” she says. Toners in the U.S. are meant to be “astringent,” or a part of cleansing, but toners in Asia are actually the first step in moisturization, she says. That’s where this “toner” got it’s name — “Moistraiser.”
But it’s not just that. Marie Louise products are emulsified and utilize nanotechnology. Essentially, what that means is that the products undergo a process that applies extreme high pressure to emulsify oil and water together, allowing for both hydration (water) and moisturization (oil). Most products are either oil-based or water-based, not both. But you need both for healthy skin.
Marie Louise goes even one step further. They nano-emulsify, which means the high pressure creates nano-sized particles that are smaller than the space between skin cells. This allows for far better absorption into skin cells than other products which, though it may contain high quality ingredients, don’t have the technology to allow these ingredients to penetrate between these skin cells. And if it can’t penetrate your cells, you might as well not even put it on.
That’s impressive, admittedly. But what will it do for my skin? Well, it’s actually perfect for anyone in the summertime when heavy creams can be a bit much, but especially for people like me with oily T-zones that can’t handle heavy creams but need to hydrate (lack of water) and moisturize (lack of oil) their skin. (Even oily skin needs anti-aging help and dehydration can cause break outs.)
But an added bonus to the moisturizing, antioxidant and anti-aging benefits is something I didn’t expect — the Moistraiser contains alpha-arbutin, a mulberry extract, that works like hydroquinone to whiten dark spots on the skin. (I’m sold!)
I personally love the ever-so-slightly viscous yet not at all sticky feel of the Moistraiser. (That’s the emulsified nanotechnology I’m feeling — it’s penetrating power doesn’t leave a residue on the skin.) It’s so soothing, they even recommend using it to massage the face. For me, this is one product I would actually buy. And you know beauty products almost never go on sale, but you can get it now at a one-day only, guaranteed low price at AudreyShops.