I remember when Lisa Ling stopped by our office for a photo shoot many many moons ago. It was early, but Lisa was bubbly and chatty, immensely likeable from the moment she walked in the door. As we were getting her primped and prettied up, her good friend, local news reporter Gordon Tokumatsu stopped by and the two allowed us to take some cute photos of them horsing around.
Lisa had just left her post on “The View” back in 2003 to work as a correspondent for National Geographic’s Explorer. Since then, Lisa has traveled all over the globe, reporting on topics as varied as the most dangerous gang in the world and gave us a rare look inside the adoption process in China. Lisa looks back at 25 years of National Geographic’s multiple award-winning globetrotting show in “Explorer: 25 Years,” which airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel.
It seems like there is a plethora of serums everywhere you look, all purporting to do one amazing thing or another, but only succeeding in going on as a goopy, sticky mess. Not so with Anokha’s Jasmine Serum. At first glance, the serum looks pretty modest and unassuming. But a closer look reveals that the serum is actually a moisturizer.
Anokha’s Jasmine Serum is made with almond, sandalwood and jasmine oils — all in keeping with the company’s philosophy of using all-natural ingredients, many of which are found natively in South Asia. After cleansing, I rubbed a few drops into my hands and massaged the serum over my face. Surprisingly, the clear jasmine-smelling serum absorbed almost instantly into my skin — no stickiness! Instead, my skin felt like it had just enough moisture, without being overly so, like I was born with naturally soft skin. That old saying “as soft as a baby’s bottom” comes to mind. The clean, jasmine scent doesn’t hurt either. Since then, any time I feel a spot of dryness, I rub a couple of drops of this on, even over makeup. Dryness, totally gone.
Last year, the daughters of Benefit Cosmetics’ founders announced that they were joining their mothers’ company with the debut of a new line of cool and cute perfumes, inspired by London’s Crescent Row. Their latest second iteration is just as cute as the first. Dubbed the Second Story, these three eau de toilettes feature the same whimsical package-inspired storytelling as the first set in three new scents.
Look for a complete editorial in our Summer issue, set to hit the street in June. In the meantime, we’re giving away one fragrance, Garden of Good and Eva, from the second release — which hasn’t hit the stores yet! A fresh, light scent that fits just about anyone. Be the first to rock this scent by winning it here. Retails for $36. Yours for zilch. Just comment below until 11:59 April 21. Good luck!
After months of waiting, the second season of Fox’s cult hit Glee is finally here. It’ll be on Fox tomorrow night, April 13.
In fact, it’s been “Gleek Week” all week, with special performances and events all over the Internet, television and in Los Angeles. And don’t forget, you still have a chance to submit an audition video for the Glee open casting call here.
Meanwhile, get to know some of the Asian American castmembers of Glee. Like Jenna Ushkowitz, who plays Tina Cohen-Chang, whom we profiled in our Fall 2009 issue of Audrey Magazine.
In case you missed it, here we excerpt our story on Jenna, written by Janice Jann. Tomorrow keep an eye out for our interview with Harry Shum, Jr.
I woke up one morning to find a strange vision — during the night, my left eyelid had formed a deep crease giving me that eyelid fold I had so coveted throughout my impressionable years. But now, well into my 30s and happy with my looks, nothing could have been more horrid. I felt disfigured and vowed to rid this “wrinkle” form my lid. I tried every anti-aging/anti-wrinkle cream I could get my hands on, but nothing seemed to work on this crevasse on my eyelid. So I walked around with a curl of hair masking the offending crease.
Enter hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the body and helps to plump up skin, temporarily smoothing wrinkles. It’s like adding a breath of air to a slightly deflated balloon. I slathered it on and woke up the next morning to find the fold neatly ironed out. Miracle upon miracles!
And so, when I learned that hyaluronic acid lay at the core of Laveré’s HYDRO Sensation Moisturizing Cream, I couldn’t wait to try. The certified all-natural, vegan moisturizer isn’t the thickest moisturizer, which makes it soak pretty quickly into skin. It just feels like its chock full of skin-tingling goodness. After just one application on a particularly dry area, my skin honestly felt totally hydrated, not to mention the little wrinkles that appeared smoother. In fact, the company says that 85 percent of 30 women in their 30s who tested the HYDRO line noticed a difference. Count me as one of them.
On sale today only at AudreyShops.com!
Gooood morning ladies! (Or afternoon or evening if you’re not on the West Coast). It’s our favorite day of the week here at Audrey Magazine — thank goodness it’s FREE-day!
Continuing on our hair theme from last week, I have very special news… I’m giving away a top-of-the-line FHI Heat flat iron this week only!
What’s so special about FHI Heat flat irons? Besides being manufactured by the originators of the flat iron technology — South Koreans — and featuring all the latest and greatest bells and whistles like three layers of baked ceramic plates with authentic advanced tourmaline technology, consistent optimal heat, beveled plates for smooth curls and proprietary Nano-Fuzeion technology for conditioning and shine, it’s also FREE.
And, I only have one. That’s right guys, ONE. One very lucky gal chosen at random will receive FHI Heat’s Technique Do More Series: Earth 1 inch flat iron, which retails for more than $120.
You know the drill — comment here starting today until 11:59 p.m. April 14.
Good luck and TGIF until next Friday!
What does sultry Filipina “jazzipino” vocalist Charmaine Clamor have in common with Talking Heads’ David Byrne and Brit-hop producer Fatboy Slim? Impossibly, Imelda Marcos. Say wha? It seems David Byrne and Fatboy Slim have collaborated on an eclectic new album that tells the story of the famous former Philippines First Lady through song.
When you first squeeze out a quarter-size dollop of Marie Louise Cosmetics Cleansing Clear Gel, your first thought is “this jelly-like substance can’t possibly clean my face.” It seems illogical. Gel? Cleaning away oil? But then you massage it on and into your skin, watching the dirt, grime and makeup lift away. It’s then that you realize this stuff actually works. Even better than that, the warmth from your hands emulsifies the gel, which makes it easier for it to seep into your skin and do its magic.
And oh what magic! Somehow, the gel rinses off completely, leaving no oily residue, just thoroughly clean and utterly soft skin. I use the gentle cleanser at night. It’s particularly soothing and relaxing because the nature of the gel requires you to massage your face while you cleanse. It’s like a mini facial that nurtures your skin after a tough day, truly allowing you to put your best face forward tomorrow.
Marie Louise Cosmetics Cleansing Clear Gel is on sale now, for one day only. Buy it today at AudreyShops.com.
Aren’t you glad it’s Friday? Because that means time for another giveaway! This time, we’re giving two lucky Audrey fans brand-spankin’ new, top-of-the-line professional hair dryers.
The first is the TS-2 Edge Tourmaline Infused 1875-watt dryer that also comes with a mini detailer straightening iron – perfect for bangs. The dryer is equipped with far-infrared technology, which works to dry hair evenly, and ceramic/ionic technology to reduce frizz and static.
The second dryer also features ionic tourmaline technology. iTech’s Ionic Tourmaline Professional Hair Dryer is lightweight and quiet (good for early mornings or nighttime hair washers). This gentle 1800-watt dryer uses ionic technology to cut drying time in half and seal in moisture, reducing split ends and eliminating frizz. Both dryers retail for more than $100 each and the mini detailer retails for $29.99.
Want one? Just post a comment below about your hair needs or whatever’s on your mind, starting today April 2nd until 11:59 p.m. April 7th. Then, become a fan of Audrey on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. We’re only choosing two winners for this giveaway. The first winner will receive the TS-2 Edge and the second winner will receive the iTech Ionic Tourmaline.
Good luck and TGIF!
I always think it’s funny when people tell me I have a glamorous job. The words “magazine editor” conjure images of exclusive red-carpet soirees and celeb-infused events. Sure, I get a cool invite or two and tons of free products, and I’ve sat a mere arm’s length away from such luminaries as Tony Leung and Ralph Fiennes at one time. But most of the time? I’m just trying to catch up with my email and figure out the day to day. I wish I could clone myself just so I could make it out to all the spas and salons that various publicists want me to check out. Continue Reading »