Get That Celeb Look: Maggie Q at “Divergent” Premiere

MAKE UP BY Mai Quynh for Laura Mercier

Makeup artist Mai Quynh created a “soft and pretty” makeup look for actress (and Audrey Magazine cover girl)  Maggie Q that allowed her “natural beauty to stand out.” Quynh focused on using a dusty rose and soft plum palette to complement the actress’ dress and hair. The final look was “fresh and polished.”

 


FACE: Natural Complexion Paired with Rosy Pinks  

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-Quynh first prepped Maggie’s skin by applying RéVive Sensitif Renewal Cream, ($215) to the entire face, and then followed with Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, ($33)

 

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-Next, she used a damp BeautyBlender sponge to apply Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation, ($46, NEW September 2014). She stated, “The foundation leaves the skin velvety and touchable. The matte finish is perfect so I don’t need to use too much powder.”

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-She then dotted Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-5, ($33) underneath her eyes and around her nose.


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-Quynh gently brushed on Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder in Golden Suntan, ($38) to Maggie’s T-zone using the Laura Mercier Powder Brush, ($52).


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-Lastly, she layered Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Ave Princess to her forehead, cheeks and chin. To finish the face, she applied Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Violet Orchid, ($25) to the apples of the actress’ cheeks.



EYES: Soft Plums and Browns

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-For her eyes, Quynh first applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Amethyst, ($26) onto the lids, from the lash line to the crease.


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-Next, she mixed together Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour in Kir Royal, ($23) and Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Coffee Ground, ($23) and smudged both colors close to the lash line and blended it upwards, fading it into her crease. She then lightly smudged the same two shadows along Maggie’s lower lash line for added definition.


-Finally, she applied two coats of Lancome Definicils Mascara in Black to her top and bottom lashes.



Lips: Light Pink Pout  

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-Quynh kept lips simple and aligned with the “dusty rose” palette by applying Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Rosewood, ($27).

 

 

 

 

The Cutest Yuna Kim Impersonation Ever

When Yuna Kim fell short of defending her figure skating crown at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, an entire nation was outraged by the results. In fact, an online petition titled “Open Investigation into Judging Decisions of Women’s Figure Skating and Demand Rejudgment at the Sochi Olympics” was created to bring justice to her name.

In the midst of all the anger, some people pointed out that Yuna Kim is far from a loser. After all, winning a silver medal in the Olympics is an amazing achievement. In fact, Kim even shared her sentiments on the ordeal.

“I did everything I could, so I’m satisfied,” Kim told Korean TV network SBS. “I didn’t make any mistakes, but I wasn’t as perfect as I was during practice. So I finished second, but as I said, the gold medal was never important. I did all I could, so I’m happy.”

Many South Korean netizens point out that she is still a winner in their eyes. Now, we’ve found yet another reason she’s a winner in our book.

The adorable Yerin Park is seen here doing the cutest impersonation of Yuna Kim. She may not get all the moves right, but her heart is in the right place. Kim has clearly become an inspiration to many young girls.

Check out the adorable video below.

Get To Know Harry Shum Jr.’s Fiance, Shelby Rabara

When Harry Shum Jr. publicly announced his engagement earlier this month, hearts were broken everywhere.  Who can blame Shum-fans? After all, the talented heartthrob has been a fan favorite since 2009 when he first came onto television screens as Mike Chang in Glee.

For fans who are still heart-broken about the news of Shum’s engagement, you need not fear. Although your dream of meeting him and sweeping him off his feet may be over, he is in real good hands with his fiance Shelby Rabara.

So why not learn more about his soon-to-be bride? Here’s a few facts about Shelby Rabara to get to know the beautiful bride-to-be.


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1) She’s 31-years-old. That makes her the same age as Harry!


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2) She’s a Dancer and an Actress. She has had roles in some television series such as CSI, Community, My Name is Earl and Grounded For Life. She has also been in films such as 17 Again. Her roles often utilize her dance skills.


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3) Rabara acted alongside her fiance on Glee while playing a character named Shoshandra.


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4) She is of Filipino descent.


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5) The couple has kept their engagement on the down-low. Though we are just hearing about the engagement this month, Harry popped the question back in October during a Hawaiian vacation.


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6) The couple own a house together. Shun recently purchased a home in Los Angeles for the soon-to-be-wedded couple.


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7) Shum and Rabara own a puppy together.


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8) They’re awfully cute together.

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“It’s not what it seems” by Hikaru Chu

A 21-year-old Japanese art student has been attracting quite a bit of attention for her art. In particular, the work of Hikaru Chu seems to be gaining popularity because of her talented ability to trick our eyes.

Using acrylic paints, Chu has taken a number of items and has disguised them to look like something entirely different. She has titled the series “It’s not what it seems” and has given audiences a kick out of trying to guess what the object is without the disguise.

Chu’s attention to detail, color and texture proves that her talent is beyond her years. Check out the photo series below.

And trust us when we say her other art pieces are just as impressive and convincing. She has been able to make it look like a woman’s head completely detaches and a man’s back is made entirely of books. Don’t believe us? Take a look at her artwork for yourself.

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… is actually a banana.
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What appears to be a tangerine…
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… is actually a tomato.

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59-Year-Old Casted For 16-Year-Old Role: A New Extreme For Asian Youth

Many Asian women have been told time and time again that they look much younger than their actual age. After all, there are now grandmothers who look as young as their daughters. While we generally get irritated about this youthful look in our twenties, we’re constantly reminded that this will be a blessing for us when we get older. “When you’re in your forties, you’ll be thankful,” strangers preach. As it turns out, some of us may be thanking our genetics even beyond our forties.

Chinese actress Liu Xiaoqing is testing the limits of her youthful face. Taking Asian youth to a new extreme, the 59-year-old actress is playing a 16-year-old girl.

Xiaoqing has had quite a number achievements under her belt. Before turning 30, Xiaoqing acted in a number of films including her breakthrough role in The Burning of the Imperial Palace (1983) which earned her a number of awards at the Chinese film festivals. In fact, with three Best Actress awards and one Best Supporting Role award, she holds a record for having won the most number of awards in the actress categories of the Hundred Flowers Awards.

Additionally, Xiaoqing is a business woman and a published author. In 1999, she appeared on Forbes’ list of the 50 richest Chinese businessmen and businesswomen.

Now Xiaoqing will focus on a new impressive achievement by playing a character who is more than four decades younger than her actual age. The drama, Lotus Lantern, has already stirred up quite a bit of controversy.

DramaFever claims, “Some Chinese netizens are sneering at her for acting with ‘a face full of Botox.’ Liu, however, feels that a woman should never give up on feeling beautiful at any age. The director of her new drama, Heroes of Sui and Tang Dynasties, also praises her as one of the best actors in China and says that young age does not equate to excellence in acting.”

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Must-See Fashion From The Streets of Tokyo

For some, high-end fashion is far too intricate to understand. To those who are not accustomed to runway fashion and do not have an eye for it, the models may often appear to walk the runway in clown costumes. However, to the trained eye, the outfits of these runway models are magnificent.

Similarly, to New York-based photographer Thomas C. Card, the bold fashion of Tokyo is nothing but spectacular. Japan is quite known for their bizarre fashion styles and attention-grabbing trends.

We’ve seen what happens when a Japanese school has no dresscode for graduation and so students decide to make the event a giant cosplay party. We’ve even seen some of the most bizarre of photo trends become accepted without question. So we can expect no less from Japan when it comes to fashion trends.

While many people find popular Japanese fashion styles such as Harajuku and Lolita confusing, Card was intrigued by the street fashion that he spent months in Japan to document the various styles.

The 75- subject project is called “Tokyo Adorned” and focuses on the exploration of the culture behind this fashion.

“The thing I found absolutely amazing once I was on the ground in Tokyo was that the fashions were very much centered around the individual and less around the tribe,” Card explained. “In the early part of our production process, we were thinking of this as different tribes and groups that were very close and defined. I was thrilled when I got there to find that nearly all the girls really view this as an expression of themselves.”

 

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Breakfast Food From Around The World

If there’s one thing that joins people together, that would be food. In fact, people often travel the world with the goal to try new types of food. This happens so often that the World Food Travel association has coined the term Food Tourism which is “the pursuit and enjoyment of unique and memorable food and drink experiences, both far and near.”

And why shouldn’t travelers be interested in new foods? Afterall, food can tell you much about culture, traditions and taste.

Now the old saying is that breakfast in the most important meal of the day. In honor of that, Buzzfeed recently decided to create the video “What Does The World Eat For Breakfast.”

In the video, we get a glimpse of a typical breakfast in various parts of the world. The video doesn’t seem to contain entire breakfast meals, but it certainly shows the most common breakfast foods of each country including the following Asian countries:
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Check out the entire video below:

Image of The Day: Sailor Moon Puppies!

Cosplay has been turning quite some heads lately. Just this week we showed you Japanese students who preferred intense cosplay outfits over graduation gowns. And don’t forget cosplay making it in mainstream media in Singapore with IKEA’s new online campaign.

As impressive as all that is, it doesn’t get the title of our all-time favorite cosplay. No, that title may actually go to these adorable puppies in hand-made cosplay outfits.

An instagram user named mayama_ya has an entire account dedicated to cute things that she makes. Lucky for us, her current interest has been these squeal-worthy cosplay outfits for her puppies.

The instagram account was only created early this month, but she has already gathered over 800 followers. So what’s so special about these outfits?

They are none other than Sailor Moon costumes.

Popular manga and animated series Sailor Moon is one of Japan’s most successful franchises. The English adaptations of both the manga and anime series became the first successful shōjo title in the United States. The franchise has not only stolen the hearts of Japan and the US, Sailor Moon has gained popularity worldwide.

It’s no wonder that these puppies are stealing hearts. Check them out below.

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The World’s Most Selfie-Obsessed City is in Asia

Philippines and Malaysia can pat themselves on the back. Both countries have earned two spots each on the list of top ten selfie-obsessed cities in the world.

We’re not 100% sure when the rise of selfies began. We’re positive some of the older social media sites like Friendster and MySpace have a thing or two to do about it. After all, the infamous “MySpace angles” began the obsession with utilizing angles and lighting to compliment one’s face.

But then selfies began to explode. With the rise in popularity of Facebook and Instagram, the selfie-trend started spreading. In fact, The Guardian recently tried to explain how selfies became a worldwide phenomenon. 

Many of you roll your eyes at selfies. I’m specifically pointing a finger at hipsters who say they’re too cool for selfies, the older generation who disagrees with anything millennials do and those who have become annoyed because “that one friend” has to post up a selfie every single day. Despite any negative emotions you may harbor about selfies, there is no denying that the world is still in love with them.

TIME magazine decided to find out just how much love we have for selfies and where this love was coming from. They investigated the geography of selfie-taking and created a list of top 100 selfiest cities in the world. As you may have expected, there are quite a few Asian cities on this list including the #1 selfie-crazed city.

1. Makati City and Pasig, Philippines
258 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

2. Manhattan, N.Y.
202 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

3. Miami, Fla.
155 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

4. Anaheim and Santa Ana, Calif.
147 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

5. Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
141 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

6. Tel Aviv, Israel
139 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

7. Manchester, England
114 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

8. Milan, Italy
108 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

9. Cebu City, Philippines
99 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

10. George Town, Malaysia
95 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

Check out the full list here. 

IKEA Takes Over A Cosplayer’s Bedroom

Just the other day, we showed you what happens when Japanese students have no dresscode for graduation: the best cosplay party ever.

Of course, Japan is not the only place where cosplay thrives. In Korea we’ve seen popular K-pop stars embrace their inner cosplayer and here in America, we’ve witnessed the intensity of cosplay branch out into weddings such as this World of Warcraft themed wedding.

As much as we enjoy this seeing people dressed up as our favorite characters, we simply can’t understand how much hard work it all takes unless we take up cosplay ourselves. For instance, who would’ve known that one of the biggest issues cosplayers have to deal with is space.

With all the intricate parts to some of these outfits, it’s no wonder that people end up without room to store everything. After all, many of these outfits are not just clothing. The outfits often come with a variety of accessories, weapons, pets, etc.

So IKEA decided to tackle this problem. IKEA Singapore’s latest online campaign brings cosplay into mainstream media by taking over a cosplayer’s room.

Only known by the name Frank, this cosplayer shows off his various outfits and points out how he has run out of room. IKEA comes to the rescue to prove how their furniture can be utilized. Check it out below in “IKEA bedroom Stories (Singapore) – Frank the Cosplayer.”