Michelle Phan’s Helpuful Trick: Using Ice to Stretch Out Shoes

Yesterday, popular makeup guru Michelle Phan tweeted an intriguing comment:

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If you’ve been following Phan since 2009, then you may automatically know the answer to this. If not, we’re here to show off her incredible trick.

Have you ever gone home and realized that the pair of shoes you bought were too small, but it was too late to return them? Or maybe your favorite pair of heels were on sale, but only available in a size too small? Well Phan has just the trick for that.

The ziplock bags of water in her shoes are there to stretch it out. She explains that after popping the shoes (and water bags) into the freezer and allowing the ice to stretch it out, you can increase the shoe size.

Check it out for yourself!

Pollution in China Causes An 8-Year-Old To Get Lung Cancer

It’s no secret that China is currently facing a very serious air pollution problem. Last month, the northern city of Harbin was forced to cancel classes, shut down the airport and close down bus routes. At the time, the air pollution was 40 times higher than the international safety standard set by the World Health Organization.

The density of fine particulate matter is used to determine air quality. According to the World Health Organization, anything below 25 micrograms per cubic meter is safe. Harbin was well above 600 micrograms per cubic meter and some areas went as high as 1000.

Wu Kai, a citizen of Harbin told Huffington Post “I couldn’t see anything outside the window of my apartment, and I thought it was snowing, then I realized it wasn’t snow. I have not seen the sun for a long time.”

Now, China is dealing with its youngest lung cancer case- an 8-year-old girl. Doctors state that this is a direct consequence of the air pollution while living near a major road in the eastern province of Jiangsu. According to the American Cancer Society, the average age for lung cancer diagnosis is 70.

In the past 30 years in China, lung cancer deaths have multiplied profusely and cancer is currently the leading cause of death.

Designer Chiu Chih explored the idea of what could potentially be the future of China if the air pollution continues to harm its inhabitants. This included oxygen masks which would have to be worn in the smog-ridden area. Unfortunately, this may turn into a reality.

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The REAL Reason Asian Women Are Most Preferred in The Online Dating World

AYI, one of the largest online dating applications on Facebook, decided to do some research to determine if race is taken into consideration while online dating. They analyzed over 2.4 million interactions in the US to determine the likelihood a user would respond to a message based on race.

The results showed that Asian women are the most preferred by all male users with the exception of one group: Asian men. According to the data, Asian men are most likely to respond to Hispanic women and Asian women are most likely to respond to Caucasian men.

USA Today found that another online dating site, OkCupid, had users who generally dated within their own race, but only because of preconceived notions.

“It’s not that people’s levels of prejudice are changing,” says Sociologist Kevin Lewis. “People are avoiding others from a different racial background because they think those other people won’t be interested.”

This suggestion is supported by The Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences. They report that although people tend to date within their own race, everyone is more likely to reciprocate to interracial exchanges rather than initiate interracial exchanges.

“Our own behavior can, in fact, impact the prejudices of others, even if it is a short-term effect,” Lewis said. “It says some degree of the biases we display are based on a false premise.”

By acknowledging that prejudices hinder or encourage dating a particular race, Lewis has hit an even larger issue. If data from AYI reports that Asian women are the most sought after on their site, why is that so?

Time and time again, Asian women are told that they are lucky because “all races of men like Asian women.” Upon further inspection, we discover that this “compliment” may be laced with negatives. The public responses to Jezebel may have the unfortunate reason behind the popularity of Asian women.

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So is the popularity of Asian Women in the online dating world based on a stereotype? Are Asian women sought after simply because of the belief that they will be submissive partners and good house keepers?

While we know Asian women have much more substance than these stereotypes, it turns out that this popularity in the online world may not be something to boast about after all.

 

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Japan Creates “Liberation Wrapper”- A Solution For Women To Eat Burgers in Public

Have you ever had to stop yourself from eating something in public because cultural restraints say it’s rude for a lady to open her mouth wide? Well thats exactly whats happening in Japan.

For years, Japanese culture has encouraged women to strive for “ochobo” which is described as small and modest mouths.

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As a result, it is considered rude for Japanese women to open their mouth wide. This rule even applies to women when eating out in public.

It’s no wonder that Freshness Burger noticed their “Classic Burger” was the least chosen option among their female customers. Simply put, that particularly large burger would require women to “rudely” open their mouths and lose their ochobo.

This is when Freshness Burger decided to “free women from the spell of the ochobo mouth.”

They created the “Liberation Wrapper” for their burgers. This is a large burger wrapper with the image of a women’s face. The wrapper is meant to hide women as they take a big bite of their burger and maintain the appearance of ochobo.

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While some argue that this does not necessarily fight against the cultural restraint of the ochobo, the “Liberation Wrapper” has clearly become a success. Freshness Burger has reported that sales of the large “Classic Burger” have gone up by over 200% and their invention is quickly spreading across news media and social media.

Watch the video below to see both the creation and success behind the “Liberation Wrapper.”

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Must Watch: THE PROMISE BRACELET Presented by Tacori & Wendy’s Lookbook

American jewelry designer Tacori and fashion blogger Wendy Nguyen of “Wendy’s Lookbook” have come together to create quite the stunning piece of jewelry.

Yesterday, Tacori and Wendy’s Lookbook released a video to try and capture the essence of the promise bracelet. The beautiful short has already gathered over 50,000 views and is well on its way to viral fame.

Of course, all this attention is for good reason. The video follows the journey of a couple fulfilling the promise of their bracelet. Find out what all the fuss is about below:

 

The best part about all this is that the eye-catching promise bracelet will actually be available for us to purchase. Tacori and Wendy have put together a behind the scenes look at the making of this breath-taking bracelet.

Nguyen describes the bracelet as “a shared experience between two individuals.” Just as magical as it appeared in the video, the promise bracelet is sealed with a lock and key.

To learn more about the bracelet and how you can purchase it, click here. Be sure to check out Wendy’s Lookbook and all she has to say about the promise bracelet.

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Racist Reactions to Girls’ Generation’s Video of The Year Award

Fans of the beloved Kpop group Girls’ Generation were thrilled when their music video  “I Got A Boy” won YouTube’s Video of The Year Award at the first YouTube Music Awards on Sunday night.

Tiffany was there on behalf of the girls to accept the award and thank SM Entertainment, her fellow members, and fans of Girls’ Generation.

This was clearly a huge step for Asian entertainers to win such a mainstream award. The girls were up against icons such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, One Direction and Selena Gomez.

Unfortunately, this very joyous moment was quickly tainted by viewers who opposed the award recipient choice. Many of these individuals simply did not know who Girls’ Generation was. For some reason, they felt that because they were unfamiliar with the girl group, they were justified in attacking GG’s race, music and members.

These comments quickly turned into racist ones and left us sighing with disappointment.

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Thankfully, a number of fans argued against these racist comments. Our most favorite fan in defense of Girls’ Generation? YouTube.

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“Crush The Skull” : A Very Different Kind of Wong Fu Production

When we think of the work of Wong Fu Productions, we all generally come to the same sort of descriptions. We think of their romantic comedies that leave us on cloud nine. We think of heartbreak stories that are so relatable, they must have gone through what we did. We think of their quirky characters, their pretty cinematography, and their feel-good shorts.

All of this is probably the reason we’re so caught off guard by “Crush The Skull.” Featuring Chris Dinh and Tara Perry, this short takes us far, far away from cuddly romance.

Instead, we get a couple stranded on the road who must face the danger of could-be murderous strangers.

The short was uploaded in 2011 and although it was so different from the usual Wong Fu shorts, it gathered an impressive 900,000 views.

Last week, in honor of Halloween, Wong Fu released “Crush The Skull 2.” We find the same unfortunate couple having to deal with danger and accidental deaths.We can only hope that this very unlucky couple avoids a “Crush The Skull 3″ situation.

Check it out and tell us what you think of this side of Wong Fu Productions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Favorite Hello Kitty Cakes For Her 39th Birthday

You may not know it, but November 1st is quite an important day. Today is the birthday of one of our most beloved characters, Hello Kitty.

Sanrio’s Yuko Shimizu  introduced this iconic, mouthless kitty in 1974. If you do the math, you can conclude that Hello Kitty is 39 years old today! We know what you’re thinking- she aged quite well.

According to Sanrio, Hello Kitty, who’s actual name is Kitty White, was born in London, England. Her height is five apples stacked on top of one another and her weight is three apples put together.

Now, Hello Kitty has become a worldwide phenomenon. By 1999, Hello Kitty appeared on 12,000 products yearly. By 2008, Hello Kitty was responsible for half of Sanrio’s billion dollar revenue. There were over 50,000 different Hello Kitty branded products in more than 60 countries.

Now, Hello Kitty is worth $5 billion a year.

Clearly, this lovable character has achieved an overwhelming amount in 39 years. We wanted to thank her for years of enjoyment and wish her a happy birthday with our favorite Hello Kitty Cakes.

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Released Today: Naveen Andrews in “DIANA”

The award winning, South Asian actor Naveen Andrews stars in the much-awaited motion picture Diana which is released in US theaters today. 

Two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts portrays Princess Diana. With a brilliant cast, the film takes a deep look into the secret love affair between Princess Diana and South Asian heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Khan.

Although the Princess of Wales is an iconic and well-known figure, her passionate love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan remains an untold story. Director Oliver Hirschbiegel aims to change that with this romantic and compelling film.

“Hirschbiegel directs from a screenplay by award-winning playwright Stephen Jeffreys, inspired by the book Diana: Her Last Love by Kate Snell, which was in turn drawn from extensive interviews with close friends and confidantes. The result is a window into the tumultuous, change-filled period from 1995-1997, in the wake of Diana’s shattering divorce from Prince Charles, and at the moment when she stood on the cusp of a different life, evolving into a global humanitarian, a master of maneuvering fame and becoming her own woman.”

 

Release Date: November 1

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Distributor: eOne Films

Official Site: http://OfficialDianaMovie.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OfficialDianaMovie

 

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Photo Credit: Naomi Watts stars as “Diana, Princess of Wales” and Naveen Andrews stars as “Dr. Hasnat Khan” in the upcoming release of Entertainment One’s DIANA. © 2013 Entertainment One Films US

Top 5 Ways James Wan Has Mastered Scary Films

Don’t know who James Wan is? Well you certainly ought to change that.

Responsible for films such as Insidious, The Conjuring, and the Saw franchise, James Wan has been shaping our nightmares for years now. The 36-year-old Chinese Australian filmmaker is overlooked far more than he should be. Many people know his films and yet they don’t know the man behind them.

At the young age of 11, Wan was already well-aware that he wanted to be a filmmaker. After he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, he instantly went on to make films with a fellow aspiring filmmaker, Leigh Whannell. The two have collaborated with one another for a handful of films which just so happen to be perfect for Halloween.

We encourage you to sit down with some popcorn, a protective blanket, and a James Wan film of your choice.

Still don’t understand why Wan is an Audrey favorite? Check out the Top 5 Ways James Wan Has Mastered Scary Films:

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1. He understands that given the right setting, a doll can be our worst nightmare.
No seriously, these things are creepy.

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2. He understands the power of Audio.

Watch a James Wan film at the theaters and you surely won’t be disappointed with the audio. Many scenes use it very tactfully like this one from Insidious:

And lets not forget the way he manages to make a simple title score terrifying as it’s blasted at you at full volume:

 

 

3. Why yes, things popping up at us unexpectedly is frightening. 

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4. He understands that sometimes “less is more.”

Don’t get me wrong. Wan is brilliant at scary images that stay in your head in the worst way possible, but he understands that there needs to be variety.

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He can take a little girl pointing at a wall and horrify you. He can allude to a scary flashback without ever showing what happened, but still give you the creeps. Wan understands that sometimes, our own imagination can be much worse than anything he shows.

5. He makes you care about his characters and his storyline.

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You may have turned away from the stomach-churning gore in Saw, but you have to admit, the movie got you thinking. He made sure you paid attention and ended up questioning whether or not you would be able to do the same thing. Would you make the same mistakes?

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Often times, a flaw within horror films is that we simple don’t care about the characters. We’re afraid for death itself, but we don’t actually know too much about the characters who are about to die. Wan very tastefully avoids this mistake. He makes you actually like his characters. You end up hoping for a happy ending and it very successfully makes you more invested in the film.

So take it from us and make sure Wan is part of your holiday today. Happy Halloween!