Skincare Horror Story: Results of Sleeping With Makeup On

Does sleeping with makeup on really have bad effects on your skin?

The answer to that question is yes, yes it does. We’ve all had those long, hectic days where we’ve ended up falling asleep with our makeup on, but what consequence does that have on our skin?

In an episode of The Doctors, one brave woman volunteered to not wash her makeup off for a month and the end result came out quite shocking.

Take a look for yourself below while dermatologist Dr. Annie Chiu explains the relation between wearing makeup constantly and premature aging of the skin.

The moral of the story? Take your makeup off. You may be tired, but spending a few minutes to take care of your skin will help you avoid long-term effects. Washing your face before getting some shut eye can only benefit you. After all, you can replace the makeup, but you can’t replace your face.

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Audrey College Tips: Surviving Your First All-Nighter

All-nighters: you can only avoid them for so long.

Its a week before your midterm and you’re relaxed. That’s definitely enough time to study right? But then you have that meeting tonight. You also promised dinner with your roommate the next night. Oh, and a new episode of your show is on- you can’t miss that. Before you know it, your midterm is the next day and you haven’t studied yet.  It’s crunch time and you’re dreading the night ahead of you, but at this point it’s necessary. Although this may be an experience most college students want to avoid, some may thrive and work greatly under pressure. While we don’t endorse sleepless nights, we’re certainly guilty of quite a few of them. Here are some tips to help you survive your first all-nighter:

1. Take a nap: If you’ve already had a long morning, go ahead and take a two or three hour nap in the evening before you begin doing your work. This will give you energy for the long night ahead of you.

2. If your assignment doesn’t need internet connection, don’t use it: Social media sites such as facebookand tumble can be quite distracting. If your assignment does require internet connection, limit yourself to using those sites. There is a lovely application for macs called self control, which allows you to block a list of websites or programs you want for a certain period of time.

3. Keep energized with healthy snacks: The continuous snacking and crunch of a bowl of nuts or dried fruits gives you a steady release of energy over time. If you’re looking for a quick energy source, fresh bananas and apples are the way to go. Both are packed with several vitamins, minerals and good carbohydrates.

4. Stay away from energy drinks: The quick energy high is always followed by a crash. If you must, drink a soda or coffee. They’ll give you a perk without the crash later. If you’re not a caffeine drinker, cold water will keep you up throughout the night.

5. Study location is key: Not your bed, a comfy couch, or the floor that will potentially make you want to fall asleep. Work somewhere you will not be tempted to fall asleep and complete your work in a well lit place.

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6. Complete your more challenging assignments first: You’ll have more concentration to do good work at the beginning of your all-nighter.

7. If possible, take a couple breaks: During your breaks, walk around and stretch or take a cold shower to help wake you up. If needed, take a 20 minute power nap to re-energize your body and mind.

8. Work with a group: If you’re not the only one that needs to pull an all nighter, work with your friends. Surround yourself with those who will keep you accountable on working efficiently.
Different things work for each individual so be sure to try all of them out and even find new tips to keep you up. Most importantly, breathe and keep a positive state of mind throughout the night. This will allow you to stay calm and focus on the work that needs to be done.

This Three Minute Video Will Have You in Tears

Thai company True Corporation‘s latest video titled “Giving,” has caused viewers worldwide to shed tears. With more than 3.5 million views on YouTube in less than a weeks time, an endless flow of emotional comments, and more than 40,000 likes, this video has definitely pulled at the heart-strings of many.

Set in the streets of Thailand, this short encompasses struggle, financial burden, family, and ultimately the power of good deeds. The video is beautiful video was given the description “This Three Minute Commercial Puts Full-Length Hollywood Films to Shame” by Gawker.  Watch below and you’ll understand.

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Sometimes one good deed, without the expectation of anything in return, can certainly go a long way. “Giving is the best communication.”

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A Wish Come True: Asian American Disney Princesses

Many have grown up with Disney characters and movies, and there’s no doubt some of the more popular Disney characters are the princesses. Well, Filipina American photographer Kim Navoa and Donnie Chang have re-imagined some of those iconic princesses, including Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, in a way that would have made them way more relatable to us Asian Americans when we were growing up.

Navoa writes on her tumblr:

Despite how much we admired these princesses, it was difficult relating to them because they didn’t physically represent us. Take a look at any Disney princess product and you will see the preference towards the White princesses, white washing of princesses of color (skin color, facial features, etc.), and the shoving of these princesses to the side.

 

In the 76 years since Snow White was released, there have been 12 (soon to be 13) Disney princesses, only five of whom are women of color (Jasmine in 1992, Pocahontas in 1995, Mulan in 1998, Kida in 2001, and Tiana in 2009). It took 55 years to portray a woman of color as a princess, and these portrayals also came with problematic and inaccurate representations of their respective cultures & histories (not to mention Tiana was a frog more than half of the movie).

 

How are young APIA children supposed to believe in “happy endings” when we don’t see them happening to people who look like us?

 

Scroll down to see Navoa and Chang’s AA princesses.

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For more, check out all fifteen photographs here.

National Pride on a Plate: Flags of Asia … Made with Food?

When it comes to the many countries in our world, food has definitely become a defining characteristic for each. With Sydney’s largest food festival right around the corner, promoters have re-created 17 different national flags using foods most common to each place.

China’s flag made from pittaya/dragon fruit and star fruit.

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India’s flag made from curries, rice, and pappadum wafer.

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Indonesia’s flag made from spicy curries and rice (Sambal).

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Japan’s flag made from tuna and rice.

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Lebanon’s flag made from lavash, fattoush and herb sprig.

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South Korea’s flag made from kimbap and sauces.

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Thailand’s flag made from sweet chilli sauce, shredded coconut and blue swimmer crab.

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Vietnam’s flag made from rambutan, lychee and starfruit.

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Check out more flags made with food here.

 

 

TRY THIS: How Long Can You Go Without Checking Your Phone?

When you leave the house for the day there are probably three things you always need to take with you, your wallet, keys, and of course phone. Taking your phone everywhere with you has become so normal, but has it also become a problem? Take a look around you while you’re walking around or lounging somewhere, you’ll most likely see people always on their phones. Smart phones have definitely come a long way and popular social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and more can easily be connected to your smart phone.

In the short film I Forgot My Phone, director and actress Charlene deGuzman is seen doing activities such as laying in bed with her significant other, hiking, and attending a birthday celebration, but all moments are disrupted by the use of a phone. When explaining the concept of this short film, deGuzman writes on her tumblr that she has come to realize that everyone, including her, is always on their phones and it “makes me sad, I’m constantly working on living in the moment, enjoying and taking it all in (without Instagramming them – GASP!) but I know it takes a little practice.

The accuracy of her short film is kind of surreal and depressing. When I first watched it I definitely could relate to some of the scenarios and remember having the same facial expressions. Although I’ve gone through some of them, I do admit that I’ve been on the other side, the person that is on their phone checking Instagram or not engaging in a conversation. Now it just takes practice. It’s time to not check your phone 24/7 and enjoy life moment by moment.

 

Do you have any other scenarios where phones have disrupted your moments? Let us know in a comment below!

 

KCON 2013 | Violinist Extraordinaire Jun Sung Ahn

This year’s KCON was definitely a success with over 20,000 fans in attendance and over 100 special guests, including YouTube star Jun Sung Ahn also known as Jun Curry Ahn.

With some down time during the convention, Assistant Editor Ethel Navales and I decided to take some time for some much needed rest. As we sat in the panelist tent, we were surrounded by stars such as Heejun Han from American Idol and as people walked in and out, I couldn’t help but notice one person who looked oddly familiar.

There he was in a grey suit, violin in hand, glasses on, with an adorable smile and I couldn’t help but keep my eyes locked on him. In my head I began to ask myself, “Is that really Jun Curry Ahn? Is he going to perform his cover of EXO’s Growl? He must be!” A couple minutes go by and he began to practice EXO’s Growl which was a definite sign that he would be performing it shortly. As he got up to leave, along with dancer Pat Li, Ethel and I shortly followed. As we walked a short distance behind them, we began to hear more footsteps around us along with whispers of “He’s beautiful.” In a matter of seconds we found ourselves amongst a crowd of gasping girls following him quickly. We even heard some people say, “Who is that? Is he someone famous? Let’s follow him too!” Ethel and I couldn’t help but walk with wide eyes and open mouths as girls ran past us to get closer to them.

As a special guest, he participated in the panel “The YouTube Phenomenon: Asian American stars” and performed three songs. He began his performance with a mash up of Taeyang’s Wedding Dress and Yiruma’s River Flows in You followed by another mashup of various K-Pop and American songs. In his second mashup, he definitely got the crowd excited once he got up to dance PSY’s Gangnam Style moves while still playing the violin.

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For his last performance, and probably the favorite of the crowd after hearing the volume of screaming fans rise, was his cover of EXO’s Growl with dancers Pat Li and Keonjik Lee.

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As his performance came to an end and we made our way out of the crowd, we heard two fans talk to each other saying, “Oh my god I’m in love,” followed by the response “Me too.” If you like what you heard, check out Jun Sung Ahn’s Youtube page and his official website.

 

Ziyi Zhang’s most memorable movie moments

With the latest release of Ziyi Zhang’s newest movie, The Grandmaster, let’s take a trip down memory lane with some of her best movie moments, gif style!

Memoirs of a Geisha

That moment when she not only stopped a man in his tracks with a single look, but probably every single viewer too.

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Her intense performance of the snow dance. tumblr_mrqapxAtLE1r2d2vgo1_500

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House of Flying Daggers

When she captivated the audience with her graceful and beautiful dancing.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. 

Her fight scene vs. Michelle Yeoh which hands down, is one of the best.tumblr_mlif5cs7hU1riop3bo1_r1_500

When she took out three men effortlessly using just her feet.tumblr_mq2lapqQ3A1sagi1uo6_400

When she defended herself with just one arm while holding tea in the other like it was no big deal.

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When she managed to sport a great up do in less than three seconds and look intimidating at the same time.tumblr_mrqlwqqJi71sok8elo1_500

When she unexpectedly came out of no where with her high kick.  tumblr_mj3o7p60bc1qbtzbno1_r3_500

And last but not least, this epic moment in The Grandmaster where she fights to regain her family’s honor.

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The Grandmaster has already premiered in Los Angeles and New York, and will be released nationwide on August 30. Don’t miss out on this action packed movie! There definitely will be several gif worthy scenes!

 

FOX Denies Request to Reshoot “Racist” Scenes in New Sitcom “Dads”

There is no denying the fact that there is a lack of Asian American representation in the media today. There certainly have been those that have made it big in the industry, but often times they are portrayed in stereotypical ways. Similar to our recent feature story about Matthew Moy’s character Han Lee in the CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls, FOX’s new sitcom Dads has already stirred up controversy amongst some viewers.

Seth Macfarlane’s comedy Dads began to receive harsh feedback with the release of it’s promo pilot which presented actress Brenda Song in a sexy Asian schoolgirl outfit, along with other racial and sexual stereotypes. Martin Mull’s character refers to Asians as “Orientals,” right after he tells his son he did not trust Chinese people and “there’s a reason Shanghai is a verb.”  In response to this, the Media Action Network for Asian Americans have written a letter with the request of reshooting the scenes deemed racist. “Our community can’t continue to be the target of racially insensitive jokes. FOX has an opportunity to fix fatal flaws in the pilot and to improve the show’s chances for success when it premieres next month,” MANAA’s founding president, Guy Aoki wrote in a letter to the network.

FOX has denied this request to reshoot scenes and instead has pleaded with the organization to give their show a chance and watch it develop. “You will see that Brenda Song’s character is a strong, intelligent, empowered young woman who basically runs the company, and who almost always gets the upper hand on the guys,” FOX entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly and Chief Operating Officer Joe Earley wrote.

Will the sitcom be a huge success or will it turn into a racial-insult comedy show? We’ll definitely be keeping an eye out once the show premieres in early September.

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THE DAILY SHAG | PARK SUNG JIN

Meet one of Korea’s top models, Park Sung Jin. His career first began back in 2010 and he is now considered one of the top four models of the agency ESteem Model and is one of the only two asian male models on The Hot List featured on models.com.

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Although he looks good in just about anything, he explains his signature look in an interview with Women’s Wear Daily. “I like old rockabilly style. I always wear denim on denim with suspenders and slicked back hair. Everybody usually looks so similar, so the photographers and editors all know now that I like this style. Most Asians don’t know about American street style,” said the 22-year-old model.streetstyle

He has worked  for Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger Adidas, Forever 21, and much more. His latest shoot is featured in Urbanlike Magazine’s fourth issue COEXIST. In addition to his passion for fashion, his love for sports like skateboarding, surfing, and jiu jitsu definitely make him an interesting character who we absolutely love.

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