Audrey at KoreAm’s Unforgettable | Quest for Jim Lee’s Autograph

How Jim Lee’s kind gesture turned my husband’s Christmas gift into a memory of a lifetime. 

I didn’t grow up reading comics, but I know a legend when I see one. I’ve seen the look in the eyes of friends and acquaintances when they talk about Jim Lee — whether he was their childhood hero, whether it meant so much to them to see an Asian name during a time when there weren’t very many Asian American role models, or whether they just remember being a kid so awed by his illustrations that they flipped back to the front of the comic to find out who the artist was. I respect anyone who’s inspired a generation of dazed looks and child-like admiration.

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Audrey’s Days of Summer | Summer Hair: Braids

It’s summertime which means heat and humidity. Here are a few easy braids that will keep your hair out of your face. The best way to learn how to braid is to practice, practice, practice! Each braid can be worn in various ways so try a different style out every day!

A secret tip: Rub in a leave-in conditioner or serum before braiding your hair (I like to use unrefined coconut oil). It not only makes your hair easier to braid, but it also sinks in and conditions damaged hair. At the end of the day, rinse it out.

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Hair Orgasm: Yuko Long Lasting Treatment

The Long Lasting Treatment via yuko-usa.com

About six months ago, I made a spontaneous and regretful decision to get my hair chemically permed in the Philippines in hopes that I would wake up everyday looking like a Hollywood hipster with sexy wavy bed hair. However, it was nothing short of devastation when I realized I looked more like Carrot Top (minus the red tint) than Mary-Kate Olsen.

The next morning I stood in front of the mirror with a big ball of frizz that I had to call my hair, and died a little bit on the inside. How was I going to correct this? What on earth was I thinking? I’m going to have to buy more hair ties for all the future buns and pony tails I’ll be rocking for the next few years (I thought to myself). Upon returning to the states, I tried everything that I thought could fix my own personal hair death. I sought out hair salons for deep conditioning treatments, over-the-counter Moroccan oil, and even highlights which I thought could create dimension to my Jesse Spano hair style. Needless to say, it all failed.

Fortunately, it was this past week that I was able to experience an effective and relaxing solution called the Long Lasting Treatment, provided by the upscale and notable Beverly Hills hair salon, Yuko. The hair treatment manages to replenish and revive chemically damaged hair through the usage of natural and beneficial ingredients. Completely sulfate-free and full of nutritious oils , the treatment was therapeutic and incredibly hydrating. My dry and damaged hair simply felt like it was going through a hair orgasm!

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Audrey’s Days of Summer | Makeup Guide for Humid Weather

Stila’s BB Cream

Although I am a SoCal native, my upcoming trip to South Korea has inspired me to do a post on makeup for humid weather. The last thing we want is to have our face melt off.. Here are some tips to keeping your makeup fresh and intact!

Face

For the face, ditch the powder and liquid foundation. Instead, use a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Most of these have SPFs in them so you kill two birds with one stone! Couple products I would suggest are:


NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

Eyes

For your eyes, make sure all your products are waterproof, and prime your eyes if you’re going to wear eye shadow. I swear by Stila’s liquid eyeliner in black. Rain, wind, snow, it doesn’t budge! Urban Decay is famous for their primer; it is a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way.


Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner


Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer

Lips

Lip stains are known to have long lasting effects, but also known to dry your lips out. Try Tarte’s moisturizing lip stain. They have one that is both shimmery and matte, and the unique crayon shape makes it easy to apply quickly.


Tarte’s LipSurgence Natural Lip Stain

With the exception of the eyeliner and primer, all of the products mentioned above are paraben-free. I found it difficult to find natural alternatives when it comes to long lasting ability, but if there is a fantastic product we are missing out on, please tell us in the comments! Yes, Asian products, especially BB cream often times fare better to the ones in the US, but it is trickier to get your hands on. I am planning to do a huge makeup haul when I get to Korea though so stay tuned!

Audrey Living | The Awful Truth: What a Guy Wants

Columnist Paul Nakayama is determined to get to the bottom of what his male friends really want in a woman. What he discovered? Ask a woman.

ISSUE: Summer 2012

DEPT: Audrey Living

STORY: Paul Nakayama

To be perfectly honest, I’ve been dreading writing this issue’s Awful Truth for weeks now. Seeing as I’m currently stuck in my hotel room in Jodhpur, India, awaiting the passing of a brutal dust storm, I guess it’s nature’s way of telling me to get off my ass. I just wish my to-do reminders didn’t consist of strong winds scooping up cow dung from the streets and whipping them around town. I prefer the carrot to a stick made of hepati- tis. At any rate, the topic for this issue is what men really want, so here’s what I did: I asked my single friends what they look for, and I asked my married friends what they love about their wives. If this works, the answer hopefully lies somewhere be- tween a booty call and a divorce.

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Audrey Travel Diaries | Seoul-Searching for the Holy Grail of Makeup

Moisture Firming Skin and Lotion 36,000 won (18000 won each)

Courtesy of Innisfree

Remember when I said I would do a Korea make-up haul post? Shopping for makeup in Korea was an incredible experience, especially for skincare. I have three rules when I am shopping for skincare: organic ingredients, affordable, and of course, effective. The Korean makeup industry is much more advanced, cheaper, and regulated than the US. Therefore, South Korea was a haven for a picky shopper like me!

Here are a couple of products I came back satisfied with. All the products are either from Skinfood or Innisfree, brands known to only use natural ingredients. None of these products contain harmful parabens!

The Koreans have developed a 5-step skin regimen, essence, serum, skin, lotion, eye cream. I opted out for barest necessities, skin and lotion. The Innisfree had a nifty device that measured the moisture level of your skin. My skin was just below the ideal moisture level, so they suggested products that focused on hydrating my skin. After using it for a week, the moisture and firming lotion by Innisfree does pretty much what it says. The skin feels hydrating and the lotion makes my skin velvety smooth. The price was great too for the generous size especially considering how expensive organic products are in the US.

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Audrey Explores Valentine’s Day Traditions

Chocolates, hearts, roses, and love in the air- yup, it definitely feels like Valentine’s Day. Although we’re accustomed to a number of Valentine’s Day traditions, we may not know where a lot of these traditions come from. In fact, many of us don’t even know the actual origin of Valentine’s Day itself. In honor of this holiday, we plan to explore everything from chocolate covered strawberries to cupid.

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