The “How to Look More White” Makeup Tutorial for Self-Hating Asians

Joy Regullano, the comedian behind the  White Fetish viral video, is back. This most recent video parody, which is called “How To Look More White! Self-Hating Asian Party Look” pokes fun at makeup tutorial videos while packing in a serious punch about the impact of white beauty standards.

In the video, Regullano pokes fun at many controversial beauty routines such as skin bleaching and eyelid tape. For example, Regullano uses white skin perfect powder to erase her “ugly brown poop skin.” Soon enough, the tutorial takes a dark turn as she goes to extreme measures to erase any semblance of Asian-ness from her face until she essentially “becomes” a white woman.

The “makeup tutorial” is both hilarious and uncomfortable to watch. While it should be noted that there is debate over whether the lighter skin preference in Asian beauty standards is a result of Western colonialism (lighter skin has generally always been preferred because it was an indication of higher socioeconomic status), it’s undeniable that modern media generally adheres to a strict white beauty standard, which excludes and hurts any woman or man that doesn’t fit.

While this makeup tutorial is great for some quick laughs, it also leaves us with a lot to think about. Here it is the full video below:

 
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Audrey Fashion Show 2015 Venue: 440 Seaton

What in the world is 440 Seaton, you ask? On Saturday, March 28, this is where you will find some of your favorite celebrities, fashion bloggers and YouTubers. In other words, 440 Seaton is where Audrey Magazine will be hosting our 2015 Fashion Show!

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Would you believe that this beautiful space, called The Great Hall, is over one hundred years old? 440 Seaton was built in 1913 and was originally used as an indoor lumberyard and furniture manufacturing company. Now, the venue is available to be used for wedding receptions, parties, concerts, or, in our case, a fashion show! This unique,10,000 square foot space has high ceilings and its rawness is perfect for customizing your next Pinterest-inspired rustic event.

This vast, raw space is exactly why it is ideal for the Audrey 2015 Fashion Show. It is the perfect blank canvas for us to transform 440 Seaton into a trendy, fabulous runway space. You’ll feel like you stepped into a venue from Fashion Week!

Come and meet us in The Great Hall on March 28! General standing tickets are still available for purchase, but hurry, because space is limited!

See more photos and how 440 Seaton can be transformed on their website!

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Jessica + David. Photographer Mary @ Floataway Studios. Photo courtesy of http://440seaton.com/

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Stephanie + Scott. Photographer Bayly & Moore. Photo courtesy of http://440seaton.com/

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[Video] Audrey Magazine on Kababayan Today with G Töngi

 

Hosted by Filipino American actress and model G Töngi, Kababayan Today is America’s very first and only daily talk show for and about the Filipino/ Filipino American community. Luckily for us, Audrey Magazine was recently invited on to the show so that we could talk about our content as well as our upcoming fashion show.

Don’t miss out on all the fun! Hosted by Jeannie Mai, Audrey Fashion Show 2015 will take place this Saturday at 440 Seaton in Los Angeles. There will be live performances by Run River North, Mike Song, KRNFX and the Filharmonic, as well as an exclusive after party directly following the fashion show.

There are still general standing tickets available which can be purchased here, but spots are limited so make sure you purchase your ticket asap! For more information, you can always visit the event’s official website.

Want to see more of G Töngi on Kababyan Today? You’re in luck. The show airs every weekday at 4:00pm on KSCI/LA18 in Southern California and 5:00pm on KIKU in Hawaii.

 

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Top Stories of the Week: Cover Story on Lucy Liu and Negative Reactions to A Multicultural Miss Japan

1) Racism Alert: University of Maryland Kappa Sigma Frat’s Email Leaked [READ HERE]

 

 

 

 

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2) Hardly Elementary: Spring 2015 Cover Story Featuring Lucy Liu [READ HERE]

 

 

 

 

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3) Netizens Claim Miss Universe Japan is Not Japanese Enough [READ HERE]

 

 

 

 

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4) [VIDEO] 100 Years of Korean Beauty in One Minute [READ HERE]

 

 

 

 

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5) Street Style: Get Jamie Chung’s Denim-On-Denim Look [READ HERE]

 

Fitness Friday: How To Beat The Bloat

Whether you are a beginner in diet and exercise or have been a long-time fitness fiend, we all know how difficult it is to get (and keep) that flat stomach or those abs that we work extra hard for. Getting bloated and feeling like a puffer fish doesn’t help at all either. The most frustrating part for me is waking up in the morning feeling great, but from the time I finish lunch until I go to bed, a food baby belly tends to stay.

So why do we puff up? Bloating is caused by the following:

Gas: Do you, like me, have a bit of lactose intolerance and forgot to tell your coffee barista to use soy milk?

Irregularity: Are you eating enough fiber and going to the bathroom several times daily?

Water Retention: Did you “accidentally” eat that whole bag of chips? Excessive salt intake causes water retention.

 

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According to Women’s Health, the solution to beat the bloat may be much simpler than you think!

 

1. Bathe in salt. Epsom salt, to be exact. Soaking for 20 to 30 minutes will help pull the excess water and toxins from your body. However, don’t do this more than once a week! You don’t want to end up being cured bacon.

2. Exercise. Push and challenge yourself. When you sweat, water and toxins leave your body. Because of this, don’t forget to drink water! It’s still important to keep your body hydrated.

3. Intake more fiber. Stock up on fiber and magnesium-rich foods, such as whole grains, and try to decrease (or avoid) dairy and gluten. Sorry guys, but even though warmer weather is around the corner, you may have to avoid ice cream.

4. Drink tea. Water isn’t the only thing that will help flush your body of toxins. I’m sure you already know about the antioxidants and other health benefits of green tea.

With a few simple changes, we can all beat the bloat!

 

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Netizens Claim Miss Universe Japan is Not Japanese Enough

Ariana Miyamoto was recently selected as the first mixed-race candidate to represent Japan in the Miss Universe pageant. Born and raised in Nagaski to a Japanese mother and an African American father, Miyamoto identifies as Japanese and has even studied Japanese calligraphy. But to some people in Japan, that is not enough.

As if she were already anticipating the backlash, Miyamoto said in an interview, “I thought ‘I wonder if a haafu like me would be okay’ and had insecurities. I think the world pageant will be a bit more vigorous, but I want to be myself and try my best.” And right on cue, headlines like “Haafu to Represent Japan in Miss Universe 2015″ have started popping up.

First off, “haafu” is a term that means half Japanese. Many haafus, such as fashion model Rola, tend to be popular as models and idols, but haafus still generally face discrimination. After all, Japan originated the saying “出る釘は打たれる” or “the nail that sticks out gets hammered down. Therefore, it’s saddening but not unexpected that reactions to Miyamoto have been mixed.

Top-rated comments wishing for a “more Japanese” contestant have appeared on popular Japanese websites such as “GirlsChannel.” Other comments have been more blunt, like the one saying Miyamoto “has too much black blood in her to be Japanese.”

Thankfully, some more progressive-minded commenters are fighting back saying “having a different ethnicity in you doesn’t make you ANY LESS JAPANESE!” and calling the questions on her validity “pathetic” and “outdated.”

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This isn’t the first time pageants have been met with racist reactions. For instance, Nina Davuluri, the first woman of Indian descent to win Miss America, quickly became the focus of discriminatory and racist comments on various social media platforms. She was called “Miss 7-11,” “Miss Al-Qaeda,” and even referred to as a “terrorist.”

Needless to say, we here at Audrey Magazine wish Ariana Miyamoto, as well as every other beauty pageant contestant who faces discrimination, the best of luck against the naysayers. We support you.

 

 

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[VIDEO] 100 Years of Korean Beauty in One Minute

 

STORY BY REERA YOO

In the latest episode of its 100 Years of Beauty web series, YouTube channel Cut highlights the evolving beauty trends of North and South Korea.

The video begins with Korea’s beauty standard of the 1910s, when Korea was under Japanese colonial rule. According to the video, Korean women of that era preferred to have ornamented hairstyles and natural makeup, with pale skin, natural brows and no contouring.

Once the video hits the 1950s, beauty standards become divided not only by decade but also by region. After the Korean War, North and South Korea had extremely polarized standards of beauty because the two countries adopted different economic systems.

Robin Park, the researcher for the video, said that the North’s standards of beauty were based on a woman’s ability to work and contribute to society. As a result, North Korean women used minimal products, and makeup trends in North Korea remained almost unchanged from 1959 to the early 90s. Meanwhile, South Korea mirrored Western or Japanese beauty trends and experimented with various makeup products.

As of 2015, South Korean beauty standards emphasize bright, clear skin and accentuating natural features. The final South Korean look in Cut’s video, however, seems to embody the sexier style of K-pop stars, such as CL and Hyuna, instead of an average present-day South Korean woman.

You can learn more about the research behind the looks below:

 

This story was originally published on iamkoream.com 

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Calling All Toyota Owners: Get Your VIP Tickets to the Audrey Fashion Show 2015

 

Own a Toyota? Look’s like it’s your lucky day! Not only is Toyota sponsoring the Audrey Fashion Show 2015, they’re making sure all loyal Toyota owners get VIP treatment for this highly-anticipated event. Spots are limited, so make sure you register today!

The first 100 Toyota owners (plus a guest) will receive exclusive VIP Access to the show. This includes:

-Complimentary VIP Tickets for you and a guest
-VIP Seating
-Hosted Bar
-Access to the VIP lounge (to meet celebs, designers and bloggers)
-Access to the After-Party
-Toyota Gift bag

Click Here To Register and Receive VIP Tickets to the Audrey Fashion Show


Audrey Fashion Show 2015:
Saturday, March 28, 2015
440 Seaton St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

SCHEDULE:
7:30PM – Doors Open
9:00PM – Fashion Show & Live Performances (including popular duo Mike Song and Krnfx, Run River North and more)
10:00PM – After Party

For more information, check out the official website here.

 

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Hardly Elementary: Spring 2015 Cover Story Featuring Lucy Liu

 

Google “Lucy Liu,” and Liu herself will tell you that most of the information about her on the Internet is incorrect. She’s not Taiwanese, like many websites claim (her parents are from Beijing and Shanghai; they came to the U.S. separately for school and met in New York); she’s misquoted so often in interviews that she stopped reading her own profiles a long time ago; and maybe she’s not even born in 1968. She certainly doesn’t look it.

What is true about Liu is her extensive film and television résumé — from her breakout role in Ally McBeal, to the blockbuster films Charlie’s Angels and Kill Bill, to her current starring role on the CBS Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary, where she plays Dr. Joan Watson. However, despite her high-profile successes, she takes special pride in her lesser-known creative projects, whether it be theater (her 2010 Broadway debut in God of Carnage, where she held her own alongside stage veterans Jeff Daniels, Janet McTeer and Dylan Baker), directing (her short film Meena tackles child trafficking in India), or visual art (since the mid-’90s, she had exhibited her work in galleries all around the world under an alias, until a few years ago, when her true identity was revealed).

For Liu, not only is working in all these different mediums a natural extension of the same creative impulse, she also believes that as an artist there is no separation between what you make and who you are. “I don’t leave my work at the door when I go home,” she says. “The way you progress in your life is how you progress artistically — especially as an actor, where you bring such complicated and personal experiences into what you do every day.”

Growing up in Queens, New York, Liu was a curious kid, and she points to that as one of her best attributes. (“To continue being curious as an adult is not easy,” she says, “but it’s such a great way to live your life.”) She grew up in what she calls a typical Chinese American immigrant household — Mandarin at home, Chinese school on Saturdays and parents who prioritized education above all. But as the youngest child of three, she was able to do more exploring than her older siblings, who were raised in a stricter environment. She quickly found a passion for acting. “I can’t think of anything I wanted to do before I started acting,” remembers Liu. “I dreamt about that more than anything.”

She did class plays in high school for fun, but they were never lead roles, and she was happy to be in the chorus. Her parents worked multiple jobs and not only didn’t understand the value of art but wouldn’t have had the time to attend her performances even if they did. “Most parents, especially Asian parents, aren’t going to completely grasp something that is intangible,” says Liu.

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In her last year of college, she went to a general audition for the play Alice in Wonderland. She went up to the announcement board to see whether she got cast and was surprised she was chosen to be Alice. “It was a new concept for me,” she says. “I didn’t see myself in the lead because I was so used to not seeing Asians in the lead role.”

After college, she pursued acting full force and began doing a lot of regional theater, as well as bit parts in film and television. Her big break came in 1998, when she was cast as Ling Woo in the second season of Ally McBeal, an hour dramedy that would win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series soon after she joined the cast. Ling, an unapologetically coldhearted client-turned-lawyer-turned-judge, was a character created specifically for her, and she became known for the most comically inappropriate zingers, like “My therapist told me to pay no mind to those who don’t matter” and “Are you sure he didn’t leave you just for being unattractive?”

An aspect of being one of very few Asian American women in mainstream media at the time was that everyone had an opinion about her character: Was Ling the ultimate dragon lady stereotype, was she hypersexualized, seen as “threatening” or “the other?” But Ally McBeal fans will take the nitpicking with a grain of salt. This was a show that featured characters with neck fetishes, dancing baby hallucinations, verbal ticks and gymnastic dismounts in the stalls of the unisex bathroom. Everyone was weird. Within the Ally McBeal world, Ling was funny, honest, clever, confident, unfazed by what others thought of her and perhaps, most important of all, respected.

Though she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role, Liu’s star only got brighter when she was cast as the third Charlie’s Angel, alongside Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz. At the time, she was a rare Asian American actress who was able to participate in cultural touchstones of American pop culture, whether it be hosting Saturday Night Live or voicing a character on The Simpsons, when Homer visits China. She even played herself in a Futurama episode called “I Dated a Robot,” where Fry downloads the personality of Lucy Liu onto a blank robot to make a “Lucy Liubot.”

Though Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, an action film starring Liu and Antonio Banderas, was a critical and box office failure, it was notable because she was cast in a leading role that was originally written as male. She made headlines again when she was selected to play the lead, a media mogul named Mia Mason, in the highly anticipated, albeit short-lived, ABC dramedy Cashmere Mafia, a series produced by Darren Star and hyped to take up the mantle of his mega-hit, Sex and the City. Years later, she’d break the mold once more as Watson in Elementary, the first time the classic Sherlock Holmes sidekick has been played by a woman — an Asian American woman, no less. Currently in its third season, Elementary, which co-stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock, has been well received by critics and viewers who find it to be a novel twist on a familiar story. For her role, Liu won the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Action, was honored with a New York Women in Film & Television Muse Award (which gave a nod to her decade of work with UNICEF) and even received the Seoul International Drama Award for Best Actress.

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Despite her two-decade career in Hollywood — which also includes the films Chicago, Shanghai Noon, Lucky Number Slevin and the Kung Fu Panda franchise, as well as television shows like Southland, Ugly Betty and Dirty Sexy Money — Liu knows that her roles in film and television could never display a complete and well-rounded representation of her interests and passions. So visual art was always something she did on the side for herself. She has had art shows since the early ’90s, but for a long time, especially once she became famous, she exhibited under her Chinese name, Yu Ling. Part of it was that she wasn’t ready to be public with her art, and part of it was that she didn’t want people to come to her exhibits looking for the ass-kicking girl from those Quentin Tarantino action films.

She says it’s possible she would have continued leading her secret life, but one day, a book publisher visited her studio, thought her work would be great as an art book, and offered to publish it. It was the first time she was confronted with the suggestion to go with her celebrity moniker.

“At first, I thought it was really important and helpful for people to come in [to see my work] with a clean slate,” she says. “But in the end, it didn’t really matter. The editor said, ‘I think you should just own it,’ and I realized he was right.”

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Lucy Liu’s Seventy Two series (No. 34) Forget Thyself (2009), ink on paper, 8 x 10.5 in. Photo courtesy of the artist © Lucy Liu.

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Lucy Liu’s Seventy Two series (No. 53) No Agenda (2009), ink on paper, 8.5 x 11.75 in. Photo courtesy of the artist © Lucy Liu.

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Lucy Liu’s Seventy Two series (No. 56) Dispelling Anger (2009), ink on paper, 8.1 x 10.5 in. Photo courtesy the artist © Lucy Liu.

Her book, Lucy Liu: Seventy Two, consists of 72 abstract ink and acrylic paintings that are inspired by the Jewish mythical concept of the “72 Names of God.” However, instead of the three-letter Hebrew words, Liu creates images inspired by Chinese brush painting and calligraphy. “I liked how the [72 Names of God] chart looks similar to how Chinese characters are presented in boxes,” she says.

“I also love the idea of ink and its permanence,” she continues, contrasting the medium with paint on a canvas. “You can see the image’s history because when you make a mark, it stays. It’s like people and how the choices you make and the scars you have shape you as a person.”

This was a departure from Liu’s previous artwork, which included photographs, collages and larger-scale paintings. But unfamiliarity with a particular type of art doesn’t deter Liu from experimenting with it; if anything, she’s drawn to trying new things. She’s currently working with silk screens, another medium she’s discovering for the first time.

“Part of what I enjoy is just learning the art and its history,” she says. “I didn’t study it professionally, so I like working with someone I know who can teach me. And then I use my imagination to take it to another place. It keeps it fresh, naïve and different.”

Lately, she’s also been throwing herself into the world of directing. Her first directorial effort, the 2011 PBS short film Meena, was based on a child sex-trafficking story in Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. It was an extension of the work she had been doing with UNICEF, addressing children’s issues, including education and nutrition. (Coincidentally, the latest film project she’s been attached to is Evan Jackson Leong’s Snakehead, also about human smuggling, but a story that takes place closer to home, in New York’s Chinatown.)

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Last year, she upped her game, taking over the director’s chair for the first time on Elementary, for a second season episode called “Paint it Black,” featuring Sherlock and his estranged brother Mycroft (Rhys Ifans). At the time of this interview earlier this year, Liu had spent her holidays working, planning and creating a shot list for the second episode she was asked to direct — this time, a season three story that will be more challenging to helm because she also has more scenes in it as an actor. “It’ll be a lot more running around,” she says. “I will get my exercise in for sure.”

Liu believes that in directing, she may have finally found an outlet that combines all her artistic passions. “I’m really going on all pistons when I’m directing,” she says. “There’s something so magical about it. You’re in that time-space warp where you’re not even sure how you got there, and you’re so present at every minute that it feels like a maximum heightened state.” She laughs. “It’s like an exam. You cram in as much as you possibly can, everyone’s asking you a ton of questions, and you have a very short time to complete it.”

Though Liu loves to organize and feels comfortable leading the crew, who are all rooting for her to succeed, she admits she’s not the best planner when it comes to future career goals. “I try to be as in-the-moment as possible, which can be good and bad,” she says. “But I’ve been working with the same team of managers for 20 years. I couldn’t do this by myself. You might have an idea or inspiration, but you allow your team to create this world for you.”

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That’s not to say that working in entertainment is always easy — even if you are successful at it. At the end of the day, Hollywood often still doesn’t know what to do with a Chinese American actress, and unfortunately actors can’t always control the types of roles that they’re offered — or if they’re even offered any.

“You live in a limbo-ish world,” says Liu, of the actor’s lifestyle. “It’s an amazing place to grow, and it also can be very frustrating. But isn’t everything?

“It’s not just about being invited to the [Hollywood] community,” she continues. “It’s about living and breathing in it and finding your own space. You have to believe that you have something to offer, before anyone else even sees it. That’s kind of what this business is about. No matter what anyone says to you, whether it’s encouraging or discouraging, you have to listen to your inner voice. Especially if you’re doing art. No one else can do it for you. It’s important to stand behind yourself, because the only thing you can guarantee is yourself.”

To that end, she’s currently working on creating her own official website, which she hopes to launch later this year. She envisions it as a place where she can display all of her art, with proper descriptions she’s writing herself, so she can give her fans insights into her true self — not just the persona we see on film and television. Soon, we won’t have to depend on Google to learn all we want to know about Lucy Liu.

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Story Ada Tseng 
Photos Jeff Vespa
Stylist Ashley Avignone, The Wall Group
Makeup Rebecca Restrepo 
Hair Danielle Priano

This story was originally published in our Spring 2015 issue. Get your copy here

 

 

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Sigma’s Brush Cleaning Mat and Glove Have Makeup Junkies Raving

If you’re a makeup junkie like me, you probably have dozens of makeup brushes to take care of. I completely understand that cleaning them is time consuming and a chore, but having clean brushes is important, especially if you want to avoid breakouts or spreading germs.

Sigma’s brush cleaning mat and glove have been around for a few years now, but it was only recently that I discovered it. Prices range from $32 to $39. For such a steep price for a silicone glove or sink mat with ridges, I can understand why normal makeup users are skeptical to purchase it. However, don’t be fooled by its simple looks; the brush cleaning mat and glove significantly cut your cleaning time and will give your brushes the deep cleaning it needs to get dirt, oil and old makeup out.

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There are two sides on each glove. One side has larger ridges for face brushes and the other contains smaller ridges for cleaning small eye brushes. The same concept is applied to the mat. Pretty self explanatory, right? Well, there’s a bit more to it than that. Each set of ridges perform different tasks. Below, Bun Bun Makeup Tips gives a step-by-step pictorial on how to utilize the glove:

1. Load up your brush with your favorite cleanser.

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2. Wash away the yucky old makeup.

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3. Rinse until water runs clear.

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4. Refine

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5. Re-shape your brushes to its original form.

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The result? A squeaky clean and pampered brush set that’s ready to go for a client or another month’s round of makeup shenanigans.

For additional reviews and how-to’s, head over to YouTube and watch HelloFritzie do a brush cleaning tutorial while FromHeadToToe gives you her honest thoughts about Sigma’s glove.

Feature image courtesy of beautylish.com.

 

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