Ice Up Your Summer With This Pastel Blue Fashion Trend

Story by Jeline Abutin.

Did you think pastels were just for the spring? Think again. This summer, try the icy shade of pastel blue. This color is definitely trending! Portray your laid-back summer months through some stylish pastel blue pieces. This color is both calm and soothing. It will definitely keep you cool from the sun, unlike a darker color that will soak up the sun’s heat.

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Seen in fashion shows for Prada, Valentino, and much more, pastel blue can be edgy, despite its demure look.

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Feeling like the pastel blue is a little too dull for your taste? Pair this color with bright bold colored pieces to add balance. Want to soak up the trend in all its coolness? Don’t be afraid to wear pastel blue throughout your whole outfit. Add hints of white to accent your pastel blue pieces.

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Weird Natural Remedies for Hair Care That Actually Work

 

Apparently, I’ve been spending too much on hair care products — it seems you can get them right in your very own local grocery store at a cheap price! Though they may not be fancy, traditional, or for some, not that appealing – I’m always one to save up money wherever I can! Here are some weird but effective hair remedies you can try at home:

1. Beer

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Beer helps your hair look shinier and also gives it volume. According to Dr. Ryan Welter via Fox News, “beer is rich in proteins and vitamins, through the natural barley and hops, it does contain nutrients for helping to develop healthy hair.” Pour it through your hair and rinse through. Bottom’s up!

 

2. Coffee Grounds

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Like beer, coffee grounds can also be used to soften and shine hair. Work a little handful of coffee grounds into hair while it’s still damp, and rinse thoroughly.

 

3. Raw Egg

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Back in the 40s, women used leftover eggs from their kitchen for hair treatment for strengthening and moisturizing purposes. It can also help remove dandruff where needed, and makes it silkier as well. Beat one egg as if cooking scrambled eggs, and apply it into dry hair. Leave it in for 30 minutes, then use your hair conditioner as usual and rinse.

 

 

 

All-Black Fashion from Girls’ Generation’s Yuri

It goes without saying that all-black fashion can be done very, very wrong. Thankfully, some fashionistas have figured out the perfect ways to style the all-black trend. One fashionista we can all take notes from is Girls’ Generation singer Yuri who loves pairing black with black. Check out how she makes this look work:

Break up the black with a pop of color.

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Wear patterns to showcase a bolder look.

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Wear different textures to add more dimension.

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Move Over Cat Eyes, Asia Has Fallen in Love with Puppy Eyes

We’ve spent years trying to perfect the art of cat eyes. We’ve spent our mornings frustrated with uncooperative liquid liners and we all know the struggle of uneven wings.

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Well, it looks like a makeup trend from Asia could mean the end of our winged eyeliner struggles. Move over cat eyes, Asia has fallen in love with puppy eyes.

Instead of winging eyeliner upwards, like you would for cat eyes, puppy eyes are created by extending the eyeliner downward. The goal of this is to have rounder, sweeter and cuter eyes. As you may already know, this innocent look is in high demand in Asia.

Charlotte Cho, cofounder and CEO of online Korean beauty retailer Soko Glam says, “Korean-style makeup always has to do with looking youthful and fresh, hence puppy eyes.”

So how exactly does one achieve the adorable puppy eye look? Check out the following video where beauty blogger bubzbeauty gives a step by step tutorial.

Still not sure if this look will work for you? Well it turns out that the choice between cat eyes and puppy eyes actually has a lot to do with your natural eye shape. People with sharp eyes may have a bit of trouble with the puppy look, but those with round eyes will discover that this method is actually much easier to achieve than cat eyes. Many round-eyed Asians have chosen to go for the puppy eye look which compliments their face better and emphasizes their natural eye shape.

Watch the video below to get a better idea of what look would be better for you.


Hot Summer Trend: Tropical Print

Story by Jeline Abutin. 

Despite the cliché, tropical prints are a wardrobe must in the hot summer months. Consisting of a plethora of prints ranging from palm trees to exotic florals, tropical prints may have you taking a vacation 24/7. Fashion-wise that is.

Resembling the Hawaiian shirt your dad or grandpa wore, tropical prints have gone farther than just a Luau or vacation staple piece. They have been seen on the runway from designers like Armani and have been in retail stores like Zara and Forever 21.

This bold and bright print will have you feeling refreshed. Is the tropical print too touristy for your taste? Give your outfit a modern feel by pairing your tropical piece with another pattern. Do you have a tropical print dress and just don’t know what to wear it with? Pair your dress with a simple jean jacket and simple accessories to highlight the print.

One tip to keep in mind when wearing this print for the summer is to not over accessorize. Keep it simple since the print is so bold!

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Don’t Let Social Media Traps Ruin Your Relationship

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat — they’re all great … until they’re not. Columnist Ethel Navales navigates the murky waters that is social media and exposes some traps and pitfalls. 


As soon as I answered my phone, I heard Rebecca crying on the other end. I didn’t even need to ask why she was crying. Facebook had answered my question through a big, cruel status update:

“Rebecca went from being ‘in a relationship’ to ‘single.’”

After a few minutes of cursing the entire male gender (you know, the usual post-breakup rant), Rebecca began telling me what her ex-boyfriend did wrong. She told me how she had a “gut feeling” he was flirting with other people on Snapchat, how he was obviously hiding their relationship because he didn’t Instagram their dates, how he still had pictures with his ex-girlfriend on Facebook (the audacity!) and how he could never go out without checking his phone every five minutes.

See the common thread here?

Victims of social media traps are easy enough to spot as an outsider, but if you’re the victim, my guess is you don’t realize it. You firmly believe that your suspicions are sound no matter how unreasonable they are, you have a need to check your significant other’s profile every chance you get and, most importantly, you’re convinced that all this is normal. So I’m here to help you out. If you’re guilty of any of the following, then go grab yourself a seat next to Rebecca: You’re a victim of social media traps.

 

 

 

 

TRAP #1: THE SNOWBALL
Have you ever rolled a snowball down a hill? It starts small and as it makes its way down, it accumulates more and more snow and gets bigger. Well, in this case, the snowball is suspicion.

Like I said, it can start small. A pretty girl likes your boyfriend’s Facebook status. No big deal, right? But then you see that same pretty girl comment on his Instagram. Come to think of it, wasn’t this the same girl with the flirty tweets from a month ago? Before you know it, you’re snooping through a stranger’s profile and — Oh hell no, your boyfriend liked one of her pictures?!

In hindsight, you’ll agree with me: you sound a little crazy. A few minutes ago, you couldn’t care less if your boyfriend liked someone’s picture, but now that you’ve fallen into the trap, it’s a big deal. As you can see, this social media trap has a way of getting people to make mountains out of molehills. You end up over-analyzing harmless social media interactions. The once sensible you is now starting a fight because your boyfriend simply liked a picture. Think about it.

 

 

TRAP #2: THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER
A known downside to social media is that we end up comparing our lives to the Photoshopped, hyper-edited lives of others. Unfortunately, we do this with relationships too.

You stumble across a picture of your friend with a bouquet of roses, and you have to show your boyfriend “how cute it is.” Innocent? Nope. It’s really a subtle way of pointing out that he doesn’t get you roses. Or maybe you came across a cute picture of another couple and suddenly you’re thinking the worst about your own relationship. Since your boyfriend doesn’t post cute couple pictures, maybe that means he’s ashamed of you? Maybe he’s hiding your relationship? Maybe he’s into someone else?!

I’m going to go ahead and stop you right there, you poor thing you.

The sensible you knows that you shouldn’t compare your relationship with others. After all, other people only post pictures of their happy moments. You know this, but once you’re in the trap, the only thing you can think about is why you never get any damn roses.

 

 

TRAP #3: A DANGEROUS STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE
Your sensible side knows that there are tons of reasons your boyfriend may still have pictures of his past relationships. Your sensible side knows that he probably doesn’t realize those pictures are there. Your sensible side knows that he’s simply too lazy to go back 50 pictures and delete one.

But once you’ve fallen into this trap, your sensible side goes out the window. Social media tempted you into digging into the past, and you didn’t hesitate. Admit it, you’ve stalked your boyfriend’s exes so much you probably even know their favorite color.

Next thing you know, you’re mad at your boyfriend for that necklace he got her … three years ago.

 

 

TRAP #4: THE PERMANENT THIRD WHEEL
With addiction, the first step to healing is recognizing the problem.

If you can’t eat a meal without taking a picture of it and posting a “foodie,” you may have a problem. If you can’t go anywhere without checking in, you may have a problem. If you live by the motto “pics or it didn’t happen,” you may have a problem.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m all for capturing the moment, but not if it takes away from actually experiencing the moment. Besides, we all know that a sure way to piss your date off is to make your phone a third wheel.


 

If you’ve found yourself falling into any of these traps, don’t worry. We’ve all gone through it at one point. Instead of assuming the worst, try talking to your significant other about any concerns you have first. I’m sure he’ll delete that ex-girlfriend picture once you tell him it bothers you. If he doesn’t, the solution is simple. Dump the dude and go find someone who buys you roses.

I’m just kidding. Kinda.

 

This story was originally published in our Summer 2014 issue. Get your copy here. 

Put Away Those Heels For These Trendy Slip-Ons

Story by Jeline Abutin. 

Wearing your go-to sky high Jeffery Campbell’s can get tiring. Put away those heels and wedges (on occasion) for this trend to try: slip-ons!

We’ve all encountered slip-ons at least once in our lives. If not, summer is the best way to get your feet in these shoes. Comfortable and easy to put on, slip-ons are a perfect shoe for those summer adventures that cute sandals and flats can’t handle.

Slip-ons aren’t just grungy anymore. Designers like Givenchy have embellished the basic slip-ons making them a mature and polished wardrobe piece. However, slip-ons like those will set you back about $650!

Not quite ready to bust your wallet for those Givenchy crystal-embellished sneakers? Here are our top five picks for slip-ons under $100!

 

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1). Topshop – KOOPER SLIP ONS
Price: $85.00
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2). NastyGal – Report Keelin Slip-On Sneaker
Price: $48.00
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3). Vans – Solid Colors Slip-On
Price: $45.00

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4). Steve Madden – ECENTRCF
Price: $69.95

 

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5). H&M – Patterned Shoes
Price: $39.95

TUTORIAL: Smokey Eye in 3 Easy Steps

 

I don’t know about you, but whenever I attempt the smokey eye look, I just end up looking like a creepy relative of a panda. Not to mention, all the articles I read about how to get that perfect smokey eye just made the whole process seem so complicated. 10 step tutorial? Um, ain’t nobody got time for that.

After much research, I came across this video that Teen Vogue uploaded on Youtube about a month ago, featuring Michelle Phan’s tutorial on the smokey eye — in just three steps! Now we’re talking. She makes it look so effortless, with just a few colors and motions. In her video, less really is more.

Click to watch Michelle’s quick and easy tutorial!

Now that you’ve mastered the art of the smokey eye, don’t let all that sexiness go to waste — grab some friends for a girl’s night out downtown!

 

Skin Care Products, Not Just for Women Anymore

Ladies, be prepared to move all your eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, eyeliners, and your hoards of lotion and bb cream’s aside. Men’s skin care products are on the rise and you know what that means – we’ll have to share the bathroom sink every morning. Gasp.

You can thank those fair-skinned, pretty boys in K-dramas for this latest craze of men’s beauty products in Asia. Apparently we’re not the only ones these days who are swooning over them – men are too. Well, maybe not swooning exactly, but they are definitely taking notes on how to attain silky, smooth skin.

According to an article on Wall Street Journal, the largest market for men’s skin care is China at $974 billion, and is expected to increase up to 1 billion dollars by next year. Korea is closely behind at $635 million, and North America is at $286. With this craze, you would think these products come with Scarlett Johansson’s face plastered on them or something.

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For now, we’re not complaining (too much) at least…unless all their products start taking up too much of our space. Then, we’ll definitely have a problem.

Latest Asian Trend: This $1300 Camera Will Give You the Perfect Selfie

There’s no denying it — Asians love taking selfies. How much do we love them? Apparently, enough to dish out $1300 for a camera designed specifically for taking selfies. Talk about obsession– uh, I mean.. devotion.

We’re not quite sure when selfies became a worldwide phenomenon, but we are sure that this trend is still going strong and Asians are at the forefront of this selfie-obsession. TIME magazine created a list of top 100 selfie-crazed cities in the world. As you may have expected, there are quite a number of Asian cities on this list. In fact, the world’s most selfie-obsessed cities are both located in the Philippines.

Well I’m sure they would all love to get their hands on a Casio EX-TR35, more commonly known as “the selfie camera.”

So how exactly is this camera catered to selfie-taking? Well for starters, the camera takes away the usual difficulties of physically taking the selfie. There are multiple buttons on the device which allows you to hold the camera in whatever angle you’d like. If reaching out to touch the button ruins the aesthetics of your picture (oh, the struggle!) there is voice control and a count down feature. Tired of physically holding the camera? Well the Casio EX-TR35 has a stand which can help you take your picture from afar.

If that horrid habit of blinking gets in the way of your perfect selfie, have no fear! The Triple Shot feature takes three continuous shots with a single press of the shutter button to prevent accident blinking.

And the quality of these selfies? Well a selfie camera wouldn’t be a selfie camera without offering special effects. Allegedly, the various “make up” options can whiten, brighten and smooth out your skin. So after a few edits, voilà! You have the perfect selfie.

Many individuals, such as Kai W who reviews this product in the video below, cannot justify spending $1300 on a selfie camera, but the woman in the video (who ends up taking 2395925 selfies) clearly gets it.

Watch the video below and let us know what you think. Would spend $1300 for the perfect selfie?