Ask Audrey Staff | What’s In Our Bag? (Summer Edition)

Its time to pull out the sundresses and shorts- summer has arrived! Here at Audrey, we’ve noticed that the products we use during the summertime are very specific. Maybe its the sun or maybe its the mood we’re in during the summertime. Whatever the reason may be, we all have our essential summer items and we’re here to share them with you! Read more to see what’s in our bag this summer!

 

 

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“I love using Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. It’s true to its name, it has great staying power, which is essential for someone like me with oily skin. Plus, the applicator is easy to use!”


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“Its easy to forget that the sun can also be harmful for my eyes and not just my skin. This is where sunglasses come in! Ray-Bans are basically  the little black dresses of the sunglasses world. Keep this is your bag in case you have unexpected summer adventures and need a pair to match most of your summer looks.”

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“For summer, I lay off on the makeup and load up on sunscreen. I generally just use a BB Cream with SPF (I currently have DHC’s BB Cream in my current rotation). This particular one blends really nicely – feels so weightless and provides great coverage. ”

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“For an extra glow/shimmer, I finish off with MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightescapade – it feels very luxurious”

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer.Since it’s hot and you don’t want to have sweaty make-up/ foundation on, you just use concealer. I LOVE THIS CONCEALER! There are different shades to match your skin tone. This helps just cover blemishes and it doesn’t feel heavy.”

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“I enjoy using Kiehl’s Lip Balm! It works well and smells good. There are different flavors. I’m currently using the coconut one.”

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“I’ve been wearing the Victoria Secret Fantasies collection for as long as I can remember. While I usually opt for warmer scents like vanilla, the new Beach Dreams Collection is perfect for the summertime.”

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“Since the sun is out more often in summer (and I sit right where we get a direct amount of sunlight from the ceiling), I like wearing quirky baseball caps to shield my face at the office. Like this one.”

 

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“For sunscreen, I use two: for the body Aveeno’s Protect and Hydrate

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and for the face, Bona Clara’s Hello, Sunshine! Universal Fluid SPF 29. The latter is pretty awesome because its non-sticky, comes in liquid form – and you can blend it in your daily moisturizer for extra protection. My skin is pretty sensitive – and thankfully, this is a sunscreen that hasn’t given me any breakouts on the face.”

 

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Marc Jacobs x Sephora: Our Favorite Beauty Collaboration of the Year?

Marc Jacobs, who’s renowned for his own line, as well as his work with fashion house Louis Vuitton, will soon be coming out with a beauty line in collaboration with beauty retailer Sephora. The 122-piece collection will be Sephora’s first global launch and will include concealers, color correctors, and lacquers, among some other products. You can get your hands on the goods this summer on August 9th!

Click on more for more pictures of the line!

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From Architect to Make-up Entrepreneur I UNII Cosmetics’ Minna Ha

Minna Ha of UNII Cosmetics (Courtesy of The Collective)

Los Angeles-based Korean American Minna Ha has made a name for herself in the makeup industry by founding UNII Cosmetics. Taking a hands-on approach in the development of her line, she has created an “innovative, re-usable and chic” makeup palette that has been featured in publications such as Marie Claire and Real Simple. Read our Q&A with Minna to find out more about her and to read our review of the UNII palette!

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Fall Beauty Trend Preview I Blush

Ming Xi at Michael Kors (F/W 2012), Courtesy of Style.com

This fall, get inspired by the Michael Kors’ runway and keep your cheeks as the centerpiece of your makeup look!  Also, keep reading to check out our product review of two blushes from the ever-popular makeup brand, MAC.

Keep reading after the cut for fall beauty!

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Ask Audrey Staff | What’s in Our Makeup Bag?

Find out what’s in our stash!

Do you have that specific eyeliner that you can’t go a day without? Or maybe you’ve found your perfect skin foundation. Maybe you’ve fallen in love with just the right eye shadow to make Asian eyes pop. Whatever it may be, we all have our own beauty secrets and favorites. Today, we’ve decided to share some of ours! I went and asked a few people here at the Audrey Magazine Office to share their favorite/essential piece of make up. Continue reading to find out whats in our bags and click on the pictures to see where you can purchase them!

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Summer Issue Extra: More Women Redefining Beauty

As an assistant editor for a women’s lifestyle magazine, I’m exposed to images, faces, bodies and shapes all day, every day. I surf blogs, I flip through magazines and I interview some of the most “beautiful” people on the planet.

As my life has gotten more infused with the media’s standards of beauty, I have to admit, I’ve become a little disturbed by the narrow scope of what is deemed beautiful in our society. Long limbs, blonde mane, enormous eyes, lush lips, big boobs, etc. As an Asian American woman, we have a slightly different set of requirements to be beautiful (straight black hair, big eyes, clear, pale skin, waif-y body shape, etc.), but it’s still there.

But then, I realized I was actually in a position to do something about it! Audrey Magazine decided to put out a casting call seeking REAL women to participate in a photo shoot for our Summer issue. We wanted to feature girls who had great stories to share about their quirks, their bodies, their faces.

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LA Fashion Week 2013 | Manna Kadar of Manna Kadar Cosmetics

Manna Kadar Cosmetics was the exclusive make-up sponsor of the 2013 LA Fashion week providing make-up for the runway shows last month.  While some might think this was a daunting task (handling every show!), Manna of Manna Kadar Cosmetics takes it all in stride.  This could be because of the long-wearing make-up she designed for the everyday woman.  Says Manna, “The premise for the line is [that] all the items are long-wearing, double duty so once you put the make-up on, it doesn’t move, it doesn’t smudge.”

Manna got her foot in the beauty industry door at an early age as she owned seven cosmetic stores by the time she was twenty-two while attending USC.  Operating cosmetics stores was the best hands-on training for her as she was able to truly test every product constructing her own analysis on what product performed well and what product didn’t.  She would go on to take some time off and venture into the financial world as a banker for seven years.  But her passion for beauty consumed her and she jumped right back in, acquiring a few more salons and spas.  What did she gain overall from this experience?  “I kind of learned both sides of the business…the combination of the two is what led to creating Manna Kadar Cosmetics,” says Manna.

AUDREY caught up with a busy Manna in between one of many shows during Fashion Week and we got the lowdown on her collaborative working process with fashion designers, one of her key products and how to achieve beauty “fabulousness” in a mere seven minutes.

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Audrey Style: Tropical Longings

And of course, will all the tangerine and tans, I must do the spring de rigeur orange lip. I like Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Collection’s lipgloss in Wild Coral (below, second from left). Not only is it a cinch to apply, but the sheer coral-orange is a real life version of the bright orange lips we saw all over spring runways. Super flattering on Asian skintones, you get all the wow factor of the classic red lip without any of the retro kitsch.

Estee Lauder “Bronze Goddess” collection.

And while it’s still too early for bronzers, I like the dash of luminous pinky tan the collection’s Exotic Bronzing Blush imparts to my wan winter skin. Don’t be fooled by the name — it’s only a touch of inner glow color for even the palest of skintones. (And I love the zebra stripe design — so glamorous!)

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Exotic Bronzing Blush.

The Bronze Goddess collection is out now for a limited time at Estée Lauder counters.

Desert Essence Organics Coconut Conditioner

Yes, color is important, but nothing really transports me to an island oasis like scent. Desert Essence Organics Coconut Conditioner has just the right amount of coconut scent to transport me to some Eden-esque isle, without overwhelming me with pseudo-vacation mockery. And the extra luxe formulation (organic coconut and sunflower oils, as well as organic shea butter) that’s also 100 percent vegan does wonders for my dry ends. It makes me want to linger in the shower juuuust a little bit longer.

Editor’s Diary: FreshEvents’ Pamper Me Fabulous

FreshEvents’ Pamper Me Fabulous brought together some of L.A.’s hottest spas and salons.

I always think it’s funny when people tell me I have a glamorous job. The words “magazine editor” conjure images of exclusive red-carpet soirees and celeb-infused events. Sure, I get a cool invite or two and tons of free products, and I’ve sat a mere arm’s length away from such luminaries as Tony Leung and Ralph Fiennes at one time. But most of the time? I’m just trying to catch up with my email and figure out the day to day. I wish I could clone myself just so I could make it out to all the spas and salons that various publicists want me to check out. Continue reading

Personal Beauty: Elizabeth Le Pek & Lash Royalty

Lash Royalty’s Elizabeth Le Pek shares her beauty routine.

ISSUE: Winter 2010

DEPT: Beauty

STORY: Anna M. Park

As a former talent agency owner, Elizabeth Le Pek, 29, has had plenty of experience with stunning models and major corporate clients. So when the Vietnamese American decided to start her own company, it seemed natural for her to enter the beauty market. She knew that false eyelashes were just as important as the right shade of lipstick, but all the quality lashes she encountered were priced well over $20 a pair. So she started Lash Royalty, an affordable line of false eyelashes supported by years of research.

Daily beauty routine: I keep my skin hydrated by drinking lots of water, and face moisturized with SPF 30. I truly believe that you should give your skin a break from makeup as much as possible. When I am not wearing makeup, I often receive compliments on how my face looks dewy and smooth.
Beauty must-have: I cannot live without my false lashes! They’re a quick and non-invasive way to give my eyes the attention they deserve! And I absolutely love Shu Uemura’s beauty cleansing oil – it is one of the best makeup removers.

Best feature: My smile. I read somewhere that if you smile constantly, it actually makes you more attractive to others. Besides, we have enough grumpy people in L.A., so why not smile and stand out. Beauty advice for Asian women: I always recommend highlighting your eyes with a pair of high quality false eyelashes. This re- ally opens up the eyes and creates an elongated effect to the natural shape.

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