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!
Last Sunday, the Nokia Club was packed with fans lined up to see this year’s Verizon’s APAHM tour headliner, Jay Park. Even hours before the concert, the diverse fans–most of them non-Korean–eagerly waited for the former 2pm leader’s first tour in the states.
The crew traveled from East to West hitting up major cities like DC, NYC, San Francisco, and of course, Los Angeles. For the West Coast tour, Jay teamed up with AJ Rafael, a Filipino-American artist with a huge following on Youtube, and Blush, a five-member Pan-Asian pop group. Jay performed selections from his first full length solo album and a mix tape he produced exclusively for the tour for his adoring fans–both in English and Korean.
The tour marked Jay Park’s successful crossover from kpop to the US music scene. It seems mobile companies are increasingly targeting Asian American audiences (AT&T and Wongfu just released a web series). Who do you think should headline next year’s APAHM tour?
Check out our video interview with Jay Park below!
After a slew of one-hit-wonders, U.S. audiences may be hesitant to embrace another Asian artist, let alone a five-woman, pan-Asian group brought together by an Asian reality TV show. So what sets Alisha Budhrani, Natsuko Danjo, Angeli Flores, Victoria Chan and Ji Hae Lee apart? Could be their raw talent, harmonious tunes or the fact that they reeled in Snoop Dogg for their newest single, Undivided, now available on iTunes. We get the scoop.
ISSUE: Fall 2011
DEPT: Plugged In
STORY: Shirley Lau
Audrey Magazine: Blush is the product of the reality TV show, Project Lotus. What was that experience like?
Angeli: FarWest [Entertainment] found me via Facebook and so my dad and I didn’t think it would be so big or real, but then once we went to the auditions, it was clear how serious Project Lotus was.
Ji Hae: Project Lotus was my first time to perform — I had only practiced and auditioned [before]. It was also my first time [making] foreign friends. It was only my second time outside of South Korea, my first time in Hong Kong, and I had very rarely used any English until Project Lotus. AM: How do you feel about being the only pan-Asian girl group in the U.S. right now?
Victoria: It’s really exciting because we are representing so many people and we want to do a good job. We hope Blush will inspire others to connect with their own culture.
AM: Who would you like to collaborate with?
Natsuko: Pink — she rocks! Victoria: Justin Timberlake ‘cause he’s hot!
Angeli: Bruno Mars. He is so talented and part Filipino!
Ji Hae: Karina Pasian. She has a beautiful voice.
Alisha: A.R. Rahman because he creates beautiful music.
— Shirley Lau
More stories from Audrey Magazine’s Archives here.
Who likes red carpet pictures where the celebs are just smiling and posing prettily? Boring!
KoreAm and Audrey caught some great outtakes from the red carpet and we’re here to share it with you. Cheers (and cheese!) to all the hair tosses, funny faces and magical moments captured in between each flash.
So nice when the film stars actually like each other. John Cho and Kal Penn look like they’re having so much fun together, I wanna join in! (And totally not because they’re John Cho and Kal Penn…) Continue Reading »
After several hours in the sun and nine hours of standing, my body was completely exhausted and my feet were dying but I must say, it was totally worth it. The International Secret Agents Los Angeles (ISA LA) event that took place in Queen Mary on October 1st gathered together the best of the best Asian YouTube stars you could think of plus other top-selling mainstream artists: Far East Movement, B.o.B, Sean Kingston, Jay Park, Wong Fu Productions, AJ Rafael, David Choi, Kevin Wu (KevJumba), Ryan Higa (NigaHiga), Clara C, Cathy Nguyen, and the list goes on. A year ago my cousin introduced me to them and I’ve been hooked ever since. In fact, I’m listening to their songs right now while I’m writing this so you can imagine how excited I was for the event.
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With performances by platinum selling recording group Far East Movement, Grammy nominated B.O.B. and platinum artist Sean Kingston, the all-day ISA festival is guaranteed to be one show you wouldn’t want to miss! The event, hosted by YouTube talents Ryan Higa (NigaHiga), Kevin Wu (KevJumba) and Cathy Nguyen, is aimed to inspire and empower both the performers and spectators. It’s happening tomorrow so buy your tickets now!
“Audrey’s Night Out is filled with free booze, fashion plus lots of hot girls and guys. If you could only pick one, what would you choose?” While other people may be there for the alcohol and the hotties, I was there for the fashion. Here’s my fashion picks for the night:
1. Classic Cocktail Dresses
Simplicity speaks louder than you think. I am loving Nikki Soohoo’s cocktail dress here with the heart neckline and black and nude contrast. It hugs her in all the right places and she looks absolutely stunning.
Putting blush on our cheeks helps bring out our femininity, innocence and sweetness – those are the qualities newly-formed band, Blush, is trying to express with their group’s name. On Thursday, the all-girl Asian pop band that is based in Hong Kong made their debut appearance on national television on So You Think You Can Dance’s (SYTYCD) results show. They are known for opening for Justin Bieber in Hong Kong during his world tour as well as making an appearance in Hong Kong’s Rugby Sevens. Performing their single “Undivided” with Snoop Dogg, the girls showed off their skills in dancing and singing to the studio audience and to the cameras for those watching at home. Their music is described to be “edgy and fun with a unique spin.” The title of their first single represents the unity they have as a group even though they are all from different cultural backgrounds.
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Do you ever wake up one day and feel like there’s something you’re just so thankful for, you wanna tell the world about it?
Sometimes it could be big stuff. (My baby sister is so awesome! My car didn’t die on me today!) Sometimes it’s a little more minuscule.
Today’s one of those days.
I’ve always been a makeup hoarder. I have to pack my two giant makeup pouches everywhere I go just in case my makeup melted off my face one day and I’ll have to reapply.
But Too Faced‘s Glamour to Go palette, available at Sephora, completely changed my world.
If there’s one holy grail that I pursue relentlessly when it comes to skincare, it’s the GLOW. Call it radiance, luminosity, a glow from within. I want it all. And I want it all now.
Unfortunately, Glow escapes me. But that does not stop me. In my never-ending pursuit of Glow, I proffer myself as Guinea Pig Number 1. I will try them all until I achieve Glow. Here are some of my latest finds.
Hard Candy Moon Glow
Now, with a name like “Moon Glow,” you can’t go wrong, right? I mean, who doesn’t look good in moonlight, candlelight, or any other light that is one step away from no light.
I’ve finally come to terms with my pale face, so no more bronzers for me. Instead, I turn to Hard Candy’s Moon Glow to diffuse the splotches years of sun baking in the ’80s have left me with. It’s subtle but effective. I sweep it all over like a Photoshop’er gone beserk.
Hard Candy Moon Glow, $8.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Blendable Blush in Winter Glow
Another sort of Glow I covet is the youthful, pink-peachy, sculpted cheeks of so many a model. But as someone with an Asian skintone, it’s hard finding the right pink-peach that gives me a healthy flush, but doesn’t look too clownish.
The genius of Rimmel London’s blush in Winter Glow is the three tones. Sweep your brush over all three layers for a balanced flush, or focus on one side for a deeper or lighter finish.
Primed and Ready for the Glow
One thing age has taught me — a good primer really is vital.
Yeah, sure, when you’re 19, a primer is waste of time. By virtue of your age, you’re naturally primed and probably have Glow pouring out of your ears. But if you’re not 19, the key to any Glow starts with a good primer. It not only reflects light and gives you a nice airbrushed base, it helps everything else (powder, blush) go on more smoothly, and keeps it there all day long.
For treatment primers, I like M*A*C Prep + Prime, $25.
For oily or acne-prone skin, nothing beats Colorescience Let Me Be Clear primer with salicylic acid, $50.
I suddenly found myself on a last minute press trip to Hawaii last month. Which meant that my pasty, sickly legs needed a color boost ASAP. Now, while I may have accepted my official status as a pale face, I refuse to blind the world with my whiter than white gams. I’m just not a sadist that way.
Needless to say, no gradual tanning lotion was going to cut it. So I turned to the sample closet and found Mystic Tan’s sunless tanning lotion.
I admit, I had some trepidation. After all, I remember Mystic Tan from the 2000s, and Paris Hilton-orange I did not want. I made sure to bring all sorts of tinted lotions and leg highlighters, just in case the Mystic Tan failed me.
I’m glad to report I didn’t use those lotions or highlighters once. My gams were golden and even, just enough to be believable on my otherwise pasty skin. And a week later, the color was still going strong. The best part? No sickly smell. Now that is hot.
Mystic Tan Perfect Tan Holiday Kit (includes the lotion and a bronzing shimmer powder), $29.