Top 10 Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Tis the season…to google “best holiday gifts for someone who has everything.”

It’s only a few days before Christmas, but I bet a bunch of you are still stuck trying to find the perfect present for the last couple of names on your Christmas list. Well if you’re scrambling for last-minute gift ideas, we’re here to help you out!  Here are 10 Asian goodies for all the people on your list.




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1. Hot sauce to-go
For the coworker who keeps a messy car but an organized food life.
Sriracha2go is an idea that’s probably on the list of top ten greatest inventions this decade. One bottle is $7, three bottles is $15, and a whopping ten bottles is $35. It’s a solid price point to buy in bulk as a stocking stuffer or as a smaller gift for an acquaintance. After all, who doesn’t like Sriracha? This handy stocking stuffer is both a novelty item and useful. Done, done, and done.




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2. Perfume
For the mother/grandmother who likes all things pretty.
Hanae Mori Parfums ($72) is a brand named after Japan’s most successful female fashion designer (and also the first Japanese woman to dominate fashion runways all over the world), Madame Hanae Mori. The Butterfly fragrance is the brand’s most popular line and known for its blend of strawberries and jasmine, with a lingering impression of vanilla. If she’s interested in exploring a step outside of her usual perfume comfort zone, this could be the one.




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3. Framed photos
For the adventurous friend you went hot air-ballooning with.
Fact: when looking for home-related things for gifts, you can’t go wrong with the refreshingly simple Muji ($5.75 for the frame, $0.25 to print a photo). Print one or two of your favorite photos, print it out and voilà — you’re giving the gift of priceless memories to display on a bookshelf.



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4. Fun socks
For the teen in your life who likes to Instagram cheeky things.
Again with the food…but who could say these Shin Ramyun Ramen Instant Noodle socks ($4) wouldn’t make you smile every time you looked down at your feet? If you had a pair, you would walk around all day in sneakers with a huge smile on your face and your own little secret.



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5. High-quality green tea
For the dad/grandpa who has hectic mornings and a worn-out coffeemaker.
Yes, Tazo to-go might cut it sometimes, but spoil someone this holiday with China’s best this season: West Lake Dragon Tea ($10.95) from the Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Critics rave about its saturated green color and strong fragrance set against a mellow, calming taste. Want to personalize the gift? Make a cup for them, bake some mild-flavored cookies and present a bag with an offer for an afternoon date.

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6. A gorgeous Japanese art poster
For the teacher/mentor who watches history documentaries and has a comprehensive “Dream Home” Pinterest board.
Stray from the famous wave poster of cultural art history appreciation and opt for a piece just as gorgeous ($24) (or its shirt adaptation!). Poppies represents a gorgeous pocket of time in Japan’s extensive art history, and choosing home decorations as gifts can feel even more personal when it’s not a poster the recipient has already seen many times before.

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7. A plush pillow
For your favorite niece or nephew (or one you don’t know so well because let’s be honest– who wouldn’t want a plush pillow?)
Okay, are you freaking out yet? You should be. These bear plush pillows ($14.16) have the best instant reaction impact. And truthfully, this is a universal gift and should not be limited to children. These plush pillows are the kind you see and instantly know who you want to gift it to (yourself included). If you’re looking for a higher price point, plush pillows know no financial boundaries. Especially with adorable egg sushi pillows. TV nights just got ten times better.

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8. A good read
For the guy in your life who likes Yo-Yo Ma, Jeremy Lin and Ken Watanabe, but can’t really pinpoint what the common thread is.
Yes, they’re all Asian, but it’s more than that. Instead of getting him a tie this year, you can get him some good literature, such as Alex Tizon’s popular Big Little Man – a work that bends taboos and is so fiercely relevant. Giving a nonfiction book might seem boring at first, but really it’s an opportunity. Asian men aren’t always represented, so this delivered with a homemade bowl of ramen can make for a good afternoon.

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9. Luxe bangles
For the lady in your life who has five favorite fashion bloggers.
Sometimes there’s something you would love to have but would never really buy for yourself. That might include $75 bangles. She can decide to wear one or two some days, and the whole shebang the next. The designer draws upon the Mughal dynasty of India and mixes it with contemporary touches.




10. Sushi class gift certificates
For someone you’d like to catch up with over some yellowtail craft-making deliciousness.
What do you get someone who has everything already? Get them an experience! In this case, nothing says “a good time” like a few hours making something that’s both art and delicious. Sushi class gift certificates start at $80 (and there are sake classes as well.)



Have you ever given or received a gift that you’ll never forget? Who knows, it could inspire someone else to gift it.


Unique Christmas Traditions in Asia


Christmas is less than a week away! For many of us, this season means decorating Christmas trees, navigating through crowded malls, playing the Michael Bublé Christmas album way too much and baking gingerbread cookies. But what does Christmas look like for the rest of the world? More specifically, how is Christmas in Asia?

Asian countries have a smaller number of Christians and Catholics compared to the rest of the world. In Thailand for instance, less than 1% of the population is Christian. As a result, many Asian countries who do celebrate Christmas simply follow Western customs and traditions such as Midnight Mass and the exchange of gifts (but not without enthusiasm). In places like Hong Kong, Vietnam and Malaysia, Western customs and traditions are followed, but the holiday has a more secular view than a religious one.

Of course, this is not the case for all Asian countries. The Philippines, for instance, is one of two predominantly Catholic countries in Asia and Christmas is the most enthusiastically celebrated holiday on the calendar. The country is known for celebrating the world’s longest Christmas season which begins September 1st.

We’ve found that the Asian countries which do celebrate Christmas have an interesting set of traditions specific to their country. Here are some of the most unique ones:





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In 1974, KFC Japan began to promote fried chicken as a Christmas meal. The insanely successful “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” (Kentucky for Christmas!) marketing campaign made the “Christmas Chicken” bucket an annual tradition. In fact, the tradition has become so popular, people order their buckets months in advance to avoid the two hour line.

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In addition to KFC fried chicken, there is one more thing that must be on the table for any Japanese home to feel the holiday spirit: Christmas cake. According to anthropologist Michael Ashkenazi, who studied Japanese culture and tradition, Christmas cake is “sold on practically every street corner.” Japanese Christmas cakes are sponge cakes covered in white cream and ruby red strawberries.





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Christianity is still relatively new in Korea, so many Christmas celebrations follow that of Western culture. However, Korea has its own version of Santa Claus. Santa Haraboji, or Grandfather Santa, looks similar to the Western Santa, but he wears a traditional Korean hat (갓 gat) and his statues have often portrayed him in a green suit instead of a red one.





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Although Indonesia is a Muslim country, Christmas is still regarded as a public holiday celebrated by many. Shopping malls are known to cover themselves in Christmas decorations and Santa Claus is even a widely-known figure. One Christmas tradition in Indonesia that we typically see in July are fireworks.




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Similar to Indonesia, India has a very small Christian population, but the 2.3% of Christians (that’s 25 million) are very enthusiastic about Christmas. Religious customs such as Midnight Mass are observed and some even put a small, oil-burning, clay lamp on their roof to show that Jesus is the light of the world. In South India, the tradition of the Christmas tree is alive and well, but instead of pine trees, mangos trees are used.




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In the Philippines, Christmas is celebrated from September until January. Needless to say, this holiday is huge. One of the most well-known traditions is Simbang Gabi (night mass) which are nightly, dawn masses beginning from December 16th and ending on Christmas Eve. The masses are meant to show devotion to God and create more anticipation for the birth of Christ. After each mass, plenty of traditional food is consumed.

A "parol" is a traditional Filipino Christmas lantern.

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To us, the Christmas tree is one of the most symbolic decorations of Christmas. In the Philippines, it’s the paról. Paróls are star-shaped lanterns which represents the star of Bethlehem which guided the Three Kings. Early paróls were made of bamboo, rice paper and oil lanterns. Now, the art form of making paróls has become as intricate as they are beautiful.



Know more unique Asian Christmas traditions? Let us know!

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BoA’s “Meri Kuri” Remains A Christmas Favorite 10 Years Later


It’s hard to believe, but BoA’s hit single “Meri Kuri” is already ten years old.

South Korean singer and actress BoA, often referred to as the Queen of Korean Pop, debuted in Korea back in 2000 before debuting in both Japan and the United States. In December 2004, on her 18th birthday, BoA released “Meri Kuri” (under the title “Meri Chri”) in both Japan and Korea. The song became a Christmas sensation, ranking No. 5 on the Oricon Weekly Chart and selling 136,725 copies.

Well it seems “Meri Kuri” has withstood the test of time in Japan. 10 years later, the song was ranked at No. 29 on last week’s Rechoku chart.



As a BoA fan, I am aware that I’m biased when I rank “Meri Kuri” among more modern Christmas classics like Wham’s “Last Christmas” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want is You,” but it’s on my personal favorite list for good reason. From the sweet, but slightly melancholic verses to the gradual buildup of the soaring chorus, I can’t help but get chills everytime I hear BoA sing “zutto, zutto, soba ni iitee” (English translation: always, always, stay by my side) in her effortless higher register. And looking at “Meri Kuri’s” enduring popularity, I know I’m not the only one one who is touched by this Christmas classic.


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What is your favorite Christmas song? Whether it’s a K-pop, J-pop, or an American song, let us know in the comments below!


Holiday Gift Ideas Inspired By Model Irene Kim


Here’s round two of Audrey Magazine‘s holiday gift guides to help you with that last minute shopping.  We decided to pull inspiration from fashion favorite, Irene Kim.  Her popularity continues to grow at rapid speeds along with her Instagram following, and it’s so easy to fall in love with her quirky and playful style.  We chose a few of our favorite looks and found similar items to share. Maybe you’ll end up saving one or two on your own wish list!



1. A Killer Jacket

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Still on trend with color blocking, Kim is wearing ACNE Studios.  Though the jacket is difficult to find online currently, we found a similar version with more muted hues being offered by AllSaints Spitalfields.  A bit more on the high side in terms of budget, but if you’re looking for an investment piece to gift, the Frith jacket is available here for $900.


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 2. Animal Prints Times Two

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If you know anyone that is a huge fan of animal prints, take a peek at these two looks from Kim.  First, we loved how she layered a printed hoodie to break up the mild, dark colors of her winter outerwear. Then, we couldn’t take our eyes of her on-trend Adidas sneakers.  Interested in these styles?  We found this Zoe Karssen zebra hoodie available here for $140.  Kim’s Adidas Originals sneakers can still be found here and on sale for $84! With Christmas drawing near so quickly, we have an alternative available here for $60 and there’s a pink version.


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3. A Striped Skirt

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Black and white stripes are classic, so we hunted down an alternative style to Kim’s skirt.  High-waisted as well, this fitted Dolce&Gabbana piece features a flirty, ruffled hem.  If you are looking for a luxury, high-end gift, this skirt can be found here for $995.


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4. Keeping Cozy

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Our obsession with black and white doesn’t seem to end.  There’s nothing like a cozy, warm sweater during the holidays and we really loved Kim’s simple, slouchy plaid top.  Consider giving the gift of warmth this winter with a JOA Boyfriend Check sweater available on sale here for $35.


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We wish you happy hunting during your holiday shopping trips and hopefully you’ve gathered some ideas from our holiday gift guides inspired by Asian street fashion and Korean fashion model, Irene Kim!


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Holiday Gift Ideas Inspired by Asian Street Fashion Trends: Statement Pieces


If you are running around doing last minute holiday shopping or finding yourself online all day trying to find unique gifts, we’ve got you covered. We were inspired by Asian street fashion trends and we’ve rounded up a few gift ideas we think you’ll love.

Throughout 2014 we’ve seen some great statement pieces and accessories to help make outfits pop.  Below are a couple favorite street style shots and interesting products that could make a perfect gift for the most daring fashionista you know.



1. A Cool Handbag


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Spongebob’s sequined eyes on this cross body handbag immediately caught our attention, so we searched out another adventurous piece: Moschino’s Spongebob shoulder bag available here on sale for $298.


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2. A Colorful Watch


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A great watch can be an accessory lover’s best friend.  Though fashion has given us multitudes to choose from, the practical purposes of a watch makes it relatable to anyone and an easy gift to give.  This bright green band caught our eye and we found a similar style, but with a unique natural wood face—a perfect conversation starter and at a budget friendly price of $56 available here.


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3. All-Over Prints


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For the urban wear fan, Joyrich can be seen all over the Asian street fashion blogs.  Their flamboyant prints and sayings are a huge favorite for both men and women. With stores in both the United States and Asia, it’s easy to get inspired and find the designs here stateside.  If you know someone that adores bold prints, we found the tee version of this sweatshirt.  You can find Joyrich’s Cuddle Currency Shirt here for $40.


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4. A Childhood Throwback


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From Mickey Mouse to Iron Man to Looney Tunes, we’ve seen a lot of childhood favorites pop up every month on the Asian style blogs.  Check out this Tweety Bird hoodie available here for $23.


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 5. A Pop Of Color


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Winter usually means breaking out everything that is black and gray, but we loved how this stylish woman added in a touch of cobalt blue with her cropped sweatshirt and matching booties.  If anyone in your friends and family is a fanatic for all things blue, we found a great ribbed knit cropped sweater from Forever21 available here for $20.


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Stay tuned for more street fashion inspired gift guides as we count down the days until the holiday festivities begin.


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Unforgettable 2014 Celebs Share Their Holiday Plans


On December 5, the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Angeles nightlife was alive and well on the chilly winter night. On the outskirts of Koreatown stands the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel, the venue of Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal’s 13th annual Unforgettable awards gala.

When entering the hotel, guests were greeted with a giant, brightly-lit Christmas tree which was not only the perfect picturesque backdrop, but it also elicited a sense of holiday spirit. Curious as to what our guests had planned for Christmas, we asked a few to see what their responses would be:

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Actress Ming-Na Wen, the recipient of the “Actress of the Year” award for her role in ABC’s hit television show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., stated, “We’re going to Hawaii, but I’m going to decorate the house. I love decorating the house.”

A performer that night, David Choi attended the event along side YouTubers Arden Cho, Anna Akana, and Philip Wang. When asked how he was going to be spending the holidays the singer/songwriter simply replied, “I’m just going to spend it with family, visit my aunt with all my cousins.”

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For his main role in the romantic comedy television series, SELFIE, John Cho was awarded “Actor of the Year” as well as Royal Salute’s “Mark of Respect Award.” Having just had his second child last year, he replied, “I’ll be around; the kids are too young to travel right now.”

Canadian-British actress Karen David, Princess Isabelle in ABC’s Gavalvant, is also going overseas, “For the holiday season, me and my hubby are going to Australia this year because my friend is getting married. I promised my parents that when we get back that we’re going to do a sort of post-Christmas celebration with them because it’s all about time with the family and having good food. And quite frankly, I miss my mother’s Chinese cooking, so I’m going home.”

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Star of Disney’s newest animated film Big Hero 6, Ryan Potter answered matter-of-factly, “I have a bunch of videos to put together for my portfolio for CalArts, so that’ll be it. I’ll just be shooting and editing throughout the holidays, but I’ll still see my family. We’ll have a honey baked ham, so ya.”

Actress and YouTube personality Anna Akana’s response was a change of pace: “I’m going to Italy in ten days! I’m really excited. Me and my boyfriend are going to for seven days over there and then we’ll come back to spend Christmas with my family.”

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Known for her powerhouse vocals, The Voice winner, Tessanne Chin performed two amazing songs that fully displayed her talents. With the mention of the holidays, she sprung right into things, saying, “I’m so excited to see my family because we have been traveling so much this year. I actually get some special time with my husband, my sister, my daddy and my nephew. I can cook up some good food and just do nothing for at least a week or two. That sounds like bliss to me right now.”

In addition to John Cho and Ming-Na Wen, Arden Cho and Ki Hong Lee both received an award for “Breakout Star of the Year.” And this night wasn’t just about awards. There were a number of live performances that kept us on the edge of our seat. Urban dance group KINJAZ kicked off the night with captivating moves followed by a performance by Tessanne Chin, whose powerful vocals left the entire audience in disbelief. Choreographer/dancer Mike Song and beatbox champion KRNFX teamed up for an equally entertaining and humorous performance followed by another duet courtesy of David Choi and Arden Cho. The audience sang along with the sweet duo before G.NA dazzled them with K-pop. Following an opening act by Howard Chen, Yoon Mi Rae hit the stage and brought the audience to their feet. This was followed by an unforgettable encore performance with Tiger JK and Bizzy.

Living up to its name, this night was truly Unforgettable.

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Calling All Last-Minute Shoppers: Audrey’s 2013 Christmas Gift Guide

Story by Anna M. Park.
From the sublime to the fanciful to straight-up laugh-out-loud (in a good way), the coffee table book, For the Love of Shoes, featuring what can only be called works of art from the usual suspects (Louboutin, Choo, Blahnik) as well as Asian designers Aoi Kotsuhiroi, Kermit Tesoro, Noritaka Tatehana and YSL head shoe designer Chau Har Lee, is a no-brainer for any shoe lover (read: all women).


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Talk about going glam! Made for the girl who loves to stand out, Car-Lashes primps her ride with flexible plastic lashes and crystal trim that are made to fit almost any car headlight. So cute!




You can never go wrong with anything from Sephora. Ciaté gives you a taste of their unique caviar manicure (along with 22 other polishes and sequins) with their Mini Mani Month Set, while Sephora Collection’s own Makeup Academy Palette lets you be the pro with 130 waterproof eye shadows, cream eyeliners, lip colors, cream and powder blushes, concealers, and lip and eye primers, all in a handy, 6-by-7-inch carry-all case.




Cologne may be cliché, but Ermenegildo Zegna’s uomo, with its exclusive Zegna Bergamot citrus and the floral Violettyne Captive, is so good, you may want to steal a spritz on occasion.


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You can never go wrong with tech accessories. David & Young has some of the most unique phone cases, with built-in mirrors, hand straps, even sliding mechanisms for the camera.



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Champagne is always a safe bet. Champagne in its own stay-cool container designed by award-winning French designer Benjamin Graindorge makes you guest of the year. Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne InBloom Fresh Box.



Everyone loves sweet treats, but a box of 24 macarons from ‘Lette, with flavors like rose, mint, almond and violet cassis (perfumed with the slightest hint of floral), delivered to your door — now that’s indulgent.



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Help support the Somaly Mam Foundation with chic silk krama scarves woven by survivors of sex trafficking. According to the foundation, the repetitive nature of weaving fabric “provides women with a sense of comfort and security in structure and routine, engendering a feeling of pride and accomplishment.” Not only does 100 percent of the proceeds go to the foundation, each sale helps exploited women pave a life of independence and personal empowerment. Now that’s a real gift.


This story was originally published in our Winter 2013-14 issue. Get your copy here

Christmas Gift Guide For The Make Up Lover

So you have to buy a Christmas gift for someone who loves make up, but you don’t know a thing about a make up. This can get a bit tricky. What brand do you choose? What will look good on her skin? What does that cream even do?

Well have no fear! Here at Audrey, we shared our absolute favorite make up items. If we love these so much, we hope she will too. Check out Ask Audrey Staff | Whats In Our Make Up Bag below to get some Christmas gift ideas for the make up lover in your life.


EOS Lip Balm

“Dry lips annoy me and I usually have to choose something that tastes yummy. For the most part, EOS has a pretty decent selection of delicious flavors (not saying that I eat my lips…)” 


NYX (The Curve) Eyeliner

“On the days when I have a million meetings to attend and then a function at night, this eyeliner makes touching up my eyes pretty easy- especially when I want to do a dramatic tail. ” 



MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer

“It hides all my blemishes and evens out my skin tone.” 



Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner (Black)

“So I don’t look like I’m sleeping. Its (Revlon ColorStay) the only one that stays” 

“This has made it onto my list of HG (Holy Grail) products for me. I’ve sworn by this eyeliner since I’ve started wearing makeup. Glides on smoothly – and yes, it really does stay put. ”

“My daily must-have. Really easy to apply and it doesn’t take much effort to get a lot of color out of it. As everyone else has said, it definitely stays on.” 


SENSAI Lip Treatment

“It’s way beyond a lip balm. It totally makes me feel like I have sumptuous Angelina lips.” 



Aerin The Mini Lipstick

“The chicest, most minimal lipstick tube ever. It makes me feel stylish just pulling it out of my bag.” 



MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Porcelain Pink)

“I could swirl this on with IT Cosmetics super plush powder brush all day long. Adds the perfect hint of sheen and flush to my wan winter pallor and reflects away from my many sunspots!” 



NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Powder (in Soft Beige)

“I was introduced to this over the summer and it gives me the most flawless (and very natural) coverage, without feeling heavy. It’s cool to grind the makeup!” 



Kanebo Sensai Rouge Intense Lasting Color (in 113)

“Enough to last me the entire work day. The red is the perfect shade for me to wear on regular days – just enough color, without going too bold. The formula also feels great on my lips! ” 


Urban Decay Naked Palette

“When my brother gave me this for my birthday, he said all the workers in the shop wouldn’t stop talking about how perfect this gift would be. As expected, I fell in love. It has enough variety for a chill day in the office to a crazy night out.”