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By: Anita Sun

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4 Products To Fight Fall Frizz
The air is getting dryer, and that means statically-charged strands and poofy, frizzy locks. What’s worse is your beloved hair dryer and heated styling tools tend to add to the problem by stripping your hair of moisture and natural oils in an already dry season. No need to panic, try these super-smoothing products to get the sleek, shiny hair you crave:
Bain de Terre argon oil & passion flower COLOR THERAPY STYLING OIL. A little goes a long way with this incredible oil. It’s formulated for color-treated hair, but works wonders for natural locks as well. A blend of argon, mono, and passion flower oils improves hair’s resilience and adds silkiness and shine. Stressed out strands will be frizz free with only a few drops.
DevaCurl One Condition Hydrate. Those with curly hair, this one goes out to you. Without proper hydration, your bouncy spirals will turn into a frizzy, shapeless mess. The natural botanicals in this cream smooth and moisturize hair for healthy, lightweight curls.
Miss Jessie’s Original Pillow Soft Curls. Say goodbye to heavy creams and crunchy styling products. This lotion uses avocado, coconut, sweet almond, and olive oils to heal strands and give your hair a voluminous healthy bounce.
Klorane Mousse With Chamomile. Lighter and thinner than a typical mousse, this amazing formula leaves hair smoother, shinier, and brighter after every use. Chamomile is rich in apigenine, a golden pigment that works especially well in blonde hair. No worries though, my darker-haired friends, this mousse brightens hair, but won’t leave you with bleached locks.
—Ashley
For days when you’d rather rock an up-do, try this easy tutorial for 360-degree braids.

Awesome post by Birchbox on the never ending Antifrzz situation.

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4 Products To Fight Fall Frizz

The air is getting dryer, and that means statically-charged strands and poofy, frizzy locks. What’s worse is your beloved hair dryer and heated styling tools tend to add to the problem by stripping your hair of moisture and natural oils in an already dry season. No need to panic, try these super-smoothing products to get the sleek, shiny hair you crave:

  1. Bain de Terre argon oil & passion flower COLOR THERAPY STYLING OIL. A little goes a long way with this incredible oil. It’s formulated for color-treated hair, but works wonders for natural locks as well. A blend of argon, mono, and passion flower oils improves hair’s resilience and adds silkiness and shine. Stressed out strands will be frizz free with only a few drops.

  2. DevaCurl One Condition Hydrate. Those with curly hair, this one goes out to you. Without proper hydration, your bouncy spirals will turn into a frizzy, shapeless mess. The natural botanicals in this cream smooth and moisturize hair for healthy, lightweight curls.

  3. Miss Jessie’s Original Pillow Soft Curls. Say goodbye to heavy creams and crunchy styling products. This lotion uses avocado, coconut, sweet almond, and olive oils to heal strands and give your hair a voluminous healthy bounce.

  4. Klorane Mousse With Chamomile. Lighter and thinner than a typical mousse, this amazing formula leaves hair smoother, shinier, and brighter after every use. Chamomile is rich in apigenine, a golden pigment that works especially well in blonde hair. No worries though, my darker-haired friends, this mousse brightens hair, but won’t leave you with bleached locks.

—Ashley

For days when you’d rather rock an up-do, try this easy tutorial for 360-degree braids.

Awesome post by Birchbox on the never ending Antifrzz situation.

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TRACK/BACK: ROUGE DIOR TURNS 60
A little history lesson on the lipstick that’s been emboldening women since 1953.
“A touch of color may be enough to change your appearance,” Christian Dior once said. Rouge Dior lipstick has given women 1,500 ways to do just that since its debut. And this year marks the sixth decade women have turned to it for instant glamour. Here, we look back. HOLLY SIEGEL
1949: Christian Dior makes a name for himself with the New Look. The first Dior lipstick ever produced is a limited-edition Christmas gift for clients of the designer’s small boutique on Paris’s Avenue Montaigne.
1953: Dior creates Rouge Dior in eight shades inspired by the palette of his fabrics, ranging from deep red to bright orange and housed in an obelisk-shaped tube inspired by a Parisian monument. The iconic red was originally called 9, then renamed 99, and now bears the name 999.
1970s: Creative visionary Serge Lutens creates his first Explosions of Colours collection, the first of many that introduces unprecedented shades like deep violet and warm brown while also expanding the world of reds.
1980s: Brilliant makeup artist and photographer Tyen takes on artistic direction for makeup at Dior, ramping up their assortment to an unprecedented 134 shades of Rouge Dior.
2006: Tyen again revamps Rouge Dior.
2012: The Rouge exhibition, held in Paris, matches 32 Rouge Dior lipsticks to the shades of 32 couture gowns. (Je suis allée!)
Today: Rouge Dior is available in 32 shades and contains rock sapphire extract, which helps smooth lips and create the perfect base for its pure color, plus hyaluronic acid for plumping. To celebrate their anniversary this month, pencils and polishes are being paired with three shades: Grege 1947, Darling, and Trafalgar.
SHOP DIOR ROUGE ▸

Red is a classic color always redefined in beauty and fashion to be interpreted many ways: seductive, romantic, elegant, sheik, strong, feminine and always classic. The list continues but here’s a little history from the tracks of Dior from Sephora’s my favorite beauty market!!

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TRACK/BACK: ROUGE DIOR TURNS 60

A little history lesson on the lipstick that’s been emboldening women since 1953.

“A touch of color may be enough to change your appearance,” Christian Dior once said. Rouge Dior lipstick has given women 1,500 ways to do just that since its debut. And this year marks the sixth decade women have turned to it for instant glamour. Here, we look back. HOLLY SIEGEL

1949: Christian Dior makes a name for himself with the New Look. The first Dior lipstick ever produced is a limited-edition Christmas gift for clients of the designer’s small boutique on Paris’s Avenue Montaigne.

1953: Dior creates Rouge Dior in eight shades inspired by the palette of his fabrics, ranging from deep red to bright orange and housed in an obelisk-shaped tube inspired by a Parisian monument. The iconic red was originally called 9, then renamed 99, and now bears the name 999.

1970s: Creative visionary Serge Lutens creates his first Explosions of Colours collection, the first of many that introduces unprecedented shades like deep violet and warm brown while also expanding the world of reds.

1980s: Brilliant makeup artist and photographer Tyen takes on artistic direction for makeup at Dior, ramping up their assortment to an unprecedented 134 shades of Rouge Dior.

2006: Tyen again revamps Rouge Dior.

2012: The Rouge exhibition, held in Paris, matches 32 Rouge Dior lipsticks to the shades of 32 couture gowns. (Je suis allée!)

Today: Rouge Dior is available in 32 shades and contains rock sapphire extract, which helps smooth lips and create the perfect base for its pure color, plus hyaluronic acid for plumping. To celebrate their anniversary this month, pencils and polishes are being paired with three shades: Grege 1947, Darling, and Trafalgar.

SHOP DIOR ROUGE ▸

Red is a classic color always redefined in beauty and fashion to be interpreted many ways: seductive, romantic, elegant, sheik, strong, feminine and always classic. The list continues but here’s a little history from the tracks of Dior from Sephora’s my favorite beauty market!!

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Aaaaamazing product from Smashbox, yet again. I tried it on a fine line on my forehead and over a scar on my upper eyelid and not only did it smooth out my forehead but it filled in my scar. Super happy with this purchase. A tip when using this product: give a few minutes to set and because it’s a targeted primer use a small concealer brush for a specific application.

Aaaaamazing product from Smashbox, yet again. I tried it on a fine line on my forehead and over a scar on my upper eyelid and not only did it smooth out my forehead but it filled in my scar. Super happy with this purchase. A tip when using this product: give a few minutes to set and because it’s a targeted primer use a small concealer brush for a specific application.

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Beauty was once rationalized as, “in the eyes of the beholder.” As an adolescent and into my adulthood on numerous occasions I was approached by men and women alike to be, “pretty for an Asian” or asked if I was mixed. I can’t imagine why anyone would find that appropriate to say. Asian women come in all shapes, sizes and complexions. People and beauty should not be limited to race or ethnicity. Currently mainstream America will see that this is no longer the case now that the beauty industry and fashion world alike has evolved . If you open any major fashion magazine from Vogue to Harpers Bazaar you will see Asian models are the faces of the most elite beauty and fashion brands.

According to market consensus many people will credit consumerism for the surge in Asian faces in the magazines. In conjunction there are many luxury brands that originate from Asian designers such as Vera Wang, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim; to name a few, are consistently forging their ads with models originating from all over the Asian region residing right here in United States. Let’s face it, from models to actors and designers the credit should go to those who are just talented, plain and simple.

I would like to tribute today’s post to Asian the Beautiful….
These women are not only gorgeous but inspiring to all women who find that the template beauty of the world was only limited because they weren’t exposed to women like this!!

Here’s 5 of my favorite Asain Beauty Icons, (in no particular order)….

1. Berenice Marlohe is best known for her role as the latest Bond Girl in 2013’s Skyfall. She is a French/Cambodian actress and model. I definitely hope to see her again on the silver screen.

2. Zhang Ziyi was introduced into the American film industry over a decade ago, She is remebered for films such Rus Hour 2, and Crouchng Tiger Hidden Dragon. Zhang Ziyi has been a Cover Girl spokesmodel as well as donned the covers of reknown fashion magazines nationally and internationally. Love a girl who is gorgeous and can kick- butt!

3. Liu Wen may not need an introduction since she is currently the leading Asain model in high end fall fashion ads. She is also recognized for being the first Asian Model for Estée Lauder and the first Asian Angel for Victoria’s Secret.

4. Rinko Kikuchi was the first Japanese female to be nominated for an Academy Award for her amazing performance in Babel starring everyone’s favorite leading man Brad Pitt. She is currently starring in 2013’s, Pacific Rim.

5. Eunice Lee a beauty in her own right is a fashion designer of Men’s clothing. She was recently ranked this spring of 2013 as 1 of GQ’s contenders for Best New Men’s Wear Award. Her style is noted to be contemporary and timeless.

The list of Beauty Icons go on with women like; Fan Bingbing, currently filming X- Men- Days of Future, Ji Hye Park, a South Korean High Fashion Model, Rila Fukushima and Shu QI.

I was more then pleased to know that I a modest hair and makeup artist noticed what is hopefully not a trend but recognition of beauty from Asian decent. You can find out more detailed information and perspectives on the matter from media on a vaster platform. Checkout these links.


related links:
http://nymag.com/thecut/2010/11/american_vogue_features_8_asia.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/19/asian-style-icons-photos_n_3619283.html

http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG8152095/American-Vogue-courts-controversy-with-Asian-model-fashion-shoot.html

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Choosing a foundation can be overwhelming. I’ve been asked several times “How do I choose to the right foundation for me?” Finding the right one isn’t always easy and unfortunately the process can be wasteful and expensive. There are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing the right product for you.

Skincare- Remember skincare is vital and should be taken into consideration instead of solely relying on your foundation. Although foundation is a great aesthetic tool that can give you a flawless complexion, there is no better canvas then healthy skin. There are plenty of over the counter skin care systems made by Nuetrogena, Oil of Olay, and Aveeno to name a few of my favorites. They also have moisturizers that contain SPF 15 to protect your skin from potential sun damage. Generally speaking there are skincare systems including cleansers, toners and moisturizers formulated for every skin type, the main point is to use them. Do not go to bed with out thoroughly washing makeup off your face and be sure to moisturize no matter what your skin type is.

Skin Type- Identifying your skin type is usually pretty straight forward. Generally there is oily, dry, combination and normal skin.

Oily to Combination- These skin types usually work best with Matte Finish makeup. This means minimal to no shine makeup and have ingredients that assist in absorbing the oil in your skin without drying it. My favorite liquid matte foundation is Mat Lumier Fluid by Chanel. A great oil free over the counter drug store brand is L’Oreal Dream Mat Mousse. Mac Cosmetics also has a great one called Pro-Longwear if your looking for something that is mid-range in price. For more strategic coverage use a concealer a shade lighter to hide imperfections or highlight areas such as your under eye, cheeks or brow bone.

Dry to Normal- These skin types usually work best with Satin Finish foundation. Most medium coverage liquid foundations are build-able and have moisturizing elements that help keep your complexion looking hydrated and fresh. If you would like a more matte effect, there are moisturizing loose powders such as Smashbox Mineralize Loose powder or Mac Mineralize powder. Strategic concealing is also useful, to coverup imperfections or for highlighting purposes. My favorite foundations for these skin types are Chanel’s VitaLumiere, Armani Silk Luminescent, Mac’s Mineralize Makeup and Smashbox HD makeup.

Selecting a Shade- This is most effective with a makeup artist and a lot of natural light. Being able to try on your shade is vital. Matching your jawline to your neck line is ideal for those who tan or just have different skin tones from the face, neck or body. Some shades may have a yellow, pink, or beige undertone that may not be apparent until you try it on. This is virtually out of the question at any drug store so I do recommend going to a make up counter or visiting your local Sephora’s. Although when picking out a concealer I suggest going at least one shade lighter. It will blend and give a more natural highlighting effect.

I love foundation that makes someone say, “Wow, she has great skin!”, as oppose to,”Wow, look at her makeup!” A beautiful fresh slightly dewy complexion projects healthy youthful glow. Who doesn’t want that! In the real world of beauty, business, and life; practical makeup is beautiful and with these tips definitely achievable.

If you have specific questions regarding this post please feel free to ask or send me a photo of what I can help with!

An example of what foundation and a little strategic concealing can do.

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