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Eva’s Beauty Favorites from Asia

By Eva, Local Contributor – Asia

Eva considers herself thick-skinned and confident, so you’ll always find her in good spirits! You might find her serious and quiet, though, but she says there’s a part of her that’s childish and always giggling inside. She’s a carefree spirit who sometimes relies too much on luck, but she can’t help it.

Eva loves meeting new friends, especially those who share her passions. She gets easily obsessed and falls in love with new things, whether it’s a book, movie, or person. She also has a fascination for history and all things historical, especially European history! Check her out on DeviantArt!


Eva’s Beauty Favorites from Asia

Every region’s has to have something unique about their products, and today, I’m sharing my must haves from the local brands of Asia!

Sofina Primavista Long Keep Base ($48.00)

Sofina is a highly rated Japanese brand, which is famous for its foundations and base products.Primavista Long Keep Base is an absolute lifesaver for me, and it does a terrific job of controlling the oil from my t-zone. Although the base is light pink in color, it goes on colorless. I tend to layer a primer over this base for the best effect.

Majolica Majorca 4-pan Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00)

Majolica Majorca is a drugstore line from Shiseido, so one could get a idea of its quality. I love it for its affordable price tag and pretty packaging, but really, the superb quality is what makes it fantastic! I was blown away by how smooth and buttery these eyeshadows felt. The palette has complementary shades so it is easy to coordinate colors. Plus, the packaging is gorgeous; one of my palettes was from a special collection and the little edges were reminiscent of cookies.  I’ve seen neutral, pink, purple, green palettes. The majority of these, however, have a lot of shimmer, which makes it ideal for gyaru makeup (anyone interested in knowing more?).

K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Eyeliner ($15.50)

Stays on just like a tattoo–no smudging, fading, and absolutely waterproof. The precise brush is fabulous for drawing defined lines. I like applying my eyeliner after my fake lashes, so the precise tip allows me to get into the gaps that aren’t connected.

Etude Drawing Eyebrow Pencil ($10.00)

So easy to maneuver that a well-defined brow is just a sketch away. It’s also great for drawing a crease. The spoolie on the other end allows you to comb through your brow if you have a heavy hand and ended up drawing your brows too dark. The eyebrow pencils are mechanic, which means no product waste from sharpening. They come in brown and black.

shu uemura Skin Purifier ($40.00)

This has a fresh smell to it. My friend gave a sample size to me a few times, and they last for quite a while. She says buying the sample sizes are much better, since you won’t end up pouring as much as you would with the larger bottles, and if you calculate the overall price, it’s a better bang for the buck. (Though I haven’t done the math myself!)  It removes makeup effectively, and the refreshing smell is quite pleasant. Pour a little amount into the palms of your hand and lather with water–so easy!

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Jamila’s Fragrance Essentials

By Jamila, Fragrance Contributor

Jamila is a graduate of Spelman College, native Atlanta peach–but with a California Girl personality. She loves to smile, laugh, and enjoy her life to the very fullest. She’s been a beauty fanatic since her teenage years.

Jamila finds every day is a blessing and believes in living beautifully–carpe diem!


Viva La Juicy

Jamila’s Fragrance Essentials

As a woman, there are never enough things that we absolutely need. There are my fragrance essentials–products I am always going back to for day-to-day use as well as special occasions. There is nothing better than being clean and smelling even better. Fragrance begins within one’s personal body composition and continues throughout the layers of products. I try to remain neutral in scent when washing my body, and even putting on lotions or cream, so it does not interfere with the scent I wear during the day. My scent gets adventurous when I am using perfumes–my scent collection is like the rainbow–all different notes and feelings.  I like to choose a scent based on the time of day or the type of activity I will be doing.

Go-tos: MAC Turquatic, Versace Crystal Noir, Paco Rabanne Lady Million, Marc Jacobs Oh Lola!, Gucci Flora ( Black and Gold Label ), Chanel Chance, Coach Poppy, Gucci Guilty, Kenzo Flower, J’adore Dior, Ralph, Viva La Juicy, Givenchy Irresistible, D&G Light Blue, Hanae Mori Butterflies, Vera Wang Princess

Celebrity fragrances can be tricky, but a few that I like are Kimora Lee Simon’s Baby Phat, Halle Berry’s Pure Orchid, and Queen Latifah’s Queen.  When I was a teenager, Britney Spears Curious was a favorite of mine for awhile.  My dream fragrance is Killian.  It’s sold at Saks Fifth Avenue, and it is absolutely to-die-for.  He uses essential oils for his notes, which allow for easier application and better wear throughout the day.

If you’re new to the art of wearing perfume, you can get the most out of your fragrance by layering your favorite scent and opting for Parfums, which are more concentrated (compared to an Eau de Parfum or Eau de Toilette).  Not all scents can be layered easily, but check to see if your favorite also has a body lotion or body wash.

What are your essential fragrances?

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How-to Restore Post-Holiday Hair

By Leili, Hair Care Contributor

Leili is a 19-year old New Yorker who is obsessed with beauty, chocolate, and celebrity of the trashiest kind. Her drawers look like the stockroom of a hair salon! She’s currently enrolled in her second year of college but still trying to decide on her major. When she’s not worrying about that, she’s either at home with a good book, baking scrumptious goodies for her family, or exploring new restaurants with her friends. Check out her blog, Materialistic Musings!


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How-to Restore Post-Holiday Hair

While the festive party season brings happy memories, gifts given and received, it also leaves us with a few less-than-desirable things, like thunder thighs and damaged hair! Most people hit the gym or start a diet to help them get back to their pre-holiday lifestyles, and there’s no reason that shouldn’t hold true for your hair as well. Here are my favorite products and tips to help you get lovely, lustrous and healthy locks:

Get a haircut.   Though it seems obvious, it’s really important to get a regular haircut.  For those afraid of hairdressers: there is simply no better cure for dry, damaged hair like a haircut—it’s really something that no other supposed miracle product can fake. The start of the new year is a great time to try out a new hairstyle, but if you’re not willing to take the plunge, simply ask for a trim. I know a lot of people try to grow out their hair and hate to lose any length, but those locks really won’t be healthy until you’ve had the damaged ends snipped off. There’s really no better feeling like bouncing out of the salon with the lightness of a fresh cut styled in a fabulous blow out!

If you’re not going to the salon, or even if you are, hair masks and deep conditioning treatments are something to think about for restoring moisture. While there are numerous hair masks on the market today, Davines Nou Nou Nourishing Repairing Mask ($25.20) is one of my favorites. The Italian brand can be a little hard to find, and it’s not the most pleasant-smelling (think sharp, mustard greens), but it works like nothing else. For a more intense treatment, I like to apply this to damp hair in the shower, clip it up, and then sleep with it in overnight with a towel draped over my pillow. It might be slightly uncomfortable to do but nothing gives my hair such moisture and shine.

Swap your leave-in product for an oil.  The consistency of each would lead you to believe that the cream is more hydrating, but I’ve found the oils to be much more moisturizing. These have really become popular in the last few years, and there are tons available at all different price points. My favorite, however, is the Maybach of hair oils:  Shu Uemura Essence Absolue ($65). Of course, you do not need to spend the money on this particular one, as most hair oils deliver that terrific dose of intense moisture, shine, and anti-frizz power. They’re also terrific for using as a treatment–just run a few more pumps of the product into dry hair and let it sit for a while before washing it out (I recommend shampooing twice—these oils are no joke). If you are going to use an oil in this way, however, I would suggest using a higher quality one as I’ve found that the ones available at drugstores don’t work well for this purpose.

A product designed for your ends. They’re absolutely essential for those looking to revive or prolong the health of their tips. They are the most vulnerable to dryness and damage, so they’re definitely worth looking after. If they’ve split already, you’ve gone past the point of no return, so go and get them trimmed off! But for preventative measures, I like the Bed Head Ego Boost ($15.50), but there are a lot of similar ones out there on the market. They even make some that are supposed to hide the look of split ends, but we’re going for health here, not the appearance of it.

 

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