Fashion & Style: Gothic Lolita

27 01 2010

Gothic Lolita (or Goth-Loli as it is sometimes known) is a form of Lolita fashion. Lolita fashion is a form of dress much popularized in Japan, worn by young women. This fashion style became popular during the late 1970s, but the exact date of origin is still unclear. Women that wear Lolita styled clothing wear many frills, knee-high socks, platform shoes, and stockings along with many other accessories.

Gothic Lolita is slightly different from typical Lolita fashion. With Gothic Lolita, much of western “Gothic” style is incorporated into the sweeter Lolita look. This means Read the rest of this entry »





Fashion & Style: Jolin Tsai Inspired

24 01 2010

Jolin Tsai (蔡依林), the Taiwanese Hamasaki Ayumi. Who can deny her style? A Taiwanese singer, she’s also a great dresser. Here I’m going to break down her style. Who knows? Maybe it’ll inspire you too.

I love this outfit. Jolin’s got the cute shorts, the flirty top. I love the flirty top. Those puffed sleeves are super cupcakey, but in a good way.She’s wearing a cream vest. Well, it’s not really a vesty vest, but more of a lower cut top jacket. Actually, I’m not sure what that it. I just know it looks Read the rest of this entry »





Fashion & Style: Makeup for Asians

24 01 2010

Struggling to find the best brand of makeup or way of applying it? Here’s a complete list of dos and don’ts for Asians… makeup-wise.

DON’T

  • Wear too much eyeliner
  • Have too much blue/green eyeshadow
  • Choose an eyeshadow color that’s too dark
  • Wear false eyelashes that look too long and fake
  • Attempt to change the lightness or darkness of your skin tone with a completely different shade of foundation. It will end up looking like a mask.
  • Use a heap of glittery eyeshadow
  • Use tester lipsticks straight onto your lips. It’s unhygienic. Smudge some onto your fingers before applying

DO

  • Look out for foundation that has yellow undertones
  • Test your foundation on your jawline first
  • Use lots of sky blue. Asian skin loves that color!
  • Store lipstick and perfume in the refrigerator. It’ll last longer
  • Outline your lips in pencil before you apply lipstick or gloss if you don’t want your lipstick to feather
  • Always, ALWAYS wash off your makeup before bed

Some brands that most asians prefer to use include: MAC, Shiseido, Lancome, and Estee Lauder. Browse around for a favorite brand. Personally, I prefer Read the rest of this entry »





Fashion & Style: All About Sedu

23 01 2010

First of all, what is a Sedu hairstyle? Well, Sedu actually comes from the word seductive. Most Asians are very lucky in that they are born with naturally straight hair. Lots of westerners have to resort to straightening their hair in order to achieve the same silky, straight hair Asians have. This hair is now known as Sedu hair. A Sedu iron has even been invented for those that want this kind of hair! So, we Asians have it lucky, really.

For those not lucky enough to be born with a Sedu hairstyle, here’s a quick step-by-step of how you can create one yourself. Read the rest of this entry »





Fashion & Style: 2NE1 Inspired

23 01 2010

YG Entertainment seems to have a knack for banging out bands with not only great sound but great style (cough, Big Bang, cough). Their latest “female” BB, 2NE1, has a funky, unique style that’s sweeping over Asia.

Their Lollipop look is extremely colorful. We can see lots of bright prints and checks. It’s very fresh. However, this style has a limited age range (approximately from 13-20, give or take a few years). CL (second from left) has donned a very shiny assemble, Minzy (first left) has stuck with a pair of tight jeans and a printed shirt (tied up in the corner), while Sandara Read the rest of this entry »





Fashion & Style: The Korean Hair Bun

23 01 2010

The Korean Wave (Hallyu) is sweeping over the world. In the process, why not make yourself look fabulous with one of the most popular Korean hairstyles? That’s right, it’s the korean hair bun. This hairstyle can also be seen on celebrities, inspiring many Korean girls to imitate it. Here’s a set of step-by-step instructions to get you started, as well as a tutorial video.

Instructions:

What you need:

  • Hair elastic
  • Hairspray (optional)
  • Bobby pins (optional)

1.  Grab your hair and hold it in a ponytail high on your head with your hand. Don`t tie it! Keep your elastic on your right hand.
2. Start twisting your hair into a bun.
3. Make sure you twist it well. It should resemble those cinnamon rolls.
4. After that, form it into a circle shape. Keep the twist in place.
5. Tie it with the elastic around your right hand.
6. Tie it around twice, and make it loose. Fix it until you are satisfied.
7. On both sides, pull out some hair (not a lot) so it looks natural.

Note: If your hair twist/bun is loose, use bobby pins to hold it. Or, alternatively, spray in a little hairspray to hold it. Read the rest of this entry »