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Friday, August 29, 2014

If I could sing, I'd sing a song about Lancôme Maquicomplet concealer. Since I really can't sing well at all, I'll stick to writing about it instead. Lancôme concealer was one of my first non-drugstore makeup purchases, and I've been loving it ever since I first bought in back in the 8th grade. As you can see, I've loved this one to bits. I was very sad to see that after about a year of use, the concealer brush thing died on me. While the product is still functional, it's a lot harder to use. That being said, I love it and it's still great... I just need a new one. 

My favourite thing about this concealer is how well it blends into my skin. The shade is perfect for me, and erased my dark circles and general redness on my face. It's not too opaque, so it looks natural when worn alone. At the same time, it blends well into both BB creams and liquid foundation. A little goes a long way, which is true for many concealers. However, I definitely think this was worth the splurge, and will be worth it again soon.

Since I have fairly sensitive skin, I remember being worried about reacting to this product. Thankfully, I have never had any problems with this formula. This product also had significant staying power in the Singapore humidity and heat. At the same time, it’s moisturising enough to be worn in the drier U.S. without any trouble.  It doesn’t cake or streak weirdly, which is a big plus.

I basically cannot say enough about how much I love this concealer. Can't wait to run to Sephora here in Boston for some more!

Have you ever had a product that you literally loved to bits? 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I have a confession, and it's slightly embarrassing. I rarely use makeup brushes, and when I do, some of the "makeup brushes" are actually paint brushes. Yes, paint brushes. Not even high-end paint brushes. Nope, I'm talking about the sort that come out of a package kit for student painters. The actual make-up brushes I have are from CVS, and while they definitely aren't bad, I'm ready for new ones.

I have an excuse for this, sort of. See, in Stage Makeup Club, makeup brushes were out of the budget... so they used paint brushes instead. This excuse would be great if I was actually in Stage Makeup Club, except that I only helped out a handful of times. Okay, well I ran out of money for makeup brushes because I was too busy buying bubble tea and Dance Club t-shirts. That's a really poor excuse. Very well then- I have no real excuse for the sorry state of my makeup brush collection.

Another reason I don't use my makeup brushes very often is because I use my fingers for a lot of my makeup application. I have yet to find a foundation brush that is better than my fingers for blending BB cream, and the puff on my blusher is perfect for an Asian-style circle. You can see here that for Asian-style makeup, a puff of blush on the apples of the cheek is more typical than a well-blended look. Go figure. All this being said, since I'm trying to get more into makeup in general, new makeup brushes are a must.

I was thinking that new makeup brushes would be a good Going-to-Uni present for myself. I've saved up a bit of money and am looking for some opinions.  I found the Best Makeup Brushes Guide pretty helpful, as well as this Makeup Geek  article.  Since I'm a huge fan of Bubzbeauty, I was thinking about buying her brushes. However, MAC is tempting as always! I'm going to keep doing research about different brands... but in the meantime,  does anyone have any suggestions for brushes I should try? What is the best makeup brush you own, and why?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Since moving back to the United States, I've noticed something rather disturbing. American teenage girls are simply not feminine. The uniform for teenage girls around here is a t-shirt, tiny running shorts, tall socks, and some form of sporty footwear. There is nothing tasteful or flattering about this outfit.  Poor manners are commonplace. I've seen girls shriek when seeing their friends, ignore personal boundaries, and talk with their mouths open. It's embarrassing. There's a definite lack of ladylike behaviour in the young women of America, and it's a shame.

I've been inspired by  The Proper Lady before, and I'm sure I will be again. Femininity is not outdated in the slightest, and I think it's very important that the younger generation of women-to-be (myself included) brush up on their skills and consider their behaviour. So, here are three ways to be more ladylike without much effort at all.

1. Stop Swearing

My grandfather instilled in my mother that swearing is not ladylike, and my mother has instilled this idea in me. There is nothing elegant, tasteful or ladylike about swearing. The English language is quite unique in that it has many words that all essentially mean the same thing. So, rather than use a swear word for emphasis, choose a stronger word. Swearing also does not sound particularly educated, and education is not only attractive, but feminine. If something goes wrong, there are many tamer alternatives to swearwords that sound much nicer to others.

2. Wear a skirt.

Or a scarf, or earrings, or a nice blouse, or something that makes you feel girly. I've found that I am much less likely to act crudely if I'm feeling particularly cute. Put a little makeup on. Feel pretty and feminine, and try not to lose the feeling all day. If you put yourself together in the morning, why would you let yourself fall apart later with poor behaviour?

3. Be sweet

Now, I'm sure this sounds like something mothers shout at their daughters as they leave the house, but there's really something to this one. Being sweet has a different definition to everyone, but I personally define it as being well mannered, well spoken, and considerate to everyone. Use the manners your mother taught you, and people are somehow much more helpful. Think before you speak, and find people listening. Treat others with respect and watch yourself become more respected by others. Teenagers often complain that no one listens to them. Perhaps it is because they have not done enough to earn the respect of those they are talking to- just a suspicion. If you act as a respectable person, people will treat you as such.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Here's a super quickie update before I go to bed... because it's not my futon back in New Jersey, or my beautiful teakwood bed in Singapore. It's a brand new (to me) university standard bed at Boston University!

We drove from New Jersey yesterday and stayed overnight in a hotel. This morning, we had a pretty leisurely breakfast before heading into the city. Traffic was a little crazy as always- the city is a popular place to be. Moving in wasn't as hard as I was expecting, since everything fit in a giant moving bin thing. Here are some pictures of the experience... and it was rather one!

So, here's to my first blog post from Boston University. I'm incredibly excited and lucky to be here! Tomorrow I'll go back to beauty... but for now, feel free to be amused at how much stuff I brought. 

So, here's to a great four years!

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Feeling overwhelmed lately? That makes two of us. Between getting read to start college, making grown-up decisions about money, and realizing I’m going to have to file taxes… I’ve got a lot on my plate. So, here are some simple ways to calm down when you’re feeling stressed out and anxious. These are my go-to strategies whenever I’m feeling a touch on edge. 

1. Write it down

Part of the reason I blog is to calm down. When life seems to be getting too stressful around me, I sit down at the computer and write. There are lots of things I’ve written that have never made it on the Internet—either they are too personal, or not well written enough to publish. However, a good deal of the posts that I do publish are written because I need a break from what’s bothering me. Even though I’ve started to take the blogging thing a lot more seriously, I think writing, regardless of where it goes, is relaxing. 

2. Make a cup of (green) tea

Hot drinks are really soothing and relaxing. Brew a mug of tea when you’re feeling overwhelmed, and drink it without any other distractions. Just taking a moment to yourself is quite important sometimes. Also, if you drink green tea, it has wonderful antioxidant and detoxing properties. 

3. Read something light

Sometimes it's good to take a break from what is bothering you and go on "mental holiday". Read something light and easy... or don't read at all, and look at pictures! When I’m feeling anxious, sometimes I find it best to get lost in something that is really fluffy. Teen Pop or other magazines with lots of pictures and bright colours can be a fun little break. 

4. Listen to music

Make a playlist of songs that you find particularly soothing. When you need to unwind, put it on. Or, find an album that you’ll never get tired of and listen to it on repeat. I’m a huge fan of the South African band The Parlotones that my friend from middle school introduced to me. When I’m feeling out of it, I often put one of their albums on and zone out. 

5. Snuggle up

I cannot be the only person on this earth who likes to snuggle up when I’m feeling stressed. I’m not the least bit ashamed to say that I like cuddling the stuffed animals my boyfriend has given me over the years when I’m feeling sad or anxious. Even if it’s not the most mature way to handle stress, having a bit of a snuggle can help you feel better. If plushies aren’t your thing, find someone to curl up with and watch a funny movie!

Feeing calmer? I sure hope so! Let me know what your coping strategies are when you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

I, unfortunately, have acne prone skin. My face gets super oily throughout the day and I am prone to breakout because of it.

Through the years of suffering from acne I have gathered some products to treat it. Some worked, some didn't and then some even made the problem worse.

Here are my 5 favorite products for acne prone skin!

1. Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash: Salicylic Acid is your friend! This oil free wash includes salicylic acid which is used in a lot of products to treat acne. 

2. Clean + Clear Deep Cleansing Astringent: This product also has salicylic acid and helps remove any extra dirt or makeup after you wash your face. They also offer a version for sensitive skin, which is great if you have combination skin!

3. Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment: This is a benzoyl peroxide based treatment cream. If I am not mistaken it has 5% benzoyl peroxide but in my opinion, it works better than some products with a higher percentage. I apply this product at night and sometimes (not all the time though) my acne looks significantly better by morning.

4. Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer: Even if you're broken out it is good to apply a thin layer of moisturizer to your skin. I chose this one because it is meant for oily/acne prone skin. It is not very oily and contains 0.5% salicylic acid.

5. Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-acne Treatment: This primer is one product I will swear by! It does not make me breakout and probably even helps my skin. Matte means the product won't be shiny or oily. It also has a low dose of salicylic acid in order to help treat breakouts. Two very important things for a girl with acne prone skin!

There it is--five of my favorite beauty products for acne prone skin. Hope you enjoyed!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

I should state up front that I am no blogging expert. However, I've been at it for nearly four years! This post is probably the most useful for absolute beginner bloggers. Here are the three biggest questions I've seen floating around that new bloggers tend to ask-- things I definitely asked myself three years ago. To be honest, since I've started a new blog, I've been asking myself again!

1. How do I get pageviews on my blog?

There is a long answer and a short answer to this.
The short answer is to post content worth reading, and do it regularly.

The longer answer goes something like this: make sure you've got original, valuable, well-written content on your blog, include pictures, post consistently, and promote your blog using social media.

The first bit is pretty easy. Don't go copying other people's work, edit and spell-check your blog posts, and put some love into it. I'm a firm believer that one can tell if a blogger likes blogging by the nature of their content. If you love to write and enjoy sharing your content, rock on. Remember your audience and post within a general subject. For example, my blog is beauty and lifestyle (so, how I live my life) based. I'm not going to be posting about Bitcoin or international news on here.

Include photos, preferably ones that you take yourself. To avoid copyright issues and potential lawsuits, original photos taken by you are the best way to go.Yes, those things sound scary. Avoid them by using your own images, or using ones available to the public (like Wikipedia images).

Post consistently. It doesn't matter how much you post per week or month as long as you stick to it.

Promoting your blog using social media is a whole topic in itself, and I don't have enough experience doing this to advise properly. Basically, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Bloglovin', Reddit, Google +... they are all your friends. Update them when you create a new post!

2. How do I get people to become loyal readers?

Time. In order for people to become loyal readers, they have to determine for themselves that your blog is worth their time. Sounds a bit harsh, doesn't it? While you can certainly promote yourself on social media enough that people will never forget about your blog, the best way to ensure people coming back for more is to create content they deem worthy of their readership.

There are other ways, like creating contests or doing giveaways. However, I think the best way to build a base of loyal readers is to consistently do your best at what you are doing. 

3. I see ________ (insert successful blogger's name here) doing so well! How do I become like that?

First of all, it's both a lot easier and a lot harder to become a successful blogger now then back when they probably started. The most common situation this seems to occur with is when girls start comparing themselves to Zoella,  who is basically the queen of fashion/beauty blogging.

So, in regards to how to become like that-- I have no idea. I'm certainly not making loads of money or fame at this, but if that's your goal as a new blogger, you might want to reconsider your whole blogging thing. If you don't love it, why are you doing it?

It's important to remember that only a few years ago, there weren't many fashion and beauty blogs. It was a lot easier then to climb to the top of the pack. Now days, there are loads and loads of people blogging who have to compete with the giants in the field. I suspect that timing, amiability, charisma and strong writing have a good deal to do with becoming highly successful. There's loads more to that though... this topic could really be dealt with in its own blog post.

I'll also be making a post about feeling jealous about other people's success. It's quite a common occurrence, but while some use it as motivation, others can get quite down about it. I'm somewhere in the middle, but regardless,

So, hopefully I've done my bit on answering some of the questions that new bloggers tend to ask. If your opinions differ, let me know! These were a touch long-winded, but hopefully they helped you!

Sweet Electric wrote a really valuable post about staying positive as a new blogger. Give it a look!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Popteen is a Japanese fashion magazine that has been around since the 80s. It's very popular amongst teenage girls and keep everyone up-to-date on the latest fashion and makeup trends. If you're getting ready to go back to school, this look will keep you looking fresh and fun without eating up too much of your time in the morning.

The Popteen look is all about looking sweet, innocent, and playful. It's natural enough without looking too bare, and it has a slight pop of colour.

You will need:

  • Something to even out your skin. I used Pure BB Mineral by Maybelline
  • Light brown eyeshadow.  I usedTease" from my Naked 2 Palette
  • Bright, candy pink blush. I used "Strawberry Choux" from Etude House
  • Eyeliner of your choosing. I used Everstudio Hyperglossing in Navy Blue
  • Optional: Powder to set your face. I used Pore Putty in the not-totally-white-shade
  • Lip Gloss: Something that will match your blush. I used Sephora brand lip gloss. I got the little multi-pack as my Sephora birthday gift in Singapore.

Let's get started!

  1. Apply BB cream to even out the complexion. If you need more coverage, apply concealer after the BB cream. 
  2. Pick out a brown/taupe eyeshadow and fill in the area under the fold of your eyelid. If you have monolids, hold tight, because I'll write a post eventually about how to use eye-tape. 
  3. Create a slight wing on the outer corners of your eyes with the same brown eyeshadow. 
  4. Apply a thin line of eyeliner that is straight towards the outer edges, separating from the natural curve of your eye. Basically, make sure the eyeliner is one straight line from the middle of the eye, rather than flicking it into a wing. 
  5. Apply your cute pink blush to the apples of your cheeks. Blend slightly, but it's not supposed to look 100% natural.
  6. Pick the brightest pink, but still sheer, lipgloss you own
  7. Apply it! 
  8. Power the oily areas of your face to set. This is optional, do it if you live in somewhere with high humidity for sure. 
  9. *~done~*
I can certainly see myself wearing this down the halls this school year!

Photo collage made with Canva

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I think I've mentioned it a couple of times on this blog already, but I recently moved from Singapore to New Jersey. My family went to Singapore on an expat assignment and you can read all about it here. Anyways, while in Singapore we made some pretty good friends. Sparklies is a blogshop run by my friend Hannah, who is the daughter of my dad's good friend and coworker. 

Rather a while ago, Hannah and I did a photo shoot together. While most of the photos were fairly personal (I dressed her up in my old prom dress!), we did a couple of stock photos. Does this mean I modelled? I suppose it does.... with our dads as the photographers. My dad's website is McDaniel Imaging.

So to my friends still in Singapore who read this blog- send her a message! Her prices are incredibly reasonable and she's pretty quick about making things. She made me a beautiful bracelet that I've gone and misplaced (moving is a pain), but when I find it again I'll post a photo of it. The jewellery comes in a beautiful baggie and makes an amazing gift.

Check out my guest post on Once in a Day-- Five Fast Tips for New Bloggers!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

My boyfriend  made me a Jar of Happiness as part of my eighteenth birthday present, and it's become a daily dose of inspiration for me.

A Jar of Happiness is a glass jar in which one puts little pieces of paper with happy things on them. Any time something happy happens and I remember to do so, I throw it in. Good memories, song lyrics, pick-up lines, tiny stuffed animals- whatever makes you happy goes in the jar. Did you see the little orange thing with eyes? It's a "chilli crab"! It's to remind me to Singapore, and how wonderful the experience was. At the end of the year, I get to open it up and read everything inside of it. 

Sometimes when I'm down, I'll open it up and read a couple of the things inside. The world is a rough place, and taking a moment to read happy things helps me rebalance.

Do you have a Jar of Happiness? Anyone know where this idea comes from?

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

I'm a big fan of natural beauty remedies because I often find that they work better than things purchased at the drugstore! While I'm sure these are already floating around the Internet, I quite think they are worth posting about again.

1. Honey

Honey is amazing for acne! Spot-treat annoying zits- leave on for about 15 minutes, then wash off gently with soap and water. Eating a small spoonful of local honey can also help with seasonal allergies according to my old friend and local beekeeper.

2. Yogurt

My Indian friends told me about this one a few years ago because their mothers always made them put in on their faces before going to school. Yogurt makes a quick and easy skin mask that brightens and exfoliates the skin. Apply a thin layer and wait ten minutes. 

3. Strawberries

I don't have any strawberries right now to take a photo of, but strawberries are great for whitening teeth and making into a mask. Crush a couple of berries and mix in a spoonful of yogurt, then apply to face for 15 minutes. It smells amazing and is great for reducing redness, smoothing out the complexion, and brightening the skin!

Do you have any natural beauty remedies you swear by? Let me know :D
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

I travel a lot, and I think I've finally figured out what makeup is essential to bring while on the road. This is more of a general outline than specific products, but figure out what works for you!

Essential: Something that evens out your skin tone
Why: Travelling is tiring and stressful, and this often shows up on the skin in the form of redness, acne or general discolouration. If you can find a product that can be used as a concealer, base and sunscreen, you've basically won the skin product lottery. Maybelline's Pure Mineral BB cream (purchased in Singapore) is pretty good at all three, but it's a touch light to just wear as a concealer. It does in a pinch, which is why it made the list. 

Essential: Lip Colour
Why: Gives your face pop when you're looking tired. A good lip colour will not run or smudge easily and lasts forever. Lip stains or crayons are quite good at this, and are moisturising too. I don't know the brand of this one (I rubbed it off somehow), but find a product that is reliable. 

Essential: Lip Repair
Why: Travel is hard on your skin, and it often shows up in the lips. Between long road trips without enough water to drier environments, a lip-save product is a must. This is just Carmex, but it works wonders. Putting on some overnight will make you wake up with soft lips!

Essential: Scent
Why: I'll make a post later about picking a signature scent, but in short, I think smelling good is very important. Bring a small container that doesn't leak, and tape the cap on well. 

Sometimes-Essential: Eye Shadow Primer
Why: If you're going somewhere humid, this is definitely essential. Eye shadow primer keeps your eyeshadow on longer and prevents creasing, so personally I think it's quite handy. I have the Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer. 

Essential: An Eyeshadow Palette
Why: Bring an eyeshadow palette you know well and can make at least two looks with. I brought the Tokyo Lights 2 Palette by Shu Uemura and used it throughout the trip. Dip a brush or Q-tip into water and use the darkest shade on the palette as an eye-liner!

Essential: Makeup Remover
Why: When you're tired from travelling, it's easy to just flop into bed with your makeup still on. Don't! I try to make taking makeup off as easy as possible on myself while travelling, which is why I picked up some makeup wipes. Be sure to figure out what brand works for you-- they can be quite irritating to the skin. 

Did I miss anything? Comment and let me know!
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Friday, August 15, 2014


First time behind the wheel

Cake Pops in the making

The first two shrooms

There were about 7 cute ones

The leftover cake

Darling little shrooms!

I'm back in New Jersey! My trip was quite fun- I've never been on a road trip with my mom before (though we did go to Bangkok together). 

While back in Massachusetts, I went to my favourite ice cream place. I grew up on Bedford Farms  strawberry ice cream, and it was delicious. My mother and I also took an old friend to Dalya's, the fancy place in town. The owner has seen me grow up from a little baby, and it's wonderful to be back there. Being back in the town where I grew was fascinating, because so much has changed in three years. People say Bedford never changes, but the construction around town begs to differ. 

I also got my driver's permit! It was pretty fun driving around in my mom's car, and I took two driving lessons with a driving school. Needless to say, I'm not getting my license any time soon. 

My childhood friend Jackie and I baked cake pops based off the Nerdy Nummies video, which as you can see was a total adventure. We managed to make a few cute ones, but for every cute one we made there were two ugly ones. Apparently we were supposed to use chocolate melts rather than candy melts, and one of us burned the green melts anyways. 

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I have three main blogs that I've been following for quite some time, and I think they deserve a little more love. All three are fairly popular with significant followings and sum up the things that I really like in life.

Dessert For Two

Christina is an amazing woman. Between posting creative and tasty recipes, being an interesting person to write about, and following her passions, she's a total role model. I adore her recipes and find that they truly make the best portion sizes- and with a side, could easily yield enough food for three!

The Proper Lady

The Proper Lady is a touch commercial, but she has many free articles that I enjoy reading. Nina values the old-fashioned but not out-of-date idea of being a feminine woman in many ways, shapes and forms. Her blog is informative and interesting, without ever being boring. Reading her blog has helped me consider the woman I would like to grown into being, rather than focus on teenagerhood.


Of course, Zoella! Zoella is an inspiration for me as a blogger, and I actually got my blog format from the same woman she used ( She covers beauty, her life, and what she likes in a beautiful, not boastful way. Zoe is also a great YouTuber and I think she's lot of fun to watch.

There you go! There very different blogs written by three wonderful women. Check them out, and let them know I sent you (perhaps)! Follow my blog with Bloglovin
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Today was a busy day. I'm typing on my phone because Internet here is $10 and I'm too cheap to spend that every day. The good news is that I'm taking lots of photos, and I might make a big post at the end of this little trip to document it properly. I'm totally exhausted and the makeup post isn't happening tonight. I'll get it done eventually, but on the road it's easier to focus on what I've been up to.

I do have a couple of beauty posts on the agenda though. Hopefully those will be fun!

Anyways, I finally got my driver's permit. We waited in the queue for 45 minutes to take a less-than-10-minute test, but I walked away a happy girl. My mom took a photo of me sitting in the driver's seat for the first time ever! I also registered to vote, which is kind of cool.  Being politically active is quite important.

I also had dinner with my boyfriend! My mom and I took him into Arlington for Not Your Average Joe's, which was as good as always.

Well, I'm headed to bed. More tomorrow!
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Road trip! Road trip!

Today I went to up Massachusetts on a mini-road trip complete with a stop at McDonald's, turning off at the wrong exit, and eating Cheddar Bunnies. 

After we got in, we went out to dinner with some of our good family friends. Our moms have known each other since we were adopted (actually, we're from the same adoption group), so it was fun to get together. When my friend and I were little, we used to get on really well. I think our moms liked it because we'd tire ourselves out (both he and I were really active children). 

I'm not going to post pictures of my family friends for their privacy. However, I have no qualms about posting pictures from the cupcake place we went to called Treat! I had the chocolate cupcake pictured above, and my friend's little sister had the pink lemonade cake. She's the cutest little thing, and the cupcake matched. I thought the atmosphere at Treat was wonderful, and their cakes were moist and creative. Mine had white chocolate filling, and was simply divine. 

Tomorrow: beauty essentials for the road! 
What I'm wearing, and why. 

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

A high school friend of mine who also recently moved back to the USA from Singapore asked me what I missed about Singapore. Besides the lifestyle and food (which I wrote all about on my old blog), I find that I miss the standard of beauty there. She was completely shocked- after all, Asian women frequently get double-eyelid surgery and use whitening skin products. I thought about it for a while, and decided to break it down.

I think it's safe to say that what defines beauty in East Asia is pale skin, high-ish cheekbones, v-line jaw, big eyes, thick long hair, and slimness. There is not that much variation in the model, and that's why beautiful (or plastic-surgery altered) Asian women are often said to look alike. Every single member of the popular K-Pop band Girl's Generation fits this mould, and they are all considered extremely beautiful.

In the West, beauty is harder to define. There are different standards of beauty depending on ethnic group and niche that person belongs to. In high fashion, models are often pale and considered beautiful. On the beach, tan skin is desirable. Fitness is generally prized, but curves are more accepted.  Hair can be beautiful in a rainbow of colours, or even the colours of the rainbow. Beyonce is beautiful. Karlie Kloss is beautiful. Incredibly different, but still as "beautiful".

I prefer the Asian standards of beauty because they are move achievable for me. I don't need eyelid surgery (lucky me), my hair is long, and I'm short and pretty slim. The Asian standards are much more easy to achieve because they are narrower and easier to define. In the West, because everything can pass as beautiful, it's harder to truly be defined as such.

All of Girl's Generation: Big eyes, pale, v-line jaw, generally cute

Lady Gaga and Beyonce: totally different! Both fit and sexy, but that's about it for similarities.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

We're obviously the ones posing! I'm in the middle

I went to New York City yesterday, and it was grand!

The night before, I slept over at my good friend Appu's house. We met in Sophomore year of high school and really clicked, though she moved shortly after we got to know each other. It was really fun- we did all the typical girly things like eat ice cream and giggle about silly things. The next morning we got up on the early side, put our faces on, and got on the train from New Jersey to New York. It took quite a while, but it was well worth it. Penn Station in New York is very confusing- there are so many exits! We eventually met up with our mutual friend Deepti (also from high school) and went shopping. The H&M in New York was multi-storey and impressive... should have brought my camera. 

My friend Anika and her friend Sabrina turned up after a while, and we went for lunch near Washington Park. There was a man completely covered in pigeons there. I wonder if they tried to nest in his hair! 

After that, we went for CHEESECAKE! It was at this place called Eileen's Special Cheesecake, and it was excellent. 

Eventually, we finished stuffing our faces and went to Steve Madden. Though I was drooling over the high-heeled boots, I ended up buying the cute pair of flats above. I find it really hard to get shoes my size (size 5), so I was pleased they had them. 

The best part about yesterday was seeing my good high school friends before we all go separate ways in university. Though I can't wait for Boston, a day with good friends is priceless. 

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