1. Be Better at…Spring.

    5 Ways I’ll Be Jumping the Gun on Spring Edition:

    Since I moved to New York, I have been notoriously bad at winter. Like…to an obnoxious degree. Typically you’ll find me standing outside of some dark, dank bar, complaining about how I can’t feel my fingers, yet have somehow forgotten to attach pants/tights/gloves to my body. I do this an annoying amount and am actually quite shocked that by spring, I still have friends. 

    Being bad at winter can only mean one thing…I am also terrible at spring. My small brain can’t handle the thought of something in between winter and summer so I omit that bit of information and just proceed with regularly scheduled programming of shorts and no jacket time. 

    My only saving grace is that I live in a city filled with millions of other hopeful idiots who also cannot understand this seasonal middle man. Here’s how I’ll (and everybody else) will be jumping the gun on spring 2013. 

    1) Wearing Stupid Shit: Not only will I pack up my jackets/coats/gloves/beanies a month too early, I will also coat myself in floral prints and start wearing brights so that I can signal to my body that the winter coma is over and now it’s time to have a personality again.  I suggest investing in some mid-temp jackets and blazers…because naturally, we will still be freezing our asses off because New York hates us and wants us to move away forever.

    2) No Tights Time: That first day of no-tights is always such an interesting time in a New Yorker’s life… the men are excited to see that we have girl parts again, and the women are just now realizing what all those crock-pot stews have done to their eggshell-colored cankles. The Duane Reade’s self-tanning section has hurricane-quality scarcity and women are fist fighting over the last bottle of Jergen’s Natural Glow like they are getting the last box of baby formula for their starving baby. 

    3) Spring Break: Though I am well past my college years (RIP 2003-2007), I still can’t help my mind from wandering to where I shall spend my Spring Break. Except I am an adult and I don’t get a Spring Break. I have what’s called a job and it prevents me from the fun of banana boating and consuming my body weight in drinks that are measured in yards. Anyway, kayak.com searches will still happen and I will continue to think of how I can get to Cancun and back without getting my head cut off by the Mexicans and still manage to get a good glow. 

    4) Beach Hair: Say goodbye to severe buns and shit people…It’s time to let loose, get your roots dyed, and get some serious natural wave going.  Pretty much every spring I decide it would be in my best interest to put more blonde in my naturally almost-black hair…I’m fooling everyone….shut up. 

    5) Eating Out: One of the perks about living in New York is that you can consume 3 meals-a-day and their associated cocktails on a godforsaken sidewalk. I love eating outside, it feels very European, and like any good New Yorker, I’d like to feel as posh as I can while eating my KFC double-down. Here’s the thing though…we’ll all flock outside to eat that first springtime brunch and half of the patio will be basking in sunlight (a picture of amazing city life) and then other half will be a crowd of people looking like they went on a Siberian expedition and lost their luggage. It will be miserable.

    Now, I wish I could say that I won’t do any of these things this year…and that I’m going to “Be Better at Spring”..but let’s be honest, I have three pairs of newly ordered sandals under my desk at work and a bikini on it’s way. 

    Cheers to suffering together,

    Chinae

     


  2. Be Better at…Friday.

    Because it’s Friday and I have the attention span of a gnat on Fridays…I have a few things I want to discuss that have been on my mind but perhaps don’t warrant a typical long-winded post where I write for way longer than people want to read. Here we go. 

    The Best Acorn Squash You’ll Ever Eat:

    A mini recipe for today…pretty low carb and the PERFECT winter dessert.

    Baked Acorn Squash:

    • 1 Acorn Squash
    • Granulated Splenda
    • Butter
    • Cinnamon
    Step 1: Cut (very little) off the tips of the squash off so when you slice it in half, it sits steadily in your pan. You are basically just giving it a flat surface. Don’t cut all the way through, you’ll want to keep your two little squash bowls intact.
    Step 2: Layer slices of butter, then a layer of Splenda, then a layer of cinnamon, and repeat until the squash bowl is almost full. 
    Step 3: Bake at 400 for 45-hour…you should be able to tell when it’s soft enough
    Step 4: Scrape the insides of each squash down into the buttery/sweet/spicy goodness and enjoy. 

    Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain Sucks:

    Mainly I have a bone to pick with L’Oreal for taking away Beyonce Red Infallible Lip Color…I went into the drugstore one day to get my Beyonce fix and it was just…GONE. Like…NOT EXISTING ANYMORE and was replaced by some orangey red that made me look like I just went cannibal on a bloody oompa loompa. It was not a good day and certainly a low point with me shrieking to the Rite Aid employee that “They can’t just take it away!” 

    I digress. 

    A few weeks later, after my meltdown…(let’s call it my Blue (Ivy) Period) I dragged my ass back to a different Rite Aid (because I think I am banned from the first one) and picked up a Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in the color “Flame” to help fill my Beyonce void. I took it for a Friday night test run and at first it was AWESOME. Rich color, ridiculous staying power, and it was cheap as hell. Then…shit hit the fan. Suddenly, the next time I went to use my new magic wand, it was as dry as the Sahara and the tiny bit of color I got to my lips suddenly made my lips feel like they’d been in a Ronco Food Dehydrator for two weeks.

    BULLSHIT I tell you! To add insult to injury, the “balm” end of the stick just fell off the second I tried to apply it. It’s like an over-extended chapstick…we all know what will happen. This just proves…you can’t just replace BEYONCE. EVER. 

    If anyone has any lip stain faves in a bright red, let me know…I’m still on the hunt.

    iMessage is Confusing as Shit:

    I am convinced that no one knows what iMessage vs text messaging is unless you’ve looked it up (which I did and now I kinda get it after 2 hours of research). It is mondo-confusing and only works about 60% of the time and now I’ve just turned it off completely. Figure your freakin’ shit out APPLE. Fix those fracking maps and make iMessage less confusing..ok? Also, I love you pleasenevergoaway.

    Foam Rolling to Heaven and Back: 

    I have tight IT bands apparently. They are making my knee feel like my patella (knee cap) is going to pop off at any moment when going up and down stairs. I live in NYC, so this feeling happens about 645 times a day. I am trying a lot of different things including not running anymore and looking like a complete douche trying to give myself a good, hard, workout on the elliptical before I lift at the gym. 

    Side Note: You cannot use the arm things on the elliptical and look like a normal human being. Just don’t do it.

    Anywaysssss…Jon’s brother Dave who is now offisshhhh a Dr. said I need foam roll the living crap out of my IT bands (located on the side of my thighs) to get some relief.

    Does anyone else foam roll and have noticed these things?

    1. It hurts like someone steam rolling your leg.
    2. You always look like you are having weird gym sex.
    3. It makes any small bit of leg-meat fat look super gross because of all the squishing. 
    I don’t have any advice or anything about it…just general whining here.

    Alright, that’s enough blabbing. See you guys next week for more coherent posting.
    xo Chinae
     


  3. Be a Better…Beauty.

    I wrote a beauty post a few months back and the inevitable happened…a slew of folks then had a bunch of follow up questions that NEED to be answered, because EYEBROWS ARE IMPORTANT, DAMNIT! You can’t just leave life’s questions unanswered…so here we are. 

    A little Monday Q+A for ya’:

    Q: I have blonde hair and blonde eyebrows…should I still fill them in, and what color would I even use? 

    A: For God’s sake. YES. You of all people, should be the first to be banging on the doors of your local Sephora for an appropriate brow solution. The transition from bare brows to filled brows is often initially the most challenging for blondes/redheads because it makes a HUGE difference and WILL change the way your face looks, but take heed Aryan women…trust that it’s the right thing. Use a conservative hand and a brow powder made for blondes (should be an ash color). Try Laura Mercier Brow Powder in Deep Blonde or Soft Blonde. Follow up with a clear mascara or brow wax to keep your hairs in check. 

    Q: I love the idea of bright blush, vibrant lipstick, and a smokey eye…how can I do them without looking like a clown?

    A: The answer is…you can’t. That is, all at once. Pick one focal point on that mug of yours and keep the rest simple and clean. Here’s a trick…get your face to the point that it’s all prepped and ready for color (foundation/bb cream, contour bronzing, brows finished)…then choose your beauty weapon of the day and apply it first. Dark plum lipstick? Put it on and THEN apply your blush, eyeshadow, etc…you be sure to keep all the rest toned down and in sync with that one pop. 

    Q: I try and wear fake eyelashes, but they always fall off or are uncomfortable…am I doing something wrong? Do I use mascara at the same time? 

    A: First off, you probably aren’t trimming them to fit your eyelids. I’m not sure whose eyes are naturally as ginormously long as the average fake eyelash strip…the only person I can think of is Steve Buscemi. Trimming is the key to having lashes: 1) stay on 2) be comfortable 3) having you not look like a whorish American Girl doll. When you first buy your lashes, trim the strip (not across the hairs) and hold it up to your eyeball. Each end should stop a few millimeters from the tear duct and outer corner of your eye. To keep those suckers on, apply AFTER eyeliner, mascara, and eyeshadow and use eyelash glue, not just the sticky substance that comes on them in the package. Then, a light coat of mascara to blend them in with your natural lashes. 

    Q: I have a big forehead…anyway to make it look smaller with makeup?

    A: Oh, the classic five-head eh (I’m sorry about your genetics, I have large feet). Make a matte bronzer and a stiff contour brush your best friend, girl. After applying whatever you do to make your face look human and less like facesofmeth.com (my concoction is BB Cream and an oil control powder), take your bronzer and start applying at the temples. Brush upwards on each side of your forehead. Then dust a little on the very top of your forehead. This should instantly help your case, and might even fool people into thinking you spent the weekend in St. Tropez. Because, you can’t have those bangs forever, right?

    Q: Smokey eyes look so good on other people, but when I use kohl liner, I look trashy, HELP!?

    A: Oh yes, I see that. You look like you work at Hot Topic in a Iowan mall, please grab some eye makeup remover and come sit over by me. Smokey rarely should be black, ladies. Unless you are going for a goth vibe, never use black under the eyes, save it for the lids. To create the perfect smokey eye, choose shadow/liner colors that compliment your eye tones. If you have poop colored eyes like me, choose greens, golds, and coppers. If you are lucky enough to have green eyes, choose an eggplant tone to make those eyes look extra sessy. Got baby blues? Pick a brown or bronze shade. For you hazel gals, use golds, bronzes, greens, and eggplant. Last but not least, if you have completely blacked out eyes (see below), try red eyeliner, it’ll really set the whole “i kill people” look off, just right. 

    Be Better Forever,

    x Chinae

     


  4. Be Better…Blogolympics™!

    Let’s be straight here…I really want to LOVE the Olympics. I really do. 

    I totally admire the athletes sheer strength, skill, and discipline but I am having some severe issues with really pretending to be a huge fencing fan when the closest I’ve ever come to fencing is a group of losers really cool people LARPing in Prospect Park.  

    Side note: there are some friends of mine that it totally makes sense that they really love the Olympics…but then there are others that I’m like…when did you become an expert on trampolinist form and rotation? Whatever. 

    Since I can’t watch that fencing poke-in-the-butt meme one more time (YOU NEED TO SEE THIS), I figured I should entertain myself with my own sort of Olympics. BLOGOLYMPICS™!!!!!

    For those of you who don’t know what Blogolympics™ is (that’s pretty much everyone because I just made that word up), I’m going to give medals to my favorite blogs and hopefully recommend some new reading for your bored-ass eyeballs. Also, I needed a reason to use my new word. 

    BEST MEN’S BLOG

    Gold Medal: Uncrate-Whenever I want to drool over gear that isn’t made for girl parts, I head over to Uncrate. Need a gift idea for your man? Want to check out the best cars, techie sh*t, or manly food/drink? This site never disappoints and he posts frequently so there’s always something new to get all slobbery over.

    Honorable Mention: Art of Manliness

    BEST GEEK BLOG

    Gold Medal: Lifehacker-From opening a can with your toenail to tips for uploading new software..Lifehacker mixes helpfulness with absurdity. Budgeting, travel, gadgets, and tech are all covered with a light tone and humor by this Gawker Media subset. And yes, you’ve probably all heard of Lifehacker…I didn’t say I was going to find the most obscure blogs, this isn’t the Hipsterlympics™ ok? Stick with me here.

    Honorable Mentions: Thedailywh.at 

    BEST TUMBLR BLOG

    Gold Medal: Kim Jong-Il Looking at Things-If you can make a North Korean dead dictator humorous, I commend you. I’m pretty glad that he’s in the grave, but I can’t lie by saying I’m a little bummed about the eventual blog death, due to lack of material. 

    Honorable Mentions: Bon Iver Erotica, Things Organized Neatly, Best Roof Talk Ever These all could be gold medalists, really. 

    BEST FOOD BLOG

    Gold Medal: I Am A Food Blog- If you can make me want to READ recipes and fool me into cooking by utilizing beautiful typefaces, splendid photography, and simple prose, I will give you a gold medal any day. Any blog that can make chores interesting (yes, cooking is a chore), wins my heart. 

    Honorable Mentions: The Yellow Table, Pardon the Dog Hair (ed note: both of these are by friends of mine, but I actually LOVE their blogs…so yeah)

    BEST FASHION BLOG

    Gold Medal: Life! Death! Top Tips!-Most of the time, fashion blogs are just recycling the same ol’ shit…so I tend to stay off of them completely. Manrepeller used to be funny and cool, before she became famous and was like doing everything BUT writing a fashion blog. Life! Death! Top Tips! is a blog worth a read…she takes tips and advice from women’s mags, so we can all hang our heads in shame regarding how ridiculous we’ve become. Note: she’s British so sometimes I need Google Translate (for idiots) to understand what the hell she’s talking about.

    Honorable Mentions: Runway Falls (a no-nonsense blog featuring a collection of photos and video of models falling on the runway…which completes my life in a lot of ways)

    BEST GENERAL BLOG

    Gold Medal: Humans of New York- Every time I read, I laugh, I cry, and I wonder how I continue to live in the crazy-ass city. If you like short stories and profiles of interesting people, this is your new favorite site. 

    Honorable Mention: Surf Collective NYC

    BEST DIY BLOG

    Gold Medal: NO ONE GETS A MEDAL…I F*CKING HATE DIY BLOGS AND I WISH THEY WOULD ALL FALL INTO A DEEP CREVASSE AND NEVER COME BACK AGAIN. Seriously people, we can’t just make our whole lives out of colored paper and mason jars. 

    Honorable Mentions: Go back to pinterest or etsy you twits…but if you are looking for some laughs, head over to REGRETSY.

    If you want to vote my Be Better Blog for an imaginary medal in a made up sporting event, click HERE. 

    What are your favorite blogs? Or your least favorite?

     


  5. Be a Better…Beauty.

    NEW SERIES: Be Better Reviews:

    BB Cream…reviewed.

    I’m so f*cking sick of hearing about the magic goo that might transform my semi doughy face into Charlize Theron and grow larger breasts as a potential side effect. I mean, unless it’s a jar full of scalpels, it’s not going to carve new cheekbones, right? 

    Well, fat face aside, I’ve found a beauty product that actually does what it says and doesn’t make me want to spray my face down with a firehouse from a short distance, within 5 minutes of application! YAY for shit that actually works. 

    Let’s talk BB Cream. 

    First of all, since I am a natural skeptic, the name BB cream just sucks. And it makes me think of this:

    or this:

    YUCK. But I got past my initial worries and just decided to let it go because some crazy Europeans made it up and that’s why it was so dumb. (AMERICA!) Good thing we made up names like the KFC Double Down, Four LOKO, and Sweet N’ Low.

    Anyway, I went to my local Sephora and got me a sample of their best BB cream…Smashbox was the premier choice, and because it was a free sample, I obviously asked for the best most expensive one. 

    Here’s what it’s supposed to do for your face: (straight from the Smashbox site)

    PRIMES: Wear alone, or under your favorite foundation to create a smooth canvas.
    PERFECTS: Tinted formula in 5 shades evens out skin for a flawless finish.
    HYDRATES: Improves skin moisture in 4 weeks. Guaranteed.
    PROTECTS: SPF 35 guards against UVA/UVB rays. BB is loaded with anti-aging peptides for a decrease in fine lines over time
    CONTROLS OIL: Minimizes shine with no chalky finish.

    Now, calm down Smashbox...I don’t know about all that, but here’s what I DO know after using your magic goo for a week:

    • -My face looks less like an oil slick and more glowy than it ever has.
    • -I don’t wear foundation, so this works great for covering the scales to the general population. Without it, I look like this:
    • -Foundation makes me feel like I’ve landed the starring role in the re-imagination of Memoirs of a Geisha…this feels more like starring on the real life version of Dora the Explorer…I can pretty much conquer the world and traverse the wilderness while still maintaining some dignity.

    Alright so here’s the point. I like this crap and you should try it for yourself. At least go get a free sample from Sephora and see what you think before you fork over your hard earned $39.99. Check it out HERE

    And no, the company did not pay me for this post…I would have to probably reduce my expletives by about 50% to do professional product reviews, and I’m just not cut out for that.

    On a related note, I feel like the Roger Ebert of beauty. I win!

    P.S. If you are wanting to spend less moolah, here’s a cheap option that I have no idea if it works or not, but I’d love to get a report back if you try it! Garnier BB Cream

     


  6. Be Better at…Health.

    I’ve pledged my allegiance to butter many a time on this blog, but today, I’m introducing you to a new friend I made over the weekend.

    Coconut Oil. 

    I’d heard a lot of buzz over this stuff lately, and decided to do some research, haul my ass to Trader Joe’s, and take this jar of slick goodness on a date. 

    I think I’m in love. I haven’t used it in the kitchen yet, but I’ll tell you, my body is already thanking me for spending that hard earned (not so hard earned) $5 bucks.

    My first thought was…putting oil on my body is reserved for beachtime and I would NEVER put it this Exxon-Valdez oil spill of a face (too soon?). But after reading a lot of info on the interwebz, I tried it out. First, I dipped my proverbial toe in the water with using it on my legs after shaving. Result? My legs were smooth, supple, not greasy, and smelled lightly of a beach vacation. Not pissed. 

    Next up, I used it to take off my makeup and as an eye cream before bed. Now, it did feel super oily when I went to sleep, and I was uber paranoid that I would wake up with a face full of pimples. My coworkers might disagree, but I am simply glowing today. My skin felt fresh with no signs of coconut related acne this morning, and my legs still felt incredible. Lastly, I fell and scraped my knee pretty bad last week, yes I am a five year old child, and I applied some coconut oil on my wound before bed…my knee looks SO much better this morning, just saying…

    Here are some properties of coconut oil that make it fucking awesome:

    • Anti-microbial/Infection Fighting 
    • Anti-bacterial (kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum diseases, and other bacterial infections)
    • Anti-carcinogenic 
    • Anti-fungal (kills fungi and yeast that lead to infection)
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • An Antioxidant
    • Anti-parasitic (fights to rid the body of tapeworms, lice and other parasites)
    • Anti-viral (kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other viruses)
    • Infection fighting
    • Known to improve nutrient absorption (easily digestible; makes vitamins and minerals more available to the body)
    In my www.research, there are a million cajillion uses for coconut oil but here were some of my favorites and some of the especially surprising:

    After Shave 
    Body Scrub – mix with a little sugar and insta-exfoliation!
    Diaper Salve 
    Eye cream – apply on the lids directly at night.
    Lubricant – an all natural substitute, but not compatible with latex.
    Makeup Remover – use with a Q-tip or cotton pad.
    Sun Burn Relief 
    Fitness - when ingested, coconut oil has been proven to jumpstart your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and raise energy levels!
    Allergies (seasonal hay fever)
    Cellulite - And all God’s women said “AMEN!”
    Gum Disease and Gingivitis-(use as a toothpaste or rub directly on gums)
    Nutritional Supplement – melt and add to cooking or juices.
    Insect repellentmix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and brave the outdoors
    Seasoning cookware: great for cast iron pans!
    Moisturizing and cleaning leather products: hello, newly revitalized Fall boots!
    For a full list of uses, look here and here
    One warning…when you open the jar, it’ll look like hardened candle wax but the moment you put it in your hands it will go Alex Mack on you and instantly liquify!
    Let me know what you think when you try it out!
    Later bitches,
    Chinae

     


  7. Be Better at…Meeting People.

    I am very aware that I am about to get a lot of panties in a bunch with this post. But, ladies and gentleman, stay with me. Unclench. Breathe. 

    At one time I was mystified, when seemingly hot, normal, fun friends of mine would never get approached by the gentleman kind…and then why some who were less-hot, significantly less funny, and kind of a bore, would be beating men off with sticks.  I think I have some ideas of why this can happen.

    Now, so I don’t get virtually put in the naughty corner for this post a couple of disclaimers:

    1. These are not ways to engage in a long lasting relationship
    2. This is totally about being approached, I can’t do anything about your awkwardness, or inability to communicate after the initial ”hello”
    3. Again, these are not long term dating tips, and no I am not stuck in the 1950’s or in some weird anti-feminist movement…I’m speaking from experience. That’s it. 
    4. If you want to say these don’t work, that’s fair. But get used to buying your own drinks. 
    5. There are ALWAYS exceptions to every rule. You might find that some guys aren’t like this…but I’m speaking in generalities here, and if you are looking to dedicate your entire lifestyle to something you read on an idiot girl’s blog, you have larger issues. These are general guidelines, take them that way.

    OK..let’s get down to business.

    5 Small Reasons You Aren’t Being Approached By The Male Species:

    -Red Lipstick: Let’s start small here ladies. I am with you on the red lipstick bandwagon. I love it and think it makes you look striking, classic, and fashion forward. But guess what? No guy wants that shit near them. It’s scary..like tampons, crying fits, and drop-crotch pants. Even if you just met, they are still thinking that if they kissed you, they would end up looking like Heath Ledger as the Joker (RIP). You might warn them it’s the color stay kind, or that it’s a lip stain…they DO. NOT. CARE. (and do not understand what lip stain is, thank God) They might think you look beautiful, but it’s a hurdle that most are a little wary of. Save the red lipstick for girl’s night or when you aren’t looking to have male interaction. No one wants the Scarlett Letter on their face at da’ club. 

    -Clothes That Girl’s Like: You’re getting ready, you’ve got your floral shirt on, buttoned all the way up, shredded denim vest rocking, striped skinny pants looking fly…heavy on the jewels…hair in some braided coiffe. You feel amazing. If you were in Soho, surely the Sartorialist would ask you for a photo and millions would be inspired. Your girlfriends can’t stop talking about how “chic” you look tonight. And then what…you go out and NO ONE TALKS TO YOU. Except maybe that girl in the bathroom, who asks you which Opening Ceremony location you got your shoes from, because they were totally out of those platform wedges at the LA store. So what’s your problem? YOU ARE WEARING CLOTHES THAT GIRLS LIKE. I mean, don’t get me wrong…I know lots of guys who appreciate cutting-edge style and daring fashion, but even the most apprecitave guy will be intimidated by all of “that” at first. Also, there are a lot of dudes who just won’t get it (they might still be awesome). I am all for being an individual and dressing outlandishly, trust me, but if I was going somewhere in the hopes that someone was going to chat me up, I certainly wouldn’t be trying to channel Tokyo street style in that moment. As crass and shallow as this sounds, men probably want to see you in something simple, showing off your best assets, so they can really see YOU, not just spend 10 minutes trying to understand if that’s a shirt or pants or some siamese shirt-pant. Show some leg, wear colors that flatter you, and be stylish, not ridiculous. After you snag the man, wear whatever you want…by that time, he’ll be warmed up!

    -Gaggle of Girls: Who doesn’t like girls night, right? Well, that’s all great, but if a man has to tuck and roll to penetrate a wall of 15 of your “besties” singing “We Are Young” at the top of their lungs…he’ll probably just pass. You have created a Berlin wall of estrogen. No man wants to traverse that. The easiest way to meet people is when you are in groups of 3-4…not your entire adult sorority/book club/AA group.

    -Hair Up: Wear your hair down and add some volume. If that sounds shallow, it totally is. Again, this is just a tip for the first meeting, not for the rest of your life. It’s just plain pretty when it’s down and flowy, and if you have short hair, do something with it that doesn’t involve attaching birds or headbands or scarfs. PLEASE. 

    -I Can Do Everything: Change your attitude. If you give off the vibe that you know everything about everything and you can get your own drink, and move your own furniture…that’s great. Just get used to doing that for the rest of your life. You aren’t being helpless, but you are creating space for men to be men and help you out once in a while. I bet that “We Can Do It” girl is still out there, single and wearing that damn headscarf. 

    NOTE: If you are a pissed off woman or man after reading this, please see my disclaimers above and take things on the internet a little less seriously. Oh, and send all hate mail to bebetterblogger@gmail.com!

    Happy Thursday Nugs!

    xo Chinae

     


  8. Be a Better…Beauty.

    Attention Eyebrows Edition:

    I am half-asian so this means I pretty much have half the eyebrows of anyone else in the damn world. Literally. They stop right smack in the middle of my brown bone and make me look constantly surprised. There’s nothing better than that, except everything else.

    I shouldn’t complain though, I know some of you are dealing with a Frieda Khalo situation…and for that, I’m really sorry. 

    When I used to do make-up sort of professionally, (as professional as a sometimes tipsy high school senior can be), I used to preach the gospel of brows to all my clients. As an avid advocate for  brow maintenance and management, I still get pretty pushy about the right and wrong way to wear your brows.

    I’m gonna make a bold statement…I think eyebrows are THE most important thing on your face. If you only have time to tend to one thing, it should be them. Why you say? They frame your eyes, make your makeup look finished, and the right or wrong shape can make you go from bridge troll to Evita.

    Some bad eyebrow decisions:

    • Chola brows: Heavy pencil or tattooed eyebrows are just so…90’s people. Unless you are actually a chola (I want to be your friend), leave your sharpie behind and get some real brow filler and normal lip liner, k?
    • Tweezerwoman: Put. the. tweezers. down. You’re the compulsive type and someone mistakenly gave you a diamond edge set of tweezers and a light-up magnifying mirror. I get it. But lady, you have actually removed facial features and you now look like Whoopi Goldberg. Give your brows a break and take a vacation from plucking.
    • Bushwoman: You like things natural huh? Well, you look like you are smuggling caterpillars via your face (I’m talking to you Lourdes). It’s not cute nor is it good for your vision…I know you can’t see much behind those things. If this is what you let your eyebrows do, I don’t even want to think about the amount of care you give your nether regions. SICK.
    • Over-Shaper: Your brows go in a natural shape and contour that was pretty well designed by the big guy upstairs. DO NOT FUCK WITH IT. If your eyebrows were supposed to be rectangles, they would have been made that way. Other than a minor shaping and clean up, you are just messing with fire at this point.

    So what DO you need to do?

    Here are a couple tips:

    1. Use a brow filler. Yes, you. EVERYONE. And no, you won’t look like a chola if you use a light touch and some restraint. I like a good brow powder, like Lorac’s Take a brow. Pick a filler that also has a wax to tame those renegade hairs. I suggest using a filler that is a little lighter than your natural hair color to ensure a natural look.
    2. Find a waxer you trust: Start with just a clean up and see how she does, then move into a full shaping if that goes well the next time you go in. Also, feel free to take a photo of the shape you want so you don’t end up with Geisha brows.
    3. Slow and steady: It takes a while to get your brows to the perfect shape. Don’t rush it and god forbid don’t have one too many mojitos and spend hours at that magnified mirror, you’ll only be sorry in the morning.
    4. Check out this eyebrow shaping guide that you’ve seen 108738 times in chick magazines:

    Happy Plucking!

    xo Chinae

     


  9. Be Better at…Seasonal Change.

    Well…sorta. 

    New York winter was my favorite winter that’s ever existed. One day of snow, I can handle that. The only deep, dark, sadness was there were very few fur-worthy days this year….sigh.

    Still, the mental and emotional change from Winter-Spring is drastic and needs some serious attention peeps. Here are some tips and tricks to get you de-winterized and motivated to be in sunlight again, you vampires:

    5 Tips to Get Sprung:

    -Vitamin D: My skin has actually turned into a slight shade of grey, it’s so pale. Other than looking like a dead person, I also feel sorta dead in the wintertime and in a general malaise. Well, it’s time to be normal again. I would say most of us, unless you live in a tropical environment, suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency or have reduced levels of Vitamin D in the winter months, which can cause fatigue, among a lot of other things. Some excellent ways of upping your Vitamin D are: exposure to sunlight (yes, go outside you freaks) and adding in D-rich foods such as: fatty fish, cod liver oil, orange juice, milk, egg yolks, and of course Vitamin D supplements. But seriously…you should probably go outside either way…your thigh meat is blinding me.


    -Hair Removal: Hey, Harry from Harry and the Henderson’s…I know that beard/chest hair/happy trail/furry leg/toe hair thing was working in the winter because you could just cover that shit up and look like a rugged hispter lumberjack, but it’s time to get it under control now. You are going to be displaying parts of your body that when covered with hair, make me feel like I need to exit the room and go scrape my tongue. I’m not saying I’m into guido dudes that are into full body waxing or anything, but there is no excuse for you to have a beard tan. Ladies, this goes for you too….those pits/legs aren’t going to take care of themselves. We know you haven’t shaved since November…and you’ve pretty much grown enough leg hair that you don’t need to wear tights any longer. This is a great time to head to your local Russian/Israeli/Polish waxing tech and get that cleaned riiiight up. Ask for Tommi at Red and White spa in SoHo, she wax you and then commiserate about long distance relationships with you…

    -Switch Up Workouts: You finally can stretch your legs outside. Walk everywhere you possibly can and add in some variation to your gym workouts. Head to your local playground where a myriad of exercises can be done, and you feel like a 5 year old, which is awesome. Another great idea, instead of taking a trip upstate to drink beers and antique shop, head there in your workout gear and find a great trail to hike and have a workout in the mountains…and then go drink beers. Compromise. 

    -Eat Live Food: After a long winter your body is comprised of 90% stew, chili, mac and cheese, and things made in a crockpot. The time has come to reintroduce yourself to fresh fruits, veggies, and things that we’re actually breathing at one time or another (or photosynthesizing for my vegetarian readers). A great way to transition out of winter is to change your eating and I promise you’ll feel different in a matter of hours. YOU TOO CAN BE A WOMAN THAT EATS SALAD AND LAUGHS.


    -Date Differently: The classic date nights of winter are typically movies, eating copious amounts of food, and getting tipsy on hard alcohol in some industrial-influenced speakeasy type joint. Am I right? There’s really not much more you want to do when you are wearing 16 layers of clothing to meet up with that hot guy you met at the Union Square Bank of America (insta-chastity belt!). Well, Spring is here and that means date night just got WAY better. Go on a walk near a body of water, dine al fresco, take a fun day trip, take surf lessons, go to the drive-in, or BBQ in your own backyard to mix up your romantic life. Also, spring is the perfect time to be able to walk your date home, and enjoy a little romantic outdoor smooch. 

    Love you all.

    xo Chinae

     


  10. Be a Better…Beauty.

    Make-Up Basics Edition:

    Most of us are adult people, and need to be looking that way as well. As hard as it is to roll out of bed 5-10 minutes earlier, the cost of looking like an adolescent or a bridge troll is not worth it people. One of the most common topics that I get asked about in girl land is how the hell to look amazing, but not put too much work into it. This topic seems elementary and mundane but I assure you, if you aren’t doing these beauty tricks…you should be. 


    Basic Make-Up Tricks and Tips:

    -Concealer Cocktail: When I see girls with dryed out, concealer-caked patches of skin on their face, I want to cry big Tyra Banks tears. There is no reason to have tectonic plates of Maybelline on your mean mug, ok?! Here are two tricks for concealing: 1) Put your base/powder/tinted moisturizer all on first and THEN apply your concealer. By putting it on first, you are probably using more than you really need and that’s making you look very Tammy Faye Baker. 2) With a small concealer brush, mix your concealer with a tiny bit of your moisturizer before applying…this will thin it out and make a flawless application, leaving out the flakey, cakey alternative. A great concealer set to try: Make Up Forever’s 5 Camouflage Cream Pallete No. 1.

    -Cheek Color Always: I know a lot of you people skip your cheeks in the whole morning battle, Girl vs. The Clock. This is a huge mistake. If there were 3 things I would never skip, they would be: cheeks, mascara, and brows. When you don’t balance your cheek color to the rest of your make-up, you look like a preteen. You really might as well not wear a bra and make-out with a boy (who may or may not be in Show Choir), behind the Computer Lab at school. The preteen thing especially comes into play when you apply thick eyeliner and the rest of your face is pale and very Johnny Depp circa Edward Scissorhands. Get the most bang out of using a bronzer/blush combo to contour your cheeks and then add a pop of color. Cheek color is one of the quickest things to apply, so no excuses, play like a champion. My favorite line of cheek colors is: Make UP Forever Powder Blushes.

    -White Power (this sounds racist): We’ve all had those mornings where you look in the mirror and you see Gary Busey. It happens. Sometimes an overload of soy sauce/salt (bloated), too much vodka (haggard), or a bout of the stomach flu (deathly) can seriously affect what your normal face looks like. This happens to me about once a week (see: this morning). What to do? Chug two glasses of agua pronto and then get out the white/cream eyeshadow or shadow-stick. Adding a little splash of white right below your brows (lifts the eye) and right near your tear duct (opens up the eye), will help you fake a full 8 hours and 2 less vodkas. PROMISE! My favorite white shadow: MAC White Frost.

    -GO Kit: Spend some time figuring out what goes in your make-up emergency kit. This should include 5 items that you could grab and go and still look polished as sh*t. Now that you’ve picked your gear, buy an extra set of all 5 and store them in a mini-bag, that travels. This way, when you get unexpectedly whisked away for an impromptu tropical vacation, get stopped to be on a reality TV show, or are just f*cking late to work, you have everything at arms length! Also, this kit is perfect for those after work dates or happy hours that require attendance right after work…you’ve heard of day-to-evening dressing, now do that same thing to your face. (It needs it). Another great idea is to get some good/larger samples to stock your Go-Kit, a favorite beauty sample company I like is Birchbox…which gets delivered, straight to your door monthly. 

    -Pick Your Weapon: I saw a girl on the subway yesterday…smokey, sultry eye make-up, amazing bright cheek color, and saucy, red, matte lips…and yet, it was SO SO wrong. This is where application, no matter how good, is only as good as concept. Think about what you’re wearing clothing-wise, or what facial feature you want to accentuate, and JUST punctuate that one. Otherwise, you WILL look like one of the children from Toddlers and Tiaras.

    If you want to do a smokey eye, keep the rest of your face neutral (though still polished and accented) and try a nude gloss instead of pairing it with a colored lip. When trying a highly-pigmented (see: bright and thick) shade of lipcolor, make sure you keep eyes simple and wear a cheek color that compliments the shade of lipstick ( if you are doing a warm red lip…steer clear of blush with a cool pink tone, etc). One of my favorite looks this season is a bright, punch of color on the cheeks, simple but exaggerated black liner (top lashes only, for a 1950’s bent), and a light gloss. So pretty and SUPER easy.

    -Bronzer: Everyone looks better with a little. No, you don’t have to change your race but if sunkissed and healthy is not a look you like, I don’t want to be your friend. Even you need some, Anne Hathaway/Renee Zellweger/Uma Thurman. (If you are Anne Hathaway, Renee Zellweger, or Uma Thurman and you are reading my blog, I sincerely apologize and you can go bronzer-less and I will still adore you) My favorite bronzer: NARS Bronzer in Laguna.

    -Filled-In Brows: OK, if I ran for political office, this would be one of my core issues. BROWS. (Yes, this is also why I should never run for political office) Filled in brows get a really bad wrap these days…I blame the Chola community (which I have a particularly strange fondess, for). Every person (EVERY PERSON, ARE YOU LISTENING) should be filling in their brows and setting them with wax or brow mascara. The only way to look perfect polished and finished is with a groomed brow. Gals get scared of filling in their brows for a lot of reasons, but I venture to say, that will the right product, you’ll preach the gospel of brow maintenance one day too. Most people should invest in a good brow powder. It’s the most natural way to fill ‘em in and most powder comes with a wax to set your eyebrows as well. Here’s a good option: Lorac’s Take a Brow.

    OK, enough beauty-related rambling for today…hope this solves some of your make-up woes and if you have specific questions, send them to me at bebetterblogger@gmail.com or send me a tumblr message and I’ll answer them right here!

    xo Chinae

     


  11. Be a Better…Bartender, Beauty, Shopper, and Lover.

    It’s a mish-mosh sorta day around here…so I thought I’d compliment my scatterbrainedness with a mix-ey little post. 

    To start it off right…a new cocktail. Since it IS a Friday and all.

    Asian Sensation: (makes 4 cocktails)

    • -1 Asian Pear
    • -Handful of Fresh Blueberries
    • -4 servings of vodka
    • -Club Soda
    • -Dash of Grated Fresh Ginger

    In a blender, combine your diced up pear, blueberries and ginger…blend well until it makes a liquid. Mix together the vodka and your fruit smoothie concoction. Pour over ice and top with soda. Garnish with a sword of fresh blueberries! 

    BE PRETTY:

    I’m always looking for the perfect red lipstick and finally found my beauty soulmate in Loreal’s Infallible “Beyonce Red”. After being happy with this lil’ find, I started on the hunt for the perfect bright pink lipstick…matte, deeply pigmented, and not TOO expensive. Also, not looking like hooker Barbie is helpful.

    Well ladies, I found it. NARS Super Matte in Carthage…run, don’t walk to your nearest beauty retailer for this gem. 

    GO SHOP:

    In my shopping finds this week, I hesitantly ordered a new notebook from Minted. On their site, you can customize super cute designs with colors, photos, and text. I was worried that the quality would suck big time since the journals are only $16 but I was more than happy with mine! Take a look.

    A BETTER LOVER:

    I got a few messages from readers asking what I did for V-day since I did what seemed like a ranty post.

    I actually spent the night drinking virtual cocktails (about 6 of the one listed in this post) with the boyfriend…on Skype. Oh, the joys of long distance…BUT it was a great Valentine’s. I hope you all had a great day, whatever you did! Below, a sneak peek into our little date.

    Hears to hoping this weekend doesn’t suck and is as totally rad as a three-day weekend should be!

    xo Chinae

     


  12. Be a Better…Beauty.

    Going to the Salon Edition:

    Finding a new stylist is like picking a therapist/guru/and pageant coach (whatever, I’m from the South) all in one. I’m aware that this sounds uber dramatic but seriously, this person has your head in their hands and they could do life-ruining things to you. Don’t fuck with the money maker, ya know?

    Here are some things I absolutely HATE when working with a stylist:

    -2 Hour Story Time: I love people, don’t get me wrong. I also expect a bit of idle chit chat when I’m sitting in the ol’ swivel chair…but I do not need to hear your entire life story, unless I ask.  I actually have had a stylist in a Williamsburg salon start crying mid-haircut telling me how her boyfriend and her were fighting all the time and how she used to be a cutter. This is not the time or the place for that biz-nass. Seriously. Unless I’m getting paid for therapy hours, shut it down. Otherwise, I’m happy to do girly-talk just keep the misery on lock-down Daria.

    -Product Bullshit: I understand you need to be up-selling product to people and you want clients to leave with every single thing you put on their hair, but listen, I don’t have the time or energy to put that much crap on myself everyday. I already have the beauty regime of a drag queen…I cannot commit to this. I also will never be able to operate a round brush without having to cut it out with scissors, mid-hairstyle.

    -Re-Inventing the Wheel: Nothing gets on my nerves more than when a new hairstylist tries to tell me what my hair is “doing”. I’m fucking aware of what is happening north of my neck and I’ve had to deal with this butthole hair for 26 years. I know that you think it’ll look lovely and smooth when you scrunch-dry it (you’ll say the word diffuse and I will roll my eyes)…IT WON’T. I WILL look like Gary Busey’s mugshot EVERYTIME. 

    -Don’t Use Big Words That Equate to Dollars: Rightfully so, most stylists would look at my dry-ass split ends and be totally grossed out. Yeah I know, this blog makes me so much money and stuff so I should LOVE when you suggest expensive repairing treatments right? FALSE. I make zero money off this piece of shit and I cannot afford a hair treatment that has more than 2 syllables. RE: HOT OIL (yes, V05 Home Hot Oil Treatments…you can also stop giving me the stink eye now) I know I need a “swirl regenerative follicle treatment” today…but I’m going to pass every time, unless this post makes me millions of dollars. Mostly, don’t trick me into getting a treatment and then charge my ass a lot of money in the end that I wasn’t expecting, you don’t want this girl to start raging at the check-in counter. The receptionist REALLY doesn’t deserve it.

    So, you can imagine my nerves in dealing with a new colorist recently. I was recommended to Tabitha at Arrojo by my friend Rachel, who cuts there. After seeing Tabitha my fears were slightly eased as she is freaking adorable and looks like someone I’d totally be friends with.

    NOTE: Nothing is more terrifying than showing up and your stylist looking like she was maimed by dogs right before your appointment. 


    I sit down, and start profusely apologizing to her about how nasty my hair is and how long it had been since I got my last color…and she totally just nodded and smiled (probably in total agreement) but then said it was fine and she’d fix me all up. PHEW. Thank you baby Jesus. 

    I love when a stylist really listens to what you want and is determined to get you there…hell or high water, and Tabitha totally did. She even suffered through an hour of my friend JML and I having a joint-therapy sesh. What a saint. 

    She was easy to talk to, and took her time with getting my color just right, and all the while, making me feel comfortable. Ending on a good note, she used just two products,one being named HAIRSPRAY which totally follows my two syllable product rule. 

    OK, I’m done babbling…the point is, if you are looking for a good color job here in the NYC area, ask for Tabitha at ARROJO. 

    What are your worst styling moments? Send ‘em to me via twitter @bebetterblog and I’ll retweet them! 

    Until next time,

    C

     


  13. Be Better…at The Day After Halloween.

    It’s the day after Halloween. If you went out, you’re probably exhausted, hung-over, and wondering what the hell you are going to do with that “Naughty Paula Deen” costume (complete with buttery Slip n’ Slide). If you stayed home, you probably had one trick-or-treater like I did (who was handsomely rewarded with an Atkins Chocolate Chip granola bar)… then ate all the entire bucket of candy yourself and watched Jamie Lee Curtis not die in the original Halloween movie.

    And here we are…stuck with a headache/stomach ache, owning a shitty costume and living with a stoop full of more decorative gourds than you can shake a stick at. What the hell do we do now?

    HANGOVER CURE: HERE ARE MY 3 TOP PICKS OF WHERE TO GET YOUR POST-BINGE NOSH ON IN THE HOOD.

    • MOIM (206 Garfield pl. at 7th ave): Nothing kicks a hangover like a hot, steaming bowl of spicy, soupy goodness. Go to Moim and order the Kimchi-Jjigae and a side of Kimchi Man-du and you’ll see that hangover melt away.
    • BONNIE’S GRILL (278 5th ave between 1st and Garfield): Get the wings, pulled pork, or a burger and fries, add copious amounts of water….and you’re going to be just fine.
    • DRAM SHOP (339 9th St. between 5th and 6th ave.): One word…BURGER. Add a decent IPA as your “hair of the dog” and wait it out.

    ***Halloween Hangover Pro-Tip: Next year, plan to wear a homemade coconut bra as part of your costume, and save the coconut water for the next day’s hangover! 

    After consuming that 32nd Fun-Size Kit Kat (Fun-Size means you can eat until you stop having fun, right?), and hiding all the wrappers at the bottom of the trash can so your significant other/room mate doesn’t judge you…you feel like butthole. Now what?

    STOMACH ACHE CURE: TRY MY HOMEMADE GINGER BREW

    Cut up pieces of fresh ginger into thin slices, about ¼ inch thick, until you have about ¾ of a cup of sliced ginger root. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil and add the ginger to the pot along with 5 cinnamon sticks. Let it simmer for 20-30 minutes and then let it cool.  Strain out the ginger pieces and cinnamon sticks before drinking. This is great served hot in the winter and then put into popsicle form in the summer to keep on hand for instant stomach ache relief.

    NOW THAT YOUR BODY IS STARTING TO FEEL HUMAN AGAIN, YOU’LL NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO WITH THOSE LEFT OVER PUMPKINS…

    • USE YOUR PUMPKIN FOR GOOD: Do your part in supporting local farmers and take your janky-ass jack-o-lantern to a composting drop-off site: Park Slope’s location is at the Grand Army Plaza Green Market at the Grow NYC booth on Saturdays from 8am-4pm at the NW corner of Prospect Park. More informationHERE
    • USE YOUR PUMPKIN FOR YUMS: The obvious answer for post-Halloween pumpkin usage is for fall-centric treats. The pumpkin “meat” can be used for all kinds of baked goods and sh*t (don’t use the carved ones)…and the seeds are the easiest thing to take to work and brag about: “Of course I roast my own pumpkin seeds in my spare time”.

    Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:

    2 cups of washed pumpkin seeds (dried for one day)

    2 Tablespoons of butter, melted

    1 ½ Teaspoons of Salt

    Mix butter, seeds, and salt together. Bake on a cookie sheet for 40 minutes in a 250-degree oven.

    • USE YOUR PUMPKIN TO GET HOTTER:

    Pumpkin Face Mask:

    2 Teaspoons cooked or canned pumpkin, pureed

    ½ Teaspoon Honey

    ¼ Teaspoon Milk/Soymilk

    ½ Teaspoon of Brown Sugar

    Combine all the ingredients together and apply to your face for 10-15 minutes. Relax. After the time is up, wash your face as normal and moisturize. This works bitches.

    (Me in my mermaid costume with Andy Warhol)

    AND LASTLY — WHAT TO DO WITH THAT LEFTOVER COSTUME:

    • DONATE THAT SHIT: Drop off your costume at the same Grand Army Green Market location as the composting site. More information HERE.
    • SELL THAT SHIT:  Take it on over to BEACON’S CLOSET and see if they’ll throw you a couple bucks for your costume. Though you’ll probably have better luck at the Beacon’s in Williamsburg (see: my new favorite time-waster website, HALLOWEEN OR WILLIAMSBURG
    • REUSE THAT SHIT: Sounds like you need to get on with planning a mid-winter costume party!

    xoxo Chinae

    p.s. this post is also over on the Brooklyn blog I write for: www.fuckedinparkslope.com

     


  14. Be Better at…Rainy Days.

    Although it’s currently sunny and 80 degrees in New York City, I know what’s coming.

    Rain. (sigh)

    It seems like this year has been one giant monsoon that’s pretty much sentenced me to a season of looking like Ms. Frizzle (minus the ginger beat) of Magic School Bus fame. I’m not good at the rain…growing up in the Texan desert has certainly not prepared me for dealing with such things as frizzy hair, running makeup, and inverted umbrellas. (Though it did prepare me for illegally crossing the border, eating lots of mexican food, and a body that’s acclimated to heat)

    So I’m finally learning, just in time for the end of rainy season (just in time for the f*cking Arctic Tundra that is just around the corner), how to be better at dressing for inclement weather. Let’s do this bitches.

    The menfolk have it easier pretty much all the time…rainy days included.

    GEAR:

    -Guys, invest in a good looking raincoat. Something with zip or good closing pockets to store your precious gadgets, since you are typically sans purse.

    -Hunter makes an amazing lace up rain boot that won’t make you look like Paddington Bear or like you are wearing your girlfriend’s Wellies.

    -Also, go ahead and splurge for the big umbrella. We ladies, will inevitably forget ours at the apt and we will be needing 1/2 of your jumbo beach umbrella. Maybe stick with black or grey…if not, there’s a strict possibility of you looking like you are a float tamer at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade…and we all know that’s never a good look.

    -Pop a comb in your pocket and after running around in the rain, run it through your hair to get that mop of yours under control, especially if you have to be moderately professional. 

    -Want to feel like an adult? Buy an umbrella stand for your house. Only adults own those, I promise.

    -Lastly, bring a good book (yes a REAL book, those Kindlepads can’t get wet!), because rain always means…longer subway rides, traffic, and your lady will take longer to try and rehab her look, so bring something to entertain yourself. 

    Ladies, I think you are with me on the notion of just giving up on looking like a human-being on a rainy day. I usually look like something between a Swamp Monster and a 60-year old science teacher. 

    What You’ll Need:

    -How often do we get to wear something sort of waterproof, pleathery, and bright? (Don’t answer that) This is our moment to break out the ridiculousness that IS the raincoat. Buy a really fun one so those rainy days at least are a good excuse to wear that crazy ass piece of outwear. 

    -I think most rain boots are hideous, heavy, and make lady calves look more like linebacker calves. So these short, lace ups from Urban Outfitters are an excellent option to the typical rain boot.

    -Using the same idea as your rain coat, let your umbrella be patterned, bright, and make a statement. You’ll be able to find your gear much faster in the clusterfuck umbrella stand for sure. Also, I’ve noticed that we ladies are not so good with wielding our brellies…maybe pick a smaller model due to the strict fact that every time I use a large umbrella I gouge at least one eye out and/or impale a small child. 

    -Don’t forget to keep a couple hair bands and an extra emergency tube of water proof mascara for the moment when you realize you’ve forgotten about that “after work drink” and you need a beauty pick me up. Slap on some bright lipstick and you’ll be all set and lookin’ fresh.

    Be Better at Rain people….

    xo chinae

     


  15. Be a Better…Beauty.

    My 5 Favorite Products Edition:

    You know those stupid articles in girly magazines that are the “5 Essential Products a Girl Can’t Live Without”? Yeah, well. I’m doing one of those. But seriously, they certainly aren’t paying me or giving me free product to put this shit on my crappy lil blog…so you should probably listen. 

    1. Nivea Sun-Kissed Beautiful Legs: My Korean-Irish skin combo isn’t helping matters in the sense of looking bronze naturally. I’m somewhere between jaundice and olive, let’s call it Jaulive™. So I need some help, especially when nature’s been giving me the finger on the weekends with raining out my beach plans this summer. As a gal who’s tried every tanning lotion on the market, I can say that this is my fave for everyday use. There’s no weird smell, stays even, and after a few days of applying, I start to look like I’ve been outside before. The bottle says Sun-kissed legs but the rest of my body must be pretty dumb because it hasn’t seemed to notice that I’m using this all over. 

    2. Philosophy Supernatural: I find that most gals fall into two camps with foundation/powder. Either your face looks like the surface of the Moon, OR you look like a Geisha (the third camp is the naturally perfect skin like Giselle camp, and you can all go to hell). I think I’ve found the perfect medium, ladies. Supernatural kinda lives up to it’s name…It’s a light powder that gives perfect coverage without feeling cakey. I’ll never go backkkk.

    3. Ardell Lashes: Pretty much daily I get two questions: 1) What mascara do you use? and 2) Which way is Canal Street? So to address question #1…I DO love my mascara ( L’Oreal Voluminous), but my secret sauce is false eyelashes. Now, do yourself a favor and never buy expensive falsies. Trust me, I’ve been doing this song and dance for 10 years DAILY now…me and Dolly Parton, fighting the good fight out there. I usually buy Ardell lashes from the drug store and they work brilliantly.

    Here are the answers to the many questions I get when people ask about eyelashes so you can stop bugging me and I’ll be able to point you to this Q+A:

    Do you take them off at night? YES. I do.

    Do they bother you? Not at all, like my rule in life…if you are doing it right…it shouldn’t hurt too bad.

    Do you cut them? Yep! You’ll need to cut them lengthwise unless you’re Steve Buschemi.

    Am I going to look weird with them? I’ve embraced looking like a drag queen most days.

    How do I know the right ones to buy? Start with the more natural looking ones and then as you get used to them, you can move up to the RuPaul Big Leagues with me.

    How long does one pair last? 2-3 weeks if you treat ‘em nice.

    Will you help me put them on? NO.

    4. Make Up Forever Aqua Creamliner in Black: It’ll last you FOREVER and it stays put all day long, even through sweat, water, excel document torment, and oily face. Trust me.

    5. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lipcolor in Beyonce Red: Now, I hate to admit that my favorite color is named after a soul-pop sensation but yeah, I’m over it. Beyonce probably had nothing to do with this anyway. This lipcolor will stay on longer than you want it to. Forget if it’s drink-proof, it’s makeout proof. I went ahead and tested this for you, dear readers, and yes.it.is. 

    Now, only if I could rub Beyonce Red on my legs and get Beyonce thighs.

    xo Chinae