About Sofia Hu

Sofia is a secretary/accountant/designer by day, and a blogger/lazy bum by night. She has an inclination towards the arts and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for Information Design.

Sofia's hobbies include fashion, make-up, hairstyling, photography, typography, sketching, eating, poking people, and sleeping. She also likes to read everything from novels to the nutritional facts and how to cook instructions on food packets. Romance novels hold a particularly special place in her heart. Secretly, she likes to play MMORPGs and a number of console and handheld games at night. So much so that she sometimes dozes off at work.

Romantic Ideas and Gifts for Anniversaries

Romantic Ideas: Flowers

Its that day of the year again, the day that you and your special someone committed to each other. Couples, whether married or not, celebrate anniversaries (or monthsaries if you haven’t reached a year) to commemorate the day they finally said “Yes” to being in a committed relationship to one another. What better to bring back the overflowing feelings of love during that day than by doing or giving something romantic? I’ve been with my boyfriend for quite sometime now and I find myself freaking out when the day comes close. Romantic ideas aren’t exactly my forte, no matter how many romance novels I can read. So, I’ve made it a habit to list down any romantic ideas or gifts that I think of or come across that I feel would be perfect for the day. The result is this short guide and a few suggestions on Romantic Ideas for […] Read more »

What to Wear: 30 Fun Summer Outfits

Summer Outfits : 04

Hello Helperade Readers! Get ready for an image heavy post. The last few weeks of summer are here. Now is the time to hangout with your friends, take in the last rays of summer heat, eat some ice cream, look absolutely glam in sexy summer makeup, and look cute in those fun summer outfits! During the last stretch of summer break, I find that I’ve already run through all my summer outfits way more than I should. This is the time I usually have a crisis on how I should pair my clothes and what I should wear so my style will still look fresh fun and summery. I’ve chosen 15 pieces of clothing and I’ll show you how to turn them into 30 Fun Summer Outfits!   The Clothes Out of the 15 pieces of clothing, I chose seven Basics. These are the clothes most people already have in […] Read more »

What to Wear to a Wedding: Men

What to Wear to a Wedding: Men

No, boys, I didn’t forget about you. Women aren’t the only people who have problems choosing what to wear to a wedding. Men’s wedding attire is much simpler in appearance but choosing an appropriate outfit for a wedding can be just as daunting for the male species. In fact, dressing appropriately for a wedding is something a many people (men AND women) have a lot of trouble with. So, as a follow up to my earlier article on What to Wear to a Wedding, comes this article–What to Wear to a Wedding: Men.   Things you should know before choosing an outfit Since this section is fairly basic, you’ll probably notice definite similarities between this section and the one in my other article. But I edited the suggestions to cater more to men. What kind of wedding is it? The place where the wedding is held can usually give you […] Read more »

Valentine’s Day Outfits

Casual/SemiFormal Valentine's Day Outfit

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I last updated here on Fashion Roll. As we all know, Valentine’s Day is today, February 14. Valentine’s is internationally known as a day of love and couples. This time of year is when people usually take their loved one out to have a fun day at the mall, at a movie, or in a restaurant. Valentine’s Day is always associated with the color red. Because It’s the color of passion and of love. Valentine’s for me, however, has always seemed like a pink day. Pink is also known as a color of love. However it’s more relaxed and less passionate. It’s lighter and more airy. That’s the feel I always get in Valentine’s. It’s a day for couples to relax and spend time together. So I’ve come up with Valentine’s Day outfits inspired by the color pink.   Casual This is a […] Read more »

Different Types of Hair Removal

Different Types of hair removal

I was out with my mother the other day and the topic of waxing or shaving came up. I realized that some people have trouble deciding which method to use. It’s no wonder why. There are so many different ways of removing excess/unwanted hair for women. How do you pick which method is the right one for you? I’ve made this entry in the hopes that I could help you choose which to try by informing you about the different methods of hair removal.   Tweezing/Plucking Pain level: (though it hurts the first time) Cost: How long before the next: A day to a little less than a week. It really depends on your hair cycle. Best for: Small areas like your eyebrows, or for plucking stray hairs   I recommend tweezing and plucking as a means of upkeep after having your eyebrows professionally waxed/threaded/shaped. It’s a little time consuming, […] Read more »

What is the Best Eyeliner for You?

What is the Best Eyeliner for you?

Choosing the right brand of eyeliner is important as different brands react differently for different people, and the amount of pigment in the eyeliner is differs as well. But before you choose your brand of eyeliner, you have to choose what the best eyeliner application method is for you. There are four basic types of eyeliner: Pencil, Liquid, Gel or Cream, and Cake. Each type of eyeliner has its own pros and cons. Pencil Eyeliner     Pencil linersare the easiest of the types of eyeliners to use. They are easier to control and are usually more subtle than the other types. Because of it’s ease of use, these types are the best eyeliners for beginners or those without a steady hand. There are different types of Pencil eyeliners: Powder-based, Wax-Based, and Kohl. Powder-based pencil liners are the best for beginners. They are the easiest to handle because the tips […] Read more »

What to Wear to an Interview

What to Wear to and Interview

For many companies, job interviews are crucial to hiring employees. Applicants are only given a short window of time to impress their would-be-employers. Once an applicant’s resume or curriculum vitae is approved, they are called in for a job interview where they test your general feel, disposition, knowledge, trustworthiness, and likability. Many employers look at how you hold yourself, how you answer questions, how you groom yourself, and–more often than not–what you’re wearing for the interview. What you wear for a job interview is one of the key elements to inspiring a good first impression to your interviewer. A good job interview outfit can show that you’re professional, capable, organized, and confident. That’s where I come in. I’ve interviewed (and sat in a lot of interviews) many prospective employees where I work and I’ve seen outfits spell the difference between someone getting hired or having their resumes thrown in the […] Read more »

Sharpening Photos in Photoshop with Unsharp Mask

Sharpening Photos in Photoshop with Unsharp Mask

Hello! Welcome to my tutorial on how to sharpen photos using a Photoshop filter called Unsharp Mask. The Unsharp Mask filter, also known to some as USM, is currently the Holy Grail of digitally sharpening photos during post-production. Forget sharpening your photos in Photoshop solely with Sharpen, Sharpen Edges, Smart Sharpen, and Sharpen More. Unsharp Mask is the way to go. Almost all photos (with the exception of those artsy purposely blurry ones) will benefit from the use of this filter. Seriously. Many-a-photographer consider the Unsharp Mask filter a staple in their post-production process.   WHY DO I NEED UNSHARP MASK? Many first-time photographers out there wonder why their photos don’t come out as sharp as they want when they upload them to their computers. Unlike photos manually processed with film and a dark room, the lines and colors in photos taken with a digital camera are limited to a […] Read more »

How to Make a Watermark — Watermarking your photos in Photoshop

How to Make A Watermark: Normal, Lowered Opacity vs. Soft Light

Posting images that you took or created on the internet can pose some problems to a photographer or an artist. The internet is rampant with people who have no qualms of stealing your photos and claiming it as their own, or using them for unintended purposes. That’s why many artists on the net turn to placing watermarks on their work. Watermarking your images digitally can help lessen the instances of stealing your images or images that you’ve purchased online. Best of all, it’s quite easy! TIP: Take time to think of where you place your watermarks. Usually, watermarks deter the viewers from fully appreciating the image. However, subtle and well-placed watermarking can add to the experience.   What can you use to watermark? Images. You can watermark photos using an image of your logo. I suggest getting digital copies of your logo in all black, all white, and full color. […] Read more »

What to Wear to a Wedding : Women

What to Wear to a Wedding

Weddings are a special moment in someone’s life. It’s the day they tie the knot with their future spouses. It’s a chance for the brides to wear gorgeous gowns in a beautiful setting of their choice. And for their friends to wear not-so-stunning colorful entourage dresses. A lot of planning usually goes into weddings: the food, the event, the colors, the fashion. You don’t want to spoil the newlywed couple’s special day, so you have to appear presentable. We’ve all been there, it’s basically a staple on your yearly social calendar. It could be a relative, a friend, family friend, or friend’s friend, but it doesn’t matter who it is, you NEED to find something to wear. It’s a little daunting especially if you’re like me. I recieve an invitation at least a month before the wedding and I procrastinate until the last week/few days to find something suitable. I […] Read more »

How to Apply Summer Makeup

How to Apply Summer Makeup: Tinted Moisturizer/BB Cream

Summer is the perfect time to go out with friends, head to the beach, and catch some rays! But wait–your make up is starting to cake and smudge! As much as the summer feels great, the heat and humidity of the season makes it much easier for your make up to cake, melt off, and/or settle into your fine lines. Summer makeup should be light and natural. Light to avoid all that melting and caking, and natural because you don’t want to look like an overdone barbie doll during the summer season. Your skin should glow rather than shine (which makes you look really oily and sweaty) during summer in order to look fresh and breezy in the sweltering heat. Here’s my guide on how to apply summer make up.   Prep Your Skin! Ice? Ice! – During summer, your pores open up a little more than normal, making it […] Read more »

How to Apply Eyeshadow : The basics

E.L.F Eyeshadow Trio in Neutral

The eyes are the windows to the soul, and the lids are the curtains that frame it. Eyeshadows are often the most creative and integral part of many makeup routines. With hundreds of colors and shades to choose from, it’s one of the few areas of your face that provide a splash of color to your everyday look without looking like you’re attending a halloween party. Learning how to apply eyeshadow is a skill that must be honed by learning the basics. Essentially, you only need a 3-color eyeshadow palette for simple, everyday looks–a light shade, medium shade, and dark shade. Many brands release eyeshadow palettes in 3 or more colors, so you don’t have to worry about choosing a color palette when you first start. The light shade will be used as a highlighter, particularly in the brow bone and the inner corner of the eye. You can use […] Read more »

Gelato vs. Ice Cream

Gelato vs. Ice cream: The difference between gelato and ice cream

Gelato originated in Italy, and its becoming a growing craze in many countries around the world now. Gelaterias are slowly but surely popping up in different area, but in many places outside Europe a scoop of gelato costs more than a scoop of ice cream. People often wonder, “Why is it more expensive than ice cream?” or better yet, “Why call it gelato? Why don’t they just call it ice cream?”. After all, they seem to be the same thing. They’re both cold desserts, they both look similar, and they’re both eaten the same way. What’s the difference between gelato and ice cream? Gelato is the word for “ice cream” in italian. In that sense, gelato IS ice cream. However, the ice cream that we refer to as “ice cream” is AMERICAN ice cream (henceforth known as ice cream), which has a number of different characteristics from gelato.   What […] Read more »

How to: Curl Hair with a Straightener

Loose Curls

I’m a HUGE fan of Japanese fashion and beauty. I collect Japanese teen fashion and beauty magazines because their aesthetic is often different from the ones I see in my country and in many western cultures. I was quite surprised when I first visited Tokyo that most of the women (especially in Shinjuku) dressed and made themselves up just like the models in the magazines! At some points I felt like I was actually walking through a japanese teen fashion magazine. One hairstyle I’ve always envied are those beautiful romantic loose curls that many japanese women seem to sport in magazines and in real life. They look absolutely gorgeous! Hollywood actresses like Keira Knightley and Kate Hudson, and singers like Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift also sport these loose curls and it makes them look amazing! These curls have a slightly-tousled-just-got-out-of-bed look that’s both soft, sexy and cute at the […] Read more »

What is BB Cream?

Missha BB Cream

What is BB Cream? BB Cream can stand for Blemish Balm or Blemish Base. It’s popular in Asian countries, like Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan, where it’s considered a make-up staple. Nowadays, BB Cream is gaining widespread popularity thanks to the growing Asian trend, internet blogs, and celebrities who endorse the products. Originally used for dermatological purposes in Germany to heal blemishes from surgery, acne, etc, while at the same time hiding them as they heal. The trend started in Korea, where Korean actresses who had laser surgery started using it. In fact, BB Creams were known as a Korean Actresses’ Beauty Secret–a way for popular Korean actresses to have flawlessly beautiful skin. With BB Cream’s skin-regenerating properties combined with its natural coverage, it’s a wonder the trend didn’t catch up sooner! Unlike other make-up bases, BB cream is marketed as a sunscreen, moisturizer, primer, and foundation all in one. […] Read more »

How to Apply Makeup : Foundation

makeup

Applying a good foundation or makeup base is key to achieving a natural and well made up face. If you do it right, you’re face will look flawless and natural rather than over-made up and cake-y! Think of it as carefully priming your canvas so that when you start painting, the colors and the overall look will look amazing. Here’s my tutorial on How to Apply Makeup : Foundation.   STEP 1: Before the foundation — Moisturizer, sunblock & primer MOISTURIZING should always be an essential part of your skin care routine, especially if you have dry skin or combination. Dry spots on your skin will look horrible once you start applying the makeup because the it will find its way into the cracks and dry flakes. Many women don’t put SUNBLOCK when they go out–exposing their skin to the harmful effects of the sun! Little do they know that […] Read more »