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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »