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Eye Candy : Liu Yifei for Harper's Bazaar

June 22, 2018
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Liu Yifei channels her inner ballerina in this stunning image by Liu Zongyan for the cover of Harper's Bazaar China. Inside the pages Yifei transforms into a rockstar.  It was announced at the end of last year that the fresh faced 30 year old actress who also goes by Crystal Liu was cast in the titular role in Disney's live-action movie version of Mulan.  Following a yearlong casting process that spanned across five continents, Yifei beat out nearly 1,000 candidates for the role of Hua Mulan, who posed as a man in order to take her father's place in the army in fifth century China.. While she may be a relative newcomer to Hollywood, Liu had previously starred in The Forbidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan and  in Outcast alongside Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen. 

The former child model trained at the Performance Institute of Beijing Film Academy and made her acting debut at 15 years old in The Story of a Noble Family, the highly successful period drama based on Zhang Henshui's novel of the same name. I watched that series and thought she was a little too young for the role but one could see her potential. Since then Crystal has been working steadily in film and television, building up her resume. She speaks fluent English and already has a big following in Asia. It felt like a small victory when it was announced that an ethnically Chinese actor would be playing Mulan and all of the film's significant roles will be filled by Chinese actors like Gong Li, Jet Li and Donnie Yen. This is important given Hollywood's long history of “whitewashing. Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson and Emma Stone have all played characters who were Asian in the source material. And they originally tried to change the central character in Crazy Rich Asians into a white woman which would've undermine the film’s central narrative not to mention it's supposed to be about Asians. It's ridiculous that Asians are still fighting for diversity and inclusivity. Our stories are valid too. Hollywood also needs to realize that different groups of Asians aren't interchangeable and that we don't all look the same.

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From Head To... Neck: The "Face Gym Workout"

June 20, 2018
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Nowadays, we spend a lot of time and money on products to make our skin perfect, and our face wrinkle free, but there are ways which we can improve the quality of our face and neck naturally that don't involve expensive products.  Not only will this save us money, but we will still  be getting the benefits of a youthful looking face. Does this sound completely farfetched? Well, in fact, much like if you want to have a youthful body, you have to exercise it; the same applies to your face and neck. If you want to firm and tone your face and neck, it's all about finding the right exercises. So, here are a few you can take advantage of…

Starskin 7 Second Morning Mask

June 18, 2018

Anyone who has been reading this blog for awhile will know that I'm a big K-beauty enthusiast and I have a certain love for multi-function beauty products so of course the Starskin 7 Second Morning Mask appealed to me as soon as I heard about it. This 7-in-1 advanced skincare solution features a dual texture pad that works to massage, exfoliate and tone skin on one side, while the other side functions as a serum, moisturizer, leave-in mask and primer.

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6 Clothes Shopping Rules to Live By

June 17, 2018

Shopping can be one of the most fun ways to spend a weekend, but, like anything, there can be ways to improve the experience. Whether you like to try everything on and then only buy a couple of things or you're more of a ninja shopper who likes to dive straight in and out, here are a few tips everyone can make use of. From finding ways to save a little bit more money (to spend on other things later, most likely!) to working through those days when nothing fits and you feel bad about yourself, these tips will bring out the joy in shopping. So, go and have some fun!

12 Lessons We Can Learn From Anthony Bourdain

June 14, 2018
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You know that question about who you would invite, if you could have dinner with anyone in history? Anthony Bourdain was always one of my answers. I'd never met him but because of how engaging and open he seemed, I felt like I knew him in some way and it would be quite an experience to share a meal and a conversation with him.

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