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September 1, 2014

Eye Candy : Yao Chen for Self

This Self China editorial with Yao Chen is fabulous not only because the photos are lovely but because her exuberant personality really shines through. The award winning actress was ranked 83rd among the world's most influential women by Forbes earlier this year. That may have something to do with her status as the most followed celebrity on Weibo (China's version of Twitter) with over 72 million fans. She uses the platform to update her fans on her work as well as to raise awareness about social issues. Notably she has addressed the topics of media censorship and air pollution in China. I thought she was quite charming in Color Me Love, a romantic comedy that has drawn comparisons to The Devil Wears Prada. And I admire Yao Chen even more for how she's using her considerable influence on social media to try to make a positive impact considering some celebrities only know how to post half naked pics of themselves for attention. And oh yeah her hair is seriously gorgeous too!

August 29, 2014

Hair Envy : Emma Stone

Emma Stone Hair, Emma Stone Bob

Emma Stone never seems to have a bad hair day. She is also one of the very few who can actually look amazing with blonde, brunette or red hair. In fact she's so striking as a redhead, it's easy to forget that she's really a natural blonde. She pulled off another enviable hair look when she debuted this bob haircut at the 71st Venice Film Festival. The below the chin length chop with blunt ends and side-swept bangs is just perfection. I mean it looks so fresh and effortlessly chic. Okay I've had a bob for awhile and I may be kind of obsessed with them. What do you think of Emma Stone's new hairstyle? Would you cut your hair into a bob?

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Photo: David Fisher/Rex Features

August 27, 2014

Valentia Even Glow Serum Review

Vitamin C Serum

I'm a big believer in serums as an integral step in my skincare regimen as they usually contain a higher concentration of active ingredients to help address certain skin concerns. I was thrilled when I had the chance to try out this Valentia Even Glow Serum which claims to repair, refresh, renew and restore evenness to your skin.

About the Brand: Valentia Skin Care aims to provide consumers with a greater level of overall happiness with their appearance by creating strategic formulations with powerful natural ingredients that have been scientifically proven to succeed in giving skin a natural and radiant glow that contributes to a youthful look.

Key Ingredients: 20% Vitamin C to promote and protect the skin's natural processes, Organic Rosehip Seed Oil for anti-aging and skin rejuvenation, Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil to provide potent healing antioxidant effects, Resistem (Plant Stem Cells) to reduce inflammation and promote faster skin tissue regeneration, Hyaluronic Acid (Botanical) to promote and help moisture retention, Green Tea Extract to contribute to the overall antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Packaging: A dark amber glass bottle with an elegant looking white and gold label and box. The product is dispensed via a dropper which I love because it's easy to control and hygienic. 

Price: Usually $85 but currently on sale for $35 through Amazon for 1.18 fl. oz./35 ml.

Natural Vitamin C Serum

My Impressions: I've been on a lucky roll with not having any reactions with new skincare products lately so this serum had a smooth transition into my routine. It is a yellow orange color with a light natural citrus scent and the consistency of a viscous lotion. I've been applying it twice a day in between my toner and moisturizers. The product absorbs easily with a smooth finish and wears just fine under my moisturizer, BB cream and sunscreen during the day. After a little more than a week and a half of use, I can already see a slight improvement in the smoothness and clarity of my skin. However I was most impressed by how this seemed to help clear a breakout that I was on the verge of getting. It kind of just went away and that was pretty cool. Given the results I've experienced so far, I plan on continuing use of this serum. I can feel good about using this as an antioxidant treatment knowing that the natural ingredients are positively benefiting my skin and I wouldn't mind some continued improvement as well.

Valentia Even Glow Serum is sold exclusively through Amazon and it evens comes with a 90 day money back guarantee. To learn more about the brand and their products, visit Valentia's website.

Do you use serums in your skincare routine?

Disclosure: A complimentary product was provided for the purposes of this review. There was no other compensation and all opinions expressed are my own.

August 25, 2014

$270 Gift Card Giveaway {Etsy/Sephora/Amazon}

I have something fun for you all today! We're celebrating Maru's birthday along with Fashiony Fab's first blog anniversary! I'm partnering with the birthday girl and a great group of bloggers to bring you an amazing giveaway for a $270 gift card! And the winner will get to choose from Etsy, Amazon or Sephora. This is an international giveaway which runs until Sunday, September 7th. There are many ways to join and you can enter as few or as many times as you wish to below. Of course more entries will increase your odds of winning. Good luck!

August 22, 2014

Eye Candy : Song Hye Kyo & Kang Dong Won for Vogue

Dating rumors quickly sparked when Song Hye Kyo and Kang Dong Won were spotted together in Paris back in May. Their agency denied them and issued a statement that they were just there for work. Now all is revealed in this visually stunning editorial entitled One Fine Day photographed by Hong Jang Hyun for the September issue of Vogue Korea. This ridiculously gorgeous pair are both decked out in Dior throughout. I'm loving Hye Kyo's sixties style hair and makeup and only Dong Won can pull off some of these looks with his lanky frame and quirky cool charm. Some of the photos look like they could be stills from a stylish caper film. Their remarkable chemistry is very apparent here and they look so good together. Almost makes one wish those dating rumors were true... At the very least they have admitted to a close friendship.

These A-list stars are currently promoting My Palpitating Life which marks their second time working together. Based upon the novel of the same name, the movie tells the story of a young couple who are raising a child with progeria syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes premature accelerated aging. From the press I've seen, this adaption sounds like it will have plenty of heart with touches of humor and it looks to be abit of a tearjerker as well. The heartwarming looking movie posters can be found at the end of this post and here is a link to watch the trailer. Be sure to click the cc button for English subtitles.

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Kang Dong Won and Song Hye Kyo in Paris for Vogue Korea September 2014

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