Taiwanese Beauty And Fashion Youtubers

15390784_1379251005432540_3797534437254400477_n.jpgFor those who are curious or would like to discover some Taiwanese beauty and fashion youtubers, I’ve researched and compiled a list of several bloggers from Taiwan. Many of them share their views on beauty and skincare products, review the latest products, give snippets of their daily lives, shoot fashion look books, travel videos, styling, hair tutorials, advice videos and try on hauls.

newapplearial My favourite recent video from Arial is the 范冰冰 makeup look here. She is one of the only Taiwanese beauty youtubers that I watch regularly, as I find her relatable and appreciate her natural and minimal makeup looks.  F | I | B

Dolly 守屋幸慈 Dolly is one of the first Taiwanese bloggers I discovered, when I was searching for a wavy hair tutorial here. As well as her makeup and hair tutorials, she is also a talented artist. F | I | B

Its Jcnana Joanna’s channel has makeup tutorials, haul videos and travel vlog videos. She is based in Toronto. Watch her 20問答 video here to get to know more about her!  F | I | B

朱綺綺 朱綺綺 is a model, actress and beauty youtuber. Her channel features makeup tutorials, monthly favourites, hair styling, vlog, skincare and fashion videos. F | I | B

Hello Catie Catie posts product reviews, monthly favourites, hauls, makeup tutorials and shares her views and opinions on the featured productsF || B

Mii 黃小米 Mii is a fashion blogger who shares her videos on fashion, beauty, look books, skincare and travel. F | I | B

Astor 街頭時尚 Astor is a freelance model and beauty youtuber. She shares videos on products, makeup tutorials and beauty looks. F | I | B

Selina Beauty  Selina posts first impressions, makeup reviews, vlogs, everyday makeup and monthly favourites videos. | I

EVALIN Eva posts monthly favourites, vlogs, fashion lookbooks, essentials, travelling and skincare videos. F | I | B

GINA HELLO! Gina loves Cats, Fashion, Beauty and Travel. She makes fashion and beauty related videos with product reviews, try on hauls and makeup tutorials. F| I | B

I’m Charlie 查理 shares beauty reviews, tutorials, advice, vlogs and sit down chat videos. F | I | B

夢露 MONROE 夢露 posts makeup tutorials, skincare routine, vlogs, hauls, fashion try on videos and monthly favourites videos. I love her minimalist fashion styleF | I | B

TheKellyYang Kelly posts a range of videos from travel vlogs, monthly favourites, makeup tutorials, fashion outfits and try on hauls. F | I | B

I AM SINSIN 陳欣欣 is the Brand Director of LOVEBABYTWINS here. She posts fashion and beauty related videos, from look books, outfit of the day, styling and vlogs. F | I | B 

If you have a favourite Taiwanese youtuber not listed here, feel free to comment them below :)

Image via 陳佩佩Arial Chen

Emma Watson’s Eco-Friendly Fashion Instagram

3D7D2C2800000578-4246434-Emma_Watson_wearing_a_Calvin_Klein_dress_made_from_Newlife_recyc-a-1_1487749460240.jpgThe blue dress above is a custom Louis Vuitton dress designed by Nicolas Ghesquiere. The dress fabric is Newlife recycled polyester, created from used plastic bottles. These are sourced, mechanically processed and spun into yarns in Italy, with a fully traceable supply chain. This saves energy and reduces CO2 emissions compared to creating brand new polyester fibre. The arm band was created in a carbon-neutral mill. Everything featured is eco-friendly and all makeup worn is cruelty free. Raising awareness and encouraging support for ethical brands can make us more conscious consumers, while still being able to express ourselves!

Bonjour Paris! Coat is from @stellamccartney, the world's first luxury brand that is committed to producing products that do not use leather, skins, feathers or fur. Instead, Stella has spent years developing ways of using materials such as regenerated cashmere, recycled fabrics, organic cotton and forest-friendly fabrics. Jumper is from @filippa_k, a Swedish brand committed to four Rs: reducing, repairing, reusing and recycling. Tee by @boodywear, a brand that produces basics made with certified organic bamboo, produced using computerised 3D knitting, so no fabric is wasted. Its factories are zero-waste and have a closed loop system to stop any water being wasted. Bespoke beret by @maisonmichel made with organic cotton. Shoes are @goodguysdontwearleather. The brand doesn’t use any animal products in its collections. Fashion info verified by @ecoage #ecoloves

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Emma-Watson-In-Oscar-de-la-Renta--------Beauty-and-the-Beast----Paris-Screening.jpgThe outfit above is from the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017 collection; under the creative direction of Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim. It is a Jacobian flower-embroidered duchesse satin bustier with an organic silk faille sash and organic wool trousers as part of their first collection. The bustier by Oscar de la Renta, a long with the jumpsuit by Roland Mouret and the gown by Elie Saab are definitely my favourites!

Nihao Shanghai! Had the most wonderful premiere at Disneyland this evening. So excited to be here and thank you for the generous welcome 🇨🇳 🌹 P.S. The Pirates of the Caribbean ride is amazing! Gown crafted from left-over fabric from a previous @eliesaabworld Haute Couture collection. The dress is made from 15 metres of tulle, embroidered with silk thread, sequins, beads and stones, five metres of illusion tulle and four metres of crepe georgette silk. Trainers by: @Veja, a brand that uses innovative, ecological materials, such as Amazonian wild rubber and recycled plastic bottles. @goodguysdontwearleather who do not use any animal products and make their collections in Porto to help preserve the traditional shoe making industry. @allbirds, who recently received status as a certified B Corporation, meaning they meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Gown validated and fashion information verified by @ecoage #ecoloves Make-up base is @kjaerweis Cream Foundation and @rmsbeauty "Un" Cover Up. Kjaer Weis is a certified-organic and natural make-up line that creates refillable metal packaging to help reduce waste. Cheeks tinted with @beautycounter Colour Sweep Blush Duo, which has a compact made of FSC-certified paper, and @tataharper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint. Beauty Counter have 'The Never List' of 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that they never use in their products. Eyes are @jilliandempsey Khôl Eyeliner (who chooses to use organic and naturally-derived ingredients when formulating her make-up line), @vapourbeauty (who operates its own USDA-approved organic lab) Mesmerize Eye Colour and Kjaer Weis Eye Shadow. Highlight in the inner eyes was created with Kjaer Weis Radiance and brows were finished with @janeiredale Brow Gel. Kjaer Weis Mascara was used on lashes. Lips are a mix of @absolution_cosmetics Sweet & Safe Kiss Lipstick in Rouge Bordeaux and Kjaer Weis Lipstick in Beloved. All brands are cruelty-free. Beauty brands verified by @contentbeauty

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Completed our final day of press in London for @beautyandthebeast, what an incredibly kind reception. Not long now until the film is released into the world! 🌹❤️🇬🇧 Today’s look was a bespoke @31philliplim outfit, made from responsibly-sourced FSC (Forest Stewardship Certified) viscose, and Oeko-Tex 100 certified biodegradable acetate yarn. @pichulikafrica earrings, handcrafted in Cape Town using locally manufactured rope re-purposed from off-cuts or overruns from the yachting and climbing industry. @burberry pumps handmade in Italy with organic silk #30wears Fashion info validated by @ecoage #ecoloves Skin prepped with @balancemebeauty Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser, @sukinskincare Hydrating Mist Toner and @paiskincare certified organic Rebalancing Day Cream and Gentle Eye Cream. Lips prepped with Balance Me Lip Quench Balm. Balance Me was founded by two sisters with clarity at the heart of their brand, stating the percentage of natural ingredients on the front of each product. Pai Skincare is certified vegan, is one of the first UK brands to be certified organic by @soilassociationbeauty and is formulated with sensitive skin in mind. Sukin are an Australian brand committed to offsetting their carbon emissions through a clean energy biomass project in India. @iliabeauty Vivid Foundation in a Tularosa and Atacama colour-mix used for the base. @rmsbeauty 'Un Cover-Up was used as a concealer and the Tinted "Un" Powder was used to set in place. Cheeks and lips were tinted with RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Illusive. @odylique Essential Care Mascara was used on lashes. This is the first mascara to be certified to organic standards by the Soil Association and the brand list the recyclability of their packaging and the country of origin on their website. The whole look was set with Ilia's Finishing Powder. Beauty brands verified by @contentbeauty

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So nice to meet everybody at the first day of the Los Angeles @beautyandthebeast junket. The journalist who came dressed up as Lumiere was a particular delight! 🇺🇸🌹 Jumpsuit by @roland_mouret, who was a producer for the film Ten Billion, which highlights the impact of our growing population on the earth's resources and covers topics ranging from climate change, ecosystem loss, pollution, and resource depletion. Los Angeles­-based @susistudio design animal-free footwear using sustainable materials such as canvas, hemp, and faux leather produced from recycled plastic bottles. The focus of the brand is to inspire compassion towards humanity, animals, and the environment through creativity #30wears @article_22 upcycle Vietnam War-era bombs, planes, and other aluminium scrap to make Peacebomb jewellery. The more Peacebomb jewellery is worn, the more land is cleared and made safe for the surrounding communities #30wears Fashion info verified by @ecoage #ecoloves Skin prepped by combining Heritage Store Rosewater Glycerin Water with moisturiser and applying all over the face, neck and décolletage. @rmsbeauty "Un" Cover Up was used as foundation and concealer with "Un" Powder to set. RMS Beauty is free from nanotechnology and GMO ingredients. @tataharper Very Bronzing was used on eyes, along lower lash line in contour of eye and under cheekbones. Tata Harper runs her company in the belief that a company that makes products for women should be run by a woman. Eyes were accentuated with @janeiredale Liquid Eyeliner in Black/Brown which is vegan and certified cruelty-free by PETA. Lips are the Sweet & Safe Kiss Lipstick from Ecocert Greenlife-certified @absolution_cosmetics who collaborated with @christophedanchaud_makeup to create this line of lipsticks. Beauty brands verified by @contentbeauty

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emma-watson-wickstead-2.jpgA Emilia Wickstead structural, off-the-shoulder gown with inverted pleat train. The gown is made from end-of-line fabric sourced from a family-run, London business specialising in couture fabrics, and produced in Italy. These unwanted fabric pieces have been given a new lease of life; often irregular quantities of surplus or end-of-line fabrics cannot be sold and are destroyed. This piece was created in Emilia Wickstead’s London atelier, by an all-female team.

Grace Coddington in Puss Puss Magazine Issue #5

grace-high-res-cover.jpgPuss Puss Magazine is a space for cat lovers who are interested in culture, fashion, music and the creative things in life. There will be no advice on how to take care of your cats, but instead, “beautiful photography, illustration intelligent writing, interviews and more by established as well as up-and-coming creatives from around the globe.” The cover with Grace Coddington and her cat for Puss Puss Magazine is photographed by Juergen Teller. The biannual magazine features the creative director with her cat. There are four covers from Issue 5 to choose from when you purchase. Other covers for the issue feature portraits of India Menuez, Jane Moseley and Ren Hang.

The magazine has a good mix of culture, fashion, music, art, photography and everything in between. As editor in chief Maria Joudina says in an interview “…it’s actually more about the people behind the cats than the cats so to speak. It’s easy to find cat lovers – you just need to look at their instagram. If you have a cat, it will definitely feature heavily on your feed!” She goes on to say “ We had Ai Weiwei in our first ever issue, which was actually part of the reason why I decided to go ahead with this. I wanted to feature him and make it clear from the start that the mag is not about fluff, in both senses of the word. I thought if someone like him is into it, we must have something good!”india-high-res-coverren-high-res-cover.jpgjane-high-res-cover.jpg

Why I Decided To Go Back To University

010_7.jpgAs I type this, there is the lovely sounds of cicadas outside, and the sun is starting to hide behind the clouds. My room is dimly lit, and I’m home from a day of lectures. I believe that university is not the only road to succeed. It’s a place to learn, expand our knowledge and learn new skills. Though, often university is tied into the belief that everyone must finish high school, go to university, graduate, find a great job and get married. The reality is that everyone is on their own journey. There are some people who will go to uni and then there are some who won’t. Writing this article out feels like a breath of fresh air.

I left home at 16 and started my first year at university. At the time I was studying a Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance, majoring on the flute. Fast track two years, I was 18 and didn’t feel that it was the right path for me anymore. I moved to Sydney and studied a Fashion course for a year, and gained a few internship experiences, work experiences and life lessons. It was a really beneficial time for my self growth. I’m a firm believer of going for what feels right in your heart. If you have a goal set in your mind, the only downside you could face is failure. If you don’t try then you’ll never know.

Work experience is so important. I knew several people in Sydney who didn’t have a degree, but built their work experience over years and years. However, I do find that in our generation, a huge majority of jobs require a tertiary education. Timing is everything. This time round, I felt a little more wiser and more mature. There was more sureness of what I’d like to achieve in my life, and I felt more desire to learn new things. I’d learned a lot of lessons you learn out of school, but there are certain skills for specific jobs, that you can really learn in more depth when you go to school.

Employment is something that every graduate wants to achieve. One of the things I learned through my work experiences is that they are valuable. An employer is often (though not always) likely to give a position to someone who has a tertiary education and also has had experience in that field. Education is supposed to benefit ourselves, and work experience is where we can apply it. What I learned in my previous degree was not applied in my life, because I decided not to work in that field. Whereas, if you study a degree that can help expand your skills for a certain career, then you will apply that knowledge.

As a young adult, I cope with stress far better than when I was teenager. I’m able to balance a more healthy lifestyle, and not be too hard on myself for every small thing. It’s never too late to do what feels right. I was sitting in class the other week, and there was a gentleman roughly in his 60’s. There are plenty of adults at all sorts of age that return to study. It might be due to a career change or a desire to learn more about an area of interest. One thing I’d like to stress is that university is not for everyone. Once upon a time, it wasn’t for me. But as I mentioned, we all have a different journey.

Now, it feels much more enjoyable, because I’m more sure of where I’d like my degree to take me. It’s common that people will switch degrees, take a gap year, drop out or return to study. The truth is that the first time round, I felt lost. It wasn’t until I traveled to Australia, that I really found more of myself and grew more as a person. Personally, I felt less able to grow during my last time in uni. In my first year of uni in 2013 I had depression near the end of the year and didn’t cope well. There’s often an emphasis that university will help us grow, but it’s really all the experiences we have in our daily lives no matter where we are.

The first time, I felt that the paper I’d receive when I graduated wouldn’t help very much if I didn’t feel the desire to work in the industry any more. It also wouldn’t of made sense to spend another year of tuition fee to study a course I didn’t have my heart in. I really do believe if you go to university, it’s important to think about where you’d like your studies to take you, how you want it to benefit you in your life and what your true interests are. Work takes up a significant percentage of our lives. University is for those with a desire to learn about a certain subject area. It’s not a ticket for success, but a place to learn.

Photography by Eefje De Coninck

Remember To Treasure The Gift Of Life

23e79adf57cc349da35c274954e03ae1.jpgLife is fleeting. Time never stops or waits for us, but it teaches us many valuable lessons in our lives. Recently, I experienced a loss of a close member of my family. She was intelligent, strong and wise. As a young girl, I looked at the younger photos of her, and saw the beauty and grace she possessed. The kind that comes naturally. She wrote beautifully, and taught my sister and I how to write calligraphy, and would never cease to remind us of the importance, the art and the beauty of the Chinese language. There was an energy of encouragement to always learn something new. It’s a reminder of how important it is to treasure our lives.

No matter what age we are, we’ll always be learning. That is one of the many gifts of life. Education doesn’t stop after you graduate, because we learn various lessons throughout our lives. Knowledge is limitless, and there is always something to learn in each new day. When you experience a loss, it makes you really realise that we will all die someday. It’s a natural process of life, and it reminds us to make the most of it. The koi fish above symbolise good fortune in Japanese culture. My grandmother practiced Buddhism for as long as I can remember. I still remember her telling me a mosquito was in her room, but she couldn’t kill it.

I thought of Koi fishes, because when I was younger, there were many of them in the water below the bridge that we would often walk on every time we visited her. They are such beautiful creatures. I mentioned in the article here, how the speech by David Foster Wallace reminds us that we have a choice in life. Everyone will have those small moments in their day to day lives, where they blank out or feel frustrated. Those are often the moments that we can create meaning in, or we can ignore them and let them pass. It’s okay to feel sad, and it’s okay to feel those feelings that we all go through.

Let’s appreciate how much life is around us, and be grateful for those who are and have been in our lives. Every person we encounter teaches us something new. Nobody is perfect. Nobody can stay young forever, but they can always be young at heart. That tells us how important it is to see things with your heart more often, even when the world tells us to look with our eyes. I saw an advertisement recently that read seeing is believing. They were pointing towards the discounts they were having.  I’d like to think that actually believing is seeing. As always, in The Little Prince, it says But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart…

photography by bonzo

The Curiosity Of Asking Someone’s Ethnicity

b6a6f7dc454666b0e826e23b347f2d53.jpgOne of the questions I get asked frequently from strangers or meeting someone new is Where are you from? What’s your background? Where are your parents from? or What’s your ethnicity? It’s understandable, because it’s tricky to tell what my ethnicity is, especially when no one has ever guessed Taiwanese. I commonly hear Malaysian, Thailand and Japanese. It’s natural to feel curious about a person’s ethnicity. I was working yesterday, and a customer asked me out of the blue “Where are your parents from?” and I replied “Taiwan.” It would of been fine, but that was the only thing they asked before walking off.

I’ve talked about the question Where are you from? and how it can be innocently disrespectful at times, as it imposes the idea that you’re not from where you currently live. On the other hand, asking someones ethnicity, is often out of curiosity, but sometimes it can be quite strange to suddenly open a conversation first thing by asking someones background. It can be invasive in asking someones racial makeup, before having a good conversation. When I watched the video What kind of Asian are you? here, it allows others to have awareness of how you ask certain kinds of questions.

There’s nothing wrong with asking someones background, but it’s having that layer of sensitivity and letting go of any assumptions. It’s asking the question in a way that’s respectful and polite. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve gotten offered to join an international group or how many homeless men say “Konichiwa” to me on the street. I still remember when someone asked me if I was from the Philippines. As soon as I said I wasn’t, they stopped talking to me. It sort of makes me smile thinking back to it, but it makes you realise how some people do feel more comfortable speaking to those who have the same cultural background as them.

There was a moment at a sushi store several weeks ago, where the checkout person asked me if I’m from Thailand. I told her no, but that I hear it quite often. She told me “You look like our people!”Most people may be curious, because they often say “I’m wondering what your background is, you have quite a strong Kiwi accent.” I don’t mind, because I’m used to being asked. The only thing I find is that sometimes asking someones ethnicity, can bring about certain stereotypes. There are aspects of my backgrounds culture, that I can’t relate to. For example, I was born and raised in New Zealand, and feel more Kiwi in many ways. It’s harder for me to be able to truly connect with a lot of aspects of Taiwanese and Chinese culture.

We’re all visual creatures, and when we see someone we may become intrigued by their features, appearances and the way they speak. Those are all the external aspects we can see and hear. Especially when you’re living in a multicultural society, it’s common that these curiosities will happen frequently, and you will have others ask you, or you may ask others about their background. It’s natural that we want to know, but it’s important to think before you ask, why you want to know. Sometimes we might be interested to know what other languages they might speak. Every individuals story is different.

image via alice roxy

Five Tips On Reducing Plastic Bag Use

1a0dc6f3d26f48483a207a2ba99e4ec1.jpgIf you have heard of the environmental impact of plastic bags, then you know how much harm they can cause. In the late 1970’s, according to bagmonster.com, the “Paper or Plastic” wars began. The plastic bag was introduced to the supermarket industry, and were beginning to overtake the paper bags. Did you know that the World Economic Forum says oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050? If you recently saw the images of sea turtles that have died from ocean pollution, it’s heartbreaking. Every year, more than 100,00 marine mammals die every year after ingesting or becoming entangled in ocean pollution, ingestion or entanglement in waste.

Sea turtles and other marine creatures mistake plastics for food (such as jellyfish) and ingest it. This mistake causes blockages within their digestive system and eventual death. In Huffington Post, it states Some 240,000 plastic bags are used globally every 10 seconds, according to the Sierra Club, and fewer than 5 percent are recycled…the average American now uses 300 to 700 plastic bags per year.There are small ways in which we can use less plastic over time. It could be buying products that aren’t over packaged with plastic. Raising awareness of the affects of plastic on the environment, or bringing your own reusable bags when purchasing from stores.

Bring your own reusable bags to the supermarket. Most supermarkets sell their own reusable bags, or you can bring your own. I like to bring a school bag, a side bag and a large handbag to fit most of my groceries without needing to use a plastic bag. This means that instead of using up to 6 plastic bags to put all my groceries in, I can limit it to 1-2 plastic bag for my bin liner.

Buy less items with over-packaging. Whenever possible, look for produce and other items that aren’t over-packaged. There are many products and companies that have good ethics, but make sure they are not simply green washing. Using less plastic over time, also allows companies to realise that many consumers are not willing to support over packaging and use of plastic.

Reuse and recycle plastic bags. There will still be weeks where I will have a plastic bag to carry, and store it in the cupboard. A great way to use the spare plastic bags is to reuse or recycle them.You can use them as rubbish bag liners, donate them or use them as storage.

Don’t buy bottled water and carry a reusable drink bottle. Try drinking water from home, boiling it or keeping it cool in the fridge. Plastic bottles are one of the top five most common types of litter found on beaches. You’ll save money, as bottled water can be expensive and really add up over time.

Create awareness of the importance of recycling. It’s good to educate and raise awareness to others why recycling is important. It’s easy for many people to forget, and simply toss all the rubbish into one bag. If we encourage everyone to recycle, we become more conscious of the difference we can make through small actions.