JP: Sen Mitsuji

Hallo all, I've added another segment/label to this blog and that means I'll also be posting on the haute couture aspects of the fashion industry, which shall include models, photo shoots, etc instead of just the daily and casual trends in Japan, S. Korea, and Taiwan. 

So, I've recently discovered a male model from Japan/Australia. Suppose I'm a bit behind, but all's good. Voila:
source John Tan
WHAT a handsome face, you must agree
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Before I expose to you of his recent photoshoot, click the links below if you're interested in "knowing" about him:D

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And to the good stuff: he appeared in 3.1 Phillip Lim's "Improv-isualists" Men's Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. This was actually published in June of 2011. Watch the video to be mesmerized ya + 19 days late for the video, I KNOW!! shoot me now, but jk don't, because for those who didn't know about Mr Mitsuji here, all will thank me now. ;D

And to further glorify Sen Mitsuji (I suppose this post was originally to focus on Mitsuji himself), here are a few (2) of his individual photos from Phillip Lim's collection:


Tidbit: Ulzzang Lips

In the next few days/weeks, I'll be making posts on specific areas on becoming an ulzzang!
So, to start off:

The   L  I  P  S .

source: tumblr//original

What we want to achieve:
+ pink-red pout.
+ a bit of shimmer, not sparkle, concentrated on the middle bottom lip and middle top lip
+ matte on the areas without the gloss
+ soft kissable lips!

P  R  E  P :  
 Condition your lips using any of these methods, or any method you know (care to share?):
1. The Sugar-Sweet Lips Method.
Take a tsp or so of sugar and mix it into a some Vaseline. Dab it on your lips and let it sit for a minute. Gently rub your lips in a circular motion, then rinse off with water. Apply a moisturizer after or else your lips will be dry !! This is a good method if you're going on a date: your lips will still be slightly sweet ;)
2. The Toothbrush-Plumping Method.
Take a toothbrush and gently rub your lips: concentrate on the outer corners: it's not as sensitive as the middle. Use a moisturizer after. This gets the blood pumping to your lips so your lips will become naturally red and plumper!

The   S  T  E  P  S :
1. Did you exfoliate and moisturize yet? Good: next step!
2. Apply lip stain for a more natural look
3. Take a lip liner the same color or close to your lip stain
4. Line your lips and slightly go outside your natural lip line at the middle bottom lip and at the middle top lip

5 Blend.
6. Take a translucent powder and dab it on your lips to matte and set your lip color even more.
7. Take a red gloss and dab it, concentrating on the middle area of your lips. Especially the bottom middle lip.

8. Use a highlighter and add a bit on your cupids bow. Blend~
9. Done!

Now the guys won't stop thinking about those lips of yours ;)
P.S. I think when you see letters written in bold maroon, it's like a double emphasis haha. But definitely don't overlook the bold black letters!


JP: Boots + Trends

++ Good News!! I've become a new contributor to Pink Chocolate Break's blog, so I will have several posts featured on their blog each month ^^ "Pink Chocolate Break is a personal lifestyle blog that offers you a daily dose of fashion, beauty, life wisdom and chocolate" You can most definitely stay entertained for a long time with the huge variety of things in the blog !

Wow it's already  2012 and you know what that means... SALE!!! Yess, life's good.
Anyways, if you're planning on buying some boots right now, why not take it from the trends in Japan?
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First off:
The Docs. The Platform Sneakers.

These ones below are made in the UK and designed with the Japanese retailer Beams + they're another popular choice in Japan.

No, you don't have to buy Docs (they are really quite pricey!) Opt for platform sneakers or if you happen to find shoes similar to Docs for cheaper... then you're good!

The Desert Boot

These boots are good for people who have wider feet. Oxfords, desert boots, and anything slim and pointed make your feet slimmer and classier-looking ^^
I'm quite obsessed with these shoes at the moment and only just bought myself a pair last week!
Though, I couldn't find as awesome-looking ones as the one above^, I'm still very satisfied with my pair.

Now, if your style isn't so much like this, go for the heeled or wedged boots,
like this one below:

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Next ones have already been popular for awhile, but i'm not talking about plain ones...
The Oxfords

[[Notice the one of the left are desert boots!]]

No, oxfords don't have to be black and white, or even solid brown or tan.
Opt for the neat designs, half canvas fabric/half leather, or anything different.

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Then, we have these (which are also pretty popular)..
The Penny Loafers

[[ Majority of people wear loafers like the left two^. But, the right^ shoe is also a great choice]]
But, yet again! Opt for the ones with the neat design, fabric instead of leather, suede instead of leather, pretty designs, interesting colors.

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The Laced Ankle Boots

I couldn't find a picture but non-laced boots are also popular, but probably harder to find out of Japan!
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To conclude, don't be scared off by the masculine-look. You can alter your outfit in so many ways, so many different styles, that these shoes are oftentimes accenting your outfit in the way you want them to~ if that makes sense..!
Anyways, hope this helped you on what type of boots to buy, now that stores are having huge sales!

Good Luck~!
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