Squeeze Out Extra Time from Your Morning Routine


How long do you spend on putting your makeup on in the morning? It has been rumored that it takes forever for women to get ready for the day despite of what occasion it is. This rumor has officially being proved to be true scientifically. A research done by Harley Street Clinic shows that women spend approximately 474 days of our lifetime on merely putting on the glamorous on our face.  It is also being unveiled that Monday often takes the longest to prepare, with an average of 76 minutes; Friday is normally the time we care the least for how we look, with an average of 19 minutes to get ready.

Too much time on make up? What about go out with bare face? According to another study done by St. Ives, only 13% women are willing to show their bare face when go out.  Many female executives come to our clinic for semi-permanent make-up so that they can save time on their daily routine but still have an amazing pristine appearance which looks good for every occasion”, as make-up clinic specialist Debra Robson revealed.

Semi-permanent make-up might be a solution, but this highly expensive option is definitely not applicable for college students group. If you are a perfectionist like me, try to look great (or at least presentable), but still want to squeeze out that extra time to prepare for the wave of finals, there must be other remedies to help us out.

Instead of sacrificing the look, I have experimented with several tactics that save my time from morning routine.

  • Cut skincare routine into fewer as possible.

Priming serum, toning spray, serum (sometimes two serum, one for aging concern one for moisturizing), eye cream, moisturize, and sunscreen. This is the perfect skin care routine if you are desperate for the flawless skin condition. But for school days? No. I normally cut these steps into 3 steps: Toning water→serum→moisturizer.  

  • Minimize the amount of skin-care products you use.

For each of the 3 products you use, avoid using excessive amount. Since morning time is quite limited, and skin care products need that time to be absorbed into your face, too much serum or moisturizer being put on may lead to longer time to absorb.

  • BB or CC cream is the holy grail.

Foundation requires longer time period to apply, since it normally requires looking into a mirror and using a brush to spread out evenly. Thus I prefer to use CC cream on school days, which could be applied mirrorless and brushless.

  • Avoid heavy eye makeup

If you do makeup on a daily basis, it must be clear to you of how much time those great Instagram eye-makeup cost. For college students, looking natural weighed more than looking fabulous, therefore save that Instagram eye-makeup for weekends might be a great choice. Go with natural shades eye shadow is what I always consider to be appropriate and time-saving for school days.

  • Make-up bag is the first-aid kit for beauty girls.

Lastly, diminished morning time means you might need to do touch up later on. I normally keep a make-up bag within my school purse for later touch-up. Following are the products that I love to bring with me:

  1. Stick concealer- Blemishes, under-eye circle, or even scars, name whatever you think that hurts your look, a great concealer could always help you out. I have severe under-eye problem, therefore concealing my dark circles is the No.1 thing top the list.s1344415-main-zoom
  2. Tinted lip balm- Instead of bringing a lip stick, tinted lip balm could help moisturizing our lip. If your lip balm has SPF, that’s an extra mercy!H00002290_490
  3. Facial spray- This might be only applicable for dry skin type like me. If you tent to be oily throughout the day, I would recommend switch this to a setting powder.MTIzNjEzMTkwMDY0NjA0Njg2



Believe It or Not?

Tinker Hatfield is a designer for Nike. For the past few decades his design were continuously introduced to the world fans of Nike sneakers. Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and even President Obama, all used to be his “client”. This name might be unfamiliar for you, but many of the Air Jordan well-known collections were brought up by this super experienced designer. Interesting in the other design collections that established Tinker’s reputation? Check out this article: 30 Years In The Making: Tinker Hatfield’s Best Sneaker Designs.

Tinker joined the Nike family in the year of 1981. Before stepping into the design industry, he was an architecture-major student with a degree from University of Oregon. As grown up in China, I could clearly see how his wok is bringing up the young generation’s enthusiasm about sneakers in China. What you can always see in any campuses in Beijing, would be the  bunch of cool kids showing off their new Jordan sneakers. The success of wide-spreading of Nike sneakers world-wide was obvious, yet we failed to realize that most of the sneakers were actually designed by this American young ex-architect. I perceive Tinker’s philosophy of design embedded with a sense of Confucianism–the value of long-term orientation. As Tinker revealed in an interview with Hypebeast,

“I have this philosophy that every time I draw something or sit down to try and design, whatever I do is a culmination of everything that I have seen, done and experienced in my life before that point in time.”

If you have ever got a chance to get in touch with American culture, or at least American movies, “Back to The Future 2” must be the one on the list.


Besides the plot, the most iconic item would be this pair of futurism-inspired Nike sneakers wear by Marty Mcfly.

Yes, Tinker was the designer. But don’t you feel curious about what happened 27 years after the movie made its deputy in 1989.

Nike introduced the self-lacing sneakers to the world, to celebrate the anniversary of “Back to the Future”.

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Marty Mcfly, with the self-lacing shoes.


Believe it or not, the science and technology that we even not dare to dreamed of 20 years ago, are gradually becoming true.

Cruel World? Probably Yes.

Two weeks earlier, I posted a blog about a question being raised by a anonymous guy who was trying to get opinions from Quora to decide what to wear if he was about to meet with business investors for his new venture. To refresh your memory, east coast prefer business casual or event suit and tie, because that is how people judge about one’s expertise and credibility. On the other side, California folks don’t really care about what to wear, because they have Silicon Valley genius like Zuckerberg who dressed in T-shirt for Facebook IPO event.

Are we dressing descent just to negative judgement from surroundings? What about relate this controversial topic to our student group?

Ida Frose is an international student studying at Purdue University right now, she inspired me with the thought that people could tell what one’s interest is, even what kind of music genre he or she loves, by merely observing the outfit one get .  Following are our conversations.

  • What do you normally on school days?

On school days I dress casually, a pair of jeans, t-shirt, and maybe a sweater. Nice but not looks like I am going out

  •  Do you have any preference of certain styles? S

I used to dress kind of sporty, but I am trying to get away from that kind of dressing but like more mature, more sophisticated.

  • 3. What might be the reason for this preference ?

I guess since I am getting a little older, and people often think I look younger than I am, so I’m hoping the way I dress can make me older as I actually am.

  • 4. What do you think about how other perceive about your outfit?

I don’t know. Actually Americans told me that I dress better, they think Europeans dress better. I did not know that at all and I was surprised. I guess its a nice compliment (smile).

  • 5. Do you try to convey certain messages by outfit?

Not really. I guess it is nothing more than looking great.

Katie Erdelac is a PR student from Purdue University, she is a senior right now. Katie prefers dressing in comfort style over looking gorgeous but feeling cold in the winter. She thinks people normally judge on others’ outfit, but she would rather dress to feel happy and confident.

  • What do you normally wear? Any styles you prefer?

Simple jeans or black jeans, a sweater and scarf. I don’t normally do patterns.

  • Why do you prefer to wear in that way?

Because I feel comfortable, and I found kind of a style that works for me, and also I feel confident for what I wear.I’d rather dress for myself than for anyone else.

  • Comfortable vs Looking gorgeous?

I’ll definitely do comfort.

  • What do you think what people think about your style?

I don’t really pay too much attention on that. I feel flattered when people compliment on my style, but not too much considerations when I get ready in the morning; I just focus on what makes me happy and what makes me confident. If people like my style, that’s a confident booster, if they get something to say about that, I’ll just to rush it off, because I wanna wear what makes me feel happy.

After getting these opinions from the college group , my curiosity is aroused by how general people’s reactions are towards this question. For the past few years, I was exposed to many psychological and social theories concerning about this topic. One of the most controversial is an on-site experiment about how apperance affect how people treat a person.This experiment was conducted on a busy pedestrian street in an urban area, the talent of the experiment is asked by research conductor to walk on the street while faking he is feeling sick  by gradually leaning towards the ground. The talent was first asked to dress in pro-business style. Under the guidance of research conductor, the talent changed his outfit, dress like a homeless and repeat what he did in the previous scenario. Not surprisingly, the “business guy” is definitely getting more assistances from the people passing by; yet when you take a chance to watch this videotape of the experiment, and witness how people faking they don’t see what is happening to the “homeless guy”, you must be thinking “This is a crude world”.

Back with Jacki Look

Presidential election is blowing the wind, no matter it is the traditional media industry, or your Twitter or Tumblr. Fashion fellows are , indeed, trying to involve into this hot buzz discussion going on as well, but in a fashionable way. Vanity Fair did publish a slide share to illustrate the “briefing history” of Trump’s hairstyle; Business Insider, on the other hand, consulted with hair surgeon to explain why that hairstyle is suffering. The best guess among this unique hairstyle would be “surgical flap that rotate side of his hair to the front”.

Agree or not, even though Trump is running his own men’s ware line, his fashion sense for hair style is generating himself large attention from the younger generations, yet no necessarily means their votes.

Take a look on the other side of the spectrum, John F. Kennedy ‘s apperance and fashion sense were definitely the plus. Discussions were going on to claim that JFK won the election because he looked better on the screen. Interestingly, President Kennedy’s wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, also won Kennedy lots votes because of her sophisticated fashion style.

Jacki Kennedy is famous for her style with a hint of French trends. Here are some distinct trends that Jacki inspired to the world:


Know Your Skin 101–Perfecting by Concealing

Concealing is one critical step of make-up, it does the job to cover up the dark circles, blemishes, scars, or any other imperfections that might hurt your look as a whole. I personally would even skip the foundation if time is compacted, but never forget to conceal, since I have severe dark circles and blemishes around under-eye and nose ares.

When it comes to concealing, be knowledgeable about how to neutralize the color is critical. Why? Because color correction for each category of problem is different. Before we move on to correcting the problem, it’s necessary to take a look at color wheel first:


To make it as simple as possible, I will put all the tactics in these following steps:

  1. Decide what you want to conceal first. Remember, each spot of imperfection has different color under it, thus never try to use one single concealer to correct all your problems.
  2.  Figure out the hue of what you want to cover. Try to stand under the natural light instead of the yellow ones, otherwise the hue reflected is not the true color.
    1. Dark circle–Violet/ blue for most circumstances;
    2. Blemishes– Red color for most of the times;
    3. Dull skin–Yellow/ orange
  3. Using the opposite color on the color wheel to cover up your specific problematic spot. This is the golden rule to conceal, and the reason why a single concealer cannot solve all problems at one. Take myself for example
    1. Dark circle with blue hue–After checking up the color wheel, orange concealer is what I need.
    2. Blemishes– Concealing with green or blue hue.

Above are the 3-step concealing tips. Following are the products that I have used before that really did a great great job:

  1. Pixi- Eye Bright Kit: Comes with 4-color combination. It also contains Q10, which is an ingredient used to minimize fine lines417Qni3dugL
  2. Kryolan- Concealer Circle 9086 Neutralizer: A little bit pricy, yet it comes with 5 colors, at the same time greater amount. 41FutPMatDL

Symbolic Meaning of Your Outfit

Recently, someone posted a question on Quora to ask what to wear if he is going to meet investors.

One of the answers from a New York based venture capitalist answered:

“Well, you don’t have to wear business formal, but feel free to wear a suit, or business pants+ button-down shirt”

Another answer from the Silicon Valley was later on posted on Quora:

“Truth is, as long as you’re wearing pants. I don’t really care what you wear. “

Yes, clothes have their symbolic meanings, and they can tell which group you belong to, as what I discussed in this storify blog