Ready to Recharge? Upcoming Fashion and Beauty Online Courses!

First thing first, congratulations if you are approaching to the end of another semester.

Summer is coming, which means the best time of the year to recharge ourselves with sunshine and knowledge is right around the corners.

For the past four months, keeping a regular presence on this blog to share beauty tips was indeed tough. Retweet or merely copy and past could be a solution, but to make Juicy Artsy a great platform for original source for beauty tips and knowledge, it is always necessary to take that extra time to learn new things.

If you are desperate to enrich yourself with more fashion and beauty knowledge, I am more than happy to recommend some upcoming online courses on Skillshare with you.

Similar with Coursera or edX, Skillshare provides online training courses ranger from business, design, fashion, to make-up. Enroll in any of the beauty or fashion related courses, professional make-up artists could become your individual tutor, and you are able to learn the insights and fundamental knowledge about the fashion industry.

Here I would love to highlight some interesting upcoming courses that you could give it a try.

  1. The First Steps of Fashion Design: From Concept to Illustration— Always have great cloth-design ideas in your mind, but always struggle to jog them down on your sketchbook? Take a look at this beginning level course that allows you to start from learning the proportion of human body.
  2. Sew A Roll-Up Organizer–Why spending $20 on a makeup brushes organizer if you could make one by your own? Fulfill your summer time with crafting your own creations!0c8f3b7b644b382f6a6a15ccf406c4fe
  3. Instagram for Business – 6 Tips for Marketing on Instagram– As being bombarded with rich media information, marketing through different mediums could be a critical skill to acquire. Instagram is the huge platform for attracting millennials, so start to build your brand awareness on Instagram!
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“From China, Purdue, to Paris!”

Vera Wang, Alexander Wang, Derek Lam, Wen Liu…dollar signs and prestige are easily add to each of the name. As long as the world fashion design industry goes, even though Asian names are still rare to be shown on Vogue or Cosmopolitan, the unique perspective and Eastern design elements are beginning to come into the view of the public.

The “Absolute stunning” look on First Lady Michelle Obama; Worldwide campaign with H&M that made thousands of people to line up outside the store; The Creative Director for Tod’s; or the World’s #1 ranking street style model of 2015?

Yes, diversity inclusion is becoming buzz and embraced in the fashion industry.

Feels like these legendary people are way too far from daily life? Jing Li, a student from China enrolled in Apparel Design and Technology program at Purdue, might be lead you into the fashion design world on campus, around us.

 

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Read the full story of Jing Li:

http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~xu186/COM407/COM407___slide___/index.html

How Dirty are Your Makeup Brushes?

If you are a makeup geek, how often do you wash you brushes or substitute your expired products with new ones?

If you are not a fan of makeup, congratulations! You’ve survived from another great chance of getting your skin in trouble with infection.

Not like food or drinks, cosmetic products normally are not labeled explicitly to indicate when their expiration dates. But do you know that the shelf-life for beauty products, especially the ones applied around eye area, could be as short as 3 months?

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 Instruction Indicates Shelf-life of Cosmetic Products.

What could be much more horrible than that? Based on research conducted by scientists from London Metropolitan University, one of the bugs found in out-of-date cosmetic products “enterococcus faecalis”, is “a main cause of meningitis, which kills more children under five than any other infectious disease in the UK.”

As the same study suggested, majority of us are not crystal clear about when to throw away those jars of bacteria into the trash can.

The research implied the following bugs or bacterias were found in those expired cosmetic products:

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Most Commonly Found Bacteria in Expired Beauty Products

Shocked by these facts? This great article might help you figure out how to find the expiration date.

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Beginner Guide: 3 Questions to Answer Before Buying

Swirl back to the time when I first stood in front of the millions of racks of beauty products, got my hands on those glamorous-wrapping things, I always felt myself experiencing “Alice in the Wonderland”– Everything seemed so beautiful, but where shall I start? What’s the difference between liquid foundation and powder foundation? What’s the difference between bronzer and contour?

To help you better handle with this dilemma, don’t rush yourself to pay for the products. Before that, let’s figure out:

  • What is your skin type?— This is always the No.1 concern, no matter you are picking out a skin care product or cosmetic product. If you are oily and happen to use a product for dry skin? 100 percent chance of becoming a greasy ball. Generally there are three 4 types of skin: Oily, dry, normal or combination. Take a look at the following picture to help you out. Multani-Mitti-Face-Pack-Skin-Types

Not vivid enough? Watch the following YouTube video for detailed guidance to self-test:

  • What is your skin tone? — It might be disappointed to know that there is no universal color system for skin tone, that’s why you need to swatch the foundation in person to decide which shade fits you the best, but there are the following general types of skin tone:fitzpatrick-skin-tones-700x179Once you’ve got a sense of which category you fall into, it must be easier to narrow down your selection. Based on the drugstore products I’ve tried, I would recommend Rimmel’s match foundation for DRY SKIN, and Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind for OILY SKIN. Think about peer review for more advices, such as Allure and Beauty Pedia
  • What occasions will you be wearing the cosmetics products for?–Or let’s put it this way: How do you want your complete look feels like? Professional? Sweet? Seductive? Minimal? If you are about to go for an interview or you are still a student, then nude color combination of eyeshadow might work best for you. If you are picking out products for girls night out, then definitely go with bold colors. Following

Are Women Being Represented Appropriately?

We are living in an age that the public opinion could be affected or even shaped by the media intensively. Don’t believe it?

In the year of 2001, a research article released by the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media investigated how women are being depicted on three major network prime time TV fictional series. The demographics and behaviors of main characters in both both of the genres: drama and comedy,  were codified by researchers. The result of the research indicated:

  1. The ratio of men to women characters was 1.7:1 ;
  2. Male characters were normally physically aggressive, while women were always being associated with verbal aggressions in comedies;
  3. Female characters in dramas and comedies were more likely to be depicted as the first to initiate affection toward the other party;
  4. Job status of women were normally lower.

According to the research, even though the ratio of men to women characters in prime-time TV shows were getting smaller, the process was much lower than expected. What might be the reason of this ratio? Why male characters were normally depicted as the one with higher social status? Scholar Jack Glascock suggested it could be a reflective representation of the real life. Because of the greater numbers of male producers and writers, female characters were short in terms of presence on the traditional media.

What about the representation of professional females? Sex objects; mother; child and iron maiden are the four typical stereotypes of women when it comes to professional women, according to a study conducted in 2009.

If you are able to recall of what Hilary Clinton being referred as “a scolding mother, talking down to a child” by CNN, you could have a mental picture of a political women being a victim of stereotyped as a bad tempered mom.

We love to claim that the society is becoming much more diverse and equal, yet would you still hold this opinion after seeing these mentioned facts?

 

STEM Major? Not Attractive Enough for Her.

In the year of 2015, 9230 international students enrolled in Purdue, which constitutes 23.4% of the whole student body. Also, according to the same enrollment and statistic report released by Purdue, we hold the 1st position in the U.S. for international students major in STEM majors.

Science, technology, engineering and math are the four majors that attract majority of Chinese international students to pursue their bachelor degree in U.S. colleges. Why? Not only because they are good at math, but also for the greater career opportunities that allow them to stay in the U.S. after graduation.

This is not true for Jing Li, a Senior from Fashion Design major here at Purdue University. Why did she made this unique decision, to pursue for her degree in such a university that known for its distinctive achievements in STEM disciplines?

Noticeable, what Jing mentioned about her parents’ decision over her college major selection is a common phenomenon prevails among Chinese international students. Most of the students study abroad made their decision to dedicate in certain disciplines that  affected a lot by their parents’ will. 

Not surprisingly, Asian parents don’t really want their children to involve in fashion design or related disciplines, which are seen as not stable career choices. Rather, being a “Yappie” is what they hope their kids to be: Young Asian Professionals!YAP

 

 

Musing: How a Foodie Cured My “Weight Loss Blues”?

If you love to visit The New York Times, Mashable, The Guardian, or any similar websites to catch up about what is happening in the world, you must have noticed the”A4 Paper Challenge” buzz trending in China few days ago. If you’ve not got a chance to check it out, don’t think it could be something similar with the “Ice Bucket Challenge”.

What is “A4 Paper Challenge”? It was how people proof themselves as paper thin by posting photos of themselves, with hiding their waist behind a vertical A4 paper, like this:waist1_1

Few weeks before this challenge went wild online, “Belly Button Challenge” was another trendy phenomenon to check how skinny a girl is by “bending their arms around in order to touch their belly button and ‘reverse”.

Apparently, the standard of beauty in majority of Asian countries tend to value “skinny” over “sporty”. Instead of the tight muscle plus tanned skin tone, what’ve been featured on the media or in the department store are those whitening skincare products, or those mysterious detoxing and weight loss recipes.

How these things should be related to my story?

Back to the summer of 2013, my weight peaked around 140 pounds. That might be seen as a quite normal weight for a girl heighten 5.5 in Western culture, yet as you can tell from those challenges, I am a “plus size girl” if being judged by an Asian.

It was a normal summer night before the final exam, I finished my study, got on my way from the library to the parking lot. Suddenly I heard my name being called by a guy. As I turned around, it was a friend of mine that chatting with a group of his friends. After saying hi and  a brief conversation to catch up, I decided to head to my car.

“She looks stocky like a female basketball player, or like an ox!”, my friend said to his friends.

I didn’t try to turn around to argue for anything, instead I got on my car, like nothing happened.

Right after I got back home, I put down my bag and laid myself down on the sofa. I can’t remember if that was the 500 or the 501 times I heard people judging my body shape. Not all of them were negatively; but this time, I felt hurt, as being judged like a commodity in front of the crowd of people. That was also the moment I decided to lose weight.

By strictly control my diet (I only ate 5 pieces of whole wheat bread, a glass of fat-free milk and some veggies, per day), plus physical exercised on daily basis, I lost 20 pounds in that summer. Frankly speaking, that was the first time ever in my life that I could be so dedicated about something.

I never know the 20 pounds I lost could make myself look that different. When the new semester began following that summer, many of my friends who came across me on campus asked me cautiously to see if I was having a hard time or suffering from some illness. Yes, I look different drastically.

But the more compliments I got from the surroundings, the more I questioned myself for the motivation to lose weight. Am I simply a superficial girl who only cares about what other people say? I could no longer feel the joy for eating my favorite Madeleine cookies, because the calories could let go the effort I put in the gym; I could no longer dine out with my best friends, because I had to restrict myself being a vegetarian; The more compliments I got, the more I wanted myself to look skinnier. It was almost like an abnormal cycle that dragged me down to the bottom.

I started to experience the reversed “Weight Loss Blues”, not because my weight stopped to drop down, but for the depression after I realized how much I care about other peoples’ judgments. Ironically, the depression I felt made me almost lost my appetite, I became skinnier and skinnier (My girl friends got jealous about this, a lot…).

It was not until the day I came across an Instagram account called “Girl Eat World” and saw this picture of takoyaki, I got my appetite back!

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Takoyaki, a Japanese snack cooked in special pan, ball-like shape. normally filled with diced octopus, tempura, lettuce.

Melissa first started this Instagram account just for recording her journey from a perspective as a foodie, yet she’s never imagined that her photos triggered thousands of comments and likes on Instagram.

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For each destination Melissa (real name of “Girl Eat World”) gets, she will take a picture of the most famous local food, with a background of the most well-known landmark. 

Not only for those adorable pictures and delicious stuff included in the photos, but for how much impacts this girl could make by sharing her foodie spirits with the world. Finally, I became realize that you never know how much love have the other people devoted to the things that you try to escape from or even hate for.

Not surprisingly, I rushed out from my home to a Japanese restaurant. That was the best-tasted takoyaki I’ve ever had in my life.

Yes, I gained a lot of weight after I picked up my appetite, but I enjoy the feeling of eating freely, without unnecessary worry about how much calories I just ate, how much hours should I spend in the gym today.

Yes, the definition of beauty varied, from person to person, from culture to culture; but being judged based on how much one weight, should not be the universal rule.

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Now, Melissa is in my favorite getaway destination, with my favorite Japanese ice cream Taiyaki.