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Intense gaze

As I announced before, I am collaborating with the Spanish blog Yuanfang Magazine. As they use Spanish, here you have my first article for them translated into English. You can read the Spanish version here. I hope you like it! 🙂


Now I’m in Spain for a while, so I’m not as up-to-date with the day-to-day in Taiwan. That is why I will tell you one of the things that struck me about the style of the Taiwanese girls when I got there.

Before living in Taipei I knew clichĂ©s about “Asia” (which sometimes are discussed as if we were talking about the next village) that have turned out not to be true. Each country is different and its people as well.

In Taiwan it is the same. There are differences in weight, hair, eyes, etc.. There are Taiwanese girls with small eyes and some like it but others not so much. One trend among the latter is that they want to have a gaze that makes their eyes seem larger.

And they do not hesitate to use products, techniques or even surgery for it.

Without going into more specific topics about makeup, the most common products used and that are easier to find (even in night markets) are:

– Rounded lenses: to make the iris look larger, have a border around it.
– False eyelashes: here are starting to be used, but not to the level I’ve seen in Taiwan. For girls who have short and sparse eyelashes, false eyelashes thicken the naturals and give depth to the gaze.
That said, I will leave you with some example pictures:
For more information:
Here’s a couple of links with many of the existing rounded lenses and false eyelashes models to give you a little idea of ​​the variety out there:
article Fashion neon colors Avenue street style Taipei Taiwan trend

Neon colors!

Yesterday was published my latest article in, about the neon colors trend. I will share it with you now, but you can also read it here. What do you think about it, please?

As often happens in fashion, trends return. In the 80s, one of the most widespread trends was the use of neon colors. Everything started with the creation of fluorescent ads and some designers, like Pierre Cardin or Emilio Pucci, decided to experiment with these garish colors and began to try on their clothes. Last summer, neon colors were all the rage, and though it’s the middle of autumn —almost winter!— this trend is still booming and resists leaving the streets.
Although there are fluorescent versions of almost all the colors  (and in all the tones) to suit all tastes, the most fashionable are pink, yellow, blue, orange and green.
These bright colors have reached all the spectrum of fashion design. From shoes to clothes, and from accessories to nail polish and make-up —you can get any item you want in these dazzling colors. The variety of articles naturally includes all sorts of fabrics and materials: tweed, jeans, knitwear, plastic, leather, etc.
Sometimes wearing these colors can be risky, so it’s important to know the best way to coordinate them, otherwise you could end up looking like Nicki Minaj!
Here are some tips to keep in mind when dressing in neon colors:
  1. Consider the situation. You don’t want to steal the attention from the bride? Do you?
  2. Choose a color that suits you. There are many, but they are not easy to combine. Try on a few and decide which color is right for you.
  3. Choose a tone of neon. The best for you doesn’t have to be the most fluorescent, so find the one that best matches your skin and wardrobe.
Some ways to wear neon colors:
Jeans: combined with shirts or sweaters in neutral colors (gray, white or black) and matched with shoes and accessories in the same color range.
In accessories: they are great allies to make your outfit stand out, giving it a modern and bold touch. It’s a good way to test, especially if you aren’t sure about using these colors.
Dressed in white, black or a single color: it’s an ideal way to highlight the shoes and the accessories.
In blouses or jackets: for a vivid outfit wear a top in any of these colors. Don’t forget to cleverly choose the rest of the elements for a perfect look.
In a total look: the easiest one to pull off, but you have to care more about the make-up and the accessories.
Many designers and high fashion brands used this type of colors in their latest collections —Christian Louboutin, Marc Jacobs and Hermès, among others. But we can also find some examples of this trend at more accessible stores like Zara, H&M, etc.
These are colors that suit you better when you are tanned, and if you don’t wear them all at once. Many celebrities are followers of it, although not all of them with the same results. Eva Longoria, Olivia Palermo, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, the Kardashians and Rihanna are some of the people who belong to the neon colors group. Do you want to join?