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The Holiday Bokksu! “Snow Festival” Featuring Hokkaido Delicacies

When you see Bokksu in the title, I believe you don’t feel strange of this name. I wrote an article in the summer to talk about this amazing real Japanese snack subscription. The first time I opened the box of Bokksu, I was totally amazed by how many snacks they have, and all of them come from Japan! As a girl who grows up in east Asia, Japanese snacks are always my forever favorite snacks.

Now the holiday is coming, let us see what do they have to this special occasion. As you know, Bokksu invites curious individuals to explore Japanese Culture through snacks. The only gourmet snack boxed sourced and curated directly from Japan, friends and families love gathering around their Bokksu every month and trying the unique flavors of these premium Japanese snacks.

Bokksu Holiday Offerings

The Limited Edition Bokksu x Bento&Co. with a collectible Bento box – $79
The Classic Bokksu – $39 (less with subscription)
Tasting Bokksu – $25 (less with subscription)
Milk Mochi
Theme: Snow Festival – Featuring the Snacks of Hokkaido 
Immerse yourself into a winter wonderland of delicious flavors with the Holiday themed Bokksu featuring Hokkaido delicacies. The Holiday Bokksu is the first to feature a pristine white and gold box, with limited edition gourmet Bento boxes available. Hokkaido, due to its unique climate and agricultural focus, is renowned for its wide variety of gourmet cuisines and artisanal delicacies. 
Hokkaido is a veritable foodie paradise! 
Mimosa of Snow White Chocolate and Cheddar Snack
White Chocolate infused Organic Qua Strawberry – available in the US only through Bokksu
Potato Butter Rice Crackers
Hoshino Hojicha
The December Bokksu features innovative new snacks including the Mimosa of Snow White Chocolate and Cheddar Cheese bars, alongside all-star favorite Bokksu classics such as the White Strawberry, a delectable organic strawberry which has been carefully preserved with and infused with White Chocolate for a delicately tart and sweet confection unlike anything you have tasted. Delicate melt in your mouth savory snacks include the Milk Mochi and the Potato Butter Rice Crackers. The Holiday Bokksu also includes their brand new private label Mikon Orange Candy and a warming Hojicha Green Tea Latte pairing from gourmet maker Hoshino. 
This is my box!
So excited to see all these lovely snacks, everyone looks cute and delicious. But I am going to bring them to parent’s place to share this with my family at Christmas. Of course I will wrap it up, letting the kids open it. I already can imagine how happy the kids will be to see these unique snacks from Japan! This is a great Christmas gift idea for your family as well, because who doesn’t love beautiful snacks?
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The Top Five Fashion School In The World – MILKX HongKong Magazine

Lulu’s 5 illustration pieces are featured on Milkx HongKong Magazine, about the top 5 fashion schools in the world.

The cover of the magazine is a group member of TFBoys – Yuan Wang. TFBoys is also one of Lulu’s favorite boy bands.

The whole spreadsheet features Lulu’s five illustrations of the fashion schools.

Lulu is so happy to draw her school- Fashion Institute of Technology- where she graduated at 2017 from Illustration MFA program.

Other than FIT, the other four fashion school include:

PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN

LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION

CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

ANTWERP ROYAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS

If you want to know more about Lulu’s art, you can check her website. qululululu.com.

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Celebrate Bar Pa Tea One Year Anniversary With Lulu’s Art

To commemorate its first anniversary, Bar Pa Tea is collaborating with artist Yueming Lulu Qu on an art series titled “Celebrate.” Inspired by Bar Pa Tea and its home city, the pieces feature New York’s diverse personalities through its distinct inhabitants and iconic landmarks, unified by their shared penchant for constant reinvention and, of course, bubble tea.

Here are some photos of the One Year Anniversary Celebration Night at July 26th!

ABOUT YUEMING LULU QU

Art, fashion, passion, love, food, multi-cultural melting pot…this is how we often describe our city, no? Our city has millions of stories going on within every block every day. Don’t you agree we are so lucky to live in an amazing city that brings so many inspirations? I do.

Four years ago, I moved from Beijing for graduate study at Fashion Institute of Technology; this accounts for my second MFA – if there were such a thing as a PHD in Illustration I would pursue it. My first was an MFA in traditional Chinese Painting from Central Academy of Fine Arts. For Chinese painting, I use ink, gouache and soft brushes, which I still use in my current illustrations. Similar to how America brings all cultures together, I use traditional Chinese painting methods to illustrate New York City’s modern topics; predominantly fashion lifestyles and our beloved city landscapes. I think of fashion lifestyle as not only about high fashion during certain weeks, but more importantly about anyone who loves their life with a sense of pride. They are positive, they are kind, they are beautiful inside out, they are bravely chasing their dreams, and of course they have their own unique fashion styles.

Education: 

Fashion Institute of Technology

The Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing, China)

Minzu University of China

Website:

www.qululululu.com

Instagram

@qululululu

ABOUT BAR PA TEA

Patrick showcases flavor over sweetness at Bar Pa Tea, creating a more healthful alternative to the original beverage without compromising the distinct taste and experience of traditional bubble tea. The recipes feature tapioca pearls that are free of additives and drinks sweetened with pure cane sugar instead of corn syrup.

Bar Pa Tea provides a menu of highly customizable drinks, allowing the customer to adjust sweetness in increments and choose whether they would prefer it hot or cold. Bar Pa Tea even offers alternatives to the traditional tapioca pearls, most notably their signature “miniature bubbles.”

The selected menu showcases the flagship’s favorite and most popular items, creating a uniquely refined bubble tea experience.

Those who share Patrick’s love for both the nostalgia of bubble tea and the goal of a healthful lifestyle will find true satisfaction in the choices that Bar Pa Tea offers.

Location:  85 KENMARE ST, NEW YORK, NY 10012

 

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Best Eyeshadow Palettes Under $25

Eyeshadows have ruled the makeup world for some time now. Everyone needs that perfect neutral shade for daily wear or that risqué color for a night out. If you are looking to try out some great new shades without breaking the bank, here are some of my favorite eyeshadow palettes under $25.

Morphe’s 9A Always Golden Eyeshadow Palette

These nine golden shades in the Morphe 9A Always Golden Eyeshadow Palette are sure to take you places, faux real. Crazy-creamy, powerfully pigmented, beyond-blendable eyeshadows perfect for some fun in the sun or some fake-it-til-you-make-it action. Choose your own color adventure. But one thing’s for sure; you’ll never run out of ways to turns heads.

Price: $12.00

Essence’s All About Toffee Eyeshadow Palette

This Gorgeous Essence All About Toffee Eyeshadow Palette has eight complementing, buildable colors and multiple finishes; satin, matte and metallic effects. It blends easily and the colors will stay on all day! Perfect palette for everyday wear.

Price: $5.49

Covergirl’s Goldens TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette

CoverGirl’s Goldens TruNaked Eye Shadow Palette has a stunning range of neutral shades for your perfect nude eye look. Richly pigmented shadows in golden, and in a range of colors and textures – from neutrals to Smokeys and shimmers to mattes.

Price: $5.99

Makeup Revolution’s Iconic 1 Redemption Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Revolution’s Iconic 1 Redemption Eye Shadow Palette is a perfect mix of pearl, shimmer and matte shades. As comfortable and familiar as your favorite t-shirt, the bronzy tones of this palette will make you want to strip down and bare all (in the best way possible).

Price: $7.00

NYX’s Cosmic Metals Shadow Palette

Create a spectrum of out-of-this-world eye looks with the Cosmic Metals Shadow Palette – a new eyeshadow set inspired by NYX Professional Makeup Professional Makeup’s beloved Cosmic Metals Lip Cream. Powered by six pigment-packed eyeshadows, this gorgeous set loads your lids with rich, metallic color and incredible color payoff.
Price: $9.99

E.L.F.’s Online Only Need It Nude Eyeshadow Palette

Achieve beautifully natural eye looks with these perfectly curated 10 neutral eyeshadow shades in the e.l.f. Cosmetics Need It Nude Eyeshadow Palette. This collection of hues is ideal for shading, highlighting, and defining the eyes. These silky smooth shadows can be used as a liner, on the lid, and in the crease of the eye for an expertly contoured and blended look. Cruelty free and vegan.

Price: $10.00

Sleek Makeup’s Under A Spell Eyeshadow Palette

Create a variety of stunning looks with these 12 shades of mineral based, highly pigmented eyeshadow in the Sleek MakeUP Under A Spell Eyeshadow Palette.
Price: $12.99
BH Cosmetics Be… by BubzBeauty 12 Color Eyeshadow Palette
Known to her YouTube fans as BubzBeauty, Lindy Tsang hand-picked the must-have shades in her BH Cosmetics Be… by BubzBeauty 12 Color Eyeshadow Palette. Each shade offers day-to-night versatility – and emphasizes fans’ beauty, both inside and out.
Price: $14.50

Models Own’s Supernatural Eyeshadow Palette

Go to a parallel universe with this Models Own Supernatural Eyeshadow Palette. From dark secrets to sultry whispers, it’s totally bewitching. With the brush, apply metallic nudes, shimmer browns and rich golds for a look that’s out of this world.

Price: $17.99

 

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CosmprofAsia Wrap Up

Hong Kong is always an adventure! I am sad to say that this is my last day in Hong Kong and I enjoyed attending CosmoprofAsia for the second time. 

Overall, in the Packaging and Manufacturing, there is innovation. With the majority of production in China, S Korea and Taiwan are also in the races to create more user friendly, environmental friendly packaging options. We saw a surge in OEM, Original Equipment Manufacturing but consumers are looking for more than a cute packaging. Discerning customers and savvy buyers alike are looking for ‘instant’ results and great formulation.

While the minimalist trend that is huge in America has not exactly translated to the Asian consumer. The juice is very important and many brands are using the ‘juice’ as a part of the packaging. This creates a challenge for packaging manufactures to become more innovative and change more than just the shape or color. Pragmatic design that is effective in form and function has more longevity than kitschy shapes that we have seen prevalent in the K-Beauty Trend thus far.

Celebeau (S Korean) Brand has taken note of this trend and created this gentle make up remover.

The overall learning from CosmoprofAsia this year is that with the power of social media, global trends are transferred and cross-pollinated faster than ever. These don’t exactly always translate but a version of this emerges into something beautiful. The most important note is that each country/culture has its own unique features and beauty brands must be aware of them to create new products. Consumers are looking for new items but they are also coveted new favorites.

I look forward to seeing what is in store for Cosmoprof Asia next year!

 

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Cosmoprof Asia Highlights

I had the chance to talk in depth with these companies at Cosmoprof Asia this year and learned a great deal about their company and the innovations!  It is always exciting to discover new brands and I invite you to check out their products and add them to your holiday shopping list.

PROBO: Baby Products

This Taiwainese Brand created safe and effective cleaning products for babies. With Millennial moms being more and more aware of health and chemicals, this product line is the answer to their concerns. The marketing director of Probo took the time to explain to me why this is an exicitng innovation in the baby products category, check out what Crystal said.

HEYDOYOU: What is the main reason that Probo is different than other products?

PROBO: Our best seller is the wash, it is great to remove harmful pesticides, chemicals and wax off veggies so make sure the child is not eating those those. You can also use the soap to wash all bottles and sippy cups to removed mold and residue.

HEYDOYOU: How does Probo products do that?

PROBO: We developed a proprietary anti bacterial, anti viral that is safe. It neutralize and eliminate harmful pathogens and stops it organically from developing. It encapsulates them so they cannot continue in its development.

HEYDOYOU: How will you introduce Probo products into the market?

PROBO: We have an exciting licensing partnership with popular cartoon character Peppa the Pig and it will launch to market early next year. We hope that moms and kids will be attracted to this character they know and love so they will give Probo formulation a try.

PARISTY – Turn Key Manufacturer for color cosmetics/powder products

Paristry has a been a major player in the game since 1993 and they are the leaders in what they do. They spend a lot of effort into creative research, trend prediction and pushing the industry to be surprise and delight their customers.  See what the head of product development shared with me during our interview.

HEYDOYOU: What are you most proud of today in your booth?

PARISTRY: We have a lot of new items here so I am not sure where to start. I guess one of the items many Cosmoprof attendees have focused on are these (Pearlized sea collection)

HEYDOYOU: I am interested in these too and I noticed there is a underwater trend in beauty and fashion. Tell me about these.

PARISTRY: These are custom made, we created stainless steel molds to make these perfect 3D pressed powder eye shadows. They can also be use for lip color and is very versatile. The process is expensive so you will see these in luxury products in the new year.

HEYDOYOU: How do you come up with your ideas?

PARISTRY: This is our trade secret! Seriously, we dedicated a lot of time for workshops and brainstorms. We also look to industries outside of beauty for inspiration like food, fashion and even technology.

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