Thursday, 27 June 2013

Loving Right Now: K-Pop Cuteness

Ever since Psy's Gangnam Style went viral, everyone now knows about K-Pop, and K-Pop artists are gaining popularity overseas like never before. Still don't know what K-Pop actually means? Well it's shorthand for Korean Pop (there's also J-Pop, for Japanese Pop) and it is a massive phenomenon in South Korea and throughout the East Asia region. K-Pop and J-Pop bands have millions of die-hard fans and put those try hards (*cough* One Direction!) to shame. 

So, what makes a K-Pop or J-Pop band? They must have a) exceptionally fabulous hair that defies the laws of gravity b) cute, non-threatening baby faces that make fans go "awww..." and c) possess either a "cutesy quirky" or "punk lite" dress code. Basically, they have everything a person wants in a pop group. (And who doesn't want someone with fabulous hair, great clothes and dreamy eyes serenading them? Sigh...)

But apart from the pop-tastic fun of their music what I really love about these bands is their style. They have the edge on any Western group where it comes to the level of creativity in their music videos and photo shoots. The amount of daring and fun they seem to have with their clothes and hairstyles is just plain awesome, and puts that impostor Justin Bieber to shame. Really kiddo, you call that good hair?! Pfft. And would you ever see One Direction in pastel coloured suits, angel wings or big band uniforms? I don't think so!

I've put together a little montage of my favourite groups- they all create some seriously catchy music, have the coolest videos and rock some seriously awesome fashion ensembles!

And what would a K-Pop feature be without some actual music? Here are my fave video picks:

Perfume: Spring of Life. Japanese girl group Perfume make the cutest videos with the best dancing! Check out their official You Tube channel for more of their gorgeous videos. Magic of Love has some particularly awesome 70's styling going on!

Big Bang: Fantastic Baby. These boys have been rocking some seriously sweet outfits, hairstyles and accessories since their debut in 2006. If you're looking for the edgiest and most creative hair styles to emulate then watch their videos! (And really, how can you not love a boy band called Big Bang?)

2NE1: I Am The Best. These gals aren't afraid to edge it up and are known for their bold hairstyles and outfits as much as their catchy hooks.

Super Junior: Sexy, Free and Single. It's not hard to see why this this nine-member boy group is so popular! They're all hot, but in a "you can take him home to see mum" kind of way, have fantastically quiffed hair and own some serious dance moves. Swoon.

If any of these songs have got you hooked, they can be found on iTunes along with all the other fantastic K-Pop and J-Pop artists that I didn't have room to mention in this post! And if you want to see more and keep up-to-date with the latest music releases then tune into SBS's PopAsia TV show and radio show. It's on SBS2 at 6pm every Saturday and every Sunday at 4pm. It's chock-full of Asian-pop awesomeness and is not to be missed!

Are you in love with any K-Pop or J-Pop artists? Which group do you think has the best style? I'd love to know!


Monday, 24 June 2013

Makeup Monday: Fresh Hair Inspiration!

Hair colour: it has to be the easiest (and most fun) way to change your entire look. If you're too squeamish for a body piercing and the thought of a tattoo makes you wanna pass out, changing your hair is the best way to give yourself a touch of crazy without going overboard. After all, if you hate it you can just wash it out and start over. Plus hair colour is the commitment phobic gal's best friend. If you can't stand having the same look for more than a few weeks you can simply change your colour to match your latest whim. What could be sweeter than that?

What I really love is finding new inspiration for future hair cuts and colours, and you never know what random photo/celeb/fictional tv character you might come across that will influence your next look. All you have to do is add them all up to find your new style. I like to think of it as the Hair Colour Equation Game (which has to be the most awesome mathematical equation ever invented, if I do say so myself). For my latest minty green hue a few things combined to create the colour:

My Little Pony's rainbow hued manes + Katy Perry's electric blue bob + some Anime inspo in the form of Sakura's candy pink hair from Naruto + Bedtime Bear's fuzzy blue coat (and really, who doesn't secretly want to look like a Care Bear) + the minty freshness of a Peppermint Crisp chocolate bar = a new turquoise hair colour!

To create your own hair equation all you have to do is add up the things you're crushing on at the moment and find a common theme, cut, colour or style. Inspiration can come from anywhere- your current celeb girl crush, a cute cartoon character, random fashionable peeps you pass on the street and even the colours of tasty treats like macaroons or cupcakes. (See, sugary things are good for you... or your next hair style at least).

In need of some new hair inspiration for yourself? Well I've done the research for you! Just pick and choose your fave looks and you've got your very own Hair Equation!

 What Hair Equation would you create from these looks? Are you seriously crushing on Jessica Chastain's flowing red mane? Or are you in love with Demi Lovato's blue dip-dyed ends? Or maybe you wish you could sport Khaleesi's icy blonde-ness instead? (Dragons not included with that look, sorry!)

Have a beautiful week!


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