BEAUTY | Top Trending Hair Styles for Spring / Summer 2014 from pastel hair to bobs


Things are just heating up here in Australia, guys. So we’ve been looking for a new look to go with the new sizzling season. And for our readers in Asia who enjoy hot weather all year round, you too might want to check out these Top Trending Hair Styles for Spring / Summer 2014. Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, The Philippines, these new looks will look fabulous in sunny weather! Plus try these expert tips by Paul Mitchell Artistic Team member – Rebecca Hubbard.



From the runways of New York and LA pastel hair is still evident and with celebrities such as Nicole Richie still leading the charge it looks like this trend is here to stay.

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What do you think of this trend? This season, pastel hair is matched with shorter, more modern cuts.




  • If an allover colour is too much to consider, try a pastel balayage for fun.
  • Seek professional advice to ensure your home maintenance system is suitable to ensuring the longevity of your colour.
  • Pastel hair generally works better on lighter hair colours so if you are dark consider the cost and effect on your hair as you will need to lighten before adding the colour.
  • Finally pastel hair requires a lot of regular maintenance so be prepared.

 Note: Try Paul Mitchell Colour Protect Daily Shampoo which Helps color last longer by shielding it from the sun thanks to its Sunflower extract.



The bob is seeing a big resurgence for spring summer 2014 with celebrities such as Lara Bingle leading the way.

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Lara Bingle spotted wearing a sexy side swept bob. We love! Image source:



  • Before the big chop consult a professional who can best advise shape, length and bob style best suited to your hair type and facial features
  • There is no doubt a bob cut will draw attention to your face, especially a shorter version, so make sure you are prepared for the extra attention and accentuation to your facial features
  • If the thought of extra attention doesn’t sit well with you then you can opt for a longer or mid length cut and still be on trend
  • We all know a bob looks sensational when just blow dried by your hairdresser but with a good cut you can play and experiment with different looks yourself at home. Make sure your stylist remembers you may not have the Midas touch when it comes to blunt  blow drying so ask then to show you some simpler hassle free styling you can achieve yourself

 Note: Try Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Daily Boost which protects fragile strands and adds volume for fine hair.



The quiff is emerging as a strong style for the hotter months and is taking on many variations. With an option to suite every face shape and hair style, with a little know how and the right styling products you can create an everyday look or a style just for special occasions.


How to wear a quiff:

  • Hair out, quiff to the side
  • Hair out quiff hair up and back
  • Quiff ponytail
  • Quiff bun

Note: Try Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam which creates lightweight body and volume for fine hair, adding flexible control, amplifying shine and locking in moisture.


Which hairstyle is your favourite? Share what you think. 

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Japanese Age-defying beauty Masako Mizutani. You won’t believe her actual age!

By Zay Aw

Meet Masako Mizutani, a Japanese housewife who became a TV sensation for her beauty secrets to radiant and porcelain skin. But can you guess her actual age?


Masako Mizutani, a Japanese housewife who became a TV sensation looks way younger than her actual age.

She’s  45 (yes!) and is known as “the Lady of Eternal Youth”. How insane is that? “LIKE” this story if you’re amazed at Masako’s youthful appearance.

Now you might say that she’s blessed with genetic lottery, but Masako’s beauty secret isn’t really in her genes but a diligent step-by-step beauty regime every day without fail.

Inspired by Masako, I decided to try out a 5-step beauty regime introduced by Japanese beauty brand Eversoft SKINZ. The regime combines Japanese ingredients such as Wakame Seaweed, Ume, and Super Hyaluronic Acid with the latest technology to combat ageing. I can’t wait to introduce these five easy steps to you which could help you on your journey to youthful, porcelain-like skin.


1. Always start the routine with a gentle cleanser

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Too busy ? Too tired? We always feel like we don’t have a lot of time to indulge in a good beauty regime, but we can take a leaf out of Masako’s book – her time devoted to cleansing. Many Japanese women prefer using a soothing product, such as cleansing oil. I recently tried out Eversoft SKINZ Youth Recall DEEP ACTION MICRO CLEANSING OIL and noticed that it effectively takes away make-up, sunscreen, BB cream and other residues.

Tips: Take 30 seconds at least each time to massage the oil into your face so that it covers every spot possibly. Rinse with water gently afterwards.



2. Step two of cleansing

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The cleansing step will not be complete without deep cleansing. Japanese women believe this step will help remove any impurities that could not be removed by step one. My thirsty skin loves especially the Eversoft SKINZ DEEP MOIST RICH CLEANSING FOAM (for dry skin) that does the work while leaving my face supple and hydrated. Eversoft SKINZ also comes with HYDRA CLEAN CLEANSING FOAM (for normal skin).

Tips: Use fingers to go one round on your face in circular movements and rinse with water afterwards.


3. Invest longer time on toners

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In Masako’s beauty regime, she literally spends at least 1 hour  every day on toning.  Wow! Toning is said to soften and prep our skin for the next steps, but in Masako’s belief, toning also helps to hydrate skin. Lucky for us, Eversoft SKINZ Youth Recall HYDRATING TONING LOTION is fortified with Hiaruron San (Super Hyaluronic Acid) that provides an instant two times hydration and softening effect that last for 24 hours! When you’re applying it on your face, try the Masako way.

Tips: Put toner directly on palms, gently press palms on face, “pushing” it in chin, cheeks, forehead and nose. Wait until your face takes in the toner, repeat the steps for two times.  This would help skin taking in the moisture as much as possible. Treat this toning step like a mini facial and invest longer time in it until your face feels moisture.


4. Lift face naturally and say no to spots

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“Japanese women protect from brown spots as early as in their 20s,” says Genevieve Monsma, writer at, while investing why Japanese women rarely get spots, “they use a lot of umbrellas.” It is obvious that Japanese women start anti-ageing sooner. A good lifting cream can prevent early formation of wrinkles, one that’s like Eversoft SKINZ FIRMING & REFINING ESSENCE (Face & Eye), RM53.90, which is enriched with concentrated liquid actives for wrinkle signs correction and whitening actions. This skin refining essence is also enhanced with concentrated Renewal Peptide 3 to boost skin renewal for firmer, radiant and anti-yellowing  of the skin.

Tips: Take a small amount on fingers and massage into face and on eyes.


5. Slap on – moisturiser

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Japanese women do not just apply moisturiser, they “slap” it on. Literally. This is said to stimulate blood circulation and elevate energy levels to optimize the properties of moisturizer. Eversoft SKINZ comes in am cream and pm cream.  HYDRA GLOW FIRMING CREAM SPF 30 PA++ helps my skin stay fresh after a long day. And Eversoft SKINZ ULTRA RICH RENEWAL FIRMING CREAM, RM39.90, does the work at night while I sleep to repair wrinkle signs.

Tips: Now this wasn’t exactly from Masako, but an old Japanese beautician used to teach me to gently slap on the moisturizer to face. Spend a good 1 min to gently slap it on until your face takes in all the moisture.


The full product range of EversoftSkinz Youth Recall is now available at all leading pharmacies, supermarkets and beauty stores this month. The whole range with individual products costing from RM14.90 to RM 53.90.


zayAbout Zay A.

Zay digs stories on beautiful things. Working at a Swedish firm as a Regional Communication Head for SEA, she dedicates her personal time to writing stories on During the past 7 years, Zay has been contributing works to various women’s magazines in Malaysia including the the Women’s Weekly and Harper’s Bazaar. Her work are mostly on beauty, lifestyle and travel. A mother of two based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 



Disclaimer: Thank you to Eversoft SKINZ for providing with the products for review. All opinions are unbiased and are a result of the product trial by’s beauty, travel & lifestyle Editor, Zay Aw (Malaysia).

Images of Masako Mizutani via her blog here.

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FASHION EDITORIAL | Miranda Kerr dresses as Manga character for Vogue Japan

For its 15th anniversary issue, Vogue Japan taps Miranda Kerr as its cover girl proving Kerr’s popularity in the land of the rising sun.  Mario Testino captures Kerr wearing Japanese inspired looks ranging from samurai to Manga-inspired which we find really cute and sexy at the same time. Looking at the luxurious layers and textures, we’re not surprised at all to hear that Anna Dello Russo styled this shoot. Well done, Anna! Do you think Kerr makes a good Manga character?

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Miranda Kerr looks like a Manga character in this Vogue Japan cover story shoot.

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Luxurious layers, it’s no surprise that Anna Dello Russo styled Miranda Kerr for this Vogue Japan cover.


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London Fashion Week | Street Style captured by Jessie Bush.

London Fashion Week was just fabulous. We loved the colourful ensembles as seen on  Meadham Kirchhoff, Fashion East, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Roksanda Ilincic and the clean minimalist lines on Fyodor Golan, Barbara Casasola, Osman and Christopher Kane were just amazing. But outside the shows were probably the real show where stylish LFW attendees grace the London streets with their creativity in fashion. Blogger and street style photographer Jessie Bush captured the frayed hems, funky and colourful trainers, pattern on pattern, patchwork decorated denim as well as a mix match of sporty and sexy.  So what’s the general look? Nothing, really. Just be bold in mixing and matching different themes together and you’re all set.


All photos by blogger and street style photographer Jessie Bush for British Vogue.


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