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CONTRIBUTORS Publisher: AX3 Multimedia Editor-in-Chief: Justin Lee Managing Editor: Evelyn Wong Writers: Yan Lui, Peter Tang, Bernie Yee, Benjamin Yong, Ellick Lee

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Letter from the Directors: As we move on to the joyous season of spring, our magazine continues to deliver more quality content and exclusive interviews. AX3 as a company continues to grow and I would like to take this opportunity to thanks all of our supporters that have continuously supported our magazine since its inception in January. The consistent quality of our work is the product of all our staff in our multimedia collective. We are always finding innovative methods to interact with our readers such as engaging them with weekly polls, and original editorial to initiate discussions on the webzine. Bringing you the latest coverage of all Asian media events and concerts, and with multiple contests on the go, don’t forget to keep up to date by following us through our social media channels to stay CHARGED. — Alan Ng

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March has been an extremely exciting month. Looking back, we had the pleasure of interviewing Mag Lam, Hubert Wu, Kristie Yung, Ryan Higa, Kev Jumba, Victor Kim and others from YTF. I would like to give thanks to the artist and their respective managements for the opportunity to sit down and learn from these inspirational figures. With this March issue, we strive to deliver more exclusive, original contents in combination with a fresh design. I hope you can continually see the improvements we have made to the overall magazine. If you have comments or feedback, don’t hesitate to contact us through email at staycharged@ax3battery.com. — Shun Lee

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Flipping our calendars over to April, we suddenly realize that Spring is here and Summer is right around the corner. We’ve got a great collection of articles this time around, everything from late night restaurants to the best phone apps for the Skytrain. This month’s feature is the wonderful and talented Kristie Yung. While interviewing her for this issue, she couldn’t emphasize enough on the importance of opening up and taking in as many inspirations and cultural experiences as you can. A new season provides a new outlook, a great way to refresh, and I hope you take every opportunity you can to grow this spring. — Justin Lee


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Concert Review

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5 Apps to Survive the Skytrain Ride

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Photo Contest

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Enter Kristie Yung’s Musical Journey

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Fixing Your Chapped Lips 101

29 CHARGED ASKS What Keeps You Focused while Working?

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CONCERT REVIEW JIN AKANISHI

JIN AKANISHI Japonicana Tour - Vancouver Concert Review Text: Johanne Chow & Bryan Leung

Concert Rundown: 1. Sun Burns Down 2. Tell Me Where 3. Set Love Free 4. Body Talk 5. Like You 6. Pindom - Intermission 7. TWSS 8. Aphrodisiac 9. Test Drive 10. Yellow Gold 11. Oowah 12. California Rock - Encore 13. Seasons

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On March 10, JPOP sensation JIN AKANISHI came to town for his JAPONICANA World Tour, held at Vancouver’s The Centre of Performing Arts. The show opened with guest performers, Emmalyn Estrada and Joseph Vincent, to fire up the crowd in anticipation for Jin’s appearance. With energy of these two, fans rose to their feet in excitement, welcoming Jin upon his grand entrance. Showcasing his latest R&B and Hip Hop hits from JAPONICANA album released in March.

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Jin performed a very generous offering of track, keeping the energy alive all throughout the concert. His encore finisher “Seasons” was a delight to the crowd, sung in Japanese - a tad of fan service for our local community here. A quick Meet & Greet was held after the concert. We’re grateful that Jin Akanishi has chosen Vancouver as one of his stops for his first US World Tour JAPONICANA. It was a great night for Jin Akanishi, as he bid farewell to the fans: どもありがとう! (Thank You!)


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Interview with Jin Akanishi

After a night of exhilaration taking the audience’s breath away on stage, AX3 also had the great pleasure of catching a quiet moment with Jin to discuss his experience in North America, inspirations and future plans. Since your departure from KAT-TUN, with you pursuing a solo career, things have changed for you in the past 2 years or so. What’s a “day in the life of Akanishi Jin” like? I’ve been recording my album, JAPONICANA, and filming for 47 Ronin – that’s coming out in November of this year. After filming for 47 Ronin, I’ve been working on my album for 6 months. I’m just basically in the studio everyday. So you must have long working hours! Not really, it’s really short, but I had a great time working with American producers and musicians. Where do you get your inspiration for your music? Are there any genres of music that you would like to try out? Everywhere. Life, people, countries… Anything. Music is not just about genre. You mentioned earlier that you were collaborating with North American musicians. Are there any other musicians that you would like to work with in the future? I would like to work with Lil Wayne! Generally, any of the artists from Young Money. You recently collaborated with Jason Derulo, how was that experience? It was a great experience, and I’ve learned a lot of things working with him. I liked hearing him sing his name. You know, like the “Jason Derulo” at the beginning of the song. I heard that Jason has stopped doing that - my song might be the last song that he did that on. You’ve been back and forth from Japan and America for a while now. Has that influence or changed the way you make your music? Music in Japan and America is totally different. The way they compose the music is just, different. It’s hard to translate Japanese to English. Is that a challenge for you then? Achieving the flow of the lyrics in English as you would in Japanese? Yeah. I’m not that fluent in English, I make mistakes. I have friends that would check them for me, and fix my lyrics (grammatically). I always have friends that would help. Any plans after your JAPONICANA world tour? I have the movie, 47 Ronin, coming out and I’ll be promoting the movie. What gets YOU CHARGED? My personal life is what gets me charged. Just being able to step down, and hang out with friends and families really motivates me and that’s what gets me charged.

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CHARGED TECH FIVE APPS TO SURVIVE THE SKYTRAIN RIDE

FIVE APPS TO SURVIVE THE SKYTRAIN RIDE text: Ellick Lee

Pulse News iOS, Android, Free Genre: Social Media/RSS Reader

Pulse is a great option to keep up-to-date with current news. The custom RSS feed reader combines interesting topics and highlights from your favourite news source. In addition to news genres ranging from games to entertainment, you also have the option to connect your social media feeds into one stream. Instead of peeking over at someone’s newspaper on the train, check out Pulse and get ready to be instantly connected to your news.

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Flight Control Rocket iOS, $0.99 Genre: Single Touch Game

The goal of Flight Control Rocket is to maneuver your rocket into the station without crashing into any objects, while collecting bonuses and modifiers. With a shortmini game format, it is a great on-the-go game, as you can increase your progress level while time on transit flies by.

Flowpaper iOS, Free Genre: Art

Perhaps the beautiful sunset horizon of Vancouver inspires you to create your own landscapes. With the touch of a finger, create beautiful, wavy graphics on Flowpaper by swiping, pressing, holding, and twirling on the screen. You also have the option to post or display your artwork to friends. This app is a pocket-sized creative canvas for you to express your inner artist anywhere you are.

Trakr iOS, $0.99 Genre: Productivity

Trakr is a useful app that tracks things such as how many stairs you took today, and the amount of time you’ve been on transit. It can record and graph your everyday actions with visual graphs and updated tracker. Ifyou happen to be a stats junkie, then this is definitely the way to keep you occupied throughout your everyday commute.

They Need To Be Fed iOS, Android, $0.99 Genre: Plateform Game

They Need To Be Fed is a puzzle platform game, and the goal is to collect food from all sides of a platform for your game character. With the control stick orientation at the bottom of the screen, this game immediately transforms itself to a mini handheld console game. This on-thego game can provide tidbits of entertainment anytime you are feeling bored.

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As we all know, April is exam month, and students everywhere will be in full flight taking over your local coffee shops and libraries. At the end of the night, they’re going to be quite drained and will require major refueling. So for this month’s feature of CHARGEDeats, we’re featuring some of Vancouver’s top late night restaurants to keep you, quite literally, CHARGED!

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If you’re extremely hungry and craving that simple bowl of hot and delicious pho, mark Truong Thanh on your map because this 24 hour Vietnamese restaurant offers one heck of a late night meal. Featuring your standard Vietnamese fare, this place provides a very warm and welcoming atmosphere alongside friendly service and a clean interior – something that most Vietnamese restaurants aren’t exactly known for. With everything on the menu under $10, we highly recommend the pho and spring roll combo for $8. It comes out steaming hot and quick, and the pho comes with plentiful amounts of meat. The other dishes here are equally as delicious and are generously sized. 2096 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC Hours: 24 Hours

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As one of the few 24 hour joints in Vancouver, Lucy’s Eastside Diner offers a wide variety of traditional North American diner cuisine in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for simple bacon and eggs, a juicy burger, or a creamy milkshake to reenergize yourself with, this nostalgic restaurant has it all! We highly recommend their Three Little Pigs eggs benedict ($10) with a milkshake ($5). 2708 Main Street, Vancouver, BC Hours: 24 Hours

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Very few places offer late night Japanese cuisine in Vancouver, so naturally, Koto Izakaya is a blessing for night owls seeking solid and delicious sushi. Tucked in a plaza nearby Lansdowne Centre in Richmond, this small little joint has a fairly decent menu that offers your typical appetizers, sushi, and hot dishes. With the food arriving quickly and always fresh, the service is also top-notch and friendly.

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With its small interior, Koto Izakaya is a very comfortable and cozy spot to enjoy some Japanese food. The ambience is nice; you can probably even do some studying while you down that fresh salmon sashimi! 101-8171 Alexandra Road, Richmond, BC Hours: Everyday 5:30 pm to 2:30 am

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If you feel like grabbing some Chinese food after a night of cramming, look no further than No. 9 at Lansdowne Centre. Serving up a variety of Chinese and Chinese-Western cuisine, this Hong Kong style café is open 24 hours, making it an ideal place to stop by late into the early morning. Offering a selection of Chinese trademarks such as congee and noodle soup, No. 9 also serves up flavourful dishes such as barbequed duck and chili garlic fried chicken wings, both of which are favourites amongst regulars. Most dishes are priced around $10, but the portions are generous enough to warrant the cost. 812-5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC Hours: 24 Hours

Looking for some late night bubble tea? Why not head down to The One? Located on the corner of Kingsway and Butler Avenue in Burnaby, this restaurant offers your typical Taiwanese cuisine in a classy and modern atmosphere. With loud music playing overhead, this place is a popular destination even in the middle of the night. Deliciously popular di shes include: fried rice with chicken nuggets, satay hot pot, and their massive 18-inch high slush towers! Just be warned that the prices are a bit steep with dishes ranging from $10 to $15 each, but if you have that craving for quality Taiwanese food, The One will easily dispel your midnight hunger and keep you energized! 5908 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC Hours: Monday to Thursday, Sunday – 11:30 am to 1:00 am Friday and Saturday – 11:30 am to 2:00 am

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JANG MO JIB

With three convenient locations throughout Vancouver, this chain of traditional Korean restaurants really hits the spot. Literally translated as “mother-in-law’s house”, Jang Mo Jib boasts an impressive menu that offers everything from bulgogi, bibimbap, to galbi.

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Burnaby: 5075 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC Monday to Wednesday, Sunday – 10:00 am to 1:00 am Thursday to Saturday – 10:00 am to 2:00 am Vancouver: 1719 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC Monday to Thursday, Sunday – 10:00 am to 2:00 am Friday and Saturday – 10:00 am to 5:00 am Richmond: 8320 Alexandra Street, Richmond, BC Monday to Thursday, Sunday – 10:00 am to 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday – 10:00 am to 1:00 am


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GUIDE TO JOB HUNTING SUCCESS Text: Benjamin Yong

Although the weather in the Lower Mainland doesn’t want to admit it, spring is here — and for many, that means exams, graduation, and job hunting. With droves of post-secondary students about to either hit the career path or look for casual summer work, how can people get a leg up on the competition in an increasingly tough job market? Kevin Rolston, department chairman for the Co-operative Education department at Langara College, sees his fair share of students looking for employment every semester. He says the first thing to do is make sure you’re looking for the right position. “The job you seek should fit into you overall career plan. It is far too easy to take the first thing that comes along,” says Rolston.

interview preparation. The key for the first two, says Rolston, is tailoring. “Focus the content of the resume and cover letter on what you have accomplished for past employers, not just on the duties you performed,” he says. “Target both documents so that they directly respond to the job posting. Do not just send one cover letter and resume to every employer.” Be sure to emphasize “soft skills,” added Rolston — something that he says Canadian employers place tremendous value in. That means highlighting anything you’ve done, either academically or volunteer/workrelated, involving things like teamwork, communication, interpersonal skills and judgement. Link those qualities to qualifications that the specific posting asks for.

That means even if you’re just looking for something temporary to pay off bills or save up some extra spending money, find something that will build up transferrable skills and make you attractive to a future employer in your dream job. Serving at a restaurant may not seem that useful in the long run, but it can build up customer service, multi-tasking, and problemsolving skills that are useful in many industries.

Okay. You’ve spent a few hours customizing and sending out a batch of applications, and now you’ve received that much-anticipated call or email requesting an interview. It may feel like a cause for celebration, but you’ve still got to wow your potential boss enough to hire your first! So what exactly should you do to get ready?

After you’ve narrowed down what you want to do, it’s time to polish the three staples of every job search — resume, cover letter and, if you’re lucky enough,

1. Be prepared, but not rehearsed. Read the job description carefully and try to anticipate what will be asked.

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2. Prepare four or five SPECIFIC examples for behavioural-based questions. Your examples should illustrate what you have accomplished in applying soft skills in the workplace. 3. Relax, smile and be natural — and listen carefully to what you are being asked. Don’t: 1. Give answers that you read from a book or website. 2. Go into the interview without knowing what the company does or what the job is about. 3. Either give short answers that don’t give the hiring manager anything to go on OR give excessively long answers that may cause the interviewer to lose focus. Following these steps should help you stand out from the rest of the pack, which is vital considering the amount of resumes from talented individuals that come across a manager’s desk everyday. One final tidbit of advice offered by Rolston is to go out and get some experience. Attending classes is not enough — employers are interested in your extracurricular activities. Go volunteer, get involved in campus life and participate in co-op programs.

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KRISTIE YUNG Meet Kristie Yung, a young acoustic singer and songwriter from Vancouver looking to inspire the world. With a music background that’s surprisingly unique from other artists, Kristie reveals the importance of learning as much as you can from other people and other cultures, and to work on all aspects of the music industry. Read below as we explore Kristie’s journey as an artist, her tips for inspiring artists, and her future plans!

“Keep level-headed and accept the fact that you may not be the best at what you do… but that’s a good place to start.”

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ENTER KRISTIE’S MUSICAL JOURNEY... TEXT: JUSTIN LEE PHOTOS: NORMAN TAM

Kristie, introduce yourself to our readers and briefly tell us about your journey in becoming a singer and songwriter.

two years that we did the camp, a manager handpicked a few of us to be in this band. I got the chance to play with my band mates in a sold-out show at the Commodore Ballroom, which was such a great experience.

I’ve been singing for my whole life, but my journey started when I was 7, the first time I You have said, “Music has an incredible power hit the stage. I became to unite people and places.” the lead in the school Please elaborate. play and sang a solo in “From that moment front of an audience It’s the cliché saying that on, I knew that’s what in the gymnasium—it music is universal, and it was the most amazing experience in my life. From that moment on, I knew that’s what I wan¬ted the rest of my life to be like. That feeling, that rush from being onstage, and hopefully inspiring others in the same way other artists have inspired me.

I wanted the rest of my life to be like. That feeling, that rush of being onstage. Hopefully inspiring others in the same way other artists have inspired me. ”

Now I’m working very hard in Vancouver to build a name for myself. I have a bit of a fan base internationally already, so I’m just trying to blend the two worlds.

really is. My friends may not understand the languages I sing in, but they still really enjoy my music videos. I think that sparks an interest for them to learn more about that culture. It’s the same way around that my own music, being born and raised in Vancouver [in the Western ordeal] with a large Asian influence, that it opens their eyes to other cultures. I think that music is a really great way to bring people in without a specific reason or motive. Cultural barriers are not an issue.

Would you say your singing abilities were an inherited talent, or was it an acquired skill? Over the years, how did you develop your vocal abilities?

Your performance and co-production ‘Keh Dena’ became an International chart topper. How was it like co-producing this project, and helping support Alamgir’s Health Fund?

I think that enough of it might be inherited, but you can only do so much with what you’re given. After that, you have to work hard. I took vocal lessons, went to school through the Royal Conservatory of Music. And I do practice a lot. I believe that it is 90% trained and 10% inherited, like being able to hear tones.

It was an interesting opportunity: I didn’t seek it, it kind of came to me. Basically my attitude from the beginning was “why not”. Because I have been classically trained, I’m used to having to learn languages that I don’t speak. In the past I’ve done German, Italian, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin, but I never thought to do an Urdu song. It was just an opportunity to have a lot of fun, and it’s made me grow in so many ways, just because I’ve been able to pull a lot of influence from the new genres of music I’m listening to

You have gone through many experiences of competing, and being part of various musical groups prior to starting your solo career. What were some of the most memorable experiences before the start of your career? My most memorable experience was when I was in Jabulani, a West African musical group. In elementary school I learned how to play the [Zimbabwean] Marimba, and fell in love with it. I joined a world music summer camp, and of the

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now. And Alamgir, who wrote the song back in the day, he’s like the Elvis of the Middle East. He was not in the spotlight for a little while just because he’s suffering with health problems [both of his kidney’s have failed and he’s currently on dialysis

three times a week]. Doing with video with him as his “comeback” and just to show people that although he’s sick and needs your help, he can still do this, and it was great to be a part of it. You have recently released a brand new original single titled “It’s You,” and you are also currently recording your debut EP, ‘The Set List Project’ which is due in 2012. What should we expect in your upcoming release? You can expect a lot more soul, a lot more funk. When people ask me what genre I am, I say I’m acoustic soul because that’s the closest I can get to what I think my genre is. The last two releases are a bit more pop acoustic than acoustic soul. The last four that I’m adding onto the EP are influenced by funk and soul. They’ll be a lot more fun; something that people can dance to and have a good time with on stage. That being said, I think it’s really important to fuse genres. [If not], you’re really just cookie cutting. I can’t lie and say that my influence comes from jazz or soul; I like to draw influences from across the board. I can’t really categorize it, but it’s just me. How are you able to relate your current music career to your undergraduate studies in Communications at SFU? Why do you think it is important for musicians and artists to be educated? Going through school in general has taught me to be dedicated, to see projects from start to finish. It’s taught me to be patient, to be willing to learn things from other people, and accept the fact that I don’t know everything, and that’s a good thing. Communications has helped me specifically because although I would like to say that I’m a musician and all I do is sing and play guitar, there is a business side to it. It’s helped me dip my hands into media relations, PR and marketing. I have a minor in publishing so I know how to use programs such as InDesign and do a little bit of design work. This helps me develop my creative side and also the business side of things. Overall it’s helped me become a stronger person. I think that [going to school is a good idea] if it’s fitting, but some people aren’t just school people. You could study music as an alternative, but I didn’t do it.


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Social media plays a big part in today’s musical industry for artists to interact with their fans. Tell us how you connect with your fans through your blog and various social media channels. Social media has really opened many doors for me; it’s helped me meet people that I wouldn’t normally meet. That’s not just online, but it leads to meeting people in person as well. In terms of fans and distribution, it does help a fair bit. I’m an independent artist, so a lot of my job is promotion. Fans interacting with me and telling me what they want helps me in so many ways. Social media plays a huge role in that, especially on YouTube. You have come a long way as an artist, and there are many people out there that share common goals and dreams as you. What advice do you have for being striving in becoming a successful singer or songwriter? Not to sound harsh, but don’t be naïve about the business. Obviously work on your craft, but

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don’t think you’re the best and rely solely on your talent: have the drive and determination to do what you do. It’s really obvious to see an artist who’s doing it for fame and who actually loves music. Being a good person obviously helps too, and just keeping level headed and accept the fact that you may not be the best at what you do, but that’s a good place to start. Meeting other artists and listening to other performances will help you grow and you will continue to grow and take it all in your arms and embrace it. You’re always inspired and always evolving. Where do you see yourself in five years? Other than being a singer and songwriter, have you thought about pursuing other things in life? One of the most enjoyable aspects to me of being a musician is performing. Hopefully I’ll be on an international tour, travelling and meeting all these people who are listening to my music around the world.

What gets you CHARGED to sing songs or write music? People. The people that contribute to my life and whose lives I can contribute back to. The reason why I didn’t say music is that living all alone is probably the scariest thing in the world. If I had a stereo with music but was alone, that wouldn’t keep me going. It’s that constant interaction of meeting new people and learning from them, and being inspired by other people—that’s what keeps me going in all aspects of my life. Find Kristie Online: http://www.kristieyung.com/ https://www.facebook.com/kristieyungmusic http://music.cbc.ca/artists/Kristie-Yung http://kristieyung.bandcamp.com/ http://www.twitter.com/kristieyung http://www.youtube.com/feelkalisoul Special Thanks: Jewelery Sponsor — Design + Conquer (http://www.designandconquerjewellery.com) Clothing Sponsor — Flok Clothing (http://www.flokclothing.com)


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CHARGED BEAUTY FIXING YOUR CHAPPED LIPS 101

Fixing Your Chapped Lips 101 With the persistent chilly weather in Vancouver, your lips may easily become chapped and cracked. Lips are very sensitive to weather conditions and if you don’t take good care of them, it may cause detrimental damage. If you want soft and smooth lips, you need the lip balm that works! We are recommending 5 brands of lip balm to keep your lips looking healthy. CHARGED factor is the degree on how it can refresh and keep your lips moist! Text: Carolyn Shum

Kiehl’s - Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm Established decades ago as a pharmacy, Kiehl’s has recently become more popular. This lip balm in a subtle stick format is perfect for the guys. It’s completely shine-free (matte), fragrant-free, and it relieves cracked lips with emollient natural oils. Soft in texture, this glides very well on the lips and nourishes your lips after each application.

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Lip Medex - Blistex Blistex specializes solely on lip care products and they offer a full range lip care varieties. This particular one offers a cool menthol feeling to your lips to relieve any soreness or serious dryness in order to restore moisture balance. It immediately and effectively provides relief to any itchiness. However, if you over-apply it will get sticky, so make sure you only apply a thin layer regularly. Its menthol smell is especially strong.

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Burt’s Bees - Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil You might be familiar with the signature ‘bee’ logo on the products and its reputation of producing 100% natural hydrating lip balms. This one has pomegranate oil infused in it, along with a hint of colour to tackle lips that looks dry and chapped. This one has a strong smell that is a hit or miss. You might be better off with their Beeswax Lip Balm Tube (with coconut and sunflower oils) if you don’t like a flavoured lip balm.

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Maybelline- Baby Lips (Grape Vine) As you may have guessed, this one is for the girls. With a sheer and moist texture, this lip balm not only enhances your lip colour naturally, but also boasts to have a long-lasting hydration formula. This is the perfect lip balm for those who like some tint of colour on their lips with SPF protection. Comes in 4 tinted shades and 2 clear (Quenched and Peppermint) varieties.

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EOS- Summer Fruit EOS lip balms consistently receive good reviews due to their unique flavour, ball-shape structure and it being a 95% organic, 100% natural lip balm that is smooth and easy to apply. It is enriched with antioxidant Vitamin E along with shea butter and jojoba oil to make your lips soft and plump. There are 6 flavours with popular ones being the honeysuckle honeydew, summer fruit, and mint.

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Lip Tip! TIP #1

Apply your Vaseline liberally before heading out and before you sleep.

TIP #2 Apply by starting at the centre of the upper lip and move to the outer edges. Seal the bottom lip using the same method. Smudge your lips together in order for your lips to evenly absorb the lip balm.

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