Saturday, March 29, 2014

Cutest Smile Contest: Win a Colgate Optic White Toothbrush w/ Built-in Whitening Pen

Post a picture of your child's best smile and be entered to win a Colgate Optic White Toothbrush w/ Built-in Whitening Pen.
Happy Spring!

To celebrate the beauty of our kids' amazing smiles and teeth, I'd love to see you share your child's smile! Please post pictures of your children laughing, showing off their toothy or toothless ;-) smiles on my Facebook page. And the family of the cutest smile wins a Colgate Optic White Toothbrush, which has a Built In Whitening Pen, which gives you whiter teeth in just two days ($15 value). I'm sure we'd all love to see everyone's kids, right?

Also, scroll down further for three useful tips on kiddie clean teeth care!
The Colgate® Optic White® (@opticwhite on Twitter) toothbrush is specially designed with polishing bristles and stain removers to help remove surface stains.

Healthy Kid Teeth Care Tips for Parents: 

Maintaining clean teeth for the little ones and helping them to develop healthy attitudes toward keeping their pearly whites cavity-free is just another one of our many parental duties. But luckily we've got all kinds of character toothbrushes (Barbie in my house), deliciously flavored toothpastes and clever kiddie floss picks to help us help our munchkins smile bright. A few things I've learned along the way from experts and friends to keep kiddo teeth cavity free:

1) Stay away from gummy vitamins as the sugars in them stick to vulnerable baby teeth and make it easy for cavities to form. My daughter started to develop a tiny bit of decay on one of her molars before her dentist asked if we were using gummy vitamins, which we then switched immediately to chewable ones, in which the sugars melt away in the mouth instead of sticking to the teeth.

2) When your children eat chewy candies or fruits (e.g. dried fruits, Starbursts, etc.) have them floss right away. Kids floss picks are very easy for adults to use and children like that they're flavored.

3) Kids need help from their parents until the age of nine brushing of their teeth as they don't have the motor skills until they are older to brush accurately around all sides of their beautiful whites. And of course, try to have your kids brush their teeth twice a day.


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

DIY Pro Brow Shaping Tutorial w/ Soul Lee, NYC Brow Guru

Tending to your brows is probably the easiest, most budget friendly, uplifting (no pun intended) way to take ten years off your face. This video tutorial I did with wonderful colleague Soul Lee, one of NYC's leading brow and lash specialists, is still one of my favorites. It is an in-depth tutorial on getting photo-shoot ready-, your very best-, BROWS ever. In this video Soul gently teaches and reveals her best-kept secrets, all for you to look better: What a gift!

Let me know your thoughts, and if you do end up looking ten years younger, please do share! I always feel a thousand times better when she helps me out!

To book an appointment with Soul Lee who is at the Kiehl's Spa in NYC call 888-SPA-1851 or visit



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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Clinique's Story Changers: A Video on Improving Skin

Happy to be a part, here I am doing makeup with Clinique foundation for the Story Changers Video

A few months ago I was asked to be a part of an amazing campaign with Clinique (a brand I've loved since childhood) as they were getting ready to launch a new acne product. It was in conjunction with Case, an incredible film production team, and so I was lucky enough to be filmed in my home city of NYC doing what I love -- talking about my history with beauty, makeup, and most importantly my struggles with acne.

As a Korean-American, I was taught to treat skin almost like a family member -- with utmost respect, love and nourishment, as you would an individual. So with acne, the best solution of it started with well, a talk with Mom! See how I changed my acne story in my video with Clinique, and how you can ultimately change your skin story too.


                                  Clinique Story Changer: Nuy Cho, Beauty Blogger 

 To see the rest of the amazing Clinique Story Changers and their videos, click here!
Smile :-)
NOTE: If you have any specific comments/questions about the Clinique Acne solutions mentioned in the Story Changers video, there is a Live Chat available where you can talk to a Clinique Consultant directly about a regimen that is right for you. Just click on the blue link to be connected to the expert, and you won't have to go all the way to a counter to get your answers.


In Reverse: I'm getting my makeup done for once, yay -- by the awesome Camille Thompson, xo!
How fun to get a Go Pro attached to me while I bike around my home nabe of Inwood, NYC! Thanks to CASE - you guys rock! (Instagram #repost @midgemadge)


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Exclusive #Giveaway for my special #Inwood and #WashHi #Mothers

Zoya Naturel Collection Sampler contains 6 full-sized (0.5oz) bottles
Exclusive #giveaway for my special #Inwood and #WashHi #mothers (my #awesome #Mom neighbors!) 

This Zoya Nail Polish and Treatments new #spring collection ($54) can be yours! Because I LOVE MOMS, just show me back your love and #follow me on any of my platforms: right here on bloggerm, on Facebook:  on Twitter and/or Instagram

Winner will be announced next Monday! The #beautiful #nude nail polishes are #kid friendly !!!!

-- N.C.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Healthy, Fun Eats: Homemade Handrolls Recipe

Lil Miss A-chan proudly holding up her Temaki (Japanese for Handroll), filled with very healthy sliced cucumbers, carrots and pan-fried Tilapia fillet.
I love food, and eating healthy to keep fit. I grew up in an Asian family in Honolulu, so we ate tons of fish and rice growing up. The daily challenge of feeding my daughter healthy food everyday is one I know is a universal one, particularly for those on a budget like me ;-). Today I'd like to share one of my $10 dinner recipes that's healthful, kid-approved, and pretty yummy. It's one I grew up with back in Oahu, but very easy to apply anywhere you are in the world.


You'll need

1) ROASTED SEAWEED for wrapping, which is available at most supermarkets in the Asian food section, Costco, or you can find it online. Seaweed should be cut into 4" by 2-3" rectangles. Scissors are the best tool for this.

The Beauty Benefits of eating seaweed are outstanding: it's a great source of zinc and antioxidants helping to strengthen the immune system. It is considered to have anti-aging properties; its rich iodine content helps maintain healthy thyroid function and can assist with weight loss (thumbs up!); it helps boost energy levels due to its vitamin B and iron content; AND seaweed's bounty of vitamins, minerals and amino acids makes it an amazing food for improving the health, as well as the strength of hair, skin and nails. I mean, WOW, right?

Roasted Seaweed: Delicous on its own, and the essential wrapper for Handrolls
2) TILAPIA or any thin white fish fillet. Beauty Benefits of Tilapia: Tilapia has B12 (which gives skin its healthy coloring), selenium (an antioxidant) and phosphorous (helps with cell repair) and I bought 2 pounds of it for $5, which is a good deal, in my opinion.

BUDGET TIP: I optionally chose to beef up my tilapia portions by battering them in a Korean pre-prepared batter called "Jun" and/or Korean Pancake Mix. It is essentially a lightly seasoned egg and flour base that you can easily mix with just water to coat meat or veggies in, then pan-fry them in. It helps to add some bulk to your meat if you need to stretch out your portions, and you want to save some money $. This batter can be purchased at Korean Supermarkets for a couple dollars a bag.

Korean Pancake Mix: "JUN" - use to easily add bulk to your meats and veggies.
3) STEAMED WHITE RICE. I like Nishiki brand; and I would suggest cooking at least 2 cups of it for a family of 3-4.

4) Sliced raw, pickled or steamed VEGGIES of your choosing to put inside the handrolls, e.g. cucumbers, carrots, avocado.

5) SOYSAUCE and wasabi and/or any other sauce or garnish to taste.


1) After slicing the veggies in long, thin strips so they will be easy to roll up in the hand-rolled sushi. You can also slice Japanese style pickles (easily purchsed at any Asian style supermarket).

2) Put your rice  to cook and start on the tilapia.

3) I like tilapia because it's easy to cook and easy for kids to eat -- soft, not so fishy and delicious. And of course, budget friendly. The battering, just involves lightly coating the filets in the "jun" mix and then putting them aside.

The battering, just involves lightly coating the filets in the "jun" mix and then putting them aside.
4) Put a touch of olive oil on a large non-stick skillet on med-high heat. The fish should pan-fry for about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown. The meat should fork easily when done.

After that the fish was just pan-fried for about 5 minutes on each side on med-high heat with a touch of olive oil on a non-stick pan until golden brown.
6) After cooling the filets off after removing them from the pan, set all the handroll/temaki ingredients, family style on the dining table, with an abundance of seaweed for lots of fun wrapping. Each family member can get a plate and serve what they want to put in their roll.

And let the wrapping feast begin!

A handroll - so delicous, healthful and fun to make.
Enjoy and let me know how your temaki festival goes!


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