Pond’s Beautiful Story - July 10, 2014

Posted on Sunday, 10 August 2014

Now officially part of the Pond’s family! I’ve been using Pond’s products for as long as I can remember, and I often consider the brand as my first ever introduction to skincare and beauty.

Last July 10th, Pond’s Philippines held a “Beautiful Story” gala at The Peninsula Manila Hotel in Makati to launch the newest Pond’s endorser, as well as to show snippets of the Pond’s girls’ transformation stories.

It was such an honor to stand on the same stage as the 16 other Pond’s ambassadors, especially since I used to just admire them from afar! I never imagined that I could be part of this roster in my lifetime. Thanks to Pond’s for emphasizing that there is a place for different kinds of beauty in this world. 

One of the things I love about Pond’s is that it’s out there to prove that beauty is attainable, and that real beauty also includes inner beauty. They never make it seem like it’s intimidating, like there is only one mold for someone to be considered beautiful. Even a quiet, geeky girl like me can find a place to belong! 

Of course, I couldn’t let this special event pass without taking any photos! 

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With my loves Angie and Ogie! I’ve worked with them before as a photographer, so it was really fun and interesting to be the one sitting on the make-up chair this time. 

Soft smokey eyes was the peg for the night! I wish I could do this kind of make-up on myself. Like, how awesome were these eyebrows?

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Ogie’s masterpiece! They decided to put my hair up since I always have it down for my OOTDs.

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Rhoy worked on pretty Patricia’s hair! 

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Time for touch-ups with Kryz! 

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This is what dreams are made of. The decors reminded me so much of Elsa’s castle in Frozen.

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We look like characters from Guardians of the Galaxy! Here I am with my good friend, Ms. Beauty and Sparkle, Nicole. 

Thanks to Reese Rubin for styling us for the event! Had a few outfit changes before this, but the high neck + simplicity in this one pretty much hit the mark for me.

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One of the rare moments I wore backless to an event. Or to anywhere. 

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Preview and Candy represent!

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Dinner time. The menu was all sorts of perfect!

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I had some fancy sea bass.

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Le boyfriend had some foie gras steak.

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Pond’s blogger ambassadors! All white with Patricia, Kryz, Nicole and Laureen.

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After dinner, they started showing our photos on the revolving stage. ”I used to be just behind the scenes, but now I found the confidence to stand in front of the camera.”

To those who have followed me since the beginning of time (i.e. deviantART or even Livejournal days 10 years ago), I’ve really come a long way, huh? I used to always cover my face and never talk in public because I was shy and afraid of so many things. Once, I was so set on never showing my face, and just settling for behind the scenes forever.

I’m still the same awkward girl, but I’m no longer scared. :)

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With Patricia Prieto, Heart Evangelista and Laureen Uy for Pond’s Flawless White.

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Agoo Bengzon, Chesca Garcia-Kramer, Kelly Misa-Fernandez, and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo for Pond’s Age Miracle.

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Tweetie De leon-Gonzales, Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach, Apples Aberin, and Hindy Weber-Tantoco for Pond’s Age Miracle.

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Thank you remarks by Apples Aberin. To her left (our right) is the newest endorser of Pond’s, Toni Gonzaga. I’m really happy that she was chosen as the new face of Pond’s because her beauty is really off the charts! Backstage, she also seemed so sweet and friendly, and I think I spent a good few seconds just admiring how perfect her skin was!

Toni shared the beautiful story behind that beautiful face we often see on our television sets. It was all too familiar. It was a story that all girls can definitely relate to. Toni used to go to auditions and feel discouraged whenever she was surrounded by beautiful women. But her drive and talent persevered, making her beauty shine like no other. 

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With Mr. Rohit Jawa, Chairman and CEO of Unilever Philippines.

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With all the Pond’s girls! From top left: Charlene Gonzalez, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Apples Aberin, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, Agoo Bengson, Patricia Prieto, Tricia Gosingtian, Toni Gonzaga, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Nicole Andersson, Kryz Uy, Kelly Misa-Fernandez, Laureen Uy, Heart Evangelista, Julia Barretto, Cheska Garcia-Kramer, Hindy Weber-Tantoco.

Thank you for calling us “The Philippines’ Most Beautiful Faces” <3 We all share the same dream to inspire Filipinas that they too can be more beautiful than they ever imagined.

Stay tuned for our personal transformation videos soon. Discover the #BeautifulStory behind every beautiful face, and you might just discover yours. 

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(OOPSY unicorn print cold shoulder top, Topshop pants, Le Bunny Bleu oxfords, Alodia cloud bag, Tokyo Posh hair extensions) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Candy colors, sorbet shades, and… unicorn prints? Here’s a throwback to my Lisa Frank-filled childhood, only with less saturated rainbow vomit. I’ve been secretly wanting these mystical creature-themed clothing, lol. This is the Tumblr girl in me speaking, obviously.

It was a huge summer trend for a lot of Japanese brands, especially with the recent boom of ’90s style and the Neo Gal subculture movement, and with new brands like EVRIS putting mermaids on everything for their S/S 2014 collection. I don’t think I can ever be bold enough for Alisa Ueno-levels of unicorn-ness, so here’s something that’s a bit more wearable for those days when you just feel like horsing around…

(in b4 healing unicorn lay comments)

Kiyosa Japanese Total Beauty

Posted on Wednesday, 6 August 2014

My prayers have been answered - there’s finally a Japanese nail salon in Manila! Kiyosa Japanese Total Beauty specializes in intricately designed Japanese gel nails that can last up to 3-4 weeks. They’ll also be offering Japanese eyelash extensions soon.

I’ve always been a firm believer that nails, apart from hair and make-up, play such a huge role in achieving a perfect, put-together look. Japanese nail technicians are some of the best in the world, and some of these “nailists” (as they are more commonly called) even have to pass an exam to get a license to do other people’s nails.

Nails are definitely serious business in Japan! There’s such a thing as annual Japanese nail awards that are given to celebrities with the best nail art. Past winners include stylish artists, idols, models and talents such as Koda Kumi, Hamasaki Ayumi, Masuwaka Tsubasa, Nakamura An, Rola, Itano Tomomi, Nishino Kana, Tsuchiya Anna, etc. 

What I love about Japanese nail salons is that they always emphasize that proper techniques are needed in order to keep nails healthy and in tip-top shape. It’s not just about making your nails look as pretty as possible, but also making sure that your nails won’t turn out bad in the long run. Sound familiar? Japanese skin care products more or less have the same goal. Short term, temporary solutions and “cover-ups” to beauty problems are a big no-no! Treat your nails like skin!

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I found out about Kiyosa while my boyfriend and I were driving around the BHS area. I never got around to try it until now, but I’m glad I found time to do so a few weeks ago! 

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So reminiscent of the nail salons in Japan. Clean and modern interiors with good lightning.  

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Here are some of the designs that they can do. Everything is perfectly hand-drawn. 

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Love this set! The simple, light-colored ones are so me! 

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They have different options (which they call courses) for their customers, depending on the desired result.

The most basic course is called Course 60 (because it would take around 60 minutes), which is only one color, french or gradation. I got Course 75, glitter line or stone art on a simple base. Course 90 is simple art on a sophisticated base, while Course 120 is 3D art on a luxury base. 

You’re not just limited to the designs they have on display. They have the latest Japanese magazines if you need any more references. You can also show them a photo from the Internet, but customize the colors according to your liking. The Kiyosa experience then becomes a collaborative effort between customer and nailist.

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Sometimes they would give you special discounts and extras (like foot baths and massages) if you get a particular design done on your nails. Right now, they have a sunflower and fireworks set to celebrate the summer season in Japan. I would’ve loved to get the set price, but the rainy day designs were too sparkly for me, lol. 

Most of the time, you can also get discounts if you bring a friend with you, or post the results and tag them on Facebook or Instagram! I can already see myself bringing my mom or Crissey here for an afternoon pampering sesh.

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Some of these wedding nails are my kind of nails, especially the one above the picture on the left. You can definitely have these done even if you’re not getting married any time soon! 

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Nail art for your toes! They’re still promoting their S/S designs, thus the bright and pastel colors. Can’t wait for them to come out with a different display for F/W!

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They use acegel, a popular Japanese brand that specializes in gel nail art. The brushes they use are also acegel.

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These are the two colors that I chose! Can I be any more predictable? The white-ish color has the prettiest gold speckles in it!

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My nailist, Kawachi Haruna-san! She is the best!

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She made drawing the houndstooth pattern look so easy. All the lines were so precise! 

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The final result! Peach-pink and gold-white with ring finger houndstooth accent and square nail charms. I originally planned to go gingham instead of houndstooth since I’m still not over EMODA’s Pin Up Lady concept, but my love for houndstooth reigned supreme.

You know how some nail salons’ gel nails peel at the base/cuticles after a few weeks? No signs of damage and dryness here even after 2 weeks. My nails look exactly as they were when I first them done. The nail charms are still perfectly in place, and even if you try to remove them on purpose, you can’t, lol. 

Japanese nail salons charge a hefty price compared to regular nail salons, but you’ll be able to save a lot in the long run because of the wonderful quality and total time saved. I always get gel nails when I know I’m going to be busy for a while. If you’re always on the go, I recommend Japanese nail art! 

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Kiyosa can also do designs as complex as these. Talk about real nail art. These are manager Shimoji Rie-san’s nails. They still look perfect after almost 3 weeks! 

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With the Kiyosa staff! If you plan to drop by any time soon because of this blog post, please let them know I said hi!

Kiyosa Japanese Total Beauty (+63-2) 805-8888/0939-9158888 Ground Floor, F1 Hotel, 32nd Street. cor. Lane Q, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

Prices, contact info and details can be found here. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

(Kate-Katy top, Romwe skirt, MURUA earrings and shoes, Forever 21 bag, Tokyo Posh hair extensions) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

(Zara top, INGNI skort, Balenciaga bag, Tory Burch Jesse Quilted Slip-On Sneakers, TRIWA Sort of Black Chrono watch, EMODA necklace, Kate Spade ring, nails by I Do Nails) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Thank you Tory Burch and SSI for these glorious slip-ons! I’ve been constantly using and abusing this pair ever since they arrived on my doorstep. Who wouldn’t? It comes in classic black, and is one of the most tasteful and unique takes on the slip-on shoe trend I’ve seen yet. The quilted detail gives just the right amount of edge, making this pair such a dream for girls like me who prefer an understated but still elegant kind of style. Perfect everyday shoe!

In the Philippines, Tory Burch is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI), and is located at Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Makati, and Rustan’s Tower Shangri-La Plaza Mall. There is currently an end of season sale at all Tory Burch stores. Enjoy up to 30% off shoes, clothing, handbags and accessories until August 16, 2014!