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!

Sexy Conservative

Posted on Saturday, 2 August 2014

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(Kate Katy top, Topshop pants, Blackfive heels, Michael Kors bag) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

While there are so many medium-length hair/long bob hair inspiration articles popping out left and right, I’m really set on growing my hair out and keeping it in my most natural hair color yet! Hyuna’s Red MV teasers (so jealous of her strong weave game, huhu) made me love sexy, dark hair even more, and I wish I could time travel to that exact point in the future when I don’t have to depend on hair extensions anymore. I’m getting so impatient!

Speaking of K-pop, I’ve been religiously following OnStyle Jessica & Krystal. As you all might already know, Sica is my ultimate SNSD bias and K-pop style icon. I like searching for her airport outfits during my free time because she never fails to exude class whenever she travels. Her style is always so simple, chic and effortless! I don’t know how she does it, but I think it’s her perfect face and “ice princess” demeanor that give off an instant sophisticated vibe. Jealous! Can I be the third Jung sister?

Anyhow, I noticed in the show that Jessica and Krystal often rock loose tops with skinny jeans. It *is* possible to look sexy without having to resort to excessive skin exposure and bodycon dresses. Haha, I’m like the ambassador of modest dressing.

Love the Jung sisters so much! Consider this outfit my homage to their impeccable fashion! 

SM Beauty Doll Glam

Posted on Friday, 1 August 2014

As a pioneer of the latest beauty trends, the SM Store Beauty Section dedicated a glamorous weekend of free makeovers, nail art, and hair coloring to fans of make-up and all things beauty-related.  

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It was an honor to be part of the first ever Doll Glam event last July 26 at SM North EDSA The Block! I’ve always been an advocate of the Japanese-inspired dolly look, and it’s great that the SM Beauty Section found a way to bring in new brands that push for this particular make-up aesthetic. It’s about time! 

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Alodia/Edjie came as a sparkly kitty princess from heaven, while my OOTD ended up as a cutesy version of Catherine Zeta-Jones/Elena from Zorro, lol. Top from titty&Co, skirt from Romwe, wedges from RANDA, and earrings and choker from EMODA. Inspired by Shibuya 109 shop staff and Japanese magazine bloggers, I wanted my outfit to look dolly yet still wearable!

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(Hair color swap!)

Meanwhile, backstage, Edjie and I camwhored like we always used to back in college! We often miss each other in Tokyo (i.e. she would arrive on my date of departure, and I would arrive on her date of departure), but thanks to this event, we finally got our schedules to match. Good times!

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Sparkly pink nails are a must for dolls! (Mine is the hand with the ring)

We also had the chance to talk to the winners of the VIP contest, which was a very heartwarming experience. I’m always so grateful for my followers, and I can’t thank them enough when I meet them face-to-face. Some of them even brought their own copies of the #TriciaGosingtianStyleBook to be signed too! I haven’t promoted my book in ages, so I’m glad people still carry it around with them, huhu. /cry

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Photographer Jio had his camera pimped out with Hello Kitty stickers! Too kawaii not to include in this post.

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The event started with models styled in the 4 key Doll Glam looks. Doll Glam can be cute, pretty, hippie and sexy, so there’s sure to be a place for each and every girl! I loved how the stylist combined some of the key looks to match the models’ personalities.

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Edjie and I dressed up according to the key looks too! She went as cute/sexy (she is pretty much the perfect manifestation of this combination), while I went as pretty/hippie. I tried my best to look as girly and dolly as possible! 

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If the ^_^ smiley came to life…

(Thanks to my boyfriend for taking this photo. If someone were to take this kind of photo of me, it would be him.)

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We did a short demonstration on how to achieve that Doll Glam look, and it turned me into a puddle of anxiety! I was so nervous because of the time limit! Thankfully, I think I did an okay job!

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(Photo by Jionor Verona)

I focused on the eyes by applying a brown shimmer eyeshadow to the eyelids, winging the brown pencil eyeliner out, using a light brown eyebrow mascara on the eyebrows, not forgetting to put mascara on the lower lashes, and finally applying natural-looking falsies to create the illusion of doll eyes.

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With my doll of the day - Ruth! You might recognize her beautiful face in all of SM’s department stores.

Love the accidental matchy matchy off-shoulder top x big skirt combo too. We’re definitely made for each other, bb Ruth!

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10 lucky winners were chosen during the event to receive special gift packs (which included brands like Dolly Wink, BYS, NYX, Pixy, Heroine Make, Kate, Maybelline Color Show, Cutex, Palty, Beautylabo and Lucido L, among others), as well as a chance to walk down the stage to show their outfits. Everyone looked absolutely adorable! You can tell that most of them are rabid fans of Japanese culture.

Mad props to them for the confidence that they exuded while walking the runway. Sometimes I wish I were a little less like a statue in public events! You’d think that after all these years, I’d get used to it. But I could never, haha.

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Some of the brands and products that the 10 lucky girls were able to receive!

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Harajuku girls. They definitely did justice to Japanese street style! 

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Edjie and I with our dollies/models after the demo. This event just proved that it is totally possible to achieve the Doll Glam look in a short span of time if you have the right products. Thanks to SM Store Beauty Section for helping us out!

Much thanks to the recent birthday girl Nicole Andersson for doing such a great job at hosting too, as usual. 

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Whee! Full house!

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(Photo by Jionor Verona)

With some of the winners of the VIP contest on Twitter. Wish we had more time to chat and take pictures!

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(Photo by Kawaii Philippines)

Thanks to SM Beauty Section for the flowers! I got the one with the blue gingham wrap while Edjie got the pink one! I wonder if this was just random or if the organizers knew that blue is my favorite color.

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(Photo by Kawaii Philippines)

Photo time! Some people traveled hours just to attend the event, so I stayed behind after the program to thank people, sign books, and take lots of selfies!

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Kawaii girls Anne and Kaila! Kaila’s in town for Kawaii in Manila 2, the first Philippine Kawaii Convention happening on September 6th! I’m definitely going! See you there?

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Here are only some of the pictures from that day! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #SMBeautyDollGlam if you’ve yet to post your photos from the event!

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Finishing this post off with my Doll Glam selfie taken before the event and before all the sweat!

Thanks to Events 100 and SM Store Beauty Section for this opportunity! Hoping for more Japanese beauty/fashion-related events in Manila!

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