CANMAKE is now in Manila

Posted on Saturday, 1 March 2014

I can’t remember the last time I had zero CANMAKE in my make-up kit. For years, I’ve been hoarding CANMAKE in other countries, and now I’m so happy that they’ve finally arrived in Manila. 

They had a press event last February 13th at Makati Shangri-la, and a store launch/party at their new space in Somera Boutique, Glorietta 2. 

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Darenogare Akemi is CANMAKE’s current model! I adored CANMAKE’s old Fuji Lena advertisements, but I think the new model fits the whole “kawaii” look too.

I thought she was just a generic model until I saw her in VS Arashi! 

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New CANMAKE lashes! Light, feathery lashes are the current trend in Japan, compared to the bold ones that were in fashion 5 years ago.

So many changes happening with gyaru make-up now! I know it’s quite controversial, especially for those who’ve been living the lifestyle for a decade now, but I personally think it’s exciting that the gyaru aesthetic is evolving. Who knows what it’s going to look like in the next 5-10 years?

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Of course, the Candy magazine girls were present at the event. Erin, Stephie, Macy, Marla and I shared a table together.

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Stephie’s cute phone accessory! Now that I switched to a 5s where the earphone jack was moved to the bottom, I can’t use mine anymore. ;_;

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The event started with a quick guide to a Japanese girl’s kawaii-style make-up. This has been my peg ever since! It’s nice to see them push this style compared to the more popular Western-style bold brows + bold lips style.

CANMAKE Chief Make-up Artist Bea Almeda also did a live demonstration of the current S/S14 make-up trends in Japan. One of the points she emphasized was namida bukuro or “tear bag”. Not to be confused with eye bags.

If you follow Korean-style make-up, it’s very similar to the aegyo-sal.

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Eri-san, Sachie-san, Bea and Kaori-san! They all wore matchy clothes!

I was able to practice my noob!Nihongo when I met Kaori-san, assistant manager for CANMAKE overseas sales. YAY! Mata aimashou!

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I also made an effort to dress in CANMAKE-style and to use all CANMAKE products for the launch.

That morning, I freaked myself out a bit when I realized that my CANMAKE collection is massive enough for me to use on its own without any help of other brands. Even my eyelid primer is CANMAKE!

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After the make-up demonstration, we had time to test their new products, and this included trying out the new skincare line!

I’m so excited for this because they have a variant for normal-dry skin (huhu why are there so many products for oily skin in the market), and because it smells so good (in Stephie’s words, “amoy pang-mayaman!”, lol)

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With the beautiful beauty bloggers.

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Tracy and Chai.

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Was welcomed by this wonderful roll platter when we transferred to Glorietta for the store launch. Thanks to Takashi-san from Hanaichi Restaurant! He never fails to make awesome food! 

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How can you resist this window display? Totemo kawaii desu yo!

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The foundation that I’m currently is on that bowl on the lower left. One of the best ones I’ve ever tried. 

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Filipinos can now enjoy their best-selling cream cheek blush! Crissey has almost all colors as it is truly a great product.

All of CANMAKE’s products are very affordable so collecting different colors will not cause a massive hole in your wallet. These cream blushes are only P385 and the powder blushes are only P390. Most of their products cost less than P500/600.

The prices are also not significantly higher than the prices in Japan, so you can’t use “it’s cheaper in other countries” as an excuse not to buy all the cuteness!

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My favorite Creamy Touch Rouge. I featured Sweet Cherry in my #TriciaGosingtianStyleBook because it is such a glorious red. I’ve also sported Marshmallow Pink and Misty Orange in a lot of my Instagram selfies.

Speaking of my book, you can now find a digital copy on the new Buqo app on iOS for only $3.99. And I’ll see you guys at my next book signing on March 8th, 2-6PM at SM MoA, yes?

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CANMAKE shop staff = the friendliest and prettiest!

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Thank you Sachie for bringing Japan’s #1 kawaii make-up brand to the Philippines! I’m so excited because Japanese products are slowly penetrating the beauty scene and I hope the fashion comes next too!

Visit CANMAKE Philippines on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news and updates! They are available at the Somera Boutique Glorietta 2, BIG in JAPAN 3/F Rockwell, Digital Traincase Ortigas, and online via BDJ BOX and GlamourboxPH.

Frozen

Posted on Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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(Just G dress, Choies heels) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Here’s a simple outfit inspired by Frozen and the Winter Olympics. Too bad my hair is still too short for Elsa braids, but a side ponytail will do in this case! Just imagine that the transparent part on my shoes is made of ice.

I’ve never tried ice skating before. I never even learned how to ride a bike! As a kid and teenager, I’ve always had a fear of falling down. This hindered me from trying out many things. I’ve always been vocal about hating sports and any sort of physical activity (shopping and traveling not included), but at the end of the day, I think I just never gave them a real chance. I know we all have our first few failed attempts, but I sucked at PE so much that I grew up conditioning myself that anything related to it is not worth my time and effort. All this, when I should’ve put in at least the slightest bit of effort to practice and improve.

The irony comes in when you realize everything, but you’ve already developed a stubborn (and very bad) habit of shutting something out completely every time an initial attempt fails.

For the past year or so, I’ve been learning to laugh at myself more. So far, defrosting the habit has been successful.

(Choies sweater and skirt, Romwe shoes) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Told you I’d get this skirt in all colors! I’ve worn the blue and purple versions before, and I recently got the red and green ones to complete my collection. If it works, don’t let go. I held on to it so strongly, I had to keep myself from wearing these skirts everyday like some sort of uniform.

Way to go, Sailor Moon dreams. 

New York October/November 2013 Part 2

Posted on Monday, 24 February 2014

Continuing from where we left off with the last of my New York travel diaries. Until now, it still pains me to think of how short the duration of my stay in the Big Apple was! There are way too many things to do and people to meet. 3 days is definitely not enough! 

I’ll just have to go again soon!

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A quirky Korean cafe near our hotel. I love Koreatown because it all feels very familiar!

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Halloween hangover. 

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On our first full day in New York, my mom, brother and I decided to head to Central Park! We couldn’t have picked a better time to go because the weather was very cooperative for once. The sun was out and it was glorious.

Luck, please stay with me forever!

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Is this real life or is this just fantasy? 

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Chilling at Central Park! We went in the morning so there weren’t too many people yet.

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The San Remo apartments. Lots of famous people live here, and I envy them for having such a wonderful view of Central Park.

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I’ve only seen the park in winter before, and I must say that the best time to go is during autumn. Everything ends up looking like a painting.

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That reflection tho.

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Bethesda Terrace. Another famous landmark that we always see in movies.

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Spot the couple. I always have photos of couples in my travel diaries, if you’ve noticed!

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New York street style. <3

After Central Park, we had quick lunch somewhere and headed to The Frick Collection on Fifth Avenue, between 70th and 71st Street. They didn’t allow photography so I’ll just have to write about it.

PLEASE GO TO THE FRICK COLLECTION IF YOU’RE IN NEW YORK. It is one of the best museums I’ve ever been to. If Henry Clay Frick were still alive, I’d want to ask him, “Are you me?” I have a very similar taste in art as him.

So many favorites in the collection. Don’t know where to start. Besides Vermeer’s work (The Girl With The Pearl Earring was there for a limited time, and I’ll have to thank the universe for letting me see it!), there was a whole French-style room with Fragonard’s paintings. I love Fragonard’s work and I wish I could live in that Fragonard room.

Another favorite was the Boucher room. (Can you tell that I really like French artists?)

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After The Frick Collection, we headed straight for all the other touristy places we haven’t been to.

This was shot from inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Too bad 90% of the place was under construction so I couldn’t take more photos! It was all scaffolding. /cry

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Rockefeller Center.

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Had cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery (Avenue of the Americas). Couldn’t get a proper photo because there were too many people wanting to get some yummy noms.

What people do for food!

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SoHo. Lots of 2011 memories here! I didn’t do any shopping this time (I had to ask myself a number of times if I were sick, lol) but it was fun to show my mom and brother around.

One of the nicest places to shop for shoes! 

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Last stop was the Opening Ceremony store a.k.a. my dream walk-in closet.

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On our last day, before heading to the airport for our Boston flight, we decided to go MoMA / Museum of Modern Art. 

This was also one of the highlights of my trip because I got to see  with my very own eyes a lot of the iconic work I used to just read/study/research about.

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Hello there, Dali! The Persistence of Memory.

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MONDRIAN! I’ve always been vocal about my fixation on squares, straight lines and anything boxy (which even translates to my everyday fashion)…

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…and I have Piet Mondrian partly to blame for everything. 

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Last one. I promise.

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Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.

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Klimt <3

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Affogato at the museum cafe. 

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Warhol’s Soup Cans.

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Another Warhol.

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It’d hurt to read this.

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Yayoi Kusama.

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Ruscha.

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POLLOCK. OMG!

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So beautiful.

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The view outside. I wonder how it feels like to live right across MoMA.

Reminds of a driver we met in Rome a few years ago. He gets to pass by the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica everyday like it’s nothing, lol. 

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I want a similar one in my future house.

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That famous blank canvas that always gets people thinking.  

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Hauntingly beautiful. Now, imagine something creepy coming out of that small cabinet…

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Back outside!

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Commuting in New York like a boss. Once you get the hang of the Uptown and Downtown thing, it all becomes easier. 

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Walking back to our hotel at this point.

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Checked this Alice and Olivia store out because I’m such a fan of the brand! Had a small conversation with the sales lady about her friends leaving her all alone in New York while they all enjoyed Halloween in Boston. Then she asked me where I was going that night… and I was like, uhh, Boston? D:

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More noms. There is always time for New York bakeries.

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Inside the Empire State Building. Didn’t have time to go up anymore. /bawls

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The New York Marathon happened on this day, and we found a lot of these marathoners wrapped with orange all over the city.

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Last bite before leaving the city.

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Spectacular way to start November 2013. I’ve always had a soft spot for November because it’s my birth month, but awesome things ALWAYS happen before my birthday! This whole US trip was one of them.

Stay tuned for my Boston, LA and Taipei posts next! 

Touch of Tropical

Posted on Sunday, 23 February 2014

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(Apartment 8 top and skirt, DAS heels, Daniel Wellington watch) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Finally found the perfect crop top that has a high neck and long sleeves! Call me modest, but I generally prefer to keep skin-baring to a minimum. I’m usually already all legs so I always balance it out by wearing more conservative tops (i.e. my favorite button-downs and sweaters).

I count showing my face as skin-baring too, so…

Yes. I need more cloth on my body.