It’s the first day of November, and there is nothing more timely than this entry. Last month, I got first dibs on the new Shu Uemura holiday collection, causing my geeky, Japan-loving heart to swell with excitement. I got so excited, I think I managed to annoy my Twitter followers when I bombarded their timelines with photos from the launch event. I can’t help it - watching majokko (witch girls) influenced my childhood in ways you can’t imagine.
This 6HP (Six Hearts Princesses) Holiday Collection will be available this month, and I’m pretty sure that they will get sold out fast.
I mean, how could this not be an instant hit? The sparkles alone are enough to make your inner magical girl jump for joy.
According to Shu Uemura, this 6HP Holiday Collection “brings to life the timeless duality of women - nice and naughty, innocent and sexy”
I’ll let you in on an interesting fact: They just used 1 model for the promo photo above! It only shows how it is totally possible to “transform” (like a magical witch girl) with the new Shu Uemura products.
At the launch event, I was greeted by this overload of cuteness!
Shu girls Nina Solano and Karen Crisostomo rocked the event’s dress code so well. We were asked to come in “naughty black” or “nice pink”. I came from a meeting before this event so I went for “predictable black”, lol.
Make-up artist John Pagaduan! He’s done my make-up in a lot of my magazines shoots before, and he is definitely one my favorite make-up artists in the industry.
Tatin’s kawaii cases. Tatin is a make-up artist who also happens to run one of my favorite Tumblr blogs as well! Kawaii overload here!
Since I was the first one to arrive at the event (story of my life), I killed time in their DIY Japanese fan corner. It was so fun I wanted to create another one! If I had more time, I would’ve cut smaller hearts to replicate the hearts on the new holiday collection’s packaging.
L’Oréal girls + fans of the brand <3
Shu girl Nadia Bautista wearing the new collection’s false eyelashes! Shu Uemura never fails to come out with unique designs for their holiday collections, but I think this one would have to be my favorite so far. Love that little pink heart!
Nadia is also wearing the the new “lip & cheek fun-tasy” a.k.a. Shu Uemura’s first lip and cheek tint.
A live make up demonstration was done by Shu Uemura’s new associate make-up artists.
Cats Del Rosario brought to life a black princess inspired look.
Joyce Platon created a pink princess look. Ombre lips, anyone?
Hanna Pechon worked on a look that combined both the black and pink princesses. Love how the lip and cheek tints have such a creamy, matte finish!
“Art as a way of life” couldn’t be any truer, thanks to Shu Uemura.
This packaging will be the death of my wallet. Sophisti-cute!
A closer look on the pretty pink hearts lashes.
4 out of 5 lip and cheek tints. These are my favorites from the collection because 2-in-1 products save so much time and space!
The black princess palette on left and pink princess palette on the right. Which one do you like better?
Doesn’t the girl on the palette remind you of Chibiusa? Major Sailor Moon feels!
My very own lip and cheek tint!
Also, you might want to cross out November 22 - 24, 2013 on your calendars! Be part of the shu x Murakami Party, and get a chance to experience shu uemura first hand in Japan. YOU CAN WIN AN ALL EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO TOKYO! I also want to join!
A few weeks ago, I dragged my lazy butt off to an event. Le gasp! I rarely go to these things, but it helped a lot that Crissey was invited too. Somehow during occasions like these, I’d always, ALWAYS prefer being an invisible bystander, lol. Or a silent admirer from afar.
Good thing fate brought Cheryl (of Beauty Box, in charge of K-Palette, Fuwarie and Fairydrops in the Philippines) and I together some time ago, and we instantly clicked with our mutual love for Japanese beauty products! Really owe her a lot for being one of the first people to bring in new Japanese beauty brands to the Filipino market.
With CANMAKE coming in this year, I really hope there’ll be more Japanese brands coming to Manila in the next few years.
The event was called D. Eye. Y! There were lots of DIY activities for us to do before the event proper started.
Of course, Trissey had to have an obligatory camwhoring shot first.
Then it was Furoshiki time! Furoshiki is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth.
Left one is Crissey’s, right one is mine. We did the large object wrap because we got too amused with the handle concept and the cute ribbon in front!
You can try it yourself too! No need for pins and needles.
Then we also had an option to paint cherry blossoms using the bottom of a bottle.
Crissey didn’t follow instructions but produced the best painting. Obviously, she had the most awesome artistic skills. Nothing new!
Mr. Kinoshita, founder of K-Palette, thanked us for supporting the brand. Did you know that K-Palette doesn’t have a proper marketing team here in the Philippines? It was all thanks to bloggers that the word about this brand got out so fast!
I wanted to talk to him and have a photo with him but I was too shy. Nothing new!
Chief make-up artist Rina Ogata demonstrated how to use their new product - Real Lasting Mega Cute Double eyelid glue. No need for double eyelid surgery! You can just do it yourself (D. Eye. Y. GET IT?)
Basically all you have to do is apply the glue on your preferred crease, wait for the glue to become clear, then shape accordingly with the help of the eyelid stick thing that comes with the glue. So easy!
Voila! Instant crease on the model’s monolids. You can see the huge difference here as one eye was kept make-up and eyelid glue-free.
Mizuho Hakoyama, the eye model for the packaging of Real Lasting Mega Cute Double eyelid glue! She reminded me so much of my friend Keena from college.
Anyhow, I took a photo of her trendy eye make! I saw some girls in Shibuya last spring sporting the same eyeliner trick (and even spazzed about it with Camille). I tried it and it doesn’t suit my current look! Maybe if I cut my hair shorter or go for and edgier haircut and style.
She was also sporting the high blush trend! You can tell she was very Harajuku-inspired. Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo of her super adorable outfit.
Group photo! Everyone looked perfect while my bangs decided to be ugly for this photo.
After the event. One-eyed me, and cute-as-always Crissey. So many people complimented her for her blazer! So SNSD Genie with the sailor theme!
I immediately tried using the products when I got home. I already have double eyelids, but I still use eyelid tape sometimes if I want my eyes to look deeper and more dramatic. I think these products will work better for monolids. I felt like my natural crease was fighting with the glue, so in the end, I got not-so-drastic results. Or maybe I just had high expectations, seeing how easily I can manipulate the size of my eyelids with normal eyelid tape.
The only thing eyelid tapes don’t have that these K-Palette eyelid glues have? You can’t tell if someone’s wearing this eyelid glue or not since it dries transparently. And you can also use the pink/glue type as eyelash glue and the orange/tape type as eyelid primer. Double purpose!
K-Palette Real Lasting Mega Cute Double Eyelid products are available at Beauty Bar stores for P695.
I am absolutely obsessed with these lashes. I can’t believe these haven’t gone mainstream yet because I’m pretty sure these will convert non-believers to wearing falsies regularly. Whoever invented these is a genius. I love you, Mister/Miss Pre-glued Lashes!
A lot of girls get turned off by the hassle of false eyelashes. Normally, you still have to cut them and buy a good separate glue (because the default ones that come with them usually suck). Then comes the hard part of applying it and making a mess out of your make-up if you make a mistake.
It literally takes me seconds to put on lashes now. I don’t even have to cut these because they’re the perfect size for Asian eyes. The “whispering” style is my favorite, and I’m wearing it for the second time as I type this blog entry. The glue is still there. It still sticks to my eyelids perfectly. I seriously can’t be any happier.
It’s a little pricey at P250 per pair, considering I usually get Japanese-brand lashes at around Y1050 or around P500 for 5 pairs. But it wouldn’t hurt to have these little timesavers around for a few extra bucks, especially if you have zero plans of getting a good eyelash glue or if you’re the on-the-go type and want the convenience that comes with this product.
Get them here. Thanks to Sophie for sending these to me! I am so set on spreading a good word out for these because suddenly false eyelashes have leveled up to something a lot friendlier. And making things friendlier for everyone has always been a goal for my blog.
If you haven’t heard, CANMAKE is finally going to be available in the Philippines some time this year. After a million years, we don’t have to hoard overseas anymore! CANMAKE coming to the Philippines has always been a dream of mine since I’ve been using their products for as long as I can remember. Time to save up in time for their opening (September, maybe!) because I’m so tempted to stock up on… well, everything.
Last weekend, 1/2 of the CANMAKE team met up with Trissey (Tricia + Crissey) for the second time to bond over coffee and good food, as well as to brainstorm about cooperating with each other. Lots of projects are lined up after the launch, and the ideas are making me impatient and immensely excited because the brand’s goals are really aligned with our goals. Let’s work together to bring a certain Japanese aesthetic to Manila in one way or another. The movement has caught on long ago in other countries (Taiwan, HK, etc.) but better late than never, right? I can only see things going forward from here.
Chief Make-up Artist Bea’s make-up stash, complete with ALL of CANMAKE’s products. Can I have this for Christmas?
Somewhere, Crissey is busy drooling over CANMAKE’s famous Cream Cheek blushes. She only has 2-3 colors left before she completes her collection!
Eye Nuance eyeshadow trios in the middle of the Powder Cheek blushes and Jewel Eyes eyeshadows. I’m almost running out of my favorite Eye Nuance (second from left) which I have been using everyday for the past couple of months!
Sachie and Yukie straight from Tokyo! I coincidentally met Sachie on my flight to Tokyo (c/o EMODA) last May. Her husband owns a store in Shinjuku, and my brother actually went there to buy some clothes.
What are the chances? Destiny much? Thanks universe for making this happen! We also joked about chalking it all up to being lucky because we have double the luck, both being dragons (Chinese Zodiac)!
Random note: Ever since ToraDora came out a few years ago, Crissey and I have also found it especially interesting that we’re tiger and dragon BFFs. And yes, I also lovingly joke about Crissey maybe being the same height as Taiga too!
Ever wondered how my hair manages to look decent even after all these years of hair dye and curling? You’d think that by now, I’d have the worst quality hair in the entire world, having subjected it to 8 months of bleaching once. My hair hasn’t completely grown out since then, resulting in this accidental ombre, though I cut a few inches off the bleached ends a few months ago for a new look for 2013.
Even then, I can still curl or style my hair almost everyday if I wanted to without immensely damaging it! I know a few hairstylists who are quite surprised at how I am able to keep the quality of my hair okay after all this time. More than my skin, I am actually more proud of my hair condition! So what is my secret behind it?
If there’s such a thing as skin care, surely there must also be such a thing as hair care! Shampoo and conditioner are somewhat like the cleanser and moisturizer for hair, and we use all these everyday to keep our hair and skin clean and soft. But what could be the hair equivalent for all the facial masks, creams emulsion and essences that we use for our face?
Daily supplements for hair!
Thanks to Lucido-L, one of the leading hair styling brands in Japan, we can wake up to softer, smoother hair with their new leave-on hair care products that have finally landed in Manila! I’ve been a user of Lucido-L products since 2 years ago! (If you go back to this post from January 2012, I included 2 Lucido-L products in my hair must-haves!)
Lucido-L aims to restore the original capability of hair to lock-in moisture. The main reason why we get split ends or why our curls fall flat in the first place is the lack of moisture in our hair, and no matter how much moisture you apply to your hair, it will all be in vain if your hair doesn’t have the ability to keep it.
This is my freshly-out-of-the-shower-then-air-dried hair (except for my bangs, in this pic, lol). I apply about 2 small pumps of Lucido-L Hair Make Supplement Repairing Oil for Straight Hair every night, before I go to sleep. It doesn’t take too long to use it, as it’s leave-on. I absolutely love the healthy texture of my hair after applying this! My bleached hair ends don’t feel like they were bleached at all? Those who had their hair bleached before would totally understand this. Somehow after bleaching, it is so hard to bring your hair back to its original pre-bleached quality, but this does the job well. Or at least it feels and looks like it!
Lucido-L Treatment Oil comes in 2 variants - one for permed hair and one for straight hair. I’ve never had my hair permed so I haven’t tried the orange one yet, but the pink one is a godsend!
Repairing Oil <Straight> smoothes and tames frizzes for moisturized hair that allows fingers to run through easily from roots to ends.
Repairing Oil <Perm> maintains soft bouncy curls with lightweight yet moisturizing oil.
It’s rare for me to go out without my signature loose waves, but I know better than to curl my hair without applying any sort of heat protection or styling product, especially with the humid weather that we have in Manila. It’s so difficult to let curls and volume last the whole day, plus you run the risk of permanently damaging your hair with high heat if you don’t use the correct hair care products to take care of it.
Here I am with the Lucido-L Hair Make Supplement Styling Milk Airy variant. I was born with dead-straight hair, and the concept of permanent hair straightening makes me cringe as I’ve always adored big, bouncy hair with lots of volume! Lucky for me, this Airy Styling Milk perfectly addresses my hair problem, which is lack of volume!
Lucido-L Styling Milk comes in 4 variants, two of which can double as heat protectors. It’s amazing how there are so many variants when they all seem so similar, but each one addresses a different hair concern.
Styling Milk <Straight> coats the hair strands for effortless sleek and straight hair. It can also be used for heat protection.
Styling Milk <Airy> coats the hair strands for outstanding volume.
Styling Milk <Wave> coats the hair strands for soft and tangle-free waves.
Styling Milk <Curl> coats the hair strands for round and bouncy curls. It can also be used for heat protection.
I apply Lucido-L Styling Milk <Curl> before curling to protect my hair against heat damage. Plus points that all the Lucido-L products have a sweet, fruity smell and do not contain any preservatives.
The Japanese are known to have perfect hair, and you’ve gotta trust their knack for producing the best, most effective hairstyling products!
Voila! Here is the finished look after curling - round, bouncy curls for a sweet, youthful look!
A close-up of my hair thanks to Lucido-L products. No editing here! I’ve no time! #humblebrag
Want to win 3 bottles of Lucido-L hair products and a GC to Blo Blow Dry bar? They are holding a contest to answer all your hair problems! They will ultimately choose 6 winners that will best represent the 2 treatment oils and 4 styling milks!
To join/qualify, you just have to have your own blog and live in the Philippines! And no, I’m not going to require you to like/follow all my social networking sites. :D
Here are the easy steps to achieve the hair you’ve always wanted:
Step 1: Like Lucido-L’s Facebook page.
Step 2: Choose 1 Treatment Oil variant AND 1 Styling Milk variant that you think can address your current hair problem. Here’s a rundown of the variants and the hair problems that each one addresses:
Lucido-L Hair Make Supplement Treatment Oil
A) Treatment Oil Straight - Hair Problem: Extra dryness of their hair due to damages caused by rebonding/coloring
B) Treatment Oil Perm - Hair Problem: Extra dryness of their hair due to damages caused by perming/coloring
Lucido-L Hair Make Supplement Styling Milk
a) Styling Milk Straight - Hair Problem: Unmanageable and frizzy hair because of dryness
b) Styling Milk Wave - Hair Problem: Curls fall flat because of dryness and lack of moisture
c) Styling Milk Curl - Hair Problem: Dryness due to hair Ironing/curling
d) Styling Milk Airy - Hair Problem: Lack of volume from the hair
Step 3: Blog about your hair concerns in your Tumblr, Wordpress, Blogspot, etc., with any title containing “Lucido-L” in it.
(Don’t forget to specify which treatment and oil and styling milk you want! It doesn’t have to be long. You can just write about it in one simple paragraph. You can start with something like “My hair has always been extremely dry due to ironing and curling, but I’ve read about Lucido-L Styling Milk Curl and it looks so promising! I wish I could get one for myself!” For pictures, feel free to grab the ones in this post but PLEASE credit me and my blog properly with a link back!)
Step 4: Come back to this post and comment with your full name, email and exact link to your blog entry! Lucido-L will be announcing the winners on their Facebook page!
Deadline for submission of entries is June 21, 2013 11:59 p.m. Can’t wait for you guys to try it out! Announcement of winners will be within the week after the deadline via direct email as well as public Facebook announcement.
(THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED)
Lucido-L is exclusively available at Watsons. Both treatment oil and styling milk retail at Php 295 each.
IN LOVE. Been using this constantly for the past 3 weeks. Maybelline Japan released this Super Mineral 24 Healthy Long Lasting Foundation with Perlite (Phew, that was a mouthful!) last March, and I was fortunate enough to be in Japan a month after it was launched. I saw it being promoted in nearly all beauty stores I went to, and Mai Miyagi has a wonderful spread in ViVi magazine June 2013 issue promoting the product.
Saw a ton of girls (with the most fabulous skin and makeup) grab a bottle or two, so I was convinced this was going to be good. And it did not disappoint. I hate touching up my make-up, especially my foundation, so this was just what I was looking for. Something that lasts the whole day! It sells for ¥1995 for 25ml, which is quite expensive for something so small.
Just now, I did some more research about the product, and in the process found out about how they tested its effectiveness in front of the public. They put the foundation on some fabric, stretched it, and displayed how the foundation kept its form despite the strong pressure put into the stretching the cloth. I guess the message behind it was that the foundation will always stay good as new, even if you move your face muscles by smiling, talking, raising your eyebrows, smiling, etc. True enough, it really does the job even if it feels super light and velvet-y. Kind of like primer!
I think the only downside to it is that it’s only available in 3 shades - OC1, OC2 and OC3. I’m an OC3, while OC1 and OC2 would probably be around Crissey's skintone.
Anyhow, I fell too much in love that I got an extra bottle for myself. <3 Thinking if I should get some more just in case I run out in the future!
My most recent lifesaver. I’ve been stressing out a lot these past few weeks, and sleeping at the oddest hours. As of this writing, it’s 2:30 in the morning. Oops.
Someone asked me on Twitter why my skin doesn’t seem to show any pimples or any sign of roughness, and this, my friends, is the answer. It’s not an every thing as it’s an exfoliator, but I swear this works like magic removing all the dead skin on my face (and other parts of my body). My skin has never been smoother.
Cure is the most popular skincare product in Japan and has been in the market for 10 years already. If you follow Japanese beauty rankings and reviews, you’ll notice how this is consistently top ranked in @Cosme. For a legit reason, 1 bottle is sold every 12 seconds in Japan.
Sells for P1500 at 250g and is available in the Philippines exclusively through Beauty Bar (where you can also find other Japanese brands like K-Palette, ProStyle Fuwarie and Fairydrops). I hope this marks the start of more Japanese brands coming to the Philippines! *crosses fingers*