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!
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!
So reminiscent of the nail salons in Japan. Clean and modern interiors with good lightning.
Here are some of the designs that they can do. Everything is perfectly hand-drawn.
Love this set! The simple, light-colored ones are so me!
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.
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.
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!
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!
They use acegel, a popular Japanese brand that specializes in gel nail art. The brushes they use are also acegel.
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!
My nailist, Kawachi Haruna-san! She is the best!
She made drawing the houndstooth pattern look so easy. All the lines were so precise!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
(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!
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
Photographer Jio had his camera pimped out with Hello Kitty stickers! Too kawaii not to include in this post.
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.
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!
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.)
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!
(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.
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!
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.
Some of the brands and products that the 10 lucky girls were able to receive!
Harajuku girls. They definitely did justice to Japanese street style!
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.
Whee! Full house!
(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!
(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.
(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!
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!
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!
Didn’t see this coming, did you? It’s been a year and half since my last make-up tutorial, and the way I do my make-up now has changed drastically from my first make-up tutorials from 2011 and 2012.
Chalk it up to age? Maybe! Nowadays, I don’t go for the all-out cutesy look anymore like I used to, and I can skip the crazy contact lenses and insanely thick false eyelashes now without cringing at how I end up looking.
It’s not so much growing into my own looks, but more accepting and being more comfortable with my own skin. I think my overall personal style has matured and has become a lot less fussy as well. It was only natural for me to match my make-up with my style evolution!
Anyhow, this look has been my no-fail everyday make-up since I dyed my hair darker. I think it’s my most versatile make-up look yet! I can go out and meet up with my friends, or go to a meeting looking like this. It’s a simple and classic look that can also save a lot of time and effort in the morning. I swear I’ll do anything just to sleep a little longer!
Anyone can easily emulate this look since it only uses basic items like eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. You can use any brand.
A big part of my current look are my eyebrows! I became a lot more conscious about filling in and shaping my eyebrows when I grew my bangs out. Suddenly, forehead! Unfortunately, I’m not blessed with Cara Delevingne eyebrows, so I always have to draw mine every single time.
What I normally do is use an eyebrow pen to outline the shape that I want, an eyebrow pencil to fill in the sparse areas, and an eyebrow brush to blend any harsh lines. Super quick and easy!
After doing my eyebrows, I start with my eye make-up:
1) Apply any brown eyeshadow on your eyelid.
I feel like this technique works better with shimmery eyeshadows instead of matte ones since the shimmer creates a 3D effect on its own.
2) Apply the same color under your eyes.
At this point, I start blending any harsh lines with my fingers. No need for pro tools! The point is not to look like you spent x number hours just trying to prettify yourself, lol. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Unless you are me, but even so, I prefer to make my life simpler!
On some days, I use white/gold shimmer for that aegyo sal or namida bukuro effect. On other days, I skip this step and go straight to lining my eyes.
3) Eyeliner time. This is the my signature eyeliner technique to make my eyes look longer/wider and my face look slightly smaller. You’ll know that someone else did my make-up if my eyeliner doesn’t look like this!
First I line my eyes with liquid eyeliner, the way a normal person would. Then things start going crazy from here.
4) Following your natural eye shape, extend the line as much as you can. Make sure it doesn’t go past your eyebrows though!
5) Drag another line down to connect the first line and the wing.
6) Fill it all in! Sometimes i use brown liquid eyeliner for a softer effect.
7) Apply mascara on your top and bottom lashes. If you have extra time or want to go for a day-to-night kind of look, put on some flirty, feathery false lashes. If you’re busy and don’t want to look too made-up, the mascara will do.
When it comes to picking out a lipstick shade to match this eye make-up, it’s nice to balance it out with coral, nude or pink. You can do red or hot pink but make sure you skip the second step so your make-up won’t look too heavy! Balance is key!
If there are any questions or if anyone gets inspired by this, take a picture and feel free to comment on this entry. Hope this tutorial helps in one way or another!
See you guys at tomorrow Doll Glam event! Everyone is invited, and the girls with the cutest outfits can win special prizes!
Make-up removal is such an important part of my daily skincare routine. I rarely go out with completely zero make-up nowadays, so I have to make sure to take care of my skin properly, or else my face will end up a huge, pimply mess. You don’t want any of your make-up to stay on your skin for too long. You have to let your pores breathe when you go to sleep.
Bifesta cleansing lotions are your best friends when it comes to removing stubborn mascara or waterproof eyeliner and lipstick. When cleansing oil and facial washes still can’t do the trick, count on Bifesta to remove your make-up properly.
It is Japan’s first water-based make-up remover and is immensely popular among Asians who believe in proper skin care. You have to trust the Japanese when it comes to these things because they really have the best skin in the world! I always get surprised whenever I meet someone I think is just around my age but is already 5-10 years older, lol. I totally need whatever they’re having.
I use the MOIST variant because I have dry skin. Bright Up helps in whitening, Agecare helps in deep nourishment, and Sebum helps in oil control. I’ve also tried Agecare too and it works like a charm.
Using it is super easy! All you need is a simply cotton ball and 1-2 pumps of Bifesta cleansing lotion.
Duo black eyelash glue, K-palette eyeliner, CANMAKE eyebrow pencil, Lime Crime Red Velvet, 3 Concept Eyes red lip marker and NAKED3 palette eyeshadow on my very dry hand. You can’t properly remove all these with just soap and water!
Ta-dah! Not a single speck of make-up left. It only took one try to remove most of the make-up except for the stubborn waterproof lip markers. I had to use another cotton to make sure none was left on my hand. You really don’t want to leave any make-up on your skin because it might lead to skin problems and blemishes in the future. Better safe than sorry!
You can experience Bifesta at SM Makati (SM Store Beauty section) from March 27 to April 2! They will be giving away samples if you want to try it out at home or give them to your friends.
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.
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!
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?
Of course, the Candy magazine girls were present at the event. Erin, Stephie, Macy, Marla and I shared a table together.
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. ;_;
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.
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!
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!
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)
With the beautiful beauty bloggers.
Tracy and Chai.
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!
How can you resist this window display? Totemo kawaii desu yo!
The foundation that I’m currently is on that bowl on the lower left. One of the best ones I’ve ever tried.
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!
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?
CANMAKE shop staff = the friendliest and prettiest!
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.