The first kawaii convention in the Philippines just ended, and I’m so hungover that I’m already blogging about it! I can’t remember having this much fun at any other convention I’ve been to. I need this to happen annually!
You could really tell that everyone in the convention truly lived the kawaii lifestyle, and were overjoyed that this movement is really starting to flourish in Manila. There may have been differences in which subculture they were most inclined to (i.e. gyaru, different kinds of lolita, mori kei, fairy kei, visual kei, decora, etc.) but everyone shared the same love for Japanese fashion and culture. I couldn’t help but be amazed at the fact that I can actually be part of this happy, kawaii community! Just positive vibes everywhere!
(Very slumberdoll circa 2009-2011. I also didn’t plan on having my photos taken so pardon the lazy and unkempt ponytail - oops!)
Had some business to attend to in the morning and early afternoon, so I arrived at Whitespace around 4:15-ish already. I missed the first fashion show. Boo!
First things first (I’m the realest! - couldn’t help it)
I checked out the Kawaii Art Exhibit! The theme was “My interpretation of kawaii, and how it influenced my art.”
By Anne Pinero and Nina Nguyen.
By Mariness Rivera and Erica Rielle Gapas.
By Franchesca Mae Acpal and Alexis Matic.
By Tish Valenzuela and Ran Soneja.
There were more featured artists whose work I wanted to take photos of, but due to time constraints, I couldn’t, huhu. MISSION FAILED!
I’m so glad I finally met Reese! I really feel strongly about her personal style (and she’s got a wonderful singing voice too)! We actually graduated from the same course in Ateneo (Information Design) but I’m a year or two older, I think!
Speaking of Information Design, I was batchmates with Miguel/Merky (or in this photo, Miguelita?), and even had a few classes together! And I knew Jin from way, way back my cosplay (photography) and deviantART days. Definitely two of the most talented (and most humble) cosplayers of our generation! Always so nice to bump into them! I always get so nostalgic.
Around this time, I started taking more people photos! I swear I need to take notes from these lovely people when it comes to doing kawaii poses! I used to do them a lot, but I somehow unlearned it? Teach me thy ways. D:
Everyone can definitely fit right in Harajuku! Japanese fashion brands (at least the ones that are not fast fashion) may not be easily accessible in the Philippines YET, but this event has just proven that it all boils down to intense passion.
If you like something strong enough, you can find ways to do it, even with limited resources! Thankfully, some of these kawaii girls had booths during the event, sharing the kawaii love with their handmade accessories, DIY products, original design dresses, re-worked vintage pieces, etc. Nothing is impossible!
One of my ultimate dreams is for Japanese clothing brands to open stores in Manila, and I’d like to think that we’ll get there someday. Hopefully, in this lifetime! For now, thanks to the organizers, there’s Lucy Pop! They had a pop-up store in Rockwell a few months ago.
Lucy Pop is a Japanese brand that is all about the kawaii schoolgirl look! They had a booth where you could freely try on some of the uniforms.
Loved the Lucy Pop fashion show! I used to be such a huge fan of the Japanese school girl look that I’d improvise by using existing items in my closet.
LucyPop now makes it so much easier though. The uniforms can be bought as a set, or you can just get one or two individual items to complete an existing outfit. P.S. They have the best neckties!
Thank you Lucy Pop!
The Harajuku fashion show followed a few minutes after. This was what I anticipated most.
I’m so proud of Ashley for styling this segment! I knew she worked super hard to get these items from different stores in Harajuku. She even flew in from Japan just to attend this event! Talk about dedication and hard work.
Some of the participating brands were Josiah Chua, Lactose Intoler-Art by Brandon Rierson, Funktique Tokyo, PIN NAP Harajuku and Punk Cake Harajuku.
Kawaii lifestyle isn’t just for girls. It’s for everyone!
These guys rocked their outfits like professionals! I’m pretty sure they also have a unique sense of style to be able to pull these kinds of outfits off!
How to properly do neon and print-on-print. This is so tasteful! I love you, Ashley.
Real life doll!
Last but not the least - KawaiiPH founders Kaila and Anne talked about the history of Kawaii in Manila. They were on the verge of tears as they mentioned how this event only started as a dream. I was so ready to cry with them, huhu. I’d like to think that I can speak on everyone’s behalf when I say that we all shared the same dream. Thank you Kaila and Anne for making this collective dream a reality! It could not have manifested without the KawaiiPH team!
Kaila, the lady of the moment, and her brother who is one of the organizers. We also have to thank him for supporting Kaila’s dream! I got to talk to him after the closing speech, and their story is so unbelievably inspiring.
As long as you believe that something can happen, it will happen. Things may seem like a long shot, but you will never know until you try your hardest to make them work.
With Kaye, Reese, Kaila, ChiChi and Ashley. From this picture, you can conclude that legwear and socks are essential to the Japanese kawaii look, lol.
I’m so in love with this photo because it shows various interpretations of Japan’s long list of fashion subcultures!
Matched with Anne too! And together, we formed the Gingham Girls.
Where you lead, I will follow~ (If you don’t get this, it only means that I’m old)
SO CUTE! You just want to put her in your pocket. Such a doll!
Bonus: Photobomber Reese!
What’s more genius than incorporating Filipiniana touches to Japanese fashion? Kaila wore butterfly sleeves too!
Before I left, I took some photos of the booths. Didn’t get to buy anything because I had to leave asap for another appointment, so I have no choice but to look at these photos and hope that I can get full with purely eye candy.
Laforet Harajuku feels!
I hate how my iPhone doesn’t have a space to insert these kinds of phone charms…
Can’t get any more kawaii than false lashes and ribbons.
Pimp your phone!
Rilakkuma is not a bear, but a personification of a bear.
SUGAR RUSH! This stuff is made of happiness. No wonder kawaii girls are also the happiest girls!
Can I bring the whole Dolly Wink booth home? I still think that Dolly Wink produces the best false eyelashes in the world. If you’ve already given up on cheap, low-quality false eyelashes, let Dolly Wink enlighten you once more.
What a way to end a stressful week! Congrats to the KawaiiPH team! Kawaii in Manila was successful in addressing and representing different aspects of Japanese kawaii culture - art, music, fashion, beauty, and a welcoming community that is open to all kinds of styles!
Sad I couldn’t stay longer and chat with everyone! Wishing and praying for Kawaii in Manila 3 to come sooner!
It’s been 7 months since my last make-up tutorial, and my technique has changed so much since then! I can’t wait to show you guys how to do this kind of eye make-up because it’s really fun to do and it creates such a unique look.
Not quite sure if this is universally flattering as I don’t personally know anyone else who does this kind of make up, but I do think you have to have a certain eye shape to begin with so you can pull this kind of make-up off. If you have tapered eyelids or monolids, you have to invest in eyelid glue or eyelid tape for this to work. I already have somewhat parallel eyelids, as you can see below, but I still don’t think it’s enough for this style. Thus the eyelid tape in the first photo and the “after” photo right after this paragraph. I get mine from The Face Shop or Etude House, fyi. They’re really easy to use once you get the hang of it.
Before and after. Haha, my left eyebrow in the bottom picture has a life of its own. Also the first time to show my no make-up eyes, I think. This is to show you the magic of make-up! Even false lashes make all the difference in the world. I’m also using Kumicky’s Girly Chip Soy Latte Brown lenses (thanks to Japanese Candy) to create an innocent look since my favorite light gray ones tend to create a more mature look.
Interested to try this style out? Here are the steps to achieve big, droopy, gyaru-inspired eyes:
Step 1: Apply eye primer! I ran out of Urban Decay Primer Potion recently so I got a dupe at Etude House. Primer prevents your eye make-up from creasing or smearing and makes your eyeshadow color appear brighter.
Step 2: Apply eyeshadow. I’m using the green one from my tokidoki x Sephora Sandy in the City palette. You can actually use any color since the magic of this make-up style doesn’t rely heavily on eyeshadow.
Step 3: This is where the magic begins. I’m using Dolly Wink’s liquid eyeliner to create a thin, defined line. You have to wing your eyeliner DOWNWARDS. You can extend it even further if you want your eyes droopier.
I know it sounds silly to make your eyes appear droopier, but there’s something about it that makes you look more doll-like!
Step 4: Apply mascara on your top lashes. I’m using my favorite Dolly Wink volume mascara. This part is optional since you’ll be putting false lashes anyway. I just like to do this step because I feel better with mascara on (lol)
Step 5: This step is super important! After you’ve done your droopy wing and it’s finally time to apply falsies, you have to follow that downwards wing instead of your natural lash line.
It might feel and look weird at first, but I swear it works like a charm! I’m using Decorative Eyelash falsies I got from Fukuoka last December.
Step 6: Time to apply lower lashes! I’m using Crayon lower lashes I got from Watsons (Eastwood) some time ago. YES, WE HAVE LOWER LASHES AVAILABLE LOCALLY! And they’re pretty affordable too, compared to Dolly Wink which is a little too overpriced. I can’t wait for a future where they decide to bring Diamond Lash and all the Japanese lash brands in here. /cry
Anyhow, this is the last of the 3 most important steps in this tutorial. Don’t follow your natural lower lash line. Instead, use the downwards wing as a point of reference and connect the top and lower lashes there. It’s hard to explain but I put a green line so it’s easier to understand.
And that’s it! I put purple and green lines to illustrate the effect of doing your make-up this way. The purple line is the “before” while the green line is the “after”. I hope this proves to be useful to those who want to make their eyes bigger by just using eyeliner and false eyelashes. No complicated eyeshadow blending and yet it’s possible to create an illusion of a totally different eye shape.
If you have any questions and tutorial requests, feel free to comment on this entry. I can’t really do complicated ones with lots of colors and blending, but I’m all for ulzzang and gyaru-inspired ones. If anyone gets inspired by this, take a picture and let me see! Hope this tutorial helps. <3
P.S. I’m wearing extensions in the first photo to give my hair more volume. Thanks Cotton Candy Hair Extensions!
It takes quite a process for me to look like this.
Sometimes I would get comments like, “You’re a natural beauty!”, and flattered I may be with these types of comments, I’d always reply so honestly with something along the lines of “Oh no! I owe it all to make-up! My eyeliner and circle lenses can be seen from a mile away.” I never fail to admit I look absolutely different without make-up on, but even if it doesn’t bother me much to go out without all this (i.e. if I’m exercising or going out for a late night snack), I still like playing with make-up purely out of love for dollying myself up, more than just looking presentable to other people. <3
Make-up is my favorite complement to my outfits. I love how it makes me feel complete, even if I’m not curling my hair, piling on any accessories or wearing sky-high heels. Changing the color of my eyeshadow, the direction of my eyeliner wing, my lip color etc. can already create so much difference on my face. This is why I look different when I do my own make-up and when other people do it for events and publications. Make-up does wonders, I tell you!
I never want to pretend and say I’m not wearing any make-up in my photos and then fish for compliments about my “natural beauty”… unless I’m really not wearing any make-up. In this case, I must pat myself on the back for probably doing something good to my skin/body to fool people into thinking I’ve layers of make-up on. While I’ll never resort to anything drastic like plastic surgery, I really do make an effort to enhance my features by using a lot of products. If I wake-up and my double eyelids have temporarily disappeared, I’ll even use double eyelid tape.
Here are my favorite products as of this writing.
P.S. People react differently to products. While these might work perfectly on me, your skin might be more suited to something better!
Base: Lovefille Nude Face Veil, CANMAKE Milky Moist Base, Candy Doll Makeup Base
Nude Face Veil has the same kind of transparency and consistency as Smashbox’s primer, which I used to really initially like until I broke out like crazy some time 2-3 years ago. I use this when I feel like I won’t have time to touch up my make-up the whole day.
The Milky Moise Base is something I use on days when I just feel like going out with minimal amounts of make-up. I always pair this with my Ettusais BB Cream (picture below) because both of them are very light and perfect for that no make-up look.
Candy Doll’s Makeup Base is my default base. My foundation glides on so well after.
Foundation: Candy Doll loose powder, Ettusais BB mineral cream, Revlon PhotoReady 005 Natural Beige liquid foundation and 020 Light/Medium powder
On light make-up days, I pair the BB cream and the Candy Doll loose powder. On heavy make-up days, I pair the Revlon PhotoReady liquid foundation and the powder.
On very confused days, I use 1 layer of Revlon PhotoReady under 1 layer of Ettusais BB cream, and 1 layer of Revlon PhotoReady powder with hints of Candy Doll loose powder.
I’m actually an in-between PhotoReady 004 and 005 but it would be such a waste to have to buy two all the time so I just settled for the 005 since I get darker March-June anyway. I’m on my 3rd bottle now and I super swear by this foundation! Of course, this is all because I have dry skin. A lot of make-up artists I know and some make-up gurus on YouTube prefer the coverage of Revlon’s ColorStay line, which is more suitable for oily skin.
I used to be a faithful BB cream user until I realized how most of them made me look a little gray…? And then I discovered Ettusais BB Cream which does not have a white/gray cast at all. Plus points since it’s also available in 3 different shades compared to the usual one-color-fits-all type of thing.
Eyelids: CANMAKE Perfect Brown Eyes Palette, Majolica Majorca GD886 Jeweling Eyes Palette, tokidoki x Sephora Sandy in the City palette, Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion, Topshop gold eyeshadow, Dolly Wink gold cream eyeshadow
All very neutral colors since I fail at applying eyeshadow. Normally I would just use one color for my lids and one color to highlight my brow bone.
And yes, everything is glittery so it won’t look too obvious if I make a mistake. :)
Eyes: Garnier Light BB Eye Roll-on, Heavy Rotation blonde eyebrow mascara, Dolly Wink (otona) blonde eyebrow pencil, Dolly Wink black liquid eyeliner, Palty Glitter pencil eyeliner in black and silver, Majolica Majorca Lash Enamel Glamour Neo mascara, Dolly Wink volume mascara
Most of these products I’ve already shown in my past make-up tutorials.
I AM ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH FALSIES! I was born with typical Asian lashes that are straight and long but very sparse. Sometimes mascara alone won’t cut it so I always turn to false eyelashes to make my eyes bigger and look less sleepy.
Most of the falsies I use are Asian brands because they come in these very affordable 5-in-1 packs so I don’t have to stock individually. I also prefer ones that fan out at the ends or those with small spaces in between, something that most Japanese brands like Dolly Wink, Diamond Lash and Luminous Change all carry.
Cheeks: Candy Doll Carrot Orange blush, NARS Orgasm, Revlon matte powder blush, Candy Doll Strawberry Pink blush
Orgasm was my default blush until I outgrew my peach blush phase. Now I’m more into deep, dolly pink shades.
The Candy Doll Carrot Orange blush is my go-to summer blush. Looks great with a tan!
Lips: Lime Crime Cosmo Pop and Coquette, Revlon Color Burst Soft Nude, Revlon Super Lustrous Primrose, MAC Angel, Pink Nouveau, Freckletone, Shy Girl, Lavushca lipstick, Candy Doll Ramune Pink and Apricot Beige
I forgot to include my red lippies here, but I figured I don’t really use them often anyway! Most of my favorite lipsticks are nude, orange and pink. MAC Freckletone and Candy Doll Ramune Pink are usually my lip colors in my blog entries.
Since it would be impractical to bring all my make-up along when I go out, I normally just bring the essentials, which go into this Marc by Marc Jacobs x Sweet pouch that serves as my make-up bag.
Inside you can find: face powder + brush, liquid eyeliner, mascara, eyelash curler, 2 lipsticks, blush + brush, and eyelash glue if I know I’ll be wearing falsies for a long time. You’ll never what might happen to your lashes! I like using Candy Doll lash glue but a good alternative would be the one The Face Shop sells.
Cleansing/skincare: Shu Uemura cleansing oil, Aquamoist Collagen Moisture lotion (toner) and cream (moisturizer), Leyende Face Canvas Mango Butter moisturizer
I’m on my 3rd giant Shu Uemura cleansing oil bottle! This is the bottle I just use when I travel. I can never use anything else to remove my make-up. One giant bottle lasts me more than half a year so it’s all worth it.
If I’m not too lazy, I’d tone and moisturize after cleansing. I know I should do it everyday though. Make-up can only do so much (I am not as poreless as I seem to be, but it helps to always have a large aperture and good lighting when having your photos taken), so I take care of my skin in more natural ways since I tend to skip toning and moisturizing when I’m tired. Getting lots of sleep and drinking lots of water will always save your skin from pimples and blemishes. I’m quite lucky to have non acne-prone skin, thanks to my parents’ genes, but I still get a few little blemishes here and there whenever I forget to take care of myself.
Recently I’ve been exercising twice a week (for strength), and I’ve noticed how much better my no make-up face looks now compared to before. Sweat all the dirt out, wash your face properly, and be surprised that you actually have a natural glow.
Hair: Fuwarie hairstyling mist, Schwarzkopf Bonacure Color Save conditioner spray, Lucido-L designing whip, TRESemme hairspray, argan oil, Lucido-L designing lotion
Hair products for the hair vain. Most of these products I just use before or after I style my hair, for damage protection and for my curls to stay longer. I get OC when it comes to buying hairstyling products because I dislike the smell of most hairsprays. Good thing ProStyle and Lucido all have fruity scents!
After I went blonde, argan oil saved my hair. This bottle was just given to me by my hairstylist, but I plan to research more on where to get the best argan oil for cheap after I finish this.
Looking for haircare products specifically for blonde hair. Hit me up if you know anything!
Scents: Harajuku Lovers Baby, Clean Sweet Layer, Clean, Clean Shower Fresh, Clean Outdoor Shower Fresh
I’ve been a huge fan of CLEAN fragrances for a long time and even if I try so hard to find alternatives, I can’t. These are the only scents I can stand smelling on myself for long periods of time. Anything that’s floral, musky or fruity on my skin just tends to annoy me. It’s rather hard to find stocks of CLEAN but if you’re lucky, you can find them locally in Rustan’s. They’re also usually available in department stores abroad.
Harajuku Lovers’ Limited Edition (not the normal one) Baby perfume is the only other perfume variant I can stand. It comes with a super cute doll (which matches the rest of my pink room), serving another purpose as decoration.
I’m partial to very fresh soap-y scents that make me smell like a baby or like I just got out of the shower. What kind of perfume do you like?
So many beauty products, and I’m still not bankrupt yet? My BPI My ePrepaid MasterCard lets me budget properly since I can load whatever amount I like and I’d be forced to stop impulse buying when it runs out, especially when I’m abroad. This card works just fine in these other countries as well, just as long as they accept MasterCard.
You won’t get billed for your purchases like a credit card and you won’t have to link your card to an existing savings account like a debit card. So ideal for shopaholics who don’t like carrying lots of cash with them since you can treat your My ePrepaid MasterCard as a wallet of sorts.
Not only are the products I use only found in stores abroad like Sasa and Sephora, but they’re also sold in a lot of online stores that specialize in Asian beauty products. If online shopping was as easy as applying for a card, loading it, using it to pay, reloading it and using it over and over again, then I’m sure more people will be able to experience these products that aren’t available locally. This card also supports PayPal so just imagine all the online shopping you can do.
Interested? Click on the banner on my sidebar for more information and for application. I’ve already used mine a number of times! My recent purchase was a pair of cat eye sunglasses in time for summer. :)