Back from Tokyo! I had the busiest time but I’m not complaining. I originally planned this trip as some sort of vacation, but so many work opportunities came up and I just suddenly found myself having no free time at all!
One of my agendas while I was in Tokyo was to take up RANDA’s offer to visit any of their stores. I always pass by the one in Shinjuku every time I’m in Tokyo, so I chose this particular store as I was most familiar with it.
I blogged about them last summer, and I remember mentioning how much I swear by Japanese shoe brands. You can never doubt the quality of their shoes because Japanese girls walk around A LOT, and I don’t think they can survive walking (and sometimes, running) around the whole day in poorly-made shoes.
Maho-san from RANDA gave me two pairs as presents (YAY) but I bought two additional pairs because I couldn’t resist all the pretty shoes. I also never owned a pair of white/off-white boots so I finally got one that I can comfortably walk around in.
I also took the opportunity to take photos of their latest S/S14 collection. So many girly designs that you can easily pair with your floral skirts and light denim bottoms.
Perfect beach shoes!
Tropical print is still popular for most S/S collections in Japan. These shoes are sure to be a hit!
Bejeweled flats for lazy days! No need to excessorize anymore.
The most popular silhouette for flats right now. RANDA offers them in unique designs that you can’t find anywhere else.
RANDA collaborated with famous blogger Zina from Fashionvibe to create these shoes. So chic! I can already imagine them paired with tattered boyfriend jeans (another popular S/S trend).
Not your ordinary booties.
Summer sandals! RANDA always has the most interesting wedge designs. Makes your feet look like a million bucks.
A whole wall of RANDA shoes. Can I live here?
One of my favorites from their latest collection. Kawaii yet classy!
Got the black version of these flats for everyday use. I love the subtle bejeweled heels.
RANDA x Hello Kitty collaboration! So many girls in the store fit the beige Hello Kitty loafers.
Wore my RANDA boots immediately! They are insanely comfy, and the heels are just the right height for walking. I traveled around Shinjuku and Shimokitazawa that day and my feet didn’t hurt at all.
Thanks to the RANDA Shinjuku shop staff for the hospitality! I wish my Nihongo were better but I tried my best, lol.
She is wearing a pair from the latest S/S collection. Two-tone also seems like a huge trend this season.
A better view of my outfit (thanks to Asian Impressions for taking this picture). Can’t wait to show you my new shoes in the next couple of weeks!
Fortunately for us who can’t go to Japan all the time, RANDA opened its global webstore that can ship to over 120 countries. YES, the Philippines is included. You just need to have PayPal!
Finally got my hands on these iconic MURUA shoes from their 2013 A/W collection, thanks to the ever fabulous MURUA PR girl Asami Kotake who sent over a box of MURUA goodies straight from Japan. Merry Christmas to me! Cue fireworks! I am absolutely in love! 2013, you still continue to surprise me. <3
MURUA producer and Japanese fashion icon/trendsetter Momoko Ogihara wore these shoes to the touchMe show last May, and included them in some of her Instagram posts. I also spotted a number of Shibuya girls sporting them when I went to Tokyo last October, but failed to get a pair for myself because they were already sold out due to popular demand! I could totally see why, when I got to fit my own pair. The height seems ridiculously high, but they are surprisingly very comfortable to walk in and they make legs look super long and thin. Now, who wouldn’t want that?
I’m half-dreading, half-looking forward to my Taiwan trip this January, because I know MURUA has a store there… and I never go out of a MURUA store without buying anything! MURUA, stop being so charming!
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.
Fighting off the gloomy weather by posting a bright, summer outfit that I wore a few weeks back to a weekend road trip with my closest friends. Couldn’t pass up the chance to shoot an outdoor outfit post because I rarely go out of the city! You may have also noticed how I have managed to successfully settle within the confines of my little studio and plain white wall nowadays. It’s too convenient. /cry
Anyhow, I just had to wear my new wedges out because I couldn’t find anything more perfect to match with my whole outfit. Who says summer sandals can only be flat? I got these RANDA babies from my recent trip to Tokyo, and I couldn’t be happier with this purchase. I’ve always adored RANDA shoes, and Japanese shoe brands in general because they are really some of the most comfortable (if not the most comfortable) shoes in the world. If you go around Japan, you’ll be amazed at how some girls can survive to walk for hours in 4+ inch high heels and not die at the end of the day. A lot of it has to do with the quality of shoes that they wear!
Another spring/summer outfit wearing the same wedges!
Fortunately for us who can’t go to Japan all the time (though thankfully we can now have multiply-entry visa, lol thank you PM Shinzo Abe) just to buy quality kawaii shoes, RANDA has recently opened its global webstore that can ship to over 120 countries. YES, the Philippines is included. You just need to have PayPal.
Hopefully more Japanese brands can go global in the next few months/years!
Their S/S 2013 collection called CHIC & PURITY is every spring lover’s dream! I couldn’t resist getting a pair of Metallic-line Ankle strap Wedge Sandals in Beige for myself when I visited their Shinjuku store. It was only a few steps away from JR Shinjuku Station!
I spent about 30 minutes deliberating on which pair I should get. Everything was so pretty, but as a normal traveler I couldn’t buy too many shoes or my luggage could go overweight (and back then, I already bought too much EMODA for the touchMe show). T_T
I settled for classic nude wedges with gold accents in the end. In all honesty, my feet can withstand hours of walking around in these high heels. What is this sorcery?!
Two-tone open-toe shoes for their main poster. I love how RANDA offers cute and trendy but classy designs that can cater to different ages and styles. The model on the left has a more mature, chic style while the model on the right has a more sweet, innocent style.
HOHOHO I’m on a roll! I come bearing more good news! RANDA is officially on sale starting today! It’s CRAZY - I found a pair of $60 flats that went down to $20.
Here are my faves from the global webstore. Enjoy shopping!
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.