Posts Tagged "makeup"

Tutorial: Pixy “Tokyo Kawaii” Look

Posted on Wednesday, 8 October 2014

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It’s never too late for a pink make-up tutorial! This look is inspired by what I call “Japan’s perpetual spring”. From what I’ve noticed through the years, Japanese girls love wearing pink and florals all year round! Kawaii never stops! Even in winter, when they can normally get away with bold lip colors and dark eyeshadow, they still prefer donning light and cutesy make-up that enhances their natural beauty. 

Pixy, a Japanese-formulated and Indonesian-manufactured cosmetics line, calls this look the “Tokyo Kawaii” look. 

Pixy has finally arrived in the Philippines, and I’m so happy that their products have been tailored to fit different Filipina skin tones. This is not the first time that I’ve heard of a Japanese company customizing their products specifically for the Filipino market! They are really dedicated to sharing the kawaii lifestyle all over the world. Thank you Mandom (of Gatsby, Lucido-L, and Bifesta fame) for all the love!

There is absolutely no excuse for anyone not to get on the kawaii bandwagon now! Get Pixy-fied with this simple make-up tutorial:

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Step 1-2: Apply the light pink eyeshadow from the Pixy Romantic Poem 01 Eyeshadow Palette onto your lids and lower lids.

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Step 3-4: Use the darker pink eyeshadow from the same palette (Pixy Romantic Poem 01) to draw a thick line across your lids as well as on your lower lids. Blend for a more 3D effect.

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Step 5: Line your eyes with Pixy Perfect Eyeliner in Black. Wing it to elongate your eyes and make them appear bigger.

(You know how some eyeliners just aren’t black enough that they end up looking like a faded dark gray after some time? Pixy’s eyeliner is probably one of the most black eyeliners I’ve ever tried in my life! Obsessed with this product! Been using it everyday since I got it.)

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Step 6-7: Brush Pixy Waterproof Mascara in Black from the roots of your lashes, wiggling upwards. Don’t forget your lower lashes for that extra volumizing effect. 

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Step 8: Apply natural-looking falsies! You can skip this step if you’re already blessed with long and thick lashes.

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Japanese beauty is all about the eyes! Just look at this before and after photo, and notice the huge difference.

Thanks to Pixy for making the “Tokyo Kawaii” eye make-up look so much easier to recreate now!

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Step 9: Swipe on Pixy Silky Fit Lipstick in 302 Puppy Love Satin for the sweetest smile. I love how this lipstick keeps your lips moisturized! No to chapped lips.

If you think this particular pink isn’t for you, Pixy lipsticks come other yummy colors too! 

Top row (matte): Rouge Tango, Peach Delicacy, Pink Smoothie, Be in Love, Earthy Beige (my mom loves this!), Nudy Kiss

Bottom row: (satin) Puppy Love, Rosy Pink, Autumn Apricot, Pinkish Peach, (semi-matte) Cinnamon Twist, Misaki, Haruka

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Step 10: Apply Pixy Blush On in Passion Roses 04 on the apples of your cheeks to create a natural flush. 

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Step 11: Pat the Pixy UV Whitening Perfect Fit Two-Way Cake all over your face for seamless, flawless coverage. I’m using the Natural Beige shade. You can opt to use this as it is, or as a finishing powder to set and somewhat matte-ify your liquid foundation/BB cream (like I did).

My favorite part about this product? It’s SPF15!

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Ta-dah! Pixy “Tokyo Kawaii” make-up look achieved!

I find this look ideal for a lunch or dinner date. The pink shades are so easy to match with all the dainty floral dresses in my closet. 

(“motekei” vibe - tbh my boyfriend loves this kind of make-up compared to dark, smokey eyes and bold lip colors.)

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It’s also great as an everyday make-up look! You can achieve that “my lips but better” effect by swapping your favorite girly pink lipstick with Silky Fit Lipstick in 507 Autumn Apricot Satin.

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You can even pull this make-up look off at casual business meetings. Seize the day with Silky Fit Lipstick in 216 Pinkish Peach Satin. :)

Hope you guys enjoyed that simple Pixy tutorial! Feel free to comment if you have any questions. If you get inspired by this and decide to recreate this look, please let me know by tagging me on Instagram or Twitter and using the hashtags #GetPixyfied #PixyPH. So excited to see the results!

Pixy is available in Watsons and distributed by Mandom Philippines Corporation.

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Heroine Make is Now in Manila

Posted on Saturday, 27 September 2014

Can 2014 be any more awesome? Another Japanese brand has arrived in the Philippines!

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Heroine Make might already sound/look familiar if you frequent beauty stores in other Asian countries. It’s hard to miss the packaging because of their model - a unique “shoujo” character with big eyes and blonde hair. Apparently, this girl has a name! I didn’t know until I dropped by the launch last August.

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Say hello to Princess Himeko! Isn’t she the cutest?

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Mandom Philippines President Mitsuoka Hiroyuki opened the event by telling everyone that we can also be leading ladies like Princess Himeko, if we use Heroine Make products.

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Sales and Marketing General Manager Ohashi Hirotsugu. I was able to talk to him before the program started, and he kept on thanking me for supporting Japanese products. 

Huu, if it were only possible, I’d thank him everyday for sharing these wonderful Japanese products to us in the first place! 

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Host Joyce Pring.

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Heroine Make’s Make-up Artist and Beauty Counselor Igarashi Sayuri did a quick demo on how to use their products.

I loved her demonstration! She was so animated, and you could really tell that she believes in Heroine Make’s magic. We were all shocked when she told us her age! Japanese aging level: time-defying!

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Simple eyeliner for day time, and heavier eye make-up for night time.

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Sat with my Candy girls, Stephie and Erin. 

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A Japan-related event won’t be complete with Ms. Kawaii in Manila herself - Kaila!

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With KawaiiPH girls Anne and Kaila. 

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Japanese beauty lovers unite! <3 

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Thanks Heroine Make and Mandom Philippines for inviting me to this intimate event at Makati Shang! I always buy Heroine Make whenever I’m in Japan, so I’m glad more people can appreciate it now that it’s here.

My recommended items: Long & Curl Mascara (P595) and Smooth Liquid Eyeliner (P595). Really makes your eyes look like Princess Himeko’s, lol. The power of Japanese make-up!

To know more about Heroine Make, visit their Facebook. For inquiries and requests, you can email sunga-o@mandom.com.ph

Tory Burch Beauty Collection

Posted on Thursday, 11 September 2014

Tory Burch’s story is one of my favorite success stories of all time, so I couldn’t pass the opportunity to drop by the Tory Burch Beauty Collection launch at Rustan’s Makati a few weeks ago.

Fashion and beauty go hand in hand, and I can definitely see Tory Burch evolving into a full-blown lifestyle brand after launching this make-up collection. Now, your clothes, shoes, bags and make-up can all match! 

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The Tory Burch lipstick collection includes 12 shades for different occasions! They’re designed to suit different skin tones.

Their signature color, “Pas du Tout” was so successful that they decided to create other shades! We’re so lucky!

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The darker colors may look intimidating, but the lipsticks actually apply sheer. So ideal for everyday use! 

When do I even start with the luxuriousness of the whole collection? Each lipstick is also subtly scented with cassis, grapefruit and mandarin, and the logo on top is so pretty, you wouldn’t want to ruin it! The orange casing is a work of art - you’ll definitely want to keep it even after you’ve finished the whole tube.

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Other notable items from the beauty collection are their lip/cheek stain and blush/bronzer combo. 

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Took photos of the current Tory Burch collection while I was at it.

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Really eyeing the gold one in the middle! Come to mama!

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Look familiar? It’s because I have the black one! Perfect everyday shoe. Seems like the slip-on trend isn’t going away any time soon.

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Need these jelly flats in my life! Not sure if I should get the Reva ballet flats or these ones instead. I can’t resist anything with ribbons.

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Or should I get these matchy-matchy shoes and bags instead? 

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With beauty bloggers Jackie, Nikki and Angela

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Bumped into Patricia as well! Thank you Tory Burch Beauty for inviting us to this event. Had so much fun!

Tory Burch Lip Color Collection is available at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangrila and Tory Burch Greenbelt Boutique. The lipsticks are priced at PHP 1,650 each.

Tutorial: One Eyeshadow Everyday Make-up

Posted on Friday, 25 July 2014

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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. 

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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4) Following your natural eye shape, extend the line as much as you can. Make sure it doesn’t go past your eyebrows though! 

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5) Drag another line down to connect the first line and the wing. 

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6) Fill it all in! Sometimes i use brown liquid eyeliner for a softer effect.

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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!

L’Oreal Color Riche: Lip Love

Posted on Friday, 14 February 2014

I’m very predictable when it comes to dressing up and doing my make-up. I rarely drastically change my style to the point of no recognition, and when I do, there’s always some sort of template that I follow. I’ve tried and tested this template enough to know what works best for me and my changing moods, and I’m pretty sure most of you have already noticed the slight changes that I do to keep my outfits as classic and elegant as possible.

One of my most favorite techniques to quickly change how I look is by using different colored lipsticks! I’m so obsessed that I feel totally incomplete without them (the same way I can’t go out without earrings on). 

We all have our own morning routines, and mine usually end with a lipstick in hand. I only choose what lip color to wear after I’ve finalized my outfit! I am a personal style blogger after all! I’m assuming beauty bloggers would base their outfits on the color of their make-up? (It would be interesting to do a survey among different kinds of bloggers, lol)

Anyhow, the reason why I leave the lip color last is because it’s my way of deciding what kind of vibe I want to exude throughout the day, and because it is so powerful that it can make the simplest outfits look so much dressier than they really are.

It works the opposite way too. Think your outfit is a little fancy? Try a more subdued lip color to balance it out.

Below are some examples of how lipstick colors can complement daily outfits:

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(L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick in Wild Tango)

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(Persunmall top and skirt setSM Accessories necklace and bangles, Coach bag, Charlotte Russe heels) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

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When beige/nude is too pale, pink is too girly, and red is too intense, go for a coral shade. I particularly love Wild Tango because it has slight pink undertones in it that makes the color super flattering.

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(L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick in Viva Red)

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(Chicwish topBayo pants, Sugarfree Shoes heels, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, zeroUV sunnies) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Wearing this bright cherry red color seems to always make people overlook the fact that I’m lazy to accessorize. Count on Viva Red to also give you an instantly sexy look without any skin exposure!

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(L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick in Dewy Beige)

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(Kate-Katy top, Romwe skirt, Forever 21 heels, SM Accessories necklace and bangle, Zara clutch) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

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One would expect to wear bright lipstick with neutral outfits, but sometimes I like to keep it simple and understated so as not to look too intimidating or too out of place during the day. Dewy Beige is one of those my-lips-but-better colors that need to be in every girl’s bag! I asked my boyfriend which of these three looks he liked most and he chose this one because it makes me and my lips look friendly (a.k.a. kissable? lol).

Enjoy Valentines Day, everyone! It’s also a pay day weekend so it’s definitely the best time to splurge on these sexy new lipsticks!

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L’Oreal Color Riche Le Rouge a.k.a. the World’s No. 1 Lipsticks have precious lotus, argan and rose oils in them so you’re bound to have infinitely moisturized lips. The 15 new and improved shades are all very pigmented, and the rich color pay-off makes you want to collect them all! They’re now available in all major department stores nationwide for only PHP 625! 

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L-R: Pearly Rubie Follie, Pearly Flirty Berry, Pearly Viva Red, Touch of Amaranth, Pop Up Pink, Fairy Touch, Beige Sienna, Pearly Think Pink, Pearly Berry Allure

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L-R: Orange Power, Cherry Crush, Spring Rosette, Crayon Sunset, Red Valentine, Lincoln Rose, Raspberry Syrup, Blaze Red

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"Six Hearts Princess” by Takashi Murakami for Shu Uemura

Posted on Friday, 1 November 2013

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. 

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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.

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At the launch event, I was greeted by this overload of cuteness!

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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L’Oréal girls + fans of the brand <3

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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. 

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A live make up demonstration was done by Shu Uemura’s new associate make-up artists.

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Cats Del Rosario brought to life a black princess inspired look.

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Joyce Platon created a pink princess look. Ombre lips, anyone?

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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!

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“Art as a way of life” couldn’t be any truer, thanks to Shu Uemura. 

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This packaging will be the death of my wallet. Sophisti-cute!

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A closer look on the pretty pink hearts lashes. 

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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!

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The black princess palette on left and pink princess palette on the right. Which one do you like better? 

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Doesn’t the girl on the palette remind you of Chibiusa? Major Sailor Moon feels!  

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My very own lip and cheek tint!

Visit Shu Uemura Philippines on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more details on this collection!

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!