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!
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!
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!
Last February 27, I was invited by shu uemura to an afternoon fete / press launch at SoFA where they unveiled the new spring collection, ob for shu uemura! ob, as I mentioned in my previous post, is an up and coming contemporary artist in Japan, and is also the apprentice of well-renowned artist, Takashi Murakami.
We had afternoon tea and snacks in a dreamy setting that very much reminded me of Alice in Wonderland!
No one could resist all the french pastries being served at the event! Yum!
Besides the scrumptious food, there were also other activities for the guests to participate in. There were three activity areas - the calligraphy art area, nail art area and post your dream area.
The talented girl behind the calligraphy is actually my friend Alexis who was my batchmate in Ateneo! She blogs regularly at Ink Scribbler. It was her debut as a calligrapher, and it wasn’t surprising that everyone at the event loved her work so much! You can really pass it off as a real font!
In the post your dream area, I wrote down on a piece of paper that I wished to have unlimited flights to Japan and Europe, LOL.
The spring sakura display by the entrance, featuring the four princesses in the collection. Now I can’t wait to go back to Japan for cherry blossom season!
(Not in photos: Forest Princess collection.)
Moon Princess. High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula + UVUB Mousse POREraser
Ocean Princess. Whitening Clear Brightening Gentle Cleansing Oil + UVUB Brightening Mousse Whitefficient
Cherry Blossom Princess Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil + UVUB POREraser
The cutest Cherry Blossom Princess snow globe! <3
Long-time college friend Reggie who works for Cosmo now! Bumping into her always makes my day. Also, can we trade faces please? I wish to be effortlessly stunning too T_T
Back at the press launch, shu uemura took the opportunity to recognize four prominent ladies in society as tribute to women’s month! Here is Cherry Blossom Princess Jenni Epperson and her daughter wearing matching outfits. I could only wish to be half as fashionable as her when it’s my turn to become a mom!
Ever-so-bubbly Ocean Princess Tessa Prieto-Valdez and her daughter also in the cutest matching outfits. As usual, she was so funny! Definitely the life of any party.
With Forest Princess Anna Sobrepena, and Moon Princess Rorie Carlos.
Me with shu uemura retail manager Nadia and shu uemura senior brand manager Nina.
Bloggers with junior product manager Karen! With beauty bloggers Jheng of I Am Brigitte, Angela of Lush Angel, and Martha of The Beauty Junkee. I love how we all came in theme! I swear we didn’t talk about our outfits! (Thanks to Apartment 8 for my cut-out shoulder top.)
I’m totes getting my hands on this collection once it’s out in stores because everything just screams kawaii and I can never resist effective products WITH beautiful packaging. <3
First dibs on the new shu uemura spring 2013 collection that’s inspired by one of Japan’s most closely watched contemporary artists, ob. Her artworks for shu uemura are characterized by the combination of dreams and reality, thus the surreal, fantasy-like feel to them.
There are 4 princesses that are featured in this collection - Cherry Blossom Princess / Sakura Hime (pink), Moon Princess / Tsuki Hime (yellow), Forest Princess / Midori Hime (green), and Ocean Princess / Umi Hime (blue). I’m not going to spoil everything yet, but there are definitely more stuff coming out other than the ones in this post. Like, new rouge unlimited lipsticks… *shuts up now* :)
Thanks to the shu uemura team, I got the Moon Princess / Tsuki Hime (SO ME) High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil, which is the cleansing oil that I’ve been using for years now. Only this time, it comes in the most adorable packaging! I really swear by this stuff. <3
I also got the UVUB mousse POREraser which I am obsessed with right now. Definitely makes my skin look so much better. I’ve been layering it under my foundation recently because not only does it make my foundation last longer but it also gives my skin a smooth, pore-less finish. Works like magic!
And where do I start with these sakura flower mini lashes? They are so pretty I don’t want to use them (as with all shu uemura lashes)! T_T There is nothing more ideal for spring than these sparkly lashes.
Will post photos from the unveiling ob for shu uemura event as soon as I can!
Visit shu uemura on Facebook for more details.
Mary Kay goodies that were given to me in a giant gift box during the Mexx Outing a few weeks ago! Haven’t tried everything yet, but I’m loving the Mineral Powder Foundation (lower left) so far. Been using it everyday now. It’s a good weightless powder foundation in a way that it makes my skin look wonderfully smooth, and (fortunately) it doesn’t break my skin out. I’m also really into the limited edition Sheer Dimensions Powder (pink sparkly one on top) because it provides a nice and subtle shimmer without making me look like a vampire. I still can’t contour to save my life, but I don’t mind highlighting at all. Cool stuff!