Can 2014 be any more awesome? Another Japanese brand has arrived in the Philippines!
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.
Say hello to Princess Himeko! Isn’t she the cutest?
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.
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!
Host Joyce Pring.
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!
Simple eyeliner for day time, and heavier eye make-up for night time.
Sat with my Candy girls, Stephie and Erin.
A Japan-related event won’t be complete with Ms. Kawaii in Manila herself - Kaila!
With KawaiiPH girls Anne and Kaila.
Japanese beauty lovers unite! <3
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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!
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.
Other notable items from the beauty collection are their lip/cheek stain and blush/bronzer combo.
Took photos of the current Tory Burch collection while I was at it.
Really eyeing the gold one in the middle! Come to mama!
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.
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.
Or should I get these matchy-matchy shoes and bags instead?
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.
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!
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:
(L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick in Wild Tango)
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.
(L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick in Viva Red)
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!
(L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick in Dewy Beige)
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!
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!
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
L-R: Orange Power, Cherry Crush, Spring Rosette, Crayon Sunset, Red Valentine, Lincoln Rose, Raspberry Syrup, Blaze Red
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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!