As a pioneer of the latest beauty trends, the SM Store Beauty Section dedicated a glamorous weekend of free makeovers, nail art, and hair coloring to fans of make-up and all things beauty-related.
It was an honor to be part of the first ever Doll Glam event last July 26 at SM North EDSA The Block! I’ve always been an advocate of the Japanese-inspired dolly look, and it’s great that the SM Beauty Section found a way to bring in new brands that push for this particular make-up aesthetic. It’s about time!
Alodia/Edjie came as a sparkly kitty princess from heaven, while my OOTD ended up as a cutesy version of Catherine Zeta-Jones/Elena from Zorro, lol. Top from titty&Co, skirt from Romwe, wedges from RANDA, and earrings and choker from EMODA. Inspired by Shibuya 109 shop staff and Japanese magazine bloggers, I wanted my outfit to look dolly yet still wearable!
(Hair color swap!)
Meanwhile, backstage, Edjie and I camwhored like we always used to back in college! We often miss each other in Tokyo (i.e. she would arrive on my date of departure, and I would arrive on her date of departure), but thanks to this event, we finally got our schedules to match. Good times!
Sparkly pink nails are a must for dolls! (Mine is the hand with the ring)
We also had the chance to talk to the winners of the VIP contest, which was a very heartwarming experience. I’m always so grateful for my followers, and I can’t thank them enough when I meet them face-to-face. Some of them even brought their own copies of the #TriciaGosingtianStyleBook to be signed too! I haven’t promoted my book in ages, so I’m glad people still carry it around with them, huhu. /cry
Photographer Jio had his camera pimped out with Hello Kitty stickers! Too kawaii not to include in this post.
The event started with models styled in the 4 key Doll Glam looks. Doll Glam can be cute, pretty, hippie and sexy, so there’s sure to be a place for each and every girl! I loved how the stylist combined some of the key looks to match the models’ personalities.
Edjie and I dressed up according to the key looks too! She went as cute/sexy (she is pretty much the perfect manifestation of this combination), while I went as pretty/hippie. I tried my best to look as girly and dolly as possible!
If the ^_^ smiley came to life…
(Thanks to my boyfriend for taking this photo. If someone were to take this kind of photo of me, it would be him.)
We did a short demonstration on how to achieve that Doll Glam look, and it turned me into a puddle of anxiety! I was so nervous because of the time limit! Thankfully, I think I did an okay job!
(Photo by Jionor Verona)
I focused on the eyes by applying a brown shimmer eyeshadow to the eyelids, winging the brown pencil eyeliner out, using a light brown eyebrow mascara on the eyebrows, not forgetting to put mascara on the lower lashes, and finally applying natural-looking falsies to create the illusion of doll eyes.
With my doll of the day - Ruth! You might recognize her beautiful face in all of SM’s department stores.
Love the accidental matchy matchy off-shoulder top x big skirt combo too. We’re definitely made for each other, bb Ruth!
10 lucky winners were chosen during the event to receive special gift packs (which included brands like Dolly Wink, BYS, NYX, Pixy, Heroine Make, Kate, Maybelline Color Show, Cutex, Palty, Beautylabo and Lucido L, among others), as well as a chance to walk down the stage to show their outfits. Everyone looked absolutely adorable! You can tell that most of them are rabid fans of Japanese culture.
Mad props to them for the confidence that they exuded while walking the runway. Sometimes I wish I were a little less like a statue in public events! You’d think that after all these years, I’d get used to it. But I could never, haha.
Some of the brands and products that the 10 lucky girls were able to receive!
Harajuku girls. They definitely did justice to Japanese street style!
Edjie and I with our dollies/models after the demo. This event just proved that it is totally possible to achieve the Doll Glam look in a short span of time if you have the right products. Thanks to SM Store Beauty Section for helping us out!
Much thanks to the recent birthday girl Nicole Andersson for doing such a great job at hosting too, as usual.
Whee! Full house!
(Photo by Jionor Verona)
With some of the winners of the VIP contest on Twitter. Wish we had more time to chat and take pictures!
(Photo by Kawaii Philippines)
Thanks to SM Beauty Section for the flowers! I got the one with the blue gingham wrap while Edjie got the pink one! I wonder if this was just random or if the organizers knew that blue is my favorite color.
(Photo by Kawaii Philippines)
Photo time! Some people traveled hours just to attend the event, so I stayed behind after the program to thank people, sign books, and take lots of selfies!
Here are only some of the pictures from that day! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #SMBeautyDollGlam if you’ve yet to post your photos from the event!
Finishing this post off with my Doll Glam selfie taken before the event and before all the sweat!
Thanks to Events 100 and SM Store Beauty Section for this opportunity! Hoping for more Japanese beauty/fashion-related events in Manila!
I thought all-white, girly and frilly ensembles would stop working on me anymore once I dyed my hair dark, but I just proved myself wrong with this outfit! It just goes to show that you can still be as cutesy and girly as you want without having to dye your hair light brown or blonde EVER! My hair quality is a little better now that I had the ends trimmed off, but it’s still nowhere near the quality of my virgin hair from… err, 10 years ago? I can’t believe it’s been this long. Somehow, I missed this natural look.
Anyhow, I actually have a ton of little white dresses that I haven’t worn yet, and I think now is the best time to whip them out of the labyrinth that is my closet. Black hair on white clothes is my new thing right now.
Good news! I was instantly greeted by the rain as soon as I got back in Manila. Someone is obviously too happy that summer is over! I feel like I’m back in my element now that the weather is a little bit cooler, and I’m not sweating like an angry bird on a treadmill anymore.
Attending A/W fashion shows in Tokyo has officially set my mood for dark color dressing! I’m slowly getting over my annual fairy phase (a.k.a. summer mode in Muggle speak), and there’s nothing like a classic shift dress to set the new season off to a promising start. Motel Rocks makes the best cold shoulder dresses, and this one is quite a gem. It can already see myself using and abusing this dress until the holiday season!
P.S. I’m blogging early today because I’ve been passing out at 8 PM every night since I got back. Jetlag is a good thing, in my case! Forces me to sleep early and wake up early too!
Someone found her way to the RANDA store in Shinjuku again! I swear, I always have to pass by this store every time I’m in Tokyo. They have the best shoes!
Maho-san from RANDA allowed me to take photos once more, as well as share their newest summer shoes, in case anyone is going to Japan in the next few months! She also prepared some gifts for me! Happy <3 I went straight from the airport!
With the nicest shop staff!
Trying on RANDA’s present for me! I don’t have ankle-strap wedges yet and I’m glad my first pair is from RANDA!
I wore these shoes to dazzlin touchMe Collection 2 days after I arrived from Tokyo, and I didn’t have to break them in? They were so comfy already!
I also got the white and tan ankle straps on the right! Lovely details.
The Hello Kitty x RANDA collection is still in stores!
Black heels and the signature Hello Kitty ribbon.
Black and white summer wedges with the cutest Hello Kitty design!
For all the Hello Kitty fanatics out there…
Subtle Hello Kitty for those who prefer more simple shoes.
Ankle straps are everywhere in Tokyo now that it’s transitioning from spring to summer.
Out with the winter boots. In with all kinds of summer sandals.
They also got these flats with embellishments for a change. Perfect for a beach weekend getaway.
These would look great with denim!
Choose your beach footwear.
I love these so much! I regret not buying the yellow and white pair!
Strappy heels in bright orange.
Pastel blue and yellow, and the cutest cross straps.
More ankle straps and color blocking.
I have the black one and I wear it constantly!
MODE style shoes. The white ones are especially popular this season!
These are perfect! Too bad the white one didn’t come in my size anymore.
They still got some of their signature edgy designs, but in pastel colors for spring/summer.
Shoe paradise! Every girl’s dream!
RANDA by fashionvibe! World-famous blogger Zina Charkoplia collaborated with them for their S/S 2014 collection, and the result was this super chic ankle strap design that I wish came in my size! These sold out so fast, and I could totally understand why.
Fortunately for us who don’t live in Japan, RANDA opened its global webstore that can ship to over 120 countries. YES, the Philippines is included. You just need to have PayPal!
I know what you’re going to say. This looks just like my previous outfit, only in black and white!
I’m on a major dress phase, and I’m seriously loving every bit of it even if my outfits are looking very repetitive recently. Nothing beats dressing in comfortable clothes when the temperature is 35 Celsius. Summer needs to be over right now. The heat is killing my creativity and productivity.
Anyhow, the highlight of this outfit are the blinged-out heels on my shoes. This pair was one of the gifts I got from RANDA when I went to Tokyo. No need for “excessorizing” anymore, when you’ve got shoes like these.
Seriously missing spring weather in Japan right now. Can’t wait for my next trip abroad in May. I’d be happy anywhere as long as it’s colder than this hot Manila summer!