#MikkiGalang6thBlogversary GIVEAWAY!!!

There’s power in defining and living your look.

Last year’s blogversaries (In Green Sun, and The #BenefitLovesMikki workshops) were very successful and I would like to thank you all for the continuous support that you give this blog and all of my activities and brands. For my 6th year celebration, I thought of having an online activity instead that would showcase our identities and creativities.

Instagram has become a tool for self-expression for all of us – MUA’s, influencers, etc – but we can raise the bar higher by owning the trends and making it our own. As such, my giveaway and contest is all about that.

There are a lot of brands/sponsors that I got for this activity (THANKS TO THEM!!!) so the mechanics are below and don’t be afraid to be really creative BY POSTING YOUR UNIQUE BEAUTY LOOK OR YOUR OWN TAKE ON A CERTAIN BEAUTY TREND. There is a total of 100,000 worth of products that I will be giving away and I’m  excited to share these all to you!

MECHANICS (End of contest: Sept 15, 2016):

  1. Follow/Subscribe on my FB, FB, IG, IG, Youtube, Spotify, Twitter
  2. Follow our supportive brands on IG: Sleek, NYX, BYS, Kilo-Off, Fresh, Kipling, Eika, Sample Room, Browhaus, Colourette, MikkiGalang Hair IG & FB, Mikka’s Closet IG & FB, Strip It, MAKEUPFOREVER, Nicole Cosmetics, Riot, Revlon Professional, Kanebo, GirlStuff Forever, K-Palette
  3. Interact with me be sharing your thoughts on my IG (like a commenter of the month)
  4. Repost the below campaign poster on FB & IG and end it with “ Happy 6th blogversary @MikkiGalangDotCom! Get the chance to WIN over 100K worth of beauty loot bags from her favorite beauty brands. Full mechanics on mikkigalang.com!”  Tag 3 of your friends.
  5. In support of my new brand, Repost any of my pics from my shop on your FB & IG and why do you like it. End it with, “Shop now at www.mikkigalang.com/shop”
  6. THEN MOST IMPORTANTLY…
  7. POST A MAKEUP LOOK OF YOUR OWN and caption how you are living that look, and why is it unique to you, using any products from participating brands. Tag the brands and mention products you used.
  8. Don’t forget to tag me and use the hashtag #mikkigalang6thblogversary #mikkigalang100kgiveaway so I can track.
  9. Most creative entries WIN!

The grand winner will get this loot:

5 winners will receive each of the ff (not included in photo: P500 voucher from Eika Swimwear)*lipstick brands will vary *Kanebo/Lunasol products will vary as well:

Good luck and again, cheers!

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REVIEW: Palmolive Intensive Moisture

It’s been a while since I review hair care because there are only just a few brands and products that work for my oily and thinning scalp. One of them is this pink variant of the Palmolive Intensive Moisture which I alternate sometimes with my staple hair care ever since college.

Sample Room sponsored me to review this line. The product claims: “Palmolive Naturals Intensive Moisture adds essential hydration to your hair for long-lasting softness. Intensive Moisture’s specialized formula with Coco Cream and Milk Protein extracts, instantly adds essential hydration to hair for long-lasting softness throughout the day.

At first, the creamy texture of both the shampoo and conditioner (even years before) kind of hesitated me to use them because I usually get dandruff from these due to my oily scalp. But it has never been that way for this line, especially with the newest one.

If there’s one change that I noticed, that would the scent that has slightly strengthened but didn’t bother me even as a user of this brand. There’s a warm fruity floral scent that doesn’t get smell “maasim” throughout the day.

Now let’s review its performance. I stopped using my current hair care to make way for an honest review of this. As you all know, my hair has been damaged through lots of bleaching and coloring and it has become frizzy and dry since last year.

However, I can see that even after just a few days, the level of moisture it gives is so nice. I don’t like too creamy conditioners to make my hair soft and hydrated.

Zooming in, I can see how the moisture is more visible without making it look dull versus other cream conditioners ive tried.

Even when I shot it yesterday with no straightener, I felt good about my hair.

Overall, I have always liked Palmolive Intensive Moisture. Both shampoo and conditioner have always worked for my hair type and in managing dryness. You can get your samples at SampleRoom.PH!

*sponsored post

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Abercrombrie & Fitch First Instinct

In the wake of its 2016 new fragrance for men, Abercrombie & Fitch is pleased to announce the launch of ‘First Instinct’ for Women, developed exclusively with Inter Parfums.


‘First Instinct’ for Women is inspired by that first moment of attraction, when two people’s worlds collide and a spark is ignited. It is the fragrant interpretation of that exciting first glance and initial connection. That very moment can’t be defined in words, nor can it be anticipated.

Like the Abercrombie & Fitch woman, she is truly unique, unlike any other in her originality, as well as effortlessly beautiful. She knows how to follow her first instinct with innate style, charm and femininity.

Developed by Fabrice Legros (Studio Pi), the design is “based upon a rectangular construction, yet with roundness that conveys femininity.” I like that the clear glass with a light pink metal cap is so feminine yet so stylish. I like these shades of pink!!

“I feel that First Instinct for Women is at once playful, feminine, and alluring says master perfumer Laurent le Guernec (IFF). “With a sensual opening, a sparkling development and a trail of irresistible yet effortless seduction, this formula was crafted to ensure captivation.”

The fragrance is definitely floriental. It may come off as strong floral, but I like that it has a nice fading to a creamy musky scent. Below are the notes.

Top: Sun-kissed Magnolia blooms coupled with uplifting Grapefruit Zest awaken the senses, while Passion Fruit adds a sweet dewy brightness. At once a sophisticated and playful opening.

Mid: Wild Orange Flower carries on the glistening floralcy while Butterfly Orchid blended with exotic Water Lily rounds out the heart of the fragrance. Femininity turns sensual and captivating.

Base: Warm Amber is heated by a contrasting blend of Creamy Tonka and Addictive Musk, brings an alluring trail of effortless seduction.

These are available at FRESH and select SM Stores. I’m excited to check out more of this brand’s fragrances in the future!

Thanks also to Style Weekend for the feature!

 

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Free As Hair

Lady Gaga once said, “I’ve had enough, this is my prayer, that I’ll die livin’ just as free as my hair”. A while ago, my newest wig style arrived and I was so ecstatic to shoot it. Just to be clear, I love my natural hair (esp my current trim, color – c/o Cedar Salon) but there are just times that I want to take portraits of myself and express my mood without further damaging (through bleaching and coloring), thinning and styling my hair. I just wanna wear a wig cap, put on that lace-front wig, some makeup and then shoot. And below was today’s output.

The new Palmolive line -which Ill be sharing/reviewing soon- that does wonders for my natural hair lately

Skyline via Rooftop at Privato Hotel

Also shot my #E0SM10Adventure entry a while ago

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Bowie Royalty

For the #FaceAwardsPHFinale, NYX Cosmetics Philippines challenged us to rock our “Royalty” looks. I decided to interpret Bowie’s iconic makeup style with glitters and sequins. It was such a fun night with my To

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I decided to change the colors of the lightning bolt into red and black for a bolder look. I used pigments as base (and a strong black liquid lippy) with glitters on top.

Key Products Used:

  • BYS Glitter Set in Red and Black
  • Makeup FOR EVER Aqua XL in Red
  • Lit Cosmetics Glitter in Firecracker
  • Sephora Lip & Cheek Stain in 28 (black)

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The other half is a beauty eye- red mono shadow topped with a quad shaped sequin. It just instantly lifts the eye with the upward application of the sequin.

Key products used:

  • Kylie Kyshadow in Burgundy
  •  NYX Ombre Blush (orange)
  • NARS in Audacious Lips in Catherine – a nude orangey lip that fits the strong eye makeup, to be also true to the Bowie hues

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Enchanted Nymph

My stylist backed out last minute for my #faceawarsPH film and so happy that my friend Mara Chua, and one of the most talented and smart designers in the country helped me by creating this yellow-golden gown for me. The inspiration? Out of The Woods! Check out more photos below.

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A Head Full Of Dreams

Just the best night of my life. Period. Maybe hypnotized. And i will repeat it again given the chance. There’s just something about the positivity, and happiness (AAAND sadness) that each song brings.I will be forever a fan and thank you Coldplay for this night. See below my Youtube video of the #AHFOD tour in Manila

 

 

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Jewel of Thailand

THE INSPIRATION: Thailand 2016. I was inspired by the bold beauty of #MissUniverse @namtanlitaa, the glamour and recognition for trans of @missinternationalqueen, the eco-friendly cultural music fest i attended last Feb in #Pattaya, and my fav Asian beauty blogger, @pearypie of Bangkok.

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KEY TECHNIQUES (Soft sexy smokey eyes): Create High thick brows with upward tail (as seen in most Thai celebs). Focus on brightening inner corner of the eye with primer and light pigments, and contouring the outer corner to make eyes look sexy and open. Use glitters on inner upper and lower parts of the eye. Use thick lashes and light contact lens to soften the look.

GET THE LOOK: Used mainly Cathy Doll products for this tutorial and review. The products below have amazing pigments, innovative formulas and ease of use. You can see from the pigment from the swatches and how there were no-minimal fall outs. Cathy Doll Sculpting Highlight & Shading Cushion SPF 50 in 01 Cathy Doll 3D Face Forward Nefertiti Contour Kit Cathy Doll Nude Me Smoky 01 and Pink Champagne Eyeshadow Cathy Doll Eyebrowcara in Milk Chocolate (MY FAV) Cathy Doll Nude Me Liquid Lip Matte in Rose Embroidery (love the flexi wand, perfect for lining/contouring the lip)

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