Style & Instagrammables in Bali

I think Bali is everyone’s creative place – whether just for the feed, for your style photos or just to spark something inside your right brain. Here are my recommendations aside from the island tours and what I wore in these places.

Modern Restaurants/Bars

There are so many trendy cafe’s and restaurants in Bali, especially in Seminyak area, where you can see it left and right. My top pick and prolly the most Instagrammed one is Motel Mexicola, which made me feel like I’m in the tropical oasis of Mexico! There are visuals of art, religion and women lighted by neons. Don’t forget to visit the second floor and to visit int he afternoon. 😉

What to wear: casual. it is kinda hot in this place so while you can wear sparkly ones like below, make sure it is still comfortable!

Address: Motel Mexicola, Jalan Kayu Jati No. 9X, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Other places: Nalu Bowls, Cafe Organic, The Bistrot, Sea Circus, Ling Ling’s, Sushimi, 

Wearing @mikkascloset dress and earrings

 

Beach Clubs

Very popular whether in Kuta or Seminyak, Bali has pretty beach clubs! My top pick is Potato Head Beach Club, which has very modern interiors and just the perfect spot for that sunset viewing.

What to wear: bikini or your coolest summer outfit

Address: Potato Head Beach Club, alan Petitenget No.51B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Other places: La Favela, La Plancha

Wearing @wearkimsantiago pair, @kirinkirin earrings

 

Traditional Cafe’s & Warung (Food)

Ubud, Kuta and Tabanan are great places for traditional Balinese food and restaurant interiors. Our Uber-turned-tour guide @Enno3170 whom we got the chance to talk and interview when were on our second day recommended these places which his tourists loved. The menu here are traditional, affordable yet of quality. Plus the interiors and traditional Balinese music, especially in Warung Dedari where we had lunch before going to Ubud. I highly recommend these places which are not yet so popular in social media but deserves the attention!

What to wear: Balinese inspired florals.

Addresses:

Merta Harum Agroo Luwak Coffee, Jl. Raya Mawang No.98, Lodtunduh, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Warung Dedari, Jl. Raya Denpasar, Perean Tengah, Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82181, Indonesia

Warung Sunset, Jl. Sunset Road, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Mertha Harum Coffee Luwak Ubud

 

Water Temples

I told myself that whenever I would go to Bali, I would visit these temples, not just for Instagram but for spiritual purposes as well. Uluwatu was one of the main recommendations but Enno could only take us to these two which we can reach in a day: Ulun Danu and Tanah Lot. Pura Ulun Danu is a beautiful complex

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3 Stunning Islands Beyond Bali in less than 7 hours

I dedicated a day of my Bali trip to explore three islands outside Denpasar. I told myself that I need to see these highly-instagrammed crystal clear waters and limestone cliffs when I get to this dreamy place. While I only spent a few days because of work, I needed to maximize my experience, see an overview, then prolly come back if I want more.

I booked this full-day island tour via KKDAY, which has been reliable to me. They gave me a sponsored pass for this one since I’ve written about my Taiwan trip.  I didn’t have a very long stay at Bali so I wanted to maximize my travel so decided to just do it in a day. Through this approx USD 90 KKday item, the tour is via High Speed Ocean Rafting Cruise courtesy of their supplier, Bali Hai, which has cruises of different kinds (big ferry ones as seen below) but also rafts designed with the highest safety standards and equipped with 750hp. NusaPenida.com says that “If you want to go to Nusa Penida Island from Bali, the easiest and cheapest way, if you go from the capital, Denpasar is by getting to the Sanur beach and using some traditional public boat called ‘jukung’. Jukung  take around 90 minutes to reach Nusa Penida.” We only spent around less than 30 minutes but it was really fast! I have motion sickness but I think that doesnt happen on islands as for me. Plus, there are seatbelts! hehe

Processed with VSCO with c9 presetIn terms of cost, according to NUSA P website, you will spend around 43 USD to get to NUSA P and back which is already half of the cost of this tour, which already included 3 islands, transpo back and forth to your hotel, food and snorkelling. I think it’s worth it.

We were fetched at around 9AM by an air-conditioned van in our hotel in Kuta to the port. Pick-up and drop-off areas includeLegian / Kuta / Tuban / Sanur / North Sanur/ South Nusa Dua / Uluwatu / Jimbaran / Ubud/ Tanah Lot, and selected Hotels in Ubud.

In the port, they will provide you with snorkelling equipments and towels. The vessel can only accomodate a few around (8-10) with some sense of privacy that I like.

In terms of expectations, you can see that my gadgets above show a Drone which I just purchased few hours before I departed Manila. I was kinda expecting that instagrammable cliff view.

Image: Bali Hai

CUTTING THROUGH SEA FOR NUSA PENIDA & LEMBONGAN FOR LESS THAN 30 MINUTES: IS IT WORTH IT?

But it didn’t happen. While there was snorkelling as you can see below, It was not a literal “island hopping”. We didn’t get off the boat to  experience or stay for minutes. We were just on the boat taking photos. It was just cruising past these beutiful towering limestone cliffs and inviting islands.

Nusa P and that trail for the instagrammable top view

Nonetheless, I got messages from friends that it was better that way if you’re not spending nights and days in this island (recommended: 2-4 as per my friends) because there’s just so much to do. As for them,  the a 1-day hike was very painful for the legs, hard on the skin and that requires so much training and time as well.

But it was indeed a beautiful sight. Prolly not as pretty as the one here in our country but it invited me for another one try in the next trip for the experience. They say there’s so much to do and see like beaches, falls, and unique viewpoints, like the Kelingking T-Rex. I will plan it very soon!

SNORKELLING AT CRYSTAL BAY AND LEMBONGAN

In the tour, there are 2 snorkelling spots and my favorite was the Crystal Bay at Nusa P. Truly crystal clear and beautiful! It was prolly the only time we got off from the boat before lunch and it was such a nice site. Tour guides are also there to support you if you have fear of the water.

THE BEST PART: PRIVATE & COMFORTABLE HIGH-SPEED CRUISING

I think that having a high-speed cruise almost like to yourself with very good English-speaking tour guide was worth the money and time. There’s high-quality speakers, neat comfort room, free towels and drinks. Maybe there’s more looking than experiencing but I had a time for myself and the nature versus the kinda busy life and parties at the main island Bali.

And we should talk about the healthy unli buffet that they cooked for us: fresh and deli! I even tried Indonesia fruits that I have never tasted in my life despite living in Southeast Asia LOL

We also got to have a private time at Bali Hai’s private resort where you can swim, parasail (USD 25) and take a banana boat (free). As for me, I just roamed and communicated with Mother nature. 😉

 NUSA CENINGAN: SIMPLICITY AND SERENITY AT ITS BEST

The last destination was prolly my favorite. Ceningan island is the smallest of the 3 sister islands, with a yellow bridge that connects to a bigger one Lembongan. There are only 2000 people inhabiting this place and can be accessible via motorcycles too if you’re in the this island outside Bali. There are no abundance of fresh water, not much of a night life but I saw tourists living and visiting this place with small hotels offering nature tours as well. Our tour guide took us to for a 30-min walk to see the village happenings. I think I would like to stay here for a day then 2-4 on Nusa P the next time I visit Bali.

Hindu temples left and right in this island

Overall, i thought that this tour was worth the time and money given that I only allocated one-day for these islands. I recommend these to travellers who dont have much time outside Bali, those who want a private Balinese nature experience and want to see a glimpse of these 3 islands.I have been to Coron and El Nido but there is something about the serenity and simplicity of these islands that got my attention and definitely will be back.

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REVIEW: MAC Viva Glam Sia

For me, a great artist is also a great collaborator. It’s also those who can write that really thrives and survives in a very competitive music industry. So for me to see “Sia Face” as a top google keyword when I was searching for her works is such a disappointment because, even without seeing her face – which is by the way, beautiful – I see so much beauty in her work of art.

Ever since, Pretty Hurts by Beyonce which she wrote, I have been interested in her musical style, voice and lyrical content. She has written songs for Britney, Maroon 5, Kylie Minogue, David Guetta (Bang My Head is my fav!) and a lot more. Of course, who wouldn’t be captured by her hits Chandelier and Dusk ‘Til Dawn?

So when I heard that MAC is collaborating with SIA through a limited ed lippie, I immediately bought one. It’s also really great that it’s also a Viva Glam lippie as EVERY SINGLE PESO from the selling price of Viva Glam Lipsticks and Lipglass goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Now the box looks really nice as Sia has a nice signature and few letters for ther “logo”. The red color of the font leads us to the color inside. On the tube, you can also see the logo/signature on a classic Viva Glam tube that’s colored red as well.

Swatching the lippie, it is indeed a warm vivid red as the MAC website puts it. It has a matte finish that’s not too much to dry the lips. Of course, pigmentation and consistency is always on point by Viva Glam.

Comparing it to the classic Ruby Woo red of MAC, it is indeed a warmer red but not so far in that spectrum as you can see in comparison with a classic blue-toned red. This is definitely a lipstick that i can alternate with the my fave Ruby Woo.

Overall, I really love this lipstick for all of the qualities I’ve mentioned. I look forward to a part 2 of this collab, maybe an avante-garde shade? 😉

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The World’s Highest Coverage Foundation? Dermacol Review

When I saw Nikkietutorials (the queen of high-coverage funda) review Dermacol (alongside other Yt and Ig videos where the pigment erased the existence of tattoos, marks etc), I got really interested in this product. It’s not that I have a lot to hide haha but I have those shaving marks, lines and scars in my legs that I sometimes have to think of.

So Dermacol arrived in PH through this site P850, and they sent me a tube in the shade 207, which is the closest to the NC25 reference (208 is cooler though). The packaging is not at all luxurious though it’s in gold, but the text says how it’s a studio makeup that covers (so I think this is not just a foundation). It also has SPF 30, it is hypoallergenic and made in Europe.

Because also, upon swatching, it felt like a concealer that instantly covered everything initially, from lines, to pores. I used my Fujifilm f2 lens to focus on its texture and SHOOKT as I was, pigment did come through.

On its wet stage, the only problem I saw was the fine line under my eyes but it did really erase the black cover and flattened the surface under light.

It’s heavy but it doesn’t feel that much and application might be a little hard because it looks and feels a concealer. A pea-sized amount is so creamy and heavy and loaded with pigment but when you use a beauty blender, it applies on smoothly and evenly (little dabbing). But since the texture is very much like a concealer, you need a hydrating base under it to do it even more easily. A silicone primer wouldn’t work in this formula as it will just make it too heavy.

It is also not adviseable to use a thick powder to set it. I use a finishing/blotting/transparent powder to make it dry and see that above, under day light, even the pores in the nose looked flawless.

Above full length images show under day light and rigng light (right, full-faced makeup), without flash and it looked really perfect. Nonetheless, when used with flash, it has a slight white cast.

The gallery above further proves the pigmentation and coverage given the small amount of product, on the temp tattoo I placed on my legs days before. So amazing!!!

Overall, I am really impressed by this product and the hype is real, especially for the price and the amount of pigment in just a small amount (which means it will last you for long). If there is just also one concern: Staying power. It lasts for around 4-5 hours but retouching it becomes so difficult because it cakes when you use a high coverage powder and when using a blotting or setting powder, you have to use a fix+ first to perfect the base. It slightly moves and becomes oily.

I will repurchase this and use these during shoots and special events but might not be advisable for everyday wear. The coverage and finish though? Just stunning.

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Lip Series 2: Metallic/Pearly/Lustre Liquid Lippies

2 years ago, when matte liquid lippies were really getting famous, I got amazed by a version that one lipstick that was glittery yet turns matte. I realized that this kind of finish just plumps and gives my small lips a dimension with a much comfortable wear than lip glosses that just transfers everywhere. This year, I saw a lot of brands, especially department store ones that released their metallic liquid lipsticks and everything just got more exciting!

In this post, I’ll be reviewing different metallic lippie lines from 7 brands that caught my attention. Let’s start first with the one of the pioneers, LA SPLASH. They called theirs the Lip Lustre [PHP 600 approx]  which had the same formula (yes, drying yet super pigmented!) as the Lip Couture but with glitters that dry matte. I like how dimensional the finish and luxurious the glitter look like especially when matte. I also saw a similar product from COLOURPOP [PHP 600 approx] but with a more true metal (non-glittery) finish.

Months after, KYLIE releases KyMajesty [PHP1300 approx] which the first ever metallic lippie from the brand, which shookt the market with intense pigment and glitter.

This 2017, I first saw SLEEK launch their Metallic line* [PHP 450] following their famous Matte Me lippies. By definition, metallic lippies shouldn’t be so glittery and Sleek achieved that perfectly with their formula, and with an affordable price. I especially like how lightweight it is on the lip despite the heavy metals.

BYS also launched their Metal Lips Creme Lipstick [PHP 400] with colors and pigmentation that are just beyond expectations esp for the price! The level of opacity and vibrancy is just 100%, perfect for editorial and trendy looks.

With a different formula, NYX released Cosmic Metals [PHP 450 approx]*  with a variety of nude shades. These are not matte, and for me, the feel and finish is similar to a lip gloss (or glass) that has loads of glitter. While kind of heavy on the lip, these give a more metallic finish than a glittered lip gloss.

MAKEUP FACTORY also released a different version that’s called Pearly Mat* [PHP 800 ] , as part of their tribe collection. It has a finish thats in between metallic-glittery-pearl,varying on the shades as you can see below. I like how this one dries quickly with an airy and creamy feel and lasts long too!

I sorted the swatches according to the colors as you can see below for better comparison and appreciation and let’s start with the copper and golden tones that look especially good on morena skin tones.

The above shades and swatches are actually my top favorites amongst all the featured products in this blog. They just gave intense pigment and brilliance (esp for BYS) with a  true metallic finish.

Now with rosy warm tones, the shades below are less metallic and opaque but more matte and glittery (esp for BYS and NYX) than the above colors. I am not a fan of these hues alone, as I would like to wear them as topper.

And lastly, the cool-toned and, dark shades! I am really impressed by how intense and unique the color of BYS Metal Lips are. As you can see, the Kylie lippie is so glittery than metallic, Makeup Factory’s other shades are more pearly and creamy , and that LA SPLASH just has hints of glitter on their matte formula.

Have you tried any metals lips this year? What are your faves?

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Review: L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover

Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation is definitely one of my beauty favorites this 2017. (see how used and abused the liquid and powders are below haha!) When it was launched early this year, I got so excited because I only knew this line through that lip duo 6-7 years ago which I think was one of the most long-wearing lippies I’ve tried ever. Now,  the brand has a “Total Cover” variant that has a liquid foundation, concealer &  corrector palettes.

 

Total Cover promises a 24-hr wear with lightweight feel and natural finish. It covers dark spots, blemishes, scars, and hyperpigmentation for a flawless coverage. Formulated with high loads of pigment, it glides on easily and feels fresh all day. (Source: lorealparisusa.com)

In this post, I will be focusing on the liquid foundation more because this is my favorite from the line. There are 6 shades sent to me but there 10 available – which is kind of similar to the Pro-Matte. I actually never got to select the right shade for me but I loved it so much that I kept all and just mixed some shades to find my true match.

I found my shade in 305 Natural Beige which is the closest to my skin tone. I swatched the foundation without anything under and you can see below how it made my skin flawless in an instant. While application is not easier compared to Pro-Matte because this has a kind of creamy/mousse formula, this lasts even longer which is just superb for the price of PHP 700.

While there is a tendency to cake because the foundation is already high coverage in just one layer, it truly covered everything that I didn’t need a concealer anymore.

With powder, there’s is just a slight tendency to cake as well because of the creamy formula so while I used the Infallible Pro-Matte here, I use this product with a transparent loose powder only to make sure it’s really flawless.

On the nose, it doesn’t look so flawless in application so I suggest to put a minimal amount, and to use a moisturizer under to make sure that it will glide easily.

Overall though, I would repurchase and recommend this foundation. They have the same qualities as Pro-Matte except for the ones above, but I would use this during the non-summer days more. 

INFALLIBLE TOTAL COVER COLOR CORRECTING KIT is an all-in-1 color correcting palette that neutralizes any kind of discoloration across all skin tones and types. The powerful cream corrector helps in balancing, correcting, and perfecting imperfections on the skin. Don’t be intimidated with this multi-colored palette as each hue was made to effectively answer a specific skin need. Peach is meant to disguise dark circles, yellow to combat dark spots, green to neutralize redness, and purple to brighten dullness. Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit will be available exclusively on Lazada at PhP 600 SRP.

INFALLIBLE TOTAL COVER CONCEALING & CONTOUR KIT is a 3-in-1 palette that corrects dark circles, conceals imperfections, and contours the face to add depth and dimension. This pro-inspired kit provides the sophistication and completeness of a pro-palette – making you feel like an expert with your everyday look. It contains 4 highly pigmented and creamy shades that can be used individually or together for a wide array of shades and uses to fit your needs. Infallible Total Cover Concealing & Contour Kit will be available exclusively on Lazada at PhP 600 SRP.

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Lip Series 1: Rosy Nude Matte Liquid Lippies

#Internationallipstickday or month is over but in our world, there’s no such thing right? It’s everydaaaay! So let me swatch all of my new lippies this year in different series and starting that off with NUDES 😉

…But the pink/rosy kinds of nudes (kinda desaturated/muted) which I have been liking lately for everyday use or if I have overdone my eye makeup 😉

It will also be my first time reviewing some liquid lippies from brands like Cathy Doll, H&M Beauty (yes, they’re here!! Stay tuned on my blog for that!), BYS and Sephora. However, I will be making the reviews deeper as we touch other shades from their lines.

When it comes to rosy/pink nudes, I choose the rosy ones which are typically warmer than the cool nude pinks.

In terms of color, I am usually gravitated towards the bottom part of this arm swatch. They look nicer on my tone and just brightens my complexion.

Now these rosy/pink nudes are all matte. I actually pre-selected the brands here and they are all working for me.

As you can see above, Sleek Birthday Suit which I’ve reviewed here, is always my reference point. It’s just a warm pink (sometimes orangey) that guides me on the right undertone to select. The 6 shades that follower after it are rosy warm shades that I like.

Now for the lip swatches (where I didn’t use daylight so it will tend to appear darker), see below gallery.

  • Cathy Doll Nude Me in Moss Rose [PHP 399]* – This has to be the most matte of them all and a true warm rosy shade. It dries quickly and I really love the pigment, consistency (coz of the flexi wand). It just feels a bit heavy on the lip and cracks when lasts longer but perfect for the first 1-3 hours!
  • Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 06 [PHP 799]* – One of my favorite formulas of affordable liquid lipstick. Doesn’t really dry my lips and the pigment is really high. 06 is a cool pink on my arm but turns to be a little warm on my lip.
  • Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 13 [PHP 799]*- 13 is very close to Birthday Suit color.
  • BYS Velvet Lips in Guilty Taupe [PHP 399] – Velvet Lips is a very nice and affordable choice for liquid lippy. Very pigmented and liquidy and comes in lots of colors  – you will see more of this soon. My only problem is it dries slower than the rest but the wear is fabulous. This Taupe is a muted color but has a hint of rose. Really unique.
  • BYS Velvet Lips in Wicked Plum [PHP 399]* – I don’t think this is plum as I can see more of pink but is very close to Shabby Chic and just a lovely mid-toned pink.
  • Colourette Liquid Lacquer in Vieja [PHP 599] – I will share more about this line from the brand in the next posts because I just love it. On the lip it appeared darker and muted which I love.
  • Pink Sugar Lip & Cheek Stain in Vieja [PHP 349]* – The most affordable but performing line as well as I have reviewed here. This color looks kinda peachy and more pigmented than the reference but looked lovely on my lip!
  • Sleek Matte Me in Shabby Chic [PHP 450] – I have reviewed this line many times and this pink color which was release just las year and renov-ed this year (with a better wand – same as Birthday Suit)  is just a wearable pink for any skin tone.
  • H&M Liquid Lipstick in Enchante [local price to be revealed soon] – is the coolest pink in this set. I will be attending their launch event next week and Ill get to know more about this but the pigment and feel of the product is outstanding. It’s creamy but dries velvety matte and not too drying. Formula to watch for!

What are your favorite pink nudes?

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2 Local Dupes to Kylie Burgundy Palette

Last year, I started buying eyeshadow palettes not available locally and one of my favorite is the Kylie Burgundy Palette (PHP 2100). It is just trendy yet wearable in the selection of colors and just truly pigmented, from mattes to metallics.

So I was receiving some new items from brands this year and noticed that there is something similar to this famous palette by Kylie Jenner. I mean, not truly similar as the famous BYS Berries palette is popularly known as a dupe for Modern Renaissance but you’ll get what I mean later, together with newly launched Peach Purrfect palette by local brand Colourette Cosmetics.

You can see how I just love this palette with how messy it is!

While not really so exactly the same shades as some vary in temperature, but I can definitely mix and match the shades to mimic the Kylie palette. The below arm swatch shows my favorites from all three palettes.

Let’s start with Berries (PHP 1200)*. This is one true favorite this year. The selection of colors, consistency and level of pigments especially from the matte ones are outstanding. There are nudes, oranges and YASSSS, a cool-toned purplish red as a surprise. It comes of a bit powdery but it’s creamy especially for the high pigments.

Using the key shades I compared above, see how pigmented and bold the color is! And blending is just easy. No wonder a lot of people love this palette.

Now using the semi-identical shades from Kylie on the other side of my eye, it really comes off kinda same except that the left is cooler, while right is warmer.

 

I’m kinda sure that if I have mixed some orange to the cool red on the left, it would have been the same. And see how the consistency and level of pigment of the two are close!

OK. Let’s move to the newly launched palette by one new brand in The Philippines that’s really doing well with its launches. This Peach Purrfect (PHP900)* palette doesn’t look peachy to me. It actually is kinda more like Kylie’s selection of colors and the winning shades from this palette are the metallic ones. See how beautiful that bronze and gold are!!! They’re creamy and color payoff is the bomb (especially for the price).

Mixing the bronze and burgundy metallic shades on my eyes, it looks sophisticated and well-blended!

Now applying the identical shades from Kylie, here I couldn’t see much difference really!!

So even if the arm swatch above (in daylight) appeared a bit different in temperature, upon blending, the below shows how great this palette is, especially versus a $42 product.

So when you’re thinking of buying the Burgundy palette, check these two affordable ones!! If you want that Burgundy red from Kylie or shades that you don’t have in your kit yet, you can consider buying Peach Purrfect or Berries for half the price. 😉

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Peach ImPerfect

Peach is so hot right now in the beauty world. But if you have been reading my blog for 6 years, orange is one my go-to colors for eyes and lips as it just suits my warm undertone. When I tried peach on my eyes, I just got that instant blooming effect as I would usually get from orange. I think I’ll be wearing more of this color!

So my take is a monochromatic yet glossy and shiny peach. Just like a juicy tube! I started off with the newest release from BYS Philippines, the Peach palette which just screams all the colors I ever wanted in a palette.

The Peach palette compose mostly of really pigmented warm shimmer shades but there’s this one matte color in the middle that is my favorite!

On my eyes, with a bushy brow using the new MAKE UP FO EVER Brow product brow liner which has super sharp edges, the peachy orange color on my lid looks just so fruity!

I then decided to play! I thought of placing a lip gloss on top of the shadow on my lid and it turned out really juicy!

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For the cheeks, I used these orange-y monos from MAKE UP FOR EVER irridescent shadows in I-752 and I-745 , the new glitters from BYS, and top it all of with this LA SPLASH glitters in Fuzzy Flamingo.

The highlight is courtesy of this new Scult & Glow which made the finish a little but wet, and the lips with the new MAX Factor Matte lippy in 10 Sunkiss which is just so creamy matte and pigmented.

Of course, the look will be complete with my newest launch at www.mikkigalang.com/shop, The Peary lace front wig. It’s a salmon pink wavy (kinda messy) styled angled cut bob which makes the overall look not so polished yet so peach perfect.

What you think about this look? I just had fun creating this and I hope you can do the same as you join my blogversary giveaway! Good luck!

 

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Anello, Japan’s IT Bag, Now in Manila!

Anello, which translates to “annual growth rings” in Italian, was founded in 2005 by Carrot Company, a world leader in the retail industry who also owns Legato Largo, a woman’s fashion brand, and Paquet du Cadeau, a brand that sells fun accessories. The company started its operation back in 1998 in Osaka, Japan.

Ever since I saw my mom use Anello as her everyday bag, I was convinced that I have to have one too. My kinda-OC mom’s everyday bag is usually big (with all the paper works, receipts, inventory reports, makeup) and I actually inherited that trait of hers since school up until now that I’m working. I just love big bags with wide openings and a lot of compartments!

So I was so happy that Anello, the world-renowned Japanese-Italian brand known for their signature wired wide opening backpack, is finally in the Philippines.

I attended the launch of Anello in Megamall Fashion Hall a few weeks ago and learned more about the brand.  Founded on the premise of improving people’s quality of life with pieces that you can use regardless of the season, anello, offers a full line of fashionably chic pieces that perfectly complement the lives of today’s multi-faceted individuals.

“The brand is really known for coming up with no-nonsense pieces that allow you to do more things and go more places,” shares Marnie Chua, President of Crossmerchant Inc, the exclusive distributor of anello Philippines. “Essentially, it answers the need for really trendy bags that do more than just hold things for its owner—one that is both sturdy, provide convenience and designed in such a way that it fits into most occasions.”

 

Ive always loved The Japanese’s keen attention to details and forward-thinking fashion sense as very evident in the structured silhouettes and added functions of the bags. And the best thing about it? anello offers bags that come in all forms, sizes, colors and materials, making sure to have something for everyone regardless of personal style.

Less than three weeks after this event, the brand went on and unveiled its impressive 100-sqm flagship store at Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons. Soon after, the third branch opened in UP Town Center. They also plan to open stores in Uptown BGC, Alabang Town Center and Robinsons Magnolia and more. Inside the store, I just love how the bags are organized in different styles. It’s just easy to understand, despite the variety.

“We decided to venture in the Philippines to answer the continuously growing clamor for the brand here.
Filipinos are one of the biggest consumers of anello bags, both in Japan, and in most other countries where we are present, and for that we are most thankful. In the years to come, we aim to continue producing new items to make sure that we are always able to delight and answer the needs of our customers,” shares Mr. Takeshi Yoshida, President of Carrot Company.

Learn more about anello and its products by following Official Anello Philippines on Facebook and
@anellophilippinesofficial on Instagram.

 

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