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.

  • Top: Topshop
  • Sunnies: Sunnies
  • Hair: Peary

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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Products That Address Changes in Skin & Mind?| Kanebo SS17

If you have been following my blog since 2013, you know that Kate/Kanebo is one of my trusted foundation brands. This Japanese cosmetics believes that “life is a masterpiece day by day” with products made with premium quality materials and advanced technology.

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Weeks ago, I attended the launch of their SS collection for this year but I’ve been receiving PR from them since last year. I’ve been trying most of their products and sharing them soon at this blog but below are innovative new products and updates from this brand that I would like to share to you.

For makeup, the idea is Defining Pure Grace. “The secret of beauty is simple. Inner allure – having soft and tender glow from within” with products that focus on skin as well.

3 things caught my attention: Selection Color Eyeshadows, Dual Radiance Foundation and the Light Glow primer.

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I have tried the Selection color eyeshadow and the elegant finish and texture is what I like the most. When it comes to both coverage/pigmentation and texture/feel, The dual radiance foundation (P2700) is the bomb.

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I have swatched this and as usual, Kanebo has one of the best foundation powders in the world, if not in Asia. This time, they have a radiant finish that give the face a depth, developed with two types of particles – soft proof powder and luster fit powder.

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Then the skin care which is really exciting and innovative in terms of discovery. Kanebo believes that everyone, amid the flow of time, is continually changing from one instant to the next. One day, one month, one year. The rhythm of beauty changes as life changes and the Chrono Beauty collection focuses on changes in the skin and MIND, providing optimal care and beauty.

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Very true to the Japanese philosophy, and applicable in our tropical countries, these specialized product series with  formulation developed over the last 80 YEARS address daily concerns (moisture, firmness) and even up to monthly or yearly ones like air, temperature that affect radiance, tone and pores.

It’s really about the rythym. As you can see below, there’s a calculation of how skin changes and is constantly influenced by many external and internal factors.

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From the serums to toners and cleansers, the ingredients are made of natural ingredients like Rose hip oil, Althaea root extract, etc perfected by science and technology. Upon swatching, you can already feel and see how fine the products are, and that there is no strong fragrance. Kanebo has performed a thorough analysis of the “fragrance of tea flower”s from China and Japan that integrates comfort, not just scent.

Excited to try more of Kanebo products at this blog soon, especially skin care. Stay tuned!

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Dive Into the deeper Dolce & Gabbana Mediterranean blue

Light Blue is my mom’s go-to scent since I was in HS and I remember she would gift me this perfume every time when i was still studying. Definitely had a lot of memories with this scent with such freshness and unique accent.

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Weeks ago, Dolce&Gabbana invited me to an event to announce the reinvention of its two cult fragrances: Light Blue and Light Blue pour Homme. Renewing their sensual freshness with unique accents. Making them even more irresistible, vibrant and long-lasting.

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Sixteen years after the launch of Light Blue, master perfumer Olivier Cresp writes a new chapter of the Light Blue saga with Light Blue Eau Intense pour Femme. The fragrance opens with a sharp, addictive duo of scents: luminous lemon and crisp Granny Smith apple.

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With its fruity and floral facets, elegant marigold blends this accord into heart notes: a wave of glowing, heady jasmine petals. Its signature trail of lustrous amber woods and precious musks melts into sun-kissed skin, unfurls into a vibrant, sensuously scented wake.

The packaging is almost the same (with a few more elegant and feminine lines) and I like my cult fragrances to remain the same but this one has a more fruity floral accent which I’m a fan of.

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Now also sharing the new Light Blue Eau Intense pour Homme .

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Launched in 2007, Light Blue pour Homme offers a magnetic, masculine alter ego to Dolce&Gabbana’s iconic feminine perfume. Today, master perfumer Alberto Morillas, continues to tell the story with Light Blue Eau Intense pour Homme, its signature contrast of freshness and sensuality becomes more assertive still.

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A chilled citrus cocktail of refreshing mandarin and frozen grapefruit gives the top notes a cool, elegant twist.Aromatic juniper dives into the heart of salty, aquatic accord, conjuring the translucent blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. An abundance of vibrant amber woods wrapped in musks extends the radiance and staying power of this masculine blend, leaving a potent trail that captures the innate sensuality of the Light Blue man.

Streamlined and modern, the design of the new Light Blue Eau Intense fragrances reflects the heightened intensity of the scents. Inside their cool frosted-glass bottles, both fragrances take on the evocative, light blueshade of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Shot on location at the Faraglioni in the Mediterranean Sea in Capri, Italy, the advertising film (which you can see previews here) features the lovers meeting again at the spectacular cliffs for a sensual tryst. The campaign also includes new images with Bianca Balti and David Gandy reunited in the scenery of a Capri natural “Grotta”.

More event photos and ambassadors below.

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Cult, Curated & Special

Last December, I started gifting friends and family with items that I really thought of. I’ve been saving up since last year and I realized that the value of my presents doesn’t matter if I make them really special, unique and personal.

And so for Father’s Day week, I found some items that are less ordinary than alcohol, perfumes or clothes that we usually give to our dads. This website is pretty amazing! Personally, my dad is a big spender on branded stuff – bikes, clothes, belts, cars. He has always liked the perfumes I give him (and receive from events of fragrances for men haha) but this time, I think he would get to see how unique these are and complement it with his things.

1.  Personalized Whisky Glass

Since he loves Johnnie Walker so much ( but I wanted to give him the cool whiskey stones in the web!!!) and bonding with us while drinking (haha), I think that this would perfectly fit his curated office and den. Made by Becky Broome, “you can enter up to five lines of text with a message of your choice. You can enter up to ten uppercase characters including spaces and punctuation for lines one, two and three (larger font). You can then add up to eighteen uppercase characters including spacing and punctuation for lines four and five.”

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2. Wooden Wireless Charger

My dad has around 5-10 gadgets (I think our parents are becoming really techy!!) and aside from the wireless speakers I gifted him before, this would be the perfect partner to his Facebook (and IG!!!) world. This is made by Make Me Something Special in collab with Aircharge, a UK based company that specialise in wireless phone charging technology. While Aircharge supply the wireless technology, we have designed a perfect and beautiful personalised wooden holder, handcrafted from our hand selected English Oak and our Amish American Black Walnut in our Surrey Hills Workshop, carved, smooth and finished to perfection and can be engraved with your choice of words or lettering.”

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3. Hip Flask

Last year, I bough a Scorpio-inspired flash from a bazaar and I saw my dad using it on trips. This is just perfect for all of our cool dads! Created by Highland Angel, “The flask can be engraved with your own message of up to four lines, with a maximum of up to 28 characters in each. There is a choice of a plain or script font to match your style.”

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4. Personalized Watch Stand

Men’s top accessory is a watch unlike us girls with so many stuff so a personalizes and curated stand would like nice on their desks!! Perfect to gift this season or even this Christmas! “Handmade from beautiful English Oak and Amish American Black Walnut in our Surrey Hills workshop, these stunning oak watch holders can be personalised to make a truly unique and timeless gift. When it is down time – you will always know where you left your watch.”

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5. Photo print!

I found a similar one that I gifted my mom last Christmas and thinking of making and personalizing one for him with photos of his trail and bike adventures!!!

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These are really amazing items from Gifts Less Ordinary!. We all know gifting is big in our country and this would make it really special.

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