Miss Pussy 2012

It’s that time of the year again where Ateneo Dollhousers gather to celebrate the holidays through a fun pageant that started at a house and now expanded into a much bigger venue (Il Terrazzo FTW). I was so excited to join again after a hiatus and I really placed so much effort for the first ever Wedding Gown segment with a groom (I got two!!). Very exciting, funny and creative segment, indeed by all the contestants (see below video by Patch Buenaventura). Enjoy the photos and thanks so much to my cousins and sister for helping me with all the production and pasabog effects!

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Raw Empowerment Party

Let the pictures explain what happened in the Raw Empowerment Party by Petrol Philippines, a denim brand known for its utilitarian approach but withstanding its impressive and unpredictable fashion concepts that go hand-in-hand in fueling the high spirited, the fearless, the daring, and the rip-roaring 😉

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Mon Shu Girl x Karl Lagerfeld

Master of beauty collaborates with master of fashion converge, East meets West – clearly, Shu Uemura takes the next level in beauty, towards a universal one, combining different aspects of it, through the Karl Lagerfeld collection, an exclusive blogger launch of which, I attended few weeks ago to experience the newest breakthrough.

Mr. Shu Uemura has transformed image of women for years, making sure that beauty is truly a work of art. I have always been a fan of the brand that was crafted and inspired by the hands of a great make-up artist and cosmetics king. Moreover, it is very interesting that “Karl Lagerfeld has been using the Shu Uemura eye shadows to illustrate his fashion sketches. Now he merges his world with Shu Uemura’s to create an entire collection in homage to the brand – the color selection and packaging is entirely designed by Karl Lagerfeld who also photographed the visual campaign (which you can see above)” (source)

I already featured the entire collection in my latest entry, and now I would like to share how we experienced the very innovative collaboration of two masters, through the launch photos.

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Holiday to Party

What I like about the holiday is that it’s so filled and busy with events that it challenges everyone to change looks instantly – from day to night, from office to party or from casual to extraordinary. And I really love doing makeovers! I won’t publish some of my December events coz they’re so many but I’m so amazed by how now I can do make-up of my friends and cousins in comfort rooms of clubs, malls and houses in minutes, given limited materials! hahaha

So in one random coffee night with my stylist friend, Stephanie Cudal, who came from a styling stint, it turned out to be a tutorial, makeover, bonding and pictorial in one, in 3 hours! haha I was the makeup artist (with a few tools) and photographer while she styled herself with limited accessories and just one bottom – the Levi’s Metallic pink foil jeggings which I just bought this Christmas because of her insights! It was really perfect because I got a lot of ideas on how i can wear this.

1. Casual Look

And pink! Steph said that for her casual look, she would use all pink (regardless of texture) to match her jeggings and I used a lipstick that totally matched her hues.
And the pink lipstick from Shiseido looked good on her, with minimal eye or cheek color!

Here’s another casual look! I asked her for a less girly look and tadah! Just a plain white shirt and accesories would do as per her. As for her makeup, I removed the pink lipstick and used a red one and slightly intensified her liner and shadows.

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2. Office look
Now, this I really need. With the same jeggings, Steph used a top with the same shiny texture as the jeggings and contrasted the overall hue with black – the Coach bag, the Ray-Ban glasses and the top. As for her makeup, I brought back the pink lipstick so it would not be so black and white, and minimized the liner on the lower eye area to not have an “eye-bag” effect with her glasses on! So corporate yet glam!

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3. Party Look
Since the overall texture is shiny and shimmery, I started with the lippies that had what I needed. I used the mid-red from the reds of the Guerlain Shine Automatique line and oh, I really loved the level of shine (and the sparkles) it gave on her. The packaging is also perfect for parties as it’s not so messy! Shimmery and dark eyes. I used the Bobbi Brown To-Go Smokey palette which had white shimmers that I placed in the inner eye corner area for a bigger eye effect.I also used the shimmery brown and black of the smokey palette which matched her hair and clothes as well! Done with the shiny smokey party makeup which matched her outfit. She used the gliterry black pumps again
for the night look for a shiny texture.

Really love doing this! More of this in my next posts! Hope you learned something coz I absolutely did from her! Thanks so much Steph!

 

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From New York to Manila

Since 1851, Kiehl’s has been committed to serving a quality product through the most outstanding service. It started as a small apothecary in the East Village of New York City – Kiehl’s opened its doors in Asia back in 2000. The iconic Greenbelt 5 store—the first in the Philippines—opened in October of 2007, to cater to the skin care needs of the discerning Philippine clientele. And last September 2012, they opened their latest boutique: Kiehl’s in Power Plant Mall, Rockwell.

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Kiehl’s has continuously grown as a global brand and is now inciting more and more fans in the Philippines to fall in love with their efficacious formulations and unique New York Spirit (which you will see below!!) In the Philippines, Midnight Recovery and Rare Earth lines are among the most-loved franchises by Philippine fans. As their formulas continuously improve and new innovations drive the Kiehl’s brand to grow, they’ve situated the brand close to their friends and fans, like me! Below are my favourites!

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In terms of the New York feel, Oh, I really loved it! I’ve never been to New York, or any place in America but the energy – I definitely felt with the blue colors and beautiful lights and sparkles.Kiehl’s really did transform their new boutique into a carnival-themed world, reminiscent of New York’s Coney Island.

We were also asked to make our own shopping bags! Did you know that Kiehl’s has been helping us with environment and research and prevention of AIDS? Since 1996, Kiehl’s has raised over $5,000,000 towards philanthropic efforts.Thanks so much Kiehl’s for bringing me this City! I really loved exploring the legendary products they’ve always had and getting feel of NYC in Manila. I suggest you visit the Kiehl’s boutique in Rockwell Power Plant and let me know if you felt the same 😉

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Ray-Ban Legends

Being yourself. Freely expressing your beliefs and personality. Never hiding. These are just some of captions we can put to the photos that Ray-Ban just released for their 75th year

Because for 75 years, Ray-Ban has been there where records were broken, conventions were challenged, rules have been unwritten, ideas were born. Since I was a kid, self-expression has been one of my mantras in life and while people or the places I’ve been to try to get this away from me, I have never stopped hiding. With this blog, my identity and difference, my history and my hopes and dreams – I believe that I can also be a legend.I wanna be the one who broke her spell and made a difference =)

 

When I saw the above images in the billboards, internet and stores, I told myself that for an iconic and legendary brand, Ray-Ban is doing a great celebration of its birthday in these times where, people are still hiding, and where in the Philippines, democracy exists but freedom is hard to reach.

Thanks Ray-Ban for this move and I would like to greet you a happy birthday. Please continue to keep the Never Hide spirit! Below are the seven figures that unconsciously broke through barriers; their eyes were open while the world’s were closed.

 

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#7ForAllMankindFridays

Gone were the days where I would go from one party to another – night life as they call it – where there’s lot of dancing like crazy, meeting new people on that crowded floor, showing off some sexuality (read: not equivalent to sex!), and enjoying the music made louder and better than life. There is so much in partying that some people don’t understand 😉

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7 for All Mankind, ” the world’s premiere brand of denim-lifestyle products”, invited us to their Party Fridays at Republiq. It’s been a while since I visited Republiq and I felt I wanna show my “carefree and cool” self again! haha

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I would usually go to Republiq with my cousins and friends, but this time, I went with my co-fashion/beauty bloggers. It was very nice partying with them, outside the digital world!

 

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DID YOU KNOW that 7 for All Mankind was founded in 2000? Quite young but “the Los Angeles based premium denim brand quickly earned critical acclaim due to its innovations in fit, fabric and finish.” I would agree seeing these visuals especially from their new campaign c/o Bryan Franco.

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“Born from an art film imagined and created by James Franco in collaboration with the brand’s creative agency, LIPMAN, the unorthodox campaign is an innovative multimedia experience that embodies the brand’s roots and ‘forever cool’ aesthetic.” Below is the Episode 1 featuring Lily as the protagonist.

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“Shadowing a cast of actors, artists, models and musicians that embody the Los Angeles way of life, the campaign evokes the causal lifestyle interspersed with fashion and sexuality, the resulting imagery and

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Phil Younghusband!

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film communicates the brands’ values with a realism that is entirely unique.” These vintage videos were shown during the party and I was very much amazed as these are very honest and artistic and saying so much about different issues.

And i think that these are truly unique, creative and real! More photos of the party below:

 

 

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Pink Friday at Manila

I never appreciated rap until Nicki Minaj came in the music scene. The feminine attack on a male-dominated genre, the slightly-toned-down sex imagery which is often strong with other female rappers, the fantasies and chants coming from fast but great music – all of these created the PINK dimension of the rap. So when I heard that Nicki Minaj is coming to Manila, I didn’t hesitate to watch and see her perform live!

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It was indeed a PINK day! I wore my pink wig from Catwalk Cosmetics, that Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Fuchsia and I’m Mikki Minaj! Good thing other people saw that too! While there were seats already in the mosh pit area at SM MOA Arena, I stood up and and danced with that super bass – figuratively and literally as I was very near the speakers!! Nonetheless, I was able to get good pictures also, thanks to Canon S100!

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As for the performance, she opened the event with the below costume and Nicki was really pretty and colorful! There was also a DJ who played the less familiar songs from her albums while she’s changing costumes.

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Her dancers were great performers and they kept the pink spirit alive! And yes, they were almost naked the whole time!!

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The fearless Nicki, didn’t just dance well, but also sing with heart. That pink and shimmering microphone allowed us to witness her great voice despite the kind of genre she’s into.

Speaking of great music, after performing a lot of upbeat ones from Pink Friday, she sang “Fire Burns” – the one you’re hearing now – and introduced her new album, “Roman Reloaded” which houses this song. Before singing this, she asked the audience, “Have you ever had your heart broken? I had my heart broken once and I wanted to kill him. He deserved it.” This was revealing indeed, but if we get deeper into all her songs, actually, this shouldn’t be a surprise.

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Then I kinda felt that something deeper and beyond reality that lived inside a Nicki Minaj. According to Wikipedia, indeed, “while growing up, Minaj’s home life was often chaotic, with her parents constantly fighting. As a means of escape, she would create characters and live her life through them. In an interview with New York she stated, ‘To get away from all their fighting, I would imagine being a new person. ‘Cookie’ was my first identity – that stayed with me for a while. I went on to ‘Harajuku Barbie,’ then ‘Nicki Minaj’. Fantasy was my reality’ ” (http://nymag.com/guides/summer/2010/66786/)

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As for me, her fantasies – pink friday, roman reloaded – actually influenced me in a way that it has helped me or maybe you, through music like “Last Chance” and “Fly”, create fantasies as well, that help us in trying to solve the realities that we face everyday. And thanks Nicki Minaj for that!

Then she performed more and made us witness great fantasies before she left. She sang the more famous songs like “Super Bass”, “Starships”, etc with the blue wig, her signature facial expressions and look.

Moreover, before she left, she invited some teens and girls to dance with her. And she really loved the little girls! According to Wikipedia, “in an interview with Interview, Minaj commented on her sexual image again stating, “I made a conscious decision to try to tone down the sexiness, I want people—especially young girls—to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that.” And she was able to show that.

Lastly, one reason that I would like to believe on the rationale behind a PINK Friday, and maybe a Nicki Minaj, is her different approach on rap which obviously touched millions of people around the world, including the Philippines. According to her, “I think the world is getting more gay-friendly, so hip-hop is too. But it’s harder to imagine an openly gay male rapper being embraced, people view gay men as having no street credibility. But I think we’ll see one in my lifetime.”(http://www.details.com/celebrities-entertainment/music-and-books/201005/hip-hop-artist-nicki-minaj)

Thanks Nicki for the Pink and Roman inspiration, and I hope you continue producing fantasies for everyone who wants (or doesnt want) to listen to you. Thank you Saab Magalona and Martin for letting me really hear Nicki.

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Cosmopolitan Bachelor Bash 2012

For one night, every beks, sis or pamhin were the ones who were watching. Thanks so much Cosmopolitan, Antonov, and to my friends who let me watch this show! Below are more photos of the event.

Anyway, also, did you know that last Wednesday, it was the 15th year of Cosmopolitan Philippines’ Bachelor Bash? As such, their long time bachelors have also joined the stage and it was a treat to the loyal Cosmo Fearless Females (and girls at heart) to see John Hall, for example! 😉

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Hideo Muraoka

Hideo Muraoka

Ian Batherson

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Walter Demesa

Walter Demesa

Semerad

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Tom Rodriguez

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James Blanco

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The Stage

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Anton Del Rosario

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John Hall

John Hall

Vince Ferraren

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Aaron Villaflor

Aaron Villaflor

Daniel Matsunaga

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Miguel Lasala

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I’m Born This Way, Manila

“I’ve had enough, this is my prayer. That I’ll die livin’ just as free as my hair.” (Hair) Contrary to what Filipinos think, Lady Gaga has a god. And as she told us yesterday: “she wants the best for all of us”. I don’t believe that an artist and a woman like Lady Gaga  workships the devil.

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So I attended the concert with this look. I was in the mosh pit area and people called me a lot of things but I didn’t care and I was as free as my hair, and my makeup at that moment.

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As for the show, despite all the political and religious protests that arose because this ball/tour, Lady Gaga as an artist showed especially yesterday, what she stood for: “a big giant statement of art liberation” every element of which further touched every part of her little monsters, every fabric of my identity.

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First, the stage! It was truly frightening but glamorous. It was like a haunted house, but only that beautiful creatures lived on it. And I guess that’s the point of art: to make you scared at first and realize how beautiful and different it is at the end!

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Of course, our Mother Monster in her Gaga clothes, makeup, music and performance! My goosebumps didn’t go away for 2 hours! This was truly beyond fashion, a song and a concert. While taking pictures using my left hand, i did put my paws up using the other during this part (that was difficult, but yes!!)

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Her sleeves were enormous! And looked like a Filipiniana indeed with all the holes or windows.

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This specific performance was very artistic and sentimental! She sang Hair and and I couldn’t forget this because this was when I really cried. I know right? But for people like us, who wouldn’t?

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But most importanly, her speech moved me! Quoting Lady Gaga, “And to those of you that don’t feel free, take the best opportunity to free yourselves. I just feel like, you know, so many people have been protesting and it really doesn’t bother me truly because I know that there has to be change, but for all those kids all over the world that take their lives when they’re so young because they feel bullied or they’re afraid because they’re gay and they don’t want to tell anybody, don’t you think that some of us should stand up and say the godd**mn truth? It’s true. It’s not about the music, it’s not about, it’s not about anything, it’s not about my clothes, it’s not about having a hit record, it’s the fucking goddamn truth that people in the world need to be free of who they are and be proud and feel valuable no matter where they are.” (MTV)

Below was when she said “hi” to me with her monster fingers, and smiled. I was close to tears!!! (felt like I can die already haha)

And yes, she could fight like that! And she won last night. Furthermore, her dancers were far from ordinary.You may call them of deviant color, or gender but they comprised the whole thesis statement of acceptance, of not being afraid of who you are and of doing what you want to do no matter what.

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The guy above is a Filipino! Gaga introduced her to the audience and looked too proud of him. She kept saying how she loved Filipinos, and Filipino gays, and gays in general. Thing is, her music went beyond pop and served as statements representing the “underdogs” of the society, the ones bullied, looked down upon. And as they say, that makes an art, truly art, with purpose and meaning.

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Gaga said, “It’s in uniqueness that we are all the same”. True enough, through Lady Gaga’s spell, we were all equal in that arena. People didn’t mind “crazy” monster dancing, excessive makeup…or people who dressed up like I did. And well, that’s because we were born this way.
Truly one of the best days of my life! I just thank God for Gaga.

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