#BenefitLovesMikki

Celebrating 5 years of beauty blogging with my loyal readers and Benefit Cosmetics. Taught some travel makeup (lots of highlighting!) and basic photography (or Instagraphy hehe). Thank you so much for the continuous support and here’s to more beauty and beyond stories in the coming years!

Videography: Don Dee

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My Beauty MNL Haul

I’ve been doing some online shopping lately (for makeup still, tho! haha) and I’ve been trying out some local sites as well. Let’s start with Beauty MNL, which i think you’ve heard already since they’re very aggressive on digital!

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First, I like how there are 300+ beauty brands in this site, with both global and local ones, with various price points, truly perfect for the Filipina makeup junkee. And despite the wide variety, they’re sorted well in the website.

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proud of this Beach Born brand which fellow bloggers Ana and Sarah made! It’s really becoming popular now (and that’s because it’s really good!) and happy to see it here in the site!

Second, I like that you can discover lots of items and brands, not just the popular ones that we can find in the department store. While I got NYX (my 2nd setting pray in my entire life haha) in my haul below, I am really happy with my purchase of the Pro Studio beauty blender which a lot of beauty bloggers are also raving about.

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PS. I actually have been using this Miracle Edge sponge (P368) for days since I opened this (FYI, I have low EQ hahah). I love how this is soft with minimal absorption of product, and the shape is just helpful for concealing. Blends and buffs like a pro too. I need to check out their other blenders!

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I also got this contour set called Ibiza from the brand

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One fav hair spray brand with a matte finish!

Third, delivery is just fast, and comes it lots of promos like free shipping and other freebies!

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Overall, I am impressed with this site! Can’t wait to check out their other new brands like Jeffree Star (tho always sold out!), ColourPop, etc

Where have you been shopping lately? What are your favorites from this site?

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The Viva Glam Lippie

Last #WorldAidsDay, we learned that 1 Viva Glam lipstick can:

  • Purchase 254 condoms to prevent the transmission of HIV
  • Provides client and nutrition services for 13 people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Provide fresh fruit, vegetables, and grocery essentials to a mother and child affected by HIV for a full week.
  • Purchase 200 new syringes, which are given to injection drug users in exchange for used needles to prevent HIV transmission Purchase 151 safer injection kits (cooker, cotton, tourniquet)
  • Provide 32 Safer Sex Kits which include condoms, lubricant and instructions
  • Provide a clean, safe place to sleep for two nights for one resident living with HIV/AIDS
  • Provide 45 minutes of lifesaving HIV prevention skills to a group of 75 women and girls
  • Buy 10 individually tailored, nutritious meals for a person affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Purchase one rapid oral HIV test Provide crisis counseling to a person living with AIDS who is also struggling with drug addiction, mental illness and homelessness
  • Provide a new job interview shirt and tie for one resident at an HIV/AIDS housing organization Provide 30 minutes of training for 20 medical providers on integrating HIV prevention and reproductive health
  • Provide a move-in kit for a client moving into new housing, including cleaning materials, toilet paper, laundry soap, dishes for one person, lightbulbs, etc.
  • Buy 24 female condoms to prevent HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy Buy a pair of school shoes for a child orphaned by AIDS Test 14 pregnant mothers for HIV
  • Provide medicine for 5 newborn babies to prevent transmission of HIV from their mothers

Let’s continue to support this good lipstick especially this December (review here).  More photos of the launch below. #Everydayisworldaidsday

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#EverydayIsWorldAidsDay

“The M·A·C AIDS Fund is supported exclusively by a consumer based model that directs 100 percent of the purchase price (minus VAT where applicable) of VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lipglass to the Fund. M·A·C Cosmetics underwrites all of the production costs of the VIVA GLAM line, donating the full sale price to the Fund, including would-be profits for retail partners.” (press release)

Since 1994, M·A·C Cosmetics has launched permanent lipstick variants, and limited edition ones featuring celebrities and artists who champion the cause: RuPaul, k.d. Lang, Lil‟ Kim, Sir Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Shirley Manson, Linda Evangelista, Boy George, Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott, Pamela Anderson, Lisa Marie Presley, Debbie Harry, Eve, Dita Von Teese, Fergie, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, and recently, Arianna Grande. I’ve been following these launches for years because they’re also just so pretty!

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With the model, truly, one can easily contribute to the fund, which helps people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. But what more if we add our sales and marketing support! Last week, actress Antoinette Taus led a store takeover that will encourage ladies to check out or buy Viva Glam lippies. She invited me to participate in this challenge, together with her friends, Tom Taus, Julienne and Joaquin who were all so nice and game for this. Up to now, I still can’t believe that I met Tony (Antoinette’s nickname) given that I’ve been watching her on TV growing up. She’s just one of the most authentic, inspiring and passionate person I’ve met this year and I’m very grateful that we’re collaborating next year for some a humanitarian project.

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It was such a great day and night with these people, and MAC Cosmetics (thanks also to Vani and Marco!). I swatched and did “sales talk”of Viva Glam which we all know will be given to the Aids Fund, and it’s something I don’t get to do everyday (well, we can still buy and recommend the permanent lippies forever!). So thank You, and MAC, for this experience!

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While at the store, I checked out some new highlighters (below) and eyeshadows (last) that are just blinding in beauty! OMG!!

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DJ Snake in Manila

I’ve always wanted to watch him perform ever since Middle, Talk, and Sober, and finally, he came back to Manila again. This producer (of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way) and DJ is so talented and creative!

 

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Wild Pinks

Tonight’s editorial is for my apparent love of pinks lately, not just because it’s very trendy this 2016. It just makes everything soft & blooming but I wanted to make a strong statement. So I got my peachy-pink wig matched with a black swimsuit, an intense smokey rose-gold eyes, and pink heart & attitude (also because, trans awareness month!) that now require even more fighting in the US and all over the world. Enjoy and keep wild calm, and wear pink!

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Change your profile pic to show your support for Trans Rights!

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True Brown Lippies Hit List

When it comes to colors, I think I’ve been keeping and buying more neutrals and nudes this year, credits to the retro trend! In the process, I have made a list of lippies that aren’t like the usual “browns” that some brands claim their lipsticks to be. These are not reddish or too pinkish ones and they have attracted me most!

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Below, I have 3 liquid lippies (one I have shared here before), 1 lip crayon, and 1 creamy lippy. I’m quite excited about this because it’s my first Colour Pop purchase (I’m so late but I will share more of this below), my first time to try the BYS Velvet matte lippies which are selling like pancakes!!, and of course, a product of a collab between Liz Lanuzo of Project Vanity and homegrown brand Pink Sugar.

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By just looking at the tubes, the browns look “true”, meaning they’re like the wood or chocolate colors, and not mixed with reds, orange or pink. What interested me about these choices is that (same as true nudes), I can mix these with other colors of lipsticks to make them warmer. Imagine it as a base  note of a perfume =)

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On arm, all of the shades seemed truly warm and brown (just differing in yellow undertone, and intensity) except for Love at First Swipe by Pink Sugar which is a peachy cocoa, sorta pinkish, but still not too much for me. Aside from colors, let me discuss some qualities one by one:

  • ColourPop Liquid in Limbo (liquid matte lipstick) [PHP 400+] – I bought this from Tupped Boutique as they said that this is the exact dupe of Kylie’s True Brown K. Indeed, everytime I wear this I always get the question “What’s your lippie?”. It’s a very unique and just-right intensity of a warm brown shade. While I’m OK with all the qualities that a Colour Pop liquid matte has except for its average longevity, obvious crinkling and flaking, this one is a color worth wearing!
  • BYS Velvet Liquid in Teddy Bare (liquid matte lipstick) {PHP 300+]* – BYS sent me this lippie for me try it and it’s one pretty brown shade! It’s less dark, yellow and intense than Colour Pop which can be worn at day. The formula is very good on my lips! It stays incredibly long, but it coats the lips which is both good and bad because 1. it gives a protective layer than which crinkles through time, and 2. it doesn’t stain the lips so it’s just sits on top, with the intense pigments not getting through the skin, thus less dry. But I’m definitely good with that!
  • LA Splash Lip Couture in Spellbound (liquid matte lipstick) [PHP 600] – I got this last year which I just reviewed now. Minding the qualities of LA Splash (still the most pigmented but hardest to remove!!), this one is a pretty dark brown shade. Imagine the true color of wood? This one is quite reddish than Colour Pop and all the others.
  • Pink Sugar x Project Vanity in Love At First Swipe (matte lip crayon) [PHP 399] – I wasn’t able to attend this launch so I bought from Project Vanity at #Passionflybazaar last September and
  • Shiseido Perfect Rouge in BR 757 (creamy lipstick) [PHP 1000+]* – I would never imagine this color for the brand but it’s a lustrous lighter version of Teddy Bare, quite yellow but definitely wearable at day and in combination with others. Shiseido lippies are quite understated because these are truly pigmented, creamy and non-drying!

With flash below, check out intensity and undertones of the hit list.

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Below, I just wanna share the applicators of the liquid lippies featured here. I don’t like Colour Pop’s and LA SPlash actually. The rightmost kind of wand works for me and that’s from BYS (similar with Sleek)

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So do you like brown lippies like me? Share the ones you have by commenting below!

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Trans Awareness Month w/ Cosmopolitan

It’s trans awareness month! The truth is, a lot of us transgender women are misgendered in media or boxed into stereotypes of being just about bodies or surgeries or comedy. I hope that this Cosmopolitan interview (that’s now featured in series!) about discrimination, bullying, identity, etc will enlighten that we’re just normal humans living our lives and creating our own stories.

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As my friend said, speak your truth even if you’re voice shakes. It was nerve-wracking speaking about this in front of the #funfearlessfemales, but I know that cisgender women could understand us easier than others. Thank you Ysa of Cosmopolitan for allowing us to articulate who we are! Personally, I appreciate how they have helping us spread gender sensitivity in this country.

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Watch the series of videos they’ve released, featuring 4 other transissies, Janlee and Lui (my talented Dollhouse sisters and former office mates), and 2 others that I’ve just met but used to idolize because of their smarts and bravery in spaces like the corporate and computing world where we wouldn’t usually see trans people, Heart Dino and Em Millan.  =)

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#NoelBazaar2016

Noel Bazaar, the country’s leading holiday shopping event opened last Nov. 18 and will continue until the 30th at the World Trade Center. I visited yesterday with my sister Mikka, to shop and beat the Christmas Rush and I got some pretty unique items for myself and for gifting that I was so happy about! I kinda got dizzy with the huge space and number of shops there but that’s good right? Lots of good options, indeed. And let me share that to you below.

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Aside from shopping, there are lots of activities as well to make our shopping festive! Make sure to catch the exciting line-up of activities from makeup (see my schedule below) and blogging/photography workshops (featuring my co-bloggers), demos, fashion shows to games, raffles and variety shows featuring your favorite GMA Kapuso celebrities and more! Event highlights include the GMA Celebrity Ukay-Ukay and Auction featuring GMA Kapuso artists – Ruru Madrid and Gabbi Garcia, Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali, and with special participation of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza.

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What’s also good is that Noel aims to benefit the GMA Kapuso Foundation, Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation and Associate Missionaries of Assumption, along with the Noel P. Gozon Medical Clinic and the Sts. Peter and John Parish. My blog is sponsoring this bazaar, let’s support entrepreneurs and these organizations this Christmas, yes?

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You can win tickets to this bazaar on my IG, and don’t forget to visit Mikka’s Closet booth too, our baby brand in bazaars =)

 

BEAUTY FINDS

Mary Kay (one of the most improved makeup brands I’ve seen – I’m posting reviews soon) and I are having series of makeup workshops. I have one this coming Tuesday, 5pm and hope to see you there!

Below are cosmetic items I found interesting in the bazaar! Check them out.

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Mary Kay demo’s at their booth

 

CURATED STYLE & HOME FINDS

Below is a pretty long list because this is really what I search for when I go to bazaar’s.

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Shopping at The Manila Shopper booth featuring these cute items

From curated and creative watches, cases, wallets, pouches, bags and apparel, these are perfect for gifting or amping up your IG!

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new Craft Central items which I blogged here

FOOOOOOOD!

This is my next favorite in bazaar’s and let’s start with Fronen sausages priced at P150 in Noel Bazaar. I really love how premium the sausages and deli meats are, you can really taste it. My favorite is the hungarian variant which is made with select fine ground beef and pork mixed with their blend of paprika, black pepper and other spices.

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Fronen sausages and charcoal black bun WHOA, looks amazing!!

There are two more legs (Dec. 15-18 at SMX Convention Center and Dec 2-4 at Filinvest Tent, Alabang) this holiday so save these dates too and see you there!
The Noel Bazaar Series 2016 is organized in partnership with Smart Communications, Inc. and Petron Corporation and in cooperation with the GMA Network and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. This event is supported by their Official Ride Partner– Grab, Media Partners–GMA Network, GMA News TV, Philippine Daily Inquirer, INQUIRER.net, Super Radyo DZBB 594khz, BARANGAY LS 97.1FM, The Foreign Post, Summit Media, Preview Magazine, YES! Magazine, Female Network, pep.ph, When In Manila.com, Clickthecity, Manila Shopper and What’s to Love PH.

For more information, email at noelbazaarseries@gmail.com or call 3727023 / 3727024 / 3727025.

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MG x Benefit Travel & Holiday Glam Workshop

Finally, a collab with Benefit Cosmetics! I’ve always wanted do something fun, perky and creative with this brand and I decided to share how to do my holiday glam and how to take and prep up for those travel photos!

Final Details:

  • Date: December 11, 2016, time 3-5pm
  • Venue: SM Megamall Benefit Boutique
  • Free travel-sized Benefit products to be given away YAY
  • List of Participants:
    • Ria Lumandog
    • Ericka Sallador
    • Loren Gill
    • Joanne Carino
    • Bettina Bacani
    • Trisha Lopez
    • Roxanne Chua
    • Rhen Estillero
    • Crissy Rillo
    • Roxanne Atienza
    • Ella Nievas
    • Aaliyah Centeno
    • Phantasm Darkstar
    • Abegaill Villacruz
    • Maria Rita Sebastian
    • Bianca Padilla
    • Mikaela Salamante
    • Sophia Llegado
    • Riza Relleve
    • Aivana Elma
    • @pranseng
    • 5-7 more girls from Benefit

Excited to end the year and 5th blog anniv with this announcement and I hope to see you there!

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