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
“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!
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.
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!
While at the store, I checked out some new highlighters (below) and eyeshadows (last) that are just blinding in beauty! OMG!!
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!
I thought I’d never wear a cool-toned pink until this Arianna Grande 2 came out. It is so beautiful.
When I first saw the second Viva Glam in collaboration with Arianna Grande for F/W this year, I thought that it was not the kind of hue that I would wear because I always believe that warm colors suited me more but wearing this for photos below (and in La Union), it was a pretty and wearable pink for me.
Swatches of MAC Viva Glam 2 Arianna Grande and Lip Glass with flash
Under warm sunlight, you can see below that the shade is kinda warm which is prolly why this also suited me, aside from realizing also that my bases and hues are usually warm so this is a good kind of contrast.
PS. The neutral mauve lip glass is pretty!
What’s good also is that every cent of the selling price of M·A·C VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lipglass is donated to the M·A·C AIDS Fund. To date, the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund has raised $425 million. Locally, you can see the statistics shared the MAC Cosmetics Philippines when it comes to their genuine efforts to help those affected or living with HIV/AIDS.
As usual, the consistency, texture and formulation of this product is the same with their other matte’s but this is just truly opaque and matte.
Overall, this Orchid pink shade truly makes my warm makeup look fresh (younger!!) and charming. I would definitely recommend and use these more often despite that the holiday season is calling for more dark vampy shades. I think I’m entering my pink phase 😉
“Some days I am more wolf than woman and I am still learning how to stop apologizing for my wild” – Nikita Gill
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I read this powerful quote from an IG post of a friend and former teacher and I got inspired to create the 3rd look for the #Halloween2016 series. It was quite sad that Halloween has come to an end because it’s always the time for transformations and creative expressions but it’s always halloween in this blog, isn’t it? =)
October was such a crazy wild fun month with all the weddings, parties and events I attended, but also because I got inspired by them. One was the wedding and uncommon love of my HS batchmates described by the visuals below.
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Key Products Used:
MUFE Artist Rouge Cream in C603
Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Platinum
Dolly Wink Eyeliner
Wet n Wild Glitter Cream; BYS Glitter Cream
Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lippies in Dead of the Knight and Majesty Black
I was waiting for the Mehron silver and gold pigment/paint to arrive to create this glam wolf look (you can also use some techniques here to recreate the famous animal Snapchat filters hehe) but I realized that I have a white lipstick that I got from the Artist Rouge event and I used that as base of the half-wolf face.
Key Techniques Applied:
Apply platinum eyeshadow on top of the white pigment to create a stunning frost base
Use a very sharp/precise liquid eyeliner to create feathery strokes that would define points of the face – brows, pointed eyeliner, contour areas
Smudge the sharp lines with glitter creams and shadow some with similar hues of pigment
Repeat drawing of sharp feathery lines
Watch the Halloween series at my YT channel this week. Hope you had a great one!
My second look for #Halloween2016 is a spring doll that’s scary AF! I asked help from my MAKE UP FOR EVER friends this time and we created this look with artist Maws Diaz. I like that MUFE always has nice pre-set looks that halloween party-goers can avail at store.
See below products used! Here’s a saver tip I learned from this experience: mix lip gloss with red and black lipstick to make fake dripping blood!
Finally, right?!? I just realized how I’m missing out on the fun that is video curating and editing and I shall be sharing quick eye makeup tutorials, short films about my events and prolly even more! Check out my channel at youtube.com/mikkigalang. I’ve uploaded a few videos already and hope you can subscribe to my channel. Below is my first tutorial and some more photos from that look, and product listing. Enjoy!
Color goes hand in hand with personality, like an artist and their performance. While makeup artists need a wide range of colors to meet the creative and artistic needs of the stage, each one is also looking for his or her iconic shade. Each artist searches for the color that will reveal his or her own singularity. And now the palette and choices are endless… with new ingenuity and intense color.
“Lipstick is to makeup what the last brush stroke is to painting… the ultimate, perfectly contained touch of color that completes the work of art. And just like in art, makeup artists need an infinite palette of colors. This is why I have developed such a wide range of new ARTIST ROUGE lipsticks, I always want to give makeup artists a profusion of shades and textures to sublimate and create their perfect piece of art.” – Dany Sanz, Founder & Artistic Director of MAKE UP FOR EVER
I am a complete fan of MAKEUP FOR EVER pigments and the Iconic Swedish Duo Icona Pop ever since they started in 2009 so when I saw online that there will be a collab, I told myself I need to get a pair of lippies! My first love for them started with the below video wherein they showcased The House artists and performers (including gay and transgender ones) who just have so much love for their work, performance and passion.
The Swedish group ICONA POP, formed by Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo, takes its inspiration from electro house, punk and indie pop music. The two singers, who shot to international stardom with their 3x RIAA certified platinum hit “I Love It” ft. Charli XCX, and opened for Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and One Direction on their respective tours. Returning to the center stage with their 2015 single “Emergency“, the duo joins forces with MAKE UP FOR EVER in all their artistic creations and stage performances, in collaboration with the band’s makeup artist Colby Smith.
“Makeup is so important for us when we are on stage, to do something fun for people. You can become a superwoman with just some blush and a black lipstick. We express ourselves through music — but also through how we dress and how we wear our makeup. MAKE UP FOR EVER is perfect for us because it’s edgy and cool — plus there are so many different colors to play with!” – Icona Pop
Moi in C603 – a universal blue shade
In the event held at The Brewery at The Palace, we got the chance to preview this show-stopping collection. It got really intense for me and my beauty friends because it was a lot of swatching on the lips and arms but I was so happy I was able to find some shades for me.
I know Artist Roufe by MAKE UP FOR EVER and this formula I must say, has gotten better. I’m hands down to the brand’s pigment and wear, but the new collection has better texture and wear as it has novel complex waxes from Mallow and Macadamia.
The shades are divided into two: C (cream) and M (matte) on their tubes. Regardless of finish, the texture and feel is thinner and more satin compared to their other lippies.
I spotted some very nice MLBB shades, dark hues (there’s black and blue!), and bright pastel ones!
MAKE UP FOR EVER said that the color pigments are grinded three times, reducing and streamlining their size. Because of the identical, micro-fine pigments, the intensity of light reflection and the radiance of color are heightened and the color impact on lips is very powerful and immediate.
Truly, just with one swipe, the color pay-off is outstanding! Consistency and coverage is just top of the charts.
I am just so excited for this collection which will be available September 15, 2016 in the Philippines. Each lipstick retails at P1250, and I think it’s worth that with such performing products and high-precision bullet design of the packaging.
More photos of the event below and a beginner video to show how we enjoyed the night!
It’s Day 2 of my Japan trip and as a makeup addict enthusiast, I am excited to explore (together with The Beauty Junkee) the streets and shops of a country that is known for high-quality, tech-driven cosmetics. Days before, someone messaged me about what kinds of brands and products I should hoard buy in Japan and I thought it would be nice to share my thoughts on some of the Japanese products available in our country which I’ve had for months and document these for review. Let’s go!
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SECOND SKIN BASE
I have always liked how Japanese see skin care and makeup that. I’ve reviewed Kanebo’s BB creams years before at Break My Spell and I really liked how perfecting those are. For sure, I will be repurchasing some powders from Kate (a younger subbrand of Kanebo), ZA and Maquillage (younger subbrand of Shiseido launched 2 years ago in PH), and of course, Shiseido, which is just love!!
I might not be repurchasing Naturactor and I’ll review that in detail because of its low performance in the staying and non-creasing aspect of the product.
Naturactor when exposed to air (Update; these are not rat marks as someone told me this happened to her exposed pot days ago)
FINE PIGMENTS – COLOR COSMETICS
Shu Uemura is my number one list when it comes to this. I just remember how I loved this brand when I was still in college and discovered early the colored pigments which was my first beauty-related entry at Break My Spell in 2012. I found similar level of consistency and finish especially of the shimmers from RMK, which also has nice bases.
When it comes to eyes, hands down a 100% to K-Palette (brows), Majolica Majorca Lash King (mascaras), and K-Palette (liners) which is packaged in a very cute limited ed design as you can see below. I’ll try to find options for these categories but I’m very happy with the effects of these on my eye makeup.
SOME SKIN CARE AND MORE
Aside from Shiseido, I haven’t explored much Japanese skin care (except for Cure – for exfoliating – and Bifiesta and Biore – which are high-performing department store brands known for skin cleansing) but I think I will be after reviews of some friends.
I also would like to check out more of Kao’s products here – they’re like one of the top beauty FMCG handling Jergens, Biore, Kanebo, and Liese – which was recently launched in PH – introducing the bubble/foam format for non-drip and easy hair color application.
These samplers which I’ve kept for years! Wanted to buy full-sized ones.
So there’s my list and I’ve been reviewing for months since i booked this trip. Please do recommend some good products and will check them out in Tokyo/Ginza/Shibuya tomorrow!