My Majolica Face Off

So my besh Martha Sta. Barbara of The Beauty Junkee and I took the mascara challenge and I just would like to say thank you to all who supported us in this fight! Thank you to all who tweeted me and making me win the online competition, to those who joined my team, sold mascara and to those who came to the face off!! Thanks to Martha and her readers too for helping us! Haha love ya!!!

While it’s hard to sell like a sales lady/beauty advisor (kudos to them!!), it’s easy to believe in a product that delivers and stays true to its promise. Thanks Majolica for this experience!

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My First Workshop

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A #HairRevolution

I am definitely part of the #hairrevolution – my first event of the year!! Last week, L’Oreal Professionnel launched Steampod, first straightening / smoothing iron using steam! Parisian house brand did not only launch a revolutionary tool made by Rowenta but also a strong partnership with Bench Fix Salon, one of the biggest and highly creative salons in the Philippines where steampod services are exclusively offered at first!

It was a very fun! And magical powerful event with all the technology, science, expertise and art brought by 3 great brands combining all its powers!Steampod specialists were also introduced during the event. They were trained by Alex Carbonell for years in hair dressing and are regular stylists/educators in Bench Fix Salon Branches. Now, they specialized in using the new revolutionary tool. So if you go to your nearest Bench Fix Salon, you can look for them and ask what steampod can do to your hair!

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Lancome Paris in Love

When I entered the Lancome store at Greenbelt, I was really amazed by how gold, glittery and luxe it is. Before, it would usually be just in white and black but Lancome has really changed over the years!

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For the holiday, their look is Fascinated by the magnificence ofthe city of lights, and by its sumptuous receptions, Ernest Hemingway paidhomage to Paris by writing “Paris est une fête” (The Moveable Feast). Asparkling and ultra chic feast in the most majestic locations.

Indeed a jewel-collection for precious moments! Mostly gold for eye shadow, lippies and nail polishes (see review here) and lines but my favorite is the OmbreHypnose Mono limited edition adorned with golden glitters especially for thisholiday collection. Wovenlike a mesh fabric, the fine texture offer a very sparkling formula to createthe most dynamic and scintillating eye effects. Will post the review soon as I got one!!

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Moreover, the holiday sets were revealed! Hypnose, Miracle and Tresor Midnight sets containing different products like lipsticks, mascara, perfumes in one! These are packed sets of your Lancome range and if they still have it now, i suggest you get one as these are super discounted.Then they showed this! It’s the Lancome beauty box containing a mix of samples and regular-sized products that I love. I will share this soon as I got one last Christmas. If ever you’re planning on buying Lancome products worth P4000, I suggest you but this at P4800 which is valued at P20,000 (if there’s still stocks!!) My tita bought 20 pieces of this box and gave it to us last Christmas! wow!! my mom and my tita’s were very happy with the gift of their favorite brand, Lancome!

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Hands in Manila

2012 was a really good year for me. So I decided to give back with one of things that I can share – beauty. Orly invited me to join their workshop to women of Kaisang Buhay Foundation, which helps pregnant women who don’t have yet the means of taking care of their child – who then will eventually be considered for adoption.

When I was in college, I was the president of an organization called Ateneo Management of Applied Chemistry Association where MAC majors are tasked to bring their expertise in applied chemistry to teach a lot of things (yes, chemistry can do a lot) like soap/detergent-making, ice-cream-making, etc in less developed areas that can help them start their own business and potentially help them earn money and sustain life.

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Similarly (except that we didn’t create nail polish here), the techniques that Orly, one of the leaders in beauty and nail care (and Wet n’ Wild, L.A. colors), taught them were not just potential income or cash, it’s something that these women can hold on to in moving on with life, with a skill that they can use to start fresh and maybe consider having a family that they can own in the future…

In a salon, or through manicure-pedicure home service where they can earn a minimum of P800 a day, these mothers can truly earn a living. I asked our regular one (who already sent her children to school and bought a house and lot because of her job and hard work) and she said that if she works 8 hours a day, with one client in every 2 hours for full service nail care, she will earn P250-300×4. That totals P1200 a day which is not that bad.

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Aside from techniques, the mothers were given the kits as you can see below which contains everything they need – acetone, cotton, nail cutters, polishes, coats, filers, etc. I think that this makes them more ready than ever, with the right tools, to finally work (because most of them didn’t have stable jobs).

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And this workshop was not just a livelihood project for me. Going there made me realize the value of life, of family, of working hard to sustain a home, not just a house, because after all, these women also treat themselves like a part of one big family.

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Thanks Sprint Asia Beauty for having me. I will have more in 2013 (one is scheduled early January for the Department of Budget and Management) and I’m so excited to help and immerse myself in the lives of women with the spell of less opportunities than others.

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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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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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Estee Beauty Signature Techniques

When I was a kid, I would always see mom glorifying lots of Estee Lauder products – from those beige-colored jars for her eyes to the dark blue compacts of foundation. Then I grew up and realized that those cosmetics still stayed in her cabinet (even those that are emptied already!)

So when Estee Lauder Philippines invited me to this event, I told myself: this is the chance to finally reveal to myself mom’s secret for years! 😉 I attended the event at Rustan’s Shangrila where the new Estee counter was built. The feel’s very classy, accommodating and professional with Estee’s signature blue color.

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More importantly, the brand demonstrated the different signature makeup techniques that can be availed in their counter. Maybe this was one of mom’s secrets which I already knew because of this event.

1. SKIN CARE HELPS MAKEUP. Brand Coordinator Liz and Estee makeup artist started by asserting that products for skin are essential for makeup. Based on the Estee way, I would like to believe that these products enhance the capabilities of makeup to finally transform or treat problem areas while you have them on your face. In the signature Estee Lauder “5-Step Face” technique below you can see that Step 1 is preparing skin either/both with repair and moisture. Step 3 illustrates skin care for the eyes. The Night Eye Serum automatically fixes the fatigue under the eyes (read: the lines and puffiness) and the concealer fixes the dark circles. Stay tuned for my review of this ‘Fatigue Fighter” technique and the Double Wear concealer! Never did I imagine combining the specific powers of skin care and makeup on the spot. Thanks Estee for this great insight.

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2. RIGHT FOUNDATION & THE RIGHT WAY. Estee has an expert system that eliminates the guesswork to find the perfect foundation shade the first time. Estee’s makeup artist in Rustan’s demonstrated this to Julia, beauty blogger of Bless My Bag.The system uses three things: (1) Intensity; (2) Undertone and (3) Formula. Intensity is how dark and light you are. Before, this was my only basis in determining the right shade and realized that even if I found the right “light” or “fair” foundation for me, some were too pink or yellowish on my skin. But my discovery of makeup led to the understanding of undertones. As I’ve discussed before in lipsticks, your undertone (warm, cool or neutral) determines if the color will look or fit right on you. See the video below to further explain this.

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With my experience, there is really no perfect way of determining the right foundation for you unless you really apply it on your face. But Estee devised a great, systematic and easy way to determine this on the first sight. Nonetheless, as Estee did, applying it still on your face would verify if the color hypothesis is right on you.

Moreover, if you noticed the Step 2 of the “5-Step Face”, Estee recommends applying foundation first where there is most redness,  usually the center of the face. this center is called the center of the flower; while the remaining parts of the faces are “petals”.  (Photo: lushangel.com)I think the purpose is to concentrate on a part that needs most coverage than the others, to look natural and not too made up.

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Thank you Estee Lauder for allowing us to see these professional but easy-to-do techniques to perfect make up application. It was also fun to see Estee’s new products that looks very cute and colorful!

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