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!
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.
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.
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!
Estee Lauder was my first blog event when I started Break My Spell in 2012. I learned so much signature makeup techniques from this brand that I still use up to now. Today, there’s a new Estee Lauder that’s a mix of both modern and classic, with Kendall Jenner as their ambassador. So when Estee invited me to take a tour of their first ever stand alone store in The Philippines, I wanted to check out the experience for myself. Let’s start!
Kendall Jenner was announced to be the ambassador of Estee Lauder a year ago. I’ve been seeing their videos in facebook and Youtube and I’ve noticed how everything is still classic but more modern, young and hip (with millennials in mind!). I got fascinated by this collage upon entering the store because I like looking at photos for my makeup inspo’s.
On the right side of the store, you can see their newest products and I really like this Pure envy line.
Especially the new liquid lip potions!! I swatched them in store and they give that great color payoff with outstanding consistency and formula. I am reviewing this very soon!
I also like that there are guides and look books displayed to feature products used in the ads and commercials.
At the center of the store is a beauty playground (with all the makeup and skin care) but especially the 3-Minute beauty corner for that #InstaGratification. I swear by their makeup techniques!
These are quick makeovers or you can also ask for a custom look from their beauty advisors.
There’s also a beauty wish corner where you can post your makeup aspirations!
Before I finished the tour, I made sure I took a photo of this wonder: The ANR! I got one and I’ve been using it. I now know how it’s a holy grail for most beauty mavens!
The new store is a very fun and chic makeup playground indeed. It’s not intimidating and stiff, which allows Estee women to perfect and achieve modern or classy looks. You can check out the new store located at the second floor of SM Aura!
Congratulations, Estee Lauder!
Since the blog relaunch this year, my first entry, A Review of Kylie Lip Kit Dupes has been getting views like crazy, and it’s because her line has truly become iconic – outstanding colors, skin-loving tones, and retro matte finish. I’ve ordered one unique already (I’m still waiting for that and stay tuned for the review!) but one of the highly-quality yet affordable homegrown makeup brand, Pink Sugar, just released new colors under two great lines – Lip Tint and Matte Lipstick – that’s inspired by earth tones and hues that don’t just look like King Jenner’s colors – all desaturated, dusty brownish hues – but suit the Filipina skin tone as well.
I swatched all of the products sent to me for review and it was such an easy task because I love their lippies, especially the Lip & Cheek Tints. But also let me share how great their matte lipsticks are featuring two new shades (2 leftmost shades) that I think are very close Candy K (dusty rose) dupes.
Pardon my dry lips, girls, (blame the coffee!) but take a closer look at how beautiful the hues are and their matte texture despite the condition. As with their creamy (I would prefer this to describe it) matte lippies and retro matte tints also, they’re buildable and pigmented in one swipe. The consistency is outstanding (except for the darkest and lightest shades which are quite observable as well in other brands). The tint may seem a little less liquid – more cream – in texture but the overall effect is the same. And oh, the scent!! – fruity and sweet, just like Pink Sugar.
Pink Sugar Lip & Cheek Tint (matte lip cream) [PHP 350]* – My favorite hue is Queen Bee, a dark dusty rose-red that I’ve been recommending to friends. I’m repurchasing one soon because it will get emptied I think next week haha. My skin tone just brightens with it and it can be worn with dramatic eye makeup. Second favorite is Code red which is a bright warm red which looks nice on me as well. Next would be Honey Bunny which I think is a light 70’s brown that’s a Dolce K dupe (I’ve been finding one!!).
Pink Sugar Matte Lipstick (creamy – matte lippy) [ PHP 399]* – This one might be more expensive but the tube lasts longer and the two shades are definitely favorites. XOXO is more pink than Girl Next Door but both are in same intensity and dusty rose tones which i like for my looks lately.
I just want to say that I’m so proud of this brand and new colors. I’ve been wishing they’d have less bright colors for their lipsticks and tadahhh!, my wish came true. Good job, Pink Sugar and will definitely watch out for new launches!
What do you think of these swatches? I wouldn’t use filters na for my reviews so these are exactly taken from my camera – except for the ones with blur’s and texts.
A week ago, I got an email from Guerlain that I’m going to be a part of their Beauty Council – a select group of bloggers, editors and influencers. It was such a kilig moment for me, especially when you’re a beauty enthusiast who rave products like Terracotta, Meteorites, and Rouge G. These are just some famous products from the Luxury French cosmetics brand – among the oldest in the world – now under parent org LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE.
I wore these all a few days ago at their booth to celebrate this achievement: I am #GuerlainPH beauty AMBASSADOR!
Now to jumpstart that, you girls are entitled to a SPECIAL SURPRISE on your fav Guerlain products – just mention the code (MikkiG015) to Guerlain consultants Joralyn or Bevs at their pop-up booth at Greenbelt 5 (near Balenciaga) until June 30, 2016.
If you’re already a Guerlain user, you all know what this means on your luxury staples. Below are some of my suggested and featured items – including the new ones for that ultimate makeup touch. This blog post is a condensed blog for 3-4 Guerlain events I’ve attended since 2014, my first blogging activity with the brand. So I’ll try to share everything I know and recommend! =)
BASES & METEORITES – I knew the legendary Meteorites line from my cousin-in-law The Misty Mom who raves this not-too-shimmery or glittery highlighter. As someone who has fine lines and puffy under eye, I don’t want my highlighters to intensify those. This line has a good consistency (like a perfecting halo) with very fine and ultra lightweight shimmers that reflect light perfectly. If you’re a user of highlighters, you will find that Meteorites (especially the Voyage compact format that retails PHP 9k+) is a an odd out – more like a version of a beauty powder – in a very good way.
Guerlain, the architect of light, reinterprets Météorites with each collection and season, giving all women access to a perfect complexion. I knew more about the line in 20014 – my first Guerlain event – and I just instantly fell in love with this makeup icon.
Now the 2016 line (see below) has more formats that you can explore depending on how you use it.
In one event as well in 2014, Guerlain challenged us to do makeup of some of their customers and below you can see how soft yet illuminated the base is on my model using Meteories and a favorite too – Blanc de Perle – powder foundation line that illuminates and light-sculpts with Guerlain’s secret ingredient since the 1830’s.
LIPSTICKS – Luxury colors don’t focus on the pigment but the overall feel and look of the product on the lip. I’ve tried and reviewed a few – Rouge G de Guerlain, Shine and Rouge Atuomatique – and they have second-skin texture and impeccable coverage. Just a few months ago, they released the first lipstick under the Le Petitie Robe Noire line which is deliciously perfumed, pigmented and buildable in coverage.
FRAGRANCES – Last but not the least, scents!! And my favorite is the couture scent, Le Petite Robe Noire. I attended the launch of this scent few years ago and I like the Original – a deep fruity floral scent in EDP. I am reminded of my stylish night outs with this scent. The chemistry? Black cherry blinks the first wink. It is illustrated by a blend of almond, berries and bergamot. The second twirl takes place as rose enters the stage. Finally, tonka bean tonka bean appears, leading you into almond seduction, highlighted by black tea for a smoky concoction.
Aqua Allegoria is my second top pick, a delicate and cheerful line that boasts of raw ingredients and wonders of nature. The new one is Pear Granita which is juicy fruity and fits my skin tone.
That’s my #GuerlainPH list and I suggest you check them out this month at the pop-up booth! Now, let’s go girls! Bonsoir!!
Swatchfests are easy quick and easy events for me because that’s what I do everyday LOL. But when L’Oreal Makeup Designer challenged us to pull off looks via an animated GIF or a cinemagraph after, it was definitely a challenge!
L’Oreal Paris this year has been very aggressive and innovative by launching excellent yet affordable NEW products for eyes, face and lips, with Solenn Heussaff ambassador, and it was a much more exciting in creating the looks.
I know you have seen these quick and easy tutorials in Youtube and Facebook by Solenn X L’Oreal and I’ve used these as guide when creating my look. I super like Solenn because she’s just so multi-faceted and she’s also a trained MUA!
Half-Filipina, half-French, and strongly influenced by both cultures, Solenn embodies a unique mix of sophistication, confidence, and effortless beauty that makes her the perfect fit for L’Oréal Makeup Designer/Paris. As a multi-faceted slasher – an actress / host / singer / model / painter / fashion designer / makeup artist – she is known to conquer the challenges of her busy career with an easygoing and effortless style, the true mark of a L’Oréal Paris woman.
“L’Oréal Paris inspires women to be the best versions of themselves, showing them that they deserve the best of everything, because they’re worth it,” shares Trisha Chua, Group Product Manager of L’Oréal Makeup Designer/Paris. “Solenn Heussaff, our first Filipina makeup designer, joins the brand’s roster of global ambassadors – women of worth who represent how beauty can empower every woman. This prestigious lineup includes supermodels Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes, Barbara Palvin, and actresses Blake Lively, Julianne Moore, and Naomi Watts.”
The flatlays include some of the products I used on my face. And you can see here pink Color Riche semi-matte lippies that I used also that day (that’s rare but I’ve been loving pink lippies lately because of their blooming powers!). Most Filipinas shy away from pink lipsticks because they think the color looks unnatural on them, or that it’s hard to pull-off because it only suits a few,” shares Bea Dela Torre of L’Oréal Makeup Designer/Paris in the Philippines. “With our newest pink collection, Filipinas can finally have a selection of wearable velvet-matte pink lipstick shades that brings a light and fresh effect to anyone’s look. Each shade is custom-made to fit every Filipina skin tone to complement the natural pink shade of their lips”.
As always, my eyes is my focus and I used the Brow Genius, New La Palette Nudes (see review here), and the False lash superstar (review coming soon) which is like a better version of my favorite Double Extension lash (girls who know this will know my age haha). These three are my top picks from L’Oreal’s newest launches and you can see the effects below.
The EOTD (and my lips also) is inspired by the blooming and sophisticated look I sport whenever I use pink hues. Used alone or with browns, the pink pigments on eyes, cheeks and lips make my warm skin tone more beautiful.
Of course, my animated GIF (co-created with L’Oreal and Julo Cope – the cinemagraph artist) would highlight my eyes, but see also how my lips matched it for a sophisticated yet quite bold no-makeup makeup.
Have you been wearing pinks? How do you use them?
I’ve known CK One fragrance when I was just a kid and I always wanted its unique fresh and electric scent. It originated 20 years ago and it has been an iconic scent symbolizing individualistic urban youth of the time.
But we know how millenials are of today. We want things that connect us yet give us something we can use to create, call our own, but most importantly, share . Then the CK2, the gender-free fragrance by Calvin Klein, was born. A scent we can all can relate to, with all our own memories, ideas and inspirations.
It was launched in The Philippines few weeks ago and I’m so happy to share it with my bestie blogger, Martha Sta. Barbara of The Beauty Junkee, and my partner at Digify. Their global instagram campaign, #The2OfUs, highlights how we millenials connect in different ways through this warm-cool “unisex” scent.
Aside from that nature, I have always liked how Calvin Klein is so daring, energetic and inspiring, not minding any kind of labels – especially when it comes to gender (see how CK same-sex couple for the first time). I like how brands help the LGBT in communicating different real-life stories of our community, via these ads.
The pop-up event held at SM Beauty Makati featured local CK2 ambassadors and influencers that embody everything about the youth of today – creative, free, and bold – but in two’s.. together.
The scent is just as daring and bold as the campaign. Announced as an urban woody – fresh scent, CK2 begins with unsual combination if wasabi, mandarin and violet leaf. Wet cobblestones and concrete accords are mixed with orris root and rose absolute and placed on the woody base of vetiver, sandalwood and incense.
I’ve been using this scent since my La Union trip and it’s really is a woody scent but the one that’s not too strong especially as it dries on the skin. I am not a super fan of warm ones as I would like more citrus or aquatic but there are unusual notes of these which make the new fragrances fresh and electric.
More photos of the event below, and the TVC that illustrates how the new scent challenges the millenials to create daring stories in two with CK2.
Have you tried this scent? What do you feel about it? =)
Organizing this is my thank you to all of you who supported me and my passion project for the past 5 years. I invite you to my #summer makeup party! Each participants gets 4000k worth of beauty stuff (will be detailed soon) from my fabulous and ever-participative sponsors. You can register through email@example.com and all payment processes will be detailed there.
This is in partnership with Bloggers United and Passionfly Bazaar by Karl Edward International. Expect bonggang giveaways, photoshoots and makeup lessons! Participants will also be entitled to free tickets to the bazaar YEY
PS. Thanks to Vince Canlapan for making this poster!
PPS. GIVEAWAY ALERT to 5 loyal readers: FREE PASSES to my 5th Blogversary! This means you will automatically get all the goodies from the sponsors, worth P4000. All you have to do is the ff:
Most number and most creative entries will be selected by May 28, 2016, 6pm.
See you there and I’m so excited!
“It’s time for East to meet West”. American rapper and multi-Grammy-award winner Kanye West will headline the much awaited international music festival in The Philippines, the #ParadiseIMF, happening on April 9, 2016 at Aseana City, Paranaque featuring Wiz Khalifa (!!!), Austin Mahone, Afrojack, and Rudimental DJ as well.
I’ve been checking out this fest since last year and the line up just kept on surprising me, especially when they announced Afrojack and Wiz Khalifa to perform (especially Wiz!! I really love his vulnerability and musical style).
This will be my 3rd music fest this year and I must say that this is probably the biggest and most diverse in terms of genre – Hiphop, Rap, EDM, OPM, etc. I’m also looking forward to our very own Up Dharma Down, Hale, Itchyworms, Yolanda Moon, Maude, Jessica Milner, Clara Benin, Joyce Pring, and Cheats (loveee!!)
I have so much affinity for these kinds of festivals because it opens me to a lot of things – culture, different music, people. I like that these festivals also challenge me in terms of amping up style, especially this summer.
In term of makeup, let me share with you some of the 2016 makeup trends I learned from events and forecasts. We can draw inspiration from these for our makeup style this Saturday!
Makeup for music festivals for me should be wearable yet expressive whether at day or night. I like that we can be really creative here but since these are events that run for more than 8 hours, it should be long-lasting and comfortable as well. Above are some styles and below are micro-tips on how to preserve and wear them all-day, all-night.
I hope this helped and inspired you! See you there and follow me on snapchat(@mikkigalang) or Instagram (@mikkigalangdotcom) for event updates!
Tickets now available at ticketworld.com.ph/paradiseimf. GA is alreadt an ok option to optimize the experience of the festival as it would allow entry after 3pm, which will be the start of the major local and international acts.
*Photos above are Post-processed flatlays with images from Google and Paradise
Few weeks ago, MAC launched their big color collection for Spring/Summer 2016: punchy pleasures of pink. MAC described it as “a picnic…a park…a girl of whimsy with a sweet tooth…unexpected guests…a curious flamingo! That’s spring for MAC and it’s definitely an adventure for me…. An adventure because 1. The colors are so lively and dreamy which I like, and 2. While I don’t wear so much pink, this color palette is open and can be playful for all skin tones.
At the event, this was showcased through fun demos. And of course, I swatched first the lippies!
I think all hues are very fit for warm tones, except for Saint Germain, which was my first pink lippie from the brand that they also included in the limited edition collection.
My favorite from the LE’s are Have A Cake and Be Silly, which are nice purple hues (the latter only more pink), and a red-orange-pink Flocking Fabulous which I wore in the cover photo, mixed with the popular warm pink Please Me, which was also included in the color collection.
My next top picks are the blushes. My cheeks are suckers for pinks and oranges (aside from peach which was my staple), especially because I like wearing nudes now. The collection has different cheek colors: apricots, pinks, corals and purples which can make face look brighter and fresher.
And last but not least, eyeshadows and pigments! I have always been open to wearing pink, oranges and green’s on my lids and my favorites are Rose (rose-copper color) and Golden Olive (gold-green frost).
Below are more photos of the event which I really enjoyed both visually and cosmetically. The collection is still available in all MAC counters nationwide. I also got the chance to swatch some neutral-nude permanent shades that are not available in The Philippines. Can you guess one? My favorite is WHIRL!
More photos of the event below: