Iridescent Girl Power

The second day of #Wonderfruitmusicfestival is the main attraction and I decided to wear something feminine, flattering to my body shape, yet strong and trendy. I also wore one of my favorite purchases this year from one brand I discovered on IG: an iridescent ‘Girl Power’ earrings from shopnin3.com (via Style Importers), which just speak so much to me as a trans woman, especially during international women’s month. I just love all the earring designs that they curate and I wanna purchase more (esp for that sticker label that says ” Make Yourself Hard to Kill”). They create strong designs for strong women and celebrate anyone who chooses to stray from the norm.

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Confidently Beautiful

It’s this year that I really got to watch and think about #MissUniverse. I only started really watching this 1-2 years ago when MUO has been dramatically changing the platform, and notions of what it means to be a “beauty queen” regardless of color, size, and creed – which was showed especially this week. Exciting times indeed for beaucons! Congrats to ALL women who performed, competed at this pageant and most importantly, showed real sisterhood!

Below are photos i took during the preliminaries and dress rehearsals. Thanks Ate Kim Galang of Valenzuela for the tickets! You made us happy!!

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#MACBackstagePH: #65thMissUniverse

It’s pageant season! The #65thMissUniverse began last January 12, 2017 and will culminate with a live telecast on January 30, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena Philippines. I can feel the hype from everyone in my LGBT and non-LGBT community friends!

What’s really good about holding this locally is that aside from promoting our cultural works and workers – like Mindanao fabrics, our every own fashion designers, photographers, etc – our team of top-notch local color artists will be providing makeup for the contestants throughout the pageant!  A special team of makeup artists by MAC will also be available for the Miss Universe Organization, current title holder Pia Wurtzbach, VIPs, judges, and hosts. I think that makeup artists do major work back stage and let’s see the looks they’ve curated for this event!

The official team of makeup artists for the contestants includes Al De Leon, Anacleta Paredes, Angel Manhilot, Apple Fara-on, Byron Velasquez, Don De Jesus, Emer Buenaventura, Emman Concepcion, Gela Laurel, Gery Penaso, Jaycee Matias, Kusie Ho, Leah Casio,  Mikee Raymundo, Omar Ermita, Pong Niu, Raf Bardon, RB Chanco, Ria Aquino, and Ryan Wong.

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with the VERY talented Raf Manosca when he discussed to me the makeup that will be used on the girls

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The Miss Universe MAC makeup kit

Rounding up the special events team are Renen Bautista, Pia Reyes, Bea Colet, Alex Lisbona, Jorence Delimos, Cielo Desamperado, Erin Cabrera, Mhike Gonzales, and Jaja Pangilinan.

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MAC Miss Universe color artist team

As the Official Makeup Sponsor, M·A·C Cosmetics was present during their official registration and fittings. Once the candidates arrived, they went through interviews, fittings and final registration to officially be signed as a candidate for the pageant. (see below backstage photos from MAC)

M·A·C Cosmetics helped the girls get all glammed up for their official photoshoots and they met with all 86 candidates to give them the perfect MISS UNIVERSE KIT compliments their skin tone.

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I can say that glowing nudes and neutrals will be the thing, but cool to see statement colors as well!

 

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Raf Manosca placing contrast through a complimentary warm blue eyeliner on Miss Curacao

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Mikey Raymundo on Miss Guam

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Jayce Matias doing a subtle sexy smokey eye look on Miss Peru

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Ms Pong Niu!!

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My favorite makeup looks from what all the BTS pictures I saw.

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Leah Casio’s work on Miss Bahamas

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Miss Switzerland and Miss Australia!

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Can you guess what MAC lipstick Miss Brazil is wearing? Definitely perfect for her beauty!

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Super excited! Who are your bets for this year’s #MissUniverse? =)

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The Girl by Tommy Hilfiger

“The Girl’ means being true to yourself and having fun while you’re at it,” said Gigi Hadid. “For me, that’s appreciating every moment, laughing at myself, and surrounding myself with everything that makes me feel happy.”

When I first got this fragrance, I told myself, this is prolly the closest thing to being a Gigi Hadid, given her admirable attitude, confidence and effortlessly cool style. I got so excited to review and feature this scent which is probably one of my top EDT’s to date. I got so inspired that I shot my own OOTD in La Union, a place where happy is!!

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Dubbed a “social supermodel,” Hadid has been credited with reshaping the world of modeling in the 21st century, and reinventing the role of the supermodel in millennial culture. Through the incredible reach of her social media channels, she connects with fans around the world – over 15 million on Instagram alone – and offers them a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse into her lifestyle as a trend-setting style icon. She has appeared on the covers of Vogue, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, TeenVogue, Numéro, Schön!, and CR Fashion Book, amongst others, and has also appeared in music videos and television programs around the world. Photo and words: Press Release

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As part of her ambassadorship for Tommy Hilfiger the brand, Hadid has also teamed with the iconic American designer to create her first capsule collection, which further celebrates her modern take on style fused with Hilfiger’s signature “classic American cool” heritage. I can’t help but see this iconic look being consistent in all merchandise and accessories of the perfume just like the patches that came with it below.

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“It’s fun to be in a campaign that’s seductive yet lighthearted and playful,” says Gigi Hadid. “I can’t wait for everyone to see what we shot – there are a lot of surprises to come!”

The fragrance packaging boasts Tommy Hilfiger’s signature nautical theme, with a brightly-colored anchor and a golden cap inspired by the buttons on a sailor’s coat.

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I brought the bottle outdoors for my senses, which is what I do when it comes to reviewing fragrances. Truly, THE GIRL by Tommy Hilfiger is crisp and fresh. I used to wear this at day and even night before the trip and I always get comments that the scent is so fresh yet brightly magnetic. And really unique given that I have a lot of floral aquatic EDT’s.

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The secret is that the scent opens with a burst of green pear, violet leaf and green fig leaves before moving to the heart of velvety jasmine petals and silky muguet. Cedarwood and cashmeran envelop the fragrance for its signature finish.

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The scent for me is more Aquatic-white floral (in a green sense) that’s fresh yet woody. At first, it’s sweet and quite fruity but it becomes green and truly aquatic. It’s quite dynamic really but it happens quickly. The longevity is average but I wouldn’t mind being left with the uniquely sexy signature base of this fragrance which I rarely smell in others. it definitely can be used for fall/winter, but also during the summer (think cold summer nights!)

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Inspired by Hilfiger’s iconic East Coast aesthetic fused with Hadid’s relaxed Californian twist that’s laidback and cool, the campaign was shot by photographer Mikael Jansson in New York City. Words and Photo: Press Release

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Overall, I am fan of this unique fragrance and I think I’ve told a lot of people already about it hehe

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I suggest you try THE GIRL by Tommy Hilfiger Eau de Toilette which will be available at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shang-ri La, Rustan’s Alabang, Rustan’s Gateway and Rustan’s Cebu on September 2016, and have a suggested retail price PHP3,900.00 per 100ml bottle.

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Hottest Pair

It’s been a while since I really wore heels, and my trip to the coldest Tagaytay I’ve experienced made me just feel it and walk around it, in a knitted sexy dress that I like wearing lately. Just feeling my oats, as Gia Gunn of Drag Race would say hehe.

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I missed the SM Parisian launch weeks ago featuring The SM Store’s biggest shoes and bags brand – Parisian Shoes and Bags and Milanos Shoes which present the trendiest collections to date. From casual to trendy shoes and bags, the collection includes a reboot of styles, chic inspiration, and sports motifs. Like James and Nadine, Parisian Shoes and Bags and Milanos Shoes are looking towards the young and sophisticated.

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I’m a Jadine fan, especially of Nadine Lustre, one sophisticated, classy and charming young lady. Well known for her acting chops, she also stands out from her many contemporaries by being well grounded and approachable – a fact that endears her to many of her followers. Nadine represents today’s generation: modern, versatile and beautiful far beyond her physical attributes. Nadine’s fashion choices are as wide and varied as the character she plays. From updated classics to trendy street, her top picks in this year’s Parisian Shoes Spring 2016 show how she loves to play it up when it comes to her personal style. For bags, Nadine opts for small handbags to hold her essentials, which she can carry from day to night. She also favors bags accented with fringes for an instant Boho-chic look when she wants things more laid back and casual.

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The pair* we’re wearing in these photos is my favorite. Army green is one of my favorite colors and despite my big feet, it makes it look sexier in this style. And yes, it’s also OK in terms of comfort, especially versus the other closed designs/styles of shoes.

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I’m excited to check out the upcoming Summer collection of SM Parisian. They launched one with Milanos x James Reid and really loving their visuals!!

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