Shiseido Naturgo Japan | White Clay Men’s Mild Facial Cleanser

There’s something truly different about Shiseido products from Japan’s drugstore level selection.  For one they’re really made in Japan (lol) and more often than not, they work wonderfully. 

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I scored this Shiseido Naturgo Men’s White Clay Facial cleanser from Hatchin Japanese Grocery for Php275 in Makati (across BDO near vito cruz). Smells pleasant but not overpowering, doesnt make me itch but deep cleanses and foams gently. For oily skin this is good, for dry skin you may need to follow with moisturizer. I personally sense that it doesnt strip my face with harsh chemicals and I’m a normal to sensitive combination type. LOVE.… Read the rest

Bring On that 90s Brick Red | T. LeClerc Matte Lipstick, Non-Drying Loveliness

A non-drying matte lipstick is a prize find but for me there’s also a balance to be had when it comes to matte lipstick.  To me, matte lipsticks needn’t be completely FLAT looking, you’re allowed to disagree with me.  That’s just a personal preference because I don’t want high shine because of my massive lips but at the same time I don’t want my lips to look like a flat vector graphic pasted on my face.  I’ve found my dream matte lipstick formula by T. LeClerc, available at Rustan’s for Php795…complete value for money but I’m really sad there are only 4 or 5 shades available locally, they remind me of the IZGO lipstick I blogged about ages ago (as in like 2 years ago).   It’s great that they’ve got this sort of red, 03 Rouge Secret, a beautiful brick red that has a very slight, almost unnoticeable pink undertone.  It’s very wearable, I wore it at a friend’s wedding and because I loved the color so much I made sure I retouched at the reception (even though I was recovering from a small gaping lip wound), though I didn’t have to pack on a lot to retouch.  You better believe it, red lips have not vanished from the trend reports and hello, love month isn’t over yet.

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The texture of this T.Le Clerc lipstick is like that of a MAC lipstick like Ruby Woo but creamier and more velvety, easier to bring across the lips.  Also in comparison to a NARS Pure Matte lipstick I own this is way more comfortable to wear.  You can also safely eat with this lipstick without it going everywhere…a light retouch may be required if the food is a bit greasy.  French brand T.Le Clerc has a strong following and one of my former bosses, Tinette O. Puyat, salon owner and hairdresser is extremely fond of their powder bases, too.  One of my wedding clients, Maita, wore this brand of lipstick as maid of honor at another wedding I did, but her shade was like a slightly brighter cherry red and seeing how it lasted on her is what made me go on the hunt for it.  A lovely matching lipliner for the T.LeClerc lipstick shade 03 Rouge Secret, and I mean a real exact match, is NICHIDO’s lip pencil in Coral Rust which is what I used to line and color my lips in midway first to help with longevity.  The NICHIDO lipliners have the same texture as NYX slim lipliners which are also a favorite of mine but these local ones only cost between Php100-Php200.Tleclerc_rougeAlevres_mattelipstick_05

There’s a 90s revival ongoing and it’s bleeding through almost every style magazine feature I’ve noticed so far.  Every so often people will reminisce about what was nearly 2 decades ago and crave a reinterpreted throwback.  In my teens bell bottoms and elephant pants plus everything 70s when it came to music was the “in” thing in high-school.  Mod beauty for the 90s was earthy, brick red lips which were big on TV stars (remember Monica and Rachel in FRIENDS?), movies like Reality Bites, Empire Records, Pulp Fiction (more ox blood red than brick though), and even Clueless (check Brittany Murphy’s lips).   Here’s an inspiration photo from Reality Bites which also shows a similar sort of red on the lovely Winona Ryder.

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The T.LeClerc lipstick, I reiterate, is Php795 from Rustan’s (got mine at Rustan’s Grand Mall) and for the lovely slim size and packaging I have to say it’s a real find, a similar one by MAC would be Russian Red but that isn’t as matte. … Read the rest

Just dropping in to say…I was tired…

Hi,

I’m gonna pull an “honesty is the best policy” fast one on you guys.  Sorry it got a bit quiet around here…in just the last week I suddenly felt a lot of the adrenalin, energy, and excitement I had from my cousin’s wedding suddenly retreat from me when real life kicked in.  I had lots of stuff to feature for the blog but while sitting in front of WordPress, I had nothing to say, nothing would come out.  I was left a bit worse for wear in terms of online presence having been on a roll checking every social media account I had plus suddenly discovering all these Instagram and photo-editing apps that made it quite addictive to post stuff like almost every half hour or so.  I got net burnout and to be honest I was feeling it already in early January then right after the wedding it slowly came crashing down on me.  I just realized I was having lots of fun with new friends but eventually pixel-weary and tired of looking, posting, and checking feeds, and even just for a few days, blogging.  However I have 2 or 3 nice features and photos coming up for you guys next, hopefully tomorrow.  To be just a bit more relevant here’s a nice photo of makeup stuff that I have nothing to say about except that it was all for a celebrity makeup job hehe.

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Pardon the silence, please just a bit more patience, like just until tomorrow.  I just needed a timeout.  I’ll be back on with a post by tomorrow after lunch hopefully.  I have all these nice photos here just waiting to be blogged.  Thanks to those of you who totally understand.  It really means a lot.  By the way this message here by Joshua Harris is a video I discovered 2 years ago that totally explains why I’m currently fasting from social media, just click here to go to his YouTube video about having Self-Control in a Wired World it’s actually quite funny.

With the exception of blog & work stuff I’m only allowing myself email, PMs from FB, and DMs from Twitter.  I’ll be back on track, soon.

Julia… Read the rest

The Official Onsite Wedding Video | Paolo & Sam’s Wedding by Bob Nicolas

I absolutely waited for this.  I nagged Pao and Sam Valenciano, ever so dear to me, about when it was coming out, it was shown at the wedding but it wasn’t as complete then as it is now, now it’s perfect.  At the time I asked, Paolo said they were still fine tuning it before sharing online.

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There are some wedding videos that make an impact even on people who don’t know the couple personally and even make strangers cry, and I’m sure this one is exactly that.  It captures the exact mood and embodies the everlasting love, childlike humor, and solid friendship we all experienced during their union last February 7, 2013.

The cinematography just grabs you and pulls you into the wedding with the magic of Bob Nicolas and his onsite team.  Of course the direction and comments on the edit by Pao, the groom (who is also an editor) make all the difference.  Watching this video FULLSCREEN is the closest experience to being at their wedding if you weren’t there. If you can’t view the embedded video click on this link to watch Pao and Sam’s Wedding on YouTube.

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Pro Tips for Light Photogenic Makeup | Bless My Bag @ Sample Room!

Today’s post is over at the Sample Room Blog!    There I lightly discuss tips on being believably fresh and photogenic during the daytime without overdoing it.  It’s a great stream of tips for people who want to practice looking fresh during the day without putting on too much.

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I also make mention of the actual products I used for the look done on myself there (not this one on the model because this is a studio look).  Click on this image or here to proceed to the article :).… Read the rest

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