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My 13 Lucky Monkey Hubby Tee

3 Aug

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Last week, I finally received my very first 13 Lucky Monkey t-shirt! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’ve been wanting one for sooooo long.ย  Thanks so much for sparing me one, Mr. Lucky Monkey! Hahaha! I know I wanted a size small but it was reserved for someone else so the large will do! Because if I don’t take this, I may never have one EVER.ย  LOL!!! Kidding! These shirts were made by our friends from Good Government (Instagram: @goodgovernment) So sorry for what I’m about to do to your awesome t-shirt…

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Ok, so here’s the large tee ๐Ÿ™‚ I would wear this shirt as is for sure and maybe just fold the sleeves.ย  But I wanted to do something different with it.ย  I know some of my friends have been doing this for years, cutting up oversized t-shirts and turning them into something new.ย  So I decided to try it out with this 13 Lucky Monkey t-shirt.

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So I got one of my favorite tank tops so that it would be easier for me to cut the shirt.ย  This one is from Be.Everyday, a local brand that I was so happy to discover during the Whitespace Pop Up earlier this year.ย  Check out more of their cool tank tops at their Instagram account: @be.everyday.ph ๐Ÿ™‚

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So using chalk, I just traced the sleeves and made the armhole just a little bit bigger so that I can use this shirt over my sports bra when I go indoor cycling.ย  Yessss ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Hahaha! Arte.

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You can cut the shirt using any ordinary scissors but I used the largest one I had so that there will less zigzags when I cut.

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Then you can just fold the shirt in the middle to make sure both sides are equally cut.ย  Then just smoothen the edges ๐Ÿ™‚

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Looking good ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now to cut the bottom part.ย  Again I traced it with chalk.

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Then cut…

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My Be.Everyday shirt is shorter in the front than the back.ย  So I just followed the pattern ๐Ÿ™‚

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Tadaaaaaaa!!! My 13 Lucky Monkey tank top… I call it my Hubby Tee.ย  Kasi galing kay hubby yung shirt… Corny ba??? ๐Ÿ™‚

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And here is my first Hubby Tee ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVES IT!!!

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Here’s my macho picture of me wearing my Hubby Tee ๐Ÿ™‚ Hahahaha! Macho talaga ๐Ÿ™‚ Pasensiya na sa aking feeling “siga” pose.ย  Haha! ๐Ÿ™‚

Watch out for my next Hubby Tee at binigyan na ako ng isa pang shirt to cut! Woot woot!!! Thank you, Mister Dante! ๐Ÿ™‚

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An Afternoon of Bibimbap, Street Shopping and Poop Bread in Seoul

3 Apr
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Isabel, enjoying the freezing cold weather ๐Ÿ™‚

After our very hectic morning at the Secret Garden in Korea, (that would be in a whole new different post…Hehe!) we were excited to head out to lunch! Starving and tired from hill climbing, we chose the nearest Korean resto we could find ๐Ÿ™‚ Luckily, we entered this resto that served Bibimbap!ย  Just exactly what I wanted at that moment… RICE! HAHA! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Meals in Korea are quite affordable ๐Ÿ™‚ย  This Bibimbap was about P300 per dish.ย  Here it is pre-mixed.

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Here it is, mixed and ready to be devoured.

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It also comes with a side of pork.ย  YUMMERS!

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Enjoying lunch with my besties, Dom and Clauds! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  They have Coca-cola that’s half the size of a regular can.ย  Love it ๐Ÿ™‚

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Before our trip, my friends would research on places to go to in Korea.ย  When they described Insadong-gil to me, I knew I would love it there…ย  Insadong-gil is the main road that leads to more alleys with specialty shops, art galleries and coffee places.

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It was like a flea market with antique goods.

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Traditional Korean delicacies…

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Hats, hats, hats…

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Socks, socks and more cute socks…

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Meet my friends… the Shoperones ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Always on the lookout for cute stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ice Cream, anyone? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Traditional Korean costumes for kids ๐Ÿ™‚ย  How cute is this?!

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It was just cuteness overload left and right.

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I love how traditional meets modern in this outfit ๐Ÿ™‚

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So many art supplies stores here.

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And winter clothing…

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Nice postcards and lots of stickers and posters of Korean actors.ย  Haha!

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Chimes…

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Was very tempted to buy this Kitty bag.ย  But the eyes are kinda freaky… ๐Ÿ™‚

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So happy there were lots of toys here!ย  Was able to get Damien some robots as promised.

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Snacking on some chicken with a nice sour and spicy sauce ๐Ÿ™‚

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I enjoyed this very much.ย  It also had sticky rice balls.

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This was really good, too.ย  Thanks for sharing this with me, Isabel.ย  It’s an empanada with Japchae inside.ย  So yummy!!!

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We also just had to try their POOP Bread ๐Ÿ™‚ yes, a pastry shaped as poop!ย  For some reason they are fascinated by this.ย  Haha! Well, I can totally relate because my son loves talking about poop as well.ย  LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚

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People were lining up for this so it must be good.

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It reminded me of pancakes shaped as poop… Haha!

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Oh Damien would have loved this.ย  Haha!ย  He even has a story about a poopoo island.ย  LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚

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It was quite yummy, I must say… and I loved the warm brown bean filling… ๐Ÿ™‚

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Poop snackin’ with my friend, Claudette ๐Ÿ™‚

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And that ends my little tour on Insadong-Gil… Hope you enjoyed that stroll with me at one of my favorite spots in Seoul ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a blessed Holy Week, my friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee in Queens Park… Gangnam Style!

19 Feb

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I am still so high from our recent trip to Seoul, Korea.ย  I was with my best friends from high school and we all have never been to Korea ๐Ÿ™‚ย  So it was so great to explore a new country with my oldest friends ๐Ÿ™‚ This wasn’t really part of our itinerary but ever since the song “Gangnam Style” became so popular, we’ve always wondered… what exactly is in Gangnam??? ๐Ÿ™‚

So we took the train to Gangnam.ย  Dominique was the assigned “trainer”, our train leader.ย  LOL!

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So after three stops here, change trains, two stops there… (I think…) we were in sunny but damn cold Gangnam! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I think it was about -15 degrees at that time.ย  All I remembered was that my ears were in pain.ย  It kinda felt like the pain I get sometimes in the airplane!

It was a beautiful day but just too cold to walk outside too long.ย  So we, the islanders, headed towards our destination, hands in our pockets, our scarves covering our entire heads and our legs walking as fast as we can to keep us warm.ย  Haha!

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We didn’t enter the Galleria but it reminded me so much of Harrod’s in London.

I absolutely love trees without leaves.

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Queens Park was just about three blocks away from the train station where we came from and I never felt this happy to enter a heated room.ย  Haha!ย  The sunlight was not enough to keep us warm.

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Queens Park is a bakery and cafe.

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So many goodies you can take home.

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All the cakes looked so delicious.

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Finally we were at our table for five.

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The cafe was quite big and spacious.

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Lots of natural light coming in ๐Ÿ™‚

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My friends and I were actually craving for some breakfast food after all the kimchi and bibimbap ๐Ÿ™‚ Heheย  So we shared an order of Eggs Benedict.ย  Soooo yummy!!! The caramelized onions were delish.

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Claudette ordered some ice cream. Look at that beauty!ย  It never really melted.ย  Haha!ย  It was that cold.ย  LOL!

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And Isabel ordered some cheesecake with fresh fruits.ย  So refreshing to look at and eat ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mike had a slice of this awesome cake!ย  It had some chocolate, banana and mocha cake in one slice! OMG.ย  Sorry, I ate most of it! Haha!

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And finally, of course, my cup of love ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Gangnam love ๐Ÿ™‚

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This was probably our most expensive meal throughout our trip!ย  Haha!ย  Just to give you an idea… The coffee was about 10,000 won which is around P400, the Eggs Benedict was 20,000 won, about P800.ย  LOL!!!ย  But it was worth it ๐Ÿ™‚ย  At least now I can say, I had brunch Gangnam style! ๐Ÿ™‚

We missed our other friends, Angela, Ria and Kris! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  You’ll see more of them in my other posts about Korea, a whole lot more to come!

Kung Hei Fat Choi, everyone!!! Here’s to more adventures ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

My Love for Tote Bags

19 Jul

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One of our final stops in Tokyo was the Kinokuniya Bookstore. ย Since most of the books here were in Japanese, I just walked around, just browsing, not looking for anything in particular. ย Then suddenly, I saw this section. ย OMG. ย Full of super cute magazines WITH tote bags inside!!! ย I started getting super excited!!!

And one by one, I checked out the magazines with their corresponding free tote bags. ย These magazines, as I was looking through them, were actually different brands of mostly clothes and accessories. ย The magazines were like their catalogs for the season. What a brilliant idea!!! ย I wish they had these here… or start doing it for fashion brands here in the Philippines! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Most of the ones that I bought were 1,500 Yen. ย That’s more or less Php750 each.

The first one I chose was a brand called Malaika. ย I love ethnic stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚

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This was the magazine or catalog for the brand with their 2013 collection. ย Pretty cute stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I love this one. ย My favorite among the ones I purchased ๐Ÿ™‚

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Tried a selfie. LOL!

The second one is from a brand called Earth Music & Ecology.

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Super duper cute, too ๐Ÿ™‚

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And last but not the least, Moomin. ย I really liked the character because she looked like the Wicked Witch from Oz, Elphaba, and I love her ๐Ÿ™‚

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Love the color and design of this one ๐Ÿ™‚

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I love totes… This last one that I got was not from Kinokuniya but somewhere in Ameyayokocho ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t think I’ll ever be able to afford a Chanel bag, so this tote bag will do for now ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha! I got this also around the same price, 1500 Yen, I think ๐Ÿ™‚

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Love my new tote bags. ย Love these because they’re shapeless, they’re light, it’s so easy to dump all my things in it! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย I actually wanted to buy more but all I could hear was my husband whispering, “Don’t you have enough totes already?!” ย Fine. These four will do… for now ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a happy and tote-ful weekend, everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Message me if you happen to find irresistible totes like these here, please! ๐Ÿ™‚

I Miss My Tokyu Hands

26 Jun

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One of the things I miss the most in Tokyo is TOKYU HANDS. ย Their motto is so true….

“When you visit, you find what you want!”

And you can lose some calories, too, because Tokyu Hands has about 7-9 floors of stuff I love… from arts and crafts to clown makeup to little gadgets and cameras to leather swatches… Ugh… love love love Tokyu Hands. ย My husband also loved the hardware and also the section that’s dedicated to shoe care ๐Ÿ™‚

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I didn’t take that much photos of the store itself because I was just so overwhelmed with all the stuff you can find here. ย It’s so convenient! ย I mean, if you were to start a project, you can find everything you need in one place. ย It’s just so amazing.

They even have on-going workshops within the store. ย I can stay here all day, I tell you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I think they were making leather wallets ๐Ÿ™‚

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This one, I wasn’t sure what they were making ๐Ÿ™‚ So fun!!

Out of all the stuff I saw in Tokyu Hands, I was hooked on these Hooked Zpagetti crochet hooks!!! Got me some new hooks, 10mm and 12mm sizes to match…

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…these Hooked Zpagetti yarn/cloth. ย It’s like shredded cloth! ย But the label says high quality recycled cotton ๐Ÿ™‚ I had to jump for joy when I saw these… (deep inside. Haha!)

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These were the chosen ones…

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I’m planning to make tote bags out of these! ย They might be too heavy/warm for a scarf unless it’s thin. ย I’m so excited to start my Tote Project! ย Haha! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Watch out for it!

Have a happy Wednesday to you all! ๐Ÿ™‚

Write Here Write Now By AA

26 Nov

I just wanted to congratulate one of my dearest friends, AA Patawaran, for finally launching his book,

“Write Here Write Now”.

The book launch was held in Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4.

I haven’t seen Arnel in such a long time and I couldn’t wait to see him! So when I was about to line up to greet him, the usher told me to get a number. ย Gasp! I’m number 125! Was so excited pa naman to run up to Arnel! LOL! But I waited for my turn like a good girl ๐Ÿ™‚

My one and only date this evening and all evenings ๐Ÿ™‚ Naks. ย Hehe…

While I was waiting to have my book signed by the rockstar author, I was enjoying their sweets and shots. Hehe!

And enjoying the company of dear old friends just like the good ol’ days, says Hector from Sense & Style Magazine ๐Ÿ™‚

With the super talented photographer and friend, Mitch Mauricio ๐Ÿ™‚

Was so excited to finally say hello to AA! ๐Ÿ™‚ Arnel is actually our Ninong at our wedding and has remained the giver of the wisest advice especially when it comes to raising our son! Hehe ๐Ÿ™‚ Yey! ย It’s almost our turn! Couldn’t wait to give Arnel a big hug!

Arnel and I have been friends ever since I started out as a professional makeup artist. ย Almost all of my favorite and most memorable photo shoots were done for Sense & Style Magazine, together with the awesome team, Hector, Guada, Krizette, Nicole, Jerry, etc! I miss those days!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย And ever since then, we remained really good friends!

To our dearest Ninong and friend, CONGRATULATIONS on your book! Cannot wait to start reading it! ย I know it will help me express myself better through words. ย I am not a writer but I consider myself a storyteller. ย (Sana lang tama lahat ng grammar ko sa post na to. LOL!)

AA, you have always been an inspiration to me like a big brother I look up to! ย ๐Ÿ™‚ ย I am such a proud sister!!! Hehe…

Cheers, Arnel! ย We will make things happen ๐Ÿ™‚

Training with Mister Kimura-San and Team Shu

8 Nov

Learning never ends.

ย ย I was so looking forward to this day. ย It was the day when we would finally get to try using Shu Uemura’s Holiday collection 2012! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Not only do we get to try the newest collection of Shu Uemura but we also had a talented guest makeup artist/trainer from Japan, Mr. Kimura-San! ๐Ÿ™‚

I just couldn’t wait to see the collection!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

My sister from another mother, Claire ๐Ÿ™‚ ย We were both so giddy with excitement checking out all the goodies in the bag! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย First thing we found… the two kinds Karl Lagerfeld False Eyelashes.

What a beauty! ๐Ÿ™‚

With my sisters, Angelique, Omar and John! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Sayaaaaaa! ย Parang blockmates lang!!! Where were you guys when I was in college?!?!

Checking out the stuff at the trainer’s table ๐Ÿ™‚

And now I unveil Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld Holiday Collection ๐Ÿ™‚ ย I’m sure you guys have already seen or even tried the collection since our launch. ย Mr. Kimura-San taught us how to use and maximize this collection! ๐Ÿ™‚

Check this out!!! Limited edition Mon Shu eyelash curler!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ soooo cute!!! I want to use this as a bag charm! ย And also so I can curl my lashes anytime. LOL!

Yey! Snacks for the training ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Hungry makeup artists… not a pretty sight. Hahaha!

And now, may I introduce to you, our awesome trainer and makeup artist, Mr. Kimura-San! ๐Ÿ™‚ Such a rock star. Haha! ๐Ÿ™‚

The first time I’ve ever seen the team so quiet and attentive ๐Ÿ™‚ hehehehe

We each had our own models for hands-on training ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for taking my photo, Claire!

My model for the day was Mercy. ย Just finished doing her base ๐Ÿ™‚

Mr. Kimura-San going around to check our work. ย He was a great teacher, very helpful and was very patient to answer all of our questions ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course, we can’t live without Nadia, our translator ๐Ÿ™‚

After doing the base makeup, time to break for merienda first! Woohoo! ๐Ÿ™‚ Break na kaagad?! Hehe

Definitely one way to make us makeup artists happy… FOOD ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, ready to move on with the training… Happy tummies!

Mr. Kimura-San will now start the demo using the first eye and cheek palette called the smoky velvet palette ๐Ÿ™‚

He started with the socket line…

Then filled the whole lid with the olive green shade.

Also applied under the eyes and highlight on the browbone and inner corners of the eyes.

Blended beautifully. ย He told us that we don’t have to use all the colors in the palette all at once or it’s just going to look messy.

Mr. Kimura-San used the blush on the apple of the cheeks. ย That’s the one on the bottom right of the palette ๐Ÿ™‚

Included in this collection are four gorgeous shades of lipsticks!

Luxe Burgundy and Parisienne Pink.

Celebrity Beige and Mon Shu Red.

Mr. Kimura-San is now applying Mon Shu Red ๐Ÿ™‚

The Associates checking out the first look ๐Ÿ™‚

And John… with his favorite brush! Hahahahaha! ๐Ÿ™‚

And now using the prestigious bordeaux eye and cheek palette ๐Ÿ™‚

Love the color of this painting liner ๐Ÿ™‚

Mr. Kimura-San doing a demo on the other eye ๐Ÿ™‚

Now it’s our turn ๐Ÿ™‚

Mr. Kimura-San fine-tuning what I did to Mercy ๐Ÿ™‚

The finished product of the eye makeup after it was Kimura-Sanified ๐Ÿ™‚

So happy with the palettes! ย Easy to use and the colors definitely suitable to most women! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Can’t wait to use these palettes on my clients! ๐Ÿ™‚

Omar practicing on Angelique ๐Ÿ™‚

Yeeeeey! ย That was such a fun and very informative sesh!!!

Thank you for the opportunity to be trained by Mr. Kimura-San! ๐Ÿ™‚ He was awesome!!!

John and Omar mingling with Mr. Uchiide-San and Mr. Karl. LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚

Team Shu Uemura Philippines! ๐Ÿ™‚ (not the complete team though)

It’s your turn to try this awesome collection!!! Will be available again in stores very soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Thursday, friends!!! ๐Ÿ™‚