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Karl Lagerfeld x Shu Uemura x Umu

12 Oct

Last October 9, 2012, it was time to unveil the Mon Shu Girl 🙂

Karl Lagerfeld and Shu Uemura has done a collaboration for this holiday’s collection!  This was so exciting for all of us because a few weeks before this launch, we already knew what was in the collection and also were trained how to use the products.  (More of the training in my next post!)  Mon Shu Girl is the cute little girl that is on all of the packaging for this Karl Lagerfeld x Shu Uemura collection 🙂

This exclusive and intimate event was going to be held at Umu, the awesome Japanese restaurant in Dusit Thani Hotel 🙂

Yey. Yey. Hooray.

Call time was 11am.  And as most of you know, a hungry makeup artist is not really the best person you’d want to deal with. Hahaha! Sooooo… LUNCH FIRST 🙂

A feast of Japanese food was waiting for us at UMU… Ok, time to dig in, people!!! 🙂

Meet cutie makeup artist, John Pagaduan 🙂  He’ll be doing a quick demo on how to use the KL Palettes to the bloggers’ event that afternoon.  Looking fresh and radiant, sis!!! 🙂

The Mon Shu models 🙂

The Mon Shu models with their very talented artists, Patrick Alcober and John Pagaduan 🙂

Look at how cute those dolls are! Tamang tama lang yung position ni Ate sa likod… Hehehe 🙂

Wonderful set-up for dinner!

Photo shoot muna with the team habang wala pang guests!!! 🙂

With my uber talented team mates: Sharon, Angelique, Patrick, Hanna and John 🙂

With the fabulous Omar and gorgeous Angie! 🙂

Our hot mother, Nina, presenting the KL x Shu Uemura Collection.

This event wouldn’t have been possible without Nina, Nadia and Karen! 🙂  Great job, ladies!!! And looking smokin’ hot that night 🙂

My Shu Uemura family picture 🙂

With the lovely, Karen, my model for the evening 🙂

With THE Ogie from Khiel’s! Thanks to you and George for fixing my thick, unruly hair! 🙂

Presenting the collection…  More on these products on my next post!  Watch out for it!

Ladies and Gentlemen, dinner is now served.  Was looking forward to this 7-course meal at UMU.  Wonderful!

Sparkling Sake.  Ang sarap pala nito!

Appetizer: EBI DEPOU YAKI or baked prawn with special sauce and THREE KINDS OF MAKI. 1.Dragon Maki: unagi, avocado, cucumber and cream cheese  2.Soft Shell Crab Maki: rolled deep fried crab on vinegared rice 3. Umu Maki: salmon, mango, cream cheese.

Clear Soup: Tori, shitake, shimeji, oyster mushroom, gobo, spring onion, shiro kosyo or in simpler terms, it’s clear soup with chicken, assorted Japanese mushrooms, spring onion and white pepper.

Yakimono: Suzuki Teriyaki, hajikami. (Grilled seabass with teriyaki sauce and marinated ginger)

Sarada: Kaisou Sarada which is seaweed salad with onion dressing and Chawan Mushi, lapu-lapu kani nameko.

Rice Dish: Edamame Fried Rice, green soy beans and fried rice, and Yakimono (Wafu Steak, tamanegi, asupara, which is US Rib Eye Steak with onion and asparagus).

Dessert: Shiro Miso Ice Cream and Pistachio (Home-made Japanese White Beans Ice Cream with Pistachio Powder).

Thanks to everyone who took time out from their very busy schedules to be here.  Thanks for all the support!  We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did 🙂

Me and Mon Shu Girl would like to wish you all a very happy weekend!!! The collection will be out in stores October 20, 2012 🙂

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Tsuya Skin: Japan’s Word for Ideal Skin

26 Sep

I always look forward to our training sessions by Shu Uemura 🙂  I obviously love the brand and get really excited when they have something new… 🙂  And I get to see my team mates whom I love to bits 🙂

Each station was beautifully decorated with flowers, lamps and petals… But do you see that pretty little bottle over there??? 🙂

Oh my gosh, so scientific… I never really liked Science growing up. Haha!

With my beautiful, “fresh” team mates all in white 🙂  (Pwede na bang maging soap detergent endorsers? Ang bango!!! Haha!)

From the left: Angie Cruz, Me, Claire Diokno and Angelique Dinglasan 🙂

AND HERE IT IS… Are you ready for this??? Presenting the newest skin care product of Shu Uemura…

TSUYA SKIN.  Which means “IDEAL SKIN”.

Shu Uemura always believed that “beautiful make-up starts with beautiful skin.”  And this is sooooo true.

Now what makes someone’s skin ideal?

“We analyzed  more than 5,000 individual cases of Asian woman’s skin to scientifically understand what is needed for skin to be perceived as ‘ideal’.  We found that ‘ideal’ skin came down to six key parameters: SMOOTHNESS, PORELESSNESS, TRANSLUCENCE, AN EVEN TONE, A FINE TEXTURE and GOOD SKIN COLOR.  When all these factors are present, skin radiates beauty… this is what makes ‘ideal’ skin.  In Japanese, we call this ‘Tsuya Skin”.  – Team Shu Uemura

The newest cleansing oil of Shu Uemura is called Ultim8 (Ultimate) 🙂

Tsuya contains a miracle molecule called Rhamnose that can apparently reactivate skin’s youth power switch.  This will help the skin regenerate 🙂

So what does Tsuya promise to give you???

Perfect and ideal skin in just seven days 🙂

Lovely set up for our training sesh 🙂

With our hot momma, Nina Solano 🙂

After applying a few drops of Tsuya Skin all over the face in the morning, it is best paired with this Tsuya Skin UV Under Base 🙂

Accredited Shu Uemura make-up artist, Patrick Alcober had all the right answers 🙂 And there’s our lovely trainer, Nadia, listening to Patrick’s insightful answers 🙂

Claire’s extensive collection of Shu Uemura brushes… *sigh*

Patrick doing the demo on Cecille Ramos, who has perfect skin 🙂

The very talented make-up artists of Shu Uemura: Gee Vee, EJ Mallorca, Riza and Roy at the back 🙂

The very next day, I started my 7-day challenge 🙂  I started applying Tsuya Skin every morning and night 🙂

All you need is this much for the whole face 🙂 I really loved how this serum smelled and felt on my skin.  After applying this, I always feel instantly hydrated.

After applying Tsuya, I applied this UV Underbase 🙂 It already has a little bit of coverage to cover up my blemishes 🙂 I set it with some loose powder 🙂

This is all you need for the whole face.  Even less, if you just want a very, very thin layer of this UV underbase 🙂

I’ve been using Tsuya Skin serum for over a month now.  Every morning and every evening.  I honestly couldn’t tell if my skin was really improving.

I only realized that my skin was really improving when my husband suddenly said recently, out of the blue one morning before I left the house, “May photo shoot ka ba? 🙂  As in papakuha ka rin ba ng picture?  Parang ang flawless mo today…” LOL! 🙂 Naaaaaaaaaks!!!  I thought, hay naku, binobola na naman ako nito.

“Seriously… Are you going to have your photo taken today?” – Dante.

Hay naku, tama na, Dants, TAMA NA. 🙂

AND THAT MY FRIENDS, is the true test of the product. LOL!  If your husband actually notices something different. GOOD different. HAHAHA! 🙂

No, but really, my husband is my ultimate “judge” without him trying to be 🙂  Everything he says, whether he likes it or not, affects me greatly. LOL!  Like for example, when he says, “You did something different with your makeup today”, that is his nice way of saying, parang may mali. LOL! 🙂

So you could just imagine how happy I was when he said the magic word… “flawless”!  And I immediately thought…

OMG.  It actually works.

Please take time to watch this video to have a better understanding of  Tsuya Skin 🙂

Tsuya is our little secret 🙂  Don’t tell your boyfriends or your husbands about Tsuya ha!  They’ll soon notice a different glow in your skin… Just wait for it… 🙂

Tokyo, Cotton and Tea at Mall of Asia

14 Sep

How can I resist an invitation from my family to go to MOA (SM Mall of Asia)???

My older brother, Ochie, was buying lunch that day and… Cotton On, one of my favorite stores, just opened in MOA… And of course, I just love hanging out with my family! 🙂  The field trip begins at Tokyo Cafe!

In the very first photo were our starters.  I haven’t had breakfast yet so I was STAR-ving!  We had the Mango Chicken Salad, a chicken salad with ripe mango, grapes and romaine lettuce (P225), Clam Chowder, creamy chunky soup with clams, potatoes and bacon (P135) and Gambas Al Ajilo, garlic, shrimp with hot green peppers sauteed in olive oil (P291).  All were yummy.  Or was I just super hungry? No, they were quite yummy 🙂

For the main course, we decided to have two types of pasta: Japanese Carbonara (the one on top), creamy pasta with a hint of Japanese soy sauce and ground pork (P232).  It reminded me of Yakisoba 🙂

And the second pasta dish that we ordered (the one at the bottom) was the Creamy Ebiko Pasta with shrimp, karashi ebiko and cream pasta (P278).  My dad loved this.  He loves seafood pasta in red sauce 🙂

Fried Chicken for everyone! 🙂 We ordered the Chicken in a Basket, Japanese-style crispy fried chicken served with gravy and fries.  We got the Family Pack with seven pieces of chicken (P430).

There’s always room for dessert.  We tried the Azuki Parfait, layers of sweet red azuki beans, vanilla and green tea ice cream topped with whipped cream (P138). A refreshing dessert 🙂

And lastly, we wanted to try their Banana Hazelnut Crepe with bananas, hazelnut spread, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate syrup (P135)

Overall, lunch was yummy!  Servings were just right.  Each dish is really good for one person, except the family size friend chicken 🙂

Now off to do a little exercise to burn the calories from lunch.  A walk towards Cotton On is what we needed. Haha! 🙂 I was soooo happy when I found that they were bringing Cotton On to Manila!  I always shop there when I go to Hongkong and recently when I went to Singapore! 🙂  It’s affordable, the clothes are comfy and wearable, I just love it.

But today, I promised myself I would just be window shopping.  So I just took some photos for you guys to see what’s in store!

I love these “2 FOR 1000” signs! Makes you want to dig in and buy two right away!

So many sandals to choose from!  I tried one pair… Very comfy… BUT NO. Control yourself, woman!

Now this table with the skirts was a big temptation… The “2 FOR 1200” sign was flashing before my eyes.  If I did break my promise to myself that day, two of these skirts would have been mine.  But NO 🙂  I cannot.  I literally cannot. I am just too broke right now. LOL!

The also have cute accessories and wallets/iPhone cases, etc 🙂

They also have a lot of clothes for guys! 🙂  They really had a lot of stuff in there!  I was so not disappointed with the size of the store and their goods 🙂

Really happy you’ve arrived, Cotton On!  Even if I didn’t purchase anything that day, I’m happy just knowing I can go back there anytime! 🙂

I usually take a very long time shopping in Cotton On when I’m in Hongkong and Singapore.  Now I can just gracefully walk into a Cotton On store and not scream to my husband anymore, “OH MY GOD!!!! DITO MUNA TAYO SA COTTON ON!!!” LOL! 🙂

Another temptation that day was DA.U.DE (da you deh).

A friend told me about their tea lounge in the Fort beside Wildflour and apparently they also sell their tea in Kultura both in SM MOA and SM Makati 🙂

The wonderful and knowledgeable Da.u.de saleslady made me and my brother try a cup of papaya tea each.  OMG.  In like three minutes, I was enjoying a hot cup of papaya tea! 🙂

She made the tea using this super cute pot!  This so perfect for tea lovers.  The pot is about P600+ and the tea ranges from P300-500 🙂  This is a great Christmas gift.  Ahem-ahem. Haha! 🙂  ALMOST broke my promise on this one.

I still have to try the real thing though at their tea lounge at the Fort.  I will be visiting soon, Da.u.de! 🙂

This was a great afternoon with my folks, Kuya Ochie and Chris 🙂  And please, a round of applause, I did not break my promise…. 🙂  (Oh, I just purchased some yarn… but that’s not considered “shopping”. Haha!)

Have a great weekend to you all! 🙂  Let me know if you get to visit Cotton On this weekend and what you purchased!  I want to know what you guys bought! 🙂

Chocolate and Makeup

25 Aug

Check out the newest collection of Shu Uemura called Chocolat-Donna! OMG.  That’s all I can say…

Chocolate and makeup, a brilliant combination 🙂  Shu Uemura has three beautiful eyeshadow palettes in this collection and they are all AMAZING.  So wearable!  I can actually just have these three palettes in my makeup kit! 🙂

Each palette has six different shades.  Let’s start with the first one…

This palette is called Mint and Vanilla 🙂  Even the names are perfect! 🙂  Each palette has a great combination of colors.  You can create a beautiful smoky eye using the darker, chocolate brown hues and use the lighter shades (some with glitter) as highlight 🙂  I love the fact that the dark chocolate brown shadows are matte!  I love matte eyeshadows 🙂

And here are the color swatches of the Mint & Vanilla palette 🙂

Here’s the second palette.  This one is called Raspberry and Mocha 🙂

The combination of this palette is a little bit richer than the Mint & Vanilla palette.  This is perfect for a more intense smoky eye especially the darkest shade is a deep, dark chocolate brown.  I personally like this palette the best 🙂  This will definitely suit most women 🙂

And here’s the color swatch 🙂  A lovely family of earthy tones 🙂

Lastly, this palette is called Orange & Pistachio 🙂

This is pretty similar to the Mint & Vanilla palette especially the darker tones 🙂  But instead of the gold shimmer, you have a nice glittery orange and a brighter pastel green 🙂

What I love about these palettes is that you can create so many looks even with just one palette 🙂  Just looking at the color swatches, I can already imagine so many possibilities 🙂

Part of the collection are two lovely glow ons 🙂

The one below is called Framboisier 🙂

And this one is called Apricot 🙂

Both will go well with any of the palettes 🙂

And of course, in every Shu Uemura collection, there is a perfect pair of lashes 🙂  The one below is called the Choco-Lash 🙂

Chocolat-Donna is definitely one of my favorite collections from Shu Uemura ever! 🙂  I like palettes that will never go out of style 🙂  I know these palettes are timeless and can be worn by all women!  🙂

And because of all the chocolate talk, it made me want to get a bag of my all-time favorite local chocolate!!! 🙂

Stand aside Cadbury and Nestle!  Haha!  Now this is my ultimate indulgence…

FLAT TOPS by Ricoa! Haha! 🙂

Have a chocolate-y weekend and maybe try out these amazing palettes at any Shu Uemura counter! 🙂

Let me know what you think is the best palette for you! 🙂

Getaway In The City

15 Aug

Hi there, friends!!! 🙂

There are two long weekends coming up!  Have you already planned out your out-of-town trips? 🙂

For some of us, staycations are the ultimate getaways 🙂

We invite you to spend the long weekend with us at Belle & Cat Nail and Wax Studio for a mini getaway in the city 🙂

From August 18 to 21, 2012 and August 25 to 27, we will be having our special “Getaway” package!  Enjoy 30% off on our Indulgence Package! 🙂

Included in our Indulgence Package is an Ultimate Spa Manicure and an Ultimate Spa Pedicure PLUS Hand and Foot Paraffin Treatments! 🙂  Regular Price is P1,750 but for our “Getaway” promo, it will only be P1,225 🙂  You save P525 🙂

And not only that, if you bring a friend and you both will be getting the Indulgence Package, it will only be P1,000/head and you save a total of P1,500! 🙂

All you have to do are these four simple steps:

1.  Call us 02-4806204 to make an appointment on the following dates:  August 18-21 or August 25-27, 2012.

2.  Inform the therapist that you will be booking for our “Getaway” flight.

3. Come over on the desired date.

4.  Lastly, just enjoy your mini getaway in the city! 🙂

Below is the map to your destination! 🙂  I hope to see you all at Belle & Cat during these long weekends 🙂

Relax and enjoy your staycation!!! You all deserve a break.  See you there! 🙂

13 Lucky Monkey & Cura V

13 Jul

13 Lucky Monkey has found its home in Powerplant, Rockwell 🙂  They can be found in a lifestyle, home, accessories boutique called Cura V (Cura Five).  Cura V was founded by Trisha Calma, Emi Jorge, Kai Lim, Nicole Whisenhunt, and Camille Ongpauco 🙂 Take a look at what’s in store!

Black Skull Display by 13 Lucky Monkey

Cura – V has a lot of cool, special and unique stuff for your home 🙂

Also a lot of great bags and accessories by local designers 🙂

Pipes by 13 Lucky Monkey.

13 Lucky Monkey’s Store Display 🙂

Shattered Rings by 13 Lucky Monkey.

Here’s a closer look at 13 Lucky Monkey’s ring collection in Cura V.

More beautiful jewelry by local designers 🙂

Such great finds at Cura V! 🙂  They are located at the R2 Level of Powerplant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City 🙂  I am so sure that you will find something you’d like to take home 🙂

Oh and lastly, if you guys are free tomorrow, please do drop by Objets D’ Art,  “a one day luxury affair”  featuring your favorite and up and coming designers, artists and jewelers from 10AM to 7PM at One Rockwell.

Hope to see you all there! 🙂  The Monkeys will be glad to discuss your custom ring! 🙂

Brows need a manicure, too!

6 Jul

I was so happy when I saw the new eyebrow manicure mascaras of Shu Uemura! 🙂  I always loved using these to keep the eyebrows well-groomed and also to lighten dark eyebrows for a more subtle look.

Now they have four lovely shades available! 🙂

These come in four shades: Ash Brown, Honey Glaze, Tawny Gold and Palm Beige 🙂

The eyebrow mascara wands are the perfect length and shape to groom those unruly brows.

Here is a closer look at a different angle.

Here you can see clearly the different shades of the eyebrow manicure 🙂
From left to right: Ash Brown, Honey Glaze, Tawny Gold and Palm Beige.

These shades will all go well with Filipina women 🙂  As for me, since my hair is jet black,  I like to create subtle brows by using a lighter shade.  I personally love Ash Brown and Honey Glaze.  Just the right hue for my brows. After filling in my brows with an eyebrow pencil with a similar shade of the eyebrow manicure mascara I’ll be using, I finish it off with this to keep it groomed the whole day 🙂

Try it out and see what a big difference it makes to your eyebrows! 🙂

Enjoy and happy Friday, everyone!!! 🙂