Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The 14th Tokyo Girls Collection SPRING/SUMMER 2012

Tokyo Girls Collection

The list of the participants for this year's TCG is out! Of course, my fave girls are in.

 Ellie Rose, Yey!
 Karina and Yukkina, Yey!
 HASEGAWA JUNand Triendle Reina, Yey!
Michibata, Angelica, Rola and CHIKAKO WATANABEYEY!

I'm surprised and disappointed at the same time that Marie is not on the list. She's also one of my favorites, and I love how she rocks the runway. I've always adored the fierce and edgy girls over the cutesy ones whenever I watch TGC, so not having Marie this year is a big letdown for me.

As for the guests and guest models...
Mizobata Junpei, I see you! 
And Saeko is also back. I guess she needs to work more now that she 
and soon-to-be-Texas-Ranger ex-hubby Darvish Yu are over. 
Aww... I thought they're such a good pair.

The performing acts...
Kana-yan! Crystal Kay!

Tsubasa will also attend as Milky Bunny,
though I totally prefer to see her more as
Masuwaka Tsubasa. Hehe.

And the participating brands...

 Liz Lisa! Cecil McBee! 
LOL @ Abbey Dawn. Srsly. Japan just can't get enough of Avril Lavigne.

The show will be hosted by comedy duo Savanna and new half tarento Haruna Ai (whom I also adore). It'll be on Saturday, 3rd March, 2012. The theme for this year is Sherbet Garden.

Can't wait for this awesomeness!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My Dream Hair is on Miley Cyrus' Head

I've always loved Miley's hair. Not the blonde Hannah Montana one, but the styles I usually see in her TV guesting, paparazzi shots, and magazine photos. It is always in a pretty color and has awesome volume. I know that probably more than half of it is actually weave, but her stylists do a good job of making it look natural. Her hair is always red carpet glamorous, but it still looks messily sexy even during times when she does not do any styling.  Her locks rock!

On some of her recent awards show appearances, she opted to make it more clean and polished. It looks great, but I still prefer the sorta messy ones.

Here are some of my favorite Miley hairstyles:
Rockstar glam
Long, brown, and beach wavy
Looks effortlessly pretty

I love how it goes thinner towards the end

It's blonde, yet not Hannah Montana-ish.
I love the semi-tight curls and the gradient effect 

The polished look. This reminded me of Barbie's hair.

She got rid of her extensions in 2010, but she maintained her signature waves.

This is the closest to Miley's hair I've ever had. Haha. I need a few more years to have that hair-down-to-your-hip look.

The weird white wire (www?) is actually from my earphone. Hihi.

Friday, February 24, 2012

What's in my Makeup Bag?

I’ve had this large pink pouch from Heartstrings since 2008 and it still looks good up to now. No obvious signs of wear and tear. It's made of cloth, so I just wash it up whenever it needs some cleaning. I definitely got a lot more than what I paid for. It was only about PhP150 (about $3), and I think it can still serve me well for another year or so. Haha!

Since it’s utterly impractical (and impossible) to bring all my makeup products all the time, here’s what I usually carry around with me every day.

Too Faced Prime & Poreless Face Primer
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation in Buff
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Light
MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC20
MAC Powder Blush in Peaches
Nars Blush in Orgasm

Too Faced Glamour to Go Palette (Fairy Edition)
MAc Paint Pot in Nubile
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Maybelline the Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara in Glam Brown
Palty Eyebrow Mascara in Milk Tea
Shiseido Eyelash Curler

The eyeshadow colors available in the 
Too Faced Glamour to Go Palette the Fairy Edition
(and the Pink Bunny also says Hi! ^_^)

Aside from the eyeshadows, the palette also has 
(from L-R) a blush, a lip color, and a bronzer. I usually just use the bronzer.
I like this palette a lot because it's only the size of a calling card 
yet it's packed with so much goodies.

MAC Viva Glam Gaga II
MAC Lipstick in Pink Pigeon (from MAC for Iris Apfel Collection)

MAC Pink Parrot and Viva Glam Gaga II

MAC 190 Foundation Brush
MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush
MAC 217 Blending Brush
MAC 263 Small Angle Brush
Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush
Sigma Kabuki Brush
Coastal Scents IB106 Angle Brush
Etude House Angled Liner

From L-R: Etude House Angled Liner, Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush, 
MAC 263 Small Angle Brush, MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush, 
MAC 217 Blending Brush, MAC 190 Foundation Brush, 
Coastal Scents IB106 Angle Brush, and Sigma Kabuki Brush

usually change up the contents of my makeup bag every two weeks because I don’t want to get stuck using the same product over and over again (unless I absolutely love it). I have other products in my collection, and I want to be able to use all of them as much as I can instead of just letting them sit inside my vanity drawer and expire without me knowing it. (Argh!)

I bring two blushes and two lipsticks with me all the time, so I have options if I suddenly have to switch to an evening look. I use Nars Blush Orgasm for night-outs since it's shimmery and would look good in photos, and MAC blush in Peaches which has a matte finish during daytime for a natural glow. The same is true for my lip colors. I have one nude shade and a bold one if I need to change from a barely-there color to a dramatic one.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

JMag: Hamasaki Ayumi on Vivi's April 2012 Cover

Here's Ayu (at age 33!) gracing the cover of my ever so favorite Japanese magazine ViVi's April issue.

Looking gorgeous as always! Though I'd have to say she doesn't need that much photo retouching since she's aging so well and still looks mighty fine. 

I'm not sure if I like her strawberry blonde hair. I guess I'm just too used to seeing her platinum blonde. When I saw this photo, at first I thought she was wearing a really, really long pair of earrings. Haha. Those braids are confusing! ^_^

It's also refreshing to see her wearing a bold lip color instead of the usual pale nude ones. She's probably wearing Nicki Minaj's MAC Viva Glam since the color reminds me so much of Nicki's lip color on her ad. ^_~

Review: Fasio Ultra Curl Lock Mascara

Fasio Ultra Curl Lock Mascara

Yey for unpainted nails... not.

This also came with the Candy Doll lipsticks I got the other day. I was super excited to finally have it simply because I was really curious. This is probably my first purchase of a makeup product endorsed by a guy. ^_~ If I were old enough to use makeup when Kimura Takuya endorsed Kanebo I would've probably stormed the mall or wherever, too. Haha.

Kimura Takuya luring the hell out of every woman 16 years ago

Yeah, I got sidetracked a bit. Sorry.

Anyway, the package of the mascara was really simple. I was expecting to see Matsujun's face on it but I guess it'll be too much. Haha. I'm used to seeing cosmetics packed in paper boxes, but makeup products in Japan are usually packed in plastic ones. Of course everything on the label is written in Japanese, but my  barely passable Nihongo skills somehow helped me understand it a bit. It says it's waterproof, which for me means I can't use it everyday because removing it at night would be dreadful.

The wand is somehow similar to Maybelline's Cat Eye mascara which is like a really short comb, but Fasio's Ultra Curl lock mascara has tiny bristles on the other side. So, there are actually two sets of bristles -- the main one and a slightly shorter one. At first, I thought the tiny bristles were for the lower lashes, but after seeing the photos on the back label, I learned that it's also for the upper lashes. You just have to turn the wand 360 degrees so you could reach the other side as well when you're applying the product. However, I've tried using the large bristle on the upper lashes and the short one for the lower lashes and it still works great.

The mascara in its original packaging + Maybelline's Cat Eye mascara

I guess KOSÉ is really serious when they say a product is waterproof. It is really difficult to remove, so you'll need to pair it up with a pretty strong mascara remover. It took me quite some time to get rid of the product before I went to bed, so that's why I would only use this probably when it's cold or during rainy days when mascaras tend to smudge a lot (Panda eyes on non-pandas aren't cute). It'll also be perfect for when you want to wear makeup on the beach or when you're in the pool.

As for its volumizing effect, it does a pretty decent job, though it won't give you the same lashes as Mirei-chan on her ad (I think we all pretty much know this. Haha.) It also holds up the curl well. You won't need more than two coats to maximize the effect. Also, the tube is pretty big, so you'll get a good amount of the product for its price.

All in all, I think it's a good product. It's not necessarily a must-have, but it's a good choice if you need a mascara that won't move a nudge throughout the day.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Recent Purchase: Canmake Cosmetics

I'm on an Asian Makeup roll lately, particularly Japanese brands. It's not that I've never tried them before. It's just that recently, whenever I update my makeup stash, I notice that most of my purchases are Japanese cosmetics. I live seas away from Japan, so it takes weeks or even a month before a product lands on my doorstep. The wait is always worth it, though.

A few days ago, I've placed my orders of a few Canmake cosmetics. You might say my purchase is, once again, influenced by the celeb endorsing the line, but this time it's not. It's pure curiosity, I guess. I've read a lot of good reviews about it, and I was really surprised when I checked and found out how affordable the products are compared to other brands. They're cheap and of good quality according to many, so I guess nothing could go wrong? ^_~

Canmake Girl Lena Fujii endorsing the line's Cream Cheeks

Canmake's beauty ambassador is Lena Fujii -- a really popular model who's also released a CD or two. ViVi is my all-time favorite Japanese magazine, and it's impossible to miss seeing her face every time I turn the pages. She's the mag's muse, but my eyes are always drawn to Watanabe Chikako (She's the reason why I still love ViVi even after Hasegawa Jun "graduated" -- aka left for Glamour magazine).


Out of all the products I ordered, I am most excited for the Cream Cheeks. I even got two colors (Vitamin Orange & Marshmallow Pink) because they seem really promising. I think they're the best-selling products they have. I also got the Dolly Mat Base which is a face primer recommended for those with oily skin like myself. They also have another one for dry skin called Milky Moist Base (with a pink packaging that's a lot cuter than the mat base one). The face primer I am currently using is Too Faced Prime and Poreless. I've been using it for quite some time, but I still can't tell if it actually works for me or not. My skin still gets dewy after a few hours. So much for living in a tropical country. 

Well, we'll see how this less expensive Canmake one works.

Canmake makeup bases for oily and dry skin.

Some of the other products I got are the following:

Canmake Eyebrow Mascara
(I think I'm starting to get addicted to eyebrow mascaras lately. 
I have purchased from of them from different brands just last January. 
I'll try to do a review soon.)

Canmake Perfect BLACK Eyeliner
(This one has felt tip which is ideal for beginners 
who want to create that perfect cat eye look)

I paid about PhP3000 (around $60) for five items including the shipping fee. Not bad, I guess.

And now on to the waiting game...

Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Candy Doll Lipsticks by Masuwaka Tsubasa

I finally received my Candy Doll lipsticks yesterday. Yey! These are actually my first purchases from the line, and I plan to try out as many products as I can soon.

Candy Doll Lipsticks in Ramune Pink, Apricot Beige and Vanilla Beige

I got all three of the currently available shades - Ramune Pink, Apricot Beige, and Vanilla Beige. They are all neutral colors in matte finish. I'm not surprised that Tsubasa-chan chose all these shades for her line. Nude colors are a hit to Japanese girls since they always put more emphasis on their eye make-up anyway. Plus, nude lips add to that doll-like look that they all crave for.

Candy Doll Lipstick in Ramune Pink

Candy Doll Lipstick in Apricot Beige

Candy Doll Lipstick in Vanilla Beige

The lipsticks came in really cute packaging and at first, I felt it would be a totally waste to just tear them up. Luckily, they were designed in such a way that there was no need to ruin the packaging to get the product. You can put the product back into the case after use, and it will still look new and unopened. Haha. Other reviews that I've read also mentioned that the lipsticks were somehow smaller than the normal. However, compared to regular MAC lipsticks, I think they're pretty much the same.

At first, it was a bit difficult to see the shade difference between Apricot Beige and Vanilla Beige. When I tried them on, they were both really, really pale -- very similar to the lip colors you often see from gals in Japanese magazines. When I looked at the photos before I purchased the products, I thought they would be similar to MAC Viva Glam Gaga II. However, they were a lot paler. It was only when I swatched them side by side did I finally notice the difference.

 From L to R: Ramune Pink, Vanilla Beige, and Apricot Beige

From L to R: Apricot Beige, Ramune Pink, and Vanilla Beige
Apricot Beige has more peachy tone

Out of the three, my favorite would have to be Ramune Pink -- just like everyone else. Haha. Though I'm really a fan of nude shades, this pink one really got into me. It gives off a really sweet vibe when worn, and it reminds me more of bubblegum than pink lemonade.    

One thing I don't like though is that it dries up fast and definitely not for those with dry lips. Matte lipsticks tend to last longer than glossy ones, but these ones are different. They don't get wiped out easily, but if you choose to use the lipstick alone, prepare to see some chaps on your lips after a few hours. This is probably why it is highly recommended to use the Candy Doll lipgloss afterwards. But I'm not that much of a lipgloss person, so I guess I'll just keep wearing the lipstick on its own.

Overall, the colors are great especially if you choose to wear dramatic eye-makeup looks. It would totally complement and bring attention to your eyes because the color is barely there yet still noticeable. However, make sure to pair them with a really nice lipgloss to get the best product payoff. 

If Tsubasa adds new shades, I'll still grab them.


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