Workshop: Nars Natural High Workshop

When I first started really investing in makeup and skincare, I would sign up for all the free workshops I could find. I marveled at the expert technique and quickly adapted the ones that were suited to my facial features. It also didn’t hurt that these workshops would offer 1-day discounts on products that scarcely went on sale. Fast forward to 2017, and I still find myself occasionally joining workshops to keep up with the trends and tech of the beauty industry. The latest one is the Nars Natural High Workshop with celeb makeup artist, Albert Kurniawan, sharing some of his tricks of the trade.

(See the tips after the jump!)

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The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

I confess: Before my beauty writing colleagues mentioned their desire to try products of Indie brand, Deciem, I never even knew about The Ordinary. But the thrill was palpable as they discussed shipping the stuff to Manila and, yes, there was a little bit of FOMO on my part. When I heard that they were stocking up from a local reseller, I was in! I got only 2 products to start with, the first being The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (USD 9.8).

Quick Specs: 30 ml ; made in Canada


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Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator

While I was in high school and only starting to learn about makeup, one of the first few luxury brands that I started seeing virtually everywhere was Shu Uemura. I was all about wishlisting their iconic cleansing oils and lash curlers, and I was so stoked to finally get their classic curler some years later. Fast forward to 2017 when the brand has unfortunately left the Philippines, leaving brokenhearted fans in its wake. But before the last of their boutiques closed its doors, I was able to grab the Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator in Warm Glow (SRP = SGD 62).

Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator

Quick Specs: 30 ml /  1 fl oz ; made in Japan


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Ballet Manila Celebrates International Dance Day 2017 With Local Dance Heavyweights

Fun fact: I’m something of a frustrated dancer. It’s water under the bridge now, but I wanted to join dance programs as early as in grade school. Unfortunately, the schedules never lined up with my academics as I had to study with a tutor back then. Except for a brief stint in the first grade as a cheer team member in an intra-school competition, said “dance career” never really took off.

That being said, the experience made me appreciate professional dancers all the more. The dedication to their craft is no walk in the park, and I’m sure that a fair share of them have faced adversities in the name of pursuing that passion. (Injuries, never-ending practice sessions, and going to far-flung places, to name a few.) And so it is important to honor the folks who’ve shared the art of dance with us.

For International Dance Day 2017, Ballet Manila’s Lisa Macuja-Elizalde brought together Gary and Gab Valenciano, The Maneuvers’ Jason and Joshua Zamora, pole dance advocate Ciara Sotto, and celebrity choreographer Nesh Janiola to create a collab video that helps us understand what dance means and why they keep pushing forward. See the video below:

This initiative is spearheaded by Ballet Manila, the country’s premiere classical dance company.