Japanese Skin Care: An Insight

I am a Nipponophile. I enjoy Japanese culture to a certain degree. I enjoy it so much that my skin care and makeup routine is Japanese inspired.

I watch NHK World often, and one of the shows I look forward to is the show named “Japanology Plus” hosted by Peter Barakan. Japanology Plus presents insights into Japanese life and culture.

This particular episode talks about how Japanese women take care of their skin. As a makeup artist, I believe skin care goes hand in hand with ones makeup routine. I firmly believe that if you take care of your skin, in the long run, you will need to use less makeup.

Japanese women have been taking care of their skin for thousands of years and on how it is embedded into the psyche to this day. Aside from talking about  Japanese skin care culture, its history and as a booming industry,  this 28 minute video talks about the ingredients being used in most skin care products, the process on how to cleanse effectively and on the reasons why a natural makeup look is widely accepted in Japan today.

Enjoy!

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Japanology Plus airs every Thursday 13:30 and 17:30 Japan Standard Time.

Click here to find ways on how to watch Japanology Plus on NHK World.

BrowLash EX Eyebrow Coat

I fist saw this product on the show “Document 72 Hours” on NHK World. As stated in their website, Document 72 hours “is an unusual program series that explores human dramas through chance encounters with ordinary people at selected locations.”

On that particular Tuesday evening, Document 72 Hours featured a “Makeup Room” in Osaka Station. It is essentially a powder room for women where they can “freshen up” before heading to work, to an interview, or before heading out to a date. For a minimal fee, you can rent a small cubicle where you can style your hair and put on makeup. You can rent hair styling implements and use makeup from the makeup counter for an additional fee I suppose, it wasn’t tackled.

The camera crew was interviewing this girl who was on her way to some interview. I couldn’t remember the details, BUT I remember this girl applying someting on her eyebrows. When the interviewer asked her what she was applying, she said it was a brow sealant that would make her eyebrow makeup last longer; smudge proof + water proof.

A few months later, Rommel, the director of our show MARS gave Suzi and Camille some pasalubong from Japan. It was the eyebrow sealant that I saw on Document 72 Hours! I asked Suzi if we could try it out.

We were impressed. It delivered what it promised.

It took me a while to have my own eyebrow coat. I don’t really enjoy asking friends to look for makeup products for me during their travels because I do not feel comfortable in making someone go out of their way for me. Well, I didn’t mind badgering my friend Barbie to get me this product when she told me she was going to Japan for a few days early this year.

Barbie is a very good designer from Cebu. Check out her work at:   www.instagram.com/barbie_alvez/.

BrowLash EX

This BrowLash Ex eyebrow coat is made by BCL Company, a Japanese consumer  skincare, hair care, nail care and cosmetics company.

BrowLash Ex eyebrow coat will make your eyebrow makeup smudge proof and waterproof. even swimming will not ruin your brow game.

This product comes in a 5 gram bottle. Very easy to store and handle.

The liquid is clear. It feels cool to the touch and doesn’t feel sticky once applied. Once dry, it creates a film on top of the skin, sealing eyebrow product used.

This is very easy to use. After filling in your brows, you apply a thin layer of the sealant on top of your brows. Use a spoolie to spread the product evenly, ensuring maximum coverage. In my experience, this works best with eyebrow pencils.

Aside from making your eyebrows smudge proof + waterproof, BrowLash Ex eyebrow coat also fixes your brows in place.

This product sells for 500 yen. That’s around Php200 +-. Very affordable.

So if you want to keep your brow game on fleek. This might be a good product to try.

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I’m not quite sure if this is available in the Philippines, but if you have friends in or traveling to Japan, you might ask them to pick this up for you.

This can be easily seen in any cosmetics store, convenience store or at any open air market.

To know more about BrowLash EX visit:

Website: http://www.bcl-brand.jp/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bclcompany

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bcl_company_official/

 

 

 

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Coleen Perez

I was booked as the makeup artist for a DIY Hair coloring product.

I was told than the main talent was to arrive a little after lunch. So we shot crucial scenes before her arrival.

I remembered that I was checking some of my brushes when Coleen burst through the door, and we both exclaimed “Beh, ikaw pala!”(Babe, it’s you!). Being an actress,I have met Coleen a number of times in GMA Network.

This was the first time we have worked together. It was quite a grueling shoot, because anything shot with hair involved takes a while. Kudos to Aiky for a job well done on Coleen’s hairstyle for that day.

To see our Liese tv commercial, click here.

Here are some “on set” photos of Coleen and I.

Coleen Perez
Behind the scenes
Coleen and I
Coleen and I
Coleen Perez
Coleen on set

 

Lactum “Steps”

 

Makeup by: Tor Torre

Hair by: Ogie Waban

Assisted by: Samantha Mcheaven

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Here are some behind the scenes photo taken during the shoot.

On set with the mom talent. Occupational hazard: forgetting names!
On set with the mom talent. Occupational hazard: forgetting names!

 

goofing around on set
goofing around on set

 

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My Smoky Eye Palette

My Smoky Eye Palette
My Smoky Eye Palette

My previous blog was about my neutral eye shadow palette (click here to read it), and I find it only fitting to talk about my smoky eye palette.

This is a personalized palette of Laura Mercier products that I have been using as long as I can remember. I have used these colors on a lot of fashion shows or on private clients for the entire length of my career.

I personally chose these eye colors from the Laura Mercier line and popped it into her 3-well Custom Compact.

The colors are:

Luster Eye Colour in Celestial, a shimmery gun metal grey color.

Matte Eye Colour in Noir, a deep black color.

Caviar Cake Eye Liner in Noir (It is now discontinued to my absolute horror!).

In a nutshell, when I am creating a classic smoky eye, I apply Noir all over the lids and blend it beyond the socket line. I gradually intensify the color by carefully “building it up” in the upper and lower lash lines. I also add more definition on the socket line by slowly adding the Noir eye shadow. If necessary, to soften the look, I use the color Truffle (click here to see my neutral eye shadow palette)  to diffuse the blackness of the eye shadow.

I line the entire upper and lower lash with the water activated cake eye liner. This is to further give the eyes a smokier appearance. I blend it upwards and outwards when it is 70% dry.

If needed, to add a pop of color, I dab a but of Celestial on the lids or in the inner corner of the eyes.

If I want to intensify the smokyness, I’d use Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliner in Black Ink along the upper lash line. Click here to read my experience with that product.

I finish the look with some mascara and/or false eyelashes.

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Here’s a look I created using this palette.

( #asthesonggoes ) #smoke gets in your #eyes… for #paukaymondays

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I also used this palette in creating this short video about wearing smoky eyes with light, red and dark lips.

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For more information about the cost of the eye shadows and the 3-well palette, click here to be brought to my previous blog.

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Let me say that the products I am using has worked for me and it might not necessarily work for you. Always be discerning when purchasing cosmetics or skin care products. Always read the label and the literature! Always do a patch test before you purchase a product for the first time to see that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients listed.

This blog is not sponsored. The products that are shown here are the products that I always use, love and live by.

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