Thursday, March 31, 2011

Happy 4th Birthday Paul & Joe Philippines!

Paul and Joe 4Th Birthday Bash

What do I like about Paul & Joe? This question was asked to the guests when Paul & Joe celebrated it's 4th year in the Philippines last March 23.
  • They have the cutest packaging ever. This brand is truly a head turner in Rustan's Makati. I honestly fell in love with the packaging first before the actual products :)
  • They have one of the best dual powder foundations for me. Yes they are expensive but delivers very nice results: smooth finish, not cakey, refills available...I realized that I just hit pan on this product and I haven't made a review of it. Must-do-it-soon!
  • Paul and Joe eyebrow pencil is my favorite among all.
  • They have very unique eyeshadow formulation. Very easy to blend that you could do a very well blended eye makeup using your fingers.
These are just my opinions on the products of the brand that I've tried. Four years of consistently delivering quality products. Cheers to Paul and Joe!

During the celebration, they also launched their 2011 Spring collection called "Parasol".

Paul and Joe - The Parasol collection is a fun and decadent collection inspired by “Women with a parasol” and other impressionist artworks that captures the sensual essence of indulgent spring afternoon. Drift away under the shadow of a parasol and let your imagination wander , as you gaze at the twirling colors that seems to dance from the cascading sunlight. Dare to dream with the delectable colors of spring that promise to awaken you soul and stir your senses.

Paul and Joe 4Th Birthday Bash

Paul and Joe 4Th Birthday Bash

Here are closer shots of the collection from Paul & Joe:


Eyeshadow sets in a Hexagon Floral Box


Eyeshadow duos


Pink Shades Lipsticks in Floral Tubes


Nail Enamels

Some of my snaps of the event:

Paul and Joe 4Th Birthday Bash

The event was held at Lusso Restaurant in Greenbelt 5 and hosted by the fab model Ms. Angel Cruz.

Paul and Joe 4Th Birthday Bash

Weird but very interesting iced tea at Lusso restaurant. I should have written this post right after the event because all I can remember about this drink is it's kinda minty and "weird but interesting" is my comment after I tasted it haha. The straw is very cute btw!

Paul and Joe 4Th Birthday Bash

A makeover was done by Mr. Paulo Maranan, Paul and Joe makeup artist, to a VIP client. Would you believe that she's already in her 40's and a mom of 2? I wish I would look that fab when I reach that age and if ever we decide to have another baby haha. She's been using Paul and Joe skin care and makeup for two years and very satisfied with the results. I have heard nothing but good feedback about P&J's skin care but haven't tried it. I wish I had the budget already!

Paul and Joe 4Th Birthday Bash

Paul and Joe 4Th Birthday Bash

Lusso treats

Paul and Joe 4Th Birthday Bash

There were games, prizes and discounts for the guests too.

Happy Birthday again Paul and Joe! I can't wait to see your next collection. I'm pretty sure it'll be as awesome as ever!

Happy weekend everyone!

For more information, like Paul & Joe Philippines Facebook Likepage.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Event: Estee Lauder's New CyberWhite Launch

After the Crystal Weddings event at Legend Villas last March 23, I headed off to Makati to attend Estee Lauder's CyberWhite Launch.

To be honest, I'm kinda scared of using whitening products because I don't want to get whiter than I am now. But during the launch, I learned that Estee Lauder promises that their new skin care line does not target in making your skin super white but instead, it helps even out the skin tone and make it look glowing from within. I also know that most girls are into Asian products as it will suit the Filipina skin more. That's why I am glad to be informed that the CyberWhite line is created for Asian skin and tested in Asia. So for girls like me, do not be scared alright?

I'll show you in photos of what happened during the event:

Estee Lauder CyberWhite Launch

Products shot

Estee Lauder CyberWhite Launch

Got makeup and skin care tips from the demo done by Estee Lauder's experts

Estee Lauder CyberWhite Launch

Estee Lauder CyberWhite Launch

In this photo, the CyberWhite moisturizer was mixed with the foundation to minimize a step in the daily skin care and makeup routine. Use this technique if you want a dewy look. I've learned that you can do this with the eye cream and concealer as well.

Estee Lauder CyberWhite Launch

After the foundation was set with powder, her skin looked really fabulous. Flawless indeed!

The event was short but very informative. I especially enjoyed the treats they served from Bizu. Love the truffles!

Estee Lauder CyberWhite Launch

Estee Lauder CyberWhite Launch

Estee Lauder CyberWhite Launch

Continue reading to know more about Estee Lauder's new CyberWhite line.

Estee Lauder Cyberwhite

CyberWhite Brilliant Cells Full Spectrum Brightening Cleanser

▪ A gentle foam cleanser that removes skin impurities without drying the skin.

Estee Lauder Cyberwhite

To prepare the skin, next step is to use CyberWhite Brilliant Cells Full Spectrum Brightening Moisture Lotion

▪ It is the super high-function brightening specialist in the line which is a very important step to prep the skin to receive the full benefits of the entire CyberWhite Brilliant Cells System so it looks flawless, luminous, and unbelievably bright.

▪ Softens, soothes and conditions skin with an instant surge of refreshing hydration.

Estee Lauder Cyberwhite

This step is repair with CyberWhite Brilliant Cells Full Spectrum Brightening Essence

▪ It has the anti-spot plus skin-illuminating Full Spectrum Brightening technologies that help the skin regain and maintain an unprecedented level of clarity, translucency and radiance.

Estee Lauder Cyberwhite

Fouth step is to moisturize the skin with CyberWhite Brilliant Cells Full Spectrum Brightening Milky Lotion

  • A refreshing, lightweight lotion and luscious, skin-nourishing creme.

▪ Helps strengthen and rebuild skin’s moisture barrier.

▪ Absorbs instantly so skin feels smoother, supple, looks luminous and more even toned.

Estee Lauder Cyberwhite

And the last, everyone must not forget to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. I was excited to know that Estee Lauder is now offering BB cream. More good news is that it also has SPF35/PA+++. It's an all-in-one product that brightens, perfects and helps protect skin instantly.

▪ It keeps skin looking fresh all day by helping inhibit surface oil and shine.

▪ Creates a smooth base for makeup to glide on.

▪ Contains a skin-evening tint that is perfect for times when less makeup is needed.

So what do you think of Estee Lauder's new CyberWhite?

For inquiries and more product information,
like the Estee Lauder Philippines' Facebook like page.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hair Tutorial: How to Create a Messy Low Bun

Last February, I did hair and makeup for a couple's Save The Date Video shoot for their wedding at Subic Lighthouse. For the first layout, the couple's attire was formal and the location was at the grassfield beside the resort. I decided to do a messy low bun for her hairstyle as it suits her dress, face and the location itself. Here's how it turned out:

Hair and Makeup By Kim Rodriguez

Photo credit: Danielle and Joan

Hair and Makeup By Kim Rodriguez

I think the not-too-made-up look is very nice. It was VERY windy at the location that day so it's good to see some flow on her hair that matches the groom-to-be's. Also, it's something different from the hairstyle I'm planning to do on her wedding.

If you want to learn how to do this hairstyle, keep on reading :)

Things you'll need:

Hair and Makeup By Kim Rodriguez

Any curling tool: rollers, flat iron, curling iron. I used a Vidal Sassoon Barrel Curling Iron.

Hair and Makeup By Kim Rodriguez

Clips for holding the hair

Hair and Makeup By Kim Rodriguez

Bobby pins and rubber band

Step 1: Make sure to blow-dry your hair well. Then curl it.

Hair and Makeup By Kim Rodriguez

Step 2: Create a low ponytail. If you want that messy look, just finger brush your hair.

Hair and Makeup By Kim Rodriguez

Step 3: Style the curls to form a bun. You can do it curl-by-curl or in this case, I just flipped the hair clockwise.

Hair and Makeup By Kim Rodriguez

Hair and Makeup By Kim Rodriguez

Step 4: Pin the ends to secure the hair. Finish the style with hairspray.

Hair and Makeup By Kim Rodriguez

Here's the result

Hair and Makeup By Kim Rodriguez

To view more of these photos, visit my Portfolio website.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Peek of Legend Villas Crystal Wedding Packages

For couples who are still in search of an events place in Mandaluyong area for their wedding reception, this post might be of interest to you. Last March 23, I attended the launch of Legend Villas' Crystal Wedding Packages. This is the hotel's first conceptualized wedding package to ensure that the couple will have a true-value-for-money dream wedding.

Photo of the facade of Legend Villas. The hotel is located at Pioneer St. just beside the Globe Telecoms Tower.


According to Ginger King-Villavicencio, CEO of Legend Villas - Our Crystal Weddings packages guarantee luxury of service, stylish set-up and sumptuous feast. The Legend Villas is your perfect venue as we take care of all the fine details of your special day. The Crystal Weddings packages provide couples a stress-free wedding. We make preparations more convenient and enjoyable because our wedding packages include almost all the necessary services, materials, manpower and five-star amenities. Add-ons to the package may easily be arranged with our top-of-the-line wedding suppliers.

The couple may choose from two themes: Quartz and Onyx. Quartz setup is for couples who wants the classic wedding while the latter is for those who are more adventurous with their wedding style. The one I saw at the event was the Onyx theme. It was very stylish yet elegant. Ms. Ginger ensured that the setup can easily go with other designs and elements.

Here are some photos for you to figure out what I've been writing easily:

Onyx Theme



Table setup



Couple's Table



Presidential Table



Band area

Quartz Theme


Couple's Table

Organza Ribbons

The Couple's Table

Presidential Table

Presidential Table

Buffet Setup

Buffet Setup


3-Tiered Cupcakes


They also have a place for the ceremonial rites for couples who do not wish to travel for the reception after. If I remember correctly, it can accommodate up to 150 to 160 persons. Sharing you the photos I took below:





Wish Table



Souvenir table

What I like most about Legend Villas is the food. I've been there twice and the food served are consistenly good! Love love love. Here are the photos of what was served to us during the event. These are only some that Legend Villas has to offer in the package.


Buffet area


Mouth-watering garlic shrimps


Baked Cream Dory with Pomodoro Bechamel and Artichokes


Roast Porkloin with Apples


Soup, Salad and Bread area


Herbed Parmesa Pilaf


Grilled Vegetables in Season with Parmegiano


Stuffed Grilled Chicken


Flourless Chocolate Cake





Here's the full course lunch I had that day:



Cream of Roasted Pumpkin Soup (Love love love!!!) For those who decide to have their reception at Legend Villas, I highly recommend this!


Peaches, Mangoes, Prosciutto Tossed with Mesclun in Passion Fruit
Mirin - Vinaigrette. I highly recommend this too! It was my first time to taste a vinaigrette like that. It was awesome!


Calamansi Sorbet


Pasta area


Roast Beef


Grilled Tiger Prawns with Aligue - Truffle Cream. Why is it that most of the best food are high in cholesterol? I could totally eat a bowl of this!



U.S. Angus Rib Eye of Beef Sauce Au Jus, Horseradish Creme, Brandy Mushroom Glace Roasted Rosemary Baby Potatoes, Parmesa Mashed Potatoes



Package for 100 persons start at P155,000. Yes it's not really for couples who are on a budget but wait till you read what's included on it. I personally think it's really worth it considering the hotel quality food, experience and service that I'm sure guests will love.

Depending on the client's chosen package, the following are already included:

- buffet meal with freshly baked bread, choice of soup and fresh salad, four main courses, pasta and carving stations, dessert and bottomless beverages.
- All tables styled with crystal trees and floral centerpieces, candles in pedestal votives, mint-filled crystal jars and personalized menu cards (see photos I've taken above)
- Special wish table complete with note cards, pencils and aphothecary jars
- Wedding coordination kit and free service of on-the-day coordinator. (Master of service will also be on hand to help conceptualize, develop and facilitate the wedding program)
- Professionally designed mood lighting at the venue
- Technical assistance
- Beautifully designed soap boxes for the souvenirs.
- Bottle of red wine for toasting
- 3-tiered cake or 3-tiered stand with cupcakes
- Overnight accommodation with breakfast for the couple in a Villa Suite Deluxe prior to the wedding and an overnight accommodation with breakfast for 2 in a Honeymoon Suite on the night of the wedding.
- 40% off on the published room rate should the couple wish to book their relatives and friends.

In my list of events place with a very good location (easily to find and at the heart of the metro), Legend Villas is surely in it. I'm glad that they're continuously stepping up their facilities and services for the market. If you have further inquiries, visit the Legend Villas website or your may call their Banquet Sales Office at 702-2712 to 14