Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Second Project Vanity Clinique Party

When I first read about the Clinique party on Project Vanity, I wanted to sign up right away but couldn't because I had things to do that March. Good thing there was a take two, and I was so excited I immediately sent an email without giving my name and contact details! I really wanted a chance to get to know the brand especially after I decided to pay more attention to (a.k.a. invest in, hehe) my skincare routine.
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This is a picture-heavy post, so if you and your internet connection are ready, click on the jump!


Second evidence of my excitement: I was at the Clinique counter in Rustans Makati early, around 1:20 p.m. when the time given was around 2 (I already got lost several times at that point haha). The first fellow PV reader and beauty blogger I met there was none other than Kira! Though meeting people I first met online is not new to me, that hasn't happened in awhile and I was still rather shy. Kira however was really warm and friendly and it was only seconds before I felt like I've known her for quite awhile (which technically I have, right?). I underestimate the Internet. I was also able to meet Mira, the marketing manager of Clinique, who had perfect hair. Perfect.
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Me, Kira, and Mira!

I decided to go ahead with the skin consultation and makeover while waiting for everyone else. Dindin, one of the Clinique consultants, helped me go through a comprehensive skin test and patiently explained the reasons for each of my skin problems. I didn't realize how much I had to look out for in terms of my skin: dullness, pimples, redness, signs of aging, and so on. I think I have a litany of skin problems, hehe.
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Dindin gave me tips on how to keep those skin concerns in check, which basically boiled down to: 1.) exfoliation and 2.) sun protection. My dry-combination skin (type 2) needed regular but gentle exfoliation to scrub old skin cells away (which caused flaking) and sun protection to take care of the new ones that emerge.
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Dindin and me. Thank you Kira for taking charge of my camera!
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Part of the skincare lineup Dindin recommended. I am eyeing that eye cream!
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Samples

Up next was the makeover, and by then there were quite a few girls already milling around the Clinique counter, including Liz. Again I was excited but shy to meet her, and I found her to be as down-to-earth as her reviews. Plus I loved her dress!
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Ms. Vannie the MUA, me, and Liz
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Ms. Vannie helped me pick a foundation match and fixed my problem area (eyebrows--thank youuu!). I did away with blush and settled for taking more time to learn how to do eye makeup, where Ms. Vannie did one eye and I tried to copy it. I think I did okay, haha! I think she used the Milly palette, and I quite liked the colors, very neutral and good for everyday.
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The result: neater eyebrows, fresher face. Yay!
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The eye makeup. I am loving how dreamy-looking this photo is

After that, I just hung out. It was really fun, laid-back, and not the really awkward I-have-to-meet-new-people scenario I had at the back of my head. Being able to talk about beauty and fashion stuff like it was everyday news was awesome! I also spent a lot of time doing this:
Kari in action
Thanks Lori for the photo!

Bringing that huge bag was worth it, because now I have a lot of pictures. 
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Mira! See what I mean about the hair?
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PV readers and friends with Mira
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This was Liz trying out Moisture Surge on Bea's hand. I am loving my samples of it!
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Lori & Liz
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Ms. Vannie & Mara
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They used Clinique makeup for our makeovers, of course

I'd bomb you with even more photos, but I'll let my Flickr set do that for me. Suffice to say that I had a great time letting my kikay side show with beautiful, friendly people who I hope to meet again! I promise to test my very generous samples and return if my skin glows with happiness... or if I just feel like dropping by. Hee. (On that note, I am *loving* Moisture Surge and I will no longer be afraid of the little breakouts that my Turnaround Concentrate gives me.) Thank you so much Liz, Mira & the rest of the Clinique team!

As for what I wore that day:
Photo credit: Kira
Blue ruffle blouse: thrifted
Tiered floral ruffle skirt: Never Been Kissed @ Rob Dept. Store
Blue hobo bag (lower right): Segue

Those pumps can go with nearly everything. I love how they're not just for work. :D

14 comments:

  1. This looks so fun!! :) I love your outfit by the way! Really cute!

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  2. That's so cool, and I'm so jealous of your camera!

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  3. Yey! I'm grabbing my picture with Bea for souvenir purposes..I love your shots sooo...dramatic..hehehe...I do want a copy of that picture of us taken by Ms. Mira with our cameras remember? :D

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  4. Michelle, it was really really fun! Thank you! :)

    Vintage, it's so heavy to lug around but when I do finally get around to editing the photos, I'm glad I brought it :)

    Angeli, what picture was that? I only took out mostly bad product shots before I uploaded on Flickr, so if it's not there, it might have been from someone else's camera haha :)

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  5. Haha! Thanks for the post. I think some of our best group photos are with Ms. Mira.

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  6. Hi Bea, yeah, I hardly have any group photos because of my prime lens. Lori has some in her Flickr account though! Wide shots are the only time my lens is impractical to use :))

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  7. you seriously have to try that eye cream!

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  8. Yay! Nice to meet you Kari :) See you again soon :)

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  9. Lady E, I'll research on it first! It's a big investment haha, and I'm looking to purchase Moisture Surge pa :))

    Kira, yes! See you again soon too :)

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  10. Love your pictures! newbie pa ko sa cam & everything. even w/ make up. haha. But I promise to learn more & try more. haha.

    Loved the samples too. Esp. moisture surge & how refreshing it is pag na-touch na sa skin. hihi.

    Hope to see you again.

    P.S: will post a blog entry din since na-enjoy ko nang bonggang bongga! haha. Thanks for reminding me the names behind the faces. lol.

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  11. Lori yay you will post! I'll wait for it :D

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  12. Kari, The shot I was talking about is from Ms. Mira's camera :(

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  13. Hi, Kari, nice to meet you! Yeah, you're right about bringing a huge bag/camera. The photos are worth it. :)

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  14. Angeli, haha yeah. Maybe we can ask for a copy :)

    Ae, hehe yeah, I will really keep that in mind the next time I complain about its size. :)

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Always glad to get feedback. Thanks for your comments. :)