CANMAKE is now in Manila

I can’t remember the last time I had zero CANMAKE in my make-up kit. For years, I’ve been hoarding CANMAKE in other countries, and now I’m so happy that they’ve finally arrived in Manila.

They had a press event last February 13th at Makati Shangri-la, and a store launch/party at their new space in Somera Boutique, Glorietta 2.

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Darenogare Akemi is CANMAKE’s current model! I adored CANMAKE’s old Fuji Lena advertisements, but I think the new model fits the whole “kawaii” look too.

I thought she was just a generic model until I saw her in VS Arashi!

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New CANMAKE lashes! Light, feathery lashes are the current trend in Japan, compared to the bold ones that were in fashion 5 years ago.

So many changes happening with gyaru make-up now! I know it’s quite controversial, especially for those who’ve been living the lifestyle for a decade now, but I personally think it’s exciting that the gyaru aesthetic is evolving. Who knows what it’s going to look like in the next 5-10 years?

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Of course, the Candy magazine girls were present at the event. Erin, Stephie, Macy, Marla and I shared a table together.

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Stephie’s cute phone accessory! Now that I switched to a 5s where the earphone jack was moved to the bottom, I can’t use mine anymore. ;_;

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The event started with a quick guide to a Japanese girl’s kawaii-style make-up. This has been my peg ever since! It’s nice to see them push this style compared to the more popular Western-style bold brows + bold lips style.

CANMAKE Chief Make-up Artist Bea Almeda also did a live demonstration of the current S/S14 make-up trends in Japan. One of the points she emphasized was namida bukuro or “tear bag”. Not to be confused with eye bags.

If you follow Korean-style make-up, it’s very similar to the aegyo-sal.

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Eri-san, Sachie-san, Bea and Kaori-san! They all wore matchy clothes!

I was able to practice my noob!Nihongo when I met Kaori-san, assistant manager for CANMAKE overseas sales. YAY! Mata aimashou!

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I also made an effort to dress in CANMAKE-style and to use all CANMAKE products for the launch.

That morning, I freaked myself out a bit when I realized that my CANMAKE collection is massive enough for me to use on its own without any help of other brands. Even my eyelid primer is CANMAKE!

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After the make-up demonstration, we had time to test their new products, and this included trying out the new skincare line!

I’m so excited for this because they have a variant for normal-dry skin (huhu why are there so many products for oily skin in the market), and because it smells so good (in Stephie’s words, “amoy pang-mayaman!”, lol)

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With the beautiful beauty bloggers.

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Tracy and Chai.

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Was welcomed by this wonderful roll platter when we transferred to Glorietta for the store launch. Thanks to Takashi-san from Hanaichi Restaurant! He never fails to make awesome food!

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How can you resist this window display? Totemo kawaii desu yo!

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The foundation that I’m currently is on that bowl on the lower left. One of the best ones I’ve ever tried.

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Filipinos can now enjoy their best-selling cream cheek blush! Crissey has almost all colors as it is truly a great product.

All of CANMAKE’s products are very affordable so collecting different colors will not cause a massive hole in your wallet. These cream blushes are only P385 and the powder blushes are only P390. Most of their products cost less than P500/600.

The prices are also not significantly higher than the prices in Japan, so you can’t use “it’s cheaper in other countries” as an excuse not to buy all the cuteness!

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My favorite Creamy Touch Rouge. I featured Sweet Cherry in my #TriciaGosingtianStyleBook because it is such a glorious red. I’ve also sported Marshmallow Pink and Misty Orange in a lot of my Instagram selfies.

Speaking of my book, you can now find a digital copy on the new Buqo app on iOS for only $3.99. And I’ll see you guys at my next book signing on March 8th, 2-6PM at SM MoA, yes?

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CANMAKE shop staff = the friendliest and prettiest!

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Thank you Sachie for bringing Japan’s #1 kawaii make-up brand to the Philippines! I’m so excited because Japanese products are slowly penetrating the beauty scene and I hope the fashion comes next too!

Visit CANMAKE Philippines on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news and updates! They are available at the Somera Boutique Glorietta 2, BIG in JAPAN 3/F Rockwell, Digital Traincase Ortigas, and online via BDJ BOX and GlamourboxPH.