Celebrate 25 years of local artistry with Plains & Prints Beyond 25

When it comes to fashion, I like keeping an eye on the latest trends. Even so, I know that classic cuts and detailed craftsmanship will always look good! Comfort and practicality are also musts, of course. So I have mad respect for local fashion brand Plains & Prints, as they always seem to come up with updated pieces that have a timeless look to them, without sacrificing wearability and comfort. I also appreciate the fine detail work and excellent materials they use. Best of all, their collaborations with local artists make it possible for people like me to own wearable art! They have truly come a long way in their 25 years of existence, coming from humble beginnings as co-founder Roxanne A. Farillas’ clothing stall in Greenhills, to a respected fashion house with branches nationwide.

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Hada Labo is now in the PH - here’s what’s available + local prices

Whenever Japanese beauty cult faves come up in the Project Vanity Community, Hada Labo always makes an appearance. The brand is a particular favorite among skincare enthusiasts, but until recently, we were dependent on Tokyo-bound friends and pasabuys to help us get our J-beauty fix. With Hada Labo’s arrival in the Philippines, we can now stock up on their best-selling products by visiting Watsons

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A Drugstore Daily Driver: The L'Oreal Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation Review

I love full coverage foundation, but that’s not what I actually wear every single day. I’d go for it if I need to look flawless for an event or a shoot, but if I’m just stepping out for a casual day or some light meetings, I prefer to use a base that’s more comfortable and fresh-looking. That’s why I found the L’Oreal Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation (P650 or P553 if you use the code LOREALR15B in Lazada until August 31) interesting: it combines the famous Infallible long-wear technology with a skin-like, light-weight base.

Here’s a rundown of how the foundation performed for me!

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Beauty Roundup: Celebrity beauty lines, a new NAKED Palette, and FENTY Brows

It's Ghost Month alright because R.I.P. to our wallets! This week, we’ve got the latest on not one, but two new celebrity beauty lines in the works (they’re both fiercely talented!) as well as Urban Decay’s newest NAKED palette (perfect for the coming Ber months) and FENTY Beauty’s new drop just for your brows. Oh, and move over La Mer - there's a new super luxe skincare line with a price tag that makes us want to tear up! Are you ready for this jelly? Keep on reading!

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Andrea Brillantes launches Blythe Cosmetics with Careline (swatches inside!)

There’s better than basic, and then there’s outta this world! When Ever Bilena first introduced the revamped Careline collection dubbed as the “Careline Girl Gang” with Andrea Brillantes two years ago, we were wowed by how the company embraced a trendier, edgier look for their teen-centric line. “Pa-tweetums” is now a thing of the past, and the brand did not shy away from bold eye makeup, blingy highlighter, and metallic/non-traditional lip colors.

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Commenter of the Month winner + our gift for this month!

Sending out a big THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to keeping the comments section active! We really appreciate the feedback and the chance to hear your own tips and recos. It was hard to pick a favorite for Commenter of the Month, but we were most inspired by Riz who shared about how Project Vanity (and In Her Element) helped her to achieve better skin. Congratulations, Riz, and thank you for making us part of your journey to better skin!

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The 45 common Japanese beauty terms to help you survive shopping in Tokyo

So you find yourself in a shopping district in Tokyo or Osaka, and you duck into a MatsuKiyo or Tokyu Hands. Inside, you are confronted with hundreds, if not thousands of products to choose from. It’s easier to navigate if you have a list of products to look for - maybe you even got product photos so you can show them to non-English speaking shopkeepers! Having a list is definitely helpful but given the chance to explore this beauty wonderland, wouldn’t it be fun to have a completely new discovery?

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Six things you NEED to know before you color your hair

Hair dyeing is infinitely tempting for those looking to change their look, and also infinitely intimidating for the first timer. What kinds of dyes are there? Do you need to go to a salon? What’s a toner? Why does the shampoo need to be purple? There are so many factors to consider when getting your hair colored and it can be quite confusing to a hair color virgin. I was once a clueless noob, too, so I’ve outlined some tips from lightening, to dyeing, to maintenance to help you dip your tips into the wonderful world of hair coloring:

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Jo Malone and the art of gifting - just because

The first ever Jo Malone perfume I received was a gift. This was years before the brand entered the Philippines, and it was precious enough that one can acquire it only during trips abroad or pre-orders from small online stores where you have to wait for weeks to get a bottle. My client back then, who is a generous and kind-hearted woman, gifted me Blackberry & Bay for my birthday. I was so amazed and felt so special when I opened it! The perfume is already expired, but I still keep the bottle in my scent shelf if only to remind me of that moment.

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Day, Date, and Glam: Three looks to try using Pink Sugar’s new blushes and eyeshadow palette

When it comes to good quality makeup products that won’t break the bank, Pink Sugar is a constant favorite here on PV! From the time Liz first wrote about them in 2015, we’ve pretty much enjoyed everything from their 350-peso face powder to their pizza-proof lip tints. The formulas are good and reliable, but this local brand is continually finding ways to make their products even more user-friendly. So when they released a new variant of their well-loved Eye Candy Eyeshadow palette and a repackaged duo version of their Sweet Cheeks HD Cheek Color, I thought people needed to see these in action! 

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Splurge vs Save: We compare the Tatcha Silk Canvas with the elf Poreless Putty Primer

If you watch YouTube makeup tutorials, you may have seen that many American beauty gurus use the Tatcha The Silk Canvas Filter Finish Protective Primer (from Lannel Boutique). I’ve definitely been curious about whether the claims are true, but it isn’t really something that’s easy to buy on a whim. Costing over P1000 for just 7g, this product is not your ordinary primer - it features pressed silk, which was designed to be as lightweight, skin-like, and smooth of a barrier as possible. As a professional makeup artist, I definitely understand the value of investing in quality products, especially face bases, but the big claims are matched by a hefty price tag. So, it Tatcha truly worth it or can you get the same effect with a cheaper product? Let’s find out!

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Beauty Roundup: 99 peso lipsticks, Ellana's all-over balm, and Fenty’s newest foundation

Oh dear, I don’t think our wallets are ready for this jelly! Things are about to get spendy but the good news is that we have options. Do you deserve to splurge? We spill the tea on FENTY Beauty’s newest launch, a reformulation of Laura Mercier’s OG makeup base, and new highlighters care of Benefit. Feeling thrifty? Check out a huge lippie sale from Ever Bilena, and stock up on beauty essentials while supporting worthwhile advocacies.

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Why you have to try the In Her Element Sunflower Wash-Off Cleansing Oil

Hello, it’s here! My team and I have been working on the In Her Element Sunflower Wash-Off Cleansing Oil (P695/110ml) since late last year and I’m so pleased that it’s finally out! As someone who adores ridiculously loud eyeshadow, thick lashes, and full-coverage foundation, a good cleansing oil that removes even waterproof makeup is a non-negotiable for me. It has to wash off cleanly with water, too, without me needing to do a second pass to erase everything. I ain’t got time for non-emulsifying cleansing oils!

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The Project Vanity Podcast, Ep 3 Recap: Wisdom from Angela Dinglasan, president of Zenutrients

Have you listened to the Project Vanity Podcast yet? ICYMI, Project Vanity has made it easier to learn about beauty via this new medium! If you don’t get the chance to read PV as much as you’d like, this is a great option to get your beauty fix while you’re on the go. Tune in as you do your skincare routine, or make the most of being stuck in traffic by listening in. 

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More Than Basic: A comprehensive review of blk Cosmetics’ Universal Collection

When the #blkUniversal Collection was first announced, expectations were immediately set high. After all, it promised “Universally Flattering Shades”, “Multi-Use Essentials”, “Longwearing Formula”, and “On-the-Go Cosmetics”. Alluringly packaged in the trendy minimalist aesthetic, I found myself virtually lining up soon as they launched online. 

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Our newest Vice: P195 micro pencils & tinted brow gels that deliver perfect feathery brows

We were legit shookt when Vice Cosmetics started teasing what looked like a brow kit on social media. It was high time the local brand took on brows! Still, I felt it was a tad ambitious to start off with a retractable microbrow pencil and a brow gel as both are regarded as relatively more advanced and premium tools for makeup enthusiasts. I was truly curious with what the brand would come up with, considering their affordable product price range.

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Beyond Pride: How to become a better LGBTQ+ ally

With #Pridemonth over, many brands and publications are back to business as usual. While any step towards a more inclusive society is a good one, the current social climate for LGBTQ persons in the Philippines is one that remains lukewarm at best. In an editorial piece by Rappler’s Bonz Magsambol, Filipino LGBTQ netizens question the authenticity of the country’s sentiments: “Tolerated, but not accepted”.

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Beauty Roundup: Heart x Happy Skin part 2, something new from Benefit, and fifty shades of fab!

Happy weekend, PV fam, and welcome to another roundup of hot and fresh beauty news! Don’t let the gloomy weather get you down: we’ve got the lowdown on Happy Skin’s latest collection with Heart Evangelista, and juicy deets on Benefit’s new baby. 50 is the number to beat with ABH’s and FENTY’s expansive shade lines, while MannyMUA is playing with color for his summer release. Cozy up with us!

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Worth the splurge: How I became a fan of the Foreo Luna 3 for cleansing + facial massage

As PV’s resident acid addict, I honestly never thought I’d get into physical exfoliation again. But after getting recurrent forehead pimples in the past few months, I finally realized that my facial wash wasn’t enough to fully remove my sunscreen. I started incorporating an oil remover into my daily routine even on no-makeup days in an effort to remove the sunscreen better. Though I had been washing my face correctly, I was a little bit shocked to learn that there were impurities that even my most trusted cleansing products couldn’t remove.

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Six exciting makeup trends to grab from the MAC Autumn/Winter 2019 presentation

Every once in a while, MAC Cosmetics hosts an exclusive presentation featuring celebrities, the country’s top beauty editors, and celebrity makeup artists. More than just a product launch, MAC’s Trend Presentations are an important learning avenue for the country’s tastemakers in terms of forecasting. For Autumn/Winter 2019, concepts like modernism, art deco, suprematism, and romanticism dominated the preview. Some of these looks are a bit too avant garde for everyday life, but as Miranda Priestly points out, the looks we wear everyday are inspired by the runway - one way or another.

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