Real People: Sydney C. Go
We chatted with Nippon Esthetic Solutions COO, Sydney Go, and discovered some of her beauty discoveries and beauty secrets. Learn more about her must-haves and her booming business in this week’s Real People.
1. When and how did you get involved in the beauty industry?
My first foray into the beauty industry was when Mega Magazine (MMPI) took a chance on me as a fresh graduate last 2001 as fashion and beauty assistant. Honestly I didn’t know much about beauty but luckily my mentors Liza Ilarde (former Editorial Director MMPI) and Vicky Tensuan (former Beauty Editor Mega Magazine) broke me into the beauty scene effortlessly. By the time I left the magazine as Beauty Editor, I was totally and madly in love with anything beauty-related.
2. Tell us about Nippon Esthetic Solutions, how did it start and what is the idea behind it?
Nippon, a Japanese-inspired lifestyle brand was born out of love and addiction to hygiene tools seen and used during my travels. Since I loved browsing and scouring foreign beauty havens, I realized there was a lack thereof in our local scene. This is coupled with the fact that my makeup artist friends during my magazine stint are totally OC when it comes to makeup application for clients.
3. What are you must-have products from the line?
Nippon’s all-Star product would be the much raved about Cosmetic Wedge Sponges especially since all Professional Makeup Artists swear by this. For skincare, I love using the Nippon Makeup Remover Lotion with our Cleansing Sponge. I use it to exfoliate my face 1x a week. For my makeup, I love spritzing the Nippon Cosmetic Sanitizer directly on my makeup like powders, eyeshadows and lipsticks to sanitize my makeup. I’m particularly proud of this since I believe beauty sanitation need not be expensive and should be practiced daily. Since we are Manila’s Exclusive Distributor of Top US brand Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner, this is my go-to brush cleaner much like majority of Manila’s professional artists, as its strength and scent are simply the best.
4. What useful makeup trick(s) did you learn while managing your own business?
Stick with what works. I’ve learned to use our Nippon 5-Minute Touch-Up with all things mini and disposable when I travel so it lessens my baggage when I fly.
5. What does your daily beauty regimen look like?
I quickly wash my face, put on my moisturizer, eye cream and do my brows. It takes me about 15 minutes to get my barely-there makeup ready, which I prefer especially on days when I have to be all over the metro for meetings and shoots. Then, on weekends when I want my skin to breathe, I go for my 3-step program of brows, powder and blush.
6. What’s your one beauty indulgence?
I spend 1 day in a month to do my “beauty overhaul”. This includes a trip to the salon for cut, color, mani/pedi, foot spa and other beauty rituals that I feel like having for the day. This day is usually a phone-off day to make sure I don’t get bothered, which is an indulgence in itself.
Graffiti Wall in Shibuya. Tokyo, Japan
7. Any beauty secrets you learned from your Mom?
My mom still makes sure we listen to her when she reminds my sister and I to never be too hurried when washing our face and not to tug our skin (especially the eye area). One thing she’s adamant about is not to scrimp on sunscreen for her fear of pigmentation. She tells us “ You’re never too young to start taking care of your skin. Gravity won’t be on your side when you reach your 60s”. Point well taken.
8. What is/are your must-have beauty products?
I love using Vanicream Lite Lotion as my moisturizer as recommended by my friend from San Francisco. My Shiseido UV Protection is a must for unwanted skin damage. I believe in having good skin so I am partial to makeup bases. I shift my makeup bases from RMK/Giorgio Armani. For liquid foundation, I love and swear by Benefit/RMK/Giorgio Armani. I top it off with Benefit’s Stay Flawless Pressed Powder. I’ve been using these for years and never fail to get a compliment for sporting nice natural skin. For my brows, I can’t live without my Shu Uemura Hard Pencil #9. I try to be adventurous with the rest of my makeup so I don’t stick to one.
9. Best beauty discovery from abroad?
Vanicream Lite Lotion
10. One word that best describes you?
Our famous Tinted Brilliance Balm makes an appearance in this month’s MEG Magazine. Packed with skin-loving ingredients, these lovely twist-up crayons give a burst of colors with a minty feel.
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Warming up before any kind of exercise is essential. Aside from preparing you and your muscles for the strenuous exercise to come, a good warm up helps increase blood flow to your working muscles, better preparing them for the additional workload to come. The right warm up also helps increase the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles which prevents you from getting out of breath to early or too easily.
We asked Monika, a fitness enthusiast and Glamourbox intern, to share with some of her favorite exercise warm-ups. Read all about them below.
1. Shoulder Stretch
Loosen upper arm and chest muscles by Interlocking your fingers with palms out. Extend arms above head, keeping fingers locked. Stretch upwards and hold for 10 seconds.
2. Posterior Shoulder Stretch
Stand straight while maintaining the natural arch in your lower back. With your shoulders down and relaxed, reach one arm across your chest, parallel to the floor. With the other arm, place your hand on the elbow then gently pull your elbow in toward your chest. Hold the stretch. Relax and repeat on opposite side.
3. Side Stretch
This warm up gently opens the side of the body, especially the ribs and intercostal muscles. It also helps re-align the spinal column. Standing with feet apart, stretch your arm over your head while at the same time place your other hand on your waist, and then bend your upper body towards the opposite side. Hold on for about 10 to 15 seconds then go back to starting position with your hands and arms at your side. Repeat on the other side.
4. Chest Expansion Stretch
This chest expansion stretch targets your shoulders, chest, and arms and helps promote good posture. Sit or stand up tall and bring your arms behind you, clasping one hand inside the other.Lift your chest and raise your arms slightly. A variation of this is to bend forward slowly, can you feel the mild stretch spread across your chest? Remember to try to keep your shoulders relaxed and down, and don’t force your arms up higher than is comfortable.
5. Standing Hamstring Stretch
Stand tall and have your left foot a few feet away from your right foot and your left toes pointed. Bend your right leg just a little bit and bring your abs inward. Lean forward from the hips, and put both of your hands on your right thigh for extra support and balance. Lastly, repeat the steps above but with your right leg forward.
6. Standing Thigh Stretch
This exercise stretches the muscles in the leg and back that are tight. Maintaining flexible muscles in the legs and back allows the muscles and joints to work more efficiently and decreases the frequency of muscle injuries. To do this, grab your left foot with your left hand and pull your foot to your left buttocks. Hold for 15-30s and then switch legs and hands.
7. High Knees Stretch
This is basic running form while bringing the knees up higher than normal – ideally beyond your waistline. Aim to keep your feet moving as fast as possible and your ankles, knees, hips and shoulders facing forwards.
8. Jumping Jacks
Jumping jacks are the perfect choice for a quick and easy cardio move if you’re working out somewhere without much open space. Assume a standing position with your arms to your sides. In one movement, jump up and spread your legs apart as you raise your arms to the sides and over your head. You should land with your arms over your head and your feet more than hip width apart. Jump up again and in one movement, bring your legs together and your arms back to your sides. This is one jumping jack. Repeat for 60 seconds to get your heart rate up and your fast twitch muscles activated.
You can start with these when you do your workouts, or incorporate them in your existing routine. What you do you think, Glambabes?
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Need a bit of glow? Lightly dust the Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Summertime on your cheekbones, arms, and collarbone. Its formula is smooth, hydrating, and long-wearing, plus it also protects against free radicals.
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Thinking of eating healthy food and changing your bad eating habits? We’ve come up with a few tips to help get you started on that healthy track.
1. Eat clean carbohydrates. For example, you can eat brown rice, wheat bread, whole grain, sweet potato.
2. Try to avoid fried food and canned/processed food loaded with preservatives.
3. Try to avoid fast food and junk food (we know, it’s hard!)
4. Eat white meat like fish and chicken (the breast is the leanest and healthiest part).
5. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables (for added vitamin C, too).
Just remember, indulging once in a while is good, but keep it in moderation. Too much of anything may be bad for your health!
As beauty interns at Glamourbox we got to see and do so much. Most people think that the beauty industry is all glitz and glamour, but so much more happens behind the scenes. During our internship we assisted in social media, branding, marketing, business development, and PR for various brands that Glamourbox handles. We were able to learn a lot on how to utilize digital marketing to promote brands, and also picked up some beauty tips & tricks along the way.
Apart from doing online marketing, we got the chance to visit Glamourbox partner stores where their products are exclusively available. It was nice to be able to learn about product placement, training the staff on how to properly sell the items to consumers, and do some legwork by jetting from one store to the next. Beauty isn’t just about prettifying oneself after all, there’s a lot of hard work involved, too. Another memorable experience was visiting trade shows such as Philbeauty 2014 where we got a glimpse of the up and coming brands other countries have to offer.
Now moving to the fun part, we were able to test out a lot of different beauty products. If you love makeup and skin care products as much as we do, then you’ll probably never tire of swatching lipsticks, applying blushes, testing foundations, etc. It was super fun! We were also able to shoot some TTTs (Thursdays Tips & Tricks) for the Glamourblog, feature our fave beauty products on Instagram, test and review new arrivals, and create strategies on how to promote these online.
The Glamourbox internship was an amazing experience and we are glad we had the opportunity to be a part of it. Special thanks to our co-workers, Ms. Lia, Sarah, Paoie, and Kira for making our stay an awesome one! :)
Planning on hitting the road? Wouldn’t you want to travel more often without breaking the bank? Read on to find out how these simple tips can help you maximize your budget next time you go on a vacation.
Plan your trip in advance and visit discount websites to see if there are better deals. Websites like Agoda.com, Expedia.com, Skyscanner.com, etc. Subscribe to mailing lists so you get first dibs on sales. Also keep an eye out for travel expos which happen twice a year.
Travelling off-season will surely get you cheaper airfare, find more budget rooms, and spend less time in line at the airport. Don’t forget to research: make sure you are aware of all expenses before using a service. Know the rates on pay phones, WIFI connections, etc.
For short trips, you can opt to have a heavy breakfast before you leave the house to avoid buying at the airport. If you’re a muncher, you can bring snacks on the plane while waiting to arrive at your destination. Oftentimes it pays to do some research. Research on your destination and check which local restaurants to try and avoid. A lot of blogs now feature budget-friendly places where you can get more bang for your buck.
If you are traveling internationally, research on multi-trip discounts. Many metros and rails have passes such as a 3-day unlimited travel passes that might be worth the cost. If the transportation is going to be long, consider traveling at night (red eye flights) to save money on accommodation.
Instead of taking the taxis that will cost you more, consider riding the subway or buses because it’s sometimes easier and it is much more cheaper. Most metropolitan cities like Seoul and Singapore make commuting so much easier and affordable for tourists.
Travelling with a group means you can split everything — including hotel rooms. Instead of renting two separate rooms, perhaps you can share a large room instead? Try to see how much the costs would be to just add one more bed or rent one more mattress. Once again, a little quick research can help you save big bucks.
Many airports have duty free shops that you can take advantage of. They might not be the best deal around if you don’t consider taxes but tax-free might make it the least expensive option.
If your destination isn’t that far away, consider asking the locals directions and walking there. It’s a great chance for you to see the city and take pictures.
Share your budget travel tps with us!
Real People: Acie Fores
When it comes to looking your absolute best, Acie makes it easy. Being a makeup artist is her first love and she remembers her days as a young girl leafing through the pages of Vogue and Glamour, fascinated with a person’s magical transformation through the power of makeup. Her goal is to make every woman’s beauty shine through on the most important day of her life — be it a wedding, graduation, prom, opening of a stage show, or even one’s editorial shoot. As Acie shares, “Every woman is beautiful, it’s simply my job to remind her.”
1. When did your interest in makeup artistry start and how did you get into it?
My interest was always there since I was a young girl but never got to go into the formal and technical aspect of it until 2009. The turning point for me began with a cousin’s wedding in 2008 when I needed the services of an artist to glam me up for the event. It wasn’t quite what I expected as it didn’t turn out the way I wanted to look.
This dilemma was actually a reality for me even way before the event whenever I sought the services of a salon. Every time I went to a salon for a hair and makeup service I always ended up looking like a different person, either I looked like a drag queen (no offense to all the drag queens out there), or worse looking like a caricature of myself with heavy cake makeup.
I thought this was an opportune time to really delve into the artistry aspect and challenge myself to see if my point of view can be translated into a passion and a business. With the mushrooming of the makeup and cosmetology schools in the past few years, I took up the courage to enrol myself in a basic beauty course and see how far it would take me. I still keep up to date by attending seminars, workshops and classes just to refresh myself with the trends.
2. What does your daily beauty regimen look like?
I’m usually in a rush so most mornings I slap on a moisturiser, sunblock and lipstick or gloss. When I have 15 minutes to spare, I apply either a BB cream or a light foundation like MAKE UP FOR EVER Face and Body Foundation or MAC Face and Body. I do my brows, cheeks, lashes, and lips.
At night, I remove all the debris and makeup with Bioderma Micellar makeup remover and Shu Uemura cleansing oil. My skincare is from a line called Dermesse prescribed by my Dermatologist at LifeScience Philippines, and lately just discovered the Nelly De Vuyst skin products from SkinLux.
3. What’s your one beauty indulgence?
Facials and Laser treatments either from LifeScience and SkinLux when I have the time.
It’s so easy to fall into makeup mishaps when you’re just starting out with makeup or when you’re on-the-go. While these can certainly be prevented with practice, you can also implore the help of certain items to double up as your beauty assistant. Here are some fast and easy tricks to solve common beauty woes using *drum roll* a card!
Perfect your Cat Line
Step 1: Place any card (Business Card, ID, Credit Card, etc.) at a diagonal to the outer corner of your under-eye, angling it downwards. Then, with your Eye of Horus Define Liner, follow that line to create the cat flick.
Step 2: Connect the flick to your upper lid, then line the rest of your eye from the outer to the inner corner. Now you have a sleek and sexy cat line!
Shield from Mascara Marks
Step 1: Position the card at the base of the upper lashes. Then, apply mascara as usual using the Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara.
Step 2: Do the same for your lower lashes, and that’s it - your eye or cheeks will always be free from any mascara smudges! makeup will never be ruined by mascara smudges anymore!
Define your cheekbones
Step 1: Place the card just where your cheekbones start, which is at the tip of the ear that connects to the face. Slant the card towards the corner of your mouth, until it ‘sinks’ to the deep part underneath your cheekbones. Position your brush blush on top of the card.
Step 2: Sweep the brush back and forth along the line created by the card, until you achieve your desired intensity of blush. Voila – a healthy pop of color on your cheeks!
How about you? What tricks do you use to help you apply your makeup flawlessly? Share them with us!