sarah barthel

Selfie Your Way to Japan with KATE Tokyo’s #kateselfietojapan

Last month, I was invited by Kanebo Philippines to witness the launch of their KATE Tokyo line of products in the Philippines. Kanebo has been in the Philippines for more than 7 years. Their best sellers include their no-smell lipsticks made with the best kind of wax, eyebrow palettes, and Freshel skin care line, which I absolutely love.

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Kanebo’s BB Creams have sold over 10 million units in Japan alone, so it’s not a surprise that they are hailed as the #1 brand in BB creams and that their relatively new line KATE Tokyo has been met with the same reaction. Since its launch in 1997, KATE has been constantly regarded as the #1 makeup brand in Japan.

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Makeup products can be quite scary and overwhelming for non-professionals and newbies. KATE Tokyo has made it its mission to reach out to all makeup aficionados, so they created the concept of “no more rules” enabling people to enjoy their products without hesitation. Eye makeup has always been my waterloo and I’m especially thankful for KATE Tokyo products, like the spotlighting shadow (see above), that make the work easier–details of which can be seen in my next post. For now, check out some of the pictures from the event after the jump:…

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DIY Floral Crown

A couple of days ago, Chad and I decided to shoot a Mowgli-themed set of pictures. You know, that half-naked child in The Jungle Book? Here’s a teaser:

But no, I wasn’t half-naked in the pictures, silly. Lol. Anyway, see that floral crown that I’m wearing? I made that myself and I will show you how to make your own in the following photos. 🙂

First, you’re going to need five things—a thin, bendable wire; a pair of scissors; pliers, a green tape; and a set of silk or satin flowers. You can also use real flowers; however, they wilt really fast so it’s much more practical to use fake ones. Do not use plastic ones though because they’re stiff. Here I’m using satin flowers—they look like the real deal from afar. 🙂 Also, to make things easier for you, select flowers that have wires attached in them. I bought these at a Japanese store called Daiso at Php 33 a color (80 cents).

Next, create the base of your crown, which should be the size of your head, using the wire and the pliers. Be careful when doing this, better if you let someone else do this for you.

Then cover the wire with the green tape to make it look like a stem. 🙂

Wrap the wires of the blooms tightly to the base of the crown. You may use pliers too when doing this. I selected the flowers with the lightest color and combined them with the darker ones afterwards. Please note, however, that you may use whichever flower color, type, and size you desire.

Repeat the process…

until you’ve covered the whole base. And you’re done. You can also re-tape the crown to make sure the wires won’t hurt your head (sometimes the wires tend to stick out a bit).

It’s that easy~ and cheap too! This only cost me around Php 200 ($5) and took me 30 to 40 minutes to make. Enjoy! Please visit my blog again soon, I’m excited to show you the photos Chad and I shot. Toodles! 🙂

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