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NIVEA Face Affair (Words & Photos)

You must have read in my previous post that I won NIVEA Philippines’ Face Affair contest last year. Thousands of girls submitted their entries online to NIVEA, with the hopes of becoming the Nivea girl. Who would have known that a small town girl like me would be picked? Bicolanas represent! 😛

My housemate and I took this photo in our room using my GE digital camera. I didn’t go for the usual posy photo. I thought, since NIVEA carries skin care products, the photo should show the product. I’m a big fan of beauty shots, so I opted for a tube top and a barely-there make up. I’m only wearing baby powder in this photo, some lip gloss, and eyeliner. The important thing is I’m able to present the product well.

As part of becoming the Nivea girl, I won over 14k worth of NIVEA products. If I have kept these for myself, I would have had a year’s supply of skin care products. But I didn’t. As long as I have a facial wash, toner, moisturizer, and hydrating lotion, I’m good. So where did the rest go? To my loved ones, where they should rightfully be.

I also got 15k worth of Forever 21 gift certificates and 6k worth of Majolica Majorca make up. I’m a happy girl indeed.

Part of my prize is a makeover and a photo shoot. Dominique Tiu styled me; Marj Sia did the make up; Val Chua fixed my hair; Crissey Si provided skin care tips; and Shai Lagarde gave points on confidence and personal development.

Pioneer Studio, the location, has lots of interesting decorations. I was particularly interested with these B/W photographs of what look like women from tribes.

Photograb: With Marj Sia, the makeup artist. She has amazing hands, I tell you!

Took a photo after wearing the items that Dominique Tiu personally hand-picked for me.

With my favorite blogger/graphic designer, Crissey. I only became fully acquainted with fashion blogging around 2010, I kid you not. And her blog and Tricia Gosingtian’s were the first ones I discovered. I followed them since then, and their blogs became my daily newspaper. So you could imagine my excitement when I found out I won and that I’ll be meeting her. <3 Thank you, Miro for the photo. I owe you big time.

And so the finished product has arrived. The Face Affair was just recently published in Chalk Magazine June 2012 issue, with the pogi Zac Efron on the cover:

And on the Chalk Bulletin’s bottom half, you’ll find my big face, with the wonderful bloggers who helped me look good that day.  I’m forever grateful to them. They, as well as the people from NIVEA (esp. Mikki Galang), have made my year unforgettable.

For a girl like me who grew up in Naga, a small city in the Camarines Sur province, seeing one’s own face in a national magazine is priceless. I was only a collector of teen magazines before, and everytime I buy an issue, I always wished to be in its pages. So I included it in my life goals, and now it’s here. It’s always great to dream and create goals–they motivate you, and drive you to achieve things you’re not even aware you can achieve.

Lastly, thanks to those who have supported and congratulated me. It’s not really a big ad, but your support definitely made me feel like I’m a supermodel. Haha. Thanks, guys! <3

Videos will be released online soon. Like NIVEA Philippines’ Facebook page and click the Face Affair tab to know and see more about the event.

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