After seeing the contents of the previous BDJ Boxes, I wouldn’t expect anything less than awesome from the BDJ Team. I didn’t stay long but I was able to check out every booth and attend the Shiseido talk. Believe me, my 2-hour commute from Laguna going to the event was totally worth it. *wink!
BDJ Box Beauty Social event was held at SM North Edsa Skydome last Sunday. If you don’t know, it was already their 2nd event of the year. The first one was held at SM Mall of Asia a few months back. My sister and I attended the first event together so when I received an invite thru email, I immediately asked if I can take my sister with me like last time.
Upon entering the Skydome, my sister and I were greeted by a group of accommodating ladies behind long registration table for both reserved seats and walk-in’s. On the left most side was the registration for the invited bloggers. Just this once, allow me to gush a little. I kinda felt special. Teehee.
Okay, now I’m done savoring the moment. Let’s proceed. 🙂 After the registration, we we’re handed our BDJ Social Passport which allowed us to go around the event and attend a talk. Just from the passport you’ll see how interactive and filled with activities the venue was. Tons of stuff to do and products to check out. Yehey!
Come, I’ll show you around. 😉
First Talk – “Get Real with the BDJ Box Beauty Ministry”
I intended to come to the event earlier than the talk I was supposed to attend because I wanted to see the booths before the crowd starts pouring in. Well, my sister and I came just in time to hear the first talk and at the same time roam around the activity center. Talk about hitting 2 birds with 1 stone, eh? 🙂
My sister getting her skin analyzed at the Celeteque booth that was located adjacent to the “talk area”. I didn’t have my skin checked because I had a busy day ahead of me – I just didn’t want to remove my makeup. LOL!
Anyway, according to the skin analysis thingamajig, she has oily skin, humongous white heads around the nose and minimal fine lines forming on her forehead so they suggested a couple of products from their Hydration line specific for her skintype.
Next to it was Lucido-L and Bifesta’s booth. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try the hairstyling service provided by Lucido-L because when we first got there, they were busy doing another attendant’s hair as you can see on the photo above. The second time we came by the booth, the attendant said they were on a break and that we would have to come back later.. third time, there was already a long, crowded line. 🙁
I didn’t get to try anything from the Bifesta part too but it’s fine because I’ve been using their makeup remover for months now and I love it to bits.
Believe it or not, I think this was the only time Ralph Lauren’s booth was empty. I mean, people were literally lining up just to smell the perfumes.. or was it because of the male attendant. *wink! Oh by the way, I think their booth had the best layout and design. 🙂
Too Cool For School’s booth had their own photobooth. Cool! I’m loving the background – I think it’s because of the color combination. They had this traditional Korean game too where you can win product samples but I guess I missed it…
.. at least I got to try some of their products! I remember distinctly how my sister said the booth’s setup was super creepy because they had plastic doll parts lying around the table with the makeup. You have to admit, their theme is a bit odd and yet very interesting at the same time. I’ve been road testing their Lunchbox BB Cream for a while now.. I think I’ll be able to write the review probably by next week.
Ahhh.. the very lucrative Shiseido booth. Ever since the August BDJ Box, I’ve been loving the brand more and more. I’m still using the deluxe samples from the box and it has done wonders for my skin. Not to brag or anything but with all the products I’ve been receiving for review purposes, I never felt the need to buy anything anymore. But with the Ibuki line, I was fighting the urge to buy the entire set! That’s how much I love the Ibuki line, I swear!
Cure Natural Aqua Gel’s Booth. I’m already a believer of this brand. I’ve tried it before and I know it works so I didn’t bother wasting their testers. LOL! If you haven’t tried Cure before, do give it a chance. 😉
The Max Factor’s booth just across Cure Natural Aqua Gel’s booth. When I saw the makeup traincase with built-in mirror and lights, I wanted to go straight to it and try everything out. But the girls were busy recreating a look for the event so I just hovered around to take pictures.
Revlon had one awesome booth! They had a long table where girls can do their makeup and then on the other end, there as another booth where you can get your hair colored when you buy their product. Plus, you get instant hairstyling after. I was so tempted to get my hair color retouched for my graduation picture but my hair was already too dry and damaged to be treated.
But come to think of it, it’s really a big saver since you won’t have to shell out a lot of money to get your hair colored at the salons. And here, you’re sure that the hair color brand used for your hair is one of the good ones.
Now for the “Ready with Anything Skin with Shiseido” talk.
The speaker for the Shiseido talk was the gorgeous Carmel Villongco, the Training Manager of Shiseido Philippines. Let me just say that I love how she played with the ballerina prints of her dress and the splash of color on her shoes. I love it! <3 Anyway, she introduced Shiseido’s new line, Ibuki which means “new breath” in Japanese.
During the talk, she first enumerated the common factors that cause our skin problems and how our skin reacts to those factors. Factors like pollution, stress and lack of sleep is known to us. I mean, it’s common sense, right? So what I love about her talk was how she emphasized that these factors are not always within our control.. these factors change A LOT and our skin gets confused. Basically, what our skin needs – and fortunately, what Ibuki is for – is to keep things constant for our skin, it balances all other stuff that our skin need. As she said, consistency is the key.
Now, Shiseido has 3 easy-peasy steps: Cleanse – Soften – Moisturize. We know 1 and 3.. 2 is a concept that’s fairly new to us. In lieu of our usual toners, Shiseido has softeners that removes stubborn makeup without stripping the skin’s natural moisture. The goal is to hydrate the skin to prevent dryness and dullness. Next is to perfect the second layer of the skin so when they reach the surface, the skin is already treated. And lastly is to prevent the recurrence of breakout and other skin problems.
I have to admit.. I’ve been using the Ibuki Softener Concentrate wrong. As it turns out, it is supposed to be used like a typical toner; NOT like a serum. Toink! *facepalm Good thing I attended this talk. Don’t judge me too quickly! To my defense, Shiseido really does name their products differently – I know I’m not the only one who gets confused by this. Next, the texture is more of a serum than a toner. And lastly, it worked great as a serum for me so no harm done. LOL!
After the talk, we went straight to Garnier’s booth. They have a new facial wash that, basing from the looks of it, is very fresh and fruity. To go along the theme, they set up a mobile bar beside it that offered fruity cocktail mixes. Is it cool or what?! I tried the pink ones in the test tubes.. definitely a gin + pomelo mix. 😉
And of course, a BDJ Box Beauty Social event would not be complete without a loot bag generously filled with nothing but the best and affordable beauty finds there is.
My sister is honestly not a big fan of anything related to makeup but she did enjoy the event. Promise! She was dragging her feet upon entering – acting all bored and stuff – but after walking around, I saw how her uninspired look became overly enthusiastic towards the end. I know my sister.. that’s a big leap. 🙂
Thank you BDJ Team – especially Ms. Chelsea – for inviting us. We had a great time at the event. Also, congratulations to another successful event. Let’s hope they can make this a regular semi-annual event. Cheers!