With the continuous advancement in technology coupled with the unyielding forces of globalization, we  are now given the extreme privilege to experience diverse culture without actually living the country. I know it’s not just me who noticed that Korean trends, shows, brands and personalities have already entered our local market — successfully, I might add. 

“Korean series and styles appeal to Filipinos more conservative side”, as my professor put it while referring to KDramas. Well, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why Korean makeup and skincare brands are also causing such waves in the market as they continue to expand their market territories. Ok fine, here’s a clue: because they make it look soooo cute and yummy!! LOL!
Just last Monday, I was invited to Tony Moly’s brand opening at Alabang Town Center. Ina and I arrived few minutes earlier than the other bloggers so while waiting for them, we were offered some refreshments and light snack courtesy of Tous Les Jours.
I’ve always loved that bakery! And since we were also given a press kit for TLJ, I decided to make a separate post for it. Just so we can focus on the branch opening and product launch on this post. More on cute pastries later. πŸ™‚
Going back…
During the intimate event, we were introduced to the brand’s new line. 
Aqua Aura endorsed by Korean boy group, JYJ. 
Ms. Angel discussing the new products.
After the quick discussion and question and answer portion, we were given the chance to take pictures and try the new line. 
I love the setup! It reminds me so much of the movie “Temptation Island” because of the sand and twigs that imitates a tranquil oasis. Very calm and breezy.
Aqua Aura Moisture BB SPF30 / PA++  (Php 778)
At first I was a bit concerned about the jar packaging. I found it unhygienic, to say the least. But as it turns out, it actually comes with its own plastic spatula! I immediately wanted to buy one. LOL! Good thing I was able to control myself since I still have half a dozen of BB creams to finish at home.
It comes in 2 shades: Pink Beige and Natural Beige. The latter is a better match for my skin as the base color blends nicely with my yellow-undertone. The former, on the other hand, creates a grey-ish cast on my morena skin. See swatch below.
Toner / Emulsion SRP Php (Php 748 each); Serum SRP Php 798
Aqua Aura Moist Finish Pact SPF25 / PA++ (Php 848)
Its packaging is very similar to MAC’s Lightfull Powder Foundation. It looks very classy and elegant yet very simple at the same time. I do hope the metallic top won’t be scratched off easily.
Aqua Aura Mist (Php 478)
There was also a brief introduction on their Floria Youth Energy line. If you remember, included in my previous Tony Moly haul (Read HERE) was the Floria Youth Energy Capsule Essence. I am yet to post my review on that one. πŸ™‚
Floria Youth Energy Line
After taking pictures and trying out their new Aqua Aura line, we went back inside the boutique to experience their other products too. Ms. Angel was nice enough to give us quick details about each product line though somewhere in between her short talks I would get lost because of all the big science words. LOL! Still, she’s awesome just to even memorize all those things by heart when all I could remember was “aqua moist 24”.
Floria Whitening line — this is actually what I was itching to try! I heard the capsule essence is really effective.
This is what Korean brands are really famous for; BB Creams. They keep on innovating their products. I mean seriously, bb cream with vibrating sponge applicator? How cool is that?! 
Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream (right) is tagged as the “Best BB Cream” by the Get It Beauty Channel in Korea. Ms. Angel said the trial was a blind test so the consumers didn’t know what product or brand it is. Apparently, by claiming the top spot, Luminous Goddess Aura lambasted more expensive brands like Missha.
Tony Moly’s Shimmer Lover Cube (Php 998) reminds me so much of  Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Bricks… only this one’s way cheaper. πŸ™‚
If you’re a nail art addict I’m sure you’ll love this station. I remember Aya and Eyah circling this area several times as Ina and I swatch everything on the lip products station. πŸ™‚
Eyah’s Korean makeover.
And my favorite part of their boutique is… πŸ™‚
Lip Product Station.
I honestly don’t eat cherries. Never tried them but I could already imagine how I dislike the taste for no apparent reason. BUT this lip balms just look so cute and yummy! I almost bought one because of the wiggly stem at the top!
Tony Moly’s Best Sellers:
Tomatox — so cute I could eat it! πŸ™‚
Tony Moly’s luxurious Intense Care/Snail Series for dry ad ashy skin.
Since Christmas is right around the corner, Tony Moly took the liberty of creating fool-proof gift sets for your moms, sisters, aunts and friends. Don’t keep your beauty secret a secret. It’s time to share it!:) And guys, if you have no clue what to give you kikay girfriend, I suggest picking up the middle set at the bottom shelf. I’m sure she’ll love it!
And of course, what’s a blogger event without a few photos with my lovely co-bloggers, right? *wink
It’s really nice to hang out with people who share the same interest — makeup and beauty!
With Aya of http://www.codenameaya.com/ and Eyah of http://eyahnism.blogspot.com
With Ms. Ana of http://www.anagonzales.com/
With the statuesque Kath of http://kittykittiekath.blogspot.com/
Thanks Aya for the photo! πŸ™‚
My event buddy for that day was the humorous blogger behind Iambabypanda, Ina. But since I value my life so much, I won’t post our awkward photos to save myself from further harassment. LOL! She’s super fun! Even the SA’s were amused by her weird jokes. πŸ™‚
As for my haul and loot bag, I’ll make a separate post for it to avoid boring you to death with my lengthy post. πŸ™‚ Do wait for the second part of my Tony Moly post and catch a glimpse of some of their products + swatches, of course. Yes, we spent hours trying out products. 
It was super fun! Thank you Tony Moly and Ms. Angel for inviting me!
See you on your next branch opening and good luck! πŸ™‚
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