Autumn in Manila

At the mere mention of the word 'autumn,' I can't help but start waxing poetic {to the credit of Rainer Maria Rilke, from his poem Autumn Day}:

Who now has no house, will not build one (anymore).
Who now is alone, will remain so for long,
will wake, and read, and write long letters
and back and forth on the boulevards
will restlessly wander, while the leaves blow.
I would assume that people who actually experience autumn every year would relate to this more. After all, autumn is the transition of summer to winter, caught in that shade of gray, purples and midnight blue.


I'd been fortunate enough to be one of the lucky ones to experience The Body Shop's 2010 Autumn Collection, a pastiche of not melancholy shades but smoldering, bold colors of midnight blue, steel, and green. Plus, the collection boasts of having Marula Oil as its major ingredient, giving more moisturizing properties to the skin. However, I think the star of this collection are the Kajal Eyeliners, which makes creating smokey eyes real easy peasy.

But first:

Autumn Leaves Compact {Blushes in dusty pink and bronze shades}
The compacts are too beautiful to use!
Php 1,395

Eye Colours in Velvet Green, Midnight Blue and Golden Peach
Php 595 ea.

Colourglide Lip Color, the perfect companion to
strong, smokey, fiery eyes

Php 695

Divide and Multiply Mascara
{Can I just say how witty the name is?}
Php 850

Lightening Touch, an eye/skin brightener
comes in Light and Dark shades for that ashen skintone
or stubborn gray under eyes.
{reminds me of YSL Touche Eclat}
Php 950

and my favorite:

Special Edition Kajal Eyeliners
in Charcoal, Evergreen and Steel
Php 695

Create the season's sexy, smoky eye - essential for the Smoke and Fire look - with new Kajal Eyeliner. The intense Kajal eye-look is traditionally used in India as a protector against the evil eye, and with three shades of Kajal Eyeliner, discover a unique product that helps to define the eyes, so you can create and intensify and reflect light. Apply to the lash lines for dramatic, dreamy eyes or smudge over the eyelid for a sultry, smouldering eyeshadow look.

We were also demo'ed on how to use the Autumn Trend collection on ourselves. Truly, when I saw the poster featuring a pair of smokey eyes, I was intimidated because I am not good at creating smokey eyes. I was scared of looking like a panda. :|

Thankfully, The Body Shop's resident makeup artists and a guest makeup artist, Dens Congco of The Makeup Den were at the launch and I had the chance to see how these little autumn things can work on my rather unconventional face {hello big face and small eyes}, by performing a makeover on ME!

I have the mahinhin version of the smokey eyes, courtesy of
The Body Shop and Dens Congco.
Thank you for this photo, Kim!

Beauty bloggers with Billie Liboro - Palabyab, TBS PR Officer, Roma, MuA for
TBS, Shen, Dens Congco of The Makeup Den, Earth, Kim {so nice to finally meet you!},
and ME {in all of my corporate non-glory}!
Not in photo: Nikki, Bambi and Lace

As I type this, I actually have some of the products mentioned above on my face and I shall be posting my OOTD soon {and a review, perhaps.} I truly am excited about this collection, it's amazing how I was intimidated by it at first but am starting to get the hang of it that I immediately played with it the next day!

The Body Shop's Autumn Trend 2010 is available at all TBS branches nationwide. Grab it asap because these babies are limited edition!

Do you get reminded of anything with autumn, too?
Happy Thursday, y'all!

Love, Kisses and Smokey Fluttering Eyes,