I was on my usual procrastination phase of the day one Friday afternoon, I know procrastination is not something to be proud of but indeed, blessings come in all forms and in any way possible.
Browsing through Belle de Jour Power Planner‘s website, I glanced upon a new event announcement. Reminiscing the fun during my first ever BDJ event attendance (BDJ Woman with Vision), I quickly scanned through the mechanics on how to join.
As I expected, there are more than one ways to join.
OPTION 1: Post a photo of your most confident moment and share to us the story behind it.
OPTION 2: Post a creative photo of something that represents confidence to you and tell us why it does.
OPTION 3: Share the event poster and tell us why you want to be part of the workshop.
I chose to do Option 3 since I was thinking back then that I might be running out of time and that I have to have an entry fast so right then and there, I shared the poster on my Facebook account and registered. Few days later, the unexpected blessing came on my email inbox. I was invited for the #BDJPassionSeries #PortraitMeFlawless event!
I even shared a glimpse of the email confirmation on my Facebook wall since I can’t contain the happiness back then.
Google Earth was my companion as I count the days ’til 9th July. I made sure of the time and venue and aspired to be one of the lucky first 40 Bellas to receive a loot bag. I mean, is there anyone else who dislike free stuff? If it isn’t too much of a preparation, I even bought curlers to be used especially for this event which I wasn’t able to use because it appeared too complicated to maneuver than it shows on Youtube. So yeah, I went with my bangs braided by my auntie. Actually thankful that I did because bangs blocking my eyesight isn’t too much of a help while drawing.
I arrived at One Corporate Center around 12:40pm amidst the Ortigas traffic that I mentioned on my registration entry. Went straight to 11th floor and lost myself at the pink paradise called Flawless Head Office. The ambiance is really refreshing and chic.
On the right side of the office is the event registration booth with the welcoming BDJ team to assist the attendees. They fit well on the environment — refreshing, chic, flawless. 🙂
I was given a survey form with the number 24 in it. At that moment, my inner self screams “AAAHHHH YESS! LOOT BAGS IT IS!”
As a newbie Bella, I only have a few #BellaBesties and they weren’t on that event. I sat at the chair nearest the entrance so as not to be noticed by the other Bellas already sharing chitchats with one another. Though really very shy, I knew all these girls are the friendliest because they are BDJ girls so I have to be too! I tried but still can’t get myself to talk to my seatmates because they seem to be besties already.
Thankfully though, a girl in pixie haircut offered me to take the vacant seat near the front. I obliged and she escorted me to the table 3 where four already sitting Bellas welcomed me with a smile. ^_^ Surprisingly, pixie girl even sat with us and “broke the ice” asking questions and sharing things about BDJ Team’s preparation of the event. Her bubbliness ranged form 98-100%. Another Bella joined us not shortly after.
Mic ready, a familiar voice greeted everyone in the room. Turned out pixie girl was the host too! She welcomed us and introduced herself, still on her bubbly range. I wonder how she does that. Jasmine, how to be you po? 🙂
The event started with an introduction of the event BDJ Passion Series: Portrait Me Flawless. A sketching workshop and skincare talk. A mini game was also conducted before the workshop proper where Bellas actively though silently act out words given by Jasmine in a fun game of charades. The winning team won Flawless items. Lucky girls! 🙂
Then the guest was introduced. CJ De Silva-Ong, a young talented artist who is currently venturing the field of advertising. And of course, an info that I must not miss sharing, she was one of the gifted Promil Kids! You know, the gifted children on this powder milk’s commercial back in the 90’s, she is one of those. It got more interesting to know more about her because of that commercial. Her talent is unquestionable actually, one thumb up for Promil, the other to her parents for nurturing CJ’s gift. 😉
At the beginning of the workshop, CJ would share that most of the time when drawing a random person, she is usually being asked as to who that person is. She then explained that a drawing and a portrait are two different things.
From what I remember, a drawing can be a random person or an imaginary one with no definite characteristics but a portrait is someone’s personality sketched on a paper. A portrait shows somebody’s persona translated into a drawing. That’s why when somebody asks her to do their portraits, she usually would talk about them about their interests, invite them over coffee and get to know the person first before actually starting doing the art. That way she can easily show the personality of the person instead of simply copying a reference photo.
After the talk, we were given oslo papers fancily stamped with “flawless” on a customized pink Flawless folder. Pencils, erasers and sharpeners are already on our tables before the workshop so we immediately started as we were instructed to do so.
I may be an engineering graduate but I really find drawing human parts and figures hard. I’m really nervous to start because I’m afraid I might mess up and need extra papers and I’m too shy to ask! But CJ dissected a the process of drawing a human face as if I were in Science class and I can see every part inside that poor frog. OK that was an inappropriate representation. I’m sorry. But let’s move on…
As according to her, as much as one could, artists would usually breakdown an a subject into different shapes and with those shapes start creating forms. This one is familiar for me since I like anime and cosplay. I guess it’s really gift and talent which separate “big circle here, a smaller one over there, a few lines… aaaand we have a frog!” from “circles here, circles there, some lines… aaaaand we have.. circles and lines?” I am the latter.
During this workshop, I somehow, learned how to draw a human face. CJ taught us the basics like how two circles can define the shape of a person. A few lines can help in properly placing the eyes, nose, mouth and ears. Following her instructions, I was able to draw this.
I think I erased more than I drew stuff. Parang buhay lang, magkakamali ka muna bago ka may matututunan. (ehe ehe)
I don’t know if it is just me but all the drawing and erasing made me feel tired. Good thing snacks came in right after. Snacks is one #PerksofaBella that I will always look forward to. It seems like even on food, the BDJ Team will still consider aesthetics and make sure every Bella will have that Instagram-worthy shot with their snacks. Because I surely did on mine. Plus, I really loved the cream puffs (not sure if that’s what it’s called) and the mini tacos! If I were not that shy, I would take a separate photo of each for special mention.
Following the snack time is Dr. Kaye Bautista’s talk on skincare. Dr. Kaye is one of Flawless’ skincare professionals so I really made sure to listen to her discussions since I am really into skincare now more than makeup. I wasn’t able to take photos this time since I really focused on listening. I came for the great and fun experience but above all, I aim to be enlightened more about skincare in this event. Hence, serious mode: ON.
As per Dr. Kaye’s presentation:
- What is Flawless?
Flawless is your best choice when it comes to skincare. They give free doctore cosultations so one can be initially briefed as to what type of regimen is best for them without having to shed a peso. Their compay is FDA registered giving their clients and soon-to-be clients the guarantee that they are a legitimate company to provide beauty services. Along with this, sanitizers are evenly placed throughout their centers to assure proper hygiene is being observed. Everyone including the staff and most especially the skin professionals in Flawless undergo serious training to make sure they can provide quality service to their clients.
- Our skin
Being the largest and the most exposed organ of the body, our skin need the utmost care. The steps on taking care of our skin are:
1. Determine your skin type
2. Use of special products of your skin needs
3. Pay attention to fragile areas
It has always been stressed in any beauty talks that I have watched or attended that there’s no makeup, skincare products or service that can fit all individuals. And during this talk, Dr. Kaye pointed this out to us also. According to her, it is always best to determine your skin type first and then work on choosing the products that your type of skin requires. It also really very important to always, always get rid of makeup before we go to sleep. No matter how tired we are, we must let our skin breathe and not let makeup clog our pores which may lead to breakout. With or without breakouts, it is still best to consult a specialist to better give attention to our skin needs. Flawless branches are scattered at different areas to further give assistance to us when it comes to skin care.
Dr. Kaye ended her discussion by answering a fellow Bella’s question about some oral supplement that is believed to work better when added to an astringent and then used on the face. The skin professional confidently dodged the idea of its effectiveness since the supplement is meant to be taken orally, no matter how many of it one puts on their faces, it won’t work because it simply is not meant for external application. Which, most of us understood and agreed on.
I was really hooked on the discussion that only after the entire talk did I feel the need to pee. So after the instructions on the sketching contest were mentioned, I took a short trip to the also fab comfort room of Flawless clinic. Honestly, though I rarely do, I wanted to take a mirror selfie inside but there is a portrait that I need to materialize so I went back to the event area and with CJ’s teachings, started sketching that portrait of myself.
45 minutes. That’s all we got to finish the out portrait and we must be able to post a flatlay photo of it on Instagram for our drawings to be part of the contest. By the way, we were instructed to bring out favorite portrait so I bought my graduation picture. It sure is one of my favorite portraits of myself considering I do not have much and this one of course holds five years of my life battling in college. Having had to go to the bathroom first, my 45 minutes was deducted a few so I quickly drew that twinning circle to start my entry. A few more erasures and I see fellow Bellas around me already taking photos of their artwork. One last stroke on that uneven eyebrow and I shook the unidentifiable-ness of my drawing from my reference photo and took my flatlay shots. It was fun, amidst the “no pressure” pressure. Hoping for the best of luck, I posted my entry.
Not expecting anything because although my drawing looked okay, it didn’t capture the person in my portrait. I just held on to what CJ mentioned that we must not compare our works with others or with hers most especially, she has been doing this for years while us just moments ago. I also appreciated her encouraging us that we must not be ashamed of our works because flaws and all, those were made with effort. Until the announcement of winners came and I was one of the top 5 Bellas who were chosen! Luck, yes, of couse and the heart that I put to my art I guess are what lead me to being chosen. I am ecstatic! I couldn’t believe it. I was just sitting at the back and now I’m standing in front alongside with CJ and my co-Bellas. I really, really enjoyed this event. Winners went home with cute bagpacks and skincare items from Flawless.
Generous as always, BDJ and Flawless gave us some more gifts as we leave the event. Apart from the sketching and skincare knowledge, the happy tummy, freebies and bragging rights, I also gained yet another #BellaBestie that day, Lady Anne. Yay!
Lastly, because of my excitement, I wasn’t able to commend this unnoticed part of the event: Free WiFi. I think it is really very considerate in BDJ and Flawless’ part to actually provide us internet connection so that everyone could join the contest. Most of the time, people have data connections on their phones but they still assured that everyone would be able to join and that’s really something to be recognized. KUDOS BDJ TEAM!
This is just me, flaunting my prize. Hihi.