glossy features katwo

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(photo courtesy of paolo ruiz)

Katwo Puertollano is feist and spritely frontwoman of (formerly) narda and (currently) the all-female band Duster. Anybody who has seen Katwo perform is sure to be blown away by her amazing stage persona that can rival any hardcore riot grrl. Apart from her rockstar duties, katwo manages/owns the design boutique 27+20 with her husband Nico Puertollano and she is also an accomplished visual artist.

Let’s now check out Katwo’s beauty secrets!


I’m now using some organic soap I got from Trader Joe’s, the brand is Bissous Provence and uses 100% vegetable oil in its production. I must say, it must be the most non-drying soap I’ve ever used. I like it so much that I gave some away for Christmas. My husband and I also love our Japanese bath treats, and we never really know what variants they are, but it’s fun to see the water in our tub turn to green, blue, purple. etc. I used to be a big lotion girl but I found that the humidity in our home just leaves me greasy during the day so I’ve switched to using scrubs once a week to keep my skin supple. I’m using Hot Chocolate sugar scrub (claims to be 100% organic ordered from the innernetz), it’s ridiculously good on the skin, not only does it smell like chocolate but it warms as you apply it.

For my face, I just started using Mario Badescu’s Acne Facial Cleanser, it really smells very clinic-y and feels like something that a dermatologist will give you, so far it has no weird drying residue feel after using it. I’m also using VMV Armada, in my opinion, one of the best SPF moisturizers out there. For my night-time regimen I’m switching from one product to the next depending on my “stress” levels for that day. But my go-to product is olive oil, just good olive oil (that’s the inappropriately large bottle at the back). I’ve read up on this at bellasugar.com, and apparently olive oil contains some chemicals that are already present in the skin. Before I apply this I put on some toner just so I don’t feel so greasy. The results are amazing, plus it’s all natural.


I’ve been wearing my hair short for around a year or so, I’ve got everything from clays to puttys to texturizers and my favorite, Splash’s setting lotion. For shampoo, I’m using L’Oreals Re-Nutrition, so far it’s been making my hair a bit limp, but very soft. For my nails, it’s mostly drugstore fare (Sally Hansen, Prevail and Kiss), but I do adore Sally Hansen’s Tough As Nails clear lacquer, it’s fast drying, definitely cuts the waiting time for drying nail polish.


Ah Make-Up. I love make-up. For my foundation I’m using Body Shop’s foundation and I usually mix this with Olay’s total effects and L’Oreal’s True Match foundation, but I believe the secret to a good base (aside from using Primer, which I don’t have), is using either your fingertips for application, or the Tokidoki geisha brush. The Tokidoki geisha makeup brush feels great on the skin and the fine bristles make a great tool for spreading and buffing the skin. So far, Ever Bilena has not failed me with my 24 color eye shadow, they have a great neutral shimmery collection.


I owe all my favorite things from 3 people – my friends, Camille and Yo and my mother – who gave them to me. I love the smell of rose on my skin, I’m not a big perfume person, but this scent reminds me of my mom’s roses in my parent’s garden (I used to eat them when I was younger), I’m forever fascinated with the scent, and not so much the flower. The surfer’s salve is something i use for everything – insect bites, base for foundation, lip balm – everything, and it smells so beautiful. It’s made of oils from lavender and several other plants, it’s just glorious. The Shiseido lipstick is just perfect for my skin tone (you can’t see it here, though), and the automatic fine eyeliner is the most precise eyeliner I’ve ever used. And of course, the Tokidoki brush!

as told to divasoria

Written by divasoria

March 16th, 2011 at 8:14 am

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  1. Narda is/was my favorite local band. I love Katwo!


    16 Mar 11 at 8:29 am

  2. Any chance you would feature a guy?


    16 Mar 11 at 8:51 am

  3. ^ hmm a guy. pwede! 😛


    16 Mar 11 at 8:53 am

  4. wah! Katwo! hay Narda days … can’t believe I was one of those who was unmindful of the heat, sweat, and crowded places during gigs …now I don’t think I could stand it anymore >_< (I wonder why, old age perhaps? I HOPE NOT)

    Gams Laughing

    16 Mar 11 at 9:16 am

  5. i can’t do that now either! too old. :/


    16 Mar 11 at 9:43 am

  6. always look forward to these entries.
    wonder where i can get surfer’s salve here in manila?


    16 Mar 11 at 4:37 pm

  7. thanks! re: surfer’s salve, i will ask katwo! 🙂


    16 Mar 11 at 5:19 pm

  8. yay, thanks! moooore of these articles! 🙂


    17 Mar 11 at 5:41 pm

  9. can you feature Cedric Cid’s maintenance kit?


    22 Mar 11 at 12:53 am

  10. Great blog and thank you for featuring a Filipina creative. May be dated and everything but still much appreciated.

    Enrique Pasion

    22 Apr 19 at 12:00 am

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