PHOTO CREDIT : WN by photographer Jay Yao
Wawi Navarroza is a contemporary artist and photographer with her pieces exhibited in Europe, Russia, and Asia. Wawi is also multi-awarded, she has received numerous awards for her work, with Saturnine winning in the Ateneo Art Awards in 2007 and Polysaccharide a finalist in 2006. Abroad, she won “Con Otros Ojos” Concurso Fotografico in Barcelona, Spain. Wawi was also named Best in Photography in the 54th Art Association of the Philippines Art Competitions in 2001. She is also the lead singer of The Late Isabel.
Currently, she is producing another leg of the project with her Artist book, Hunt & Gather, Terraria, in collaboration with the Office of Culture and Design. This unique publication features the artworks, field notes, documentation photos, illustrations and writings from local and international critics, with graphic design by Kristian Henson and Stefan Jørgensen. The book will be released before September 2013. For updates, click here.
Lately I’ve been trying madly to whittle away my stash of beauty products just as I’ve been doing with all my things . Living abroad for some years and moving around a lot like a gypsy has taught me a few things about being—um—practical (I was a self-confessed packrat but losing everything changes things) . And, really, it’s just more convenient to have a few favorites on hand that does the job wether you’re at home or in a stressful airport situation .
Right now, I’m always on the lookout for products that are sincere, efficient, and local as much as possible . There are a few stores I go to like Ritual in The Collective and Sesou in G1 or Market Market selling local, eco provisions . The products feel like they’re done with love, and they’re sold for a reasonable price . In the same way I make terrariums, I also dig experimenting with stuff in the kitchen that I can use for bath and body : virgin coconut oil (VCO), sugar, salt, herbs, whatever is available . So far, I’ve done sea salt spray with lavender (for beach hair! plus points cause I can’t be bothered to comb my hair), coffee scrub with VCO (finally something to do with all the coffee grounds yay!), rose water infusion (for washing eyes), bug sprays for plants, etc. It’s cheap, natural, effective, and can be done by anyone . (The pictures are all shot at my home-studio in Taguig.)
Ok so here goes the list of my slash and burn cosmetic life…
Because I’m a nerd, I sum up my whole regimen to (+) and (-) .
Subtract : cleansers, removers, scrubs .
Add : unguents, makeup, perfume .
FOR ( + )
I don’t have a dresser . I put my makeup on while sitting on a work table in my studio with the stuff laid out on a place mat . The mesmerizing blue weave is from the Yakans in Zamboanga who I met last summer .
+ Murad Skin Perfecting Primer . Since I don’t do much touchups, this holds everything ‘in place’ for the long haul .
+ Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals cream compact foundation . Minerals are <3 .
+ Chanel Double Perfection Natural Matte compact foundation . To seal off foundation and remove shine . Goes with me everywhere .
+ Smashbox eye primer . No cakey eyelid creases .
+ YSL Touche Eclat . A mainstay in my kit . In order to look human again after days of sleep deprivation . Problem solver for dark circles, eye bags, zits
+ A cassette of Art Deco interchangeable magnetic case, containing right now:
matte cream eyeshadow, matte warm brown eyeshadow, black eyeshadow, taupe eyebrow powder, Orgasm-dupe blush
+ Laura Mercier baked eye color in Terracotta . great texture and the shade is perfect !
+ Sephora portable multi-brush applicators, with magnets . My favorite find; no more lugging around brushes . Just one pen-type tool . The magnets help when applying makeup in a moving vehicle .
+ Nichido black kohl eyeliner, Bourjois brown eyeliner . Cheap and cheerful . Hypoallergenic .
+ Raw black kohl powder . I got from a Moroccan market in the south of Spain . This is the stuff Berbers use to rim the eyes from the glaring desert sun . I use it to top and seal creamy eyeliner so it doesn’t smudge .
+ Elis Faas and/or Givenchy Phenomen‘ mascara . And an old Shu Uemura eyelash curler I got as a gift for being ‹‹ best dressed ›› in this town years ago ca. 2005
+ Night : Elis Faas blood red lipstick . This is my personal Red . For gigs and long nights, I use Makeup Forever Aqua Rouge red .
+ For daytime do-anything lipstick : Une Natural Beauty lip-toned color (100% natural origin), Chanel Rouge Coco in Orchidée . I don’t like lipgloss .
+ Dark Vanilla solid perfume . with cocoa butter as base . petroleum-free . paraben free . got it from Sesou . Vanilla is my personal favorite for casual days . In college, I was always late in class and my classmates would know I came in even if I’m sneaking in because the room suddenly smells like ‘Sustagen’ .
+ Chanel Coco Mademoiselle . My signature scent since 18 . This perfume brings me back to many memories, while it also bears witness to my present, and smells like the future . This sounds like a perfume ad . It’s inevitable .
FOR ( — )
Virgin Coconut Oil I transferred to a regent bottle (I’m quite obsessed with glass) . Ritual Lavender liquid soap . Chanel Coco Mademoiselle eau de toilette . Clarisonic + VMV Re-Everything Cleanser .
VMV cocamide-free body wash and shampoo, conditioner . Tawas stick from Watsons drugstore . For exfoliation, I use this body lily made with fishermen’s nets bought from a port town in Melaka, Malaysia. Cat shampoo not for me but for the 2 wildlings .
Other stuff in the baño . I designed the shelf and had it crafted by a neighborhood palo-chino wood sash worker . The rest of the décor are from travels, which are also functional (holders for cotton pads, buds, etc.)
— Rosewater infusion, homemade . I use this to wash my eyes first thing in the morning . An Ayurveda practice . Try it ! Steep fresh petals in room-temperature water overnight and use the liquid in the morning .
— Lavender liquid soap, from Ritual . For hand washing before applying products on the face .
— Clarisonic . After exactly one minute of the automated brush, that’s the only time I can declare my skin officially “clean” after a hard-day’s grimy grind . The micro-brushes are sci-fi and it does the job no amount of luffa, sponge, or almond scrub can do. Investment piece . Mahal . Magastos . But worth it .
— Face Towel, or as my mother says lavacara . I insist on using a separate face towel just for the (tadah)—face . After all the fuss cleaning the face, it makes sense to use a clean cloth to dry it off .
— VMV Superwash Shampoo and Body Wash . My shower done in a few minutes time .
I’m clinically allergic to anything with cocamides (basically the ingredient that makes products bubble… unfortunate for me cause most shampoos have this) . So I’m under strict doctor’s orders from THE Dra. Vermen Verallo, MD. (She’s a legend in skin care !) I use her VMV products ’cause they’re tailor-made for my skin’s peculiarities .
— Virgin Coconut Oil . I use it for everything . For the body after shower . For makeup removal, including tough mascara goo and a night’s worth of tomfoolery . For lip conditioning . For hair masking and weekly body scrubs with ground coffee . And well, I also use it for cooking sometimes.
as told to divasoria