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  • Writer's pictureAndi Dela Torre Griffiths

An Afternoon with Shiseido + Afternoon Stroll

A few weeks ago, my sister and I were mama’s chaperones for the day at a Shiseido event in Taguig. The invite was for our mom, but since she wanted to take us- we went with her as her plus twos. 

The lovely Christmas tree at Arthaland Pacific Tower in Taguig

We got there a bit late, but it was okay because it was more like a relaxed afternoon gathering. 

Shiseido Omotenashi Holiday Event

The organizers held the event in the show suite of Eluria at Arthaland Pacific Tower in Bonifacio Global City, which looks so elegant and exclusive (but too luxurious for my taste, lol). I initially wondered why they chose a model suite as a venue until a beauty consultant mentioned it was a collaboration.

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Eluria is an upcoming luxury development soon to rise in Makati City. It is the latest project of Arthaland, a real estate developer that boasts of a sustainable commercial and residential portfolio.

Omotenashi Defined

Omotenashi is a Japanese concept of good hospitality. It takes form in understanding the guests' needs even without them saying, showing graciousness throughout, and providing the best possible service. What sets it apart from regular hospitality is the attention to detail and the mindfulness aspect.

It is also part of the Japanese tea ceremony (I guess that explains why there was a tea class during the event).

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They had a nice setup: plenty of gift bags, products ready for purchase, and large displays of their most popular items, such as the Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate.

Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate from Shiseido

The receiving area was a bit crowded, so we headed straight to the other side where the rooms, the kitchen, and the dining area were. 

Shiseido treated all its guests to an afternoon of snacks, drinks, relaxation, exclusive buy one get one deals, and beauty bundles. All purchases came with deluxe-sized freebies.

What else was there?

There was a tea appreciation section, a hand massage area, and other spaces for demos or chit-chat. Bet and I were in the kitchen most of the time, where they served snacks and drinks. We had a great time. 

I think it was around five years ago when I first attended their event at Yakumi in Solaire (also with my mom). It was fun; the food was delicious, we had a conversation with those with us at the table, and they had gift boxes. Aside from my mother, whose choices I trust, the event convinced me to try some of their makeup. I noticed that most of Shiseido's makeup concepts lean towards the cleaner yet sophisticated look. Beautiful but not overdone.

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The products I have used in the past include Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundation, Shimmering Eye Cream Color, and ModernMatte Powder lipstick- all of which I have mentioned in a previous blog post and vlog.

At the moment, I am using the original brands I have been with for a long time, but there's no denying that Shiseido's products are high quality. And you can tell the difference when you use them.

Here’s their 2023 advent calendar: 

Shiseido 2023 Beauty Advent Calendar | Beauty, travel, and lifestyle blog
Shiseido Philippines Beauty Advent Calendar | 2023

Anyway. After the event, we met with my husband and dad. We went on a quick stroll while waiting for the evening mass. It was a great Sunday; we were complete, and it was the perfect moment to take a family photo.

So, there's a little story behind the image below: we were trying to take a group selfie, but were struggling to get everyone in. Then, this sweet lady offered to take our photo. She approached us and asked if we wanted her to capture the moment, of course we said yes! Hehe. She did a great job. We weren't able to ask for her name (she was rushing), but that was really nice of her. Here's one of the photos she took:

The photo she took

I guess that would be all for today. Make sure to check out the blog page for other articles.

Happy Holidays! May you receive more love, good health, and abundance in the coming year. Stay safe always 🎄


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