Wednesday, October 22

By Danah and Stacy   Posted at  11:06 PM   the plump pinay No comments
poster designed by Alyanna Dela Cruz

Due to popular demand, we're hosting our second makeup workshop next month!!!

Since a lot of you didn't get to join our first workshop due to its location (Intramuros), this time, we are back for a full afternoon of fun, bonding, and makeovers!

Join us and get BeYOUtified on November 25, Tuesday, as we personally teach you our basic day makeup techniques!

We are very happy to announce our major partner for this event: Azta Urban Salon—the only salon we've trusted for already 4 years and counting! Other than all the talking, laughing, and learning we'll do, each participant will also get an extensive hair makeover. Azta's senior hair stylists will join us to complete everyone's looks with the perfect haircut and hair treatment!

A hearty and delicious lunch will be served by M Catering, and delectable desserts will be baked fresh by Cuckooh Puffs.

Registration fee is only PhP 1500, inclusive of food, drinks, makeup loot, and 1 raffle stub for a chance to win PhP 3000 worth of K-Palette goodies!

We really hope you join us as we try to bring out the best version of you, from the inside out. :) We're also giving away 1 FREE SLOT to a lucky Instagram follower. Follow us @theplumpinay and watch out for our post to know more about contest mechanics.

We only have 10 SLOTS to fill so reserve one now! 5 early bird registrants each get a special gift from us to be given on the event. :) Contact us at or 0916 406 9896.

For an idea on what to bring and the brands we prefer, check out this list:

  • Foundation (we use Maybelline's BB Stick)
  • Facial moisturizer
  • Primer (optional)
  • Concealer (we use Cinema Secrets)
  • Press power or loose powder (we use Maybelline's Clear Smooth cake powder)
  • Brow pencil (we use Billion Dollar brows)
  • Make sure it matches your hair color
  • Brow mascara (we use Dolly Wink)
  • Make sure it matches your hair color
  • Contour (we use The Balm's Bahama Mama)
  • It must be 2 shades darker than your skin tone. DO NOT USE A BRONZER FOR THIS.
  • Highlighter (we use a loose white pigment from Michiko)
  • It must be 2 shades lighter than your skin tone; you can use a beige, pearly eyeshadow as a substitute.
  • Lipsticks (1 natural shade, 1 darker or bolder shade)
  • Better if you use matte or cream type
  • Blush powder (we use Smashbox)
  • Eyeshadow palette
  • Quads are a good way to start, but please opt for neutral tones such as browns.
  • Mascara (we use Cover Girl's Rocket VolumExpress)
  • White eyeliner (we use Cinema Secrets)
  • Liquid liner (optional)
  • Make up brushes

  • 12-piece make up brush sets are perfect for a beginner's kit.
  • Make up remover wipes
  • Ear buds
  • Eyelash curler
  • Headband/hair tie
  • Alcohol (in a mini spray bottle)
  • Tissue
  • Lipbalm

Side note: we don't expect you to buy new items. If you have a make up kit we can build on, the better! :)

Azta Urban Salon is located at the ground floor, near the side entrance of SM Jazz Mall.

See you, plumpies!

Tuesday, October 21

By Danah and Stacy   Posted at  11:30 PM   tppwears No comments

We were invited by Kiyosa Nail Salon to their grand launch a few weeks ago, but due a hectic schedule, we weren't able to attend. Good thing they were gracious enough to still let us try their AMAZING services on a date and time that's convenient for us, thanks to Carissa Villacorta (PR)! 

Kiyosa is located at the ground level of F1 Hotel in Bonifacio Global City. As Stacy and I entered, we were stunned at how big, clean, and luxurious the place is. 
It actually looks like an extension of the hotel!

When we got there, we were greeted and welcomed by Rie, the manager of the salon. She's a plump Japanese woman who is soft-spoken and very polite. She told us that she's been in the country for years and we found out that she went to bible school here in Manila. Currently, she's busy working for Kiyosa, as they dream of opening new branches in Philippines' major cities.

We were surprised that almost all their manicurists were Japanese. Rie told us how each of them studied nail artistry in Japan, and that all of them are licensed nail technicians. In fact, each nail technician is required to study a 3-month course on nail structure, hygiene, and artistry before they get licensed. They're THAT serious when it comes to nail grooming, and they take their jobs earnestly and do their work with pride.

Kiyosa also offers lash extensions! This room is located on the 2nd floor where their customers can relax or watch movies while they have their peepers done. If you wanna go all out with your lashes, you should let Momoko do your eyes. Momoko is a fun and bubbly Japanese lady who was a gold-medalist in Japan's international lash extension competition. WOW!!! 
I didn't even know they have events like those! Way to go, Japan!

Stairs down to the first floor where all the nail services are done

My nail tech's tools

Kiyosa will bring you to nail art heaven! Look at those detailed designs!

It took me so long to finally choose and stick to a design! 
It made me wish I had more finger nails to bling out! Haha!

Their nail technicians are very skilled, gentle and fast! They obviously know the procedure/s needed to be done depending on the health and state of your nails. There were times they had to refuse to provide service to some clients because their nails were too sensitive or damaged. This goes to show that they care more about their clients' welfare than profit. Good job, guys!

Here's the fun part: gel nails application! They use high-grade soft gel to paint over your nails. This smoothens all the ridges and cracks and gives your nails a glass-like finish. I also like that you don't have to be careful with it because it hardens and dries under the UV light which is done every after coating for about 15-30 seconds.

I was really mind-blown at how excellent these nail technicians are in what they do! 
They hand-painted each nail carefully with gel lacquer, and blinged them out with studs! Even the houndstooth design I chose was painstakingly drawn. It was so amazing to see them in action.


Stacy's white and gold blinged out nails

My two-tone nails with houndstooth print and studs

Each gel nail art session lasts 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the complexity of the design you want.
The starting price of their gel nail manicure is Php 3000. I know it's very pricey, but you get quality service and perfectly designed nails that will last up to 3 weeks. 
You also get a 15-day warranty for your nails!

Kiyosa hopes to put up a nail school for inspiring nail technicians in the country. They want to train them excellently and give them the opportunity to work and earn good money. :)

I personally loved my time at Kiyosa and would recommend it to every nail-art loving woman out there!

Check out Kiyosa's website here. 

Monday, October 20

By Danah and Stacy   Posted at  10:54 PM   women empowerment 2 comments

Days before I came out with my story online about being date raped, so many questions bombarded my head. Although I already shared my testimony that included this tragic incident to my close friends and family, there's still something uncomfortable about letting the whole world [wide web] know about what happened to me in 2008. 

Is this how I'd really want to market myself? Should I present myself as a victim of sexual abuse? What would people think?

But before I continued on flirting with these strange and twisted thoughts, I caught myself.

Wait a minute, why did I feel like cropping out parts of my identity all of a sudden? Wasn't I an advocate of loving all that you are and staying true to yourself? 

Why was I ashamed to let people know? It wasn't my fault.

And so as scared as I was, I decided to take a leap of faith. I posted my photo together with my story using the hashtag #NoShameCampaign on Instagram to tell other girls that it's okay, it's not our fault, and we have every right to unmask the truth about our past no matter how dark and messy it might seem—to set our stories free.

No Shame Campaign's first-ever meeting: Forum, 3rd level of Fully Booked, BGC, Taguig

My love, Isa Garcia, of The Better Story Project

Meya Cortez, the girl who was brave to spearhead this campaign and collaborate with The Better Story Project

"V Man" (it's what they call the male members of One Billion Rising) Arthur Acuña shares his empowering insights from a male's perspective. This man has a genuine heart for women.

On the night of the event, minutes before my turn to share my testimony, I felt extremely anxious. Every part of me wanted to back out and just let the other girls do all the talking. 

I uttered a prayer to muster the courage I needed. Before everyone who attended, I decided not to hold back anymore. I couldn't help but cry. I didn't know where to start, but finally I did.

I told everyone about that time when I got date raped on Halloween eve. In our own house. By the boy I saw and went out with on that night only. I initially knew him from a high school soirée.

My voice kept shaking as I unloaded painful memories. Eventually I noticed, the more I talked, the more I felt my fear slowly fade away.

Until I felt completely free.

There is never a need to hide that part of me anymore.

It was liberating.

Meg Alegado, student of DLSU Law explained the laws that protect and uphold the rights of women against rape, sexual abuse, and sexual assault.

With my game-changer friends: Isa Garcia, Shek Bangsil, and Mikka Wee—3 out of the 5 amazing women who made this event happen! (Not in photo: Meya Cortez and Crae Achacoso)

It's amazing how it only takes one voice to be heard so others can follow suit in setting themselves free from the embarrassment and guilt of sexual abuse/assault. I am very grateful to have great friends who encouraged me to be part of this campaign. I love how by simply coming together, we can build a support group to help heal people who are hurting and show that they do not need to carry their pains alone.

True to the purpose of this campaign, a lot of women broke their own silence. After I posted my story on social media, I received messages from other women sharing with me stories from their experiences of rape and sexual assault, from their professors, boyfriends, or relatives. It was disheartening, but the bravery of every girl who trusted me enough showed me the silver lining of redemption. 

A lot of girls came out with their own experiences on the night of the event too. Everyone spoke uplifting words and showed kindness. The room kept silent as every voice was heard. There was quite a heavy atmosphere in the room, but to see everyone express themselves genuinely was truly empowering. 

Rape is no longer taboo.

We're no longer giving shame the power over us.

"Maybe that’s it. With what you were talking about before. The world being broken. Maybe it isn’t that we’re supposed to find the pieces and put them back together. Maybe we’re the pieces. Maybe, what we’re supposed to do is come together. That’s how we stop the breaking.” 
—David Levithan

If you want to be part of this revolutionary community, please email No Shame Campaign at Everyone, both male and female, victims of abuse or not, you are free to join. Follow them on Instagram too (@NoShameCampaignPH) to break your own silence. 


*Photos by Danah

Friday, October 17

By Danah and Stacy   Posted at  2:30 PM   tppwears 2 comments

Before heading to the No Shame Campaign forum yesterday (which we will blog about later), my sister and I met up with our good friend Isa Garcia, the founder of The Better Story Project. We met up in BGC to discuss our talk in CSB next week, which will be focusing on bullying in general.

Before I divulge details, here's what we wore, since a lot of you have been requesting for more of our outfit shots. :)

What Stacy wore:
Gap denim jacket | Curve Couture dress | Mulberry bag | Rubi shoes

Gel nails by Kiyosa Nail Salon
Lovisa hand ring | random tiger ring

What I wore:
F21+ jacket | Una Rosa dress | Teefs leather slippers (from @luxeaccessories on IG)
Balenciaga bag | Aldo watch | Bvlgari necklace | House of Harlow sunnies

Thanks to Azta Urban Salon for our hair

My harajuku blinged out gel nails by Kiyosa Nail Salon