A year ago, I was facing a heart-breaking personal dilemma that had led me back home to the Philippines. On one hand time seems to have been flying by as I look back on the 9 months since my daughter and I had arrived in Manila, yet on the other, it’s been a long and rough “journey”. One, I’m so grateful to say that I wouldn’t have made through, if not for the love and support of Faith, family and friends. This post, is about one of those special friends. Wait a minute. I’ll get to the makeup and beauty part soon, don’t worry:)
About 7 years ago, my cousin asked me to help her good friend’s little sister out by letting her “shadow” me as my assistant or apprentice makeup artist. Since I loved sharing knowledge back then as I do now, I said yes (hoping I wouldn’t regret my decision!). Well, it all worked out well and we even became friends. I knew she had the natural touch and skills to make it good in the Beauty Industry. She quit her band, (yes she sings and plays to add to her many talents!) took her parents’ up on their offer to allow her to study makeup in a fantastic school in London UK, returned to the Philippines and continued to work with me on shoots and fashion shows until I immigrated to Toronto in 2006.
Fast forward to today. She is now one of the most sought-after and talented makeup artists and entrepreneurs in the Philippines, and she has been one of my blessings, dear friend and…Partner in business (and in crime a.k.a. makeup shopping, adventures and food trips) in the Makeup Industry. (Hey, it’s true – Pay it forward, and you never know when those blessings will make their way back around to you!) She’s got a long list of celebrity clients, including Paris Hilton, on her Philippine business visit last year, and recently Ms Shamcey Supsup- runner up on the 60th Miss Universe Pageant, has done so many magazine covers and Ads that I’ve lost count- and is still as humble as the day I met her. Who is this girl? Meet Cathy Cantada-Dizon and the rest of the Belle and Cat team:
Aside from the Look magazine article (above) get this month’s Meg magazine and read this article about . I’m just waiting for Isabel, Cathy and Stacey to sign mine so I can frame it in Toronto! (I will miss you all, my B&C family) <3
Learn and see more about Belle and Cat Nail and Wax Studio (referred to as “The Studio” by team insiders) on their website or in the following posts where I highlight MY top makeup maven hot spots in Manila.
A few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Ayala Malls in the Makati Central Business District is a cozy one-stop beauty haven. Belle and Cat Nail and Wax Studio is the place to go for your Basic (P170-200) to Luxury (P210-250) mani/pedi, Long-lasting Gel Polish (P650), Hand/Foot paraffin treatment (P350-400), Ultimate Spa Mani (P450) and ~Pedi (P550) indugence, Nail art (P25/35 per nail), face and body waxing needs for men and women (P220-P1250), and private Spa Party Packages (starts at P5000)! They also offer: Hand, Foot, Back and Body Massage (P250-P550); Relaxing Facial Spa (P450); a 90-minute Body Scrub treatment (P950), Face and Body Threading (P180-700), Skin and Bath & Body products from Leyende, Human Nature (100% Natural and Made in the Philippines!), Vanity Park cosmetics and brush sets, Belle & Cat’s signature fragrances (love their green tea!), bath gels, lotions and room and linen sprays; Makeup and Hair services (P1500, 20% Off during current Valentines deal!) and Makeup Classes with… Me! (Sort of a “soft launch” of a pipe dream of Cathy’s and mine to have a Makeup School? Institute? Academy some day (had I not left, or if I were to move back. YES pleeease!). It’s been my second home and family here in Makati, and I love it!
I’ll be sticking around until the end of March, so it’s NOT too late to call in and book slots for my makeup classes. They’re currently on a “my last leg of visit” promo on Sulit. Call/Text 0926 680 5617 or go to my Facebook Page (button on the right panel of this page) to inquire today and join the fun!:)
Visit my Facebook Page where there are photos of some of my classes held at the Studio so far. Enjoy!:)