To see a local cosmetics brand go big in just a span of a year, you'd be proud to be Filipino. A year ago, newcomer Happy Skin dared Filipinas to be happier. It was a bold move, given that there are already so many cosmetics brands out there. But with their skin-caring makeup, Filipinas today find themselves prettier and happier—all with happier skin.

Just two days ago, beauty bloggers and friends from the media gathered to celebrate Happy Skin's 1st birthday. Here are some photos from the event held at Vanilla Cupcake BGC:

Happy 1st birthday Happy Skin!

I just had to take a photo of these quirky mix of chandeliers!

Dessert & makeup will surely make a girl happy!

With fellow makeup artists and beauty bloggers and Jacqe Gutierrez of Happy Skin

Dozens of greetings of love & congratulations to Happy Skin

Happy Skin co-founders Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo

At the core of Happy Skin's rising business and inside each tube, powder, or makeup pencil lies a clear passion that remains unperturbed: They want better skin-loving makeup products that deliver as promised. They want to create products so good that they make you appreciate, relish, and even create more happy moments in your life. “Each product is created to ensure that it satisfies all the wants you’ve been looking for in that particular makeup product,” says Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez, co-founder of Happy Skin. “For every product that we launch, we sit down and list the pros and cons of the existing competitive products in the market. Then, we come up with all of the things we wish they could have added to that product to make it spectacular (i.e. simple how-to’s, eyeliners that really doesn’t budge even with oiliest skin, contour that’s barely noticeable, eyeshadow that doesn’t crumble and leave loose specks under your eye),” she adds.

Rissa sums it up: “Filipinas like Happy Skin because we fulfill not just their beauty wishes but equally address all their frustrations with makeup. It’s women’s complaints that inspire our products.”

Coming into their second year, Happy Skin introduces to us additions to their already strong product line, still withcheeky names and happy claims. On their first anniversary, their hot new must-have products were specifically made to get your kit on-trend and you, beaming with joy. 

Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Lip & Cheek Mousse (P699 each)

This lightweight barely-there dual-action lip-cheek wand has intense rich colors that lends cheeks a lasting, happy flush. “I’ve never been a fan of a lip and cheek product because I always had a hard time spreading the stain on my cheek!” says Jacqe. “But we recognize the beauty of having a lip and cheek product as it’s super convenient! So we searched for a formulation that will look lovely on the lips but still be very spreadable on the cheeks. We found the perfect solution with the mousse formula!” excitedly shares Jacqe.

It is indeed surprisingly light, easy to blend, and remains streak-free even over makeup and powder. "You only need a tiny amount to look great everyday and it will never feel greasy or oily even with humid weather,” Rissa points out.  

From L to R: Warm And Toasty, a friendly taupe that’ll keep your nude pucker appropriate but warmly approachable; yuletide-red Mistletoe Kiss, a bold must for festively feisty chicks; and Swept Off My Feet, a sweet but punchy pink.

Happy Skin All Eyes On Hue Eyeshadow Palette (P1,299)

The first eyeshadow set of Happy Skin, All Eyes On Hue is a carefully curated palette of very useful colors. “A lot of women have been asking us to create our eyeshadow palette so this has been in the works for quite some time. It was very hard for us to select the final colors that we included,” explains Jacqe. “We wanted to simplify our eyeshadow palette — I personally usually buy an eyeshadow palette with ten colors but only end up using 3-4 shades regularly!”

Rissa shares, “I love wearing eyeshadow. Modeling for so many years, I’ve seen the magic it can do. The right eyeshadow can make eyes look bigger, brighter, more beautiful – even younger and well rested! For Happy Skin’s first ever eyeshadow palette, we made sure to feature four ultra wearable shades that compliment each other and that also flatter every skin tone!”

Makeup artist Lourd Ramos explains that unlike other matte eyeshadows that tend to make eyes look sullen and old, the four shadows in the palette were formulated to make eyes look natural yet radiant. Use alone of together to go from a day of errands to a night of partying.

Happy Skin Eye Need A Miracle Corrector (P799)

A sister product to the yellow-based Eye Need A Miracle Concealer, the new Eye Need A Miracle Corrector is salmon hued. “While a concealer can cover up mild discolorations, this seeks to hide deeper and darker imperfections,” says Jacqe. This potent product powerfully tackles fatigue under the eyes, extremely dark circles, scars, veins, bruises, and yes, even tattoos and birthmarks!

“Its salmon hue aims to neutralize bluish undertones,” explains Rissa. “When we were testing the prototypes for this product, what wowed me the most was how it superbly made my birthmark disappear, as if I was never born with one!” shares Rissa. Happy Skin even claims that this corrector can even cover up mistakes like tattoos.

Now, let's delve on more on their holiday collection inspired by -- you guessed it -- desserts!

Happy Skin has come up with a rick, delectable line up for the yuletide season aptly named The Happy Skin Save Room For Dessert Holiday Collection 2014. Everything was carefully curated from the brand’s wonderful offerings, coming up with four fab tin sets that make indulgent Christmas treats.

“I’ve always loved getting Christmas sets that had the best of everything,” shares Happy Skin co-founder Jacqe Yuentgian-Gutierrez. “Christmas is the perfect season to make women more happy so we culled favorites from our lineup, developed some especially yummy Christmas-edition shades, and wrapped all these all up in pretty, gift-ready tins. We transformed the tin boxes to make each one as delectable as a dessert!”

The Forbidden Fruit (set of 3 lippies at P1,399 or P549 each)

The famous Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Lippie have newer, bolder shades for the Ber months. “Our lippies have excellent color pigmentation, high level of moisturization (that they almost feel like a balm), and can last for hours without retouching!” says Jacqe. Co-founder of the brand Rissa Mananquil-Trillo shares, “We’re really proud of our multi-tasking lippies. They give everything that a woman’s lips need in just one amazing product! What makes [women] love it even more at first swipe is the fact that Happy Skin lippies go so well with any skin tone – from fair skinned, to chinita, and morena.” In this particular Christmas set are the following NEW yummy shades:

• Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me in Mistletoe Kiss, a bold red, perfect for crimson lips during holiday season and beyond.
• Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me in Under The Sheets, a nude with a hint of delicious mocha, making it a bit bolder than your regular nudes, but equally as versatile.
• Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me in Naughty and Nice, a very wearable berry pink that can go from day to night!

Happy Skin Sealed With A Kiss (set of 3 bestselling lippies at P1,299)

This is Happy Skin's small gift back to their loyal fans: a collection of the top 3 best-selling Shut Up & Kiss Me lip pies.
It has the following top shades in a novel kiss-marked tin:

First Kiss has a huge fan base because of its bold yet pretty pink hue. “It’s so well-loved because this is a kind of pink that whispers classy more than pa-cute,” explains Rissa. Summer Fling is a great marriage of peach and pink. “It looks so good in photos and videos, and was a huge favorite all over Instagram!” Rissa adds. And finally, Crushing On You is the must-have nude hue everyone is gushing about! “So many women declared this as their favorite everyday lippie,” Rissa shares.

Happy Skin Eye Candy (set of 4 mini eyeliners at P1,299)

Eye Candy is a collection of limited edition colors of their bestselling gel eyeliners. Instead of the usual brown or black, the latest eye pencils give you new must-have hues with a hint of modern, wearable pearl. 

Line your eyes with a pretty Plum. It’ll make everyone wonder why there’s something different about you but they just can’t pinpoint what,” suggests Rissa. Or, try Watermelon, which has a statement-making “hint of deep green with the familiarity of everyone’s favorite brown,” Rissa explains. You may also dab the icy pale pink hue of Cotton Candy in the inner corners of your eyes for an illuminating finish. “Then, to freshen up the typical smoky eye, line with the golden Butterscotch for an edgy and ethereal look,” suggests Rissa.

Happy Skin Served on A Silver Platter (collection of 5 bestselling products at P1,999)

The ultimate gift set in the collection! It has Happy Skin’s top-selling products. It contains Shut Up & Kiss Me Honeymoon Glow lippie (it’s been called the Holy Grail of lippies), the Get Cheeky With Me blush in First Kiss, the Eye Am Here to Stay 24H Gel Eyeliner, a tube of our much-acclaimed SS cream, and a foundation brush.

If in doubt, this is what you need to give to your picky best friend or hard-to-please aunts. This kit equips you not just with their bestsellers but also with their tried and tested favourites.

In Happy Skin’s Christmas book, dessert, it seems, must always come first.

Happy 1st anniversary again Happy Skin & more power!

Happy Skin is available at Rustan’s Makati and Rustan’s Shangri-La, Beauty Bar and Plains & Prints stores nationwide. Follow them on Instagram: @happyskin_ph #happyskinbeauty