Philippine bet Raiza Contawi was named Grand Winner of the recently concluded Asian Beauty Blogger Contest (ABBC) 2017 at Sing-sing Theater in Bangkok, Thailand. But for everyone who knows her, this didn’t come as a surprise. Her winning personality, quirky humor, and friendly disposition definitely came in handy while her beauty, brains, and passion proved a powerful force for this beauty vlogger’s victory!
ABBC 2017 Grand Winner Raiza Contawi (middle) poses with fellow winners Peng An-Hsing of Taiwan, 2nd Runner-up (left), and Thao Van Nguyen of Vietnam, 1st Runner-up (right) during the awarding ceremony.
Raiza was among the Top 5 contestants selected during its elimination round, which was held in the Philippines. They underwent a series of challenges gauging their product endorsement and makeup skills—all of which Raiza nailed! This led to her being flown to Thailand, where she represented our country for ABBC 2017. Her stellar performances can be still seen in a three-part reality show series in Cathy Doll Philippines’ Youtube and Facebook pages.
Pictured are the contestants, judges, and hosts of ABBC 2017 held last August 21.
On the night of the competition, Raiza bounced off the walls and her wit hit home, making her an instant crowd favorite. For her first challenge, the makeup artist and online influencer candidly shared how she accidentally picked up a toner instead of a makeup remover, but that the product actually worked when contestants were asked to take off their makeup in just three minutes!
The next challenge had contestants come up with an oriental-inspired, full-face makeup look in under 30 minutes. A fellow blogger commended Raiza for cleaning her table right after it was over, while the judges were awed by her use of liquid eyeliner to create strong, short brows. Combined with her mix of pink and orange eyeshadows on the eyelid and cheeks, the final result was amazing! Her makeup truly complimented the modern Geisha outfit she had on. And to top it off, Raiza displayed her ever upbeat and sassy self as she went about explaining the concept behind her look. It was clear soon after that everyone was hooked and was left admiring Raiza (even before she was announced as the Grand Winner!).
Judges were stunned by Raiza Contawi’s creativity when she created her winning Geisha inspired dramatic makeup look. Here, she is pictured with her whole ensemble—sleek hair which goes with the oriental chic theme and a combination of two elements: elegance and chic embodied in her black dress, and a modern and sophisticated kimono topped with quirky accessories!
It has been a crazy wonderful journey for her. “ABBC 2017 had given us the opportunity to showcase our talents and passion in the craft of beauty blogging. I’d like to thank Karmarts Club for bringing this to life as well as Cathy Doll Philippines for the support it had given not only to me but to the beauty community,” she says.
ABBC 2017 Grand Winner Raiza Contawi poses with Lifestrong Marketing Inc. General Manager Ms. Margaret Lee (right), fellow Filipina blogger Nikki Tiu of Askmewhats.com (second to the left), and LMI Marketing Officer Angela Lapitan (leftmost). Also present during the event is Lifestrong Marketing Inc. President Mr. Lance Lee.
Capping the experience with pride for the beauty community and proof that the Philippines can make it big internationally, the Cathy Doll Philippines team is proud to celebrate this achievement with Raiza and looks forward to supporting more talented, passionate vloggers.
Every year, ABBC scouts for the best beauty bloggers across Asia. Through Lifestrong Marketing Inc and sponsored by Karmarts Club, ABBC reached the Philippines in 2016 with its most popular skincare and cosmetic brand, Cathy Doll.