Travel | Avon Shanghai, Day 1

Have blog, will travel.

First of all, I would like to thank Avon, Philippines for inviting my blog to an exclusive press tour!

I received this cool accordion-like invite from Avon a month ago:

(Photo taken using Instagram)

Destination: Shanghai, China… Woohoo!

I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane

I was up before the crack of dawn to go to the airport. Thanks to the efficient and super organized Ogilvy team, I got to NAIA on time and checking in was a breeze. I appreciate this kind of arrangement especially since I only had 4 hours of sleep. Zzz…

Thoughtful gestures: Team Avon welcomed everyone with fortune cookies and luggage tags with all the vital info on the back. Sweet!

 The fashion:

I don’t usually post the brands of clothes I wear, but I always get tweets on where I bought my clothes and accessories para wala ng kulitan, eto na mga kapatid:

Jil Sander x Uniqlo trench coat (with detachable quilted lining) + Zara oversized sweater + Franco Sarto boots + Dior sunglasses + Swarovski crystal rings + Kate Spade tote + Delsey "Karat" suitcase + Orly "Jealous Much?" nail polish

Touchdown, Shanghai!

The crew:

Avon team + Newspaper, magazine, and online magazine editors/writers + One blogger

Clockwise: Team Philippines arrived at Pudong International Airport; Personalized luggage tag courtesy of Avon; (L) Avon Philippines Head for PR and Communications Faith Fernandez- Aranton and Avon Southeast Asia Cluster Category Head for Skincare Carla Enage-Cruz

From left: Managing Editor of StyleBible.ph, Isha Andaya; (L) Cosmopolitan Assistant Beauty Editor Regina Belmonte and Philippine Star Lifestyle Writer Cai Subijano

From left: (L) Mega Magazine Beauty Editor Kim Reyes-Palanca and Metro Magazine Beauty Editor Charmagne Laconico; (R) Preview Magazine Beauty Editor Cindy Go with Look Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Stef Cabal

This is how we roll:

Taking the limo service from the Pudong International Airport to our hotel would have taken an hour and a half to get there. It was faster to ride the Shanghai Maglev (magnetic levitation) Train or Shanghai Transrapid which is also conveniently located inside the airport. According to our guide, it’s the fastest train in Asia! It only took 8 minutes from the airport to Xintiandi! Winner!

The Maglev Train can reach 350 kph (220 mph) in two minutes, and is designed for normal operation with a maximum speed of 431 kph (268 mph). Ang bilis! Walang pagkakataong makaidlip.

We arrived at Xintiandi in a blink of an eye. What an experience! I lav et!

All aboard! (Photo courtesy of Willy Saw)

Home sweet home (for the next couple of day at least): Andaz Hotel

Andaz is Hyatt’s new collection of contemporary, boutique-inspired hotels.

The first Andaz in Asia is located in Xintiandi—a landmark entertainment area in the heart of downtown Shanghai, internationally acclaimed for its restored Shikumen architecture housing stylish restaurants, bars, and boutiques. Andaz Shanghai is a short walk to the Metro and the prestigious Huai Hai Zhong Road, one of Shanghai’s premier shopping areas.

The newly constructed 28-storey hotel features 307 spacious guest rooms measuring 41 square metres, including 47 premium rooms and suites ranging from 80–409 square metres, all with vibrant views over Shanghai.

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Check-in and meet and greet with the Avon, Shanghai team at the Andaz Hotel lobby.

Lunch at Andaz Hotel

We had a healthy and delicious meal for lunch.

My lovely room.

Welcome dinner at Ye Shanghai

A short but very interesting presentation followed after dinner.

Did you know?
• Avon is 125 years young!
• Avon is the world’s no. 1 direct selling company.
• They sell the largest volume of lipstick, one in every four seconds! Sold…1…2…3…4… Sold…1… 2… 3… 4… Sold… NKKLK!
•Avon is the world leader in mass fragrance
•Avon Global Philanthropy has donated $860 million globally for causes women care about most
•Avon is the largest supporter of breast cancer, $760 million

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF ANEW

The year 2012 sets a milestone in Anew’s heritage as it continues its pursuit to develop breakthrough anti-aging skincare products.

“This is truly a proud moment for us. Not only are we the no. 1 direct selling company in the world, but we are also unique in being a company for women that invests heavily in Research & Development as part of our commitment to women all over the world. This Discover Anew press tour highlights our celebration of Anew’s 20 years of continuous innovation,” said Bob M. Briddon, Avon Senior Vice President and Chief Business Unit Head for Asia Pacific and China. (Photo courtesy of Willy Saw)

Back in 1992, Avon introduced the use of alpha-hydroxy acid as a key ingredient in battling skin aging with the launch of its maiden product, Anew All Perfecting Complex for Face. Fast forward to 2012, Anew now has 7 lines that target skincare needs of women at every age, and has become a US$1 Billion Brand.

From left: Dr. Xiaochun Luo, Group Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Avon Global Research and Development; Anew Ambassador and skincare advocate, Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez; Bob M. Briddon, Avon Senior Vice President and Chief Business Unit Head for Asia Pacific and China ; Anew Avon Ambassador and former Malaysian beauty queen and singer Soo Wincci. (Photo courtesy of Willy Saw)

“Anew has been instrumental in the skin transformation of women all over the world. For 20 years, we have never stopped searching and developing products that serve as women’s aid in battling skin aging,” said Luo, who was also instrumental in building the Avon R&D Facility. “As we mark our 20th year, we launch a product that our team has been busy developing for the past 10 years. Anew Genics is what we consider our anti-aging miracle amongst our current portfolio of Anew products.”

About Avon Products, Inc.

Avon, the company for women, is a leading global beauty company, with over $10 billion in annual revenue.  As the world’s largest direct seller, Avon markets to women in more than 100 countries through approximately 6.5 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives.  Avon’s product line includes beauty products, as well as fashion and home products, and features such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, Anew, Skin-So-Soft, Advance Techniques, Avon Naturals, and Mark.  Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avoncompany.com.

It was a wonderful night and I learned a lot about Avon.

Shoppingera, tune in to my “Avon Shanghai, Day 2″ post… You don’t want to miss this!

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