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Conversations with

Katrina Razon

BY GISELLE GO

Photographs by Katrina Razon

What do you get when you cross Coachella with Burning Man? A festival hybrid of sorts called Wonderfruit. The tropical eco-festival is held yearly in Thailand where six pillars are celebrated – music, art, farming, wellness, workshops, and natural adventures. Between performances by the likes of Wild Beasts and Yeasayer, you can catch a talk or two about sustainability by recognized figures such as Bali’s John Hardy of The Green School.

Yes, they talk the talk but festival-goers have to walk the walk, too. Wonderfruit is a plastic-free event with an on-site filtration system for water refills, while bars serve drinks in biodegradable cups where part of the proceeds are put towards planting mangrove trees in Myanmar. Permaculture is explored via an on-site farm, where produce grown is served in the festival’s own Wonder Feast, a communal dining experience. While social responsibility is at the heart of Wonderfruit, having a good time remains high on the agenda – the whole festival is built to create an atmosphere where people can dance, do some yoga, fall in love, and generally have a good time.

Enter Katrina Razon, the chic director behind the festival – we chat with her about all things beauty and Wonderfruit.

Hi, Katrina! Tell us about yourself.

I am the founder of KSR Ventures, director of Wonderfruit and a managing partner at Third Culture Music + Media, and a DJ. Manila is my hometown but I currently live in LA.

Magical scenes from the eco-festival Wonderfruit in Thailand.

“[At Wonderfruit,] we pride ourselves as a sustainable event where we aim to catalyze positive impact through collective action… We offset our carbon footprint by planting mangrove trees, which are considered climate heroes, on top of banning single-use plastic at the event. This year marks our fifth year anniversary and we are lucky that a community has grown out of the annual gathering.”

Please tell us about Wonderfruit. How did the idea come about?

Wonderfruit is a lifestyle festival held annually at Pattaya, Thailand. I serve as a director of the festival where I oversee programming, content and operations. It is a festival brand that I hold closely to my heart since it celebrates six pillars: Music, Arts, Family, Farm to Feasts, Talks and Workshops, Wellness and Adventures. Moreover, we pride ourselves as a sustainable event where we aim to catalyze positive impact through collective action. For instance, we offset our carbon footprint by planting mangrove trees, which are considered climate heroes, on top of banning single-use plastic at the event. This year marks our fifth year anniversary and we are lucky that a community has grown out of the annual gathering.

Do you have a beauty ritual you can share with us?

I always wash my face every morning and night before bed. In between, I spray on Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir and Glossier’s sunscreen. I use Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Liquid Under Eye Concealer with BareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer on my T-Zone and cheeks. Afterwards, I apply Benefit’s Watt’s Up! highlighter on my nose followed by Shu Uemura’s Eyebrow Manicure to set my eyebrows. Finally, I apply K Palette’s brown liquid eyeliner on my upper eyelid. I try to highlight my eyes in my routine without putting any eyeliner on my waterline since it makes me seem more tired! I make sure I moisturize my skin in the evenings as well.

 

At home whether at festivals, in her current L.A. residence, or in the tropical islands of her native Philippines.

“I always wash my face every morning and night before bed… I make sure I moisturize my skin in the evenings as well… All of my favorite products nourish my skin throughout my busy days.”

Are there things you look for in particular in your beauty products?

I aim to find products that have dual action and combine skincare and makeup at once. All of my favorite products nourish my skin throughout my busy days.

What inspires your work?

I always find inspiration from my work when I see the smiles on people’s faces during my events. My sources of inspiration draw out from music, which is why I love living in L.A. where there are back-to-back concerts every week.

Katrina’s wardrobe and interiors is informed by a personal aesthetic in which chic, independent designers and whimsical touches are championed.

“My sources of inspiration draw out from music, which is why I love living in L.A. where there are back-to-back concerts every week.”

Where are your favorite travel destinations?

South Africa, Japan and Italy.

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