Tuesday Top 3: My Go-To Blushes

It has really been hectic day starting from work, then I took my daughter shopping and dealing with the heavy traffic! Traffic’s really worst when it’s raining.

But I don’t want to highlight my hectic day but instead I want to talk about Blushes! Though I’m not really a fan of putting blush (blush on) coz I’m a contour devotee. But… In my case it is deemed necessary because I’m a pale kinda gal. If I go out there without blush on or lipstick, I literally look like a sick kid.

On today’s Tuesday Top Three, I want to share to you guys My Go-To Blushes that I have tried and really works for me if I’m in a hurry and I’m pretty pretty sure that this’ll do it for the working girls out there or students on the go.

1. Avon Flavor Savers lip balm in Bubblegum

I discovered this one when I was in Senior High School. I just noticed that my lip balm really doesn’t do the trick only on my lips. I still look pale with my face powder on and my Avon Flavor Savers on my lips. I tried dabbing the lip balm on my upper cheek bone going upwards. And my! Highlighter was not a thing during that time but it looked like I had blush slash highlighter on my cheek bones. It kind of gave me a warm glow and a lot of my friends noticed it too. (Note: No skin break out happened)
2. Sophie Magic Pink Cream

This pink goodie can be used as a lip tint and blush. But on my case it doesn’t work for me as a lip tint that will last all say. But… It does it’s magic on my cheeks. It’s very smooth and easy to apply. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing your concealer, bb cream or already mattified your face with powder, the Sophie Magic Pink Cream will glide smoothly on your face. And works well from dry to oily skin but not on too oily skin I suppose. It’s like an instant magic blush and I recommend it.
3. Revlon Matte Balm + Pond’s Age defying Cream

Last but not least, I created my own cream blush. It’s been an old school beauty hack to use your lipstick as a blush on too. And I know almost all of us girls (plus our moms) have tried this trick. But to make it a lot easier with extra moisturizing benefits I am using Pond’s Age Defying Cream together with my Revlon Matte Balm in Showy. These products are for my personal recommendation only. You are free to use whatever lipstick you have or facial cream that you prefer. You just have to dab the lipstick on your finger and apply it on your cheeks then dab a very tiny amount of moisturizer to smoothen out the lipstick blush on your cheeks. And that’s it!

I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog as much as I enjoyed sharing my Go-To Blushes. I would like to know your blush hacks too or your ideas by leaving it on the comments section. Thanks again for reading! 😉

My Interesting MakeUp Storage Ideas

I’m all about makeup and it’s all about mess of you’re not able to keep ’em all organized. Right now, my makeups are placed on transparent containers that I’ve bought from a store, I’m also using a transparent jar, and I also tried using a wine glass for my makeup brushes.And even a cupcake stand that right now I’m using as a container for my perfumes. Weird but resourceful right?

Despite those stuff that I tried in organizing my makeup I still want to have those big acrylic makeup holders as seen on the photo below.

That being showed, I’m still the type who’s very creative and into DIY stuff and finding other purposes for a particular stuff (insert resourceful).

Like this transparent jar or vase below. I want to try it with a small aquarium or any transparent jar with an unusual shape will do and put marbles or huge fake pearl beads in it. The marbles or beads will hold your makeup brushes or makeup sticks (eg. eye liner, liquid liner, mascara, lip liners etc.)

Now this another DIY photo below is something that I really can use for my lipsticks so I can see the label on them. I believe it’ll just take at least 3-4 circular transparent containers that you can glue with a glue gun together. Isn’t it convenient? 🙂

On this next one as shown on the photo below it used metal trays and it really does look very very classy! Hence the effort. I have those kind of trays at home but it’s really huge like it’s really meant to serve lotsa food on the table!

Below are a few photos that I wanted to for my room that are somehow achievable. I’m really into whites and transparent. I like it neat and seeing everything or rather accessible looking.




But for now I gotta stick with what I have. And you can try my makeup storage ideas at home too! You can spice it up by putting glittery ribbons on it or spray paint on it. Do whatever you like and I would love to read your ideas by leaving it on the comments below. Thanks again for reading! 😉

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Five Friday Faves: Ways to clean your makeup brushes

Makeup brushes and sponges are tools that are very essential for me when I do my makeup and I’m pretty sure that all of the makeup lovers out there would agree with me or for some it’s the holy grail of makeup application. Though I admit that I still use my hands when I apply my foundation, concealer, blush and eye shadow.

And I just wanted to highlight the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes/sponges.
How dirty brushes affect your skin
While your bristles pick up pigments, they also collect dirt, oil, and bacteria—and this affects Beauties with sensitive or acne-prone skin the most! “This buildup can be transferred to your skin and cause breakouts,” says Dr. Tanzi. The risk of infection is lower with blush and face powder brushes since they are not coming in contact with wet areas like the eyes and mouth, which can harbor more bacteria and viruses.
Click here to read more from original article

Having that said, I honestly don’t clean my makeup brushes once a week. Sometimes it takes a month for me to clean it. What I do is every time after I use it, I dab my brush on a cotton ball with toner on it. And I suggest for you guys not to do what I do.

Before I really don’t know how to clean my makeup brushes, so what I do was I pour makeup remover on each brush and clean the bristles using my fingers on running water. It does the job but it does take a toll on my makeup remover too. Since then I’ve done some research of how to clean your makeup brushes the “home made way” since I really don’t want to spend big on makeup cleaners. (My mindset was: I’m not a makeup pro to spend a lot on those kinda stuff) Soooo, here are my Five Friday Faves that show Ways to clean your makeup brushes.

1. Cleaning makeup brushes using a dishwashing liquid and extra virgin olive oil
The video below is an old school youtube tutorial from Michelle Phan and until now I still do this kind of cleaning with my makeup brushes. Personally I use baby oil instead of
extra virgin olive oil. I recommend this tutorial because the dishwashing liquid disinfects while the oil conditions the brushes.

2. Cleaning makeup brushes using baby shampoo + warm water

Basically the concept from the first video is just the same. But I rarely do this since I don’t have a stock of baby shampoo at home and would not use adult shampoo as an alternative since it has different chemicals on it. I recommend this because the baby shampoo is mild on the hair and warm water removes bacteria. Note:WARM not Hot. Hot water might cause the bristles of the brush to fall out.

3. Cleaning makeup brushes with Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser + MakeUp Washing Brush Egg
I honestly don’t knoe where to buy the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser besides online but I personally think that you can use baby soap instead. I just purchased a MakeUp Washing Brush Egg but haven’t used it. On this video it’s finally making sense to me now. And for me, among these 5 ways to clean your makeup brushes, this is my most favorite way to clean makeup brushes. I really really recommend this tutorial and having the MakeUp Washing Brush Egg.

4. Cleaning makeup brushes with makeup remover + kitchen towel
Now why kitchen towel instead of a regular tissue? It’s because a kitchen towel does not tear easily. I use this method if I’m too lazy to prep materials and go to the kitchen sink. The video below is as easy as 1-2-3, but I have to admit it’s somehow a waste of makeup remover/cleanser.

5. Cleaning makeup brushes with dishwashing liquid + makeup remover + baby oil and the MakeUp Washing Brush Egg
Last but not least. My own MakeUp brushes/sponge cleansing technique. I don’t have it on video since I’m blogging from the hospital right now (and I am recovering). My technique is like a mash up of the tutorials 1 to 4. As seen on the photo that I created below. These are the tools to be used.

So, on a clean tray or plate (preferrably white) pour the dishwashing liquid (40%), baby oil (40%), and makeup remover (20%). I did include percentages on them just for you to gauge the amount of product to put on the plate or tray. Then, grab all your dirty makeup brushes and sponges and put them aside near the tray/plate then one by one, starting with your brush, swipe the mixture in circular motion, once you have a thick consistency with the makeup residue, grab your makeup washing brush egg and brush it under running tap water. And place your cleaned brush on a neat towel or kitchen towel aside if you prefer. I do recommend to clean all the brushes first and then make another set of mixture for the sponges. The difference of the cleansing technique with the sponges is that you have to squeeze it several times to ensure that all of those makeup residue are out and brush it on the makeup washing brush egg.

And there you go! I hope today’s blog made you realize how important it is and how easy it is to clean your makeup brushes and sponges because it’s for your own skin. I want to know your ideas too by leaving it on the comments section below. Thanks again for reading! 😉

Tuesday Top 3: Things I’d tell to my teenage-self

On today’s blog post I’m not sharing any beauty products that I love but instead, it will be beauty tips or advices that I want to tell to my teenage-self.

Don’t touch your own eyebrows!
When I was in high school I’m very curious in trying a lot of things on my face. I tried shaving my eyebrows too thin and accidentally shaved almost half of my left (or right I can’t remember) eyebrow. So I ended up regrowing them but still I plucked and maintained my eyebrows too thin.


I want to tell my teenage-self to have a professional do her eye brows and ask for maintenance tips.

Drink lotsa water!
I’m so fond of drinking coffee and more milk tea that I tend to forget to drink water. Water relieves Fatigue, treats Headaches and Migraines (i have it before or during that time of the month), it helps in Digestion and Constipation, it flushes Out Toxins too.

According to some research that I did, water helps in improving skin too. I’ll tell my teenage-self then “Hey! Don’t skip the water!”

Don’t do that to your clothes
Way back, I used to to cut or tear (not all) my clothes to make something unique and it really ended up not really good.

So to my teenage-self, don’t do that! Trends are come and go and sometimes it even returns like that flared pants, don’t alter it too make it look like skinny jeans.

That’s all for today. How about you guys? What would you advise to your old teenage-self? I want to know your ideas by leaving it on the comments section below. Thanks again for reading! 😉

Five Friday Faves: Eating like a model

People nowadays are somehow conscious with their health and bodies. Being fit is now actually a trend which is actually good and having a role model for being fit is actually good.

As for me, I am slim but I still believe I should watch what I eat and still workout to increase my endurance and boost my immune system. I’m a strong believer that being slim and just eating healthy is not about starving yourself to be accepted by society, but instead you’re doing it because you know it benefits your body.

So today I researched what my five favorite models eat and just to get some ideas pf eating healthy. In order to eat healthy, it doesn’t have to be exact as what they eat but at least you’ll have a gist of creating your own menu for a healthy diet. And here you go:

  1. Taylor Hill
    She’s one of my newest favorite American model. I first saw her on Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2015. She was discovered in a barn (you read that right) and started print ads for Forever 21.


    “For breakfast I had:
 Yogurt parfait.
    For lunch I had:
 A ham sandwich.
    For dinner I had:
 Chicken and vegetables, yum!
    Today I snacked on:
 Almonds.
    My signature healthy smoothie is: 
Bananas, strawberries, peanut butter, yogurt, and ice.

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  1. Irina Shayk
    I first saw her on Armani fashion shows and then on a Sports Illustrated magazine. This Russian beauty. She was also the 1st Russian model that graced the cover in 2011 and Models.com


    What are some of Irina Shayk’s eating habits? Shayk stays away from caffeine and drinks plenty of water, fresh green juices, and green tea throughout the day. Shayk’s other healthy food favorites include oatmeal, kefir, hot lemon water, soups, vegetables, and fruits. For lunch, Shayk may consume a green salad with fish or chicken. For dinner, she may eat fish, chicken, or turkey breast with lentils.
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  2. Miranda Kerr
    She is my model peg for life! Many models are very famous nowadays but Miranda is just remarkable. When I first saw her on Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show I know she will be an instant VS Angel. And she is just an advocate of everything organic and healthy.


    Miranda’s day on a plate
    First thing: “My morning routine starts with warm water and lemon, then a protein shake.”
    Breakfast: “Eggs over easy, avocado, sauerkraut, sea salt and macadamia nut oil.
    Lunch: “Grilled chicken and salad.”
    Dinner: “Quinoa salad with chicken cooked in coconut oil and turmeric, with a spinach and walnut salad.”
    Snacks: “Blueberries, almonds or goji berries. I also love an apple with some almond butter.”

    Click here for the original article

  3. Gigi Hadid
    I first admired Gigi when I saw her on one of the print ads for Guess. I did not really know her name wayback then until she started stepping up her game. Started modeling for Tom Ford, Max Mara, Balmain, Victoria’s Secret and Tommy Hilfiger.

BREAKFAST
Gigi’s mornings start out pretty typical: “I usually eat breakfast or have coffee before I do anything,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “I live near the Smile, and I love their scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast. I drink orange juice and coffee always.”
LUNCH
Gigi typically works out in the mornings, so by lunch, girlfriend is hungry. “My personal motto is: ‘Eat clean to stay fit, have a burger to stay sane,'” she said (adopting that for ourselves ASAP). “So if I’m in the mood I’ll go to JG Melon in the West Village.” If she’s eating clean that day, it’s back to the Smile for lunch. “They have a little arugula salad that I could eat every day,” she said.
SNACKS
If you didn’t love her before, you’ll really love her now: Gigi’s go-to afternoon snack is ice cream. “There used to be an Emack & Bolio’s on Houston Street, which is my favorite ice-cream place. I love the Grasshopper Pie,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “One day it was closed and I almost cried. Now I’ll just Postmate pints of it to my apartment.”
DINNER
Gigi loves to “cook and watch a movie,” but if she’s headed out, it’s to “Bond Street for sushi.”
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  1. Kendall Jenner
    This reality tv star turned to model is definitely skyrocketing in the fashion industry. Many people were saying she’s only famous because of her family’s background. But I believe she has the looks and absolutely killing it on the runway and covers in the fashion industry.

Drinking green tea every day is part of her healthy diet. The tea helped Jenner lose 15 pounds before she walked the catwalk for Chanel’s spring lineup in January. This is likely due to green tea’s EGCG content—it’s a powerful antioxidant that can help people lose weight when they drink the tea regularly.
But one of her other secrets to losing weight and keeping it off is to have a shot of apple cider vinegar every day. Apple cider vinegar has long been used for many health ailments and weight loss; however, while anecdotal evidence supports these claims, there is little scientific research to substantiate it.
Another diet trick that helped Kendall Jenner lose weight was to eat fiber first thing in the morning and load up on it so that she remained full for hours after. A typical breakfast for her was oatmeal with eggs and avocado. Eggs and oatmeal are a common combination for athletes and weightlifters because of the high protein/carb combination.
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And there you have it! Personally, I got addicted to Chinese Pu Erh tea. I’ll prolly go back to drinking it again everyday. By the way there’s a proper way of drinking tea and I’ll blog it anytime soon. Also I’m planning to do my food groceries again and stop buying fast food. It’s just sometimes I can’t stop myself from eating fried or garlic rice for breakfast with scrambled eggs or my Mc Donald’s brekky craving such as the Egg Mc muffin and then I put hashbrown together with the cheese and egg.

But guys, eating healthy is not about depriving yourself from your favorite foods. It’s just that I believe we can start that little by little then perhaps it’s best to schedule a cheat day. Don’t you think?
Well guys I hope this blog gave you an idea how you can start eating healthy and how are you going to incorporate those healthy food in your usual diet. Thanks again for reading! 😉

No Makeup MakeUp look

So today I decided to stick to nude colors to achieve this No MakeUp MakeUp Look.  I did not put too much on my eyes today and skipped the eye liner. But for my eye brows I have to fill in all the spaces there since I also colored it when I dyed my hair and it looks like I don’t have my eye brows. (I miss my old eye brows)

img_0276Also, I had my hair braided today by one of my friends at work (thanks Jenn!). I have listed below the products that I have used for today’s No Makeup Makeup Look.
img_0277Eyebrows: BYS Eye Shadow Powder
Eyelids: LA Girl Nude Eye Shadow Palette
Eye lashes: Maybelline HyperCurl
Lippie: Maybelline Matte lipstick in Darlingly Nude
Cheeks:Revlon Matte Balm in Showy
Contour: BYS Eye Shadow Powder
Face: NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Powder Foundation
That’s all for today. Just a quick tip, this No MakeUp Makeup Look always depends on your skin tone and don’t ever ever skip the blush and the lips. You don’t want to look sick. The goal is to look effortlessly natural and fresh. I want to hear more of your ideas by leaving it on the comments section below. Thanks again for reading! 😉

Five Friday Faves: Beauty hacks

When it comes to products. Not only beauty products, I believe that it has lots of use and it can become an instant remedy. I’m talking about general stuff here guys. But since this is a beauty blog, I want to share some hacks that I’ve learned through the years that I have applied personally. Let’s get started!

1. Dried up eye liner pencil?
Use a lighter to heat your eye liner pencil for just a few seconds only. The heat will slightly melt the eye liner, making it easier for you to apply it again on your eye brows or eye lids. Remember: heat it for a few seconds only!

2. Broken eye shadow palette?
Head to your toiletries and get your alcohol (isopropyl or ethyl, it doesn’t matter). Pour it on the broken eye shadow palette and piece it together and flatten it with your fingers. Leave it for 30-50minutes until it totally dries up. Voila! You’ve got your eye shadow palette pieced back together again!
TIP: You can also use the same technique on a broken foundation face powder.

 

3. Hair and scalp too oily and sweaty?
Now this I sweat it really works for me especially when I’m done with my workout and I don’t want the feeling of oily and sweaty hair and scalp. Grab a baby powder and put a good amount in your palm if you have long hair. Then comb your hands on your hair and massage it. The powder will absorb the excess oil and sweat. No need to worry that it will leave white spots on your hair. As long as you’ll towel it off or even just a tissue, will do the trick! Plus this beauty hack gives your hair volume too!

 

4. Dry lips?
Of course you wouldn’t want to apply your lipstick on dried lips. There are instances that there’s this dryness even if you applied your lip balm. Then this means your lips needs a little exfoliating. You can apply your favorite lip balm or even a petroleum jelly on your lips then head to your kitchen’s cupboard to get a half teaspoon of sugar (or even less) then scrub it on your lips. This will help buff out the dead skin off from your lips then wipe it off with a tissue then you’re good to apply your lippie. And why sugar and not salt? Because sugar is somehow rounder than salt and incase your lips are chapped or wounded, at least the sugar won’t burn or sting. Got it? Good!

 

5. Almost dried up mascara?
Yep you’ve read almost because it this technique that I honestly use on my mascaras but I just have a feeling that it wouldn’t work on totally dried up mascaras. So last but but not least of my five fave hacks… Boil water enough for a tea or coffee cup. Once your poured the hot water on your cup, soak your mascara on the cup. Leave it for 15-20 minutes then remove it from the cup and dry it. Since your mascara was heated, it’s easier to apply it again on your lashes.

There you have it guys! It’s good to know these hacks for us ladies especially to my fellow beauty addicts out there because this is a matter of beauty emergency and we wouldn’t just want to throw our products away or just use it for it’s sole purpose only.

Also I want to know your ideas or if you have your beauty hacks too! I would love to read them and let’s share it with each other by leaving your comments below. Thanks again for reading! 😉