LIPSTICK EXPERIMENT

Got a bit bored and experimented with two lippies (Wet n Wild and LA girl) that I rarely use to come up with a new shade. Topped that off a moisturizing lip balm (Baby Lips from Maybelline). Enjoy!

My 5 tips on joining beauty pageants if you’re not a pageant-girl

Hi guys! I haven’t been blogging a lot lately. Been busy with work and other things outside of work. I have recently been part of this pageant in our office which is the search for the company’s image model and I want to share to you guys photos from this event.

I am honestly not a pageant-girl but have I have walked for fashion shows for work purposes. I just don’t like the feeling that I have to compete with other ladies for a title. That’s just my personal opinion. I’m happy to have been part of this event.

img_1231img_1232I have put extra effort on my makeup but as you can see I didn’t put much of an effort on my hair. I honestly just towel dried my hair and combed it. Luckily we have hair stylists and makeup artists there for the event. One of them hair-iron straightened my hair. My hair was a disaster on my evening gown look but I love it. I’m comfortable and that’s just me. I didn’t intend to be over glammed up.

Photo credits (below) to Al Cardenas

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Photo credits to Ecko Luis


I didn’t win the title but I was so happy for my friend/team mate Jenn who won a special award for Miss Photogenic. So proud coz I did her makeup! I didn’t win any special awards that night but was part of the top 5. I was the first one called. I honestly didn’t expect it because, 1) I didn’t spent money for this pageant (well except for food and my makeup). 2) I didn’t win any special awards. And 3) I don’t have that huge of fan-base.
It was a nerve racking experience because I was first called for the question and answer portion and I’m so scared I might go on a mental block or answer too much weirdness. The question was, if my name will be put on the dictionary, what would it mean and why? I totally don’t remember my answer but I remember saying that my name would mean optimistic and hardworking. Besides that it’s my personality, I want people to feel that when they used that word which is my name, it will serve its positive purpose (the hell I really don’t know where did that came from). Each contestant was able to answer well and I’m just happy and relieved for everyone. The one that I speculated who would win actually won. I’ve thought it because, 1) I honestly think she nailed her photo for the pre pageant, 2) she performs well, 3) she really have a huge fan base. Congrats to Gelly! (I wish I know her full name)

I’ll update my blog soon as I was able to get good photos from the pageant.

It was quite an experience but I swore to myself that this would be the last pageant that I’ll be joining. I really feel that I’m kinda old for this kind of stuff and I want to focus on my work and becoming a makeup artist (please support me on this venture!) I wanted to end this blog post about:

Tips on joining beauty pageants if you’re not a pageant-girl (Yep! You’ve read that right)
1. Take good care of your skin.
– remember its a beauty pageant. Always hydrate. Don’t sleep with your makeup on. Wash your face with your trusted face wash and don’t forget that a toner is a must plus your moisturizer.
2. Ensure you have a good makeup on you.
– it’s either you learn from the internet or get a friend to do your makeup for you.
3. Always attend rehearsals.
– you get to know your co-contestants well and share tips. Also you don’t want to miss out any changes in the flow of the show.
4. Have a good support system.
– those are your family and friends. They will keep you motivated.
5. Be thankful.
– its not all the time that you’ll be joining this kind of event. The fact that you were chosen to join is because people believe you have a potential. 🙂

I would love to know what you think about this blog! Please leave a comment below. Thanks again for reading! 😉

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! 😉

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! 😉

Tuesday Top 3: Must-Rush Makeup

Back in my high school days I remember that I’m really not into so much makeup. When I stepped into junior high I started fixing myself and my must-haves are: lip balm, face powder and sometimes an eye liner and that’s it!

Growing up I discover new stuff about beauty and it’s just overwhelming that nowadays there are lot of stuff that you can put on your face especially makeup. It’s as fast-paced as technology.

Way back then, makeup is just about covering imperfections and enhance a few features on the face. But now, there’s contouring, strobing and etcetera! And sometimes when I do my basic makeup, the basic doesn’t feel so basic anymore. I put on my concealer, foundation powder, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, blush, lipstick and sometimes even contour!

There also those in-a-rush days or lazy days wherein I don’t really pay much attention to my face but still care to look presentable. Or rather put an effort not looking pale or sick.

  1. Eye brow pencil
    The eye brows literally frames the face and it can actually do a manor change on how your face actually looks. Personally, I go from my natural shaped eye brows with a slight arch to full eye brows. Depending on my mood actually.

    I’m not really particular when it comes to brand of eye brow pencil but A few good brands that I have used are NYX, BYS and Clinique. I was supposed to put mascara here but… Eye lashes doesn’t really have a huge face framing factor unlike your eye brows which really is a game changer. #EyeBrowsForLife
  2. Foundation powder
    I am literally the Queen of Oiliness. And I just can’t go on with my life without a good foundation powder that will help me get through the day with minimal touch ups.
    Right now I am using NYX Stay Matte not Flat Powder Foundation and ELF Two-way Foundation Powder.
  3. Lipstick
    I’m a sick-looking kid without lipstick. That’s why I make sure I always have one one on me. For a bolder look I always go for those shades that are dark red, burgundy or close to maroon. I’m not into shiny lippies. I actually go with something creamy to matte finish. And I double the duty by applying it as a blush too.

    Right now my dual purpose lipsticks are Revlon Matte Balm in Showy and Maybelline Matte lipstick in Ravishing Rose and my go-to red lippies up to date are Jordana Matte lipstick in Berry and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague. (Disclaimer: Prague is not actually red. It’s actually dark pink in color. And it may look red for some)

And that’s for my Tuesday Top 3 for this week. I want to know your top 3 makeup must-haves too and your makeup recommendations for those lazy days by sharing it on the comments section below. Thanks again for reading! 😉

30 Random questions about me

Today’s my 30th birthday! And on today’s blog I decided to post random questions about me (that I honestly answered. And please feel free to repost this on your blog or on your Facebook wall just for fun! I personally did not come up with these questions and I just googled it on the internet and came across this blog.

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Originally it has 50 random questions. However, I have only copied 1 to 30 of it. You may click here for the original link.

Let’s start!

1. What is your best friend’s name?
Her name is Erika. She’s my childhood best friend that I met in the province. Her mom and MY mom are childhood friends. 🙂

2. Who would you throw into the Bermuda Triangle?
No one! Hahaha!

3. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Uhm… Technically it’s open coz  I turned my bedroom into a walk-in closet

4. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels?
Hahaha! Yes! And I put it in our bathroom for guest use or take it with me when I travel.

5. Have you ever stolen a street sign?
Nope. Will never do that.

6. Do you always smile for pictures?
No. What if I’m in a fierce mood, right?

7. Do you ever dance even if there is no music playing?
My body is not programmed to dance sorry!

8. How many people have you slept with this week?
WTH! No one. I’m not a sl**.

9. What is your song of the week?
Find you by Zedd

10. Do you still watch cartoons?
Rarely. But I like Family Guy, The Cleveland show and Fish hooks.

11. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
In a beach somewhere.

12. Heels or flats?
Heels. But I always have flats with me if I’m wearing my heels.

13. What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
For Comedy I still love White Chicks. For Romance its A Walk to Remember.

14. Last person you kissed?
My daughter 🙂

  1. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
    Hmm. Yes if the concept is high fashion.

16. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
A few months ago?

17. Can you change the oil on a car?
Yes I can. My dad taught me! I also know how to check if the oil needs to be changed.

18. Are you dating?
I’m not going to answer 🙂 But I prefer not to date several guys. Not getting any younger.

19. Describe your ideal proposal?
I can’t think of something very specific. But I want something  that will totally surprise me. Like I don’t have any idea at all that the guy will pop the question. The place and the moment is a factor for me 🙂

20. Are you lazy?
I am. Especially when I’m tired.

21. How many languages can you speak?
2 only. English and Filipino 🙂

22. Are you stubborn?
I honestly think I still am.

23. Ever watch soap operas?
Wait! How are soap operas different from TV series? Coz if you’re talking about the drama ones, its a no no no no for me. I already have so much drama in my life and don’t want to aggravate it. LOL not productive for someone like me.

24. Nicknames
Most of my friends call me “Nads”. A few people from work call me “Amanda” (that’s my second name). But I really prefer just Nadine 🙂

25. Ever used a gun?
A water gun! And the one that has paint balls on it

26. How old were you when you had your first kiss?
I was 16 and it sucked.

27. What color was the last bra you bought?
Not sure if it’s black or dark blue

28. Does anyone know the password to your email address?
No one.

29. Do you want any tattoos?
Maybe. A tiny one will do

30. Any strange habits?
Not so sure. But I still put spicy stuff on spicy food. Is that strange?

 

There! I answered it with full honesty. I find some questions weird and some questions are surprising because I never really thought of it. Again, this is just for fun and for my readers to know more about me. You can share these questions and answer it with your friends and have a good laugh.

Thanks again for reading! 😉

Ways to flawless lashes: My DOs and DON’Ts

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Besides focusing on my eyebrows when doing my makeup is I pay extra attention when I put mascara on my eye lashes. I’m self-confessed that I always always mess up my mascara. It usually gets into my eyelids or under my eyes and the ever typical problem: the clumps.

That being said, I’ve come up with my proven ways on how to get neatly done lashes or should I say flawless lashes.


DO: Curl your lashes and make sure that your eye lash curler is not damaged. Especially the rubber part where you primp your lashes. Sometimes the rubber gets torn, resulting for your eye lashes to get stuck there.
DO: When pulling out the wand of your mascara, remove the excess mascara by twisting it upwards or leaving the excess on the inner tube of your mascara. This prevents your lashes from clumping due to excess mascara.
DO: Look straight. Not upwards. Not downwards. When applying mascara. I find it better rather than looking upwards coz I noticed that’s always the time that I accidentally put mascara on my eyelids.
DO: Have an eye lash comb/brush ready while applying mascara. What I do is I comb my eye lashes after a few swipes to prevent it from (again) clumping. I also comb my eye lashes while its still on the eye lash curler.

DON’T: ever. EVER curl your eye lashes right after applying your mascara. Worst case is that your eye lashes might stick on the curler and rip your lashes off when you remove your eye lash curler. (Yep. It can happen)
DON’T: Heat your eye lash curler with a blower. I know that you’ve read it several times on different websites but I strongly suggest No. I’ve done this before and I end up slightly burning the sides of my outer eye and eye lid. Always remember that the skin around the eyes are the most sensitive ones so be extra careful with it. Just curl it for a few minutes repetitively will do the trick.
DON’T: Dust powder on your eye lashes before putting on your mascara. I personally think that applying powder on your eye lashes before mascara is a beauty myth because I’ve tried it several times and it seems that if you apply powder first, then your mascara, it doesn’t really add volume to your lashes but it adds factor to the clumping.
DON’T: Forget to apply mascara on your lower lash lines. Those mini hairs on your lower eye lids needs some accentuating too. It enhances the shape of your eyes.

Those are my DOs and DONTs in having flawless eye lashes. Your eye lashes doesn’t have to be really thick and long for you to love it as long as you know how to manage it, you can manage all throughout the day! Honestly, my lashes are long and a bit sparse but I still love curling and putting mascara on them. I hope you liked what I shared today on the blog. Thanks again for reading! 😉

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Tuesday Top 3: My After-Makeup-Must Regimen

For some of us girls (especially to us working girls), makeup is like second nature. It’s a routine at the start of your regular working day where you put so much concentration on. Am I right?!

As for me, I really love putting makeup on as much as I love removing it from my face when I come home from work. (You can view my blog on my Top 3 MakeUp removers here)

It really is important to remove all those makeup and residue but it doesn’t stop there. So I wanted to share with you guys my recommended regimen that I religiously do after removing my makeup. Because it is very essential for us to have our face totally clean. What we don’t know is that excess makeup and dirt is still on your face and still clogs your skin’s pores. Yeah it does!

Let’s go back to the basics!

Cleanse.
You might be hearing this for a thousand times but this routine is there for a reason. Personally I go for the typical so-called mild brands such as: Cetaphil, Celeteque, Dove and I even go for mild baby soaps or baby’s body wash. But recently this soap was introduced to me called SKN Optimum White from Royalè .

SKN Optimum White

I’ve been using this soap for a few days now and honestly I find it actually good! It’s not too foamy, it doesn’t sting and after rinsing it, my face doesn’t feel dry nor it feels too moisturized. Because if you feel like your face is still extra moisturized from rinsing, it means the soap residue is still there. And the major catch here is that this soap is formulated to lighten your skin (you can use it on your body too!). It reduces hyperpigmentation, dark spots and acne scars resulting to an even skin tone and improved texture. Plus, it provides a moisturizing formula that effectively combats skin aging. Intensely lightens and moisturizes skin with its blend of botanical extracts that bring out the skin’s natural glow and radiance. So I highly recommend this one.

Apply Toner.
The toner’s role is to restore your skin’s natural pH levels which were usually altered during cleansing. As for me, I go for the mild ones. Those toners that doesn’t have a strong smell and doesn’t sting. You should opt for a toner that is low in alcohol content. Personally I use the following (whichever):

Belo Pore Refining Toner, Gluta C Intense Whitening Toner, Ponds White Beauty Pore Refining Toner, or Nivea Aqua Effect Mattifying Toner. I’ve been using these for years and so far I didn’t have any allergic reactions to it and face doesn’t feel dry after applying any of these toners.
TIP
: DON’T. EVER. Ever skip applying toner. Besides it cleans deeply your pores, again it restores the natural pH levels of your skin.

Moisturize.
Last but not least, is to moisturize. And I’m very scrupulous in picking out the moisturizer for my face. Before I’d always go for something whitening or mattifying since I find my face oily but I don’t like the feeling that my face is dry to touch, so it’s pointless that you applied moisturizer. So I went for those anti-aging kind of moisturizers. And I actually like the effect on my face, it feels so smooth and I for some point it smoothens the fine lines on my face. However there’s this feeling of thickness on my face and the feeling gets heavier since my skin is slightly oily. Just recently I discovered this moisturizer called L’opulent Leur Brightening Cream also from Royalè and I’ve been using it for a few days now.
Though it’s not an anti-aging cream but it does promote that anti-aging feels. The L’opulent Leur Brightening Cream promotes long-term skin luminosity and lessens the appearance of dark spots and blemishes. Here’s a photo below right after I cleansed, toned and moisturize with L’opulent.

After cleansing, toning and using L'opulent Leuer Brightening Cream.

After cleansing, toning and using L’opulent Leuer Brightening Cream.

I’ve been using it for at least 2-3 times a day and it doesn’t give me that heavy or thick feeling on my face. I personally use this as a makeup base or primer and it helps my makeup glide smoothly on my face.

I hope you guys liked today’s Tuesday Top 3. I’ll be posting more about beauty. I also included links how you can shop for these newly found beauty products. Thanks again for reading! 😉

Click to shop for these products from Royalè
SKN Optimum White