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!

How to make your own choker

Chokers may be outdated this 2017. But honestly I still love them. This choker trend started during the 90s era. Though I sported this choker thing back in the early 2000s but not the thick ones that’s trending from last year like the ones you see from Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid.

I started to wear this trend wayback early 2016 but I never EVER bought one. I made one for myself instead.
As you can see on the photos below. That’s the very first choker that I made.


And on today’s blog I’ll show you how I made my very first choker. 🙂

All you need is a ribbon (I personally prefer at least an inch thick), a roll of thread (preferably the same color of your ribbon), a needle, and a metal hook and eye.
1. First, is you measure your ribbon around your neck and leave at least an 2 inches allowance then mark it and cut it slightly diagonally so the ribbon won’t go “feathery” and loose its texture at the ends.

(photo from google)
2. Next is to prepare your thread and needle. Ideally the length of the thread is 20 inches but what I do is I measure it vertically around my arm. From my fingers holding the thread down to my elbow then back to my fingers holding the thread. (This shouldn’t be hard)

  1. Using your ribbon, ensure that what’s on the top is the ones you prefer to be in front then fold a few centimeters inward and start stitching the metal hook. Same fold on the other end of the ribbon where you need to stitch the metal eye.
    (I am using the larger hook & eye. I prefer this if your ribbon is thick)
  2. Finally the finished product! I made 3 chokers just earlier today and here they are.

Few tips on wearing your chokers. You can also pair it with a necklace of your choice and it looks edgy when you’re wearing a tube top, a v-neck, a low round neck, an off-shoulder or any clothing that exposes your clavicle or shoulders.

That’s it for today’s blog. Thanks again for reading! 😉

Selling my Kikki-K Lilac Planner

Selling my Pre-Owned Kikki-K Lilac Leather Planner from Australia. Made from lustrous leather with gorgeous gold hardware and stud closure. Originally bought (last 2015) at AU$79.95. I’m selling it for only Php 2,000.00. Included freebies such as stickers and washi tapes! Very useful for those planner addicts out there:)


Measurements:
• Planner: 240mm L x 200mm W x 40mm H (Maximum height of paper that can be inserted) / 9.85″ x 7.87″ x 1.57″
• Ring Diameter: 28mm / 1.1″
• Spacing: 15mm between each ring and 65mm middle gap | 0.59″ / 2.56″
• Paper (A5 paper 30 sheets each tab): 210mm L x 145mm W / 8.27″ x 5.71″
• ‘To-Do’ Notepad, ‘Meeting Notes’ Pad 95mm L x 95mm W / 3.7″ x 3.7″
• ‘Notes’ Pad m: 150mm W x 200m





Included Components:
• Elastic pen loop
• 6 ring binder
• 2 internal slots/pockets
• 1 large pocket
• To Do List Sheets + Tab
• Meeting Notes Sheets + Tab
• 2 Sticker Sheets
• A5 Slot at the back + extra note pad



I honestly honestly love this planner but I just have to let it go since I’m not using it any longer. I’ve been addicted to planners since highschool. I collect planners, stationery, colored pens and stickers and do the scrapbooking thing on my planners. I used to put “neo prints” on ’em (for those who don’t know what a neo print is. Those are photos printed on small stickers). Now I’ve been very busy a lot and I think the doodling and scrapbooking thing on my planner is taking so much of my time. Though I admit it’s really a fun thing to do. But I gotta admit that phase in my life has ended but my creative soul is still within me. Perhaps I can still do some lettering or calligraphy, sketching and painting. Daaaamn! I miss doing those stuff! But anyway, to the future owner of this planner. I hope you take good care of it as much as I did and try to personalize it a but. There are lotsa stuff in YouTube that you can do with that planner. Plus the material is just awesome!

Here’s a photo below of the original ad from Kikki-K’s website

I would love to read your ideas and you can leave that on the comments section below this blog. Thanks again for reading! 😉

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! 😉

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! 😉

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! 😉

Tuesday Top 3: Guides to disguise bad hair days

The hair is said to be the crowning glory. And it depends for some people how they want their hair to be. Like for some us girls we prefer our hair to be short, even shorter than a bob cut, medium-length hair, or even long hair. Another thing is we’ve got different hair types such as straight, wavy, and curly.

As for me, I have naturally straight black hair which is in between medium-length and long. And it’s never easy for me to maintain and style my hair all the time. Honestly I rarely comb my hair when I just showered or when I get up in the morning.
img_0110No matter what length or what type your hair is, we can’t escape our Bad Hair Days. It’s a disaster on a daily basis especially when you go to work or to your school. We don’t have to look glamorous but at least we want to look presentable right? 🙂
So I have gathered for you guys some guides on how to disguise your bad hair days.

1. Use a thick headband or scarf.
I personally recommend this one for all hair types and in any length. Why thick headband or scarf? Because it covers a large portion at the top of your head. It hides most of your hair frizz with style.
TIP: You can apply hair serum before doing this. What I also do is that I squirt a thumbnail size pf conditioner on my palm and mix it with water and apply it on my hair to somehow control the frizz.

2. Super side-swept hair.
For this one I’m not a hundred percent sure if it suits for all hair types especially for the short ones with really layered bangs. This works well if your bangs is long enough to tuck in the side of your ear. You can do this by just adding a few millimeters away from your usual hair parting. For example your hair is parted on the left, then you move it little more to the left making it more thick. Apply hair lotion or hair serum and secure it with bobby pins. You’re all set!

3. Low sleek ponytail.
Last but not least is something really typical but never goes out of style is a low and sleek ponytail. Pretty much this works with medium-length hair. I recommend that you retain how your hair is originally parted. For example this time its parted on the middle, then apply your hair serum or hair lotion just enough to give definition and then tie your hair in a low and tight pony tail. Once it’s secure, grab the upper part of the ponytail at least 2 fingers thick and pull it upwards to give it a slight volume. You may also apply hair serum or hair lotion on your ponytail. Or you can also do my trick wherein I mix a tiny amount of hair conditioner with water. Works really well.
TIP: Complete the look with a large pair of earrings. And you’re all set! 🙂

And guys, there you have it! You’re bad hair days can be perfectly disguised! Sometimes I do a combination of the super side-swept hair and a low sleek ponytail for a more classy and sophisticated look. If you’re going to notice I did not recommend to put hair spray, hair mousse, or even hair gel it’s because it holds the hair together but doesn’t totally control the frizz that much. It’s because your frizzy hair is already dry and it’s best to use product to moisturize it instead. I hope you liked what I shared on this blog for today and I would like to hear your tips on bad hair days as well by leaving your ideas on the comments section. Thanks again for reading! 😉