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! 😉

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: 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! 😉

Five Friday Faves: Hair care products

For the majority of my whole existence I can’t count anymore how many times I’ve changed my hair shampoo. I never really had a major favorite. And as most of beauty magazines advice is to change your shampoo at least every 3 months. As for me, as long as the shampoo smells good, has lotsa bubbles and washes my hair I’m already good with that.

But my hair care doesn’t stop from washing my hair. I want to share with you guys my five favorite hair care products (mostly hair conditioning products) on today’s blog.

1. L’oreal Total Repair Hair Mask
Honestly, my hair is totally damaged from the sun and from several hair coloring that I’ve done in the past. I kept on trying several hair masks that I usually see in the department store or drug store but I didn’t feel it’s doing any good besides as a hair conditioner. So I stumbled upon this L’oreal Total Repair Hair Mask. It feels good on my hair (smells good too) and it’s consistency is very thick and when I rinse my hair it does feel different from your usual conditioner. And even if my hair is already dry, the roughness and frizziness lessened. The major content of this hair mask is ceramide and I personally think this is the particular content that makes it different from all other hair mask. I highly recommend it especially if you like to color your hair a lot and even for those who have virgin hair. Youbneed to treat it with some TLC at least once or twice a week with this hair mask.
2. Pantene 3-minute Miracle Conditioner
Now this! I use on a regular basis. The consistency of this conditioner is thicker than your usual conditioners but less thick than a hair mask. It just feels so creamy and relaxing on my hair during shower and even if I blow dry my hair or just towel dry it and not comb it. It doesn’t get tangled and it’s less frizzy. So I personally recommend this one if you don’t spend too much on hair conditioners coz it’s affordable too.
3. Herbal Essences conditioner
The one on the photo is in Hello Hydration. But I prefer all of the variations of Herbal Essences conditioners. Though I admit it doesn’t conditions as much as the Pantene 3-minute miracle but I’m really in love with its scent. Most of their conditioners smell like botanical or sometimes fresh and slightly fruity. I recommend this for spa-feels while in the shower. Very relaxing!
4. GIGA Nature’s Therapy Hair Treatment
I’m not even sure if I’m going to consider this one as a hair mask because most of the hair masks are the ones that you use while your hair is still wet. This one is a hair treatment that you apply while your hair is dry. I love it because it’s all natural. It contains virgin coconut oil, aloe vera, peppermint, patchouli and lavender. And I love anything that is minty. I advise that you wrap your hair with a plastic wrap and leave it more than 20 minutes on your hair and shower away and rinse well with shampoo. It leaves your hair smooth, less frizzy and for me it felt like it has more volume.
5. Vitress Hair cuticle coat
If I’m in the mood for a sleek look or I simply want to tame my locks, I use Vitress Hair cuticle coat. At first I really don’t know what it’s for and I’m a bit hesitant to use it because I’m thinking that my hair might look oily but I was wrong! It actually tames the frizz and it gives it a fresh-looking shine or rather a healthy-looking shine.
TIP: I also put a half pea-sized amount of Vitress on the lower part of my hair so my pony tail looks neat underneath too. And also a few on the sides near the ears will do.

There you have it! Those are my five favorite hair care products that I have tried and tested and until now I’m still using at least three of those. Let me know in the comments if you have a different experience with my favorite hair care products! 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