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: 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! 😉

Work week makeup

On Wednesday’s we wear pink

As popularized by The mean girls. My look for this blog is inspired with pink shades.

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For my mascara I use my favorite Maybelline Hypercurl Volum Express and on my lips and cheeks (yeah I doubled the duty) I used my Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Ravishing Rose. I played up 3 colors on my eye shadow palette that has shades of pink (or old rose rather).

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This was actually my makeup look yesterday and for today here’s my makeup look.

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For today’s look I just kept my eye brows filled and clean by brushing it with a brown mascara (the running-out-and-dried-up one. I love the neatly brushed effect on my eye brows). On my eye shadow I played up with only 2 shades of nude with shimmer on it and lined my upper eye lid very close to the lash line with liquid eyeliner. And as usual I used my trustworthy and favorite Maybelline Hypercurl Volum Express mascara for my eye lashes. LA Colors in Labial to give my face a bolder look.

And there you have it! At least 2 of my makeup looks that I tried during the work week. I want you guys to also share your makeup look that you do for work or any makeup look that you wanted to share. Let’s collaborate and stay connected! Thanks again so much for reading! 😉

Tuesday Top 3: Makeup Removers

How do I remove my makeup?

On today’s blog I would like to share with you guys my top 3 makeup removers that I’ve tried and tested.

These are the makeup removers that you can easily find in your local drug stores and I swear by it definitely removes dirt and makeup.

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1. L’oreal Cleansing Milk

This makeup remover right here earned it’s number one spot on my top 3 makeup removers because it totally removes all traces of makeup on my face. It has a milky texture and smells really fresh and doesn’t sting (it’s a huge factor for me). I apply it on a cotton pad (or a stretched out cotton ball) then swipe and massage it allover my face. I also put a very small amount on my fingers for removing traces of mascara and eyeliner and continue swiping it with cotton. I sometimes use it as a moisturizer after washing my face.
From what I recall, I bought this one around 300 to 400 pesos i think. It’s kinda pricy but worth it.


2. Avenè Micellar Lotion

This is my next fave makeup remover that I got from the Cosmo Beauty Block event. And until now I still can’t find where to buy one!

Anyway, i love this product because it’s very gentle on my skin. And again it doesn’t sting. I just apply it on a cotton pad and swipe away those dirt and makeup. I have to admit that the downside of this makeup remover is it doesn’t totally remove my mascara. Especially the water-proof and smudge-proof ones. So I still use baby oil on my lashes and swipe it away with my cotton pad with Avenè.
I love it coz it doesn’t sting at all even if it gets into my eyes. This is a must-buy for me. If somebody knows where I can buy it. Please hit me up on the comment section or on my social media accounts.

3. Nivea Refreshing Cleansing Wipes

As usual I’m into makeup removers that doesn’t sting and feels gentle on the skin. This one doesn’t feel like an ordinary baby wipes (some baby wipes have a slight roughness-feel). The Nivea Cleansing wipes feels like a wet cotton cloth though I’m not sure if it’s comparable to a muslin sheet (kindly google that one for description.

Anyway, this one is good to use if you’re always on the go and lazy to prep in removing your makeup. This only cost me less than 200 pesos.
TIP: I tear one Nivea cleansing wipe into two (or sometimes even three!) to conserve the cleansing wipes. 😉

I have to admit that it’s not practical spending a good amount of money just for removing your makeup. But of course I wanted something cheap, does the job, and still cares for my skin. So, BEHOLD!!!

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Been using the Belo Essentials Pore refining toner ever since it came out from the market (it’s actually one of the leading skin care brands here in the Philippines). I put a good amount of this toner onto a cotton pad and with 2 drops of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil then swipe off all of my makeup. It doesn’t sting even if I swipe it around my eyes (reiterating: that’s around my eyes, not inside my eyes). My skin doesn’t feel dry after using this and I strongly suggest that you should try it too. Ü

I hope you have learned on this blog today and if you have something to share, please do so, I would love to hear from you guys. Thank you again for reading! 😉

My Best Brow Lounge experience

What’s up guys! Today I decided to have my eye brows professionally groomed care of the Brow Lounge Eye brow grooming and waxing salon.

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Well this is not actually my first time to go to this salon. The first service that I had with them before is I had them do my eye lash extensions and I suggest you should try it too if you’re too lazy to put some mascara on a daily basis or just to have a woke up like this lashes. Anyway, the photos below shows how messy my eye brows are. The first photo is without makeup and the photo below it is with makeup.

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For me, it’s the eye brows that actually frames the upper portion of your face and it’s really important for me to have nice eye brows. I ensure I groom it on my own through tweezing or shaving or sometimes even cutting and a well-done makeup should do the trick. But this time I decided to have it not only groomed but also have it shaped.

The place is kinda small but I love how they actually accentuated it with these photos that I found eye brow empowering (yeah that’s what I call it!)

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I have to be honest there’s a slight sting on my skin during the threading of my eye brows but it’s tolerable. Our eye brow expert even shares that they are actually using an organic thread (well that sounded extra safe for me). People nowadays are actually drawn into anything organic since it sounds harmless and healthy.

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So that’s a photo of me on the top admiring mu professionally groomed brows. I was told by the eye brow expert who did my eye brows that my eye brows are uneven. My right eye brow is thicker and more shaped than my left eye brow so she left some stray hairs since it has some catching up to do with my left eye brow.

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Right eye brow on fleek!

Eye brows after grooming without makeup

Eye brows after grooming without makeup

Sorry guys! I am just too excited to remove my makeup every time I get home. Same amount of excitement to put on my makeup before going to work.
So on the photo you’ll notice the unevenness of my eye brows. Good to know: you’re not actually allowed to wet your eye brow area for 4 hours after grooming as told by our eye brow expert.

I actually find the service that I received from Brow Lounge (Fairview Terraces branch) very satisfactory. I’ll definitely come back. The grooming and shaping session is just 10-15 minutes and in that span of time, the eye brow expert who took care of my brows was able to establish rapport with me. Like telling me how should I take care of my brows, how am I going to maintain it, the uneveness of my brows (yeah I like to highlight that part). As for me I highly recommend Brow Lounge and I’m so happy that they have a branch nearby from where I live! Yey!

If you girls (and guys!) want to know more about their services and the branches near you, I actually linked their Facebook page below and an actual Instagram link. Thanks guys for reading! 😉



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Follow them on instagram: @BrowLoungePH

Five Friday Faves: Random Beauty products

Hi guys! It’s already Saturday here where I live but it’s still Friday somewhere else in the world and on today’s blog I want to share my favorite stuff from skin care, to makeup to perfume.

1.  365 Daily Mask from Beauty Buffet (by Watson’s)

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A mask is a must! Koreans swear by it and even Sandara Park of the band 2NE1 said that she’s using a face mask daily! Yep daily!

What I love about this face mask is its attached to a plastic-like thing to prevent it from tearing since the mask is like a thinner version of your regular mask or baby wipes rather and it doesn’t have a strong smell.

I tried using it for 5 straight days and I noticed how smooth and supple my skin is and it really looks hydrated. And also it appears to me that it’s a lot easier for me to put my moisturizer and makeup coz it glides well and blends well on my face. And it’s only 59 pesos!

TIP: I put on my moisturizer first then leave the mask while I sleep and remove it when I wake up in the morning. (Sometimes I wakeup without it anymore coz I tend to move a lot when I sleep).

2. Avenè Micellar Lotion

This ones is not actually a lotion. It’s a makeup remover. I just got the chance to try this one because I got it for free from Cosmopolitan’s Beauty Block event. And I actually love it!

It smells so mild and it totally removes all the trace of makeup from my face. Well except for water and smudge proof mascara. It doesn’t leave your face dry nor, oily nor greasy. I highly recommend it!

However, I don’t know where to buy this holy grail of makeup remover. Perhaps I can email cosmopolitan about it.

3. LA Girl Nude Eye Shadow Palette

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I know! I’m self confessed that I’m over reiterating this eye shadow palette on my blog!  I love all of its shades and I’m trying my best not to use it on a daily basis.

It’s actually my childhood best friend who recommended me the brand LA girl. The thing is, she’s actually recommending me the concealer. But when I’m at the LA Girl section at a department store, the nude palette got my attention and I bought it! (Yeah I totally forgot about the concealer)

4. Nyx Soft Matte Cream lipstick in Prague

This nyx lippie is love! I know that on one of my blogs I’ve mentioned that the Revlon Matte Balm is my go-to lippie. However, the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream is my next favorite.

I like the mild vanilla scent and how creamy it is when I swipe it on my lips. It’s one of the US-branded liquid/cream lipsticks that I find affordable.

TIP: After applying this lippie, I pat it with my finger and swipe another layer and pat it with my finger that I dabbed onto a baby powder or face powder. Whichever is available. This is how I make this lippie last. ü

5. Revlon Love Is On perfume

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This new scent of Revlon is basically Love. I don’t know how to explain the scent besides that for me it smells sexy with class. So I did a little research on what is the base of this perfume.

I found out that it’s actually plum blossom with ginger, cardamom and sandalwood, and musk, vanilla and amber. I just love anything vanilla maybe that’s why I really like this scent.

I only have a tester bottle of this one at home but once it’s out in the market. I’ll definitely buy one. I discovered that a percentage of its proceeds will go to breast cancer victims. So think of it that if you bought Revlon Love Is On perfume, you’ve done a charitable work and smell sexy too. 😉

 

That’s all for today guys. Feel free to interact with me on my social media network found on the stay connected section on this blog and you can also leave your comments. 😘

App of the week: MakeUp Plus

First thing’s first. Thanks to Makeup Plus ph for posting this on Instagram.

"Dare to be fabulous" #MakeupPlusLFW #MakeupPlus

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Can’t seem to get enough of using the app as you can see below. I’ve edited another photo ü (that’s me killin it)

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You can actually fully customize your look. From foundation, to lipsticks with more than 10 shades with different kinds to choose from like satin, matte or glossy (I personally love matte ü). There’s several blush shades to choose from and many styles on where you want the blush located on your face.

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And ladies! You can also choose different types of contour (plus strobing. You read that right). Don’t forget your eye brows too! It has several selections of shapes and 3 colors for your eye brows: black, dark brown and light brown. And also a palette of eye shadows too choose from (amazing!ü)

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This Makeup Plus app will totally give a you a brand new look that actually highlights all your facial features. The app also allows you to change your eye color (I usually use Hazel, Honey, and Grey. I really think it brightens my eyes and compliments with my skin tone). The app also has varieties of eye lashes too choose from!ü My choice of eye lashes are always the ones that has a lower lash lines coz I’m always into brightening up my eyes. This feature I’m not actually expecting which is the eye lid option. Yep! The app is concerned with all kinds of eye lids especially the ones with no eye lids (great job!). I still use this feature even if I have slightly meaty eye lids. It enhances it and I love it!

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And lastly they have decorations for the face if you still think you need to add some stuff on the face. I like how the maker of this app thought of putting the freckles on it. But I personally love the boho thingy there. Ü

Girls! This is just very easy to use. Once you upload your photo, the makeup plus app will automatically select the focal points on your face and then tap and swipe away. You can experiment with whatever look that you prefer. You can even get makeup inspirations from the looks that you’ve tried on the app and apply it to yourself!ü

I hope you guys are excited as I am experimenting your looks on this Makeup Plus app! Thanks so much for reading!😘

 

How to get Insta GORGEOUS with the new MakeUp Plus app

Hi guys! On today’s blog I want to introduce this new app that I discovered in Nuffnang (it’s a blogger community) it’s a make up app called MakeUp Plus. Here’s a sample photo of what the app does.
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I’m not really into filter/decorating apps but I really love this MakeUp Plus coz it doesn’t look too fake (if you know what I mean)


You can select a pre-made look or personalize your look starting from foundation, blush, lipstick, eye shadow, eye brows and even contour!
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You can download MakeUp Plus app on Google Play Store for Android users and on the App Store for iOS users.

By the way! You may want to join MakeUp Plus contest. To know more click here
Please LIKE my entries on Instagram:

#MakeUpPlusLFW @makeupplus_ph

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