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Chokers may be outdated this 2017.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! 😉

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: 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! 😉

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! 😉

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! 😉

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SKN Optimum White

Makeup Vlog 1

Hey guys! Yesterday I decided to record my first makeup vlog and I would like to apologize for a lot of skips coz of technical limitations (my phone memory is full).

Yesterday I went on a meeting with peeps from the Royale Business Club and got to know more about their products and I’m just so excited to use a few of their products and introduce them to you guys.

Going back to my makeup vlog. Here it is. Thank you guys for watching!;)

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Five Friday Faves: MakeUp tips from MakeUp Artists

Hey guys! Today’s Five Friday Faves are only a few of my numerous makeup  tips that I’ve researched over the internet that I’m definitely doing when I do my makeup. From blush, eyes, and lips, here are a few if my favorite makeup tips!

  1. “Apply two shades of blush for the perfect flush of youth. Pink, or anything in the red family should be placed on the apple of the cheek; it will give the effect of blood coming to the surface. Peach, coral, or anything in the orange family should be applied to the highest point of the cheekbone; that gives the effect of heat rising. Finish by bringing a matte bronzer to the skin where sun hits the face (forehead, cheekbone, bridge of nose, and chin).”—James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and director of artistry for Ardency Inn
  2. “For a luminous skin effect, mix your foundation with a golden or a pearly white eyeshadow. It gives your complexion a radiance beyond compare.”—Nicolas Degennes, creative director of Givenchy beauty

  3. “Apply mascara before liquid liner to create a guide for the perfect cat-eye flick.”—Sarah Lucero, global director of education and artistry for Stila

  4. “Use a flesh-toned eyeliner to outline the lips along the Cupid’s bow. This reduces the chance of feathering and makes lips appear fuller.”—Petra Strand, creator of Pixi by Petra

  5. “Apply concealer to the outer corners of your lips to give your lips a lift.”—Niki Metz, director of artistry for Jouer

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I hope you guys have something new to add to your makeup routine. And so am I! Thanks again guys for reading! 😉

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