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-girlΒ (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. πŸ™‚

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

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! πŸ˜‰

My Interesting MakeUp Storage Ideas

I’m all about makeup and it’s all about mess of you’re not able to keep ’em all organized. Right now, my makeups are placed on transparent containers that I’ve bought from a store, I’m also using a transparent jar, and I also tried using a wine glass for my makeup brushes.And even a cupcake stand that right now I’m using as a container for my perfumes. Weird but resourceful right?

Despite those stuff that I tried in organizing my makeup I still want to have those big acrylic makeup holders as seen on the photo below.

That being showed, I’m still the type who’s very creative and into DIY stuff and finding other purposes for a particular stuff (insert resourceful).

Like this transparent jar or vase below. I want to try it with a small aquarium or any transparent jar with an unusual shape will do and put marbles or huge fake pearl beads in it. The marbles or beads will hold your makeup brushes or makeup sticks (eg. eye liner, liquid liner, mascara, lip liners etc.)

Now this another DIY photo below is something that I really can use for my lipsticks so I can see the label on them. I believe it’ll just take at least 3-4 circular transparent containers that you can glue with a glue gun together. Isn’t it convenient? πŸ™‚

On this next one as shown on the photo below it used metal trays and it really does look very very classy! Hence the effort. I have those kind of trays at home but it’s really huge like it’s really meant to serve lotsa food on the table!

Below are a few photos that I wanted to for my room that are somehow achievable. I’m really into whites and transparent. I like it neat and seeing everything or rather accessible looking.




But for now I gotta stick with what I have. And you can try my makeup storage ideas at home too! You can spice it up by putting glittery ribbons on it or spray paint on it. Do whatever you like and I would love to read your ideas by leaving it on the comments below. Thanks again for reading! πŸ˜‰

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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! πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜‰

30 Random questions about me

Today’s my 30th birthday! And on today’s blog I decided to post random questions about meΒ (that I honestly answered)Β . 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. πŸ™‚

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 cozΒ  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 πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ™‚ 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 somethingΒ  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 πŸ™‚

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

21. How many languages can you speak?
2 only. English and Filipino πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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! πŸ˜‰