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

img_1338

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! 😉

Ways to flawless lashes: My DOs and DON’Ts

image

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! 😉

image

post

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

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!;)

Click here for the actual link

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

    Click here to read more

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

Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

Ultimate Guide to Dry Brushing

Hi guys! On today’s blog I wanted to share a skin care routine that does benefit your skin and it is NOT expensive!
image
So I’ve done some research about dry brushing and I’ve been hearing this from super model Miranda Kerr (my forever super model idol) who’s been doing dry brushing for a long time and known for her smooth and healthy skin.

Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like… brushing the skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush, usually before showering.
In dry brushing, the skin is typically brushed toward the heart, starting at the feet and hands and brushing toward the chest.

Benefits of dry brushing:
Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like… brushing the skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush, usually before showering.

Lymphatic Support:
The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and help the body detoxify itself naturally.
Exfoliation: This benefit is often noticed the first time a person dry brushes. The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin. I noticed much softer skin in the first few days and weeks after I started dry brushing and my skin has stayed soft. Dry brushing is one of the simplest and most natural ways to exfoliate skin.
Clean Pores:

The added benefit of exfoliating the skin, is clearing oil, dirt and residue from the pores. Though it isn’t recommended to dry brush the face unless you have a special, more delicate brush, dry brushing helps improve pores on the rest of the body.
Cellulite Help:

Though the evidence is anecdotal, I’ve found many accounts of people who claimed that regular dry brushing greatly helped their cellulite. I talked about this and my other cellulite remedies here. There isn’t much research to back the cellulite claims, but dry brushing feels great and makes skin softer, so there isn’t really any downside to trying it!
Increased Energy and Blood Flow:
I wouldn’t recommend dry brushing at night because it tends to give me a rush of energy. One theory is that because it increases circulation, it also increases energy. Either way, dry brushing is part of my morning routine.
click here for the original article

The directions are pretty simple:
Start on dry skin before bathing.
Work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes.
Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart – the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction.
Your back is the only exception to the preceding rule; brush from the neck down to the lower back.Ensure you shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.
Tip: alternating temperatures in the shower from hot to cold will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin. Then follow it up with a slick moisturizer to nourish the skin (personally, I’m a fan of coconut oil). Give it a go for 30 consecutive days and your body will love you for it!
click here for the original article

Miranda Kerr says:
“You can do it before or after a shower, I like to do it after the shower. It makes your skin super smooth.”
Elle Macpherson has commented that she loves her special dry brush which is made of natural bristles and helps her exfoliate regularly. She admits that she uses it daily as part of her beauty regime: “My three beauty secrets are: exfoliation, exfoliation, exfoliation. Increasing circulation, ridding the body of dead skin cells, nourishing, renewing. My Rotating Dry Brush uses natural bristles from the Agave plant native to Mexico so it’s firm but gentle on the skin and I use it top to toe every day without fail, moisturise and then drink 3-litres of water to hydrate from the inside.”
Click here for the original article

So what should you do immediately after dry brushing?

While your pores are opening and shedding dead skin cells, Beasse says it’s best to replenish the skin with essential vitamins and smoothing acids to help lock in moisture and enhance luminosity.
Click here for the original article

As for me, I’ve been dry brushing for almost a week now. And I do that before I shower and I noticed that my skin is much smooth when I lather my soap on my skin. I honestly think that dry brushing exfpliates my skin better than the typical body scrubs, though I love the body scrub feels during shower. So I guess it wouldn’t hurt if I try dry brushing and scrubbing. 🙂
That’s it about dry brushing and I hope you guys find it convincing enough to try. You can do further research about it too. 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.

image
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).

image

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

image
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! 😉