Tuesday, May 15, 2018

4 Simple Things Moms Can Do to Stay Beautiful

Me and my son Marius at Century City Mall's Mother's Day event.

The Mother’s Day celebration at Century City Mall reminds moms of what truly makes us beautiful: happy and well-disciplined kids, a healthy family, and regular “me time.” Becoming a mom and talking to moms make us realize that as we age, beauty is really more about how we feel inside than how we look outside. No amount of beauty procedures or makeup can mask chronic stress, lack of confidence, and dissatisfaction with life. Century City Mall does a great job of celebrating motherhood and reminding moms of what we can do to stay beautiful inside and out.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Peripera Peri’s Ink Velvet Review: Testing the Popular K-beauty Lip Tint for Casual, Office, and Night Looks

Lip tints are extremely popular in Southeast Asia. With its comfortable and long-lasting wear plus youth-enhancing colors, this K-beauty trend is not going away anytime soon. Kristine (38, bank officer), Angel (24, mompreneur), and I test one of the most popular Korean lip tint brands, Peripera Peri’s Ink Velvet. See how these lip tints would look and perform for casual, office, and night party wear. We used the products as a lip and cheek tint.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Happy Skin Good To Go Five Minute Fresh Face Foundation & Concealer Review: Can It REALLY Survive the Philippine Heat?

Sweat-proof yet hydrating foundation for the summer? Yes, please! I tried Happy Skin’s recently released summer foundation—the Happy Skin Good to Go Five Minute Fresh Face Summer-Proof Foundation and Concealer. Well, I didn’t just try it, I subjected it to the ultimate summer test by wearing it for eight hours in the heat and humidity of Philippine summer (around 35 degrees Celsius or 95 degrees Fahrenheit). I did not turn on the AC and did general house cleaning for 3 hours to check if it’s really sweat-proof. Here’s the result.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Grandma Tries 7 Makeup Tips to Look Younger. Here's the Result.

You can find a lot of makeup tips to look younger online. To see if they really work, I asked my grandma whom we call nanay (a Filipino term for mother) to be my model for the day so we can test seven age-defying makeup tips.

Banila Co Dear Hydration Moisturizer, Toner, and Facial Mist Review

I have a complicated relationship with skincare products. That's because most moisturizers and toners either cause breakouts or make my skin even drier! I am so happy to find that this was not the case with Banila Co Dear Hydration Balancing Moisturizer, Toner, and Facial Mist. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Maybelline Matte Brown Lipstick Swatches: Which One is Right For You?

The Maybelline matte brown lipsticks from the Color Sensational Creamy Matte collection are so versatile that you can’t go wrong with any of these. For less than $6 a lipstick, it’s easy to just grab and get all of them! But if you can only treat yourself to one to two lipsticks, this quick guide with Maybelline matte brown lipstick swatches will help you overcome your choice paralysis and pick the color that’s right for you and your lipstick needs!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

How to Channel Your Inner Anne Curtis + BLK Cosmetics Review and Quick Tutorial

Australian-Filipina actress Anne Curtis launched her first makeup line, BLK Cosmetics, in the latter part of 2017. I had already seen BLK Cosmetics at SM Beauty counters, but I never had the chance to test them out until I saw their boutique at Trinoma where I frequently do my errands. They opened their first store at Trinoma in QC on March 24 and also recently launched their official store at Lazada.

Here’s how I tried to imitate Anne’s look using her own makeup brand.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

3 Ways to Have the Most Beautiful Easter

Easter is the most important holiday for Christians all over the world. If you’re wondering why we have Easter eggs, that’s because the eggs symbolize new life. That represents what happened in Easter—Christ coming back to life and how we are all also given a new life through this event.

Wherever you are and no matter what your traditions and beliefs are, we can all experience the beauty of having a new life this coming Easter.

Friday, March 23, 2018

How You Can Make This Drunk Blush Look with CANMAKE

Since last year, I've been seeing a lot of ladies wearing the drunk blush look or the Igari makeup look. And what's not to love about it? It makes your skin appear youthful and glowing, much like a baby. This trend actually originated from Japan and was started  by Japanese makeup artist Shinobu Igari. Owing to its Japanese roots, I'm creating the hangover makeup look using a bestselling Japanese cosmetics brand: Canmake.

These are the products I used to get the hangover makeup look:

Friday, March 16, 2018

Can You Wear Green Eyeshadow? Max Factor Hypnotic Jade Matte Eyeshadow and Revlon Evergreen Eyeliner Review

Today is St. Patrick’s day, a Christian feast day as well as a cultural celebration for Ireland. As part of tradition, people wear green clothing, costumes, and accessories on his feast day. See how things turn green on St. Patrick’s day. I decided to do a quick review and demo of the Max Factor Hypnotic Jade Eyeshadow and Revlon Colorstay 2 in 1 Angled Kajal in Evergreen.

In case you’re wondering why people wear green on St. Patrick’s day, this may have started because St. Patrick used a shamrock (a plant with three leaves) to describe the Holy Trinity.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

5 Simple Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day From Your Home or Office

The International Women’s Day is a global event that celebrates women’s achievements in the social, economic, cultural, and political arenas every March 8, according to the International Women’s Day website. It also serves to remember the movement for women’s rights and gender parity. In some European countries like Romania and Ukraine, Mother’s Day also happens to fall on March 8.

International Women’s Day is all about women empowerment. But if you’re at work on March 8 (like most of us), here are some simple ideas to celebrate it.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

8 Steps to Get Poreless Skin Without Photoshop

My husband, a graphic designer, recently asked me how models and celebrities get their picture-perfect, poreless skin without using filters or Photoshop. He then asked me, "How come your pores look so obvious and huge despite the fact that you're wearing makeup?" (Yes, we can be brutally honest about each other's flaws! :-)) And so I said it really depends on four factors: 1. How you prep your skin before makeup 2. The foundation or base you use. 3. The tools you use, and 4. How you apply your makeup.

I was challenged to create a poreless look and did my best to look like a mannequin! :) I chose Banila Co., a Korean cosmetic brand that's popular for its base makeup products to create this look. Here's what I did:

Thursday, February 22, 2018

5 Most Diplomatic Ways to Deal With Difficult People

Are there people at work or at home or your life in general who are making you look older just because they’re difficult? Difficult people will give you so much stress that not even the best makeup can hide it. This is a problem that you can instantly solve by breaking up with these people (like quitting a job so you don’t have to deal with a bad boss anymore or breaking up with selfish and self-centered friends who think everything is about them).

But as experience tells us, instant solutions are not always available and possible. More importantly, they’re not always the best. I made a list of simplest and kindest strategies to deal with difficult people that I myself have tried and learned from wise elders and angels whom I see as life teachers. The keyword here is kind. Beautiful people never resort to violence and inflicting pain upon others!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

4 Sweet Peach Spring to Summer Products From Etude House

Etude House Makeup Review

We're just weeks away from spring and summer. It's time to bring out those pastels, bright pinks and peaches again. But frankly speaking, I never stopped wearing these colors even during the colder months! There's something about summer colors that make us look and feel years younger. And if there's one brand that help women achieve just that, it's Etude House. From the product packaging down to customer service, they make you feel like a princess.

Here are my top Pinay picks for a sweet peach summer look from Etude  House.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

This $5 Emergency Makeup Product Should Be In Every Woman's Bag!

Maybelline Nude Nuance Lipstick Swatch

I used this one makeup product to contour my face, add color to my cheeks and lips, and fill in my eyebrows. I know this product isn’t really marketed to multi-task, but since it’s designed for the lips (a sensitive part of the face), I thought it might be safe to use on the face if the situation calls for it. I’m talking about the Maybelline Nude Nuance Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick.

What if you have an impromptu meeting and you only have this one lipstick in your bag? This is what you can do. Use the Maybelline Nude Nuance Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in 4 ways to create a simple look. Here's how I did it:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Only 5 Items You Need to Look Fresh in 5 Minutes

How to Look Fresh in 5 Minutes

There are times when bare isn’t beautiful. And that’s whenever you’re stepping out of your house! You’ll never know who you might bump into—your colleagues, business partners, your crush or your ex (yikes!) Or your boyfriend or husband might ask you out on a last-minute date. But when you’re too busy to even comb your hair, how can you look fresh in 5 minutes or less?

Here are 5 EXTREMELY simple steps to turn from drab to fab in 5 minutes with just 5 makeup items in your beauty kit.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top 10 Beauty Tips Straight from Celebrities Who Aged Gracefully

Experience is the best teacher in many facets of life, and that includes beauty. We can turn to these famous celebrities who are in their 40s and beyond for some nuggets of wisdom on how they stay glowing and fabulous throughout the years.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Micellar Water Review: Biore VS. Bioderma

biore micellar water vs bioderma micellar water

One of the most common beauty mistakes that women commit is taking off their makeup with only water and facial wash. This is FINE—if you’re not wearing a water-resistant sunscreen and makeup. Today, we have cleansing products like micellar water that make taking off your make-up easier than ever.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

8 Beauty Essentials for Every Woman

beauty essentials for women

A woman can have different roles in her life. She can be a student, a career woman, a business woman, a friend, a girlfriend or wife, or a full-time mom. She can be a leader at work (and at home!) But no matter what part she plays, how a woman feels about herself dictates how she’d perform in that role. You have to feel confident and beautiful wherever you are. This is why every woman should keep these beauty essentials in her life.

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