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Thought I’d come back with a quick one for you, and though I’d very much love for it to be a video there’s quite a bit of stuff I am still attending to in the real world at the moment.  For economic reasons I’m having to explore career tangents, not giving up on the makeup dream…just attempting to make it more feasible for the moment with other opportunities and I do admit I love writing and creating content.  I have been loving quite a lot of makeup again recently so I thought I’d show you.  Some of these I’ve already mentioned in the past, will just randomly point out the newer bits that have piqued my interest.


  • VMV Hypoallergenics Dye-free Skin bloom blush “Heat” Php1550 w/ case (if you like Bare Minerals “Warmth” in the loose powder form, this is a conveniently pressed dupe).  I gave one as a birthday gift to Tricia Centenera V. and she liked it, too.
  • Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing Lip Balm – I used this when doing makeup for Alodia Gosiengfiao recently, I put it on at the start and midway she immediately asked “What’s the one you put on my lips awhile ago?  It really works, my lips felt better agad.”  Then we hunted for it for like 15 mins because as you know the products you usually want to show even if you just used them tend to hide out of shyness.
  • Pixi Lash Booster Waterproof Mascara in Blackest BlackThis one was quite a surprise…I usually don’t expect a mascara to really decently hold a curl unless it’s a waterproof drugstore brand.  It’s unique if a high-street beauty brand does a mid-range mascara that performs SUPER well.  I love this, it’s not clumpy or crispy, it’s super black with a significant length and volume boost, plus holds a curl.  This Pixi one is my favorite daily mascara now.  It’s super easy to art direct my lashes with it.  It’s very waterproof but not as waterproof I think as the Browhaus HD mascara which I love for BOOMing big lashes.  (Note: The Browhaus HD one actually made Alodia G. go “whoa, it’s like you put false lashes on me, what’s that?” at a shoot.  Her lashes are long but Browhaus HD mascara is excessively good for curl and volume).
  • Maybelline’s HyperSharp Pen Liner – This supposedly (if my source is correct) is the liquid Maybelline pen liner that went viral on Facebook when a random girl who just broke up with her boyfriend went all “glass-half-full” on us and shared that her eyeliner was still on after hours of weeping.  Bless her heart. #WeepForIt, I’ve actually tried it and used it on clients and it’s certainly one of the best liquid liners Maybelline has put out there.  It’s deeply black, not flaky, and stays on.  Note though for newbies, it’s difficult to remove and not “mistake” friendly (it has a staining tendency, unless you’ve got an oil-based / bi-phase makeup remover and a cotton bud handy, if you do, you’re good.
  • Benefit Cosmetics HOOLA Bronzer – This is a classic, ever since I saw Lisa Eldridge’s Behind The Scenes video on her bronzer editorial shoot here…I’ve always wanted to try Hoola on my eyelids.  It does work magic on medium fair to very light skin tones.
  • Color Pro Triangle Eye Brow Pencil in Dark Brown (sword tip type with a spoolie on the end) – This Korean product comes in a range of colors and my cousin KC actually gave me two of these because she thought they were her shade, but they turned out to be more like MAC lingering, not warm enough for her.  They’re great because I like how pigmented the pencil is but just long-wearing enough.  I think Asian pharmacy places that carry beauty like Bonjour or Sasa have this.
  • VMV glitz lipsticks in “My Girl” (similar to Kylie’s Metal lipstick in “Heir” but not as pink) and “Jane” (a sheer, nude bronze tinged dupe for a Shu Uemura lipstick I used up before).  Here I am wearing “Jane” below, which is partly inspired for me by the TV series I recently enjoyed “Stranger Things”…you’ll only get what I mean if you watch it.

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I honestly believe that I will never stop enjoying my so far small yet significant role in today’s beauty industry.  I found recent proof after spring cleaning recently that all this while, God knew my heart’s desire.

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As a kid I couldn’t explain why every time we went out to do the groceries I was overcome with excitement every time I got a chance to pick out new things from the personal care section.  I’d get so excited every time I finished a new bottle of shampoo or a bar of soap, or if there was a new Cream Silk conditioner out (or so I thought because they were always revamping their packaging).  Into my teen years facial wash came in and so did more skincare and I was always driven to check the new stuff out.  I wondered why a lot of my friends knew what they wanted to be when we were young and I didn’t.  It turns out it’s because the roles they wanted existed already at the time and my niche had yet to come about.  God knew even all the way back to when you didn’t.  I don’t have one label for what I am just yet, but I know I’ll be in beauty and content creation for quite awhile, especially if passion runs this deep.

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We’re sliding back into beauty with a whisper of makeup over the face, and I mean like the barest veil.  It’s not supposed to look like I have no makeup but more like the least amount possible to make it just noticeable enough.  I’d say it’s somewhat Glossier-ish in terms of the effortless approach to makeup.  More often than not I prefer my makeup looking like I didn’t try too hard depending on the occasion.  In this look I skipped liquid foundation.


Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream eyeshadow “Sand Dune”, VMV Velvet matte lipstick in “Fireclay”, Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in “Antigua” used as blush, Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (my shade is Medium, shown here is Neutralizer…too light for me by 1 shade), Eye of Horus Husk Dual Brow Perfect (pencil and brow gel), Maybelline Full N’ Soft Waterproof Mascara, NYX Illuminator powder in “Ritualistic”.

Before I left the house and applied makeup in the cafe where I’m at right now I applied a couple of dabs of Pixi’s Rose Oil Blend onto my face earlier this morning to give it a bit of a luminous lift.  This was today’s “bare but there” makeup menu.  Read on to see how it turned out and how I did it!




I’ll be jetsetting tomorrow and I’m just starting to get my gear together and charge everything like crazy.  I can barely remember what it was like to move stealthily sometimes from vehicle to vehicle on the campaign trail and document behind the scenes during the peak of summer.  I remember being armed with miniDV tapes and a camcorder.  I recall running alongside pickup vehicles to catch up, sometimes having to run and climb into the back before the whole convoy left me behind.  We’re not exactly Katniss this year, but we’ll have to step up.  You’re looking at my beauty picks for Kiko Pangilinan’s upcoming campaign sortie.  From what I know, it’s going to be hot, hot, hot!


The book is about Kiko Pangilinan’s 2007 campaign when he decided to run as an independent candidate and won.  It was just nice to throw in a throwback.  This year he is running on the slate of the Liberal Party.  In 2007 I was just barely developing an interest in makeup and beauty so I have no recollection of what I brought that time.  Read on for a closer look at this edit and the full list.




There are a couple of new makeup things I’ve been testing out and liking quite a bit.  At the moment, I’m still developing a look to maybe present next for a video tutorial, today’s look is on its way there but I might amplify it a bit next time for video.  This post will focus on one of these bits in particular, an item I already blogged about in 2011.


WHAT I HAVE ON, CLOCKWISE: NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator  (Gleam), Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Lip Balm, Fanny Serrano (original, no longer available) lash curler, NYX BB Cream, Catrice Sun Matte Bronzing Powder, L’Oreal False Lash Butterfly Waterproof Mascara, FS Features & Shades eyeshadow in “Frosted Chic”, Maybelline Fashion Brow mascara in Deep Brown, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Abu Dhabi” (reported dupe for Kylie Dolce) Php390,   Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in “Sand Dune”, FS Features & Shades Kohl Eye Pencil in “Caramel”(Shade like MAC Brunette brow pencil, used for eyes and brows), FS Features & Shades Powder Foundation in “Mocha” (new packaging), Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush only to set FS powder under eyes (instructional video for brush and powder foundation here, pressing motion)

Without my even having to mention, you’ll spot that there’s a definite desert rose shade theme running through this selection.  Please note that when I say Desert Rose theme I don’t mean the actual desert rose flower (which is actually a bright fuschia) but more of like my more naked, blushed, fictional take on a desert rose.  I also particularly mention the preferred matte liquid lipstick formula I’ve loved for 5 years.  Read on to see the look I put on today, it’s still wearable and natural, but I’ve switched up products a bit.




I attended the NEW FS Cosmetics launch party a couple of days ago and was quite excited for this launch because this is a local industrial makeup brand I’ve always had in my kit.  They have products that flat out just do the job.  The powder formulas are exceptional, one time a certain network executive I do makeup for asked me if I was using Chanel while I was applying the FS powder foundation in Mocha on her due to the scent (the powder is lightly scented but not overwhelming).  I don’t have my full press package yet (it’s on its way), but I’m fine with the delay because I didn’t want to choose shades and colors from a jpeg file of swatches online.  I did take pictures at the event, and one of the first things that won me was this FS Cosmetics blush in Twinkle Tan , another beige pink which compares well to NARS madly but is just slightly more rosy and a touch more obvious in photos and super beautiful in person.


FS blush in Twinkle Tan, second from left (will update this space with the price in a while).

Below is a glimpse of other new products they also have, like the loose powders with built in brushes that detach and re-attach to the lid, textures are comparable to Laura Mercier translucent setting powder.


To be rid of the elephant in the room (since it is there no matter what I type anyway) the FS Cosmetics range was formerly associated with Fanny Serrano for several years but their collaboration contract with him ended in 2011, as most collaboration contracts do.  So FS Cosmetics, now known as Features and Shades, has relaunched with the same makeup formulas we like, more sturdy and new-looking packaging, plus existing bestseller shades and some new shades and products also.I managed to personally experience the new line at the event  and make a list of what REALLY impressed me there and one of them was the blush I mentioned (that is until another blush caught my eye, haha).  Read on to see me wearing it.



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