Cargo HD Got Me Into Makeup Again And Other Stuff

A while back now, I was invited to Cargo HD’s pre-summer launch (now available at Beauty Bar) of their “swimmables” range…and I know right, my last post on here was like “me coming out of a slump” char…and then now almost a year later, hello.  Too much has happened, seriously, apart from Dad passing away suddenly last November, which was awful of course.  Maybe to some extent I’ll vlog about it one of these days, just maybe.  That makes much more sense.

Cargo loot inspired confidence in me to still keep up appearances amidst a time where the last thing I felt like doing was fixing my face.  I even brought some of my Cargo cosmetics loot to Divehouse in Antique with me where I did my scuba-diving intro last April.  This was much to the amusement of divemaster friends who warmly mocked me for being so girly, haha.  Who tests water-resistant blush underwater and wears waterproof mascara inside her dive mask?   Apparently me.  We were here 3 years ago as well with my Dad (a once upon a time national PADI director) who had the grandest time beneath the surface always.

Their “swimmable” blush tins are sweat and water resistant powder blush formulas that are very impressive.  Kate Winslet’s makeup artist Lisa Eldridge applies the “Bali” one here in this video.  Cargo products at the get-go are well thought out, have highly satisfying color pay-off and are finely manufactured.  The company was founded originally out of Toronto, Ontario in Canada.  Their past Blu-ray pressed powder range well over 5 years ago was the only powder that, according to KC Concepcion, was fine enough to not show up so much on-camera in telenovela tapings.

My weakness though primarily is Cargo’s Picture Perfect Illuminating Palette, pretty much like the ambient lighting trio by Hourglass but reasonably priced and I prefer the packaging.

Because of this one by Cargo I don’t yearn for the Hourglass ambient lighting range anymore.  I like it so much I’ve already hit pan on it after just a couple of months.  The illuminating palette by Cargo provides a very subtle sophisticated glow and highlight.

I was excited to be able to use this highlighter trio on myself and one of my dearest clients (and former schoolmate), Marga Valdes-Trinidad, sister of artisan jewelry designer Bea Valdes and wife of actor TJ Trinidad.  I did Marga’s makeup for an out-of-town wedding and used quite a bit of Cargo’s swimmable blush in “Los Cabos” which would be similar to NARS Orgasm but less red and sparkly.  I also used the Illuminating palette powder sparingly on her being careful avoid the eye area.

Since I know some of you are going to ask what’s on Marga’s lips I’ll spill.  They’re just defined with a Deborah lipliner in #2 (from SM Beauty) and slicked over with this fabulous booster balm by Make Up For Ever.  I actually used the booster on the surface to prep for a red lip that didn’t happen.  She liked the tint so much on her lips that she stuck with it and cancelled going red.  Simplicity.  This also comes in a clear, non-tinted version.

So the couple sent me another photo after they arrived at the venue (above).  Marga doesn’t really do selfies she says so I took her photo above and then TJ took the second shot at the venue.  She specifically wanted her makeup light, noticeable, long-wearing and fresh and she brought along her own lipstick for retouching.

For Cargo’s bases I’ve been smitten by two, but will feature the second in a separate post.  First is the one I was using for pretty much all of summer even while at Antique, their Picture Perfect CC cream which has the coverage of Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer but with a less sticky finish… #perfect.

It comes in light and medium tints and applies as a white cream that adjusts in shading upon contact with skin.  Click through my IG slideshow below to see how that happens :).  It’s available for Php1750 through Beauty Bar.

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For next time I’ll be talking ’bout my current foundation routine using this Cargo foundation.  The Cargo PH team specifically pointed out note how much more travel friendly all the packaging is.

I apply Cargo’s Picture Perfect HD foundation in thin micro layers in tandem with MAC Fix Spray and a beauty blender and sometimes Pia Wurtzbach’s favorite MAC prepping toner before all that.  More details to come in the next post in 2018!  Kidding.

 


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BARE BUT THERE MAKEUP BITS

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.

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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!… To full post & COMMENTS...

MY TOP 5 HIGH-END FOUNDATIONS 2016

It’s about time, isn’t it?  Seeing that the top trending post on the site for the last 3 years was my Top Foundations post I’m convinced that this particular makeup topic was crying out loud for an update.  Here are the slightly more luxurious ones that I feel have been worth spending for as part of my foundation arsenal.  I present my top 5 high-end foundations plus, a brush and pressed powder so worth mentioning.

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Along with mentioning my Top 5 foundations I need to share about the compact powder I use to set or tone down shine along the T-zone for the dewier formulas, that together with the foundation brush that I love for both liquid and powder application.  I’ve gone the extra mile by shooting my face wearing all 5 foundations this morning.  I used NUXE oil to gently remove my makeup between every transition followed by a wet face towel to take it all off quickly without additional chemicals…result, my face did not get irritated or break out into a rash.  To see how these magical liquids wear and appear on my face (all without concealer) keep reading.… To full post & COMMENTS...

THE CAMPAIGN SORTIE BEAUTY EDIT

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!

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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.… To full post & COMMENTS...

MY CUSTOM FAKE TAN, PROFESSIONALLY TESTED

There was something I whipped up slash concocted during my shoot for KC’s Closet (blogged about that here) that was highly effective.  It wasn’t particularly mentioned to me in advance but KC required a subtle more summery complexion which would also include tanning her arms.  These are things you learn on the job, that there will be random requests you didn’t foresee and you will have to make adjustments accordingly or be innovative.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I was extremely innovative, I just did what I could to meet the demand for lack of a specific product.  Having bronzing and tanning products for body as well is a default requirement for any makeup artist, that had slipped my mind for that day.  Had I not run out of my Chanel Soleil de Tan/Bronze Universelle bronzing balm I would have used that without question, but I used all of that up.  So, I improvised and this combo served me well.

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MAC Cosmetics Face & Body Foundation in C7, This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up Moisturizer/Primer Php1977 Sephora PH

An equal dollop of each mixed on the back of my hand saved the day, it did occur to me that I was speedily using up the only tiny bottle of my favorite This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up moisturizer lol, but KC’s neck, arms, and back were worth it.  It is after all, Victoria Beckham’s favorite priming moisturizer in recent years, information relayed by the one and only Val Garland.  Someone like Victoria tweeting about one specific product usually kind of breaks the internet temporarily.  MAC Face and Body foundation  is a thinner, runnier foundation also sold in jumbo bottles (Jigs Mayuga stocked up loads for the last Bench Naked Truth lingerie show).  It is hailed as one of the most flexible on-set liquid foundations that doesn’t contain SPF and looks like actual skin.  It is a modeling and fashion industry standard known for its thin, runny consistency, transfer-proof formula (best for changing clothes) and its juicy but not excessively dewy finish.  It carries nearly invisible but buildable coverage and also works if set with powder.  Makeup artists also love the fact that MAC Face & Body foundation comes in options of Jumbo wholesale and/or travel-friendly size bottles. Read on to see the results of the combo I used.… To full post & COMMENTS...

GOOD DESERT ROSE FAVES ON GOOD FRIDAY

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.

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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.… To full post & COMMENTS...

MY MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE

Hi, at long last I got a video up!  The camera work on my Morning Skincare Routine video is a bit shaky sorry about that but Mom really did her best, she helped me that morning get it done, God bless her.  Drink Bonamine nalang before watching, lol.

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1. Safeguard Derma Sense Cleanser for Sensitive Skin (fragrance-free)
2. NIVEA Soft Moisturizer (bought in Japan)
3. This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up Moisturizer
4. VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face Cover Sunscreen SPF45
5. NYX BB Beauty Balm in shade “Natural” (oil-free)

Of course you understand that on some days I don’t get to use all of the ones mentioned here.  Sometimes, I leave out one or two of these in the rush, but right now these are all the products I’ve been reaching for before I’m out the door in the morning.  Click continue to get to the video.To full post & COMMENTS...

FS COSMETICS BLUSH RELAUNCH “TWINKLE TAN”

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.

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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.

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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.… To full post & COMMENTS...

HAPPY SKIN’S FLAT TOP MAKEUP BRUSH

I’ve set my sights on this one makeup brush for awhile and was glad that thanks to team Happy Skin I’m able to show it to you today.  It’s their version of a flat top base brush.  Look at it, so clean and pristine!  At this point I was so ready to get in there and use it.

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HAPPY SKIN FLAT TOP BRUSH Php599.00 available to buy here via Products/Brushes & Tools/Individual brushes 

It’s great for buffing and sheering out liquid bases (note: not all liquid foundations out there are for buffing) and also great for pressing in high-coverage powder foundation products onto skin.  Read on to get a closer look.… To full post & COMMENTS...