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What’s in Her Bag?| TRICIA CENTENERA Wears Beauty

Behold, Tricia Centenera cometh.  Soon to be crowned queen to YouTube’s Super Selfie King, Gabriel Valenciano, this Downunder-grown Filipina babe walks her line and evokes her own strain of effortless glamour.

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There’s a sensitive difference between countless fashion wannabes who throw on every “it” piece together and others who make limited style declarations and let their appearance speak for itself.  Tricia is of the regal latter, she’s a beautiful creature who knows what she likes, seals her lips with a smile, and wears it all well.  Since she has a knack for fashion and wardrobe pieces that stand out her makeup is more often than not very wearable and she has her own menu of what works for her.  Click through to the full post to find out what’s in her beauty bag.


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TRAVEL TRILOGY Trip 1 | BOHOL and tag-along beauty…

Like I said in one of my Instagram captions.  The whole world has a major crush on Philippine shores.

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The first beach trip of the year was fine because Bohol remains pristine no matter what seems to happen.  I say fine because we had two days of rain which took the middle chunk of our stay but I shot the only two days of sun we had, the day we arrived and the day we left LOL.  What a tease of a trip weather-wise, my brother’s flight was cancelled, but the days with sun were gorgeous.  I just want to take you guys to places with me through a handful of posts…in some way, not challenging Lonely Planet’s info powers to any degree, mind you, promise.  As many of my Instagram followers already know, I was in Bohol for my Dad’s 70th.  It isn’t our home province but my parents have a couple of friends who own a resort, and so do I but note please, no one asked me to write this.  I just wanted to.

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BEAUTY NOTE: The subtle-but-makes-a-diff highlight across my cheekbone is thanks to a tiny tube sample of LAURA MERCIER Radiance primer, a new fave.  Swimwear provided by @roxyPH

To side-step for a moment, Boracay, another beach which is a well-known Philippine resort hub, is fun and scenic in strategic areas, with incomparable silky white sand shorelines and aquamarine water, but to be honest…and everyone can be honest about it, I get the feeling it hasn’t been maintained and preserved well enough.  I hope somehow we can find a balance between commerce and eco-tourism for that well-loved place which brings so many people together.  Bohol, on the other hand, while it may not be the spot-on place for young people thirsty for a bar-hopping or isle-clubbing rendezvous or endless aqua sports, it is still today home to quite clean shores (they get more debris and the odd piece of trash after storms) and crystal-clear sea water with lots of marine life…which is a sign.

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BOHOL BEACH CLUB, Panglao

Foreigners and locals alike will always find respite here and breathtaking surroundings exist for divers as well, especially in Panglao.  Despite the recent earthquake Bohol has pulled itself together quite well.  By the way, I’ve included the toiletries I chose to pack and makeup as well but chose to lay off the in-depth description and just listed the products :).

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THE SKINCARE, clockwise (sort of lol) : Yves Rocher Micellar Cleansing Water (Toning Makeup remover),Terramycin Triple antibiotic ointment, VICKS Vaporub (coz I was still raspy), Glamglow mask sachet (didn’t get to use it but saving it for the next trip), Daylong (by Cetaphil) After Sun Repair Lotion, Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF45, Bioderma Cicabio Creme (every morning before SPF), Daylong (by Cetaphil) Kids SPF50 Face and Body sunscreen lotion (fragrance-free, very water resistant), Hygienix alcohol hand spray, Le Labo Rose 31 Shower Gel and Shampoo (from Fairmont Hotel, the conditioner is gone because it was awesome the moment I tried it at the hotel), Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment, Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser (according to Mom it’s sold out in many places but a kind saleslady gave her deluxe samples.)

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 THE MAKEUP, clockwise: Pixi Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched, Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pencil in “BronzeBeam”, K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Mascara, Physician’s Formula Black Waterproof Eyeliner, REVLON Colorstay Automatic Lipliner in “Mauve” (best drugstore brand lipliner for me), Marionnaud #37 Eyes crease brush (currently my best Php78 eye brush for blending my Pixi pencils and Laura Mercier caviar sticks over my lids as eyeshadows, great for hooded eyes), NARS #3 blending brush travel size (came w/ NARS And God Created the Woman Eyeshadow kit), Soffia flat top angled kabuki, Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Waterproof mascara (pink butterflies), Tarte Maracuja Oil deluxe sample (my only hair product and helps with stubborn mascara), Maybelline Instant Age Rewind the Eraser undereye concealer (from Duane Reade, NYC), Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20, MAC Face and Body foundation (C2 for NC30), MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow, Benefit BeneBalm, Laneige Waterdrop TintKevyn Aucoin Lash Curler, Tweezers, Happy Skin PH Eye Love View EyeBrow Duo (Pen and Pencil), Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Cocoa, Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus, Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Caramel, and HURRAW! Earl Grey Vegan Lip Balm

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“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
C.S. Lewis

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My Top 10 Personal Makeup Picks 2014

Here’s the first wave and naturally, I cheated a little bit ‘coz there aren’t exactly only 10 items.  Some tied with others. If you notice I entitled this post “Personal Makeup Picks” meaning these are the items I use the most for myself.  I’m still contemplating whether I should do a “Pro Makeup Picks” list in addition to my “Bath, Body, and Skincare Picks”.  Let me know in the Disqus comments if you’d like me to put up a pro list as well.

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There are one or two items that tied off in the process because either I wanted to mention a cheaper alternative that I use just as much or they address the same facial feature but just in a different color.  If you factor in optional substitution it generally is my top 10 line up for last year.  They’re not ranked according to number, each are what I feel are the best for me in the purpose they serve.  Click Read More to see the full post, my top 10 makeup lineup with my thoughts.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Selfie Secret is Out (Plus A Contest) | Freshlook Colorblend Lenses in PURE HAZEL

I’ve been asked a number of times now about what colored contact lenses I use when I’m out and about.  In fact the first person who ever specifically noticed my contact lenses when I first began wearing them was my first cousin, Gab V., two years ago at his older brother’s wedding.  I first asked him if I looked okay or if I overdid my makeup as a bridesmaid.  He said “You look nice, your eyes…wait, are you wearing contacts?” I confessed LOL and he smiled and said back to me ” ‘Coz if you are they’re nice, it’s not like whoa those other scary contacts…it makes a  difference but it looks like your eyes pa rin, enhanced lang.”  I really strained my brain for the exact words he said without imagining or exaggerating and that’s as close as I remember.  I’m so glad I can finally get the word out on what colored lenses I use, sorry it took so long, I know so many of you have been asking.  I constantly repurchase Freshlook’s Colorblend enhancers in PURE HAZEL which is like a blond brown that merges with my eye color for a believable wearable effect.  I simply must not wear glasses at events and I attend quite a handful so I wear contacts (because my grade is high and different for left and right.  The effect of these made me bother to once again wear a pair frequently.

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Freshlook PH have an ongoing contest until January 15, 2015 where you can win a 3-month supply of Freshlook color contact lenses and an Instax Mini 8 camera!  To join and get a chance to win you must upload a selfie on Facebook, Twitter, OR Instagram (any of the 3 platforms) and mention in the caption why Freshlook is your “selfie secret”.  Don’t forget to tag the coordinators @FreshlookPh and @TeamInstaxPh and use the hashtags #FreshlookSelfie #FreshlookPh

You may recall this overly used “no makeup” makeup selfie of mine (yes it is a DSLR selfie, with both arms) which turned out quite successful as a profile image.  I snapped myself before running out the door to leave the house, not realizing I had taken a very good photo with natural light, LOL, and it is an actual selfie.  For an instant “Fresh Look” I just pop in my colorblends, curl my lashes like a pro and load them up with a non-clumping, waterproof mascara (both top and bottom)…BAM…eyes to mesmerize.

Processed with VSCOcam with c2 presetWhat’s nice about the Colorblend range is it doesn’t completely cover your natural eye color, it just enhances or tints them with a translucent wash of your chosen hue.  So people still see your real eye color behind the lenses.  It’s kind of like that instant contrast button on Instagram haha.  To be honest Colorblends are not initially the MOST comfortable range of Freshlook (the illuminate line is, I forget I’m wearing contacts with those) but for the visual effect what I do to boost comfort is soak and rinse my Colorblend lenses overnight daily in RENU which is an all-in-one solution, also before first use I soak them overnight.

PS MECHANICS: Freshlook PH have an ongoing contest until January 15, 2015 where you can win a 3-month supply of Freshlook color contact lenses and an Instax Mini 8 camera!  To join and get a chance to win you must upload a selfie on Facebook, Twitter, OR Instagram (any of the 3 platforms) and say why Freshlook is your “selfie secret”.  Don’t forget to tag the coordinators @FreshlookPh and @TeamInstaxPh and use the hashtags #FreshlookSelfie #FreshlookPhTo full post & COMMENTS...

Laneige Sparkling Party Holiday Collection 2014

I haven’t been turned on by a good holiday set in ages, that’s until Laneige global Korean makeup artist Cat Koh demonstrated the use of this particularly fabulous one with glee.  I saw, I liked, they gave and that was that.

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LANEIGE SPARKLING PARTY HOLIDAY SET 2014 (Php 1650.00) available at SM Aura, Robinsons Magnolia and other branches.

FROM LEFT: LANEIGE Water Drop Tints in “Neon Pink”, and “Raspberry Pink”, Nail Glitter Polish in “Golden Bubble” and “Pink Wine”, and Sparkling Dust eyeshadow duo in “Pink Dust” and “Gold Dust.”

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Happy Day since it is limited edition (while supplies last, and they only brought in a little over a hundred of these…or so they say)!  Seriously pretty and exquisitely done rosy sparkle is about to float your boat, and the packaging…sigh.  Click Read More and see for yourself!  You’ll also see close up photos of me trying these out.… To full post & COMMENTS...

One Year of Happy Skin Makes Us Happy | Online Store Now Worldwide & New Stuff

Whoever thought a NEW Filipina cosmetic brand like Happy Skin could make the world-class waves that they have in just one year?  I never would have guessed that Happy Skin would be able to penetrate the market this relentlessly and in the most positive way.  A year has gone by and we celebrated at Vanilla Cupcake Bakery yesterday, we who have stood by them, offered support, and watched them grow are prouder than ever.  Congratulations, Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, we continue to stand by you!  Happy Skin’s online store at HappySkinCosmetics.com by the way is now officially operational WORLDWIDE.  Mabuhay ang mga Pinay!

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Here’s a sneak peek at some of their new stuff with full reviews to follow ;)

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Many I’m sure did not have the slightest suspicion early on that a Pinay beauty brand would ever so suddenly and FINALLY give Filipino women what they deserve, a range of better cosmetics manufactured with close supervision that give payoff and safer formulas.  I’m already making the positive comparison between them and Bourjois, the well-loved French drugstore brand, we’ve got our own brand that stands at par and it is Happy Skin!  Congratulations, girls.  Can’t wait to take pictures and show my readers your new items!!

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Color Bucket Cosmetics from Luxola | Pop Color at Happy Prices + 20% Storewide Discount Code!

I actually don’t immediately go for brights when it comes to cosmetics, but I couldn’t resist playing with the formulas by Korean brand Color Bucket when Luxola gave me a few items to try last week.  I was particularly blown away by the bright blue Flash Pop Up Geller automatic eyeliner.  Teens should go straight for the excellent bright eyeliners, they do not disappoint at all.  Thank you LUXOLA.com for the opportunity to try these.  The bright blue eyeliner is going straight into my pro-kit for a test shoot with models this Wednesday!  I seriously plan to get the other shades in the bright range since the prices are quite affordable.  I was also sent an emerald green glittery version of the pop-up geller pencils, which might be put to good use this coming holiday season.  By the way the Luxola team were kind enough to provide me with a special STOREWIDE discount code for my readers to avail of! Enter discount/promotion code LX-JULIAA at the Luxola.com online checkout so you can enjoy 20% off your LUXOLA storewide purchase (not just for Colorbucket). This code is valid till September 30, 2014!  If I were you I’d start Christmas shoppin’ for the gals using that code!

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Flash Pop Up Geller eye pencil 0.5g (₱ 587.50), Lip Flash Jam 9g (₱ 587.50) from LUXOLA SG

“Color Bucket brings to you the most amazing collection of beauty and skin care products around the globe. The vast product line by Color Bucket includes lip flash jams, hair crayons, eye sebums, lip sticks and much more. These wonderful and quirky products help you in easily pulling off the trendiest and bold looks you always wanted. With these top quality products made available to you by Color Bucket in Philippines you can now try all the new, cool looks with a perfect, profess.”

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The Flash Pop-up eyeliners aren’t just eye candy, the formula applies brightly and lasts the whole day, if you try soaping it off you’ll have a bit of work cut out for you…it’s super long lasting, you’ll need a bi-phase or oil-based makeup remover to get it off.  It also makes an excellent eye base for pastel blue eyeshadow if you’re planning to test out a Twiggy 60s look like I did for a retro party.

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Honestly, I wouldn’t exactly wear all these shades together but for the case of happily showing you what they look like on I’m flying 80s today.  Their Lip Flash Jam (I was sent Electric jam) is somewhat like a less long-lasting OCC lip tar fit for teens.

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The lip flash jam still packs a punch of pigment compared to regular lip gloss but I think in terms of longevity you would have to reapply after a meal or two.  A great thing I discovered about it is it’s great to use as a cheek tint, too!  Color Bucket cosmetics also do Hair Chalk (Hair Crayon Stylist) for the adventurous among you, my hair was a bit too short for me to effectively test the product, but if you do try the hair chalks out I suggest applying them on damp to dry hair so the pigment shows up faster.  Enter discount/promotion code LX-JULIAA at the Luxola online checkout so you can enjoy 20% off your LUXOLA storewide purchase (not just for Colorbucket). Code valid till September 30, 2014! 

Color bucket cosmetics are available online from LUXOLA.com here. They ship really quickly to the Philippines, you should expect an order to arrive within 3-4 working days at most.

 

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Pixi UK Endless Silky Eyeliner |Do “Tilbury-Taught” Smoky Eyes

Okay, seriously, I have not been THIS excited about eye makeup in AGES.  My go-to eye look since NYC has basically been just curl and mascara on repeat.  Weeks and weeks ago I did try and swatch this Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen on my hand (called that but it’s a pencil) which they probably call a pen because of how smooth it glides on but I hadn’t had the chance to shoot or say anything after all the hospital commotion we had after I got back from abroad.  What seems like “just an eyeliner” does so much more.  I fell for it again when I recently used it on some bridesmaids I made up at a wedding.  It’s soft when it glides on but sets and becomes waterproof after a few minutes.  I also discovered what a wonderfully dual purpose product it actually is.  It helps me create Charlotte Tilbury inspired smoky eyes.

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“Waterproof, super-long-wear, no-smudge, no-budge eye liners. They glide on like seamless silk, and in a single sweep motion create a flawless, solid jewel-toned line. No retouching required all day – or night! Gentle on eyes, yet intensely coloured and super-silky. Waterproof. Paraben-free. Mineral oil-free. Preservative-free. Hypoallergenic. (Formulated with Vitamin E to nourish the eye area).” Php740.00 from GlamourBox here  PIXI UK is also available at Ava.ph, seektheuniq.com, Pure Beauty boutiques (Serendra & Alabang Town Center), Commonthread Rockwell & Greenbelt 5, Plana Forma and select Snoe outlets.

This eye pencil (notice they didn’t just label it “eyeliner’) is awesome because it glides on silky but gives you a super reasonable amount of time to blend it over the lid if you’re using it as an eyeshadow, about a good 4-5minutes.  It really is the eyeliner range of Pixi cosmetics because the brand really has its own collection of LidLast Shadow pens, but these eyeliners also work miraculously well as eyeshadow as you can see and on my for the last 5 hours so far it hasn’t creased and I was sweating today.

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I’m not pulling your leg when I say on my eyes I’m only wearing this Pixi Silky Eye pencil in Bronzebeam and mascara.  I applied the pencil all over the lid up to the crease, used a small crease eyeshadow brush to blend it out quickly in the crease before it set.  I lined the upper lashline again after blending over the lid to bring back intensity then  I lined underneath the eyes, curled lashes and applied mascara.  That’s it.  Two products = smudgeproof smoky eyes, pencil then mascara.  No faffing around with eyeshadow if you’re not up to it, but you can also add some on top if you like.

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SKIN BASE: Happy Skin Zz (ZitZapping) SPF20 Cream Foundation (review here) BROWS: K-palette 1 Day Tattoo Brow Pen, EYES: Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pencil “Bronzebeam”, LASHES: Revlon Lash Potion Waterproof mascara,

The shade I have also reminds me of a Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow I admired on my friend Charlotte before called “Skylark”.  It’s this really warm bronze that’s almost copper, a hue that’s rich and gorgeous all the way.  It’s so pretty you’d think bronze or copper would look redundant against brown or hazel eyes, but it still looks chic.  That’s why it’s important that the mascara you use is very black for contrast.  I so like how without black eyeliner in the way the lashes just pop out against the bronze.  I find that this pencil is a great affordable dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s highly acclaimed colour chameleon eyeshadow pencils.  These pencils come in about 14 shades on the UK site, I’m not quite sure how many shades are available locally, but I’m very happy I was sent this one.   As a liner, once it sets, it’s not going anywhere like those well-known gel eyeliners.  I guess the difference is how fantastic this looks over the lids when blended out, true testament to a great formula.  Did I mention how I absolutely dig the color I was sent?  It’s called Bronzebeam, they couldn’t have thought of a better name for this shade.  Follow Pixi UK Cosmetics at @pixibeautyPH and @glamourboxPH both on Instagram.

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