Happy Skin Lippies Go StyLIZed by Liz Uy | Limited Edition Collab…

I think makeup collaborations are fun, they’re quite historical and quite often happen only once, which makes the collections born from their brain spawning even more special.  I’m happy to present this year’s first Happy Skin cosmetics collab for their famous lippies with celebrity stylist Liz Uy which brings forth the StyLIZed lippie trio.  The StyLIZed lippies are available in two premium sets and to buy at php599 individually via Happy Skin counters or here online (local and global shipping available).


HAPPY SKIN Shut Up & Kiss Me StyLIZed! Acrylic Clutch Set Php1799

Shades below from left: 24 Karats, Style Icon, and Red Carpet





For every StyLIZed lippie sold a sales portion will go to Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation.  “If I could add one more chapter to my book it would be all about lipstick…” says Liz.  The truth on top is plain as day: Change your lippie, change the game.  Jump to the full post to see swatches and me wearing these lovely lippies up close with 3 different looks.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Wet N Wild Megaplump Waterproof Mascara | My Lashes But Better at Php399

I need another waterproof mascara like I need a hole in my head, unless the 4-month turnover period comes around when it’s time to ditch one you’ve got for hygiene’s sake.  Is it just me or is it getting really depressing that local drugstore mascaras have exceeded the Php499 mark more often than not?  I probably wouldn’t mind if we had the variety of delivering mascara ranges that the US and UK are getting, not to mention the obvious quality.  What’s tricky to find is a waterproof one that holds curl at a lower price mark.  Well I found a better priced one at Php399 while at METRO department store the other day and it meets the criteria of what I was looking for and what some asked me to find and share.  They hoped this existed, an affordable non-clumpy mascara that does the job, holds curl, but looks less like…well, mascara when you put it on.  Seriously, the missions people give me in life…LOL.  And so they cried “Kill crispy and turn on wispy…”.




The wand sports a standard mascara brush which I prefer for separating and defining my lashes.  The effect though is pretty close to L’Oreal’s Telescopic mascara range, just with less volume. In my opinion, Wet N Wild’s Megaplump Waterproof Mascara is misnamed…because Megaplumping isn’t what it does really.  The pack it came in claims “3x Volume”.  Nope, sorry.  It’s not a volumizing mascara as much as it is a lengthening curl mascara that gives you big defined lashes. What you have is sort of a “my-lashes-but-better” waterproof mascara that majorly holds a curl, gives moderate boldness and a more feathery looking awning for your eyes.  Layer it on and you get defining impact.  I layered the mascara a meticulous 2x because I like to do that.  Tip for defining using drugstore mascara is to turn the wand vertical and comb through any segments that need more separation from the roots up.  I might be kinda surprised if this before-and-after comparison doesn’t impress you, even a little bit.



I tested Wet N Wild Megaplump Waterproof overnight as well.  For the love of discovery I slept in it and I woke up and it still looked like this.  There was no smudging, just a few stray black particles at the corner of my eye and the curl was still intact. 

My brother gave the look a thumbs up when I asked.  It doesn’t look unbelievably black but you still get that impact somehow (especially if you’ve curled your lashes well).  It’s also great on the lower lashes.  In this Wet N Wild Megaplump mascara I found the full tube I was hoping to find of a formula that matched the #2 end of Cover Girl’s Bombshell Mascara Duo.  Not a bad find I think.  If I feel like wearing something less BOLD but lifts my look regardless, I’ll certainly reach for this again, soon.… To full post & COMMENTS...

PANTENE’s 3-Minute Miracle Loves My Hair | FREE Shipping via SampleroomPH Til Feb.4!

It takes a minimum of 3 minutes to completely tell your hair 3 words with one product, “I love you…”.  With the arrival of PANTENE’S NEW 3-Minute Miracle Total Damage Care treatment conditioner we’ve pretty much got our hair covered with love ’til summer hits!  I’ve tried this lovely stuff, it kinda smells of parma violets and mixed berries to me (a bit too sweet but fresh enough with that tart note).  While I have no tales to tell you about miraculous cascading hair flips I will say that I did get undeniably smoother softer hair on the first use with some surprising spring and lift at the roots of my pixie cut.    Short cuts gleam and get healthy and springy while long waves and curls will stun in the sun after being treated with this conditioner for sure.


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Awhile back, about 3 years ago, I remember reading my British friend Charlotte’s rave reaction post about a UK Pantene product called Colour Protect Colour Seal Concentrate (a treatment conditioner she put on and rinsed out after the standard shampoo/condie combo in the bath).  She said this in her blog post here  “I worked a blob of the new Pantene Colour Seal Concentrate through my hair last night after doing the usual shampoo/conditioner routine, left it on for 2/3 minutes and rinsed it out.  I went to bed with wet hair, fully expecting to regret my laziness the next morning and instead woke up to the softest, smoothest hair I can remember having.”  Since then I was hunting and waiting and waiting for a product like that to enter OUR local market.  I recall searching on ebay for the exact one she mentioned from the UK but it wasn’t available that time.  I highly believe Pantene’s 3MM conditioner may be the closest thing I can get to what she tried because results were evident overnight.

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Another way to use this stuff at the beach this coming summer is to slather it into your hair and scalp as a protectant while tanning, leave it in and head out!  Lie in the sun and have a sort of hot-oil treatment using this while you’re at the shore or in the pool before rinsing it off (back in your shower).  I’ve actually seriously rekindled an appreciation for Pantene haircare since late last year when I discovered that even if they were scented I didn’t itch.  I haven’t been allergic to the range they sent me before Christmas which is a wonderful thing. So first I got into their silicon-free and paraben-free Aqua Pure shampoo and conditioner which hello…got rid of my dandruff, and it isn’t even a dandruff shampoo.  The flakes probably meant I was dealing with sensitivity on the scalp because after I started using Pantene Aqua Pure that scalp problem almost completely disappeared.  At the same time I realized that Pantene’s Color and Perm conditioner which they also gave me was also great and also made my hair so silky after one use (probably also a close relative of the one Charlotte met).  Then in S&R Membership grocery weeks later after all that complimentary shampoo for review (seriously consider this girl with next to no hair feeling a major difference) I personally spotted another Pantene treasure, the shampoo/conditioner tandem called their Expert Collection Advanced Keratin+ range (formulated in Switzerland, made in the US) and yes finally purchased that for real because it was an ultimate find, even amidst all the free haircare…and that’s going to be a different post, folks.  Obviously, without a doubt I’ve currently switched over to Pantene haircare coz I’ve literally stopped scratching my head about the whole thing and am sincerely into their Pro-V power for my little locks right now.


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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.


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.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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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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 Best of Beauty Video Picks 2014 | Happy Long Weekend END lol!

A lot of us like to read about beauty in blogs and magazines but let’s face it, when it comes to learning about the latest tips, tricks, and products nothing beats seeing it all presented on video.  YouTube, for example, is teeming with beauty information and a whole lot of it really useful.  This is a beautiful artwork of top YouTuber Michelle Phan who was one of the if not the most major video pioneer in YouTube beauty with now nearly 7.4 million subscribers.  Art is by user sheepskeleton on Deviant Art.  She was my first video inspiration when it came to makeup and I don’t care what others say about her starting off as an amateur, she created a brand for herself, she is where she is because of her innovation and awesome talent and her videos eventually led me to real professionals online.

michelle_phan_by_sheepskeleton-d705rvhI’ve placed here in this video selection a blend of professional experts and vloggers and most of them are their best of 2014 videos.  I’ve also thrown in a couple that aren’t Best of Videos.  I’m still trying to create a gallery where you can see the videos embedded here. While I’m still trying to fix that just click on any video’s plain YouTube links listed at the bottom.












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My Bath, Body, & Skincare Picks 2014

For a whole chunk of last year after Dad recovered from his stroke and when I got sick for a bit I sort of went on a beauty hiatus.  Then of course the holidays came and for most of the first 2 weeks of January I’ve been sick again with the flu that half the Philippines has right now  (tell me ’bout it, I called a friend and her officemate in the background was coughing).  It wasn’t a flat out choice that I made, beauty just wasn’t a main priority for a long while ’till just before Thanksgiving.  But we’re back and these were my bathroom and bedroom best from last year.


So because I wasn’t so hyped up by beauty buzz for quite awhile I was reaching for things for my personal upkeep with less self-consciousness so to speak, but of course I still had my preferences and was happy to find my current signature fragrance in 2014.  The list is pretty pared down compared to like a year ago.  However I think you’ll like that most of them are readily available here in department stores or local groceries.  Click on to get the details.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Glam at 2015’s Golden Globes | My Top 5 in Beauty and Some Style Faves

I was only able to catch a portion of the live telecast of the 2015 Golden Globes earlier and it wasn’t the red carpet part which is what mattered where the blog was concerned.  I didn’t plan in advance to do a feature but when I saw certain faces I couldn’t help but decide to share with you who ranked as my top 5 in beauty (hair and makeup or just makeup).  We begin with number one who tops the list, simply because she’s the first face I saw during the ongoing program which convinced me to do this post.  In the past she was also featured as my favorite made-up face during the Academy Awards.  Photo sources will be placed at the end, but many of those official sites actually retrieve the same stuff from Getty images or other sites.  The ones whose outfits I also liked will have full-length photos.



Actor Jessica Chastain is gorgeous with or without makeup.  A lot of us have seen this disarmingly beautiful and talented redhead with the barely there look in movies like Tree of Life, Zero Dark Thirty, and more recently Interstellar.  I like how her hair and makeup looks are often so well balanced.  The base looks like skin and the eyes are intense but softly lined and her blush picks up on camera.  Plus that flowing red hair is unrivaled.  I wasn’t too keen on her dress but it was pretty still…because of her.  UK makeup artist Mary Greenwell (THE one Lisa Eldridge and Charlotte Tilbury apprenticed for) has done her makeup in the past, I’m not sure if she did Jessica’s makeup this time.  Easy on the eyes Jessica is, Yoda would say.  Click to see the rest.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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