New Beauty Stuff YouTube Video x An Actual Tutorial

After 3 whole weeks, I finally almost sort of get the vlogging setup I’ve always dreamed of.  I overhauled my bedroom, got an affordable desk, and all that made filming in my safe and comfy zone rather than in our living room way more possible and picturesque!  Watch the video here or in the player below this image.  I will post the list of products but I’ll edit that in tomorrow morning because I am falling asleep right as I type this.  The products are mentioned and typed into the video.

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The All-Natural Sea Sponge | Fanny Serrano’s Choice “Beauty Blender”

Ayaw ko ng plastic…for the skin” said the make-up master as he began priming the model’s face with clean water using this beauty blender-sized Spongebob.  Don’t we all agree with that line on another level?  Ayaw natin ng plastic.  Apparently natural sea sponges are Fanny’s true way to go when it comes to using clean water as a mixing and buffing medium with his makeup products.  He claims his makeup withstands the utmost heat and humidity (sometimes longer than airbrush makeup) when he literally waterproofs the face with his specifically applied layers.  I’m sorry to say though in respect for now I am withholding specific source details on how I purchased these (he has a special source somewhere in the country) to protect Fanny’s peace, resources, and privacy.

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They wash well and as long as most water is squeezed off they air-dry beautifully.  To return them to their most natural, soft state before use and also to naturally disinfect I might try steeping them in cold water with a dash of sea salt, this is not yet tried and tested but I plan to experiment.

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Since I was invited to learn from him he warmly said I could purchase them directly from him and no, they weren’t expensive.  He uses this as a tool to bring out the best in his wet application of his FS Cake Foundation powder (the rectangle compact).  I love the look of these sea sponges because they’re such a lovely naturally dim yellow shade and none of them have the same shape.  Fanny specifically sources them in these beauty blender sizes.  They remind me of that scene where the birds help Cinderella bathe in the original Disney animated feature, you can watch that scene here at 2:25.  When I was a child I was always fascinated by the sponge in that scene, how one large sponge managed to give Cinderella a full bath LOL, and sometimes I recall rewinding that part.  Apparently that dream was a wish my heart made.… To full post & COMMENTS...

If the Glass Desk Fits | IKEA Glasholm Php3900

Workspace goals, check.  In all honesty, at first, a glass desk was not the one on the list.  I had cycled and recycled the thought of having a stereotypical beauty enthusiast workspace.  You know…like someone might have stuffed more and more white IKEA storage into my room.  Later, the cheerful concept of a museum for a room turned marmite on me.  It suddenly didn’t seem practical because I almost always have makeup on my hands when I’m testing makeup, or after having cleaned my brushes.  I had a daymare of an infestation of flesh fingerprints covering the ever popular IKEA Alex drawers or my imaginary IKEA Micke desk (there are several Micke desks, I first eyed the narrow white one with a single roll-out drawer, out of stock locally).  I began to think and internalize more whilst in the belly of an IKEA stockist’s showroom.  I’m not against any of you who just love how white brings in the added light while providing an instant surface for blogging or Insta-pushing everything pretty, I get you.  If, for example, you live in a polluted city in a cramped space more WHITE is definitely your answer to opening things up and giving the illusion of more breathable space.  I just wasn’t so sure I wanted that completely white feel personally for me.  I’m a lazy lout when it comes to making sure things are spotless white all the time.  I just want things to STAY WHITE without my maintenance  (brat LOL).  Did I love the concept of having everything white in my room or did I begin to hate it?  Would I decide to turn my room into a safe-to-say contrived blanc manifestation of tons of popularly curated, dreamy minimalist Instagram feeds?  Roomspiration is okay, I don’t mean to be a snob, just thinking for myself here.  In my mind, especially after seeing Essie Button rock that beautifully clean, white home office (which completely suits her fancy for curating artsy, colorful objects) , I remained tempted to do the same.  That is, of course, until I saw this IKEA Glasholm glass desk which felt like more of a step in the grown-up direction for me, and it was the exact same price as the other IKEA table I originally visited the store for.  I also didn’t mind that it didn’t have any drawers, I mainly want my desk to be something I do stuff on, not store stuff in.

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IKEA Glasholm Desk from @furnituresourcephils (IG) ,

Showroom:38 Granada St., Villa Ortigas II, Brgy. Valencia, QC., Daily 9am-8pm, Nationwide Delivery, Viber/Mobile: 09175383738

ONLINE CATALOG w/pricing and measurements by album: facebook.com/furnituresourcephils

As of today this was the last Glasholm desk unit.

 

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Along with getting a new desk I played a bit with an alternative way to use my LED fairylights in my room even when Christmas-time hasn’t reared its red and green head yet.

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Hiding the fairylights in this basket surrounding the bottoms of magazines gives your “magazinspo” spot a bit of a magical glow at night, great idea as well for children’s books for bedtime stories or their favorite soft toys.  It’s just something I suddenly thought of, no Pinterest or pegs involved.  This basket of magazines however in the last 4 days has since migrated to beneath the desk (but it obstructed my feet) and now is to the left of the desk by the window on top of a chest, still glowing by sunset.

 

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A couple of deciding factors on choosing the IKEA Glasholm desk had nothing to do with appearance.  Laguna has extremely high humidity.  I have an 8 year old IKEA cubby in white compressed wood which began peeling and warping at the corners around 2 years ago so this glass desk is a keeper.  I also wanted something that resisted getting smudged or visibly dirty and was super easy to clean so that I could eat meals on it if my family was not home, make an art mess on if I felt crafty, and spill makeup on if I was experimenting.  I also wanted something minimalist yet sturdy so the Glasholm desk was my answer.  It was a cinch to assemble, the glass underneath has 4 round, stainless metal wells and the legs come with screw-tops so you just twist them in.  The glass isn’t transparent but it beautifully reflects the sky and will probably give me a sangria surface during a beautiful sunset.  I also can’t wait to set a vase or mason jar of fresh flowers on top eventually or even write erasable reminders/doodles on the surface with colored glass pens.  For the good value price of Php3900 from an IKEA stockist I’m pretty stoked to have picked this up.  It got me blogging right away as you can see, and I finally have a place to plant myself for more productivity.

 

 

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Department Store Makeup Sneak Peek | The Evening Look, Next Video’s Teaser

I’ve been having laptop problems guys, that’s what’s been up.  I tell you if it’s not one thing it’s something else.  Before it used to be about not having the right lens…now that I’m all set up for video it feels like my laptop is about to exit stage left.  It doesn’t want to turn on.  This is my iPad.  I’m glad I managed to email myself a couple of photos from the day’s shoot.  Ironically this shoot isn’t going up because I was too tense and the lighting sucked so it needs to be reshot.  A saleslady also made the mistake of pointing out the wrong powder to me…the powder was ok for another test but it wasn’t the exact same powder Fanny Serrano had used wet in his exclusive session with me and another makeup friend.  Today is just a teaser post.  I’m going to reshoot this look as a video tutorial where I use department store/ drugstore makeup items to prove it’s not always the products causing you to “sin” against your face and make you look cheap.  It’s about choosing the right shades and honing some technique with daily relaxed practice.   

   
  

Makeover lipstick in Niagara, Flormar terra-cotta eye shadow M110, Fanny Serrano Gel Eyeliner, MAKE UP FOR EVER 2s brush, Pixy volumizing waterproof mascara. (Pixy Japan), Ellana Minerals concealer powder in radiant  

  
 As you can see… I’ve also been having more fun with the new lens. If you see an eensy-weensy smudge by the eye, guess what, I’m human and I corrected my overdrawn eyeliner. I’m only too glad the original flick out held together and I just made it smaller.  Keep your eyes peeled for the next part, next time which is the actual video.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Flormar Matte Terracotta Eyeshadow M110 | The Daily Single Sweep Shade

“You don’t need scores of suitors.  You need only one…if he’s the right one…” said Amy to flustered Meg March.  That little girl with the nose knows.  She doesn’t know I feel exactly the same way about taupe brown eyeshadow, but she needn’t ask me how many brown eyeshadows I have, lol, (most of mine are in palettes).  I have a professional excuse.  Meet today’s right one, Turkish brand Flormar’s Terracotta Eyeshadow in M110.

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It’s got that appealing baked appearance sans the shimmer which to me resembles an encased chocolate macaron.  I was looking for a wearable single brown shadow I could use for single-sweep daily use that wasn’t shimmery and as luminous as MAC All That Glitters (which I’ve hit pan on months ago).  This issues a medium brown satin finish over the lid with a massively subtle orchid undertone…might be something like a matte whisper of By Terry’s Misty Rock.  Click through to read the full review.… To full post & COMMENTS...

New Bloggles, the NEW Canon Nifty Fifty STM Lens | Their Revamped 50mm 1.8 Lens

If you’re into true glossy-worthy blogging nearly all of you know Canon’s old really affordable nifty fifty lens, the trusty 50mm 1.8 which usually goes for about $100 USD or nearly Php5k.  It gives you a crisp subject for medium to close-up shots and a nicely de-focused background if there’s enough distance between them.  I might be like super late to the party with this update, but I had no idea that Canon recently re-released that old fave lens of theirs at just about $50 more (roughly Php2k more) but with a way quieter, new auto-focus STM motor.  Our favorite affordable close-up lens seems to have gotten quite better.  I bought my lens for Php6798 from Camerahaus, Glorietta, they’ve got a 0% 6 month credit  installment plan so I’m paying over Php1000 per month for this.  They have 2 left in stock in Glorietta, but as for Camerahaus SM Aura, Canon SM Aura, and Canon Highstreet bgc they are all out of stock.  I was looking for the old nifty fifty, I only found out it had been “remade” because I asked why their lens was so expensive then they told me it was the newly released one and I was delighted.  Here are some test shots I took as soon as I got home, no editing done apart from re-sizing.

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“Unlike its predecessor , which is also referred to as the “Plastic Fantastic,” this new 50mm lens has a metal mount rather than a cheaper (and weaker) plastic one.”

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Two more Canon 50mm 1.8 STM lenses are available for purchase from Camerahaus, Glorietta at Php6798, 6-month 0% credit installment plan available.  As far as I was told this is pretty much out of stock in many places .… To full post & COMMENTS...

Santèe Rouge Mousse Cream Blush | On Php69 Offer from the Dollar Store

You’re getting a second helping of beauty today because I’ll be up to my ears in theater work tomorrow for Joseph, the musical.  This has to be one of the cheapest makeup finds I’ve had in quite awhile, and I’m prepared to rave because these are good!  I needed to find some extra makeup bits for our work on Joseph  but they’d have to be cheap with good value.  I walked into the Dollar Store in Alabang Town Center not expecting to find these Santèe Rouge/mousses.  Affordable, highly pigmented,shimmer-free matte cream blush in compacts with covers you don’t have to twist off.  They’re currently on offer for Php69 (less than $2.00 USD) for a limited time.

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I first bought two and left the store briefly, and I promptly tried #03 on in the ladies’ room.  Upon discovering that they were a shimmer-free cream to powder formula that were also good enough to pat onto well-exfoliated lips, I hurried back remembering they were on Php69 offer perhaps only for a limited time (the sales guy said they sell for over a hundred elsewhere) and I got two more shades.   I was on the hunt for some extra makeup bits for our work on Joseph the musical tomorrow…I needed the orange blush in particular for the concept of this look which we aren’t copying exactly but are drawing some inspiration from.

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…and also realized I only had one cream blush in my professional kit.  Obviously I decided that problem had to be solved.  Reminder, be sure to swatch or patch test (apply on small facial area) affordable makeup from stores always before purchasing though.   Click through to see me wearing these shades.… To full post & COMMENTS...

This “Kawaii” Tube Squeezer | A Daiso Php88 Non-Beauty Favorite

It’s amazing how something as simple as a tube squeezer can sort of brighten up your day, because it does what it’s supposed to…while being cute.  It’s on a roll today, duly delivering kawaii satisfaction and being cheap at the same time.  It also does not fail to tickle my fancy while being crystal pink.

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The squeeze power on this is moderate, some people like the steel tube squeezers that would totally squeeze the life out of aluminum itself.  This would still do the job on aluminum tubes from brands like Antipodes and Aesop, though it won’t leave behind the flattened corrugation a steel squeezer would.  I prefer this and appreciate that this tube squeezer isn’t metal because the extremely high humidity here at home rusts and corrodes most metal objects over time even if they are stainless sometimes.  If I had the metal version, cool, but I’d have to keep it in a humidity-free box.  For the price, Php88 (or was it 66? either way happy pa din) at Daiso this tube squeezer is a good one.  It also comes in other colors, if I’m not mistaken I think I saw a crystal mint, and crystal lavender or apricot.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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