Current Beauty Faves in a Bangkang Papel – Prayers and Batibot Memories

Do any of you remember the local TV show Batibot?  If you were born in the late 70s to mid-80s you probably do.  Aside from watching Sesame Street I also watched Batibot whenever I caught it on TV.  Yes, at the time I lived in Dasmariñas in a big house with my Lola and I was a teeny-weeny bit spoiled as an only kid, but shows like Batibot in addition to Betamax tapes of Sesame Street and Saturday Morning Cartoons from the U.S. kept me company and expanded my world with slice-of-life narratives.  I wish more shows like this still existed today.  One of those narratives was a video segment called “Bangkang Papel” which in Filipino means “paper boat”.  A lot of children in the Philippines don’t have expensive toys to play with so they often make their own and folded paper boats were (before mobile phone games)  just as popular here as paper planes are in the US.  Today’s beauty post is a bit different in light of what’s happened because of the rain.  The flooding here in the Philippines has caused a lot of people to lose their homes and relatives.  Some have been relocated temporarily to cramped relief centers.  I’ve decided to keep it simple today and just share a few current favorites brought to you in a “bangkang papel”.  Two of these I’ve fully reviewed, the rest I’ve only just mentioned.


CLOCKWISE: K-Palette 1-Day Tattoo Eyeliner (BLACK but in Limited Edition Pink Polka Dot Tube), K-Palette Kuma Concealer, Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Waterproof Mascara, Kai Beauty-M Razor (Japan Home Center), Clinique Shimmer Stripes Powder blush in 01 Peony (free travel sample size, a gift).  Reviewed items are linked in bold.

1. K-Palette 1-Day Tattoo Eyeliner –    I’ll keep all these mentions short and simple because I don’t have it in me 100% to fully expound on cosmetics today because of the storm calamity.  This is a great, easy-to-use liquid eyeliner that’ll help you get a nice sharp cat’s eye. K-Palette products are available in Beauty Bar. (upcoming full review)

2. K-Palette Kuma Concealer –   – This concealer performs similarly to the peach color correctors of MAC and Bobbi Brown, it instantly lifts and corrects dark circles, comes in 3 shades with skin benefits, and is a smooth but concentrated consistency like Michelle Phan’s favorite Amazing Concealer. (upcoming full review.)

3. Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Waterproof Mascara My favorite everyday mascara right now because it separates, defines, holds curl, is waterproof so doesn’t smudge (on me, may vary), AND big plus, isn’t a pain to remove.

4. Clinique Shimmer Stripes Powder blush in 01 Peony (free travel sample size, a gift) –This was simply given to me by my Ninang, it’s a free sample size of Clinique Shimmer Stripes Powder blush.  These aren’t glittery or even “shimmery” in a pixie dust way don’t worry, they’re a pearl-to-satin finish and the Peony shade gives cheeks that mild hint of rosy.


Right now many districts and provinces in Luzon are in a state of calamity due to the heavy rains these last few days.  I may or may not be as active on the blog this week and some personal posts might go up.  Let’s offer up prayers of thanksgiving for ourselves who are healthy, clean, and dry and prayers of compassion and mercy for people who have lost their loved ones, homes, hope, and joy.  God, please be merciful and show us what more we can do to help people in need not just at this time but from now on everyday that we have life in us.  Amen.  To give us hope that majority of the Philippines can find joy again in simple things here is that video of Bangkang Papel from Batibot that has been on my mind for the past few days amidst all the chaotic reports from the news.  Somewhere, somehow, families and children will find peace and joy again which is what this video brings home very well.  Once upon a time, rain wasn’t always such a burden.  This is a reminder of a time when we once actually even looked forward to the rain which could bring joy when it wouldn’t overwhelm us.

If you still have loved ones that need rescuing or simply want to help Luzon recover from this calamity check my previous post HERE for a list of hotlines and relief plus donation center details.
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STORM HOTLINES & RELIEF COORDINATORS – So you wanna help, then share this info and use it!

From The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – In Which Piglet’s House Gets Flooded (Video Here).


**RED CROSS : If you need to be rescued, call 143 and 527-0000. Put a white blanket outside your house so rescuers can locate where you are.

RESCUE 5 MAIN: Still receiving calls from concerned citizens asking for rescue. Rescue 5 hotline 922-5155

SAGIP #kapamilya HOTLINES: 09178874411/4114995
2 hours ago from Twitter for Android

RT @RESCUE5PH: For Makati Rescue hotline: 168 / 899-8928 / 896-2828 / 895-8243

RT @RESCUE5PH: For Paranaque Rescue hotline: 923-2499

RT @RESCUE5PH: For Marikina Rescue hotline: 161 / 646-2436 / 646-2423

RT @RESCUE5PH: For Quezon City Rescue hotline: 928-4396 / 927-5914 / 924-2027


RELIEF CENTERS ETC. (Go and help personally or donate)

LBC branches will serve as drop-off centers for Phil. Red Cross. You may take your donations for flood victims to the nearest LBC branch starting tom Aug 8.  Most needed are blankets, water, milk, easy-to-eat foods like biscuits, rice, baby diapers, mats/banigs, toiletries. Pls make sure these are properly labled as donations and we will make sure these are sent immediately to the Red Cross and to their evacuation centers.  PLEASE don’t use plastic bags, instead use a blanket, towel or old shirt to tie-up and carry your donations. Thank you.

DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform)  **”We are in need of volunteers for repacking of relief goods in Gate 1, Quezon City Circle.
For more information, please contact us at 0916.320.0809.”

**Sagip Kapamilya
ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. Building
Mother Ignacia Ave., corner Eugenio Lopez St.,
Quezon City –Warehouse:
ABS-CBN Foundation Sagip Kapamilya Warehouse(Edongs)
#137 Mother Ignacia Ave., Quezon City

**Akbayanihan Relief Center
Akbayanihan Relief Center now accepting donations. Food, water, clothes, and the like being accepted at the Akbayan headquarters in 36B Madasalin Street, Sikatuna Village. You may contact (02)4336933 / 09175381816 / 09064304315 if you want to volunteer.

**Gawad Kalinga

Command Center for relief ops North NCR @hrd. Training Ctr, DAR Compound QC. #09991889683 / 09064192016 / 09228483806

**PTV 4
PTV Broadcast Complex, Visayas Avenue, Diliman QC. Hotline 09215283325


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Beautiful Bridal Hair & Makeup Vids by BHLDN – 4 Looks With Products Used is a European bridal site that offers editorial picks on everything bridal for your wedding day, kind of like an online “bridalzine” if that is a word.  My cousin Paolo Valenciano’s fiancee, Sam, messaged me this morning encouraging me to do video tutorials inspired by these ones she saw on BHLDN which actually stands for BEHOLDEN from the Dutch word “to keep” or “preserve”.  I’ll embed the Romantic video look below, but you’ll have to check the rest on BHLDN.COM or directly at these links which are the Lady look, Bohemian look, and the Muse look.

Sam worked with me on my first studio folio shots as a makeup artist and actually helped launch my professional career and next year she’s getting married to Paolo <3.  I wanted to share these with you because these simple hair and makeup how-tos by BHLDN are nothing short of exquisite.  Note to those who’d like to follow these looks, no foundation was used apparently in most of them, just skincare, a bit of unmentioned concealer maybe and pressed powder, I’ll include the list of products they used as shared on their site.

  • Prep hair with Redken Smooth Lock Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Comb Redken Full Frame Protective Volumizing Mousse through hair with fingers
  • Gather hair and tie into a topknot; let sit for 20 minutes
  • Release hair; fluff with fingers while blow drying to add volume
  • Part hair on right side
  • Begin French braiding hair along the hairline until you reach the back of your left ear; fasten with a small elastic
  • Starting from the right side of your part, French braid toward your right ear; do not fasten
  • Gather all loose hair together and backcomb to add volume
  • Begin folding hair under and pinning to create a pretty shape a the nape
  • Place tiara directly behind the main braid on top of your head
  • Start pulling at braids carefully; release a few pieces to create airier look
  • Oribe Super Fine Hairspray!
  • Prep skin with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, Facial Toner, and finally Facial Cream
  • Lightly apply Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Primer over entire face
  • Tap on matte pressed powder to set
  • Brush Smashbox Softbox Eye Shadow in ‘Fizz’ across your entire lid, including the inner corners of your eyes
  •  Curl lashes and brush on black mascara
  • Fill in eyebrows following your natural arc with a like-colored pencil
  • Rub Smashbox Cream Cheek Trio in ‘Show Biz’ on the apples of your cheeks
  • Apply the same hue to your lips, and voilà!
  • NAILS: OPI Nail Lacquer in ‘Heartthrob’

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Bourne Makeup Artist – Jeremy Renner’s Makeup Artist Past & Quick Makeup Tip

Little did we know about Jeremy Renner’s background.  Who would’ve thought that the man who played The Avengers’ very own sharp-shooter, Hawkeye, and the lead in the Bourne Legacy film, actually began his showbiz career as a makeup artist in a shop then perhaps eventually on set?

“I could do makeup because I did theater… I could paint and I could draw, so I’m like, ‘OK, I’ll do makeup on girls all day… It bought me a lot of free time to go audition when I needed to because I only had to work a few hours a week. I didn’t have to wait tables, so it was actually a great gig.”YAHOO NEWS, April 27, 2012

Yes, of course I know it’s not as sweet as when you hear it from the actor’s very own lips.  So here I bring you a clip of his interview with Ellen very early on in 2010 right after Hurt Locker put this artistic hottie on the Hollywood map.  From the time 3:10 onwards in the clip he shares the ultimate tip for 5-minute makeup with Ellen and her audience and it’s actually a no-brainer.


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No Make-Up Shake Up 1.2 – Mother Daughter Medley

I chanced upon our family friends Sophie, Sabina, and their mother, Joanna upon leaving Greenbelt 5 last month.  We hadn’t seen each other in awhile and it was nice to bump into them.  I had my camera ’round my neck so I took the rare opportunity and snapped a photo which has turned out to be one of the best people shots I’ve snapped with my camera so far.  I was touched by what I saw.


If I’m not mistaken, Joanna is wearing a bit of makeup, but not much, and Sophie and Sabina simply radiate through the lens without any on.  I am righteously coveting Sophie’s rosy skin and positively soft but defined eyebrows right now.  Oh…for a bit more hair for my own arches…hehe.  What an inspiring photo, was glad to have seen them and captured this Mother-Daughter Medley.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Jordana Lipsticks – Php99 From The Dollar Store

My friend, Noelle, gave me a value-for-money lipstick last Christmas.  It surprised me when I first swiped it because it was a Jordana Matte lipstick (Taupe) that swatched and looked almost exactly like a MAC lipstick I used to own (Amorous)…only a hint lighter.  Jordana is a brand of cosmetics found at The Dollar Store which has a branch in Alabang Town Center and at Market Market as well.  I’ve used Jordana Taupe several times on morena models at shoots and it happened to be the perfect defining, non-dead nude for medium skin tones and a great warm evening shade for someone as fair as me.  After that first Jordana lipstick, I had to find a few more.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Taupe (matte)/Brown/Hazelnut/Beige Glow/Malibu

That Jordana Matte one felt and smelt like a MAC lipstick so much that I knew I had to hunt them.  Sadly, it’s a U.S. brand that’s poorly and rarely restocked locally, there’s so much waste on the shelves because customers shamelessly open new stock just to test.  I was on the hunt for the matte variants (in the gold tube) but practically all were sold out (except for a concealer nude that would erase the lips) and the salesladies said they had no idea how soon that brand would be restocked.  Read more to see the lipsticks applied and get the full review.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Urban Decay Unveils NAKED Skin – Zero SPF in an Ultra Defining Foundation, Awesomesauce….

This product hit the web last week and despite consumers’ frowns on Urban Decay after their statement on China, animal-cruelty and what not, they’ve still got me wanting a bottle of my own.  Urban Decay has just released their first high definition  foundation WITHOUT SPF if I’m not mistaken as I view the website now which is a big plus for makeup artists because SPF increases the chances of flashback in photos.  With this base range they’re openly competing with big brands like, MAC, Lancome, Laura Mercier, and even Make Up For Ever (check the “Switch Your Foundation” tab on their site).  Now, I must say the way it is being aggressively, but beautifully presented is making me want a bottle of my own like right now… demi-matte, no SPF, fragrance & paraben free?  Gimme, gimme, LOL just teasing (not)!  Plus the navigation on their site for this product is absolutely far out (try scrolling down when you’re on the product page).

I told you…geez louise, right?  G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S… CAPS Police not welcome here.  This launch very much reminds me of Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow…which for me is a lovely, silky, foundation but since it’s got a high level of SPF I view it more as a consumer product and can’t really consider putting it into my pro kit because of the SPF level.  Urban Decay NAKED Skin comes in 18, yes E-I-G-H-T-E-E-N zero spf shades, my friends, and costs $38.00 on the website, that’s about Php1600.00, price also similar to Benefit Hello Flawless.

This is where they openly make their case when mentioning the competition.  Some or many of you may be familiar with Temptalia’s Foundation Matrix, which uses your existing brand foundation shade to direct you to your shade in other brand ranges.  Urban Decay set up a similar mechanic on the site so as to pitch a switch to you who are interested and hope to find your shade.  Among the shades I’ve found I’m most likely a mix between 3.0 and 4.0, and don’t worry there are in-between shades like 3.5 etc but sometimes the similar undertones skip a shade.  This is my shade without sun exposure, I’m probably a 4.0 if I’ve been outdoors a lot.    The lovely Leesha of Xsparkage YouTube Channel has just done a video demo applying the foundation on herself.  It’s not quite a sharp demo but it is satisfactory HD video quality (tick the 720 HD option on one of the buttons of the youtube bar) and I can already tell from Leesha’s demonstration that this is going to be a big retail favorite from the get-go.  Honestly, now I am also shamelessly wanting that Urban Decay buffing foundation brush Leesha is using.  If you’re interested in this product you will have to ask a friend or relative in the U.S. to get it for you via their website or perhaps in Sephora stores.  What’s great is their foundation switch page makes it easier to be assured that the shade you’re asking them to get for you will match…that is if you happen to be using any of the competing foundations they mentioned in the matrix.

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Travel Favorites – Things I Reached for Repeatedly in SG

Today, July ends!  Has it really been that quick?!  It was only last June 28 that I flew out to Singapore.  I returned on July 8 and I’m still looking back at my trip in disbelief that 10 days there went by so fast.  First, before the beauty bits, a camera comment.  I was playing around in Singapore with my friend’s Canon 600D DSLR and took the photos of my stash for this blog post with that.    Anyway, camera aside, I’d like to quickly show what products out of the cosmetic stash I brought with me and stuff I bought actually got a lot of use while I was abroad.  These were the high-scorers.  Some are stuff I’ve had for awhile and some I just recently bought and blogged about (in bold).

  CLOCKWISE: Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, L’oreal Dermo Expertise BB cream sample, Canmake 5-Effects cream foundation compact, Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream, Crabtree and Evelyn Summer Hill Hand Therapy cream.

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