My Day Makeup Look with Heavy Eyeliner – Yes, another video so soon??!

Yup, I made another.  Sooner than you thought isn’t it?  LOL.  I was so disgusted visually with where and how I shot my first video that I decided to shoot one right away.  This is not a no-makeup makeup look, this is a day look that I often wear out when I want to look made up and the only heavy thing about the look is the eyeliner.  You’ll also get to see how I do everything from start to finish.  Consider THIS video as my OFFICIAL maiden voyage into the new world of makeup video tutorials and reviews.  I’ll probably try, but won’t promise, to film one every week or so.  The eyeliner tutorial two days ago kind of only felt (and looked like) practice because I was such an unprepared goof.

You sure you wanna?  Okay, fine it’s your screen and your eyes.  Watch my Day Makeup Video Tutorial embedded below or at this link.  The list of products I used is right under with each one I reviewed linked in bold to the actual blog post, and also if you open the video via YouTube they’re all in the description box as well.

 Thanks to for the blush!

PRODUCTS USED (Product reviews linked in bold):

Nivea Smoothy Cream
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation “Champagne”
MAC Studio Finish NC 35 concealer
MAKE UP FOR EVER angled eyebrow brush
Anastasia Express Brow Kit “Brunette”
Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream Stick
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liner in Black
Shu-Uemura Lash Curler
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Mascara
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium
Clinique Almost Lipstick “Black Honey”
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush “Dollface”

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ASOS Online Style & Beauty Retail – Free Global Shipping Both Ways No Minimum Spend

I’ve read ASOS being frequently mentioned by European beauty bloggers, including the Pixiwoo sisters, dear Charlotte (Lipglossiping) and my fave style blogger slash designer slash budding model, Anni Jurgenson aka Style HurricaneASOS is reportedly the UK’s largest online-only style and beauty retail store which hosts a vast list of brands inclusive of its own range of items.  If I’ve got my research right ASOS stands for “As Seen On Screen”. is a global online fashion and beauty retailer and offers over 50,000 branded and own label product lines across womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewelry andbeauty. ASOS has websites targeting the UK, USA, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia and also ships to over 190 other countries from its central distribution centre in the UK.  Aimed at fashion forward 16-34 year olds, ASOS attracts over 13.6 million unique visitors a month and as at 30 September 2011 had 6.3 million registered users and 3.7 million active customers from 160 countries (defined as having shopped in the last 12 months).”

With the enormity of their online success ASOS has already gone and been global for quite a while now.  The “candy” that calls out to the “children” is not just the fashion forward finds with complete size ranges but free membership and also their free standard shipping both ways policy (yes, Philippines included).  For an additional cost, your purchase can arrive more speedily within as little as 4 days.  So ASOS, in comparison to StrawberryNET is super similar, it’s just that StrawberryNET is a purely beauty discount store.

Country, No. of working days to ship, standard shipping cost

If for example you don’t like what you get or receive the wrong thing the item is returnable and refundable within a minimum time period.  Sale periods also are not scarce on the website which makes them highly popular even among those who prefer their frequent dose of thrift.  In fact now they have an ongoing SALE on the site with lots of select items generously marked down.

If you scan thru ASOS’ fashion section, oh especially the yummy Petite category, you’re bound to “ooh” and “ahh” like I did over several pieces that hands down look like must-haves (with the ongoing sale some have been marked down as low as 8-10 GBP).  Read more to get to the full post and my personal picks under ASOS Beauty.… To full post & COMMENTS...

How I Apply Gel Eyeliner – My First Video Tutorial Slash Product Review

Aha!!  YouTube finally made way for my video to come rolling right in (after almost a dozen tries) and I’d like to present my very first video tutorial embedded at the bottom of this post in which I demonstrate how I apply gel eyeliner, no tomatoes please.  This also serves as a review slash product comparison for Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner (whew) and Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner.  A few lovely blogger friends have been requesting that I post a video on how I do my eyeliner so finally here it is with a bit of initial reluctance.  I am admittedly a bit of a goofball when it comes to being in front of the camera, so you’ll have to forgive me and my point and shoot cam kind of has a subtle lens distortion that makes my face bulge in the center, so I look obviously different in person .  Next time I’ll be more composed and organized plus will have better lit and clear surroundings..  This photo by the way was taken late last year but I am using the same method and product as in the video so it’s perfect as one of the introductory images for what you are about to watch, however please pardon the slightly rough edge in the photo I used a different brush to apply, I nearly got the same result but I prefer the brush I used in my video which is the Make Up For Ever 2S Brush.

Yea, yea I know, enough stalling (YouTube’s done quite enough of that) and onto the video.  Please…please…be kind *covers face*, I’m usually working on videos and not in them so I’m heaps of bashful right now, okay.



Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner pen
Make Up For Ever 2S liner brush
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner duo pack – Sepia Ink and Black Ink


Shiseido Sun Protection Foundation in shade Sp40
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense #17
MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC35
Kate Automatic brow pencil

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Obagi Medical ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Cream – My Eye Cream Upgrade

I wasn’t very dedicated in using my last eye cream which was the L’oreal Youth Code Eye Cream.  I used it frequently but only for a few months and not as often as I should have.  However I did use it long enough to notice that I wasn’t feeling any specific benefits and that I needed more hydration around the eyes.  So, when a blogger friend asked me if I’d like to participate in a House of Obagi product trial I hopped right aboard and asked if I could try their eye cream.  Who wouldn’t want to try an eye cream from a brand as prestigious and trusted for Asian skin as Obagi?

“Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Cream is a one of a kind topical eye treatment that works to bring back lift, snap and resilience to the delicate skin around the eyes.  Using a proprietary Restorative Elasticity Complex , it’s clinically proven to help replenish elasticity and build the collagen necessary to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in as little as two weeks.  For normal to dry skin.Made in the U.S.

  • Bi-mineral complex: Includes zinc and copper to help restore elasticity and build collagen
  • Malonic acid: Patent-pending Obagi formulation that helps stimulate the production of skin cells
  • Blueberry extract: Provides antioxidants that help eliminate free radicals
  • Penetrating Therapeutics™: An Obagi technology that helps drive the ingredients deep into the skin

The plastic pot comes with 15 grams of product which is a mint-tinted, smooth and creamy souffle texture.  I partly wish the pot was a glass pot so it feels a little more weighty and expensive in hand, but then again it’s better that it’s light for travel purposes.  The pot itself is nothing fancy but I like how you know…MEDICAL… it looks if you know what I mean.  It reminds me of dermatologist packaging.  I’ve received pre-mixed creams from my dermatologist before and pots like this remind me of those, nothing fancy but you know for sure because of the source, Obagi Medical, that it’s gotta be good stuff that works well.  The formulation contains good ingredients like Vitamin E, Algae, Licorice, and Blueberry, note though it isn’t paraben-free.

Steps to Seeing Results

For best results, ELASTIderm should be applied twice daily, in the morning and at night. So you’re reducing visible fine lines and wrinkles throughout the day and throughout your beauty sleep.

How to Apply 

In order to achieve the best results in the reduction of visible fine lines and wrinkles, ELASTIderm should be applied to the entire periorbital area, including the eyelid, inside corner, and outer corner.
The order of application recommended when using ELASTIderm with your current skin care regimen is as follows:
STEP 1: Cleanse face
STEP 2: Apply toner
STEP 3: Apply prescription skin products (if applicable)
STEP 4: Apply ELASTIderm Eye Cream or Eye Gel
STEP 5: Apply face/eye moisturizer
STEP 6: Apply sunscreen

So far I really like the hydrated feel I get around the eyes.  What I didn’t like so much about the L’oreal Youth Code eye cream was I didn’t get a soft “comforting” feeling after application, not to say it was “discomforting” but on occasion I got the eye itch and found myself rubbing my eyes on days when I’d have eye cream on.  With this ELASTIderm Eye Cream, so far I don’t get that it leaves my eyes soft, supple, and hydrated and I initially am loving that very much so far.  It’s my 3rd or 4th day now using it and of course I will have to get back to you guys with a conclusive post when over a month has passed.  ELASTIderm Eye Cream 15mg costs Php5200.00 and is available with Obagi affiliated dermatologists and at all House of Obagi branches. For more information check out House of Obagi’s local Facebook Page.To full post & COMMENTS...

Summer Musings on Singleness and a Song

Let’s shake it up a bit and get a teensy weensy bit personal.  Oh, how we women love to be like this, spilling the A-Zs on how we are in life etc., hence the blog.  No tsismis though (gossip), go to Jamba if you want something juicy.  Becoming 29 has significantly bumped up my looking-young-for-my-age points, although aspects of that do irritate me sometimes, like physically I truly wish I was taller and proportioned.  I often tend to wonder why it wasn’t enough that I was stamped with “babyface” features, why it is that I have to be kiddish short, flat where I shouldn’t be (you get it, ladies), quite skinny waist-up but with chunky legs and feet that won’t slide into skinny fit jeans or slender shoes like hands into a glove ever.  I’ve had even the most tactful people tell me when we dress up for events together “ahh, malaki pala legs mo noh?” in the kindest tone and it’s not even because they’re HUGE, they’re I’d say of medium heft, it’s just they don’t match the waif build of my upper half.  O,h note to those reading, this might be a bit long.  It’s kinda like an open diary entry made appropriate for public reading.

Anyway, body grievances aside (don’t blame me, we all have them, don’t tell me you don’t) I believe I’m still a pretty perky person especially for someone who’s 29 and still single and I am learning to appreciate how young I look, but I have come to the point where I prefer not to be mistaken for a high-school student. I’m 29, honesty really, I’d rather be thought of as a BABE than a BABY.  Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t write this post to PLUG that I’m single, I wrote it to share that I’m still happy that I am.  This whole mode of self-exploration helps me come to terms with it.  Think of it as a random ramble that I like to do about myself once in awhile just to tie in all the inspired blabbing I do about beauty and cosmetics.  Recently I’ve had a couple of odd days where I’ve met single women a few years younger than me more desperate to be with a guy than I am, I’ve met a few on shoots and they begin interrogating me, presuming I’m in college or just graduated.  They get the shock of their lives that I’m 29 and begin “adjusting” their conversation approach and add more respect because only a few moments earlier they thought they were trying to talk to an “18-yr old” LOL.  It’s not their fault of course that they thought I was a teen.  It’s just the way things are.

A lot of the time these lovely women (usually heaps taller than me) look at me in curiosity immediately assume since I’m 29 that I’m either in a relationship, engaged, newly married, plain married, or dating when it’s really, at this point in time, none of the above for no particular reason except God hasn’t revealed the One and I haven’t found myself “at home” with someone, and it can tend to perplex people to no end.  So they then assume I’m not interested in getting married.  Geez,phooey, I’ve only just come out of a 3-year relationship last year but of course I am interested in settling down.  I’m a hopeful romantic, not hopeless, remember don’t doom yourself by using that word (I revoke the times that I have).  Many still single women repeatedly label themselves as “hopeless romantics” and deep inside they’re like “Oh God I hope I find someone like tomorrow” but hope drains away like water through a sieve.  I got engaged the first time when I was 5 yrs old in elementary, to a Jewish classmate, he was also my first kiss (sorry Mom, not recommended) because he did a Dance Instructor dip while we were lined up after lunch and planted a wet one.  Before that we pranced around school arm in arm announcing to everyone we were engaged, with gusto, and that they were invited to our wedding.  I remember him with his cherub features (blonde curls, blue eyes, freckles, missing teeth, all you could ask for really) yelling “This is Julia, we’re going to get married everyone!”  Good times, I think later on though it had a lot to do with my being transferred.  A few weeks later, my Italian classmate made me his girlfriend for a little under a week, then after that my Australian classmate did.  It was an international school, not I.S. though so “relationships” were fleeting really.  I have had and do have a couple of crushes on hand of course, gosh what am I, numb?  Of course not, and when people invite you to go out, GO OUT, if you don’t invite friends out and be seen, don’t sit pretty and wait aimlessly.  Which leads me to the song by Brooke Fraser called Arithmetic.  A fan of the movie Tarzan had used the song thinking it was a love song for a guy and edited it to fit scenes of Disneys Jane and Tarzan.  However it’s a song primarily for the Lord, and I think it’s a great single girl’s song, because before any guy this is how you should feel about your Maker, excited to spend time with Him.  The lyrics aren’t the USUAL and it’s truly intimate and captivating.  I love it.

In my family, my mom and her 8 siblings found the loves of their lives and though none of the marriages are problem-free, everyone can “relax” with each other and make each other laugh simply because all partners can be themselves with each other.  That’s like 9 out of 9 out of the ball park.  It’s a feat that only God has made possible and He still continues to work with each couple and their victories and struggles.  What was the secret?  Well, most if not all of them were very, VERY, VERY alert and VERY, VERY picky when choosing. … To full post & COMMENTS...

Charriol Paris Parfums Show-Off Eau de Toilette – Similar to My Bath & Body Works Night Time Tea Lotion

I was unable to attend the event, but the team behind the launch of Charriol Paris’ latest young lady fragrance, Show-Off, were kind enough to send me my press package.  I’m honestly not particularly fond of the name and the hyphen in the middle is peeving me to pieces, but the fragrance is not at all what I expected and it’s way better than I thought it would be.  If you lean towards clean, non-complex scents like Cool Water Woman or Victoria’s Secret Bombshell (like me for instance) this scent isn’t far away from the youthful, clean, kissable scent stories those fragrances tell.  What struck me about this is that Show-Off reminds me in a really good way of something I already own.

CHARRIOL Paris Show-Off, Fragrance Creators: Michel Almairac & Sidonie Lancesseur

TOP: The fragrance opens with fresh blackcurrant and bergamot enveloped in the delicate and elegant caress of peach. MIDDLE:  At its core are elegant floral essences of Violet absolute and lotus blossom with the subtle blush of rose petals.  BASE: Amber, musk and cedar leave a deeper sensual note at the end.

The scent has the soft creamy warmth of musk but is fragrant with blackcurrants.  The woodsy notes from the cedar I discovered are what Show-Off and my body lotion have in common, and the light peach notes from Show-off give a bit of brightness to its sophistication.  Read more to get the full post and see what lotion it is I’m comparing Charriol Show-off to.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Beauty Blast! – Win a 3-Month Internship with Benefit Cosmetics & Fashion Intern PH

A big announcement is here to be made! Like, right now!  Were any of you seeking a chance to break into the beauty biz?  One of these next few days might be your big day!  Between May 14-20, follow the mechanics of the contest ASAP and get the chance to win a 3-month beauty internship courtesy of Benefit Cosmetics PH and Fashion Intern PH!  It started 2 days ago, hence this early post so if you want it get your big beauty butt moving over to Benefit Cosmetics at Greenbelt 5…but sit and read this contest primer with all the deets just for 5 minutes before doing so.


  1. Like  Fashion Intern PH and Benefit on Facebook.
  2. Follow Fashion Intern PH and Benefit on Twitter.
  3. Visit Benefit Cosmetics in Greenbelt 5 to create your instructional make-up video using Benefit products. (Recording and make-up on us!)
  4. Book your store visit to record your entry here. If you’re in the area, walk-ins are allowed too!
  5. Submission of entries is from May 14-20, 2012, 1-3pm at Benefit in Greenbelt 5.
  6. Video should not be more than 3 minutes.

It all sounds very exciting especially for fresh grads still enjoying the summer heat!  If I didn’t have my own makeup career going and weren’t such an old lady already I’d actually grab the opportunity and join this contest!  Here are the terms and conditions and the prizes at stake.


  • 6 interns will be selected for pre-finals to:
  1. Spend a 3-week immersion at Benefit (includes make-up training, sales and marketing, event planning).
  2. To walk the runway in the launch of the new lip gloss collection, Box ‘O Powder (see photo above) on June.
  • 2 interns will be selected and get a 3-month internship and freebies from Benefit.


  1. Applicants should be at least 18 years old and above
  2. Fashion Intern PH and Benefit have the right to use and publish all submitted materials (sample, texts and photographs) under the companies’ discretion to promote the program, publicize the activities of Fashion Intern PH and Benefit, and etc.
  3. Contest is from May 14, 2012- May 20, 2012.
  4. Pre-finalists will be selected on May 21, 2012.
Do you have what it takes? Enter the contest now!
For inquiries, email info(at)fashionintern(dot)ph
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ArtDeco 12-Pan Magnum custom palette & Single Eyeshadows – Quality and a system that blew me away…

The western beauty blogosphere has gone ballistic over the recent news of the Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette which I mentioned awhile back.  This took hold especially since a select handful of bloggers including Refinery29‘s articulate chief beauty editor, Megan, raved and swooned over the system and newly refined UD eyeshadow shades with their beautiful, dainty hands.  The way Megan introduced the palette with refined, relaxed flair kind of made me revisit my strange fascination with composed stewardesses demonstrating the use of the on-board life jacket…I always have to watch and I don’t know why, LOL!  The customize your own palette concept is practical, sensible, not unheard of (with MAC depotting etc) and the fact that you can build a transient collection of eyeshadow shades without having them all on hand all the time is quite appealing.  The fact that you can switch up the contents of your palette with ease is the ultimate thrill because of the freedom to chase down shades you want to slide into the system as your preference evolves.  Three days ago now I came across a product by a different brand, ArtDeco, that not only made me shriek on the spot while scaring the saleslady at Beauty Bar but it also made me discover a collection of some of the best single eyeshadows I’ve ever tried or touched…in my entire life.

The shades I chose for my ArtDeco Magnum palette are obviously very inspired by the first and second UD Naked palettes and by Megan’s UD build your own palette, but I made sure that these colors looked great on my skin first.

The local buzz is out that ArtDeco, the internationally beloved mid-range German cosmetics brand, has arrived in Manila and made its home in Beauty Bar.  I was not at the ArtDeco launch, but in a way was glad that it left me the freedom to choose what I wanted when I went over to Beauty Bar to check out what was available.  ArtDeco ALMOST made me wish I hadn’t asked my aunt to get the Naked2 palette, just almost.  The Beauty Box Magnum system is that impressive.  Like the Urban Decay Build Your Own palette you choose the eyeshadow shades you want and put it into a travel-happy system.  What’s so wonderful with ArtDeco though is their BeautyBox Magnum system comes in mirrored 2-pan (Php295), 4-pan (Php500+), and 12-pan (Php650) magnetic empty  palette options.  I chose the latter to see if I could pitch it for comparison vs. both Naked palettes and the Build Your Own system by Urban Decay.  Read more to see swatches and the full post.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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