All About My Eyeshadow Palettes

There’s nothing quite like playing with eyeshadows. I think they’re some of the most exciting things in a makeup collection and can help you achieve a bunch of different looks. Even a neutral palette can test your creativity! Since I’m a makeup artist, I have quite a few palettes (or at least, that’s how I justify buying them LOL), so I decided to film the eyeshadow tag! The tag was created by Samantha March and Allie Glines. It’s basically a bunch of questions about your eyeshadows, and you answer them on camera. This was super fun to film since I love talking about makeup. Watch it below!

How to Do Your Eye Makeup If You Have Hooded Eyelids

I had a really hard time figuring out how to apply eyeshadow when I was just starting out with makeup. No matter how many tutorials I watched, I couldn’t match my eye makeup to those of the beauty gurus. I soon realized that it’s because I have hooded eyelids (and a lot of the YouTubers I watched had almond eyes!). Eventually, I figured out how to apply my eyeshadow and eyeliner, but I know that it’s something a lot of people still struggle with, especially if they have eyes like mine. That’s why I filmed tutorial on how I apply makeup on my hooded eyelids. Watch it below!

I Started A YouTube Channel!

Hello, everyone! It’s been a long time since I’ve updated this blog, and since my last post, I’ve started working full-time as a copywriter/copyeditor at a publishing company here in Manila. I love my job, but it takes up a lot of my time, so I haven’t been able to write reviews and articles on my own site. But! I decided that I want to make time for pursuing some of my own passions, so I started a YouTube channel. You can expect lifestyle, beauty, and style content (and maybe even a few vlogs every now and then!). Watch my first ever video below. It’s a get-ready-with-me video where I do my makeup and talk a little bit about myself. Don’t forget to like and subscribe! ❤️

On Finishing Makeup School

My last day with Make-Up Designory was this past April 3, so this post is long overdue. We were given a break for the whole of February, and I was super excited to start class again because it felt like I was entering new territory. The Beauty Essentials class was great, but since I already had experience with doing other people’s makeup, I wanted more of a challenge and more learning opportunities. The Level 2 classes include Airbrush Makeup, Bridal Makeup, Studio Makeup, and High Fashion Makeup.

Airbrush Makeup

The airbrush makeup class was taught by our previous Beauty Essentials teacher, Ms. Georginna Desuasido. Guys, airbrush makeup is no joke. We first learned the parts, maintenance, and proper handling of the airbrush gun before we got to use it. Our first couple of days consisted of exercises on paper, and I didn’t think my fingers could cramp up, but they can. We learned how to use the airbrush to apply base, contour, and blush, and even eyeshadow, eyeliner, and eye brows. What’s funny about the airbrush is that you think there isn’t any foundation being applied on the face until you’ve put way too much. It’s all a matter of practice.

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Bridal Makeup

Our teacher for this course was Ms. Precious Medina-Atunez, a seasoned makeup artist who specializes in bridal makeup. Since bridal makeup is essentially beauty makeup (which is what we learned during the Beauty Essentials course), Ms. Precious emphasized the importance of perfection, taught us the key to a long-lasting makeup application, and how to grow and maintain our business. I was really appreciative of this course because I really had no clue about what it takes and what I have to invest in order to make my brand and my business as a makeup artist grow.

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Level 2 class with Ms. Precious (fourth from the left)

Studio Makeup

This course was taught by Ms. Georginna again, and we were taught the ins and outs of makeup in the film industry. This was a really fun course because we got to do a lot of character makeup, including the importance of analyzing scripts and character studies. As someone who has had experience with stage makeup (and even as a Literature major), I love reading scripts and picturing how characters would look in productions. We were also taught the different mediums in which film is recorded, and the do’s and don’t’s when you’re doing makeup on set. I love how Ms. G has so much experience in the film industry and is able to tell us a lot of anecdotes about her experiences in it.

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1940s Character Study

High Fashion Makeup

This course was also taught by Ms. G, and it had everything to do with makeup published in print. Since the reader has an extended view of the makeup, it’s important for the application to be perfect. In this course, we learned how to do makeup for black and white photography (which looks INSANE in color), and we learned how to do a proper smokey eye. I really enjoyed this course because we got to showcase our creativity in beauty makeup.

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Level 2 class with Ms. G (fourth from the left)

We ended our stay at MUD with a professional photoshoot for our portfolios. I did an airbrushed bridal look, a traditional glam look, and an editorial look using gold leaf. I’m really happy with how the photos turned out, and I think they really show how much I learned with the school. I am now proud to say that I am a Make-Up Desgnory-trained internationally certified makeup artist!

Check out my portfolio and my beauty Instagram for more looks! Please don’t hesitate to contact me for inquiries and bookings!

The Best Highlighter I’ve Ever Had

As you all must know, I have a penchant for highlighter. Last January, Anastasia Beverly Hills (one of my most favorite makeup brands) released a new highlighter in collaboration with Instagram beauty sensation Amra Olević, or Amrezy. The moment I saw its golden waves, I knew I had to have it. In this post, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter.

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“I live for the perfect glow. It’s a constant focus in my makeup routine. I’m always looking for the most luminous glow with a natural, second skin finish. This collaboration with ABH brings my highlighter dreams to life, and I’m so happy to share this ‘sun in a compact’ with my Rezy riders.”—Amrezy

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter is a brilliant light gold illuminating powder with an ultra-smooth formula and radiant finish. Its shade is universal, and it can be used wet or dry to highlight the face, eyes, and body. It’s also formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates.

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You guys, I honestly have never been more obsessed with anything in my life. This highlighter is absolute PERFECTION. The formula is very smooth and creamy. Unlike the ABH Glow Kits, it isn’t very glittery, rather, it is quite shimmery, which is what I prefer. I love layering on my highlighter, but sometimes, what can look good from the side can look weird from the front. With other highlighters, I usually see the dark streak of highlighter on my cheekbones when I face forward. This doesn’t happen with the Amrezy Highlighter. It blends into my skin really well, and I can layer all I want! I like it way better than the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle, which is a cult classic and had been my favorite highlighter for years. As you can see in the photo below, the highlighter is both quite natural and yet very striking.

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The only downsides to the Amrezy Highlighter is that it is a.) limited edition, and b.) quite pricey. It’s $28 if you live in the US, but since I got mine from a reseller, I paid around Php2000 for it. Honestly, it’s worth it if you love highlighter as much as me, but it still hurt to drop that much money on a single product.

Overall, I’m extremely happy with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter. It’s like nothing I ever had before and I don’t know what I would do if I used it up and don’t have a way of purchasing a new one. Anastasia always kills it with their highlighter, and I think they’ve reached their peak with this one.

A Review of the Human Heart Nature Hydrating Creamy Wash

I remember a time when I would lather my face silly with soap-based cleansers, and then slap on some water-based oil-free moisturizer. Now that I know better, I make sure my skin gets as much hydration as possible. I moisturizer with oils like Sunflower Oil and Argan Oil, and I’ve swapped harsh cleansers for the Human Heart Nature Hydrating Creamy Wash. In this post, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on it.

The Human Heart Nature Hydrating Creamy Wash is a facial cleanser that aims to transform dry and dehydrated skin. It’s formulated with Moringa Seed Extract, which is abundant with antioxidants like vitamins E, C, and A. The cleanser is 96.67% natural, and it contains no parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and other toxic substances.

The cleanser comes in a creamy formula that bubbles up ever so slightly after being massaged on a wet face. If I’m wearing makeup, I use an oil cleanser to remove it, and the I follow up with the facial wash. I find that it’s able to rid my face of makeup and oil residue pretty well. It also doesn’t dry out my skin nor does it leave my skin feeling too squeaky clean. I haven’t had any bad breakouts since I started using it (although I barely break out anyway). It has a clean, soap-like smell that I don’t mind, and it’s pretty affordable at Php200.

Overall, I really like that Human Heart Nature Hydrating Creamy Wash, and I definitely would repurchase it once I run out.

This Lip Balm Saved My Lips

I don’t know what it is, but my skin has been feeling so dry lately. This feeling has extended to my lips, and I was surprised to find them feeling really flaky. That honestly never happens. I slathered my lips with the lip balms I already have, but to no avail. That’s when I decided to repurchase an old favorite of mine.

The Nuve Rêve De Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm is a beeswax-based balm that promises to nourish, repair, and protect the lips. It’s formulated with Honey and precious oils like Sweet Almond Oil, Lemon Oil, and Grapefruit Oil to restore the lips. Usually, the balm comes in a small jar with a white lid, but Nuxe came out with different designs, so I got the “Nature” one. Despite the different designs, the formula remains the same.

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The lip balm is thick and waxy, and despite being super moisturizing, it leaves the lips with a matte finish. It smells of Grapefruit, although it is very subtle and inoffensive. I leave the lip balm on my bedside table, and I usually reapply it every 4-5 hours, or after I eat. I find that it doesn’t feel too heavy on the lips, and it sits pretty well under makeup.

As I said earlier, this lip balm is an old favorite. I had put off repurchasing it for so long because it’s pretty pricey at Php650 a jar. My lips had been okay with cheaper lip balms, but I really needed something heavy duty to combat the flakiness and dryness that I had been experiencing lately. I repurchased the lip balm and began using it 4 days ago, and my lips are already back to normal, and softer than ever.

Upon researching the brand, I found out that Nuxe is really devoted to the conservation of nature; not only do they use biodegradable and recycled packaging, they also support NGOs that work on improving the quality of water production, like 1001 Fontaines, and they invest in bee preservation and sponsor pesticide beehives in France. Now I don’t feel too bad about spending Php650 on lip balm!

Overall, the Nuxe Rêve De Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm is incredible. It’s a Holy Grail product for me, and I believe that the quality and effectivity of the balm and the ethical advocacies behind the brand really justify the price of it.

Have you tried this lip balm? What is your Holy Grail lip balm? Let me know in the comments!

iSkin Aesthetic Lifestyle: First Impressions

My sister received two complimentary treatments with iSkin Aesthetic Lifestyle clinic, and she invited to me try them out with her. The treatments were a Diamond Peel and an Ultrasonic Face Contour (valued at Php3000). My skin was feeling pretty rough and congested, so a Diamond Peel sounded really good to me.

We went to the branch located in BGC. The clinic is in a fairly new building, and it seems to be one of its first few tenants. The interior was bright and inviting, and the receptionist quickly assisted us, offering us water or juice. The interior was polished and clean, with baroque decals adding an air of class to the clinic.

Before our treatments, we each had a consultation with the iSkin aestheticians. I was asked if I had any concerns about my skin that they could address, and I mentioned that my skin had been feeling congested. On top of the Diamond Peel, the aesthetician suggested a facial to extract the blackheads on my face. I opted not to get the facial, but I appreciated the suggestion. I had gotten Diamond Peels in the past, but I had no idea what an Ultrasonic Face Contour would be like. The aesthetician explained to me that they use a machine that emits radio frequencies to “melt” the fat on your face, making it look more contoured.

I was led to the treatment room; it was very calm and dim. The treatment started with the Ultrasonic Face Contour. They cleaned my skin and applied a very cold gel to the parts of my face where the machine would touch. The aesthetician began massaging my face with the machine, pushing down on the natural contour of my face. It was pretty relaxing, and I could feel the warmth of the machine on the inside of my cheeks.

After the Ultrasonic Face Contour, the aesthetician wiped my face and began the Diamond Peel. It wasn’t painful, and it felt good to know that my face was being properly exfoliated.

I was told the treatments would last an hour and a half, although I found that they were quicker than that. I noticed my face was a lot smoother, and I even noticed the slightest bit of definition from that Ultrasonic Face Contour. I imagine that going for that treatment regularly would yield a very defined contour.

Overall, it was a great experience. My skin felt really good after, and it was a nice and relaxing way to spend the afternoon.

Have you tried any treatments at the iSkin Aesthetic Lifestyle clinic? Let me know in the comments!

A Review of Benefit’s The POREfessional Pearl Primer

I remember when Benefit released their The POREfessional Primer; I was fairly new to makeup, and I wasn’t really sure what a primer was. Regardless, I received a sample of it when I purchased my first Benefit blushes, and I wasn’t too impressed. I found a lot of different alternatives that I liked better, but I couldn’t help feel excited when I learned that Benefit would be coming out with a PEARL primer. “Illuminating,” “radiant,” and “brightness” are buzzwords I’ve been falling for recently, and I was intrigued by the idea that something formulated to mattify could also brighten. As my mom restocked her Benefit mascara, I convinced her to get me the deluxe-sized Pearl Primer.

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Benefit’s The POREfessional Pearl Primer claims to harness the power of the original POREfessional primer (pore-minimizing, mattifying, and fine line-smoothing) with the added bonus of making you look lit-from-within. It’s supposed to help the skin look bright and awake, and it has a pearly finish; it can be worn on it’s own or under makeup. The primer is dimethicone-based, and this ingredient can act as a trigger for acne-prone skin. If you know that you react badly to silicones, this primer is not for you!

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I like using this primer under makeup. It preps my skin for a smooth application of foundation, and I really do notice a brightening effect the moment I spread it on my skin. I love making myself look radiant and dewy, and I also like that it disguises my pores. In the photo above, I used my Glossier Skin Perfecting Tint as my base because I wanted the radiance from the primer to come through, and it did! My makeup stays on my face throughout the day, although I do notice that my t-zone still gets oily. I’ve never found a solution for this, so it’s not something that really bothers me,

Overall, I surprisingly really like The POREfessional Pearl Primer. I love anything that promises to be radiance-boosting, and this primer does not disappoint. I will say though that it is quite expensive. The deluxe-sized one (7.5ml) is Php800, and the full-sized one (22ml) is Php1900. Pretty steep for primer, and I’m not sure I would purchase the full-sized because frankly, I’d rather spend that money on expensive skincare that would make me look naturally lit-from-within. Nevertheless, it’s a great brightening primer and I’d recommend it to oily girls who are scared of looking dewy. It’s great at balancing its mattifying and brightening properties.

Have you tried The POREfessional Pearl Primer? Let me know in the comments!

A Review of the Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar

Like many Filipinas, I too occasionally suffer from an oily and congested scalp. I’ve never tried clarifying shampoos; I’m afraid they’ll strip my hair too much, but it’s all good because I have my handy-dandy Rinsing Vinegar from Yves Rocher. In this post, I’ll explain what a Rinsing Vinegar is, how I use it, and the effects it has on my hair and scalp.

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A Rinsing Vinegar is a rinse-off solution that helps reduce mineral build-up, repairs hair cuticles, ands adds radiance, softness, and bounce to the lengths of your hair. The Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar is a raspberry vinegar that has hair-smoothing properties and has the power to reduce limescale build-up.

After I shampoo and condition, I pour some of the solution on my head, concentrating mostly on my scalp. It has a tart smell with a hint of berry; I personally like the smell, and I don’t find it irritating or overbearing. I let the solution sit for a while, and then I completely rinse it off. I use the Rinsing Vinegar once a week, and I find that sufficient enough for my hair.

After using this product, I notice that my hair is a lot softer, especially towards the roots. My hair feels a lot lighter, and I do notice a bit more shine. The smell of the Rinsing Vinegar lingers, but in a good way. It’s great for controlling excess oils that the scalp produces.

Overall, I really like the Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar. It’s great for people who have oily and congested scalps. The Rinsing Vinegar goes for P495, and I kind of wish it came in a bigger bottle as I find myself using this up quickly (although there is a chance that I overdo it).

Have you tried the Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar? Let me know in the comments!