Monday, August 29, 2011

DIY: Chart Your Makeup Stash

OMG. I saw this on Pinterest and I just had to share this idea with you. I think this is by far the coolest way to keep an inventory of your personal makeup collection! Can you spell A-W-E-S-O-M-E???

Bust out your makeup, a nice piece of blank paper and draw and swatch away! It would probably be a good idea to laminate it afterwards to keep it from getting dirty and smudging the swatches. I so want to do this but I don't think it would be a good idea to do so with all my stuff. I'd probably stress myself out grouping my stuff together and make the swatches fit in few pieces of paper as possible. :(

Original illustrations are by Julia Minimata. To view detailed instructions on how to do this, click here.

Enjoy sketching and swatching!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

I Want Her Hair

Look at how gorgeous her hair color is...

Jessica Biel's Ombre Highlights

Day 6 to 10: Makeup School

This continues my adventures in makeup school, Maquillage Professionel.

DAY 6: Smoky Eye

The school has a different approach when it comes to smoky eye makeup. They're not just limited to the usual colors of black, brown, blue, green and violet. In Maquillage Professionel, you can use ANY color you want as long as you use just one color and achieve that diminishing or smoky effect.

Smoky Model: BEFORE

Smoky Model: AFTER

Saturday, August 27, 2011

My Diamond Wedding Ads

Here is the work I did for My Diamond. I believe these are currently on display in the stores right now. :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Best Brush Cleanser: Becca Professional Brush Soap

There are so many brush cleansers out in the market. I've used those instant and quick-drying ones but I always believed that they don't thoroughly clean the brushes unlike when you shampoo them. For shampooing, I use a baby shampoo for brushes that uses powder products and a dish washing liquid soap for brushes that uses liquid and cream products. And I hate shampooing my brushes. It's just so hard to rinse off the shampoo or soap. I always end up having to rinse my brushes again for at least three times. And it's just too tedious (and painful for my back). I know of some makeup artists who  taught their helpers how to clean their brushes but I just can't bear the thought of entrusting my precious tools to another person who doesn't share the same amount of love and care for my things.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Product Alert: MUFE's Smoky Palette

I just learned that the new Smoky Palette of Make Up For Ever will be available here in Manila soon!

Beauty Tip # 6

Trying to be adventurous with colorful eyeliners like teal or emerald green? 
Rim your inner lash line with a black eyeliner to make the color liner pop out. 
This doesn't just emphasize your eyes but it also gives them depth and a sultry appeal. 

This tip also works great on those who have big eyes and would want them to appear smaller. 
Line your upper and lower lash line with a black eyeliner. On the lower lash line, make sure that the line towards the outer corner of the eyes is thicker that the line towards the inner corner. Don't forget to smudge the eyeliner, set it with eyeshadow and blend to make it long-lasting and soft looking.

Use a khol pencil for lining your inner lash line. It is the safest to use in that very sensitive area.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Inspirational Reads

This is what I am reading now...

The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider's Guide to Careers in Fashion

Monday, August 22, 2011

Home Sale Alert

Last Tuesday, I was in SM Makati doing my grocery. I did a quick trip to the home section to buy a bunch of these...

Melawares Rice Bowls, Php39.75 each.  To control the amount of rice my family eats.

And ended up buying this and a bunch of other stuff.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Day 2 to 5: Makeup School

Earlier this week, I wrote about going back to makeup school. To continue my adventures in Maquillage Professionel, here are my school works:


We learned about contouring and eyebrows on our second day. I forgot my camera again *toink* and good thing is, my model, my good friend Annika, brought hers. Thank you Annika for tirelessly modelling for me (she has modeled for me a couple of times when I had my makeup classes in Center for Aesthetic Studies four years back). She wrote about our whole makeup session in her tumblr.

Annika: BEFORE

Annika: AFTER

Senator Chiz Escudero for Technomarine

This is the work I did for Technomarine Philippines' ad campaign for early 2011 with Senator Chiz Escudero as the brand's model.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Beauty Tip # 5

If you want to do a natural-looking stained look on your lips, 
here's how you can do-it-yourself if you don't have a lip stain. 
Grab a berry colored lipstick (the darker, the better), preferably in matte, 
dab on your lips with your finger and add a touch of balm 
to make your lips look naturally healthy.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Shopbop is on SALE


This is what happens when you subscribe to an online store's mailing list - a possible unplanned shopping session with hard-to-decide and agonizing moments. I tell you, the Internet is the devil.

Anyway, before I even clicked on the link to Shopbop's sale, I was hoping to find a really nice crossbody bag as I really really want NEED one. Here's what I found:

Zimmerman Quilted Shoulder Bag BEFORE: USD375.00 NOW: USD112.25
It's pretty, especially that python detail around the flap, but I'm not super super in love with it... Anyway, of course I had to check what else is on sale in other departments and here are my picks:
Sam Edelman Novato Platform Pumps in Lima BEFORE: USD100.00 NOW:USD50.00
Ash Vivian Clog Sandals in Topo BEFORE:215.00 NOW: USD64.50
Sam Edelman Wess Ankle Cuff Wedge Sandals in Caramel BEFORE: USD225.00 NOW: 112.50
Proenza Schouler Multi High Heel Sandals BEFORE: USD750.00 NOW: USD225.00
Guiseppe Zanotti for Thakoon Woven Edge Pumps BEFORE: USD795.00 NOW: 238.50
L.A.M.B. Double Breasted Jacket in Khaki BEFORE: USD245.00 NOW: USD73.50
Jonathan Adler Plume iPad Cover BEFORE: USD30.00 NOW: USD21.00

Okay, so the Proenza Schouler and Thakoon heels are way out of my budget. They are pretty so they deserve recognition.

I am still deliberating if I should buy or not. I have to think hard first and meditate. Hahaha.

Meanwhile, go and check out the sale here. And if you find something you like, (read slowly and understand) Shopbop offers worldwide free delivery in 3 days or less. Plus, you have the option to pay for customs and duties fees thru them so you won't have to deal with our local post office.

Happy shopping!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Day 1: Makeup School

I've been wanting to take another makeup class since last year. It's either I go abroad or go to Maquillage Professionel here in Manila. So when Deal Grocer offered a 40% discount on Maquillage Professionel's Module 1 class, I grabbed the deal.

DIY: Design Your Own Espadrilles

Espadrilles are just so comfy. And they're extra fun since now we have a lot of designs to choose from - I'm sure you've seen the different designs of Toms shoes! But to make your espadrilles truly unique, design them yourself, just like what I did. Look at what I made...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Beauty Tip # 4

A big Fall 2011 beauty trend to try is matching the colors of your lips and nails. 
Take inspiration from this gorgeous Tom Ford Violet Blonde ad.

As seen in Elle September 2011 issue
Wow, right? 

And since the classic bold red lips is also hot this Fall, match your nail color for the ultimate hotness!
Color Riche L'Oreal Intense / Photo from Polyvore

And check out Essie's new fall collection for 2011...

Shade colors from top to bottom: Glamour Purse, Lady Like, Case Study, Very Structured and Power Clutch. Featured shade: Carry On . 

You can match these with your lip color, but probably 
with the exception of Power Clutch (bottom-most shade). 
For the orange color (Very Structured), however,
you can do a slightly softer version of the shade on your lips. 


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Missoni For Target


As per Target (thru Facebook), you'll be able to browse and check out the products online around 4am, but cannot make any purchases until around 8am, EST, on September 13, 2011. So that's 4pm and 8pm, respectively, here in Manila, September 13, 2011. So excited!!! :)

Oh and they said they removed the makeup brush sets but the cosmetic cases will be available.


View the entire collection WITH PRICES (they are affordable, ladies!) here. :)

Mark your calendars and ready your credit cards! Missoni for Target will be available starting September 13, 2011. I hope I'll be able to score some items before they sell out. But most importantly, I hope they're affordable. Here are my picks:
I like the cardigan/jacket...
I also like the cardigan/jacket... It's either this or the previous one...
I want these pants!
Would love to have this coat! Love the colors!

Gorgeous scarves! I want them all!

They also have home stuff:

Picture Frames - I want the one on the right!
Cup, Saucer and Teaspoon Set - too bad I just bought mugs from Gourdo's

They even have makeup brush sets! I wonder if they're any good... Hmmmm...

 They even have something for babies, not that I have one or having one... It's just so cute!!!
Baby Bodysuit and Blanket
I read through the comments on Target's Facebook page and learned that:

1. This is their biggest collaboration with a designer to date,
2. There have over 400 pieces for this collection,
3. Some items start at USD3.00 (OMG!!! There is hope...),
4. The collection will be available in all Target stores in the US, but selection will vary between stores, but,
5. The entire collection will be available online (YEY!!!) and,
6. Prices and actual start time for will be available soon!

To view more, click here.

Shop away!!! :)