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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Physiogel Love and the latest!

I know I have been out of loop in the beauty blogging world but I just have to share with you all the best and most extraordinary moisturizer I have ever tried... Physiogel! It keeps my skin so happy I love it! :)

It is now available over the counters of your favorite drug stores and supermarkets. Your skin will definitely thank you for it! :)

You can check out Physiogel Philippines on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PhysiogelPH?fref=ts for the latest in promos and contests! :)

On another note, would like to share with you guys a few work pics for the past couple of months, here they are.

 Lino Cayetano 

 Charo Ronquillo

 Carmina Villaroel-Legaspi

 K-La Rivera

 Chalk Magazine

Chalk Magazine

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The best part

Another awesome vacation in Vancouver meant re-stocking my goods. This is the best part, now I'm re-energized to get work done! :) Let's do it! :)

Oh btw, meet Rebel, my airbrush model on paper haha she just came to say hi. :)

Toodles! :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Recommended Detox Weekend: The Farm at San Benito (Pics!)

Hi All,

Let me share with you some pictures from the best weekend I have ever spent in my life. Last weekend, me and my brother went to The Farm at San Benito located in Lipa City Batangas. The Farm is known for its all vegan food menu and their 49 acres of abundant coconut land transformed into a wellness and spa resort. I had been to The Farm years ago for a day trip with my parents and remembered enjoying their Pure Vegan buffet, but I never really went around the place and experienced it till now.

Since I realized that this weekend was the closest I'd get to a holiday this summer, I decided to make the most out of it. And the most it definitely was. The Farm turned out to be the perfect place for me since it is very conducive to my new lifestyle choice (healthy healthy-han haha). 

The Weekend was composed of Yoga, Self meditation, Swimming, SPA treatments and Exercise. That, and the fact that everything you're eating is healthy, pure vegan and it was absolutely delicious! Mostly all of the ingredients found in their recipes are grown in the Premises too, organic and full of good things for the body. 

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We stayed at the Sulu 10 cottage, it was stunning :)

My most favorite place in The Farm would be the SPA, I would hang out here just look out to the view, do some laps in the pool and just sit, bask in the calmness.

I even managed to do some Yoga on the Edge  and around The Farm

And of course, some of the food that we ate (Yes all is PURE VEGAN, not even Dairy!)

Beautiful mornings :)

And they have a bunch of peacocks roaming the vicinity, beautiful!

Me and my Bro swimming

 On the last day, I found this hidden meditation spot and fell absolutely in Love!

And of course, the Beauty Junkie that I am, I didn't leave without some all natural Skincare products from The Farm, Yummehhh!! :)

Overall, I would give my The Farm at San Benito experience 100 THUMBS UP!! It was the best weekend ever, I know i have kept saying that over and over during and after my stay but it really was. The Farm is definitely my kind of place, something I would choose over and Beach trip. Me and my brother were so elated with our trip that we are planning on our next one already! :)

I do recommend a Detox weekend like this once in a while in a place like The Farm,  for a healthier mind, body and soul. :)


Toodles! :)

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

MAC LE lipstick in Runway Red

Hi Girls,

I've had this lipstick for about 2 months now neatly stored in my kit. I have used it a couple of times for my clients and as the name states, I actually first tried it out during a fashion show. MAC's Limited Edition lipstick in Runway Red was part of the Shop Mac collection which was released a couple of months ago. I wasn't supposed to add this to my list but since I don't own MAC's coveted Russian Red, I decided to get Runway Red. And I have no idea why I tried this on myself only now.

MAC Lipstick in Runway Red


Runway Red, compared to all other red lipsticks comes in a deeper a little darker shade. I kind of prefer this since, I find that this kind of red suits me better compared to others. This deeper type of red looks more classic in my opinion and is the type that will amp up any kind of look. :)

Runway Red on my Lips

The satin finish of Runway Red gives your lips just the right moisture but it also isn't too shiny/glossy looking. I really prefer matte lipsticks because I like their staying power, but this isn't too bad at all. :)

Overall, again I really don't know why I only waited now to try this lipstick, it looks like I have a new go-to favorite red lipsticks. I do hope though that this becomes a permanent product soon! :)

Lastly, here's me bare faced, no makeup whatsoever with just Runway Red on. Please don't mind the puffy eye bags haha. :)

Toodles! :)

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Weeknight dinner FOTD + OOTD

Hi Girls,

Today is labor day holiday here in Manila on a hot Tuesday, and my post for today will be my look on a weeknight casual dinner with friends. This was from last night, a farewell dinner for a friend who will be leaving to live in Canada for good. These kind of dinners are always bittersweet, nights shared with so much laughter and stories. :) It was great seeing these girls, it's always a good idea to end the first day of the week over great food and friends! A blessed Bon Voyage to our friend Mia. :)

MAC NW25 Concealer for under eyes
MAC Setting Powder
MAC NC40 Studio Fix Powder
Graftobian Powder Foundation in Cleopatra for Contour
Kryolan Blush Palette for cheeks 

Maybeline quad (champagne, bronze and dark brown) for lightly bronzed lids
Maybeline Falsies mascara 

MUFE Brow corrector in 0
MAC Girlboy

MAC Kinda Sexy

White top from Forever 21
Printed cullottes shorts from Jellybean
Red belt from a friend bought in Bangkok 
Platform platform wedges from Primadonna

Bag + Accessories
Yellow Epi Speedy 25 bag from Louis Vuitton
Green leather braided bracelet from Alati
Mix of 4 thin bangles from H&M/Oxygen
Technomarine watch

Here's a fun collage pic with my friends from last night! :)

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Have a great week ahead! :)

Toodles! :)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Saturday grocery shopping FOTD + OOTD

Hi Girlies,

Happy Saturday evening to all! I have officially crossed over as I would rather sit on the edge of my bed and write this entry rather than be out partying. Yes, I am what the youngins' this generation would like to call "old" hehe. 

Recently though with this heat, it takes so much energy to do anything out for long. Aside from that my new lifestyle change a.k.a Project Weight Loss has hindered me to stay out too long in the fear of eating anything that I shouldn't be eating (read: ICE CREAM today at SnR and PIZZA!). But this new diet has made me look forward to grocery shopping since I love picking out ingredients for me to whip up! :) So here's today's FOTD.

 RCMA Color Process Foundation in Shinto 2
RCMA Setting Powder
Ben Nye Banana Powder to set under eyes and T-Zone
MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC40
Graftobian Powder Foundation in Cleopatra for Contour
NARS Orgasm for Blush
MAC Iridescent pressed powder in Belightful to highlight top of cheekbones

Estee Lauder Eyeshadow peachy shimmer color for lids
L'oreal Mid tone brown for crease and lower lashline
Estee Lauder Eyeshadow in champagne color for brow bone
MAC Gel Liner in Dipdown
MAC Eye liner in Fascinating for lower lashline
Maybeline Falsies Mascara for Upper and Lower Lashes

Fanny Serrano Brow Powder
MAC browset in Girl boy

MAC lipstick in Pink Nouveau

Dress with open lower back in Salmon + Aqua print from Jellybean
Gold Sandals are from Abarca (The most comfortable leather sandals ever!!!)
Brown Shoulder bag is from Parfois
Necklace from Cole Vintage 
Watch is from Technomarine

China Glaze in Aquadelic
OPI Summer Orange

So that's my Saturday afternoon for everyone, for the rest of this evening I will spend it with my remote control and my TV. :) A happy weekend to all! :) :) :)

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Toodles! :) :)

Friday, April 27, 2012

My Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize + Sunblock in this Summer Heat!

Hi girls,

I know all of you here in The Philippines feel it to, this recent summer heat has been crazy. It makes you want to do nothing but stay indoors since any movement for sure will make you sweat buckets. The whole of Manila has turned into BIKRAM YOGA 24/7! (Although I am in Love with Bikram, I think it should be confined in it's studios hehe)

Because of this heat, I'm sure a sum of you are thinking of discontinuing with their beauty products regimen because it makes you feel more icky and oily. But hold on to that thought, this is the time to actually be more cautious and use the right products to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Whether staying indoor or outdoor it is important to have a complete regimen. So here's my summer edition Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize + Sunblock products.

Avene Cleanance Soapless Cleanser

 For my cleansing, day and night, I use Avene's soapless cleanser. It is very light on the skin and after every wash ensures you a squeaky clean finish without frying effects of 'soap'. I'm not sure if this can be bought in the market, I bought this at my Dermatologist for PHP2,000--

Sebamed Clear face Deep Cleansing Toner & Clindamycin Solution

  I have oily skin which is prone to breakouts, so I regularly have to control excess oil that my skin produces. My favorite toners especially in this heat is Sebamed Deep Cleansing Toner, it does the purpose of cleansing my face of excess oils which may have been left behind. After toning, I like to put Clindamycin Solution prescribed by my Dermatologist, this helps dry out pimples and remaining blackheads and whiteheads. Both were bought and prescribed by my Dermatologist. Sebamed I think was around PHP1,000-- while the Clindamycin Solution is PHP500--

SkinMD Natural

 Skin MD Natural remains to be one of my favorite moisturizers after having it sent to me to try. With enough luck, I found the product available for sale in local Guardian Pharmacies in Singapore. What I like about Skin MD is that it feels very light on the skin, non-greasy yet super fresh, you can really feel your skin regain back moisture after cleansing and toning. It serves as a good base too! :) Bought in SG for SGD30--

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse BB SPF27 and Heliocare advanced SPF50

 The most important step in any skincare regimen summer heat or not is Sunblock. This is your skin's shield, this is what protects you from the harsh elements of the sun that want to penetrate your skin and cause damage. My favorite sunblocks for this heat are Dr. Jart's Water Fuse BB, I use the Water Fuse variant because compared to all other 3 selections of Dr. Jart this is the lightest, this is the only water based one too so perfect for summer. The light tint is perfect, I can just dab on my favorite powder after application. :)

For more intense exposure to sun like going to the beach, any outing, more hours under the sun I use Heliocare's Advanced Gelcream sunblock SPF50. This gel based tinted moisturizer does wonders. I wish I could use it everyday, I just notice that for my skin I tend to breakout when SPF50 (in any brand) is used on an everyday basis, hence I save this for days when I need more SPF. :)

Just be wary when using SPF, because the main ingredient of sunblocks is Titanium Dioxide. This is the ingredient responsible for making your face look white on photos with camera flashes. Hehe So remember to tone it down with makeup when you know you will be taking photos. :)

Dr. Jart BB cream is about PHP2,000-- can be bought in selected Mercury drug stores in Manila, while the Heliocare SPF was bought from my Dermatologist for PHP3,500--

 So that's a run down of my skincare products this summer. What products are you using for this summer? :)

Toodles! :)

Facebook Make-Up Artist Page! Click! Click! :)

Hi girls,

I have finally fixed my Make-Up Artist Page on Facebook. I realized that since most people are on Facebook, it is more convenient to put up a page on my Make-up Artistry there. :)

Hope you guys can show me some love and Like my page! :)

Click Here!! :)

Thankies :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

GEMINI: A Glasnost x Alati Collaboration

GEMINI: A Glasnost x Aláti Collaboration from OVERMiND Creative Consulting on Vimeo.

Hey girls,

Check out this awesome collaboration of Glasnost and Alati. One of a kind clothes paired with unique accessories. This is spearheaded of course by Glasnost's Stacy Rodriguez and Alati's Gabriela Tatad as they bring you their latest collection.

Pauline Prieto and Helene Belmonte are the muses for this collaboration and watch as they give life to these one of a kind pieces. :)

Video done by Overmind creatives, Photographs by YourEvilTwin An and En Estrada and Makeup was done by yours truly and I had such an amazing time with these girls! :)

What are you waiting for, make your orders now:

Aláti by Gabriela Tatad http://shopalati.com (twitter : @shopalati)

Glasnost by Stacy Rodriguez http://shopglasnost.com (twitter : @glasnostbystacy)

MAC Shopmac lipstick in Watch Me Simmer

Hi Girlies,

I'm back for another lipstick review, this time on Shopmac's Amplified cream in Watch Me Simmer. This year's Shopmac, Cook mac collection surely had a lot of really nice funky colors I couldn't resist. All funky yet, wearable looking shades.

Amplified Cream lipstick in Watch me Simmer

Swatch on back of my hand

Watch me simmer is a beautiful coral-pink shade which at first I thought would not really suit me, so I held back first and not used it for a couple of weeks. Until, I was at a shoot, I had a lot of waiting time, I decided to try out the lipstick on myself, and I guess I was wrong, It didn't look too bad on me. hehe

Watch me simmer on me (please don't mind the puffy eyes hehe)

The only thing I probably don't like about this lipstick is its formula. I really do prefer matte lipsticks because creamier based lipsticks tend to run. But there is a quick fix to this, blot with a tissue after first application and then apply again. Aside from that I guess, I really love the fresh pop of color it gives my lips. :)

This color is perfect for summer! :)

Have you found your summer lippie? :)

Toodles! :)