Beauty Faves 3/3: Lips

There’s something about new lipsticks, the smell, the very neat box, the feel of the brand new packaging in your hands. Admit it, everytime we discover/purchase new lipsticks we feel like a brand new girl!lipsLipsticks

  • MAC Ruby Woo – this is a bright blue-based red that goes with any skin tone. It’s the most matte lipstick out of all the matte line for some reason, I have really big teeth, and I’m so prone to getting lipstick on my 2 front teeth, but not with Ruby Woo. Lipsticks in a matte finish usually dried up the lips so much, but this doesn’t. All in all, it’s a great color, has great texture, and stays in your lips for a very long time.
  • MAC Lady Danger – This is my favorite red orange lipstick. If you want to wear a bold lip color to the beach, this is your go to lippie. It’s bold, but not over powering.
  • MAC Heroine – the most wearable dark purple ever! Sometimes I mix this with my Make Up Forever’s Color 48 – a very dark red and it turns into this beautiful dark plum.
  • MAC Relentlessly Red – This is my favorite red for spring!!!! It’s like a bold hot pink and red mix that just goes with anything.
  • Nars Schiap – The brightest pink lipstick I own! This smells so good and fades into a light pink that still looks like you intentionally made it look that way. Great for light blue eye shadows.
  • MAC Diva – Hands down my favorite dark red lipstick. There’s really nothing much to say except that this is perfect, and it’s a must have red lipstick.
  • YSL Volupte in Caress Pink – I stay away from creamy lipsticks  because they tend to feather out or fade into almost nothing but YSL’s Volupte line is amazing!!! They’re super hydrating, shiny without being glittery. I have the peachy pink too but I think caress pink is my favorite.
  • MAC Candy Yum Yum - I always get compliments every time I have this on, I use it with really blue eye shadow and it makes me feel like a total girly girl. It’s a matte pink that stays without feathering out.

Lip Liners

  • MAC Lip Liner in High Energy – Use this to transform red into red-orange. Just make sure you blend the lipstick really well with a lip liner and you can turn any red lipstick you have on hand look like MAC’s Lady Danger!
  • MAC Lip Liner in Night Moth – This lip liner is so helpful! I line my lips with night moth when I want to make my Diva lipstick look even darker. I originally bought this to use with my cyber but I found out that you can use this to turn sheer lipsticks more matte, by applying it under

Basics

  • Carmex – under my lipsticks all day, every day. I use this before going to bed as well to keep my lips from being chappy in the morning.
  • MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF15 in Fuchsia Fix – this protects your lips while giving it a very nice healthy pink glow.

Thank you for reading my 3 part beauty series fellow make up junkies!

Beauty Faves 2/3: Eyes

We’re done with the face, now it’s time for the eyes. This has to be the longest one out of the 3!

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  • Naked Palette 3 – this is a very rosy pink palette. I received this as a Christmas gift from my friends last year. I was scared it wouldn’t look very good on my asian skin tone and I don’t know, maybe it’s because I have light brown hair but it works. I always reach for this when I don’t want to look too made up like for work or for hot sunny days.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Stars N’ Rockets – On the eyes, this shadow looks like a metallic violet color on it’s own, but it has blue, silver and pink sparkles that almost looks like a hologram on the pot. It has so much going on that if you mix it with other colors, it transformers into unique shades.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Jealousy Wakes - This is the most beautiful green I’ve ever seen. It’s like a glittery emerald green, but sea foam green at the same time.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Night Divine – I use this for the inner corners of my eyes every time I do dark smokey eyes.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Trax – this is like a mauve color with gold sparkles, I usually wear this on it’s own with just black eyeliner.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Blue Flame – I love dark blue eye shadow, and Blue Flame is so great for doing blue smokey eyes with a little silver, and black.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Espresso - This is the most helpful eye shadow color you can ever have, I use it for my eyebrows, lids, and you can also use this to contour small areas.
  • Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Polyester Bride – The name is very fitting because looking at the pot, it reminds me of a glittery wedding dress. It’s a sheer kind of white with big silver sparkles, I love to use this on the brow bone and the inner corner of my eyes.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Electric Eel – My little brother Brandon (who rarely compliments me btw) loves this on my eyes, he said it makes my eyes pop. It’s the kind of blue that Barbie wears, it’s so bright that it makes the white part of my eyes even whiter and makes my eyes bigger.
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 – This is my favorite between the 2 UD eye palette’s I have, it’s very versatile and it can be the only eye shadow you bring for when you travel. All the colors in this palette covers whatever you need for day or night, for a smokey eye, for accentuating your creases, for highlighting or contouring your nose line.

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  • Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer – before trying this primer, I thought it was just another thing brands wanted us to spend our money on when my concealer was already doing an okay job setting my eye shadow. I tried it, and I saw how much it made the colors more bold, and helped them last a very long time and never put eye shadow without it ever since.
  • MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack - I never put on eye make up without this. I use it with an angled eyeliner brush and it lasts forever, even when you get super sweaty from all the dancing trust me, it does not come off.
  • MAC Paint Pot  in Bare Study – when you want to travel light, and you’re going to a place where you only want to look naturally radiant, like it’s just you and the sun that’s giving you a natural glow, take a peach blush, mascara, lip balm and this. This is all you need for your eyes. It works as a great primer for sparkly eye shadow too.
  • MAC Paint Pot in Dangerous Cuvee – I love mixing this with silvers, and dark eye shadow colors. It’s like a sparkly gray color that’s really great for nights out.

Next up is my favorite lipsticks!!

Beauty Faves 1/3: Face

A lot of people ask me about how I do my make-up. Since I don’t think I have any authority sharing beauty tips and tricks, I’ll just share my favorites for the face, eyes, and lips! I’m breaking this into 3 posts because I don’t want it to be too long :)
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Blushes:

  • MAC Powder Blush in Dollymix – It’s “candy pink” with a little bit of shimmer. This is the kind of pink that works with even red lipsticks.
  • Nars Orgasm – This is Nars’ most famous blush for a reason, it’s a peachy pink shade that goes well with any skin tone with a very subtle shimmer. I just wear this and mascara when I’m at the beach to make my cheeks glow.
  • Nars Desire - This is one of my favorites! It’s a super bright pink but is not as shocking as it looks like in the pan. It’s matte and blendable and it surprisingly looks very natural on the cheeks.
  • Nars Sin - Sin is the perfect name for this blush. I wear this for when I want to look a little more vampy, but you have to use this very lightly or you’ll end up looking bruised if you put too much.

Cremes

  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet – I bought this after I started breaking out because I needed a super light moisturizer for my sensitive skin.
  • Sarah Mc Namara Skin Transformer Acne Control – It’s a tinted moisturizer that clears up pimples. I hate wearing foundation everyday so this is my substitute. It evens your skin tone, covers up small blemishes and gets rid of acne at the same time!

Highlighter

  • Bareminerals Well-Rested Face and Eye Brightener Pen – I use this for the corners of my eyes, to highlight my cheek bones and my nose line

Foundation

  • MAC Studio Fix in NC30 – for the perfect coverage. I only put this on though when I’m going to a party or to an event otherwise I can get by with my tinted moisturizer/cc cream and concealer.

Brushes

  • Urban Decay Blush Brush – I use a big blush brush for only the apples of my cheeks.
  • MAC Angled Blush Brush – When I use Sin from Nars, I use an angled brush because it picks up just the right amount of product. The bristles are not too dense, are super soft and is perfect to use when you just want a lighter application.
  • Tokidoki x Sephora Foundation Brush – I thought I was just buying this because of how adorable it looks but I was so surprised of how soft this brush is. I use this with my powder foundation and it never looks cakey.
  • Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush Brush #56 – If you’re looking for a multi purpose face brush this is all you need. I use it for my tinted moisturizer, liquid foundation, even works for powder foundation and it blends really wel! I love the quality of Sephora’s brushes and they’re so much more affordable.

Basics

  • Urban Decay Prep Spray - use this Vitamin-infused prep spray before applying moisturizer to minimize your pores, even your skin tone while making your foundation last all day.
  • Urban Decay Setting Spray - use this after everything, fake eyelashes and all and you’re set, even after you pass out in the toilet after puking full of self loathing from the night before, you’ll still wake up with full on make up ;)

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Thought of sharing with you guys my skin care and make up kit basics!P1080931

Let’s start with facial care. Until a year ago, my routine consisted of two things, wash my face with facial cleanser, dab with towel and that’s it. But that stops working as soon as you stop being a teenager. For a few months last year, I suffered with acne and it was horrible! It took me quite a while to find the right products to use for my skin type.

  1. Garnier Pure Active Multi Action Scrub My sister introduced me to this wonderful gem, and now every girl in our household uses this. I read somewhere that scrubs aren’t good for daily use but this one’s pretty gentle with the tiniest beads and so far has worked so well for me.
  2. Carmex My lips tend to dry when I haven’t drank enough water, then I end up picking on the dry scabs. I know, disgusting!! So I use Carmex when I’m not wearing lipstick, makes my lips so smooth, and chap free!
  3. Nars Make Up Remover This is perfect for girls with sensitive eyes. It even takes out stubborn gel liner and mascara.
  4. Cetaphil Moisturizer I finally learned to work moisturizer in to my routine, I use it daily before I go to bed and before applying make up.
  5. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion This works better for pesky “ripe” pimples. Apply it before going to bed after cleaning your face and trust me, it have dried the shit out of that pimple as soon as you wake up in the morning. There will still be a little spot but you can conceal it with concealer by then.
  6. Body Shop SeaWeed Pore Perfector I bought this on a whim when my sister sent me to the Body Shop to buy BB Cream for her. So far it helped minimize pores on my T-zone.
  7. Garnier Pure Active Pimple Relief Roll-On This works like magic for pimples that are just growing, or pimples that are growing inside the skin. It will only take a night or two to dry it out and to stop it from getting bigger.

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Now for the good stuff! I’m sharing you the basic make up products that never leave my daily make up kit.

  1. Mac Sheertone Blush in Dollymix This is my favorite pink blush, it just gives you a natural flush with a little sparkle. Perfect for the no make up-make up look.
  2. Mac Eye Shadow in Carbon I always have this with me because I usually wear eyeliner on my eyes, rimmed or just the top lids. I use this with a short and stubby shadow brush to put on top of the gel liner to make the liner look a little less precise.
  3. Mac Prep + Prime Lip Use this before putting on lipstick to make it glide smoother and to make it last longer.
  4. Mac Studio Finish Powder Plus Foundation Obviously. This is a tried and tested classic. Mac’s formulation for their powder foundations is the best. It’s long wearing, and feels as light as wearing nothing!
  5. Mac Prep + Prime Skin Smoother Apply this after moisturizer and before applying concealer or foundation and it covers up tiny discolorations and smoothens skin. The only downside about this is that it doesn’t have any applicator so you have to use your fingers.
  6. Mac Eye Shadow in Espresso I use this for my eye brows.
  7. Mac Studio Finish Concealer Applied before foundation, this helps in evening out skin tone.
  8. Nars Blush in Torrid This is a more intense shade of peach, much more peachy than Orgasm. Love to use this in the beach!
  9. Tokidoki Kabuki Luminosa Sheer Highlighting Powder A friend gave this to me and it’s pretty wonderful! Since I live in the sunny Sunshine City of Laoag I usually always have a slight glow. So I like to brush this on the bony parts of my shoulders, and cheekbones.
  10. Kleenex Oil Blotter this absorbs less make up than other products, plus it ‘s purple ^_^
  11. Mac Viva Glam Nicki Intense neon pink that brightens up any day!
  12. Mac Paint Pot in Soft Ochre This works as base for eye shadow to make it last longer and to get the exact color you see on the pot, you can also use this as it is.
  13. Mac Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo This is by far my favorite red lipstick. It’s long wearing, the color adapts to every skin tone, and you can mix it with other colors. I dab a bit of this on top of Mac’s Pink Nouveu to get a natural reddish pink hue on my lips.
  14. Mac Lipstick in Diva Go-to dark lipstick! It’s a dark dark shade of brick red, almost brown. This thing has magic powers, once I apply it on my lips it actually does make me feel like a Diva. Haha!
  15. Mac Gel Liner in Blacktrack I’ve used every kind of eyeliner in the book, and this one’s the best. Pencil liner smudges too easily and liquid liner is a mess to use. Here’s a little secret to keep it longer. When you store your gel liners, make sure the cover is locked tightly and keep them upside down so air wont get it thus avoiding it to solidify.
  16. Foundation Brush from the Tokidoki Pittura Brush set 24k Edition I don’t usually have this with me really because it doesn’t fit in my daily make up kit, plus I only use foundation for events but keep it for emergencies. But I just wanted to point out that of all the big brushes I used, this is the only one that rarely gets any fall outs. Plus it’s unbelievably soft to the touch!

just creepin’ on the downlow

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[polarized sunnies: cotton on, earrings: asos, midriff: romwe, skirt: thrifted, clutch: red dot, databank watch: casio, gifted sandals: villains sf]

Midriffs remind me of two things I love: the Nineties, and Sex and the City.

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Take it from the girls of Sex and the City, belly-baring tops can work its way in to your wardrobe in all shapes and forms.90s

Midriffs from a few of my favorite babes in the 90’s: (L-R) Alicia Silverstone – Queen Cher herself; Drew Barrymore, Post Poison Ivy but still in the middle of her rebellious teenage ways; Kate Moss in all her waify glory; Versace Super Models; Gwen Stefani and her prerequisite crop tops; T-Boz, Left Eye and Chili ♥

a strange arrangement

[sunglasses: ray ban, lipstick: mac’s scarlet ibis, corset, shoulder accessory: bend&snap, connector ring: love loca, watch: casio, pyramid cuff: red dot, skirt: thrifted, flats: aldo]

This was set up for our Valentines BBQ at the office. I unearthed these photos when I cleaned up my hard drive.

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lunch dates and frilly skirts

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D and I had cheesecake today at Cheesecake etc. I love my weekly lunch dates with D, aside from the usual run-in’s at Shop & Go, this is the only time we really get to hang out.

[bustier: twins closet, lipstick: mac’s ruby woo, necklace: 365 plaza, skirt: thrifted, belt: mango, clutch: vintage gucci, wedges: mendrez]

[pink top: topshop, skirt: twins closet, pumps: forever 21, giant heart ring: h&m]

She’s always in my posts but today for a change, let me show you what she’s wearing =D

We were having WAY too much fun with our frilly skirts, I know. Hahah.

my beauty essentials

my make up kit essentials

These are staples in my make up kit. I never leave home without them.

I use concealer for all sorts of stuff, as primer for my eyes, lips and to cover up blemishes.

Nars Torrid blush has an orangey color which makes it perfect for days when all you want are dewy cheeks and lush eye lashes, I use maybelline.

My favorite shades for my eyes are Blue Flame, Ego and Carbon, they never leave my make-up kit.

I usually never wear make-up without eyeliner on, I use MAC’s fluid line in blacktrack.

I always carry around blender brushes for smokey eye effects, a liner brush and a blush brush. I use MAC and Urban Decay brushes.

I use carmex for my chappy lips.

My go to lipstick for lazy days is MAC’s Ruby Woo lipstick, and for sexy smokey eye days is MAC’s Fabby =)

Top off any look with your favorite scent, mine has to be Daisy from Marc Jacobs. I love its fresh and dainty scent.