Thursday, November 27, 2008
I just couldn't resist doing a bit of layouts. Heeheehee... That's the Olay Regenerist cleanser and their star product, the Olay Regenerist serum, in elegant black-and-red packaging (which was the color theme of the night). In fact, I've used the serum as my makeup primer for my makeup at that event and I really loved how my makeup glided on that day.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Russian Red is an intense bluish-red in a matte finish. It's a favorite among red-lipped fanatics and flatters almost anyone. It's a universal red that anyone could pull off. I was introduced to this shade by makeup artist Mari Wild, who happens to be a long-time Russian Red fanatic. I was sitting next to her and I noticed her red lips and I asked, "Ms. Mari, I really love your red lipstick, what shade is it?" When she said Russian Red, I knew I had to immediately try it on for myself.
I love how Russian Red makes my lips pop. Since it's matte, it can be drying on the lips to it's best to prep first the lips with lip balm prior to lipstick application. Then, before lining the lips (a must if you're sporting dark or intensely-colored lipstick), blot excess balm with a tissue. Line lips and fill in then go with your lipstick. Blot and re-apply. It's pretty effortless I can just go on with neutral eye makeup and I look polished.
Russian Red can be mixed with another red to create a customized red for you (I will always remember Ms. Mari saying that there is always a perfect red for everyone, and indeed she's right.) This red is just purely Russian Red with MAC lipliner in cherry. MAC Russian Red can be mixed with MAC Viva Glam I for a very intense red (this tip I learned from Kang of MAC Makati).
Aside from the bold, intense red.... here's what I love too about it: STAYING POWER
That's been wiped a wholelotta times already, yet it's still uber pigmented. I love lipsticks that stay on my lips since I can get too lazy to reapply.
Next project will be this one...:)
Thursday, November 20, 2008
When my auntie arrived from the States, she gave me a pouch full of nail polish and among them I received two bottles of Xtreme wear. Last Friday, I used it for my manicure since I'll be going to an event that night and another one the following day so I needed something to withstand the test of hard work.
So here it is... my newly-manicured and shiny nails painted red (rarrr)
shiny, no chips, and fresh... just like a mani done well. The therapist actually didn't have a hard time with the polish as the consistensy was very manageable and the brush long and thin enough to get to the edges without straying from the nail.
7 days after washing dishes, doing laundry, washing brushes, typing, doing makeup, and all sorts of mechanical work... my polish looks like this:
Save for the nails starting to grow, it's still presentable. As of now, there's a tiny chip on my left middle finger, but it's not like other polishes that chip off quite easily. I told my aunt how long-lasting the polish was, for people like me with abused hands and totally subject to manual labor.
I plan to get this in more colors as soon as my stash runs out. :)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Bratpack opens its Flagship store housing brands such as Jansport, Timbuk2, and Hedgren. They have also included new brands catering to more lifestyles such as DC, Sector9, Sanuk, Skullcandy, Eastpak, and Life Is Good. Each brand caters to different lifestyles and different personalities.
The store is located at Greenbelt 5 and being true to its indie roots, this store was designed by renowned graphic design house Team Manila.
me with Gabe Mercado, one of the actors, after the show
The hair is best on girls with naturally wavy hair with layers, as the layers can also add shape. It's also good if the hair is not rebonded or relaxed or chemically straightened. I used medium-sized rollers on this one but if I want more volume, I use large velcro rollers on the tops.
I started with washed hair (conditioner can be skipped especially if you're scared of conditioner could weigh your hair down, like I did). I blow-dried my hair until it's about 90% dry. For more volume, you could add a bit of mousse and continued blow-drying lifting my hair to produce more volume and shaping the hair with my fingers. After spraying my hair with a bit of curl-defining spray (or you could leave the hair a bit "damp" with the mousse), I set my hair in velcro rollers (thermal rollers are good too) and blow-dried my set hair to heat the rollers. As I waited for my hair to cool, I did my makeup.
When my hair has completely cooled, I removed the rollers. My hair is a bit toussled now, so to hold the style, this is when I applied mousse for hold and scrunched the ends for more curls. for definition, I used styling clay on the ends and on my bangs and lightly smoothed my hair to avoid messy strands. A spritz of hairspray (how fun!) and a shake of the head and I'm done. Velcro rollers add just body and define waves instead of curling the hair. The look is really soft waves without looking too 80's.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
photo by Darrel Pobre
I was really thrilled to have this experience and I really learned a lot from Jo Ann, who's also a photographer so she gave us some tips on how to take pictures, how to direct, how to pose, and how to work. I also learned a lot on speed without sacrificing quality, especially if we're pressed for time. Also, it's important to concentrate well on every detail of my work and not rely heavily on digital photo-editing. JoAnn really was effortless in her poses. She looked fierce in each frame! And can I just say how much I love her skin and bone structure? She really is a true, ageless beauty.
I really enjoyed the shoot. They were really fun to work with and are such sweeties despite their overflowing success. Thanks to Dennis for the invite again!
Watch out for the pictures soon! In the meantime, here's a teaser:
Monday, November 10, 2008
"Rejuvenate...water activated, self-heating formula deeply warms skin to relax pores. Reveal...nourishing hydration for skin that is beautifully moisturized. Regenerate...exfoliating glycolic acid + micro-crystal complex gently polishes skin's surface for the look of newer skin."
Friday, November 7, 2008
At the Music, Tats, and Flowers event I attended at Mag Net in Bonifacio High Street, I was interviewed by MC's Kate Alvarez as part of their Vox Pop section. The question was, "If you could be famous for a day, who would you be?"
Also, it didn't stop there. I also was interviewed as a source person for that same issue's Get That Look
It was great sharing my knowledge to a wider audience. :) I'm glad I was interviewed. I got a guestbook comment asking if I've seen it and yes I have and I'm excited about it until now.
All these in Marie Claire's November 2008 issue. Thanks to Kate Alvarez for the interviews.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
When The Body Shop launched their mineral makeup line a month ago, they had a promo where we do not only get 100-300 pesos off our purchase, we also get a free mascara, which was their Divide & Multiply Mascara. I got this when I purchased an eyeshadow brush and here I am reviewing it for you.
The Body Shop Divide and Multiply mascara, their newest to their line of mascaras aims to:
"Extend your lashes to glamorous new lengths with an ultra-fiber based, non-clumping mascara." [text credits]
It also contains Community Trade marula oil, which conditions the lashes. So, our lashes don't just get mega lengthening power, they also get TLC, and this is great since mascara can sometimes dry our lashes. Remember, lashes are also hair.
So, looking at the brush, when I opened it, I saw that there were fine bristles (to ensure that mascara stays clump-free, I suggest wiping the wand with a tissue before use) and these bristles enable to coat each lash hair, especially for those with super fine lash hairs.
The end-tip part I could use to apply mascara to the hard-to-reach areas like inside corners of my eyes. Basically, it was quite easy to apply and doesn't require much dexterity as some mascaras and this could be attributed to how the wand is shaped. Don't expect the lashes to bulk-up though. By definition, this is a defining and lengthening mascara, meaning the lashes are defined and separated creating the illusion of more fringes and the lengthening quality of the formula means fibers stick to the ends of the lashes "extending" them. The effect is really more natural rather than va-voom. The formula isn't waterproof though. In fact, it washes away quite easily. Not to fret, though, our non-waterproof mascaras can be used if we want a natural look or when we're taking a break from all the waterproof mascara we use (too much waterproof mascara can be taxing on the lashes)
On the left picture, that's just curled lashes with no mascara. The one on the right shows the effect of the product. Note how the lashes are more defined (my lashes are quite sparse here. Blame it in a little accident. heeheehee). The effect is more subtle rather than the plumping effect a volumizing mascara would give. This mascara just separates the lashes and lengthens them. Note also in the bottom lashline how the difference is more distinct. Lower lashes with mascara are more obvious and more defined.
Overall, the effect of this mascara is subtle. I'd use this mascara when I want a simple, no-makeup look since the effect is gentle or when I just want to go with minimal makeup but I want my eyes more defined. I can also use this in conjunction with a waterproof volumizing mascara for more drama. With the shape of the handles and ease in application, this can also be used on the bottom lashline.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
And like any makeup tutorial I have, you guys know how much I stress about blending! Blending makes the colors seamless and the effect very pro. :)