Friday, April 7, 2017

Tips For Makeup For Mature Women

As we age, our makeup styles and techniques also change. When we were teenagers, we were all with brights and pastes and maybe matured to glam or neutrals when we got older. Our skincare needs also changes as we get older. Whether you're helping out your mom, auntie, or grandma with her look, have a mom of the bride or groom sitting or your makeup chair, or may already be approaching a particular age, here are a few tips to make cosmetics work for you so you enhance your beauty while having that fresh, glowing look at any age.

Just a few tricks and tools to help enhance mature skin

Moisturizer is your best friend

The Pond's Age Miracle line helps combat signs of ageing such as dark spots, lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin

The gel or waterbased light formulas we used in our teens may not be enough for someone with mature skin. As we age, we lose natural moisture in our skin, so older skin tends to be drier and thirstier. Use formulas for dry skin, alcohol-free toners (alcohol dries the skin), and make eye cream your best friend. Pond's Age Miracle line can be used to bring back the moisture on the skin. Massage this well and let it sink in before applying primer and doing your makeup. Also, encourage your mom or grandma to keep their healthy habits- have them drink lots of water and eat healthy food so their skin is cared for from within.

Have primer handy

Instead of using layers of thick foundation to hide imperfections and mask discolorations, use a face primer to help improve skin texture and make lightweight foundation hold longer. The finish will be more natural and glowing instead of cakey.

Use foundation suitable for mature skin

Sometimes, heavy foundation can really creep into those lines further enhancing them. Get a light to medium coverage foundation blended well and set with loose powder or stick to tinted moisturiser dor everyday. If the skin is still oily, stick to BB creams for everyday or light foundation with oil-control properties. Apply  a light layer of foundation using a sponge, foundation brush, or your fingers and set with loose powder

Enhance your brows

Young or old, brows really make a difference. Have your brows shaped professionally to get a nice arc that suitable for your face shape. Create feathery strokes with eyebrow pencil and brush with a spoolie brush for a more natural look. Also, avoid black or dark brown as this can age you and stick to light taupe, ash, or light brown.

Choose shadows to bring color and life to the eyes

Yes, you can wear eyeshadow. In fact, this really helps bring out the eyes. I find shades of plum, mauve, and browns or grays flattering for most older women. just a wash of color on the lids, a contour on the crease and highlight on the browbone blended well can do. Choose matte or formulas with just a hint of shimmer rather than glitters, metallics, and frosts, which can enhance lines.

Use charcoal-colored pencil instead of black

Black can be too harsh so use a dark gray or charcoal pencil with less shimmer or glitter instead. Just apply them close to the lashlines and blend it in for the illusion of thicker lashes and more wide-awake eyes. Instead of lining the lower lashline all the way through, just make two to three dots on the outer lower lashline and blend it well with a cotton bud or a small brush to tie this with the upper lashline. Some recommendations are J. Cat Beauty Roll It Up Auto Eye Liner in Dark Gray and Make Up Store eyeliner in Not So Dark.

Do not be afraid of color

Color can brighten an otherwise sallow complexion. A bright color on the lips and cheeks can instantly add life and glow. Choose a natural-looking blush that can add color to the cheeks such as MAC Blush in Mocha, Make Up Store Must Have, or Benefit Blush in Coralista.

Moisturizing formulas over matte

Super matte lipsticks can dry the lips, and these can enhance the lines as well. Choose semi-matte or cream formulas which stay put while giving a lush look to the lips. Alternatively, you can use a lipliner (try Nichido in Rosette) and brush a matching tinted lip balm over it.

Never underestimate the power of false lashes

On special occasions, falsies help add that extra oomph to the eyes. Choose falsies that are light if you're not used to wearing them such as Red Cherry lashes in 747XS or individual lashes on the outer corners. The first 30 minutes might feel a little awkward especially if you're not used to wearing false eyelashes but if you choose a really good brand, you might forget you're wearing them.

Hopefully, this can help you when you're working with the mom of the bride or helping out a relative with their makeup or maybe you're in that age already and want a makeup technique upgrade. If you have brands that you can recommend or have techniques of your own, you can post them in the comments below.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Snippets of the YogaHive Grand Launch

It was a busy month for us at the YogaHive studio since we were doing photoshoots for the teachers as well as prepping for the Grand Launch, which happened on March 15-19, 2017. It was so much fun because there were classes, activities, and it was a time that I really got to know the community. Sometimes as teachers, we're just there whenever we have classes. When we were shooting, it gave me the opportunity to take classes by other teachers since I was there practically the whole day, which really helped with my practice and my own classes because I sort of got to compliment my sequences to the themes of other classes, like if one class is working on something, then maybe my yin class can help achieve a balance or have some stretches or poses to help them make their way towards that. It also gave me a chance to know the students more, since I stay longer in the studio.

Helping out with the photoshoot of the teachers and some students also enabled me to share my off-the-mat practice with them. It's funny because a few years back, people get surprised that I actually do fitness-related things. Now, I surprise people when I bring out my makeup or when they take a peek at my blog or even when they see me with makeup in the studio. It was really fun, seeing how the teachers put on makeup and see how their individual personalities come out in our shoots.

 I'll post more BTS soon, but this time, let's talk about our launch.

Me and Teacher Quino on the YogaHive tarp, for which our faces (and our abs) shall be immortalised forever. Here's to more #fitspiration goals.

Photos of my yoga classes (I taught 3!!!)

I gave my signature hip openers in every class, which is my own practice that I share to most of my classes. Hip openers are fun! In yoga, in pole, in dance, and in life.

I also attended my very first Broga classs (which definitely shall not be my last), which really challenged my core and arms. They were dying in a super good way. Since I was dead tired, no photos in my camera. I highly recommend this not just to guys, but for those who want to add more challenges and breaks to the usual yoga class. Aside from yoga flows, there are HIIT-derived workouts like burpees, planks, and pushups which will make you sweat buckets and prepare your abs for the summer. I still hate burpees, but I like Broga.

There were also activities such as a High Tea Class Demo by Barista and Coffee Academy of Asia.

Certified Calm also launched their new Manduka Prolite mats. Some mats are still on sale in the studio so just in case you want a yoga mat for yourself, do stop by.

Manduka mats are thicker than the usual yoga mats you see and the thing I like with these mats is that they really cushion your joints in your arm balances (in my case, #roadtoarmbalance), downward dogs, and even table tops and lunges, They're pretty sturdy that they will not rip apart too when you're anchoring with your poses. I like also that they come in solid colors (I find patterns distracting). Im eyeing the caramel color actually, It looks so pretty, it reminds me of dessert, like salted caramel ice cream or salted caramel sauce on top of apple waffles, yum!!!! Manduka mats also come with a lifetime warranty. Oh, and Certified Calm is giving Php1000 off for every purchase of a Manduka Prolite mat exclusive at YogaHive.

The grand launch got me also back on air not just on pole but also via aerial hoop. It feels great to take aerial hoop once again.

group photo with our teacher Lance, holding our goodies from Lather Goods and Vita Coco

doing a Delilah (it looks and feels like a twisted scorpio)

This trick is called faint, which tells me to yin it our and relax
The highlight of the event of course is our cocktail night, which had food, raffles, drinks, poetry reading, live music, and a chance for us to dress up in clothes that are not just yoga clothes.

healthy, organic, and delicious spread by The Wholesome Table
Teacher Paulo introducing the teachers to the community
I was also glad to see familiar faces drop by to take classes.

A couple of badcats, me and Romina for the Sunday class

Kate and I doing the usual photowall pose
You can check Kate's post here as well.
It was a successful launch and every hour of work and effort was definitely worth it. The studio looked amazing, the classes had so much good vibes and energy, and we see people coming back again and again. I'm glad to be part in this community - as a teacher, student, makeup artist, and practically resident tambay since I'm in the studio almost everyday. I like the good vibes it has and I wish to share it to every one of you. Take our classes, whether yoga, pole, aerial hoop, corewell, NT Sweat, or anything that you like. We would definitely love to see you there!

See you on the mat!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Post-Op Update, and my April Schedule

Hello all! Wow! The first quarter of 2017 passed by in a breeze!!!! I guess that means good right? I also saw that the blog entries have been fewer, and this is probably because I'm doing so many things in real world. most of it is in my IG though for stories and posts but for my friends in Facebook, they probably see a lot of what I'm doing in Facebook live.

Now I begin the second quarter of the year in rest mode. I'm currently recuperating from dental surgery so that means a lot of bedrest, soft food, hydration, and no strenuous activity. According to my doctor, this is actually considered a major dental surgery, and one of the hardest things to undergo. I had three teeth extracted, two of them being impacted wisdom teeth. I underestimated the entire procedure because boy did I feel pain (and I have high pain tolerance). I cried a little but I was glad it was out of my system before further complications set in. I think it's a bit hardcore, though. I spent the entire day yesterday getting all the rest I need as it was very hard for me to talk. One of the hardest parts though was eating (can you believe it!) because the anesthesia wore off  during lunchtime and I wanted to take my painkillers right away yet my tummy wasn't full and I couldn't even finish the food I was eating. I had to power through the food, pain, soreness and all to be able to take my painkillers. The only comfort is that could eat a lot of ice cream, which was soft food and the cold helped a lot with the swelling.

I'm still at rest now, which gave me time to load up my blog with posts and see what's going on. I could now get up the bed and go around the house but I still can't crouch down to clean litterboxes or work out (I dunno how I'll be one week with no exercise) or take the stairs. I was able to make smoothies for myself though and serve myself my pre-prepped lunches.

I've been practically eating baby food for the past 24 hours. I can tolerate some solids now better than yesterday though. Aside from ice cream and cream of mushroom gazpacho-ish soup (since I have it cold or room temp rather than warm, I've been having smoothies as meal and snack replacements as well as lots of water. I've never felt so hungry yet so hydrated it's quite weird! Hopefully I can get to eat oats and soft breads soon. There's still tenderness and swelling in my jaw area and it's still quite hard to talk but the fact that I can sit up to type and make smoothies means I'm more ambulatory than yesterday's crying, bratty, self.

Oh and let me share to you our April Schedule over at Yoga Hive:

We've just added another 11 am Easy Vinyasa class on Friday for those who want some more 11 am classes. There's also a new class.. Aerial Hoops! I've tried this during our Grand Launch (which I shall also blog about) and it's super fun! I haven't been doing aerial hoop since 2013. So if you want to try a different aerial workout and you're shy about the pole because of the outfit, you can try doing aerial hoops.

YogaHive will be hosting it's first ever yoga and surf retreat on April 29 - May 1 2017 in Baler, Aurora.

 For more details and inquiries, kindly visit http://www,

Hope to see you all soon!