Introducing my first Beautylista Babe, Shari Poquiz. She is the epitome of a true Beautylista — a beautiful, kind, strong, determined, and empowered woman. A beauty that goes beyond what the eyes can see. It was fun giving her a glow job and peeking into her current favourite makeup and skincare products! Yes, you’re welcome!
Shari Poquiz, @themistymom
Angela: How did you come up with the name misty mom? What does it mean?
Shari: I like facial mists! Just kidding! Actually, there’s no deep meaning into it. I wanted to start a mom blog because I was pregnant. Misty was the first thing I came up with and the word fits the logo I was making. What it means, it’s a mystery.
How did you become a blogger?
I was pregnant and I had really bad morning sickness when I started my blog. I was in the bathroom half of the day so I had to quit my corporate job. I was so used to being busy coming from a demanding media job so I had all that free time. I was making websites since I was 10, and I really liked designing and writing, so blogging became my creative outlet during that time. I didn’t want to be idle. I gravitated towards beauty blogging because I was having a girl and for the first time in my life, I was attracted to lipsticks. I never wore them before, but when I got pregnant, I finally found myself in the Mac counters looking for a red lipstick which I never wore before.
My mom blog became a beauty blog. I wrote about beauty more because motherhood was a sensitive topic online. Being a first time mom then, I didn’t want to engage in it, and playing with makeup was a break for me at times when I got overwhelmed with motherhood. I would even connect with women from different countries about makeup with no judgements, which I really liked, then I started to shift my blog towards motherhood. I connected with moms who wanted to feel good about themselves and experiment with makeup, mostly the millennial moms.
What is your day and night skin care routine?
During the day, I don’t really put on a lot. I use the La Mer Moisturizing Matte Lotion. It’s just light and it can be layered under makeup. For foundation, I use Clinique Fit, I use it as day time makeup. It’s super lightweight because it’s watery, it has SPF 40, and it has medium coverage. It also stays on even if I sweat. For events, I use the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation mixed with Mac Strobe Cream because I don’t like it to feel so heavy. It is super high coverage, and I don’t need to wear concealer anymore.
At night, I used to do the 9-step Korean routine but I think my skin wasn’t used to it, so I paired down and I went back to what worked for me. What really worked for me is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. No joke guys! I’ve used this for 5 years. I always go back to it and I always have a back up of this. I also have the Estee Lauder Intense Recovery Ampules which I just started using last year. It’s a more concentrated version of the night repair serum. I really like this. When I wake up in the morning, ayoko mag hilamos (I don’t want to wash my face.) My skin becomes soft, smooth and I don’t break out with it. After the serum, I use the La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Moisturizing Cream. It’s the only product that I can vouch for that brightened and whitened me a bit, even my mom swears by it. It also helps brighten the under eyes. I don’t use eye cream so I just use the Patchology Rejuvenating Eye Gel. I use it twice a week. My undereyes are brighter when I wake up. I also use the the day version of this at night. It has caffeine so it de puffs the under eye. My facial wash is Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser. It calms my breakouts. When I have thick make up on, I double cleanse and use the Banila Co Clean It Zero or Estee Lauder Micro Cleansing Balm to remove my makeup before using my cleanser.
What are your ride or die products?
My ride or die makeup is the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer. I can go out without kilay (eyebrows) but I cannot go out without concealer. My favorite highlighter is from Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder in Audrey. For bronzer, I like the Guerlain Terracotta. I like Benefit Hoola also because it is cooler toned. For the lips, I like the Pixie Matte Liquid Lipstick. What I love about it is that it’s super lightweight, but not drying on lips. My lips are sensitive, it peels and bleeds at the touch of super dry lipsticks so this one has been the most tolerable, and lasts long on me. They don’t bleed like other lipsticks. For eyeshadow, Tom Ford Eye Quad in Coco Mirage and Orchid Haze eyeshadows are worth it for me, for someone who doesn’t know how to put eyeshadow on. It blends easily and doesn’t get patchy. I would use my finger and just rub the eyeshadow on my lids, then I would get compliments from people — that’s when I realized they’re worth it.
My favorite scent is Aerin Ikat Jasmine. I really like perfumes. Okay na na hindi pansin yung makeup ko pero gusto ko maalala how I smell. (It’s okay if people don’t notice my make up, I want people to remember my scent.) That’s the impression I want to leave and scents evoke memories. Kahit wala kang kilay basta mabango ka! (It’s okay not to have eyebrows, as long as you smell good!)
I have to say that Aveda really changed my hair. I’ve been colouring my hair for the longest time so it became dry and damaged. Ever since I used the Aveda Damage Remedy shampoo, conditioner and hair mask, my hair has been stronger. I can attest to that because I have been wanting to do this treatment in the salon to relax my hair but they refused to do it because my hair was too dry and damaged. I kept asking them if my hair was ready, and they kept saying no. Three months of using the shampoo, I went back to the salon, they tested my hair, and it became stronger — they finally allowed me to do it! So these really work! I also use Aveda Color Conserve to protect my ash colour so it doesn’t get brassy. I apply Aveda Smooth Infusion on my damp hair and it helps remove frizziness and straighten my wavy hair without effort.
You look so fit now! How do you take care of your body?
I just started and I’m not an expert at this. I’m still learning as I go. When I was in college, I thought I could just diet so that my body will look good and be thin, but I was really far from being truly fit. I recently went back to the gym and had a fitness test. Warm up palang I felt like fainting already. Nag black na yung vision ko! I felt so bad. I regret not doing any exercise even just at home after I gave birth, that’s 6 years of sedentary lifestyle, just running after kids and lifting them. Going up the stairs was a burden. What made me feel guilty was when my kids asked me to play hide and seek and I got tired easily. I had to sit down right away because I couldn’t keep up with them — that’s when I really decided to go back to the gym. I’m also trying to eat clean. I eat more vegetables now, and drink lots of water. I’m doing it little by little, baby steps — that’s what I tell my followers now who feel like I’m suddenly this fit woman. I am far from it. I still want to do yoga and try to build my endurance. One day at a time!
- Primer: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
- Foundation: RMK Creamy Gel Foundation
- Eyebrows: Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil and K-palette pen
- Eyeshadow: Viseart
- Lips: Too faced Melted Berry and Clarins lip oil
- Highlighter: Dior Backstage Face Palette and Chanel Multi use glow stick