Thank you Calyxta Beauty for making us a part of your Mother’s Day video shoot! My kids really enjoyed doing it, they said “It’s the best day ever!” They think they’re now famous because they’re in YouTube. lol! Check out my runway look – lots of pink and a dash of holographic glitter! I’m just happy that I didn’t end up looking like Anabel. haha!
Benefit just launched their most recent product — BadGal Bang! It’s a 36 hour volumizing mascara, another addition to their super curling and lengthening mascaras. I tried it on during the event after giving my lashes a good curl, and lo and behold, major volume!!! To make sure the curl holds, I curled my lashes again from the roots to the tips for that bulletproof hold. Voilà! It was like wearing natural false lashes! A little product goes a long way, so with just a thin coat, this is what it did for my eyelashes:
Benefit launches are always so much fun! They always make it more interactive and exciting by hosting fun games for the guests! For this event, we had to play Space Bingo to claim a special prize!
Both my daughters wanted it so I gave them time to discuss how they’re going to solve this issue. lol! They came up with a borrowing schedule! Problem solved!
Thanks for having me at the launch, Benefit! The BADgal mascara will be making it’s way in to my makeup pouch! So far, it’s my favourite Benefit mascara. If you want voluminous lashes, then this BADgal mascara is for you! 🙂
What are my best anti-aging tips? I have 2 words for you, skincare and exercise. Let’s make it 3 and add wine to the mix! lol! Having a regular routine for your body and skin can make a world of a difference in keeping yourself looking youthful. To stay physically fit, strong, and healthy, I do indoor spinning, zumba, and boxing for my cardio. For toning, I do yoga and synergy 360. So, how do I manage to take care of my skin? Being a mom, makeup artist, and entrepreneur, I need to find time to take care of myself despite my busy schedule. Just like a cup, I fill myself with things that make me happy, because how else will I be able to pour anything out of an empty cup? One of my favourite places to have my ME time is in Belo.
Lately, I have been trying to improve my skin texture. Contrary to what people think, I do not have flawless porcelain skin. During my adolescent years, I would get breakouts just like any normal teenager. My perpetual problem area is my forehead because it’s the oiliest part of my face, and that’s where I get those annoying little bumps which are actually white heads. For the past month, I have been going to Belo to treat my skin problems. Following the doctor’s recommendations, these are the treatments that I have done:
The Hydra Facial is an all in one facial that exfoliates and hydrates. The machine simultaneously exfoliates the dead skin and expels serums to treat the skin. The machine expels salicylic acid to clarify the skin and remove oil. I have combination skin so my t-zone gets oily and because of this, my forehead and nose are prone to white heads and black heads. After that, the machine applies glycolic acid to soften black heads and white heads for an easier extraction and cleaning. The cleaning part is the most unpleasant part of the facial, but it is important to do this in order to get rid of the white heads, black heads, and acne. No pain, no gain! The next day, my forehead bumps got smaller. Last step of the facial is when the skin is bathed with hyalaraunic acid as it brightens, hydrates, and plumps the skin. It’s the best serum for anti-aging! It’s good to have a facial once a month to unclog the pores.
A week after my hydra facial, I followed up with the Revlight. Revlight uses light beams as high energy pulses to remove skin pigmentation and discolorations like acne marks and sun spots. It also improves skin texture, minimizes pores, and removes fine hairs. As we age, our collagen production slows down. Revlight promotes collagen growth underneath the skin, that is why it is a good anti-aging treatment as well. The procedure wasn’t painful for me — it just felt like quick tiny flicks of the rubber band. It took about 10-15 minutes to finish, and Dr. Jetty from the Fort clinic made sure that my skin got as many pulses as it can take! Thank you, Dr. Jetty!
I also applied their CHAT medicine for two weeks. CHAT stands for: Clindamycin – it prevents black and white heads and an antibacterial for pimples, Hydroquinone – whitens skin, Alum – minimises pores, and Tretionon – exfoliates the skin. I stopped using it because my skin became red, but after one week, my skin peeled and looked so much clearer! That’s why I will start using it again every other night to slowly reintroduce it to my skincare regimen.
Here is a summary of the treatments I had to achieve my results: 2 Hydra Facials, 2 Revlights, and 2 weeks of CHAT medicine. Remember, we all have different skin types and conditions. What you need may be different from what I need. Now, let’s make this social media official — Without further ado, here is my before and after photo: (no filter, no edit!)
I have no foundation, just eyebrows. You know me, kilay is life. lol. In just one month, my forehead bumps diminished! See how smooth it is compared to before?! Go ahead and zoom it! Yay! I’m so happy! My skin also looks healthier, more plump, less oily, and more youthful! These days, I’m usually wearing very minimal makeup, as in zero foundation — just concealer, lip and cheek tint, and brow product. That’s really my ultimate skin goal, to wear minimal makeup and be comfortable with my bare skin. I always tell my makeup students that beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin, that makeup is best applied to enhance beauty and not as a mask. The most expensive foundation cannot hide bumps, it can conceal redness/discoloration, but not bumpy texture. I believe that with skin care, prevention is key! Take care of your skin before you see wrinkles and sun spots! I’m in my 30s now and it’s never too early or too late to address your skin woes. Be patient, find what works for you, and invest in your skin. Take care of your mind, body, and soul so that you will always look and feel youthful.
Thank you Belo for taking care of my skin! For those who have skin concerns or simply needs a little pampering, book an appointment with them here: Belo. Goodluck and I hope you will also have great results like I did!
Welcoming a new year means welcoming new makeup trends! 🙂 What makeup looks am I loving this 2018? Number one in my list is still the glowing and radiant skin trend. I made sure to prep my skin with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream to make my skin plump, soft, and radiant. For the glow, I used the Cover Fx custom enhancer drops in sunlight. It is a soft gold liquid highlighter so it emanates warm radiance from the face, which brings me to another trend I am currently enjoying — gold highlighter! Thanks to Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter which rocked the makeup world at the latter part of 2017. If you’re not ready to go all out with yellow gold highlighter, you won’t regret giving pale gold a shot. Feathery brows are still roaming free this 2018 so I just brushed up my brows with benefit brow vo and and filled it in with hair like strokes with the K-palette real lasting eyebrow pen. For the lips, I went for a pop of colour and topped it off with the Kiko 3D hydra lipgloss 18. This year, you can expect radiant skin to pair well with glossy lips! I’m actually glad to set aside my ultra matte lippies as it dries up my lips and makes them appear cracked after wearing for a couple of hours. For the eyes, I used a burnt copper shimmer eye shadow from Viseart Le Petit Pro on the crease and a Kiko Milano long lasting eyebrow stick with glitter specs, because glitter on the lids is still going strong this 2018. I just can’t get enough of KiraKira! Last but not least, I am all for the rosy tan spring/summer trend, it gives you a sun kissed look without the sun!!! I used a staple in my kit, Soleil Tan de Chanel, as cream bronzer and added the Kiko Milano velvet touch creamy stick blush 02 to give me that healthy, sun kissed, and rosy glow. What make up trends are you excited to try this year?
– Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
– L’oreal True Match (G2)
– Chanel Tan de Soleil
– Kiko Milano velvet touch cream blush stick (02)
– Tarte shape tape
– Benefit Browvo
– K-palette real lasting eyebrow (01)
– Anastasia lip palette (Burnt Orange and Vibrant Coral)
– Cover Fx custom enhance drops (sunlight)
– La Mer Loose Powder
– Viseart Le Petit Pro
– Kiko Milano 3D hydra lipgloss (18)
– Kiko Milano eyebrow stick
– Makeup Forever aqua XL
– Bohktoh lashes BT02
– Kiko Milano gold eyeliner
In my most recent workshop, I combined two of my favorite interests — makeup and wine! It’s not your usual pairing, but when you bring a bunch of women together to learn about makeup and drink wine, you know it’s going to be fun! I collaborated with Rox Lee of Artisan Cellar Door and we brought Manila’s first French wine tasting and makeup workshop. Our participants learned about French beauty, which focuses more on skin care and keeping things fresh and natural, definitely nothing over the top! Despite not being included in the usual French makeup routine, I also added basic contouring as requested by my participants. I did a makeup demonstration first (before anyone got tipsy. lol) and then challenged my participants to focus on just one facial feature, either the lips or the eyes, and keep everything else natural. Our participants also got to taste different kinds of Bordeaux wine and learn about it as well. Lourds gave us basic bordeaux wine information and taught us how to broaden our wine options and go beyond just ordering the restaurant’s house wine. Towards the end of the workshop, giggles turned into laughter, new friendships were formed, and the atmosphere became happier and more relaxed, those are definitely effects of the combination of wine and makeup!
I would like to thank all our sponsors for their generosity. Thanks Nuxe for indulging our participants with a cute travel size bottle of huile prodigieuse — my favourite after bath oil, it nourishes my skin and it smells absolutely divine. Nuxe is definitely one of the best French skin care brands out there. Thanks Bobbi Brown for the cream blush that will surely give our participants a rosy glow. Thanks Origins for sending your brand’s best selling skin care treatment and mask. Last but not least, thanks L’oreal for the mascaras and lip balms! This event would not be as successful without your support. I am forever grateful!
Let’s face it. Women these days are very busy working, raising a family, running a business, making sure the house is spotless, keeping fit, and doing more things that tires me just trying to enumerate them all. We need a product that will work 24/7 on our skin, just like Pond’s new Intensive Wrinkle Correcting Cream. It looks promising because it contains the ingredient Retinol C — an ingredient made of vitamin A that is one of the best vitamins you can apply to your face. Vitamin A generates skin cells, repairs cell damage, reduces sebum, and prevents dead cell build up in pores. It is effective in treating acne and signs of skin ageing like wrinkles and fine lines. It’s really a star ingredient in skincare for me, and it has always been a part of my skincare regimen. The Intensive Wrinkle Correcting Cream also combines powerful micro oils such as Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Sweet Almond oil, Rosehip Oil, and Marula Oil to moisturise the skin. I’m excited to try it alongside the Pond’s Age Miracle Day Cream for a 24 hour anti-aging treatment!
The long wait is over! H&M is stepping up their game with a new beauty line, and it is finally in Manila! They launched at their flagship store in SM Megamall last September 15, 2017. Aside from the comprehensive selection of make up and nail polish, their beauty line also consists of bodycare, haircare, and beauty tools.
Unfortunately, I had tech problems this week and all my IG stories from this day wasn’t saved in my temporary phone. So, here’s a video to show swatches of a few products:
Pure Radiance Powder Blusher (Deep Brown)
Eyeliner Pot (Dark Chocolate)
Lip Colour-To-Go (Bonne Vivante)