Beauty Bar Summer Cult Favorites

Welcoming the peak of summer with these awesome products available in Beauty Bar! The first brand the caught my interest was Not Your Mother’s. I first heard about it from my hair stylist friend, Mycke Arcano, as he recommended this brand for it’s volumizing hair powder. It is a brand that creates salon quality products at reasonable price points.¬†DSC08057

Hairstylist Daniel first applied the Love For Hue colour hair protectant that was formulated to treat coloured hair. After curling my hair, he finished off my curls with the She’s a Tease volumizing hair spray because I have thin and limp hair. Love it!

I got feedback from friends too about how much they love their dry shampoo! ūüôā This looks like such a promising brand, with great reviews!


Another product that I love is Sun Bum! It’s perfect for me, since I am such a beach bum. I have tried their sunscreen spray and I love that it smells like coconuts and is infused with vitamin E and an antioxidant to fight premature skin ageing.


It’s my first time to come across this brand, but it had me at Pawpaw. I use a pawpaw balm in my makeup kit to deeply moisturise lips! Excited to try my multipurpose balm that claims to moisturise lips and skin, smooth unruly brows, and soften cuticles.

Last but not least is Full Brow. It’s a one stop shop for all your brow needs — they have a brow smudge, crayon, and powder! What stood out for me was the brow wax. It seals brows for a long lasting wear, perfect for the beach! It’s also formulated with castor oil to nourish the brows. Another product that I liked was the highlighter pencil. It’s luminous but not glittery, it gives you a nice dewy glow!

All these items are available in Beauty Bar. You may also visit their website¬†here. Happy shopping! You won’t regret having these summer cult favourites in your beach bag!





BadGal Bang!

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. Voil√†!¬†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:

It separated my lashes and added volume too!

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!


My prize for completing the Space Bingo! OMG so cute! It lights up too!

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!

It’s hers from Monday to Wednesday. lol! This is life with 2 kids! Now, she’s the coolest little space girl in school!
What’s in the goodie bag?

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! ūüôā

Beauty & Bordeaux

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!

Rox has the best selection of Bordeaux wine in Manila! Seriously, look at the background!
Thanks Lourds for the Wine 101
Talking about skin prep
Applying one of my favourite moisturisers, Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre, on Nica during our skin prep demo
Foundation time: testing out Mon’s Fenty beauty foundation.
Concealing Rina’s undereye
Contouring on Cel
Highlighting using Nars’ radiant creamy concealer (which my students hoarded after the workshop)
Jinggay also thinks kilay is life, that’s why we both look so serious. lol
Quick smokey eye on Meg
Demonstrating the eyeliner flick on Neri
Blush placement also used to sculpt Sandrine’s face¬†
Madel goes for a bold red lip too!
Happy to start wine tasting!
Moving on the bolder red wine
More wine please
Thanks for our goodie bags, Nuxe!
My beautiful participants!


Pond’s Intensive Wrinkle Correcting Cream


¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†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!

Cheka is busy taking care of her kids, running a household, attending shoots, and writing children’s books! Go busy mama!
Pond’s Beauty Council
Bags in the City at work!
Cute monogrammed bags for us! ūüôā

H&M Beauty

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.

Makeup products for eyes and lips
Products for the face and nails
The cream lipsticks glided on smoothly and the blushes are my favourite!


Love this pink cream lipstick named Poker Face
I just finished doing errands with my kids before heading to the event, hence the very causal and comfy OOTD — my uniform when I’m too busy to think about what to wear! Lately, I have been wearing black leggings with black shoes for an edgier look.

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)


Happy Beautylista

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†My very first makeup workshop, Happy Beautylista, was held last June 3, 2017. ¬†I taught my students different makeup techniques to achieve a natural look and my co-facilitator and life coach friend, Kimi Lu, took care of nurturing their inner beauty through positive thinking and feel good exercises. My students learned basic makeup and were very eager to learn about contouring, highlighting, and shaping the eyebrows — well, because kilay is life and of course everyone wants to look slim, sculpted, and glowing at the right places!

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† We were so happy with the outpour of support given to us by our generous sponsors. We would like to thank Calyxta, Benefit, L’oreal, Rudy Project, Fitness 360, illuminate ph, and ¬†Lifestyle Salon by Louis Philip Kee for the gift certificates and goodies for all our participants! It was a such a fun, light, and feel good afternoon that was all about makeup and good vibes! We actually had to extend the workshop because everyone was so eager to learn! Thank you queen of protons for pushing me to do this! We would also ¬†like to thank our very first batch of happy beautylistas for attending the workshop! All of you made Kimi and I very happy!


The cool Calyxta HQ and their testers
Benefit loot and the beautylista mirror with led light
GCs from fitness 360 and lifestyle salon and goodies from loreal and illuminate
Calm before the storm
Contouring anyone?
Contouring is fun!
Tiger Stripes = Highlighter
Everyone brought home their own beautylista mirrors with LED light! Perfect for on the go applications, especially at night!
I told you we were serious about brows. lol
Eyeliner is also intense! I hardly breathe when I apply eyeliner on my clients. lol
Eye Makeup


Sister Act
Alex and Trina: another cute sister tandem in the workshop. My sister was also present during the workshop! Makeup is such a fun bonding activity between sisters!
Laughter is the best cosmetic!
Feel good exercises by Kimi Lu
Writing their life mantras
All smiles
Happy Beautylistas!

Here are the happy beautylistas with their personal mantras:


Lazada Finds

Christmas is just around the corner. Have you started¬†Christmas shopping? How about making your Christmas list? Don’t cram and wait until December to shop! Avoid the christmas rush and shop early! Better yet, why don’t you try online shopping? No lines and NO TRAFFIC!! Plus, sometimes the best deals are found online!

I went online shopping at Lazada after attending their first style convention. I had the privilege of sharing the stage as a panelist with other ladies in the beauty and fashion industry such as Kelsey Meritt, Patty Ang, Sassa Jimenez, and Bea Constantino. We discussed about fashion, beauty, and online shopping! I had a lot of fun and I also learned a lot from my fellow panelists. In this blog post, I am sharing with you some online tips that i have learned and also shared at the style convention:

Online Shopping Tips:

  1. When you see something you like, think about it and sleep on it. If you decide that you really like it, canvass around and find¬†the best deal and price that you can find. If you think¬†you’re getting it for a good price, then go for it!
  2. ¬†Since you can’t fit the clothes when online shopping, you should know your body type. It’s easier to get styles that you know will suit your body type. Also check the measuring guide¬†to get the perfect size for you.
  3. When shopping for make-up, check reviews online or on the website. Also check the swatches to make sure that the colours will suit you.
  4. Make use of the filter button, it’s there for a¬†reason! It will make surfing easier, especially if you already know what you are looking for.
  5. Try to buy everything you want in one go rather than shopping in small separate transactions, e-commerce sites usually give free shipping when you reach a certain amount.

Shopping in Lazada was quick and easy. They carry a myriad of products to choose from Рsomething for the whole family! Check out my Lazada finds for the whole family:

  1. 10-pcs Oval Brush Set dsc06667Curious about these oval brushes? Order them online for only P899 ($18)! They’re a lot cheaper than those brands from the US. ūüôā They’re pretty soft too!

2. Fosoto 18″ LED Dimmable Ringlight


This Ring light is awesome!!! ūüôā It perfectly lights up the entire face, great¬†for make-up artists. It has attachable accessories for cameras and phones so it is great for bloggers, vloggers,¬†or anyone who needs that perfect lighting in her vanity room. It costs P6440 ($129), other online sellers were selling this whole set with a stand, filters, and bag, for 7500-8500. This one shipped from China so it took about a week to get here. I have the Glamcor Multimedia Extreme, and honestly this ring light¬†provides¬†better illumination because of its round shape. The good thing about the Glamcor is that it has an attachable mirror (essential to¬†MUAs), it is more light weight, compact, and is also made with high quality materials.

3. Schott Zweisel Burgundy Wine Glassimg_1394

I got this for the husband because he just recently started his wine collection. The quality is good, and it costs P2350 ($47).

4. JBYD-0688 Money Bill Counter


This is for the entrepreneurs out there. Got this for about P3,400 ($68). Bill counters cost about P9,000-10,000 in National Bookstore.

5. 3-Pcs Mermaid Swimsuit with Tail (cute baby fats not included. lol)dsc06335

Last but not least, I purchased¬†these cute mermaid swimsuits for my kids. Since I got these, they haven’t worn any of their other swimsuits. It costs P659, perfect gift for your niece or daughter! It comes with a bikini bottom too! ūüôā

Happy Christmas Shopping Everyone!!! It’s the season of¬†giving! Check out Lazada for Christmas gift ideas!

Ending this post with a few snippets from the style convention:

Talking about beauty, fashion, and online shopping
The panelists
Thanks for having me as one of your panelists, Mila!


Benefit’s New Brow Collection

I read somewhere that if the eyes are the windows of the soul, then the brows are the maps of the psyche. I love brows that convey¬†a youthful and elegant appearance, not too thin, not too arched, just enough¬†to give your eye a lift and neatly frame your face. As a make-up artist, if you ask me what part I love doing most during make-up application, I would definitely reply¬†with enthusiasm ‚ÄĒ”the brows!”

Benefit Cosmetics really set their brow game high with this new brow collection. It is now a one stop shop for all your brow needs! I used to go to different make-up stores to purchase a brow gel, brow powder, brow slanted pencil, brow fine tip pencil, and brow mascara. As you can see, I am obsessed with brows! So, imagine my excitement upon seeing this whole range of brow products!!! All available in one store!!!

Tada!!! Pinch yourself, these are all coming soon!!

Let me give you an up close sneak peek of the products:

  1. Precisely, My Brow Pencil –¬†Its ultra fine tip allows you to make little hair like strokes to fill in and define your brows. It is equipped with a twist up non sharpen tip, and is also waterproof, lasts for 12 hours! It has a spoolie brush on one end to blend ¬†the inner part of your brows and make sure your brows do not look unnatural.precisely_pencil_open2

2. Goof Proof Brow Pencil¬†–¬†It has a soft slanted tip,¬†which makes it easier to fill in the brows and define the brow tail quickly, this kind of tip is my favourite! It just makes application faster! Like the precisely brow pencil, it has a spoolie brush on one end, has a twist-up non-sharpen tip, and is waterproof as well.


3. High Brow Glow РThis product instantly highlights and illuminates arches. Just apply it right underneath your brow arch, and notice how that subtle illuminating will make the eyes more awake and the brows more defined.


4. Gimme Brow – This award-winning volumizing product just got better with 3 shades to choose from. This is perfect for those with thin brows because it contains microfibers that sticks to the hair and skin for more natural and fuller looking brows.


5.¬†Browvo! Conditioning Primer – This primer contains keratin and soy proteins to make the brows look thicker and healthier. It can be worn alone, applied overnight, or used under brow make-up to enhance colour and extend wear. I do the latter, it’s perfect for that feathery natural brow effect that we see in recent runways and editorials. As i prime, I see where i have gaps in between my brows and use that as a guide to fill it in.


6. Ready, Set, Brow! – Do you have unruly brows? If you do, then this is for you! This clear shaping and setting gel holds brow hair in place and allows your brow make-up to stay in place the whole day! No more bad brow day!


7. Brow Zings –¬†The original brow zings just got better with six shades to choose from! Like the original brow zing, it has mini tweezers for instant on the go brow grooming (this is something I need as I am always on the go and I always need to pluck those annoying stray hairs!) ¬†I like that this new packaging includes an¬†extendable dual ended brush to apply the perfect mix of wax and brow powder.


8. 3D Browtones РDo you need to soften the look of your dark brows? If you do, then this product is for you. Avoid dull and flat looking brows by adding subtle dimension with the 3D Browtones!


9. Ka-Brow! РI use creamy gel brow products for formal events and photoshoots where I really need to define the brows and make them darker to look natural and not washed out when photographed. The Ka-brow builds form natural looking to dramatic brows with just a few strokes. A little product goes a long way! It is long wearing, lasts for 24 hours, and is waterproof as well. I love how you can just pull out the applicator from the cap, awesome packaging! Apply the gel on the outer part of the brows and slowly work your way into the inner part with less product on the brush for natural brows that will stay put from day to night!



Amazing eyebrow make-up spread, right? I am sure your current brow dilemma will be solved by one of these products! Bravo Benefit! You have out done yourself with this collection! You are now the queen of brows in my book! lol! Now, I will give you time to absorb and process all the information you have just read. Allow me to take you to the Benefit brow collection launch party!

Attending the launch with one of my best friends, Nicola!
OOTD: off shoulder top by Zara, high waist shorts by Miss Selfridge, Le Boy by Chanel, and Metal toe cap by Miu-Miu.
Boomerang with Tasha of Benefit, Kimi, Nicola, and the Benehunks! Having the benehunks is a staple at all benefit parties! Thanks for having us, Tasha!
AC Connection! What a pleasant surprise to see Kimi and Czar here. They planned this event for Benefit! Loved it!
I joined the instagram contest
We did the craziest photo!!! Kimi’s craziness sealed the deal! lol!
They flew in Jared Bailey, Benefit’s Global Brow Expert, to tell us more about the new brow products!
The show must go on!
Yay! I won the cheekathon for our crazy photo! haha! Thank you Benefit!
We tried on the brow products (love our benebrows!!) and had a little chat with Jared after the presentation. He is fabulous!
Thank you for our new brow products benefit!!! We had a great time!

Thank you Benefit for an amazing launch! I am sure it will be a big hit once it hits the shelves!!! Remember Benebabes, the new brow collection will be out this JULY!!! ūüôā



Benefit They’re Real Tinted Primer

Benefit Cosmetics launched the They’re Real Tinted Primer last last February 11, 2016. It was my first time to attend a Benefit event and it was a pleasure to meet all the fab and lovely benebabes!

Thanks benebabes, Tasha and Kriska! I am excited to work with you guys!! ūüôā
During the event, I was able to wear the tinted primer on its own. It separated my lashes and also gave them a light and feathery definition – very nice for everyday wear. The primer has a brown tint with a nice bendable brush wand applicator as well.


Miakka told me that they are launching a lot of exciting products this year!! Wee!!

Kriska and I with the beneboys!
After trying the product and chatting amongst other make-up enthusiasts, benefit treated us to a private screening of How to be Single, which surely left us all smiling!

Catching up with pretty Cerah before the movie started!

I tried on the tinted primer a few days after the event and I like the effect that it gave my lashes. My lashes looked neater, and also more fixed, separated, and defined. It’s like wearing a very light and natural falsie, but oops, they’re real! haha! Just exactly what the label implies! My eyes are more defined because the roots of my lashes darkened. It’s soft enough to layer with another mascara, because it has provitamin B5 which softens the lashes.

Benefit Tinted Primer worn alone
How I applied the Tinted Primer:

  1. I gave my lashes a very good curl.
  2. I applied the Benefit Tinted Primer. Remember to wiggle the mascara at the base of the lashes to get into the roots! Apply also on your lower lashes to make them look thicker.
  3. I curled my eyelashes again so that my lashes will stay up. Be careful though, other people don’t advise curling their lashes after applying mascara because they say that their lashes get pulled out when the lashes slightly stick to the lash curler. In my personal experience, I have been doing that ever since and my lashes are fine. Do what works for you.
  4. You’re done! You may layer with another mascara for a more glamorous and intense effect! ūüôā


Result after using the benefit tinted primer + roller lash + eyelash curler:


Loving the combo! My lashes are longer and more defined!ūüĎćūüŹľ  


Dream Living Spaces at Shangri-La Plaza Mall

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Last October 8, 2015, Shangri-La Plaza launched their Dream Living Spaces Exhibit. It is a privilege¬†to be selected as one of their featured designers, and I had so much fun curating and designing a¬†small¬†kitchen and dining area for them. I had to choose¬†pieces of furniture, kitchen gadgets, and accessories from the participating stores such as Bo Concept, Restorations, GE Monogram, Hacker, Rustan’s Department Store, D&B Kitchen Essentials, Kitchen Works, Cutting Edge, Kitchen Pro, and Smeg. Personally, my favourite furniture stores in Shangri-La are Restorations and Bo Concept. I bought my lamps for¬†my house from Restorations, and I love the elegant pieces there.

Restoration: I love their chrome stools. I imagined it to be the kitchen stools, if only the space were bigger.
Restorations: I love their chrome stools. I imagined it to be the kitchen stools for my exhibit space, if only the space were bigger.

Smeg was also quite impressive! Their refrigerators are quite popular, and I also love this knobless touchscreen oven that has a self cleaning mode as well!

Oven Selfie!

        I had a few hours to visit the stores and pick out the things I like. It was a breeze picking up accessories, but we encountered a problem while picking out our appliances. We were informed that we could not pull out the modular kitchens as base for the oven and cooktop! Good thing Shangrila worked swiftly and found a way to build and produce a make shift countertop in one day!

Event Launch 


Receiving my flowers with two little girls in tow!


A group photo with some featured designers and the participating store owners.
Of course, typically, these two wanted to wear costumes to the event! lol.
Ribbon Cutting! My very first one actually. lol.
The finished product! Just a disclaimer, please bear with my design, I am a make-up artist and not an interior designer. hehe!


Kitchen Accessories
  • The Kitchen Aid and frames are from Rustan’s.
  • The¬†Fridge and oven are from Ge.
  • The cooktop is from Hacker.¬†
  • ¬†DeLonghi Espresso Maker¬†is from D&B Kitchen Essentials.
  • The pot and knife set are from Kitchen Pro.
  • The chopping board, spice containers, and paper towel holder are from Kitchen Works.
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    A photo with my lovely little ladies. We missed my husband Joseph who was in a team building at that time.
It’s always a pleasure catching up with the Buensalidos!
Hanging out with Shangrila’s Marline Dualan at Danica and Ciara’s living room set up. Thanks for having us Ms. Marline!

Here are the works of some of the featured designers:

Living room by Lisa Macuja
Living room by Lisa Macuja
Music Room by Moy Ortiz
Music Room by Moy Ortiz
Children's room by Yael Buencamino-Borromeo
Children’s room by Yael Buencamino-Borromeo
Music room by Igan D'Bayan
Music room by Igan D’Bayan
Bedroom by Randy Ortiz
Bedroom by Randy Ortiz
Living by Jason Buensalido
Living room by Jason Buensalido

Congratulations Shangri-La for a successful event! Please do visit the mall if you are looking for beautiful and elegant accessories, kitchenware, and pieces of furniture for your home. Also remember to catch the Dream Living Spaces at the East Atrium of Shangri-La to see other designs! Exhibit is ongoing until October 18!!

I have never posted an OOTD before, so this is my very first one! Eep!
I have never posted an OOTD before, so this is my very first one! Eeeep!

Top: Details

Jeans: River Island

Bag: Chanel

Shoes: Valentino


It was also featured today at the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
It was also featured today at the Philippine Daily Inquirer.