Kaye Garcia, Event Stylist Extraordinaire

Apart from the obvious, we all know she is gorgeous — straight forward, real, talented, and smart are a few words to describe event stylist extraordinare, Kaye Garcia. What a privilege it has been to pick her brain, as she shares how she manages a successful career and family life. Her skin care routine is just the icing on the cake as she shares her beauty OG products to maintain her beautiful skin.

Angela: You’re one of the most sought after event stylists now. How did your career in styling begin?

Kaye: I always enjoyed setting up the parties of my kids. After I had Adriana, a friend suggested I try it for real. Make a go of it as a business. I was hesitant but she sent me sample rates of other stylists and I realized that it might be feasible. I styled the 4th birthday party of my friend and the following month — just by word of mouth, I had 6 paying jobs. I haven’t stopped since. That was 2013.

Having 4 children, how do you balance career life, family life, and having your me time?

I am hyper-organized. Everything is planned and thought of daily. I schedule meticulously and I do everything in advance. If you know me well, you’ll know I’m always almost on time. When I have an event, I set up very early even if it means I spend more money just to get things done early I would do it. I prioritize my family. They come first. My work is second and lastly, my social life.

What is your skin care regimen?

I alternate 3 brands — Sunday Riley, Whoo, and Charlotte Tilbury. I never sleep with my makeup on. NEVER. No matter how tired or intoxicated I am, I wash my face and apply skin care. My sunblock is Anessa Shiseido. I use this daily. For the beach, I use VMV. I think water, lots of vegetables, and proper sleep is crucial to having good skin.

What are your makeup must haves?

I don’t put makeup a lot. I usually touch up my brows with urban decay brow kit, I apply cheek tint, and lipstick. That’s my daily makeup routine. For special events, I hire people.

What’s your definition of beauty?

The obvious answer would be physical. Almost always, what’s beautiful is dictated by society, by your upbringing, and by the media. To me, even though I am a slave to wanting to be beautiful in the eyes of many,

“I believe beauty is whatever sparks a feeling. A place that inspires is beautiful, a story that educates is beautiful, an experience that you never forget is beautiful. You can find what a person has gone through in her life on her face. That is beautiful.”

Adding a pop of blue to add a modern twist to the look

Product Breakdown:

  • Skin Care: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream and Flawless Filter
  • Foundation: RMK
  • Contour: Chanel Tan De Soleil and Too Faced Bronzer
  • Blush: Natasha Denona Diamond Blush Palette
  • Eyeshadow: Urban Decay
  • Eyebrows: Shu Uemura
  • Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
  • Lips: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk
  • Highlight: Becca Proseco Pop

GLOW: 2016 Makeup Trend

   My favourite make-up trend from last year was strobing, also known as highlighting. It has reached its popularity last 2015, but is really nothing new in the make-up world. Make-up artists have been doing this technique from time immemorial. The principle is to highlight areas of the face that you want to come forward like the upper cheekbones, bridge of the nose, center of the forehead, cupid’s bow, and the chin. This technique highlights the high points of your face and makes you glow on the right places.

       Now 2016 is the year of the glow. Strobing and luminous skin will still be on trend,  that is why copious cosmetic companies are coming up with more luminous and dewy foundations and highlighting products. In this tutorial, I will start with a moisturiser on my dry areas, then after that, I will apply the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, followed by my RMK foundation mixed with a bit of creamy gold liquid product, Wonder Glow by Charlotte Tilbury. Now watch the video to see how I apply the rest of the products to achieve a glowing/strobing look!

Products used:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
  • Laura Mercier Radiance Primer (Avaialble in Rustan’s Glorietta)
  • RMK Creamy Gel + Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow
  • Beauty Blender + MAC Prep+Prime Fix
  • Benefit Posietint (Available in Greenbelt)
  • Cinema Secrets Concealer (Available in Landmark)
  • Laura Mecier Translucent Powder (Avaialble in Rustan’s Glorietta)
  • Laneige Cushion Highlighter (available in SM Aura)
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector
  • Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile in Petal Rose
  • Guerlain Perles des Neiges Meteorites (Available in Greenbelt)

Travel Makeup Essentials

       The holidays and semestral break are nearing, and I am sure a lot of you will be packing your bags to have quick getaways before going back to the daily grind. So, I thought it might be nice to share with you my make up must haves for traveling. Number one, your make-up should last all day so make sure your make up items are long wearing and smudge proof. Number two, as much as possible, pack light! Airport security is very strict with hand carrying liquids. You are only allowed to pack liquids not exceeding 100ml per container, and all your items must fit in a resealable 1 quart sized transparent plastic bag, so just bring the essentials and get ready to go!

What was in my travel make-up kit?

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  • RMK creamy gel foundation – Despite the semi-dewy finish, this foundation lasts all day on me.
  • Tarte Palette – This is one of my favourite palettes. There’s a variety of warm and cool blush shades to choose from which makes it easy to match with any lip colour. Plus, it has a contour shade as well, which i also use on my eye crease to create depth on my lids.
  • Shu Uemura Hard Formula in Acorn – Natural and defined brows are a must for me, and this gets the job done.
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer – I use this for a quick and brightening concealing. It has light coverage, goes on smooth, and does not crease.
  • Maybelline Gel Liner – My tried and tested smudge free gel liner. It is affordable, and lasts from day to night without looking like a raccoon at the end of the day.
  • Purple Maybelline Mascara – The affordable falsies volume’ express waterproof mascara adds volume to the lashes.
  • Shu Uemura eyelash curler – Of course, I reckon all beautylistas have heard of this eyelash curler. Curling the lashes makes a huge difference in opening up the eyes.
  • Chanel Les Beiges – This is great to set my foundation in place and also creates a very smooth and velvety finish. It also blurs the pores.
  • Cetaphil Daylong Face and Body Sunblock – When traveling (especially during summertime,) it is a must to protect your skin. I like this water resistant, non-greasy, and non-comedogenic sunblock that was sent to me by SampleroomPH.
  • Long wearing lipsticks – I chose my favourite matte lipsticks, as these are the ones that last long. I only re-apply my lipstick after every meal. Other than that, I am picture ready!

       I could not wear much eye make-up because I just had lasik surgery so having multiple choices of lip colours enabled me to have varying looks throughout the trip. Below are some of the long wearing lipsticks I brought with me, and also photos from the trip where I used those babies in action!

MAC Rebel

This is my favourite berry lip colour!
This is my favourite berry lip colour!

Happy to be at Leadenhall Market, also known as Diagon Alley from Harry Potter movie.
Happily wearing this berry lip at Leadenhall Market in London, also known as Diagon Alley from Harry Potter.

OCC Nylon

This is the brightest lip colour that I own! It's neon pink!
This is the brightest lip colour that I own! It’s neon pink!

Bright pink lips to match the bight weather outside the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Bright pink lips to match the bight weather outside the Louvre Museum in Paris.

MAC Diva

This my favourite burgundy or deep red lipstick.
Mac Diva is one of my staple lipsticks! This is my favourite burgundy or deep red lipstick.

Paris screams red lips and winged liner.
Do you want to be très chic in Paree? Wear a deep red lipstick and wing out your eyeliner!

Too Faced Melted Peony

Nude Pink
Nude Pink

Pink nude lips to match the lovely lavender in France.
Pink nude lips to match the lovely lavender in South of France.

OCC Hoochie

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Vivid Violet

There's something fun about Barcelona. Just like this vibrant purple lippie.
There’s something fun about Barcelona. Just like this vibrant purple lippie.

Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl

Bond Girl to me is like a cinnamon/brown colour. It's matte yet is still hydrating. It leaves a nice stain when worn for a long time.
Bond Girl to me is like a cinnamon with a hint of brown colour. It’s matte yet is still hydrating. It leaves a nice stain when worn for a long time.

Wearing this Sophisticated cinnamon brown lippie at Monsterrat in Barcelon
Wearing this Sophisticated lip colour at Monsterrat in Barcelona.

MAC Nouvelle Vogue

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Wearing this lipstick in Venice! It's my go to natural pink lip.
Wearing this lipstick in Venice! It’s my go to natural pink lip.

        Other lipsticks I brought with me that were not included in the photos above are the MAC Ruby Woo – a classic red colour that suits most skin tones, and the Too Faced Melted Nude – a perfect peachy nude colour. The OCC liptars are long wearing, but you will still need to pack a lip brush with you for retouching. In my opinion, it is still more convenient to bring the lipstick tubes because you can conveniently just apply the lipstick straight from the bullet. When traveling, try to apply make-up as quickly as you can. I usually give myself about 15 minutes. Please do not be that travel partner who spends hours getting ready! Remember, exploring and discovering new places must be the number one priority! That’s about it! Carpe Diem and safe travels!

xoxo

Contouring and Highlighting Tutorial

Hi everyone! This is the kind of contouring and highlighting that I do when I know that I will be taking a lot of photos -cream contour followed by powder contour. I love how make-up can give the illusion of a slimmer nose, face, forehead and jaw! I hope you find this useful and that you enjoy doing it on yourself! I am pretty sure that you will be happy with the results -instant face lift!!! (sans the pain of surgery! :P) I am also sharing with you some of my holy grail products in this video! My current favourites are the RMK Creamy Foundation, Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-colour, Laneige Cushion Highlighter, and Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. Have fun! Remember, you are beautiful, inside and out! 🙂 xoxo

Products used:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
  • Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow
  • RMK Creamy foundation
  • Kiko Contouring Pencil for contouring
  • Mac Prolongwear Concealer in NC20 for concealing and highlighting and applied using Laura Mercier concealer brush
  • Real Techniques buffing brush and flat contour brush from the bold metals collection
  • Park Ave Princess from Tarte off the cuff Palette as contouring powder applied using Wayne Goss brush number 02
  • Make up Forever HD Powder Applied using Chikudodo MK2
  • Dazzled Blush by Tarte applied with Suqqu cheek brush
  • Laneige Cushion Highlighter
  • Chanel Les Beiges applied using Chikuhodo Z1 Powder Brush

London

We visited London during the summer, and the weather was actually pretty good. It was cool and sunny, with just a few rain showers. There is a plethora of activities to do and places to see there, and four days were definitely not enough to explore the city! We purchased the London Pass on our first day, and we were able to visit many places (with skip the line priviledges,) such as the Tower Bridge, Tower of London, The London Tombs, and access to the Thames River Cruise as well. For the next few days, we did more sightseeing, and saw Big Ben, London Eye, and Westminster Abbey. We walked along Notting Hill, Oxford Street – a famous shopping destination, and also Picadilly Circus at night – famous for its vibrant energy and neon lights.

Tower Bridge

Magnificent Tower Bridge, often mistaken by tourists as the London Bridge.
This is the magnificent Tower Bridge, which is often mistaken by tourists as the London Bridge.

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It is the loveliest bridge I have ever seen.

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A couple shot is in order! Selfie stick to the rescue!

Standing on the glass floor inside the tower bridge. Joseph was afraid to step on the glass!
Standing on the glass floor inside the tower bridge. Joseph was afraid to step on the glass!

Tower of London

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The guard and the photobomber.

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This is where i hide my crown jewels. lol!

Thames River Cruise and London Bridge

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We went on the Thames River Cruise, and saw the London Bridge. There it is. It was an anti-climatic experience. lol.

London Experience

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We went inside The London Tombs. It was an entertaining way to learn about the history of London. Be prepared to get scared!

Big Ben

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What a beauty!

London Eye

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It is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. Amazing view of London from up here.

Leadenhall Market

Found this place hidden somewhere as we were walking around. I thought it looked nice so we stopped to have a picture. Little did i know that it was the Leadenhall Market, also known as Diagon Alley from Harry Potter.
We found this place hidden somewhere as we were walking around. I thought it looked pretty so we stopped to have a picture. Little did i know that it was the Leadenhall Market, also known as Diagon Alley from Harry Potter.

Stonehenge – We decided to book a half a day tour to see the Stonehenge.

“The stonehenge is an ancient temple aligned on the movements of the sun. The stones were raised 4,500 years ago by sophisticated prehistoric people.”

We were able to take a good photo right before the rain poured down on us.
We were able to take a good photo right before the rain poured down on us.

Food posts coming up! One thing i love most about traveling is trying out new food and restaurants! My husband and I love to eat!

Duck and Waffle – This is  a good place to have breakfast or brunch with a view, located in Heron Tower.

I loved this duck and waffle breakfast!
I enjoyed this duck and waffle breakfast. I love the combination of flavours  – the crunchy duck’s salty flavour paired with the waffle and sweet syrup.

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Who would not want to have breakfast with this amazing view?!

Sushi Samba – It is a modern Japanese restaurant, also located in Heron Tower. If you plan to eat here, make reservations online.

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The cold sake was sweet and delicious. Cheers!

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Sushi Anyone?

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Kobe Beef

Borough Market – We went on a Wednesday and only a few stalls were opened, nevertheless we were still able to eat good and inexpensive food. It is definitely a must to visit.

This bomba paella is really good! You would think it was made in Spain!
This bomba paella is really good! It is as good as the ones cooked in Spain!

About to devour this bacon, chorizo, and egg burger!
About to devour this bacon, chorizo, and egg burger!

Huge and fresh scallops
Huge and fresh scallops

and more food…

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Shake Shack at Covent Garden!!! oink!!

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I had my english breakfast, somewhere along Notting Hill. This one is the best eggs benedict I have tasted!

I can never stop myself from shopping whenever I travel! I believe it is more practical to buy things from their country of origin. Right??! lol. My shopping agenda in London was of course make-up! This is where I did some make-up damage! Hello Charlotte Tilbury!

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My best friend at the Charlotte Tilbury counter in Selfridges.

When we were at the counter to pay, my husband looked flabbergasted (well, fine, more like appalled) to see my make-up bill. Upon seeing my husband’s reaction, the make-up artist quickly retaliated by saying “That’s fine! It will make your wife more beautiful.” lol! MUAs Unite! I just reacted with a grin – a cheshire cat grin! haha! It seemed to have eased the tension. lol!

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oops!! I did it again..

Overall, London is a place that I would love to visit again. It is quite lovely during the summer. The weather was perfect – cool and sunny! It is amazing how European countries are able preserve their old churches, buildings, and monuments. It is modern mixed with old history, and also very cosmopolitan, which makes it a diverse and interesting place to see. There are also many parks and hidden beautiful corners. Who would have thought I would stumble across Diagon Alley?! We were also able to see Wicked at London’s West end. I enjoyed it, albeit I had a sleeping husband seated beside me. (Thank God he did not snore!! eep!) There are really endless attractions and activities to do in London! It is a place i see myself visiting again in the future, hopefully with the kids next time.

I would like to end this post with this photo at platform 9 3/4.

Bye!!! See you soon, Muggles!!!
Bye!!! See you soon, Muggles!!!

xoxo