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April 7, 2009

I just got back from 711, bought some iced coffee. I didn’t bring my umbrella, figured the short walk wouldn’t be toxic at all (I love to walk!)… but halfway..I realized!! A cruel kind of hot, not even the slightest breeze or anything. 


Time to adapt our wardrobes for the heat.



I love layering  random things. I’m wearing my favorite sparkly top with a thin cotton silkscreened tank top and my favorite necklace–my ❤ got it for me in egypt. 

Don’t mind the oil slick. When the weather’s like this, I get lazy to retouch. It all melts off! 


Quickie FOTD/Product Review

This is my everyday simple look… with a little fuss for the sake of product play. As you can see, it’s just eyeliner and eyebrows going on in the eye area. I just evened out my complexion and made my cheeks pop with some color. 

Say HI to my favorite shirt, btw 😀

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Here’s a series of photos of me using 

-the Coastal Scents Contour palette

-Sally Hansen Airbrush MakeUp

-Fanny Serrano concealer stick in Sand

-Laura Mercier Secret Conealer

-Maybelline eyebrow pencil (not my usual pencil..I think misplaced my shu uemura hard pencil that day)

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1. Sally Hansen Airbrush Makeup SPF 8 in Nude Tan–I randomly picked this up at SM beauty for about 600+php. My foundation choices are usually rather dark, so I chose Nude Tan because I wasn’t sure if the No Color would match.I like the fact that it provides some sun protection. The scent of this product  is rather strong, but since my nose isn’t that sensitive, I don’t really mind. You’re supposed to [shake the can,] spray it on your palm, then apply it to your face using your fingers or a brush. I used my mac 187se brush (which is not, in any way, comparable to the 187. it’s not soft! it’s… scratchy and the hairs go kinky …) to stipple it on. The coverage is  light- to medium, it’s easy to apply and I noticed it melts into the skin. It dries fast, btw.

I like this product and I see myself using this once in a while and probably will buy it again.

I give it 3.5 out of 5

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2. Laura Mercier Secret Concealer – this is my go -to for my dark undereye area. It’s orangish in color, so it does well in neutralizing the bluish tint of the undereye circles (half circles?!). It’s relatively drier in consistency compared to my other cream concealers (like, say The Balm’s), so I don’t apply it directly. I pick some up and rub it into my hand first to warm it up before applying. On me (meaning – moisturizer freak), it doesn’t settle into the creases and stays put. It does the job for me, and I got it for free. So. this baby gets a 3.8

3. Fanny Serrano Concealer in Sand–  this would be my “meantime girl”, when it comes to foundation/concealer. I use this when I’m lazy, in a rush, or not in the mood. Yes it’s a light shade (hi Anne!), and yes, I’m not very light skinned…but somehow this shade likes me. Here I used it on the corners of my mouth, i read somewhere that aging darkens the sides of your mouth. So just to make me look friendlier and younger (hah), I dotted some on. This product is slippery on oily skin. It cannot be trusted to stay, especially when you’re outdoors and oily skinned. But since it’s in a stick form, and portable, it’s what I tote in my emergency kikay kit. I give it a 3.2

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4. Maybelline eyebrow pencil thingamajigy – yes it’s a thingamajigy. Don’t ask why. I rarely use this because the shade is a bit reddish for me. Shu Uemura’s hard pencil  is still my homeboy because a.) i have a lot of eyebrow hair 2.)it matches aforesaid eyebrow hair. Maybelline’s pencil goes on thick and the color is too dark. 

I give this thingamajigy a 2.8. Will probably not purchase again. 

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  5.Coastal Scents Contour Palette  I’m really enjoying this palette. The brown is not orangey, and very subtle. I can layer it according to my taste (which I exaggerated here, just so it shows up in the photo).  I used my mac 165 brush, by the way. It’s the right shape, nice spring to it… deposits the right amount of color. No regrets in buying this brush!  I used the white pan for highlighting , and the lighter pink for as a blush (which, applied carefully is flattering. I got too excited one time and ended up looking like a clown! hohoho)


Soo that ends my camwhore-y post. 


But wait. There’s more.

This is how I manage the sweltering heat. Have razor, will travel 🙂

Have a great week luvs!

PS. By the way, it’d be nice to browse makeup aisles with y’all sometime! Or just settle down for random chatter. Drop me a line at



March 24, 2009

Class picture 😀


And some shots from the shoot again!


I had so much fun doing this. I’m looking forward to doing more faces in the future. *crosses fingers*
Honestly it’s hard for me to find something I’m willing to really work hard at. I’m glad I found my way to this.

Happy Tuesday everyone 😀 I’m off to get some ice cream.

Sunday, behind the scenes

March 9, 2009

had a finals shoot at school. It was super stressful but super fun din! I really love dolling people up.

For this shoot I made most of the accessories (thank you SM and Quiapo!) and grabbed clothes from my closet. I didn’t bring shoes anymore because we all had half body shots.

I did tell my girls (Kim,Murphy, Meg and Selda) to wear heels. I have a theory people pose better in heels. Say it with me..arched back, lifted hinny..longer legs.. hehehe

The photog will give us  copies of the shots soon, but in the meantime, here

are some pictures from M’s camera. Read more…

Tag time ii

March 3, 2009

from Nikki yet again!

Tag time!


s your favourite eye shadow color to wear?

the darkest shade in my kryolan palette or neutrals. i go as far as purples.

what’s the one product you wouldn’

t leave your house without?

face powder. for some reason my face isn’t that oily but it’s shiny. someone once told me i look like an umshigi shigi from shaider..

what’s your favourite makeup look –

high drama OR natural?

it’s actually high drama. i love old hollywood films. i’m big on glamour. i’d love to make women look all glam and pretty someday (soon)!

which feature do you play up the most?
right now i like skin and brows. clear, glowy skin and strong defined brows.

which feature do you try to downplay/cover up?
undereye circles! — definitely!!

your favorite makeup brand, if you could pick only ONE to exist?
shu uemura. i’m a big big big fan of the cleansing oil. and nobara. looove

which product have you re-purchased OVER and OVER again?
revlon colorstay eyeliner, fashion 21 eyeliner, mac studiofix, cetaphil

which product would you NEVER repurchase again and why?
hmmm. shimmery sheer shades from least expensive brands. color payoff sucks.

one beauty treatment you would always PAY to have done?

waxing 😀 leave it to the pros! i tried to do it myself before. two words: PAIN. pare, STARS!

one beauty treatment you would NEVER pay to have done?
err… perming. i ..don’t look good with curls. i envy girls with curly hair tho. instant party hair!! I looove.

one beauty trick you can share with everyone?
don’t wipe your face dry after washing. just pat your skin with your towel, leave everything moist moist moist. then slather on your moisturizer. massage it on with light strokes and let it air dry. i find it locks more moisture in the skin, and leaves my skin smooth and glowy.  once in a while i spritz on toner on my face (I put it in a spray bottle. nixed the cotton pads) and lightly slap my cheeks to boost circulation. then i do the moisturizer thingamabob.

best advice you’ve ever been given regarding beauty and makeup?

Smile. It pulls together your look and creates all the right wrinkles, when the time comes.

Make-Up – research well before buying. Never buy on impulse. 


and, last, random picture of the day. Look what i found at 7-11. Camote and Sago? Wooh!


February 23, 2009

eat the kimono. don’t let the kimono eat you.

smart words from an obscure smart man. they sprang to mind when i saw this cute girl wearing what looked like an insanely expensive dress. she was tugging at the hem, fussing with the cloth. walking so stiffly, in her amazing looking shoes.


(i love how style can’t always be bought.)

yesterday i saw this beautiful gay boi wearing stovepipe jeans, a loud shirt and leather ankle sneakers (with the right slouch and extra long laces. good boy!). He carried his things in what looked like a thrifted quilted purse.

effin’ a, he walked like a bloody gift.

i loved him that very moment.


oh stylecrushettes.

I like walking down streets, sitting at street corners. I like watching people. And it’s funny how I get inspiration from the most random things, like, say my lola’s daster or an office lady’s ripped stocking, mended with a dot of candy polish.

a mailman’s bag, full leather, groaning at the seams. catholic school girl socks & seams. a cigar vendor’s funny shirt, worn thin.

i love textures, not just on textiles. i like polished cement, conglomerate walls. i like distressed wood and galvanized iron. i like oil rainbows in puddles.


and i want to wear them all! hahahahha.

i found a clip from bande a part by jean luc godard. and i have to say, it’s one of my favorite scenes. everything’s so cool and stylish. the little dance, gestures. her bangs her hair her breasts pushing against the sweater. hayyy. thank you.

beauty crack

February 23, 2009

kidding, kidding. keep off substances, kids! you need all the brain cells you have!

My first Coastal Scents order arrived after almost a month (i know! egad!). I got a pack of Silica Spheres. It’s supposedly a dupe for a certain brand’s super expensive, fabulous finishing powder.

I like it. I immediately tried the powder (left my compact at home), and took a picture with photobooth.


(hello everyone! happy mondayyyy! :D) My brows need dire attention. I’ve been too busy to pay them (and the rest of my face, for that matter) much attention. Finals are coming up and I’m feeling the stress.


See? No t-zone oiliness.


 I get shiny in that area a lot. And my photobooth pictures always, always leave me shiny.

exhibit A:


yakk. I especially hate the shiny bit  in the brow area.




I would just like to add a message from Coastal Scents that addresses the controversy regarding this product. I’ve done a lot of reading on this topic, especially since I wanted to try it out. I have no regrets about buying this powder at all.


Our Silica powder is a very smooth, silky, translucent fine white powder used in cosmetics. It is highly absorbant and used for oil control. It improves slip in cosmetic blends and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Silicones are a widely used group of oils and compounds, derived from the mineral silica. Silicones are water repellant and very stable. There is no known toxicity when used externally.

Tests show it has been successfully used in hypoallergenic/hypoallerfenic and allergy tested formulations. 

This can be used  for slip in small amounts , oil control formulations of mineral makeup. Use in smaller amounts in dry skin formulations.


Update to controversy due to customer demand:

About the hype, thank you for emailing, I will offer you informed and professional facts about this. I have a standard text message that I am using due to so many consumers have been mis informed and do not know any better. The funny thing is that it is now called Coastal Scents Silica, this product is sold by dozens of companies online, the same exact powder. We are not exclusive and not the only retailer. 

About Silica Powder

We do not claim that our silica is the exact same product as the HD powder sold by Makeup Forever. We do not have the technical data sheet and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) from HD MUF. However, the technical specification and the MSDS of our silica powder is published on our website. We carry 100% silica, HD claims their product is 100% silica. The only way to personally compare them would be to have a jar of HD and a Jar of our Silica. By rubbing the product between your fingers, seeing the consistency of each, you will be able to make your own informed decision. 

Our product is cosmetic grade and FDA approved. We are aware of consumers concerns about the Silicosis disease that has been talked about in several blogs and on a youtube video. 

The recourse that those concerns are based on is wikipedia:

According to wikipedia, the miners of silica mines are the ones at high risk due to extreme exposure of high concentrations of silica dust. After working in these conditions daily for 15 to 20 years they are at risk to contract Silicosis. Much like coal miners being at risk for Black Lung.

Silica is the second most common mineral on earth and used by 100’s of cosmetic companies in products: lotions, creams, foundations, skin care products and more. There is no known or proven risk involved using this product other than stated in the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

Silica goes through several processes and approval prior to being used in cosmetics, it is safe to use alone or with other powders. The reason I like using other powders with it is to give it more adhesion, this way I get full benefits from using it when it stays on longer. 

Thank you for your concern and your choice to understand the facts about this


also,  a related discussion from The Beauty Brains 😀

Products I’m Using :)

February 22, 2009

Tagged by: Nikki of AskMeWhats (well, more of, she said it’s open for anyone who read her meme!)

Shampoo & Conditioner: head and shoulders. next up is Sunsilk’s Summer Edition thingy. I love the scent of the stuff!

Styling products: nada. my hair is forever up, so I don’t really use any styling products.

Shower Gel: Neutrogena rainbath

Body moisturizer: I forgot the brand. It’s this yummy almond body butter.

Deodorant: milcu

Fake Tan: I don’t need this. I’m pretty dark.

Cleanser: Cetaphil, or the cleansing bar from clinique

Eye makeup remover: rimmel /lancome/olive oil (yes, really)

Exfoliator: neutrogena’s microdermabrasion paste. but only on especially scaly moments

Primer: benefit’s dr. feelgood or monistat anti chafing gel. or the face shop’s violet base (it really brightens up my skin!). For eyes it’s UDPP or artdeco

Foundation: MAC SF nc45 (it’s supposedly too dark, but i like it on me), Kryolan ultrafoundation (I use all colors on the palette for highlighting etc), Laura Mercier, Shu Uemura Nobara (it’s great but oilyyy!!). Oh and on lazy days Fanny Serrano’s concealer in Sand (as a concealer it’s pretty useless. slips off like a mfka)

Foundation brush:bobbi brown ❤

Concealer: laura mercier secret concealer, the balm concealer

Powder: MAC SF
Blusher: ehrm. FS in georgia peach, Benefit posie tint, ELF glow.. i don’t have that many blushes. Oh but wait I just got the coastal scents contour palette. So there.

Bronzer: the body shop, NYC

Highlighter: rimmel, coastal scents, NYX pigment thingy in Pearl

Eyeshadow base: UDPP, artdeco

Eyeshadows: hehe. I’m lazy when it comes to e/s. I usually just apply the darkest shade of kryolan foundation on my lids.

Eyeliner: artdeco, FS gel eyeliner, clinique

Eyelash curler: shu uemura (it’s broken tho,i’m waiting for my new one)/ Fanny serrano (ok lang, but do not press too hard. it creates angles!)

Eyelash base: i haven’t ventured into this territory yet

Mascara: maybelline great lash, lancome, maybelline

Lipstick: VS in queen of hearts.Next on my list is MAC’s russian red and a nude shade that would look good on me (any suggestions?)

Lipgloss: right now I’m using The Face Shop’s

Nail Color: nada. i just keep my nails short,clean . my cuticles moisturized. i’m good.

I’m tagging anyone who reads this ❤
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