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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Makeup Essentials: October 2012 Edition

I can't believe it has been a year since my last In My Makeup Kit post! This time, I'm sharing great new beauty products I've discovered on top of my mainstays*. Get ready for one packed beauty post!

To reiterate what I wrote last year, I'm no expert when it comes to makeup, but I write about what works for me. So without further ado, here are my current favorites:

Photo credits go to the respective brands (L'Oreal Paris, Maybelline, Shu Uemura, NARS)

F1. L'Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Golden Beige*. I haven't tried any other foundation lately because this already works so well. It's easy to blend and provides enough coverage while allowing skin to breathe with its lightweight formulation.

F2. L'Oreal Paris True Match Concealer in Light/Medium N 4-5. When I feel the need for a little more coverage on certain areas, I dab some of this concealer on. It's a different shade from my foundation of the same brand and makeup line, but this was what the lady at the counter recommended, and true enough, it blends in seamlessly.  

F3. Maybelline New York Clear Smooth Shine Free Face Powder with SPF 18 in Honey*. This is another foolproof product that I use for setting my foundation and making quick touch-ups throughout the day.

F4. Shu Uemura Color Atelier Glow On Blush in P Soft Beige 930. I was obsessed with using the MAC Iridescent Pressed Powder in Belightful as a highlighter for the past year. Unfortunately, after I hit pan, I learned that it had been discontinued! I originally wanted the Albatross from NARS, but after I tried this, I couldn't leave the store without it! Though the product is part of the Color Atelier line as a blush, it was introduced to me at the counter as the brand's best highlighter. I thought it looked too shimmery at the back of my hand but when I swept it under my eyes, the powder instantly brightened my complexion sans the excess sparkle. The case, sold separately from the refill, comes in black and white.

F5. NARS Blush in Orgasm. Ten times better than the Hot Mama blush from TheBalm that I used before, it's a longer-lasting, more pigmented "peachy pink with golden shimmer" powder blush that lends cheeks a radiant, natural flush.

Photo credits go to the respective brands (Etude House, Shu Uemura, Maybelline)

E1. Etude House Code B Strong Eyes Cream Liner*. Blogged about this here, here and here. I've gone through three pots of this already! I've got my dear friend Kang M. to thank for the recommendation.

E2. Shu Uemura eyelash curler*. Also blogged about this here and here. I thought it was going to last forever (because it worked so well for the past six years or so!) but now it's almost ready to retire. Time to get a new one!

E3. Etude House Proof 10 mascara. I love experimenting with different mascaras and this is one of my recent favorites. It lengthens my lashes, doesn't clump, and lasts all day. 

E4. Maybelline The Falsies Mascara. This curling and thickening mascara will make you look like you're wearing falsies! If not applied carefully, however, the formulation has a tendency to clump. I reach for this when I still have time to separate my lashes with a lash comb (as I'm still too scared to try my friend Cor's eyelash refining technique!) 

Photo credits go to the respective brands (K-Palette, Clinique)

B1. K-Palette 24H Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner in 02 Grayish Brown. This is an amazing recommendation from my mom. I only started using this a few months ago, and now I'm hooked. It's a brush tip pen that adds a light brown tint to my arches. I blend it in with a small angled makeup brush. The result? A very natural but polished look.

B2. Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Soft Shimmer in 06 Frosted Blossom. This came with one of my Clinique Bonus Time makeup bags. I use it to highlight my brow bone. I've been told that this technique lights up the eyes and gives the face a bit of a lift.

Photo credits go to the respective brands (Carmex, Maybelline, Etude House, Revlon, MAC)

L1. Carmex lip balm. I usually apply this soothing and moisturizing lip balm before bedtime to make sure that I wake up with hydrated lips. I like the pot packaging best but it's also available in a stick and a squeeze tube.

L2. Maybelline Lip Smooth Color Bloom in Peach Blossom. I use this sheer "color changing lip balm" as a moisturizing base before putting on lipstick. 

A girl can't have too many lipsticks and lip stains, but out of all my lippies, here are the ones that I currently have on rotation:

L3. Etude House Look at My Lips lipstick No. 9. I recently bought a couple backup tubes because the line is going to be discontinued! The only problem I have with this lipstick is that it's a bit dry. Hopefully, the brand's new line of lipsticks will be more moisturizing.

L4. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. My mom also introduced me to this! She's in love with Revlon's balm stains and has started quite a collection. They literally last all day (without drying out my lips) which is why I can get away with borrowing one from her dresser every morning! No touch-ups required. Recently I've been swiping on the Rendezvous shade, which is a gorgeous, long-lasting coral. I top it with one of my nude lipsticks such as L5.

L5. MAC lipstick in Freckletone. Combined with L4, the result is a lighter coral that's almost peach. Worn alone, it is a peachy nude hue. I love combining highly pigmented corals with nudes! 

I'm not a big fan of eyeshadow, but I'd love to learn how to achieve the smoky eye. Perhaps I should get myself a neutral palette to experiment with! Stay tuned for reviews.

For now, you may want to join me as I go beauty vlog-hopping on YouTube. Here are a few of my favorite beauty vloggers who give some of the best makeup tips, tricks and tutorials:
  1. Tanya Burr
  2. Ingrid a.k.a. missglamorazzi
  3. Elle Fowler a.k.a. allthatglitters21
Just like the products they feature, these beauty vlogs are awesome pick-me-uppers and stress busters. 


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Thursday, October 11, 2012

MEGA on Ageless Beauty in the October 2012 Issue

A few months ago, MEGA featured its annual MEGA Beauty Awards in the May 2012 Beauty Issue, which was packed with reviews on skin care, makeup and hair care. This month, the magazine introduces its very first MEGA Beauty Awards for services and treatments. Articles on anti-aging remedies such as body sculpting and skin rejuvenation also fill the Age Issue, including my writeup on Pond's Age Miracle line, Potent Potions.

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On the cover is Angel Locsin, who looks regal in a lavish ensemble and opulent jewelry by Vida Lim. Equally majestic is Candice Adea, now known as "the most successful Filipina in international ballet competitions," whom I trailed the spotlight on in World Stage Stunner.

Grab a copy of MEGA's October issue!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Behind the Scenes at the September 2012 MEGAWOMAN Shoot

In case you were wondering what the creator of Shoephoric's shoe closet looks like, here's a little peek. Yup--there's more where these came from!

I really regret forgetting to bring my camera to this shoot. We were doing the MEGAWOMAN feature for MEGA's September issue and I wanted to take crisp behind-the-scenes shots of our lovely subject: Ann Jacobe, Chief Operating Officer of Striker Mobile Media and founder of the "social network for shoe lovers," Shoephoric. 

At least you can grab a copy of the magazine to see the beautiful photos taken by Louie Pariñas! Ann impressed Louie, art director Yselle Reyes, and the entire crew with her gracefulness and natural ease in front of the camera.

Ann also made us feel comfortable straight away as she warmly welcomed us into her home, every corner of which reflected her family's love for the arts. From dance figures and sculptures and striking yet understated paintings, to Ann's extensive shoe collection, each piece added drama and personality to the Jacobes' artistic abode.

I was amazed, to say the least, not only with the number of pairs Ann owns but also how well-curated and well-organized her collection is. Her exquisite choices, all of top quality, are neatly arranged in her shoe closet, showcasing how each pair looks from the front and the back.

Read about Ann Jacobe--wife, mother of two, and IT and shoe guru--in the September issue of MEGA. If you don't have a copy yet, you can still get your hands on one! It's a collector's item, being MEGA's biggest (and most packed!) issue to date.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Miracle Product: Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula

photo credit: Shu Uemura

I've tried countless facial cleansing products that are "allergy-tested," "dermatologist-tested," "for sensitive skin," and "for combination/oily skin" but have never found a perfect fit until I switched to this miracle product: the Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula. 

I only started using the cleanser last year despite reading tons of rave reviews about it in magazines, online forums, and blogs for years because I was skeptical about using oil on my already oily skin. When I finally tried it, however, Shu proved me wrong within the first couple days of usage. It could very well be called a "deep pore cleanser" because it left my pores clear without leaving any product residue or stripping away moisture at the same time. Since then, I only get breakouts when I'm under a lot of stress, but even those disappear in one to two days thanks to the cleansing oil.

According to the Shu Uemura website, "All of Shu Uemura's cleansing oils are formulated using the unique HPO (high performance oil) system, a complex combination of three moleculary distinct oils that trap the lipophilic residue of stubborn waxes and oils found in waterproof mascara, foundation and lip color. Once emulsified by water, the cleansing oil encapsulates hydrophilic residue, such as dirt and sweat, gently lifting both types of impurities from the pores simultaneously." How amazing is that?

photo credit: Shu Uemura

There are different variants so you can choose the best one for your skin type. I've tried the High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula and the Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil. The latter is made specifically for combination to oily skin, and it also works for me, but I prefer the thicker consistency of the former.

I believe the product is definitely worth the price because it is very effective. The deep cleansing effect is perfect for me as I could no longer get facials because I always break out after a session. (Trust me--I've invested in high-end and mid-priced dermatologists and skin care clinics to no avail.)

Shu Uemura suggests the following steps in using the cleansing oils:


1. Place three to four pumps of cleansing oil on dry hands (Two pumps already works for me)
2.  Spread gently and thoroughly over dry face.
3. Add a few drops of lukewarm water to face to emulsify the oil. (Oil will turn milky white.)
4. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

You can also check out this video.

If you haven't found the right cleanser for your skin type, this could be it. Shu Uemura is available at Shangri-la Plaza, TriNoma, Rockwell and Alabang Town Center.

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