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Thursday, June 4, 2015

When the Going Gets Tough, Get Glowing!

In the middle of a busy week, it can be a challenge to get ready for work in the morning. No matter how tired I am, though, one thing that can instantly perk me up is playing with makeup. Some highlighter, a bit of bronzer, and a swipe of blush help brighten my face and, consequently, my day!

One of my go-to get-glowing combinations is great for the summer, but I love wearing this look at any time of the year. 

photo credit: The Balm, Benefit Cosmetics

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
This powder highlighter brightens the face sans the glitter. I use a smaller version of the MAC 168 angled contour brush (special edition) to apply it from the top of my cheekbones up to my temples. 

Benefit High Beam
This liquid alternative from Benefit leaves skin looking dewy. Compared to the Mary-Lou Manizer, High Beam lends a subtler radiance--great for those who prefer a more natural look. Best applied using fingers!

photo credit: Amazon, The Balm, Sephora

MAC Margin
MAC Margin, a powder blush in a peachy shade with MAC's "Frost" finish, is highly pigmented and long-lasting. Just a bit of this shimmer powder can help create a natural flush, but you can also build up the color for an evening look. 

The Balm Hot Mama and NARS Orgasm
I've already hit pan on these similarly shimmery and peachy powder blushes, but I would repurchase them if MAC Margin gets discontinued. Hot Mama is a bit lighter than Margin, while NARS Orgasm is more of a peachy pink with a touch of gold.

photo credit: Sephora

NARS Laguna
You don't need a trip to the beach to get a sun-kissed glow with this compact. Out of the different powder bronzers I've tried, this is the only one that does not look muddy on my medium skin tone. Great for contouring!

Metro Manila store listings are linked below.

  • The Balm (available at Beauty Bar)
  • Benefit 
  • MAC
  • NARS (available at Rustan's Shangri-la, Rustan's Makati, and Rustan's Alabang)

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

MEGA February 2015 | New League of Talents in Philippine Fashion, Music, Business, Film, and Television

For its 23rd anniversary, MEGA rounds up 23 of the new generation's brightest from fashion, music, business, and the big and the small screen.

The magazine celebrates "the empowered and driven young women of today," as each of them is blossoming into a MEGA womanan independent thinker who speaks her mind and possesses "the passion to enforce positive change."

The talented 23 are (above photo, left to right) Kelsey Merritt, Claudia Barretto, Liza Soberano, Janine Gutierrez, Nadine Lustre, Janella Salvador, Coleen Garcia, Jane Oineza, Sam Rodriguez, Kylie Padilla, Mari Jasmin, Kat Ramnani, Julie Anne San Jose, Kiana Valenciano, Samantha Lewis, Shy Carlos,  Yen Santos, Michelle Vito, Miles Ocampo, Addie Manzano, Yassi Pressman, Louise delos Reyes, and Sofia Andres.

You've already matched the face to the name. Get to know them a little better in MEGA's February 2015 issue with 23 cover stories by Sarah Santiago, Trina Epilepsia, Angelo Ramirez de Cartagena, Therese San Diego (yours truly), and Allan Carreon. 

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wardrobe Editing Challenge

 photo credit: Paramount Pictures

When you open a full closet and still feel like you have nothing to wear, it's probably just because you're in one of those moods women are all too familiar with. If this happens too frequently, however, then it's probably time for a wardrobe revamp!

Clothes often reflect one's personality, and they have the power to inspire and energize. Something as simple as a white tee with the perfect fit or a dress in a flattering color can make you feel good about yourself. Keep these in mind when editing your wardrobe--only retain pieces that fit well and look good on you.

Here are more concrete steps to a successful closet cleanup:

photo credit: Topshop (all pairs of pants, black dress, short black skirt, white tee), H&M (black midi skirt), Uniqlo (white oxford shirt), Polyvore (gray pencil skirt), Lyst (cream tube dress)

Identify your essentials. What do you love to keep on regular rotation? Ideally, these should include items that can go from day to night and can be dressed up or down. 

Choosing the most essential clothing items in your wardrobe can be tough, as it's too easy to say you'll need this particular outfit for a possible Halloween costume, or that skirt for when you've shed the extra two, three, or four inches off your waistline. If you really want to get out of that outfit rut, then you need to accept this challenge: If you were to pick only 25 clothing items from your wardrobe, what would these be? 

Here are my personal picks--a mix of casual, corporate, and dressy pieces:
  1. T-shirt in white*
  2. Long-sleeved button-down shirt in white*
  3. Denim button-down shirt in a light wash
  4. Long-sleeved tee in black
  5. Long-sleeved tee in gray
  6. Long-sleeved tee in navy blue
  7. Quarter-sleeved knit top in gray
  8. Quarter-sleeved knit top in coral
  9. Knit tunic in black
  10. Knit tunic in gray
  11. Long knit cardigan in gray
  12. Denim shorts in a dark wash
  13. Denim shorts in a light wash
  14. Skinny jeans in a dark wash*
  15. Skinny jeans in a light wash*
  16. Long black leggings
  17. Denim skater skirt
  18. Textured skater skirt in black
  19. Jersey cotton skater skirt in black
  20. Textured pencil skirt in black
  21. Wool pencil skirt in gray
  22. Black jodhpurs
  23. Quarter-sleeved jersey cotton dress in black*
  24. Cream tube dress
  25. Black and white striped quarter-sleeved dress
Funny how my *closet keepers from 2007 still made the cut!

I failed to include so many other favorites, though, like blazers, jackets, pastel dresses, leather skirts, and swimwear, but those are things I seldom use. This does not necessarily mean I need to dispose of everything else, but the exercise revealed that I should refrain from purchasing more of the items that did not make it to my list of essentials. 

photo credits: Indulgy (Ashley Olsen), Columbia Pictures (Charlie's Angels), The Urban Silhouette (Miranda Kerr)

Keep the non-essentials to a minimum. Growing up, I've been drawn to leather or leather-like pieces, thanks to Charlie's Angels and the Olsens. They're not the best material for our tropical climate but more and more high street brands have produced pieces with leather details that are wearable even in Manila, like skirts! They're so much fun to wear so I seize every opportunity to take them out of my closet, such as cooler months and trips abroad. As I don't get to wear them as often, though, I try to limit my leather purchases. 

photo credit: Song of Style (Aimee Song), The Fashion Tag (Olivia Palermo)

Dress for your body type. Steer clear of things you may like on others but do not fit your figure. Slouchy elegance, for example, is another Olsen-inspired look I've been quite obsessed with but could never pull off. Oversized tops in thick fabrics and any type of loose-fitting pants do not fit my petite, curvy frame, so I stopped buying them. They'll never work for me.

photo credit: New Line Cinema/HBO Films/Glamour magazine

Let go of clothes you will no longer use. Even among your favorites, if you've been trying on a certain piece for months but always end up changing into something else before walking out the door, then you need to let go of it sooner or later. Sell or donate these to somebody who can actually wear them.

Afterwards, your closet will look like it has been edited by a professional stylist according to your fashion palate!

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