BENEFIT X BIRTHDAY BASH & BLOG LAUNCH

Benefit Cosmetics threw a totally cute birthday bash & blog launch for me.

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The party was hosted by the bubbly Nadine Madarang (Instagram: nadinemadarang).

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From fun games to sweet and savory treats, it was truly a girl’s dream come true.

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Check out the personalized snacks and dessert buffet prepared by Cantino (Instagram: cantino13). We all didn’t want to touch or eat anything from the table because everything was just too pretty… and cute!!!

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Time for another game. Look at their faces. Haha so competitive.

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Prizes and goodie bags c/o Benefit Cosmetics.

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A big THANK YOU to my family and friends and of course to Kriska Ramos (P.R. Manager) and the whole Benefit Team. What a fun way to celebrate my 28th birthday.

 I love you guys!

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BENEFIT X BIRTHDAY BASH & BLOG LAUNCH

HOW TO RECREATE THE LOOK: YSTYLE SHOOT

As discussed from my previous post, I would like to share with you how I created this summer dewy look with statement white winged eyeliner. You can actually try this on for summer parties as well and use different colored eyeliners to make it more fun.

1. Start with a clean well-moisturized face. This time, I used Andalou Naturals BB Oil Control Beauty Balm with SPF 30 (un-tinted). It gently brightens and retexturizes the skin plus it reduces the look of dark spots and excess oil.

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2. To achieve that dewy skin, put a small amount of MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation on your T-zone or where you mostly have discoloration/redness. The fluid foundation provides low-to-medium buildable coverage and a flawless natural satin-shine finish. Then buff outwards. Make sure to also put some on your neck.

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3. To remove the dark circles under your eyes, conceal it with MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC30 with SPF 35.

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4. Dust your T-zone with Studio Fix Powder in NC42.. Make sure also to put some under your eyes to make sure that the concealer doesn’t move.

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5. Brush your eyebrows upwards and if there are any spaces, fill it with Anastasia Dark Brown Eyebrow powder.

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6. The subtle cat-eye look was created using Prestige White Eyeliner. Make sure to line your eyes as close to your lash line and wing it outwards. Curl your lashes after. I didn’t use any mascara for this look because I want to make it look modern.

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7. For that sun-kissed cheeks, buff on Gorgeous Cosmetics Cheek Creme Blush in Peaches and Cream. Cream blushes, such as the one I used for this look, has a peachy tone that gives the skin a very natural soft glow.

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8. To create the highlights on the face, glide on Benefit Watt’s Up! on your cheek and brow bone plus the cupid’s bow (V-shaped gap in the upper lip).

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9. I kept the lips very pale with a hint of pinkish tone and matte so I used NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops Explosif. I used a lip brush and tapped the outer edges of the lips to make it as natural as possible.

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There you have it. Let me know if you have any suggestions on what makeup look you want me to recreate from my portfolio. You guys can check it out on my Instagram account with the hashtag “makeupbynikkiduque”.

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HOW TO RECREATE THE LOOK: YSTYLE SHOOT

MY FIRST EVER BEAUTY WORKSHOP x BENEFIT COSMETICS

Last Sunday, I was fortunate to have been asked by Benefit Cosmetics to conduct their first roll out of beauty workshops for the year. Of course, I was so ecstatic because nothing brings me greater joy than empowering women through makeup.IMG_5774[1]

The 2-hour beauty workshop was held at Benefit’s boutique in Alabang Town Center.

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Before anything else, I briefly explained the importance of maintaining a good skincare regimen. After all, “makeup is only as good as the skin underneath”.

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Since its summer, I decided to create 2 heatproof looks (day & night) featuring their recent star product – Roller Lash and my other benefave products.

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Throughout the workshop, guests were treated with cute doughnuts provided by Benefit.

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Overall, the event was a success. The great news is I will be conducting another beauty workshop with Benefit soon so I’ll keep you all posted.

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Thank you so much Kriska Ramos (Marketing Manager) and the rest of the Benefit Team for the opportunity. You’ve guys made one of my dreams come true.

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MY FIRST EVER BEAUTY WORKSHOP x BENEFIT COSMETICS