GAME CHANGER: THE PUPPY EYE

I know what you’re thinking – “What in the world is the puppy eye?”. Well, it’s basically the opposite of the cat eye. While the sexy cat eyeliner flicks up at the outer corners, the Korean puppy eyeliner look flicks downward to create an almond-shaped, doe-eyed look that follows the curve of your natural eye shape.

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Here is my easy step-by-step tutorial to get the look:

1: Start at the inner corner of your eye, apply eyeliner along your upper lashes, extending the line down slightly past the outer corner.

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2: When you reach the outer eyelid corner, slick the liner downwards slightly, following the natural shape of your upper eyelid. Make sure to fill in the outer corner and the corner of your lower lashline-merging both ends. This makes your eyes appear more intense.

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3: Curl your lashes and swipe a heavy coat of mascara.

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I really do think this look is more flattering on me than the typical cat eye. Definitely nailed the “Who me?” look. Hahaha So if you’re not into the cat eyeliner look or if you want to try something new, give this trend a shot. Have fun!

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GAME CHANGER: THE PUPPY EYE

JAPAN BEAUTY HAUL

Yes, guys! I’m back and ready to blog again!

So today I wanted to share a little beauty haul of some products I picked in Japan during my recent visit.

As a makeup artist, I always try to update my kit so I was really excited to shop in Japan, but the problem was I didn’t have much time to actually shop. So I thought, I would do a mini haul and leave some tips for all you readers who are planning to visit the country but are short in time to pursue through the aisles for hours!


First things first, I got all of these products at a drugstore, which mostly sells hygiene, cleaning, and beauty supplies – think Watson’s level. Hahaha

Don Quijote, a 24 hour store, is another good alternative. Their collection is decent so I am positive you will come out with a bag full of products.

EXCEL EYEBORW MASCARA

Eyebrow mascara is a fast and easy way to change the color of your brows. I was overwhelmed with the different shades but decided to purchase a chocolate brown tint which is perfect for my clients.

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SWEETS-SWEETS SOFT BROW EYE PENCIL

I love a good brow pencil. This one is a retractable soft eyebrow liner that is easy to control while the other end has a powder to fill in those sparse areas.

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MAYBELLINE THE MAGNUM BARBIE MASCARA

One word – BARBIE. I’ve been a fan of Maybelline mascaras for years so when I saw this in Japan, I instantly had to get one. No questions asked. It’s Barbie, guys. BARBIE!!!

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SUGAO SOUFFLE BLUSH & LIP COLOR

While I was there, I noticed how much they love their bright pink and red blush. So it was important for me to at least get hold of any cheek product. The Sugao blush and lip color has mousse-like texture that gives a natural healthy glow.

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SHISEIDO EYELASH CURLER

Three reasons: great fit, curls perfectly and great price (Php 500.00). A no-brainer pasalubong for your “kikay” family members and friends.

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DIAMOND LASHES

Japanese women are really into their false eyelashes, and they are everywhere. I gravitated towards this brand since they have more natural-looking styles but feel free to try the others.

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LOREAL TINT CARESSE

Before my trip, I’ve been hearing good reviews about this product so when I tried it in Japan I instantly fell in love. It has a powder finish that’s not drying on the lips. Plus, they have so much vivid colors to choose from. These went directly to my personal makeup kit.

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JAPAN BEAUTY SHOPPING TIPS

1. If you are a foreigner, some stores will allow you not to pay taxes. However, you can only use your purchased products when you get back from your vacation since you cannot open it until you go through customs. Do your homework and research on the items you want to buy. This trick will definitely save you money.

2. Look for the @cosme stickers on the products. These stickers mean that it was rated by the consumer. So if it says #1, then you can expect it to be that good!

3. A lot of pricier items are usually under a lock and key so find a representative to assist you.

4. If you buy anything that has liquid in it, remember to put it in your check-in luggage. I purchased a Shisheido Perfect Whip facial wash but it was confiscated at the airport because I had it in my carry-on bag. Typical me. Hahaha

So there you have it, my very first beauty haul. I drained my wallet and cleared my wish list but I couldn’t be happier. Let me know what other Japan skincare, makeup and beauty tools you are eyeing for. Planning to visit Japan again next year.

 

 

 

 

JAPAN BEAUTY HAUL

LUSH: A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY

One of the values that I admire about Lush Cosmetics is their ability to give back to organizations locally and around the world.

In 2007, Lush invented a delicately floral-perfumed hand and body lotion called Charity Pot – where every penny (minus the VAT) goes to carefully selected small grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.

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In 2013, Charity Pot raised over £2.5 million globally, and since launching in 2007 over £7 million has been given away around the world, to good causes such as: Frack Off London, Sea Shepherd, Climate Rush, Humane Society International, Beagle Freedom Project (BFP); and Reprieve. Locally, Lush is supporting PETA Asia Pacific and Cara Welfare Philippines.

Now in a self-serving formula, the Charity Pot contains seven ingredients from SLush Fund (Sustainable Lush) projects around the world. Some of the fresh ingredients included are Rosewood Oil from Peru, Geranium Oil from Kenya and Fair Trade Shea Butter from Ghana.

Established in 2010, the SLush Fund develops supportive partnerships with communities that produce fairly traded ingredients. The SLush mandate donates 2% of the amount spent on raw materials and packaging to invest in sustainable farming and community projects. Although a completely separate initiative, using ingredients (mentioned above) from the SLush Fund in Charity Pot allows customers to support sustainable farming initiatives, at the same time as raising funds for grassroots campaigning around the world.

Hence, purchasing a Charity Pot not only gives you velvety-smooth and beautifully-scented skin but you’re also doing a world of good. How awesome is that?

For more information, check out www.facebook.com/charitypot.

LUSH: A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY

SKIN 101 & LASER 360: MY VERY FIRST ENDORSEMENT SHOOT

SURREAL – The first word that came into my mind when my mom, Cristine Duque, and I were at the photoshoot for Skin 101 and Laser 360. Never in a million years did I ever think of myself as an endorser, let alone an endorser for a skin clinic but I am thankful for the whole team for a super fun and an unforgettable experience. Just look at us below. We obviously couldn’t keep a straight face.

Photographer: Gee Plamenco

Videographer: Raffy Miranda

Makeup Artist: Rick Martell Calderon

Hairstylist: Mark Familara

To my Skin 101 and Laser 360 Family, thank you for trust and the opportunity to educate people on the importance of skincare. This is just only the beginning of a wonderful and fruitful partnership. THANK YOU!

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SKIN 101 & LASER 360: MY VERY FIRST ENDORSEMENT SHOOT

SKIN MATTERS: YOUR ONLINE SKIN EXPERT

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We all know that beauty starts with smooth, healthy, glowing skin. And Filipinos are now turning to the web when looking for solutions to skin concerns, how-to’s and products recommendations. Yet, there has never been a single online expert on skin readily available on the internet until now.

SkinMatters.com.ph is the first ever website dedicated to skincare. A collaboration of the savviest authorities on skin, Unilever, the Philippine Dermatological Society and an editorial team of skin care experts and writers, SkinMatters.com.ph aims to offer concerned men and women an omnibus site of everything and anything skincare related.

SkinMatters,com.ph features a wide array of content including articles on how to best fight pimples, how to decode your sunscreen, to how-to videos and even top bloggers’ and celebrities tips and trends. Visitors can even read testimonials from real users and can recommend products themselves in the reviews section of the website. The “Ask a Derma” function on the website is the most exciting feature where readers can consult with the Philippine Dermatological Society regarding any skin concerns. And they reply within 48 hours – so useful especially at this super busy time of the year.

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“The website will be curated to remind our readers about the importance of taking care of their skin,” SkinMatters.com.ph Editor-in-Chief Nicole Romero explains. “We teach them how to find the best products for their complexion by talking about the best ingredients to look out for in the aisles – not which brands to buy.”

For more information on SkinMatters.com.ph, visit the website at http://www.SkinMatters.com.ph, like it on Facebook at SkinMattersPH and follow (@SkinMattersPH) on Twitter and Instagram.

SKIN MATTERS: YOUR ONLINE SKIN EXPERT

FORGET THE LINES WITH POND’S AGE MIRACLE

Since I was 16 years old, I have followed a very particular skincare regimen. This includes using a moisturizer with an SPF 30 and eye cream so I was pretty confident to try the skin analyzer at launch of Pond’s Expressions of Beautiful Stories.

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Although my skin looks a year younger (27 hahaha. Yes, I am 28 years old and damn proud), I was a bit alarmed with the results – UV spots, roughness followed by the pores and wrinkles.

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With that said, I think now is the perfect time to use preventive measures. Enter Pond’s Age Miracle, a hardworking anti-aging skincare range that leaves the skin looking up to 10 years younger. It has CLA and AHA,that exfoliates old skin cells and stimulate the production of new younger cells. It also has Retinol, a clinically-proven anti-aging ingredient that maintains elasticity of the skin by preventing rapid breakdown of collagen. Lastly, it gas Retinol boosters which prolong the effectiveness of Retinol by as much as 3x!

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The Pond’s Age Miracle Expression of Beautiful Stories campaign also launched the brand’s newest ambassador, Ms. Iza Calzado.

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“Be glad that you are able to feel and express yourself. There is nothing more liberating than being able to express your emotions with authenticity! Let Pond’s Age Miracle take care of the lines and wrinkles so women’s expressions are worry free.”

So ladies, if you feel joyous or sad, these emotions should be expressed without any hesitation. But the good news is that we can now use products to prevent fine lines and wrinkles – such as Pond’s Age Miracle.

Pond’s Age Miracle products are available in leading supermarkets and department stores. Know more about this line by visiting the Pond’s Institute in your favorite malls. Go to http://www.facebook.com/Ponds to know the scheduled runs.

 

FORGET THE LINES WITH POND’S AGE MIRACLE

REVIEW: THEY’RE REAL! PUSH UP LINER FULL COLOR

Originally launched in a single matte black shade, They’re Real! Push-up Liner now also comes in rich colors of brown, bue , purple and green. I love colorful eyeliners so I was pretty excited to do a review on this.

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The twist-up packaging is intended to keep the gel-cream formula from drying out and offers a new way to apply the eyeliner without the need of a separate brush.

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Once you open the cap, you’ll see  an orange plug on the end of the liner tip. Remove it and start twisting the base to get the formula to come out.

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For some, it will take a bit of practice to master applying this eyeliner as smoothly as you want, but once you do, you may find the slanted point helpful in creating the prefect Ariana Grande cat-eye look.

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The fragrance-free formula is creamy and super pigmented. One twist is enough for one eye application. If you layer it, it tends to break down and become flaky. Also,it dries pretty fast so better practice first to get that smooth line.

What I love about this eyeliner is that it doesn’t budge at all . In fact, it stays on so well that you’ll definitely need an oil-based makeup remove (Try using They’re Real! Remover. – a creamy gel formula that dissolves the makeup without tugging the delicate eye area.) to get it off as a cleanser or water.

PRO-TIPS:

  • To get a smooth line, always click and wipe away the product that sits in the tip before applying because it somewhat hardens.
  • Always tight-line your eyes to make your lashes fuller and your eyes bigger.

Overall, They’re Real! Push-up Liner in Full Color is such a convenient product for girls-on –the-go. At first try, it took me at least 20 minutes to perfect the winged liner look but with a little bit of practice, I believe that it can be a staple eyeliner in one’s personal makeup kit.

Price: P 1,300.00

REVIEW: THEY’RE REAL! PUSH UP LINER FULL COLOR