Bohemian Rhapsody: TAMED

I ended my thankfully makeup-loaded summer with one of my favorite shoots of all time, which also happens to be my dream shoot – to shoot something, anything on the beach. Since it was my first time do makeup for a shoot that would be done completely under the sun and near the water (heat + humidity = not the most ideal makeup environment), I finally had the perfect excuse to buy a real setting spray. Skindinavia’s makeup setting spray is absolute G O L D. The makeup of the models stayed on throughout the heat of the day, and Jackie even swam with it, although I had to retouch after the accidental dip in the water.

I’ve honestly never been much of a boho chick (mostly because I hardly veer away from my plain shirts, jeans and sneakers combo), but all of the clothes you’ll see on here are absolutely gorgeously bohemian I really wished I was more fashionable (or, you know, had the body of a model huhu). If you’re into boho, or even if you’re not, check TAMED out for all your fashion designing needs. I can’t wait to go to something important enough to have something designed by the foxy girl behind this brand. :)Open-ArtPhoto_074385 Open-ArtPhoto_073862 Open-ArtPhoto_074313 Open-ArtPhoto_074530 Open-ArtPhoto_074507 Open-ArtPhoto_074525 Open-ArtPhoto_073944 Open-ArtPhoto_074230 Open-ArtPhoto_074244 Open-ArtPhoto_074311 Open-ArtPhoto_074247 Open-ArtPhoto_074426 Open-ArtPhoto_074628 Open-ArtPhoto_074584 Open-ArtPhoto_074034 Open-ArtPhoto_074397 Open-ArtPhoto_074399

So many things crossed my makeup bucketlist in just one shoot! But only gave me ideas to put a million new ones on the list.

Shot in Virgin Beach, Laiya, Batangas
Photography: Artu Nepumoceno check out his site for more photos from this shoot!
Styling: Meg Manzano
Clothes: Tamed Fashion Inc. / Hanna de los Reyes
Hair and Makeup: Nicole Ceballos
Models: Jessica Yang, Jackie Milner, Yna Lopez and Carla Barretto

Check this entry on my Behance as well! :)


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FHM July 2014

Last July, I bought my first ever copy of FHM, and it was quite special because it was also the first ever magazine I bought that had my work printed on its pages. I don’t have many words for this shoot, except that I had never experienced anything like it. I was lucky enough to do the grooming for Justin Melton, basketball player for San Mig Coffee and all-around cool guy. It was such a pleasure to work with him, and getting to know him along the way. The clothes were beautiful, thanks to the just as beautiful stylist, Meg Manzano. This shoot just made me even more frustrated that I loved menswear but can’t wear them huhu. I also got to meet photographer Ejay Leung of Midnight Bonkers, as well as Ash Mahinay, the writer. 

I wouldn’t have chosen any other gig to have been my first published work, definitely. 

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All photos are owned by FHM Magazine.

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I didn’t realize that I still had a bunch of makeup photos stocked up from the past few months so let the backlog begin, all of them actually featuring the same girl, Jazmin Reyes. I’ll start this with the first time I got to use one of my favorite lipsticks, even if I’ve actually never worn it on myself. It’s just so perfectly violet that it’s automatically a favorite.

WordPress, meet my MAC Heroine lipstick.

20140611-IMG_0923 20140611-IMG_0925 20140611-IMG_0926 20140611-IMG_0992Felt a little adventurous and decided to give more attention to one of the products I seem to have been taking for granted – blush. Jaz’s cheekbones were perfect for a little bit of high and hot pink blush effects. I should really experiment on blush more often, now that I think about it. Damn, that means I need to spend even more money on makeup. It just never ends, huh???

Not that I’m complaining. ;)

Photos, as usual, by Arthur Tan.

Check out this look on my Behance as well:

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L’Oreal False Lash Butterfly Mascara

A few weeks ago L’Oreal sent me some makeup to try, especially their new mascara, the False Lash Butterfly Mascara, said to be their #1 mascara in Europe. I tried it on today and I can definitely see what the hype is all about. I’ve grown to become really picky when it comes to my mascara because I used to wear stage makeup, which means it had to be able to withstand sweat, the heat of the lights on and off stage, while also making me feel like I had false lashes on ’cause my eyes are too wide for cheap false eyelashes sold on the market (huhu).


This mascara makes me wish I still had to wear stage makeup ’cause it really would have been perfect for that. The wand is quite unique; it has two sides: one has the normal, fine toothed comb, while the other side is the same fine toothed comb, but the teeth get longer towards the end. I suppose this is so that the lashes are longer at the corners, which is how I always like my mascara done. L’Oreal makes it easy – instead of applying it normally, and then adding more using the tip of the wand on the outer corner, all you have to do is apply it one way. It also goes on really black in one go, so I swiped it about three times to get the desired false lash effect.


L’Oreal also sent in an eyeshadow quad and a pencil eyeliner, both of which were perfect to use for the stage makeup look I was going for. Both the quad and the pencil eyeliner worked so well with the mascara.


IMG_6778-2One other thing I love about this mascara? No spider-lashes, even when zoomed in. :)

L’Oreal posted a look/tutorial video using the same mascara recently, and pay attention to the model!

Does she look familiar? It’s Chesca, the same model from my Summertime Sadness shoot with Tim Arafiles. Girl’s gone big time. :)

Many thanks to Arthur Tan for taking my photos! :)

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Summertime Sadness

The months that lead to summer weren’t all too bright and shiny, and I remember seeing this photo on Instagram that said, “Take your pain and turn it into something beautiful.” And the best way I know how to turn something into beautiful is through makeup, and that was the beginning of this concept for a fun shoot with friends. Summertime Sadness, the Miley Cyrus BBC Radio One Live cover, was also the song of our trip to HK last April for some weird, random reason.

The beginning of a portrait series based on song lyrics. Check out the captions for Summertime Sadness references. :)


Got my bad baby by my heavenly side


High heels off, I’m feeling alive


Like the stars miss the sun in the morning sky


Photography – Tim Arafiles

Model – Chesca Floirendo

Makeup – Nicole Ceballos

View the full set here :)

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