My close friends know my obsession for fireworks and perhaps all things that sparkle, so it’s probably no surprise that the theme for my last shoot for 2014 was firework. Consequently, the project was entitled Sparks. This photoshoot came together because of a status message I posted on Facebook looking for artists willing to collaborate with me for one last passion project before the year ends. I expected minimal, even zero, response from people since it was the holidays and it was the time to be with family. I was overwhelmed with the response and attention, and all at once, I had enough photographers to shoot 2 weddings at the same time. Come shoot day, we were a team of 10 creatives all ready to sparkle for one last time in 2014.

Safe to say that this is the first shoot that I really produced – a shoot with just one model and photographer not included HAHA – and I made a promise to myself that I would produce one every 6 months. It’s always a good idea to work on something that is completely for creative purposes with fellow creatives who are as thirsty and passionate as you.

Sorry for the backlog, but here are some snaps from the shoot, Sparks: A 2014 Year-Ender Passion Project.

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You can check out the whole album here:

Produced by Nicole Ceballos
Production Management by Tony Battung
Production Assistance by Cheska Marcelo
Photography by
Benjo Beringuela |
Tim Arafiles |
Therese Marian Sta Maria and
Noel Narciso
Set Design by Ayra Fortuno
Styling by CJ Dacalos
Hair and Makeup for Pauline Suarez by Nicole Ceballos |
Hair and Makeup for Bettina San Luis and John Sedano by Jhing Gumasing | |

Hope you’re all having a great 2015 so far!

Special thanks to Chris Benedicto for the props and Yogi Catabijan for the location

Happy new year, everyone!

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Makeup Christmas Wishlist 2014

It’s that time of the year again when I would write down all of the things I wish I could afford to buy, say it to the wind, and hope that it’ll magically appear under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. Or any day, really, I’m not picky. Here are a few of my (potentially) favorite things. Join me in my joy and lust, and I hope this gives you ideas what to buy yourself for Christmas! :)


  1. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. This is old news to the beauty community, and a fourth palette is probably already in the works. But I’ve never been one to really get on with beauty purchasing trends (I bought the Naked 1 two weeks before Naked 2 came out; it took me 1.5-2 years of contemplation before I bought my LORAC Pro 1), and for the longest time, I didn’t know how I would make that many shades of Rose Gold I could really use on myself and on my clients. And at last I see the light and beauty of using rose gold eyeshadow, and because everything comes with a price, this one will cost me $54.
  2. Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 8.00.44 PMHourglass Dim Infusion Ambient Lighting Blush. The whole Hourgalss Ambient Lighting powder and blush collection is gorgeous, but I’m not too big on highlighting using shimmered powders ’cause of the climate here unless I can closely monitor the shine in, say, a photoshoot. The heat and humidity usually does the highlighting for me, whether I like it or not. I’m not too big on buying blush as well, but I’ve come to realize that I don’t have a nice peach-toned blush and peach blush works on most Filipino skin tones, and I find that it looks more fresh than the usual coral/pink. This one here has a slight highlight that comes with it, just the right amount to still go with the climate, I think.Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 7.59.52 PM
  3. Bite Beauty Peche Matte Creme Lip Crayon. I find myself becoming less and less magnetized to lip products lately, which is perfectly fine considering I have around 30 lip products and honestly, I find myself only really using 5-6 of them on my clients and myself. What I don’t have a lot of, however, are lip pencils, which I don’t really need but don’t mind having.Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 7.58.27 PM
  4. MAC Melba Blush. Like I said, I need a peach blush and this one is beautiful and since I can’t afford the Hourglass one, this one might actually be the only thing I can buy for myself this Christmas. I like that this one is matte, but still looks good when you put a highlighter on top. I used my TheBalm Mary-Louminizer on top of it once, but I think my NARS Orgasm would look good on top of this as well for an extra pop of color. GUERLAIN_Parure_Gold_Fluid_Foundation_30ml_1365519918
  5. Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation. There is no such thing as a makeup wishlist without Guerlain. Two months ago, I had the pleasure of being able to experience this beautiful creation thanks to a fellow MUA who did my makeup in a workshop. It felt way too nice on my skin and instantly made me look flawless. And it smelled nice. Not sure if it really smelled nice, or it was all in my head HAHA. I didn’t even bother checking the price of this online, because if the name is Parure GOLD, it’s probably worth a few gold bars.

Have a merry, pretty Christmas everybody! :)

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Mermaid in Black Waters


“Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete?”

My makeup look collection is far from complete, but this stuff is still pretty neat. This was a fun collaboration shoot with two of my very good friends and go-to artists, Benjo Beringuela on the lens, and Chesca Floirendo looking good like she always does. On that day, we were supposed to have a real shoot for a client but it didn’t push through, but since we all already cleared out our schedules for it and had nothing else to do, we decided to shoot anyway. So after lunch on a hot, sunny day in October, we gathered in my house and let spontaneity take over our creativity and here it is!


This was the first time in a really long time that I had full control over the makeup I was going to do, and I must say, having that much freedom was liberating yet at the same time limiting. I don’t know when I’ll get this chance again, so I wanted to do as many things I don’t usually get to do all at once, but I didn’t want to make it look all over the place. Every step of the way was really such a mystery, and luckily for me, I love surprises.


I decided to focus on the eyes, and used an eyeshadow color I don’t foresee myself using anytime soon. I’ve only used it on myself once, but only as an eyeliner color which was barely seen. It was a bright teal that looks a little gold in some angles of light. I contoured it with some frosty royal blue and brushed on some matte blue to blend the two colors together. To smoke it out and add more drama and edge, I used my trusted matte black from my Kat Von D palette. For an extra pop, I used a high-shimmer, yellow-gold eyeshadow from my UD Theodora palette aka my most expensive and most under-used palette. Popped on some extra thick and long, drag queen lashes, et viola, we have a mermaid! Without meaning to, Chesca’s outfit was perfect for the apparently water-inspired look.


This is my first hand on more editorial-vibe looks, and I hope it was a good first try. I’d love to know what you guys think, so let me know in the comments! I accept any and all criticisms that would help me become a better artist. :)

Check out this entry on my Behance

IMG_9186 IMG_9210 IMG_9420Photography | Benjo Beringuela

Model | Franchesca Diaz Floirendo


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MyHome, With Love

As far as witty titles on this blog are concerned, I think this might just be the wittiest one I’ve come up with. You can’t imagine how much I amused myself with this one, so please join me! Hehe.

Back in July, I had the privilege of doing the makeup for MyHome’s Managing Editor, Love Ocampo, for her own page in the magazine. It was our first time to meet, and her warmth and kindness, as well as curiosity for all the makeup I was applying on her, immediately turned us into the friends that we are now. We’re back together for the October issue, and this time with the photographer and friend that introduced us to each other in the first place, Tarish Zamora. It’s been a good run for all of us, and thankfully, this won’t be my last work for MyHome just yet. :)

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Be sure to get a copy of the October issue of MyHome while it’s still out on stands, and try to look for a copy of the July issue too! And check this project out on my Behance! :)

Also follow Tarish (@tarishzamora) and Love (@_loveocampo) on Instagram! They have the nicest photos on their feeds. Follow me (@nixxxole) too! Although my feed is not nearly as artsy-cool as theirs…

Thank you again, Love, for the opportunities!

All photos are owned by MyHome Magazine, One Mega Group.

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‘Til Death Do Us Part

People always ask me for the top makeup items I can’t live without, so I decided to spin this around and write about the top 10 makeup products I’d take to the grave.

  1. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. There’s just no comparing this eyelash curler with any other. I’m probably the 100th (probably more) girl online that will tell you that this is God’s gift to eyelashes. I have two of these; the first one I bought 3 years ago, and the other a little over a year ago because I thought that after a few years, it’d start to decline in performance. Fast forward to today, I can’t tell which was the one I bought earlier or later ’cause they both still work so well. I’m not sure if Shu Uemura sells the pads separately ’cause I’d definitely buy those if they did. Someone let me know if they do!
  2. Kat Von D Autograph Pencil in Immortal Love. I got this with my Kat Von D True Romance Palette in Ladybird, the brand’s all-matte eyeshadow palette. So far, this has been the best eyeliner I own. Waterproof, smudge-proof, practically bulletproof / makeup remover proof (this annoys me sometimes, when I’m really sleepy and it just won’t come off). This particular shade is a dark chocolate brown that is opaque with one swipe but is buildable to a darker brown when layered. This is my go-to eyeliner for tightlining (it works for the waterline as well but I personally don’t put eyeliner on my waterline) because the color never transfers to my bottom lashline, which I find is very common with most eyeliners, even the Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliners. This may be because it’s not as creamy and it doesn’t slide as much as most eyeliners, but it’s definitely not hard. It still goes on smoothly and you won’t have to run it back and forth the same area, even on wet surfaces like the waterline. While it may be hard and smudge-proof, you can still smoke it out with a pencil brush. Definitely one of the most underrated products out on the market, much like a lot of Kat Von D’s products.
  3. MAC Viva Glam 1 Lipstick. This was my first ever MAC lipstick from when I was still a freshman in college. From the very start, I’ve always been partial to red lipstick over any other color, and I think I hit jackpot with this one on my first try. Viva Glam 1 is a matte slightly dark red with a bit of blue undertones to it; it’s almost like a brick red, minus a notch of brown. I find this shade to be a very classic red, definitely not too bright, but not too dark either – just enough to catch your eye. I’ve been wearing this shade for so many years now and I’ve worn it around new and old friends, and this is by far the lipstick that garners me the most compliments no matter where I go. When I’m trying out a new eyeshadow combination and I haven’t had time to think of a lipstick to go with it, I use this and it hasn’t failed me yet. Many of my friends have bought this lipstick after I told them about it hehe. Spread the Viva Glam 1 love around. Side story: I lost my first tube of Viva Glam 1 just a few weeks ago and I was distraught. I searched all my bags and all possible places for three days straight until I gave up and had another one bought ASAP. My new Viva Glam 1 is now residing very safely in my traincase. Thank God this isn’t limited edition, or I really may have cried buckets of unglamorous tears.

    Here's an annoying selfie of me wearing Viva Glam 1. #eyebagsfordays

    Here’s an annoying selfie of me wearing Viva Glam 1. #eyebagsfordays

  4. Benefit Cha Cha Tint. I bought this when I was a sophomore in college, it had just been released and back then (damn I age myself sometimes), it was the only cheek tint that was on the coral/orange side. Benetint was definitely too purple for me, Posietint was too pink, and every other lip & cheek tint ran in the same color family of those two. The moment Temptalia posted a review on the Cha Cha Tint, I just knew I had to have it, I didn’t even know if it might look good on me, but how far wrong could I really go, I guess. My love affair with the Benefit Cha Cha Tint is one that I can promise will last forever. It’s perfect; a coral-orange cheek tint that only takes a little but goes a long way and lasts forever (I’ve gone and swum in the beach with this, and it stood strong). It’s not too watery that you’ll have to pile it on, but it’s definitely still buildable if you want very orange cheeks, I suppose. I like how it leaves behind a nice sheen that adds to the healthy glowing look I go for when I use cream/liquid products. I put the product on my middle finger instead of directly on my cheeks, and then I spread it. I find that directly dotting them on my cheeks leaves dot stains on my cheeks – not a pretty picture.
  5. MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack. This was my first gel liner, which I first fell in love with 4 years ago. But then there was a special offer on Delta Airlines for the Bobbi Brown gel liner that included Black Ink and Sepia Ink, which was an offer my thin wallet could not resist, and I read a lot of reviews saying that they preferred Bobbi Brown over MAC. Fast forward to today, I’m back with MAC, and I’m gonna need to buy my third pot real soon. While it’s true that the Bobbi Brown gel liner was smoother to apply and more black in one swipe, it dried out much faster and it didn’t work as well when it needed to be piled on. The MAC Fluidline was more buildable – it didn’t come off in flakes when I tried adding more of it on top – and the shelf-life was definitely much longer. Tip: never leave your pot uncapped/exposed to open air. After your first dip, settle it back on your table upside down so you won’t have to twist the cap back on and off, and you can still just as easily dip your brush back on the product. 
  6. Beauty Blender. aka the most expensive sponge in my kit. I was always very skeptical of the hype surrounding this sponge. I mean, really, it’s a sponge, how great can it be??? Oh it’s great all right, it’s M A G I C A L. I bought this with my eyes closed because I couldn’t bear to watch myself buy a 900 peso, hot pink, egg-shaped sponge and upon trying it, my eyes have been opened to the most beautiful foundation application I’ve ever tried. It just applies the foundation so evenly, hardly ever too much and too little, but of course, it’s buildable. I especially love how it’s so seamless, definitely no brush strokes on the face with this one. It takes some getting used to, but once you’ve gotten the hang of it, the amount of time you spend applying your foundation will be reduced in half. My clients love how the sponge feels on their skin when I apply the foundation, and whenever my clients are happy, I’m happy. The only downside to this is probably that it takes a while to clean, and requires quite a lot of arm strength and squeezing effort. It’s definitely worth it, though. I haven’t tried the cheaper dupes of this yet, but I don’t think I’ll be turning my back on the original one soon. Without the original, none of the cheaper versions would exist, so I think the original guys deserve some credit (or, my money).
  7. Kat Von D Eyeshadow in Leather (found in the True Romance Palettes in Beethoven and Ludwig). It may not look like much, probably just looks like your run-on-the-mill chocolate brown eyeshadow that is dupeable by many others, but boy oh boy is that a lie, even if I wish it weren’t. This eyeshadow is the perfect shade of brown dark brown – not too red, not too gray and not too dark. Everything about it is just right. I would say that it’s mostly matte, but in some lightings, it has a nice sheen to it, almost satin-like but not quite. It’s my no brainer crease shadow for when I want a slightly bolder natural eye, and I just pile it on and it’ll go from natural to smokey in no time. It has a soft texture and a rich pigmentation, and a little goes a long way. I like that it’s very blendable no matter how much you put on, and unless I accidentally poke it on my eyelids or use a stiff brush to apply it, it’s never patchy or blotchy. I absolutely H A T E blotchy eyeshadow and it’s such a hassle to fix. I also like using this on top of brown eyeliner on my lower lids. It doesn’t budge even when I sweat (tried and tested on 2-hour dance concerts with gruelling stage lights). I broke this shade in one of my palettes and I swear, everything went into slow motion and I just stared at it’s empty slot for about 5 minutes before I could reach out and touch it and realize, it’s really gone. :(
  8. Guerlain Rouge G in Garconne. I was never a believer of love at first sight until I saw this beauty on Temptalia some three years ago. This has got to be the most beautiful red I have ever laid my eyes on. I seriously have no other word to describe this but perfect. On top of it being such a glorious shade of red, the feel of it on the lips just make my lips want to sing every time I use it, which is only a total of five times in my life. It’s hydrating, pigmented, not too glossy and super long-lasting it’s probably bulletproof. A discussion about the Guerlain Rouge G lipstick line isn’t complete without talking about the packaging so let me just add this to what everyone has already said so far: it’s ridiculously luxurious. I didn’t pay attention to the packaging since the lipstick itself already took my breath away, so I was in for a surprise when I first got this. When I pulled it out of the box, the tube was a heavy, spotless and 100% reflective silver, I didn’t want to touch it for fear of getting it dirty. I then pulled the bottom to unveil what the actual lipstick looked like, and POP! The tube unfolded into a compact!!! The tube had a mirror!!! Where else would you find a lipstick tube with A MIRROR? Only you, Guerlain, only you. It was a magical experience unboxing my first Guerlain lipstick, it is a memory I will also take with me to the grave. Let me take this moment to thank the wonderful human being that gave me this lipstick for my 18th birthday.
One of the five times I used this: Graduation Picture

One of the five times I used this: Graduation Picture (It looks better in real life)

Whether I’m going to heaven, hell, or anywhere in between, I know I’d go through the afterlife just fine if I had these with me.

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