Christmas 2015 Makeup Wishlist

The Christmas season is upon us, even if the weather refuses to cooperate. What ever happened to the “brrr” in the “-ber” season? My makeup is melting :( I love how Christmas is a good excuse to go all glitzy and pretty, so let me share with you all the glitzy and pretty things I will dream of seeing under the tree.

  1. theBalm theManizer Sisters – The highlighting addict in me was jumping for joy and excitement when “strobing” finally became the trend, after the whole matte skin trend that slowly turned into dewy into full on strobed skin. I have a full-size of the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighting compact, which has been my go-to highlighter since I bought it in 2011. I had hit pan and unfortunately dropped it during a shoot and it shattered. I’ve been meaning to buy the Betty-LouManizer and Cindy-LouManizer highlighters but since my Mary-Lou was so versatile and I still had a ton of it even after 4 years, I didn’t think it’d be of much use and I didn’t really have much extra moolah to spend. Now that it comes in a palette, and I hear it’s out for an affordable price, I’m definitely getting this for the holidays. manizerpalette_productshot
  2. Urban Decay Electric Palette – I’ve been itching to get my hands on this palette since I assisted my mentor for a beauty editorial shoot wherein he used a lot of different bright colors he never gets to use with his regular clients and shoots. I got so inspired to play around with color, and I think this palette would be a good start. I also recently bought Inglot’s Duraline, so I can make different colored liners, etc too. Ahhhh. 604214922037_electric
  3. Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Velvet Cherry. Because Tom Ford. :)T1LP_VELVETCHERRY_OS_A
  4. Make Up For Ever Uplight Luminizing Gel. The highlighter addiction goes on. I’ve tried this once before and I love how it’s high-shine minus the grease I’ve encountered with other luminizing creams/gels. I don’t think my Benefit Girl Meets Pearl will last very long now, so I’m due for a replenishment of a liquid highlighter. I particularly like the Uplight with the pinkish tone. I find that I don’t like the effect of white highlights on Filipina skin. The pinkish tone lends a nice touch of that healthy glow all women clamour for. 2788444

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Rosy Pop. Blush is my least favorite and underloved makeup product. It just doesn’t excite me as much as lipstick or highlighter, which I can attribute to my very flushed and understated style of doing makeup maybe? Most days I feel that blush should be kept to a minimum, and very subtle. Ever since I got my Tarte 12-Hour Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed – a beautiful rosy nude matte blush – I felt that I found the perfect subtle and understated blush and hardly ever use any other blush. While it’s great that I’ve found The One, as an artist, I need to expand and experiment with other colors and brands. The Clinique Cheek Pop line caught my eye since it came out early 2014, but I’ve never gotten around to buying it. I’m liking this Rosy Pop shade since I’ve always been partial to the corals, peaches and nudes when it comes to blush. For the sake of diversity and growth, I’ll try out a pink shade. Maybe this Christmas I finally will. s1579036-main-hero-300

What’s on your Christmas list this year? :)

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MUUNO Swim Collection 3

Allow me to reintroduce MUUNO Swim, one of my favorite local swimwear brands. I won’t say much about their re-brand, but I’m definitely loving everything about it, especially the direction they allowed me to take makeup-wise. The focus is still very much on the skin, but this time more structured but still quite undone and imperfect. Putting into play both major contouring and highlighting, it was my hope that it turned out to be a balance of strong and delicate.

Started off with a generous amount of moisturizer and liquid highlighter (Benefit Girl Meets Pearl) and a long wearing foundation since we shot 5 layouts. Applied the contours with a cream, and dusted a little bit of setting powder for a dewy finish. Played with around 4-5 shimmer and frost shadows for the eyes – something I haven’t done in a very long time, gotta love clients who give a little bit of editorial feel to shoots – and a smudged line of gel liner on top. False eyelashes were applied just to keep the lashes full and lush, and kept uncurled to veer away from the wide-eyed and glamorous vibe false lashes tend to give. Brows were filled in, brushed up and kept bushy and messy. Highlights all over, with about x5 more on the cheekbones, c/o my favorite highlighting palette, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. Lips were muted down and glossed up – something I haven’t done in a while too, considering the whole matte lip trend sweeping the world – with MAC Kissable Lipcolour.

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Definitely one of my favorite looks I’ve done so far. :)

Shop the new collection via www.muunoswim.com

Photography Ralph Mendoza

Makeup Nicole Ceballos

Hair Carlo Umipig

Model Claudine Rodriguez

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Play It Cool

Last June 29, 2015, the eve of my 21st birthday, I asked my good friend and photographer, Tarish Zamora to take some photos of me to sort of preserve my youth. I didn’t have a big debut when I turned 18 so I never had one of those pre-debut photoshoots, and I generally don’t have a lot of photos of myself that I would consider ~ahrt~. I wanted to be photographed where I could show who I was as a person.

Right off the bat, I knew I didn’t want to be shot in the soft morning light, which is a common request among my clients and friends who ask to be shot for personal purposes. I am one of  the most non-morning people you will ever meet. While the soft morning light will lend me a certain glow and delicateness, I also know that my grumpiness towards mornings and lack of sleep will definitely shine brighter than the sun. I asked my good friend and stylist, Bettina San Luis, to go through the clothes I had pre-selected as “Nix clothes” aka the clothes that I wear and my friends immediately say, “that is so you.” This meant jeans, 3/4 long sleeved tops, plain tops and dresses.

The end product: an unexpected fashion spread for MEGA’s online magazine, megastyle.ph

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The first layout was shot in the streets of Katipunan Avenue, under the shade of the Kenny Roger’s roof that barely provide any shelter from the rain, effectively straightening my hair that I curled for 30 minutes (I also burned the top of my ear!). The second layout was shot in my village, where we asked my friend, Miguel Cu, to kindly turn his headlights on for the sake of the shot. The final layout was shot in an unexplored area of my house, where the color palette luckily matched my clothes. We ended the shoot with a bottle of my favorite drink, Asti Martini, and toasted to my 21st at exactly 12mn.

As a group of friends who are starting out in the creative industry, we often find ourselves itching to do something for art’s sake, something that may not necessarily bring us monetary rewards or published prestige, something to keep us fuelled in an industry that seems to just keep burning us out – but in a good way. Never in my life did I imagine our fun test shoots, especially one that features my face, would be picked up by a publication. It’s an entirely different feeling from when I work in a shoot for magazine editorials because this shoot is something I can truly call ours – concept, effort and final product.

More than a successful shoot and a published fashion spread, the real gift here is my friends who have stuck by me through the good and the best of times. To Team Estrogen, thank you for everything. #StayClingy ;)

Photography Tarish Zamora

Styling Bettina San Luis

Model / Makeup Nicole Ceballos

Assistance Nina Mendoza and Miguel Cu 

For more, we are all for hire. You can see the full set of this shoot here.

#TeamEstrogenIsLegit #TeamEstrogenForHire

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Lipstick Locker: #Mature Collection

We’ve heard it all – nude, natural, MLBB (my lips but better), etc. The pre-strobing and “tontouring” beauty trend was about emphasizing beautiful skin, which is practically the thesis of my makeup career thus far. I’ve always been a promoter of focusing on the skin as compared to any other part of the face. For me, like many artists out there, good makeup starts with a good skin base.

Up until summer of 2014, I wasn’t big on nudes and naturals. I was all about bare base + bold lips, hence my first Lipstick Locker post on KSP-colored lipsticks. It was also in the summer of 2014 that I tried to make a career as a makeup artist, so I had to diversify my kit; it can’t all just be about what I want, it also had to be about what my clients wanted and needed. Not to mention, 2014 was also the year I graduated from college and so a wave of maturity came over me, which leads us to the name of this collection, the #Mature collection.

Back story: I made it a hashtag because whenever my friends and I act seemingly mature for our standards, like choosing to stay in on a Friday night because work was killer that week, we always end our chismis messages with the #mature tag. I dunno about you, but it really feels more validated that way HAHAHA. Okay, moving on, LIPSTICK.Solos-1

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L-R: MAC Twig, Taupe, Velvet Teddy, Mehr

MAC Twig is a soft brownish-pink, like an old rose that could look slightly mauve on some people – like me. I think, out of all the lipsticks in this collection, this looks and feels the most mature; not to say, however, that it looks old and dowdy. I’m not sure what it is, but it just evokes that feeling. It’s a satin finish, not too dry and not too glossy/creamy. In my experience, this is a nice pink-toned lipstick that looks good on darker skin tones because it adds some color and sweetness without it looking out of place or floating on the skin. On fair skin, I find that it could cross over to the slightly bold lip minus the brightness. Bottomline: it looks great on both dark and fair skin.

MAC Twig on Jana Stuntz. Photo by Rxandy Capinpin. Styled by Ning Nuñez.

MAC Twig on Jana Stuntz. Photo by Rxandy Capinpin. Styled by Ning Nuñez.

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MAC Twig on Jana Stuntz. Photo by Rxandy Capinpin. Styled by Ning Nuñez.

MAC Taupe is a muted warm brown lip color, also my current #1 favorite lipstick because the 90’s are back!!! I think when people hear “brown” lips, they immediately think of a chocolate brown, or eyeshadow crease color brown, and while that may look good as lipsticks as well, MAC Taupe is a different kind of brown – the wearable kind. It has a very strong warm/red undertone, no grays here (which I find ironic), but it doesn’t lean too orange either. At most, it looks a like a darkened peach on fairer skin tones. On darker skin tones, it may appear skintone, or can brighten dark lips without being too light. Luckily, I’ve been using this lipstick on everyone so you can see how it looks on different skintones! :)

MAC Taupe on Janeena Chan.

MAC Taupe on Janeena Chan.

MAC Taupe on Tola Orendain

MAC Taupe on Tola Orendain

MAC Taupe on Angel Aquino. Photo by George Arguelles. Hair by Aries Manal. Styled by Aldrin Ramos

MAC Taupe on Angel Aquino. Photo by George Arguelles. Hair by Aries Manal. Styled by Aldrin Ramos

MAC Velvet Teddy is a pinkish beige/pinkish light brown almost nude matte lipstick that never fails to deliver, except on me. I don’t know why it looks good on everyone I put it on, but it never looked good on me. Maybe it’s cause my lips are naturally pigmented such that when you put nude on top of it, it just makes me look sickly :( I normally add a little bit of taupe to make it more wearable. On to better news, whenever I use this on models/clients, they always ask me what shade this is. On everyone else, it looks nude without looking corpse-like since it has that tinge of pink. This is my favorite lipstick to pair with smokey eyes, on the rare occasion I am asked to create a smokey eye. I also use this for natural looks that have a more lived in, just-rolled-out-of-bed vibe rather than the sweet, dainty vibe. I hope I painted a good enough picture for you all lol.

Blue Smokey Eyes + MAC Velvet Teddy on Franchesca Floirendo. Photo by Ben Beringuela

Blue Smokey Eyes + MAC Velvet Teddy on Franchesca Floirendo. Photo by Ben Beringuela

MAC Velvet Teddy on Jessica Yang. Photo by Artu Nepomuceno. Styled by Meg Manzano

MAC Velvet Teddy on Jessica Yang. Photo by Artu Nepomuceno. Styled by Meg Manzano

MAC Velvet Teddy on Jessica Yang and Jackie Milner. Photo by Artu Nepomuceno. Styled by Meg Manzano

MAC Velvet Teddy on Jessica Yang and Jackie Milner. Photo by Artu Nepomuceno. Styled by Meg Manzano

MAC Velvet Teddy on Franchesca Floirendo. Photo by Tim Arafiles

MAC Velvet Teddy on Franchesca Floirendo. Photo by Tim Arafiles

MAC Mehr is a neutral pink with a matte finish, and the love of my life. You guys have to know that I searched four continents, twelve countries and I don’t even remember how many cities to find this lipstick only to find it in a MAC store in Trinoma, and I bought the last piece. I first saw this on Temptalia (of course), and immediately fell in love with it and considering this is a pink lipstick and I’m partly allergic to pink lipstick (lol), that’s saying a lot. I needed this lipstick so bad, I had all my close friends who traveled search for this too. Once I reached the halfway mark of my lipstick, I stopped using it on myself and reserved it for very important clients/shoots… I’m a little crazy like that. And that is also why I’ve been using Taupe so much lately. I recently restocked so I can use this guiltlessly again. ANYWAY ABOUT THIS LIPSTICK. It’s another one of those chameleons that looks ridiculously good on anyone and everyone. On me, it’s undoubtedly pink but it’s not the distracting kind. On fair skintones, it comes off a bit brighter but not neon/fluorescent. On darker skintones, it sometimes dusty pink. It’s pa-sweet without being pabebe (aminin niyo nagets niyo yun).

MAC Mehr on Steph Ayson. Photo by Tarish Zamora

MAC Mehr on Steph Ayson. Photo by Tarish Zamora

MAC Mehr on Maan Marquez. Photo by Artu Nepomuceno

MAC Mehr on Maan Marquez. Photo by Artu Nepomuceno

MAC Mehr on Hye Won Jang. Photo by Rxandy Capinpin. Styled by Ning Nuñez

MAC Mehr on Hye Won Jang. Photo by Rxandy Capinpin. Styled by Ning Nuñez

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MAC Mehr

And that is the last of my solo lipsticks for the Lipstick Locker series. Up next are the different lipstick shades I like mixing together to create a more customized color. :)

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Lipstick Locker: Once-A-Year Lipstick

So there’s a special occasion lipstick, and there are lipsticks so special you can only use it once a year. I’m one of those people who have lipsticks just to have them, and not necessarily use them because there is a hardly ever an occasion worthy of its beauty. I’m weird that way.

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Solos-8 L-R: Guerlain Rouge G in 25 Garconne, Guerlain Rouge Kiss Kiss in 325 Rouge Kiss, Kat Von D Studded Kiss in Underage Red, MAC Riri Hearts Mac Holiday in Bad Girl RiRi

Guerlain Rouge G in Garconne is the most beautiful red lipstick I have ever had the pleasure of seeing, using, and owning. It’s a rich blue-based red that is neither too bright or too dark. When I think of the color red, this is exactly what red is to me. The texture is beautiful, you only need to apply it once with no need for touchups throughout the day. It lasts forever. I’ve only worn it a few times; my 18th birthday (for which it was given to me), my graduation photo, and my 21st birthday. 

Guerlain Rouge Kiss Kiss in 325  Rouge Kiss bright coral-red on the warmer side. Normally I’m not inclined to warm-toned lipsticks but I do like coral. The texture of this is beautiful, but not quite as rich as the Rouge G (well, it’s also not as expensive so..). It’s still opaque with one swipe, but my lips are quite pigmented and I like my lipstick fully covering my natural lip color so I used about 2-3 passes with this. It’s very moisturizing without the high shine. And the packaging is super cute. I’ve only used this once for a shoot (for myself lol, I don’t think I’ll ever use this on a client).

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A few pounds ago. Photo by Tarish Zamora and Nikki Ruiz

Kat Von D Studded Kiss in Underage Red is a bright blue-based red with the most matte finish I have ever tried. It’s color is almost like Ruby Woo, but not as pink. The finish is more matte than retro matte, but not nearly as dry, although it does dry out after a while. It’s more reminiscent of the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, but this feels thicker on the lips. More than the color and the texture, what I really like about this lipstick is the packaging. They don’t call it studded kiss for nothing. I’ve only worn this about 3-4 times, all of which weren’t photographed. I’ll make sure to wear this for my next shoot if I ever model again cause I doubt I’ll ever use this on someone else LOL.

MAC Bad Girl RiRi is a matte taupe-y nude with cool undertones. It’s very on trend right now that “greige” or grayish-brownish-beige is making a comeback. I bought this January 2014 when I was depressed over some personal issues and I blew an extra 300pesos for this lipstick from an online re-seller. I originally wanted RiRi’s Pleasure Bomb instead of this, but this was the only shade available and I’m a big fan of Rihanna. Who knew it’d be so trendy just a year later! I’ve only used this shade once for my 21st birthday shoot and I love how it looks, but unfortunately it makes me look grunge/gutom if I wore this to the mall.

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Pagod Face featuring MAC Bad Girl RiRi. Photo by Tarish Zamora

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