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.


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).


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.


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

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Lipstick Locker: Lazy Chic Collection

If you know me personally, you would know that my go-to “fashion” getup is the pambahay/pantulog chic. Shorts + tank top, loose pants + tank top, joggers + v-neck, skinny jeans + sweater, all with sneakers or for extra lazy days, flats, are my default ensembles. I’m not much for a fashionista, I’m as basic as basic goes. Half of my closet is Uniqlo, and the other half is from Uniqlo-esque stores.

Considering I already have the resources, I try to dress up by wearing makeup. But even then, I don’t really wear makeup when I go out. On a work day, I’d put on sunblock and do my brows. On a night out, I add some lipstick into the mix. On a special night out, I add concealer. On a night out when I think I’ll have the patience to remove my mascara when I get home, I curl my lashes and put mascara.

The lipsticks in this collection, therefore, are the lipsticks I use to “dress up” my lazy outfits. They’re one of those insta-glam lipsticks that just make you look put together even when you barely have anything on. It seems to work well enough for me as a diversion, people don’t notice my shorts + tank ensemble when I’m out in a bar. Or at least, I don’t think they do..Solos-4


L – R: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Sensuelle, MAC Viva Glam I, MAC Diva

Yes, they are all red lipsticks. I find that red lipstick is the easiest way to look dressed up and put together, especially when everything else is kept to a minimum. I don’t believe anyone who tells me that they don’t look good with red lipstick. There is a red lipstick out there for everyone, it’s just a matter of picking the right kind of red. In my case, I like reds that are blue-based. You’ll see more of that on my upcoming posts. 🙂

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Sensuelle is a dark berry red lipstick. It’s supposed to be matte finish since it’s under the velvet matte line, but it’s not quite as matte as my other matte lipsticks. It’s like a cross between cream and matte, but more on the matte side. It works well for me because I have dry lips, and this keeps my lips hydrated longer than my MAC matte lipsticks. On my arm swatch, it looks quite bright, but on my lips it usually registers much darker since my lips are quite pigmented. I use this for more special occasions, like friends’ birthdays or press events.

MAC Viva Glam I is a medium brick-red lipstick with a matte finish. This shade is one of my first MAC lipsticks, but this is my second tube as I lost my first one last year. This is a non-negotiable shade for me. It’s a classic – not too bright, not too dark. And no matter how many times I’ve worn this, it never fails to bring me at least two people asking me what shade I’m wearing. I swear by this lipstick and I have influenced many of my friends to buy this lipstick, and they’ve fallen in love with it as much as I have. I wear this for nights out, work, family events, everywhere! Except for maybe the grocery.

MAC Diva is a dark blue-based red with a matte finish. This matte dries my lips out faster than majority of my matte lipsticks, but I always wear it anyway. This is the shade I wear when I want to feel most dressed up, makeup-wise. There’s no subtleties to it, it’s dark and it’s rich, but it doesn’t try too hard to get your attention. I guess in some sense, it really is a diva HAHA. 

MAC Diva over NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Deep Red

MAC Diva over NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Deep Red

MAC Diva on Jaz Reyes

MAC Diva on Jaz Reyes

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Lipstick Locker: The KSP Collection

I was 16 when I first started buying lipsticks. I was young, clueless and kulang sa pansin (attention-seeking), and to me, buying “natural” lipsticks were pointless. Why would I wear a color that looks like my natural lip color? My motto then was, if I was gonna spend a thousand bucks on a lipstick, it better be seen. I wasn’t much for subtleties and minimalism, once upon a time. I promise I’ve changed.

Succeeding my first three MAC lipsticks I mentioned in my previous post, I bought MAC Girl About Town. About a year later, I bought Impassioned and Watch Me Simmer, and the Viva Glam Nicki Minaj was given as a gift. Last year, I bought Heroine when it became part of the permanent line. These 5 lipsticks are hereby categorized under my KSP collection because these are the lipsticks I hardly get to use, except for editorials, client requests, or for mixing to add a pop of color on my natural colors. Solos-3


L-R: Heroine, Watch Me Simmer, Viva Glam Nicki Minaj, Impassioned, Girl About Town

MAC Heroine is a violet lipstick with a blue undertone and a matte finish. I haven’t personally used this on myself as I have nowhere to wear it to, but I’ve used it in three shoots. I try to bring it out to editorials whenever I can. My favorite color is violet, and this is the most violet lipstick I’ve seen in the commercial market. It’s not a pink-violet, red-violet, (color)-violet, it’s violet. If I lost it, I’d probably violet. (Hehe get it?)


MAC Heroine on Jana Stunts. Candy Magazine June 2015. Photo by Rxandy Capinpin


MAC Heroine on Jaz Reyes. Photo by Arthur Tan


MAC Heroine on Kate Bautista on Young Star. Photo by Bardo Wu

MAC Watch Me Simmer is a limited edition lipstick that came out in the Shop MAC, Cook MAC collection 3 years ago. I was undergoing a coral addiction phase at that time, and I remember seeing this on Temptalia and it just called out to me. I didn’t get to buy it in the stores here in Manila since it’s limited edition, which means it’s almost impossible to get your hands on it through retail. I bought this with a ridiculous markup price on Amazon a year later, only to find out that it’s way too bright for my tan skin BUT NO REGRETS. I haven’t used this lipstick on it’s own in a shoot, so I don’t have any samples to show. I’ll remember to use this for my next shoot if I can.

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj is a limited edition lipstick that came out 3 years ago. It’s a bright pink with a yellow undertone. This color does not look good on me at all, and I’ve only worn it once to a party where the theme was to dress as one of the celebrants so I donned an all-pink outfit and this lipstick. I haven’t used this to a shoot yet since I didn’t used to bring this around my pro kit, it was in my “too-special-don’t-use-on-other-people lipstick drawer” until earlier this year when I actually needed it but didn’t have it.


Three years ago when I didn’t know how to put on makeup that well yet. And the other half of my face wasn’t done by me. It’s a long story. Just look at the lipstick HAHA

MAC Impassioned is a pink-red lipstick with an amplified cream finish. This used to be one of my favorite lipsticks for night outs until I stuck with using reds. It’s actually quite a wearable shade, not as KSP as the rest of the colors in this set. Trend-wise, however, this isn’t so on point, which is why it’ll veer on the KSP side of things until the next 2-3 seasons probably. I like mixing this color to brighten up my nude- rosy-pinks though.

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MAC Impassioned on Kate Bautista for Young Star. Photo by Bardo Wu

MAC Girl About Town is a bright fuchsia lipstick that I really wish I could wear more often. It’s such a rich color and the texture is amazing for an amplified cream, it’s so comfortable to wear even for long periods of time. I’ve worn this a few times but I can only find one photo from 4 years ago of me wearing it. I guess now you can infer how much my lipstick wearing habits have changed in the last few years.. LOL.

Hi Ian! Photo by Tim Arafiles

Hi Ian! Photo by Tim Arafiles

So that’s my first set for the Lipstick Locker series. Right now, I have three more sets lined up. If you have any suggestions on what sets I should do, let me know. 🙂

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Lipstick Locker: A Lipstick Series

When I first dabbled into makeup, my first obsession was lipstick because it was the easiest thing I could put on and didn’t really require that much makeup know-how to get through. I only used my mom’s old lipsticks, they were so old they actually already smelled like wax. But for the sake of discovery and experimentation, I made do. My mom gave me my first 3 lipsticks when I was a freshman in college, and back then, the trend was either bold lips or nuder-than-nude / mukhang-bangkay lips. I spent many hours looking at different lipstick swatches online and asked my mom to buy MAC Viva Glam 1, Viva Glam Cyndi and Creme d’ Nude. At that time, I knew I was asking my mom for a lot. Neither of us knew a lot about makeup, and to us, MAC was practically a high-end brand. I thought to myself, these will be the only MAC lipsticks I own because they’re so precious. At the moment, I have 17 MAC lipsticks, among others, so you can just imagine how much my freshman self would be so proud of this collection / crying deep inside because of the amount of money I’ve spent on lipsticks.

So today I have decided to create a series of posts dedicated to my growing lipstick collection. It’s not as plentiful as most you’ll see online, but I’m trying a different approach to this by veering away from the usual bundling of colors (reds, nudes, pinks, wines, etc). I’ll be giving away my favorite lipstick combinations as well, so watch out for that.

Now, I’d better get started, before the sun sets and I lose my valuable natural light!

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Tea for Three

Last Month, I had the privilege of doing the makeup for my first fashion editorial for a major magazine – Candy Magazine. I used to read Candy back in grade school and high school because, I mean really, who didn’t? I haven’t bought a copy of Candy since I was a senior in high school, but I can still remember what it was like back then, I see how much Candy has evolved as a magazine. Maybe it’s a generation thing, but honestly, I’m proud to be a Candy girl!

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3 21I did a no makeup makeup look + freckles + bright lip for this shoot. For the different matte lip colors I used MAC Heroine, MAC Ruby Woo and NYX Lip Pencil in Orange. So happy I finally got to use Heroine and Orange for something! Seeing as none of my clients particularly request such colors HAHAHUHU. I was quite nervous at the start of the shoot as this is my first fashion editorial, something I didn’t expect to have under my belt until around.. past 2 years into the job? And so I am eternally grateful to Ning Nuñez, Candy’s fashion & beauty assistant and good friend of mine, for trusting me with this shoot. 🙂

Fingers crossed for more fashion editorials and published work to come! Teehee

Photography Rxandy Capinpin

Styling Ning Nuñez

Hair Eddiemar Cabiltes

Makeup Nicole Ceballos

Models Jana Stuntz, Hye Won Jang and Linn Oeymo

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