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5 Minute Spring Makeup Look + Makeup GIVEAWAY!

Monday, April 10, 2017

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Since my kids are close in age and toddlers now, they play together well. I’m taking advantage of this by using the time to do a quick makeup application for myself. This application is something I do before we engage in an outdoor activity or even when we’re just at home. It’s a good way to wake me up and help me feel ready to chase my boys around. 😉 Here’s a step-by-step makeup tutorial, perfect for women who only have 5 minutes to spare for makeup. This is great for busy moms like me!

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1 After I moisturize, I use a primer that has an illuminance glow finish on my face. I love it!  

2 Using liquid concealer that comes with a wand, I apply it under my eyes and around my nose to even out these areas.

3 I usually use my fingers to blend my concealer, but I find using beauty blender (similar like this)a quicker way to blend liquid concealers. I love to spray my beauty blender with a bit of facial spray (water will work too), so that it’s easy to blend with the liquid product.

4 Right now, I like using an eyebrow pencil that comes with a brush tool on the end. This way, I can brush off and blur edges quickly.

5 I then apply blush onto my cheeks. I have recently been using a lip and cheek stain as my blush, which is easy to apply and blend using just your fingertips. I love how it stays on longer. Plus, it is made with all-natural ingredients like cherry fruit water which prevents fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.

6 I use the same product for my cheeks for my lip color. I also like how the colors fit for springtime. I have dry lips, so I like to apply lip balm on top of it.

7 Next, I curl my eyelashes and apply mascara.

8 After that, I put highlighter powder on my upper cheeks and/or bridge of the nose. I use a technique where I spray a little bit of facial spray (or water) on the brush, before applying  the highlighter powder on my skin. Check my post about this technique here.

9 (Optional) Apply a flesh-colored eyeliner on your waterline. This makes my eyes open up and helps me look less tired. Be sure you blend, so it won’t look patchy.

10 (Optional) Use a contour powder (which is 2 shades darker than your skintone) on the side of your nose and cheeks.

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I’m excited to bring this Filipino makeup brand here to America.  For you to experience the benefits of these products, I’m giving away St. Joan’s best sellers: 8-Hour Lip & Cheek Cream and 8-Hour Lip & Cheek Stain to 2 winners! Simply follow the instructions below to enter:

  1. Follow me on Instagram @helloislandmama and @st.joancares
  2. Like the image in Instagram where I posted about this giveaway
  3. Tag a friend on the comment box. You are welcome tag more friends in seperate comment.

This giveaway is open to all residents in United States only. Contest ends on April 17, 2017. Winners will be contacted through Instagram.

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Do you have any favorite products you like to use for quick makeup applications?

A blessed week to all!

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Dark Lipstick Tutorial

Monday, January 30, 2017

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My first makeup tutorial for the year 2017 will be this dark lip tutorial! I know some of you are a fan of dark lip colors, that’s why I want to share a simple and easy way to apply them. There is also a makeup technique that I love to do when I want to turn my lipstick into a matte-looking finish. I have always been a fan of matte finishes for lipcolors, ranging from natural to bold colors. I think it looks lovely! Not only do I love how it looks, it is long-wearing too! Here are a few easy steps to follow:

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Step 1: Use lip liner that has a color close to your lipstick shade. Apply it completely over your lips. In case you didn’t know, lip liners make your lipstick stay longer, as it acts as a base for your lipstick. It can also change your lipstick color if you try to mix them together. See my post about changing lip tone color.

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Step 2: Apply your favorite dark lipstick completely over your lips. I like to use lip brush, so I can control the application on the edges of my lips. Unless you have a wand like liquid lip color, you may use the wand too.
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Step 3: Use a translucent powder with a blending brush to dust over your lips. This helps keep your lipstick shine-free and have a more matte look.

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That it, done! I told you it’s easy!

What kind of makeup look do you like to wear with your dark lipstick? I like simple eyeshadow with bold brows :-)

(I used Lorac Pro Contour Palette for my mirror.)

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Holiday Makeup Tutorial (To get that picture-perfect look!)

Monday, December 5, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GetHolidayReady #CollectiveBias

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Hello, beauties!! I know some of you are very excited this month because of the holidays, and especially because of all the family get-togethers, parties and photos  with loved ones. There will certainly be a lot of photo taking this month.  For example, I did my own makeup for our Christmas family photo session just last week! That’s why I’m sharing a step-by-step makeup tutorial with you so that you’re camera-ready.. With today’s post I tried something fun for the eyes. If you’ve been wanting to wear sparkle and glitter on your eyes without looking tacky, I’ll show you to create a simple, stunning eye makeup look. Here’s the full face makeup step-by-step tutorial to give you more confidence with your photos!
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Step 1 After you moisturize your face, begin to fill your brows the way you normally do. I’m using a brown matte eyeshadow with an angle brush.

Step 2 Fill the entire eyelid with an eyeshadow base. I used Neutrogena cream eyeshadow on a stick that acts as a primer as well.

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Step 3 If you don’t have glitter eyeshadow, you may simply use an eye cream and golden glitter mixed together. I applied this DIY glitter eyeshadow on my entire eyelid and blended upwards. holiday-makeup-tutorial-to-get-picture-perfect-3

Step 4 I thought of doing a simple cat-winged eyeliner, so I grabbed my small angle brush with gel eyeliner. I then began to draw a small line upward on the outer part of my eye, followed by a line on my upper lash line. Finally, I connected them together at the end of the small line, on the outer corner of my eye. You may apply 2 coats to cover excess glitter.
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Step 5  To get the perfect winged eyeliner, I used Neutrogena® Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. They cleaned up the excess and also some of the glitter that fell off my eyelids. It’s really easy and quick to do this! Not only do the towelettes clean, they are also  gentle around my eye. This is especially great for contact lens users like me.

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Step 7 Curl your lashes.

Step 8 Apply your favorite mascara.

Step 9 Begin to apply your foundation. Blend well.

Step 10 Use concealer to cover dark circles and highlight some areas like the bridge of your nose.

Step 11 Apply blush using a big brush. I love to apply my blush before I use setting powder. I think it makes my blush last longer

Step 12 Set your concealer with setting powder so it doesn’t move or become cakey. Don’t forget to dust a setting powder on your T-zone as well. This helps prevent you from getting a shiny look in pictures.

Step 13 Don’t forget to apply mascara on your lower lash line.

Step 14 Slightly highlight the bridge of your nose with a highlighter powder. (This is optional if you have a narrow nose.)

Step 15 Using your little finger, dab with the same highlighter powder, then dab that on your tear duct, and blend. This is a good tip for taking pictures, especially for the holidays. 😉

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Finally, don’t forget to apply your lip product! I am currently loving this Neutrogena® MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Soft Raspberry (60). It keeps my lips moisturized, and it lets me choose the color that I want with 16 shades to choose from! The application is easy to do since it uses a twist-up mechanism. That means no sharpener needed!

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Beauty Tip: For a quick brush cleaning between makeup applications, I love to use Neutrogena® Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelette to remove makeup from my brushes. The towelette smells so good! This Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelette is perfect when you’re on-the-go. You can just put it in your purse and forget about it until you need it. They’re great at removing stubborn makeup, such as waterproof mascara and eyeliner.
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Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes and Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Sticks are both available at Walmart.

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Which shade of these MoistureSmooth Color Sticks do you want to try for your glitter eye look? Share your favorite shade below! :-)

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Easy And Fun Sprinkle Lip Art Tutorial

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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I’ve been browsing my past creative makeup work and I stumbled upon this look that I did way back in 2012. I love how colorful and fun it looks, and it can be wear for Halloween makeup too. If you don’t want to wear full makeup, you can simply focus on the lips and still make it fun. Today, I’ll be sharing how I created this sprinkle-styled lip look, so you can use it this coming Halloween. All it takes are 3 easy steps and you are ready to go!
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1 ) Choose A Bright Lip Color

To start, I chose a bright pink lip color (similar) for my lips, as a base for the sprinkles. You may also try a bright orange for a more vibrant and colorful base. Be sure that the lip colors are evenly applied.

2) Apply Lip Gloss

To make the sprinkles stick better on the lips, apply a generous amount of lip gloss onto your lips.

3) Kiss a Plate of Sprinkles

Place a good amount of sprinkles (whatever kind of shapes you like) on a small, flat plate or container. With your lips dampened by the gloss, place your lips on plate or container with the sprinkles. Make sure sprinkles are covering all areas of your lips by moving them side to side.

Optional: Add a pink heart on your cheek to finish the look!

And it’s done!! Now you have fun lips to wear for Halloween!

Any fun makeup ideas you want to try for Halloween? Happy Monday!

P.S Don’t forget to pin! :)

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Back-to-School Makeup Tutorial

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A natural looking makeup tutorial for those who want to try wearing makeup at school. Learn this natural, yet blooming makeup look that is perfect for college students or graduate students. It enhances facial features and gives a boost of confidence.

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If I could go back to my college days, this look would be my favorite. It is more on the natural side as it is enhances beauty. Today, I’m sharing a makeup tutorial for those gals who wants to try wearing makeup at school without looking “too much” or “over done.” Some steps are optional, depending on what you need for your skin type/tone or want for your look. For example, if you have good brows, that means you can skip filling them up with makeup.

Some of my friends wonder, if I had a daughter, would I allow her to wear makeup at school? 😉  In my opinion, I don’t see anything wrong with wearing makeup at school, IF it is age appropriate. There is also the matter of what kind of look she is trying to create with her makeup. However, I still believe that is better not to wear makeup before college. But if you like to experiment and want to learn (which is good for school presentations, etc.) I suggest mascara and lip balm as a good starting point for young ones. When I was in highschool, I did have a shiny face, so I often used pressed powder or baby powder (oooppss). Now, I wish I only used blotting paper back then. Throughout my college years, I loved to wear makeup, usually pressed powder, blush, mascara, and natural lip color product. I think it helped my face look awake due to sleepless nights I spent finishing up some paintings and artworks. Makeup also gave me extra confidence even if it was just a simple, natural look. To this day, it still does. Below is the step-by-step tutorial on how I create this perfect back-to-school look! Enjoy!

 

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1 Apply tinted moisturizer onto your clean face using your fingers. I love Bareminerals Complexion Rescue . My color shade is tan.

2 To cover up dark circles, redness around the nose, and to highlight some areas, apply a liquid concealer and use your ring finger to blend it. I prefer liquid because it’s easier to blend.

3 Use a beauty blender or a soft makeup sponge (SIMILAR) and dampen  it with a little water. Then, pat down the makeup under your eyes and face.This will help to avoid patches and gives a smooth finish after applying tinted moisturizer and concealer.

4 Begin to fill up your eyebrows, I’m using L’Oreal Paris Definer Brow Liner in a shade of brunette that comes with a brush too.

5 Go back and grab a liquid concealer but this time, apply it on the entire eyelids and blend it. This will help the eyeshadow to stick on and have a smooth application for long-wearing.

6 Depending on your skin tone, use an eyeshadow in brown tone (Similar Eyeshadow). Pat down the eyeshadow all over your eyelids, using a small, flat brush. Blend it gradually on the crease using the blending brush.

7 With a pencil eyeliner, draw a thin line on your upper lash line and outer, lower lash line. Stop at the center (as the image shown)

8 Curl and put on your favorite mascara. Right now, I’m really digging the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes that comes with fiber making my lashes longer. Ahhh I love it!

9 Apply a cream lip liner. I like to use Rimmel Lipliner because they have a few color options for natural lip tones, which are perfect for everyday looks. Plus, it has a soft texture to blend with.

10 I used this same lipliner for my blush. I’m surprised how it stays smoothly on my cheeks and gives me a natural flash.

11 (Optional) Use gloss if you’d want a shine on your lips.

12 Add a highlight on your tear ducts if you want to open up your eyes. This is great to help tired, sleepy eyes.

13 Don’t forget to dust some setting powder on the areas under your eyes and your T-zone

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If you are looking for more affordable makeup products, check out my blog post about drugstore makeup products that I used for this look.

What were your makeup must-haves when you were in school? Share them in the comments below!

P.S. Thanks to my son for letting me uses his books as my props for this shoot. 😉

 

Have fun pinning this tutorial on your Pinterest board!

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Pink Bloom: Makeup Using Affordable Drugstore Brands

Monday, July 25, 2016

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I’ve always believed that there are many affordable makeup products in drugstores that offer a great finish for your skin. It is just a matter of how you apply and blend them together. Not everyone can afford high-end makeup brands. That’s why I thought of sharing a few of the drugstore makeup products I’ve recently used. I love to use them, and I can still achieve a gorgeous finish without breaking the bank.

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L’Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup

Rimmel Natural Bronzer, Sun Bronze

Hard Candy Bake Bronzer Hula Hula

Pacifica Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples

Pack of 2- L’oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush

L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow, Amber Rush

Revlon® Ultra HD Matte Multiple Color Lipcolor (flirtation)

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner

NYC Kiss Gloss

Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara

Have you tried some of these? Let me know your thoughts! :)

 

 

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My Dewy Bronzed Foundation Tutorial

Monday, June 20, 2016

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Hello first day of summer!! I’m excited for today’s post sharing a foundation routine that I have been using lately. It’s more of a dewy, glowing-bronzed-skin look which is suitable for this season. First of all, I’ve been using Jergens Natural Glow tanning lotion  for a couple of months now. I love how it makes my skin look more tan for the summer in a natural looking way. If you haven’t used it, you should try it and let me know how it works out for you. Check out my my Jergens blog post HERE.

Here’s my step-by-step tutorial on how I achieve this dewy, bronzed skin look. This is after I have already applied eye make-up.

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  1. I love to use Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream for this kind of weather. It feels soft and lightweight on my face. Plus, it’s totally natural looking which is the best way to have it for summer. I used my fingers to apply it, focusing on the areas which I outlined on the image above.
  2. I then used liquid concealer Bare Minerals Bareskin Concealer with medium to full coverage. I applied it under only the dark areas under my eyes, bridge of my nose, and a little bit on my upper lip.
  3. Using a powder brush and translucent powder, I tapped it off before applying this product so that I wouldn’t get too much on my skin. Doing this helps to avoid cakiness. I only focused on putting this powder under my eyes and little bit on my forehead. By doing this, it keeps my skin from having a matte finish and still look natural.
  4. To warm up my face, I used Rimmel Natural Bronzer and gently slid it on the side of my cheeks, around my forehead, sides of my nose, and around my jaw area.
  5. To start highlighting, I sprayed my brush with this product and used Hard Candy Bake Bronzer as my highlighter for my upper cheeks, bridge of my nose, center of my forehead and my upper lip. Make sure to blend it well.
  6. To make my skin look summer-ready, I love to use a golden bronzer. Using a big round brush, I slid it off to the sides of my forehead and sides of my cheeks.

 

 

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I’m wearing this beautiful necklace from Rebecca Lankford Designs

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Have Pinterest? Pin this image to your favorite beauty board so you can save this tutorial. :-)

Have a wonderful first day of summer!
P.S Some of the links on this post are affiliate links, meaning if you click on them and purchase the product/s, I will receive a commission.

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Fresh Face and Glow! (+ SUMMER GIVEAWAY)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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When I started to do makeup in the Philippines way back 2009, I was introduced to Evian Facial Spray by my fellow makeup artists. They recommended it for my clients, especially for brides. It is well known for making your skin feel fresh, hydrated, and clean before applying makeup. When you’ve finished putting on makeup, you can also spray this on top of your entire face. This will help the makeup stay on longer throughout the day. If you feel your makeup is too powdery or cakey, you can grab your blender sponge and spray the Evian Facial Spray onto it. Then, gently pat down the areas on your face that you feel are powdery or heavy. Not only did I love to use this with my clients, but I loved bringing this with me to the beach, when I was still living in the Philippines. I would use it to help cool down my face under the heat of the sun.

Now that summer is coming, I’m excited to use my 1.7 fl oz travel-sized *Evian Facial Spray in. It is great for traveling since the packaging is leak-proof and TSA-friendly. The size is handy and perfect for my purse too. It also comes in other sizes, 5 oz and 10 oz. If you get the larger sized Evian Facial Spray, it is way cheaper and you can get more product for the price, compared to MAC’s Setting Spray. Evian comes in a canister and creates some fine micro mists when sprayed. This makes it more relaxing for your face when you spray it on. I’m also surprised that the Evian Facial Spray is a great, handy product for a mother like me. With a baby and toddler, I’m glad that it is safe to use for them too. Living in Texas weather, this is great and handy for freshening up my kids’ faces while walking outside and going to the park.

I would especially recommend that you bring this with you in hot weather, like during the summer season. Again, it is so easy to grab and spray on your face to freshen up and keep your face moisturized. With this spray, I can also create a natural highlighting effect for my face and shoulders, without it looking powdery.

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Try to spray the Evian for 2-3 seconds onto your brush, and swipe it off onto your highlighter powder. This technique will help your highlighter stand out even more and make your makeup stay on your skin longer.
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I love to apply highlighter on my upper cheeks, bridge of my nose, and upper lip.
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You can also try to apply it on your collarbone and shoulder so when the light bounces off your skin, it gives you a natural looking glow.

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For you to experience the benefits of this product for yourself, Evian is offering a giveaway to all my readers. 5 lucky winners will receive a summer prize package which includes:

  • A $25 Sephora Gift Card
  • 10 oz evian® Facial Spray
  • Three 1.7 oz. travel size evian® Facial Sprays

(Total package valued at over $75)

Contest ends on May 31, 2016. Enter HERE 

Good luck. :-)

*This product was sent to me by Brandbacker to review. All opinions are honest, true, and my own. Thanks for supporting my blog!:)

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