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Featured Blogger: A Dash of Koko

Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Beautiful images by Lauren Bloom Photography

Makeup by Em Smith (me)





Eye Makeup Tutorial: Pop Of Color

Monday, January 4, 2016

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Hello 2016! I’m starting the new year with this pop of color eye makeup tutorial! It’s getting colder here in Dallas and most of the times, the sun is out. This simple and soft pop of color of bluish purple is perfect for a dull winter weather and for those who has dark colored eyes like me. I paired it with a matte lipstick to contrast the eye makeup. And if you are starting to look for makeup look idea for Valentine’s day, this is great color inspiration too. Scroll down for step-by-step tutorial to get this eye makeup look!


1. Apply primer, I use and blend a soft matte rosy brown eyeshadow on the upper crease using an oval shape brush.

2. I gently pat down a matte midnight blue eyeshadow all over my eyelid using flat brush.


3. Using a MAC pigment in corn flower, I carefully apply the eyeshadow on the center of my eyelid.

4. I use a matte black eyeshadow for the outer corner and blend it to create a dimension.


5. Next, I start to fill up my waterline using a blue eye pencil.

6. I went back to the same pigment eyeshadow and blend it on the lower lash line.


7.   In applying liquid eyeliner, look down and apply it on the upper lash line. Apply thinner line from your tear-duct and go thicker as you go outward.

8. I add more color on the outer corner and blend back and forth up to the upper middle crease.


9. Curl your lashes and put your favorite mascara. I also apply a light shimmer eyeshadow on my tear duct and use false lashes, but it is optional.

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Stay warm my friends! 🙂


Sun-kissed Look Tutorial

Friday, October 30, 2015


1. L’oreal Liquid Foundation using ELF small stippling brush

2. Bobbi Brown Concealer using MAC brush 287

3. Laura Mercier Translucent Powder (for the top of  concealer) using Walmart powder brush

4.MAC Mineralize Powder (all over the face) using MAC Face Brush

5. MAC Select Sheer Powder in NC55 (as my bronzer/contouring)

6. MAC Highlighter Powder in Soft and Gentle using powder brush

Check out my previous post about this look: View here


Maternity Makeup: Rachael

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Makeover with Rachael few weeks ago. She’s such a sweet and friendly person!

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Highlight & Contour

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

These are my favorite products to use for highlighting and contouring. My skintone is NC35 (based on MAC) so I’d like to use 2-3 shades lighter than my skintone for highlighting and again, 2-3 shades darker than my skintone for contouring.

Bobbi Brown Palette for corrector and concealer

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Medium (applied after concealer using brush)

MAC Pressed Powder in NC 55 (for contouring my nose, I used the black blending brush. I also used this on the side of my cheeks using medium angle brush)

MAC Pro Sculpt in Shadowy

MAC highlighter in soft and gentle (for the bridge of my nose / cheeks)

Makeup tips: For great dimension effect, I’d like to spray a little bit of water on my brush and slightly brush on the highlighter powder (You can also blend it at the back of your hand). It’s a little tricky but take some time to blend on to your skin and you’ll see the flawless finish.


Before and After: Fresh Look

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Aveeno Moisturizer

MAC Face and Body Foundation

Bobbi Brown Corrector and Concealer

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

MAC Blush Powder in Royal Sunset

MAC Highlighter in Soft and Gentle

MAC  Blush Powder in Blunt for contouring


Brows – MAC Eyeshadow in Cork, Espresso and Brow gel in Beguile

MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer as eyeshadow base

MAC Eyeshadow in Shroom – Eyelid / Tearduct

MAC Eyeshadow in Haux – Crease

MAC Eyeliner in Blacktrack

Covergirl Mascara


NYX lipliner in Natural

MAC Lipstick in Pure Zen

NYC Clear Lipgloss


Makeover: Mommy Lila

Friday, May 1, 2015

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Lila is one of my good friends here in L.A. I met in the park with our (handsome) babies. She is a super-mom! She hikes EARLY in the morning with her baby boy Orion( and with 2 dogs!) 3-4 times a week. Yes, 3-4 times a week! She inspires me in a lot of ways: “being energetic all day”, eating veggies (She’s a vegetarian) and stay happy and goofy despite of our crazy day with the babies. Oh, Did I mention that she owns Lila’s Massage Therapy too!?

For her skin, I used less product  since I love her freckles.

Some of the makeup that I used:

MAC Prep+Prime highlighter

Bobbi Brown Cream Foundation & Concealer

NYX eyebrow pencil

MAC Blacktrack gel liner

MAC eyeshadow in soft brown, texture and espresso

MAC blush powder in Cantaloupe

MAC lipstick in Ravishing


Makeup Session: Whitney

Thursday, January 22, 2015

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Product Details:


Bobbi Brown Corrector in Bisque

MAC Select Cover-up in NC20

Bobbi Brown Foundation in Sand

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

MAC Soft and Gentle Highlighter

Rimmel Bronzer

Physician’s Formula Blush


MAC Paint Pot in Painterly

Julep Eyeshadow in Airglow (Client’s makeup)

MAC Eyeshadow in Wedge

MAC Fluid Line in Blacktrack

Julep Mascara


NYX Lipliner in Hot Red

Julep Lipstick in Siren (Client’s Makeup)


Welcome to Hello Island Mama! I love to share about motherhood, makeup, DIYs, home styling and faith. Based in Houston, Texas. Originally from Philippines. Thank you for your time to read and don't forget to subscribe above! - Em

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