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Last minute Halloween makeup tutorial

Monday, October 30, 2017

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I wanted to share today a last-minute halloween makeup tutorial. It is simple and suitable for Halloween celebrations! I couldn’t help making at one creepy look for this year’s Halloween makeup post! At least, it’s not creepier than the ones I made before, right? Check them out here. 😉 I think this last-minute halloween makeup tutorial is a great idea for those who work during the day and want to do something “fun” on the day of Halloween. It doesn’t require a lot of props since I only add a few spiders and is worn with a simple black dress from Pink Blush. When I was at Walmart, I saw these spider decorations (for less than $3) to show to my kids the next day. They inspired me to create this makeup look which features soft smokey eyes and a dark lip shade. If you’d like to learn how to create this look, scroll down. 🙂

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STEP 1 Use moisturizer to massage and smooth out your skin. Wait a few seconds for it to absorb.

STEP 2 Apply foundation all over your face. I use a buildable foundation that covers my red spot on my nose and even dark eye circles. I like how this foundation is not heavy or makes my face look oily.

STEP 3 I realize I should not be putting foundation on yet since this will be a smokey eyes look, and powder might fall on my under eyes. That is why I skip concealer first and instead apply it on my eyelids as the base for my eyeshadow. I used Touch up Concealer Pen.

STEP 4 I use a matte bronzer by using a blending brush to contour my crease area. This gives some depth to the eye makeup look.

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STEP 5 By using a flat brush, I apply the shade of “Topaz” on my lids. Don’t worry if it has harsh edges since we will blend it later.

STEP 6 I use the shade “Garnet” from this palette, that has a cranberry shade, to add on the crease. Then, I blend it with a shade of “Topaz”. Use a clean brush to brush off harsh edges.

STEP 7 What I love about this palette is that they provide eyeliner powder! I use the “Onyx” with a small angled brush to apply and give definition to my lash line.

STEP 8 To make it more of a smoky eye look, I apply the “smoky quartz” on the outer corner of my eyes and brush upwards to blend on the crease area. You may add more if you prefer to make your smokey eye look more dark.

STEP 9 Curl your lashes and use your mascara. My current favorite mascara is this lengthening one from Beautycounter.

STEP 10 After you are done with the eyeshadow, you may apply concealer to your under eyes. I also apply some “topaz” and “garnet” on the lower lash line and finish it up with “rosebud” highlighter on the tear duct.

STEP 11 Apply eyebrow pencil to your brows.

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This palette is the newest eyeshadow palette of Beautycounter Holiday collection. It has a removable mirror (I love it!)! I really love how they added a highlighter and even eyeliner powder to this palette. It has 7 eyeshadows (which are pigmented and long-wearing), 1 eyeliner powder and 3 highlighters.

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To finish up this look, I use a matte bronzer to contour my cheekbones and some on the side of my nose. I also apply highlighter from the palette using the shade of “Amber” and “rose gold”. I decided to use a darker shade of lipstick called “9 to 5.” It is one of the shades from the Beautycounter lip set. This shade is my current favorite for this fall, since it has a touch of cranberry shade. I’m also in love with the packaging!

To apply the spider, I used false lash glue and waited a few seconds before applying it to my skin, so it would stick well.

I  hope you had fun with this tutorial as much as I did!

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What is your last-minute look this Halloween?

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Don’t forget to share and pin this image on your favorite Pinterest board. Thank you and Happy Halloween everyone!


Instagram Filter Inspired Makeup Tutorial (VIDEO!) + DIY Golden Leaf Crown

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Today, I’m excited to share my first makeup tutorial video. Thanks kids for taking a nap, so that Mommy could put this together. 😉 This look is inspired by Instagram Filters. I know some of you are enjoying these filters, like I am. That’s why I wanted to do a pretty makeup look and also share an easy DIY golden leaf crown, that you can wear for Halloween. As some of you know, I liked creepy Halloween looks before and I’ve been slowly trying to stuff on pretty side rather than the scary side. I have kids around me now and I don’t want to scare them. I also conducted a poll on my Instagram Stories asking friends if they prefer “something scary” or “something pretty” for Halloween looks. Most votes went for something pretty. With that being said, here’s a video on how I created this look. Scroll down for product details and a step-by-step tutorial for the DIY leaf crown.

Products I used:

Foundation (My shade is Honey) 

Concealer Pen (I used Medium 1)

Matte Bronzer (I used No.1)

Eyeshadow / Eyeliner Powder /Highlighter Palette (Love this palette with its removable mirror!)

Eyebrow Pencil (I used a medium shade)

Lengthening Mascara

Lipstick Sheer (I used the shade of Brunch from this Holiday lip set. I also used this lipstick on my cheeks.)

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Artificial Flowers in gold (I got mine from a Dollar Store)

Glue stick and glue gun


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STEP 1 While waiting for the glue gun to get heat up, remove all the golden flowers and cut off all the petals individually. I only used the petals of these artificial flowers for this crown, and I kept the rest of flowers to use for something else. These petals will be used as our leaves.

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STEP 2 Apply hot glue to the center of the headband. Carefully, put two leaves on the top, facing in opposite directions (as the image shows).

STEP 3 Continue to put the leaves on until it covers the headband. You may also add small details like artificial nectar to customize your crown.

That’s it! It’s easy and will complement your pretty makeup look for Halloween parties.

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(This is my DIY Marble Makeup Brush Holder, tutorial here)

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What do you want to see on my next makeup tutorial?

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(Throwback) My Halloween Makeup Looks

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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It’s that time of year again! Halloween makeup looks are always fun to do, even if they take a lot of time to create. I wanted to share some of the makeup looks I did for the Halloween season, ever since I started to blog my makeup works. As some of you know, I started blogging to showcase my makeup works for myself, for model shoots, or for my clients and their maternity or wedding shoots. This blog inspired me to create different creative looks using makeup and props. It even motivated me to create DIY accessories for the shoot.


Bohemian look


Queen of Thorns



White Winter (This is how I feel during winter in America…) You can also learn how to create your own icicle necklace using hot glue from my DIY tutorial here.

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Gothic look for the lips using normal eyeshadow. I think my base was a concealer.

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The base for this look was a pigment powder, and the top was a clear gloss with golden glitter.

I’ve been thinking about what to do for this year’s Halloween makeup look tutorial. I want to avoid a bloody and super scary look, since I have kids around. I don’t want them to cry when they wake up from their naps  😉 I want something that looks pretty (similar to Bohemian or maybe like Trippy double vision look yet creative) Leave me a comment on what you want me to try this year! Or email me a photo here:

Have a great week, beauties!


Halloween Family Costume 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

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We were finally able to experience having our first matching family Halloween costumes! They were inspired by the school buses that my kids get excited about when they see them on the road. That’s how I thought of the idea for our costumes. Brent and I weren’t initially going to wear costumes, but I thought it would be fun to get involved in this event for the kids. Although, my husband was opposed to wearing the “Stop”sign. 😉 Anyways, I thought my readers would want to know how I made these homemade school bus costumes, so here are some photos of the process. 🙂 Enjoy!


I hope you had a fun and wonderful Halloween with your family and friends! What did you dress up as?





White Winter Inspired Makeup Look

Monday, October 31, 2016

Learn some tips on how to create this white-winter inspired makeup look, along with a DIY icicle inspired necklace.

October is a time when I make a creative look like this. This brings me back to the time I was on college, writing my thesis about makeup looks inspired by paintings (A few examples can be found here). As I mentioned in my previous post, here’s the full makeup look I mentioned in the DIY icicle inspired necklace tutorial. This makeup look was more on the lighter tones with an illuminance. I made a mixed foundation, 3 shades lighter than my skintone, with a highlighter. I then applied it all over my face and neck. The makeup look is simple, it’s just a matter of more highlighting in the areas like the bridge of your nose, cheeks, chest and shoulders. I didn’t put any eyeliner on, using only false lashes instead to give my eyes a flattering look. Using a sponge and white face paint, I dabbed it around my forehead to blend in with the white color of my hair. Speaking of my hair, thanks to my mom who braided my hair to create this braided crown hairstyle. I think it looks nice with the concept!


I also made this icicle hair piece using the same procedures as with the necklace. I just needed to apply it on a flat surface instead of a bowl. I glued a big bobby pin onto the finished icicle hair piece, so that I could clip it on my hair. white-winter-inspired-makeup-look-3 white-winter-inspired-makeup-look-4

I also painted my nails with white glitter (tutorial here) and dabbed some white face paint onto my fingers for more of a winter frost look. Check out this similar dress that matches this look!


Anyone here like to create an avant-garde makeup look for Halloween, event, or occasion?

P.S. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, I’ll be sharing my kids’ Halloween costumes that I’ve been making this week.

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DIY Icicle Inspired Necklace Using Hot Glue

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Learn how to create your own necklace using hot glue. This necklace was inspired by ice and the winter season, gorgeous to wear for Halloween or a costume.

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I’m thrilled to share my latest DIY today! This time it’s not for home decor, but an accessory to complete your Halloween or costume look. This necklace was inspired by ice, winter and a DIY ice queen’s crown I stumbled on at Pinterest. I saw how they made crown out of hot glue, but chose to create a necklace instead to add an accent for my neck.  I’ve been wanting to create a look like this that is mainly white in color or ice inspired. Here are the materials that I used. Most of them are from Hobby Lobby (art store).

Plastic Bowl

3-4 Glue Sticks and Glue Gun

Petroleum Jelly


Clear Nail Polish (I used Sally Hansen)

White Glitter (similar here)


Optional: String, Needle, Rubber Band, 2 Safety Pins

(Apologies for the quality of these photos. I took them at night while my kids were in bed. 😉 )


  1. Prepare your glue gun, glue stick, and plastic bowl. Turn on your glue gun and wait until it’s hot.
  2. While waiting for the glue gun, apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly on the surface of the bowl where you are planning to apply the hot glue. This makes the necklace easier to remove.
  3. Start applying the hot glue to the bottom part of the bowl as the foundation. I based the length of the necklace to match my jawline. Apply at least 2-3 coats of hot glue to make the foundation strong and thick. Wait a few seconds between coats. If you make a longer length necklace, you’ll able to trim it later to fit around your neck.
  4. Start on the center by letting the hot glue drip. Make sure the center is much longer than the rest of the necklace pattern, to create a nice dripping icicle shaped necklace. Create at least 2-3 coats of hot glue. Again, wait a few seconds between coats. I like to move the hot glue in random directions to create texture, so that the design is not perfectly smooth.
  5. Turn your bowl upside down and place it under the light to check if you have missed some parts, or to see if you are satisfied with the proportion of the glue drippings.
  6. When you are done, wait to dry and clean up the strands of hot glue. Carefully remove the dry glue using a cutter or razor
  7. Apply clear nail polish (same polish I used here) on top of the icicle inspired necklace. I sectioned it by 3 so the clear nail polish would still be wet for the glitter to stick on.
  8. Next, dust the white glitter over the top of the clear nail polish, to cover the surface of the hot glue-made necklace. Proceed to the next section and repeat steps #7 & #8 until you are done. To seal the glitter, wait for the nail polish to dry and re-apply clear nail polish over the top of the glitters
  9.  I used white sequins to decorate this necklace and glued them on with hot glue.
  10. I didn’t have the right string for the necklace since this was an impromptu project. Instead, I used a needle and white thread to finish this necklace. I put a rubber band on my thumb, making it easier to push the needle in both ends of the necklace. I used 2 small safety pins to attach both sides of the thread and make the necklace easy to wear. Again, I used this method only because I didn’t have the right materials, but if you can, use the right materials and tools for it. :-)

I’ll be posting a full makeup look soon that I did, inspired by ice and winter. Be sure to check them out here on my blog!

Any creative looks you are planning to do for Halloween?

By the way, for makeup bookings (in Houston) this Halloween, for parties, etc. Feel free to email me at


Easy And Fun Sprinkle Lip Art Tutorial

Sunday, October 16, 2016


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!


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! 🙂


Halloween Costume Ideas For Toddlers

Thursday, October 13, 2016



Halloween is coming up in the next few weeks and I’m still searching for costume ideas for my two toddlers, something I can make on my own (DIY Mama 😉 ). Last year, my eldest son was a bumblebee (photo above with holding a pumpkin container) which was made by my sister-in-law. He was so cute together with his cousin! Unfortunately, my youngest one didn’t have a chance to dress up  because of his bad reflux. But now that he is totally a toddler and reflux-free, Brent and I are super excited for Halloween since both our boys will be able to wear costumes. Here are some inspiring costume photo ideas to motivate you to create something for your toddler for this coming Halloween. Enjoy browsing!




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Curious George and the man with a yellow hat


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Any suggestions for cute costumes for toddler? Cute kids get more candy (which mama gets to eat!)


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