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Favorite Makeup Tips

Thursday, August 15, 2019

It’s been a while since I posted about makeup and beauty on my blog. I think my last post was about brown smokey eye tutorial from last year! I’ve been meaning to post but of course, as a mom of three kids, delays are no surprise 🙂 So before I get even more busy because of my son’s first day of school, I’d like to share today of some of my favorite makeup tips for this hot hot summer!

Makeup tip #1 

Less is more.

Yes, again less is more. When I apply my makeup in summer, my goal is always to look natural. Skip the heavy foundation that will look cakey and patchy when you go out. Just apply in areas that needs coverage to even out your skin tone.

Makeup tip #2 

Opt for primer or moisturizer.

Choose between the two before applying your makeup. I used to wear both but I honestly don’t see a big difference if I only wear one. I often wear moisturizer and I don’t see any problem with my makeup. Just make sure you massage your moisturizer for a few seconds to let your skin absorb it before putting makeup.

Makeup tip #3

 Go for cream or liquid form for blush and foundation.

I’m a lover of liquid and cream. It’s easy to blend, it stays longer throughout the day, and most especially, it looks so natural on the skin. I have this liquid foundation from Antonym that I totally love! I only use a damp sponge for application and it is always smooth and natural-looking. I also love to use cream blush. Most can be used as a lip shade too or even a simple eyeshadow for the eyelids. 

Makeup tip #4 

Don’t over powder.

I have oily skin during the summer but one thing I’ve learned from makeup books and tips from other professional makeup artists is that don’t over powder your face. A little natural shine wouldn’t hurt. If you like using setting powder, I recommend using a small fluffy brush or a blending brush.

Going for a natural look is what I always aim for. I believe that the less products we put on our skin, the better. This way, there’s less clogging of pores that may cause skin problems. Less is more indeed! What’s your favorite summer look?


Everyday Brown Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

Thursday, October 11, 2018

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Smokey eyes can be intimidating and may seem hard to do. But with proper practice and with the right tools, subtle smokey eyes can be your go-to look for work or nights out. I like wearing neutral shades because they’re more wearable and easily transitions from day to night. It also looks more natural and doesn’t look too harsh on the skin.

I partnered with Antonym to show how to create smokey eyes using brown and neutral tones. Their makeup is organic using only natural ingredients, eco-friendly packaging, and they have zero tolerance for animal cruelty.

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  1.     After using moisturizer, I applied Antonym foundation (shade of tan) using my fingers and then beauty blender. This foundation has a natural finish and long-wearing.
  2.     I applied liquid concealer under my eye and around my nose.
  3.     Using a matte dark brown eyeshadow from the Antonym Quattro palette, I applied it all over my eyelids with a blending brush to blur out the crease area.
  4.     For the outer corner of my eye, I used the satin finish dark brown eyeshadow
  5.     I used the other side of the brush to apply a lighter eyeshadow in Pale Gold for my tear ducts.
  6.     Don’t forget to work on your brows! Brush off after to erase harsh lines.
  7.     Next is black liner on the lower and upper lash lines. Smudge it using a small round brush. I mixed a little satin dark brown eyeshadow to have a gradient look.
  8.     Apply your favorite mascara.
  9.     Brush off some blush, I use this new baked highlighting blush from Antonym called “Lily”. I love that the powder is fine; it gives luminous and velvety feel on the skin. It’s long lasting, too. 
  10. Apply your favorite lipstick. I use this pretty color lipstick pencil in natural shade that keeps my lips hydrated and soft at the same time.

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Antonym Foundation in Tan / Lipstick Pencil in Naturelle / Antonym Organic  Highlighter

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Antonym Cosmetic Quattro Eyeshadow Pallete in Noisette. The Antonym palette comes with an easy-to-use brush.

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Baked Highlighting Blush Lily
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The key to a perfect eye makeup is to blend properly, use the right brush, and find a good quality eye shadow that suits your skin. I like Antonym because they’re pigmented and stays longer. Plus, it’s safe to use around the eyes.

What shades do you prefer using to get a smokey eye effect? And on what occasion do you like wearing them?

Let me know in the comments!


Makeup tips before going on a date

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


I wanted to share a checklist with makeup tips for you, that might help before you go out on a date tomorrow or this coming weekend. Makeup is fun to do and can enhance your skin and facial features, but only with the right application and technique. It also helps to finish your look with the right wardrobe. For example, something like this pretty floral wrap dress from Pink Blush, would be great for Hearts Day. Whether you’ll be wearing makeup for the first time on your date or you’re trying a new look on Valentine’s day, here are some tips to help you with makeup application.

Avoid foundation with SPF

If you go out for a date night and are planning to take some pictures with flash, try to skip foundation with SPF so you don’t have the appearance of white-ish skin in photos. I like to use a good coverage foundation. Something that will give your skin a natural look and doesn’t feel heavy at all.

Less glossy lips

Use a matte or satin finish of lipstick to get a long-wearing lip that lasts throughout the day/night. A lipstick that is too creamy tends to come off easily and may transfer to your teeth (Problematic for when you say “Cheese!”) I also advise to limit the use of lip gloss. If you’d like to have a long-wearing lip application and smooth lips before applying lipstick, exfoliate your lips before applying those products. Here are some gorgeous colors of lipsticks that you can try.

Lash Out

Lashes are gorgeous! Even if you don’t wear eyeshadow, good lashes make your eyes flattering. If you are planning to use false lashes, I recommend natural false lashes that look like this. If you are comfortable applying individual lashes, that will be the best way to achieve natural looking lashes that don’t look fake. Let’s be honest though, many of us don’t have time to put on false lashes, especially when you have little kids or are always on the move. You can opt to use mascara with primer to volumize and lengthen your lashes as well.

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Good Base

I never forget to apply moisturizer to my face before applying foundation. It makes such a big difference with the application and finish of your foundation. I like to massage my face for a few seconds with moisturizer first. Make sure you choose a moisturizer that is lightweight and non-greasy.

Keep it simple

Keep your makeup simple and clean; no glitters, not too much contouring, nor excessive powder layered on your foundation. Don’t use mirrors with magnifiers to check your makeup because obviously it will just show all the imperfection of your skin. It’s better using a normal mirror and looking from a distance showing your whole face and neck.

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My Valentine’s date. He got the memo! Haha! Be sure to check about our cultural differences (when Filipina meets Kano) 😉

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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11


My current makeup routine for dull weather

Monday, January 22, 2018

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Today, I wanted to share the makeup products that I’m currently loving to use for this icky and dull weather. Winter is not my favorite season, but instead of keep focusing on how ugly and difficult it can be to live in a country with cold weather, I just spend a few minutes to myself for pampering and putting makeup on. Sometimes, it’s better to do something for myself to change how I feel and how I view things, since I obviously can’t change the weather and bring the Philippine weather here. 😉

1) Nourishing Day Cream – My skin easily dries in the winter and this moisturizer is keeps my skin moisturized. It’s not heavy on the skin. It is super lightweight! I love to use moisturizer every time I put makeup on. At night, I love to use night cream and mix it with coconut oil if my skin is really dry.

2 Dew Skin – I love this product because it gives a dewy sheer and healthy glow after I put it on my face. This is totally worth the buy! Plus, there are no toxins in the ingredients used for this formulation.

3) Touchup Concealer – I super love this concealer!! It’s buildable and easy to blend. What I also love about this is that it doesn’t make my eyes feel itchy or irritated. I use this under my eyes, around my nose, and a few areas that need to be evened out.

4) Eyebrow Pencil – It’s easy to apply and this pencil totally gives a natural brow look! It comes with a soft brush that I use, before I apply brow makeup to groom my hair.

5) Duo Eyeshadow – I keep my eyeshadow simple by putting a neutral brown color on my eyelids. I then use the dark eyeshadow on the lash line area for a simple, defined eye look. If you are concerned if you have sensitive eyes, I recommend this eyeshadow because it has a flower extract, that helps to moisturize delicate skin around the eyes. Better check out their other gorgeous shades on their site!

6) Honest Truly Mascara with Primer – I like to try different mascaras and so far I’m loving this mascara with primer, from Honest Beauty. Not only are the ingredients all-natural, but it definitely helps my lashes to give some good length. Plus, it doesn’t smear!

7) Matte Bronzer – This weather can make my skin look very dull, so I always find a matte bronzer to do the trick and give my skin a natural, healthy sunkissed look! One important tip I can share in choosing bronzer, use 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone. Avoid a color that makes your skin “orangey.”
I also use a lipstick that keeps my lips moisturized and soft for this cold weather. I love this lipstick brand that has several gorgeous options for colors! Hope this helps! 🙂


(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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easy-fun-sprinkle-lip-art-tutorial-2 You may also focus on wearing creative lips for Halloween, instead of full face makeup. I made this sprinkle lips on a model few years ago and I think this will be fun for Halloween too! (full 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!


How to Achieve a Fresh Makeup Look

Thursday, July 13, 2017

This shop/post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company; all opinions are mine alone. #ColorMeHydrated #CollectiveBias

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I have a fun and fresh-looking makeup tutorial today a look for a clean summer look. I’m sharing my favorite makeup techniques and tips to achieve glowing skin, and to keep you feeling fresh and hydrated. Summer in Texas is getting seriously hot, so I have to keep myself well-hydrated. I make sure to drink plenty of fluids for my skin and body. I was inspired to create this fresh makeup look by vitaminwater, which I found at Target. Drinking a refreshing bottle helps keep me hydrated. It tastes great and is perfect for busy lifestyles like mine. Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to get glowing skin and to achieve a fresh makeup look. Scroll down for a step-by-step tutorial on how to create this look!

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1 ) After washing your face and moisturizing, use a tinted moisturizer and apply to your face with your fingers.

2 ) I opt for liquid concealer to even out the dark circles and red spots around my nose. Use a dampened sponge to even out and blend the application well.

3 ) To fill in the brows, use a retractable brow pencil and a brow brush. Blur the edges and lines.

4) Use less powder on specific areas, like under the eyes and around the nose (if you have oily skin in this area), to set the concealer. I like to keep the other areas of my face free from powder so that it looks natural, healthy, and radiant.

5 ) I love using a liquid type of blush. Pat it down on your cheeks, using your fingers to blend. You may also use a cream blush or even lipstick with a creamy texture.

6 ) For this look I prefer a simple style without eyeshadow. This allows you to pat powder on your eyelids for a clean look and matte finish.

7 ) Curl lashes to the side and immediately apply mascara to lock the curls. Do the same for the other eye.

8 ) Apply your favorite lipstick. I’m using pink tone for this look, which is inspired by kiwi-strawberry vitaminwater.

9 ) Finally, use a bronzer to dust around your face and neck.


Makeup tip: Use a spray bottle of water or facial mist spray on a rounded highlighter blush before applying highlighter powder. This makes it stand better, but keeps it looking natural (not flaky or powdery) on the skin. I love using this technique for myself and for my makeup clients.

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Highlight upper cheekbones, bridge of the nose, chin area and tear ducts using a small brush or your pinky finger.

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Have you tried “Shelf-Selfie”?  I did! Get 15% off when you buy vitaminwater, by simply following the instructions below:

1) Visit your local Target.

2) Snap a Shelf-Selfie (selfie in front of the vitaminwater shelf).

3) Text your image to 89000 to receive the hidden Cartwheel offer link for 15% off a 20 oz bottle of vitaminwater.

That’s it! Easy and simple

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vitaminwater offers a great variety of flavors. Check out other inspiring posts on how vitaminwater fits their lifestyles for the summer.

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How do you keep yourself looking fresh and hydrated from the inside out?

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Easy Steps To Feel Confident

Monday, April 24, 2017

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

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As Spring has begun, I’ve been enjoying the sunny weather every day. I’ve been loving spending time with my kids, whether it’s indoor or outdoor.  But being a stay-at-home mom, I also love taking a few minutes in the bathroom for myself to freshen up, do something to make me feel good, and get ready for a busy  day with my kids. For today’s post, I’m excited to team up with Colgate® and their new Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste as part of my everyday routine to bring out confidence at the start of each day. I always believe that the best accessory is a smile that can create a great impact not only for ourselves but also for others – including our kids. It can lead to positive thinking and can cheer up an otherwise dull day. Here are some easy steps you can try to get some confidence!


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Before I start putting makeup on, I always make sure that I have clean teeth for a great smile on my face. I recently discovered Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste, a new product in Kroger which helps to boost my confidence every day. The best part is that it is safe to use to whiten inside and out. I love to smile (and most especially to laugh) with my kids, especially when taking selfies with them 😉 I think confidence starts from a great smile with white teeth!



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Simple makeup can make big difference throughout the day, whether you want to focus on brows, covering your dark circles or trying a new lip color. Makeup surely brings out some confidence. As a mom with small kids, I like to do a simple application  focusing on areas I like to enhance for me to feel awake and confident. After I wash my face and moisturize, I like to use eyebrow pencil, liquid concealer to cover dark circles,  mascara, a highlighter, blush, and swipe on some lip color. I like coral tone this Spring!  



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Creating a simple hairstyle is also a perfect way to add a cheerful look for Springtime, whether it’s a bun, braid or if you just want to have your hair up. I either do a side braid or half braid if I want my hair to look “pretty” and to match my look for a day.


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I love to wear lighter-colored outfits during Springtime. I think choosing a happy color and good style will make you feel great this season. It makes me smile  and feel inspired when I see fellow mothers who take time for themselves to dress up, even if it’s  just a simple style. Any mothers here who feel the same?



It’s hard for me to accessorize jewelry during Winter since I’m covered with a heavy jacket and too many layers (I don’t miss that season..)  But it’s Spring now and I’m happy to finally get to use my jewelry to match my Spring outfits! I like to keep it simple and wear either a necklace or earrings just to add a bit of style to my outfit.
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Don’t forget to check Colgate®’s page to learn about this new product to achieve radiant white teeth.

Any other beauty/ style routine or steps that you like to share to feel beautiful for Spring?


Dark Lipstick Tutorial

Monday, January 30, 2017


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.


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.

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.


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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