Jun 15, 2011

Color Story: It's a Charmed Life!

People always tell me I am practically dolled up 95% of the time, the 5% I am not I reserve for sleeping which on some rare occasions I am still quite cute for (well since I invest in cute PJ sets and eyemasks) but anyway, since I am known for my makeup skills and how I am almost always "dolled up" or "made up"...here's a sneak peek at my makeup kit/ beauty arsenal.

Side note---
BTW, I am NOT offended when people comment that I love to wear makeup. It's not a bad thing. It's not that I have to hide under layers of cosmetics to be pretty because I do invest in my skin as I think great skin is a great canvas to experiment on. It's that I am a strong believer in enhancing my assets to its full potential (you have it, might as well prettify it!) and being 100% prepared for anything. I can rarely be caught off guard and if ever you do see me all puffy and pale, I probably must be super sick or in the brink of a nervous breakdown. I think other makeup enthusiasts get me on this. I love fashion and I love makeup. And whenever I dress up, makeup is a part of my ensemble...it's like a package deal. Oh and the same goes with my hair. I make sure it matches my look. I'm OC like that!

The Arsenal:

Top to Bottom, Left to Right
My Beauty Essentials...yes I have a lot! To think this was already filtered as absolute essentials!
(1) Beauty Formulas Petroleum Jelly Cream with Cocoa Butter (it has a coconut beachy smell to it, thats why I love it!)
(2)Maybelline Cat Eye Volume Mascara (perfect for separating lashes)
(3) MAC Like Venus Lip Gloss
(4) Smashbox O-gloss (it's magic makeup, starts off clear then gets super pink!)
(5) Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizer (new found addiction)
(6) Mac Prep + Prime Skin Makeup Primer- it's a light weight mousse that makes skin matte and blends perfectly with makeup to make it last all day and all night long
(7) The ODBO BB Cream (I had my BFF search for this all the way in Seoul Korea when she went. I am a BB Cream addict! Hardcore)
(8) MAC Fix+ Spray... perfectly sets my makeup and makes it last longer and keeps my face hydrated
(9) Versace Bright Crystal...my night scent
(10) Shu Uemura Loose Powder (sets my foundation to perfection)
(11) BVLGARI au the blanc (my everyday scent)
(12) Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Palette in Rose Quartz-
acts as my bronzer, blush and shimmer all in one!
(13) MAC Asstd. Glitter Pigments- great lightweight eyeshadow and pretty easy to blend
(14) MAC Eyeshadow- this one in hot pink/ Rani Frost shade
(15) Sephora Rouge Lipstick in R11..the hottest hot pink shade ever (used this in the photo). Makes my lips look extra juicy and plump sans the red tone. This is my doll makeup secret, along with Mac Pink Noveau
(16) My gold makeup pouch (Midas Touch!) from Tickles!
(17) OPI Nail Polish in Hot Hot Pink
(18) Concealers: VOV and MAC camouflage. I hate that VOV has been discontinued here. I am still looking for a substitute but since I am a makeup hoarder (I buy lots of stocks so I never run out, I have 4 for backup)

The Glossies:

I think its safe to say, Pink is my favorite crayon!

All the Shimmers in this world is sure to fade away...again.

Thats why I have glitter and lots of it!

Life in technicolor!
Painting on my face has never been so much fun with this much paint/color to experiment, blend and play with!

And then some more...
I am pretty vocal about how organized my makeup table is supposed to be.
One of the reasons I take forever to get ready is that after I put on my makeup, I clean and make sure everything is in place before leaving. OCD at its finest right there!

Smashbox O-Glow's Cheek Tint has the smoothening properties of the Smashbox primer (below) except that it adds a rosy glow to your cheeks.

Lastly, the secret to great makeup application are state of the art brushes. So invest in your own set (I like to keep two, one for home and one for travel so I don't need to keep on packing)

Add ons:
Invest in a makeup chiller, in this temperate and humid country, extreme temperatures tend to ruin makeup so a cosmetic chiller (yes, a refrigerator for makeup is the perfect solution)

Get your own copy of Bobbi Brown's Book: Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. It's the best and simplest makeup tutorial book ever. Seriously.

There you go. I've shared my secrets and I hope it help especially for those emailing me (there have been a lot, seriously!) for makeup tips. Feel free to ask me for anything or share your own beauty secrets would love to hear them!



  1. I cant get over the cosmetic chiller, hahahaha!! Didn't know that existed! Love this post <3

  2. thanks for posting! i really need this!:)

  3. hi, may i ask what items specifically should be put inside the chiller? thanks :)

  4. Now I want a cosmetic chiller!

    I can actually relate to you when it comes to make-up. I can't leave the house without anything on because, without make-up, para lang akong bagong gising lagi! Haha. And it's not a good thing.

    And you should be a pro make-up artist! :)

  5. love your collection! i'm also a huge, huge fan of beauty products. i agree with you, we should try to look our darndest best if we have the power to do so.

    i just have a comment though - not sure if it's your camera, photo editing process, or perhaps a primer/base that you use, but your foundation seems to be too light for your skintone. :) i think going a shade or two lighter wouldn't hurt, even though your face may be lighter than your neck.

    just my two cents!

    keep up the great work. :)


  6. I knew very well you're pretty even without make up. Make up doesn't make you beautiful, it enhances whatever you already have. I love your blog, you are stylish, outspoken and never hesitate to air your views.

    Keep it up.


  7. makeup application requires great skills and even greater courage to wear the brightest eyeshadow and the boldest red lipstick.. plus, it's the finishing touch to complete a look.
    women should know that it's more than just correcting the eye bags or concealing stubborn zits. if you wanna look all dolled up, simply presentable, freshly done, or just a little bit more confident...why would it hurt then? right?

    p.s. love your blog..

  8. Wow girl! You have sooo much makeup. I definitely don't even have a 1/5th that! haha, love your look here at the end of the post!

    Live Life in Style

  9. I'm happy to see that your blog is gradually evolving. I love the fact that you share a bigger part of yourself now. :) By the way, I envy your make up collection! haha!

  10. i also use Neutrogena Hydro Boost and im lovin it!

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