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Makeup 101 by BYS Cosmetics

BYS Cosmetics is an Australian brand that I only heard of when I saw Michelle post a picture of some of their products on Instagram. After that I started to notice their counters in SM department stores and in Watson’s, but never had time to stop and check out the products. So when I was sent this:

I was soooo excited. It just wasn’t a day of makeup, it was a day of makeup with the SoMoms! Guaranteed fun.

I got there late, because this is my motto in life:

I’m kidding. I’m just really not a morning person.

I did not follow instructions and came with my makeup already in place, so I chose to just sit in, enjoy the BYS products and be usisera to the SoMoms and their Makeup 101 session.

They had these makeup stations with a bunch of BYS goodies to try.

So early in the morning, and already so eager to learn. #notamorningperson

Fleur and Jen were my seatmates. I loved the subtle bronze eye that Jen did on her monolids.

Daytime, everyday looks all around.

BYS stands for “Be Yourself”. It’s a brand that originates from Australia, where it gained popularity within a few years from its introduction and is making its way into the ranks in other countries as well. Japan is one of its biggest markets, which is highly encouraging, since it has one of the most stringent cosmetic quality control systems in the world. They are super affordable and cater to a wide market of beauty enthusiasts.

The one product that I am most curious about is their primer.

It’s got Vitamin E and Chamomile Extract, is supposed to moisturize and prime at the same time. Must get that.

I wasn’t able to take a picture of their brow pencil in Blonde, and their retractable lip liners in the nude colors that I liked. I was too excited. I must make my way to a BYS counter soon and get a couple of those.

Onsite, they also had a couple of their eyeshadow palettes, cream eyeshadows, eyeliners, mascara, lipgloss, lipsticks and some blushes for us to try. BYS has over a thousand products in their lineup, including a mineral makeup line, so what we had in our vanity was not even a fourth of what they had to offer.

Even Berry had so much fun.

It was also at the BYS event that I met these two ladies for the first time.

I’ve regularly checked Shen‘s blog for product updates. It was about time Patty and I met, considering the hours we spent chatting online about anything and everything!

We walked away with this awesome lootbag full of BYS beauty products.

Thank you BYS for a super fun morning of beauty!

Check out BYS Cosmetics at Watson’s and at SM Department Stores.

My Personal Makeup Lesson at The Makeup Secrets School

I have been wanting to take makeup lessons for a really long time. I have all this makeup and have read books, seen videos and experimented to death. I have my hits but I’ve also got misses, and I really wanted to know the basics of makeup. I finally took the plunge a while ago and invested in taking a Personal Makeup Class at The Makeup Secrets School in Robinson’s Place Manila.

Why take a makeup class? For me, makeup can be very empowering. Some people don’t understand how I can “waste” my time doing my makeup even just to go to the supermarket. I don’t know about you guys, but even just a swipe of lipstick gives me a boost and an extra jump in my step. I’ve been down the losyang road before, when Basti was really small. Losyang is a downward spiral that we mommies have to fight!

So I took the class with Marj and Olive – friends, fellow makeup junkies and mommies too! We have been talking and talking about makeup for weeks and were so excited to take the class. My friend Myrene Hernandez-Santos conducted the class. She’s a friend from way, way back and one of my mom-inspirations. I’ll talk more about her on another blogpost.

It was a 3-hour session and we learned the basics of makeup, from sanitation, application, and a touch here and there on technique. We were very fortunate that the class was very small, and we could insert our own questions. Myrene was also able to give us tips for each of us, having different faces, eyes and all.

Here’s an eye makeup demo on our model for the day, Jolly.

The most important things I learned were:

  • Proper makeup sanitation. I thought I was already careful with my makeup but I learned I could do better. I learned a few tips and tricks about keeping my makeup clean (not just the brushes, mind you!) so that my skin will always stay safe.
  • Picking the right foundation. I brought 3 kinds of foundation that day and all of them were REJECTED. Can you imagine my dismay? I learned how to match my skin and pick the right color for me. Right after the class I headed over to L’Oreal and got a new one. The Sales Assistant was trying to push a color that was totally wrong for me! I felt bad for ignoring her but I was not going to walk around with the wrong color foundation ever again.
  • Contouring. Cheekbones. Nose. ‘Nuff said.
  • The proper way to prep my skin, apply and set foundation. Take the time and touchups will be few and far between.
  • Zooming in on my eye’s crease. Crucial in achieving that eye look you are aiming for.

  • Pulling the look together with blush and lipstick. Sometimes I would look at my face, think I did everything right and yet I can’t tell what it is that’s not quite there. This was IT.

Aside from these main points, I also learned new tips and tricks for doing my eyebrows, blush, and eye makeup. There’s still so much to be learned really, and taking this class made us even more excited.

After we discussed the topics, it was our turn to take theory and apply it.

Here’s Myrene guiding Marj in applying eye makeup.

Pretty everyday looks from Olive and Marj.

We wanted to raid the school’s display of makeup, tools and accessories. The Makeup Secrets School carries MAC, Sleek, NYX, Beauty Blender and lots of other beauty goodies that you may need or simply want.

We had a really good time and we want to take more classes in the future!

If you’re still wondering why we should even bother with makeup or fixing up everytime we step out, let me share a quote shared to me by Myrene from the fabulous Coco Chanel:

Image source: tumblr

You don’t mess with destiny.

Attend your own personal makeup class with The Makeup Secrets School. Contact them at:

4th floor, Midtown Wing
Robinson’s Place, Ermita Manila

What’s Beauty? Snoe Knows!

Snoe Beauty first entered my realm of consciousness (wow deep) when Karotitay (the enabler of all things lovely and beautiful) tagged me on a post, raving about their liquid eyeliner. At that time, I lived but a kanto away from their SM Supercenter then-kiosk-now-store and checked them out immediately. I found their things interesting and the branding super cute, and filed Snoe in my “to try in the future” space in my brain.

I first had my first taste of Snoe when I got a sample of their Oil for All Argan Oil in the February Glamourbox. That, and some urging from a couple of friends to try out their makeup, pushed me to visit their Supercenter outlet to buy the much-raved-about Poudre Extraordinaire.

This finishing powder did not disappoint. It gives great coverage, has a really nice texture and quite affordable too. Since recommending it to a few people, it has earned the nickname “diwata powder” because of the flawless coverage it gives.

I had a hankering for more Snoe products after trying out these two products and as the universe would have it, a basket of Snoe goodies landed on my doorstep! (Thank you Jardine!)


For skincare, I got the Shoo-Zit Don’t Bother Me Deep Cleansing Acne Wash, the Emu.Cleanse Foaming Cream Wash and the Vitamin-C Rich Calamansi Whitening Detoz Clay Mask.

I’ve been using Emu.Cleanse for a few weeks now. It reminds me of cucumber-scented products maybe because of the singkamas in it. I also love masks so I am enjoying this Calamansi face mask very much. They have other products in their Emu oil line. Emu.Tox caught my attention in particular, because of it’s description – Botox Serum. Ooh, definitely something to try in the future.

For makeup, they sent me Poudre Synthesis, which is a BB liquid powder base with a matte finish, Poudre Extraordinaire, Parallel CC Cream and Rouge Deluxe lipstick.

The Poudre Synthesis went well under my Missha BB Cream and I didn’t get so oily as I did when I would wear BB cream alone. The Rouge Deluxe was very moisturizing, had great staying power, and is highly pigmented. Even after I ate a full meal, the color was still on my lips.

The Snoe body stuff sounds simply delicious. Here’s Hair Heroes Super Fresh Sage Tea Tree and Peppermint 5-in-1 Conditioner, Body Ritual Hair and Body Glaze, Honey Bath Syrup and Scrumptious Body Spritz – all in Vanilla Bean and Butterscotch, Face Custard Body and Face Powder and a Body Softener.

The Vanilla Bean and Butterscotch line is nice for those who like sweet and rich scents. I’m more of a light, fruity person, so I would like to try the Honey Dew and Melon version of the spritz.

My favorite is the Hair Heroes Conditioner. It is perfect for the coming scorching summer we are predicted to expect. It’s a cleansing conditioner, but you can also use it as a deep treatment mask, a leave in conditioner, head massage treatment and even a foot treatment!

What I also love about the Snoe is the passion behind the business. The two women behind the brand, Jen and Gen, are both passionate about cosmetics and it’s this passion that has helped build Snoe into a brand that’s making a mark in the local beauty industry. Nevermind that they are not dermatologists, chemists or pharmacists. They are real women who know what other real women want and need! I’m so happy to see a Filipino beauty brand deliver such good products. Hope you guys can try some of their stuff for yourselves! They come out with new stuff all the time, so check back them often to see their latest products.

You may buy Snoe from any of their stores and outlets all over Metro Manila, Cebu, General Santos and Bohol. Visit and like their Facebook page ( for updates and more information on branches and products. Follow them on Twitter (@SnoeBeautyInc) and on Instagram (@SnoeBeautyInc) for the latest news and updates! You may also buy Snoe online from their website ( through the link that leads to their Shop Pinas portal.

DermaPro Clinic Giveaway: The Winner!

First of all, thank you everyone for the wonderful support you gave to this giveaway! It’s very encouraging. There will be some more giveaways coming up soon, so keep posted!

So without further ado, the winner of the Anti-Aging Facial Package from DermaPro Clinic is….

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Congratulations to Christine Bacal Batiller!! Please check your email. I hope to run into you at DermaPro! :)

Beauty Junkie Post: Makeup Collection Update!

I’ve made it quite known by now that when it comes to makeup, I’m really quite obsessed. I’ve been building up my makeup collection ever since I realized how much I’ve neglected my love for makeup. Since then I’ve been buying more stuff, and I blogged about my new acquisitions a few posts back. Since then, I’ve added a few more things to my makeup collection. Here are a few notable additions to the ever growing makeup stash.

I needed to grow my brush collection quick, and I found a convenient and affordable solution with the Charm 21-piece PRO brush set. I bought a few brushes from Sophie before this and was quite happy with them. Great value for money and I like the brush selection a lot.

I’m still looking for more brushes, and I started off the next phase of brush collection with my first Sigma brush. The F86 tapered kabuki is a dream to use with undereye concealer (as I learned from my favorite YouTube makeup guru, TiffanyD). Thank you Jen for this wonderful birthday gift!

And so my brushes look a little dirty because I have not washed them yet! In between the tedious shampoo sessions, I use this:

I won this J&C Super Clean Solutions Makeup Brush Cleaner from a Live, Love, LOLZ contest by my friend Karrots. It’s great for spot cleaning and leaves your brushes smelling minty-fresh. Several Multiply beauty shops sell it, including Beauty and Minerals, where I bought my Charm brushes.

For lip products, I decided to go NYX sampling, and got a few items from Digital Traincase. I love NYX – good quality for such an affordable price. Hoarding their stuff is so guilt-free.

I bought two nude lip pencils, one in Peekaboo Neutral and one in Nude Pink.

And a few lipsticks, plus a matte lip cream. In order they are: matte lip cream in San Paolo, lipgloss in Whipped, round lipsticks in Echo and Doll, Black Label lipstick (I think) in India, and another round lipstick in Haute Couture.

Swatched them too, in case you’re curious:

The colors are in the order I mentioned them above, starting with the lip pencils.

I also tried a new foundation/concealer duo. Face It Oil Cut foundation and concealer from The Face Shop is supposed to be pore-refining, and I’m happy with both so far. The foundation blends on pretty well, and I love that the concealer is double-ended – a liquid and a stick!

More face stuff here.

I learned about the ELF blush/bronzer duo from The Makeup Geek on YouTube. It’s not as awesome as the NARS blush/bronzer duo but you can’t go wrong with this product for the cost. It’s really affordable from the beauty sellers on Multiply. Bought this one from Stuff In Style. I also got a black/grey eyebrow set from NYX (I find it weird to have dark brown brows with some eyeshadow shades). The blush here is possibly the most awesome blush in the world! It’s Glisten from the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes, and I love it so much I wish I could get all of them. I got them locally from the French Macarons online store.

For eyes, I added a few base colors and primers. My favorite is the Smashbox eyelid primer, but I also bought NYX’s version just because it’s said to be the best drugstore eyelid primer out there. Haven’t opened it yet. And then there’s Urban Decay’s Primer Potion – I’m not a fan of this. As a base color I got MAC’s Paint Pot in Painterly which I absolutely love! It’s the perfect base color for most daytime makeup I wear. The one on the right is from LA Splash, oneof the samples I got in the January Glamourbox. It’s a shimmery neutral color that I like to wear under matte shadows.

I haven’t found a pencil eyeliner I like (hooded lids and creamy eyeliners don’t mix) but I found love with the Revlon Colorstay liquid liner pen (sorry for the blurry picture). I also love gel liners, but I wasn’t too happy with the Tony Moly one (left, in brown). I tried Maybelline’s (on the right) and I’m happy with it! It goes on very smoothly and stays put. Very easy to use with a small angled brush or an eyeliner brush.

And, my favorite addition in this batch – the original Naked palette!

I spoke about wanting this too when I got the Naked 2 palette, and Cecile was so sweet to give me one for Christmas. Here’s the Naked and Naked 2 palettes, if you want to compare. I can’t pick one over the other, and I find myself jumping from one’s pans to the other’s when I’m doing my eyes. (Naked 2 on top, Naked on the bottom)


I’ve got some stuff coming in from Sephora next month. I can’t wait to see those and share them with you makeup and beauty junkies too!


(Giveaway Alert!) DermaPro: Because Beauty Junkies Need Good Skincare

I am obsessed with skincare. I have been since I was a very pimply teenager who saw many many dermatologists and had to endure many many treatments in the past two decades. Thankfully, my hormones began to have pity on me and my skin problem went from impossible to manageable. BUT. With my 38th birthday just around the corner, my anti-acne obsession has turned into an anti-aging obsession. More than worrying about looking older (happened already) or getting wrinkles (not happened yet, thanks to my oily skin), it’s about keeping my face healthy and blemish-free. I kinda think that if you’re as obsessed with makeup as I am, you better be as obsessed with skincare.

I got an invitation from DermaPro last year, and I finally, finally got to pay them a visit very recently. The two dermatologists behind DermaPro, Drs. Candy Villaroman-Tuliao and Feliz Orig-Palma, are two cool babywearing and breastfeeding mamas who totally understand what moms are looking for in a skin care facility. Friends since medical school, putting up their own clinic is a fulfillment of many years of friendship and partnership.

The services menu of DermaPro pretty much reads like a normal dermatology clinic. They offer facials, slimming solutions, hair reduction, peels, and other dermatological things. What I like about DermaPro is the very casual and relaxed atmosphere, and the personal care you get from two women who know what they’re doing. There are little touches of Candy and Feliz everywhere, the bathroom is quite nice (says a lot to me) and the waiting room is cozy and kid-friendly. Yes, you may leave your little one at the waiting room. The TV is armed with The Backyardigans and other kiddie shows. The clinic is also right in front of Mobler so you can do some IKEA shopping before or after, and have a milk tea and stuffed peppers at Tea Tap which is right around the corner.

During my chat with Doc Candy before my treatment, we touched a bit on the Philippine Dermatological Society’s Skin Safety Campaign. It’s so important to go to a clinic with real dermatologists at the helm to make sure that everything they do to you is safe and apt for your concerns and the staff under them are trained properly to administer some treatments. So don’t take every offer of just anyone to inject you with glutathione for cheap. It’s too scary.

DermaPro’s treatment area

That afternoon, I got to try DermaPro’s RF (Radio Frequency) treatment on my face, and the DermaPro Anti-Aging Facial. The radio frequency stimulates collagen synthesis and urges your skin to get going and fight gravity. At this point, Doc Candy says this is mainly preventive for me, because I don’t have any real visible sagging yet. (Thank God) The machine uses heat to make the synthesis more effective, and it was very soothing. The treatment consists of two wands, with the red light doing the collagen synthesis, while the blue light has acne-prevention properties as well.

I like the RF machine, “Magic Pot.” I found it so cute. It looks like a rice cooker.

After the RF Treatment, one of the DermaPro gals, Lyka, gave me an anti-aging facial. She has magic hands. She cleansed and gently gave my skin a scrub, with a very relaxing facial massage. After that came the enzyme peel, some extraction and then a collagen serum mask that came with a neck and shoulder massage. I hope I got that sequence right, because I dozed off at some point. It was sooo relaxing.

Getting an enzyme peel. All done. With Lyka.

I felt fresh and rejuvenated after the facial. No swelling and no dear-Lord-don’t-let-me-run-into-anyone-I-know moments. I was able to do errands after without looking too hideous.

And here’s the best part, one of my readers will get to try DermaPro’s Anti-Aging Facials too! DermaPro will be giving out an Anti-Aging Facial Package that consists of 6 facial sessions, valued at PhP1,000 per session! Thank you DermaPro!

Here’s the contest stuff:

  1. All treatments will be availed at the DermaPro clinic at 200 Wilson St., San Juan, Metro Manila.
  2. All entries will be tracked via Rafflecopter. Here’s how you can gain entries:
    • “Like” the DermaPro page on Facebook. (required)
    • “Like” The Painter’s Wife page on Facebook. (required)
    • Share a skin-care tip from the DermaPro Facebook page on your Facebook account and/or RT a skincare tip by @DermaPro_Clinic to your Twitter followers. Please tag both DermaPro and The Painter’s Wife on your FB and Twitter shares so we can track and verify your entries.
  3. Entries will be accepted from 12mn of February 7, 2013 to 11:59am of February 21, 2013. Winners will be drawn via Rafflecopter and announced on this blog, Facebook and Twitter. The winner will also be contacted via email.

Good luck everyone! Thank you DermaPro and thank you Dr. Candy and Dr. Feliz for accommodating me and giving me the opportunity to share this with the blog’s readers! See you guys soon at DermaPro!

With Dr. Candy Villaroman-Tulio. (Thank you!!)

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Glamourbox.Ph: Beauty in a Box!

The past couple of months saw the arrival of a beauty trend that’s been in practice for sometime elsewhere – the sample box! I was particularly interested in the Glamourbox, having seen their first box featured in several blogs. I was so excited when Pam of Glamourbox.Ph wrote me and offered to send me their premiere box!

Every piece I’ve read about the Glamourbox always raves about the box itself. I would have to agree. It’s really good quality, and totally reusable. It’s packed really nicely too.

It comes with a card that describes all the goodies to try.

For November, this was the product lineup:

Perfume samples: Burberry Sport, CK Eternity Aqua, Bvlgari Omnia, Bvlgari Man.
Makeup: Eye of Horus Mascara, Ofra Lipstick Palette
Skincare: Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Balancing Softener and Pop Up Masks, Yves Rocher Slimming Action Concentrate
Gift Card: Yves Rocher PhP200

For these two items alone, the box was well worth it!

The full-sized mascara costs PhP1,290.00 and the lip palette retails for PhP1,050.00. If that’s not a good deal, I don’t know what is.

So the moment I could, I signed myself up for a monthly subscription plan. (December boxes ran out fast! I was very lucky to have been able to sign up when they announced extra boxes)

My December Glamourbox arrived the other day! The theme was “Holiday Glow”. Here’s what’s inside:

Skincare: Obagi Foaming Gel, Skin Food Gold Caviar Toner and Emulsion, Kosmea Hydrating Water Mist, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
Makeup: VMV Hypoallergenics lipstick in Girl Next Door
Perfume Samples: Issey Miyake Sport for Men, Issey Miyake for Women
Gift Card: House of Obagi Half Off on the Obagi Signature Treatment, VMV Hypoallergenics 15% off.

My winner item for the December box is the full-sized VMV lipstick, which retails for PhP1,050.00. Mine was a bit damaged though. *sad face*

I love Glamourbox! At first I wasn’t so into getting so many skin care samples, but after trying them out, I realized it’s really the perfect way to find a new toner, moisturizer or treatment cream. The full sizes can be SO expensive. They always give you a substantial amount to sample so you’ll know whether you would like it for long-term use.

Thank you Glamourbox.PH for sending me my first box. You’ve gained a long-term customer in the process. I’m looking forward to the future boxes!

(Giveaway Alert!) My Beauty Junkie Partners from Unilab: Celeteque and Asian Secrets

I posted about the return of my inner beauty junkie, but it was a post all about makeup. Another part of my self-preservation quest is good skin. As someone who has lived with bad skin all her life (when I was younger, I was a pimple WITH A FACE), having good skin is super important to me. I may be a few pounds (ok a lot of pounds) overweight right now, but I will never let my skin go. I get a facial every two weeks, without fail.

I’m ruled by my hormones, and breakouts are my hormones’ homies. Even now at 37 years old, I still get a blemish here and there. My skin gets desensitized pretty quick, so I like having a roulette of skin care products. I change them around when I feel that my skin is getting bored.

One brand that I discovered a couple of years back is Celeteque. I was pretty impressed with it when it came out, and I was even more impressed when I found out that it was actually from Unilab. It was against the grain of what I was used to seeing in the lineup of locally-made products.

These are my favorites from their whole product line-up.

  • Celeteque Hydrating Facial Wash – At first I had to get used to it being not-so-foamy (Oh, Philippines, land of the foam-lovers) but after I got past that, I quickly got addicted to this facial wash. I just love how supple it made my skin feel. They’re not messing around when they attached “hydrating” to the product name.
  • Celeteque Makeup Removal Facial Wipes (no picture because I finished it all and haven’t bought them again) – I love this product. It makes taking out the day’s makeup gunk such a breeze.
  • Celeteque Anti-Aging Cleansing Oil – After a makeup removal wipe, I like to run this on my face as well. It takes out all the residue, most especially around the eyes (oh me, the lover of liquid long-staying eyeliner) but also bathing your face in anti-wrinkle goodness.

I’ve also got the Celeteque Anti-Ageing Facial Moisturizer which is on the roulette of my day moisturizers, and the Celeteque Anti-Ageing Collagen Gel, which I like bringing when I travel. I like its light, greaseless consistency, perfect for hot and humid climates. I also use the Celeteque Advanced Anti-Aging Power Serum capsules (these feel like silk on your face!) and the Celeteque Gentle Exfoliating Facial Wash every other day.

The other brand from Unilab that I’ve been using is Asian Secrets. I’ve heard of this sorcery that is Indonesian lulur from my sister-in-law, and I got the chance to try it when Unilab sent me samples of their Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Scrub and Bengkoang Whitening Soap a while back. I have to say, the lulur resurrected my post-partum underarms (oh we mothers know how depressing that could be). I’m not much on whitening soaps, but I like the creaminess of the soap, so I use it too. It doesn’t have a strong scent, which I like a lot.

And here’s the awesome giveaway: Unilab is giving away three Asian Secret sets that will go to three lucky winners! Each winner will receive an Asian Secrets pack as pictured above: three variants of the Asian Secrets Lulur Scrub and two variants of the Asian Secrets Bengkoang Whitening Soap.

Contest notes:

  • Contest will run from today to midnight of December 11, 2012. Winners will be announced within the next 2 days.
  • The contest is open to all Philippine residents.
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Just Sharing: The Sephora Color Daze Blockbuster Palette

Warning: As Basti grows up and I have more time on my hands, y’all are gonna see just how much of a shopaholic I am.

And more posts like this one, that are totally not in the motherhood peg I’ve fit in for a few years now.

My sister Yapi just came home from the States and brought me the Sephora Color Daze Blockbuster Palette. This isn’t a review, as I have yet to actually use the products, but I just wanted to share it with you guys because it’s so darn cute.

It comes in a reusable tote bag. It’s not that big. It’s just about as tall as my phone.


This is the actual box.

The plastic doesn’t feel that durable, so I wouldn’t throw this around. It’s well packed though, with padding and all, so if you’re going to have someone buy it for you from the US, I think it will hold.

So you open up the latch on top…

And it opens to reveal this first layer.

Open up the mirror, and it reveals another set of colors at the bottom.

The box has compartments on each side. Just snap them open like this..

And reveal the whole palette.

Pretty cool huh?

Product information:

  • 22 nude eyeshadows.
  • 42 eyeshadows in different colors and shades
  • 12 cream eyeliners
  • 6 eye topcoats
  • 3 luminizers
  • 6 lip top coats
  • 48 lip glosses
  • 6 eye/lip/cheek creams
  • 3 blushes

All for USD49.50. Not a bad purchase for those who want to play, or as a gift to someone just starting out with makeup. The packaging is so cute, like Geek x Girly. I might as well call it the Makeup-Tron, it’s totally a Transformer for girls.


Once a Beauty Junkie, Always a Beauty Junkie

Warning: Picture-heavy post.

Last week, Grace featured me as her Glossy Girl on her blog, Divasoria.Ph. It’s a weekly feature she does, featuring different types of women and the cosmetics they use. When she asked me to survey my current stash, I felt a sense of shame (shame talaga!). Okay, I don’t have a bad collection, but it’s nowhere near what my lineup was like before.

In the write-up, I mentioned how I had to strip down to basics when Ondoy wiped out my cosmetics and makeup collection, and when motherhood required me to stick to the essentials. Well right after I sent my email to Grace, my journey back to beauty junkie-dom started. I think it was writing the write-up that jumpstarted it. So… my Glossy Girl feature needs an update. Eep, sorry Grace!

One thing I’ve always loved is makeup. The beauty stores and sections of any mall or department store has always been my favorite corner. I’m no makeup snob either. I appreciate the drugstore brands and the more expensive counterparts on the same level. When I was younger, I toyed with the idea of becoming a makeup artist. I still want to take lessons, just for myself! Let me put that down on my list of things-to-do.

So here are some things from my stash before the shopping frenzy:

Top: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, Becca Loose Shimmer Powder, Face Shop Lip Palette, Prestige eyeshadow palettes, Sephora Primer, Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals and Mineral Veil, Avon Loose Powder. Middle: Nars Blush in Orgasm, Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream, Shu Uemura eyeshadow palette, Shu Uemura eyelash curler, Maybelline lipstick. Bottom Left: Shu Uemura eyeshadow brush, Sephora small eyeshadow brush, Revlon Colorstay eyeliner, Sephora powder brush, Shu Uemura powder brush. Bottom Right: Shu Uemura blending brush, Shu Uemura pony brush, Maybelline mascara, Sephora foundation brush. Far right: Shu Uemura makeup case.

The first thing I bought was this Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette from Multiply store, Stuff In Style.

Love the quality of the shadows, and the range is so versatile for going Nude-NUDE (read: supermarket, lunch with Basti, etc) or going all out smokey-eyes-drama (read: date with husband). Greedy me is tempted to buy the original Urban Decay Naked Palette, as well as this NYX Nude On Nude palette.

Urban Decay Naked Palette. Image courtesy of
NYX Nude On Nude Palette. Image courtesy of

They’re so similar but they make me feel like breaking my wallet open and shaking out all the change. Both are available online from trusted Multiply sellers and merchants. I will say “trusted” so you could at least be assured of its authenticity.

Next, I updated my makeup brushes with these pieces from Charm. Get them from Beauty and Minerals on Multiply.

From top to bottom: A retractable kabuki brush, a flat top brush, a stippling brush, an angled eyebrow brush and a lip brush.

I wasn’t happy with the Avon loose powder I had, so I went to look for alternatives. I bought this super cheap Nichido loose powder and the Skin Food Buckwheat loose powder.

At PhP150, Nichido is a pretty good buy. It has better consistency than the more-expensive Avon powder, for one. And at this price, it can never be a regret purchase! The Skin Food Buckwheat powder smells heavenly and feels so light on the skin. You can find Nichido in Watson’s. Skin Food has branches in Megamall, Mall of Asia and Trinoma.

I also picked this up at Skin Food. Fruits Brunch Lip Box in Cafe Cinnamon. Can you tell I love nudes?

More Korean makeup goodness at Tony Moly in this Party Lover Cake Eyebrow Duo. I love its “dead brown” shade. It doesn’t make my brows look too colored in. Tony Moly products are available in the locations listed here: Tony Moly branches.

I bought these two for coverage: The Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream, and Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse foundation.

Pretty good coverage from the Revlon mousse foundation. It lasted even after an afternoon birthday party held outdoors. See my review of the Missha BB Cream at Crash Test Mommies. You can find Missha at SM Hypermart Pasig, SM North Edsa Annex, and Landmark Trinoma. Revlon is ready available in department stores nationwide.

Aside from being a beauty junkie, I’m also an organization junkie. These three things help in organizing all this beauty loot.

Medium-sized Muji makeup case. It’s got space for brushes, lipstick tubes, other makeup and is big enough for my Naked 2 Palette and my cheap standup mirror.

For my countertop, this Muji organizer tray. In it I keep my brushes, pencils, lipsticks and everything else that’s long or rolls. Muji stores in the Philippines are listed here: Muji Philippines.

For when I need to bring more brushes, this makeup brush holder from Fab Manila. It matches my blog, hihi.

And with that, I think I’m all shopped out for makeup. For now. When I think I have too much makeup, I watch videos like this and I don’t feel as guilty:

I admit I’m a little envious.

What’s in your makeup case?