Sunday, September 29, 2013

Beauty: NARS Workshop with Magda Ogbe

NARS has become one of my favorite brand aside from MAC since I started my love for makeup. This iconic brand has become one of the celebrities go-to brand for its super renowned 'orgasm' blush which really become a hit. I remember, my very first purchase in Nars was it's cult fave blush which is the NARS Orgasm blush, and the next thing I know, I purchased the Schiap Lipstick and Orgasm Illuminator.

Enough of how I got familiar with this brand.haha. I got to make friends with its Store Makeup Artists thus I was always invited if an International MUA visits Manila from time to time. This is actually my 2nd time to attend the workshop however the first time I came late so I was not able to actually complete the whole workshop.


Magda Ogbe, NARS International Makeup has worked hand in hand with Francois Nars (The person behind the NARS brand) during New York Fashion Week. She also worked with the models for Marc Jacobs. She also done makeups for Hollywood stars like Mandy Moore.

Let's go back to the actual workshop, Magda taught us how to create smokey eye look without the raccoon looking eyes. The limited edition NARS eyeshadow palette is what she used. This is right after she put in the face foundation, concealer and NARS Eye  primer. 

Some key points of this workshop are: (the things I remember)

  • There's nothing wrong with pairing smokey eyes with loud color lipstick 
  • It is very important to groom the brows, it really makes a big difference with the overall look
  • It is important to use primer prior to putting in the foundation since this will make the pores look smaller and makeup the foundation looked so flawless
  • Use waterproof eye liner to avoid the raccoon eyes
  • You can use a cream blush and put powder blush over the cream blush to make the blush stays longer.
  • Don't put eyeliner under the eye if you're gonna wear smokey eyes during daytime. (For work)
  • You can put eye liner on the lower lash line if its night time.
  • It is very important to put moisturizer prior to primer.
  • You don't always need to use brushes on applying foundation, hands can do the trick.
  • If you don't have dark eyeshadow, you can use the pencil eyeliner. draw some line at the back of your hand. use brush to smudge it and use the remaining on color on your brush as eyeshadow.

The perks of this event is you can buy NARS items at 10% off! and a sample bottle for Nars Skin moisturizer. Here's a picture of me with Magda Ogbe, she's very down to earth and always ready to answer your questions if you have any inquiries on how to do that, what not to do, how to achieve that look etc. Lucky for us who attended this event because she will fly back to US the next day.

Thanks Magda and Robbie (My MUA Friend) for inviting me again! Till next workshop!


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Beauty: Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit

  As  a beauty junkie, I'm always in the hunt for that beauty discovery that will surely satisfy my beauty cravings..Since a lot of my beauty items are of the brand of MAC, NARS, Estee, Maybelline etc, I think why not try Products that are from Asia like Korean cosmetics.

 BB Cream formulated with Pearl Powder with an improved adhesive texture to promote moist, radiant looking skin while protecting against UV damage and wrinkles. --Etude House Website

 With SPF 30/PA++, Whitening and Anti-Wrinkle, Anti-Darkening as seen on its container. I have visited a blog where the blogger compared those of the BB Creams from Korean and those from American brands. And since BB Cream are made popular by Koreans, I think BB Cream really stand out those coming from Korea itself. So to experience it personally, I bought this BB Cream which was highly recommended by my officemate. She's been using this for years now. Thus, I ended up buying this right after her recommendation :-) LOL.

 The consistency is of medium thick. Not too watery and not sticky. It glides smoothly once applied. I chose the NO2 shade which of the lightest shade among the 4 shades available.

This is the swatch on my hand, though the picture is not yet evenly spread on my hands, you can see how a small amount, once spread can use for the whole face.

This is the swatch evenly applied on my hand. The finish is of dewy and glowing result. Imagine how this will look on your own face. At first, I was shocked how light this shade but once absorbed, it gives that dewy finish. And instantly love it! Though the staying power is not that amazing, still this BB Cream lived up to its promise. The brightening effect is close to illuminating effect of BB Cream.

  • For 60ml, the content is a sure win win.
  • Medium thick consistency is win win for me
  • Affordable compared to high-end BB Creams
  • No fragrance
  • No breakouts after usage
  • Dewy effect is what I want on my BB Cream and this one is just the right one
  • The pump is hygienic
  • Stays for 4 hours
  •  I don't know but this tends to darken my skin color after a while
  • Nothing else
Overall this BB Cream is a sure good find! Though I am still eye-ing on that Collagen BB Cream of Etude House.

This retails for Php 700+ but got mine at 630 pesos since it's on sale!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Beauty: MAC Brow Gel in Girl Boy

 A brush-on gel that strokes brows into shape. Adds shine and style. No flaking or stiffening. Tinted or clear. Also grooms lashes, sideburns and facial hair.-MAC Website

MAC Brow Gel in Girl Boy is definitely my HG Product! This has been a favorite by many of the local celebrities in grooming their brows. Brow gel is a product used to color the brows without permanent hair color. Girl boy is of the lightest brown shade which compliments the color of my hair at the present.

This bottle lasts me for about a year given that I use this daily in grooming my brows. This literally makes the brow hairs in place and thus created a more groomed look. 

How to use this? 

The make-up artist from MAC advised me to get the MAC Shadow in Carbon to fill in the gaps of my brows. MAC Lingering for putting the lines and then last the MAC Brow Gel to apply on the brow hair.

There are other shades available, beguile. clear, show-off and clear.  You can buy this at any MAC Branch at php 1,000.

Here's a picture of me wearing the MAC Brow Gel in Girl Boy.

Till our next beauty session!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fashion: It's a GRAY day!!


Fashion: Sporty Chic


Fashion: Gold and White


Beauty: Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Bronzing Powder

Another beauty discovery, Prestige's Skin Loving Minerals Bronzing powder in Sunbaked! If you are an avid reader of my blog, you already know that I love anything that is mineralized! I love MAC MSF's but somehow I can't collect all of them because it is way too pricey for me! My very first purchase of MAC MSF is the MSF Natural, which is a face powder and I do love this product.

Well, getting back to this cute product, I love how this Prestige Mineral Bronzing powder looks good in the pan. It is a melange of brown, white and dark brown powder with shimmers. As soon as I take my eyes on this product inside beauty bar, I absolutely fell in love with it! This will really look good especially for those woman who have beautiful tan and want to achieve that glow from within aura. I also thought that this will really look good on my friend who wants to re-create that Kim Kardashian Wedding look on her own wedding!

Side View
So as for my review, here are my verdict:

  • It is shimmery which I do love
  • It is baked so it will last a long time
  • It is not chalky or powdery
  • It glides beautifully on the skin once applied
  • The shade is not too muddy, just the right gold sheen to it
  • Not as pricey as those of MAC's MSF
  • If you put too much of it, this might look too shimmery (not for those who have big pores on the cheeks)
  • No mirrors for touch-ups
  • The casing for me is not classy (that is as for my reference)
  • The staying power is quite good but not comparable to MAC MSF's staying power.
  • Nothing else :-)

Go ahead Ladies! I've been eyeing on getting the MAC Warm Soul before I purchase this but since I'm a girl who loves shimmers, this is way better than the warm soul. Although Warm Soul is a good product, I prefer the size of Prestige more.  I think this will last me a long time and is useful for my make-up gigs!

Where to buy?
At beauty bar

Php 775

Till our next beauty session!!!   


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Beauty: Palladio Rice Powder

Recently, I've been very open minded in finding beauty for less products. That is, you don't always need to shell out a lot of money to buy quality products. And here's one I discovered! By the way, a friend uses this rice powder and I've seen how this rice powder looks good on her. And here I am, gave this a try!

Introducing, Palladio's Oil-absorbing Rice powder! Yes, you heard it right! Rice Powder it is. According to its packaging's label, it was discovered accidentally by a renowned professional make-up artist. Rice Powder has been and still is the oldest of all trade secrets. It is used primarily as an oil-absorbing highlighter and make-up setter.

The packaging is quite cheap but we all know that not all nicely-packed products goes always hand-in-hand with the quality of its content. The rice powder is finely milled and the texture is so smooth.

 This powder comes also with a poof. However, the makeup artist told me that it is better to apply this powder using a face brush. What I do love about this powder is it non-comedogenic, which means it doesn't clog pores. The coverage is also great, since you only need a small amount for whole face.

Rice Powder at the back of my hand

 Here's a swatch of Rice powder on my hand. I got the Natural shade which is not that too light on my skin color.

 This is the result after I evenly spread the Rice Powder on my hand. It is less shiny, full coverage and looks polished. I applied this powder on my T-Zone (where I get so oily) and it performs well in controlling the oil. I do highly recommend this to all my friends who have super oily skin and is looking for that affordable powder that can do well if effectiveness is your primary concern.

Palladio's Natural Rice Oil absorbing powder is part of Total Beauty's best powder: So you can check on that link why this has been part of the 13 best face powder despite of its less known in the makeup world.

Where to buy it? 
Philippines: Any beauty bar branch. Mine, I bought at Bonifacio High Street.

Php 325

This will last you about 4 months if you use this daily. Very affordable as compared to MAC or high-end make-up brands.

Till our next beauty discovery :-)


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