Thursday, April 28, 2016

2016 Makeup Trend Part 1

Mauves and brown lips have made their huge comeback last year and this year with the twist of current makeup trends like strobing, contouring and cat eyes. I've been trying to hone up my skills more by keeping up with the latest beauty trend. These days I've been stacking on strobe powders, liquid lipsticks, contouring palettes and darker foundation shades. Gone are the days when foundations should be fairer that your real complexion, and should I say fair skinned girls were a bit out these days? Well for years I've been taking care of my fair skin but now I'd love to toast myself up under the sun.. it's not because that I want to get darker, it's just because that healthy beach glow makes me look more alive. For years I've been receiving compliments for that after the beach glow, coz they said I look better.. eerrr... healthier.

While flashy, shimerring cheeks were in, it's now often paired with matte lips. I remember one rule I've read from the group of makeup artists that the face should be balanced. There should be shimmery and matte areas. Though sometimes I prefer my makeup being all-matte, adding a highlighter doesn't hurt to amp up my makeup.

One boring day I reached for my new and old makeups to see if I've been really improving as a makeup artist. Again should I blame those makeup slayers on Instagram and Facebook, they always make me question my ability and my existence. With their bomb faces, and mad skills, it makes me feel that my skills need more improvement, which makes me nervous. I'm more nervous when it comes to showing off my skills than showing off the brands of makeups I used. What I learned is that it doesn't matter how cheap or expensive your tools are. What you can deliver to the table is more important.

Now let me show you the outcome of painting my face. I've already applied 3 to 4 eye shadow in different shades and finish but just as soon as I opened my eyes they're gone, almost invisible thanks to my eyelids who seems to "hide" everything.

I was never flawless! But thanks to my ring light, it hides my flaws and made me look poreless and flawless though my pores were as huge as the crater of Taal volcano. The contouring and highlighting made my face look thinner, and my nose were oh so pointy I love it! So surreal though in real life the tip's too bulbous. Not to mention the thick cream foundation that's darker than my actual skintone and the flawlessness never ends lol. The power of makeup. I also had a hard time with my brows as usual.

 Product Deets: copied from my IG post coz damn that's a lot!

@skindinavia Primer Spray
@koreana_ph @revecen_ru Face Control Foundation in 004 Nude Beige
@maccosmetics Select Sheer Powder NC30
@anastasiabeverlyhills Dip Brow Pomade in Chocolate
@makeupgeekcosmetics eyeshadow in Mocha for brows
@maccosmetics eyeshadow in Tempting
@maccosmetics eyeshadow in Texture
@heroinemakeph Jewelry eye in Yellow Sapphire
@sophieparis eyeliner in Stiletto Black
@heroinemakeph liquid eyeliner
@dior Overcurl Iconic Mascara
@thefaceshop.official false eyelashes
@anastasiabeverlyhills powder contour palette
@anastasiabeverlyhills contour cream
@narsissist blush in Unlawful
@maccosmetics Mineral Skinfinish in Lightscapade
@lagirlcosmetics Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in Dreamy
@menow Kissproof Soft Matte Lipstick in No.9
@skindinavia Finishing Primer Spray

I'm glad I've also discovered the perfect combo of L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in Dreamy (330 pesos) topped with Me Now Kissproof Soft Matte Lipstick in No.9. (150 pesos). Both were available at my online shop Vixen's Vanity Lair. Topping L.A. Girl with Me Now Kissproof made it less sticky and longer lasting.

I'm happy to share with you that I've reopened my online store and we're offering Kylie Cosmetics!!
I've been a Kylie fan for a long time and I still can't believe I'm now selling her Lip Kits!!!
My makeup buddy and friend Sheena of Vanity Tease decided to sell these lippies and we're overwhelmed with the orders coz we got the cheapest in the market. In less than a month almost 40 Lip Kits were sold and ready to be delivered.

Since the title said it's part 1, please look forward for my next blogpost, I'll show my new makeups from my bestfriend! Plus her requested makeup look using her gifts.
Hint: There's Becca and Mac. There I said it! 
Another one to look forward to: My very own Kylie Jenner Lip Kit!!!
OMG I'm so excited!!! I hope I'll have lots of time to do it.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Summer Makeup: Warm Browns and Peach

Whether I like it or not, it's officially summer now in the Philippines. The scorching summer heat and heat wave has been hitting the country almost the whole day. Hello once again to sky rocketing electric bills coz my son's enjoying the aircon like there's no tomorrow. I guess I'll save more if I take him to a swimming pool instead, or just fill the inflatable kiddie pool with water.

My current favorite summer makeup happened to be my everyday makeup now, and it's purely accidental. Why do I say so? I was just thinking one day about toning down everything (yes you're reading it correctly, TONING DOWN) and I'm thinking of a quick makeup look (errr... would take 5-10 mins?) that would still make me look glowing yet appropriate enough for a daytime wear, especially for an early morning call time/meeting/agenda that doesn't require intimidating cat eyes and bright lips.

Most of you will also agree with me that this sauna-like hotness in the Philippines is definitely one of the worst feeling, and especially for makeup lover/makeup wearer like me. I hate sweating, oiliness and makeup meltdown! Must invest with everything waterproof and tons and tons of primer.

I skipped mositurizer, as always. Though my skin changed from oily to combination, I still hate using moisturizers on my face. I just use a good primer that'll help me combat oil on my T-zone. So for my MOTD here's the product breakdown that's surely prevent meltdown at the middle of the day.

Sorting and trying to look for treasures in my traincase, I'm so used to copper bronze eyes plus peachy pink or pink lipsticks that easily washes off. I'm honestly addicted to liquid lipsticks right now and I don't think I will ever wear my lipsticks ever again, unless I will top it off with my fave liquid lipstick. But then I've found neutrals that were not overwhelming and I'm too happy to discover another perfert liquid lipstick plus lipstick combination.

Just simple and basic. Mac Eyeshadow in Texture, Makeup Geek Mocha, Makeup Geek Corrupt.
I even use my Mac eyeshadow in Texture for contouring my nose and hollow of cheeks. Makeup Geek's Mocha is my eyeshadow and my brow powder, then Makeup Geek's Corrupt serves as my eyeliner. Pretty versatile!

Now this is my favorite part. I love L.A. Girl's Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in Fleur, and last year I love BYS Matte Lipstick in Daydreamer. But sometimes my problem is that L.A. Girl's Fleur is too orangey on my lips that sometimes becomes orange red, then Daydreamer is a bit too pale on my lips. What I actually want is just soft peachy lips. Voila! Combining these two is freaking flawless and fabulous! Topping the liquid lipstick with a cream lipstick makes it less sticky as well.

Product Breakdown


Skindinavia Primer Spray
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation in Sand Beige
Mac Select Sheer Powder in NC30
Revlon Colorstay Concealer in 02 Light Pale

Nichido Mineral Pencil in Chestnut

Mac Texture e/s
Makeup Geek Mocha e/s
Makeup Geek Corrupt e/s
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Sepia Ink

Nars blush in Super Orgasm

L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in Fleur
BYS Matte Lipstick in Daydreamer

Then to set everything in place, just a few spritz of Skindinavia Finishing Spray. Zero touch ups for 6 hours. Well atleast that's long enough. :) Face is just a little dewy on cheeks and nose part, not oily, makeups still there.

Then, I've discovered another wonderful lippie combo that I've posted on my IG account, I'll share it with you soon and a little story of my MOTD that day and how I was inspired to put makeup on.
Hint: (This time, it's full makeup that took half an hour) I'm writing it now so I can publish it asap and give you another great news!

Not really flawless af. The ring light, my fone's camera, the thick cream foundation, contouring
and strobing made me look polished and flawless. Contouring's pretty obvious though. :)

Thanks for reading dolls! Watch out for my next blog post!