Contouring And Highlighting The Right Way

Contouring and highlighting the face is something I really advocate. It’s a great way to highlight your best facial features as well as “hide” the not so nice ones. Also, as a makeup artist, it is also one of the most-asked questions I get. “How do you contour your face properly?”

See it’s not just about contouring, you also need to pair it with highlighting and most importantly, knowing your face shape. The goal of this technique is to closely resemble an Oval-faced shape, because it is the ideal face shape for women. And let me stress the word IDEAL. It doesn’t mean the perfect one, but just the ideal or inspiration.

One of the inspiring images of sculpting your face via contouring and highlighting that I have found is from Kevyn Aucoin’s book, Making Faces. Here is the illustrated that inspired women to be brave enough and use this makeup technique.

Image from Makeup Edge Blog

Image from Makeup Edge Blog

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The Transformation Power Of Makeup In Drag

One of my favorite things about makeup is it has the power to transform the looks of a person. Women can tap their inner sultry self or show their sweet side. But it’s not just women who benefit from makeup’s transformation powers. There are men too! Well, in this case, we call them queens. Drag Queen that is.

Whenever I catch the show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, I am amazed by how these queens can transform themselves. The amount of skill and creativity to come up with the makeup looks, the clothes, and the confidence. I am just amazed. Then I stumbled upon the collection of photos showing the before and after transformations of New York City drag queens by photographer Leland Bobbé. I am just in awe!

Image from petapixel.com

Image from petapixel.com

Image from petapixelcom

Image from petapixelcom

Image from petapixel.com

Image from petapixel.com

So I started researching more about Drag Queens and realized that is more of an art rather than a lifestyle. In an article from Huffington Post, the myths and some of my beliefs about drag queens were debunked! It was like getting my head hit and having light-bulb moment at the same time.

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Just Another Day Of Trying New Products..Part 1

I love makeup! I love going to makeup counters to look at what’s new and I especially love trying them out! Well, ok, maybe some of them are just new discoveries and not really new in the market. Nevertheless, it is discovering great products that really work for you that is more exciting.

Recently, I had some amazing discoveries and I just want to share them with you…

L-R: Elf eyeshadow “C” brush, Elf contour brush, L’oreal True Match liquid foundation, Essence lip liner in cute pink, Flormar lip line in 230 and 228, NYX Mega Shine lip gloss, L’oreal Super Liner, L’oreal Double Extension Curl mascara

Let me start off with my loot from L’oreal…


L’oreal Super Liner in Black Laquer, Double Extension Curl mascara, and True Match liquid Foundation in the shade Nude Beige or W3

L'oreal Super Liner Black Laquer

L’oreal Super Liner Black Laquer

What I like about this liquid liner is the applicator. It’s not a brush but a soft kind of rubbery applicator. Also, it is super waterproof once it dries. I have oily skin and oily lids. When I used this liquid liner I didn’t have any problem with it smudging even with the humid weather. It’s also very easy to apply thanks to the applicator.

Flexing + Curling Base

Flexing + Curling Base

Ultra-lengthening + Curling Mascara

Ultra-lengthening + Curling Mascara

The Double Extension Curl is one of those waterproof mascara with a two step application. You begin with the Flexing + Curling Base and then proceed with the Ultra-lengthening + Curling Mascara. The liquid liner and mascara is a good combo.

wearing L'oreal Super Liner and Double Extension Curl mascara

wearing L’oreal Super Liner and Double Extension Curl mascara

Meanwhile, I have heard some good things about the True Match liquid foundation so I just had to try it for myself.

wearing L'oreal True Match liquid foundation in Nude Beige or W3

wearing L’oreal True Match liquid foundation in Nude Beige or W3

It has a great light to medium coverage that is perfect for daily wear. I enjoy how smooth it goes when applied and it’s really light weight. The only downside is the bottle because it doesn’t have any pump. So I have to pour a bit on the back of my hand to get some products out. Then I use a foundation brush to apply it.

Watch out for Part 2…




Disclosure: All products mentioned here were purchased by the author. All opinions are based on the author’s personal experience and research. No compensation was made for products featured and/or reviewed in this post.



Quicker Way To Dry Your Hair

Like most women in the Philippines, I wash my hair daily.

I tend to spend more time on my skin care and make up routine than my hair. I just tie it in a ponytail once it’s dry. But since I already have a mermaid-length of a hair, meaning the length is enough to cover my breasts, it’s been challenging to dry my hair daily, especially when I’m in a rush. So I usually end up with my hair dripping wet or the back of my shirt is soaked by the time I arrive in my destination.

Well, I found a solution to cut my hair drying routine by almost half without blow drying or air drying it. It’s with the Goody Quikstyle hairbrush and comb.

Goody Quikstyle Water Wicking Comb and Hairbrush

Goody Quikstyle Water Wicking Comb and Hairbrush

Price: 769.75 pesos for the Comb, 1,299.75 for the hairbrush

Bought in: PCX 

The Goody Quikstyle Water Wicking Comb has two rows of teeth that help reduces water by 20%. Meanwhile, the Goody Quikstyle hairbrush has absorbent microfiber bristles that can reduce water by 30%.

I have been using this comb and brush combo for a month now and I have been loving it! I brought these when I went to Hong Kong and when I practice Bikram Yoga. They really help save time drying my hair!

Have you tried these Goody products? What’s your quick, hair drying tip?



Disclosure: All products mentioned here were purchased by the author. All opinions are based on the author’s personal experience and research. No compensation was made for products featured and/or reviewed in this post.


Makeup 101 And More With Gorgeous Sessions

I know the feeling of not knowing which eyeshadow color looks good and how do you properly groom those eyebrows. Believe me, I’ve been there. No matter how many articles I read before, I still can’t seem to get it right. What did I do? I studied. No self-study but really investing on the education to know the how-to’s and the why’s of makeup.

Are you itching to learn about learning to do the winged eyeliner technique and smokey eye? Well you can learn the essentials and more about makeup application! My former makeup teacher and mentor, Cecille Rebollos, is holding another Gorgeous Session tomorrow, Saturday, March 15 in Ortigas!

Learn which skin care products to use for your skin time, transforming your day to night looks, and more! Here’s the fun part, you get a 10-piece starter kit too!

Check it out and contact Gorgeous Sessions by Cecille Rebollos for future classes.


2 Makeup Must-haves For Women On The Go

I’ve observed that Filipinas tend to be more concern about their eyebrows and their under eye area. I’ve been often asked what’s a good and affordable under eye concealer and eyebrow pencils. These two products are also something you can take with you in your makeup kit, in case you would need to touch up before those after-work get-togethers.

Recently, I’ve found some good products that you may want to give a try.

First off, concealers from Collection Cosmetics..

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair and Medium

Price: 299 Pesos each

Bought in: Crossings Department Store

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The Lowdown: Elf Matte Lip Color

Who doesn’t like affordable makeup or anything really? Well, I was roaming around Watson’s the other week to browse through products and just check out what’s new. I did see some promising new products but I had to put a lot of restraint on myself not to buy so much. Instead, I treated myself on a couple of Elf Matte Lip Color.

Elf Matte Lip Color

Elf Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose and Rich Red

Price: 249.75 Pesos each

Bought in: Watson’s in The Block, SM North Edsa

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Excited For Inglot Philippines!

I can’t express how excited I am for Inglot to come in Manila! And I don’t mean resellers, I mean a legit store where I can test the products and just hoard!

I am such a fan of Inglot, especially their eyeshadows and the freedom palette system!

To pay tribute and to show my excitement, let me share my own Inglot palette. I bought all these from Make Up Pro.

Inglot Freedom System (Top L-R:

Inglot Freedom System (Top L-R: 14, 110R, 107R, 361, 391, Bottom L-R: 391, 429, 350, 347,356)

Palette Price: PHP1,000

The eyeshadow square costs PHP400, except for the Rainbow eyeshadow square costs PHP480

Bought in: Make Up Pro

They are heavily pigmented. What you see on each eyeshadow pan is the same color you get when transferred on your eyelids. I’ll share the swatches below….

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Supporting Local: Snoe

I love checking out new products and I love it more when they are homegrown. It was my first time to see products from Snoe in the market. Maybe it has been a while since I visited the beauty department. But last Sunday while at Landmark, I came across the brand Snoe.

I was lured in by the creative packaging, almost comic strips-style, with playful and witty names of the products. As I was reading the ingredients, I saw that it was local! And that made me even more interested. So I grabbed a few…

My Snoe Stash

My Snoe Stash

Just to enumerate, I got the Poudre Extraordinaire in Vanilla Creme Light, Hair Heroes Intense hair conditioner, It’s Oat-K It’s Alright! hydrating facial mist and the Beso Balm lip sugar polish.

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Review: Real Techniques Brushes

I have been hearing raves about the Real Techniques Brushes for a really long time, but I had some reservation about them because the brushes have synthetic hairs. When I was studying to be a makeup artist, I learned that natural hair makeup brushes pick-up powder products than synthetic ones. At the end of the day, I had to try them myself to find out what the buzz is all about.

I first got the Core Collection set which has 4 full-size brushes and a case. The brushes in this set are: the detailer brush, pointed foundation brush, buffing brush, and contour brush.

Real Techniques Core Collection (L-R: buffing brush, contour brush, pointed foundation brush, detailer brush)

Real Techniques Core Collection (L-R: buffing brush, contour brush, pointed foundation brush, detailer brush)

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