April 29, 2015

Is The San-San HD Concealer Any Good?


The thing about homegrown products is the more affordable and accessible to the market they are, the more skeptic the consumers become. Or the other way around which is what happened to me. A friend referred me to try out this concealer from San-San and she said it's just worth a hundred bucks that if you won't end up liking it, it's not really something you'd be disappointed about, price-wise. And now that the price is out of the question, onto the next one - is it really any good?

The San-San HD Concealer comes with the pen-click, lightweight packaging with one end as the cap and the other one you twist to get the product out. Very convenient and practical, if you ask me. Although the name fades out easily as you can probably see, it's disappeared completely. The formula is thick in consistency, that's why I can understand why others find it cakey and drying especially those with already dry skin. However, it is also blendable and buildable that you can work your way with it. I try to warm up the product first by using my fingers to pat in on then blend it out with a brush and seal it in with a damp sponge. Lots of work but nothing you can't get used to and later on be done in a jiffy. There are 3 shades available - Natural, Beige and Olive and I have Natural, the lightest shade which I use to layer on top of my Essence Match2Cover Concealer to maximize the concealing effect. On its own it gives a full under eye coverage and depending on the shade, since I have the lightest one, it brightens and enhances the highlighting effect living up to its HD claim. It looks almost seamless and flawless on camera! You just really need to work it out, buff it in, blend it out, repeat if you must because the end result will be worth it. And did I mention how it is such a bargain for Php110? And oh, to answer my own question... Yes, it is actually a good 'un. And that is always a good thing, way to go San-San!

April 27, 2015

The Only Make Up Related Task I Loathe.


I can definitely think of a lot of other things to do than deep cleansing my make up brushes on a Monday morning but sod it, if not today...when? I thought it's best to start the week, and an almost new month with a newly washed set of make up tools. For someone as lazy and easily bored like myself, I'm surprised I actually follow my washing schedule religiously. And here's what I currently use these days...

The in-between cleanser. I use the Make up Brush Cleaner from Daiso which says "removes dirt" on its tag for this. Those were the only English things on the bottle so I can't really say more but in fairness, it does what it says on the tin - easily removes dirt and stains on your make up brushes. It smells softer than an alcohol but it gives off that sanitized scent, if you get what I mean. It doesn't make your brushes shed, nor make them brittle. It just gets the job done - when you need to switch from one eye shadow to another and you need to use the same brush, spray on this cleanser, rub it off on a tissue, let it dry for a bit and then it's good to go.

The coupla weeks cleanser. This is for the deep cleansing part and I use the good ole Safeguard soap bar, I prefer the regular white one which I use this at the end of the week or two. I place the brush under a running water, use my left palm as the mat for swirling and rubbing off and then cleanse it with running water again. I lay them down on a towel with the end tips slightly hanging from the edge and let them dry overnight just to make sure every last drop of water's gone and dried up. I change their orientation too after about 6-8 hours, switching from one side to another just to make sure everything's balanced off. 

Although if I'm being honest, however else you want to, the thing is you have to - you must. Do it, girls. Deep clean your make up brushes. It's not the most exciting thing to do out there and I don't look forward to it myself. But there are things to make it interesting enough until it gets done. Given it's boring as it is already, can you imagine if I stick to one technique and keep doing the same thing over and over again? I can't. So I tend to switch up my routine every now and then. For now it's this, numb left palm be darn.

April 26, 2015

If Only I Take Record Store Days Seriously


Do you believe in love at first sight? Well, I do now. The brick walls. The red doors. The black panels. The industrial lights. I am easily sold when a place is as pretty as this from the outside but it's an entirely different story if you still feel the same way once you're inside. Let's just say that if and when I can dream my non-existing TGTC HQ into life, it will look a lot like this.

I am not going to pretend like I know anything Record Store Day related but if you follow a guy like Matty (of The 1975) on social media, you kind of get what it means without even trying so hard and if you have been wanting to be a Londoner all your life, you tend to adopt their ways and apparently, a record store day is an annual event and kind of big in the UK. But long before the fuss and whatnot, I've kind of fallen in love with the whole record store vibe when I came across Satchmi, a quaint boutique situated inside a chaotic mall that offers a slice of an otherworldly experience if old fashioned things and non-fancy coffee are right up your street. I will surely be floored if and when someone will take me in here to experience everything for the first time so I suggest if you see anything you like in the photos, it's worth paying a visit. I only ever did take photos and roamed around during mine, so I can't really say much on the matter other than I've fallen in love with it aesthetically speaking. There are booths when you can experience hearing a vinyl record play and just get lost in your own little world of pretty. There's a coffee shop right smack in the middle of it all if you are more of the conversational type and then there's a couch to lounge on when you feel like plopping down and reading a book or write something down. 

Like I said, I do believe in love at first sight now if it's anything close to this. I can't wait for the second-sight though with a whole lot of Satchmi'd experience on the side. Unlikely coffee shop stop if you ask me, but something I will surely find myself highly involved with... if only I take record store days seriously. Going to get there maybe, one vinyl record purchase at a time, (which is of course, The 1975's). Shocker.

PS. Still hoping a Motorino turntable will magically appear in my life the soonest as we can't make the one we have at home work anymore. Until then, I think I'm just going to stare at the records endlessly because they're too pretty not to look at. Joys Camille logic.

April 24, 2015

The Quick Fix: Hairfix Hair Coloring Shampoo


Since my sharing of my photo on my last post, lots of my friends have asked me when and where I had my hair done for coloring and highlights. To which I answer with a shrug because I actually never had it done professionally at least. I have only ever been doing DIY hair coloring for maybe 3 years now and the latest one I tried is a hair coloring shampoo I ended up buying during one random trip to the aisles of the good old Watson's.

I picked this Hairfix Hair Coloring Shampoo in Golden Copper on a whim just to see if it'll work on my ever so stubborn hair. I think it's around Php69 and that's hardly going to hurt just in case nothing actually happens especially considering my type of hair - dry coarse and heavily damaged. Just as what it says on the packet, it's easy to use and how can it be not. You just use it the same way you use regular shampoo, lather it onto the roots and massage into the scalp for 10-15 minutes. I don't remember needing to use disposable gloves, but if you have sensitive skin, then feel free to do so. I also don't recall an offending smell like how any other salon products used to smell like, it's not sweet smelling but nothing pungent of some sort either. It's bearable, nothing our olfactory can't handle. Ha! And then wash it off and towel dry with a dark colored towel because anything lighter might get stained on. It also says that it'll last for 10 weeks which surprisingly holds true. I've done mine in February and 2 months later, the color is still there. If anything, it's intensified as time passed by and there were no signs of drying or damaging bits, nothing further than my existing ones at least. One downside though is the color range, I wanted more of the brown/blonde shade but there isn't any so I thought golden copper is a good compromise. And the color payoff is exactly how it looked like on the sachet which you can probably tell by now. (Do bear in mind that I do not have a virgin hair and my locks were in light brown shade when I slapped this on.)

So if you're like me and you only want to try out a new hair color especially for the summer minus all the faffing around and the task of actually going into a proper salon and sitting there for yonks, then you might want to give a hair coloring shampoo a try. I can't really see a reason as to why not. The quickest hair hack slash hairfix there ever is, it's even true to it's name. What's not to love? If and when you give it a go, let me know how it'll turn out!

April 22, 2015

So Far This Summer In 3 Words...


It cannot be denied, summer has officially arrived. And as soon as I started feeling it, I almost immediately acted on it. Here's how my summer has been looking like so far in three words: lob, lenses and lips.

I've recently joined The Lob Club! First on my list of things to do is to get a haircut and I have screenshots to prove that I have long pinned this hairstyle to be mine but I have never seem to have had the right opportunity. It was one afternoon when I just felt like I have so much hair going on already when I decided to just cut it all off. Scrunching it up has been my favorite way to style it. The more it stays out of my face, neck and nape, the better. As you can see, I don't really need texture per se, I happen to have loads of it already so I just use a pump of the L'Oreal Mythic Oil, rub them onto my palms and apply it on the tips to tame and polish - that's my summer hair sorted. As for my accessory of choice this summer, meet Ricky. It's part of the Avon x Sunnies By Charlie Collection and it's gorgeous. It's like an oversize and quirky version of an aviator. I particularly love the green glare of the lenses and the matte finish of the rim. A new pair of sunnies is always a welcome addition to every season, this time I've got myself a Ricky and he's quite the photogenic one. And then of course, what's a new season without a new lipstick to match? I realized I only have the bold ones in red and pink but I don't seem to have enough coral and orange so I was happy to see the Avon Matte Mandarin hanging around in my collection. It appears to have this watermelon-ish shade on the lips, not quite red yet with a subtle tint of orange to it. Summery enough to give your face not just a pop but a splash of summer color without looking like whole lot will melt onto your lips under the scorching sun.

And that's basically my summer look sorted - all ready to run, escape from the city and follow the sun. Yep, One Direction song reference 'cause I can't help it. HA!

April 20, 2015

Why You Need To Curl Your Lashes


Clearly I am in no position to speak of the ways on why you need to curl your lashes because I was once called out if I do curl them. It's really that not obvious on me even if I did take my time out to curl them. And then there was one time when I actually didn't and I was called out on it just the same. I never thought it made a difference, let alone one that is too obvious for people to notice and ask me about it. So after one too many instances, I have decided on never skipping the part of my routine wherein I curl my lashes. Never again.

If you have hooded lids. Seriously, we need all the help we can get in the eye department which is why curling the lashes will always be relevant. It gives the definition we need to get our eyes popping out. It helps create an illusion of lifted eyes so it brightens up the face and makes it look more alive and perked up.

If you want a bigger set of eyes. Nothing opens up your eyes like a good curl and loads of coats of your favorite mascara. It even creates an illusion of fuller lashes further defining your eyes and making it look brighter and bigger than they really are which is always a good thing and ever so flattering.

If you are an eyeglass wearer. The last thing you need are lashes getting in the way of your lenses. So whatever you do, just don't forget to curl them. And load them up with coats of waterproof mascara just to make sure the curl will hold and won't be caught sweeping in your vision later on the day.

If you need to make an impression. If you were able to do the littlest of things down to curling your lashes then it basically means you've got the rest of the bigger things sorted out well. This is probably the least beauty related bit but it gives you that rare feeling of accomplishment and it's always a good one to have within your reach. The Joys Camille Logic, in full effect right here.

The reasons as to why you need to make that extra step of grabbing your eyelash curler and take 3 minutes off your morning to dedicate to your eye lashes vary to every single girl out there but I think we will all agree on one thing - it has to be done. If you aren't already then get involved, mi lady.

April 19, 2015

This Month On My "Recent Reads"


This is one of the few Instagram trends that I actually tried and a bandwagon I jumped right into, I can't remember the hashtag associated with it though. Now I am a reader, actual books are highly preferable but e-books can be so convenient that I find myself loading up on reads every time a vacation or a weekend off is upon me. And seeing as I've just recently updated my e-books library, I use an Aldiko Reader for Android by the way, I thought I'd share with you the few new ones...

Maybe Someday by Coleen Hoover. Now this is when you lose when you actually judge a book by what it says on the "About this book..." because this one gave nothing away of what it's actually like inside and that is exactly why I loved it. It's a love story and a story of life and love between two people who were both wrong to fall in love with each other in the first place. Who battled it out with their feelings as much as they can because they know it's the right thing to do. Just when you think your heart is ready, it's then you will realize how incredibly wrong you are - and that's okay. You can never be ready but it has to be done. "It's not easy when you're trying to win a war against the heart." Also, if you're a music fangirl who loves the beauty you find in words, then you'll love this one too!

How To Fall In Love by Cecilia Ahern. I am halfway done with this novel and all I can say is that, you know sshh is about to go down when you knowingly pick out to read a Cecilia Ahern novel, or at least how it is for me. Her stories are quite lengthy, borderline tragedy but like I said, you pick them up when you need to an extra kick to the heart and escape from the mind. I didn't know it's what I needed until I started sifting through the pages reluctantly and eventually, the How To Fall In Love bit of the title has taken its toll on me. And I'm not going to lie, I was hoping this book could literally lead me into knowing, you guessed it right, how to fall in love. I could really use a jumpstart on that department. In more ways than one.

The Year I Met You by Cecilia Ahern. A future read actually, I may be slightly cheating here since I haven't read it, even it's About. I am just hoping this is the novel my friend has told me about - a girl living her life watching her neighbor living his life. Or something like that. Since I don't want to spoil myself, I am saving the anticipation and I hope it's going to be worth it. And remember what I said before, "It's as if the books are the ones who magically will people to pick them up as though they already know whose life they need to be a part of how they can make a difference, how they can teach a lesson, put a smile on a face at just the right time." Well, that's straight from Cecilia herself. My wanting to pick her stories to be my recent reads, justified. 

April 17, 2015

The Untold Story Of A 'Primer'


You've been hearing all about it but do you really know what is it? Well, I would be the first to tell you that I never knew about primers until I started blogging and watching Youtube beauty channels. Even until then, I didn't know the actual difference they can make or if they are essential at all. It was only after I got myself a tube of Benefit The Porefessional when it all started to make sense and when my primer story started to unfold...

It's called a primer because it literally primes the skin, isn't that just the most obvious thing ever. But really, it just means it helps in preparing and protecting the skin at the same time. Somehow giving a protective sheath between your skin and the whole lot of make up you would soon be slapping on. It also gives your make up, mostly your foundation and eye shadow something to hold on to, hence making it last longer and prevents them from creasing or caking. This doesn't mean you'd need to purchase a primer per se. Your last step of your skin care which is a moisturizer can be considered as a 'primer' too because it technically does the same thing. Although if you are looking into buying one, then I have these two that I have tried and loved ever since. If you're curious as to how these two actually differ besides the fact that they actually look so much alike, I've written a post on it that you can read here. The Maybelline Pore Eraser is generally a smoothen-er but provides no coverage at all with a bit of a moisturising feel to it. This feels like an adhesive and an invisible veil lightly covering your face. This is also the one I reach out for when I do need a proper primer for a make up look, letting it sit for a few seconds on my face before I proceed on my foundation application. And then there's Benefit The Porefessional which is my first primer love. It blurs out the pores and gives you a slight coverage with a matte feel to it so it kind of serves as an extra layer of skin which looks and feels thinner and smoother. During my good skin days, I can actually go away with just using a primer mostly on my T-zone then lightly spreading it out on my forehead, cheeks and chin, skip foundation at all and just a slight dusting off a translucent powder to set it all and that's my base done.

Did it make any difference? Yes. It's one of the many make up things that you can't actually put your finger on but it's there. You can see and feel it. Is it essential? For me, yes. I have oily skin and I need all the help I can get to get the make up last long on me and the extra step that is called priming my face have made all the difference. Who would've thunk dat? Initially, I'd say not me. Which is why I'm curious about you and your primer story. Care to share?

April 15, 2015

My Recent Make Up Misery.


I've reached the point wherein I get to see my MAC Patisserie come to a slow and painful death. Oh. My. Heart. Okay, maybe that's a bit too much but you get my gist. When I claimed Patisserie to be an everyday lips, I didn't think I'd actually end up using it everyday per se but as you can probably see and tell from the image above, it's now battered beyond belief, it has served me well. It's color is unassuming on the tube but really impressive on the lips. I love it, and I still do. I think there is nothing more painful than seeing a well-loved beauty product of yours in its dying stage. A cracked eyeshadow palette, a shattered pan of compact blush and this. It's almost heartbreaking to see how something beautiful breaks, little by little.

Although I think the reason I'm being a tad sentimental here is that this is actually my first ever MAC lipstick. Hopefully that makes my reaction, however slightly over the top, valid. I've posted about Lipstick Depotting before which is something I'd probably end up doing with this, too. I'd still end up with a lot of product to use up and smudge on till the last swipe but I know you get me when I say I'd miss the straight-from-the-bullet experience of it all.I think need a moment to restart my heart. Or maybe just a new tube of the same shade. Whichever comes first. I can really be too much of an emosh for my own good sometimes, sigh. Have you had a make up heartbreak lately? Because you know what they say, (makeup) misery loves company. 

April 13, 2015

My Sweat Proof Summer Base


You're probably thinking... I spy the same products, what makes this selection season appropriate let alone sweat proof. What actually changed? I actually asked myself the same question and I realized the answer almost immediately.

As much as I don't want to slather on a lot of products onto my face during the summer, it has to be done. Grooooan. So I settle for the next best thing and just use the products you can almost never feel, like they're never there. I start with a primer because without it, I highly doubt if any of my make up will stay put the moment I step out of the house. It will make a whole lotta sense too once I reveal the next step. I use the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser and concentrate mainly on the center of my face spreading out and all over. For warmer months, I veer away from using liquid foundation generally. I find that they tend to run and crease on me all the more. So I reach for the Collection Ultimate Fix Foundation Concealer Powder which is hands down, your best friend in the making as much as wanting less product slapped on your face is concerned. It's going to give you a decent coverage that you may already skip the concealer but if you really need to get a fuller coverage, you can always add on another layer on the spots and blemishes. And since it's a cream product, it needs something to stick onto and helps the formula to warm up, hence my use of the primer. It's a powder finish so you won't have that shine at all, And I'm sure me and the rest of the oily girls of the world would appreciate a no added shine base this time of the year, no thank you. However if I need to be out on a whim and do not have the time to blend out properly, it's the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation I reach out for. This is thin in consistency so it's the easiest thing to blend out even with your fingers and just gives you a flawless, my skin but better complexion altogether. But you know what really seals the deal? Even quite literally actually, is the inclusion of the Real Techniques Miracle Sponge in the mix. Nothing seals your base make up base like this one does. It has a rounded edge, a pointed tip and a flat surface to it, that's why it's able to stand on its own in the photo without rolling down sans a blu-tack or any adhesive. The rounded edge to blend out the cheekbones and forehead area, the pointed one to reach the inner and smaller corners and the flat one for the rest of the face. Which I really find amusing, because I never thought about the difference it can actually make. Run this down with water, squeeze out the excess and slightly tap in it all over your face to blend out the base et voila - a seamless, au naturale finish. An extra nudge that won't budge.

I've tested this out during one of the most summery activity I can think of, during the One Direction Concert and surprisingly, my base stay put! Withstanding the heat, the rain and all sorts of reaction from a twenty something multitasking fangirl. And if that alone isn't enough, a girl friend of mine even asked me for the products I actually used after sharing a post concert photo of myself on Facebook. Which is why I'm fairly certain that's my face sorted out for the summer. Bring it, sunshine!

April 12, 2015

Tasse De Café At Poetry & Prose Patisserie.


Happy coffee places make me happy. That's the latest addition to my self-made coffee related quotes. I've finally ticked Poetry and Prose Patisserie off my list. I dubbed it as the coffee shop of my Pinterest dreams coming to life. Except maybe its location is a little too mainstream for me and I'll definitely have a separate area for books and floor to ceiling shelves on mine. Other than that, this quaint coffee shop in the middle of the hustlin' and bustlin' area of ShangriLa Mall is a proof that dreams can come true. In life and in cafes alike.

It was one Wednesday afternoon, a prelude to a movie night out with friends when we decided to spend our waiting game checking this place out. It looks crisp in white overalls matched with bright white lights. Very Pinterest-y, if I do say so myself. Maybe it has something to do about the walls washed out in white and the only splash of colors would be the sweets they have to offer on display. I immediately thought of the French phrase, "La poesie est dans la rue", when I was finally settled inside. What with the word poetry in its name and all over the place - hanging on the wall, written in the mirror. It's one of those cafes who've got their menus on display outside so you can have a look on what they have to offer so I already knew I'm going to have a cup of their Cafe Latte. I was looking forward to the whole frothy experience and brewing my own since I've been trying to make a pass on fancy coffee as much as I can for the longest time now. And what's a cup of coffee, or as the Frenchies would say "tasse de cafe", without a sweet or two on the side. True to one of the words hanging on the wall, "A party without a cake is just a meeting", having a cake is defnitely in order. We picked out L'Opera because it's the only one available at that time and with the taste turn out, it was such a good tasting cake - for the lack of a better set of words in my foodie vocabulary, I definitely didn't care that we were left with not much of a choice. Don't be deceived though as this piece is good enough for two, but if you're having a cheat day... then I say indulge my friend and have it all to yourself. This time around, the extra sugar rush and dose of calories will be worth it, you can quote me on that.

If only for a little while and considering the fact that I haven't been exactly to Paris, being inside Poetry & Prose Patisserie is like having a piece of Paris in Pinas, at least for me. It was such a great experience - the exteriors, interiors and the goods lived up to its impression and I'm definitely coming back to grab a bite of their bread and maybe a cuppa Cappuccino for a change and for kicks. And like I always say, I can smell the happy coffee memory already.

April 10, 2015

OH SNAP, ERR... SNIP!


The drill. Sod it - life's too short, cut your hair short! (I think I made that up inside of my head!)

The cause. Every year, I always resolve to try and remember haircut appointments, along with birthdays and anniversaries but it doesn't really happen. I always seem to miss the point wherein I need to have an actual appointment with the hairdressers for me to miss it or remember it, for that matter. That has not always been the case because I am such a lazy daisy when it comes to my hair. Like today. It was just any other ordinary afternoon when a friend told me she's spending hers in a salon and I thought, why not join her and finally have my much needed snappity snip! That's how and why I was presented with the perfect excuse to cut my hair the shortest it will ever be since my high school days. Easily decided, end of the story. Appointments, what?

The chop. The reason why I never worked up the courage to go to a hairstylist is because none of them would usually agree to my desired hair cut. I really wanted to go shorter even before but the hairstylist wouldn't want me to, it already cost me Php350 and I still went out of the salon only semi-satisfied because in my mind I didn't get my money's worth but it's only because I really wanted it shorter. So I tried my luck again this afternoon with the salon's resident hairstylist and as if it was ever meant to be, he agreed to do so! He was even the one who asked me if I was okay with a haircut so short it'll have my nape exposed because that's how it's going to look like afterwards. Little did he know those were the exact words I have been long waiting to hear! A few minutes and one too many snip snip later, I emerged from the salon chair with a brightest smile and the haircut of my dreams for a cost of Php38! Now would you look at that!

The aftermath. Of course this is how it looked like after all the blow drying by the magical hands of my hairstylist and I am fully aware there's a huge chance I can't make it look the same way or even half as decent on a daily basis. Styling this short hairstyle with my kind of hair will be tricky for sure but it's fine, I am a willing victim! I am even sure I am about to jumpstart a search for the best texturizing spray I can get my hands on without tearing up my wallet. *ehem Oribe ehem* So if you know any, help a girl friend out and share yours in the comments below. I have a feeling that the amount of money I saved from the haircut will amount for the hair care and styling that will follow but it's a logical reasoning I am willing to fall into because in case you haven't noticed, I am in love with my hair! And if there's one thing to know about me, I don't go around with saying love + my hair together in a sentence... until today. Ah, the cheese.

April 08, 2015

The Brits Made Me Buy It.


This wouldn't come as a shock to anyone who's been in my life long enough to know and justify my seemingly endless fascination with the Brits that there were days when I wish that I'd just magically wake up inside my London flat. And that I've personally and consistently dubbed their accent as the sexiest accent in town, the Irish one comes in close second. So I guess, this post was always bound to happen since the influence they have in my life are of great proportions, in music, make up, lifestyle. If only I can get away with having the British accent when in fact I've never been anywhere near any of them to adopt it, I would in a heartbeat. Soz.

The first on this list is the Collection Lasting Performance Concealer. Everyone from Londontown has dubbed this as their favorite drugstore concealer, both in Youtube and in Blogville. So of course when Collection Cosmetics launched their make up line in the Philippines a few years back, it follows that this is the first purchase I made. The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick Pink PongMAC Patisserie and Kate Moss for Rimmel 107 are the lip products I owe Anna from Vivianna Does Make Up. When it come to lip choices, I find a match with this girl from Brighton so whenever I'd spot a good lip color on her, we both like it on the bold and bare spectrum, I basically try my best to get my hands on them as soon as geographically possible. Generally, I find the Real Techniques products by the lovely British Girls Sam and Nic of Pixiwoo worth getting yourself into. The brushes are aesthetically pleasing, it looks more expensive than it is and it gets the job done. So when they came up with a Real Techniques Miracle Sponge I knew it is something I'd love to have in my collection. And lastly, the Maybelline Falsies Mascara which I know is widely available locally so you're probably thinking why would I even need a British influence on buying it. But it's just that like the Collection concealer, I became aware of it through the Brits, I think it was Tanya, I saw one of her videos from her channel and then the rest, like what they say, is history.

And that's a wrap. But if I am being honest, there's one more thing: the British Boies. Is it so weird that I almost always crave to hear a guy say in all of his British accent glory the words, Cheers love! But I can't buy that, can I? And that's bollocks, mate.

April 06, 2015

My Shortlisted Summer Essentials.


Unlikely set of essentials but you know me, I like to twist things up a bit in here. A full beauty related summer essentials will be on its way as soon as the situation presents itself. Like when I am actually to the beach to get my tanning game on or to the mountains to keep my knees strong, whichever comes first.

Destination Disney. Not exactly, so I just thought of bringing the Disney state of mind with me. And how else to bring that thought to life by putting Mickey Mouse in the picture, insert a theme park backdrop and ta-da, instant Disneyland! Planning your summer weekend getaways' always fun, the anticipation and the actual joy you would get from it can make you feel like you've been to the happiest place on earth when in reality it's just in Skyranch Tagaytay. No that I am complaining...

Matte Lips Matter. Red lips isn't exactly a summer lip color for many but it is for me. I always try to downsize the amount of makeup I put on during this time of the year because I am the oiliest person ever, things I slap on gets washed away the moment I step out into the sun. I'm sweaty like that, TMI sorry. This is  my current fave, Matte Merlot from Avon which I know I've said a mill times over here how it's such a gorgeous shade of red. A bright pop of color to add brightness into the summer sun.

Sunnies Anonymous. I'm not sure where I got these sunnies from but it's the one I reach for when I find the time to put contact lenses on and I can actually make use of them. I tend to go for the big and bold ones because I have a rather huge face to frame. Although really, what's a summer without a sunnies accessory. It's like it comes with the whole summer-sun-territory.

A Table For Two. If you haven't already noticed, I play favorites and when it comes to a summer read, I will always come back to Marla Miniano's novel called Table for Two. The main reason I carry around a "real" book with me is that I am afraid of boredom and being left with nothing to do. Besides, a good read can take you to places without even moving so just imagine when you're actually in motion and with a good book? With the stories and characters from this novel, believe me, being bored is the last thing you'll ever be!

April 05, 2015

A Nutellafied Choclit Drink


A drink that's basically what it says in the tin - a hot chocolate drink using whatelse? Nutella. Confession: up until an advert made its way to our local channels, I realized I've been pronouncing it wrong. So, it's new-tel-luh. Now I know. HA! Anyways, as if we don't have enough Nutellafied things already, here I am with just another way to do such. I thought it's rather fitting to throw in this recipe as a nod to the summer lovin' weather we all are having. 

There's no need to fuss about the ingredients, you probably have the whole lot of it around your kitchen. Two cups of milk, a tablespoon of Nutella, marshmallows for toppings and crushed/cubed ice. Pour milk in a heated saucepan until it boils, then mix in the Nutella until it melts. I like mine with just about 50% level of sweetness so a tablespoon is enough for one serving. Transfer the milk-choclit mix into a container, I used a Mason jar and look at how aesthetically pleasing it turned out to be. How very millenial of me, ha. You can add the layer of crushed or cubed ice next before topping it off with marshmallows. Now this isn't exactly a healthy drink nor a groundbreaking of a recipe, but during the summer, I thought we can all use a dose of cold drink and a lot of sweetness to counteract the heat that comes with it. Here's one idea for you, a Nuttelafied choclit drink is not going to hurt at all. Besides, the world can never ever have enough Nutellafied things. You reckon?

April 03, 2015

The Go To Guys For An Everyday Eye


For days when you can't be bothered to use loads of eye brushes, and we all know how many of them can be possibly used for the simplest eye make up look, we've all been there. One woman cannot have enough eye brushes in her life. Like right now, all I really want in life is two pieces of the MAC 217 brush as if I don't have enough brushes already. And when in reality, you only need two. True story.

The proper pack it on brush. The easiest way to get the color into the lids is to use a flat shader brush. It basically looks like how it's called so it's easy to spot one when you go looking for it in a sea of eye brushes. I use the MAC 242 and it has been such a joy to see how this picks up just the right amount of product to well, pack on the lids and instantly see the results. Its width is perfect for shading either vertically or diagonally, whichever way you prefer. The buttery shadows are my favorite thing to pick up with this because it looks so gorgeous and pigmented at one shade, simple eye things you know.

The 70% blending, 30% crease brush. A blending brush is a must have, any kind of it will have to do as long as it does the job of blending the uneven swatches on the lid, sweeping the harsh edges on the crease and defining the depth of the outer corner. You need to ditch those tiny little blending brushes and sponges that usually comes with eye shadow packages, they won't serve any purpose and hardly ever going to work well. Since I have yet to own a MAC 217, I prefer using the Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Eye Brush for this. Just sweeping this onto my crease in a back and forth motion helps a lot in eliminating the harsh edges, the slightly pointed tip handles the defining of the outer corner and the dome orientation of the bristles gets all the blending you'll ever need done. Ain't it a multitasker of a brush. I know, I know.

Two brushes, tops. All you'll ever need for everyday eye. Get involved, aye? See what I did there...

April 01, 2015

AN INTERLUDE: #MAKEUPBYJYSCMLL


.... Aaaand that's a wrap! Where did March go? As I finally flip the last page of my journal for this month, I realized a few things worth celebrating. One thing is that I have successfully committed to my newly launched schedule as far as blogging on TGTC is concerned. *pops champagne* I hope you're all caught up with the changes and enjoying the ride so far. I surely am, thank you for sticking around, time flies when you're having fun, eh. And the other thing, well...

One of my favorite highlights this month is my launching of #MAKEUPBYJYSCMLL. Now ain't that a huge one to drop mid blog post? Not so many people have heard of it until I finally braved the grown up streets and came up with an official Facebook Page last February 14, saying that it's my way of celebrating the love month this year. Quick background. I am a Pharmacist by profession and used to work as a full time Regulatory Affairs Pharmacist until July of 2o14. But I've decided to take on a new step one since I wanted to be something else and in order to do that, I needed to be something else as well. Which is when and why I became a Make Up Artist. By October of the same year, I've already finished my Basic Fashion Make Up Course with Fashion Institute of the Philippines. And I've never looked back, from a Pharmacist to a Make Up Artist. At least, that still rhymes, somehow.

Although my professional works as a make up artist would only be limited to my Facebook Page, a few tricks and tips on here wouldn't hurt right? So if there's anything I can help you with or you're curious about, shoot me a message or drop a request and I'd try to come up with a post about it over here at TGTC. So far, Embracing The Art Of Kilay is the most requested one... Anything else you fancy?
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