Sunday, June 28, 2015

Makeup Look: Toni G's Bridal Makeup Look with #Mustcara

Every time I attend weddings or see wedding photos on my social networks' feeds, my eyes get instantly drawn to the makeup of the bride and her entourage. If I get smitten with how the bride looks,  I would try my best to guess what the makeup artist used on her,  rummage my stash and try to recreate the look. I, basically, did the same thing when I saw Toni Gonzaga's bridal look. 

I have always adored the way she looks on TV -- doll eyes, heavily contoured face, bold lips -- but she looked beautifully different on her wedding day. No hints of how doll she is on TV, it was just her and nothing but her. Everything was kept simple, Krist Bansuelo (her makeup artist) just made her look like who she really is in real life, just a bit enhanced.

Krist Bansuelo used mostly drusgtore products on Toni on her big day. Like I always tell you, no need to burn savings just to look beautiful! I have some of the products Krist used on Toni so I thought of recreating the look.

I realized that my take on Toni's Bridal Makeup Look is far from similar to her actual makeup. Amsari! Let us just think I had put a dash of myself in the look, hence, the output. Palusot.

Anyhow,  here's how I achieved the look:

Monday, June 22, 2015

Makeup Start-up

Whenever I am asked about what makeup to buy when one is still starting in the field, I only have a few items in mind -- a good face powder, a smudge-proof eyeliner, a waterproof mascara, a lasting blush, a moisturizing lip tint and a handy brush set. It may be a lot for some but trust me, these products will sure give you the best face that you'll end up getting more makeup sooner than you planned and wanted it to happen.

So if you are starting to build up your stash or just plainly starting with makeup (or just curious on what products I will be sharing *wink*), allow me to share with you my recommended start-up makeup products.

Face Powder / Powder Foundation 
Not just for starters but a powder that gives coverage, stays put all day and controls oil should be a staple in a woman's kit. Lately, I am interchangeably using the L'Oreal Mat Magique and the Maybelline White Superfresh for these both fit the requirements. Both give decent coverage and keep the oil at bay for more than 5 hours. They are affordable too!

L'Oreal Mat Magique (Php499.00)
Maybelline White Superfresh (Php299.00)

Eyeliners work wonders, believe me. A nice line would definitely change a look, especially if paired with a great working mascara. Hands down, the best in the market (for me, at least) is the K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner (Php695.00). No need to worry about panda eyes and fading for this eyeliner will stay put all day. As in all day!

A few swipes make a huge difference. Mascara opens the eyes making it look more bright and awake. Lately, I am loving the Maybelline Hypercurl Volum' Express for it curls and gives volume to the lashes that lasts the whole day. And to top it all, it is just Php199.00!

A pop of color will never be too much. A swipe of blush will bring out the youth and freshness in one's look, right? All thanks to Liz for introducing me to Ellana Cheek Duo. This 2-in-1 blush hasn't left my kit since I first has my hands on it. 

Tinted Lip Balms
Should I say more? Tinted lip balms not just give color to the lips, it also moisturizes the puckers keeping it away from chapping and peeling. One of my all-time favorite tinted lip balms/shimmer would be the Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer. These tiny babies give a nice color to the lips while hydrating it.

Makeup Brush
Having great tools is also important when one wants to achieve great outputs. I know, our hands are our best tools when putting on makeup but a few brushes that do the job won't hurt, right? No doubt, I am in love with Charm Brushes and I will not get tired of recommending this brand to people looking for makeup brushes that will sure perform divine. One will never regret getting Charm brushes!

No idea where to get these products? Worry not for some of my favorite makeup brands are available online at Zalora. You can also visit the brand's website to check out more from them. K-Palette is available in all Beauty Bar stores while L'Oreal and Maybelline are available in leading department stores nationwide.

I hope these recommendations can help you with your start-up makeup kit!

Want do you want me to talk about next?

♥ Jes ♥

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mascara = #Mustcara

By the time you read this, I will be in a room strutting my best in an assessment. Wish me luck!!! I will be sharing with you more about the  new venture I am into but for now, let me share with you a proof that a mascara is very much needed in any makeup look.

Still not convinced on how a mascara can do wonders on your look? Look at these photos:

These photos were not taken on the same day though it is quite obvious how a few swipes of mascara was able to brighten the entire look. Admit it, my eye on the right photos looks more awake as if smiling. The volume and the curl that Maybelline Hypercurl Volum' Express gives my lashes instantly adds a kick of beauty to my entire face. Simple but gorgeous, right?

Would you believe that this result came from a budget-friendly mascara? Yes, the Maybelline Hypercurl Volum' Express is just Php199.00 in all stores nationwide. Amazing? Amaaaaazing!

Gotta go! Catch up with you real soon!


♥ Jes ♥

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

A mascara is a #mustcara! -- Debunking Mascara Myths

A few days ago, I overheard a conversation of my colleagues about makeup. Since I was busy checking activities (You know, teacher’s stuff.), I didn’t bother to join until I heard one of them said that the main reason why she doesn’t use a mascara is because it causes her lashes to fall out. In a blink of an eyelash, I jumped in their morning talk and tried to defend the side of mascara. Well, that ended with me debunking some mascara myths to them.

I find the need to share with you some mascara myths that got debunked in that conversation with the thought that it might be of valuable to you or people you know.

1.      Mascara causes lashes to fall out and eye irritation.

No, but I am only speaking in behalf of those I have tried. Mascaras have chemicals which can cause allergic reactions to some, only to some. Most of the mascaras I have tried cling to my lashes like glue but they don’t make my lashes brittle or sensitive. The new Maybelline Hypercurl Volum’ Express Mascara is a great example. It holds onto the lashes for the entire but it doesn’t make my lashes fallout due to brittleness. It just stays there until you decide to take it off.

In my opinion, what makes the lashes fallout is the way the mascara is removed. The more mascara is made to be smudge-proof and/or waterproof, the harder it is to remove. The key is a good-working, gentle makeup remover. Go with an oil-based one for it dissolves the bonds of the mascara faster and in a breeze. Also, stop picking the mascara off. Again, mascaras hold on the lashes tight and picking it off will definitely take the lashes out of its roots. Lastly, avoid scratching the eye area. I know you know why!

On the eye irritation part, it will always be best to check the ingredients. If you are aware that you are allergic to an ingredient just drop the idea of using the mascara. So far, I haven’t heard nor read something about Maybelline causing irritations so you might want to check their mascaras out.

2.      My makeup look does not need a mascara.

If you are going for a simple, only lipstick and powder kind of makeup, then maybe you can skip the mascara. But on a beauty standpoint, mascaras make lashes appear longer, darker, and thicker. Aside from it also makes the eyes appear rounder and more beautiful. Full, dark and long lashes make any face look glamorous. Don’t you agree? If you have a few minutes to spare, go apply mascara on your lashes. It is practically the finishing touch of all eye makeup.

See how a mascara completed this no-makeup look?

3.      Mascaras can be kept for years.

No. Just no. Toss it away after 3-4 months and spare yourself from possible bacterial infections. Remember the fallouts and irritations? Those have higher chances to occur if a mascara is kept longer than it is supposed to.

4.      Good mascaras are expensive.

We must admit that some great products come with a price. But we don’t always have to burn our savings to get the best in the market, right? We only have to continue searching. Thinking that mascaras last for an average of 3-5 months, it isn’t practical to shell out thousands to get ourselves a nice one. I won’t get tired of saying that Maybelline has great mascaras comparable to high-end ones.

The first ever Maybelline mascara I purchased and loved was just Php299.00. Just recently, the brand launched the revamped Hypercurl Volum’ Express which only sells for Php199.00 in Watsons starting June 12 and by July 1, it will be sold at Php199.00 nationwude!   Yes, for just a fifth of a thousand you can get a mascara that makes your lashes look vavavoom and stays looking like that for long hours!

5.      There is no such thing as a perfect mascara.

Oh yes, I think so. Out of thousand mascaras in the market, we have to figure out what works for our lashes. I haven’t met a mascara that caters to all the wants of our lashes – length, volume, curl, staying power. We have to look for the one that suits our top priority. In my case, it’s volume. So I go with a mascara that makes my lashes appear dark and full. The Maybelline Hypercurl Volum’ Express mascara makes my lashes look fuller than usual, basically the reason why I am in love with it.

Last thing, keep the wand especially those that works awesome. This simple trick would make a mascara with great formulation but comes with not-so-good wand works divine. And, you can use the wands as spoolies to groom the brows.

I hope these simple debunking of false beliefs made some changes in the way you view mascaras. A few swipes can make a huge difference, believe me.


♥ Jes ♥

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Mini #MakeUpLovexMaybelline Giveaway | Maybelline Philippines

As I look at my beautiful mess, also known as my makeup and skincare stash, I cannot help but be thankful for all the blessings continuously pouring on me and this blog. I may have been swamped with work that leads to me having so many backlogs, that doesn't mean I have forgotten the brands and the people who have been so generous in letting me try the newest and the best in their line of products. My heart is filled with joy!

Maybelline is one of the brands that continuously trust and support MakeUpLove. Just recently, they sent me a few items to try (Check out my post tomorrow!) and to giveaway to my readers. Stay tuned for my upcoming posts about Maybelline's newest mascara and a whole lot more. For now, let me present to you the #MakeUpLovexMaybelline mini giveaway!

This will be short and sweet. There will be 3 winners --  1 from this blog, 1 from Facebook and 1 from Instagram. Shall we proceed with the mechanics?