Archive | November, 2011

Naughty Makeup Look

30 Nov

Have you been naughty? Or you want to pretend you have been?

 Or if you just want to have fun with your Christmas look, here I did something for you. I hope you like it! ^_^

*images NOT Photoshop corrected/enhanced*

Eyebrows, How To

29 Nov

Foundation Routine

28 Nov

This is mainly how I do my foundation.

First part is my quickie routine using inexpensive makeup. I love this base, sometimes I just put a bit of blush and curl my lashes and I go out of the door. The second one, although I skipped putting on primer, is basically my base if I will do full makeup. Here I included highlighting and contouring. I will be uploading “looks” basically with either as my base.

The lighting is awful, it comes from above so shadows settled on my already bad eye bags, but hopefully you guys get the picture. I hope you guys will subscribe in my YT channel.

Thank you and XOXO,
Pika

Photos are not Photoshop corrected whatsoever, but I have eye makeup on unlike on the vid.

Scrubbing Out Commercial Facial Scrubs

21 Nov

Disclaimer: One of the most important things you have to realize if you decide to follow my blog and vlogs on anything beauty is this: I am not claiming that I have the most beautiful skin in the world. Because clearly, I don’t. I have 25 year-old scar on my forehead, recent years gave me a few deep pimple scars, I have mestiza skin which means I have lots of moles (some are red dots), I have fine lines and I am genetically engineered to have large pores.

That said, I am sharing because these things/routines have worked for me and it will probably work for you too.

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Exfoliating is one of the most important things we have to include in our skincare ritual if we want to preserve our skin. It sloughs off dead skin cells to make room for fresher cells to emerge and glow. Do this once or twice a week.

I have been exfoliating, although erratically, since college. Scooping some of my mother’s St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub behind her back whenever I remember, and whenever I can ninja in and out of her bathroom.

When I started earning money and having conscience, I bought my own. But I learned it had ingredients which can cause pimples (mineral oil and parabens), so I started to experiment with others. I tried scrubs from brands  like Pond’s, L’oreal, Neutrogena, Clean and Clear and once even ordered from the US, the Derma-E Microdermabrasion. It was either they gave me a greasy feeling, dry skin, or what we all want to avoid: breakouts.

Plus, most of the brands I used, like Neutrogena, use plastic beads! They’re not harmful to the skin per se, but they do have an effect on our ecology. I read an article about it a few years ago and stopped using it ever since.

So I started to look for a healthier, more eco-friendly and yes cheaper version. With a few experiments here and there I finally found my Holy Grail.

Introducing, My favorite Facial Scrub of All Time


Organic honey and sugar. Never gave me a breakout. Always left me with super smooth and soft clean skin. It is cheap, all natural and just downright practical. I have been using this method for almost four years already. I have tried mixing it with lemon juice, olive oil and other things but these two alone makes me happy already.


Honey has antioxidants, cleansing properties and is considered an antiseptic. It also helps restore cells. It reduces inflammation and scarring. Sugar is alpha-hydroxy rich which will give you glowing skin. It can polish the skin and therefore can even out skin tone and improve its overall texture. Sugar on skin is super safe for all skin types, and does not clog pores.

Imagine, all the goodness that the facial scrubs on the drugstore shelves promise but without chemicals that can be harmful to you and our environment! Super affordable too! Besides, if by some weird chance this scrub does not suit you, you can always use the natural sweeteners for your green tea!

I exfoliated 3 days ago. This is today, considering I am sick and dehydrated! click on image to get a closer look

How-To:

1. Combine a teaspoonful of sugar and 2 1/2 teaspoonfuls of honey.

2. Open up your pores and dampen your skin by putting a towel that was immersed in hot water over your face for about 5 minutes.

3. Use the honey and sugar mix and scrub in circular motion all over the face, pay close attention to where you usually have blackheads. Scrub softly for about a minute and a half.

4. Lie down and close your eyes. Relax and wait for the honey to take action for at least 15 minutes. This step is optional.

5. Rinse off with warm water until you can’t feel the sugar and honey anymore.

6. Splash your face with cold water to close the pores and tap softly with a clean towel to dry.

Voila! Super soft and smooth glowy skin! Try it and tell me what you think. Comment below!

XOXO,
Pika

P.S.
Edited my previous entry, updated the cost and linked my friend’s blog response.

My Fave Lipstick

16 Nov

Okay. Since I am just starting this beauty blog, let it be known that I have paler than pale skin. It is not porcelain, nor is it creamy. It’s ghostly pale, you can see veins underneath. Needless to say, I look like an unglamourous vampire. Dull and scary.

Yeah.

My least favorite makeup are lip thingies. Gloss, balms, lipsticks… with our weather I find it the most annoying thing. But sometimes I have no choice but to put some color on my puckers lest I look dead. Which brings me to…
This was back in 2008, when I first fell in love with it.

My All-Time Favorite Lipstick

I discovered this while browsing through ABS-CBN Talent Center catalogue years ago when my eyes happened to land on Kristine Hermosa’s makeup, particularly her lips. It was the catalogue where the ladies sported the no-makeup look and one of my favorite local makeup artists, Chechel Joson, did their faces. It said there she used Max Factor Pink Brandy (no.825). So I grabbed myself one (I believe on the same day I saw the catalogue) and it had never failed me since. Ever!

Color: It is easy to conclude that my favorite color is pink. But I am very particular with my pinks. I don’t like it leaning on the blue side. I like them warm and yellow-toned and subdued. What I mean is that it is on the coral side of pinks. And this lipstick is my kind of pink. It looks like it is on the brown kind of warm on the packaging but on me, it is lighter and peachier. Not too warm to look like lipstick, but pink and warm enough to look natural.


Texture: This lipstick glides on heavenly! It is so creamy! It sits well on top, it has a semi-matte finish. This lipstick has the perfect creaminess to easily switch it to cream blush which I do sometimes and it’s peachy perfect.

Pay-Off: Like I said, I don’t like it when I can feel substance sitting on my lips. With this, I can get away with putting color on my lips even when I just dab it on. In fact, that is just how I use it that’s why it had lasted long. It’s not my natural lip color but it does look natural on me.


Cost: Max Factor is not a high-end brand. I checked the stores, it is now only for P575! It lasts on your lips for about 8 hours, so that’s a steal!

Do I recommend  this to everyone? I don’t have any other Max Factor lippies, but I guess you can try other shades for its quality. But if you are conscious about brands who do tests on animals, then Max Factor is not for you. This particular lipstick I highly recommend on women with pale/fair skin. It will instantly give you a fresh peachy natural look. But hey, who said our dear morenas can’t wear it? In makeup it’s not about the rules, it is all about having fun!
natural light

fluorescent light
note: I also used it as a cream blush in these photos

What’s your favorite lipstick? Make a blog response!

XOXO,
Pika

P.S.
Check out my friend Trixie’s blog response here! Subscribe/follow her blog too!


Shu Uemura: Now at Trinoma!

16 Nov

Shu Uemura is now at TRINOMA! visit our temporary location at the Ground Floor of Trinoma Mall (in front of Mary Grace, near Guess)! shop this week, and enjoy the perks of the Trinoma’s Green Light Sale! Avail of 10% discount and exciting promos from Shu Uemura! see you there! — from their Facebook page

It’s just freaky kinda weird that I was wondering when they will be available in Trinoma! Like literally, I was wondering about it a couple of days back!

But together with the MAC stall and the Clinique stall in Trinoma (same area where Shu Uemura just opened), I find it really off that they’re out in the open, a high-traffic area at that. I personally am not comfy buying makeup where random people pass you by. Unlike in the confines of Rustan’s, it’s more quiet and private-ish. MAC told me, I think ooooover a year ago, that their place is just temporary. But alas, they’re still there and looks like they’re planning to turn the lane into a high-end makup lane. Imagine people eating their delectable Mary Grace (oooh one of my fave cafes!) cheese roll and you’re in front of them checking out your faux lashes. Odd. Odd. Odd.

Oh well. Beggars can’t be choosers! So, lucky QC people, you don’t have to go to other cities to get your latest Wong Kar Wai collection!

XOXO,
Pika

P.S.
Turns out, they have BETTER news! (click on image)

The Pixie Is Here

15 Nov

It has been years since I have been debating whether I should start my own beauty blog or not. I did try in Multiply, but as always, I failed to follow through. That was when I was working as an art director in an advertising agency. So suffice to say, I didn’t have the time to really focus on it.

But now that life has taken a sweet turn, I think I can manage to write at least two entries in a month and that wouldn’t be bad. Right?

I grew up as a tomboy. I have four brothers and no sisters. Most of my friends while growing up were boys, boys, boys. I was a member of my school basketball varsity team. I punched boys, I made fun of girly-girls and didn’t know anything about makeup whatsoever until I was 18. Because that was the time I really fell in love, I was already in college, and I met girl friends who encouraged me to at least shape my brows.

At first I got (stole) my mother’s old and stinky and crumbling makeup. She’s not fond of wearing makeup, thus I believe what I got were her random beauty stuff that belonged to the 80’s. Nevertheless I tried wearing them, wondering why there was a fruit fly following my face (super funky mascara!).

Then I gave birth at such a young age (19, luckily with the love of my life) and life really was a circus back then. Slapping on makeup and taking care of my skin were forgotten. But I had bestfriends who reminded me to keep myself beautiful to keep my man. Sounded odd at first, but reality is, you should really keep your man interested in you character-wise and appearance-wise. Sooner than later, I started to listen.

After a few purchases of cheap local makeup, I started to get into it. Experimenting now and then. With my fair skin, skin care also became really important. So I started to read and read about it, I buy whatever I can afford and it is really a trial and error thing.

I am about to turn 32, nearing what they consider middle-aged and still I am trying out new beauty stuff, discovering new routines, new brands and all that jazz. And I guess it is time I share what I have learned and what I am learning to the world.

Welcome to my blog where I will post my makeup tutorials, my two cents on anything beauty, probably will include some style stuff as well, will review products, will share DIY stuff… and let us see where this will take us.

See you on my next post!
XOXO,
Pika

P.S.
I’ll be working on my youtube videos which will have tutorials and stuff. Subscribe ahead! Click HERE! See you there!