Beauty schmeuty



Gave a talk to Rotary Gems San Juan today. Topic: Creating a Beautiful World.
I posted this on Instagram the other day after I gave a talk to the Rotary Club about “Creating a Beautiful World.” Then I got questions about make up instead of the talk.


I’ve been getting a few requests for a video tutorial on how I do my own makeup. My goodness. I don’t think I have enough guts to do that yet. I’m too shy to give you tips because I am not a pro at this. And I have so many make up artist friends that are better at giving you professional advice.

Most of the time, I do my own makeup. And most of the time, I do it in the car. So while I can’t give you a step by step how-to yet, let me share the basic makeup products I use. These are the same products I use for on-cam shoots for Urban Zone and for an afternoon shopping trip to the mall. I just vary the degree/depth of use. Like if I’m on cam, I add a bit of shadow contour on my eyes, a bit more concealer and more powder foundation for coverage and anti-shine. I apply lighter pigment when I’m not on cam.

None of these products are freebies or PR gifts, so please don’t ask me prices and where to buy etc. Because I don’t remember. I will tell you the brand and the shades and they are pretty much sold in the usual places. I will give you as much info as I can. But I don’t have press kits for accurate info.


I love this powder foundation. It’s the best thing ever. I love the consistency, so smooth. And the coverage can be controlled so easily, either light or heavy. I haven’t even tried using it with a wet sponge yet because a little dust of this using a brush gives me enough coverage. I found this in The Face Shop. The best thing about it is the price – around P900ish. The down side is that it only has a few shades. This NB25 is already the darkest and I think it’s pretty light, considering. So not much range there.

For daily use, I stick to black eyeliner pencils applied in varying degree of thickness. I apply a line in my upper lid. Sometimes I smudge a thin line in my lower lid. But I already have strong eyes by birth so I try not to over do the drama there. This is awesome because once you apply it, it becomes smudge free. It’s called Shadow Liner from Maybelline. And it was inexpensive – probably below P500.

The pencil below is an eyebrow pencil from The Face Shop. Its got an auto sharpened brown tip on one end and a brush on the other. Again, inexpensive.


For eyeshadow, I have no brand loyalty because I like to buy new ones every season – Chanel, Guerlain, Estee Lauder, Shu Uemura etc. I love the packaging of luxury brand cosmetics. I like palettes as opposed to singles. This is a quad from Chanel, the newest one. In the photo above I used the gray shadow and applied one coat of it across my eyelids using one finger. Seriously. It was a no brainer.

I use concealer in my under-eye area. Very lightly because anything thick would create creases where my wrinkles are. So I just use concealer to lighten up my dark circles. I apply it before brushing the powder foundation. Then I reapply if needed. I use my finger. This particular one is from La Mer, 02 Medium. But in my other makeup bag, I use an old MAC concealer.

That lipstick is Spitfire form the Wonder Woman collection of MAC. I like that its got a deep pink purple tone. I’m into dark lips now.


I’m not picky with powder blush. I have them in different brands. The past few months I’ve been using this MAC Mineralize Blush in Cheek & Cheerful. It was a gift from an aunt in Toronto. I don’t know if it’s a special colour or a regular one. For me, any colour of blush will do. Experts can give you better advice on which blush to use for your skin tone. I use blush sparingly.

I’m happy with this mascara. It’s from L’Oreal. It’s called Telescopic Clean. It could have been any brand though. The day I bought this I was looking for any black mascara that wasn’t waterproof. I really hate stressing over makeup removal. And waterproof mascara just makes my lashes so thin. Everytime I use it and remove it, I feel like I’m losing 5 strands of eye lashes. This is water soluble but it’s not like it runs when you sweat. It comes off as flakes.


So I go cheap with basic things like black liner and mascara but I don’t like scrimping on lip colour. My lips get so dry and chapped easily. I find that Chanel is good for me. The deep red on the left is La Fascinante. It’s got a velvety finish. It has tendency to dry because that’s the look they’re going for, somewhat matte. So I condition my lips with lipbalm before applying this. This is the shade I used at the LV party. On the right is Insolente, a really nice bright pink. But not too fluorescent. It’s a very pretty pink. In the photo above, it shows a very faded Insolente. Oh I get that way, I don’t reapply lipstick unless I’m at a schmoozing event or on-cam. I usually just let my lipstick fade. Bad habit.


Let me know what you think. Share your beauty finds too.





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