Category Archives: Beauty and Fashion

On makeup and being the real you

I like makeup. A lot. I believe that, while makeup is by no means necessary for existence, it nevertheless adds spice and interest to life.

Below are some of the reasons why:

First, makeup serves to enhance what’s already there. I never cease to be amazed at how just the littlest amount of mascara (one of the two items I am never without, the other being lip balm) make my eyes stand out just a tad bit better, or how a swirl or two of blush makes me look more awake and alive even after a late night out. Makeup takes what Mother Nature gave you and works with it so that you look like a better, more polished version of yourself.

Second, makeup is one of the many ways by which I can express myself. At work, my looks tend to be more sedate, although I do a smoky eye every now and then just to liven things up a bit. However, when I go out with family and friends, I tend to favor more colorful combinations (purple and plum shadows with teal eyeliner, you get the picture).

And while we’re on the topic of self-expression, I might as well say that I have a lot of respect for those artists and enthusiasts who are able to come up with avant garde looks (i.e. makeup that you wouldn’t really wear to work or any other real-life situation, unless you’re a runway model). Makeup is an art form, after all, with creativity and imagination setting the limits.

Third, you can work with as few or as many products as you desire or feel comfortable with. Sometimes when I do makeup on myself or on other people, I find that I will use four or five eyeshadows to achieve the effect I want (and that’s just the eyes). However, if for you a made-up face consists of using only concealer, powder, and lipstick, that’s fine, too. If there’s one thing I’ve realized over the years, it’s that there is no fixed rule on the number of products you “need”. Magazines and websites can go on and on about how a product like, let’s say eyeliner, is essential to anyone’s arsenal. But if you know that you’re not going to use it, why buy yourself a tube?

In the end, it’s about using products that work for you and your lifestyle. It’s about creating a look for yourself that makes your day just that wee bit brighter, your stride a bit more confident.

This post was written by Anj de la Cruz.

Makeup: A Must!

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Powder, blush, and lipstick

I’ve always been a firm believer that, at a certain age, women should no longer leave the house without makeup. All women bloom when they put on a touch of makeup that play up their features. And I don’t go for “natural beauty,” because often, women without makeup don’t look natural. They look more plain and tired than “natural.” On the other hand, women who put on even the minimum—in my opinion, powder, blush, and lipstick—look fresh and put-together.

To the uninitiated, ask a friend to help you take your first makeup baby steps. Go shopping for the basics together. Then, learn how to apply makeup naturally. Good makeup videos abound on the Internet. Take courage, you’ll love the new you…the real you!

Once you feel more confident, throw in an eyelash curler and mascara in your bag to brighten up your eyes.

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Eyeshadow

Add a natural palette of eyeshadow as well. How can you go wrong? Before you know it, wearing makeup everyday will feel like a natural part of your day already!

This post was written by Meg Murrf Trinidad.

Ladies, don’t settle for anything less (a video message from the good guys)

There still are good guys out there. But where oh where are they? They’re just around, and they appreciate us for all that we’re worth. Don’t believe me? Watch this video and see.

You might want to check out the YouTube comments while you’re at it 🙂

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Mousse review: White Rain, Sunsilk, VO5

I’ve had permed hair for quite some time now and I’ve used several brands of mousse already. I’d like to share my experiences with three brands with the curly-haired ladies out there, if only to spare them from pain of trial-and-error:

1. White Rain Extra Hold mousse

This is the brand that I’ve used the longest. It’s the cheapest I’ve found in the stores, and the results are good enough for the price. I wouldn’t say this is the best option, though.

Pros:
• Most affordable
• Widely available (found it in Watson’s and in some supermarkets)
• Really adds volume

Cons:
• Hair looks obviously moussed–a guaranteed wet look for the whole day
• Hair looks unnaturally stiff
• Hair will already start to frizz after waking up (not good if you don’t shampoo daily)

2. Sunsilk Style mousse

I’ve only found this in the supermarket at SM Megamall. I never knew that Sunsilk had mousse, so I inspected the packaging and realized that it might be imported from another Asian country. I guess that explains why we don’t see ads of this product around.

Pros:
• Lasts longer than any other brand I’ve tried. Hair stays nice and tidy for two whole days.
• Hair doesn’t look artificially moussed

Cons:
• Sticky! You’d be hurrying to wash your hands after using this. I don’t think it matters, though, since your hair will hardly feel the stickiness after your hair has slightly dried.
• Slightly more expensive than White Rain
• Not widely available. During the last time I went to Megamall, I wasn’t able to find any on the shelves.
• Hair looks heavy. Some people might find this beneficial, but I’d rather my hair looked fluffy.

3. VO5 mousse
Though a bit more pricey than the other two, I like this VO5 mousse the most. I had to buy it one day because there were no stocks of the other two brands above. It was a blessing in disguise, as I now would opt for this brand.

Pros:
• Hair doesn’t look artificially moussed
• Not sticky!
• Lasts long though not as long as the Sunsilk mousse
• More foamy than the other two
• Adds enough volume though not as much as White Rain
• Curls look natural, not stiff

Cons:
• More expensive than the other two

That said, I’m sure Finesse will prove better than all these brands, but I would need to skip a few meals to buy one bottle and I am not going to do that. If anyone else would like to share their experiences regarding mousse brands, please feel free to leave a comment.