5 Contouring & Highlighting Tips For The Makeup Newbie

Thanks to the Kardashians, contouring has become a huge trend in the makeup world. It always looks so simple and easy when you watch the Insta videos, but it another story when you have to start shading and strobing all by yourself.

Uh-oh.

LOL!

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re first starting out, but don’t worry. With a little patience, practice and a loooot of blending, I promise that you’ll be able to do it like a pro soon enough. In the meantime, check out some of the highlighting & contouring tricks that I’ve learned along the way. These little tricks really made my makeup life a lot easier!

Tip #1: Cream Formulas Are Best For Contouring Newbies.
This is because they’re easy to blend and you can always use your sponge to erase any mistakes. When shopping, go for a color that’s one to two shades darker than your regular foundation. This will help the shadows look more natural and wearable if you’re at work or on a date.

Been using the Sleek Cream Contour Kit in Medium lately and I love how easy it is to blend!

Been using the Sleek MakeUP Cream Contour Kit in Medium lately and I love how easy it is to blend!

The different shades allowed me to play around with stronger contours for events. I was also able to use the lighter shades as a concealer—yay for multi-tasking products!

The different shades allowed me to play around with stronger contours for events. I was also able to use the lighter shades as a concealer—yay for multi-tasking products!

Tip #2: Have Oily Skin? Opt For Powder Formulas.
This is especially true when it comes to your highlighter since the goal is to look dewy—not greasy. Because powders can absorb excess oil, this formula will last longer on your skin and it can even help control excess shine. The only challenge? Powders are harder to blend, but you can make life easier for you by investing in the right brushes (I prefer an angled brush for contouring and a mini fan brush for highlighting).  Continue reading

How Micellar Water Saved My Skin (Dry Skin Fixes-Part 1)

I’ve been chasing after my skin’s lit-from-within glow for a while now, so I thought I’d do a beauty series about how I got my complexion back on track. I’ve had oily-combination skin all my life, so when my skin type changed to dry and sensitive, it took me a loooong time before I figured out which skincare combos to use.

My bare skin now and a little brow. Finally feeling like my glow is starting to come back!

My bare skin—saved with the help of micellar water—and a little brow. It’s still kinda dry, but you can see what it looked like last month here—red, dull, and kinda splotchy.

So my first plan of attack was to save my dry skin was to switch to a non-foaming facial wash. The only problem? Creamy cleansers make me feel like I’m not getting a good-enough clean. Could be my imagination, but sometimes, I feel like there’s still dirt and bacteria mixed with the residue I feel after I rinse or wipe it off.

That's why I was so happy I found this in my stash! It's La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water, P>>>.

That’s why I was so happy I found this in my stash! It’s the La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water.

I know, I know. You’re probably wondering what the heck micellar water is…and what’s it really supposed to do anyway? *cracks knuckles* Well, let me tell you! Continue reading

My Thoughts On Dry Shampoo

I like dry shampoo! I use it whenever I have to prolong a blowout and when I need to freshen up my roots. It really helps add volume and the blast of cool air (if you’re using an aerosol formula) really wakes you up.

I'm currently using the Macadamia Volumizing Dry Shampoo, which I got as a gift from the Jing Monis event in Davao.

I’m currently using the Macadamia Volumizing Dry Shampoo, which I got as a gift from the Jing Monis event in Davao

It’s simple to use, too.I just blast my strands (I hold the can about 6 to 8 inches away) where my hair is parted and massage the product into my roots (do this well or it can look like you have dandruff). Here’s the thing though: I’m starting to wonder if the rise of women using dry shampoo is connected to the rise of women having hair fall. Since more and more gals don’t wash their strands as often, perhaps it’s causing a scalp imbalance. Clean scalp = healthy scalp, right? Hmmm…I’ll have to investigate this further!

What are your thoughts? Do you think dry shampoo could be one of the culprits of hair fall? ♥

My New Favorite Blush!

It’s such a pretty compact, guys!

Can you guess what type of product this is based on the packaging?

Can you guess what brand this is based on the packaging?

What about the brand? There's a clue on the compact—it says Maquillage ;)

There’s a clue on the compact—it says Maquillage ;)

I know, I know. I’m getting carried away with the packaging. But before I tell you what the brand is, let’s take a look at what’s inside first!

 Sigh. Such perfect little combos of peach and pink tones.


Sigh. This flush enhancer really has pretty combos of peach and pink tones.

And look! It even made sleepy-eyed me look a lot more fresh! #Yasssss

And look! It even made sleepy-eyed me look a lot more fresh! #Yasssss

So…Do you like it yet? Then clickity-click! I’ll give you the scoop on my new fave blush (it even has a super unique brush) after the jump! Continue reading

Review: Clinique Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette

It’s a pretty-in-pink kinda Monday…for my makeup!

Pink cheeks, pink blush! I liked my glow so much today, so I had to write a quick post about this blush.

Pink cheeks, pink blush! I liked my glow so much today, so I had to write a quick post about this blush.

I wish I could give you a better photo of my cheeks, but this was just a quick snap before I left for work. I was really sick over the past few days (that’s why I wasn’t able to post so much—sorry!), so I’m really liking how this blush made me look more…alive! Haha!

I used the Clique Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette. P.S. For a cleaner shot of the palette and a review of the lippie I'm using, click here to check it out.

I used the Clinique Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette, P1,900. P.S. For a cleaner shot of the palette and a review of the lippie I’m using, click here to check them out.

So tri-color blushes are huge right now and I’m seeing them pop up all over (I used another one from ArtDeco here). Thanks to the Kardashians, beauty girls know now how contouring can change the way you look. But because not everyone goes around with a lighting and camera crew, brands have found a way to make shading look a little more natural with these types of blushes.

Find out how to do it after the jump! Continue reading

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