Showing posts with label makeup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label makeup. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

HALLOWEEN MAKEUP IDEAS

The last quarter of the year is always my favorite because I get to celebrate my birthdays in October, dress up on Halloween in November, and enjoy the festivities in December. 

I've been really into making different makeup looks these past few months and today I decided to share with you guys the three halloween makeup looks that I did. 

This was supposed to be inspired by a Mobile Legends character name Estes. I used whatever is available in my makeup kit and immediately  wished I have prepared enough for this, like maybe, I should've bought some face paint or something. But yeah, I still enjoyed doing this very easy and very simple makeup look. I used a brown masking tape for my ear to make it look like elf ears. You can watch some tutorials on Youtube. 

Estes-inspired
Halloween is not supposed to be all dark and scary, so I chose to dress up and honor one of the most talented female artist in the history - Frida Kahlo. Since I didn't have a floral head dress, I just edited one on a phone app called Photo Grid. Watch my Frida Kahlo makeup tutorial on Youtube by clicking on the link here. 

"I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling." - FK

For this look, I used BYS Philippines Cosmic Eyeshadow Palette and it worked like magic! I may need to iron some details the next time I try to recreate this, but overall, I loved the finish product. This is my favorite halloween look so far and this is inspired by Archie Comics and Riverdale. Watch my makeup video tutorial here. 

Straight outta comic book.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I hope to see you guys again soon. If you liked this post, don't forget to comment below and share this to your friends. 
x



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Jack Of All Trades

Yes it's true, we all have hidden talents! And sometimes, some circumstances in life make us reveal them to the world -one at a time or all at once. Join me in this journey as I enter the ever competitive world of beauty and makeup with these chosen primary weapons. *blows imaginary gun*

Real Techniques Base Brushes. This is my first set of brushes ever! Real Techniques is owned by Sam and Nic Chapman -they are sisters, professional makeup artists, and the duo behind a top Youtube channel. The function of this set is for complete coverage of base makeup. The core collection of the coverage essentials include:

From top to bottom | Photo by  © www.lvlygrey.com
(1) Buffing brush - UltraPlush bristles ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation.
(2) Detailer brush - precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long lasting shape and definition.
(3) Pointed foundation brush - unique cut for use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage.
(4) Contour brush - delicately applies highlighter to the cheekbones for sheer, soft-focus contour.

I am so loving #RealTechniques brushes at the moment, and I can't wait to get my hands on the two other sets for the eyes and for finish. Real Techniques brushes have a reasonable price that is perfect for budding makeup artists like me.

NYX soft matte lip cream minis | Instagram @lvlygrey
NYX soft matte lip cream minis. These lippies may be little and cute but they are also sure to give you a nice soft matte finish when applied to your lips. The shades from the photo above include (1) Moscow; (2) Copenhagen; (3) Vancouver; (4) Nyx liquid suede - Foul Mouth; (5)Nyx liquid suede - Oh, Put It OnAll dark shades, suits me! Shelf lifeNyx liquid suede - six monthsNyx soft matte lip cream - eighteen months.

 Another thing I like about NYX lippies is the fact that it doesn't make your lips feel like a desert, because of its cream base. You might just have to re-apply after every meal or after every heavy smooch! 

L.A. Colors - 5 Color Matte Eyeshadow | Freebie from @classy.colours
L.A. Colors Matte Eyeshadow. I got this as a freebie from one of my trusted online shops, go check them out on Facebook and Instagram. I would have to rate L.A. Colors Matte Eyeshadow's pigment a 2.5/5. Because of the need to apply more product to see it's true color or shade. Hence this, I use this palette for a natural-looking "no-makeup" makeup look. Sabi nga nila, "A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor." So once or twice or even thrice in a makeup artist's career, he will use products that will challenge his skills and strategy. Wow! I'm imagining a reality show similar to Master Chef but with a twist, and I will call it Master Makeup Artist or Makeup Diva! Hahaha!

Time for swatch-ing! Love these shades so much!
I got excited swatch-ing these lippies! Here are some of my looks using NYX lippies: Vancouver, Copenhagen and Oh, Put It On. You can visit my Instagram for more photos. Follow me at @lvlygrey! My dream is to try to swatch more lippies in the future and collect limited edition items. I am currently in love with MAC matte lipsticks and Kylie liquid lipsticks. I also like combining shades for a more fierce or a more toned-down look. Maybe soon I'll try lip liners for achieving the perfect lip shapes!

Start of a growing collection | Photo by www.lvlygrey.com
My mission is to help those who can't afford expensive hair and makeup services. Nothing in life is free of course, I have to earn a living. But I also want to be the fairy godmother (with budget-friendly hair and makeup services) like the one from Cinderella. It is prom season here in the Philippines and I want to make some young girl's dream to attend the ball all dolled up, full of confidence, positive vibes and encouragement. I also don't mean to compete with any of my favorite makeup artists here, they are all super talented! Like my friends and idols, #CJCuisonGlamTeam - Ms CJ, Mommy Ryan and Ms Carlos! I've been their client too and they are the best here. Let us make this world a beautiful place by loving and supporting each other. I have yet to learn a lot and I'm not even sure if I'd pursue makeup artistry as my main bread and butter, I'm a jack of all trades and my attention span is short. So who knows? I'm just happy to add this to the list of skills that I can confidently say I can do.
So thank you for reading this post and remember,
JUST DREAM BIG!
x

Friday, November 25, 2016

Basic Makeup Essentials for Beginners

Since I like talking about things no one actually cares about or wants to know either, here's a list of basic makeup essentials you working girls should already have. A yuppie like you and me should always look good and unruffled, even though deep inside we are falling apart. Hugot! 

I'm not suggesting that you put on makeup everyday, just whenever you feel like it or when something calls for a glamorous version of yourself. You can never go wrong with these affordable drugstore beauty products, these will save you from looking puyat and hagardo versosa.. tried and tested by yours truly! 


Cover Girl + Olay Eye rehab is a 2-in-1 brightening concealer with Olay hydrating serum. I use the shade 33 - light pale. It's supposed to instantly conceal dark circles to brighten the eye area and even your skin tone, reducing the look of discolorations, fine lines, and wrinkles, while the Serum hydrates skin over time.

While I've always had the fear of putting concealer because I've seen people wearing it the wrong way, I've learned that it really depends on the application -you got to have the right shade and proper blending. So far I am happy with this product and maybe soon, when I'm more bad-ass and have the money to spare, I'll try other products too. Oh, the things we'll do to hide our panda eyes!

Price: Php400

L'oreal Paris Infallible Pro-matte Powder is a matte finish powder foundation. I chose it because matte is life! I'm morena and through the years I've seen how matte beauty products magically brings out the best makeup look on me. You can wear L'oreal Paris infallible pro-matte powder up to 16 hours, but I'm not a big makeup person so I might not wear one that long. Texture is air-fine, with shine control/anti-luisance. It says it's "Never Cakey. Never Flat." -so yeah, it's a good thing. Anyway, I'm using the shade 300 nude beige. Choosing the shade is the most tricky part here, so make sure you ask a pro. I'd like to make a shout-out to Carlos Casiguran of #CJCuisonGlamTeam helping me choose these beauty products and brands. 

Price: Php600

L'oreal Paris Smoky Beige Trench E1 Eye Shadow is actually for starters, or those people like me who wouldn't want to spend a couple of extra time putting eye shadow - unless it's a-must. This eye shadow compact comes with a guide at the back, so you know which shade should be the base and so on. It says that this product lasts up to 24 months upon opening. I appreciate beauty brands that are honest with their shelf life! 

Rimmel London blendable powder blush and highlighter in shade 008 spring flower. It's one of my thrift buys, I haven't really put enough thought when I bought it. It's not so long lasting though, but it's a blush and a highlighter in one. It says it'll last up to 30 months upon opening, which is cool. But I'll try to find a better powder blush on my next drugstore trip. 

Price: Php150


Revlon Brow Fantasy by Colorstay is an ultimate go-to kit for my everyday eyebrow fix. I use the dark brown shade because I have jet black hair, so the secret here is to make your brows look natural. It's a pencil and gel combo, so use the pen to trace and shape your eyebrows. While the gel is for keeping the hair in place or if you want your eyebrows to look bushy to achieve the Cara Delevingne eyebrow look, you can do that too. This product will last up to 6 months upon opening. 

Price is Php575 at Watsons.

L'oreal Paris False Lash Wings Mascara is also another favorite of mine! I have nothing against water-proof mascara users, but I find water-proof mascaras too challenging to remove especially if I'm dead tired coming home from an awesome party or whatever. L'oreal Paris False Lash Wings Mascara is a wonder maker! The structure of the end of the mascara wand -with its "butterfly" fibers - truly spreads my natural eyelashes effectively, making it look longer and more dramatic. I use the shade Noir/Black, it lasts up to 6 months upon opening and it's super easy to remove at the end of the day!

L'oreal Paris Color Riche LeKhol eyeliner is quite okay, it doesn't smudge that much compared to your regular brand of eyeliner. I use the shade 101 Midnight Black and it lasts up to 24 months upon opening.

Top to bottom: Colourpop Ultra Matte Notion, Ultra Satin Hutch, Ultra Matte Beeper
Colourpop liquid lipsticks are cruelty-free lippies that come in matte finish, satin finish and gloss. My current favorite shades are the following: 


Colourpop Ultra Matte Notion which is a rich red violet shade. Wear this shade whenever you feel pretty and flirty. 
Price Php500 from The Glam Zone.

Colourpop Ultra Satin Hutch which is a deep blackened violet. Wear this if you feel a little extra baddie or gothic for the day. Love the satin finish (semi-matte finish) because my lips do not feel too dry with it.
Price Php500 from The Glam Zone. 

Colourpop Ultra Matte Beeper which is a warm mid-tone taupe. Wear this to conservative parties or events, this is the nearest nude shade that will surely suit both morenas and mestizas alike. I use this as my everyday lip shade with no regrets! 
Price Php500 from The Glam Zone.

Feeling pretty and flirty! Hahaha charot!
Know a beauty product that works magic? Send me a message or comment below for suggestions! 
xxx,