Pink as you get!

It took me quiet some time before I appreciate pink shades of lipstick. I find it awkward and feels like a living Barbie doll added the pounds.

That’s why since college, I am using red shades of lip colour from glosses to lipstick and all sorts of lip products that will give a life in my face.

Recently, Pink shades is coming back again! I am so intrigued as I always see celebrities wearing one and models from billboards really sporting the pink colour like Sam Oh etc! I am amused.

Come Friday, I gave into the craze. Not too experimental but I looked for the right shade of pink for me.

I know that M.A.C. Twig compliments my skin but I still want to buy other shades to check upon!

TWIG (picture not mine)

Then will top itwith MAC glass= perfect.

I also like in2it Pink shades in satin and my favorite right now is from Maybelline…

Maybelline's Water Shine 3D Collagen 402 (picture not mine)

(The Landmark at Trinoma is currently on SALE! 20% off in beauty products. I only got the lipstick in in2it for Php 230.++ and Maybelline water shine 3D collagen 402 for only Php 299.00 🙂 )

I only use it with minimal make-up on and ta-dah it looks so pretty! If you find your pink shade… goodness you’ll swear on it!

I also noticed it gives more livelier and younger look! swiping ages to your face just like that which I recently appreciate when I tried it.

How I wish, I am attracted to pink shades way back in college and discover the beauty of it.

Oh well! enjoy and happy finding your perfect pink shade for your lusty lips 🙂


too lazy to take foto right now 😛


Tweet Up!

I had an exciting friday last week for meeting the finest twitterholic peeps in the country!

 Not to forget a pain in the A** adventure in calling a cab on a rainy friday night. At least someone agreed for my 600 offer to take me home from MOA to Mindanao Ave…  oh well, a very good lesson that reminded me to enroll myself in a driving school and stop relying on personal driver. 🙂

Moving on, I’d like you to meet my uber friends who tweets and tweets till they drop, oh well like me 🙂

My pretty friends: Zarah Hernaez and Sarita Carreon who graced Malaysian Billboards and Magazines!

Zarah and I met a few years ago as she also supports my boss during the campaign period, gawd I love this girl!, very down to earth!

Also, Sarita became a friend of mine in twitterverse for more than a year. She’s my first Virtual Santa last year and she gave me an headphones from Philips. (Oh it’s only a picture so as my Dorothy Perkins gift for Maria, a twitter friend too 🙂 ) Amazingly, I didn’t know at first that she is a Celebrity, she’s so air and very friendly.   She’s a proud Filipina who graced an 11-pages of Malaysian Magazine at Mybatik and a billboard at Malaysia to name a few. WOW!

Very fine ladies and a true friend. They are powerful in their respective fields yet we bonded like no titles holds us apart.

Not to forget the silly cab calling we had, Sarita is really crossing the street just to call one for me and Zarah’s Date named Mark a.k.a.  MDJSuperstar  must be in shock as he tried to call a cab but got rejected for one try 🙂 Nice gentleman huh? Now he got my vote to take my friend zarah to date hahaha! Joke.

The bottom line is, not everyday you’ll see people like them 🙂 cool!

Well, here’s more people who I met!

Twiiterholic peeps!

  I really had good time since I am a workaholic chic, simple joys in life 🙂 Also during the IMMAP summit, Search Profile Index has a booth during the event and also during the Tweet up, there’s a raffle which Sherwin Sowy won the prize from SPI given my Ms. Janette Toral (digitalfilipino) and oh boy, sana ako na lang ang nanalo hahah 🙂 congratulations Sherwin! from your jealous friend.

Sherwin Sowy receiving the prize from Ms. Janette Toral


That’s an overnight stay at T, worth 25k/day. Lucky Sherwin 🙂  Thanks to Sir Jo Mitra! Wishing I can grab a chance to chillax at T! 🙂 for sure there will be  a lot of picture-taking from all corners of T! sympre I’ll use my Japan Japan Style like this:

at Search Profile Index booth with Ms. Janette Toral

SPI: Search Profile Index is a service that allows you to know and manage exactly who you* are on the Internet. We are now accepting Search Profile Index subscribers and encourage you to avail of our introductory offer. So, what are you waiting for!!! visit: and subscribe a form To keep you posted on new research reports, e-books, online workshops, training developments, and industry events, you are highly encouraged to subscribe to our opt-in mailing list. You will receive a confirmation email afterwards to ensure that no one is subscribing you without your consent!

I am so happy for my first Tweet Up Experience.

Nice to meet you *finally in person* : Rob Angeles, Joey Alarilla, Erwin Lemuel Oliva, Shewin Sowy, Sarita Carreon, Mark (MDJsuperstar), Marlou Cabusas, Reggie Ramos, Kevin Yap Joco, Gilbert Sy Chan and a whole lot more 🙂

See you again on next tweet up!

Top 5: Face Powder/Foundation

I don’t know when will I stop finding the right one for me when it comes to make-up and skin care!

In fact it’s been a long journey! from high-end brands to cheaper… toss or keep it, Allergies or it will make me shine! Name it, I am still half-way finding the right one that will last for more than 5 years or a lifetime.

What makes it worst, my skin type is sensitive, combination plus acidic! Welcome to my world 🙂

So, that’s the main reason why I am so choosy and  trying everything I can. Fortunately when it comes to face powder, I think I found my soul mates 🙂







Since I’m a working gal I use make-up regularly, I opt for pressed powder for everyday use and foundation occasionally like Max factor Creme Puff, MAC Studio Tech and IN2IT 2 way foundation.

I don’t use moisturizer anymore since I have a deadly oily skin! also, any liquid foundation or base with SPF will surely kill my skin. I am just happy that MAC has a liquid foundation that has no SPF so yey to me!

For everyday use (as my recent favorite) , I always start with BB Cream (Maybelline) followed by Ever Bilena’s Studio Finish Concealer then finish it with IN2IT Pressed powder or M.A.C’s select sheer pressed NC25 depends on my mood.

I love switching products when  feel like it, more exciting and I’m glad no harm done with my skin. I get bored easily even with little things like these 🙂 But don’t do this if a product is not your skin’s best friend.

I’ve been using these little babies for 3 years and counting (foundation and pressed powder) and I always get compliments from it. tee hee

The only downside is M.A.C is kinda expensive compare to Max Factor and IN2IT, heck it gives me the glow that I want so… not guilty 🙂

note: Unfortunately if you have the same skin type like mine Oily and Acidic, you and I can’t enjoy Liquid Foundation and Mousse. Fortunately MAC has a liquid base with NO SPF that became my skin’s friend. So, NO to SPF for me 🙂

Makeup Brushes 101: The Idiot’s guide to proper care of one’s brushes

By: Xeng Zulueta


That’s how I felt after perusing the May 2010 issue of Real Simple Magazine. I love this magazine to bits because of the practicality and tongue-in-cheek suggestions for anything and everything that’s DIY. I was taken aback when, upon flipping to the beauty pages, it read: “clean your makeup brushes once a month with a mild soap or shampoo”…not verbatim, but something to that effect. First of all, the cover blurb is loud and clear, the May issue is “SPEED CLEANING”. Readers, I assure you that washing your makeup brushes in mild soap and/or shampoo is not only the longest route you can take to cleanliness but the most impractical and unsanitary of all methods.

MAY 2010 Issue


So let’s say you are an aspiring makeup artist, or maybe you’ve just purchased a set of very expensive brushes. Why not? all the best makeup artists and magazines tell you to invest in a good set of brushes because doing so is a worthwhile investment. I could not agree more. This is not some marketing ploy or conspiracy to make just one brand’s brush line flourish. Investing in a good set of makeup brushes means a lifetime of brushes that deliver the best application. I’ll let you in on a secret if you do not know it already: SOMETIMES IF THE MAKEUP BRAND IS NOT HIGH-END, WITH A GOOD SET OF BRUSHES YOUR NOT-SO-HIGH-END MAKEUP CAN LOOK LIKE A MILLION BUCKS. Reverse that phrase and honey, you’ve just flushed all that expensive makeup down the drain. Aside from near to perfect makeup application, a good set of brushes compliments a good skincare routine. How? well, calculate the amount of money you spend on skincare+trips to your dermatologist+treatments/facials,etc. So if you’re not the soap and water kind of gal, yes dear, it is most likely that you cough up a fortune to keep your face as flawless as it can possibly be or have been spending a fortune to achieve flawlessness. Okay so given all that, you buy a set of brushes that are mediocre. For me, the definition of mediocre is any brush that is A. stiff and feels scratchy on the skin B. too soft that it doesn’t really pick up any makeup. I can go on and on and on but it’s not my intention to land on the makeup brush shit list. I’m simply sharing my knowledge and practical approach on how a bad set of brushes negates any skin care routine you’ve already invested in. Another thing, would you reach for a bar of “mild soap and/or shampoo” to take off all your makeup at the end of the day. Think about what I just said, yes that’s it and let it sink in, I believe we are on the same page by now.

An aspiring makeup artist? say you have a 22-piece brush set. Correction, a very expensive 22-piece brush set. You have an assembly line of 6-15 models you have to makeup for a fashion show. OR 6 bridesmaids and a bride waiting in line to get made up. I doubt if you’ll reach for “mild soap and/or shampoo” in between girls. Um, yeah I thought so. The most practical thing to do as a professional is to keep at least 3 sets of brushes as back up, because using the same brushes over on a different client is TOTALLY and COMPLETELY unacceptable to me. In some countries, this would be a lawsuit waiting to happen should you cross-infect a cold sore or a skin infection. You don’t even want to hear the horror stories told to me by models. I have some clients who in fact, bring their own brushes when they get made up by me for the fear of spreading any sort of bacteria back and forth!


Well for starters, invest in a good set of brushes if you have not already. If you are a pro and would like to share any other brands which I do not mention, then by all means tweet me or make a comment on this post. We are all dying to know what else is out there!!! If I have not listed it, that only means I have not tried it, or I’ve tried it but would not vouch for it. I am privy to the following brands of makeup which carry these brushes:






Trish McEvoy (handy/travel size)

For personal brushes, cleaning them once a month is all you need PROVIDED the brushes either NEVER leave your home or are stored neatly in a brush roll or case. A lot of women are guilty of stashing their makeup brushes in the same kit alongside tubes of mascara and eyeliners. God only knows how much bacteria is breeding in that thing. A solution that I’ve provided is to have a separate set of brushes just for touching up. For personal use, you only really need at least 4 brushes: powder, blush, eyeshadow and lip/eyebrow. Keep the professional size ones at home on your dresser, anyway it’s a hassle to tote these around. Buy handy-sized versions of whatever you have at home which sole purpose is for touch-ups at work and at play, easily stores in a small kit or clutch.
For professional brushes, I will sound like a broken record when I say please clean as you go. It is imperative that you do so because models have their beauty at stake and if you screw up someone’s skin with your unsanitary ways, then the beauty gods shall unleash their karma on you, leaving you on your own and out on a limb. Nothing worse than a makeup artist with a reputation of dirty brushes/tools. Yuck. Brushes that require cleaning after EVERY client are: lip, eyeshadow, foundation and concealer brushes. These brushes work on the most sensitive and bacteria-prone parts of the face.


There are only 2 brands that I know of and use which acts as a disinfectant, brush cleaner and brush softener in one AND you may use your brushes right away with absolutely NO DOWN TIME/WAITING or WASHING. To anybody who wishes to challenge this statement, I would be willing and able in an arena where we can do an actual demonstration in front of a live audience. Again, if there are other products out there that I do not know about, please share them with me.

1. Shu Uemura Brush Cleaner (left) instantly drains ALL makeup from any brush. Put it to the test: take your greasiest grease paint and pour the cleaner into a small cup, the kind that comes with mouthwash and swirl your brush back and forth, you may repeat as necessary then wipe that on a white facial tissue back and forth strokes. TA-DA!!!! your brush is not only clean, but ready use and bacteria free. THAT’S IT FOLKS. No drying, no waiting, no washing, next model in line please? The only down side to this brush cleaner (I’VE TOLD THE FOLKS IN JAPAN TIME AND TIME AGAIN) is that it is only sold in one size. You kinda need to hoard a LOT of this because you will not be able to live without it. Another inconvenience is that for brushes bigger than an eyeshadow brush, you would need a bowl of the cleaner to go through one powder or blush brush alone. This is perfect for personal-use brushes which only require once-a-month cleaning.

2. Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner (right) is the exact same type of cleaner as Shu Uemura. Unfortunately for us in the Philippines, the Cinema Secrets counters do not carry the big industrial size so you’ll have to have it bought for you in the U.S. A friend of mine said that due to some packaging fail, the big size leaked in her suitcase soiling some of her clothes but loves the product anyway.

3. For big size brushes such as the ones used for powder, blush and the like, your best bet would be an anti-bacterial hand soap that foams. Not only are they NOT “mild shampoos” they smell great and do the job of ridding the grime and the grunge that builds up in your brushes. If you can splurge buy any anti-bacterial foaming hand wash from bath & body works or if you’re on a budget brands like Ivory and Dove don’t put a dent in your bank account available in most drug stores/groceries/supermarkets.


Brushes are very personal to me. As Mr. Shu Uemura says: “They are the extension of my hands and fingers”. He could not have put it better. Treat them with care and respect and the love they deserve and know when to retire a brush that has served its purpose. Do I sound like a freak? well maybe I won’t sound like one when you thank me in 10 years and your brushes are still intact. By the way, BEWARE of fake brushes being sold on Ebay and on the internet. Always question the authenticity, there is nothing wrong in doing so.


  1. Don’t dry your brushes with a hand dryer or a blow dryer
  2. Don’t lay your brushes down a towel while waiting for them to dry, instead lay them flat on a table with the bristles hanging off the edge, that way, all sides of the brush get to air dry properly
  3. Mold them back into their original shape with your hands, sometimes washing may cause them to open up like a fan or fountain
  4. Don’t soak your brushes in a bowl, this will cause the bristles to fall out and break
  5. Don’t throw away old brushes, you may use them to apply shimmer on the body, self-tanning products or clean your computer (HAHA), no seriously….


Note: I tweeted Xeng Zulueta, one of my idols in make-up world and asked what else does she recommend for make-up cleansers since I find MAC cleanser too expensive for a regular make-up user like me 🙂

This article is nice 🙂 Happy Cleaning! follow Xeng Zulueta Blog and tweeter! Visit na!

116 Blush Brush

I lost my MAC 168 and I’ve been using it for 2-3 years 😦  That’s why I decided to buy brush for powder blush  immediately since its essential to my make up tools and a nice investment for my make up collection.

I don’t buy make-up tools “just because”

Investing good brushes is a must if you love collecting make-up. Remember Make-up has an expiration, but make-up tools last longer especially when you take good care of it properly.

I am still in search for my perfect match and hopefully I’ll be done finding them soon  🙂

Anyway, I love MAC brushes because it has the softest bristles- ever.

116 Blush Brush

(without flash)

Lovely Bristles, so soft! I love it.


– soft bristles that i love to mention all over and over

–  full rounded shape

– good for small cheeks if there’s such  (I have) (i guess, because there are brushes that when you use it to your face it’s all over!)

– it does not itch! (I always feel the brush first and foremost)

– I love the wood handles, sakto sa kamay ko haha.

– not heavy


– it’s expensive

MAC make-up brush cleanser is also expensive but I use it to take care my little cute brushes 🙂 sayang pag nasira noh!

– it has no pouch (some MAC brushes has 😉 )

I bought this at Rustans at Shangri-la Mall Edsa. I love their staff kase 🙂 di mayabang like the others.

I also recommend E.L.F professional Brushes (available at Rustans Makati) it’s more cheaper but the quality is great! Soft bristles too 🙂


Do MAC cosmetics go on Sale? LOL if yes Message me agad.


Make-up Brush: Treat them with care and respect and the love they deserve and know when to retire a brush that has served its purpose.- xz

Senator’s Staff

I'm with the online team and was a former Staff for MBV's Sagip-OFW Department.

With Senator Villar's Aide Kuya Pao, ME!, Kuya Jack and Executive Assistant Khedz

Khedz is one of my friends at the office, she's so cool, fierce and smart. I love her bags by the way! 🙂

with Kuya Jack, he can't simply do my signature pose 🙂

Thank you guy’s I had fun!