The Royal Make-up Analysis

I just want to document about the royal make-up.
As a beauty junkie I am, this is a must! If you have any suggested make-up post or any beauty-blog out there, please leave a comment 🙂

Kate Middleton

It’s official: Kate Middleton is now the Duchess of Cambridge, and her Sarah Burton-designed Alexander McQueen gown will be added to the annals of fashion history. But what of her makeup? The newly crowned royal raised eyebrows this month when it was announced that she would be doing her own face-painting for the big day, having successfully pulled off a similar feat for that Mario Testino-lensed engagement photo. The image that ran in tabloid glossies across the globe definitely benefited from some digital retouching; how the bride would fare in a live setting—in front of an international coterie of HD video cameras transmitting the ceremony worldwide—remained to be seen. So, how’d she do? “I think she did a good job,” makeup artist Barbara Lacy told me early this morning. No stranger to high-profile nuptials, she would know (it was Lacy’s expert brushstrokes and pigment placement that kept Chelsea Clinton looking pretty in peach tones at what was, by all accounts, the U.S. equivalent to a royal wedding last summer). “It’s all about achieving the right color, not necessarily the right product,” Lacy points out of wedding day makeup—”and trying to avoid those ‘frosty’ things.” Here, she breaks down Kate Middleton’s look and offers up some tips for brides-to-be who are planning to go sans glam squad on their big day.
—Celia Ellenberg

What were your first thoughts when you heard Kate Middleton was doing her own wedding makeup?

If she had been doing her own makeup all long, I thought it would be fine because she’s been doing a good job. And if she’s doing her own it’s because she’s had a really bad experience. But otherwise, I thought it would just add more pressure to a day on which you already have a lot of pressure.

In your professional opinion, how did it turn out?

Well, she’s beautiful anyway, so it’s hard to do anything wrong with her face. My first impression really was the simplicity—the whole look was very understated. And I think with the dress being so understated, the makeup had to be, too. I was concerned that she would be wearing too much eyeliner because that’s what the British like—you’ve seen Camilla’s makeup! And it was a heavy liner—she lined it all the way around. So that could have been a little lighter, but it didn’t kill it for me. It looked like she had a little more blush on than usual, too.

The heavy liner was the first thing I noticed, for sure. If you do go that route, is there a right way to apply it?

Kohl can get runny, so I wouldn’t recommend underlining your lower lash line. On top is fine, as long as you powder to set it. I would line the inner rim of the lid, too. I love Lancôme’s Black Coffee pencil for something like this; it’s a really great black/brown color that seems to be universal. That is one pencil I always go back to.

Let’s talk about that blush application, because her cheeks were definitely noticeably rosy. Do you think it was too much?

She actually did a great job with the blush because there was no hard edge. I hate that blush with an eighties hard edge. She did a nice soft edge with it—that’s when I felt like she had been trained.

So eighties-era hard-edge blush is out. What would you say is “in” as far as rouge is concerned?

Each era the blush placement changes. The best advice I can give is to use the proper brushes. All of those brushes that come with the blush compacts? Toss them. Application these days seems to be more in the apple, in the center of the cheek, rather than going to the side. I really like powder blushes, like FreshFace Blush Powder in Nectar. Gels—stains, really—are the thing right now but they can be tricky because once you place it, it stays. Powders are more user-friendly. I like to start matte and then go on top of it with a little shine, which is why I also recommend using a highlighter—a warmer shade on top of the cheekbone to round out the shape. Benefit makes a really good one. Highlighting is really very, very important if you do your own makeup. It lifts and brightens your face and adds that extra something that you can’t pin down.

What about complexion? Hers looked great considering it was being scrutinized in high-definition. How do you properly prepare for a close-up like that?

Skin and sweat are a big deal with HD. It’s really about powder—not having too much on, which will make it cake-y. You actually need to apply your makeup and then remove it. Blot it so you’re removing the excess—with blotting papers, or spritz your face with Evian mineral water and pat it dry with tissues (keep those tissues with you so if you can grab a private moment you can blot again). Normally I like to begin with a primer and then use a higher-pigment foundation because you can use a lot less of it, but those aren’t typically available at retail. Make Up For Ever has an HD foundation that is great, though, and there’s Armani, which is really nice. It covers and it’s not heavy. Even though I tend to not go with liquids—I prefer creams—Laura Mercier makes a great liquid foundation.

Moving on to mascara: It’s gotta be waterproof, right?

Waterproof mascara is very important. You will shed a tear! To be honest, there’s not a waterproof mascara I love completely—that is my biggest quest. Dior is really great, but it can be heavy for some. But for your wedding, you want your lashes plump. There is a fine line between drag queen and pretty, but you need a heavier lash for the cameras. If you’re not going to do that [with mascara], use individual lashes—not the strips—on the outer corners to pull your lashes up.

Did you like Kate’s muted-lip, stronger-eye combination or do you think she should have done something daring, like a bold statement pout?

It really depends what you’re going for. Lipstick does make everything prettier. It’s the final thing and it plays a big role. But I still love the heavy eye/pale lip look. The Chanel Cashmere lipstick is a great pale shade even though red is very in right now. If you do go with color, use just a pencil and put gloss on top of it—it’s better for the kiss so he doesn’t wear the makeup, too.

Do you have any advice for brides—high-profile or otherwise—as to how they should approach wedding makeup?

Weddings are a giant magnifying glass that goes over your face. Every subtlety will be noticed. So the idea is to not allow the pressure to alter anything. It’s just a face—make that face beautiful. It’s one day that you’re not going to have again, so it’s OK to bump it up a little. I guess it just depends on whether you’re marrying a future King, or not. I don’t think [Kate] had much option except to be understated.



Royal Wedding

Watching Live in Lifestyle Channel (BBC)

Aside from being busy at the gym from the entire week and assisting my husband on his business, today April 29, 2011! I reschedule everything I do and that includes my gym. The royal wedding was aired around 4 p.m. in cable channels. I go to gym around 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. So, today I decided to work out around 1 p.m. 🙂 Oh dear I am such a royal junkie, at least for this one big day.. I waited for so long ha! fan-much!

I just don’t know, but it’s so historical and I love period films, princess and all- Now I am watching a true fairytale coming true! Congratulations to Prince William and Kate 🙂 I feel so happy and giddy, kilig-to-the-bones while watching the royal wedding.

I love the fashion and hats! it’s not everyday you see something like that… so elegant. The wedding gown of Kate Middleton was designed by Sarah Burton of Creative Director of Alexander McQueen 🙂 IKR! just fabulous, also reminded me of one f my favorite icon, Grace Kelly (sorry to compare, it looks like kase)

I am just so excited with the couple, hope Prince William and Kate will grow old together, full of love!

Now, they are: Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are man and wife.



I love the beckham’s! very hot couple!
Plus, the roal wedding gave me goosebumbs & got cheesy all they way! I cried aww

A dream come true and more

When I graduated college, I told myself I will search for a job that is meant for communication arts. It’s not easy as i thought it would be, but it didn’t hinder me to spot a great one.
I remember back then, with help of a great friend and a mentor, Jojo Terencio (former writer of President Fidel V. Ramos, not to forget the other outstanding politicians he worked with and now an executive in an International Company) he asked me if I want a glimpse of the Senate. I said yes in a jiffy 🙂

That on-the-job training under the media office of Senate of the Philippines really opened a lot doors for me. I am travelling from Fairview to Senate (Manila, near Mall of Asia) every single day in public transportation. I am so determined and inspired from everything I see and learn from the Senate until I scored a job under the office of Senator Villar. Although I was torn between due to an offer in a Global network that will train me to be a news correspondent (thanks to Peachie Urquiola, a good friend and executive staff of Sen. Gringo Honasan)

Jojo Terencio & Peachie U

It’s hard to decide, both offer is great. I opted to work at the government. I was thankful for my wonderful friends, Jojo and Peachie who helped me from where I start.
I enjoyed the world of Politics and if you’ll read my previous blogs, you will perhaps remember how happy I am in every adventure I had while working for a Senator.

With my first Boss, ever- Senator Manny Villar

Moving on, just last year, I decided to join corporate world in a multinational company. There are so many things to learn and I am always going for professional growth. I want to know my limits…
I became a Public Relation Executive at the age of 25. It was all hard work and a lot of trials that really tested me both professional and not-so-professional terms.

In an event at the company with Executives, (sorry I look like a drunken master LOL 🙂

with great mentor and a friend: Jojo Terencio in ym favorite Japan Japan pose!

Corporate Affairs Family

On the other hand, it was also the time I first saw my name in a corporate magazine! It was awesome.

One of the magazines, I have my name with 🙂

After all the drama and stuff, I just can simply look at it and remember the good times I had while writing those stories. Even the interview with the executives in the company for internal viewing made me feel so good as it was my first time to feel like a news reporter.

unforgettable MIC 🙂 my bestfriend in covering an event!

All this started from a dream and an inspiration. I am truly blessed for having all these opportunity and from loving friends who believed in me, my mentors (Jojo Terencio, Roy Mabasa, Peach Urquiola, Bryan Edang, Judith Sto. Domingo) same goes with my family that supporter me all the way! My husband and my best friend, Mylene and Amiel. They are my top cheerers!
Now, as I embrace the world of a full time housewife and a part time writer, all for the best in next adventure I am up to that will make me a buy another designer bag, just kidding!

Make all your dreams come true, impossible is nothing. Learn and master the craft, be passionate, have faith, be prepared and never lose yourself.

Pamper time @ Bioessence

Bioessence: Skin * Slimming * Spa

I was first introduced to Bioessence when I had an emergency 🙂 LOL, just a big zit and Belo was fully booked when it happened. (Thank God I met yong, a good friend of mine at the office in PMI)

The procedure: extraction and injectiing AB solution.

It’s also as effective like Belo when it comes to making a zit dissappear!

I am just not the type who can face the world if my face is the problem. I am wired that way! very sofie 🙂

Moving on, here are some pics:

comfy lounge filled with health & lifestyle magazines

I am sucker in mint scent, that’s why I am addicted to spa. Also, Bioessence serves Ice Tea too 🙂 don’t you just lovet? some hot choco and some twinnies and I appreciate it so much.

I love magazines, I am even one of those who will take read for free at bookstores LOL

The Spa-Addict strikes again 🙂 & hello eyebags!

I just had European Spa Facial and Queen of Sheba’s Milk Bath 🙂

Cheers to Bioessence

Love the branch at: 68 Carbal Bldg, West Avenue, Q.C. 371-2931 / 372 – 2649

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol Quotes

I find Andy Warhol pop artist, interesting. I fell in love with art since I enter a competition way back in gradeschool at Sienna College. It fasciates me and boost my creative juices, since then I never stop joining competition and raked awards! Even the art of words makes me feel ecstatic! that’s why I am sucker for following twitter user that tweets quotes, one of the things I get my innspiration from daily basis.

When I feel down, I just read a book (mostly Paulo Coelho and Haruki Murakami), smell it and highlight the words that will inspire me. I even have quotes posted inside my closet and vanity cases. I just love to read them from time to time 🙂 It’s like a reminder.

Andy Warhol – 1928-1987

Born in Pittsburgh
Andy was born in 1928 in Pittsburgh as the son of Slovak immigrants. His original name was Andrew Warhola. His father was as a construction worker and died in an accident when Andy was 13 years old.

Andy showed an early talent in drawing and painting. After high school he studied commercial art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. Warhol graduated in 1949 and went to New York where he worked as an illustrator for magazines like Vogue and Harpar’s Bazaar and for commercial advertising. He soon became one of New York’s most sought of and successful commercial illustrators.

Andy Warhol – The Pop Icon

Andy Warhol had his first one-man show exhibition at the Hugo Gallery in New York. In 1956 he had an important group exhibition at the renowned Museum of Modern Art.

In the sixties Warhol started painting daily objects of mass production like Campbell Soup cans and Coke bottles. Soon he became a famous figure in the New York art scene. From 1962 on he started making silkscreen prints of famous personalities like Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor.

The quintessence of Andy Warhol art was to remove the difference between fine arts and the commercial arts used for magazine illustrations, comic books, record albums or advertising campaigns. Warhol once expressed his philosophy in one poignant sentence:

“When you think about it, department stores are kind of like museums”.

And Warhol and the Factory

The pop artist not only depicted mass products but he also wanted to mass produce his own works of pop art. Consequently he founded The Factory in 1962. It was an art studio where he employed in a rather chaotic way “art workers” to mass produce mainly prints and posters but also other items like shoes designed by the artist. The first location of the Factory was in 231 E. 47th Street, 5th Floor (between 1st & 2nd Ave).

Warhol’s favorite printmaking technique was silkscreen. It came closest to his idea of proliferation of art. Apart from being an Art Producing Machine, the Factory served as a filmmaking studio. Warhol made over 300 experimental underground films – most rather bizarre and some rather pornographic. His first one was called Sleep and showed nothing else but a man sleeping over six hours.

Warhol Nearly Murdered

July of 1968 the pop artist was shot two to three times into his chest by a woman named Valerie Solanis. Andy was seriously wounded and only narrowly escaped death. Valerie Solanis had worked occasionally for the artist in the Factory. Solanis had founded a group named SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) and she was its sole member. When Valerie Solanis was arrested the day after, her words were “He had too much control over my life”.

Warhol never recovered completely from his wounds and had to wear a bandage around his waist for the rest of his life.

Andy Warhol Art in the Seventies

After this assassination attempt the pop artist made a radical turn in his process of producing art. The philosopher of art mass production now spent most of his time making individual portraits of the rich and affluent of his time like Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson or Brigitte Bardot.

Warhol’s activities became more and more entrepreneurial. He started the magazine Interview and even a night-club. In 1974 the Factory was moved to 860 Broadway. In 1975 Warhol published THE philosophy of Andy Warhol. In this book he describes what art is:

“Making money is art, and working is art and good business is the best art.”

A Bizarre Personality
Warhol was a homosexual with a slightly bizarre personality. In the fifties he dyed his hair straw-blond. Later he replaced his real hair by blond and silver-grey wigs.

The pop artist loved cats, and images of them can be found on quite a few of his art works. One of Andy’s friends described him as a true workaholic. Warhol was obsessed by the ambition to become famous and wealthy. And he knew he could achieve the American dream only by hard work.

In his last years Warhol promoted other artists like Keith Haring or Robert Mapplethorpe.

Andy Warhol died February 22, 1987 from complications after a gall bladder operation. More than 2000 people attended the memorial mass at St.Patrick’s Cathedral. The pop art icon Warhol was also a religious man – a little known fact.

Two years later, in May 1994 the Andy Warhol Museum opened in his home town Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.

Source (Andy Warhol’s Biography)

Pamarta Bali Resort, Bataan

Wish I can carry my self much higher so I can show you off my arms LOL

It’s our 4th year if I am not mistaken 🙂 to go out of town during Holy Week. This gives an opportunity to reflect and have my quiet time with God. It gives me peace and serenity given the fact that He has blessed us with beautiful mother nature and beautiful life.

This year, we opt to stay in Morong Bataan, called “Pamarta Bali Resort”. It was our first time to stay in a hut with no AC! just bed and electric fan 🙂 Exciting experience and we enjoyed ourselves tremendously.

"I always love the time we spent together, no internet, no other people... Just us"

My husband was the one who search for this wonderful resort, I always leave that to him because he is the best ever. He never fails to impress me 🙂 He is like the best boy scout I ever met. With that said, all I can take pride is… I am still the good cook ever:

His attempt to cook an "edible" rice LOL

But, in fairness to my hubs he is a good in grill 🙂

Excuse me with the knife, since we don't have our own place yet... I don't shop for things like kitchen stuff 🙂

Aside from cooking, we also watched a lot of movies, stargazing, munching, cuddling and played volleyball and basketball 🙂

Back to scenery… I just love the idea of pool facing the beach and the Jacuzzi! I am a sucker for Jacuzzi…

so peaceful 🙂

Pamarta won my heart by Five points:

1) You can play beach volleyball
2) Access to gas stove and grilling area
3) Jacuzzi and pool plus the beach
4) Hut (no ac nga lang)
5) It’s Clean, well maintained and quiet

What I don’t like is… there’s no ac 😦 which my hubs is not used to. Also, there’s no sari-sari store, wet market or a grocery nearby. So, you have to really pack up everything and buy a lot of ice before you go to the resort. If I am not mistaken, it’s 1km far from Pamarta. I hope they’ll set up a room with AC 🙂 for sure I’ll go back there and extend our stay.

A happy wife is a happy life 🙂

For inquiries:

MANILA OFFICE: 482-3800 | 710-1770

Happy Easter everyone!


When we were hanging out at the beach, while he was playing his psp and I don’t know what to do anymore…
kumanta ako ng kumanta na para na akong nag-reremix! I am dead serious pa naman… in tunes of Eraser heads, D’sound etc.
Then he laugh off his ass! damn 🙂 I am his his clown! we just end up laughing hardcore!


Since I love my lips to feel soft as always, aside from using Aquaphor (P.Jelly) and Burts Bee Lip Balm… I discover the wonders of Carmex!

Carmex: Moisturising lip balm

I love buying Carmex in tube! It is perfectly goes with my lipstick and have more reason to use my make-up brushes 🙂 I must admit this one doesn’t make my lips flakey cuz Burts Bee has the effect on me.

I bought Carmex lip balm at Purebeauty shop located at Serendra, the Global City 🙂