Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Askmewhats Version: Just another "Bridal" Look

When I had my one-on-one make-up lesson with the Chief Make-up Artist of P&J Ms. Cherry Pacheco Uy, the first request look I've asked from her is Bridal look. I know bridal look is one of the most difficult look a make-up artist have to do as it requires flawless skin that looks so natural yet a "glow" should be created for the Bride's most important day of her life. Plus that fact that everything has to be waterproof! LOL

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Did you know?

I cried while walking down the aisle? The moment the door of the church opened, I looked at Keith, then to my parents, then I saw my mom crying! LOL There you go! Poise --- GONE! lol But thank God for waterproof make-up, I know how important that is!!!

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A reader requested me to do a bridal look, I have to apologize as I didn't complete all the "Bridal" Look requirements, I've only used Mineral Foundation as I came back from work and putting on liquid foundation on my "already made up" face felt weird. But, because I love you my dear reader who requested this look, I've done this before the year ends. Congratulations in advance and I hope you have a great wedding next year!


Here's my finished eye look



Diagram time!



1. Cover Girl Eye Enhancers Barely Beige - swept all over the crease



2. Lancome Maquiriche Eyecolor Duo Matte Brown color - out V corner to deepen the crease.

For bridal look, try to use matte colors as glittery shadows will not show up good on photos.



3. Bourjois Beige Rose - to highlight the brow bone and inner corner of the eye.

Choose any beige color but make sure not the shimmy ones.



Other products used not on diagram ---

FACE


BRTC Cover BB Cream Ellana Premium Foundation in French Vanilla
(thanks Shen love this!)


For the EYES


Make up Forever Concealer Palette no. 5
1st - the weird orange color under the eye area

2nd - covered a layer of lightest concealer on top of the weird orange color



Cover Girl Lash Blast in Black
Paul & Joe Duo Crayon in Black

Stila Smudgepots in Black using CS White Angled Liner brush


More products



Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
NYX Round Lipstick in Georgia

MAC Sculpt and Shape duo in Shadester to contour


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Final look




Eyes closed

Yes, I've used a natural looking falsies!




I'm ready to walk down the aisle?

Nah..lol Been there done that!





I hope you enjoyed the simple Bridal Look!
New Years eve!!!
Just so you know, fireworks gets crazy down here!
Time to put coins in my pocket and jump around like a crazy monkey!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Reader's Corner: Q&A + Meeting Anne




Question:

I am trying to buy mineral makeup samples on-line that are from the other end of the world. How do you pay online? Is it safe if I use my credit card? What are some of the sites that ships internationally? Is it also safe to buy stuff from the HK Facial-Shop?

Askmewhats Answers:


I always use paypal to pay for my purchases online as my credit card details are protected. It is free of charge (but of course with limitations).

Most mineral sites do ship internationally, before you start purchasing, always click on information on shipping and see their starting rate for international shipping. I also bookmark those mineral companies I would love to buy from and wait for sales and discounts.

I suggest if you are a start-up mineral make-up user, you can go to bazaars or meet up with local mineral make up sellers here in the Philippines, it is easier for you to choose the right foundation shade for you.

HK Facial Shop is a legit company so far. I haven't personally buy anything from them, but I've read so many bloggers buying stuffs from them and receiving their stuffs without any problems at all. So do check out some bloggers who bought from HK Facial Shop like Fuz's Haul

Question:

Where did you buy the Playtex Feminine Wipes? And Neutrogena Facial Wipes?


Askmewhats Answers:

I bought my Playtex Feminine Wipes at Cash & Carry Supermarket. It's on the top most part of the shelf so you have to really look for it :)

Neutrogena Facial Wipes I bought it at Tickles store (yes, the gift shop) at Glorietta. They have Neutrogena and L'oreal wipes there

Question:

Can you recommend a few eyeliner pencils and mascaras that do not smudge and would last for few hours?


Askmewhats Answers:

I'm sure there's a lot of brands out there that I haven't tried yet, I will recommend to you those that I've tried or I've heard that are really good. You can click them for the reviews I've done in the past. I will give you an option to choose from a bit pricey to cheap alternatives :)

Eyeliner Pencils ---

Urban Decay 24/7
Paul & Joe Dual Crayon
In2It eyeliner pencil

Mascaras ---

Paul & Joe Curly Mascara
Fasio 3D Airtech Mascara
Maybelline Unstoppable Shiny Mascara
L'oreal Telescopic Mascara

Question:

Which is better brand for nail polish? The Face Shop? Elianto or ELF?

Askmewhats Answers:

I would say you can choose between Elianto and The Face Shop as they both perform well and works the same..it's just a matter of colors.Elianto has more choices of colors while the Face Shop are more into the basics. But brushes from Elianto and the Face Shop are the same and they both chip at the same time, if done well, they last for a week.

ELF on the other hand, I don't see them available here, and even if they are, your choice of colors are limited to nudes, pinks and reds.

Question:

I'm not into nail art but I'm really into getting them cleaned every 2 weeks....my question is/are, is it ok to bring your own tools? Will they get offended if I bring my own tools to the parlor?


Askmewhats Answers:

In my opinion, bringing your own tools are ok and won't be offending BUT, I strongly suggest to let the nail artist use their own tools as they are more "used to it". Just make sure to tell them to disinfect them first. Good salon have their tools disinfected in front of you with alcohol.

Question:

Where can I get nail tools, what are the basics?


Askmewhats Answers:

If you're living in the Philippines, you can easily buy nail tools at Watson's, Landmark, or even HBC. The basics? You can check out my previous post here.

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Oh yeah, I told you guys that I met up with Anne of Yummibitez the last night of her Philippines trip. She's super sweet and pretty in person!!! Though everyone's really busy with the holidays, we had a mini Pow Wow and we talked like we're friends forever!

We had fun chatting about everything we could talk about, we even waited for her while she hoarded at The Face Shop!!! I wish I could stay longer, but the day was super busy for me with all the dinners and parties, so I have to bid goodbye and I got 6-packed muscles from all the laughing! lol

Here's some photos that I stolen (*waves* at Shen HELLO SIS!) from Shen!



L-R Anne's Friend, Anne, ME!, Shen, Sophie, Jamie and Anvi (Jamie's Cousin)

Anne's friend is a graphic artist, she looks SUPER young and I can't believe how old I am lol.

Anne is the superb blogger, wonderful person, who took the time to meet us no matter how tight her schedule is. She's a bubbly person and it's funny how we thought she can't speak Tagalog, we're super glad she can!!! Anne, hope to see you again when you visit the Philippines!

Shen, the crazy gal, well, I've met her 3 times in total but looking at how crazy we act and how we love the "yellow" light! We were like friends since grade school! I enjoy her humor! LOL Coz her humor is like MINE! She's super hardworking and I can't believe this woman still has the energy!

Sophie, I call her my younger sis, came from the same grade school and high school I studied. We're both nerds! lol But I love how I got to feel so comfortable around her and I'm looking forward for more of her adventures when she go to Singapore. I'll be missing her for sure! But I'm sure she'll come back with lots of achievement as she's a go-getter and I trust that she'll excel no matter what she does! Goodluck sis!

Jamie, I met for the first time is very nice, sweet and soft-spoken! I could be wrong! LOL But she's a funny gal too!!! I'm glad to have the chance to finally meet her! :) I hope to see you again Jamie!

Anvi, the lovely cousin of Jamie (according to Shen) is a make-up artist and she's a photo enthusiast too! :) She and my hubby Keith had a good talk regarding camera. I hope to see Anvi again too!

Jheng, too bad, I didn't have the chance to see her again as I have to leave for another dinner party. But I'm sure I'll see you again sis!




Photos felt like Christmas! LOL We were right outside the Rustan's Department store in Shangri-la Mall.

I enjoyed all the laughs and I wish to see Anne and the rest of the girls again!!! Oh yeah, I got a Stila gift from Anne and a lovely bracelet and necklace (made by Shen) plus Ellana Foundation from Shen!!! MUWAH to both of you!!!!





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And FINALLY!!!! After a year of lemming, I bought my own MUFE Concealer Palette No. 5!!! This is always out of stock and I finally bought this!!! YAY!!!

Thanks to my make-up artist friend Hennie
as I got a discount for this purchase!





Now I feel like a PRO! :P


MUFE Concealer Palette no. 5
at Make Up Forever Store Shangri-La
For Php1,600 (approx $34.00)

*wipes forehead*
WHEW!
This is a long post! thanks for reading!!!
I'm so happy the year ended with me meeting more friends! :)
Take care everyone and don't forget to smile before the year ends! :D

Monday, December 29, 2008

Askmewhats Reviews: Kerastase Noctogenist Serum

Almost everyone working in the Philippines are on their Holidays! Sad to say, I work in a company that DO not follow Philippine Holidays! So I'm at work Dec 26th, Dec 29th and Dec 30th! NERD! lol

Anyways, everyone knows aside from make up, I'm also a Hair Product Geek! I love hair products that can promise smooth, shiny, silky hair! LOL Don't we all wish it?

I've been eyeing Kerastase products for the LONGEST time, what's stopping me is the price! LOL I find it really hard to shell out Php2,000 (approx $43.00) worth of ONE single hair product.

I am lucky that a contact have this product sold for half the price! I guess she's got the means! Definitely original! The lady works in a magazine company, the reason for the freebies and the reason for selling it to me at an affordable price!!! :)

The Looks




125ML tube










Kerastase says ---

For the first time, Kérastase offers total overnight care for your hair. Your hair needs to be looked after 24 hours a day to be in fantastic condition, during the day, humidity, sunlight and city living can be damaging to the hair and can cause it to lose essential moisture. Noctogenist deeply nourishes hair throughout the night, so you wake up with revived hair that is in optimal condition.

Technology
  • Amino Acid
  • Vitamin E Derivative
  • Silk Protein
Benefits
  • Renews hair with softness and shine and adds suppleness and manageability.
  • Protects hair from daytime aggressors.
  • Nourish hair all night long
  • Replenish and moisturize hair whilst you sleep.
  • Awaken to beautifully radiant, replenished hair
Application

Before going to bed, massage through dry or towel-dried hair. Do not rinse. Ingredients are absorbed by the hair during the night, leaving no residue. In the morning, style as usual.


Askmewhats says --- Pros
  • smells great
  • leaves my hair tangle free the next day, even if I shampoo my hair again in the morning
  • hair is soft to the touch, hair doesn't feel weighed down
  • hair is easier to comb
  • you don't need a lot, just a dime size
Cons
  • pricey, BUT the 125ml tube lasts long as you use only small amount
  • for lazy people: this is a CON lol
  • I don't see the shine that the product promises
Overall

The Kerastase Noctogenist serum is actually an overnight serum for thick hair, I don't have thick hair and so far, it works for me. They have another one for fine hair that is a spray on formula (never tried this)
Now, I understand why most hair salon offers hair treatment using this brand, as this product does deliver and come to think of it, even if its expensive, I don't need to pay a lot to go to the salon just for ONE treatment. One tube can last me more than 3 months for sure!

Tips
  • apply this from mid shaft of the hair down to the root area, avoiding the scalp
  • massage the product on your hair
  • slowly comb through your hair for the product to be evenly distributed
  • apply this on dry hair
  • you don't have to use this every night, you can do this 3-4 times a week
Will I repurchase?

Yes

Where can you purchase and how much?

Any salon here in the Philippines (ex. David's, Jessie Mendez, Bench Fix, etc...)
Costs Php1,500++ (approx $32.00)

Oh yeah, I had the chance to meet up with blogger Anne from Yummiebitez
She came to the Philippines to visit her relatives and she spared time for us Filipina bloggers!
It was great to finally see her in person!!!
She's really cute and pretty!
Pictures will be up soon...
well depends on how soon my fellow bloggers post theirs and I'll just nick it from them
LOL :)


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Weekend Food Tripping at: Sizzlin' Pepper Steak + Iceberg

Before I start collecting my thoughts on what to say....this is a FULL BLOWN food fest with dessert photos!!! Well, it's the season to be Jolly, it's the season to be FATSO! :P

Falalala FAT FAT FAT FAT...LOL *dances around*

Weekend gluttony! But all photos below are eaten by more than 5 individuals so don't point fingers at me about wastage...all food below are finished up!

We went to the Trinoma mall and it was packed with people, people shop like they're all MILLIONAIRES! lol I wish I can do that too but we went to Trinoma to eat!

A lot of people have been raving about the Sizzlin' Pepper Steak and this is the season to taste their sizzlin' plates. Let's see if it does sizzle my 5 sensory nerves! :P




Here's their huge Menu outside


Free Kani Salad because bro is a Standard Chartered Credit Card user
Always check for promotions from Credit card companies


I don't have the receipt with me right now but all sizzlin' plates photos below costs approx Php235.00-250.00 (approx $5-6) per plate without rice
Additional rice costs Php35.oo (less than $1.00)

First stop
My Hamburg with gravy sauce



Hamburg with Katsudon
(with gravy on the side)



Hamburg with Tempura



Hamburg with Crispy Chicken



Hamburg with Fried Fish



After full lunch, brother who came back for the Christmas holidays, is craving for Halo-Halo. What is a Halo-Halo?

Halo-halo (from "halo" = mix) is a favorite Filipino dessert or snack. It is basically a mixture of sweet preserved beans(red beans, chick peas), coconut meat (macapuno), jackfruit (langka), pounded dried rice (pinipig), sweet yam (ube), cream flan (leche flan), shreds of sweetened plantain (saba), filled with crushed ice, milk (or coconut milk) and topped with ice cream. The halo-halo basically is sweet, creamy, and a filling dessert. (source: here)

One of the best place to eat Halo-Halo is called Iceberg. Iceberg started with so many branches in the Philippines, but they closed down most of them. After a couple of years, they were able to add up to their menu and serve not only Halo-Halo but dishes and ice cream sundaes. Variety is a key if you plan to open any food chain here in the Philippines. (I guess same with other countries)

Hubby and I are still full from the lunch
We decided to share a Strawberry Shake

Php118.00 (approx $2.50)



Super Halo-Halo Regular halo-halo ingredients plus scoops of ice cream!

Php94.00 (approx $2.00)



Mango Con Hielo Mango ice cream with real mangoes with milk and crushed ice Php110.00 (approx $2.30)




Strawberry Mango Con Hielo Real Mangoes and Strawberries plus Strawberry Ice cream on top of crushed ice with milk Php125.00 (approx 2.70)



If you plan to visit the Philippines, definitely have yourself a Halo-halo! A hot sizzlin' plate dish is perfect for our friends who are cold at the moment, Cold dessert like Halo-halo are perfect for our friends who are in a tropical country like us :) What are you eating at the moment? Smile and stay pretty!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Reader's Corner: Q&A + My Nail Polish Collection



Hey all!!!

Here's another set of Q&A, I usually answer them directly and post them again for everyone to share their comments, ideas and answers :)

I also included my nail polish collection which some of my readers wanted to check out. Nothing too fantabulous :)

Question:

What's the difference of NC and NW for MAC shades?

Askmewhats Answers:

NC-Neutral Cool -For golden undertones
NW-Neutral Warm-For pinkish undertones

You can check out this link for more information :)

http://www.specktra.net/foundation.php

Question:

Where can I purchase Carmex Lip Balm here in the Philippines?

Askmewhats Answers:

You can purchase Carmex lip balms at PCX shops. You can find PCX shop at Robinson's Place, Ermita.


Question:

Can you suggest a concealer that can really cover dark post acne blemishes?

Askmewhats Answers:

Post Acne Blemishes are quite hard to cover as it gets to be sensitive and dries easily. Make sure to use a concealer that is hypo-allergenic. Aside from concealer, I suggest use your favorite Liquid Foundation/ Cream foundation that is one shade lighter than your skin and pat on to the area that has spots. After foundation, if the spot is still there, you can add on your concealer. But making sure do not pack on too much and it'll be cakey and the spots will be more obvious.

Some concealers I can suggest are the Make Up Forever Concealer Palette (so you can mix and match the shade), Cinema Secrets Concealer (as this is quite creamy), if you have the chance to find a local reseller, I like NYX Concealer in a Jar as well.

But of course, not all brands that works for me will work for you, do give it a test first before purchasing :)

Question:

Can I see your nail polish collection?

Askmewhats Answers:

Sure you can! But do not expect me to have a nail polish salon type of collection :) When I got married, I left all my polishes at home and my collection started when Toma sent me complete set of ELF polishes, then Sis Aika continued my collection by sending me the neon collection polishes, then Alyssa sent me the nail art dotting tool..and the rest are gifts from lovely friends too! Tine, thanks for the lovely Maybelline polish and a dear friend from Malaysia, you know who you are, for the Kanebo polish :) So in short, I did spend money on my own for my collection but a lot are from dear friends who knew my love for nail stuffs. I'll cherish my collection for sure! :)

Enjoy the photos! :)

My first traincase from my lovely colleagues
for my birthday February 2008!
Thanks gals!



When opened, they're usually laid flat
But for photo purposes,
I made them stand up




What's on the lower part of the traincase?
I put my pedicure/manicure kit!




Useless Nail Stamping Tool

Super useless, all 3 polishes all dried up! lol
No, this is NOT Konad




Nail Art Dotting Tools
Nail Gems from Market Market
and the rest
Are gift from a colleague Pam
<-- Thanks Pam! You have to let me know where you purchase it! :D



Here's the case from Japan Home
Php88.00 (approx $2.00)
For my nail art pens




I recently purchased a nail art brush
From Koichi Store,
Robinson's Place Ermita

There's just ONE left, so I wish this is good!

For precision nail art :P

Don't take my word for it,
I never do things PRECISE hahaha




People ask me what I want for Christmas and the new years?

Material "want" --- it never ends...
but happiness 'wise, I am very happy!

I've got a good husband, lovely family and supportive friends!
Wonderful blogger friends and readers!!!
Those are more than enough for me!

What are you thankful for the year 2008?

Friday, December 26, 2008

Askmewhats Reviews: Coastal Scents Gel Liner in Truffle


Lovely people!
How's the Christmas celebration? I went to the mall to have lunch with my family and had fun because family is complete! Brother came back to the Philippines. It was a great lunch, we ate at Pepper Steak (will show you the photos of the food soon!)

Dinner came we had Christmas Dinner at Fish & Co. with my husband's family! So it was a day of EATING! :) The mall is packed with so many people! I just can't believe there's "recession" going on!

Anyways, let me go straight to a review!

Coastal Scents Gel Liner
in Truffle







Coastal Scents Gel Liner says ---

Application is easy, has the ability to design and be creative, lasts all day without smudging or creasing and are highly pigmented.

Ingredients:

Isododecane, Polyethylene, Trimethylsilocysilicate, Cyclomethicone, Ozokerite, Ploymethylsilsesquioxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Propylparaben, BHT. May contain: Mica and Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Ultramarine Blue, D&C Red No.7 Ca Lake, FD&C Blue No.1 Al Lake, D&C Black No.2.

Askmewhats says ---

My review is based only to the ONE color I've tried, TRUFFLE

Pros
  • no smudging
  • lasts all day
  • easy to apply, dries quickly
  • pigmented
  • does not cause any eye allergies (for me)
  • easy to remove with make-up remover
  • I've used it on my waterline too and it stayed for 6 hours, which is good! It didn't smudge, it was just gone by late afternoon!
Cons
  • not available locally, shipping is expensive!
  • the jar is not labeled, if you purchase a lot, you have to put the name by yourself to avoid confusion
Overall

CS Gel Liner in Truffle is a true matte brown color. I like it because it is very pigmented and it does gives out a very natural look!

The other gel liner I've used is my HG Stila Smudgepots in Black. I've heard and read so many raves about the CS Gel Liner in True Black but it was out of stock when I ordered Truffle. I have great experience with Truffle, I actually danced the whole lunch time and I was sweating like crazy and it stayed on till I remove my make-up.

With the price itself without the shipping cost, it is worth it and very inexpensive, but added with the shipping cost, I can just buy myself a Bobbi Brown or MAC gel liners.

Tips
  • If you plan to purchase the CS liners, do read reviews and look for swatches online as I've read some of the colors are not pigmented enough and you have to apply many times for the colors to show up. Research please!
  • Use an angled liner brush or a thin angled brush depending on which one you're more comfortable to use.
  • Always close the lid between applications to prevent the product from drying up
Will I repurchase?

Yes! They came out with more colors!!! I want more!!!

Where can you purchase and how much?

At Coastal Scents website for $6.95 (shipping NOT included)

I usually just draw a thin line during work days!
Here's how it looks like after more than 12 hours!
I love that it stayed on, no smudging and it didn't fade!





Plan to buy CS Gel Liners yourself?
I honestly plan to get more!

I am definitely waiting for discounts again!

So if you see any CS discounts or coupons coming up!

Do holler! :D



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