Monday, September 17, 2012


I just bought a stash of NYX Round Lipsticks a week ago. I was too busy to try on all of them to post it here in my blog.. Anyway, I researched about them and looked at the swatches on the internet. So first, I tried on this Nyx RLS Black Cherry lipstick. On the pictures I saw, it looks red, deep dark red so when I tried it on, I was surprised that it looked a bit red-purplish on my lips... So I guess it really depends on your skin tone and natural lip color how the lipstick will look on you. Here's a swatch of Nyx Black Cherry from a  fellow blogger, Make up Love...

And here's my own swatch of Black Cherry... =)

The MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection

Hi! It's been a long while since I last published something here in my blog.... I just got over excited to share with everybody and I'm sure some of you may already know it. I came across a blog of a new MAC Make up Collection... which is the Marilyn Monroe! The packaging looks elegant like Marilyn herself. I couldn't even decide what to buy first!!! I'm sure it's going to be a superb make up collection.... by MAC! It's coming in October and they're all limited editions...
I'm going to put the link below so you can view all the items..

Thank you Make up by Cheryl!!! =)

Friday, June 22, 2012

My Steve Madden

Yes, I know this is a beauty blog, but I can't help posting about my new wonderful Steve Madden Tantraa shoes... It may not be a new release but it's a STEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!
For only... (drum roll please.....) P595 from P9950!!!!!!! Who cares if it's from the last season's haul?! It's nice, it's a great find... and in one of my favorite colors... Purple!!!

Until my next bargain... shopping expedition!!!! =)


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My Beauty Loot!!!!

They all look so nice and shiny!!!! I would like to thank my wonderful hubby who has been so very patient in finding me these stuff from Facess in HK!!!!

Here's Mac Prep+Prime Face Protect SPF50. It glides smoothly on my skin and has sun protection to boot! 

The Shu Uemura UV underbase in Pink illuminates your skin, giving you that dewy glow.

I love this Prism Powder from MAC, a little goes a long long way! =)

MAC Pro longwear concealers... They are great products, won't budge... 

MAC Silver Gull

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj 

MAC Matte in Lady Danger

My new skin food lippies from my wonderful sister in law!!!  =)

I will do my best to use all of them and take pictures and I will post them here... Till next time! =)


Sparkle and Dazzle at Shu Uemura Alabang

It's been a very long time since I haven't posted on my blog... been very busy lately.... I will go into that some  other time.
I was very lucky to be able to join the Shu Uemura Sparkle and Dazzle Make up competition (for aspiring MUA's)
I get to try some of their wonderful products such as the Face Architect Mousse Foundation and The Face Architect Foundation. The former, is like putting on the UV Mousse primer, you have to be quick because it dries up quickly, the foundation will be great addition to the make up kits of people who tends to have an oily skin... I loved the Face Architect Foundation, it glides on smoothly with a wide array of shades... Enough of that, I'm actually here to talk about their new eyeshadow product... the powders capture light, absorbing and reflecting it for a multi-dimensional effect. That's why they called their competition, Sparkle and Dazzle.. The eyeshadow goes on smoothly and it has a really nice texture...
This is the link to one of the entries (which is mine by the way...)

My inspiration was candy colored cupcakes because my beautiful model is a superb baker! It's super light in pictures, I don't know why we couldn't capture the real colors... It's wonderfully good enough to eat tinker bell look! =)
It is a nice colorful make up which you can wear everyday... I used IR Pink 115, ME soft pink 155, P soft blue green 540 and P light green 520 (I'm unsure of the shades of the greens though..) for the eyes. A pop of Pink blusher (sorry, I forgot the number.) As for the lips, I mixed Rouge Unlimited PK335 and PK346.
Love the new eyeshadows that I got from Shu Uemura Alabang!!! 

G Yellow 345 and G Blue green 641

I will try to use them on my next make up session and I will post it here... So till next time! =)


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Make up by Belle

I have been meaning to post this for a while now, unfortunately due to my kids' busy 
schedules, I wasn't able to. 
I took up Comprehensive Make up training at Suesh in Greenhills and I have learned a lot 
during that 15hour class. As our teacher said: Practice makes perfect. Hopefully I'd be able 
to practice not just on my face but on others as well! =)
Here's the sample of my work.... 


After (day make up)

(Day Make up/ Simple Bride)

Night make up/bridal

Close up - night look

Before (by the way, this is my daughter!)

After (vintage Look)


After (airbrushed)

My Attempt at Avant Garde... I think I need to work out harder on this one area! Besides, I was 
pressed for time here.... =) 


After(sweet day look)

Provocative red lips...

Bridal day/night...

I had a wonderful time creating these looks... Yes I'm sorry I wasn't able to showcase what make ups I used.... I will just enumerate them.
Kryolan foundation and eyeshadow, ELF eyeshadow palette in Natural, L.A. Colors Loose Powder and foundation, NARS Orgasm blush, MAC lipstick and lipglass, Revlon Red lipstick, Model Co. brow powder, Glambox airbrush...

I realized that it is in the blending and the right application that matters the most.... 
until next time! =) 

Friday, April 27, 2012

In search of a NEW BLUSH

It's been awhile since I have written anything here... Anyway, I just want to share with you some make up expedition that I had.... a few days ago. I went to The newly renovated Rustan's in Shangrila Plaza. Unfortunately, no pictures simply because we forgot to take them! Weird right?

So I went to Benefit's counter and started trying on their make ups and stuff. I haven't tried any of their products ever. I usually use Clinique, MAC and Shu Uemura cosmetics.
I fell in love with their blushes and bronzers! Of course I tried the ever famous Benetint... It really goes well with their Coralista Blush especially if you have tanned skin. Bella Bamba is the one that I coveted.... Love love love at first sight! =)

I don't really like wearing make up because it's really hot plus the make up will just melt with the heat and my sweat. I'm also with my 1 year old daughter and I don't like my make up transferring on her skin. So I forgo with the foundations and powder, I just applied an eyeliner, mascara and a cream blush (if I'm not lazy to do it).

Back to Benefit.... Bella Bamba is perfect for my skin tone and also even if you apply it without foundation and face powder, It really looks great! I promise, I will post pictures once I have put it on my face, hopefully soon!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Jennifer Aniston Spends a Fortune on Beauty Products

Hollywood diva Jennifer Aniston is reportedly fascinated by skin and beauty care products, according to the Sun. The former "Friends" star apparently spends a whopping £90,000 every year on beauty products alone.
"We can only speculate it is money well spent... Aniston was voted "Hottest Woman of All Time", by Men's Health magazine, in March.
Her obsession with skin care runs deep. Apparently, if she had not become an actress, the girl who played Rachel Greene on the hit sitcom would have been a dermatologist.
"I'd love to be a dermatologist. I'd be so obsessive about it. I'm fascinated by skin, products and lasers. I go on the internet and read all about it. I call it 'laser porn," Aniston told the Sun.
The actress is dating fellow actor Justin Theroux and the two are believed to be very happy together.
"I don't feel my age. I feel young every day. I feel sexy wearing jeans and my boyfriend's T-shirt," the 43-year-old actress revealed.
Jennifer Aniston
I could only think that it's a money well spent since it is part of her job to look good always. People see her on TV and some of them would want to be like her, living a healthy life with a beautiful skin... Now who wouldn't want that right? 
Unfortunately, the reality is that not everyone can afford to have a lifestyle like that but it is not an excuse not to take good care of ourselves.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

How to Pick the Perfect Bronzer

It's summer once again and as the climate changes our skin tone and needs change as well. For example, we use a different foundations in the summer and during the cold season, but that's another story...
Some women would rather fake it than bake in the sun (due to health reasons, and some just doesn't like it.)
So here's an article about Bronzers How To...

Nothing channels a summery state of mind like a sun-kissed complexion. A quick sweep of bronzer warms up the skin, and creates a flawless canvas like Jennifer Lopez‘s or Jennifer Aniston‘s. Like foundation, it evens out your skin tone and masks imperfections in a warm veil of luminosity. Find out how to create a natural bronzy glow, and how to pick your perfect color.

The Basic Tips: The Basic Tips:

• For a Kim Kardashian-esque complexion, apply bronzer where the sun would naturally hit. Swirl a powder brush into
  the product and sweep over the cheeks, bridge of the nose, and forehead.
• Create a more contoured look by focusing on the hollows of your cheeks, but be sure to blend so the effect is subtle  
  not sharp.

Problem: I can't find a shade for my fair skin. Problem: I can't find a shade for my fair skin.Bronzing Duo CompactInstant Sun Light Instant Smooth Compact Highlighter

If you have very light skin like Elizabeth Banks, it's important to choose a bronzer that isn't too dark or orange—both can make pale skin look muddy. Since your complexion has rosy tones, go for a palette with pink in it. We like Physicians Formula Organic Wear Natural Origin Bronzer & Blush 2-in-1 ($14; Swirl the two shades together and apply all over the face, or concentrate the lighter shade near the apples of the cheeks for a more flushed effect. Clarins (Rustan's) also has a line of bronzers that would compliment very fair skin.

Problem: I can't find a shade for my medium skin. Problem: I can't find a shade for my medium skin.

Olive skin like Emmanuelle Chriqui's can handle a bit more pigment and warmth.Guerlain's Terracotta Light ($50; unavailable, Rustan's) with multiple tones is your best bet, as it will add dimension to your face and prevent the color from appearing flat. A formula with flecks of golds and apricots brings out the natural warmth in your skin. Use your finger to dab on extra gold to the tops of cheekbones.

Problem: I can't find a shade for my dark skin. Problem: I can't find a shade for my dark skin.

For darker skin tones like Kelly Rowland's, illuminate your complexion with a rich, shimmery bronzer. Pick a formula that's dark, sheer, and faintly iridescent—this will bring out your bone structure without looking chalky. We love MAC's Powder Blush in Format ($20;, a deep sienna with just a hint of copper.

Problem: It doesn't look natural on me.

Problem: It doesn't look natural on me.
Try out a matte powder like Benefit's Hoola($28;;Benefit Greenbelt 5) or NARS's Laguna ($34; P1450; Nars, Rustan's). The shimmer-free powder mimics the magic worked by sun's rays, and creates sculpted cheekbones with ease. Simply blend the color into the hollows of your cheeks, and stop at the outer corner of your eyes for instant definition.

Problem: How can I keep my skin from looking flat?

Problem: How can I keep my skin from looking flat?
Dab on this shimmery peach wonder ($32; to create a gleaming, lit-from-within appearance. Blend onto your eyes, lips, and cheeks before a party, but for daytime wear, swipe just along your cheekbones. Thanks to the dynamic gold shimmer and warm undertones, it's like a kiss from Turks and Caicos, and indistinguishable from real UV rays.

When to toss your Makeup Product

Cosmetics and skincare products, like all good things, don't last forever. In fact, the very second that you break open the seal of your recently purchased beauty loot, its expiration starts ticking. "But I've been using this tried-and-tested blush for the longest time, and its manufacturer has stopped producing this shade, so I still use this three-year-old product," said another of my makeup clients. I inspected the scratchy compact and its cracked and dry powder-based contents. "Throw it," I said. "Your skin will thank you for it."
As a general rule the drier the formula of the makeup (powder, pencils), the longer its shelf life. Conversely, the more cream- or liquid-based it is, the quicker it is to spoil. Here is the average amount of time your cosmetics should stay on your vanity table or your makeup kit:
Mascara and liquid eye liner: half a year
Creamy lipsticks, lip colors in pots, lip-gloss: 2 years
Pencils for eyes, eyebrows, and lips: 3 years
Powder-based products like loose powder, pressed powder, blusher, and eye shadow: 2 years
Liquid and cream products like cream foundation, mousse products (like primer and foundation), gel-based items like blush and eye liner, liquid liner, highlighter): 1 year
Body lotion and shower gel: 3 years
Anti-aging cream: 3 months to 1 year.
If you don't remember when you bought the beauty product, that's a pretty good indication of a purchase made long ago. To determine if your beauty goodies need to be tossed, do any (or all) of the S-tests:
1. Smell it. Does it still smell the same way it did when you first got it? If you don't remember, then at least determine if it smells good or bad. If it smells sour or has a pungent odor, bid it goodbye.
2. Scrape it. Really old powder-based products develop a fine film on its surface, making it even more dry. If this is the case, then it's time you throw it away.
3. Study its texture. If it's cracked and has a different shade than when you first bought it, or its color has changed, chuck it.
The reason you don't want to hold on to such old cosmetics is they become breeding ground for bacteria, which could make you break out, get an allergic reaction, or even get infections, especially if you use water when applying your makeup.
To avoid second-guessing your makeup shelf life, the next time you buy beauty products, follow these easy tips:
1. Write down when you bought it/started using it. Use a marker to write it down at the bottom of the item, or stick a piece of tape that has the month and year you first wore it.
2. Avoid dipping wet brushes in your powder-based makeup (a very old trick to make the makeup last longer on you). The moistness in the palette becomes very attractive to bacteria.
3. Wash your makeup brushes and sponges regularly, and dry them properly. Your skin's natural oils stick to the brush bristles, again making it ideal breeding conditions for bacteria.
4. Pick up the product with clean hands or use clean tools like makeup brushes and sponges to avoid transferring dirt and bacteria to your cosmetics.

It Really Pays to be safe than sorry. I know most of us wants to save money and all. But in the long run, you will shell out more money than buying a new make up product if your skin gets irritated and worst damaged due to negligence... I just want to share this article to you as a guide to keep our skin healthy and beautiful. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Cheryl Cole in the hottest Eye Makeup in Stylist Magazine

Singer Chery Cole gears-up for the new season with the hottest makeup looks which she proudly displays in Stylist magazine for all beauty enthusiasts to see. Check out Ms. Cole's stunning transformation with every look and learn how to recreate every style step-by-step, next! 
Bombshell Cheryl Cole demonstrates that she's got modelling skills besides her singing talent as the diva teamed up with Stylist magazine to put on display the hottest eye makeup trends of the new season. Gracing the cover of Stylist, April 2012, Cheryl Cole looks sensational and the experience she has gathered along her career definitely shows as the 28 year old singer strikes a cool pose to emphasize the sizzling eye makeup styles she adopted for the photo spread.  
Eye makeup has the power to accentuate features to perfection, creating an irresistible allure that can lean towards elegant or edgy, depending on the style chosen. Makeup can be used to manipulate the eye shape, so if you wish to diminish certain characteristics, such as minimize the appearance of deep set or wide set eyes, help minimize the look of droopy eyelids there are various methods of makeup application to help you create the desired effect. If you're searching for a sizzling eye makeup look to help you stop traffic this summer, take a peek at Cheryl Cole's hot eye makeup looks presented by Stylist magazine and start glamorizing your look to perfection.

Cheryl Cole Presents the Hottest Eye Makeup Looks in Stylist Magazine
Cheryl Cole Presents the Hottest Eye Makeup Looks in Stylist Magazine

Lacquered eyes can give you a super sensual look that steals the spotlight every time. This is a high impact look that packs a high dose of style, so give it a try by applying a gel eyeliner on the upper lash line, extending it outwards to obtain a sexy cat eye effect. Apply a black eyeshadow over using a brush and add a touch of Vaseline to the center of the eyelid to achieve that high gloss shine that makes this makeup look irresistible. Finish the look by lining the eyes using a khol eyeliner and a heavy coat of mascara for your eyelashes as only this way the result will be the one you're aiming for. 

Bronzed eye makeup is, according to Stylist's makeup artists, the easiest eye makeup look to achieve and with its high glamor finish, resisting its beauty will be quite the challenge. Achieve the look by applying a light reflecting concealer on the eyelid, right up to the brow bone as well as under the eye and set the product using a translucent powder. Apply a khol eyeliner across the waterline, both upper and lower, and then use the eyeliner to create an 'egg shape' across the lid, over which you will press glitter on using a brush. Swap away any stray glitter to create a perfect shape using a clean makeup brush and finish the look with plenty of mascara. Because of the high intensity, glitzy-glam finish, this makeup look is definitely a party makeup look.  

Cheryl Cole Presents the Hottest Eye Makeup Looks in Stylist Magazine

Cheryl Cole Presents the Hottest Eye Makeup Looks in Stylist Magazine

Graphic eye makeup has a certain vintage elegance behind it, so it is a look that mixes elegance with edginess. The new season has placed plenty of accent on this look as it is sexy and not too difficult to obtain. Achieve the look by applying a nude eye makeup base on the eyelid and look down before you start to line the upper eyelid starting from the inner corner of the eye, working your way towards the outer corner. Before reaching the outer corner flick the line upwards to create a cool cat-eye effect and work your way back to intensify the look. Finish the look by pulling the skin gently diagonally upwards around temple level and line the lower eye lid starting from the outer corner towards the center of the eye diagonally and coat your eyelashes with a heavy coat of mascara. 

Sculpted eye makeup is all about fierce sexiness and style, so achieve this amazing makeup look by an eyeshadow base across the eyelid. Use a black eyeliner pencil to define the eyes by sweeping gently the eyeliner across the lashline, smudging the line through with your finger or an angled brush. Line the outer corner of the eye gently up and then curve the line back around into the crease to give the look more oomph and blur-out the effect using a blending brush. Once you have created the effect apply 'a taupe eyeshadow across the lid and up to the brow, pressing a deep-grey shade of shadow over the kohl arc'. Finish the look by curling your eyelashes and coating them using a black colored mascara. 

Check out the exact steps and makeup products used to create Cheryl Cole's hot eye makeup looks in the April 2012 issue of Stylist. 
Photos courtesy of Stylist