Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Hot Electric Pink Lips--- stunningly flattering on everyone. Guaranteed to amp your HOT FACTOR.. It's a head-turner without going overboard. See the famous A-listers who rock this look:

Natalie Portman

Katerina Graham

Alexis Bledel

Katy Perry


You might want to try these inexpensive hot pink lipsticks from the drugstores:

Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick
in Persian Melon

Wet N Wild Lip Shine Lipstick 
in 511B

NYX Lipstick in Narcissus

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick 
in Dizzy

Try these highly pigmented, long-lasting and super moisturizing hot electric pink lipsticks without breaking the bank! :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

Although a number of brush cleaners are available in the cosmetic industry, tough economic times demand even a beauty junkie to be resourceful and practical. For sanitary purposes, it is advisable to clean your make-up brushes AT LEAST once a week. If you are not a make-up artist, you do not need to have an on-the-go make-up cleaners that are usually in spray form. They need them to clean their on-hand brushes from one person to another. If you own your own brushes and nobody else is sharing them, you may want to consider the following:

1. Baby Shampoo. Because baby shampoos are so mild and gentle, they are perfect for cleaning your cosmetic brushes. They are free from harmful chemicals that could deteriorate the quality of the brush strands. Wash them like how you would normally wash your hair and let them dry by laying them down on a flat surface with paper towel or wash cloth that would absorb all the water residue. Notice that the shape of the brushes' bristles will follow its form when it was wet so make sure that the ends are properly formed to its function--may it me pointed or domed on the ends. Avoid drying the brush by standing them up for it could cause the water to flow through the ferrel--which is the part that holds the bristles together. If this happens, it may cause loose binding and shedding.

2. Facial Wipes/ Baby Wipes. These have cleaning properties incorporated in them so you can just brush the bristles back and forth until the make-up residue is taken off. This is very convenient if you do not have all the time to wash and dry the brushes with water. The bristles may still be wet after this procedure but it takes a lot less time and effort-- make sure though that they are dry before using.

3. Gentle Facial Cleanser. Works like shampoo and is a great alternative if you are looking for a product that has cleaning but moisturizing properties. Make sure that you rinse it really well and choose the ones that don't have too many harsh chemicals. You want to protect your brushes the way you care for your face--because the cleaner and the gentler the brushes are, the less irritated your face would be and as a result--zero breakouts!

If you are being extra hygienic on your brushes, you might want to try this simple home remedy:

Vinegar and Water: Use 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar, dip your brushes in the mixtures and rinse clean in warm water. This will disinfect your brushes especially if multiple people use them.

Not only should you wash your brushes as often as possible because of bacteria build-up--you would notice that the brushes are just unable to perform well enough in blending the make-up on your face if there is too much product build-up on the bristles. Blend, blend, blend with clean brushes and the results would be absolutely amazing within a few strokes.

Monday, May 2, 2011



1. Revlon Color Stay Foundation. It is a liquid foundation that dries on pretty quickly on the face so it has to be blended on as fast as you can. The make-up stays for 16 hours without caking on the skin. Set with powder to seal in the product for long-lasting finish. Over-all outcome is fresh, flawless and even application. Provides medium to full coverage depending on how much you layer it on your skin. Has huge variety of shades for every skin tone, and unique formula for dry or oily/combination skin. It is best applied using your bare fingers if you want fast and even blending. Wedge sponge is also a good applicator for this product, however; you may have a little bit of a difficulty using a foundation brush or stippling brush because again, it dries pretty fast.  It comes in a 30 ML bottle that has no pump so you have to carefully get the product out otherwise you may be spilling it all over the place. Available in all drugstores and supermarkets. 

2. Rimmel Long Lasting Finish Foundation.  Has a creamy formula in a tube that promises 25 hours of lasting finish. It  really does stay on your face for hours and hours looking naturally flawless despite of sweat, heat and humidity factors. It is advisable though to use powder to set this foundation so it remains matte and intact on the skin. Hydrating and has a very lightweight feel so your face looks naturally radiant. Offers full coverage of all imperfections and available in a variety of colours. Easier to be applied with a foundation or stippling brush, but of course,  your fingers are always the best make-up tool to blend any foundation in. It comes in a 30 ML tube--very convenient to carry on because the product is controlled by pinching the amount out of a small opening. Easy to use and reasonably priced. Available in all drugstores and supermarkets.


3. Maybelline  Dream Matte Mousse Foundation. Has a velvety feel that glides on smoothly on the skin once blended on thoroughly. Offers light to medium coverage that looks very natural. It would not completely hide your dark under eyes circles or your blemishes but what you'll get is a natural-looking even skin. It would not last all day but this is something that you wanna quickly apply on your skin in 30 seconds flat if you're just going to school or to the grocery store. Recommended for achieving a low-maintainance but fresh-looking make-up. It comes in a wide selection of shades and has 18 grams of product in a glass-twist container. Available in all drug stores and supermarkets. 

4. Revlon Photo Ready Make-up Foundation. It comes in a liquid form that has light diffusing properties  meant especially for taking flawless-looking make-up on photos. It aims to provide airbrushed finish that is good in any light. It offers medium to complete coverage depending on how many times you want to layer the product on. Set with powder to prevent it from melting down the rest of the day. Relatively long-lasting, good for parties that require a lot of taking good pictures. You must choose the colour wisely for it is kind of difficult to find the right shade with their selection. Oil free and fragrance free so it safe for those who have sensitive skin. A total of 30 ML in a bottle with a pump that is very convenient and economical. 

All in all,  I would suggest using a primer after applying a moisturizer and before applying the foundation. Your best bet for a reliable, non-greasy primer that is inexpensive but works magic is the -Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer. Has an ultra light formula that glides super smoothly that creates a matte matrix on your skin to prepare for over-all make-up application. Prevents the skin from getting slick and oily--holds the make-up together to last for hours and hours without budge. It is less than $10.00 and available at most drugstores and supermarkets--especially at Walmart. :)

DISCLAIMER: I am not trying to sell you any of the products mentioned. All the views and opinions written in this blog are my own from my years of experience in testing the products on myself and on other people. I do other people's make-up on the side but I am more interested in transforming women into their enhanced beauty--seeing their pride and satisfaction out of it. I am sharing my views so I can reach out to as many people as I could in advocating beauty and self-confidence hand in hand.  Links of the pictures are always on the side to give the readers an idea of how much the product costs in the market. Please feel free to comment or ask questions.