Thursday, February 24, 2011

SoFA Workshops for March 2011

Itching to learn something new? The School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA) are offering Workshops on Make Up and Bag Design & Production this March.

I personally trained under RB Chanco at LCI Manila, and this is a great chance for you Make Up Addicts out there who are interested to pursue a career in Make Up or maybe just interested to hone your skills on Make Up Artistry, call them now and reserve your slot!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Your 100 pesos pledge can make a difference

They are children so helpless they couldn’t even cry for help.  Suffering from mental & physical disabilities they were abandoned by their own families.  Saving them from the streets is Cottolengo Filipino, a non-profit organization that provides care & shelter to abandoned children with disabilities. But Cottolengo Filipino needs your help to continue caring for them.

Send me a message ASAP if you're willing to help.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Win 1 Year Free Shipping from Xend

I've been using Xend since 2007 on my online store and on ebay. I love that they have an online booking and waybill generation facility.

As they mark their 1,000,000th delivery, they are giving away 1 year of free shipping and a lot more.

Contest Mechanics:
  1. Submit 1 picture showing how any of Xend's services or features has helped you accompanied by a short 1 sentence explanation (See example below)
     I had the time to plan a great Valentine’s Day date because Xend is auto emailing my clients their tracking #s for me.
  3. Email your photo to along with your explanation, name and account no.
  4. The size of the picture must be less than 500 kb.
  5. Deadline for submission is at 5:00 PM on Feb, 22, 2011.
  6. All submitted photos will be posted on ou Facebook Fan page at 5:00 PM on Feb 24 where you can direct people to vote for your picture.
  7. Voters can search for your picture by your email address or account no.
  8. Deadline for voting is at 5:00 PM on Mar 4, 2011.
  9. The 12 photos with the most number of votes will win a prize
  10. Winners will be notified through their email.
Contest prizes

1st Prize - (1) winner of 1 year worth of free shipping*

2nd Prize - (1) winner of 6 months worth of 50% shipping*

3rd Prize - (2) winners of a Swimsuit worth P1,750 from The Naked Sun

4th Prize - (8) winners of a P200 gift certificate to Style and Carry bags
*The amount of free and 50% off shipping coupons to be awarded is based on an average of 1 shipment per working day. Both coupons are good for delivery within Metro Manila with a maximum weight of 3kg.

MAC Wonder Woman Exclusive Online Offers

MAC offers free standard shipping , just use the code "WONDER" until 11:59 PM of Monday, Feb 20, 2011 on orders shipped to US addresses only.

You can also get free MAC Wonder Woman T-shirt and Bold Babe totes...

So for those in the US or have friends and relatives in the US, go and order online now!!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

SOFA Fashion Capsules: Fashion Photography

Ever wondered how an actual fashion photo shoot goes? Wanna know the secrets from a top fashion Phorographer? Then sign up now for SoFA Manila's Fashion Photography Workshop with Raymund Isaac.

QAccessories TOUGH LOVE Collection Coming Soon

I know it's been a while since I released a new collection of accessories on my online store, QOnline.

Anyway, I'm in the process of finishing up the items for my latest collection and should be able to put them up for sale by next week--Valentine's week!

So please do watch out for it!!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

CAS-Shu Uemura Make-Up Workshop

CAS is partnering with Shu Uemura on their next workshop on Basic Make-up Artistry this coming Feb 12, 2011.

Workshop will be held at 2/F Franck Provost Building, 120 Jupiter St. Bel-Air Village, Makati City.

If you have any more question: You can also contact them at 8970383, 8970307, 09188970383, and 09178970383.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Make-Up School Essentials Part 2

As promised, here's the second installment of my Make-Up School Essentials series.

B. Skin Care & Other accessories

1. Make-up Remover - I prefer wipes, as this is easier to carry and will not require water for washing off.

2. Facial mist - to freshen up the face.

3. Toner - you can skip this but I prefer adding this extra step to prep the face for moisturizing.

4. Moisturizer & lip balm - for the face and under eye circles and lips.

5. Foundation primer, eyeshadow primer - you can also skip this but if you want to make the foundation/eyeshadow stick and  last longer, you may want to use a primer

6. Facial cotton squares, facial tissue, cotton buds, sponges (but I do not use sponges. I feel like it only absorbs the product/make-up.)

7. False lashes and lash glue

Now that were done with the tools and skin care items, let's go on to the more exciting part--MAKE-UP!

C. Make-up

1. Foundation - You must have at least 3 shades of liquid or creme foundation (light, medium, dark). Ideally, you should have all shades but to be practical, you can just have 3 and just mix them in case your model/subject's skin tone falls in between these shades. Filipina/Asian skin is generally yellow-toned so pick shades that are warm, e.g. NC shades from MAC. Choose a foundation that has buildable coverage. It should be able to provide as much coverage as needed.

2. Concealer - Choose liquid or creme form in at least 3 shades (light, medium, dark). Similar to the foundation shades, you can just mix them as needed.

3. Powder - Necessary for setting foundation and concealer. It is also better to use powder foundations  to provide full coverage. You will also need at least 3 shades of this (light, medium, dark).

4. Eyebrow pencil/powder/gel - In light, medium, dark brown.

5. Eyeshadows - preferably in powder form, make sure you have the neutrals preferably in matte, highlighters (yellowish/whitish yellow shades), matte black, as well as colored ones in various finishes

6. Eyeliner - must have black in liquid and pencil form, should be water-proof and smudge-proof

7. Mascara - thickening/lengthening, water-resistant, black

6. Blush - preferaly in powder form. Make sure you have at least a pink and a peach shade, if possible, have pink with lavender, pink with red, pink with brown

7. Lipliner - must have the liptone or close to natural shade(brownish pink + slight violet).

8. Lipsticks - must have the close to liptone or natural shade, plus pink, pink w/brown, pink w/orange, pink w/red, brownish orange. Better if you have a wider variety of shades and finishes to choose from

9. Contour/Highlight Powder - extremely light and extremely dark powder shades for contouring and highlighting

So these are all the basic items you will need for school although some teachers may require additional items than those I have listed above.

 As for the brands to use, it is best to work with what you can afford. Make-up school will require you to buy a lot of stuff and it is quite impractical to go all mid-to-high-end brands all the way.

There are actually a lot of good low-to-mid drugstore and local brands which you can use. Think L'oreal, Revlon, Maybelline, 4U2, PAC, In2it, Fanny Serrano, Ever Bilena, Elianto, etc. Palettes from Coastal Scents and Dollface, and other online sellers can also be used.These brands have a wide range of products some of which are excellent dupes to the more expensive brands.

I'll be doing separate posts on the low-mid brands I have worked with and are excellent dupes for the more expensive ones so watch out!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Well actually, I didn't personally haul these MAC products. I had asked my aunt to purchase some MAC stuff for me from Canada which amounted to around 300 Canadian dollars and she ended up giving them to me as my pasalubong when they arrived in Manila last Jan 26. She and my other aunt even added several more items to my list.

Imagine the huge smile on my face as she handed to me this bag:

I felt giddy, like I was a kid opening my gift on Christmas eve. Haha...And here's what's found inside:
- several foundation pumps (for my studio fix flluids), yay! no more mess!
- eyeshadow refill pans (embark, satin taupe, cork, naked lunch, fiction, shroom, bamboo)
- lipsticks (russian red, twig)
- slimshine lipstick (grenadine)
- studio stick concealer in NW20
-  impeccable eyebrow pencils (blonde, taupe)
- limited edition eyeshadows (knight, 100 strokes)
- blush refill pans (pink swoon, melba, dollymix)
- pro color palette

I just hope this loot will stop me from buying make-up for some time...haha

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Make-Up School Essentials Part 1

I have gotten several requests to list down the stuff that you will need when you consider attending make-up classes. Note that, with the exception of Maquillage Professionel, materials like make-up brushes, make-up and other stuff are not included in the school fees. So it would be best to build up your stuff even before going to make-up school so you won't be overwhelmed as soon as the teachers hand out to you the list of materials that you would need.

As such I have summarized below the essential materials you need to prepare should you would consider going to Make-Up School. This is just the initial installment as there are quite a lot of materials needed for school.


1. A decent Make-Up Brush Set (with a wide variety of brush types)

It is a must that you get yourself a good set of make-up brushes. Ideally, if you can actually afford it, it would be best to get the actual brush brands you intend to use when you go pro, like the much coveted MAC brushes. This is so you can familiarize yourself already with each brush type and how it works for you. You would need to spend a lot for it though given that a single MAC brush can cost from P1,200+ to as much as P3,000 each.

But if you want to be practical, it would be best to choose more affordable brands like the local ones Suesh, Dashe or Charm brush sets. I personally chose the Suesh 21 pc. brush set. It may not be the best quality brush set out there, but it's good enough for school , has enough brush range and most importantly it gets the job done. I used my set the entire time I attended school and it still looks pretty brand new after. Although I personally find some of the face brushes to be just a little scratchy, but still manageable. The only thing lacking from this set is a blending brush, which is super essential in creating good eye-make-up. So you may need to buy an additional blending brush, like the MAC 217 aside from this set.

For make-up school you need to have the ff. brushes at the very least:

-FOUNDATION BRUSH: a synthetic foundation brush like the MAC 190 will do so you don't really have to buy the MAC 187 for this. I have both and during school, I would reach for the MAC 190 more often than the 187. The foundation brush included in the Suesh set is also good enough.

-CONCEALER BRUSH: a synthetic concealer brush would be better for creme/liquid concealer application. I find the small one included in the Suesh 21 pc good for concealing flaws. But it would be better to have a bigger one too.

-POWDER BRUSH: a full dome powder brush, can be natural or synthetic, as long as it gets enough make-up and is not scratchy. You can try the MAC 150 powder brush as it's big enough and would easily apply powder on the entire face. The powder brush included in the Suesh set is also a good powder brush but it feels a little scratchy during the first few uses.

-BLUSH BRUSH: I prefer using a fluffy blush brush as it easily deposits color. For MAC, you might want to get the MAC 116 brush. The one included in the Suesh set is okay but I just wish it's shape was a little more fuller.

-CONTOUR BLUSH: an angled fluffy brush would be perfect, just like the MAC 168. The Suesh contour brush is also okay but similar to the blush brush, they could've made it a little fuller and softer.

-several EYESHADOW (at least 4) in various sizes: the ones included in the Suesh set are really good so you can put off purchasing the MAC ones (213, 239,  242, etc.) for school especially if you want to be more practical.

-BLENDING BRUSH: If there's actually just one brush that you can get from MAC, then it should be the MAC 217 brush. No other blending brush I have tried so far, (i.e. Coastal Scents, Bedazz, Charm) has matched the 217. Although the one from Charm blends quite good, but is just too scratchy on the lids.

-EYELINER BRUSH: The one that comes in the Suesh set is good, even the one that comes free with the Maybelline gel liner is also good enough so there's really no pressure to get the MAC eyeliner brushes. Any brush that's soft but sturdy enough to line the brows using gel liners will be okay.

-ANGLED EYEBROW BRUSH: I honestly didn't like the one that came in the Suesh set as the bristles were just too uncontrollable for me. I prefer using the synthetic one I got from ShopSui (Megaga brand) or the MAC266 for defining the brows.

-EYEBROW SPOOLIE: Any will do and you can even use the disposable ones they gave you for free at the MAC counters. But it's a must that you have one as you will need this for grooming the brows and in removing excess mascara fom the lashes

-FAN BRUSH: The one that came with the Suesh set is also good. You just need the brush in dusting off excess makeup or in light application of highlighters.

-LIP BRUSH: The one that came with the Suesh set is also good. It's similar to MAC 316 that comes with a cover. I perdonally think any brand of lip brush will do but make sure the edge is tapered so it would be easier to apply lip color.

Anyway, these are ctually the brushes I always reached for during make-up class and  whenever I do make-up for myself and other people.

Aside from the brushes above, you would also need to invest on the ff. tools:

2. Tweezers (slanted and flat tip) - needed for grooming eyebrows, holding onto false eyelashes

3. Eyebrow scissors & razor  - for trimming/shaving eyebrows

4. Pencil sharpener - for sharpening pencil eyeliners, brow liners, lip liners

5. Mixing palette and spatula - for mixing liquid/creme make-up

6. Cup - to hold your brushes while working, don't use the ones made of glass though as you don't want to accidentally break them.

7. Train case - not really a must but it would be easier to lug your stuff around if you have a sturdy train case. If you can, opt for the one that comes with trolley so you can just push or pull it around.

Well, that would be it for now. I'll do a separate post on the other items like skin care and make-up products you need to have for school so watch out!


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