something goes right

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[corset: beyonce x h&m, skirt: luna b, lipstick: candy yum yum by mac, heels: schutz]

Photos: Greg H.

Warmer temperatures and blooming flowers, I am back in my element!! I’m kicking off summer with a fresh pair of bright lace up sandals from Schutz. I was going to buy the nude version of this but then I saw these orange ones and I knew it was meant to be.

Beauty Faves 3/3: Lips

There’s something about new lipsticks, the smell, the very neat box, the feel of the brand new packaging in your hands. Admit it, everytime we discover/purchase new lipsticks we feel like a brand new girl!lipsLipsticks

  • MAC Ruby Woo – this is a bright blue-based red that goes with any skin tone. It’s the most matte lipstick out of all the matte line for some reason, I have really big teeth, and I’m so prone to getting lipstick on my 2 front teeth, but not with Ruby Woo. Lipsticks in a matte finish usually dried up the lips so much, but this doesn’t. All in all, it’s a great color, has great texture, and stays in your lips for a very long time.
  • MAC Lady Danger – This is my favorite red orange lipstick. If you want to wear a bold lip color to the beach, this is your go to lippie. It’s bold, but not over powering.
  • MAC Heroine – the most wearable dark purple ever! Sometimes I mix this with my Make Up Forever’s Color 48 – a very dark red and it turns into this beautiful dark plum.
  • MAC Relentlessly Red – This is my favorite red for spring!!!! It’s like a bold hot pink and red mix that just goes with anything.
  • Nars Schiap – The brightest pink lipstick I own! This smells so good and fades into a light pink that still looks like you intentionally made it look that way. Great for light blue eye shadows.
  • MAC Diva – Hands down my favorite dark red lipstick. There’s really nothing much to say except that this is perfect, and it’s a must have red lipstick.
  • YSL Volupte in Caress Pink – I stay away from creamy lipsticks  because they tend to feather out or fade into almost nothing but YSL’s Volupte line is amazing!!! They’re super hydrating, shiny without being glittery. I have the peachy pink too but I think caress pink is my favorite.
  • MAC Candy Yum Yum – I always get compliments every time I have this on, I use it with really blue eye shadow and it makes me feel like a total girly girl. It’s a matte pink that stays without feathering out.

Lip Liners

  • MAC Lip Liner in High Energy – Use this to transform red into red-orange. Just make sure you blend the lipstick really well with a lip liner and you can turn any red lipstick you have on hand look like MAC’s Lady Danger!
  • MAC Lip Liner in Night Moth – This lip liner is so helpful! I line my lips with night moth when I want to make my Diva lipstick look even darker. I originally bought this to use with my cyber but I found out that you can use this to turn sheer lipsticks more matte, by applying it under

Basics

  • Carmex – under my lipsticks all day, every day. I use this before going to bed as well to keep my lips from being chappy in the morning.
  • MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF15 in Fuchsia Fix – this protects your lips while giving it a very nice healthy pink glow.

Thank you for reading my 3 part beauty series fellow make up junkies!

Beauty Faves 2/3: Eyes

We’re done with the face, now it’s time for the eyes. This has to be the longest one out of the 3!

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  • Naked Palette 3 – this is a very rosy pink palette. I received this as a Christmas gift from my friends last year. I was scared it wouldn’t look very good on my asian skin tone and I don’t know, maybe it’s because I have light brown hair but it works. I always reach for this when I don’t want to look too made up like for work or for hot sunny days.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Stars N’ Rockets – On the eyes, this shadow looks like a metallic violet color on it’s own, but it has blue, silver and pink sparkles that almost looks like a hologram on the pot. It has so much going on that if you mix it with other colors, it transformers into unique shades.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Jealousy Wakes – This is the most beautiful green I’ve ever seen. It’s like a glittery emerald green, but sea foam green at the same time.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Night Divine – I use this for the inner corners of my eyes every time I do dark smokey eyes.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Trax – this is like a mauve color with gold sparkles, I usually wear this on it’s own with just black eyeliner.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Blue Flame – I love dark blue eye shadow, and Blue Flame is so great for doing blue smokey eyes with a little silver, and black.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Espresso – This is the most helpful eye shadow color you can ever have, I use it for my eyebrows, lids, and you can also use this to contour small areas.
  • Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Polyester Bride – The name is very fitting because looking at the pot, it reminds me of a glittery wedding dress. It’s a sheer kind of white with big silver sparkles, I love to use this on the brow bone and the inner corner of my eyes.
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Electric Eel – My little brother Brandon (who rarely compliments me btw) loves this on my eyes, he said it makes my eyes pop. It’s the kind of blue that Barbie wears, it’s so bright that it makes the white part of my eyes even whiter and makes my eyes bigger.
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 – This is my favorite between the 2 UD eye palette’s I have, it’s very versatile and it can be the only eye shadow you bring for when you travel. All the colors in this palette covers whatever you need for day or night, for a smokey eye, for accentuating your creases, for highlighting or contouring your nose line.

Creme Based

  • Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer – before trying this primer, I thought it was just another thing brands wanted us to spend our money on when my concealer was already doing an okay job setting my eye shadow. I tried it, and I saw how much it made the colors more bold, and helped them last a very long time and never put eye shadow without it ever since.
  • MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack – I never put on eye make up without this. I use it with an angled eyeliner brush and it lasts forever, even when you get super sweaty from all the dancing trust me, it does not come off.
  • MAC Paint Pot  in Bare Study – when you want to travel light, and you’re going to a place where you only want to look naturally radiant, like it’s just you and the sun that’s giving you a natural glow, take a peach blush, mascara, lip balm and this. This is all you need for your eyes. It works as a great primer for sparkly eye shadow too.
  • MAC Paint Pot in Dangerous Cuvee – I love mixing this with silvers, and dark eye shadow colors. It’s like a sparkly gray color that’s really great for nights out.

Next up is my favorite lipsticks!!

Beauty Faves 1/3: Face

A lot of people ask me about how I do my make-up. Since I don’t think I have any authority sharing beauty tips and tricks, I’ll just share my favorites for the face, eyes, and lips! I’m breaking this into 3 posts because I don’t want it to be too long 🙂
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Blushes:

  • MAC Powder Blush in Dollymix – It’s “candy pink” with a little bit of shimmer. This is the kind of pink that works with even red lipsticks.
  • Nars Orgasm – This is Nars’ most famous blush for a reason, it’s a peachy pink shade that goes well with any skin tone with a very subtle shimmer. I just wear this and mascara when I’m at the beach to make my cheeks glow.
  • Nars Desire – This is one of my favorites! It’s a super bright pink but is not as shocking as it looks like in the pan. It’s matte and blendable and it surprisingly looks very natural on the cheeks.
  • Nars Sin – Sin is the perfect name for this blush. I wear this for when I want to look a little more vampy, but you have to use this very lightly or you’ll end up looking bruised if you put too much.

Cremes

  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet – I bought this after I started breaking out because I needed a super light moisturizer for my sensitive skin.
  • Sarah Mc Namara Skin Transformer Acne Control – It’s a tinted moisturizer that clears up pimples. I hate wearing foundation everyday so this is my substitute. It evens your skin tone, covers up small blemishes and gets rid of acne at the same time!

Highlighter

  • Bareminerals Well-Rested Face and Eye Brightener Pen – I use this for the corners of my eyes, to highlight my cheek bones and my nose line

Foundation

  • MAC Studio Fix in NC30 – for the perfect coverage. I only put this on though when I’m going to a party or to an event otherwise I can get by with my tinted moisturizer/cc cream and concealer.

Brushes

  • Urban Decay Blush Brush – I use a big blush brush for only the apples of my cheeks.
  • MAC Angled Blush Brush – When I use Sin from Nars, I use an angled brush because it picks up just the right amount of product. The bristles are not too dense, are super soft and is perfect to use when you just want a lighter application.
  • Tokidoki x Sephora Foundation Brush – I thought I was just buying this because of how adorable it looks but I was so surprised of how soft this brush is. I use this with my powder foundation and it never looks cakey.
  • Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush Brush #56 – If you’re looking for a multi purpose face brush this is all you need. I use it for my tinted moisturizer, liquid foundation, even works for powder foundation and it blends really wel! I love the quality of Sephora’s brushes and they’re so much more affordable.

Basics

  • Urban Decay Prep Spray – use this Vitamin-infused prep spray before applying moisturizer to minimize your pores, even your skin tone while making your foundation last all day.
  • Urban Decay Setting Spray – use this after everything, fake eyelashes and all and you’re set, even after you pass out in the toilet after puking full of self loathing from the night before, you’ll still wake up with full on make up 😉

all day, all night

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[bone earrings: os accessories, lipstick: mac in diva, top & skirt: nastygal, daisy rings: viva la manika, backpack: celine, heels: zara] 

photos: Jason Hermosa

It’s not THAT cold yet in LA, so I can still get away with tiny knits and leather skirts.

feels like we only go backwards

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[top: tobi, aztec shorts, necklace: fishoutofwaterla, sling bag: topshop, heels: zara]

If you read my blog, you know this is my daily uniform: short shorts and a white top. Even though I like to pretend that I have all the time in the world to dress up, I really don’t. It helps that I own tons of shorts and flowy white tops.

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You can also hype this look on lookbook.nu 🙂

photos: Jason Hermosa

infinite love without fulfillment

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[sunglasses: rayban, lipstick: mac’s lady danger, dress: american apparel, army jacket: thrifted, bag: wholesale7, creepers]

Yes, I’m still alive. I haven’t fallen off the face of the blogosphere just yet 🙂 I try to update as much as I can every week because there’s nothing I look more forward to than reading your comments and emails but I neglect my blog sometimes because of work and what not :/

Sharing with you guys what I wore to a (typical) bipolar day in LA. It got cold all of a sudden over the weekend, so I threw on this Army jacket I found and fell inlove with at a thrift store over this tiny floral dress. I love floral prints & army green, I like the balance between both fabrics.

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Happy Monday everyone!

so many fish there in the sea, i wanted you, you wanted me

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Pictures I took last week that I forgot to upload. Mehhhh… I have nothing to say today. Mondays, am I right?

overlapping overlaps

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I finally gave in and bought one of these skirts, I was trying to avoid it for awhile since everyone in the blogosphere has it. But for some time, I put on a new top and I go “this would look so cute with that Zara skirt”. So what the heck, I have succumb to the skirt/skort/triangle-thing-whatchamacallit! Anyway, how random are these banana trees in my house?

 

shiny, new and cue

1. Preview Aug 2012 issue, 2. Sequin Blazer: Zara, 3. Sequin Bandeau: Topshop, 4. Baroque Crop Top: Asos

I seem to always reach out for the shiniest things in the rack lately >.<

Backlog!! Met up with my friend Zel a couple of weeks ago when we had our conference in Manila.

Steak & Bone Marrow Tacos from Cue is to diiiieeee for!!! I mean seriously! I probably could have taken a better photo but I was already too hungry, I wanted to eat the whole thing! Well, I did eat most of it and scraped the heck out of that bone marrow, needless to say I felt very lightheaded few minutes after cleaning up my plate. HAYBLAD! If you’re ever around Bonifacio High Street, head out to its new wing and try this. I heard their Fresh Fruit Shakes are really good too.

New play things for my beauty kit. In love with my Tokidoki brush collection from Sephora. Thank goodness I waited for them to go on sale!