Last April, I was working on "Project Hair". I knew there was something wrong about my color whenever I would check out my pictures and when i was invited by Vivere Salon to try out their services when it opened a branch in Trinoma, I really liked the outcome, even up until now.

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One thing I'll do more as I go back to beauty blogging is doing product reviews and I think that this is a first this quarter, and a first for this category! 

As a heavy eye makeup user (I like claiming that haha), it takes time to apply layers and styles of makeup on the eyes. But it takes as much time removing it especially when using hardworking products (water-proof, long-wear, etc). But unlike the usual facial products, I learned the hard way that the eye area is the most sensitive part of the skin. And so I take so much time (and deliberation) on choosing and using gentle eye makeup removers for my full eye do. I'll share my latest discovery below.


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Last February, together with Inglot Philippines, I organized my nth makeup workshop. I was so grateful that the event was attended very well (the most so far, I think), and despite the fact that I wasn't able to do one-on-one's because of the limited time, I was even happier to know that you learned a lot seeing from your posts. Normally, I would detail/summarize the lessons that I tackled in the workshop, but the blog posts below just made my job easier and I felt so happy that you got a lot re the color wheel, harmonizing, balancing and mixing colors and just being not afraid of colors.
Thanks Marielle and Maiko Kimberly!


Anyway, I just wanna thank you all for always supporting me and my craft. Thank you to those who would attend my workshop over and over again (believing that I can share even more every workshop). Thank you to  the Inglot team, Pauline, Sara, Mark, Lester etc for helping me with the videos, teasers, the actual workshop, and for making me look pretty that day!

I love doing all these events and I will never be tired (and selfish) when it comes to sharing to other people things that i know ;)

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I have been waiting for March to happen (because, beach!), but also, Happy Skin! I've been really busy with work - I think have 20 pending blog posts but let me start with a giveaway c/o a brand that I've been loving ever since I first used their Shut Up & Kiss Me lippies. But also, I wanna thank you for making my last workshop really successful which I'll blog about soon!

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This month marks my 2nd year anniversary as a Sample Room partner blogger. I've been very blessed to be part of this community which believes that trying or sampling a product is a first before buying a beauty product. With the help of fellow beauty bloggers and a community of educated consumers, opinions

I haven't posted a lot when it comes to skin and body care which comprise most of the samples in the website, but I have tried some of the below top products in my opinion and will be sharing these in this post.

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When Inglot Cosmetics asked me to do a workshop for them, it was easy because I just love colors. It was also quite challenging because the brand has countless hues of eye shadows, blushes and lipsticks but I didn't really mind for an extra challenge. ;) Truth is, mastering colors (combining, contrasting, etc) takes time and to be able to do that easily takes even more time (and practice). But there are certain theories and hacks to be able to do those and I'm glad to get the opportunity to share those in a live demo (and to be able to do that in a makeup play ground that I only imagine in my dreams) this FEBRUARY 21 at SM Megamall. I hope to see you in this event!

REGISTER here.
WIN an Inglot Freedom System Palette worth PHP 5k here.

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If you've been reading my social posts, you already know that I will have a makeup workshop with Inglot Cosmetics! Yay! First for the year and with a makeup brand that is known for its variety of colors! Lots of makeup prizes, games and activities in store for you this February 21, 2015, 3PM-5PM at Inglot Store, SM Megamall! You don't need to bring anything, and it's a FREE workshop! Let's color and play, and bring your friends!

To register,
1. Comment below with your name and IG account.
2. Email breakmyspell@gmail.com and you will get a reply with the official invite

Also, join a giveaway after registering to get the chance to WIN a freedom palette worth 5k!

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This month is all about my collaboration with Inglot Cosmetics and a workshop that I will be doing for them. It will be all about colors and what better way to share it with you by giving away a Freedom System Palette that will let you love and play with colors! Workshop Details here. Mechanics below.

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I will be starting a new series where I share more about ingredients in products that I like, or that's new or that seem interesting to me ;) Sometimes I just wanna bring out the chemist in me (and I just miss! haha) so let's with Baobab, a common name of a genus of trees (Adansonia)!

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Sunblock is definitely one that I wouldn't miss in a trip and not because I don't want to get dark, but because I really want to take care of my skin nowadays. I went to a dermatologist 3 weeks prior to my Palawan trip (will share more about my laser treatment and new skin care regimen - hello tretinoin forever) and she advised me to search for the best sunblock that would protect the sensitive skin in my face. (will share more of this in the city as well)

But more than that, I knew that the harsh sun can really weaken the largest organ in the body which is skin. I needed protection in my Coron trip and I got the chance to review the sunblock I've been wanting to test since last year, Daylong ,from the makers of Cetaphil, which is the new clinically proven suncare range that is meant to protect your skin daily to prevent damage even at the cellular level.

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Together with fellow media and bloggers, we were so gratfeul to be photographed by BJ Pascual to testify to the power of the MAT Magique, the review of which I'll post soon. As my skin always gets tired from testing a lot of skin care and makeup, I really like how MAT Magique gave my skin a good coverage despite dullness and large pores due to acne and my super oily skin. Similar to Lucent Magique, I like how it helped the imperfections but this time, without the easier way of perfecting skin: illuminators. The matte effect is truly noticeable and versus the other L'Oreal Paris product, this is truly one mattifying foundation.
Anyway, below are more photos, using other L'Oreal Paris / Makeup Designer products with an eye color that I always see in the runway.  #BelievingInMagique, you too can join the L'Oreal Makeup Designer/Paris consumer launch on January 31 to February 1 at SM Mall of Asia Atrium. A special treat await those who simply visit and purchase a Mat Magique for a chance to have their profile photos taken as well by none other than BJ Pascual!

Photography: BJ Pascual
*cover photo with VSCO filter A4

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New year and launching this giveaway c/o Benefit Cosmetics!

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First, happy holidays everyone! I hope that you are having a good and cheerful one. It's the time of the year to be with friends and family and to just celebrate the times!

Holiday is also when I can be sparkly! I love how the weather and the night can help me express my creativity. And when it comes to makeup, I like it to be bright but bold, as how I want my season to be, and so I brought out the most sparkling, highlighting products, new and old, that I've got and created a typical full-on smokey eye, volumized lips and highlighted face. Got the time and chance to create this in the studio and here's what I got without beauty lights/ filters.

Photography: Benedict Bigalbal

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With the amount of pigment that I place on my lips everyday, I have so much love and particularity for lip care products. I remembered one of you asking how I maintain dry and chapped lips despite the matte lipsticks (when I was still in that phase!) and below, I will share my favorites and my wardrobe as I call it - because I use different ones for different occasions and needs - and some techniques that might help you as well in this kind of season.

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Color Riche is one of my popular posts in the blog as it is one of the first lipsticks that I reviewed in detail. It is one of those pigmented yet affordable lipsticks available in department stores. Now, With Color Riche L’Extraordinaire, L'OrĂ©al Makeup Designer / Paris has created "a new generation of makeup - with color more intense than a lipstick, luster more sophisticated than a gloss, and comfort that is smoother than a balm." Below is my rating of this luxurious Parisian product, with justifications.

PIGMENT: 4/5
CONSISTENCY: 5/5
APPLICATION: 5/5
TEXTURE: 5/5
OVERALL: 4.75/5

Lately, I have been worrying about my hair because aside from thinning (ugh, genetics!), it has become extremely damaged and sensitive due to all the coloring (plus retouching), post-trauma from bleaching and curling (now I'm slowly cutting the affected area off) that I  do to my hair. Well, I consider half of my hair practically dead but I don't wanna shorten my hair easily so i just deal with it through products that can help restore the problems of split ends, dryness, roughness, etc . 

So when I got this news from Sample Room that Pantene is introducing a new version of the Total Care conditioner which I had used back in college when I had that really long straight hair which needed intensive and preventive products for damage management, I definitely wanted to try it. I didn't have any problem with Pantene before even with my oily and dandruff-prone scalp (I have always used Head & Shoulders as my shampoo then I use other conditioners for special needs) so it was interesting to test the new bigger promise by Pantene-  a 3-minute damage control.

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My good friend asked me before: "If ever you will be a scent, what will it be and why". It was such a difficult question to answer given that I love perfumes, but I told her that I'd be a Floral, fruity scent. There are a lot of brands under that olfactive family but there's just this ultimate fragrance that I just discovered last October: Versace. And realized why did I you just appear in my life this time?

But while I may not be VS-sexy like Candice, i like how bright yet powerful, intense, and too-giving the scent is and I like to be seen as that. It all started with Yellow Diamond, which my cousin-in-law Shari kept on branding as my scent (Hi Shari!!), but Bright Crystal and its more intense version, Absolu, might be even be better as mine.

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Bobbi Brown is one brand that I look forward to when it comes to its holiday sets because it never compromises on the quality of the various products in a set/palette. Also, the holiday collections are unique in a way that it is only rare that the shades can be found in the singles or regulars. For 2014, Bobbi Brown also named as "BB" in this collection, has a new collection called Scotch on The Rocks which is based on warm matte browns, golden metallic nudes and deep ambers - all perfect for the season. "Inspired by the legendary American actress Lauren Bacall, this collection is a gorgeous combination of sexy, strong and confident. The look starts with skin, which has the subtlest warmed-by-the-fireside glow." As for holiday, Bobbi Brown curated personally a collection that can be unique to the receiver or the users. Below are my top picks!

Source: Bobbi Brown Philippines

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2014 was a big year for beauty and with launches, relaunches and limited editions left and right, online or department store level, it gets exciting but also a bit overwhelming. Sometimes, I still get confused and amazed at the same time whenever I visit a cosmetics store, but below are my favorites from last year that are unique, hard-working and special in their ways!

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Ever since I bought the MAC Morange and Sounds Like Noise lipsticks a year ago, I've been interested in this shade. Whether with a plain eye makeup or a full on smokey eye, orange has become my go-to color and for me, is the new classic/staple. Now, I added more to my collection and below are my reviews!


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For this month (and I know it is just one week left =( , I'll be giving away new products from a brand that's one of my favorites and which I'll be collaborating with for my holiday makeup party!

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I heard a feedback from one of those who attended that she's been participating in a lot of beauty workshops but she never experienced it to be very hands-on, fun and communicative.

I was really happy to hear this, and knowing that a lot of you had fun based on your posts! I really like teaching makeup by practice because that's how I learned. Hope we can have more of this and remember the key learnings: balance and color! Special thanks to the MAKE UP FOR EVER team for giving me the opportunity. Love love you all! More photos below! Key lessons from workshop here.

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When MAKE UP FOR EVER asked me to hold a workshop (which they did for the first time!), I immediately said YES, because I like brands that share the same passion as I have - ART and makeup. Timely, the new site is up and I wanted to meet you all!

During the workshop (and I know I have already talked about a lot of things from the past 6), I discussed some holiday looks and inspirations that I've researched and felt sharing. The last makeup party I hosted, I talked about night makeup - and how one can be very creative because of the dimension of lights, shadows, etc - and holiday is quite similar which makes me love it really. I like being expressive (and sometimes festive) with my makeup.

So I shared two looks which you can explore this season:
1. Layering / Placing shimmers/pigments - which is really based on the basics of eye contouring (highlighting the eyes) but making it more dimensional. With the use of the new Artist Shadows especially the diamond variant as base, and placing extra dimensional pigment/shimmer on areas such as the upper and lower inner corner of the eyes, and the brow bone. Mixing colors/shimmer products can also enhance the effects wanted.
2. Lower Liner - Which really fascinates me especially nowadays. I demonstrated how that can be done, using colors that are nice for the season - lime green, cobalt blue, military green, and how that can be worn as well.


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Last December, I had some time to visit some counters of brands that interest me - through the events I attended and some, just randomly . Let me tour you to some of the newest offerings and stores of Philosophy, Inglot, NARS, MAC and SM Beauty, and learn how I also do it when I shop ;)


This is a really long overdue review but I just want to share more of Eye of Horus' winning product, but also more of what it can do, especially because it's really good and good in the sense of helping out others. 

PAYOFF 4.5/5
EFFECTS 5/5
LASTING 4.5/5
APPLICATION 5/5
OVERALL 4.5/5

Hey girls! It's been a while since I interacted with you and in line as well with this new blog, and the upcoming favorite season (the holiday!!), I am planning a creative and insightful workshop/party again this month. It's going to be a free costume/makeup party + holiday workshop with MAKE UP FOR EVER PHILIPPINES!

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Renowned makeup artist Bobbi Brown—famous for her signature black frames—is often asked how to wear makeup with glasses. In line with her philosophy of Pretty Powerful, Bobbi teaches women how to define eyes and make them seen behind lenses. I can definitely relate to this ( I even made an LOTD years before) as a frames user and I agree that makeup should complement and not compete with glasses. It should be a harmonious mix of colors and shapes and styles. These are the key theses of the book: for statement frames, go for bolder colors and for delicate frames, choose a softer look. No matter the preferred shape of and style of frames—round or square, bold or classic—Bobbi makes it easy to create standout eye looks. And this is made possible by knowing the makeup that suits your eye, face shape, etc that Bobbi Brown navigates through her book (and through a counter service and new line of glasses soon!)

But also, Everything Eyes teaches and redefines a lot of makeup techniques that are unique to Bobbi and her philosophy of makeup as style to each individual, but this time, more instructional and step-by-step versus her last book. I will apply learnings in my next LOTD's and this book is definitely one that you would go back to and read again to remind you of style and the right cosmetics for your eyes.

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Nowadays, "nail art" is becoming more accessible to a lot of us with various templates, stickers/wraps and other forms which for me makes it less of an art. While the concept of instant nails that a lot of the brands offer give us convenience and comfort, there are just times when you need a drawing or painting on the nails that reflects how you feel!

So last week, I got the chance to meet a fabulous artist, Mimi Qui, who's also now the creative ambassador of the No. 1 nail brand in Korea called Bandi. She has 1 main shop in Malate which I've heard of before through my tita who would go to there for special designs and add-ons. And I really like how she worked on my nails. Despite the 1 hour I had, which is very short for her (plus she really hated how I rush the process haha), she took so much effort on how executing the design that I had pegged and chosen with Bandi. And she's super nice too! 

Mimi's passion for nail art started at a young age as she believes that the design of the nail speaks to the wearer's character, mood and likes. She enjoys using Bandi because of the color selection for Asians.

But also, versus acrylic which dries faster, gel nail polishes allow more time for her to blend, create and draw. I like how Bandi takes the gel to another level. And oh, it really stays so long - the art and the crystals are still on my nails even after 1 week!

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