Archive for June, 2010

Fab makeup finds P500 and below!

I regularly conduct basic makeup tutorial for branch employees of Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI). At the end of the tutorial they always ask me what makeup products I could recommend to them that aren’t too expensive. Of course I know some, but now I want to make a comprehensive list for them so they have somewhat a guide as to what they should buy, everything P500 and below.

Who would know better about these than than my co-makeup artists? Of course we all invest in our products since we live and breath makeup, but we all have these wonderfully cheap products too that do the job, sometimes even better than their more expensive counterparts. So I made an email thread in Facebook a few weeks ago and asked them, WHAT ARE THE PRODUCTS YOU’VE TRIED THAT’S GOOD FOR EVERYDAY USE THAT’S JUST P500 AND BELOW?

And here’s what I got from them. Read on and get ready to storm the department stores after! =)

“Try NICHIDO LOOSE POWDER, P150. It works for everyday flawless look, for touch ups too..” — Faye Young

“ELIANTO EYESHADOW, P149, also ELIANTO LIQUID FOUNDATION BRUSH, P239. I have one and its nice also, hair doesnt fall off.. :D” — Wheng Legaspi

“So many nice, inexpensive products out there, so I’ll just shortlist my suggestions based on audience’s usual need, brand familiarity, accessibility, convenience and usage behavior/know-how:

– Light, not cakey on the skin. So many shades to choose from that are suitable for Asian skin tone.

– It’s hard to suggest a really really good lipstick that’s inexpensive pa, but the lipstick is the top-selling form of makeup, so you gotta have at least one brand on your seminar. I chose this one because I use it myself because it’s comfortable to wear on the lips, and more importantly because I have allergic reactions to a lot of lipsticks and so far, this is the only inexpensive brand that I don’t react to. I just use Maybelline lipliner before and after applying this lipstick to make sure it stays long. Or I just keep reapplying.

3) FANNY SERRANO EYELASH CURLERS, P125 (small) and P175 (big)
– I think this earned an award from Cosmo Phil. Might be of interest to girls who are just starting out to use this tool because it’s small lang.

– The applicator is comb-type, so it’s easier to use.

– I use this on me on regular days. Downside: it doesn’t come with a brush. But the brown shade is just right, not harsh.

– Very convenient and inexpensive. The line even comes with a bronzer and a loose powder, both with built in brush.”

Gold Magtoto

SUESH BRUSHES (P900, set of 5) are very soft and they don’t shed. Cheaper than most.

DOLLFACE COSMETICS have these huge eyeshadow palettes from matte, silk,   shimmery and glittery ones (around P800 each). They break easily lang but if they won’t travel a lot with it they can have a lot of choices for color. They also have a highlight and contour palette that’s P500.

(Ok, so these two aren’t really P500 and below, but I guarantee you they’re worth it! )

EVER BILENA LIP COLORS, P120, and blushers are really ok or Fanny Serrano’s.”

— Jasmine Mendiola

“I like E.L.F ALL OVER COLOR STICK and E.L.F EYESHADOW BRUSH (the oval shaped one), both for P129.75” — Ria Redor

“Can I promote SANSAN COSMETICS? 🙂
They have a large range of seasonal products that they can use. But I recommend their PRESSED POWDERS, P92, and MASCARA, P95 (best sellers). All the cosmetic ingredients are made in Thailand so they’re good on skin.
They also have AGE DEFENSE LINE if you want Alpha Hydroxy Acids for aging skin.

LIPSTICKS, p78, also the best.” — Gian Ruiz

“I like FANNY SERRANO BLUSH in Georgia Peach, P275.  It has a universal tone :)” — Bambi dela Cruz

“You’ll definitely be surprised with what MAYBELLINE can offer. Most products now are priced below Php500 but still maintaining the quality. Few of my faves are the MINERAL BLUSH,P499, BB CREAM, P249, and the playful colors of the LINERS, P359. Visit the fan page and check on the Beauty Buzz (our quarterly brochure)” — Jim Ros

“My super favorite mascara for personal use is IN2IT MASCARA with the fibers, P299. Lengthens, thickens because it has fibers but is so easy to take off at the end of the day. Doesn’t smear either. This is the only mascara i use on myself that isn’t water proof because i hate taking mascara off at the end of the day.” — Georginna Desuasido

“E.L.F MAKEUPS are pretty cheap too. I really like their BRONZERS, P129.75, Warm Tan & Sun Kissed are my faves. I use it as a blush on sometimes. Also, ETUDE HOUSE makeups are some of my cheap faves now. I really like their BB MAGIC CREAM, DR. OIL SOLUTION SHINE FREE MIST and DEAR DARLING TINT in Berry Red.” — Nanan Villalba

“I’ve also used ELLANA MINERAL MAKEUP. I love the CONCEALERS, P120, and the EYESHADOWS. The best seller for the concealer is Awake. Try it. POWDER FOUNDATIONS are also recommendable and they come in different coverage levels. Eyeshadows are highly pigmented. I love doing “Mermadian” looks using greenish-gold + royal blue + dark blue shadows.

Ellana Mineral Make up is owned by Connie Francis she’s one of the pioneers of mineral make up here in the Philippines that’s why I’m very supportive about it. Go Filipino Entrepreneurs!” — Gian Ruiz

“FASHION 21 STICK FOUNDATION, P165, and LIQUID FOUNDATION. I partner it with FASHION 21 LOOSE POWDER.” — Margarett de Guzman

“My favorite LIP AND CHEEK TINT is IN2IT in Strawberry, P259.75. Very affordable and lasts long. I use it for my lips (just top it on with lipbalm so its moisturized) and for the cheeks, it looks natural and lasts the whole day. I also use it for lip base before the lipstick/gloss and for male’s lip base as well, it looks really natural on them.

Practical powder for daily use is FANNY SERRANO POWDER FOUNDATION, around P400. They have good ones for dark skin tone like me.  Do not to put too much though, a little goes a long way. For personal use just apply where the area needs coverage to avoid cakey effect.  Always apply primer with SPF no matter what so skin is protected from the dust, sunlight, and smoke, and also the makeup/powder you apply will last longer.” —Nina Dumpa

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This wedding was literally tatlong kembot lang from my house. I didn’t know there’s a quaint bed & breakfast right inside my sudivision! The wedding preparations were done in Casa Louise, which is just along Alondras street in Mira-Nila Homes, the street perpendicualr to my house. It’s really very convenient to do the preps here if you’re planning to have the wedding in our church, the Our Lady of Consolation Parish, which is just a minute away from Casa Louise. No traffic to worry about!

Airbrush Makeup by Kris Bacani

Hair by Dimple Callada



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It was bound to happen to me one of these days. Hotel mix-up, that is. With all the hotel-hopping I’ve been doing for debuts, weddings, and other special events, sometimes it could really get confusing. That day, we went to Edsa Shangri-la instead of MAKATI  Shangri-la! At least, I got the Shangri-la part right diba? Good thing there wasn’t any traffic, the drive from Ortigas to Makati was just a little less than 15 minutes and we were still able to finish everyone in time for the debut. Happy 18th Alexandra! =)

Airbrush Makeup by Kris Bacani

Hair by Dimple Callada

Photos by ImagineNation Photography

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I will be at the Philippine Wedding Summit in PICC this June 26-27, 2010. I’ll be conducting FREE trial makeup for brides-to-be 5PM ONWARDS ONLY on both days at the TEMPTU Airbrush Makeup booth. I repeat, 5PM ONWARDS ONLY!  Please contact me at 0917 629 3303 / 577 0255 / if you have any questions. Spread the word and see you there! =)

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