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PURBEAUTY: Haven for Makeup Artists and Makeup Addicts

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about PurBeauty, given that this store is the home of Makeup Designory Manila, the makeup school where I currently teach. It has been open for almost a year now and earlier this year I’m there almost everyday, so this post is long overdue!

Aside from it being MUD Manila’s headquarters, it is a haven for MUAs (Make Up Artists and yes, Make Up Addicts also) and the go-to place for all things kikay. The following makeup equipment are available here:

Love that zebra print trolley!

Makeup chairs and malettes galore

ZUCA trolley, around P14,000. I’ve been eyeing this for months already!

You can also find the following brands here:












Speaking of Makeup Designory, I dropped in the ongoing Diploma Class by co-teacher Georginna Desuasido.

I missed you, Ginna! The students learned all about eyeliner, mascara, false eyelash, and lipstick application earlier. I’ll be teaching the Diploma night classes on January 2012, so for those interested to enroll, you may call Purbeauty at 8469016 and look for Alexis.

I’ll be posting my top picks from this store next, but for now I’ll leave you with my haul for today. I have Purbeauty gift certificates and I decided to spend them on new Revlon lip colors for my kit.

L-R: Revlon Colorstay Lipsticks (P575 each) in Crimson, Mauve, Plum, and Soft Rose

L-R: Revlon Colorburst Lipglosses(P575 each) in Gold Dust, Rosepearl, Papaya and Bordeaux

Gorgeous, aren’t they? 🙂

PurBeauty is located at 2nd floor of Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

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I have been holding off on writing this good news for quite some time now, and it’s such a relief that I could finally share it! Makeup Designory (MUD), my prestigious makeup school in New York and the biggest makeup school in the US, is finally here in Manila! Yep, that’s right, no need to go to New York or LA or some other foreign city to get the best makeup education, because starting January 17, 2011, Makeup Designory will officially operate in Serendra, The Fort, Taguig.

And what’s even better, after interviews with the US Makeup Designory team and intensive training conducted by their Director of Education, I was chosen as one of the instructors for the Manila branch! Even though I know that I will eventually teach makeup, I never expected that such an opportunity would come to me this early. I’m really, really very fortunate to be given this chance to share my talent and knowledge in makeup artistry, and not just in any makeup school, but in definitely the BEST one to arrive in the Philippines.

So why choose Makeup Designory over other makeup schools? Here are some reasons:

1. It’s the only makeup school here in the Philippines that’s internationally accredited. If you take the 140-hour beauty makeup class and plan on working as a makeup artist abroad, your diploma will definitely be accredited.

2. Makeup education is supported by topnotch makeup products. MUD has their own line of high quality makeup which will be used during class. 3/4 of my makeup kit consists of MUD Cosmetics, and it’s what I religiously use in my projects. The whole line is also available in Serendra.

3. Is your dream career being a makeup artist? Or you simply want to learn how to do the much coveted smokey eyes on yourself? MUD will have 1-2 day makeup workshops and full diploma courses that will definitely fit your need.

4. You will have a kick ass teacher! Need I say more? =) Kidding aside, I, together with co-makeup teacher Georginna Desuasido, will definitely help you in achieving your goals. Personally, I plan to teach everything, and I mean really everything, that I have learned in New York. As I’ve said, no need to go abroad, because superb makeup education is now within your reach.

Please call 846 90 16 or 659 19 52 and look for Ann for more details on the class offerings and prices. You could also check out the  Makeup Designory Manila Facebook Page and PM if you have any questions.

I’m so excited to teach! Hope you could spread this good news to your friends and relatives who want to learn how to put on makeup the right way from an internationally acclaimed makeup school.

Happy Holidays! =)

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Wedding Portfolio 2010 Part 2

A month after my first wedding portfolio shoot for the year, I decided to organize another one. I wanted a different feel and look from my first one so I decided to collaborate with another photographer. Good thing Jay Tablante, whom I regularly work with print ad shoots, was up for it.

I didn’t want to do the usual natural looks because I have a lot of those already, so I decided that this shoot will be more dramatic, perfect for those brides who aren’t afraid to use more color. Or maybe, these looks could serve as the second look, I’ve had brides who wanted to have natural look for the church and wanted a different one for the the reception.

I borrowed gowns again from my friend Camille Garcia. As for the accessories, I borrowed the gorgeous headpieces, earrings, and cuffs from accessories designer Angela Angeles. Jay offered to shoot in La Huerta Estate since he knows the owner and we regularly do magazine and test shoots here. It’s this old stone house in Antipolo which was transformed into an events venue with beautiful greenery surrounding it.

Enjoy the photos! =)

(P.S. These photos are unedited, that way you’ll really see it’s all my makeup work and not retouched)

Airbrush Makeup by Kris Bacani

Hair by Dimple Callada

Wedding gowns by Camille Garcia

Accessories by Angela Angeles

Models: Arianna Barouk, Ann Laggui, Bb. Pilipas 2006 Lian Ramos (special thanks to her cousin Tracy Aquino for hooking me up with Lian, I’m sooo lucky she agreed to be my model! =))

Photos by Jay Tablante

Shot on location at La Huerta Estate, Antipolo

Eye color palette used for Ariana: Dulce de Leche, Spanish Gold, and Graphite (all from Makeup Designory)

Eye color palette used on Ann: Honeysuckle, Pink Grapefruit, Cajun Spice, and Pomegranate (all from Makeup Designory)

Eye color palette used on Lian: Sunset, Tea Tree, and Onyx (all from Makeup Designory)

If you’re interested to buy Makeup Designory eyeshadows and other products, you could contact me at 0917 629 3303 or email me at so I could send you price list in pesos. =)

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Rainbow Transmission

I collaborated with Edric again for another shoot, and this time I was able to stay to change looks. I’m so happy with the beauty shots he took, you could really see the detail of the makeup. I’ll take this opportunity to tell you how I did the makeup and what products I used to achieve those looks (since you could now buy it from me! =))

Hair and Makeup by Kris Bacani

Styling: Nina Gatan

Model: Raleene Cabrera

Photos by Edric Chen

How I did the eye makeup in above photo using Makeup Designory products:

1. I used Black eyeliner as eyebrow pencil to fill in the brows. I wanted to make them bold so I exaggerated the shape a bit.

2. For eyeshadow, I used Sunset and mixed it with a bit of Sunflower for the base, and contoured the eyes slightly with Firebrick. Now I have this golden-orangey color =)

3. I lined the eyes with Black Cake Eyeliner, and extended the wing way up almost to her eyebrows.

4. Last but not the least, I added false eyelashes to enhance the eyes more.

For the second layout, I wanted to retain the bold eyebrows and the winged eyeliner, so instead of removing makeup (with the exception of the orange eyeshadow), I just added more makeup to change the look. Here’s how I tweaked it:

1. Using an angled liner brush, I dipped it in the eyeshadow color Ice and made a thin line under the eyes and winged it up also.

2. I made a really thin black line underneath the white line using the Black Cake Eyeliner again. What I like about the Cake Eyeliner is that you could really control the thickness or thinness of the lines (with the help of a liner brush), as you could very well see in the photo above.

3. For the lips, I used lipstick in Ladybug shade. Your lips couldn’t get any redder than this!

That last photo is my fave =)

If you are interested in buying any of the products I featured or knowing their prices, get in touch with me 0917 629 3303 / 577 02 55 / I could also do meet ups so you could test the products. Check out for more awesome makeup products! All stocks on hand =)

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As a makeup artist, clients always ask me, “What’s the makeup brand that you use most often?” or “What’s a good makeup brand that you could recommend to me?” My co-makeup artists, upon seeing my eyeshadow/blush/foundation palettes, always ask me “What brand is this?” or “Where can I buy this?” I always have a hard time answering these questions because the brand that I most often use was not available here in the Philippines before, so I always end up just recommending the other brands that are available here.

But finally, it’s here! And more importantly, you could buy it from me! I wanted to sell a brand that I truly use and believe in, and I’m happy to announce that I’m now selling Makeup Designory (MUD) Cosmetics, the brand of my makeup school in New York.



At Make-Up Designory (MUD), creating honest make-up products and providing quality education has been our passion for the past decade. We plan to stay loyal to that tradition. That’s what makes us different from other make-up brands. We conduct rigorous testing for our MUD line of products through industry experts and up-and-coming make-up artists at our highly regarded schools in Los Angeles and New York, to ensure we meet professional standards for today and tomorrow.

So whether you dare to be different, prefer polished and professional or simply want an all-natural look, MUD promises quality, long-lasting wearability, flawless application and radiantly accurate color. With our systematic lines, precision tools, how-to guides and insider tips, we’ve eliminated the frustrating guesswork. Just simple, smart, versatile make-up. No wonder MUD has been the expert choice of make-up professionals for the past decade.


Whether you’re a pro or just a makeup enthusiast, I guarantee that you’ll l find something that you love in MUD makeup. Here are some of my faves:



These 3 shades are what I always use to create the natural look. Aside from these three, there are 38 long-lasting colors to choose from, ranging from matte, satin, to shimmery finishes. What’s more, the eye colors are very pigmented, so a little goes a loooong way. I gave my mom some shades two years ago, and she’s so amazed that until now she’s not finished with it, given that she uses it almost every day! What I like about it too is that since they use superior ingredients, the color that you see in the compact is definitely the color that you’ll get when you apply it on your face.




This shade makes your cheeks, well, glow. This peachy pink shade is a deadringer of Nars’ Orgasm blush, but with less shimmer so it’s perfect for everyday use (and more affordable too!) Just like the eye colors, the cheek colors are also very pigmented and long-lasting. Check out more shades here.








My secret product for removing dark undereyes. We always read in the magazines that we have to use yellow based concealers for dark undereyes, but really the best shade is a salmon colored concealer to counter the blueness/grayness of the undereyes. My clients always wonder how I’m able to conceal their eyebags, and this is the product for it. There are also shades of concealers that counter redness, you could check out the full range here.



Just how good is this product? It was awarded in Mega Magazine’s July 2010 issue as one of the best eyeliners in the market now. This is water-activated, so definitely it wouldn’t dry out like other cake liners. Since you would be using an eyeliner brush with this, you could create very, very precise lines with it, whether it’s a thin or bold one. Again, and I can’t stress this enough, it’s also long-lasting. I’ve had mine for almost two years, and I’m not even halfway through the product.






These are my lifesavers. Makeup artists lug around lots of colors, so putting them in palettes is a good way of organizing them while at the same time also saving space in the makeup kit. It’s also a great way of saving money, because instead of buying several colors that come in compacts, you could just buy the refills (which are less expensive) and insert them in the palettes.

What I like about the MUD palettes is that refills fit in snugly in the holes. There are no extra spaces once you fill it in, so the eyeshadows and blushes are less likely to break if ever you drop the whole palette. It’s also magnetic so even if you turn it upside down it wouldn’t fall off. I’ve dropped my palettes countless of times, and the eyeshadows and blushes didn’t break! I’m betting my life that yours wouldn’t too if ever you buy these babies.

Lastly, the eyeshadow palette could also fit MAC eyeshadows, and the blush palette could also fit Makeup Forever eyeshadows, so that’s definitely a plus.


All I can say is that if you want honest, high-quality, no-frills makeup that does the job, then do explore Makeup Designory Cosmetics. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro makeup artist or just starting out with makeup, I guarantee you that you’ll love it. I use it personally for everyday and for weddings, magazine photoshoots, fashion shows, print and tv commercial shoots, and it’s never failed me.

Do check out for more products, and contact me for the price list in Philippine pesos. All stocks on hand.

0917 629 3303 / 577 02 55

I could also do meet ups so you could personally test the products.

Happy makeup shopping! =)

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