Thursday, April 28, 2011

Obsession: Nars' Stage Beauty

Ever since I started wearing this beautiful thing here (check this post). I fell in love with how it gave my eye a different glow. I could skip putting on eyeliner, which means less 10 minutes on my makeup routine, just a mascara to finish my eye makeup and I’m off to blush, lippies and I’m done.

Well shimmer on your eyes during the day isn’t really the best eye makeup if you’re just going to school or work, I mean it’s more advisable to wear it at night right? But this is different. It is a shimmer but not over-done if you put the right amount and what I love about this is you can actually control it unlike other shimmer shadows out there. The pigments are just soooo fine, you will want to marry it.

If you’re going to use it at night feel free to apply it more than once but in the morning or for a day look, one application is good to go.

Everyone should try it to appreciate the wonder it could do for your eyes.

Have you tried it? Let me know. So what do you think of it blah or bravo?

Love and Peace,

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Confession: Louboutin vs. YSL

Recognize this?

Yes, a pair of Christian Louboutin Very Prive Pumps one of the most famous Louboutin designs.

You have seen your favorite celebrities wear a pair of Louboutins, like my personal favorites- Nicole Richie (who was the first one i saw wearing a Louboutin pumps, we can say she introduced me to the luxury brand), Rachel Bilson, Lauren Conrad, Lo Bosworth, Khloe Kardashian, Leighton Meester, Kate Bosworth, Victoria Adams-Beckham, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

So Christian Louboutin the famous luxury French brand of shoes and bags for ladies' best known for its red soled-shoes is suing Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) brand for coming out of a pair of red suede shoes with matching red soles last Spring 2011 collection.

Apparently, Louboutin as a company has a trademark for the red soled-shoes. Here's a statement from Christian Louboutin himself:
I have the biggest respect for the house of Yves Saint Laurent. Having discussed the matter with them and not been able to reach an agreement, we have had to take this to court. My company has a trademark on the red sole and if we don't enforce it this would leave the door open for other brands to copy us while jeopardising the identity of the Louboutin red sole. No one before me has ever used a coloured sole to define a brand's identity. The red sole has become widely recognised as the distinct sign of my brand in the eyes of women all over the world. - Source
Though this beautiful red suede pumps did not only come in red, it also came in navy blue with matching navy blue sole and a beige one with a matching beige sole (click the link below the picture for more information).

On the other hand, clearly stated on Louboutin's website called "Stop Fake" is the company's ZERO-TOLERANCE on fake Louboutins, when you scroll down a little a link released this year, last 15th of February entitled "Destruction of 400 pairs of shoes with red soles previously entered" seems to be a proof that the Louboutin company has claimed brand identity of the red sole. 

I really don't want to practice my knowledge on this trademark and branding shizzle as an Advertising major because i have so much respect for the two brands, so i'll just leave everything and the conclusion part to all of you readers.

Love and Peace,

Obsession: Sunnies for your Face Shape

Oh sunnies, how can you not love thee?

My favorite pairs right now:

Got both of them on sale at Aldo in Greenbelt 5 months ago (only P300 or $6.00).

It's the perfect element to complete a look. It is also (somewhat) an intervention to make a blah look complete and make it look glam!

If i can wear one even when it's raining and/or out clubbing i would because it's one of the best compliments for my face shape (which is just really weird- like it's torn being oval, round, and heart). I wear the right pair and BOOM i instantly look different.

For the longest time, i was in love with my black sunnies (it has almost round-like shape with rounded corners but the frame is a soft-square emphasized by the gold detail around the corner) before i accidentally injured it. I broke (no idea how) the hinge but saved the frame because i have plans for it in the future.

here's a picture of my most treasured sunnies:

the most beautiful right?

You see, it only has one arm.

Anyone in manila who knows where i can have this pretty thing repaired? i checked in a couple of optical shops and they don't, sadly. Oh, anyway i am not in a rush. I still need it to save up for it cos i do not know how much exactly it will cost me. So this is the problem:

 It is that part that holds the screw that is broken.

Moving forward, as it is once again the time where the sun is always out i think it is equally important as applying spf as to wearing sunnies for your eyes.

So how do you make sure you get the perfect pair of sunnies?
To make this easy to understand i've put into use my photoshop skills to help you. 

OVAL - Cat eyes frame
Why will it work? the curves will give your face shape a little drama into it. It will also add a little angle on your face. 

TRIANGLE - Aviator frame
Why will it work? the cut will fall perfectly on your cheekbones giving it a bit of emphasis thus outlining your face but not elongating it

SQUARE - Round frame
Why will it work? the no edge frame will soften your angular shape making you look more feminine than ever.

HEART - oversized oval frame
Why will it work? the soft edges of the frame will compliment your the outline of your face leaving the important features uncovered.

ROUND - square/boxy frame
Why will it work? actually the opposite of the square shaped face, this frame will give your face an imaginary angle adding a contrast to your no-edge face shape.

Get it? Enjoy your spring/summer break where ever you are.

So what are your thoughts? Blah confession or bravo? Let me know.

Love and Peace,

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Confession: 12th of April look

I dont know why i decided to wear makeup last tuesday (12th of April), there wasn't a need for it. hmmm...

First thing's first. Tools i used:

For the face:
Stila skin corrector
Maybelline cream foundation in #24 True Beige
L'oreal liquid foundation in Golden Beige
NYC Loose powder

Because it makes my skin glow this way, i mix the Stila skin corrector with l'oreal and maybelline foundation (i blend the two to get my right skin color) and apply it on my face using a foundation brush.

Nars' eye shadow duo in Stage beauty
Marks and Spencer eyeshadow in chocolate
Marks and Spencer eyeliner in Kohl
Beauty Trend Liquid eye liner
Face shop white eye liner
Maybelline's Volum' Express Waterproof mascara in very black (not in the picture)

Use the sparkling white shadow in your Nars' stage beauty or any similar shadow you have. Check the picture on the side, it's that highlighted one.
Using a flat brush, pat it all over your eye lids. Make sure you put a little extra on the inner corner of your eyes.

Then get the brown shadow, i used Marks and Spencer in chocolate. It has a little shimmer but totally not sheer. It's a perfect pair to blend with the white sparkly we put on first. So, from the outer corner of your eye dab it gently, then you stroke it towards the center of your  eyes. Make sure you blend, blend, and blend it well. Area: Outer corner to the center of your eyes, from the lash line up to your crease line.
Remember: DO NOT go beyond your crease line.

Line your eyes with the liquid liner. Make sure the line is thin from the inner corner then gets a little thicker (but not really thick) as you reach the outer corner and just do a baby flick (should not be obvious).

Curl your lashes.

Line your upper water line with the kohl-colored eyeliner. Line your lower water line with the white eyeliner then top it off with the kohl liner.

Apply mascara on your lashes. Dont forget that you wiggle your way up to separate lashes from each other.

Nichido brow liner in Brown

Brush your brows according to its original shape. Fill in the gaps by drawing small strands of hair just to make it look more natural. Once your done, brush it again and you may put a clear gel mascarra or a wax to secure it in place.

Stila lip and cheek stain in Acai Crush

Put a small dot on the apple of your cheek and blend with your fingers. Make sure you blend it well so you don't leave stain marks on your cheeks.

EOS Lip balm in honeysuckle
ELF lip stain in Fashionista

Sweep on the lip balm and then off to the lip stain, this step should be easy.

Finish off with a face powder and--- VOILAAA, You're done!

Yeyyy! I was really happy with this look that i got a little vain while waiting for my professor and so i took pictures of myself and just did Photobooth-galore.

If you have any name suggestion, please feel free to post them. So, what are your thoughts?
Is it a bravo or blah look? I want to know. Thank you.

Love and Peace,

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Confession: Au Revoir Decarnin

Source: Stylecaster

Christophe Decarnin leaves Balmain. All fashion websites and celebrities are talking about it as it was just (earlier) today that Decarnin expressed his resignation from the brand.

"Today, Pierre Balmain announced the end of its collaboration with Creative Director Christophe Decarnin. Alain Hivelin, CEO of Pierre Balmain, noted that 'since 1945, the house of Pierre Balmain hasbeen one of the leading French and international luxury brands. Christophe Decarnin’s work with the house’s design team contributed to the success that the brand has enjoyed in recent years.'"

Source: Glamour
Decarnin has given Balmain its identity and success, of course; all through out the time he was with the brand. 

The padded-shoulders (as dana, my friend first thought of upon breaking the news to her) and the expensive attitude jeans will always be the signature "Decarnin for Balmain" style. 

Does this exit has anything to do with Decarnin not taking his bow during the fashion week?
Well, no words yet as to who will succeed Balmain as Creative Director so that will be another news that will might leave us breathless.

After rumours about Hannah MacGibbon also leaving or be taken out of Chloe during the fashion week (false alarm on this one, GOOD), Corine Roitfield leaving Vogue Paris and a no-show during the Fashion week (was only seen during the Balenciaga) and of course the most controversial of all, John Galliano out of Dior after making anti-sematic remarks. I only have one question in mind.

What is happening to the Fashion world? Definitely the boat is rocking and it's rocking way too much. Hopefully, will go back to normal as soon as possible and only the best to come for Balmain, Decarnin and shall we include Dior and Galliano into this (prayer and) wish.

What are your thoughts?

Let's take a look at Decarnin's last masterpieces for Balmain during this year's Paris Fashion Week.

Fall 2011 RTW:

Love and Peace,

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Confession: My Partner

I have not updated my blog for the past few weeks, as i've been busy with school papers. Classes officially ended two weeks back but if you're an incoming senior, well it is safe to not expect any vacation this summer. More to that, you can kiss your summer plans good bye and start making love with your summer internship and thesis.

So with not much choice, welcomed April with stress and confusion. Thank God for having a partner, i didn't have to go through it all ALONE. Already blogged her few weeks ago but i think it's proper to introduce her formally as i have this feeling that she'll be a regular guest here.

Meet my thesis-partner-to-be, DANA.

People thinks she's a model, well; not yet but SOON.

Here's what dana and i had been up to lately.

Thesis. Thesis. Internship. Thesis. And more Thesis.
We would usually meet up at a coffee shop to work on it together though we have different topics but still wont get everything done until last night. A night of rootbeer, energy drink, chips ahoy, home-made kani salad (since Dana is pescatarian although it was my salad and just shared it with her), and tons of journal articles.

This was last night, forced Dana to stay at my place to finish both of our papers. Good thing we did but we were already too exhausted to still go to school that we ended up snoozing and decided to just pass whatever wee need to pass tomorrow.

This was us. I looked like i gained weight, im not surprised cos i did. And it was just over the weekend and it sucks to know that indulging for only two days will cause me hard core hiphop abs and dancing for two weeks.

What else? So i guess that's about it. More thesis adventure to come in the coming days.

i shall give you a real beauty/fashion confession within the day.

Love and Peace,


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