MOTD: An Ode to 90’s Grunge


Lately, I have been so inspired by the decades. Big thanks to my mum’s collection of little snaps (and yes, I am talking about legit film-to-print photos, because they are way cooler than us) from the past. I remember the days when I would watch MTV (sans Teen Mom and other stupid shows) the whole entire day without getting sick of it. And I would consistently sit by the radio patiently waiting for my favourite song to come on and hit the play+record buttons. Those were the days when my inner rebellion was born – the inner rebellion who kept her grades up and would still have a little warm snuggle with mum here and there. Haha!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Craft

Growing up, I have always had a love affair with the city I was born in. Manila, though invariably bombarded with uncertainties and ambiguity, its imperfections make it unforgettable. It is like that bad boy you have always wanted to date. HA! And for the look, I wanted the lips to POP! So I balanced the whole look with a bronzed halo eye makeup. My eyes were inspired by the humidity and streets of Manila and a thousand warm sunsets along Manila Bay.


Grunge Look 1

First, I prepped the skin with skincare and primer. I used Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Blemish-less since I am more oily and prone to breakouts. I did my concealing and cream highlight and contour then I evened out my skin with Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Cover Stick Foundation in Y405. I LOVE it because it provides enough coverage while giving my skin a little bit of that dewy, healthy look. After, I shaped my brows with Make Up Forever Aqua Brow in color 40 then I proceeded to do my eyes and chose Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario.

anastasia_mariopalette002photo via Temptalia

It had the perfect warm tones and shimmer for that bronzed look. After applying a tinted eyeshadow primer, I built up the smokey corners with the colours Isabel then Violeta and then I wet my eyeshadow brush and applied 5th Ave in the center of the lid for more pigment. I didn’t really want to take away from the halo effect so I went with a classic line using Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper then added extra glam with faux lashes. For the final touch, I swiped Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Craft on my lips.

I hope this look inspired you! Wishing you all the very best of 2017 and beyond.



Hawaii and Summer’s Day Beauty Favourites

If there is one thing I would’ve done differently, it would be to pack less in the beauty department. That was the main goal until a surge of panic overcame me and my conscious mind started asking questions like “What if we had to go to dinner and in need of a rockin’ smoky eye?” or “What if my powder doesn’t have enough coverage?” A woman’s brain indeed – am I right ladies?

So I ended up bringing all of these:


I have equal love for all of my beauty products and I treat each piece as if it were a valuable art piece. So when my husband and I found out that the airline lost our luggage, my heart sank because most of my precious liquid and cream makeup was in our checked bag. Those were not my best moments but thank goodness, God had our backs and we were reunited with our luggage.

Those kind of experiences teach you a few things – that there is Costco and Walmart in every corner to save your bum from the first 24 hours and to try to pack a carry-on and as little as much as possible. Believe me, I try EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

This goes to all of my beauty essentials. I may have packed it all but only ended up using what I needed. My go-to’s most days were the following and should be in your summer beauty kit.



A perfect way to lightly even out your skin on a warm, sunny day is with a good tinted moisturizer. I love this product because aside from its “barely-there” feel and hydration factor, it is also infused with marine botanicals and heart-leaf globe daisy to energize, replenish and protect skin. It also has SPF 30!



One simply cannot forgo simplicity especially when going to the tropics. What I love most about this compact is its dual compartments which makes it customizable to your needs. I decided to fashion mine with Elate Cosmetics Fix Pressed Powder in Tawny and Flushed Pressed Cheek Colour in Sunkiss Bronzer. The pressed powder is infused with grounded argan shell powder and coconut extract powder to hydrate and nourish. It also has titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which gives it sun protection factor.



There were days where I would just go out with just complexion and bronzer. But as soon as I brushed my cheeks with this baby, it just gave me the perfect summer flush. It goes on smooth and provided a lovely youthful glow.

May summer bring you endless sunshine and new adventures!


#JungleQueen: Your Official Summer Mood


Life is a jungle. Ever luscious yet full of uncertainty. And in the midst of it all there is YOU, a beauty survivalist. You go through the journey relying on your own resources and sometimes, your squad. Because life wasn’t meant to be trekked alone. You may get beat down but you get up again. And you make sure you look damn good doing it!

#JungleQueen – that is what you are. You embrace obstacles, sometimes with procrastination but you stare it right in the face. And of course, like a true goddess that you are, you work hard to look the part. Looking this good have never felt so great.

Inspired by tropical heat and colours of the season, I bring you your summer mood – a beauty lookbook that exhibits warm Hawaiian days and sizzling Ibiza nights.

Photography, Makeup and Hair by Grace Welch | instagram_icon_by_poserfan-d6ur05a @wakeupandvogue
Model: Rachel H. |  instagram_icon_by_poserfan-d6ur05a @rachelalexishiggins




The quick how-to:

  • I warmed up Rachel’s skin by applying Honey Bronze Tinted Face Gel by The Body Shop (, $18).
  • To even out her skin without compromising her beautiful freckles, I applied a sheer amount of Ultra HD Foundation by Makeup For Ever  (, CAD$52) all over the face then lightly applied Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener (, CAD$28) under the eyes.
  • To bring out the shape and colour of her eyes, I applied warmer, golden tones from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette on the lids (, CAD$67) then one coat of Perversion Mascara by Urban Decay (, $27) on the lashes.
  • For an all over glow, I highlighted cheeks with the ABH Glow Kit in That Glow (, USD$40) followed by swiping Soleil Matte Bronzer by Too Faced ($38) on the side of the forehead, cheeks and jaw line.
  • Then I finished the whole look by swiping her lips with Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Coral Calling (, $2.99) then Elate Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Sprightly (, $18) on top.


Coachella-Inspired Beauty For Those Staying at Home


Wishing you could be in Coachella this weekend? Well, you and I both sister! Since we have to work (or not) this weekend, why don’t we wallow on our sorrows with homemade cold sangrias, some good ol’ summer 2016 tunes and put on our best sunshine weather beauty look. We don’t need to be surrounded by celebrities and buy overpriced drinks when we can have our own Coachella at the comfort of our own patio.


When it comes to hot weather, let us be real. Everything will just melt off your face. So less is definitely more. You probably have been told that a million times and it will never get old. NEVER! So drop baking, cream contouring and just CTFD! Opt for BB’s and the CC’s for a lighter coverage. Embrace that freckle! It is freaking adorbs!

On my “Getting this on my payday!” list:

ESTEE LAUDER DayWear BB Anti-Oxidant Crème with SPF 35

Estee Lauder Day BB cream

Light hydrating cream that protects and perfects skin with one swipe.  Packed with antioxidants to nourish and keep free-radicals at bay. (, CAD$48)


I do not know about you but I love me some colour. Summer is the best time to get playful and get out of your comfort zone. Say buh-bye to nudes for now and take your pick from peaches, corals and sunny pinks!

My Summer lippy go-to:

TOO FACED Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Feelin’ Myself


Great colour to match your Summer glow. Compliments well with bronzed skin and neutral eyes + jewel-toned liners. I paired it with Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil in no. 23 Summer Cruise (a turquoise colour) and I got a lot of oooohs and aaaaaahs. Make sure to exfoliate, protect and hydrate your lips as the formula can leave it cracking and parched! (, $28)


“Go big or go home!” as strangers would say. At this point, it is literal. We are not in Coachella and staying right at home because we are way too busy perfecting our graphic liner craft! And it takes more than a flick and a schwiiiing to get it right. Since you are the hostess of the coolest patio party ever, your wings need to be on point girl!

My saving grace:

KAT VON D Tattoo Liner in Mad Max Brown


This is a great way to break away from the traditional black liquid liner. I simply love how versatile the painter’s brush tip is. One can create a fine, sophisticated winged liner to a bold, dramatic look. Application is smooth and formula is long-wearing but not ultra-waterproof.


Drinking lots of H2o can do wonders for your body and skin. But for instant gratification, why not grab your favourite facial spray to keep you calm and cool-lected. Because we all know you will be hydrating with mimosas this season!

My weapon of choice :

CAUDALIE Grape Water


Makeup artists and soccer moms alike are raving about it. Rich in minerals, it doubles up as anti-inflammatory and will keep skin nourished and hydrated all day. I use it in line with my serum for easy application plus a boost of Super XL hydration! (, CAD$14)

5 Timeless Reds That Will Unleash Your Inner Superhero


A friend once told me there is a certain kind of power one possesses when wearing red lipstick. People tend to pay closer attention to what is being said because the main focal point are the lips. From personal experience, I think there is a certain truth to this statement. Every time I wear it, I feel bolder, sexier and just a little bit more gutsier.

I remember browsing through the web and finding a movie titled “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy” starring Sarah Chalke. The film tells a story of a 27 year old woman named Geralyn Lucas who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Though faced with uncertainty, she chose to rely on sense of humor and her handy red lipstick for courage to confront the disease. The movie completely changed my beauty perspective! It just shows that we can be a little braver with just one swipe of lip colour.


A lipstick is more than just a tool for vanity. It keeps us smiling. It makes us opinionated. It lets us love purely and makes us make love wildly. It is moody, trendy and everything in between. It pushes us beyond our limits, unleashes our alter-ego and creates a certain persona. We do only live once. So why not be our very own everyday superhero!





Pretty in Pink is Not Dead

There is a certain aura the colour pink emanates. It is pleasing to the eye and brings forth femininity. To some, it is a symbol of courage, romance and empowerment. But for others, it is a curse. It is either too girly or too muted. The key to rocking it is the strike of balance and finding a way to personalize it.




Mini Beauty Habits to Spring You Forward

Burberry-Womenswear-Spring-Summer-2016-Backstage-Beauty-3_oggetto_editoriale_720x600Look by Wendy Rowe from Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2016

“Dewy, fresh and glowing” are a few of the many words to describe this season’s coveted beauty trends. Spring is all about ridding of unnecessary layers and opting for more of a simple, minimalistic approach to your beauty routine. And it is easy as you think!

Backstage-Beauty-at-the-Michael-Kors-Spring-Summer-2016-Show-5Look by Dick Page for Michael Kors Spring Summer 2016 via Style Rumor


Highlighting powders and liquids create softness and luminosity to the skin. Apply on the highest points of the face to brighten and lift. For those who love to bathe in sparkle (like myself), choose powders with a soft, velvety texture. The glitter pay-off is simply divine and sophisticated. A few beauty addict favourites are Tarte’s Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder and Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector.


When done right, colour correcting can make a huge impact on any foundation routine. Though it seems like a daunting task, you can simplify and make it your own by identifying which skin concern you would like to target. Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops will provide a seamless application. It will also treat and balance skin!


Yes. It is a thing! Instead of traditional abrasive beads, enzymatic exfoliants use fruit enzymes and exfoliating molecules to slough away dirt and dead skin cells. Use Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel on clean, dry skin and watch the magic happen. Brightened and luminous skin will surely follow.

Happy Spring Forward everyone!