Friday, November 25, 2016

Basic Makeup Essentials for Beginners

Since I like talking about things no one actually cares about or wants to know either, here's a list of basic makeup essentials you working girls should already have. A yuppie like you and me should always look good and unruffled, even though deep inside we are falling apart. Hugot! 

I'm not suggesting that you put on makeup everyday, just whenever you feel like it or when something calls for a glamorous version of yourself. You can never go wrong with these affordable drugstore beauty products, these will save you from looking puyat and hagardo versosa.. tried and tested by yours truly! 


Cover Girl + Olay Eye rehab is a 2-in-1 brightening concealer with Olay hydrating serum. I use the shade 33 - light pale. It's supposed to instantly conceal dark circles to brighten the eye area and even your skin tone, reducing the look of discolorations, fine lines, and wrinkles, while the Serum hydrates skin over time.

While I've always had the fear of putting concealer because I've seen people wearing it the wrong way, I've learned that it really depends on the application -you got to have the right shade and proper blending. So far I am happy with this product and maybe soon, when I'm more bad-ass and have the money to spare, I'll try other products too. Oh, the things we'll do to hide our panda eyes!

Price: Php400

L'oreal Paris Infallible Pro-matte Powder is a matte finish powder foundation. I chose it because matte is life! I'm morena and through the years I've seen how matte beauty products magically brings out the best makeup look on me. You can wear L'oreal Paris infallible pro-matte powder up to 16 hours, but I'm not a big makeup person so I might not wear one that long. Texture is air-fine, with shine control/anti-luisance. It says it's "Never Cakey. Never Flat." -so yeah, it's a good thing. Anyway, I'm using the shade 300 nude beige. Choosing the shade is the most tricky part here, so make sure you ask a pro. I'd like to make a shout-out to Carlos Casiguran of #CJCuisonGlamTeam helping me choose these beauty products and brands. 

Price: Php600

L'oreal Paris Smoky Beige Trench E1 Eye Shadow is actually for starters, or those people like me who wouldn't want to spend a couple of extra time putting eye shadow - unless it's a-must. This eye shadow compact comes with a guide at the back, so you know which shade should be the base and so on. It says that this product lasts up to 24 months upon opening. I appreciate beauty brands that are honest with their shelf life! 

Rimmel London blendable powder blush and highlighter in shade 008 spring flower. It's one of my thrift buys, I haven't really put enough thought when I bought it. It's not so long lasting though, but it's a blush and a highlighter in one. It says it'll last up to 30 months upon opening, which is cool. But I'll try to find a better powder blush on my next drugstore trip. 

Price: Php150


Revlon Brow Fantasy by Colorstay is an ultimate go-to kit for my everyday eyebrow fix. I use the dark brown shade because I have jet black hair, so the secret here is to make your brows look natural. It's a pencil and gel combo, so use the pen to trace and shape your eyebrows. While the gel is for keeping the hair in place or if you want your eyebrows to look bushy to achieve the Cara Delevingne eyebrow look, you can do that too. This product will last up to 6 months upon opening. 

Price is Php575 at Watsons.

L'oreal Paris False Lash Wings Mascara is also another favorite of mine! I have nothing against water-proof mascara users, but I find water-proof mascaras too challenging to remove especially if I'm dead tired coming home from an awesome party or whatever. L'oreal Paris False Lash Wings Mascara is a wonder maker! The structure of the end of the mascara wand -with its "butterfly" fibers - truly spreads my natural eyelashes effectively, making it look longer and more dramatic. I use the shade Noir/Black, it lasts up to 6 months upon opening and it's super easy to remove at the end of the day!

L'oreal Paris Color Riche LeKhol eyeliner is quite okay, it doesn't smudge that much compared to your regular brand of eyeliner. I use the shade 101 Midnight Black and it lasts up to 24 months upon opening.

Top to bottom: Colourpop Ultra Matte Notion, Ultra Satin Hutch, Ultra Matte Beeper
Colourpop liquid lipsticks are cruelty-free lippies that come in matte finish, satin finish and gloss. My current favorite shades are the following: 


Colourpop Ultra Matte Notion which is a rich red violet shade. Wear this shade whenever you feel pretty and flirty. 
Price Php500 from The Glam Zone.

Colourpop Ultra Satin Hutch which is a deep blackened violet. Wear this if you feel a little extra baddie or gothic for the day. Love the satin finish (semi-matte finish) because my lips do not feel too dry with it.
Price Php500 from The Glam Zone. 

Colourpop Ultra Matte Beeper which is a warm mid-tone taupe. Wear this to conservative parties or events, this is the nearest nude shade that will surely suit both morenas and mestizas alike. I use this as my everyday lip shade with no regrets! 
Price Php500 from The Glam Zone.

Feeling pretty and flirty! Hahaha charot!
Know a beauty product that works magic? Send me a message or comment below for suggestions! 
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