Conceal That Spot: Basic Beauty Concealer Review

One thing I learned about shopping for make-up is to try the testers AND that you are never required to buy an item after testing it. The tester is there to give you an idea of how it looks and feels–if it’s what you need or if you’re not allergic to it. Another thing is to not buy at the same day of testing. You wouldn’t know if you’re allergic to that product if you buy it rightaway; the best thing to do is to let it stay on your skin for a few hours, or minutes.

With these learning in mind, I went to every make-up counter at Landmark and tried the stuff I needed for a photo shoot the next day (obviously, I was tasked to be the make-up artist). I started from Revlon, CoverGirl, Fanny Serrano, Nichido, Ever Bilena, Basic Beauty, to Ianti. I’ve been looking for the best concealer in malls, and by best I consider performance and cost. Yeah sure, Revlon, MAC, CoverGirl, and other make-up giants may be one of the best performing ones out there, but their cost are too hefty for students and even for average wage earners like me. Nichido was my best friend for years, but I constantly had trouble with it whenever the room temperature gets high. It sort of melts and looks eeky, it starts to stick on its cover and case. I never wanted that kind of trouble, very untidy.

So I headed to Basic Beauty. I was a little skeptical testing their items at first. Their packaging is not as impressive as the others, you know. It’s pretty obvious that it’s a new brand:

But since the sales person was very nice, I let her introduce to me the product. I asked questions after (if the brand is new, if it melts in high temperature, blah blah blah). It’s the brand’s best seller, she said, even if it was just recently launched. Below are the other claims:

  • It’s hypoallergenic.
  • It’s dermatologist-tested.
  • It’s fragrance-free.
  • It’s doesn’t clump nor chalk.

Sorry, I used it already after taking this shot that’s why it looks a little, uhh, used. 🙂

True enough, I didn’t get any uncomfortable feeling when I tested it. It blends really well on my skin, plus it’s a little dry so there was no sticky feel either. It’s like a compact powder with concealing abilities, you know what I mean? It looks very natural!

BEFORE

I don’t know if you can see them, but I have thin lines below and at the corner of my eyes. The color of my eye area is also uneven with the rest of my facial skin.

AFTER

Lines are gone. And the skin is toned and even. (The After photo’s brightness changed a bit, one light in our office got switched off while I and my friend was taking this. Sorry, but I assure you, there were no manipulations.)

The product has three variations–light, medium, and dark to suit every skin tone. I used light, I have a pale face. Anyhoo, this concealer costs a meager Php179.00. Slightly pricier than Nichido, but it’s worth the extra pesos. I found Basic Beauty in Landmark, Trinoma, so I believe it’s available in all Ayala Malls. Like their Facebook page to get updates on their products.

Check here for studio shots where I used the concealer.

On a totally unrelated note, I know this Before-and-After photo might freak you out a bit. I was. HAHA. Reminds me of The Ring. Creepy. Bye! 🙂

The Second First: Make-up Artistry

If last week was my first official styling gig, yesterday was the first time I “painted” someone else’s face for a photo shoot. Not that I’m new at it, I’ve always loved painting my friends’ faces and mine but it’s all for fun. It’s quite nerve-wracking seeing your work being taken by the lens, unsure if what you did fell short, or is over-the-top, or is just right.

Thankfully, it turned out fine.

What do you think?

I can only do natural looks or barely there make-up because that’s what I wear everyday. I also had immense difficulty with the model’s lips because they’re too thin (which I so want. Haha). Using a lipliner, I lined past her real lips to make it look thicker (or at least I thought it did).

Model: Maribeth Balay

Photographers: Kendrick Go and Cristina Brito

I have not blogged for almost a week, and the whole team was awesome enough to let me model, too, so I brought one ensemble. Yay! Hello Lookbook and Chictopia post!

Hype the look on Lookbook and Chictopia.


Yesterday was so fun. Too bad I didn’t get to stay longer, I and my old high school friends had to meet to watch the pyrolympics at SM Mall of Asia. I was so tired that day I was sleeping while on the way to the mall. Hehe.

Thank you Cristina Brito, Philip Jara, and Marc Wew for the photos! 🙂

Maria Aragon’s Cover of Born This Way Brought Lady Gaga to Tears

I awfully wished I had pipes as good as this young lass. But I got a man’s voice instead. Haha. And I’m a girl. Horrible.

Anyway, Maria Aragon is a 10-year-old Fil-Canadian who made a cover of Lady Gaga’s newest hit, Born This Way. The child’s rendition of the song brought Gaga to tears saying that she “Can’t stop crying over this. This is why I make music. She is the future.” on her Twitter account. After posting this tweet, the video of Maria got an overwhelming 10 million hits. Pretty amazing, huh?

What can I say? The child indeed has talent. No wonder Lady Gaga would like to sing with her.

Meanwhile, check this Grammy Awards performance by The Fame Monster:

Testing the Waters: My First Ever Styling Gig

Saturday is my favorite day. It’s that time of the week that I can do the things I love: dressing up, shopping, blogging, reading, sometimes modeling, and sleeping like there’s no tomorrow.

Yesterday, however, was a bit unlike my usual Saturdays. I love dressing up so much that I never thought anyone would take interest in what I do and actually invite me to dress up someone else, and for a photo shoot even! Armed with my personal “aesthetic”, I grabbed every stuff I can carry–from dresses, accessories, shoes, make-up, and whatnot, and went to the shoot location. The whole experience was unnerving but at the same time gratifying, especially when I saw the outcome:

DRESS Cocco| ACCESSORIES Pearl necklace turned into layered bracelets, black gem bracelet, gold headband turned into ponytail tie

TOP & BOTTOM Bunny sweater, denim shorts

TOP & BOTTOM Printed tank top, beaded tulle skirt| ACCESSORIES Layered pearl necklace, Boveeshop vintage ring, Chanel bracelet, bow hair clip

TOP Red Safari-inspired tube dress| ACCESSORIES Bangles in animal prints

Unfortunately the last model had no body shots as she had to go home early, it was her birthday. Yay! Anyway, what do you think of my styling? 🙂

PHOTOGRAPHERS Kendrick Go and Paolo Sy respectively

MAKE-UP ARTIST Kaycee Lim

MODELS Monic Cua, Blizzeth Lee, Danica Ong respectively

Extra Extra! :)

Hey, guys. Have you seen the February 2011 issue of Meg magazine?

The Feb issue presents the spring 2011 trends–from prints, florals, colors, and grays. The best thing about Meg is that their pages cover lots of tips, information, and updates on fashion, events, and blogging and bloggers (my fave portion). Fashion-wise, the mag’s styles are very easy to imitate; the clothes’, accessories’, and shoes’ designs that they show are very easy to find in malls. AND…

I was in it! On page 28. Hohoho. Yesss I’m proud even if I was only an extra and I my head looked big. Lulz.

I happened to be one of the top 40 candidates of Meg magazine’s Face Search and that night was the announcement of the top 10. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it because I didn’t know that I was one of the top 40.Sigh. Anyway, read here to know more about the event.

Voting ended in December 2010. Who do you think won? Let’s just wait for the March cover to find out. 🙂

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UPDATE:

Phoebe Rutaquio won the search. Congrats, Phoebe! 🙂

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