Asian Secrets

Fall Eye Makeup with Giorgio Armani Eye Tint & Eccentrico Mascara

Waking up to this box of #ArmaniBeauty goodies is probably the most exciting thing that happened to me last month. I’ve been a long-time member of Influenster but I never got a single VoxBox until I moved to the US. Influenster is an online community of social media influencers that provides honest reviews on brands and products. Qualifying influencers like me get to receive a free VoxBox containing anything from makeup, skincare, and even household products. We are not paid to do these reviews so you can be sure that we are offering honest opinions on the products that we test.

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Summer is about to end and it’s the perfect time to plan those OOTDs and LOTDs for Fall. Using the #ArmaniBeauty Eye Tints and Eccentrico Mascara from Giorgio Armani, I created a simple brown smokey eye makeup that’s perfect from day to night. Below are the swatches of the 3 eye tints given to me.

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Shades of Red: NYX Cosmetics Review

A couple of days before I left the Philippines, I received a bag of goodies from NYX Philippines. It couldn’t come at a better time because I wanted to have new makeup for “the big move”. You know when you’re entering a new chapter in your life and you want everything to be fresh and new? That’s what’s happening to me. Aside from that, I love NYX! I’ve been slowly transitioning to environmentally friendly cosmetics and NYX is a perfect start–it’s certified cruelty-free according to PETA. Anyway, the package that I got contained a tinted moisturizer, highlighter, blotting paper, and three lip colors. Continue reading if you wanna know how they look when applied!…

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Nu Skin Philippines ageLOC Expo: A New, Beautiful You Awaits

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and wished that you won’t age? I do, sometimes. Being young has a lot of benefits, otherwise we won’t have a bevy of anti-aging products lined up in department stores. There’d be also no need for makeup. Unfortunately, we do not live in Utopia. Each day, our cells age, causing fine lines and other unsightly skin conditions to appear. This is further exacerbated by pollution, poor lifestyle, and unhealthy eating habits. This is why skin care companies keep on creating products that help slow down the aging process.

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Last week, I was invited by Nu Skin Philippines to check out their ageLOC Expo in Ortigas. You might remember that I once did a review of their facial scrub and toner in 2011, and I loved those products. During that time, Nu Skin is a pretty young direct selling company so supplies were scarce, prompting me to use other cleansers when the ones I had ran out. Unlike other direct selling companies operating in the country, Nu Skin focuses on health and wellness. They regularly collaborate with more than 75 scientists in order to come up with effective products.

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Recently, Nu Skin has introduced their newest line of products. Called ageLOC Transformation, this complete skin care system cleanses, purifies, renews, moisturizes, and reveals younger looking skin in eight ways. The lineup is composed of the ageLOC Gentle Cleanse & Tone, ageLOC Radiant Day SPF 22, ageLOC Future Serum, and ageLOC Transforming Night, which I was able to test. I must say I was really impressed with their Cleanse & Tone product. The staff told me that it is water-based, which means you do not have to wash your face with water when using it. Yes, it’s that convenient!

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Aside from the Transformation system, I also got to try their ageLOC Edition Galvanic Spa System II. Nu Skin also carries the ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa and the Tru Face products. The Galvanic Spa System is an at-home spa that is small, smart and powerful. Since every part of our body is different, the device features different application settings for the face, scalp, and body. It has patented self-adjusting currents and interchangeable conductors to enable the user to alter the settings. For best results and optimal performance, Nu Skin highly recommends that you use their specially formulated products with the device to facilitate the transport of the products’ key ingredients to your skin. The ageLOC Galvanic Spa Facial Gels helps remove impurities, restoring the skin’s natural vibrancy. After experiencing the Galvanic Spa System, my skin has never felt so rejuvenated and supple. Results, however, may vary so the staff told me that they recommend using Galvanic Spa twice a week.

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Me trying out the ageLOC Edition Galvanic Spa System II

On the other hand, the Tru Face Line Corrector helps smoothen fine lines and wrinkles. The Galvanic Spa Body Shaping Gel helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, and the Nutriol Hair Fitness Treatment promotes healthy, abundant-looking hair. I felt I was in a real spa when I tested the products. As expected, they were gentle on the skin and smelled really good.

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After the “royal” treatment, I proceeded to the main hall and did more tests. This time I wanted to know my body age as well as the number of skin caratenoids in my body. Apparently, I am a very unhealthy woman based on the results, which means I have to take my vitamins and supplements seriously. Haha! It was quite depressing, but the bright side is I now know what to do to improve my health.

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If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Nu Skin Philippines by following them on Facebook (/nuskinpils) and Twitter (@nuskinph) or visit www.nuskin.com.ph. Have you tried any of their products? Share your experience in the comments section below! 🙂

 

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Take Me to The Brow Studio

Perhaps one of the most important parts of our face is the eyebrows. They frame our face and can make us look young or old, depending on the shape. So, it is a must that we groom them properly. Unfortunately a lot of us do not know how to do it that we sometimes tend to get tweezer-happy. We have to be very careful with overplucking our brows because it can cause them not to grow again.

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I was born with thick, black brows. While I never had any difficulty shaping them since they looked fine as they are, my main problem is they can get pretty bushy if not maintained. When this happens, I let professionals do it for me. So when a friend of mine invited me to try out The Brow Studio’s services at the SM North The Block branch, I agreed without hesitation.

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When I got there, I was greeted by the lovely interiors. Yellow and violet are two of my favorite colors–they remind me so much of ice cream hehe (mango + ube, anyone?). I’ve always been curious how threading works so while waiting, I watched some of the staff do it on a few bloggers.

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The Brow Studio is owned by Kristine Rochelle “Teng” Tobillo (pictured above), who opened her first branch in Eastwood on November 10, 2010. The Brow Studio now has 10 branches nationwide. It is the first FIlipino specialty salon to cater to eyebrow grooming needs, according to Ms. Teng. She sat with us to discuss some tidbits about her salon and what makes her salon different from the others–one of which is the Brow Rx. It was fascinating to me because I have visited several salons that offer eyebrow threading services and they do not have this.

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Before the threading process, the skilled staff at The Brow Studio would assess what eyebrow shape is suitable for the client’s facial structure and features. Afterwards, they would show the client’s perfect brow and which one needs rehabilitation. Fortunately, my brows did not need much shaping because apparently, according to one of the staff, I’ve shapen them correctly already. Yay for me! The only things they needed to fix are the small stray hairs and the point where my brows should begin, so yeah–threading time!

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Did I mention that The Brow Studio only uses 100% imported anti-bacterial cotton thread? Also they would always check up on the clients to see if the pain is manageable. Luckily for me, I’m quite used to waxing and threading so the pain was tolerable.

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See the difference? My brows are now more defined and less ‘sabog’. It felt like my whole face lit up after the procedure. What do you think? Afterwards, the staff showed me how to care for my eyebrows and which side I should maintain using the Brow Rx.

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Thank you, Tin! She advised me not to wet the threaded area for at least 4 hours after the procedure. It’s easy to see growing hair after so it’s best to pluck them to maintain the shape.

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We also had a small chat with Ms. Teng after the event. I was really curious about the yellow stick she held out earlier so she told us more about it. Seeing that her customers’ main complaint is their thin brows, Ms. Teng decided to create this product called Brow Vitamins that help grow thicker brows.

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While I do not need it, my relatives and friends have genetically thin brows and they always had to use pencils to make them look thicker. I’ve seen so many hair-grower products but some of them don’t seem to really work. However, Ms. Teng’s customers at The Brow Studio swore to the effectiveness of the product. She even showed us before and after pictures that her clients posted on Facebook! You can get the Brow Vitamins for only P425.

If you are interested to try their service, here is menu:

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They also offer tattoo, waxing, and IPL services. Afford na afford, yes? And here’s a list of branches you can go to if you need a quick eyebrow fix:

 

Eastwood City 2nd Floor Eastwood Citywalk 2,Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City 0922-818482902-3413356
SM Megamall 5th Floor Bldg. A, SM Megamall, Brgy, Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong City 0922-887588302-7184796
SM City Manila(Franchise) 5th Floor, SM City Manila 02-3847258
SM City Lanang Premiere Lower Ground floor, SM Lanang Premiere, Davao City 0932-8839044(082) 3210754
SM City Baguio 3rd Floor, SM City Baguio,Luneta Hill, Baguio City 0932-8834055
Shopwise Araneta Cubao 2nd Floor Bridgeway, Shopwise Araneta, Araneta Center, Cubao, QC 0932-8663224
SM North Edsa The Block 5th Floor, SM North EdsaThe Block, Edsa Quezon City 0925-812547702-9216672
SM City Clark 2nd Floor Wellness Zone,SM City Clark Expansion,Clarkfield Pampanga 0925-8898388
SM City BF Paranaque 3rd Floor, SM City BF ParanaqueDr. A. Santos corner President’s AveBF Homes, Paranaque 0925-8993399
SM City Fairview Lower Ground Floor, Annex 2 0932-8834033

Do let me know how your visit went! Thank you, Ms. Teng and The Brow Studio for having me! Follow The Brow Studio on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 🙂

Quickpost: DIY Gradient Lips

Not sure if you noticed but I haven’t posted anything for about a month. Many things had happened during my two-month vacation, I don’t know where to begin. Last month I had a spine condition that prevented me from going out of the house. The physician have ordered me to rest and not abuse my back by not wearing heels and carrying heavy loads. So even though I was on vacation, the pain on my back simply made it impossible for me to even enjoy my time off. Hence the lack of posts on this blog. However, I am now recovering and ending my absence with this quick DIY. 🙂

I have received many compliments whenever I wear this type of makeup. You’ve probably heard about gradient lips, especially if you’re a KPOP/KDrama fan. I’ve long noticed how Korean actresses’ lips look pouty and healthy without much effort. So I researched about it and found a technique that’s easy to do and perfect for my face.

All you need are these:

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1) Your favorite pale/pink lipstick. I use NYX LSS550 Indian Pink. 2) A darker lipstick, preferably red. I use Rimmel Kate Moss 11 Rossetto lipstick. 3) Lip brush to even out the color.

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First thing to do is put your pale lipstick on both lip. Next is to dab a darker lipstick on the the inner area of your upper and lower lip.

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And then, gently purse your lips for a natural blend. On the right you can see how my lips looked after pursing them three times. I could see a bit of unevenness near the corner so I had to use the lip brush.

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Tap the brush on the lips gently until you see a natural-looking gradient. The following photos are the result. 🙂

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Today’s makeup:

Ben Nye colorless powder

EverBilena BB cream

Nichido mascara

ELF cream eyeliner

NYX Indian Pink

Rimmel Kate Moss Rossetto

 

What do you think? Have you tried wearing gradient lips?

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