Skin Care 101: Always Use Sunscreen

Sun damage is one of the primary causes of photoaging in skin. Leading to wrinkles, pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Let’s avoid these by wearing sunscreen everyday based on your current life style.

To read my blog entry about sunscreen, click here.


I am seen here using VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Sport SPF 70.

For those in the Philippines you can check it out at

The rest of the world, check it out at (only SPF 50 is available).



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Feature with VMV Hypoallergenics: Armada Sport Skinthusiasm Winner

I am a huge fan of VMV Hypoallergenics and of their sunscreen called Armada Sport SPF 70. I noticed in VMV Hypoallergenics Instagram account the hashtag #whereintheworldisyourarmada. I decided to participate in their movement and got creative.

After a few months of being “creative”, I received word from them that I won a 185 g Armada Sport SPF 70 and 60 minute Facial & Services Certificate.

Click on the link to read my feature

If you guys are a fan of VMV Hypoallergenics, do share you skinthusiasm and you might just be the next winner. Just use the hashtag #vmvhypoallergenics and #skinthusiasm so they can find you.

Makeup 101: Spot Concealing

Here’s a short video on how I spot conceal a blemish.

Products used:

VMV Hypoallergenics Red Better Spot Corrector.

This is a non-drying acne balm that tones down redness and fights against inflammation. Using this product doesn’t make my blemish turn dark, which by the way is an indication that it got burnt. Remember that it is easier to cover a blemish that is red than a blemish that has turned into a scab.

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Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage in SC4.

SC4 works for medium to golden skin tones like mine. Mixing the two shades together lets me attain the right shade for my skin tone. I have used this product for years; lasts quite a long time too. You only need to use very little of this product.

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Makeup Designory’s Loose Powder in Desert.

I love the yellow tone of this loose powder. It doesn’t brighten the camouflage nor adds any “gray” tone to the skin, unlike when you use translucent powder. I use the powder in it’s true color. When I loose my tan or work on a client, I mix desert with some translucent powder to “lighten” it while keeping the yellow tone of the powder.

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Beau-Temps Medium Sized Shadow Brush

I got this medium size shadow brush in some small beauty store near Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam years ago. I could not find a link on the internet for it. I use natural hair brushes when spot correcting. I only get to pick up a little product from the pan, and it’s great for stippling as well.

Coastal Scents Blending Brush

The brushed I used for the loose powder was one is a set of 22 brushes that I bought from I use it for eye shadow or for any powdered product. Do take note, the Coastal Scents go on sale every so often. Like 50% off. Click here for the link to the brush set.


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Under Eye Care 101: Use Eye Serum

The skin under the eyes is considerably thinner than that from the rest of the body. That’s why signs of aging appear earlier under the eye area than in other parts of the face. Using an eye serum daily, helps in reducing fine lines, puffiness and discoloration.

I can skip moisturizer, but I never skip using eye serum.

In this short video, I am showing you a simple application process that doesn’t take too much of my time.


I am seen here using VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Eye Serum. I swear by this product. This is the only eye serum in the market that did not give me milia.

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Skin Care 101: Always Moisturize


Always moisturize. It is the key to healthier and younger looking skin.

There are many women who skip this process because of many issues. One issue I always hear is that, it makes their skin “oily”. Do take note, that no matter what you put on your skin, if you are oily, you will always be oily. Use the appropriate moisturizer for your skin type.

Moisturizer acts by nourishing the skin. As a makeup artist, let me say, it is easier to work with skin that has been prepared and hydrated. Moisturizer restores the water level in your skin and creates a protective barrier from make up or from harmful oxidizing agents from the environment.

I practice what I preach and try to live by example. This way my clients can see for themselves what moisturizer can do.

In this short video, I am showing you a simple application process that doesn’t take too much of my time.


I am seen here using VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Cream: Anti-Age Primary Treatment.

For those in the Philippines you can check it out at

The rest of the world, check it out at


If you are interested to read more about what skin care products I use, click here.

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Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm


I saw this tin can in one of the small boxes that line up the aisle on the way to the counter at Sephora (Singapore). When I picked it up and examined it, it seemed to say “Buy me!”. I did just that.

I was initially attracted to the vintage inspired design of the tin can.

I like white things.

The first thing that captured me when I opened the tin can was the distinct scent of rose and mint. At first glance, the red color of the balm looked quite captivating, but I was a bit taken aback on how greasy it first appeared. I flipped the tin can over and read the ingredients. Petrolatum was one of the key ingredients.

No wonder.

The consistency of Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm by Rosebud Perfume Co. is softer than I would prefer my lip balms to be. When I initially swirled my fingers on the balm, I made a “pot hole”. I made a mental note, softer swirling next time; so as not to create new “pot holes” and not to pick up an excessive amount of product.

When I applied the product on my lips, I could feel the immediate effects of peppermint oil. It takes a few minutes for it to fully enhance my pout and the sting isn’t as noticeable as some of those lip enhancers that have chilli in them. This is gentle enough for one of the thinnest skin areas of the face. The gloss from Peppermint oil and Cotton Seed oil also helps in making my lips look fuller by catching the light.

Since petrolatum is one of its main ingredients, it’s quite slippery; especially upon initial contact with the heat from your fingers. Petrolatum has a lower melting point than that of Beeswax.

Speaking of melting point, one thing that I have noticed about this product is that when it gets too hot, it melts. I’ve noticed this every time I work on location. You leave it at an angle for a specific period of time and the balm shifts to the angle of the tin can. One time, I was so surprised when I opened the tin can after retrieving it from the front pocket of my belt bag. You see, the tin can stood in a vertical position inside my belt bag; because of the heat from the sun and the lights, the balm changed its orientation and sank into the new “bottom” of the tin can. When I opened the can and laid it on the table, I gasped.  Think half moon. One side of the tin can was empty and the other was full of lip balm. I had to heat the tin can with my hair dryer so that the lip balm shift back to it’s original position.  Now, I only use Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm by Rosebud Perfume Co. when I am working in a studio.


I have used this for work numerous times. After the skin prep process, I apply a generous amount of  Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm by Rosebud Perfume Co. on the lips of the person I am working with. This is to act as a moisturizing agent and as protective layer.  If ever foundation or concealer makes it way to the lip area, it would be easy to wipe it off.

Often when I create the “no makeup” makeup look, I line the lips with lip liner and apply Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm by Rosebud Perfume Co. The color of the balm adds a hint of rose to the lips.

One of the things I appreciate about this product is that it doesn’t leave any after taste in the mouth. That’s one of the reason why I am not so fond of Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. The Peppermint flavor leaves a fresh feeling in general.


Upon doing some research about this product, I found out that most of their customers use the product for massages! As stated in their web page (click here), “Dab a bit on you temples to help relieve headaches and tension”. On, one of it’s suggested usage is to “pat on dry lips, elbows, or knees to condition whenever needed”.

This is quite a multipurpose product.

Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm by Rosebud Perfume Co. retails for $7 as listed on . I purchased mine at Sephora Ion in Singapore and I have seen this is Sephora Siam Center in Bangkok. I have yet to find out where I can get this here in the Philippines.

Bobbi Brown Lip Balm


I got this product as a gift from my bessie, Nat, a New York based makeup artist who works part time for Bobbi Brown.

Here my take.

Bobbi Brown‘s Lip Balm is a new product that I have not fully experienced, it is currently on a personal test run before it would have a permanent place in my makeup kit. But, so far so good.

I like the packaging. The polished silver tin is quite chic in an understated way. It is quite easy to store in your bag or makeup kit. For personal use, I still prefer lip balms in a swivel-up stick. That way, I can easily store it in the coin pocket of my jeans; like my Chapstick.

I was quite surprised when I opened the lid of this product, I was expecting it to look greasy like that of Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm by Rosebud Perfume Co, but it was not. At first glance, Bobbi Brown‘s Lip Balm looked more compact to me. When I swirled my finger on the product, it did not instantly melt from my body heat. I was able to pick up a desirable amount of product while swirling my fingers without leaving “pot holes” in it. It’s like having the consistency of a swivel-up lip balm in a tin can. It feels more compact and I think its has a higher melting point*. Living in a tropical country, this is an important factor. After all, my work entails me to shoot either on location (under the sun) or under harsh shooting lights in the studio.

Bobbi Brown‘s Lip Balm has a very delicate scent which I really like but cannot identify. It has a delicate flesh toned color, that appears clear on the lips. Unlike some lip balms in the market that are greasy and minty, Bobbi Brown‘s Lip Balm feels quite neutral on my lips; as if it’s not there. The lip balm is very hydrating and soothing. It gives a nice sheen to my lips without looking greasy.


My only issue is that I do not like is it’s taste. Every time I use Bobbi Brown‘s Lip Balm, it reminds me of Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm which I didn’t quite enjoy. I’m not saying that I’ll stop using Bobbi Brown‘s Lip Balm because of that, again this is a personal preference. Your experience might be different from mine.  Having read the immediate ingredients list, beeswax is the only ingredient which is common between these two products. I am not entirely sure though if this it is the taste of the beeswax that is not to my liking.


Currently, I am using Bobbi Brown‘s Lip Balm twice a day. I apply it in the morning when I am about to leave for work and in the evening when I am about to go to bed.

In my opinion, this would be perfect to use as a primer for matte lipsticks. This will prevent your lips from drying out while keeping the matte look. Just blot your lips with tissue to remove excess balm before lipstick application.

Please do take note that Bobbi Brown‘s Lip Balm is scented. If you are sensitive to perfume then be cautious in using this product.

Bobbi Brown‘s Lip Balm lists at $20 at  and retails at Bobbi Brown Philippines in Rustan’s department store for Php1250. For the price,  I wished it came in a much bigger packaging. It currently only holds a net weight of 15 grams, while other in my kit hold a net weight of 22 grams.

*In comparison with lip balms that have petroleum as one of it’s main ingredients. Will still test this product once I’ll be shooting on location .

Ingredients are available at there website, click here to be brought to it’s page.