Bobbi Brown Gel Liner

Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black Ink

My favorite black eyeliner to use is the gel eyeliner in Black Ink from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. This gel liner is extremely long wearing, which is important when you are living in this country (The Philippines).

I love the creamy consistency of this eyeliner. I find it easy to handle and it glides on effortlessly along the lash line. I use this product with my favorite eyeliner brushes  to achieve different eyeliner looks as needed. Click here to read the blog about those brushes. The only catch is that gel liners dry fast. So you have to work with this product as quickly as possible.


This gel eyeliner is extremely black. I use this a lot when I “tight line” the water line on the upper lashes. This gives the eyelashes a fuller look. Since it’s a gel product, it doesn’t smudge easily or breakdown as fast as an eye pencil or liquid eyeliner.

“Tight lining” is a great way of deepening any eyeliner look. I did this in my 50’s makeup look makeup video. Do check it out here to see what I mean.

This is also great as a complementary product when creating a smoky eye. It’s easy to soften the line created by this product. Just make sure to work it while it is still 50 – 80 percent wet. Best to diffuse the line with a smudge brush.


As I stated earlier, the only problem I have with gel liners, in general, is that they dry fast. Really fast. So when ever you are working with this, make sure that every time you open the pot, immediately close it. Open it only as needed. You have to be mindful with this. Once the product dries up, it’s game over. It will be very difficult to even pick it up from the pot. if you do pick it up, once you start applying it on your lids, you get lot s of fall out. Take note that this product is heavier and more pigmented than eye shadow. Once this falls and stains your makeup base, it would be very difficult to clean it up.

There was a time I was so busy with work, that I ended up leaving the pot open all night. When I saw it the next day, it looked matte. The shine was gone and it was difficult to pick up the product.

I ended up buying a new pot.


I scoured the internet for any way of reviving the product. The only process I found appealing to me was to microwave the gel eyeliner for 10 seconds. After I tried it, I did see that the top layer of the gel liner was shiny again, but alas once I started using it, it did not work.

I had a thought and decided to experiment since. I believe that heat with bring this product to life. I decided to leave the old gel eyeliner pot in my car. This way, The product would heat up slowly, aided by the humidity inside the car. I also believe that cooling down the product slowly will help.

A day later, I took it out and used it on myself. The product glided smoothly on my lids just like the way it used to. I did not feel any adverse effect (itching or irritation) on my lids. The most important thing is, it has kept its wearability and durability. A few days later, upon checking, the product still appears moist and it’s workability. Let me say that, I will only use the old gel eyeliner on my self.

As a disclaimer, what works for me might not necessarily work for you. Always be cautionary with anything that you do with your makeup.


This product does not come cheap. It retails for Php 1450 at Rustan’s Department Store.

Bobbi Brown’s Gel Eyeliner comes in 18 shades to suit every eye color and the party girl with in you. To know more about this product visit their webpage by clicking here.



Bench The Showroom Spring Summer 2016

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to take photos during the show, but here are some pictures I have managed to collect from Instagram with the #theshowroom2016.

Hair and Makeup by Team Tor Torre.

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#backstage with @araarida for #Bench

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#backstage #madness for #Bench

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Bench The Showroom Holiday 2015

Team Tor Torre was tapped to do the hair and makeup for Bench. The Showroom2015 showcased looks from the different Bench brands namely: Bench, Her Bench, Human, Kashieca and Bench Body.

Here are some photos taken from Instagram with #theshowroom2015.




Chad White

Team Tor Torre had the opportunity to do the grooming of model Chad White for Bench Body. Photo was taken of him when he hit the runway for Bench Showroom S2016.

Chad White is seen here beside Ben Chan and the rest of the models for the show.

Ariella Arida

I was fortunate enough to work with this wonderful beauty queen after so long! I first did Ara’s makeup when Aces and Queens got me to do makeup for the 2013 screening of Binibining Pilipinas back.

I was told last minute that Ara was going to be part of the Bench Showroom S2016 show and that she was to walk for Kashieca. This got me pretty excited because we could finally get to reconnect 3 years after we initially met.

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SAKURA Art Brushes

If you are an avid lover of gel eyeliners or water activated eyeliners who is currently looking for a brush to use, here is a suggestion:

Sakura Art Brushes.

Available at National Book Store.

Costs between P198 to Php226, depending on brush size.

Top: 3/0 Sakura Brush 555 | Middle: 2 Sakura Brush 855 | Bottom: 3 Sakura Brush 555

Of the three brushes shown on the photo on top, the number 2 Sakura Brush (the one in the middle), is what I have been using the longest.

Like, since college.

I initially bought it for an art project but never used until I started being a pageant queen in the local pageant circuit.

I have been using this brush for a little over 10 years now and I have learned to gain control of this brush. I can thin out or thicken or a line depending on the pressure I exert on the bristles.

For the regular woman, I suggest using the number 3/0 or the number 0 Sakura Brush 555. It’s roughly the same size as most eyeliner brushes out in the market today.


The brush heads

The reason why I have varying brush sizes is because there might be times that I would need to create specific details for a certain eyeliner look.

I also use these brushes to create a cut crease or any eye shadow detail as needed. Since this is made out of nylon, I can use whatever type of eye shadow formula. May it be powder based, cream based, water based or even silicone based. These brushes can work with it.


I know you’re still wrapping your head around the fact that I use art brushes for make up. Let me say that I am one of many makeup artists out there who use art brushes for work.

Again, if you are looking for an eyeliner brush to use, try checking out Sakura brushes. It is durable, versatile, easy to maintain and most of all, inexpensive.






Coastal Scents: Elite 24 Piece Brush Set and 22 Piece Brush Set

Starting out in the world of Makeup Artistry is expensive. Especially when brushes are involved. I know you want to have the top of the line, popular, and branded brushes to grace your makeup kit, but it’s more practical to invest on a brush set when you are starting out.

Here’s why.

  • A brush set practically solves your problems. You’d have all the necessary tools needed to complete a face.
  • A brush set is a “saner” purchase that buying individual brushes. It saves you money.
  • Eventually, you’ll loose a brush. It will happen. When it does, it won’t weight heavily on your heart.

Over time, once you earn more and decide to “level up”, these brushes become your back up brushes and you can use them as you deem fit. Like maybe for body makeup application or for special effects.


If you are planning to study makeup artistry or currently a budding makeup artist in need of tools, here’s a suggestion.

Coastal Scents is a brand that sells bath and beauty products. It was my best friend Nat, a New York based makeup artist, who introduced me to this brand. They sell a variety of makeup products, makeup tools and other personal care items at very affordable prices. The only catch is, the company is based in the United States. The good news is they ship world-wide and shipping is free anywhere in the continental US for orders above $50. For more shipping info click here.

I purchased an Elite Brush Set from their website and had it shipped to a friend’s home in Chicago who was bound to come home.

The Elite Brush Set
It is a collection of 24 professional cosmetic brushes. As you can see, this set has everything you need. The synthetic brushes are mounted on a bamboo handle which are held together with a black ferrule.  The beige (black optional) foldable brush case is included in the purchase. These type of brushes are best to use with cream or liquid products.

This retails for $99.95 (Php4,500) on their website. Price indicated excludes shipment costs, custom duties and taxes for international buyers. I know it seems quite expensive BUT (for the sake of comparison) one MAC brush can cost, at most, $53 (Php 2350). To read more about this brush set click here to be brought to their website.

I also purchased a 22 piece brush set from Coastal Scents.

22 Piece Brush Set. But I lost one brush…
This brush set is a mix of synthetic and natural bristled brushes with an all black ferrule and handle. Again the foldable brush case comes with the purchase. It costs $59.95 (Php2600). Again, price indicated excludes shipment costs, custom duties and taxes for international buyers.  To be brought to the product listing on their website, click here.

Out of the two brush sets, this would be the most useful because you can use these brushes for cream/liquid products and powder products.


Here’s the good part. Coastal Scents  always goes on sale. ALWAYS. I bought these two products when they were on sale at 50% off. At that time, I was regularly checking out their website ( and Instagram page (Coastal Scents IG) for sale updates. I suggest you do so as well.

Once again if you are searching for tools that are affordable, dependable, and not tested on animals Coastal Scents is for you. Remember, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter how expensive or cheap your brushes are, it’s about how you use them.


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