Not Everybody Believes In Contouring

While I was on my hospital bed last Tuesday evening, I’ve managed to come across an online article written by Kristen Bateman for Allure. The title of the article was “Why You’ll Never See A Bobbi Brown Contour Palette”.  This article is based from  “Bobbi Brown on Why She Really Left Her Brand and Resisted Making a Contour Palette, and Her Next Moves”, an interview by Linda Wells (former editor at Allure Magazine) for New York Magazine‘s The Cut.

Both articles certainly got me thinking.

For the past Ten years that I have been doing makeup and checking out Bobbi Brown counters, I have not seen a contour palette from her.  NEVER. Then again, this realization did not surprise me because I know the brand philosophy of Bobbi Brown. That is why she is one of my idols.

As stated on her book Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual,  “All women really want the same thing: to look like themselves, only prettier and more confident.”

This is one philosophy I believe in.

I myself do not contour heavily. Mainly because eighty percent of my work is for Television Commercials. As a rule, makeup should be:

  • Natural
  • Clean
  • Fragrant

Shoots are excruciatingly long and before it commences, I am given a very limited time to do hair + makeup. Skipping contouring actually gives me more than enough time to perfect the skin and bring emphasis to the eyes. Most of the time applying blush correctly is all you need to make a face “bloom”.

Contouring has already reached it’s zenith and I hope it would die down already. I have seen many men and women who overdo it. It is not a very pretty sight. Spotlights tend to wash out the natural contours of the face, thus the need for contouring. One would only need to contour heavily if you have a spotlight following you around 24/7. Youtube makeup video tutorials are not helping in anyway. These makeup tutorial videos are in a “well lit” controlled environment.

Just remember my friends that daylight is kind when it is not directly over head and office lights are your worst enemy,  so less is more.

Honestly, how many more contour palettes has to be made? I do applaud Bobbi for not bowing down to the pressure of creating a contour palette. In truth, selling a contour palette is a lucrative venture for any cosmetic company. With a name sake like Bobbi’s, I’m sure it would sell like hotcakes. Bobbi not creating a contour palette just comes to show that it’s not about the money. It is about empowering women with a little knowledge and the right tools. As stated on the about page her website,, “The secret to beauty is simple: be who you are”.

And I always work around those parameters.


To read the article from Allure, click on the link below.

To read the article from The Cut, click on the link below.



Seek the Uniq: Under Construction Campaign


I was commissed to do the “Under Construction” campaign for the online retail store featuring the beautiful Dutch model Rosalinde.

This campaign features pairings of saturated hues and bold patterns which was shot on the 21st floor of the 8 Rockwell building. Photos are by Bliss Mabini.

Here are some photos of the beautiful Rosalinde. Hands down, one of the most beautiful faces I have ever seen. I love the 60’s vibe of her face and her skin has an beautiful tonal quality that holds are refracts light beautifully. She has such amazing piercing light gray-blue eyes and that is framed by her gorgeous bone structure. She moves with such natural grace that belies the fact that she only does modeling part-time!

It was a good day.




























Project Pharrell

Nestea Lemon TVC
Client: Nestle
Agency: Publicis Manila
Production House: Straightshooters Media Inc.
Producer: Babes Reyes
Director: Gian Mawo
EP: Raissa H. Carrelli
LP: Marie Go
Assistant Director: James Sales
DOP: Monchie Redoble
Production Designer: Debbie Villanueva
Propsman: Thee Propsman
Post House: EO+
Colorist: Aurie Anden
PM: Bea Angulo


Hair: Janet Caballe
Makeup : Tor Torre

For the director’s cut, click here.


I stated in a post on Instagram that this was one of the most challenging projects I have ever done. The resetting of hair and makeup was affecting me psychologically. It was like I was in a twilight zone of sorts! *Laughs*


Don’t get me wrong, I did love working on this project because I gained many insights on how to make makeup stay longer. I have to say, the only casualties were the four sets of false eyelashes I had to change.

The lead talent for this project was Filipina – Australian Nina Robertson. She was so game for this shoot, kudos to her! Her job was not easy but she committed to it and sailed through.

Here is Nina’s complete look for the project.

Here’s a short Instavideo that Janet, the hairstylist, took while I was doing the finishing touches to her eye makeup.

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CollageThis project was shot in two days. The first day was dedicated for the splashing scenes and the second day was for the rest of the story.
The other two talents I met on the second day was the dashing Igor and the cute Eljohn. The scenes took place on a small street at the BGC.
Speaking of talent, there was one scene where I made it into the final film. The stand by area was quite far, and it was too tedious running away from the set and going back to do some retouching once the word “cut” reverberated throughout the set. So I decided to play a part in the crowd. At the 2 second mark, you’ll see my bald head and my ass. *Laughs*. Such is life on set.

VMV Hypoallergenics Id Monolaurin Gel

I was introduced to this products a few months back and I have been testing it out since then.

The first time I saw VMV Hypoallergenics Id Monolaurin Gel I passed over it because I read that it was primarily for sweat acne and acne treatment, which luckyly I don’t suffer from.

Years later, I was replenishing my stocks at the VMV Hypoallergenics store when the advisor asked me if I had tried this gel. I told her I have not because I don’t need it. The advisor knew I was a makeup artist and told me that this product is a perfect makeup base for people with oily skin types because it controls oil and mattifies the face with out drying it.


The VMV Hypoallergenics Id Monolaurin Gel  comes in a 120 ml blue bottle. You squeeze it, and the gel comes out. The amount of gel that comes out depends on how much pressure you exert unto the bottle. I was initially worried about spillage, but the bottle works like a vacuum, sucking in the gel once you stop squeezing it.

Upon first contact, the gel felt cool on my skin. It made me feel relaxed actually. I also felt my skin tighten but it was soft to the touch. That’s when I knew this product was controlling my oil without drying my skin.
Unlike some makeup bases in the market, this gel left my skin matte with out  the white cast!
I proceeded to apply some makeup on and it did not interfere with the slip and slide of the foundation.
I have been using this for the past few months on people who have oily skin (me included). Here’s what I have observed:
  • This is a good makeup base. Since this gel dries quickly, it needs to be applied on the skin as soon as it’s out of the bottle. It’s best to use fingers in doing so.
  • You don’t need to use as much as you think you do. A little bit of the product goes a long way and it’s best to use this on the main problem areas of the skin, i.e. T-zone.
  • If you use too much, flaking can occur. You’ll see white “dust like particles” sitting on top of the skin especially when you “layer” the gel over. You’d need to buff it off with a brush.
  • If you use too much, your foundation might not slip and slide easily. Remember, you’d need a little bit of moisture to make that foundation work.
  • This helps extend the wear of your makeup by inhibiting the oil production process of the skin by a few hours than in comparison when not using VMV Hypoallergenics Id Monolaurin Gel as a base.

The main active ingredients of this product are Monolaurin ( Gylceryl Laurate) and Glycerin. Monolaurin is derived from coconut oil, which is known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory effects. That why this is a good treatment for those who suffer from acne, sweat acne, ingrown hairs, waxing and shaving bumps. Glycerin is the ingredient that “locks in” moisture.



Recently, my nephew from the US came over for a visit. Having  stayed under the sun a tad too much with out sunscreen he came up to me complaining about the discomfort of his sunburn. He asked me if I had anything that could be of help to rid him of the pain of the sunburn. I initially, said I didn’t have any. Fortunately around that time he was asking me, I was arranging my kit and I saw the blue bottle ofVMV Hypoallergenics Id Monolaurin Gel sticking out. I handed him the bottle and I told him to place a generous amount all over his face while I proceeded to apply the gel all over his back.

I had a hunch it might work.

He said the gel felt cool to the touch and the uncomfortable feeling of being “burnt” was alleviated instantly. He looked less uncomfortable too, which was a good sight. 24 hours later, no adverse side effects. This might be a good  aide in relieving the discomfort of sunburn. I was banking on the Monolaurin to work its anti-inflammatory power on him.


If you are from the Philippines and you’d want to know more about VMV Hypoallergenics Id Monolaurin Gel , vist the VMV Hypoallergenics Philippines  website at For the rest of the world visit

In the Philippines this retails for Php 830.

In the US and the rest of the world, it reatils for $30.

If you are an avid online shopper, VMV Hypoallergenics offers lots of online discounts every now and then. So do watch out .


Let me say that the products I am using has worked for me and it might not necessarily work for you. Always be discerning when purchasing cosmetics or skin care products. Always read the label and the literature! Always do a patch test before you purchase a product for the first time to see that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients listed.

This blog is not sponsored. The products that are shown here are the products that I always use, love and live by.


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Alcohol, Aqua/Water/Eau, Glyceryl Laurate, Glycerin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine.

Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Trans-Foam Clay

I like skin care products that are effective and multi purpose.

Left: Dermaclear Trans-foam Clay GREEN      Middle: Dermaclear Trans-Foam Clay Pink        Right: Dermaclear Trans-foam Clay White

That’s why I like these products from Dr. Jart+.

The Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Tans-Foam Clay is a clay mask that you massage on your face and leave on to dry for three minutes. Feel it transform into a foaming facial wash when you rinse it off with warm water.

These three products were part of my New York stash when I was there in October of 2016. A gift from my good friend Nat.

Prior to getting Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Tans-Foam Clay, I had zero experience with clay masks because they are not available here. I was very excited to start using these on my self and “see” how they work.

I first tried this on my self for the first time when I arrived home from New York. I wanted to feel refreshed and hydrated after a long flight.

I chose to use Dermaclear Trans-Foam Clay in Green. The clay had a very light green tint to it (The Dermaclear Trans-Foam Clay in Pink has a light pink hue to it and the Dermaclear Trans-Foam Clay in White is white.).I massaged a generous amount of the clay unto my skin. The clay appears white once applied unto the skin.

The clay felt cool on my skin. Minty. Refreshing. I also felt my skin tightening as the clay started to dry.

After three minutes, I washed my face with warm water. In circular motions, I gently rubbed the clay on my face, instantly transforming into foam! I continued massaging the lather unto my face for a couple of minutes before washing the product off completely.

Once dry, my skin started glowing and it felt soft and hydrated.  To my surprise, I did not loose the “tight” feeling. I followed this up with my regular skin care regimen and I was happy with my results.

A full 24 hours later, I was happy find that my skin did not get any reaction. It stayed clear.


I wanted to try using Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Trans-Foam Clay before putting on makeup. To see how it affected the makeup application process and if affects the staying power of the makeup.

I tried this on myself.

It was the day of the Christmas Party of Mars, the TV magazine show I work for. To get the story, read my blog about it and it’s accompanying makeup video tutorial by clicking here.

I have been working all day and I needed to put my makeup on once my body temperature has regulated and my heart has paced normally. It’s always best to apply makeup when one is relaxed. Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Trans-foam Clay in White helped me relax and it calmed my skin. The active ingredient in this clay the Roman Chamomile, an herb that is known for it’s calming agent / stress reducer.

In my experience, my makeup lasted longer. The clay made my skin toned and tight. I also noticed that my skin did not get as oily as it usually did making my makeup last the entire night without extensive retouching. Since then, I use this clay when I have a shoot with a beauty makeup requirement.

I highly recommend using a clay mask before putting on your makeup. It does make a difference.


While writing this entry, I managed to find the official Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Trans-foam Clay video.

This video will explain further the methodology, the ingredients, the benefits, and the science behind this product.

I have to say, what a lovely video. The photography, production design, cinematic flow and the music made me feel… beautiful.


At this time, I do not know if this is available in the Philippines. So if you are abroad do try to check this out.

This product individually sells at $15 and the Trio sells at $35 ($45 value) on

To know more about Dr. Jart+ ,their products and where to buy them, visit their website by clicking here.


Let me say that the products I am using has worked for me and it might not necessarily work for you. Always be discerning when purchasing cosmetics or skin care products. Always read the label and the literature! Always do a patch test before you purchase a product for the first time to see that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients listed.

This blog is not sponsored. The products that are shown here are the products that I always use, love and live by.


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Ingredients List As Stated in the Packaging:
Trans-Foam Clay in Calming White:
It’s main active ingredient is Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract) great for it’s calming properties.

Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Kaolin*, Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Bentonite, Betaine, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Myristic Acid, Arachidic Acid, Lauric acid, Disodium EDTA, Dipropylene Glycol, Decyl Glucoside, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract*.

Trans-Foam Clay in Moisturizing Pink:
It’s main active ingredient is Lotus Flower (Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract), which hydrates the skin.

Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Kaolin*, Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Bentonite, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Betaine, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin, Polyquaternium-7, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride/Acrylamide Copolymer, Arachidic Acid, Lauric acid, Myristic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Disodium EDTA, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Decyl Glucoside, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract*.

Trans-Foam Clay in Refreshing Green:
With Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Schoenathus Extract) as it’s active ingredient which helps control sebum.

Water, Titanium Dioxide, Montmorillonite*, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Bentonite, Kaolin*, Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin, Ethyl Menthane Carboxamide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cellulose Gum, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Menthol, Lauric acid, Myristic Acid, Arachidic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract*.

The three Dermaclear variants shares these ingredients:

*French Clay (Kaolin, Montmorillonite): Cleanses pores and exfoliates.
Hydrogen Mineral Water: Purifies.
*Sepicalm VG (Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract [Known as the European White Water Lily]): Tones skin. Sepicalm VG also known as a lightener and brightener.