Archive | April, 2013

Cassie’s Big Day

30 Apr


One beautiful Sunday last March 3, 2013, I was so excited to head over to Intramuros, one of my favorite places in Manila, to do makeup on another lovely bride, Casini 🙂

She was checked in at The Bayleaf Intramuros, a new hotel that just opened late last year.  It was a really nice hotel and the staff was very helpful.  I bring around five bags whenever I do weddings and you can tell when the staff is more than willing to help you.  At Bayleaf, they were happy to help 🙂


Casini’s beautiful gown 🙂


Casini’s hair was done by my talented sistah, RJ Dela Cruz 🙂 Cas just wanted to have her down with loose waves 🙂


Fresh makeup done! 🙂


Almost done with hair 🙂


Beautiful Cas with her gorgeous bouquet.


Awwww, look who was waiting for Cas outside the hotel??? 🙂


Casini ready to ride her carriage to the Church! I love it 🙂 So perfect!


Congratulations again, Cas!  You looked stunning, just like a princess on her way to marry her prince!  Haha!

I had so much fun being a part of your wedding team 🙂  Thank you for that opportunity, Lovi! 🙂



The Ultimate Empanada

20 Apr

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One random evening, we decided to drive all the way to Katipunan from Makati… all for this Ilocos Empanada 🙂

My son, who’s not a big fan of eating anything new, would rather eat his chicken nuggets from Mcdo.  So we made sure he had his snacks before me and Dante did 🙂

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My husband loves Ilocos Empanadas.  And I have always loved Vigan longganisa.  We noticed there weren’t a lot of these everywhere.  But thank God, we now know where to go when the craving for these Ilocos Empanadas comes back 🙂

There’s a little place in Katipunan called Farinas Ilocos Empanada 🙂

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Dante and I both ordered the Extra Special Ilocos Empanada (Only P69).  In the extra special one, there’s one egg, two pieces of longganisa and vegetables.

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There’s some chili sauce on the table.

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And some special Ilocos Vinegar.

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Poked a few holes on the crispy empanada before pouring the vinegar.

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SO YUMMY.  Eggs, longganisa and vegetables in a crispy shell.  WINNER.  A must-try!

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I really hope they open a branch in Makati!  Click here to know more about Farinas Ilocos Empanada.

Although my son preferred his nuggets over the empanadas, we all shared a happy meal together 🙂

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Have a great Sunday, my friends! You never know, we might just see each other in Farinas today.  LOL!

A Handmade Knight

20 Apr

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This is my latest amigurumi creation… The Dark Knight! 🙂  And I think he is my secret favorite.  Hehe…



First of all, his basic color scheme are my two favorite colors.  Black and grey.



It was also my first time to use suede cloth as a cape 🙂



I used to crochet the capes as well but I like the way the suede cloth flows.



I’m very happy with how Batman turned out 🙂



So who will win in this battle?!

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Happy Saturday, everyone! 🙂  Please visit and “like” my Facebook page, if you have one, for more updates on my current handmade projects! 🙂

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Facial Cleansing Sponge by Nippon

18 Apr

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An amazing product of Nippon… the facial cleansing sponge.  This is now what I use to wash my face every morning and night 🙂

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What I would normally do every night is remove my makeup with Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil using Nippon’s facial patting cotton.

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Then afterwards, I wash my face with my favorite drug store brands, either Clean and Clear’s Deep Cleansing Facial Wash or Celeteque’s Hydrating Facial Wash 🙂  I would either wash my face using my hands or occasionally with a facial towel.  But I felt like I was tugging my skin too much with a facial towel.  Until I discovered the beauty of this facial cleansing sponge!

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At first I thought that it was going to be harsh on my skin because it was quite hard when I took it out from the package.  The texture was like a thin loofah for the body.  I thought to myself maybe I’ll be using this only once a week. I exfoliate my skin using an apricot facial scrub only once a week, not advisable to do everyday.  And I thought using this sponge would just be good for exfoliating.

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But when I opened it and soaked it in water, it softened and it became this super soft sponge that was gentle on the face.  I didn’t feel like it was harsh at all but it was enough to really clean my face.  It was the great tool to massage the facial cleanser all over my face without feeling like I was scratching or tugging my skin.

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Now I use this sponge with my facial cleanser every morning and evening 🙂  I can’t wash my face without this anymore!  Haha! My face feels squeaky clean after.  After every use, just squeeze out all the water and soap and rinse well.  Just leave it on a soap dish to dry.  Once it’s dry, you will notice that it will harden again.  Just soak in water before use to soften.


This is how the sponge looks like when it’s wet 🙂 Super soft!

Click here for more info on Nippon’s amazing and useful products and tools for personal use and also for professional beauticians like me! LOL! 🙂  Hope you’re all having a beauty-full week so far, my friends! 🙂

A Japanese Celebration

17 Apr

Look how happy Damien was… I wonder why! Haha! Thank you for coming, Tita Jilly! 🙂

Last March 28, 2013, I celebrated my birthday with the most special people in my life! 🙂  (Kulang na lang Ate and Kuya ko. HUHUHU!)  Since it was my birthday, I chose to eat my favorite cuisine of all time… Japanese 🙂

My birthday this year fell on Holy Thursday.  So I wasn’t sure if there were any restaurants open.  I knew for sure that hotels would be.  So I chose UMU in Dusit Thani Hotel 🙂  (But I would have chosen UMU anyway even if it weren’t a holiday.  I just love this place.)


The freshest watermelon shake.


The calm before the storm.  If you’ve eaten with us, you’ll know what I mean.  Haha!


Yummy tuna salad for appetizers.


California Maki.


A bowl of Katsudon.


Unagi, my brother’s request and favorite.


Wala munang pansinan. Baka maubusan ng pagkain! Haha! 🙂


UMU’s staff is the best.


Sukiyaki for everyone.


AWWWWW! A birthday cake for me???? 🙂


And a birthday song for me??? 🙂 Hehe


Thank you, Dante and Damien, for my strawberry birthday cheesecake!!! 🙂 Soooo yummy. Bought in Dusit’s Bakery 🙂


Always thankful for my most precious gift, my Damien Crow 🙂

What more could I ask for??? An excellent meal shared with my loves!

A happy birthday, indeed.

Missing you, Ate and Och!

Uchiide in Manila

8 Apr

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I never thought this day would come when I would finally meet the Artistic Director of Shu Uemura, Kakuyasu Uchiide-San.  He was here for a few days last week to celebrate with us the 10th year of Shu Uemura, Philippines! 🙂

Here are some snapshots that I took with my Iphone.

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During our training/makeup check for the big night! 🙂

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Uchiide-San demonstrates one of Shu Uemura’s most difficult mode makeup looks called “Peacock”. Amazing.  Amazing.  Amazing.

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Uchiide-San also showed us how to do the “Flaggy”. Wooooow. That’s all I can say.

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Special dinner with Uchiide-San and Team Shu Philippines at Bistro Filipino by Chef Laudico.

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Food was fantastic!!! My personal favorite… the Sinigang Martini 🙂 I did not expect that! 🙂

The next day, (the big day), our call time was 9am at Mango Tree, Bonifacio High Street.  And what is the first thing we all need???

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Spot the artists.

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With my good friend and super talented makeup artist, John Pagaduan 🙂

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This was my assigned mode makeup look for the big night… Masquerade 🙂 A million thanks to my beautiful model, Michelle Panemanglor 🙂

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All set 🙂

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Michelle, ready to rock n’ roll!

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Here are more of the mode makeup looks for the big night done by my amazing teammates and dearest friends 🙂 That’s Angelique Dinglasan doing her thang (top left), makeup by Omar Ermita (top middle), makeup up by Angelique (top right), makeup by Angie Cruz (bottom left), makeup by Sharon Soledad (bottom middle) and makeup by Patrick Alcober (bottom right). Amazing job, guys!!! I failed to take photos of the other models because it was crazy backstage but you should have seen the works of art that Claire Diokno, John Pagaduan and Hannah Pechon did!!! 🙂  Congratulations to all of us.  We survived.  LOL!


More backstage snapshots 🙂

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With my gorgeous gals, Claire and Angelique 🙂 The show will begin in 15 minutes 🙂

I didn’t get to take photos of the show itself.  Haha! But it was awesome!!! Trust me! 🙂

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Dinner is served.  YUM.

I really feel so blessed that I was given the chance to meet Uchiide-San.  He is an inspiration and a true artist.  And even though he was so tired from all his photo shoots and events, he would always have a smile on his face!  (And wouldn’t turn down a photo with his biggest fans! Hehe!)  This is definitely one of the highlights of my makeup career and I will never forget these two days!  It brought our team closer, it challenged us to do more than our best and most of all, made a fan girl like me sooooooo happy to be in the presence of one of the greatest makeup artists, Uchiide-San! Thank you 🙂

Special thanks to Nina, Nadia and Karen of Shu Uemura, Philippines!!! You girls made it all happen 🙂

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Fan girl mode!!! 🙂

Shu Uemura: Finally has a BB!

8 Apr


Introducing Shu Uemura’s BB Perfector Skin Smoothing Beauty Cream!

I tried this amazing product on myself yesterday.  I used it after my daily skincare.  I applied a thin layer of this beauty cream and set it with pressed powder.  It covered all my blemishes but maintaining a sheer and illuminating base.

What I love about this product is that it made my skin seem flawless (my skin is so bad right now.)  without having to pile on foundation and concealer.  It has SPF 30 which is perfect for summer in Manila.  It lasted the whole day without caking even if I was sweating from the extreme summer heat!

It’s tinted but quite sheer.  If you feel that it’s too light for your skin tone, just set it with the right shade of loose or pressed powder 🙂


I highly recommend this product to those who have been looking for the perfect BB cream.  Love love love.

Happy Monday, my friends! 🙂