Tools of the Trade (Artist Studio Makeup Brushes)

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Offering a wide set of makeup brushes, the Artist Studio Makeup Brushes are a set of less-costly yet great finds! The brushes displayed on their stall in Landmark, (I think Landmark is the only distributor of Artist Studio Makeup Brushes around North) showcases the basic tools on a lower price. Although I had doubts on how will these products meet the market’s expectations compared to its price, I still gave the Artist Studio Makeup Brushes the chance to prove itself to a wannabe MUA like me.

  1. Contour/Blush Brush (PHP 79.75)

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  1. Blending Brush (PHP 69.75)

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  1. Crease Brush (PHP 49.75)

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  1. Eyeshadow Brush (PHP 59.75)

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To be honest, these are the first official tools I have bought ever since I decided to pursue my hopes as a makeup artist. Although the only brushes I have are that of Bare Mineral’s powder and blush brush (the ones that I use every day), and a few brushes that comes in with the cosmetic packages, I still have nothing to compare it to. That is also why I looked it over the internet to learn a few tips on how to spot a good makeup brush.

BRUSH HAIR: Is it authentic or is it synthetic?

It’s synthetic. I also want to share how I had to spend a few minutes checking and running my fingers through the hair (I’m talking about the eyeshadow blending brush) of mostly those in front of the stall because some were already shedding (I knowwww!). Good thing I found one that did not shed that much. Fortunately, the ones at the back part did not – so I guess a few makeup junkies like me just wanted to test those that were in the front, right?

HANDLE: Plastic or wood?

The handle is made out of a light-weight plastic that is very much easy to grip. It’s also long and slender – which makes it comfortable to control your strokes. This kind of brush is also a must love because its sturdiness is the type that you can move and carry around if you’re going to include them with your daily essentials.

DENSITY

Well, for a very much affordable brush, this has its bragging rights for its density! It also made me wonder how its price can be enough for its quality, not that I’m exaggerating or what, but these are really awesome brushes!

So the next time you drop by Landmark, please don’t forget to see these babies and get the Artist Studio Hangover just like me!

Estēe Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup

Estēe Lauder’s products have long been included in my family’s makeup practice. Growing up in a family with love for beauty and beyond, Estee Lauder’s brilliance in living to its promise over the years (during my mom’s and aunts’ time) has inspired me to this post –making a testimony from the past to the present.


Double Wear Powder Makeup 3N1 in Ivory Beige has a medium to full coverage but is a very light product to apply on the face indeed. Even with its coverage, it still did not look as cakey as I expected it to be. Although my face is naturally (and usually, lol) oily, this product gave me a semi-matte finish that proves its powdery smooth perfection even with my skin type. Although I haven’t tried using it for eight hours straight (which was, by the way, its suggested time-wear) I’m sure it would be just a tad of retouch to get me back to that powdery smooth perfection. Sponge-velvet.FINALZZZ

Sorry I forgot to put down my brush, I had to use  it because I don’t want to spoil my dual-sided applicator yet, haha!

Speaking of which, this product has a dual-sided applicator that can set you up from the essential foundation with “powdery-smooth perfection” by using the sponge side (left side of the picture above) to the “finishing powder” finish you can use over some liquid makeup by using the velvety side (right side of the picture above). Here are some nag-iinarte pictures of mine using Estēe: EsteeLauderNagiinartePic.edited Unfortunately, I forgot to take some before-after pictures. So let me just make it up to you the next time I use this one soon… EsteeLauderFRONTThank you again for tuning in, if you have comments or suggestions, please feel free to let me know! Till next post, ciao!

Daytime Wickedness

Daytime Wickedness is a simple yet a very edgy daytime look fit for those who have a tight schedule! Although I know this look breaks the typical posts running on your summer feed as for now, but you know me and my pleasure with resisting patterns, haha!

This makeup look is one of my much loved indeed. It’s just the usual Smoky Eye glammed up with a winged-eyeliner. It only took me more or less five minutes to prep up my eyes and I already feel great about it without having hesitations if it will look flabby during the day!

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Here are the other angles:

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Although it looks so light on the pictures, I am pretty sure it looked much darker in real life, haha! But anyhow, I’d just like to share how deeply enthusiastic I am with how a smoky-eye plus a winged-eyeliner, together with a nude shaded lips, can revive the glamour-puss in me – or in anybody! And the best part of it is, it only took me less than 10 minutes to finish this routine!

The products that I used (these are mainly for the eyeshadow, obviously, I haven’t perfected the craft of the “perfect eyebrow”. Maybe soon, yeah? LOL):

  • Pinkies Collection in Skintone
  • Pinkies Collection in Brown for the crease (You notice now how I am in love with these products huh? LOL)
  • Revlon Perle Eyeshadow
  • Clinique Eyeshadow duo in Frosted Lily
  • Avon Extralasting Liquid Eyeliner

To practice is to perfect

The first few weeks of my unemployment started, and are still, running on full-time internet dependence. To cut the story short, the influence of social media together with my gut to replenish my hibernating cosmetic pursuit has landed me farther from what I expected.

Although my budget is still tight and is aimed for employment purposes I have managed to save some for my new cosmetic endeavor. I bought two shades from Pinkies Collection’s matte eyeshadow (Skintone and Brown) to get me and my contouring skills in practice. I know these two aren’t really meant for contouring (and I am terribly sorry for that) but I really wanted to practice as soon and as frequent as I can that’s why I considered trying using some less-costly products.

Anyway, I have found out that these shades are really good not just for my “contouring” sessions but also it’s a great eye product! I have used it mostly for my interviews and it never gets bunged on the eyes (you see, I have a monolid set so most eye products gets clogged on my lid). I am not just sure whether its the matte effect, but it still is a great product most especially if you are just going for the classy daytime look. These two are definitely not the last of what I am going to get from Pinkies Collection’s!

Here is what the products look like:

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YEP2.editedSwatches:

YEP3.editedI love how these products come in a very light and handy package! The saleslady also told me that they can come in palettes, it’s just that there weren’t any available during those times (boo hoo).

Well, for my first few attempts to practice my contouring, I guess I’ll just have to consult Youtube more. Shall be posting them soon, too! Ciao!

The Major “Virtual” Turning Point

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done” – Vincent van Gogh

Before we break down the lexis of my new tagline, let me take this moment to say my sincerest appreciation to those who have been avid readers of erbasilio.wordpress.com for the last three years: Thank you so much for reaching this point of my ramblings and unworthy posts, and for lending me your virtual ears. This is truly something I will forever value. And for those who just subscribed to my blog, I would like to extend my gratitude still. The mere fact that you are reading this right now deserves a heartfelt thank you.

Three and years and counting – that’s how long I have been blogging ideas, crafts, cosmetics, adventures, ranting, pictures, reviews, events and all that on erbasilio.wordpress.com. Never in my wildest dream have I imagined that a day filled with pathetic insecurities and enraged teenage hormones will lead me this far. “Confessions of a Bored Damsel” being the first tagline for this blog, were the exact words to sum up how aloof I was with life way back when I started on WordPress.

But now, that I have set my priorities – not just with this blog but in real life as well – I decided to alter the posts that I will be publishing. If you are expecting me to delete or edit the previous posts here, well then you are wrong. Let us treat that as the past that WE CAN NEVER CHANGE. Hence, what we can change is the FUTURE through PRESENT TIME.

Breaking the thin line between geeky and beauty.

Breaking is the word I chose to emphasize the eternal state of things that are broken (literally and figuratively). Pieces might be brought back together, but it will never be like it was before.

The thin line, on the other hand, is my way to describe how very much parallel it seems to me both being a “geek” and “beautiful” are. This thin line parts mainstream beauty from those who are also priceless themselves.

Through Breaking the Thin Line between Geeky and Beauty only can I advocate that being a “non-mainstream” or by just being you, showcases true exquisiteness itself. This might include embracing awkward interests; even strange sets of interests, (like cosmetics and the cosmos, a punk rock enthusiast and a Disney baby, or by a being an environmental warrior and a style guru) will never hold back the genuine beauty we all have. I know for some, this may sound like the oddest of pairs, but I know I am not the only one who has them.

That is why I came up to object the clichéd concept of being on “that side” of a person. I personally would like to promote how being you – even if it is by being geeky – can be the only way of having true beauty.

PS. I am still working on a better header so, sorry for the quality as for now.

Stress-free in One, Two, Three!

Three easy-to-follow remedies that can make you deal and divert your mind from current stresses in life!

1. Drink a glass of water.

We all might have heard of what the important effects of water in the body are, and what the beneficial outcomes it might bring us physiologically. Drinking a glass of water – most especially in times of stress or annoyance – will also help you to take a step back, and give your thinking a timeout from what’s causing you discomfort. It will give you a chance to reconsider both sides of the argument. And by seeing the issue outside your considerable point of view, this will make you steer clear from what’s causing you pain because, remember, perspective WILL ALWAYS MATTER.

2. Meditate

Imagine listening to the sound of the waves…”

Sounds familiar? As much as I want to make this sound easy, but imagining the sound of the waves or even trying to pause and imagine a relaxing scenario is hard, particularly in a busy-beehive type of environment. So, to divert your attention into a more relatable set-up, you can try to listen to every detail of whatever environment you have. Whether your location is amidst a busy street, amidst two persons loudly arguing, or even in a noisy market, trying to detail and decode bits of sound in your environment will surely help you calm your nerves (E.g. Trying to imagine your blood running through your veins, or imagining every droplet of water when it’s raining). Though this takes practice and deeper consideration of your current environment, this practice can sure help to make a tad of decrease on your stressed-out phase.

3. To productivity and beyond!

Bury yourself with things to do and to explore! Join (or create) activities beneficial to you and your wellbeing! Go beyond your comfort zone when it comes to finishing and doing tasks at hand. Still got a week or two before that term paper deadline? Why not do it now?! Still dreaming of acing that quota at work? Do advance reading for your enrolled courses!  Trying to get into those skinny jeans you have been eyeing for, for months? Start a new workout routine! Stop dreaming and start doing! By trying to put yourself amidst workloads and other productive things, not only can you contribute to your status quo itself but this can also bring you success without even trying to notice it! Anyway, success is still the best comeback, right? And besides, it’s a sure help not just for yourself but also for those who you were aiming to fire at in the first place.

Remember that even the most annoying person in this world don’t deserve mistreatment. You shouldn’t give in to your impulses without having second – or even third or more – thoughts on how you should deal with them. And never, ever let your mood degrade your manners!

So there we have it… three of MY most useful remedies for dealing with stress and annoyance! Just always keep in mind that stress is a thing with the environment – IT SHOULDN’T BE COMING FROM YOU!

Looking For Alaska – An Unsolicited Book Review

Christmas Break! It’s that time of the year when books are to be returned to libraries in replacement of the to-be-busy festive of the upcoming holiday. As I was about to leave our university’s library, a student assistant, who coincidentally had to be my previous PE classmate, mentioned a far-fetched privilege I just had to have that day. Students have this chance to borrow up to three books for a due that was weeks after. Still stunned by the crazy, spontaneous and about-to-be-abused idea, I really did not have the time to scan around the library so I decided to push against fate to whatever it was on the counter. Lucky enough, I found myself reading the title of this black book that was on top of the “return” pile that day. Though this was not the first of what I have read of John Green’s, this was the sure first that felt close to my senses.

Looking For Alaska is not the first of its kind – I’m sure of that. But the “novel” kind of approach really did have its impact on what it sets to portray on a very heartfelt manner. Basing on the title, I sure did had a hunch on how the story will go, but again setting it on a creative and incredibly ingenious type of approach managed its way to my interest on a simple yet reflective way. The title did not really reveal much of what it really is, but I guess that made its mystery a tad more compelling.

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Not wanting to be a spoiler, but I just really want to share my deep appreciation for how John Green has managed to bring life – but not too fictitious – to the characters. It did unveil how teenagers would behave and how, given the complexity of this life, can bring them all together in an instant. I mean, how a, should I say, a “nobody” like Pudge Halters had manage to be with such an adventurous crew like that of the Colonel’s. But that’s just the simplest of it all.

The other thing I truly admire is the way that the author had managed to visualize and bring life to a character like that of Alaska Young’s. She’s smart, but yet she had her shortcomings too. She’s tough but what others does not seem to be aware about is that she just seems tough, but she could be a fur ball too deep down. And that’s the truth about life. People may act as the toughest, but then again it’s just that sometimes, there are just excuses – plausible ones – that make them act like they just not give a damn at all. Another thing that made me love Alaska Young’s character is that she most definitely broke that thin line between being a good-ass and a bad-ass for a teenager. I mean, that was a sure hit for me. A girl can be both smart and crazy and that does not (and will never) mean it’s just one out of the other.

To stop myself from further spoiling tendencies, I have gathered enough guts to give personal responses on “some intentionally vague and discussion questions” from Looking For Alaska:

Q: Is forgiveness universal? Is forgiveness readily available to all people, no matter the circumstances? Is it possible for the dead to forgive the living, and for the living to forgive the dead?

Yes. I’d have to agree that forgiveness is both universal and is readily available to all people. But I guess that it’s a case-to-case basis that would depend on some unrelated factors pre-, peri-, and post- the “forgiving” period. I agreed that forgiveness is universal because I support and believe that humans are naturally born with an innate likeness to be good and that goodness exhausts even with dark “forces” around us. But humans, as I believe, are also naturally skeptic, lessening the odds of accepting apologies from people who might or might not seek it.

For the possibility of the dead forgiving the living and the living forgiving the dead, I say it would be a yes too. Based on experience, though I cannot say that I have fully grasped the “true” –whether it’s existing or not – meaning of forgiveness, but what I can share with you is that time does help a lot with this. It helps us people lessen the hatred and seize more enlightenment, and it helps us divert our senses to other worth-while tricks that the world can offer.

Q: I would argue that both in fiction and in real life, teenage smoking is a symbolic action. What do you think it’s intended to symbolize, and what does it actually end up symbolizing? Why would anyone ever pay money in exchange for the opportunity to acquire lung cancer and/or emphysema?

I think teenage smoking symbolizes rebellion. Most of the time, I think teenagers who smoke or who are interested in smoking have this view that the world will respect and consider them as adults if they do what the adults are doing too. Maybe it brings them confidence, not just with how the world would see them if they are considered “smoking” but maybe just mere confidence that they can do whatever it is to do just because they can lit one up. And to answer the last question, I just think they ignore it. You know, to make them look like someone who doesn’t give a shiz. Besides, a vice is still a vice no matter how expensive or deadly it is. When someone is indulged in the thinking that their “habit” is something that they cannot live without, it’s just them and their world. No matter how hard people try to get them out of their sinkhole, it’s just them and their “habit.”

So, top this post a cherry of unsolicited advice, Looking For Alaska is a book to recommend. Its twists has its creative way of putting the reader on the edge of their seats, though this book didn’t use profound euphemisms or whatsoever glittery-pompoms, its turn of events are something to watch or read for.  Most certainly an 8 out of ten.