Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cali Lovin

New video is LIVE on my Youtube channel!

The thing I love about the West coast is how laid back they seem. Being born & raised in New York, I'm accustom to the hustle & bustle of the big city where everyone's doing something all the time. Everyone tries to stand out in their own way over here.

I love the natural aspect of this look. Don't you?

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Enjoy & Stay Maganda <3

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How to: Nude Nails

I got a request on my Facebook page to show how to paint your nails using sheer nude colors. I took it a step further and showed how you can personalize your nails. Let me know what you think!

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Good luck & Stay maganda <3

Friday, January 11, 2013

Banishing Dark Circles!

Okay, we all know that sleep is SUPER important for a flawless complexion and is also the secret to fighting off those pesky dark circles.

But, if you're a night owl like me (and you often find yourself staying up late) or you're in school pulling an all nighter, here are some tips to fake that "wide-awake" look.

Invest in a tone corrector.
PhotoA tone corrector palette (or even some concealer palettes) usually comes with these four colors - pink, yellow, green, and blue. It's used to contrast the colors existing on your face already.

Quick art lesson - Color theory:
Green is the opposite of Red (counteracts redness). Orange is the opposite of Blue (counteracts dark circles). Yellow is the opposite of Purple (also counteracts dark circles).

For my dark circles I mixed the pink and yellow colors to make a "light orange" or "skin-like color" and applied this prior to applying my concealer.

The one I use is from e.l.f (eyes. lips. face.) and it only cost me $3! I picked this one up at my local Target, but you can purchase it from their website as well or any other beauty stores that carry e.l.f. products.

Invest in a good concealer targeting dark circles.
300 (1) It's important to purchase a concealer that is meant for dark circles/under-eye area because they usually have added properties in them that are meant for that delicate area.


This way, it's not just covering up, but helping the area as well. You'll start to see less noticeable dark circles with frequent use. You don't have to break your bank account either because the drug store brands have improved tremendously throughout the years.

I've used both the Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser and the Garnier Dark Circle Roller. I highly recommend both products because they work equally as well. Whichever one you end up choosing depends on your brand preference. The Maybelline one is less expensive and it also comes in more shades. The Garnier one comes in a fair/light shade and a medium/deep shade. Both have added properties to help awaken the under eye area.

I use these concealers everyday (interchanging between the two) and I use the tone corrector for those days where I barely got sleep the night before. See which one works for you - but remember to get SLEEP!

How do you get rid of your dark circles? Is there one brand you prefer over the other?

Good luck & Stay Maganda! <3

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New year, new goals!

It's 2013, a new year, meaning it's time to make some changes!

I've started out by changing my mission, which can be seen in my About page.

To summarize, I wanted to reiterate why I originally started sharing makeup, hair, and overall beauty tips. I was diagnosed with Lupus when I was 19 (turning 20) back in 2010. In order to cope with the sudden lifestyle changes I had to make, I created my YouTube page. I shared simple, easy makeup tutorials for those who needed quick morning routines. I was a college student at the time and so naturally I was targeting those in school like myself, but I was also trying to help those who possibly could have been going through the same thing I was (or similar).

After my diagnosis, I lost a great deal of my self-confidence because my appearance started to change drastically and fast. That's why my goal was to boost confidence.

Next month (Feb.) it will mark 3 years that I've had Lupus. And although my appearance has gone back to its original state (pre-Lupus) my mindset is still the same since that first Youtube video. I know several people who lack confidence in themselves and don't see how truly beautiful they are. Hence why my goal remains the same. I've gained the confidence I lost back and moving forward I want to help others achieve the same :)

Here's to an amazing start to a new year - 2013, let's do big things!

Stay Maganda <3