HELP: Search for eyeshadow primer!

Hey guys!

So I’ve been on a hunt for an eyeshadow primer that will help my eyeshadow stay on and not crease despite my really oily lids. That was after my eyeshadow yesterday creased after just a few hours of wear. Ugh. I figured that was happening too often now, so I’m looking for a primer that will give me the best value for my money. If you know me, I’m reaaaaaally thrifty. So there.

I’ve asked a group of makeup enthusiasts on Facebook already and I think I’ve narrowed down my choices to Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper.

Any feedback on these?

Thanks in advance and see you again on my next post!



RAVE: Maybelline’s Baby Lips in Anti-oxidant Berry

This isn’t new at all, but I’m not sure if everyone knows about this already. I feel the need to let others know how much this has worked for me! Haha!

Major, major rave for this Maybelline lip balm line, especially the anti-oxidant berry variant!

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Its Claim:
-Instant 8-hour moisture: shed away rough dryness for supple, smooth, and cushioned lips all day long
-Rejuvenated lips in one week. Its proven Centella essence increases cell turnover to literally transform your lips: fines lines reduced, elasticity and suppleness increased

My Experience:
Baby lips in anti-oxidant berry moisturizes instantly and keeps my lips moisturized up to ~13 hours! The times that I really need to apply this is every after I brush my teeth. If I don’t, my lips start to feel very dry and become chapped after a while. Sometimes, I feel the need to after I use a mouthwash and wipe off or after eating and wiping. But that’s basically it. After a day of using it, I remembered having felt that my lips were renewed and baby soft. It wasn’t even a week. But my lips weren’t very chapped in the first place, so that’s something to take into account. Given my experience, I think this would greatly benefit those who suffer from dry, chapped lips. Major plus for its lovely scent!

-Instant 8-hour moisture: I say up to ~13 hours!
-Rejuvenated lips in one week: I say even in one day, especially for those who don’t have very chapped lips to begin with. Fine lines reduced, elasticity and suppleness increased!

I’ve tried using Chapstick, Vaseline’s Lip Therapy, and even plain petroleum jelly on my lips during the day. They all worked to a certain extent and I was satisfied with their performance. That was until I got to try Maybelline’s Baby Lips lip balm in Anti-oxidant berry. It was much more effective in moisturizing than plain petroleum jelly and Vaseline’s Lip Therapy. It stayed on much longer and it was much more wearable and comfortable on the lips. It was a bit more comfortable on the lips than Chapstick, and I liked the way Baby Lips smelled way more than Chapstick in cherry or strawberry does. The anti-oxidant berry variant smells fruity and light. Plus, Baby Lips in anti-oxidant berry does not deliver color, while Chapstick does. It’s a plus for me just because I don’t really like the way balms deliver color.

(This is not a paid entry, okay. I just really think this product is great! Haha.)

Warning tho: since the anti-oxidant berry variant is virtually colorless, there were times when I’d put too much on and my lips would look pale. :p once, a colleague asked me if I was sick coz I looked pale. (I had nothing on but lip balm.) Yikes. Also, heavy application can fade lip color. Light application in tapping motions should be okay over lipstick.

I’ve also tried a variant in the Baby Lips Color line. I didn’t like it as much. It did tint my lips (sheerly tho), but I felt like the anti-oxidant berry variant was more effective in moisturizing AND I’m just crazy for the scent! :)) i’m a sucker for fruity fragrances. :p

That’s it for this rave post!

Hoping to empower you,


Available in leading department stores, drugstores, and supermarkets.
Baby Lips in Anti-oxidant Berry, Php 82

Zerotohero Day 1: Passion, Makeup, and Empowerment

Hi and welcome to my blog!

I’m Sydney, freelance makeup artist and now beauty blogger. I studied makeup formally after I quit my first job. Through this blog, I hope to share with others my passion for and everything I know about beauty and makeup and maybe inspire others to pursue their passion, whatever it may be, but most especially for makeup artistry.
My passion for makeup started early on. Back in gradeschool, I remember putting on makeup on my lola (grandmother) every afternoon after school just because I liked to. She was always willing to be my victim then *hehehe*.  I remember using lipstick as blush and applied it to make something like a circle on her cheeks. Our helper then would see my made up lola and would tell me not to apply the blush that way. Haha. I didn’t know better then.

When high school came, I put makeup to school almost everyday. I experimented with different products that were lying around in the house. There were times when I’d put makeup on even if I was just going to stay home the whole day. And my mom would say, Wow, nakamakeup pa ah. I spent countless hours watching makeup tutorials, demonstrations, reviews, tips. Most of the time, I wouldn’t notice the time and just go on and on.

I became much busier in college but I didn’t stop spending time exploring makeup. I wore makeup regularly and tried different products. And on the less busy days, I studied everything makeup-related. :p

I eventually graduated from college cum laude with a degree in Management. The next obvious step was to apply for a job in a company and work, which I did. Makeup was put in the back burner. After all, I knew I liked makeup, but I never thought of making a career out of it. I did want to attend makeup lessons after I graduated for the fun of it, but I didn’t want my parents to pay for that after having put me through an expensive school in college. So right after I graduated, I worked as a Management Trainee. Basically, I was being trained to become one of the managers maybe in a year. Great start for my career, right? I had one problem though. I didn’t like what I was doing. Most of the time, we were actually not doing much. But then again, I was being given a good salary. That would have been really great, right? Getting paid a good salary while not doing much. Isn’t that everyone’s ideal situation?

When I was still in school, about to graduate, my boyfriend asked me a simple yet tough question: what do you really want to be? It’s a common question, yeah? People ask us this question even when we were toddlers. Some common answers from children are to be an astronaut, to be a doctor, to be a firefighter, to be teacher. But when he asked me, I had no answer. But I didn’t think about it too much then. When I was already working and I didn’t like what I was doing, I remembered this question. What do I really want to be? I thought and prayed long and hard about the question, and it was then that I realized that I wanted to be a makeup artist. It was then that I remembered how passionate I actually was for makeup. I remembered how I spent so many hours studying everything makeup-related and how, as a child, I actually spent afternoons making my lola up. I didn’t want to spend another day doing something that I was less than passionate about. I thought life is just too short to be spent that way. That was when I decided to resign from my job and study makeup formally.

Makeup has truly been my passion and it has actually helped me be secure in myself.

I started to have acne breakouts when I was in grade 5. I was nine. I felt quite bad about it, my schoolmates made fun of me because of it, and it was one of the reasons I wore makeup regularly then. I felt embarrassed because of the breakouts I had and I wanted to cover them up. But now, I can go out with the reddest face and still feel confident. What changed?

Now, don’t get me wrong, makeup, in itself, does not make me secure. It helped a lot, yes. But it’s not my security blanket. Sadly, I’ve seen a lot of people, including adults, who find their security in having makeup on, just like I did before. They are the ones who can’t go out or even see friends and relatives without makeup on. They are the ones who are afraid to take their makeup off except when at home. They are the ones who only feel beautiful and confident when they have their makeup on.

Once I joined a makeup workshop. Sitting beside me was a middle-aged woman. Before the whole workshop started, we were asked to remove our makeup if we were wearing any. The woman beside me resisted the request. She said she didn’t want to, or if it was really necessary, maybe she could do so later, right when the workshop is about to start so that the time she will have to endure having bare skin around everyone else. She even said that we might be unpleasantly surprised when she takes her makeup off. These weren’t her exact words but they were something to that effect. She was smiling and laughing while she talked but you could sense that she was really hesitant. Unfortunately, a lot of women are uncomfortable in their own skin and have sought refuge in makeup.

My view of makeup is different. I think it’s a great tool to enhance natural beauty and boost confidence, but it’s not something to hide under. Makeup can give anyone totally different looks. And this made me grasp in a deeper way that appearance is fleeting. I can look this way now and look totally different later. I can have big, round eyes today and have almond eyes tomorrow. I can look however I want with makeup. The way we look is definitely temporary. And understanding that has helped me embrace myself as I am. I am myself no matter how I may look. Yes, the way we look is a gift and is identified with us. But it is not nearly as important as who we are as a person. I better understood that the way we look, however it is, is beside the point. Makeup made me realize that in a more personal way.

Once, I came across an article that expressed a view that makeup was women’s warpaint. The writer repeatedly said in the article that she does not wear makeup for the benefit of others, that they would think she’s pretty, or anything like that. Makeup, according to her, has “never been about other people’s perception of [her].” It was for her. It was her way of “channeling her inner Amazon.” It was a confidence booster. [Read full article here.] And I think that’s a healthy way of viewing makeup. It’s a tool for enhancing what we naturally have, not a security blanket. I wouldn’t mind going out with a bare face because I think I’m beautiful as I am. But makeup is fancy. “Makeup is glam” as Judy from itsjudytime would say. It works the same way as power dressing. It makes us feel a little more assertive and commanding. It just makes us feel good about ourselves.

More than that, I think makeup empowers. As I’ve said, it’s a tool to enhance natural beauty. Some people use makeup so that others would look beyond their physical appearance and get to know them for who they are as a person. We can’t deny that perception rules in our society. People readily judge us based on the way we look. Although I am definitely not in favor of that way of thinking, sometimes, I do find myself judging others by their physical appearance as well, even if unconsciously. This is especially true in our era, when everything is photoshopped to ideals. I’ll give extreme examples to better illustrate my point. When we see strangers who have extensive skin discoloration or acute acne, our initial reaction would be that we don’t really want to be around them, if we were to be honest. At that point, we lose the chance to get to know this stranger. We’ve let his physical appearance define him for us. And that’s sad. To get past this prejudice and to give others the chance to get to know them more, some use makeup. In that way, they are able to show others who they truly are. They are given opportunities as readily as anyone else is with the help of a little makeup. They are treated the way they should be in the first place — normal people with some imperfections. See what I mean in the videos below:

With makeup, we would readily be friends with them. When we become friends with them, we would be more accepting of their imperfections. We probably wouldn’t even mind anymore. All because we’ve already known them for who they are as persons already. They’ve been empowered by makeup in an area of vulnerability.

Makeup has worked the same way for me. How about you? How has makeup empowered you?


Quick tip: How to deal with brows with scars

Hey everyone! So I recently posted a basic guide on how to do brows. Now, I’m doing a follow-up because I know some people deal with this problem: brow scars. I’m going to share a tip I learned in makeup school. I use this on myself because I actually have a scar on my left eyebrow (I think from chickenpox).

If you have scars on your brows, you will notice that powders and pencils don’t adhere very well to the scar itself. A remedy to that is to first use a gel liner on the area of the scar. For best results, use one that is of the same color as what you’re going to fill the rest of your brows with. You can use an angled brush or any brush you’re comfortable using. You will find that you will be able to actually draw on the scar with a gel liner. After which, tap on some brow powder right on top of the gel liner you just applied. Just gently push the powder onto the gel.
I prefer to use this technique after I’ve made the rest of my brows already. I find it easier to work that way. I’ve also used this technique on a model and it worked quite well. 
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She actually has a scar from a cut on her right eyebrow (left when you’re looking at her). Well, no trace of the scar after using this technique. πŸ˜‰
Give this tip a try and I hope it works wonders for you as it does for me! Send in a photo if you can. I’d love to see them. πŸ™‚ also, if you found this tip helpful, please do share it with your girlfriends. They’ll love you for it!
Hoping to empower you,

How to do brows: A basic guide

To be honest, before I went to makeup school, doing my brows was the last thing I paid attention to when I wore makeup. Now, when I go out, I have to do my brows. Hahaha. It’s because my brows are quite short and my left brow has a big gap (I think from a chickenpox scar) toward the tail. 😦 eyebrows do frame the face and affect your overall look, and well-groomed brows instantly make you neater-looking. After reading this post, I hope you also get to appreciate doing your brows. πŸ™‚

Before I went to makeup school, I had watched a lot of videos and read a lot of articles about doing brows, but I never really learned how to do it until I actually tried it out myself. So after reading this, I do hope you really try doing your brows yourself. πŸ™‚

Eyebrow Shaping and Grooming

As a general rule, we refer to the following:

Keep in mind that this is a general rule. Different faces are suited by different brow shapes and thickness. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find out what shape suits you best! I personally don’t follow the general rule and keep my brows a bit shorter and my arches a bit farther out than the ideal and are not as highly arched because that’s the way I like them. πŸ˜‰ two things though: (1) I think that brows should taper to a point (or at least almost, again depending on your preference) toward the tail whatever the brow shape you choose for yourself; and (2) try not to overpluck. Overplucked brows generally make you look older than you really are.

If your brows do not yet follow the shape and thickness that you want, you can shave or pluck the unwanted hairs and trim those that you think are too long. Just try it out. Before, I was also so afraid that I might make some really bad mistakes in doing my brows. I did, but they grew back anyway hahaha. And you can always draw them on. :p so don’t be too afraid to start grooming them. Start plucking, shaving, trimming little by little until you get your desired shape and thickness. πŸ™‚

Filling in the brows

When you are happy with the shape of your brow, you can start filling them in. As a general rule regarding color: those with dark-colored hair can wear their brows one to two shades lighter than (current) hair color while those with light-colored hair can wear their brows one to two shades darker than (current) hair color. Too fill you brows in, you can use pencils, liquids, gel liners, brows gels (which are really popular in Manila now haha), or powders. [I’ll write a separate entry differentiating the formulas.] For everyday wear, you want your brows to just look well-groomed and not drawn on. Remember to use a light hand when filling in your brows. It is easier to add than to take away in this case. πŸ™‚ also, don’t worry if your brows don’t end up perfectly even or symmetrical. Brows can be sisters and not twins, too. πŸ˜‰ ready?

Start by drawing your upper and lower outlines of the brow. After which, start filling in. As you reach the part of the brows toward the nose, you can just drag or feather in color as you don’t want your brows to look so harsh. I prefer to make them a bit round and not very angular. You can do the filling in as lightly or as heavily as you like. You can also use an eyebrow brush or comb to soften your brows, especially when you use pencils or gel liners to fill in.

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For those with fuller brows (including myself), there will be relatively less work for us to do in filling the brows. Sometimes, we just need to fill in a few areas and emphasize the arch. For those with thinner brows, you get to draw your brows on more. πŸ™‚

When you are happy with how your brows look, you can highlight under and above them (especially the arch area) to make them pop even more or you can leave them as is.

I hope this helps! Give doing your brows a try and let me know what you think. If you found this helpful, please do share it with your girlfriends. πŸ™‚ also, you can send me photos of your brows after following this! If you’re not happy with the way your brows turned out, let me know and I’ll try my best to give you tips as needed. If you think you need a video to better understand this, let me know as well.

Hoping to empower you,


P.S. Thank to Mae for the question! Hope this helps you!

More tips on eye makeup? Check out my previous posts on the best waterproof eyeliner and on curling eyelashes!

Quick tip: curling eyelashes

Hello! I hope you found my first blog entryΒ helpful. If you haven’t checked it out, you can do so here. πŸ™‚

Now, I just want to share a quick tip about curling eyelashes.

You may notice in future tutorials that when I curl my lashes, I don’t crimp my lashes just once. I usually do it thrice throughout my lashes: at the base, in the middle, and near the tip. This allows my lashes to be formed in a curl and not bent at one point. Some of you with naturally curly or semi-curly (haha) lashes may not need to do this, but this will be especially beneficial for those with rather straight lashes, which is common in Asians.

The idea is that the more points you bend on, the more it will look like a curve or a curl.

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I tried my best to give you an illustration hahaha hope it helped!

Also, wag manggigil sa pagcurl. This will cause your lashes to have segments going totally different directions rather than having a curl. You don’t want your lashes to have corners, yes? You want a smooth curl.

Lastly, be careful not to pull out any of your lashes as they take, on average, about six months to grow back.

Give this tip a go and let me know what you think. πŸ˜‰ also, if you found this tip helpful, don’t forget to let your girlfriends know by sharing it!

Best waterproof eyeliner (as of April 2014)

Maybelline Hypersharp LinerOut of all that I’ve tried, I think that the best liner would have to be Maybelline’s Hypersharp Liner. It’s a liquid liner with a very fine felt tip, which is advertised to be only 0.05mm. This makes it easy to go as thin or as thick as you like, depending on the pressure you exert in applying it. I suppose that precision is the matter that this liner addresses mainly, as you will get from its name and how it is advertised to have such a thin tip.

This is a waterproof eyeliner, which stays on all day unless you remove it with a makeup remover. I have very oily lids, and they’ve always stayed on. Once on and completely dry, they really won’t budge. AT ALL. Even with super oily lids already, my line doesn’t budge unless rubbed off. This has been tested in hot and humid Philippine weather. Hahaha. This makes a whole lot of difference because we get a lot of feedback on how certain products stay on even in hot or humid weather in other countries. And then we try them out and get frustrated because they don’t stay on as long as we had expected them to. Reviews aren’t totally valid unless tested on Philippine weather, agree? :p

Some more pros are that this liner delivers the same intensity throughout. It does not fade as you apply; it gives you the same intense black all through the line. Also, the felt tip allows for smooth application. No tugging as in the case of other wax pencil liners. Lastly, there is no shine to this liner, unlike the liquid liners introduced earlier in the market.

I have to warn you that because this liner is waterproof, you really will have to remove it with a makeup remover. Put some remover on a cotton ball or pad, apply, and let sit for a few seconds to allow makeup to break down before wiping off. Sometimes, you may find that even after doing so, the liner has not been removed completely, especially in the lashline area. You can take a cotton bud, put some makeup remover on, and use that to remove the liner very close to the lashline. Dark marks around the eye area can be left if this liner is not removed completely.

I’ve heard great reviews of Revlon’s Colorstay Eye Liner, but I haven’t tested that out as much as the Hypersharp Liner. Another liner that has been raved about is that of Eye of Horus. I have yet to try that though.

What is the best waterproof eyeliner for you?