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The Trends of 2011

I think that saying goodbye to 2011 does not only mean reflection, creating New Year’s resolutions that we most likely fail to keep up with; reminiscing the good and bad times that passed; new and forgotten friends throughout the year, or being excited about what the new year brings.

For me, it is also about keeping up-to-date about Trends. What’s in, What’s Hot, What is in Fashion! So I have decided that instead of coming up with a make-up look like everyone else; I will make a 2011 Trends 101. I figured it would save most girls from doing their own research and going through endless links and tabs.

If you’re the kind of girl who knows her stuff when it comes to Beauty and Fashion, then first and foremost, you need Basics. What do I mean by Basics? Well, Color of the year of course! And what better way to find out than to refer to Pantone.

If this is the first time you heard of this Brand name, well then let me educate you.

Pantone is a company best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), a proprietary color space used in a variety of industries; primarily printing, though sometimes in the manufacture of colored paint, fabric, and plastics. The Pantone Color Matching System is largely a standardized color reproduction system. By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure colors match without direct contact with one another.

In 1999, the company announced The Millennium color. In 2005, they partnered with Michele Bernhardt of Colorstrology and announced violet tulip as the Colorstrology Color of the Year. Afther 2007 they began to continuously come up with a “Color of the Year”

For 2011, they have chosen Honeysuckle Pink, a version of Hot Pink as the Color of the Year.

The following are a few items in this color:

How do we apply this knowledge? It boils down to a few different categories such as Fashion and Styling, Make-up, Interior design, motifs for events and the like.

In Fashion, runways have been showing off a variety of things using the color. It could be the clothes themselves or the make-up of the models. These are only a few of the pictures of what I’m talking about.

Cynthia Steffe Spring 2011

Nina Ricci Spring 2011

Nanette Lepore Spring 2011

Lanvin 2011

If you are not bold enough to walk the streets in a pink ensemble then you can go for pink accessories and accents like these:

You have to make sure that you pair it with complementary colors. Here are some examples of colors that you can pair with pink without looking like a toddler or a preppy High School girl.

In make-up, runways have been showing off 4 different trends. These are:

  1. Bold Lips
  2. Natural make-up
  3. Bright Eyes
  4. Smokey eyes

The most common look would be the classic smokey eye. Recently, the bold lips and natural look have been constantly used on the runways. Models are cat-walking with less make-up and more attitude.

For Interior design, I have found so many divine pictures of living rooms, bedrooms, study-rooms, and more. I am absolutely in-love with them!

For hairstyles these are the following that have been seen quite rampantly on the runway, photo-shoots, and celebrities:

French braids

Messy/Modern Updo

Bangs and Bobs

Side-swept bangs

Short Bob

Natural-looking Waves


So those are some of the things that you need to take note of for 2011. It is going to be a bright, pink 2011.  Just the way I like it 🙂

Check out my YouTube Video about this post here!

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A Rihanna-inspired Make-up Tutorial

Are you a fan of Rihanna? Well, I am; especially with her consecutive hit singles like What’s my name, Rude Boy, and Only Girl in the World. This bad Girl is making it big! Not only is she creating a big impact on other people like Willow Smith in reference to Style, she is also starting to create a trend in fashion and make-up.

So here is my take on her look! It’s flashy, glamorous, and BAD. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and don’t forget to check out my Youtube channel and subscribe!


How to Create this look:

What you need:

4u2 Spotlight Foundation Primer

Ever Bilena Advance Stick Foundation in Studio Finish (Creme)

Dollface Cosmetics Concealer Palette

Nichido finishing Powder (Natural)

Fashion 21 Eyebrow liner in black

Ever Bilena Advace Smoothe eyes cream eyeshadow in Champagne

Lancome Paris palette (beige yellow eyeshadow)

Fashion 21 eyeshadow palette (yellow, coral, brown, dark brown, black, white)

gold glitters

LA colors black liquid liner

Ever Bilena Kohl pencil in black

Fashion eyes Fake lashes

Dollface Cosmetics Blush palette (bronzer and pink blush)

LA Colors lip gloss in Orchid

LA Colors lip glitter in fuchsia pink

Steps:

  1. Prep your face with the foundation primer, foundation, concealer, finishing powder, and eyebrow liner.
  2. Apply Ever Bilena Advance Smooth eyes cream eyeshadow in Champagne all over your lids including the inner corners of your eyes all the way to the upper part of your nose. This will hold the eyeshadows better and help enhance the colors.
  3. With a flat brush, apply the beige yellow eyeshadow from the lancome palette all over your lids, staying under your crease area. Include the inner corners of your eyes and the upper part of the side of the nose.
  4. With a dome-shaped brush get the coral eyeshadow from the Fashion 21 palette and apply it a little higher than your creasesocket bone and create an outer V on the outer corner of your eyes. This will create an almond-shaped eye.
  5. From the same palette, use the brown shadow and deepen the crease.
  6. Use a clean brush and blend the colors.
  7. Using the dark brown eyeshadow from the same palette, line the lower edge of the crease you just made to give more depth and to create a gradient effect.
  8. Using the same flat brush you used earlier, apply the yellow shadow from the palette over the beige yellow, emphasizing the yellow since it’s the highlight of the look.
  9. Using lash glue, apply some on top of the yellow and then press the gold glitters with a flat brush.
  10. Using eye drops, mix it with the glitters and pat on top of the yellow.
  11. line your upper lashline. Exaggerate the line and create a flick on the inner and outer corners of the eye to attain a “Cat eye” effect.
  12. Line the upper and lower waterline with a black kohl pencil.
  13. apply black eyeshadow on top of the liner to hide the harsh lines. extend the show a little beyond the outer flick.
  14. apply matte white on the brow bone and upper part of the inner corners of the eyes.
  15. use the same dark brown you used earlier and apply it on the  outer corner of your lower lash line just below the black liner.
  16. Curl your lashes and apply mascara and fake lashes.
  17. Contour your face, exaggerate your cheeks.
  18. Apply hot pink bluch  on the apples of the cheeks all the way to the temples.
  19. Blend with the foundation.
  20. apply Lip gloss in Orchid and then the glitter gloss in Fuchsia Pink.

And you are done…


A Christmas Hair and Make-up Tutorial

The Make-up:

How to come up with the Look:

Before you start make sure you prep your face. How do you do that? refer to my blog post on cleansing, toning, and moisturizing here and how to apply foundation here.

  1. After prepping your face, use a matte base that is close to your skin tone for smoother eyelids, especially since you will be using shimmer eyeshadows.
  2. Use any palette that you have with at least three different shades of Gold. I used my Dollface Cosmetics 42 Shimmer Palette. You can have your preference, just stick with the concept of light, medium, and dark eyeshadows.
  3. Use a flat brush with the gold and pat it all over your lids keeping it under your crease area. The crease area is where the fold is located when you open your eyes.
  4. Use a dome-shaped brush or any brush that would fit your crease and use the light bronze shadow. Using a swiping motion, apply the product on your crease starting with your socket bone going inwards.
  5. from the starting point of your crease, connect it with your upper lash line and emphasize the outer V of your eyes.
  6. drag the light bronze to the outer third of your lower lash line.
  7. Use the bronze eyeshadow over the light bronze you just placed on the outer third of your lower lash line to emphasize it.
  8. Use a clean brush to blend the colors and to get rid of the harsh lines. Be careful when working with shimmers because they tend to go everywhere like glitters.
  9. In case shimmers get everywhere, you can use an ordinary scotch tape to remove the product.
  10. After blending the colors apply black liner on your lash line. I used my Aido waterproof black liner. Do not make a dramatic flick, just stick with a more natural one.
  11. Tightline your upper waterline. When you say tight-line, you put black liner on your upper waterline.
  12. curl your lashes and apply mascara.
  13. Put on your false lashes and wait for it to dry.
  14. Retouch the liner to hide the base of the fake lashes.
  15. Use a glitter liner. I used a lavander color that complements the golds. Apply the glitter liner just above the black liner.
  16. Apply abundant mascara on your lower lash line to emphasize them.
  17. contour your cheekbones using an angled brush. I used the blush palette included with my 42 Shimmer palette.
  18. Pick out a very light pink blush and apply it just on the outer edge of your cheeks.
  19. Use a blush mousse on the apples of your cheeks. I used Nichido Blush Mousse in Brulee.
  20. Make sure to blend them well.
  21. Line your lips with red pencil liner like Ever Bilena Advance pencil liner. Fill in your lips to help the lipstick last longer and to enhance its color.
  22. Apply red lipstick.

Put on your Santa hat, bring your bag of goodies and head out to your Holiday events. I’m pretty sure that with this look you will definitely catch everyone’s attention 🙂

The Hair:



This is a trend this season. I hope my French braid tutorial was clear enough for you guys. Don’t hesitate to ask me for any clarifications. You can get the braided headband in any accessories store 🙂

Color of 2010: Turquoise — Make-up Tutorial! Plus an easy 5 minute Summer Hairstyle!

MAKE-UP TUTORIAL click me

These are some of the pictures from the tutorial. I included an awesome look by my friend Kimmy!

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So the color for 2010 is TURQUOISE! According to Pantone. See link here: Pantone

This news is a little annoying because as far as my wardrobe is concerned, I barely have any turquoise. So I guess it is time to shop for at least 2 or 3 items in that color… besides, it goes well with anything anyway and it gives instant color to any boring outfit.

Check out the make-up tutorial I did for the color and what other colors complement it when it comes to eyeshadow.

Plus this awesome super-easy Summer hairstyle. it’s sexy but sweet. Perfect for every girl out there!

Eclipse: Dakota Fanning Volturi inspired make-up

Click this link for the video tutorial:

YouTube – Eclipse: Dakota Fanning Volturi inspired make-up.

Make-Up Basic: Applying Foundation & Concealer


For all make-up enthusiasts out there, I made a video tutorial on how to apply foundation and concealer. This is the very first step you have to learn in doing make-up. Take note that products depend on what kind of skin you have. So, in case you missed the important details during the video, here are a few reminders:

  1. You have to moisturize. This will protect your skin from all the products you put on your face. Make sure you know your face well. By that, I mean…you should know if you have oily or dry skin. There are appropriate moisturizers for specific skin types so don’t ever hesitate to ask the saleslady about that detail!
  2. Most videos you watch on Youtube tell you to put sun screen on. You can do that, especially if you are exposed to the sun a lot. UV rays will increase the rate of wrinkle formation and it will make your face look dull. To identify the SPF number of your sunscreen, Google it! Lol.
  3. If you are  not a make-up artist you don’t have to concern yourself with make-up primers. The main idea is you want your make-up to stay on for hours without having to retouch every 5 minutes. Do the first 2 steps properly. You will avoid caking and creasing on your face. If you are not the type of person who uses foundation before putting on make-up, you might notice that it will smudge and eventually disappear before the night is over…and most of the time it doesn’t look right in pictures. Putting foundation and concealer on doesn’t mean you are trying too hard or doing too much; it’s HOW IT’S DONE!
  4. After moisturizing, use your foundation of choice. There are different types of foundation: Cream, liquid, and powder. When shopping for your foundation color, use the testers! rub a little of the product on your jaw close to your neck, not on your hands. You have to make sure it matches your neck. Out of the three, I prefer the cream foundation.  I usually use Nichido make-up stick. If you are using the powder form, don’t settle for patting it on. Use a sponge, add a little water and then apply it on your face. Make sure to include your neck!
  5. When applying concealers, you can do this after putting foundation on when you used cream or liquid ones. For powder foundation, you can apply it before. Once you have blended the concealer, pat the powder on top; don’t rub! For the video I used Dollface cosmetics concealer palette. Youc an check out Beauty Bar for other product options.
  • Green concealer – cancels out redness
  • salmon concealer – perfect for dark circles under the eye
  • purple concealer – for Asian (Yellowish) skin color

6. After blending the concealer and foundation, pat on the finishing powder or ordinary powder then blend with a powder brush.

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