Friday Q&A: On Eyebrow Essentials, Make-Up Removers and more!

TGIF! Reader Q&A’s back! Shoot me an email at phoebeann[at] if you have a nagging beauty question on hand. :)


I like how you “do” your eyebrows. They’re never too drawn (maybe because they’re naturally full?) and not too undone. What do you consider your eyebrow makeup essentials?

Thank you for the eyebrow love. :) You are correct — my eyebrows are pretty full, thankfully even after over plucking them in high school. Honestly, if my lazy bones will take me to the salon to have them professional threaded every two weeks, I’d rather not touch my eyebrows. Then again, I have these trusty eyebrow helpers in tow in my hopes of getting away with “naturally perfected” eyebrows.

When I’m beyond words tamad, I just brush on some Majolica Majorca Brow & Lash Colorist. When I need extra definition, I use the Shiseido Eyebrow Pencil (available in Japan). While it doesn’t hold the hair in place like the Brow & Lash Colorist, I love how I can load up on it without the brows looking too strong. On days when I want to look extra polished, I use the MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme. It has more “hold” compared to Majolica Majorca’s Brow & Lash Colorist. To groom my brows with these products, I use a couple of tried, tested and beat up brushes from Charm.

I think I’m ready to commit to more makeup…but I’m scared of breakouts due to not-so good makeup removers. Is this something I should invest on?

Great question! I believe in 2 integral beauty rules: 1) don’t prick your pimples and 2) always thoroughly remove your makeup towards the end of the day. Call it crazy but more than applying makeup, I favour the “ritual” tied to its removal. I never remove my makeup with plain old baby oil just because I never really got around doing so. My first makeup remover’s the classic Pond’s Cold Cream. If you love the local variant (the one that smells like lemons), you have to try the one from the US too. It smells divine – like freshly picked red roses! I love luxe smelling and feeling makeup removers — it’s a great daily treat after a longgggg day. Here are some more faves:

Since I tried the Leyende Multi-Task Cleanser some 3-4 years ago, I don’t remember a day I ran dry of it. I’m hooked on the light almond scent it bears! Based on my experience, this cleanser’s best applied on the face when it’s just lightly misted/damp. It never stings and I can go up to 5 minutes just massaging it all over my face. To remove heavy eye makeup, I like using Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover. Apart from removing the heaviest eye makeup in seconds, this makeup remover never burned my lids. It’s not inexpensive (I can finish a full sized bottle in 8-10 weeks) but in my opinion, it’s worth every penny. The Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Triple-Action Cleanser/Toner/Makeup Remover is the latest member of the gang. It functions as the name implies where in a pinch, it can be used all the way as a toner. Since the airy foam cleanser transforms to a silky oil upon contact with dry skin, I’m always left with smooth skin everytime I use this. It never emolliates to runny, milky water like my shu uemura Cleansing Beauty Oils (green and yellow pump bottles) but they perform the job very, very closely with each other.

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ob For shu uemura: 2013 Spring Sakura Collection

If all sorts of cute and pretty grew on trees, do you think it will be somewhat like this?

shu uemura thinks so and for this year’s spring/sakura season, the brand’s collaborated with 21-year old Japanese contemporary illustrator, Ob. Play the video below for an explosive dose of cuteness!

The 2013 Spring Sakura Collection’s just as pretty as the previous years’. So pretty I can stare at ’em all day!

ob For shu uemura: 2013 Spring Sakura Collection makeup
colour details after the cut

ob For shu uemura Limited Edition cleansing oils
blue: Whiteefficient Clear Brightening Gentle Cleansing Oil
yellow: High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula
pink: Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil
green: Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O Advanced Formula
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FOTD: Trick or Treat

Two days late for the party but  — trick or treat! :) Our company recently had a trick or treat feat for the kids and I can’t wait to show you what made my look an absolute win (IMO at least!).

I was tasked to be Maganda from the local folklore Malakas at Maganda. There’s absolutely no way I will dress up in just leaves (que horror!) at work reason why I put 100% effort to look the part instead. LOL I was given a sample of LANEIGE Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF 50+ PA+++ in SAND BEIGE and using it for a couple of days made me think that it’s *hands down* the best base I could use for my look since it’s never matte yet never too wet and dewy. It’s also very photogenic yet never gives off a white or gray cast.

LANEIGE Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF 50+ PA+++
Php 1950 (1 compact with 2 refills)

Bright and Clear Whitening Care + Strong Sunscreen Effect
Contains White Plus Renew Complex™, the major ingredient of Laneige White Plus Renew, for bright and clear skin. Moreover, its SPF 50+ PA+++ formula blocks UV rays even under strong sunlight.

Long-lasting Makeup
High molecules strong against sweat and sebum form a network to create an elastic barrier on the surface of makeup to hold makeup and UV screen on for a long time. Also, highly elastic cushion powder holds up the makeup barrier that can easily be collapsed by sweat and sebum for long-lasting makeup even with one layer.

Refreshing and Cooling Sensation
The refreshing soothing sensation that you can feel on your skin reduces the skin temperature to refresh your skin after it has been fatigued by heat. The soothing sensation is best in hot and humid environments and allows you to refresh when correcting makeup.

Natural and Clean Skin Tone
The spherical powder with similar refraction rate as the skin controls oil absorption and light diffusion to prevent excess shine and creates a natural and clean skin tone with medium coverage.

LANEIGE Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF 50+ PA+++ in SAND BEIGE

How to use:

1. Apply onto puff and smooth along the texture of skin. Then, pat to increase adherence. Apply another layer to improve coverage.

2. If there is no more content after you press the cushion with your finger, it means that the product is finished. Replace with a refill.

Always recap after use. If it is not stored covered, helpful moisturizers and other ingredients can evaporate to shrink the contents.

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IN SNAPS: Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura Holiday 2012

Are you ready to meet Mon Shu Girl this weekend? :) I hope these snaps from the Manila media sneak peek would entice you to block this Saturday (Rockwell) or Sunday (Alabang Town Center) to meet her and see the rest of the eye candy from the Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura Holiday 2012 collection.

Patrick Alcober using the Prestigious Bordeaux Eye and Cheek Palette

John Pagaduan using the Smoky Velvet Eye and Cheek Palette

Patrick and John with their Mon Shu Girls

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Berry Ready To Meet Mon Shu Girl

Some three weeks ago, shu uemura Philippines brought in 6 shades (here’s all 10 of them) from the much raved Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipstick range. Promising “creamy texture with comfortable moisture feel on lips that achieves intense color pay off”, I was giddy to swing by the boutique to get my quick matte fix.

shu uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipstick
M RD 165. M PK 376. M PK 335. M PK 348. M BG 931. M BR 761.
Php 1, 195
photo via Lush Angel

I was immediately drawn to M BG 931 because I’m head over heels ov’r the non-matte variant.

more about the Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipstick in BG 931 here

Remembering that I’ve got a date with Mon Shu Girl soon, I think you can tell what I gunned for.

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