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I was inspired to do a Lace nail art design (which I have done many years ago) when I saw these 2 shades of Happy Skin x Posh Nails Express Gel Polish.  February maybe a month of LOVE and you're probably expecting hearts after hearts!  Not this time!  Lace are romantic too you know! *winks*



There are a total of 4 shades in the collection and I got 2 to work with - TLC and Lush.

Applied 2 coats of TLC as shown on photo below and let dry




Once the base color is completely dry, apply 3 lines of Luxe as shown on photo below.




The effect will be like this.  3 lines do not have to be the same length, the more uneven, the better.


Picking a white 2-Way Nail Art pen, I put 3 dots to create that "lace" effect.


This is very crucial step, make sure the dots are COMPLETELY dry before you apply Express Gel Top Coat.


VOILA!  Simple, easy and very fun-to-do nail art design!  Do give it a try, it is one of the simplest art to work on especially for first timers!

How do you like my simple Lace Nails?


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I've heard so many great reviews about IT Cosmetics from my favorite international Beauty Bloggers ad Vloggers.  As much as I wanted to give them a try, it wasn't locally available (such a bummer)!  Thankfully, one of my favorite online beauty shopping site SEPHORA PH is carrying IT Cosmetics and I was able to give this a test right away!

The weather for the past few weeks was perfect to test out base makeup products.  It is very cool in the morning and extremely hot and sunny by lunch time onwards.  

If you wonder how unnatural most base makeup look on you, take a look at this photo as I am wearing NOTHING except clothes *laughs* and IT Cosmetis CC+ cream!  (Mind you, in very thin layer!)

How do you like it?



IT COSMETICS 
Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF50+
Size: 32ml
Available at: Sephora PH
Price: Php2,560.00
11 shades available!



Housed in a tube with pump packaging, this has always been my choice of packaging when it comes to base makeup product!  Why?  I can easily squeeze out the product and with the pump, I can easily control the amount of product to be dispensed.


I got the shade LIGHT and I was a bit nervous as I almost NEVER use light in ALL my base makeup products because they tend to look very ashy on me.  

Thankfully, this was the best match on me and I couldn't be any happier.  I think Medium would also work for me!  I am just happy with the amazing range of shade choices and they even have the darkest TAN.

So Kudos IT Cosmetics for creating such wide range of shades!


Now, as stated over the product info, this product is developed with plastic surgeons so I am kind of expecting this to look extremely natural yet has "kick-ass" coverage.  I know, those 2 shouldn't match but hey, IT Cosmetics was able to nail it!

This product somewhat reminded me of my favorite SKIN79 BB cream (Blemish Balm Cream) with its' multi-tasking ways.  But, Skin79 BB gives me an almost foundation look while IT Cosmetics has everything I need from Skin79 with a more natural and glowing finish.

Benefits: 

  • Sunscreen (SPF50+ hello!  You are amazing!)
  • Color Correcting Cream (Yes, it does correct the redness and dark spots)
  • Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum.
  • Also works as a foundation if applied thickly

If you check their website, they advise you to use a brush, as for me, the best way to apply this is by using your clean fingers.  The warmth of my fingers help blend out the product easily and smoothly.  Of course, as for any base makeup, DO NOT FORGET your neck!


 Before and After
I am amazed with the amount of coverage it gives considering I used only a few amount of product.  It covers my undereye circles, the redness around my cheeks and my favorite part is how hydrated my skin looks throughout the day and I can even survive without applying powder on top!

And you know what my favorite compliment from a friend?  "You don't look your age at all and your skin is glowing!"



For someone who almost said goodbye to all BB and CC creams and just rely on skincare and concealer to cover up certain areas that needed coverage, IT Cosmetics CC+ cream relived my love for base makeup!  I am finding myself picking this up more often and even using this to spot conealer (as a concealer!)  Yes, it is THAT of a multi-tasking product I can't wait to repurchase once I'm done with this!

Have you tried IT Cosmetics CC Cream?
Do you like the coverage and effect it gives on me?



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Have you found a lipbalm that you can actually use and can actually hydrate your lips?
Well, I kind of found one accidentally when I wasn't looking.  I picked this up recently because it says ColorGel lipbalm and you know how I love "gel" texture in anything (ex. Moisturizing, etc...)  

The shade I got was a bit dark on tube but I knew this is a lipbalm so I understood this will be sheer.


Shiseido ColorGel LipBalm
Shade: 110 Juniper


This lightweight-yet-hydrating balm melds seamlessly with lips thanks to high- and low-melting point waxes that provide the perfect amount of structure and slip.Infused with patented humectant technology, this balm-lipstick hybrid offers lasting moisture and comfort—leaving lips feeling softer and healthier with every use.Available in 10 shades inspired by nature indigenous to Japan, this nourishing formula boasts semi-sheer coverage, and a delicate, shiny finish.Dermatologist-tested.




Housed in a simple black packaging with a red accent, I actually like how pretty this looks!
I checked international site and found that Shiseido offers 9 shades and I am not sure if they carry all shades locally!    


Swatch:
Juniper is very sheer but has a hint of deep berry to it.  If your lips are light, you'll see the color when applied but on my dark pigmented lips, the shade won't appear at all instead, I just have healthy-looking lips minus the color.


Before and After application


What I love about Shiseido ColorGel Lipbalm is the fact that I feel like I'm not wearing any lip product at all.  It is super lightweight and my lips feel hydrated all throughout the day.  YES, for a product with lightweight texture, I am surprised this can stay after eating and drinking!

If you are aiming for color, maybe pick Visionary lipstick from the same brand instead, but just like me, on days like when I'm working out and I don't need any color on my lips, I pick this one up and enjoy intense moisture all throughout the day!

On the downside, this is a bit pricey for a lipbalm with tint, but if you want to invest something for your uber dry lips, you may give this a try!

Because you are, indeed, worth it!



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Before I talk about Maki Place, I want to thank The SAEM Philippines for sending me a lovely Chinese New Year gift!  They never fail to give LOVE, Wealth and Happiness to the TIU household!  Than you!


Now back to food, the past few weeks was crazy!  Kyle visited his Pedia twice before Chinese New Years!  I am so happy I've found a doctor that Kyle is very comfortable with, most of all, she can make Toy Balloon animals that's why Kyle calls her the Balloon Doctor!

Best of all, she opens even at night so Keith can accompany us!  Twice that we've seen the doctor, we also had our dinner outside and it was "pampalubag look" to eat yummy food after a stressful day!  One restaurant that we enjoyed going to is Maki Place.

Located at Benavides Street Binondo, it is located at a crowded street so it is advisable to eat during off-peak hours!  They close around 9:00pm by the way!  


Though the dishes didn't come off exactly the same as last time, I wish they could be more consistent, here are some of our favorite orders - of course you have to order MAKI but I didn't get to take a photo of it as Mr. AMW already ate it :P

Pork Spareribs, Goyong, Fried Rice and any Noodle dish!  They are yummy!




Affordable and delicious!  I just wish that they can be consisten with the taste of their dishes as we enjoyed the first time we dined there as compared to the 2nd time.  One thing is consistent for sure - MAKI!  They aren't called MAKI Place for nothing!

Maki Place
916 Benavidez St. Binondo Manila
Tel. no.: 632-516-4644

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There are so many things that I've shared to you online, but one thing that shocked a lot of you is my ability to dance.  Well, I'm in no way a professional or expert but this momma has her moves okay? :P

I used to be a Cheerleader in Highschool and I occasionally dance - hello dance sessions with my sister during our work years and my pa-dance session pa ako sa China when I used to work there!

So yes, I do dance and dancing is another hobby I love to do to de-stress.  I've been wanting to dance for so many years, I've even posted a status on Facebook looking for a dance studio but location and schedule really is an issue!  Most dance studios offer classes in the evening or weekends and those are crucial bonding moments for me and my family I don't want to sacrifice that.

Then recently, I've found a workout I really enjoy --- BOXING, then in my Boxing days, I met Coach Drew who told me he was actually a choreographer and a dancer!  I booked a one-on-one session with Coach and the rest was history!

This was the first dance routine we learned in an hour or so and I was so happy to move again!  Please watch with caution, hahahaha, don't laugh and just appreciate my moves okay?

Dance Routine at Boxing Hybrid Banawe - YouTube


Do you love dancing as a form of exercise?
Do you have a song you want me to dance to?  I'd love to see some requests!




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Is there a possibility to find a concealer/corrector palette that is apt for daily use?
A palette even a newbie can work around with?

YES, very much possible when I tried Catrice Cosmetics' All Around Concealer Palette (Php379.00).


This palette comes with corrector and concealer shades.

L-R Green, Peach and 3 Concealer shades (that can double up as contour and highlight cream!)


Swatch:
Swatch them all once, texture is lightweight and consistency is creamy and easy to work with.




Now, I call this a daily concealer/corrector palette that works for newbies for this reason - the pigmentation is not heavy, it just has a light to medium pigmentation that is buildable by layering the product making it fuss-free and easy-to-work with.  For professional makeup artists, they may find this palette to be "lacking" in the pigmentation department, but again, I am putting this under the "regular Janes" concealer list!

How to make this palette work?

Always remember that Peach/Salmon/Light Orange shades are there to correct undereye circles (bluish tint of the eyebags!).  Use more if your undereye circles tend to be really dark! 




Green will counteract redness so always pick green to cover zits, pimple or acne marks that are RED or Reddish in shade!


Now there are 3 shades for concealer.  It comes with Light, Medium and Dark shade. The medium shade is a perfect concealer shade for me.  You can use it to apply on top of the Peach and Green Corrector.  While the lightest one can work as a face highlighter.  I use it to highlight my brow bone and bridge of the nose.


While the darker concealer, it is best used as a contour shade, I like to use it to contour my nose and the effect is very natural.


Before and After
My face looks lifted!

I hope you learn something from me today on how to make this palette work!
Let me know if you think you need a full blown concealer/corrector palette or you prefer to use just one for full face!

Catrice Cosmetics are availalble locally at SM Beauty Section.




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I have offers to review a lot of services like Massage and Nail services in salons but I almost never get to visit 80% of them.  Why?  Well, if you know me really well, you know that every minute/second of my day counts!  And to travel 1 hour to 2 hours (one way) just to pamper myself isn't my top priority!  

So when I learned about Goodwork.ph app, I gave it a try right away and tested this app before deciding to share this wonderful news to you!  And hey, I have a special code for first time app users!  You get Php100.00 off on your first booking and it is a HUGE help I tell you! 

Now before you start booking, you have to learn about this platform first.  GoodWork.ph is similar to our favorite shopping sites such as Lazada, but this one is more of a service provider!  

GoodWork.ph is an online marketplace platform for services instead of products.  This platform covers a wide range of services, everything for the family and yourself - Home Cleaning, Nail Care, Massage, Hair Service, Personal Trainer, Makeup Service even Tutor!



Here's what I did to book my Mani/Pedi Service.  (Note: better to book the day before!)  

I click on "Nail Care" and input my location, date I am available and shared some details on my request (ex. Mani/Pedi with polish)



Goodwork.ph will share my job with Service Providers that match my request.  I just wait for a response.  What I love about Goodwork.ph is that I get a message not only in their app but also thru text!  That way I don't need internet connect to read service offers!

Review the offers and the GoodWork profiles (even ratings),  in my case, the app is still new so I don't see much review yet but I gave it a try anyways (by the way, I am NOT paid in any way to write this post!)  

I got a response from Lotus and offer of Php300.00 for both Mani and Pedi home service.  I accepted it right away! 




After meeting Neirylyn, who arrived earlier than scheduled and was very professional in messaging me, she has been a freelancer for more than 5 years!  I enjoyed the service so much I told my mom-in-law about it and we can't wait to book another session for some bonding!


Keep in mind that these freelance service providers are not employed by GoodWork.  Though these service providers have registered a profile and submitted relevant government documents, it really depends on the individual and service provider so I may get a good service on some days and maybe have some not-so-good-days (I hope that won't happen though!)


And best part, if I have questions, I actually messaged GoodWork.ph and their customer service responded right away!  I can't wait to try other services!

Now, to those who are booking for the first time thru their app. GoodWork.ph is extending Php100.00 off use code NIKKI100 


Do you know any other online service providers?
Will you give GoodWork.ph a try?


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THIS, was featured and mentioned on my #AMWIGstories so many times and even got into my January Favorites!  You'll understand why after reading the full review.



This multi-tasking skin-nourishing compact formula is resistant to water, sweat and humidity.  It controls oil and shine while giving skin a flood of moisture.  Long-wearing and color-true with buildable coverage from medium to full. 
Traceless Touch Foundation Satin-Matte Cushion Compact instantly minimized the look of fine lines and wrinkles.


This product comes with a brown suede pouch which I find no use in terms of putting back the compact on (that's just me), I prefer to use the pouch to house my jewelries when I go for staycation or travel.

Now let's talk about the compact itself.  A very simple plastic compact with gold detailing on the sides, I find this to be very luxurious to hold and look at.  It does look  heavy on photo but in reality, the compact is as light as regular compact foundation.







To be honest, I am a "Queen of Foundation Matching" in terms of shopping.  I can easily spot the right shade for myself or even for others even when I see online swatches.  It is different for Tom Ford.  With the unique names and shades, it is best to go to the counter to try on the shades just to make sure!  

And true enough, I've found myself a match in the shade name FAWN.  It looks like it doesn't match on me when I looked on pan as the total of 8 shades that I saw on counter looks a bit close to each other.  But this is the thing you have to consider, they all look the same when you swatch them side by side but once you layer, that's were the magic begins!


So I have said it before and I'll say it again, for this particular foundation, you need to go to counters have the SA swatch on your skin just to be sure!




Swatch: Fawn
You see my point?  Fawn looked light on me and even seems like it was on a wrong "tone". 
But this is the perfect one for me!



Fawn has actually warm/yellow undertone making this the best match for those who have the same color as I do. 

I love using the sponge and gently pat on the product starting from the center of my face.  This is one of the most luxurious feeling because Tom Ford Traceless Touch Foundation has a scent like that of an organic skincare product.  It has cooling sensation once applied and it is actually addicting to keep on patting and dabbing!


This is indeed a FULL COVERAGE foundation.  I didn't believe it at first but I was shocked how I can literally skip concealer application whenever I use this!  With just a small amount, I can easily cover dark undereye circles and red spots!  Best of all?  It looks extremely natural and made my skin healthy and glowing!

Now if you need NO full coverage, you may opt to just apply a few amount on areas that needed coverage and just leave the rest of your face bare.  I also like to skip powder foundation application on days I want that natural glow! 


Before and After



Half Face Test


Here are more add ons when you use this Cushion Foundation, the product is indeed Satin-matte, giving your skin that natural glow.  The texture is smooth and easy to blend so I can work with my whole face for 5 minutes max!  Then using this as a concealer is NO ISSUE as it does not sit in my lines and wrinkles!  Now, if you have super oily skin, of course, I highly recommend you to set your Tom Ford Traceless Touch Foundation because you will oil-up midday!

But overall, I love how naturally healthy my skin look, TRACELESS is the perfect word to describe this foundation.

Tom Ford Traceless Touch Foundation Satin-Matte Cushion Compact is available at Adora and Rustans.

Will you invest on high end luxurious foundation as long as it works for you?
I definitely WILL!

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I've talked about Moringa-O2 products a couple of times on my blog (you may feel free to click HERE).  After using such products a couple of times, it was a first for me to finally attend their event and it was a good time to do so because they are endorsing a "new family" for their skincare line.



If like me, you have your television on almost the whole day (hello yaya who's addicted to TV!)  you'll definitely chance upon a beauty called Beauty Gonzales-Crisologo.


Follwing the success of her primetime teleserye "Kadenang Ginto", she is actually ready to #reachforMORe as she welcomes a new endorsement with  Morgina-O2, and what's better is the fact that her whole family is endorsing this brand!

Welcome to the Moringa-O2 family Norman, Beauty and Olivia Crisologo!




A herbal hair and skin care brand, they chose to endorse this brand together (for the first time).  They mentioned it was an easy decision to allow Baby Olivia to endorse such brand because for the fact  that the family loves Moringa-O2 - a gentle and safe solution for skin.




According to the Crisologo's, shifting to herbal products is something that they'd love to advocate for.  Especially now that they are very close to nature.  They want more families to use products that are not only good for health but also for the environment.


The Crisologo's with Moringa-O2 Family



I had a chance to chat with Beauty about her newest endorsement, her teleserye and her upcoming movie!  She is keeping it mum for now but what she's excited about is a 3-months break she will have after shooting her teleserye and will be spending time traveling with her husband and daughter.  Yes, just the 3 of them without yaya!   


I also love the fact that she's very open and opinionated.  We shared a lot of kwentos on motherhood and I love how pretty and down-to-earth she is and how she giddily shared how supportive her husband is of her endeavors - making this an easy decision for him to join the endorsement. 

I also had the chance to bond with fellow Blogging friends during the launch.
Thanks NJ for inviting us!





What's your favorite Moringa-O2 product?




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A woman needs 2 types of lipstick, a natural one and one that gets attention!

I call it 1 MLBB shade (my lips but better) and one Bright Red shade that works like a charm whenever you use it!  


When I say works like a Charm, I'm not pertaining to getting a date at once, a quick reminder that makeup is really for oneself!  We don't wear makeup for other people okay?

Sleek MakeUP recently came up with another line called Lip Shot, their famous Gloss Me and Matte Me won the hearts of many but after trying Lip Shot, hands down, this is my favorite!



Sleek MakeUP Lip shot is a highly pigmented intense color impact gloss. Non-sticky formula, developed to compliment all skin tones.




Swatch:
Plot Twist - a neutral pink tone light brown shade.
Corrupted - Bright orange red


Plot Twist is my favorite daytime shade!  It looks really nice and healthy on my lips and I love how it brightens my face with just a couple of swipe.


Corrupted is a medium orange red shade.  Though I'm not a fan or orange red, this actually works in a way that the lipstick has more red than orange tone.  It brightens up the face even for someone with extremely warm complexion.


AMW says ---

  • This is my favorite texture as it is lightweight and non-sticky.
  • Pigmentation is super good for a product that is also called a gloss.  This is more of a liquid lipstick for me with high moisture.
  • Transfers on cups or mugs but the pigment stays.
  • Lasts approximately 4 hours with eating and drinking.  The shine disappears after just 1 eating and drinking but the pigment stays.
  • Lightweight on lips.
  • Not tested on animals which is super good!
  • The packaging is great.  You see the color right away.
Overall, I love these 2 combo and I would like to check out more shades from them!

Which shade is your favorite?


For more information, follow Sleek Makeup Philippines on Facebook , IG (@sleekmakeupph)
Sleek Makeup products are available in SM Mall of Asia, SM Makati and www.zalora.com.ph

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