Affordable Beauty: Maybelline Creamy Mattes

(Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes in [1] Daringly Nude, [2] Clay Crush, and [3] Touch of Spice) I missed the launch of the Maybelline Brown Nudes a month ago on Beauty MNL so when I found out that they were on sale again (P199 in counters nationwide – originally P299 – until October 2), I […]

Beauty Haul: Bourjois Paris

(Bourjois Paris Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix in Dark Beige, Loose Powder in Peach, Little Round Pot Blush in Radiant Rose and Frosted Rose, Rouge Edition Velvet in [1] Happy Nude Year, [2] So Hap’pink, and [3] Pink Pong) Make-up, my late love, how I’ve missed you. After a long beauty hiatus – my last entry […]

Portraits: Hannah

On our last day, Hannah and I toured our colorful neighborhood and found the most animated backdrops. Lately, I find that it takes very little to commit to creativity. Sometimes, it only takes devotion and a heart which desires to find beauty in every corner. Photography and Make-up: Elisa Aquino Modeling and Styling: Hannah To […]

Beauty Haul: MAC lipsticks (2)

(Ruby Woo, Whirl, and Stone) I have a deep fondness for matte lipsticks. Sure, they dry my lips after a long day, they mercilessly stain my cup of coffee, but I would not trade it for anything else – except the occasional cream and satin bullet. In 2015, MAC relaunched their Matte Lip Collection, which […]

Beauty Haul: L.A. Girl Flat Finish Pigment Glosses

(Dreamy, Bazaar, Rebel, Obsess, Backstage) I thought I was over liquid lipsticks until one October day – I was at an incredibly fragile state – my reasoning was compromised, and I purchased these lip products. YouTube has been abuzz over the L.A. Girl Flat Finish Pigment Glosses. Lately, liquid lipsticks have been a bit sparse […]

Portraits: Samantha

“What I see is that look in her eyes, the one that says she’s worthy of that stare, that all the attention is well-deserved. That’s when I click the shutter.”  (BJ Pascual, PUSH) Through the years of taking portraits – I started in 2011 – I’ve come to photograph the same faces over and over […]

Portraits: Ica

  “How are you?” “I’m in a really good place right now.” Lately, I’ve been taking the time to get in touch with a lot of my friends who are younger than me, and I find that they can teach me so much about humility, faith, and love. My perception of the three have been […]

Beauty Haul: NARS Audacious Lipsticks

(Angela, Vera)  Am I dreaming or am I dreaming? My unceasingly kind, generous, loving mother and I are finally at the stage of our relationship where she spontaneously gives me beauty products out of the goodness of her gracious heart. Bless her. A few weeks ago, she came home from her last (!) business trip […]

Beauty Haul: Makeup Revolution London

(Makeup Revolution London Beyond Flawless Ultra Eyeshadows Palette, Ultra Blush Palette in Golden Sugar, Radiance Highlighter Palette, and Goddess of Love Triple Baked Highlighter)  (Salvation Velvet Lacquer in What I Believe, Keep Crying For You, and Keep Lying For You) This entry has been on my drafts for a while, and I felt that it […]