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How Much Should You Spend for Make Up?

Our country is the land of natural beauty products. Traditionally, whitening one’s teeth involved using charcoal (what, charcoal to whiten, not blacken?!), and hair conditioner as used by our grandmothers are named sabila or gugo, otherwise known as aloe vera, which can be found in our mothers’ backyards. In a nutshell, one may think that only if we take advantage of what is found in nature, we will not spend a cent for beauty products.

However, times have changed. We find ourselves in the comforts of our apartments in the city, where we are surrounded by concrete. Sure, we can use plant boxes and pots to plant herbal solutions for our beauty regimens, but urban dwelling can take away much of our time away from tending plants. In short, we need make up. But how much should we spend on make up?

Alas, even achieving the “natural look” can involve forking money over cashiers in malls. You may be surprised if you add up the items in a month’s receipts that are cosmetics. Cost depends on the brand that you buy, of course. I don’t know how much women in the Philippines spend on makeup, but US women reportedly spends $7 billion dollars. Yep, that can be enough to feed a third world country.

If make up cost is eating up half of your monthly income, think again. You may be spending too much on cosmetics. But well, the argument follows that a consumer spends money for value. But does quality product have to cost that much? I don’t think so. The solution I have in mind is find a seller that has lower overhead costs, hence, willing to sell quality products for less.

The next time you shop for cosmetics, look online for shops that sell quality products for less. Check shipping costs too, and order only if they are reasonable. That way, you can avoid the hefty price tags that come with buying in air conditioned shops and malls.

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The Amazing BB Cream: Who Should Use It

This is essentially part two of the BB cream post I made. More than what it is for, who should use it?

Essentially, you don’t have to have skin blemish to use a blemish balm. And nope, this isn’t just a foundation. Most people can use it, especially those that have light to fair skin. If you are a bit on the dark side of skin tone, you can use it to mix with your foundation so it can it can match with your skin color better. 


SKIN79 Super+ Beblesh Balm orange

It can also be used as a concealer or a highlighter, and yes, men can use BB cream. In fact, there are South Korean BB cream for men.


SKIN79 Dream Girls Beblesh Balm


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A Beginner’s Guide to BB Cream

What exactly is BB cream? BB stands for blemish base, blemish balmbeauty balm or beblesh balm (according to Koreans, at least). This product is originally, yep yep, German.

The BB cream is one amazing product. It is packaged as an all-in-one beauty wonder that takes away the need for most products in your make up kit such as foundation, serum, face powder, and yes, sunblock. It is the secret of popular Korean pop stars, and heavily endorsed by Korean actresses.


one type of BB Cream by Skin 79

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Buying Benefit Face Powders: A Guide to Picking the Right Shade

As a Filipina, I love my complexion. Nevertheless, I must always keep in mind that I should wear the right kind of make up that will make me look presentable. Hence, this entry about face powders.

What about face powders? Every make up wearing girl has a compact inside her bag. It’s essentially a must-have. However, not many women are aware of the right shade that would suit their complexion. Worst case scenario, they tend to look like, well, ghosts.

What is the face powder’s rule of thumb? If you want to achieve the natural look, go for the shade that blends well with your skin tone. What suits the skin of a typical Filipina then?

Very Asian Looking Girls or Mature European-Looking

Yes, we’re all Asians. What I mean by this is if your skin has yellow and grayish undertones, you belong to this classification. What would probably suit you are pink-based powders. If you have tanned skin, you may consider using a powder with copper undertones.

Hispanic, Arabic, or Light Indian

Or what we might just call Bumbay Beauty. If you are a middle-eastern looking beauty, your skin is neither pink or yellow. You will most likely look amazing in apricot-colored powder. This powder shade also look great on European skin that has freckles. If you have tanned skin, you may opt for darker powder with subtle orange undertones.

Dark Skinned Beauty

If your skin is dark, you may go for dark brown powder with bronze (for virtually most dark skinned people) or copper (if your skin tends to look grayish). To make a tanned skin glow, consider using iridescent powder with your usual face powder, or you may want to use bronzer instead.

If you are looking to buy Benefit face powders, here’s a quick guide that you can use.


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Benefit Cheek Stains: Getting the Right Tint of Humor and Glow

Well, ain’t these beauties sure to brighten up your day. Benefit Cheek Stains are one of my best friends now, and they sure give me the natural and universally flattering look that I want.

I’m told that these darling cheek stains are underrated. Hmm. If you don’t know them, check these out:


Benetint Rose Tinted Lip and Cheek Stain

They say that this is originally made for the 1970s exotic dancer. The seemingly provocative shade of dark rose had become a cult favorite. Well, sexy is indeed hot.

rose-tinted lip & cheek stain

Posietint Poppy-Pink Tinted Lip and Cheek Stain

A true chic would do anything it takes to have a natural glowing look. Apply these under your cheekbones or put it over your lipstick for a supple yet light kiss-proof drama.

poppy-pink tinted lip & cheek stain

Moonbeam Iridescent Complexion Enhancer

You got it – it is a complexion enhancer. If you think you have something to hide, this enhancer is going to be your best friend.

iridescent complexion enhancer

Chacha Tint Mango Tinted Lip and Cheek Stain

What is Philippine cosmetics without the touch of the tropics? For more ooh-la-la tropical touch with a fruity punch, this tint is something that you must put on everyday to uplift your natural beauty.

mango tinted lip & cheek stain

I thought I should make this more affordable for other Philippine chic cosmetic lovers out there. I’m making these lovely things available for only P 500.00. Want to get it at this price? Go to