Saturday, March 15, 2014

REVIEW: Artist Studio Makeup Brushes

One of the most asked questions to me ever since I started blogging and doing makeup tutorials is "What affordable makeup brushes can you recommend?". Well, I know many affordable makeup brushes but not all of them have great quality. The most affordable makeup brushes with commendable quality that I could ever think of and recommend are the brushes of Artist Studio.

I think I discovered these makeup brushes last 2012. I saw them at Landmark at Makati and Trinoma. Landmark offers affordable makeup brushes but this particular brand, in my opinion, has the best quality among those various makeup brushes.

Why do I love Artist Studio?

First of all, they are very affordable. The most expensive, if I'm not mistaken, is the Angled Flat Top which only costs Php 119.75! Second, the quality is just awesome. The bristles are so soft and there's no shedding and no bleeding at all. They are sturdy as well. I've had these makeup brushes for almost over a year now and they are all still in good condition. Another thing, the bristles are dense enough. A little flimsy compared to better-quality makeup brushes but still commendable, especially the Artist Studio Buffing Brush (angled flat top) and the Domed Crease Brush. These makeup brushes that I have are made of synthetic bristles, by the way. Artist Studio also offers makeup brushes with animal hair bristles (not sure what animal) but I like the synthetic ones better.

Artist Studio have different types of makeup brushes from foundation brushes to powder brushes to blush brushes to eyeshadow brushes to lip brushes but I just picked 5. Soon, I will complete the set. :) Here are the Artist Studio brushes that I have. They don't really have particular names for each brushes so I just named them myself. Hehe!

1. Artist Studio Angled Flat Top Brush / Buffing Brush (Php 119.75)
- This is definitely one of my ABSOLUTE favorite foundation brushes until now! The bristles are very soft and dense enough to buff any foundation onto the skin. It helps me achieve that flawless foundation finish. And since it is angled, it can reach the crevices and hard to reach areas on your face such as the side of your nose and under the eyes. How can you not love it? It performs great and it's so affordable!

2. Artist Studio Angled Blush/Bronzer Brush (Php 59.75)
- I think this is my first ever Artist Studio brush. I was looking for a good blush brush that time when I discovered the Artist Studio makeup brushes. I bought it  and I was just impressed with it when I used it. The bristles are quite flimsy but I still like it because that way, it can properly blend my blush or my bronzer. Oh, and once again, the bristles are just so soft!!!

3. Artist Studio Domed Crease Brush (Php 79.75)
- My favorite crease brush! The bristles are dense but soft. It is also just the right size to apply eyeshadow on the crease of the eyes. 

4. Artist Studio Angled Eyeshadow Brush (Php 49.75)
- I love using this brush in applying eyeshadow on the outer V of the eyes because it fits perfectly since it is angled. I also use this in highlighting the inner corners of the eyes.

5. Artist Studio Precise Eyeliner Brush (Php 39.75)
- Great in lining the eyes with gel/cream eyeliner but I usually use this in adding details when I do creative makeup looks. I love this precise eyeliner because unlike other precise eyeliners, this one retains its shape even after using. Hindi s'ya nabubuhaghag.

I will update you when I finally complete the set. I believe if you buy the complete set, you can get it for PhP 700.00+. Anyway, these 5 brushes that I have are enough for me to testify that the Artist Studio makeup brushes are awesome! I highly recommend these brushes to all makeup beginners (makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts) because they are very inexpensive yet they already have good quality. Definitely perfect to be part of your starter kit. Oh, and I think Artist Studio have newly released makeup brushes, the dual-ended ones with neon-colored bristles. :) Hope you'll give this a try!

Stay awesome and accomplish your mission! :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Gyaru Makeup Look

Hi everyone!

Trying to catch up and update my blog so here's another entry. Last month, I got full bangs, courtesy of Introspect Hair Salon and Makeup Studio. I have a blog post about our hair makeover and you can read it here. I really enjoyed my full bangs and I love how it made me look like a Korean/Japanese doll sometimes especially when I wear my gyaru lenses on. So, before my hair grows, I decided to do a Gyaru Inspired Makeup look while I still have that adorable full bangs. Hehe!

A gyaru look is very simple and it's all about the eyes.

Here's my video tutorial for it:


- Nature Republic Pretty Tree Wood Eyebrow Pencil No. 2
- In2It Brow Mascara in Copper
- ELF Makeup Mist and Set
- Avon Color Fold-Up Palette
- Fashion 21 Single Eyeshadow in No. 5
- K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner Tattoo
- San San False Eyelashes
- Essence Get Big! Lashes Volume Curl Mascara
- Glory of New York Dual Powder in 36 for contouring (nose)
- Satin white eyeshadow from Avon palette for highlight (nose)
- Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly
- Fashion 21 Roll N Dazzle in Pink Diamond (cheek highlighter)
- MUA Matte Lipstick in Peachy Keen
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- Avon Glazewear Vitaluscious in Vita Pink
- Iris/Glory of New York lip shine
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- Marionnaud eyebrow brush
- Landmark large shader brush
- Blending brush from Makeup by Toni Abigail Series Brush Set
- Virginia Olsen Eye Shader Brush
- Gita Smudger Brush from Landmark
- Large eyeshadow brush from my Houndstooth brush set (used for contouring the nose)
- Angled Blush Brush from Makeup by Toni Abigail Series Brush Set
- Tapered Highlighter Brush from Makeup by Toni Abigail Series Brush Set

Get your Makeup by Toni Abigail Series Brush Set here

Circle lenses from Fab Beau Lusst 

I hope you can tell me what do you think about this Gyaru inspired look that I did. I got a comment that this is more of an ulzzang makeup than a gyaru, hehe! Nonetheless, I hope that you still liked it!

Stay awesome and accomplish your mission! :)

Product Rave-iew: Pasjel Cherry Tender Night Facial Cream

Hi everyone!

I just realized that I haven't written a review about this product yet. Though I have already uploaded a quick video review in my YouTube channel, I still want to share my two cents about the Pasjel Cherry Tender Night Facial Cream here in my blog for my readers.

Pasjel is a famous skin care brand from Thailand which offers various skin care products such as whitening cream for underarms, for your body, and for your face. I got the Pasjel Cherry Tender Night Facial Cream --- all thanks to Ms. Sheena of The Mestiza Hub! :)

The product is contained in a small plastic jar.

It's pretty small, it can actually fit my palm. The packaging reminds me of a lip balm. The jar only contains 10ml of the product. The consistency is very thin and can be easily absorbed by the skin, almost gel-like. It has a cherry scent which is a bit strong for my sister but I'm not really bothered by it.

This costs Php 650.00 and I think it's a little expensive considering how small the product is... but when I finally tried the product, I thought the price is just okay since the quality is really awesome.

This product claims that it can reduce pimples within 24 hours and can reduce blemishes within 1 week. It also claims to make your skin smooth and clear. Well, all I can say is that Pasjel is true to what they claim! I was really amazed because it can actually treat pimples overnight and it lightened my dark spots after several days. Oh, and yes, it can instantly leave you with smoother and softer skin.

Here's a before and after photo to support my testimonial.

The before photo was taken right after I applied the Pasjel Cherry Tender Night Facial Cream and the after photo was taken on the very next day. As you can see in the photo above, my pimples near my lower lip and on my chin dried up already. The redness had already subsided. Impressive, huh? Though I just want to mention too that for bigger pimples or cystic pimples, it may take 2 days before it will dry up completely BUT it would subside overnight and it could lessen the pain.

Overall, I think this product is just amazing! I'm very impressed but I just wish that it will be available in a larger jar. Oh, well! I still love it! If you want to watch my video about this, here's the thumbnail:

If you want to get your own Pasjel Cherry Tender Night Facial Cream, you can order from The Mestiza Hub on Facebook. :)

Stay awesome and accomplish your mission! :)