The Vain Mama Reviews: Primped & Primed
Hello Glambabes! It has been a while since my last review, as I’ve been waiting for the perfect new finds to share with you. I just found 2 products that are essential for starting things right.
EYE OF HORUS Precision Tweezers – There are many choices of tweezers out there from the very pricey to the drugstore kind. I fell in love with this one from my favorite eye-enhancing brand. The black matte finish allows for the perfect grip and the tip is slanted just the right angle to catch even the tiniest of stray hairs. No accidental skin pinching with this one.
PIXI BY PETRA Flawless & Poreless Primer – I used to wonder about the point of a primer. I suppose that was before I tried a really good one. The texture of this product is so light and it truly “melts into your skin” – it magically disappears like it is not there. Although unseen, it makes the color of your blush/eye shadow so much more vivid and lasting. I also like using it on its own, for a clean and simple look.
My Tips on Getting Primped & Primed:
1. Grooming is essential to beauty. This is the backend part we do not see. You need to have a flawless canvass before you start creating your own special make up looks. Make sure you have a solid skincare routine to back up your cosmetics.
2. See a professional. Get a professional eyebrow threading or waxing every 2-3 months to keep your brows in shape. Then use the EOH Precision Tweezers to maintain and clean up in between sessions. Same goes for your skin, get a professional deep cleansing facial every 2-3 months as well.
3. Prioritize your layers. No one likes a cake-y face. The pancake look may have been cool in the 80s but it just does not work today. When using a primer – skip your BB/CC cream. It is utterly redundant and quite impractical in these hot summer months.
4. Defining Moments. If you are lazy for a full on made-up face (like I am on most days), just make sure you and primped & primed then choose targeted highlights. Enhance your groomed brows with a brow definer, and complement your flawless complexion with the perfect pop of blush & gloss. Then off you go.
Remember Glambabes, often it is the things we DON’T SEE that are the most important of all. Life is complicated enough, when it comes to beauty - keep it clean and simple.
Vanessa aka #thevainmama
"My beauty philosophy is to stay true to one’s self. No matter how much makeup you pile on your face, if it doesn’t match your character or personality, it wouldn’t work. Wear the beauty style you’re comfortable with and work with what you innately have. Enhance your best features and play down what you perceive are your flaws."
Always a vision of elegance and class, Dior Co is our featured Beauty Curator of the Month. Currently a freelance makeup artist & stylist specializing in bridal, beauty, fashion, and print makeup, Dior is also a professor teaching basic and advance makeup courses. She is always on the go jet-setting in and out of the country and attending more workshops to hone her craft.
With a firm belief that beauty is inherent in each individual, Dior shares with us her tried and tested beauty picks from the Glamourbox Boutique:
1. Pixi Eye Bright Liner Nude
Beauty experts say concealer is your best friend the morning after a night of no sleep. I say, it’s this waterproof precision nude eyeliner for the lower inner rims of the eyes! Designed to make the eye whites look whiter, it instantly brightens the eyes. Pair with or without your concealer and no one will suspect you’ve had a restless night!
Who doesn’t want a product that does it all? This foundation melts onto skin, minimizes pores, prevents creasing and lasts all day, thanks to its hydrating yet oil-free formula. Developed for and recommended by many professional makeup artists, Face Atelier Ultra Foundation creates a lightweight, but highly pigmented coverage that finishes off smoothly. It has a built-in primer (savings!) and sets even without powder (more savings!).
Anyone past their mid-20’s should start to consider investing in a good anti-aging product like this one. Prevent unwanted expression lines and wrinkles from forming with Snoe’s Past, Present & the Future serum. The price is reasonable for a highly effective oil that can also be used around the eyes, so you don’t need to buy a separate eye cream.
Those who have oily skin like me tend to skip moisturiser all together. But guess what? There’s an passion fruit seed oil called Maracuja oil that is rich with vitamin A, C and potassium to help keep skin healthy and radiant. It’s antibacterial so it’s suitable for acne prone skin. It can even be used to reduce swelling and irritation as it has anti-inflammatory properties as well.
Waterproof and smudge-proof, this pencil glides effortlessly despite the long-lasting formula unlike other drying formulas out there. The Bronze Amulet shade accentuates eyes and gives depth without the intensity of a typical black eye pencil. Use during daytime to see how day light gives justice to this copperish bronze shade.
Learn more about Dior and her beauty discoveries at www.diorcomakeup.com.
Our Makeup Favorites at the Oscars 2014
We thought that having Ellen Degeneres host this year’s Oscars was a wonderful idea, it was fun and definitely memorable! Remember the famous group selfie?
Apart form the lovely gowns, we were also mesmerized with these fresh-faced beauties who walked the red carpet with their radiant makeup:
Cate Blachett, Jennifer Lawrence, and Lupita Nyong’O
Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington and Naomi Watts
How about you? Whose celebrity makeup look did you love the most? :) Share them with us!
(Source: Glamour.com, Vogue.com, Fashionmagazine.com)
Here’s a quirky twist to the classic french tip and the modern half moon manicure. We couldn’t get enough of them so we decided — why not paint both on our nails, right? Belle & Cat Nail and Wax Studio helped us out as well, so here’s an easy peasy tutorial for all our lovely Glambabes:
Step 2 - Apply the lightest shade, Orly in Kiss the Bride, all over your nails. Let it dry.
Steps 3 & 4 - Using Zoya in Dana (a bright fuchsia shade), draw a half moon outline near the top of your nail. Fill it in with polish.
Step 5 - Finally, using Misa in Black Out apply french tips to your nails. Finish with a fresh top coat to seal in everything.
Ta-daah! A fun and quirky rendition to your usual french tip and half moon manis — your own French Moon!
Try it out this weekend and let us know! We’d love to see it ;)
Life is too short to stick to neutrals. This was my realization after years as a French manicure girl. All throughout the early years of my career, I wore only pale pinks and nudes, until it hit me—there’s a whole range of colors out there! And the beauty of it is that it’s as short term a commitment as you can get. In a couple of weeks or even days, changing your color is simply a matter of pulling out the cotton balls and acetone. So what in the world was I waiting for?
Armed with this brave new outlook, I’ve spent the last few years wearing the wildest, most attention-grabbing nail colors I can find. Though I find that I’m partial to neons, blues, and greens, there really isn’t a shade I won’t try. Except maybe boring pale pink or nude or clear—my days of playing it safe are through.
Knowing that I’m a girl who loves my nail polish, Glamourbox CEO Lia invited me to take British brand Models Own for a spin. The toughest part, as always, was choosing a shade. So many yummy colors, it was hard committing to just one! Again, my preference for blues and greens won out, so I picked Jade Stone, a pale, sea foam-like hue.
On the eve of Chinese New Year (maybe painting my nails Jade would bring me luck?) and in the interest of being tipid this 2014, I settled in for a DIY manicure at home. After brushing my nails with clear polish, I went in for the first coat. It’s always challenging doing your own nails, so I ended up with a far from perfect, streaky finish. The color turned out a little lighter than I expected, which I liked. But one layer is not enough—you really need two to bring out that rich green. A few minutes and one more layer of clear polish later, and I was done!
The cute packaging is a plus (the cylinder-shaped bottle is rather unique as far as nail polish goes), and I think the color looks even better on my nails than it did in the bottle. Here’s hoping it lasts… and that it will bring me good luck this year!
Have you given Models Own a try? What do you think?
Get ready to bare your smooth skin this summer! One thing that I do regularly each week is to exfoliate in the shower. Exfoliation sloughs off dead skin cells, unclogs pores, and reveals smoother skin.
Need a little help? Here are our picks from our online boutique:
1. Body Scrubs
Body scrubs come in a creamy base and are loaded with tiny scrubbers like walnut shells, salt, sugar, even coffee grounds. It is usually infused with fragrance oils like lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, with additional nourishing ingredients like VCO, rose hip oil, etc., to further enhance the scrubbing experience.
Best used after a warm shower, scoop out an ample amount of body scrub and apply to skin. Gently massage using circular motions for a few seconds, never scrub one area too much otherwise you will end up with red and raw skin.
2. Exfoliating Soaps
Perhaps the easiest and fastest way to gently exfoliate your skin is to use soap that contains AHAs derived from fruits. These “acids” have a micropeeling effect that reveals smoother and sometimes even lighter skin. It may even lighten pigmentation, scars, and blemishes.
3. Exfoliating Gloves or Loofah
For deeper exfoliation, you may want to try mitts or loofahs. Shower first, wet the glove and apply a dime-sized bath cream to the palm of your gloved hand. Lather gently and start scrubbing your body using gentle circular motions, and then rinse thoroughly.
Remember to choose one with natural fibers if you have sensitive skin, and do use an intensive moisturizer afterwards to nourish your newly-exfoliated skin.
Colour Me Healthy
If you love playing with color, here are some tips and tricks that I personally follow in order to preserve the health and vibrancy of my hair color:
1. Use the right shampoo.
Go gentle and choose one with zero sulfates, zero parabens, and a gentle formulation. I love Pureology Super Smooth Shampoo, a 100% vegan product that is specifically created for colored hair. I’ve been using this for almost 2 years, it’s gentle and really maintains the vibrancy of the color.
Another good alternative is Snoe Agent Zero Cleansing Serum which I got from my Snoe Glamourbox. It is sulfate, fragrance, silicone-free and is great for use on hair and body. Perfect for those who have skin sensitivities, too.
2. Use a conditioning treatment
Hair that’s been chemically processed tends to become drier over time, use a hydrating and moisturizing conditioner to keep hair healthy. Try Pure Beauty Treatment Conditioner with Camellia Oil or Vanilla & Co. 60 Seconds Tress Tamer. You can also use argan oil on the tips ;)
3. Protect your hair from the sun
If you want your new hair color to last, you have to protect it from the harmful rays of the sun, too. Try Phytoplage which contains anti-dryness, anti-fade, anti-UV properties. Also try, Beach Hut Hair & Scalp Clear Spray Sunblock.
How do you take care of your colored hair? Share your tips with us!
A lovely blushing bride wears our Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Laguna Beach, a pretty nudish pink shade that complements any skin tone.
Grab one at www.glamourbox.ph!
Makeup by Ria Aquino
We asked the team for their favorite Valentine’s day scent, and here’s what made the cut:
Vanessa Mayuga-Santos, Mompreneur/GB Contributor
L’INSTANT DE GUERLAIN EDP: This was the scent I used when my husband fell in love — according to him! Haha! The scent tells the story of that moment/instant when you realize someone is THE ONE :)
Nana Caragay, Writer/GB Contributor
Kiehl’s Original Musk. The bottle claims it was stored for years in the Kiehl’s apothecary in a vat labeled “Love Oil,” and on the strength of that alone, I bought it without even knowing how it smelled! As it turns out, I love it — it’s rather heavy and masculine, but a guy friend once told me he how much he liked it, and it’s been my go-to date scent ever since.
Ria Aquino, Makeup Artist/GB Contributor
I love Bvlgari Amethyst (the purple one). Can’t get enough its sweet fresh scent without being over bearing. It’s also versatile as a day or night perfume.
Gretchen Gatan, Athlete/GB Contributor
I actually like the classic Paris Hilton. It has a light feminine scent, which I really like. I’m not a fan of too feminine scents, hence my love for CK One, but Paris Hilton is an exemption — especially for Valentine’s Day.
Kira Ramirez, Beauty Blogger/GB Business Devt. Officer
My favorite Valentine’s day scent is Lolita Lempicka L’Eau Jolie. It’s a floral scent that’s very feminine and lasts hours after my first spritz. Perfect for dates and close encounters ;)
Paoie Minerales, GB PR & Marketing Officer
Burberry Tender! It smells heavenly and romantic, like English Roses.
Sarah Orlina, GB Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Photographer
Hands down, it’s Sparrow Lullabye!