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Fact: The United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) does not regulate or assess pre-market safety of cosmetic ingredients except for color additives. It is the responsibility of cosmetic manufacturers to substantiate the safety of their products prior to market launch. Even product recalls are made voluntarily by the manufacturers. Sad but true.

Fact: Knowledge is power. As a consumer, we need to be aware of these harmful ingredients that are commonly present in  makeups, skincare and other personal care products. 
  • Paraben:  most widely used preservative in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. It has bactericidal and fungicidal components. It is commonly found in shampoo, underarm deodorant, moisturizer, topical products, toothpaste. For people who are sensitive to paraben, it may cause contact dermatitis and rosacea 
  • Sodium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES): found in a gamut of personal care products like shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc. It is inexpensive and is an effective detergent/foaming agent. It is generally safe in small concentration levels but have been found to cause eye and skin irritation 
  • Triclosan: an antibacterial and antifungal agent. It is present in soap, toothpaste, deodorant, mouth wash, cleaning supplies, etc. A 2010 study linked Triclosan to contact dermatitis. In 2009, the Canadian Medical Association asked its government to ban the use of triclosan in household cleaning products because of reported bacterial resistance
  • DMDM hydantoin: is an antimicrobial formaldehyde releaser preservative. It is widely used in cosmetics as a preservative and to prevent bacterial spoilage. It is present in shampoos, conditioners, bath products,  moisturizers, makeups and other skincare products. Although safe in low concentrations, there have been serious reports linking it to dermatitis
  • Triethanolamine: primarily used as emulsifier and surfactant. It balances pH in many cosmetic products such as cleansing cream, lotion, moisturizer, eye gel, shampoo, shaving foams, etc. Several studies linked it to dermatitis. Another study also cited it as a potential carcinogen
  • Fragrance: Synthetic or otherwise should be avoided especially by people who have sensitive skin. It can cause contact dermatitis and irritation.
As a general rule, always read product label and test if you must. If you experience irritation, discontinue using and see your doctor.

Sweat. Vigor. Fab.

I just finished my dance routine as I write this blog. Nothing fancy. No gym membership. No zumba fees. Blasting 90s dance mix streaming from a Euro radio, good old tennis shoes, exercise  mat, and dumbbells. All in the comfort of our living room.

Dancing is a fun way to burn calories. You don't even need to enroll in a dance class if your sole purpose is to exercise. It doesn't matter whether you can or can't dance, just roll and gyrate. On the average, you burn 120 calories for a 30- minute of modern dance routine. Add lifting of dumbbells and you burn more.

I love dancing. I tried other forms of weight loss exercise in the past but I always go back to modern dance. Your entire body moves, your hips sway and you sweat big time. No matter how busy my schedule is, I try to squeeze at least 30 minutes of dancing thrice a week. When out in the park on Sundays to run our dog, I do simple dance moves as my warm-up exercise. With Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal playing in my iPod nano, I am all set to start the day right. 

Get Fab and Fit! Move around. Burn calories. Dance. The world is your centerstage.

*Get inspired* "March to your own drumbeat. Dance to your own rhythm. Don't fit in. Stand out"- Fab Kath

Sun. Water. Dance.

Another homemade skincare trick using all- natural ingredients. I will be coming up with more of this kind in the future.

I am a fan of body scrub. It's the key to removing dead skin cells. With gentle exfoliating properties, it makes your skin supple and well moisturized. A sugar scrub from Crabtree and Evelyn retails about $26, Bath and Body Works 2.oz travel size, $29, scrub from Sephora Collection, $18.

Enter Ms. Fab and Frugal. The basic ingredients in making your own sugar body scrub are:
  • SUGAR. White or brown, it doesn't matter. Sugar acts as exfoliator. When rubbed against skin, it gently sloughs off dead skin cells
  • OLIVE OIL. Or other natural oils like jojoba, sweet almond oil, apricot. Olive oil is available in all grocery stores. Jojoba, almond, apricot, etc. can be bought in any health food stores.
  • OPTIONAL: ESSENTIAL OIL. You may want to skip this. But I want my scrub to smell as if I'm being pampered in a spa, or something that can rival these high end scrubs! Essential oils can be purchased from health food stores as well.
  • EMPTY & CLEAN JAR. Reuse whatever jar you have at home. For this project, I used my small candy jar.
My concoction: Sweet almond oil, lavender essential oil, brown sugar
Fill half of jar with sugar. Fill half with Olive oil (I used almond oil). You can always adjust whether you want more sugar than oil. I want mine even. Mix with spatula (I just used plastic teaspoon). If you want to add essential oil, choose a scent that suits you. I want the calming effect of lavender so I mixed it with 6 drops. Again, depending on your preference, you can add more or less than what I did. Remember, essential oils are concentrated extracts and they are not intended to be used alone. If you are giving this as a present, personalize it with raffia or sinamay ribbon. Use within six months. Take extra precaution when coming out from the shower as the floor can be slippery from the scrub. If you are allergic to nuts, don't use any oil with nut derivative like almond oil.

I really liked my mixture. My skin felt unbelievably soft and moisturized!

Look fab today, everyday. Exfoliate at least twice a month to reveal soft, smooth skin!

* Get inspired* " Force Ricochet. Just a fabulous description of karma. Throw a negative force, it will bounce back to you." 

The 1950s- era is all about glamor and sophistication. Think Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page who popularized the iconic cat eyes and full red lips.

This tutorial was inspired by a fab friend who is attending a 50s-themed event. She wants a makeup that will not mature her or look overly done. This is a simple makeup, and in fact one of my favorite to-go look. Since you will be wearing red lipstick, it is important to exfoliate and moisturize your lips prior to makeup application. Read my previous blog on how to make your own lip scrub using your pantry supplies. Click here.

1. Prep your face. Wash face with gentle cleanser, follow up with toner and moisturizer. Allow at least 10 minutes interval before putting on foundation. This is to allow the moisturizer to do its function.
2. Apply face primer. Skip if you don't own one. Face primer provides a flawless canvass for makeup application. It also helps control shine and prevent wilting of makeup.
3. Apply liquid foundation using clean fingertips, sponge or brush. I prefer to use brush for an airbrushed, flawless finish. Dab concealer under eyes if you have dark under eye circles.
4. Apply eye primer over eyelids up to brow bone. Skip if you don't own one. But I highly suggest using this to prevent unsightly creasing and smudging of eye makeup. 
5. For the eyeshadow, apply nude shade over eyelids up to brow bone. Using small angled brush, line upper lash line with black eye shadow. Line thickly. Repeat process until you are satisfied with the thickness. I did mine three times. Line your upper lash line with liquid eyeliner, creating a wing effect on the outer corner of the eye. To brighten your eyes, line your lower lash line/ water line with white eye pencil. Apply nude shimmer in the arch area of brow bone.
6. Curl your eyelash. Apply 3-4 coats of black mascara. (Optional) wear thick fake eyelashes.
7. Line and fill your lips with red lip liner. Apply red lip stick. If you want a matte look, lightly brush powder over lips. If you want shimmer, apply clear lip gloss. 
8. Apply rosy pink blush -on. Smile to locate apple of cheeks. Don't overdo the blush -on, just a hint of color is perfect enough.
9. Seal makeup with mineral veil. If you don't have this, use your pressed powder. With a face brush, gently brush powder over face.
10. (Optional). For added shimmer on cheekbone, dab shimmer powder.

Here's my 1950's- inspired rendition...
Cat eyes and red lips.
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And here are the makeups I used. These are for illustration purposes only.Feel free to use your own supplies.
                                   EYES
1 Wet n Wild Icon Eyeshadow Pallet (a) Nude  (b) black  (c) Nude shimmer  2 Wet n Wild White Eyeliner  3 L'Oreal liquid eyeliner  4 Too Faced BlackMascara
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                                    LIPS
Wet n Wild Red Lip liner, Mac Russian Red Lipstick

                                     BLUSH-ON
Estee Lauder Holiday Collection

                                    OPTIONAL. Mineral Veil and Shimmer
Benefit High Beam for shimmer on cheekbone. Bare Minerals Veil to lock makeup

Here are some more photos for reference...










Look fab today. When wearing red lipstick, go easy and classy on the eyes. 

*Get inspired* "Self-pity is the enemy to self-worth. When you allow the former to consume your life, your worth depreciates."- Fab Kath





Going on a special date this week? Preparing for a hot look this coming Valentine's day? Channel a sultry, sweet, and sexy look using discount or drugstore brands.

The inspiration for this tutorial is a fab friend who wants to try a sultry look sans elaborate makeup details. She's leaving for an exciting cruise with her husband and kids. With the captain's night in mind, I want her to look fabulous and elegant without breaking the bank.

Note: All the makeups I used here (except for one black eyeliner) are all drugstore/ discount brands. The key to a lasting makeup is primer. You can always skip this process but if you're the type who doesn't want to hassle with constant re-touching (like me), then I highly suggest to get a face primer and eye primer. They are both available in major drugstores like Walgreens, CVS or retail giants Walmart and K-Mart. The brands featured in this tutorial are for illustration purposes only. Feel free to use your own supplies as necessary.

1. Prep your face. Wash with gentle cleanser, tone, moisturize. Allow at least ten minutes for the moisturizer to start working before you apply liquid foundation (you may do your hair around this time frame).
2. Apply face primer. Again you may skip this process if you don't own one. Face primer creates a flawless canvass by providing a barrier between your skin and makeup. It also helps control shine and prevents wilting of makeup. (On the average, my makeup stays fresh for 8 hours with primer).
3. Apply liquid foundation using fingertips, sponge or brush. For a flawless or airbrushed effect, I suggest using a face brush. If you have dark under eye circles, lightly dab concealer under the eyes.
4. Prime your eyelids. Again you may skip this process if you don't own one. Check out the previous blog on how to make your own eye primer.
5. Now the fun and easy part. I used Wet n Wild Icon eyeshadow trio pallet which exactly tells you where to put what. See image below.
Isn't this neat? Simple guide for newbies. And it's cheap!
What exactly is crease? The eye crease is the hollow part of your eye, which is between the lid and brow bone.
Eye map. Image from here.
6. Using your own eyeshadow brush or the applicator which came with the palette, apply maroon color over eyelid. Apply dark brown over the crease area. Highlight the brow area using the lightest shade. Extend maroon or brown shade in your lower lash line for added drama and definition. Start from the outer corner of your eye, going inward.
7. For the smoky-sultry look, line your upper lash line with black eye pencil. Smudge it with cotton tip. Line again. Line your lower lash line/waterline. Smudge. Line again. This process will soften the smoky look.
8. Curl your eyelash. Apply 3-4 coats of mascara. (Optional) wear fake eyelashes.
9. Apply blush on. Smile to locate apple of your cheek. (Optional) contour your face with bronzer. Gently brush from the temple going to midline of face. This process helps slim the face.
 10. Line and fill your lips with lip pencil. Apply lip gloss.
11. (Optional) For shimmer effect, brush shimmer powder over cheekbone.

Here's my Sultry Sweetheart look....
Find your best angle and strike a pose.

 
Sultry, smoky eyes

Up close

Side glance

Play up your eyes

Lip liner + lip gloss= Fab

Go bold with big earrings. Keep hair simple.

Here are the drugstore/ discount brands worth- trying:

                                                                                  FACE
1. Revlon Photo Ready Foundation  2 Revlon Blush/Bronzer  Optional (3 & 4 ) 3 Maybelline Mineral Veil to seal makeup  4 e.l.f. Shimmer powder to highlight cheekbone.
1 Wet n Wild Icon Eyeshadow  2 Black eyeliner  3 Maybelline mascara   4 Maybelline clear mascara for eyebrows (Optional 5 ) e.l.f. eyebrow filler (use brown eyeliner to fill/shape your eyebrows)
Wet n Wild lip liner and lip gloss
Look fab today. With or without a date :-)

* Get inspired*  Love is a natural beautician. Love yourself. Love others.



                                                                          









If there is one part of a woman's face that is oftentimes neglected, I'd bet it would be the eyebrows. Bushy and untamed. Not fab.

Eyebrows define our face. In fact there are shapes that suit certain face types. It may seem tedious to groom them but once you get the hang of it, plucking or threading will be more like second nature. Seriously, I get distracted talking to a woman with stray hairs in between her eyebrows or scattered all over the eyelids. One time I was talking to a dear friend, took out my tweezers and plucked her stray hairs. Now she dons the classiest -shaped eyebrows I have seen!

I had my fair share of Incredible Hulk-ish looking brows. When you're in your teens, it's perfectly fine and dandy. But if you belong to the working population, girl you need to start grooming them. Here are some tips on how to get those fab eyebrows:

1. Consider the shape of your face. If your face is oval, which is the most ideal type, (think Salma Hayek and Natalie Portman), a soft angled shape is the way to go. 

Oval face. Image from here.

If your face is round (i.e. Catherine Zeta Jones), don't go for rounded brows. Brows should go up (high arch) and down to elongate the face.
Round face. Image from here.

If you have a long face (i.e Liv Tyler, Iman), you can shorten your face by sporting flat brows.
Long face. Image from here.

Square face exudes strong features (Demi Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow). Compliment it with strong eyebrows that has sharp peak at the top of the brow.
Square face. Image from here.

If your face is heart-shaped (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Michele Pfeiffer), rounded brows will look hot on you. Round brows will soften your features. Imagine your chin as the bottom of the heart, and your brows as the top part.
Heart shape. Image from here.

If your face is shaped like diamond (i.e Reese Witherspoon), recreate an illusion of smaller face with curved brows.
Diamond shape. Image from here
2. If this is your first time to groom or recreate your eyebrows, I suggest going to a salon and have a professional stylist do it for you. Threading or waxing can be quite pricey so shaving is another option. Insist on the shape that suits your face type. Maintain the shape by plucking stray hairs using tweezers. Never attempt to shave it or you risk being brow-less. Tweeze on the direction of hair growth, never against it.

3. Play up your eyebrows with eye stencils. The most common ones are the plastic types. They come in different shapes and are totally reusable. Eye stencils can be bought from any pharmacy or retail stores, just head to the beauty section. If you are filling your eyebrows, align the stencil from the start to end point of your brows. Dip a small angled brush into eye shadow powder (I prefer brown shades), and lightly brush the brow using the stencil as your guide.

Rock & roll those fab eyebrows now!

* Get inspired* "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Behold! you are beautiful in the eyes of God."

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2005. That was the year I decided to grow my hair long. Six years after, my hair is past my waistline. Except for the quarterly 2-inch trimming for maintenance, I haven't had a serious haircut since then.

Unravel the mistery. I discovered that I have soft natural curls, a lot of times I am asked where I had my hair permed. Growing up, I remember my hair being straight and lifeless. Then came hair color experimentation, bob cut, pixie-style, and so on. Probably these were the reasons why my hair took a different form. Reborn.

It is hard to find the right products for my hair. Honestly, I have not settled yet for the ideal shampoo and conditioner. I do color touch-ups for my hair every three months. Trim some split ends. Moisturize bi-monthly. All on my own. Fab and frugal it is!

Having said that, most products come and go. But these mane-stays (mainstays) deserve some serious accolade. The good news, they won't cost you a fortune- they are drugstore brands!


L-R: Tresseme Straightening Gel, Garnier Fructis Leave-In (Color Shield), Pantene Detangler (Curly), Tresseme Waterless Foam Shampoo, Garnier Glossing Spray
In days I want to give my waves a break, I straighten my hair with a flat iron. Tresseme Straightening Gel instantly smoothes wavy hair. I use it before exposing my hair to heat. It stays all day.

Since I color my hair (ok, I cover up some gray hairs, yay!), I use a leave-in conditioner like Garnier Fructis which is formulated for color-treated hair. I use this after shampoo and conditioner. It makes my hair extra-soft, for real.

Before showering, I detangle my hair with Pantene Curly Hair Series Detangler. I spritz my hair and then brush it. This process makes it easy for the shampoo and conditioner to glide. For the record, I only brush my hair during bath time. Never when my hair is dry so the waves stay as natural as possible.

Shampooing everyday strips off natural oil from hair and scalp. This is the reason for dry and brittle hair. I learned this from my hairstylist. Experts say wash your hair once or twice a week. I do mine thrice. In between, I use Tresseme Waterless Foam Shampoo for dry/curly to normal hair. I pump the bottle a few times and apply throughout hair with fingertips. The fresh scent will mask your waterless days.

For added shine, I turn to Garnier Glossing Spray. I spray it over my hair and see a noticeable brilliant shine.

Me, myself, and my hair

Dry and brittle hair ain't fab. Hair is a woman's crowning glory.

* Get inspired*  Life is an endless journey. Only when you walk.



Have you ever experienced not finding a lip gloss or lip stick with a color that you really want? Like something that would match your eye shadow or your mood for the day? Graduate from the same shade you wore in years and try this Do-It-Yourself Lip gloss.

It's so simple even a seven-year old can do it. Seriously. Ready for the materials? Here they are...

Eyeshadow (Pressed or loose), Petroleum jelly, bobby pin
Petroleum jelly has a gamut of functions. It is used to moisturize lips, relieve chapped lips, remove makeup, prevent diaper rash, remove gum stuck in hair, etc. It is a staple in our household. It's so cheap and can be bought from your pharmacy or grocery store. Mixed with pigment, you just owned your first customized lip gloss.

If you are using a pressed powder eyeshadow, grab that bobby pin and scrape a little to produce loose powder. See sample image below.

Choose the color you want. I chose shimmer bronze

Using a clean cotton tip, scoop a small amount of petroleum jelly


Mix loose pigment and jelly in a clean container

And the result.....
Apply on lips with a lip brush or cotton tip. 
Exfoliate your lips to remove dead skin cells. To make your own, click here.

Fab, fast and fun. I'm loving this!

* Get inspired*  Experience is the best teacher. Only if you learned a thing or two.

With or without makeup, our skin is exposed to a myriad of pollutants. Treat yourself with this simple, all-natural homemade mask. You only need one ingredient: T.O.M.A.T.O.


Tomatoes have been documented to provide skin the following benefits:
  • Lycopene- fights free radicals
  • Vitamin C- brightens dull skin and unclogs pores
  • Vitamin A- builds healthy skin
  • Anti-aging properties
  • Cooling and astringent properties
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser or face scrub. Slice a medium-sized tomato in half. Mash with a fork. Apply juice and pulp over face, avoiding eye area. Leave for 15 minutes or until the juice has dried up. You will feel a little tingling sensation. Wash with warm water. Pat dry. Optional: follow with toner or moisturizer ( I skipped toner and moisturizer because I want the tomato to do its own job).

The results are amazing. I woke up with radiant and fresh-looking face.

Oh! And what to do with the other half of the tomato? Use it to garnish your salad. Talk about multi-tasking.

Fresh and natural. That's fab!

* Get inspired* "Life is simple. Uncomplicate the complicated."


So fab JLo! Image from here

Jennifer Lopez is one of my favorite celebrities. She has the grace and sophistication reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour. She looks fabulous 24/7.

Her hair and makeup in the recently concluded Golden Globe Awards 2011 inspired me to channel ala JLo look today. It's fab, fun and easy.

Let's begin the process:

FACE:
1. Prep your face. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, followed with toner and moisturizer.
2. Apply face foundation. I suggest using a face primer prior to applying liquid foundation so your makeup last longer. This also helps create a flawless canvass for your makeup.
3. If you have dark under eye circles, dab concealer under the eye area.
4. Apply eyeshadow. I suggest using eye primer prior to applying eye shadow to prevent smudging and creasing.
5. For the eyeshadows, select colors that have silver/gunmetal, vanilla/shimmer cream colors. You have the option to use pressed powder or loose powder eyeshadow type.
6. Apply the lighter shade (shimmer cream/vanilla) from the inner corner of the eye, up to midline. Apply same shade below arch of eyebrow and tear duct.
7. Blend a darker shade (silver/gray/gunmetal) from the outer corner of the eye, up to midline. The lighter and darker shades should meet. With your eye blending brush, blend the darker shade upward with light strokes.
8. Line your upper lash line with waterproof liquid eyeliner. Create a small wing effect on the outer corner. (Optional) Line your lower lashline with black eye pencil.
9. Curl your eyelash. Apply 4 coats of mascara. (Optional) Wear fake eyelashes for more dramatic effect.
10. Apply light pink blush. Smile to locate the apple of your cheeks.
11. Fill your lips with nude lip pencil. Apply nude lip gloss over it.

HAIR:
1. Pony tail your hair.
2. Get a small portion of your hair to tie it around the base. Secure with bobby pins.
3. Finish off with hair spray.

My own rendition....

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Wanna know the makeups I used? These are for illustration purposes only. Feel free to use your own.

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1. Make Up Forever Mat Velvet+ Foundation  2. Kryolan Blush on  3 e.l.f. lip gloss
4. Estee Lauder lip pencil  5 Urban Decay Loose Pigment (Gunmetal)   6. Urban Decay Loose Pigment (Yeyo)  7 Maybelline mascara   8 Urban Decay black eyeliner   9 Sephora cream shimmer  
10 e.l.f. eyelash curler  11. Scotch tape- used to pick up eye shadow fallouts!
I learned this trick from a MUA. Use a clear scotch tape to pick up eyeshadow fallouts from your face. Don't brush these "crumbs" off as they will stain your makeup. Neat huh?!

Going out on a date? Attending a corporate function? Rock this look!

Fab and glam. Oh-lala!

*Get inspired* "Sometimes good things happen to those who wait. But better things happen to those who have faith"

With so many things going on right now, most complimentary magazines I have been getting from the mail are hardly ever touched and read. Finally, I got the chance today to sit down and browse through some of them.

This one got my attention- a slimmer and more fabulous- looking Kelly Osbourne on the cover of Shape Magazine (December 2010). The once wild child of rock star Ozzy Osbourne amazingly dropped 50 pounds! 
Smokin' hot bod Kelly O!
Perpetually called " fat and ugly" for the most part of her life, Kelly said that these criticisms damaged her self-esteem. She described herself an emotional eater. After she got discharged from a rehab center in 2009, she confessed replacing drugs with food to help her deal with personal issues. 
Kelly O before (Image from here)
Then came Dancing with the Stars. She said her dance partner Louis van Amstel taught her a thing or two on proper diet. To keep her energy up, she advocates a high- protein low- carb diet. Combined with exercise, portion control, and self-discipline,  she has gained her confidence back. Big time.

To see a sample of a high-protein, low-carb diet, click here.
                                                                 
I began my path to healthy living six years ago. Believe it or not, I was chunky before. Between year 2000 -2005 to be exact. With my petite stature,  parading around with extra pounds made me look like Mrs. Humpty Dumpty. I have tried various gym memberships, yoga, belly dancing, diet pills, boxing, all to no avail. I hated what I see in the mirror. BFF meant Best Fast Food then.  Quarter pounder from Mcdonald's. Pepperoni from Pizza Hut. Strawberry shake from Burger King. Going home late from work was a lame excuse for a quick drive-thru. I used food to comfort me after stressful work meetings, personal drama, and the like. My self-esteem was its lowest point. What I lacked then was very much like Kelly's. Self- discipline and motivation.

My life took a different twist some years later. I promised myself to love and take care of myself more than ever. Health is the best gift we can give ourselves and loved ones. Though I still don't have well sculpted abs, defined biceps, and toned legs, I have won the battle against the bulge. It wasn't easy but let me tell you this with all candor, I have never felt this happy about my health, looks  and life!

Fab and Fit is in. Be one.

Lose weight while doing household chores. To know how much calories you burn while mopping floors, doing laundry, click here. Clean house and fit body, so fab!





Time for another Do-It-Yourself Fab Ladies!
Don't let your makeup brushes gather dirt and bacteria by just letting them sit in your dresser. A fab woman is neat, organized, and creative.

Makeup brush holders or organizers such as those styled after Sephora can cost anywhere from $30-up.

Enter Ms. Fab and Frugal. These makeup brush organizers are made from what you already own plus a little bit of creative imagination. Scroll down to discover the unusual filler-supplies.

Can you guess what these hot pink stuff are made from?

While buying a new bed for our dog, I saw this on my way to the cashier:


Hot pink tiny gravel used to fill aquarium! Isn't that neat?

You don't need to buy the same stuff. Beads, small glass pebbles and even coffee beans can function as fillers for your glass jar. Choose colors which represent your personality or favorite hues. Use any clear jars or plastic containers you own to hold your brushes.

Now they make nice decorative pieces in my vanity closet

Fab and Frugal. Now that's fun!

*Get inspired*  Maybe is mediocrity. Whether it's a Yes or No, you have to stand up for your decision. If it's the right one, thank yourself. If it's wrong, at least you tried".





Whether you are doing errands or meeting friends for lunch on weekends, Don't step out looking like this week's leftover- harrased and haggard.

This makeup is fab, fun and fast.

1. Prep your face: Wash, tone, moisturize. Apply primer before face foundation. Skip primer if you don't own one. To understand benefits of primer, click here.
2. Apply face foundation. If you have dark under eye circles, dab under eye concealer. How to apply concealer? click here.
3. Groom your eyebrows. Apply eye primer over eyelid. Skip if you don't own one. To learn benefits of eye primer and how to make your own, click here.
4. Choose neutral/shimmer colors like bronze, light purple, vanilla/cream. Apply bronze color over eyelid. Apply vanilla/cream over arch of eyebrow. Blend light purple shade on the outer corner of the eye, stroking upto middle of eyelid.
5. Line your upper lash line with brown pencil. If you don't have brown pencil, wet the tip of your angled brush with water and dip in purple shade.
6. Curl your eyelash and apply 3-4 coats of mascara. Optional: Use brown or cherry colored mascara for a change.
7. Apply blush on. Smile to locate the apple of your cheeks.
8. Apply lip stick or lip gloss.

....Fab, fun, fast....


Need private makeup tips/tutorial? Email me, click here.
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Replace the following supplies with your own makeups. These are for illustration purposes only.

1. Revlon Photo Ready Face Foundation 2. Revlon Face Primer 3. Kat Von D Eye Primer 4. e.l.f. Eye Concealer 5. Urban Decay Red Cherry Mascara 6. Estee Lauder Bronze eye pencil 7. Estee Lauder Eyeshadow palette (arrow points the shade I used) 8. Bare Minerals bronze mineral eyeshadow 9. Sephora cream eyeshadow used to highlight brow arch 10. Body Shop Shimmer blush NOT IN PICTURE  Buxom Lip gloss
Look fab on weekends!

* Get inspired* " Wise generosity* is returned multifold. Thank God for this weekend's gift!

* Wise generosity: something from the heart; generous without being used.

Eyes are the most versatile part of the face. You can channel any look by just changing your eye makeup. Go gothic by wearing dark shadows. Go vamp with smoky eyes. Go wholesome with neutrals. Go retro with bright hues. And so on.

Practice makes perfect. I learned how to apply eye makeup by myself.  I learned from previous  encounters with MUAs (makeup artists) and by simply reading beauty magazines. Like everything else, I am still in the learning curve. I started to wear makeup in college. Back then, money was a little tight so I relied on one makeup to color my lips, cheeks and even my eyes: Lipstick!

With a variety of eye makeups available today, it can be very overwhelming for beginners. I feel you! I can get lost too sometimes. I can spend one whole day in Sephora just trying different eye makeups. I hope the following tips can help you decide which ones to buy and try:

Eyes shadows are applied on lids, crease, brow area. They come in different formulations and packaging. The most common ones are the pressed powder types which are sold in quad, duo, trio, single, multiples. Here are some pressed eye shadows you can buy from drugstore and specialty stores:
Wet n Wild Icon Color. Image from here.

Urban Decay Naked. Sadly always out of stock in Sephora and Ulta.


Cream Eye shadow differs from pressed powder because of its creamy formulation. It glides on smoothly and can be used as eyeliner. It can be applied using shadow brush or fingertip.
Tarina Tarantino. Image from here.

Revlon Illuminance. Image from here.


Eyeshadow  loose powder is a staple now in every beauty store and MUA collection. Majority of these loose powders are made from minerals which boast of all-natural, non-irritating ingredients. They can be applied or wet depending on your preference.

Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania. Image from here.

Urban Decay Loose Pigment Powder. Image from here.

Mascara can help add volume and length to your eyelash.  It instantly brightens dull eyes. A fab woman should own at least one mascara!

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes, Image from here.
Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara. Image from here.

Eye makeup glitter and shimmer add more definition and drama to your eyes. Who says you can't wear glitter on regular days? Play up your eyes and keep everything neutral. Here are some nice eye glitter products:

Too Faced Starry Eyed Liquid Eyeliner. Image from here.

Iman Black Shimmer Eyeliner. Image from here.
Other Eye Makeup Products:

Eyebrow enhancers are makeups or tools that groom your eyebrows. What good is an eye makeup if your brows look like hurricane! Pluck eyebrows if you must. Fill in spaces either with eyeliner or eye powder. Keep hair in place with clear lash mascara.

False eyelashes add drama and story to your eyes. If you're like me who's not into wearing avant-garde lashes, then try this trick: Fake your lashes without fake eyelashes. If you missed this blog, click here.

Eye primer/ shadow base. Eye primer prepares a smooth canvass for your eye makeup. It helps prevent smudging and creasing. It also makes the eyeshadow more vibrant. Make your own eye primer, click here.

Now that you learned a thing or two about eye makeups. Time to try those brilliant colors.

Fab and Fun Friday! Go out with a different look today.
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