July 19, 2014

My Other Brushes

The hairs of my powder brush are falling which is sad and made me think to make this post.  I already shared with you my ecotools mini brush set now let's turn the spotlight to the rest of my humble brushes.  These are not expensive and two of them we're just given to me.

Let's first talked about the two brushes from Artist Studio (the ones with bronze and black handles); a brand which is recommended by many bloggers for beginners as they are affordable and decent enough to be used on a daily basis.  The first that I got is the powder brush which is fluffly, soft, dense and gentle enough for the face.  I usually use this to blend my blushers not as a powder brush because I rarely use powders on my face.  After months and months of using it, it is finally showing some signs of wear as its hair are slowly falling on an everyday basis.

The other brush that I got from Artist Studio is the eyeliner/brow brush.  I bought this for the sake of me having a brow brush when I got frustrated at fixing my brows (I already accepted the fact that my brows are straight and looking sad now).  Now, I only use this to practice on how to line my eyes with the black eyeshadow that I have.  The bristles of this is very sturdy and I think this is a bit too thick to be used as a gel/liquid eyeliner brush (but I might be wrong, remember that I'm not an expert).

The one with the cream wooden handle is a dual ended eyeshadow blending brush from Blush handed down to me by my sister.  She actually gave me a set but gave the rest back to her when I moved to a new place.  I like the brown eyeshadow end since it's soft enough and can cover my whole lids in one swipe.  The black blending brush though is so harsh, I rarely used it and it bleeds when I clean it.

The last one is from Jasmine La Belle(?) which was also just given to me (in a mini set, but I only kept this one).  It says shade on the handle but I use this to soften my eyeshadows or highlight my inner corners (when I'm practicing on my makeup "skills") or put extra shadows on my crease since it's soft and small enough for those areas.

I still have a flat top mini kabuki but I forgot to include it in the photos, maybe I'll just show it to you next time.

July 18, 2014

My Daily Makeup

I want my everyday makeup to be simple and can be done within 5 minutes with minimal or no tools at all that's why most of the time I use only 3 items which is enough to brighten and give a nice color to my face.  There are times though that I use more when I wanted to layer on products or I'm in the mood to spare some time.  Here are my basic list of my daily/everyday makeup.

After my skincare routine I usually grab a primer.  My usual primer should already have an spf and a little tint to it so I can skip bb cream or foundation.  Additional feature is the brightening effect and so far It's Skin Star Cream (the one with stars on the lid) tick all my needs.  As of the moment, I also have a balm type of primer from A'pieu which I used when I still have a foundation at hand.

BB Cream/Foundation
When I needed more coverage, I go for bb cream instead of primer or if it's foundation that I'm opting for then a primer is a must since foundations tend to look dry and patchy on my face.  Overall, I only use bb cream/foundation when I'm going for something "heavy looking" makeup or if I wanted to look more put together.

A nice color on my cheeks is always welcome since I have dull face.  I usually go for something peachy and sun kissed/orangey type of blush since they compliment my skintone (I found out mine when the makeup artist put something orange on my graduation pictorial).  They say that to know the perfect blush color, pinch your cheeks or jog and whatever is the color of your cheeks at that moment is the best hue to suit your skintone.  I also like to layer my blushers to have that gradiation-more natural-almost blushing effect.

Lip Balm
Be it plain or tinted, lip balm is a must for me to avoid the chaps.  I have naturally dry lips and I sometimes have the habit of licking them which makes my puckers more dry.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Here's another recipe that I got from Bake Happy Manila to change my usual salted chocolate chip cookies.  Surprise though that  it doesn't require a lot of oatmeal, so I increased the amount to almost a cup.  For the taste, I wouldn't lie: the first to two bites are like "meh, I'm not liking this" but as I and my family consume more the cookie tasted better and better and by the last bite we are happy, contented and full (though our hands wanted to grab for another).

The original recipe is for a coco one instead of oatmeal and it calls for a walnut not almond but hey, almonds are way cheaper and I made these cookies when I was on a very tight budget and don't know where to get my fundings for my bake goods.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
adopted from Ronald Donado's Coco Choco Chip Cookies

1 cup butter, room temperature
1 ½ cups brown sugar
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. vanila extract
1 egg, room temperature
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ¼ tsp. baking posder
around 3/4 cup of oatmeal (I used two small pack of Quaker Oat's instant oatmeal)
1 cup or more semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup or more chopped almonds

How to:
1. Place butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and salt.
2. Beat in egg.
3. Add sifted flour, baking powder and desiccated coconut. Beat just to combine, do not overmix.
4. Fold in chocolate chips and chopped alomonds.
5. Drop tablespoon of mixture onto greased and floured baking trays and bake for 12-15 minutes at 180° C. 6. After baking, transfer into a wire rack to cool.

Grab a glass of milk and watch your favorite shows or read a book!