Sunday, April 25, 2010

Flavah of the Week: YOGURT

I was making a mad dash in the shower earlier today and I noticed that 3 out of the 4 products I own all have Yogurt as an active ingredient. I've been leaning towards natural ingredients lately so it's no coincidence that I would hoard a few items containing the same thing. Never mind that I usually enjoy it with organic honey, consumed orally, of course. Packed with zinc, calcium, vitamins B1, riboflavin-B2, pantothenic acid-B5, B-6, B-12, protein, yeast, potassium, lactobacillus acidophilus, benefiting us both inside and out. Yogurt adds enzymes and oils to the skin, working as a natural moisturizer. Frequent use may reduce pore size, improves skin's over-all texture, clears acne, reduces inflammation and rids scalp of flakes and dandruff. Its anti-fungal and antibacterial qualities are useful in cleansing and unblocking clogged pores, softens skin, reduces wrinkles and hydrates dry areas resulting in glowing skin and healthy hair. Below are my favorite products with yogurt as active ingredients.

L-R: Davines Well-Being Muesli & Yogurt shampoo and conditioner (used everyday, it is my tried and tested sure win hair care routine), Schwarzkopf Yoghurt & Coconut shampoo & conditioner (for super soft and shiny hair), Yogurt Spa milk salts for the body (use this everyday in place of body wash, paying special attention to arm pits, elbows, knees, feet to alleviate dryness and lighten dark spots)

I came across these yogurt skin care packs at Skin Food. I actually thought they were edible, so no matter how tempting, kindly refrain from grabbing a spoon and ingesting orally. Needless to say, keep them away from kids or out of reach when you store them in your refrigerator. Grapefruit for renewed skin, pineapple to reduce redness and inflammation, kiwi & grape for immune-boosting anti-aging, strawberry to reduce oiliness, peach for smoother, even skin texture.

My yogurt wish list includes this luxurious yogurt cream moisturizer by Givenchy and a strawberry yogurt face mask by Laniege. Both items are quite hard to find, I believe you'll have better luck finding these in Japan and Korea.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Olay's Age-defying walk-off!

I had the privilege of working the backstage for the launch of the Olay Body Age Defying Moisture Bar last Wednesday, April 13, 2010. The peeps at Procter & Gamble converted the main fountain of Greenbelt 5 into a runway showcasing veterans & current 'it' girls of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP) in a fashion "walk-off" proving that age is indeed only a number. I did the makeup for the Olay Ambassadors Daphne Osena-Paez (TV host, TV producer, former magazine editor, mother of three), Miriam Quiambao(former Miss Philippines, Miss Universe 1st runner-up), and Angel Aquino (model, TV host). To keep with the theme of the event, the 3 ladies had to look youthful, radiant, and glowing despite the heat of the summer season. An easy task for me because they epitomize exactly that, effortlessly!
I took these semi-candid behind-the-scenes shots of them with my phone, using whatever available light to show you just how gorgeous they really are. I did a 'fresh' face for Miriam, using shades of pink, 'sultry' for Daphne emphasizing the brows and her trademark jaw line with a creamy wine lip, and 'sun-kissed' upon Angel's request. The Olay Ambassadors represent not only ageless beauty but most especially the varying Filipina skin tone.

For Miriam, I drew the cheeks in closer using a rose pink blush and drew in the eyebrows as well, lessening the gap between by filling in with an eyebrow pencil and setting the brow hairs in place with a tinted gel then highlighting underneath the arch while extending the brow further. It was nice catching up with her again, having done 2 cover shoots with her in the past. Sporting a new short 'do for the summer, she breaks away from the stereotypical Beauty Queen hair worthy of a shampoo commercial.

Daphne, on the other hand, is no stranger to my hands. Among the three ladies, I've worked with her the most, going on 5 years of friendship and 3 daughters later. (Yes, this woman just gave birth to her third child!). Today we take a breather from the shoots we've been doing and considering the looks I've done on her in the recent 2 weeks. I like being able to give various looks, it keeps people interested and more importantly your muse always looking interesting. It's all about brows and making them appear as full as possible. The fuller the brow, the younger the face becomes. Filling them light-handedly is key with an angled brush, tinted wax and setting with a powder to soften the hard lines. The unexpected wine lip is an awesome alternative to the classic red or the over-used bubble-gum fuschia pink that is everywhere now.

Angel is last to arrive, sashaying into the tent looking not a day older from when I first started doing her makeup some 6 years ago, countless magazine covers and fashion editorials later. I don't get to see her as often as I would like so she's a breath of fresh air to me in the Olay tent that is by now a buzz with energy. Angel always takes the least time to make up and this is any given day, any given job. She requests for a sun-kissed and bronzed version of her, and I skip the foundation all together using only one shade for the eyes, cheeks, and lips topped with a clear gloss. Gifted with amazing bone structure and pores as tight as a baby's bum, I take all 10 minutes total with her!