Aryana Beauty & Body Wellness Clinic Grand Opening!

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Last month, Aryana Beauty & Body opened their Wellness Clinic at Sucat, Parañaque City. The owner personally invited us, me and my friends (The Glam Fam) to celebrate with them and to try out their various services.

I was really excited since I've heard good news on their other products and I've tried a couple of them, too. My personal favorite is the Bleach Please Diamond Peel because it is very easy and convenient to use. Anyway, let me show you what you can find inside the Aryana Beauty & Body Wellness Clinic.

Benefit Boi-ing Concealers (MEET THEM ALL)

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If you will ask me, what is one of the most important things that should never ever leave a girl's makeup kit? It's CONCEALER! It is the solution to almost all of our problems in doing makeup --- covering up those dark spots, hiding the dark circles, and concealing those other blemishes. In fact, on days when I don't want to wear heavy makeup, I just use a concealer to cover the imperfections on my face just to look more fresh and presentable. Y'know what I mean? That's why a concealer is already a staple in my makeup kit. Err, I mean concealers. Yes, I like to keep a couple of concealers in my makeup kit in different formulas just to be ready depending on my skin situation at the time.

Then here comes Benefit, re-launching their Boi-ing Concealer but this time, it's a full line! And this line of Boi-ing concealers can cater to all our concealing needs. Thank goodness for that!


Ever Bilena Bold Beauty Event Featuring New Products!

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So, last June, I was invited to attend the Ever Bilena Bold Beauty Event. I always get excited whenever I receive invites from Ever Bilena and whenever they consider me to try their new products because they will always have a special place in my heart. It is the first ever local makeup brand that I used and especially since I joined the Ever Bilena Big Beauty Challenge and became a grand finalists. That contest helped me gained lots of friends. Such a wonderful experience!

The Ever Bilena Bold Beauty Event was held at White Space Makati where we were given pegs to recreate and where they also introduced to us their newest products that are to be released real soon. Our final looks were also taken by professional photographer, Hub Pacheco. Right after he took our photos, he transferred the file to our own devices (in my case, my phone) so we can already have our own copies. Since it was just the raw file, I took the liberty to post process my own photo.


Let's talk more about this photo below, shall we? :)

Maybelline Fit Me is Now in the Philippines (with SHADE GUIDE)

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After the L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, another famous and well-loved foundation has finally made its way here in the Philippines! The much awaited Maybelline Fit Me Foundation is here at last! Well, not just the foundation but the whole Maybelline Fit Me franchise is now available in our country.


Most of the time, Filipinas are offered only about four foundation shades to choose from, which makes it a real challenge to find their perfect shade. As Fit Me comes in 10 shades to choose from, Filipinas can finally easily find their FIT. What is even more exciting is that the Fit Me line that we’re bringing in here offers a MATTE + PORELESS finish, which is suitable for the Filipina skin.” says Bianca Sing, Jr. Product Manager for Maybelline.

Fit Me is available in 4 different formats - the FitMe! Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation, the FitMe! Foundation Stick, the FitMe! Pressed Powder, and the FitMe! Concealer. All of these are said to be perfect for oily skin.

Product Review: L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

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A couple of months ago, L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation was finally launched here in the Philippines. Before, we can only buy them from our local online stores and since I am not a huge fan of online shopping, I haven't got the chance to try it until it finally arrived here in PH.

Even before it was launched here, a lot of people are already raving about it. They said it is the best foundation for people with oily skin. Of course, I was curious and wanted to see for myself so when I finally got my own tube, I immediately tested the product.


Product Name: L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
Price: Php700
Available at: L'Oreal counters nationwide

Cathy Doll's First Anniversary and Nude Me Collection Launch

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Seems like just yesterday when Cathy Doll invited us to their launching here in the Philippines! I can't believe it's already been a year. I can still remember the booths and the happenings that day. It was actually one of the best events I've been invited to because it's super fun and the aura is just lively and colorful.

Last May 25, 2017, Cathy Doll Philippines celebrated their first year anniversary at Spatzle, Shangri-La Mall and I am very happy that I was invited again to one of their special events. Happy anniversary and congratulations, Karmart and LifeStrong Marketing, Inc., for a wonderful and successful first year here in PH! Your products are already loved by many Filipinas and I am actually one of them.

Ms. Nikki Tiu, top beauty blogger and our ever awesome and bubbly host, surprised the owners of LifeStrong Marketing, Inc., Mr. Lance Lee and  Mrs. Marge Lee, with an adorable Cathy Doll-themed cake!

Product RAVE-iew: Jazzy France Sleek Matte Eyeshadow

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I rarely buy eyeshadows from the local cosmetic brands and I rarely buy makeup products impulsively BUT when I see a product that I know is going to be worth every cent, I wouldn't even think twice! Especially when I am sure it is going to help me and my makeup clients hugely.

I first saw this eyeshadow palette from Paul Unating (Pro Hair and Makeup Artist) and Kris Lumagui (Filipina YouTube vlogger). It immediately caught my attention because based on Paul's makeup tutorial video in YouTube and Ate Kris' photo on Facebook, it looks really promising. However, I just let it slip until I visited SM North Edsa this one time and saw this palette as I was exploring (as usual) the makeup section at Watsons.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, one of THE BEST eyeshadow palettes I have ever tried, Jazzy France Sleek Matte Eyeshadow Palette.


Product Name: Jazzy France Sleek Matte Eyeshadow Palette
Price: Php1,299
Available at: Watsons, Department Stores

Glitter Tear Makeup Featuring FS Features and Shades Cosmetics

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FS Features and Shades (formerly known as FS Cosmetics and Fanny Serrano Cosmetics) is one of my favorite local cosmetics. I consider it as one of the high-end brands of the local cosmetics here in the Philippines. One of their best-selling products is their very popular powder foundations and I actually collected all shades back in 2011 or 2012. I even did a review on it and you can read it here. However, when FS Features and Shades changed management and rebranded, they changed most of their products and added more to their line of cosmetics. They still have the powder foundations but they changed the packaging which, in all honesty, looks way professional and more sleek now.

Anyway, last month, FS Features and Shades invited me to join their FS Challenge Eyeshadow Art. So, yes, the focus of this makeup challenge is the eye makeup. The contest ran the whole May and they chose different winners weekly.

This is the look that I came up with.


MAD Manila (The Newest Concept Store in The Metro)

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Last March, I was invited by Ms. Aileen Lubrido and Ms. Julie Ong, the owner of Mad Manila Lifestyle Hub, to attend the grand launch of MAD Manila Concept Store. According to their Facebook page, this will be the new home of more than 80 online and offline brand partners from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, offering the latest trends at their best prices. Sadly, I was not able to attend because of my busy schedule that time but they are so nice, they told me that I can still visit their store anytime I am free.

A couple of weeks ago, I was finally able to visit them! They are located at #60 EK Bldg. Don Antonio, Holy Spirit Drive, Quezon City. The day that I visited them was during their Mother's Day special sale. I came there with my sister and with a few of my fellow YouTube vloggers. Our visit at MAD Manila wouldn't be as much fun without these awesome people here!



L-R: Johnrey of Johnreyslife, Martha Jante, my sister, and Abby Inocencio 

My Ever Bilena Big Beauty Challenge Journey

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Last December, Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. hosted this makeup competition called the Big Beauty Challenge. It was a contest open for all makeup artists, vloggers, and makeup enthusiasts. All you have to do is post a makeup video on your Facebook account (1 minute min. and 3 minutes max.) using products from Ever Bilena/Careline. It ran for 10 weeks and in each week, they set different themes. Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. chose one winner per week/per theme who each received Php10,000 as a prize! Then those 10 weekly winners were the ones who battled at the Grand Finale. The prize was a whopping Php50,000 in cash! My gosh!

I did not bother to join at first because I was quite unsure of how everything runs but when I saw the entries of those people who joined, I was encouraged to join. Also, the themes were very interesting! So, yeah, I decided to join! :)

L'OREAL INFALLIBLE PRO-MATTE FOUNDATION IS FINALLY HERE!

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Finally, the most sought-after drugstore foundation and most-requested product from L'Oreal Paris is here in the Philippines! L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation finally made it to the L'oreal counters here in our beloved country. A lot of Filipinas fell in love with this foundation because of its capability to withstand our ridiculously hot weather here in PH.


Shopping at BeautyMNL! (Quick and Easy Online Shopping)

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Nowadays, some people prefer online shopping than physical or traditional shopping. It is more convenient as you can just shop from the comfort of your home and wait for your purchases to be delivered at your doorstep. It saves time and effort. Yes, it's very helpful... but personally, I am not really fond of shopping online. Not that I hate it nor am I against it, it's just that it kills me to wait for days for my items to be delivered! Hahaha. I can't stand it, really. I get all too excited in choosing products and then I have to wait for days? Ah-ah. I am the type of person who wants to get something that I want (especially beauty products) as soon as possible (talk about being impatient).

Recently, I was handpicked by BeautyMNL to give their site a test run. BeautyMNL.com is a go-to beauty destination created for the Filipina. They provide online magazine that features articles that are tailor-fit to the Filipina's lifestyle. You can also shop through their website. They offer A LOT of products from various beauty brands. The list is actually overwhelming because it is a long, long, list of brands of skin care, makeup, hair care, and the like. But what really fascinates me about BeautyMNL is how easy it is to shop at their website and how quick I received my purchases!

Romantic Date Night Hair Tutorial

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Whether it's with someone special or with someone you just met at work, in school, online, or from a dating app, preparing for a romantic date night can be nerve-wracking. You get all too excited and overwhelmed from your anticipation on how the night would turn out. If the date was planned a week earlier, you'll spend days finding the right outfit. If it's a spontaneous one, you'll quickly browse the internet and search for various romantic date makeup and hairstyles.

Based from my past relationships and from my guy friends' stories, most men prefer simple and natural looks. They did not ask you out to have a conversation about the makeup products you used, instead, they want to get to know the real you. So, for date nights, I suggest go light on the makeup but do not neglect your hairstyle. If you're afraid you might end up looking too plain and simple, go for a hairstyle that will surely amp up your whole look. I'm not really sure why, but all of the men I've dated always get smitten whenever I style my hair differently than the usual. I also read somewhere that having shiny and beautiful tresses attracts men.

One of the key ingredients in having smooth and shiny hair is oil treatment. My favorite to use are the ones from Vitress.



DIY Hair Coloring with Manic Panic

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If you are following me on Facebook and on Instagram, then you will know that I am fond of dying my hair. Since August 2016, I had been frequently dying my hair with somehow unusual hair colors. I've tried green, teal, light ash blonde, purple, and blue. Now, my hair is already PINK!


Product Rave-iew: Ever Bilena Advance BB Flawless Whitening Compact

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One of my favorite products of Ever Bilena is their powder, err, I mean their powders. In fact, in my opinion, they are one of the local brands that carries the best powders. They offer quite a wide variety of powders but my favorite is the EB Advance BB Flawless Whitening Compact.


Product name: EB Advance BB Flawless Whitening Compact
Price: Php250
Available at: Watsons, department stores, grocery stores, drugstores

ANTI-Valentine's Day Makeup (with Video Tutorial)

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Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and the ladies are once again busy preparing, looking for the perfect outfit, perfect hairstyle, and the perfect makeup look. A lot of ladies would search online and may find hundreds of makeup tutorials perfect for Valentine's Day. Well, as a YouTube beauty vlogger, I decided to do it a little differently and prepare something unusual for my viewers. An ANTI-Valentine's Day Makeup!


Join My Upcoming Makeup Workshops!

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Hello, everyone!

I just want to announce that I will be having two makeup workshops this month. One in Paniqui, Tarlac for my ladies from the North and one here in Metro Manila! :) Please refer to the posters below for complete details.


Makeup Workshop in Paniqui, Tarlac

- Please contact 0917-6978039 for reservations.



Makeup Workshop in Quezon City

- Please contact 0915-5830876 for reservations.

We have an Early Bird promo. Yung fee na P2499, magiging P1999 na lang pag nag-sign up kayo on or before February 10.

ETO PA, one lucky winner will get the chance to attend the workshop for free!!!

Mechanics:
1. Must be a subscriber in my YouTube channel.
2. Must follow me on Instagram, @bingcastro89 and @makeupbybingcastro
3. Must like Workshop PH's FB Page https://www.facebook.com/helloworkshopph/ and follow their Instagram account, @helloworkshopph

Promo and contest will end on February 10, 11:59PM.




Hope to see you on the 17th, guys!

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