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A Beauty Kit Edit: Neva of ManilaMommy.Com

April 26, 2013

With all this talk of makeup, my mommy friends (or my mudrakelles, if we must put it in the words we usually call each other) have been asking me for tips on what to buy to put some color in their life. And so here were are, doing a Beauty Kit Edit. Neva, of course, is the blogger behind ManilaMommy.Com. Aside from being a mother to two wonderful boys, wife to husband Dan, and holding a full-time job, she also manages Manila Baby Shop. Busy busy!

Note: this is not an “expert” opinion, but rather, just one woman giving a fellow woman some advice in the name of anti-losyang/anti-nene/prowfesyonal development/balik-alindog.

The Beauty Kit:

Face powder, BB cream, Cheek tint, eyeliner, mascara, blush, eyebrow powder and some lipsticks.

Neva’s Makeup Routine: Eyebrows and lipgloss.

Neva’s Goal: “Well I want to look my age, haha! Since im 35 na, I need to look polished maski papano. :p Minsan mukha akong temp sa office with my business casual attire and bagong gising fez haha! I actually like make-up! I just don’t know how to use it so I don’t invest in it but favorite ko ang lipstick. I feel it brightens up my face. Choz!”

The Edit:

Well, Neva and I agree on one thing – lipstick! It does so much to a person’s face. I also asked Neva about her skincare regimen and she has an A+ when it comes to this: cleansing, toning, mositurizing, and treatment. Remember gals, when you are coming at an age when you’re closer to the thermometer rather than the calendar, it’s time to up the ante and take care of your skin. It’s the best foundation you can ever have.

First level edit: makeup age and sanitation. Neva’s BB cream, powder, mascara, cheek tint, and lipsticks are all less than a year old. But her eyeshadow powder and blush are more than 2 years old! #FacundoAngTrashReceptacle

Makeup does have an expiration date. So please do the smell/feel test. If it smells off and feels weird, chuck it out! I am not particularly OC about powders, but I am really particular with mascara and liquid liner. The most I would go with those is 6 months. Most of the time, I change after 3-4 months.

Second level edit: usage. Neva wants to achieve a polished look with as few products as possible. #goodlucktome This was a challenge to me because I am a fan of the prep. I would rather spend 30 minutes doing my makeup before I leave and touch up maybe just once or twice throughout the day. Doing the shortcut usually means more fiddling with your face during the day, or if you don’t have the patience for that, look much like you did when you woke up at around 2pm.

To those wanting a “10-minute makeup routine” and still look very polished, here’s the real secret: PRACTICE. It seriously only takes 10 minutes because of the many hours that were spent for that one eyebrow-defining moment. < NAKS.

So with that here’s my reco for Neva:

Mascara vs. Eyeliner: Mascara wins!

If you want to delete some steps in your everyday look, I would choose mascara over eyeliner any day. Mascara opens up your eyes and lasts all day. Eyeliner can be tedious to apply and if you have oily lids like mine and not willing to take an extra step for eyelid primer, you’ll be smudging all day. But I would really take the extra 5 minutes to put on gel liner. A good one is smooth and easy to apply, and will last all day.

My current mascara stash: Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes; Eye of Horus; BYS Mascara Flex Effects



If you make do with just powder, it will be wiped off in no time without anything to “cling” on to. Apply a base, whether it be tinted moisturizer, BB cream or foundation, and set it with a powder for a longer-lasting face. The key to it is finding the right shade. You really don’t need much to even out your skin tone.

My everyday foundations: BYS Complete Coverage Foundation; L’Oreal True Match; Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream

I love loose powder. Don’t judge. BYS Loose Powder; Skin Food Buckwheat Powder; Snoe Poudre Extraordinaire; Make Up Forever HD Finishing Powder; Nichido Loose Powder


Not a Cheektint Fan

I find cheektint to be too arbitrary to achieve a “polished” look. Powder blushes get my vote.

Blush for any occasion. Coastal Scents 1o-Blush Palette; Tarte Adventurous; BYS Blush Duo; Tarte Glisten


  • Brushes. At the very least a powder brush and dual-ended brow brush (with a spoolie on one end).
  • An eyelash curler. Invest in a good one. shu uemura is my favorite.

Charm Pro powder brush; Charm powder/blush brush; Charm angled brow brush; MAC 208 angled brow brush; Sigma E65 small angle brush; Charm spoolie brush; Sigma F30 large powder brush; shu uemura eyelash curler


So my proposed office beauty kit for Neva is:

  1. Foundation/BB Cream
  2. Loose/finishing powder
  3. Eyebrow pencil/powder
  4. Blush powder
  5. Mascara
  6. Lipstick
  7. Eyelash curler
  8. Powder/blush brush
  9. Dual ended eyebrow brush

With this kit, it took me just a little over 5 minutes to go from Before to After. Promise. I timed it.

And this is why I do not leave home without makeup.

How’s your beauty kit?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Kariz permalink
    April 26, 2013 5:57 pm

    I feel like ‘resubscribing’ to this whole new blog!

    • Eliza permalink
      April 26, 2013 6:14 pm

      I can feel your kilig from here.

  2. April 26, 2013 9:12 pm

    Bongga ang kit mo talaga! I only have a handful of very basic makeup, you know me!
    I support you on your new “beautification mission”! 😉

    • Eliza permalink
      May 3, 2013 5:41 am

      Puede ba nating tawagin si Agent Oso para sa mission na ito? Haha!

  3. Deanne Tayamen permalink
    April 28, 2013 8:12 am

    How I wish kaya ko din gawin to 🙂 Beautiful!

    • Eliza permalink
      April 28, 2013 8:28 am

      Of course kaya mo! 😀 5 minutes lang, with practice! Go!

  4. April 29, 2013 10:47 am

    the #bawalanglosyang adventure begins!!! thanks so much eli!!

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