Halloween Looks with MakeupPlus App

Have you run out of ideas while searching for that perfect Halloween look?  Have no fear,  the Android App MakeupPlus makes it easy for you to choose the kind of look you want,  or inspire you to create your own look.

I downloaded the app from Google Play Store

When you open the app,  you will see theHalloween themed landing pages below. There’s a short story that let’s you make a choice, like a Choose Your Own Adventure book that I used to read.

Please click on the AR GLAM icon to start doing selfies.Here are samples of photos that I took:

Makeup Plus is also available if you’re using iTunes. Please click HERE

I hope you have found the look that you’re looking for. Happy Halloween everyone!

The WOOmen.ph Media Launch

Words and Photos by: Ana Liza Benetua

Last October 14, 2017, I was able to attend WOOmen.ph’s Media Launch in Quezon City. WOOmen.ph is a Hair and Make-up Artists website whose main goal is “to raise the profile of cosmetic artisans in the Philippines”.  According to their portfolio, their mission is to “think of ways to Win Others Over- the reason we are called WOOmen.”


The launch was held at the Palm Grill in Tomas Morato Avenue.  I love their chosen venue to hold the launch because it’s cozy, and well-lit.


A few months prior to the launch, Ms. Guiden Amalay, one of the co-founders of WOOmen.ph, sent me an invite via Facebook Messenger. I felt a rush of excitement running up my spine because I will see Team WOOmen again.

I met Team WOOmen for the first time at their BEAUTY: DECONSTRUCTED workshop in Greenfield District, Mandaluyong. The place is near Shaw Boulevard. I won a ticket for the event via Ms. Sonjia Calit-Kakilala’s Instagram page. Ms. Sonjia is the Chief Social Officer of WOOmen.ph. Aside from that, she is also the the model for their BEAUTY: DECONSTRUCTED workshop.



There were some challenges faced while traveling to go to the event itself. I was shocked to see the roads filled with vehicles,  bumper to bumper, on a Saturday afternoon in the metropolis.  These places had the heaviest traffic: Buendia Avenue, Quiapo, Manila, and near Banawe. Que horror! At the same time, the weather seems to have a mind of its own, bringing gray clouds and mild showers merrily along with it. (I am beginning to sound like a weather girl.)

Amid the hurdles faced, I was able to cross and jump over it.  I managed to arrive despite the Gordian knot of a traffic situation I had experienced earlier. I asked the security guard if the event is already finished. Lucky me, because he replied that the launch is still on-going. Whew! Thank you!

I went inside Palm Grill and what greeted  me is a  gorgeous venue, styled a la mode. The ceilings in the loft area are lined with yellow and black balloons, reminiscent to the WOOmen.ph’s color scheme. The tables in the ground floor are also decorated with black balloons as well.




The registration area is a sight. I am loving the creative vibe the event brings! Every thing on the table is well-thought out. Too bad for me because I wasn’t able to get some of the goodies from them because I arrived late. But that’s OK, because in spite of that, I was still able to make it. DSC08068.JPG



As you climb up the stairs, you’ll see the loft where the main event was held. Near this bright mural of leaves, stands the WOOmen.ph poster. DSC08096.JPG

A custom-made WOOmen.ph paper place mat that you can color your own way.


The most important ingredient in an event such as this are the people you meet along the way.  After all, an event is not complete without the people itself. You get a lot ichigou ichie moments (meeting for the first time). At the same time, it’s also nice to touch base, and chat with the gorgeous ladies I have met previously at the BEAUTY: DECONSTRUCTED workshop like Abbie Victorino, CEO and Founder of Stylegenie. ph

Mindy, and Abbie Victorino, founder and CEO of Stylegenie.ph
Team WOOmen.ph
Photo op with Team WOOmen.ph and attendees



WOOmen.ph Co-founders Chrislyn Cruz and KC Carandang
Chrislyn, KC, and professional make-up artist Michelle Miranda
Pabz and one of the founders of WOOmen.ph Guiden Faith Amalay


Overall, the WOOmen.ph Media Lauch is a success.  You can sense so much positive vibes that it’s literally lingering above our heads. You can still feel the love in the air hovering, which is evident in the photos posted below:


Team WOOmen.ph Pabz, Guiden, Chrislyn, Myca( I hope I spelled the name right), Gelo, Kristine and Shu


Of course, I also have to thank Bryan who works at Palm Grill (or is it Brian, hope I spelled his name right) for happily obliging to have his photo taken beside the WOOmen.ph poster. Hmmm, a model in the making. What do you think?


Me with the funny lips. I was not able to have my photo taken at the WOOmen.ph photobooth. Oh well, this will have to do.


Are you an aspiring or a professional hair or makeup artist? If you’re reading this, I tell you,  this is  your chance to shine. Simply check out the official WOOmen website and their social media accounts, and sign up to be part of the WOOmen squad today. I will post the links below:

Instagram: Woomen.ph IG

Facebook: Woomen.ph FB

Source Credit for content:

Goal and mission from The Official Woomen.ph About Us page  

My October Beauty Must Haves

Hello everyone. How have you guys been? It’s been raining here in the Philippines, and I wish for more sunny days so that I can hang out my clothes to dry after doing the laundry.

We all have our list of must- haves. The ones I listed here are personal favorites. They are not sponsored at all . I am not getting paid for it.  Here are some of the products that I love, and  I have been using some of them for a while. Some of these products were given,  and some I got as lootbags or raffle prizes from giveaways and events. But the moment I tried them, I absolutely loved them. Here are some of them that I adored the most so far.

1)Benefit‘s The POREfessional Face Primer

This product is true to its promise of minimizing the appearance of pores. My huge pores have always been a problem, so I was glad to have this product handy when putting on my makeup. It’s lightweight. It does not leave my face greasy at all. I love it!!



2) Pink Sugar Sugar Tint Lip and Cheek Tint in Honey Bunny shade

Lately I have been loving nude lippies, and this Pink Sugar Tint is the answer. It glides easily on my lips when I use the applicator. Though it dries fast, it still gives you the time to smack your lips together to even out the product. For more info, you may check out the Pink Sugar Facebook page here.




3) BYS Conceal and Correct

I am glad to have gotten this correcting product from a Woomen.ph event that I attended. It has done its job of minimizing my eyebags, and redness in certain parts of my face,especially the nose and chin. It gave enough coverage to conceal the flaws I have and because it’s in a pan, it’s expected to give a light coverage than those correctors in a tube which are usually full coverage. But overall, I am happy with it. For questions, please visit the BYS Facebook page.


4)K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Eyeliner

I was scared at first to try this at first because I am used to eyeliner pencils like the one from Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Eye Pencil. It’s like you’re grasping a brush pen for water color. But afterwards, I realized that I got the hang of using this product and it all takes practice. I like that it has a fine tipped end so you can make those gorgeous wing liners. It lasted all day too. Check out KPalette’s Facebook page here.



5) St. Ives Vitamin E and Avocado Lotion

Every one needs a good lotion . St. Ives helped to keep my skin  to moisturize the skin. Used it on my arms, hands, legs, and feet. I like that it’s Paraben free too.


Hope you enjoyed this post. Feel free your absolute must-haves with me. Have a great day to all!

Wishlist: Benefit Babies

The photos below are samplers of products that I got from Ms Martha Sta Barbara’s 7th The Beauty Junkee Anniversary last 2016.  I absolutely love them. I am planning to have these three products in my must have list.

I love their POREfessional line. It’s a lifesaver for my face whose pores are the size of giant craters (Sorry. Just exaggerating. Peace). My full size POREfessional Pro Balm is almost down to a zilch that I have to get a new one soon.  Same thing goes for my Brow Zings as well, I have used it well and about to get new ones for it too.

It’s worth spending for these thingamajigs because you know that they work and that they make you look good. For more info about Benefit’s products, you may check out their website Benefit Facebook Page.







Benefit babies lined up in a row.



Pink Sugar Favorite : Sugar Tint Lip and Cheek Tint

Price: P349.00 Philippine Pesos

Where to buy: SM Department Stores and their online website Pink Sugar 

I love red lipstick. Everyone loves red lipstick. Most people who meet me say red lipstick looks better for me.  In spite of the compliment about it, I am opting for nude lippies lately. Why? Well it’s true that I good look in red lipstick, but I want to go for a more natural look, especially for my lip color. I want people to see  me without the red lipstick. Yeah, the no makeup makeup look.

I found the answer in Pink Sugar’s Sugar Tint Lip and Cheek Tint. The one I got is in Honey Bunny. I read further about the product in the Pink Sugar website, and they have 18 shades available.



I like the color on me, and complements my fair, yet warm yellowish undertone. I am happy how it looks on me and I am loving this product. When you apply it over your lips, it smells sweet, like candy. I would recommend this to beginners of makeup especially in lipstick. You can’t go wrong with just lipstick. Just put one over your lips, and it magically changes how you look, even when you’re still not in full makeup.


Since the product is also a  cheek tint, just simply dab a tiny amount of the product over your cheeks . If you want you use this to contour your cheeks, especially when you’re in a hurry.

Okay, so I swatched the product over my hand, and you can see how  it goes well with my  warm yellow undertone (check the green veins out).  When applying the product with the brush that comes with, it glides easily and does not set immediately which gives you the time to see if you’ve applied enough product or not. You can still smack your lips together to spread the product.




So here’s me wearing it in a Personal Styling class of Ms Donna Cuna Pita. Sorry if it’s not that near. If I want more color to this look, what I can do is add another shade from the 19 shades of the Pink Sugar Sugar Tint line, and do it , ala hombre style lips. Overall, I am happy with this look.



I am hoping to try the other shades soon. For further details about their products, please visit pinksugar.com.ph for more info.





Join Apple’s Personal Makeup Workshop

If you’re a beauty and makeup aficionado living in the metropolis of the Philippines, then I suggest for you to check out Apple Caplis’ Personal Makeup Workshop. It will be held on August 13, 2017 at Grow Space, BGC. For more details about the workshop, please check this Facebook page link HERE.




I first met Apple at Ms. Martha Sta Barbara’s The Beauty Junkee 8th Anniversary. Aside from her I also met two other ladies who I was seatmates with at Ms Martha’s event, Christine Galope  and Crizzy Santiago. I guess it was fate working because we connected with one another instantly. We became each other’s support system too. Hoping to meet you guys in the future when we’re not so busy!


Apple with Christine Galope, Mich Barcenas, actress Cai Cortez, and yours truly.

On July of this year as well, Apple was given the chance to share her expertise on skin care at Woomen.ph event called Beauty Deconstructed. I have used some of Apple’s tips whenever I am doing skin care such as washing my face. Thank you so much!18237947_452877068394785_1419113346615057755_o

Apple with Katrina Carandang and Marge Buiza



Good luck, Apple, in your workshop. Hope you get more followers! Beauty Power!


Photo Credit:

itsapplesworld Facebook page

Woomen.ph Beauty Deconstructed event photo



My Pink Sugar Haul from The Beauty Junkee

I attended Ms Martha Sta Barbara’s The Beauty Junkee 8th Anniversary and one of the giveaways I got is this Pink Sugar brand of makeup set. You can check out my post about the event and follow Ms Martha’s blog. Thanks for the giveaway, Ms Martha!!


I wanted to learn more about Pink Sugar so I checked their website. Pink Sugar is a new brand that started in 2014.  The brains behind the Pink Sugar brand are brothers Laveen Mipuri and Rohit Mipuri.  It’s also nice to know that Pink Sugar is under the PETA’s Beauty without Bunnies program which means that it’s cruelty free. You may read about Pink Sugar’s Brand Philosophy in the link here.


Here are some of the Pink Sugar products that I got from Ms. Martha’s event which are the following:



First of all, what attracted me  to the Pink Sugar brand is their gorgeous psychedelic packaging.  It is bedecked in bright colors, majority of which are different hues of pink.  I will be doing a review on these products in the future. Second, I love how they gave a creative name for each of their products like the Honey I’m Good eyebrow kit. What a cool idea!

  1. Eye Candy Eye Shadow Palette




2) Honey I’m Good Eyebrow Kit in Sassy Brown





3) Sugar Tint in Honey Bunny





4) Pink Sugar HD Cheek Color



5) Pink Sugar Creamy Matte Lipstick in Sangria


For me, Pink Sugar is a good starter kit for those all beginner makeup afficionados out there. For more information about Pink Sugar and their products, please visit them in their website at pinksugar.com.ph






Pink Sugar official website

About Pink Sugar Brand Philosophy link


Image Credits:

PETA logo Cruelty Free  from Ethical Elephant website

Feature image Pink Sugar logo link

Photo of Ms Martha Sta Barbara The Beauty Junkee from glamasia.com

Learn Beauty and Wellness at Woomen.ph’s BEAUTY DECONSTRUCTED.

Last July 1, I got the chance to listen to different speakers at a Woomen.ph event called Beauty Deconstructed. I am excited to listen to women giving their talks on their designated topics.

Katrina Carandang gave us information on what Woomen.ph is all about. Hosting with her as well is the beautiful Sonjia Calit.



Here’s a cool pad to jot down notes at the event






Here are some of the sponsors of the event such as Wits, Style Genie, BYS Philippines, Kalma Yoga, Splice Events Place and Restaurant , The Office Project.

Wit’s Granola


Kalma Yoga



BYS Philippines


Splice Events Place and Restaurant. You can like them here on their Facebook Page




For starters, the first speaker is Justine Correa. She is a mom and a pastor’s wife. She has a Youtube page called Infinite Mamabilities. She spoke about the Heart of Beauty,  mainly on true beauty.  What makes a woman beautiful not just on the outside, but on the inside as well.


The next speaker is Apple Caplis whose talk revolves around skin care. She gave us tips on how to keep our skin looking better. I first met Apple at Ms. Martha Sta. Barbara’s 8th Anniversary of The Beauty Junkee.  It’s nice because we instantly clicked. She didn’t know that I was going to attend the event. Boy she was surprised. Apple is a vlogger of a Youtube page called It’s Apples World. 



Then there’s lunch time, and here’s what I got : Shrimp Wraps and Iced Tea.



After lunch, it was Ms. Ron Pena’s turn to share her knowledge on makeup. Ron is a professional makeup artist. You may check out her page at Facebook Ron Pena and Co.


Then, up next is Ms Shai Lagarde who introduces us on styling with a purpose.  You may follow her on Instagram page called lovechic.ph.



Next up, the gorgeous Girl Boss Abbie Victorino talks about basic styling and stylegenie.ph



Last but not least is Ms Rochelle Martin who shared her thoughts on how to live a healthy lifestyle. Beauty all begins with clean eating.


Overall, the beauty event was a success. I met like minded women who are into beauty and wellness industry. After the talk, we spent a little more time getting to know one another, neverending photo ops, and asking questions about their talks. I am hoping one day to get to attend more Woomen.ph workshops.










Of course not to forget the workshop attendees photo opportunity.









Feature image courtesy of Woomen.ph

Photo of Splice Events Place and Restaurant