BelleModa Makeup and Beauty Lounge: Makeup Haven

Hello there beauty and makeup enthusiasts! I’ve missed this space after days of hiatus because of, well, life, marathon trainings, work, and all the excuses in the world :D. So recently, I was invited to an opening of Bellemoda Makeup and Beauty Lounge and I couldn’t be more thrilled to know that finally, there’s a place in my area where I can actually buy authentic high end makeup brands. I don’t have to browse online and worry that I might not be getting the authentic ones, thus, wasting my hard earned money.

Bellemoda Makeup and Beauty Lounge is owned by the beautiful beauty aficionado and professional Make-Up Artist, Elaiza Liane Bastareche and is located at the 2nd flr. of Cagayan Town Center along Gen. Antonio Luna, Corner Capt. Vicente Roa.

With Bellemoda’s wide array of cosmetics and makeup tools of more than 200 brands, you don’t need to go elsewhere to complete your makeup collection! Makeup Brands like MAC, Marc Jacobs, Charlotte Tilbury , Urban Decay, Kylie, and many others are available at a price range between 500-50,000 pesos. Just to feed your curiosity, that 50,000-peso stuff is an Urban Decay Brush Belt limited edition makeup brush set.

The Owner, The Fashionista, and the Makeup Artist

Ladies should only use make-up to look presentable and enhance their beauty. Cosmetics must not only focus on enhancing physical appearance but it should also unleash inner beauty.  – Liane

Elaiza is only in her early 20s and a graduate of  Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan. Apart from owning the business, she is also a bonafide makeup artist, actually one of Cagayan de Oro City’s best. This beautiful young businesswoman who hails from San Francisco, Agusan del Sur have always loved make up since her college days.

To hone that skill and pursue the passion, she pursued an education at the MUD (Make-Up Designery International School) in Manila. She came back to Cagayan de Oro armed with what she needed to know when it comes to makeup. Naturally being a makeup artist, she makes sure that she uses trusted brands that matches her clients skin and most importantly authentic.

Authentic! big word! :D. Seriously, buying makeup that is authentic has become tricky nowadays! A lot of imitations are being sold in the market with sellers claiming they are legit! Elaiza had that dilemma also, thus, the idea of bringing in authentic high-end makeup brands came into her mind because she shares the same issue with local makeup artists and wants to help to make their lives easier and keep their integrity as makeup artists.  Thus, the birth of Bellemoda Makeup and Beauty Lounge!

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Latest Makeup Buzz – Glossier Brand New Product Released

Last month at the Grammys, Glossier hinted a big release of something new after posting a photo of Beyoncé captioned “Beyoncé wears ___ in ___ (coming soon)”. Enough to tease the excitement and curiosity of makeup fanatics and artists.

Queen Bey – wearing the Glossier Fawn shade at the Grammys (photo by Glossier – instagram)

So fast forward to the day of the Oscars’ glitz and glamour, Glossier released their new product, the Lidstar, a glistening eye glow. Driving the hype of this Lidstar, it debuted its glistening eye glow via beauty looks of Salma Hayek, Greta Gerwig, Tracee Ellis Ross, Taraji Hensona, and Oscars best supporting actress winner Allison Janney.

These shiny babies are  housed in test tube-ish packaging with a doe foot applicator, promise to ‘lock on’ to lids for up to 12 hours without creasing, fading, or smudging.

Available in six high-shine shades in Lily, Moon, Slip, Cub, Fawn, and Herb. According to Glossier.com each shade is one of a kind—different coated pigments, different pearls, different flecks, different special effects . It will cost $18, or two for $30.

Best Supporting Actress Winner Allison Janney on the Oscars’ red carpet, sporting Glossier Lidstar glistening eye glow in Fawn + Cloud Paint in Dusk and Puff .| AFP/Getty Images/Valerie Macon

One great thing with this (personally) is the no primer required in application according to Glossier. Impressive! Pretty soon tons of beauty bloggers and vloggers will put this claim to test.

All of the shades are now available on Glossier.com and I’m guessing, fawn will be a sold out.

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5 Reasons Why I Love Tsubaki Oil

tsubaki oil

Tsubaki oil comes from the seeds of the Camellia Oliefera plant or tree that grows in the high mountains of Asia and Japan. It is rich in oleic acid and vitamins A, B, D and E as well as nourishing Omega 3, 6 and 9 and has been widely used by Geishas in Japan over the years for great looking skin and hair.

Knowing how amazing Tsubaki Oil, I got so excited when my favorite hair and skin care brand Hairfood Co. launched Tsubaki Oil among their line of essential oils perfect for the Asian beauties.

Hairfood Co. Tsubaki Oil

Here are 5 reasons why I super love it!

    1. Non Greasy Feel! The molecular weight of the oil is an almost identical match for skin that I absolutely love it when I apply it on my face as it does not leave me feeling greasy nor does it feel heavy after application. It is full of essential fatty acids and lipids that are similar to those that you find in your skin so definitely it is perfect. It absorbs into the skin just about as fast as water making it great for all Skin Types so whether your skin is Normal, Oily, Combination, Dry, or Sensitive, you won’t go wrong with Tsubaki Oil.  Use it also for stretch marks, and lines too. It gets right down into your elastin and collagen of your skin and helps to keep your skin looking healthy. Simply massage 3 to 4 drops on the area.
    2. Hair Care – Just like the top layers of the skin, the hair is made up of similar protein, keratin. So therefore Tsubaki Oil is perfect for the hair because its lipid structure is recognized by the hair. Put on Tsubaki Oil on hair after wash preferably from the middle down to the ends and leave it on. OR you may want to massage it into your scalp and hair and leave it on for half an hour and then rinse it off.
    3. Makeup Remover – another thing I love with my Tsubaki Oil is it makes removing my makeup super easy especially my eye makeup (talk about eyeliner!). Simply apply a small amount of oil and use a cotton to remove the makeup! Seriously easy plus it does not irritate
    4. Great for Body Care – Tsubaki Oil is a nutrient and antioxidant-rich skin moisturizer and softener and its fatty acids contain powerful agents for retention and enhancement of skin moisture. Since it is fast absorbing, it penetrates deep into the lower layers of skin enhancing natural cell growth. Apply it on damp skin preferably after shower to get the following skin benefits;
      • Moisturizes, nourishes and softens skin
      • Restores elasticity
      • Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles
      • Repairs stretch marks such as in after pregnancy
      • Heals minor acne scars
    5. Nails and Cuticle Care – yes! This is how versatile Tsubaki Oil is! For softer, smoother, and healthier nails and cuticles, put in few drops of tsubaki oil on a cotton and wipe to nails and cuticles. Best to do this after shower. This softens dry or brittle nails and rough cuticles, Keeps nails nourished, smooth and shiny, and helps alleviate discomfort from dry skin under.
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