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Jake Galvez
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Shade those lids

As a makeup lover, I am always trying new eye shadow palettes. I just love buying them. Most of the time, I’m asked what eye makeup I use on my clients, but honestly I prefer a lot of brands to create a certain look. Picking the perfect eye shadow palette can sometimes be overwhelming for a beginner. The packaging all looks so nice and there are so many pretty colors. Don’t even get me started on all of the metallic finishes! How do you know what to look for and which palettes are the best options? Makeup shopper @grace_canlas asked me on Instagram for my top eye shadow recommendations: “Hi Jake, I’m looking for the best eye shadow that I can use everyday. What do you suggest for me to purchase?” It would be difficult …

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Invincible beauty

I’m sure no one wants to look haggard by the middle of the day. With our humid weather, it’s a challenge to always look fresh. I received a question from @sarahdpaulino sent to my Instagram account and she asked me regarding a more specific kind of makeup: “Hi Jake, Most of the time, the makeup that I use doesn’t last the entire day. What long-lasting products do you advise me to use, especially for my eyes and lips?” It can be quite a challenge to truly achieve that long-lasting makeup. The quick fix is to retouch at least once a day, more if needed. I know that most women who devote their morning just to prepare themselves and have a full-on face before they head out; in order to maintain that look, …

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Art to wear

Who doesn’t love the smell of a good leather bag? But what happens after it gets locked up in your cabinet for quite some time? Aside from collecting dust, the worst-case scenario is that it can have molds. For those who have a gazillion bags in their closet, it’s best to rotate them and use different bags from time to time. I received this question from @khazkhaz on my personal Facebook account: “Hi Jake, I have a favorite bag that I keep using, but I can’t help but feel that it’s getting worn out. What can I do to revitalize it? Everyone has their “default” bag that they tend to use over and over again. I try my best to switch it up and showcase a different bag every now and then. It …

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Ready, set, shop!

These days, you can’t stroll around your favorite mall without hearing them playing holiday tunes. Even Mariah Carey’s classic “All I Want For Christmas” is back on the radio. Invites to events and parties are starting to arrive. Traditionally, we usher this season right after Halloween, but that won’t stop the Christmas enthusiast from celebrating early. I received a question that makes me feel that we should already think about this coming holiday. @thelostmaverick asked me:“Hi Jake, I’m planning to buy my Christmas gifts ahead. What are good holiday gifts that I can buy for my loved ones?” I love gift-giving and I like the feeling of being Santa Claus to my friends and family. When planning what to buy, don’t visit just one shop—I have to admit this is tempting, especially …

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Go natural

Nail care is often neglected and can even be a chore. In most cases and for those who have the time, the best thing is to visit your nearest nail salon. Unfortunately, not all of them may cater to your specific needs. Here is a query from @kyraquilinguen: “I have brittle nails and when I get them done, they sometimes get damaged and discolored. What would you recommend for me to use for my next manicure?” If you are equipped with proper knowledge of nail care, I suggest experimenting with what you like. Depending on the occasion, you can match your nails to whatever mood you want to achieve. You may also have it done by a specialist; however, I recommend that you bring your own nail polish, so that you exactly …

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Now you see it, now you don’t

When it comes to beauty, there is a debate whether the face or the body is more important. While they are both part and parcel of what makes our individual beauty, to be honest the face has a slight advantage—it is the first thing people notice about you and it is the way others see you everyday. So it’s no surprise that when it comes to facial care,we have a high level of maintenance. For @ches_ong, it’s’ no different. Here is her question: “Hi Jake, my problem area is the pimple marks on my face. What treatment or product would be effective and have long-lasting effects on my skin?” I have the key to suit your facial-care needs and that is Cosmelan, a premium two-step skin-renewal system developed by Mesoestetic Spain. This …

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Pop eyes

A few weeks back we talked about makeupfor those with chinita eyes. This time we have a follow-up question from @andrrrrreaalvavia on Instagram: “Hi Jake, I love makeup that makes my eyes stand out. What would you recommend?” The same steps that I previously suggested for eye makeup still applies, but I now want to focus on the finishing touch: mascara. Applying mascara defines the look you want to achieve, whether fun or flirty. It adds length and thickness to your lashes, and makes them darker. Here are some tips on putting on mascara correctly. Firstly, if you wish to curl your lashes, always begin at the root. When you open your mascara, never pump the wand in and out of the tube; instead gently twist the wand in circular motions to get …

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White on white

It’s no surprise that there is always a buzz when new treatments for skin to look younger and fresher are launched. Well, if you want to get whiter skin, it is now within reach with just one visit to Beauty Lab Whitening by Suaviss. One of my dear friends Maria Katrina Halili commented on my post about this new place and asked me on Facebook: “How was your visit to the whitening clinic? Is it effective?” Beauty Lab Whitening by Suaviss just opened in December last year. They are the first dedicated systematic whitening treatment in the Philippines. The promise? To revitalize your original skin color—and, in effect, to make your skin younger and whiter. The treatment is non-invasive and no oral prescriptions are needed. You’ll see guaranteed results with just one treatment …

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Brush it off

One of the essentials of any makeup artist is a good set of brushes. It can be the most important tool in your cosmetics kit because a good brush will help you make the most out of your makeup products. Finding a good set of brushes that work for you is not that easy. You want the perfect one that would provide the effect you want to achieve with the products that you already have. One of my fellow makeup artists (@allenroemakeup73) asked me on Twitter: “Hi Jake, what is a good set of brushes that I can use for my clients?” The right set of makeup brushes can make all the difference. Not all brushes are created equal, which is why it’s best to do a little bit of research. Being …

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I woke up like this

I love answering all your questions especially with regards to makeup. Following up from last week, we have another frequently asked question that most of my followers are asking. This question came from Instagram: @gsdagatha: Hi Jake, what’s a good foundation that I can use? There is a plethora of foundations that you could use, but choosing the perfect one for your skin is a different story. I personally love Make Up For Ever’s newest foundation: Water Blend. Water Blend is a new face and body foundation formula that is hydrating, waterproof, and transfer-proof, as well as quick and easy to apply. Designed by Make Up For Ever Founder and artistic director Dany Sanz, this new product naturally fits the frenetic lifestyles of dancers, models, and artists all over the world, who are …

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