Why do I vlog? ft. my vlogging camera

I’ve always enjoyed watching when my fave youtubers vlog. Also, one of my best friends vlogs and she began telling me that I should use my camera to vlog the next event we were going to (at the time it was Glam Con here in the bay area. Click if you want to see my very first vlog… no music or anything). I decided why not? It doesn’t hurt. From there on, I’ve been trying my best to vlog almost everyday and post some videos each month. I’ve been vlogging for a little over a year now. I’m so proud of myself!

I like to capture my days and share them with whoever is watching. My days are simple. I work, go eat with friends or family, play with makeup, be lazy, go on random adventures with my boyfriend, and celebrate special events when the time comes.


This is the camera that I use. It’s the Samsung NX Mini Mirrorless camera with 9-27mm lens. I also use this Joby Mini Gorillapod while I vlog sometimes too. This camera grabbed my attention mostly because it’s compact and has a flip up screen, which is good for selfies and filming myself while I’m talking. It shoots HD video too and has built-in wi-fi, so I can grab images that I want onto my phone. The only downside is the video isn’t so good at night. But overall, I LOVE THIS CAMERA and I bring it everywhere with me since it’s so cute and small.


My everyday makeup

I use a mix of drugstore and high-end makeup when I do my full face before work, running errands or for special events. Here’s a breakdown of the products I use (I’ll be going in the order I do my makeup and the numbers correspond with the product above) I don’t currently have a primer or setting spray since I ran out. Whoops.

12. Coty Airspun Translucent powder – I use this before applying my foundation to set my primer. I got this trick from Wayne Goss. It helps my foundation stay matte and stay on my face longer. I also use this to bake my under eye so my concealer doesn’t crease throughout the day.

9. LA Girl HD Pro Concealer in Green – I mix this with the same concealer I use for my under eyes which I will mention shortly. I have redness to my cheeks and on my chin so I use this to color correct those areas. I mix it with a regular concealer to help it blend into my skin a little bit better instead of having a green splotch on my face to cover up.

13. NYX Cosmetics Dark Circle Concealer in Medium – This step just depends on how dark my under eyes are when I’m getting ready. I use this to cancel out the darkness before putting on my foundation.

3. Sonia Kashuk Soft Focus Satin Matte Foundation in Bamboo – I love this foundation. I picked it up because I saw that Casey Holmes raved about it. Ever since I’ve been using this foundation. I blend it out with my beauty sponge and I love the finish. It’s a buildable foundation so I find myself applying just a little bit more on my cheeks for more coverage.

8. Covergirl Outlast All-Day Soft Focus Concealer in Medium – I use this under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, on my chin and in the center of my forehead to brighten those areas. I don’t use concealers that are dramatically lighter than my foundation. I want my under eyes and the rest of the areas I use this concealer to look naturally brighter. This isn’t the best concealer but it gets the job done. (my fave is the nyx HD concealer in medium)

11. ELF Beautifully Bare Finishing Face Powder in Medium/Deep – In my opinion this is more for medium skin tones so it works for my skin tone. I use this with a fluffy brush to set the rest of my face and to buff away the powder under my eyes.

1. Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette – I use the shade Subconsious (the deep brown shade) to contour my face. I use a light hand while carving out my cheek bones, my templesm, contouring my nose and jaw line. I use the shade Shadowplay (the soft brown) to blend my contour and add more warmth to the face.

4. Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in Ross & Rachel – I only use the blush shade and use this to give my cheeks a rosy color. I use this with a small stipling brush because it doesn’t pick up too much product.

10/14/15. Smashbox Spotlight Palette in Pearl, Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Moonchild & Nicole Glow – It depends how I’m feeling which highlight I use. If I want my highlight to be bold and different I grab the moonchild glow kit and choose either pink heart or blue ice. If I want a blinding highlight I go for the Nicole Glow and I choose the shade Daydreamer. It’s so beautiful on the skin and I don’t have another highlight like it. If I want a natural and subtle glow I go for the spotlight palette. I talk more bout it in my previous post!

6. Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in 4 – This has been my go to brow pencil since the beginning of the year. I choose this over the ABH brow definer because I feel like this one is a drier formula which I like better. I can do a natural brow or a really dramatic brow for nights out. Love this.

7. Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black – I don’t do eyeliner every day and on most days, when I do eyeliner its a small line. But this can do a great cat eye too. The only downside is that it can dry out quick if its not stored downwards.

2. Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara in Blackest Black – I haven’t used mascara in a while because I’ve had eyelash extensions since my birthday in February. I’m letting the extensions fall naturally so I can get a new set next month. This mascara I use for my bottom lashes (tip: set your face with your favorite setting spray before using this. I have the regular formula so it transfered on my under eyes, which made it more work to remove.)

5. DUO Dark Tone Striplash Adhesive – My fave lash glue! I prefer dark tones so it lakes my lashes look fuller since I don’t use eyeliner everyday.

Lastly, I pair my look with whichever lipstick color I’m feeling that day. My favorite colors to wear are nudes, orange and purple. Hehe. Hope you enjoy the products I use for my face!



May VLOG #1

This month started off with good food, browsing for bridesmaid dresses (we officially ordered last weekend. So excited), celebrating my best friends birthday and mother’s day with my boyfriend’s family since my mom is back in the Philippines.

Hope you enjoy & subscribe if you want more vlogs!

YouTube end screen?!

Good evening folks. I just spent the past couple of hours on youtube trying to figure out how this whole end screen thing works. I’ve seen it on some of my favorite youtubers and have always wondered how they work!

Once you upload the video, you have options where you can do subtitles, insert cards, adjust audio, etc. Once you go to the end screen/annotations page it gives you a mini tutorial. (It also says you can’t have both end screen and annotations on the same video) You can choose from youtube’s templates or upload your own. Since I’m new to it, I chose a template that has a clickable subscribe and two videos for the viewers to watch next.

Choosing the template that you like is the easiest part. Creating it is what took me a while. I used picmonkey to create it since I don’t have photoshop (I actually use picmonkey for a bunch of things for youtube. I used it for thumbnails for videos, my youtube banner and my watermark on my videos) I wanted the screen to have my social media handles so we can stay connected, so I spent time grabbing social media icons and erasing their background (very tedious lol.) I also included a “subscribe for more” type of thing. The background is the same background I used for my youtube banner (so it all ties together) I don’t think that I’ll be changing the end screen anytime soon. I’ll be using it in my next video after the one that’s going up tomorrow.

Hope this was helpful for you if you’re interested in doing an end screen.

Smashbox x Casey Holmes Highlight

I have been trying out the Casey Holmes collab with Smashbox for a couple of weeks. When I was at Ulta, I was so happy that they had it in stock. I decided with Pearl because the Gold palette had a darker bronze shade that I didn’t see myself using. The shades in this palette are highlights that I normally gravitate towards.

I’m used to a more blinding highlight but this is definitely buildable. Even my boyfriend noticed that it was a little more subtle than I’m used to. I see myself wearing this highlight when I’m going for a minimal makeup face on days that I’m at work or running errands. The shades (from left to right) are Turn it on Pearl, Crank it up Pearl, and Blow a fuse Pearl. My fave is Crank it up Pearl.

Subtle everyday glow

This is how the shade “Crank it up Pearl” looks on my cheek. Sorry my big sunnies are in the way but you can see it’s subtle glow. I didn’t do much this day just hung out with friends and ate dinner. So a blinding highlight wasn’t my go to.

Overall, these highlights are ok in my opinion. I find that at the end of the day the highlight has worn off. But it doesn’t emphasize the texture I have on my cheeks like other highlights. So that is a plus for me.

What else happened in April?

Last month seemed like it passed by so quick. By the time I realized I needed to upload my vlog, we were already well into May. But it’s better late than never.

I’m still getting the hang of having a blog so please bare with me. I’ll get better! If you’re interested in seeing how my April was (aside from Coachella) just watch!

Enjoy! And I’ll talk to you soon!

Coachella 2017

Coachella was so much fun this year. Each experience at Coachella is different but nevertheless, it’s always been so much fun! My boyfriend and I decided that it would be our last year, but it might not be the last music festival though. So stay tuned. The best part of Coachella, in my opinion, is feeling carefree and enjoying the food, music and people.

Hope you enjoy this vlog!