New to beauty products? Our Brand Ambassador Laureen Uy is listing her favorite things on BeautyMNL.

FAVORITE PRODUCTS


1. Urban Decay Naked Basics Eye Palette, P2,000
I use this palette every day. You can never go wrong with neutral shades! I usually apply the lighter shades for day and the deeper ones for night. Naked Basics is very compact, so you can bring it anywhere!

2. Pond’s Flawless White BB Cream in Beige and Light, P299 each
This BB cream is seriously my best friend! The beige shade is my best replacement for foundation. When I don’t have shoots or anything important to attend, I use the lighter shade as a concealer to cover my blemishes and eye bags.

3. Dashe Cosmetics Chic 12-Piece Brush Set in Pink, on sale at P1,400
Since I’m always traveling for work and events, I have to make sure to bring the right type of brushes so I can achieve any look I want. I love bringing this brush set because it’s neither too big nor too small for my luggage, and it has ALL the brushes I need.

4. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Bronze, P2,650
I love this compact because it serves as a blush, bronzer, and highlighter. It creates such a nice shimmer on your skin! I’ve been using this for over a year now and I’m still addicted to it.

5. Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara, P199
Curling my eyelashes and applying mascara has always been a part of my daily makeup routine. It really makes my eyes look bigger and more beautiful. I like this mascara because it “volumizes” my lashes and lasts all day without smudging! I like to apply it from root to tip; then I reapply another coat and do the side-to-side action so my eyelashes spread out evenly.

NEW DISCOVERIES


1. Majolica Majorca Brow & Lash Colorist in Marron Brown, P650
Shading and shaping your eyebrows can sometimes make your features look too sharp. Try using this brown eyebrow mascara to lighten the natural color of your brows, which will in turn make your face look softer!

2. Argan de Luxe Argan Oil Hair & Body Serum, on sale at P600
They say argan oil is very good for your hair and body because it has so many skin goodies in it, like Omega 6 Plus and Vitamin E. These will make your skin smoother and your hair shinier! I apply this ideally twice or thrice a week.

CHEAP THRILLS


1. Pro-78 All-in-One palette, on sale at P938
If you like doing your makeup at home, this all-in-one palette is perfect for you. It costs less than a thousand bucks and carries all the shades of eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick you’ll ever need. There’s even a compact mirror inside!

2. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush, on sale at P350
How can you go wrong with a powder-gel blush that keeps your cheeks rosy all day? The consistency is like a cream, so you can retouch anywhere you are without even using a brush! Plus, each blush is so small and compact, you can bring it everywhere, in any purse! My favorite shades are Candy Coral and Peach Stain.

3. Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Formula, P75
My all-time favorite. I apply this balm every single night! You’ll never experience chapped lips ever again.

SPECIAL-OCCASION SPLURGES


1. Elizabeth Arden All Gone Eye & Lip Makeup Remover, P1,485
Buying the right makeup remover is very important, because after a long day of work and play, you want your skin to be able to breathe the entire night! I place a little of this liquid on a cotton pad and press it over my eyelids (don’t rub first, because the skin over the eyes is very sensitive). Once I feel like there’s enough product there to dissolve my eye makeup, I gently massage it into the skin.

2. Original Beauty Blender, P995
I’ve heard so many amazing stories about this super sponge. It’s really little, but apparently it does wonders for your foundation application!

Photography: Jonas Asistio. Makeup: Pia Reyes. Hair: Franchesca Jewel Lopez. Art Direction: Erika Gue. Lighting: Ronan Espadero. Sittings Editor: Stephanie Castillo. Assisted by Hillary Ang. Shot on location at The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, located at 119 LP Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines 1227 (www.picassomakati.com).