Strong and Beautiful: Body Confidence

Posted on: February 7, 2018

Strong is beautiful 

Strong is Healthy 

Strong is Confident 

Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can wear

Own your own Beautiful 

Beauty comes from within and is reflected in a woman’s soul 

Believe in Yourself

You are Beautiful 

Keep Your spirit light, your booty tight, and your goals in sight

 

Hi my loves!

I hope everyone is having a great week so far! Remember to continue to stay positive, keep the good vibes flowing and continue to vibrate higher. Some days can be harder than most but just remember that all your hard work will all be worth it in the long run. Trust and believe the process and journey!

For this entry, I’m talking all about fashion, strength and body confidence . To me, fashion, strength and body confidence goes hand and hand. When you look good, you feel even better. You know the saying, it’s all mental and its’ all in the way we think about things. Practice self love and be your own cheerleader. A positive mindset can go a long way. A strong mindset goes a long way as well. Stay strong even though it can be hard at times, keep fighting and keep pushing through. 

Many of us forget to love ourselves and the skin we’re in. This is the result of being constantly put down by others, or we listen to what society dictates. We then start to criticize ourselves we begin to self doubt. STOP RIGHT THERE! Most of us fall into the demise of others words, and what media and society standards are on how we should be and look. We need to learn to block it all out. Easier said than done, yes I know, trust me.  We’re all created different for a reason, remember that.  When we learn to accept who we are both on the inside and out, we start to believe in ourselves, our self worth and we begin to love ourselves as a whole. We must block out the noise, the nonsense and begin to hear our own voice. Listen to that voice, own it and believe it. Don’t listen to the nonsense. Be the voice not the echo of all the haters out there.

Over the years, I began to say, Screw that, and f**k all the haters. ‘Cuse my language my loves, but I’m being real, completely honest and straight up as I’ve always been. I’ve learned that people will always have something to say. There will always be critics. But just remember, strong is always beautiful and confidence is the most sexiest thing that anyone can wear. Trust and believe that, it’s an amazing feeling and extremely powerful. For me, I have had my share of being picked apart, and body shamed over the years.  At times, I thought I wasn’t pretty enough or even beautiful. Whether we like to admit it or not, we all have our share of insecurities, me included. We need to stop focusing on the negative and focus on the positive. We can’t let our insecurities define us, because if that happens they will run us. Remember, never let self-doubt or your insecurities define who you are, EVER!  I’ve worked in the Entertainment, Beauty and Fashion industry for over 11 + years and I’ve seen what this industry can do to one’s self-esteem. I’ve seen first hand how it can damage one’s soul and make you feel insecure about your body image. Which makes me even more inspired and empowered to write this and share with you my experiences. Which is why we need to love ourselves in every way shape and form. We’re all beautiful in our own way. Never forget that!

We tend to forget ourselves and how beautiful we really are because we feed into the nonsense and the noise. DON’T FEED INTO IT.  No matter what anyone says, we have to love ourselves first. Remember the childhood saying, Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me…. Words can hurt, but we have too look beyond the words and look within ourselves first. Sometimes, we can be too hard and too critical on ourselves. We need to be more gentle and kind. Live and learn to love ourselves and the skin we’re in. Never forget that my loves. I know it’s easier said than done. Trust me, I’ve had my struggles and doubts. I’ve had haters say things to my face about how I look. But you know what, you will always have your critics. They will always have something to say. Honestly, that’s a reflection on them and their own insecurities. We need to learn to lift each other up, be more compassionate with ourselves and others and not put each other down. Be kind to yourself and be kind to others. Kindness goes a long way, trust and believe that.

For me, I’ve had my share of body image issues. But, I will say, I’ve learned to love myself and my body just as I am. I’ve owned my own beauty and sexiness and I can truly say that I love me and I’m comfortable in my skin. I’m may not be the skinniest Filipina, I have curves, I have big breast, a big butt, but hey this is me and I love my body and my curves. I own it all and I’m proud of it. This is me and I love the skin I’m in and so should you!  You will never fit the mold of what others and what society says, but why would you want to? Be you and be authentic always.

Beauty comes from deep within. A women’s true beauty is reflected in her soul. When you have a beautiful heart and soul it shines from within and it shows on the outside. Love yourself my loves, don’t let the media or anyone tell you otherwise. Learn to be comfortable in your own skin, treat your body like a temple and own it. You are in control and you have the power. It starts from within, remember that. Remain positive and block out the negativity. I know it’s easier said than done, but no matter what others say, believe in yourself that’s what matters and that’s what counts.

Find the your inner strength, own it and be one with it. Your strength will help guide you in everything you do. Believe in yourself, and own it. Be your own kind of beautiful and show the world that you LOVE yourself and the skin your in. Own your curves, own that beautiful body because you are beautiful both on the inside and out.

If I’ve learned anything in all these years, it’s to love yourself first and foremost. Embrace your body, every inch of it. Be gentle with yourself, be kind to yourself. It’s all mental, that’s what it boils to, change your mindset, be positive and let your confidence shine. Keep shining my loves. Ok, I may be rambling at this point, but the point is to love yourself first. Don’t succumb to what other’s say, remember you are beautiful. BE comfortable in your own skin. Confidence and strength goes a long way. Confidence is beautiful and sexy.  Own it and be your own kind of beautiful. Always remember, you are strong, you are confident you are sexy and you are beautiful. Love the skin your in my loves!

Shop my look: 

Bodysuit: Fashionnova

Pants: J.Brand

Shoes: Jimmy Choos

 

Thank you for always reading, following along and supporting my journey!


SHOP THE SALE: GIGI NEW YORK

Posted on: October 4, 2017

Hi Loves!!

Can you believe it, it’s already OCTOBER! How crazy is that? With it being officially FALL, (even though the weather may not feel like it) it’s time to switch up your wardrobe and get Fall ready. I’m here to keep you looking stylish, confident, empowered and fashionable at an affordable cost.

I wanted to give you the inside scoop and let you in on GIGI NEW YORK’s exclusive FRIENDS & FAMILY ANNUAL SALE EVENT!

Here are all the DEETS!!!

It’s that time of year again, the GiGi New York & Graphic Image Friends & Family annual event October 4th-10th.

Get access by using the code WEAREFRIENDS at check out to receive 30% off sitewide PLUS receive a free saffron all-in-one clutch if they spend over $250.

To receive your free gift

1. Add $150 or more to your shopping cart
2. In the order comments section on the check out page, write which color leather tassel and what single initial you would like stamped on it.

Colors Available:
Black, Navy, Stone, Ivory, Gold, Silver, Pearl

*Offer not valid on previous orders including orders that have not yet shipped. Free gift offer is only valid on orders with a subtotal of $150 or more. Tassel offer valid only on the GiGi New York website until Oct 6th at 8AM EST. If you do not choose a color one will automatically be chosen for you. Offer valid while supplies last. We reserve the right to substitute the gift with purchase for another item at equal value.

Happy Shopping, Happy Fall!! Stay fabulous, stylish, strong, sexy, confident, empowered and beautiful both inside and out loves!!

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey!


Halloween Inspiration Looks

Posted on: October 18, 2016

Not sure what to be for Halloween this year??

Well, you’re in luck, here are some Halloween Inspiration looks I created. Maybe one or all of these inspo looks may be something you’ll try this Halloween.

For the first look, I was inspired by none other than Snapchat. One of my fave filters is the Deer filter. I like the voice changer on this feature is just too cute.  So I decided to recreate the filter.

These are the products I used. I always start off by priming my face with Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional, then I do my eyes and then the face.

 Halloween Inspo Look #1 

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 Eyes: 

NYX Cosmetics: Eyeshadow Base in shade ESB03

Lorac Cosmetics: Entire Lids: Lorac Pro Matte Palette using Bare and Latte, Crease: mix Corduroy and Chocolate and blend together and blend out. Middle of the Lid: Lorac eyeshadow in shade Inspiration.

Inglot Cosmetics : Gel Eyeliner in shade 77

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in the shade Chocolate. To create brow hairs similar to deers (for a more realistic effect), I used the Anastasia BH Brow Wiz and created fine lines. I also used NYX Cosmetics Eyeliner Pencil in Black and created more fine lines.

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Face: 

 

Foundation: Benefit Cosmetics Hello Flawless oil-free O2 Foundation in shade Hazelnut

Face Powder: Neutrogena Skinclearing Mineral powder in shade Honey Beige 70

Translucent Face Powder: Laura Mercier

Highlight: Mac Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish in shade: Soft and Gentle

Concealer: NYX Cosmetics Full Coverage Concealer in shade CJ01 Porcelain & Inglot Cream Concealer in the shade Anticeme Creme

Nose: Anastasia Contour Kit Medium to Tan using the darkest shade down the sides of my nose connecting up to my eyes.  Down the middle I used a little of Inglot cream concealer in shade Anticrime creme and blended it. I used a white eyeshadow from the Lorac Eyeshadow Pro Palette to prevent creasing. For the tip of my nose, I used Inglots gel eyeliner in shade 77. To prevent creasing on my nose I patted the black eyeshadow from Lorac Eyeshadow Pro Palette.

Dots: I used white face paint

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 Lips: 

Top lip: Tarte Cosmetics Dry matte lip paints in the color Naughty (Black)

Bottom Lip: Esos lip balm and then using Chanel’s Pinceau Levres Biseaute Angled Lip Brush and pat on Lorac Cosmetics eyeshadow color Inspiration to match the eyelids

And that’s the complete look with all the products I used to create this inspired look. I hope you try this look out and have fun with it, I sure did.

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HALLOWEEN INSPO LOOK #2 

Sexy Kitten 

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Eyes

Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer base in the color Sin

NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil in the color 601 Black bean, I used this all over my lid and smoked it out. Creating a base for my smokey eye. Blended the base out to begin the smokey effect. Proceed with eyeshadows to place over the base. (To prevent creasing)

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, mixing the colors Blackout and Pistol for my crease. I also mixed the colors Verve and Snakebite to add a little sparkle to the crease. Blending all the colors and smoking them out, giving you the smoky effect. For the lids I used the colors Half-baked and Lorac Eyeshadow Pro Palette color Gold.

For eyeliner I used Inglot’s gel liner in shade 77, creating my signature winged line. I made my wing a little thicker.

To create the lines and point in the inner cover of the eyes use L’Oreal’s Infallible sculpt eyeliner in the color 904 black. Use the same line to create the whiskers and dots below your nose.

For the waterline I used NYX Cosmetics eyeliner pencil in the color black. I also used Inglot’s gel liner in black below my water line and midway below my water line and smudge it out. Then I used the gold eyeshadow (Lorac Eyeshadow Pro Palette) for below my waterline to the inner corners of my eye. Give the look a little dimension and making my eyes POP!

 

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Face

Stowaway Cosmetics Radiant Complexion BB Cream in Shade Medium

Highlight: Lorac Cosmetics in the color Moonlight

Contour: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, I mixed the medium shade and dark shade blended the two colors and chiseled  and contoured my face. Enhancing my cheekbones and features.

Face Powder: Chanel in shade Les Beiges

Blush: Lorac Cosmetics in the color Chroma

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in shade Warm: Medium-Dark. Blend using beauty blender.

Translucent Setting Powder: Laura Mercier (For under eyes, forehead, bridge of my nose, chin, below my contour)

Nose: Use Inglot’s gel liner in shade 77 and then use black eyeshadow (Lorac Eyeshadow Pro Palette) over the liner to prevent creasing and movement.

 

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Lips

Top Lip: Tarte Cosmetics Dry Matte Lipstick Paint sticks in the shade Naughty (Black)

Bottom Lip: L’oreals Lipstick in the color 406 Zoe’s Red

So for this look, I took my go to smokey eye look and just deepened it up a bit. Added some cat features,  a cat ears headband  turtleneck sweater and my Saint Laurent Leather jacket. And thats the complete look. Simple and easy, definitely something you can wear out if your looking for something last minute.  Here are the products I used for this inspo look.

 

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Halloween Inspo Look #3

Easy Sugar Skull 

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Face

Left Side of the Face: Hourglass Veil Foundation in shade Beige

Right Side: White Cream Make up face paint

Left side Concealer: Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Concealer in shade Light

Face Powder: Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in the shade Warm Natural

Translucent Setting Powder: Airspun loose Powder

Powder for Right Side of Face: Sonia Kashuk Brightening powder

Blush: Chanel Powder blush in the color Rose Petal

Highlight: Lorac Cosmetics in the color Moonlight

Contour: Lorac Pro Contour Palette

Eyebrow: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil in the color Chocolate

Lines and designs : L’Oreal infallible sculpt liquid eyeliner

Eyes:

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Left Side: Inglot’s Gel eyeliner in the shade 77 Black

Right Side: Creating a circle or an oval around the eye and over the eyebrows, use Inglot’s gel liner, then fill in all black. To prevent creasing and movement use a black eyeshadow to set the black around the eye. I used the black and sparkle olive green shadows from my Be Bella Cosmetics eyeshadow palette. Smudge and smoke out around the eye area.

Lips:

 

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Red Lips: Palladio Cosmetics Lip liner in the color Rockin’ Red, top it off with Revlon’s Lipstick in the color True Red

Black Lips: Jordana Cosmetics Sweet Cream Matte liquid Lip Color in the color Witchy Night

Top off the look with a flower crown as seen here. I bought mine at the Halloween store, but you could totally make one of your own using real flowers or even silk flowers. The choice is all up to you. This look is easy and fun to create. I also created loose curls to make the look more feminine and sweet as oppose to scary and gorey, but it’s totally up to you. Still a fun look overall.

Halloween Inspo Look #4 

Dia De Los Muertos inspired by @SincerelyJules look 

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Eyes: 

Creating a circles or oval shapes around the eyes and over the eyebrows, using Inglot’s gel liner, fill in all black. To prevent creasing and movement use a black eyeshadow to set the black around the eye. I used the black and a mixture of blue  shadows from my Eyes Lips Face Cosmetics eyeshadow palette. Smudge and smoke out around the eye area. Once all the eyes are filled in black, create half circle or petals around the eyes as seen above. Once you’ve created your flower eyes, fill in the petals with blue shadows (from my Eyes Lips Faces eyeshadow palette). For each petal I added some rhinestones (these stones are ones you’d use on your nails, I bought these from Sally’s Beauty Supply store). I applied them with Duo glue, the kind of glue you’d use for false eyelashes.

** You can use any colors you’d like to create this look. These are the colors I chose when I decided to create this look. But it’s up to you, have fun with it, have fun with make up and colors 🙂 **

Face:

Concealer: Inglot Cream Concealer in the shade Anticeme Creme

All over the Face: White Face Paint

Face Powder: Sonia Kashuk Brightening Powder

Nose: Inglot’s Gel Liner, Black Eyeshadow Lorac Eyeshadow Pro Palette

Blush+ Contour: Be a Bombshell Cosmetics in the color Beach Please, Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Lines+ Designs: Starlet Cosmetics Eyeliner Pencil in the color Black The total absence of light & L’oreal’s Infallible Sculpt liquid eyeliner in the color black

Lips: 

Lorac Pro Liquid Lipstick in the color Soft Maeve

Finish off the look with a floral crown and dress in all black. All black everything my go to look. Or you can totally be festive and wear a traditional Day of the Dead attire, the choice is yours. Just have fun when creating all these looks, I did and I’m sure you will too. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed these looks as much as I did. I’d love to see you all recreate these looks, and if you decide to do so please share your photos using the hashtags: #SFBBeauty #SFBHalloweenInspoLooks

As always, thanks so much for reading, following along and I hope you enjoyed this post! Have a lovely Halloween loves!!