New year has come and now that I realize I didn't get the chance to post on my birthday/birth-month? How ironic how life can be so tedious at times yet it can be so abrupt. Being in the legal age certainly can get you into thinking that it was the age that you will remodel or perhaps metamorphose. Comprehensively, takes time for you to change and revamp your lifestyle. It is the choices you make in order for you to achieve in becoming a better YOU.

 Here are the things I went through when I was 18 (and this is referring to me in third person but it may also be applicable to you! ;) ) :

1.  New people. Different characters, different attitudes.
2.  New music. You will be into more localindie that is
3.  New adjustments. More on self.
4.  Realizations. A lot of it. (Since 2016 was the year of realizing things, right?)
5.  Doubt.
6.  Existential crisis. Beware!
7.  New style. (Clothing wise obviously)
8.  New mindset.
9.  Motivation (what you do and possibly for exercise too!)
10. New stories


Hope you are having an amazing 2017 so far! and also I would like to say thank you for the birthday greetings.



Photography by Praise Viterbo

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    Just a few days left until the most awaited day of the year. I have been wanting to do a make-up           tutorial for quite some time now and I figured just blog about it instead of originally doing a sit-        down video on YouTube (which by the way a little shameless plug, if you haven't subscribed to my      channel please do; I will post content there soon). Yes, I know I haven't been here for almost two         months now but hey, the year is almost ending. Coincidentally, it has been 2 years since I started        this blog, what a bang.

  So here is the lowdown on how I achieved these two holiday makeup looks and I hope you may learn   a thing or two:


 1) Before I put foundation on my face, I prime with Maybelline's Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer. I also did my brows beforehand, I'd use a brow pencil from Faceshop but I wanted more depth (eye shadow)

Next, I blend the Sonia Kashuk foundation with an oval brush (or artis brush). I would also use a beauty blender to help even out my face. Of course, I had to conceal all those blemishes and my dark circles
Thank you finals.

2) Then, I set this with a compact face powder by Maybelline as well.

(DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post, I mostly have Maybelline products)

3) In order to hide my double chin, I contour with BYS Contour Trio palette in 02 Sweet. I simply contour my cheekbones, chin, sides of my forehead and the sides of my nose. I highlight my under eyes, forehead, and the bridge of my nose.

4) I don't have a highlighting palette (which I will invest on) I use an eye shadow from Garden Botanika in Bronze.

I was hesitant about this eye shadow at the time, and when I started using this as highlight; you really get that glow up

    Face done!


This eye makeup focuses on pink metallic shadows and smoked out crease to give depth to my eyes. (and to wake up my lazy eye)

 1) I use my concealer as primer to help hold the metallic shadow in place. With the same shadow used as my highlight, I focus on the center of my lids.

2) Using the L'oreal La Palette Nude 01, I go into the number 3 shade and smoke up my crease to give it more structure and depth.

 3) I curl my lashes and I apply the Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara.


Since its the festive season I decided to go bold (red that is).

1) Beforehand, I used a lipliner in the color Flesh from BYS.

I simply apply MAC's Amplified lipstick in Dubonnet.

First look done!

This next look is more on the bronze-y festive vibe and also has a smoked crease.

          I went over again to my Maybelline Pure Mineral Concealer to prime my lids.

I apply the metallic shadow in 'sun sweep' from Bath and Body Works all over the lids.

I head over again to the L'Oreal La Palette Nude 01, in the color number 5, to smoke up my crease.

Second look done!

Top - Smokey brown / bronzed eye look
Bottom- Smokey pink/ pink metallic eyed look

Products used:

Maybelline Baby Skin Poreless Eraser
Sonia Kashuk Luminous Foundation
Maybelline Pure Mineral Concealer
Maybelline White Superfresh Long Lasting UV Powder
BYS Contour Trio Palette in 02 Sweet
L'Oreal La Palette Nude 01
Garden Botanika eye shadow (Bronze)
Bath and Body Works eye shadow (Sun Sweep)
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara
BYS lipliner in Flesh
MAC Cosmetics Amplified lipstick in Dubonnet

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, everyone! 

Happy Anniversary The Monochrome Amateur!

 This year's Pantone colors of the year are Serenity and Rose Quartz, well minus the Rose Quartz. Calm, cool, and collected I would say. Not going to lie, but I have noticed this in almost every caption. Then I thought to myself, if my style was any of these.  Being calm, as depending on the colours on what my mood is. And yet, my palette can be brimful of tones such as neutrals, pastels, basic colours, and even patterns (patterns like stripes 100% of the time). It also depends how you choose to wear your clothing, and if it makes you look "cool" as others would say. What makes it cool is that, how you showcase a style which fits YOU. Of course, if you have reached your style potential and have collected your pieces together you will certainly bring your A-game. Unless you decided to raid your dad's closet and use your mom's pair of shorts at home as your get-up then you have nothing to worry about.

Shirt // Dad's
Shorts // Mom's
Shoes // K-SWISS

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Spontaneous shoots came about in this scorching heat in which Praise and I had to conquer. Needless to say, I had sweat in every outfit because of rushing to the bathroom from the field. A shoot in which we had planned for months and we weren't certain on how to put it together. Luckily, we had a one-month break and we just had to do it while we can.  Now that school started, I decided to share what would be your first week in college (my first week as a freshman didn't end up to be preppy or casual to be honest).

P.S. Watch the video here



M O N D A Y 
 BOMBER//  mom's hand-me-down

 DRESS //  from the Trendsetter's Bazaar (2015)     
SHADES // Sunnies Studios

SHOES // K-SWISS      





BASEBALL JERSEY // my brother's hand-me-down

HALTER TOP // Seashop

OVERALLS // Cotton On 

SHOES // Converse

 W E D N E S D A Y


DRESS // Surplus

SHADES // Sunnies Studios



                T H U R S D A Y
                                                                                   JACKET // Abercrombie & Fitch

                                                                                   TOP// GTW by SM

                                                                                    PANTS // Lee + D.I.Y

                                                                                    SHADES //  Sunnies Studios



TOP // Zara

JEANS // Trendsetter's Bazaar (2015)

CAP // Australia


Photographed & Edited by Praise Viterbo 

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