Monday, January 30, 2012

Join me on my birthday!

My 39th birthday ( almost 40 yikes! )

Last January 21 was my 39th birthday. Yes, my last year before I turn into the forties.hahahaha. I did not  have a big celebration  instead I just spent it at home with my hubby and son, hanging out, eat and laze around.hahahaha.

 The pictures above was at my hubby's grandmother's 92nd birthday party,  on the day of my birthday at Valle Verde Country Club.

I did a tutorial for this look and will share it next time.

In the meantime, a close up look of the makeup here..

Products used:
Moisturizer :Vitamin E from body shop
Primer: MAC anti shine
Foundation and Powder: Laura Mercier
Blush & Highlight: Smashbox brick palette
Lipstick: Bodyshop and Loreal rosewood
Eyebrow:prestige and MAC brow set
Eyeshadow: Paint pot, Rubenesque from Mac and gold eyeshadow from Smashbox, Make a wish palette
Eyeliner: Faceshop brown liquid liner and MAC brown gel eyeliner

Hair and Makeup for my two friends..


Jacky is a Highschool BFF. This is the second time she asked me to do her makeup. Im actually glad to see her because we havent seen each other for a long time. Thank so much to Facebook, we still check each others updates and chat once in awhile.

Jack has deep set eyes so I just smudge a brown eyeliner for a soft effect. For eyeshadow base I used a neutral tan color shadow all over the lids, almost the same shade as her skin tone. vanilla at brow bone and espresso for her crease, all from Mac. Same brown shade at her lash line.

Mascarra from Maybelline and I used a natural looking lashes.

Blush: Bodyshop mink (pink tone) and a brown shade for contouring.

Foundation : Laura mercier. Powder: Laura Mercier translucent powder.Lipstick"Pink Noveu from Mac

For her hair, I used Revlon Hot rollers before I made a loose soft updo.

I have known Rachel since she was 18 years old! 12 years ago she will tag along her Dad in Cinderella where I work as a buyer. After a year or two, she was the one doing the sales call for her dad.

We became friends ever since. She is now AVP of Megaworld Sales Dept. and we are still Bffs. Of course, we hardly see each other but whenever we can find time, we hang out.

I used Airbrush makeup and curled her hair using 1-1/2 inch barrel of curling iron. Blush and lipstick all from Mac.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Another wonderful Prenup, Hair & Makeup by Ochie laraya

I used airbrush makeup (Graftobian ) and for her I used hot rollers.

I met Chini thru my other bride Liberty. We met with her mother and we discussed what look she wanta for her prenup as well as her wedding day.  Chini is the type who wears powder and gloss and thats it!

So I wanted to give her a fresh natural look for her prenup. Just give her a flawless skin and enhance her features. I think her chinita eyes is her best feature, so just accentuate it and give it a lift.

Actaully she is wearing the hair piece I used on my wedding day! Now her hair is a bit coarse and Im sure by the time she reached their location, it will go back to straight  ( I did not go with her on location ) so to preserve the curls, I used bobby pins and pinned it down. Since it turned out looking great, she opted to retain the hairstyle for some of the shots before she loosend the pink. Happy accident indeed!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Foundations I adore!

I already did a review for these products but its nice to line them up here and discuss them further. My readers and attendees of workshops almost always ask me what Liquid foundation is best. I always say, the best is the one suited for your skin. What works for me might not work for you.

But nevertheless, these are my  current favorite brands. Laura mercier liquid foundation, I have the lighter and darkets shade available. I just customize the shade for clients. Personally, I use the creme foundation below (my shade is cashew beige) 

In terms of blendability, both foundations are best blended by hands especially the creme foundation. 
Coverage: the liquid foundation is already very good for everyday and if you want something very light. The creme has more coverage and since its waterbased, is also great for those with oily skin.

Shade wise-here in Manila, Rustans does not carry the complete shades.I find their darkest shade still light for some clients that has deep tan skin tones.

The Makeup forever mat velvet is also great in fact I use to wear this all the time. Unfortunately, there are times when I feel like its too drying for me. It does not feel as silky as the  Laura foundations.

But I use this for clients with very oily tzone.

Makeup forever powder foundation is what I used to set my foundation. When I use this, I rarely retouch. It certainly absorb excess oils. This product is great for those with very oily skin or skin with slight puckmarks because it has heavy coverage.

Some other foundations I use:

Mac Studio Fix-Great for normal to oily skin.

Smashbox liquid foundation-has great coverage as well.But the one I have has been discontinued and I havent bought the new formulation yet.

Bodyshop mineral cream to powder: Light coverage, still needs to be set with translucent powder but great for those with dry sensitive skin.

Foundations I would like to try out:

Hopefully I can get these babies and give you guys a review!

Till my new post, stay beautiful!

Makeup look & Outfit of the Day

Above photo taken using Iphone4, 4 hours after application of makeup :-) No retouch!!

Tutorial for this look at
I have a very big, red pimple just below my nose that I was able to cover. You can see in the picture above ( I used a Canon Slr camera ) that I was able to cover it up with concealer.

Productse used:
Bobbie brown Moisturizing day cream
Smashbox primer-Tzone area only
Clinique Airbrush concealer
Bodyshop perfecting foundation, cream to powder, Spf 25
Laura mercie Translucent powder
Bodyshop blush, peach
Graftobian waterproof Black eyeliner
Maybelline waterproof Mascarra
Physicians formula pink & brown eyeshadow -Used as highlighter also
Bodyshop peachy brown lipstick
Mac Espresso brown matte eyeshadow-To groom brows and line lower lashline,

Saturday, January 7, 2012

My ADB makeup Workshop, Nov. 2011

This is my second time at ADB.The homemakers club invited me to conduct a makeup demo on different makeup techniques and makeup looks for office, and party makeup as well.

If this is something you are interested in, pm me at or ochielaraya@yahoo and maybe we can work something out. I also have one on one tutorials customized to the needs of my students. Maximum of 3 students to ensure that I can attend to their questions and needs.

The course outline depends on the attendees. I provide the makeup and tools. So  if you want to learn how to apply makeup, style your hair or simply learn how to accentuate your features and hide flaws, let me know!