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Nosy Beauty Vol. 11: Tina


I’m Maria Kristina or Tina. I’m an Investment Counselor by day and Graduate Student by night. On my days off, I like to watch movies, try different restaurants, travel and shop.


I don’t have a lot of makeup compared to others because I try to hand pick products that I will actually use day to day. Since I work for a bank where looking professional is business, most, if not all, of my makeup lean towards neutral colors. I don’t mind wearing smokey eyes or red lipstick but wild, trendy colors are a big no-no.

Since I also don’t have the luxury of time to fix myself in the morning, I bring with me products that I can apply in the car.


For my face, I alternate Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 – Oil Free in Nude and Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Medium Beige depending on my skin condition. I love these because they even out my skin tone and give a dewy effect without looking thick on the face. They’re sheer to medium coverage so they don’t exactly coverup my eyebags, scars and blemishes.

I use K-Palette Zero Kuma Concealer to brighten up my eyes and to conceal my imperfections. Sometimes when I’m zit-free, I skip the foundation and just use this concealer on areas needed.

If I want a matte looking base, I set my foundation with the Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Medium Beige.

Since I wear neutral makeup a lot, I use Stila Prime Pot in Caramel and MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork as primer or base to my eyeshadow.


I love eyeshadows and palettes but I only have a few and all of them are in neutrals! Those are the only colors I can imagine me wear really. So for my everyday eye makeup, I use my ever reliable Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. It has 6 simple eyeshadows that you can mix and match. If I want to wear warmer and shimmery neutrals to work, I use Artdeco’s Duochrome and Glam Star Eyeshadows.


I’m very particular with my brows and I always make it a point to groom them. My makeup is incomplete if I don’t fill them in! I can wear very little makeup and still look put together as long as I have my brows on! I use MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Lingering to shape them and I set them with MAC Brow Set in Beguile. They work really well for me. For a sharper eye makeup, I line my eyes with Prestige Black Eyeliner. I finish my eye makeup by coating my lashes with Maybelline The Hyper Curl Volum’ Eyes Mascara. It’s by far the best mascara I’ve ever used!


I like to contour my face and I use Nars Laguna Bronzer. To add glow on my cheeks, I use TheBalm’s Betty Lou-Manizer Bronzer, MAC Blush in Dame or ArtDeco blush in Romantic Rebel.


I tote 3 lipsticks in different shades: pink/coral, nude and red. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Make Me Pink is nice no-brainer pink lipstick. It instantly adds life to your face! MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Modesty is my favorite MLBB lipstick and YSL Fard A Levres Rouge Pur Pure Lipstick in Venetian Rose.

This Lucas’ Papaw Ointment is actually well-rounded, but I only use it as lip balm.


I don’t like lugging too much brushes so I’m very thankful for these double-ended and multi-tasking brushes. The Urban Decay Brush came from the UD Naked Palette 2. It has a shader and a crease brush that works okay for me. I use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply all of my face products from foundation to blush.

My favorite of all is this Marionnaud N38 Slanted Eyeline & Eyebrows Double Side Brush. It makes applying brow gel so easy! This brush is just amazing! Last but not the least, I curl my lashes with Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler. This has proven that my stubborn lashes can curl!

And that’s that for my What’s in my makeup kit ☺


As cliché as it may sound, my beauty philosophy is less is more. I only use makeup to accentuate my features and to give life to my face. Since I don’t like putting too much makeup to mask my imperfections, I also invest in skin care products and treatments. When I’m older, I’d like to have a beautiful skin with or without makeup on.

Thank you Tina for letting us nose around in your makeup bag and life. 🙂 Here’s a sneak peak of next week’s bag! Whose could it be?


Catch up and read about the first ten bags I’ve featured on Nosy Beauty by clicking here.


  1. Johna Baylon says

    Tina is so pretty! And I think I should do as she pointed out: invest on skin care, as opposed to skin flaw coverups. Since, well, for me, even concealers have been breaking me out. My skin is so difficult to please 😦

    Also, the lip balms are a giveaway: Krysty! Lol ok I may be wrong, but this is my guess.

    • I agree! 🙂 I didn’t really pay attention to skin care much because I didn’t use to have problems anyway. But since getting interested in makeup, I’ve had to kind of be more cautious about how I take care of my skin.

      Let’s see next week! 🙂

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