Thank you, 2013!

Thank you, 2013!

Around this time of the year last year, Mitch and I had just announced that we’re starting 2013 with a swap meet. Looking back, we are teeming with gratitude that we received immense love and support to our events, namely swap meet, quiz night, Juana C. The Movie date, Glam Tales, Spooky-Oke Night and relief operation for Yolanda survivors in Guianan, Eastern Samarand online gatherings like #UsapangCurvy and Pinay Curvies Swag blog link-up parties. Plus, we even surprised ourselves for surpassing our own target of 4 events in a year! Amazing! Read More

[EVENT RECAP] Glam Tales with Mercille Tiomico & Maita Atienza

[EVENT RECAP] Glam Tales with Mercille Tiomico & Maita Atienza


Finally, Mitch and I had a follow-up gathering for our beloved curvy community. After the swap meetquiz night and movie date, we are so delighted to hold our first kikay boot camp called Glam Tales. We’re so grateful that our resource speakers were equally enthusiastic about this mission and, to our absolute surprise, the attendees braved typhoon Maring to join us. It was such an awesome feeling! Our event started with a makeup demo from Maita Atienza. Based on our #UsapangCurvy about hair and makeup, it became apparent that most of us are eager to learn about contouring. Prior to the event, Maita tapped me to be the model so the attendees could see how to make magic. We truly learned a lot from her, specifically my foundation shade (golden sunset) and Findation is the place to go to find our perfect match! Amazing, right?


Even before the demo is done, my newfound friends were quick to marvel at my no-makeup look. I must admit I was truly impressed, too. In fact, I almost did NOT wash my face before going to bed. I wanted to preserve my look! Then I remember how she started the demo by removing my makeup haha!


By the way, even before I met Maita that day, I was already a fan of hers. Her posts showed love for organic farming and she’s a reminder of my dream to be a green thumb and grow my own food. When I finally saw her in the flesh, I was stunned that she looks waaay younger and prettier in person!  Her photos online don’t do her justice!


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Remember how we talked about our fashion worries during this #UsapangCurvyMercille Tiomico gave us all a roundup on what we should consider to look big and fab. I was personally shocked that she finds comfort vital, too. I mean, she looks fasyon fasyon in photos and in person (don’t let that camouflage top fool you, she was wearing a very funky pair of shoes!). The best realization? She wasn’t as snobbish as she appears! She’s very bubbly. As in babaeng bakla like me!
To sum it up, it was a very informative, fun and noisy gathering. It was like a reunion of some sort! I could just imagine how the other diners felt when we emerged out of the function room, asking for photo opps and exchanging endless goodbyes and besos. Mitch and I got inspiration for our next events, too. I’m tempted to divulge our brewing projects with some of the attendees, but it’s best to keep mum for now.


Meet Maita Atienza!

Meet Maita Atienza!

In case you haven’t heard yet, we recently sent out an invitation to our first balik-alindog class and we can’t contain our excitement to meet you all in the flesh. We deem it necessary to introduce our resource speakers and, today, we’ll start with the hair and make-up artist Maita Atienza.

Lornadahl: Tell us about your career as a make-up artist. What got you started in the make-up industry? What do you specialize in?

Maita: I’ve been a makeup artist for 3 years. I stopped working and started selling cosmetics and thought that I would be more credible as a makeup seller if I became an artist. So I took classes at HD Makeup Studio under Jeave Gabiana and Stef Chua-Sing. Before long, I was a full time makeup artist and I stopped selling cosmetics. I specialize in weddings, but I sometimes get work in production.



One of the many weddings she worked on. Photo obtained from Maita Atienza MakeUp fanpage

Lornadahl: What is your biggest challenge as a make-up artist?

Maita: My biggest challenge as a makeup artist is keeping to a schedule. A lot of things can happen on set or on location that it’s easy to skip meals. So it also makes it super hard to stick to a diet. But other than that, I’m very happy to be in this position where I can choose clients.

Lornadahl: What is your biggest accomplishment as a make-up artist?

Maita: So far my biggest accomplishment was being able to work with a local government unit (for their office head shots) and a large accounting firm. They are my most high profile clients to date and it feels very rewarding to be trusted by people with such high standards.

Lornadahl: Awesome! What else would you like to achieve as a make-up artist?

Maita: I would love to have my own makeup brand — and not just any makeup. Real high definition airbrush makeup. The number of makeup artists in the Philippines is growing and I think it’s only fair that we have our own quality cosmetics to help cut costs in the business.

Lornadahl: What’s in store for us on Glam Tales?

Maita: I’ll do an ultimate foundation work demo with contouring and highlighting that can be the base of any makeup they work.