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Monday, August 31, 2009

Saturday Night Fun!

Last Saturday was loads of Fun. Me and the girls drove up north to celebrate Kara's 23rd birthday at her bachelorette house. Yes she has a bachelorette house. Haha okay so we decided to go there early so I could begin prettifying everyone. Everyone just had their preferred colors and they left everything else to me. :) So here they are:

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from l-r
JK - She Pink and Purple
KAT - Black smokey eye
KARA - Green and Brown
JAJA - Blues

So here's me with the girls at the bottom
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So I was able to prettify the girls in time for the rest of the crew to arrive. As usual, it was a lot of fun for me and my friends. We just kept laughing and laughing about everything! And when I thought my stint as the MUA ended with the girls, I had 3 unlikely clients with unusual make-up requests that followed. If you're curious about what I'm talking about, check out the following 3 below:

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Mother Earth
Joker/serial killer
Jack Sparrow turned EMO

Okay the rest of the night was just too funny! I'm so glad I have friends who are so game for anything! Hahaha here are some of the best pictures of the night. Basically these pics are a ton of Role playing with me this time :) HAHAHA

"Lady Pussycat Gaga"




"Lunar Eclipse"

"True Bloody"

Isabella Swan-Lake

It was one heck of a night. We all had loadsa fun! I had a great time prettifying everyone including the boys haha! I so hope this happens again. :) Here's a Behind the Scenes look at me at work.

Toodles! :)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Certified Bagaholic!

Make-up, Shoes and Bags are all synonymous to being a girl. Among all three I would splurge most on BAGS! Oh yes! I am a certified Bagaholic. My love for bags started at a young age and I definitely believe that bags are an investment. A designer leather bag can last you decades with proper care and storage. But BEWARE you can NEVER just have one! It's an addiction and you're just going to keep buying more and more and more! Besides, you need one in every color! haha! Other people may oppose the hole it can cause your wallets but I say, everyone has their one vice when it comes to purchases, Bags are mine. :)

So let this entry be different among the others, no FOTD's, Make-up Hauls and Reviews. This entry is dedicated only for my obsession love of bags.

Therefore I would like to thank Summer for coming up with a wonderful contest that allows me to showcase my prized possessions. This is Summer's first giveaway, and she sure knows how to make a bang. :) So I won't prolong you guys any further, here's my humble collection:

1. Bag Collection

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From Left to Right:
Guy Laruche Vintage Flap bag / Clutch bag
Louis Vuitton Epi Alma in Toledo Blue
Louis Vuitton Epi St. Jacques Large in Black
Louis Vuitton Grand Monogram Bucket
Coach Signature Tote Bag
YSL Vintage Flap bag / Clutch bag
Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Speedy 30
Louis Vuitton Monogram Speedy 30
Louis Vuitton Damier Speedy 30
Fino Leatherware Black Doctors Bag
2 YSL Vintage bag/clutch
Louis Vuitton Epi Speedy 25 in Yellow
Louis Vuitton Monogram fold over shoulder bag
Louis Vuitton Monogram Pochette
Louis Vuitton Petite Noe in Epi Fawn

Not in Photo:
Louis Vuitton Monogram Petite Noe
Prada Tessuto Shopping Bag
Coach Signature Swingpack

2. Favorite Bag

My friend Kara, Me and LV Damier Azur Speedy 30

The reason why I love this bag is because this is the first Louis Vuitton Bag that I purchased using my own blood, sweat and tears. Pure hard work taken from my own salary after less than a year working. I was sooo happy when I bought the bag because this mine and It was nice seeing where my hard earned money went. So this bag is special to me, my very first my-own-money bag. :)

3. What I wish to have

Louis Vuitton Mahina XXL in white

Honestly, when I first saw this bag I didn't think much of it, I thought of it as a typical hobo bag. But months later as I was in the LV store, I decided to ask my SA about the Mahina. He handed me over the bag and the minute I put it on my shoulder and faced the mirror, I was in love! It's soft napa leather was hard to resist. I couldn't get over it. I wanted it badly but the sad truth is, it is more than I can afford now. I will buy it someday :)

4. Sunny Summer :)
Okay Summer, here goes. :) I think you're crazy that you may need anti-age skincare because you have great skin! My very first impression was what great skin you have! And your blog, it's like a one-stop-shop because I like how you talk about everything, from food, Bags, Make up and heck even announcing new contests and giveaways. Lastly, you love bags just like me. So I would have to say you're 24. :)

I had soo much fun writing this entry, thanks Summer! One of the best contests that I've joined so far! :)

So for everyone else reading this and would like to join and share their bag collection;


Toodles! :)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Give me my MAC!

SweetShuGaHon is having her first giveaway to celebrate her 100 followers. This is her first giveaway, and what a wonderful kick off! :)

So what are you waiting for! The rules are simple:

Taken from SweetGhuGaHon's blog! :)

What are the prizes?
1. One M.A.C Eyeshadow (of your choice)
2. One M.A.C Lipstick (of your choice)
3. One M.A.C LipGlass (of your choice)
4. One M.A.C Blush (of your choice)
(but be sure - you must pick the product thats only available at the M.A.C online Store http://www.maccosmetics.ca/)
plus you will receive some goodies, it'll be a surprise!

How to enter?
Easy, all you have to do is leave a comment in this post and tell me the names of what M.A.C Eyeshadow/Lipstick/Lipglass & Blush do you girls want!
For example:

You must write..

1. MAC (Smoke & Diamonds) Eyeshadow.
2. MAC (Costa Chic) Lipstick.
3. MAC (Florabundance) LipGlass
4. MAC (Pinch O' Peach) Blush.

and the link of this post on your blog.

1. You must be a follower. If not then you are welcome to be my follower =)
2. You must blog or post this on your blogspot and link to it.
3. Must be 18+ years old.
4. write in the comment box, like the example above and the link where you have reposted my giveaway.

>Everyone can enter-any where in this world.
>Contest Ends Sept.25, 2009 ( you have lots of time to enter)
>I will randomly pick one winner or i might write your usernames in a piece of paper and ask my hubby to pick one. Ill record & do a video of it. ^_^

So what are you all waiting for? Bring out your pens and papers and list your MAC products and enter. Here's my list:

1. MAC (Goldmine) Eyeshadow.
2. MAC (Twig) Lipstick.
3. MAC (Power Supply) LipGlass
4. MAC (Gingerly) Blush.

What's yours? :)

So everyone click HERE and don't miss out! :)

Toodles! :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

San-San Haul + FOTD

Hello lovelies! How has everyone been? I've been pretty busy with work at the start of this week, but that won't stop me from blogging. hehe

After work today, I dropped by the closest HBC store to check out the San-San Cosmetics gondola. I have been hearing good reviews about this brand for quite some time now because of its great quality for such an affordable cost! When I say affordable, IT IS SUPER AFFORDABLE!! :) I initially wanted to buy their eye shadow brushes however they were out, so I decided to try their other products. It was so hard to choose, they have a lot of products! Oh, by the way, I got my loot for only PHP535!!!! That's about $11! Cheap eh? So check out my haul below:

San-San eye shadow trio in 03
San-San eye liner pen
San-San eye shaow duo 09 (greens)
San-San eye shadow pencil in peach
San-San eye shadow pencil in green
San-San moisture lipstick in pink berry margharita
San-San coral collection in golden seashore

Moisture lipstick in Pink Berry Margharita

San-San coral collection in golden seashore, I super love this, it's actually an eye shadow duo but i bought it so I can use it as blush! :) Check out the swatch:

leftmost: darker pink, middle: orange/peach, rightmost: both colors combined

Swatch Eye shadow sticks and Eyeliner pen

Swatch of eyeshadow duo in green

I was so thrilled because the products are really nice and super affordable. I just wish there were more HBC stores around. They aren't really present in all malls so you might have a hard time locating a store. But don't worry, the visit to an HBC store is worth it! :)

Anyway, here's my FOTD using some of the newly purchased San-San products :)

What I used:

Smashbox Illuminating Serum
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation NC40
Make Up Forever Highlight and Contour
San-San Coral Collection in Golden Seashore used as Blush :)

Smashbox eye illuminating serum
MAC NW35 concealer
Urban Decay Primer Potion
San-San eye shadow pencil in green (as base)
Mineral Eye Shadows in Aqua, Dark Blue and Black (click here for the swatches)
San-San eye liner pen
Benefit Bad Gal Mascara

MAC NC30 concealer as primer
San-San Moisture lipstick in Pink Berry Margharita

Okay, I really have to get ready for bed, work again tomorrow!

Goodnight Everyone!

Toodles! :)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Saturday Night Chill

Just got a text from Lorraine a while ago saying there's a little gathering at her house and that we should come over. Since I'm already dressed from the mall earlier I decided to retouch my make-up.

I'm not sure If I'm actually gonna go to her house but best be ready yes? Hehe Ralph is still asleep, waiting for him to wake up and maybe head off to lorraine's. We'll see, I'm all ready anyway.

Just a simple neutral look and pink lipstick for tonight.

Have a great Saturday evening everyone :)

Toodles! :)

First Tag! :)

Yayyyy! to my first tag here in blogger. Maui tagged me in her 6 things that make me happy post and now I'm returning the favor and showing everyone the 6 things that make me happy. :)

In no particular order:

1. Sale

I am really a sucker for sales and discounts, and whenever I see this sign, I can't help but smile and walk faster haha.

2. Make-up

Make-up makes me happy too. :) I just love fixing myself up :)

3. Bags!

I am a certified baghag! I developed a love for bags at a young age. I particularly developed a love for Louis Vuitton. When I was old enough to buy a pair on my own it was one of the most happiest days of my life haha. My humble collection is growing, I have about 11 LV bags right now.

4. India Arie Music

I live by her music, her music soul food and can pick me up on any bad day. :)

5. Dessert Buffets

(Photo Credits to www.dencio.com)
This is self explanatory, the best dessert buffet I've tried so far is at Spiral Sofitel Hotel. Their whole buffet is the best too hehe Hmmm... :)

6. The other half

I love you, you make me the happiest! :)

So for this post, I will tag:

1. Jamie of mizzmakeup
2. Eugenia of Purtee in Pink
3. Imlee of Kikay momster
4. Kay of Kay's own lil universe
5. Thiamere of
On beauty stuff and what else's
6. Adin of Spoiled Rotten

Enjoy Girls!

Toodles! :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Trying Avon

I have always been fascinated with direct selling and AVON is the most classic and the first thing I think of. I love going through the product booklet and choosing items even though I haven't seen them yet. Nowadays this concept has evolved to online shopping, but even with this, I must say, seeing the product booklet still gets me excited! Hehe

So I was in a meeting with my client and by the end, my eyes were being drawn to a familiar small booklet. I reached out and asked if this was an Avon Booklet with sparkles in my eyes hehe. She had sparkles in her eyes too and replied Yes, I sell for my sideline. Then I was thinking, doesn't this benefit us both, this is building client relations while making myself happy with direct selling shopping hehe.

I wanted to get so much but I also thought, multiple purchases will be better (building relations aspect) hehe. So first batch of my orders were:

1. Glazewear Diamond Lipstick in Nude Gold
2. Fashion Earrings (super cute!)
3. Eye pencil in violet blue
4. Eye pencil in emerald green (to follow, color was out of stock)
5. Red Cosmetic pouch (discounted price for getting the Diamond Lipstick)

All that for only PHP700! Haha And oh, I also get a free gift since I bought a Diamond lipstick, It's a promo now since it's part of their new line Glazewear. So I'm still waiting for my free gift and my emerald green eye pencil. :)

Here's a look at what I have now:

So here's me with everything on lol
AVON Eye Liner in Violet Blue used as e/s base on lids
AVON Eye Liner in Violet Blues used for lower lashline
AVON Glazewear Diamond Lipstick in Nude for Lips
AVON Fashion Earring :)

The Rest of my face:
Coastal Scents Palette using Blue and Aqua Shades e/s
Coastal Scents Palette using Plum e/s
Coastal Scents Palette using Silver e/s
MAC liquid Liner
MAC NW30 Concealer
MAC Paintpot in painterly for e/s base
Clinique Pressed Powder
Make Up Forever Contour and Higlight
Smashbox Bronzer
Pink Blush
Benefit Bad Gal Mascara

Toodles! :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Beauty Products Bargain

Like everyone else, I get excited over make-up, beauty products, bags and fashion. So when these items go on sale, I get hyper and giddy just like a happy little girl who ate too much candy. Haha So when I heard that Pond's was having the Big Beauty Sale, I checked their website and was eyeing the Pond's Age Miracle Microdermabrasion kit. It was 70% off!!! Way cool since it's original price is about PHP1,299 and now sale price is PHP389!

Originally ads and flyers announced that the Sale was starting from August 15 till September 15. But 2 weeks ago August 9 Sunday, I woke up and the first thing that came to my mind was to go to Watsons and check out the Pond's Gondola. So I went and was surprised that The Big Beauty Sale was already taking effect! I got 1 Age Miracle Microdermabrasion Kit for PHP389.70 and 1 Age Miracle Dual Eye Therapy cream for only PHP299, and even though it was only 11 am and only me in the store I wouldn't let go of them haha. But wait! There's more!When I turned around to my surprise I saw the Olay Gondola on sale too! Wow it was sooo m lucky day haha. And without hesitation I decided to get Olay Total Effects in Touch of Tan for only PHP378. :) Went home right away excited at all my goodies! hehe

So its been about 2 weeks since my purchases and I must say these products are definately worth it.

The Microdermabrasion Kit did not fail me! I love it so much that I hate myself for only getting one kit and now it's sold out EVERYWHERE! ugh. My skin feels a lot smoother and more even skin tone. :) Same goes for the Dual Eye Therapy cream, I love how 2 different creams are in one jar, one cream for the lids and another for the bottom eye area.

The Olay Total Effects Cream in touch of tan gives a perfect base for make-up too! So this is a keeper! Hehe :)

So now, I am in constant search for a store with stock of the Pond's Age Miracle Microdermabrasion kit. I need more! I need to stock up! hehe

Who doesn't love Beauty products? Even more when they are on sale hehe :)

Toodles! :)

Up and coming things

Due to my busy week, I haven't had time to sit down and blog about a couple of long overdue things I'd like to share with y'all.

So to keep this post short and simple, here are a few things to look forward to in my blog:

1. My weekend beauty haul - Microdermabrasion Kit, Dual Eye Therapy Cream and Total effects in touch of Tan.

2. Review of a few Avon products bought from one of my clients (building good relations lol)

3. Drug Store Make-Up brushes which are surprisingly okay.

So I can't wait to get busy this weekend, this time with my blog! yipee!

Toodles! :)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

What's in my bag + boredom makeover

Saturday and I had to go to work in the afternoon. So not to feel my Saturday went to waste, even if I didn't go out tonight, I decided to fix myself up and reply to Gem's what's in your bag post that I promised I would post too. So here it is I was putting on make up while Ralph was on the phone asleep hehehe. :)

Let's begin with What's in My Bag :)

Louis Vuitton Epi Alma in Toledo Blue
Make up case
Sample of what's inside my make up case (I would need a separate post for what's inside my make up case since i have a lot of everyday essentials haha)
Aldo Long Black Wallet
Coach coin purse
Blackberry 8320 Curve (my life!)
Nokia E63 for our new online store, please support Revitalize Spa! :)
Cheap cologne
Like Gem, no car keys too still with Honda! :(

Now for my face

What I used:

Mac Studio Fix
Make up forever Highlight and Contour (a gift from Ralphy! :) )
Nars Blush in Orgasm

MAC Freckletone

Mac NC30/NW30 concealer
Mac Paint pot in painterly as base
Mac juiced e/s
Mac sprout e/s
Mac humid e/s
Mac Black Tied e/s
Mac Shroom e/s
Mac Liquid liner
The Face Shop Falsies IVI

What do you think? :)

Till next post...

Toodles! :)