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Saturday, September 26, 2009

MAC NOTD + Mini Mac Haul

Hi Girls, It's been crazy raining here in Manila almost 80% is under flood due to the heavy non stop rains! All is better in our village now however, there are tons more out there who need help. Anyway, now that I have electricity back, decided to show you guys my NOTD and Mini Mac Haul.

I'm not very much of a nail polish girl since It can't even last me one week (i'm lucky if it will last me 2 days lol). Although I just had to try on this color since it was sooo beautiful.

Here it is:

MAC Nail Polish in STEAMY

Don't you just love how bright the pink is? I feel like barbie haha. :)

Moving on to my mini Mac Haul, a few weeks ago, i stumbled upon sites in Multiply that were selling authentic MAC items. The items immediately caught my eye and I just had to inquire and buy them. So about a week later, here they are:

From left to right:
MAC Eye Shadow in IDOL EYES (Lure collection packaging)
MAC Eye Shadow in Eye Popping
MAC Richmetal Highliter in Dark Influence
MAC Blush in Sunbasque
MAC Fluidline in frostlite

Here are the Swatches:
Taken without primer
MAC Fluidline in frostlite (top)
MAC eye shadow in idol Eyes
MAC eye shadow in Eye popping
MAC highlighter in Dark Influence
MAC blush in Sunbasque

I really like both eye shadows, the Idol Eyes has this beautiful silver with a hint of purple glimmer to it while Eye popping really is eye popping with it's green (not so seen on the photo). The Richmetal Highliter is cream based, I like this since this will be perfect as base when creating smokey looks. Another thing is it's not thick and doesn't feel creamy at all, it actually feels like powder once spread on the skin. For the Fluidline, I'll probably use this as base for most of the time too. It's shimmery perfect for looks that need bright eye shadow. Now that I have a white base hopefully the colors will pop ot even more. :) Love the Blush too since its like a bronzer on my skin already, it really gives me a more healthier natural glow. :)

So Bottomline, I super love my new items and my new nail color too! :)

By the way, thanks to those who have entered in my giveaway contest, goodluck to you girls! And for those who haven;t entered yet, you guys still have plenty of time to join! :) Click here to join ----> My First Giveaway! :)

P.S: There are plenty of Filipinos still stranded in the floods while some even loosing their homes. Please continue praying with me and everyone for their safety. May they be rescued soon and we pray that the floods and rains stop.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My First Giveaway! Yayyy! :)

Hi Girls, finally had time to post my first giveaway. It was about time I post something to give back to all the beautiful people at blogger who read my blog. It's been almost 3 fun-filled months of blogging about everything make-up and beauty! I decided to give some make up stuff from local brands here in the Philippines and some other stuff too!

So to everyone, here is my first giveaway! :)

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Items up for grabs:
2 pair of Falsies
5pc Eye Shadow Palette
Lancome Hypnose Mascara
Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil
Bath and Body Works Lip Licious
2 Mimi Cosmetics Eye Shadow
White Pearl Eye Pencil
Fashion Earrings
San San Pen Liner <-- Click here for review
San San Duo Eye Shadow used as Blush <-- Click here for review

Here are the rules:

1. You must be a follower of my blog.
2. Post about my giveaway in your blog and link your post to my giveaway.
3. Leave a comment in this post saying "I want in!" and paste the url of your blog post about my giveaway.
4. Winner will be chosen randomly through random.org
5. There is only 1 (one) winner which will be drawn on October 9, 2009.

This Giveaway is open to International bloggers and will run for two weeks. Giveaway will end on October 8, 2009 11:59PM Philippine / Asian Time.

That's two weeks to get all your entries in! :)

Goodluck girls! :)

Toodles! :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Looklet Craze - VERY CABY

Hi lovelies, I'm sure most of you are already addicted to the looklet.com website. I started a few days ago and I just can't stop! I just wish that this was for real and all those clothes were really in my closet! haha

As you all may know I'm a designer bags lover and my style I would have to say is classic/modern. I don't really go for styles that are in pop culture or pop fashion as I call it since it's hard and not very pleasing to see you look like everyone else when going to the mall or even the supermarket. I think you guys all know what I'm talking about. So basically I go for comfort chic and classic pieces.

So while I was playing around looklet, I decided to come up with a look that is a "Staple Caby" look. And here's the look which is the closest representation to my "style", presenting to you all:


Long tailored top, leggings, big functional bag, platforms, accessories and Shades. And I just realized that i wear an outfit like this at least 3-4 times a month, mixing different pieces of clothing of course. It's just a very comfortable yet fashion forward look.Tights are the most comfortable to wear, you can easily move yet still look stylish! :)

I'm having so much fun with this whole looklet thing. This is the perfect way to come up with new pieces of clothing to mix and match. This is also a perfect inspiration for looks to come up with in real life. :)

So that's my staple look, I would be glad to see or read about each of your staple looks too! Let me know okay? :)

Happy Looklet-ing lovelies! :)

Toodles! :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

FOTD + Bridget's Giveaway! :)

Hi Lovelies, It was another exciting long weekend. Tomorrow is work again and back to the regular grind! But before we start the week of work ahead, here's a look I did for tonight using purples.

What I used
NC30/NW35 Concealer
NARS Pressed Powder in Mountain
Nars Desire Blush
Dollface Contour and Highlight

MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
MAC e/s Creme de violet
MAC e/s Shroom
MAC e/s Beauty Marked
AVON Pencil Liner

Here's a preview on what happened during the weekend.

Friends, a Make Up kit and a whole lot of imagination!!! :)

Me as AEROBICA the FITNESS VILLAIN against SUPER M the Queen and Protagonist! lol

We're too crazy. Hahaha

Moving on, here's another giveaway for y'all to to join; Bridget is giving away this lovely MAC EYE SHADOW PALETTE from the DAME EDNA Collection from last December.

Here are Bridget's rules:

1. Become a follower of my blog.
2. For one entry comment below telling me what products you use for your every day makeup, you don't have to list every single product unless you want to, just say if you use foundation, powder, blush, eyeliner, etc.
3. For one additional entry mention this giveaway on your blog (if you have one) and link back to it. Leave me a new comment with the link to your post.

The contest is open internationally and will end three weeks from now, October 9th at 9PM GMT! I will then pick a random winner (using random.org).

So for all you lovelies who want take part in this contest click HERE. :)

Goodnight Lovelies! Long week ahead! :)

Toodles! :)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

MAC Haul

Waking up this morning was like waking up as a little girl on Christmas Day!

Mom had arrived from Vancouver this morning at 4:30 AM. At around 5:45AM, the usual time my alarm signals my wake up time, I heard voices outside. On a usual day I'd complain and head back to bed for another 20 minutes. But today was different. I instantly jumped out of bed as I knew Mom was already outside fresh from the airport.

Mom came with sooo many goodies, Bags, Sunnies and of course my MAC HAUL! :) I couldn't wait to get them the minute she had left fro Vancouver 2 weeks ago. And when she handed me my things I just couldn't stop smiling! :)

Initially I had ordered:

1 Pro Palette 15
11 e/s refills
1 Photorealism Quad
Paint pot in Soft Ochre

I was so happy she came with so much more!

My Aunt threw in a used MAC quad with 4 e/s, but sadly one of the e/s broke during transit. I was able to press the e/s and even though only 1/4 is left, it's still functional. Not only that there was a whole box filled with Nars Samples, Avon products, eye liners, Skincare and soo much more! It was crazy! Wayyy better than Christmas I tell you! :)

So without further ado, I present to you my goodies. :) *excitement!!*
Here's an image of the Pro Palette 15 with the 11 e/s refills I had ordered plus the 4 e/s that my aunt had given. From l-r the e/s are:

Vanilla, Embark, Aquadisiac (from aunt), Creme de Violet, Electric Eel (from aunt), Shroom, Goldmine, All that glitters (from aunt, e/s broke during transit! :((( ), Beauty Marked, Freshwater, Woodwinked, Amber lights, Scene (from aunt), Prussian and Deep Truths.

Here's an Image of their swatches:

From l-r:
Deep Truths, Freshwater, Electric Eel, Prussian, Scene, Creme de Violet, Beauty Marked, All that glitters, Aquadisiac, Woodwinked, Shroom, Vanilla, Amber lights, Gold mine, Embark

Here's my second order, the photorealism palette:

From l-r:
Photorealism, Fresh Approach, Image Make and Grey Range

From l-r:
Photorealism, Fresh Approach, Image Make and Grey Range

Some more goodies!!

Paintpot in Soft Ochre, MAC Glitter in Antique Gold and MAC Blush in Desert Rose.

This is only some of the Make Up products that I had received this morning from my mom, I would blog about all of them but I honestly wouldn't know where to start!

So you see how much of a happy girl I am today! I got these packages before I left for work today and I had to bring my Pro Palette 15 and Photorealism Quad since If I didn't I would be thinking about them the whole day! Haha I am crazy. *bow*

So out of excitement, I did a look using the Photorealism Quad, Desert Rose Blush and Lip Stuff and other products from the loot from Vancity. :)

And Oh! Maui, your loot is here too! :) See you this weekend! :)

Toodles My lovelies! :)

Blogsale Items and FOTD

I got my blogsale items which I purchased from Jen. I ordered 2 Rimmel eye shadow pencil, One in Gold and one in frost white, and, 2 Lip glosses from NYX in peach and Ballerina Pink. The colors are so cute! Thanks so much JEN!

If you all want to see her blogsale items, click HERE! :)

The Items plus the swatches:

The Freebies!!! Thanks so much Jen! :)

Here's my FOTD using some of the products from the Blogsale! :)

What I used:

MAC NC40 Studio Sculpt Foundation
MUFE Highlight and Contour
MAC Irridescent Powder in Belightful

Cinema Secrets Concealer
MAC Paintpot in painterly
Rimmel Gold eye pencil as Base
Beige Shimmer E/S from 28 neutral palette
Brown shimmer E/S from 28 neutral palette
San San Pen Liner
Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara

NYX Round Lipgloss in Peach

Sorry for the short posts recently, I've been burned out with work with all the crazy deadlines, but don't worry I shall have freedom VERY SOON! :)

And one exciting thing, Tomorrow Mom arrives from Vancouver, and with her is my MAC HAUL!!!! :) I'm so excited! So to my lovely blogger friends stay tuned for that tomorrow.

Toodles! :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

September Giveaways! :)

How exciting! So many giveaways and contests to join! :) Check these out and click on the links so you can join too! :)

1. Missmercurylady is having her first giveaway and she has neat items at stake! Check out the giveaways below:

Here are her rules:

1. Must be a follower
2. Must post my giveaway on your blog.
3. Post the link where you posted my giveaway in the comments section
4. Tell me one of your TOP HGs and why should I try it in the comments section.

**If with this giveaway I somehow hit 100 followers, I will throw in 4 more prizes. So 5 winners total.

WINNER will be selected using random.org

Contest will end October 13!

So if you're interested click HERE! :)

2. OhPuffCake's Thank You GIveaway, here's what's at stake:

Here are her rules:

1. Be a Fellow Pastry! (a.k.a. a follower of this blog)
2. Leave a Comment below for 1 Entry - If you have a blog, please leave either a link or your email to it so that I can contact you if you win. If you do not have a blog, please leave your email.
3. Answer the following question for 1 Additional Entry (2 total): What is your HG day cream/moisturizer and why?
4. Post about this giveaway on your blog for 3 Additional Entries (5 total). (Please leave a link =D)

There will be two winners, and this is open to U.S. and international.

So what are you all waiting for join the contest, click HERE! :)

Click their blogs to see my answer on the HG products! :) I will also be posting my giveaway soon, I'm still collecting items to include! :)

I love blogger, you get to meet so many friends and share beauty secrets. :)

Happy entering lovelies! :)

Toodles! :)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Estee Lauder Event + Celebrity Night

Saturday was a loooongg day! I had work since my artists had things to finish for my accounts, I attended an Estee Lauder Event and in the evening was my best friend Ivan's 24th birthday.

The Estee Lauder event was held at the cosmetics floor in Rustans Makati. Thanks to Diane who referred me to Pepper (he handles events for Estee Lauder) for allowing me to attend the event. It was a very intimate event which ran from 2pm-4pm. The people from Estee Lauder talked about the importance of skin care, its effects and its long term benefits. They also showed us demo videos on easy steps in applying make up, tricks and shortcuts. I had a wonderful time watching these videos. Amanda was the make up artist, she had worked with Estee Lauder for 2 years in the US and now she does free lance for Estee Lauder whenever they have events. She showed us how to put on foundation and set with powder, eyeliner, pouty lips and also how to achieve the smokey eye look with very easy steps! I sure was amazed!

The SA also tried this Gel Foundation on my face plus the Estee Lauder Signature blush in Plum Nuance on me and I swear It was flawless! I want to get the products badly! I reallyy had a good time, so for all Manila residents let me know if you want to attend this event too, I know they have one on September 26, 2009 in Rustans Shangri-La Mall! Let me know so I can give your names to Pepper :)

I promise to make a post to share the few tips they taught us that day! :)

Oh BTW here are the freebies I got from the event:

Pic from the event
My giveaway!!!

Ivan's celebrity 24th Birthday Celebration

Me and my friends are really loud and crazy. As communication arts graduates we have a deep connection with Movies, Television, Celebrities and Show Business. So for Ivan's 24th birthday party, he decided to come up with a theme. His theme was "Celebrity" .

You basically just had to come as a celebrity or as a character in a movie may it be hollywood or not. It was so fun, as usual me and my friends get crazy with each others company!

Check out the pics below (Pls click each picture to view bigger)

Me as a Bollywood actress

From l-r
Me with JUNO or OCTO MOM who is it? lol
Me with The Devil Wears Prada Girls
Me with the Birthday Boy Harry Potter
Me and Ninoy Aquino lol

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Ninoy Glasses

With the Baroness and Ninoy
With Michelle Pfifer in Dangerous minds and the girls with the Dangerous Minds lol
With the "Bad Ass Girl" as Kara would describe her costume lol

Any occasion is a kick-ass occasion when it's with these people. I had so much fun putting make up on the girls too! :) Happy Birthday Ivan!! Loved this night!

Toodles!! :)

Friday, September 11, 2009

FOTD using MAC Suite

Hi Lovelies, I got a package today when I got home. Excitedly, I opened my package to find the MAC Suite Eye Shadow I had bought from Nina's Blog Sale. :) I was ecstatic! As promised, the e/s was brand new and it didn't even show signs that it had been swatched. :) The happy excited girl that I am I couldn't wait any longer and tried out the duo right away. It's such a beautiful color! Thanks Nina! :) And oh, Nina included 4 samples of Ellana Mineral Eye Make up and Paul & Joe cream with the MAC e/s. What a treat! :)

MAC Suite in Shallow V. Deep

Free Samples! :) Lovely colors! :)

The Face
P.S Face is a bit washed out, used my sisters camera and the settings are foreign to me lol

What I used

Cinema Secrets Concealer Palette Kit#2
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation NC40
Make Up Forever Highlight and Contour
MAC Powder

MAC Paintpot in Painterly as Base
Nude E/S
MAC Suite in Shallow V. Deep
Coastal Scents Dark Blue for crease
San San Pen Liner
Dramatic Falsies from Landmark

MAC Lipstick in Retro

Super love this e/s suite. Thanks again Nina! :)

Goodnight girls, work again tomorrow! TGIF!

Toodles! :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Awards + Tag

Wow, time flies by pretty fast, It's been only 2 months since I started blogging about my crazy interest in beauty and make up, and now wow, I've reached 100 followers! Thank you so much for the people who followed me. Makes me feel sane that I really haven't totally lost it with my make up craze. Haha

Mapple tagged me in her blog and gave me a bundle of 3 awards! Thanks so much! Super flattering :) The awards are:

1. Interesting Blog
2. I love your blog
3. One Lovely Blog Award

Thanks so much Mapple I really try to make every post interesting as interesting can be. I'm just glad that I share the same passion with beauty and make up with a lot of fellow bloggers. :)

So here they are:

Rules of these Awards:
  • Accept the award; post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
  • Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for these awards.

So I am passing these awards to the following people whose blogs I love to read!

1. Maui - Coz you're my BFF and we've been crazy since way back! :)
2. Teeyah
3. Nikki
4. Shen
5. Crystal
6. Tiff
7. Jaimie
8. Mevish
9. Shelley
10. Becky
11. Lip Gloss Gossip
12. The Make Up Snob
13. Sharlene
14. Chee-Chee
15. Nehs

Anyway here's a little Q&A tag from Maui, you all can answer this too if you want! :)

1. What time did you get up this morning? 5:30AM! :(

2. How do you like your steak? Medium Rare

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Kimmy Dora! Super hillarious! :)

4. What is your favorite TV show? True Blood,Grays anatomy, Gossip Girl, Gossip girl

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Home Sweet Home Manila or Greece

6. What did you have for breakfast? Haven't had any :(

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Italian and greek!

8. What foods do you dislike? Egg Yolk

9. Favorite place to eat? Oh my too many! Spirals Buffet! haha

10. Favorite dressing? Italian

11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? Honda City, but Honda still has it captive! :(

12. What are your favorite clothes? Comfy clothes, Leggings, Dresses

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? SFO the other half is there :(

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? ½ full

15. Where would you want to retire? Hmmmm Beach side

16. Favorite time of day? Night time

17. Where were you born? Philippines

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Figure Skating :)

19. Who do you think will not tag you back? Idk lol

20. Person you expect to tag you back first? idk :)

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? Anyone :)

22. Bird watcher? Not really

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning person

24. Do you have any pets? Gucci our dog :)

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? November will be Make Up School! :)

26. What did you want to be when you were little? A Flight Attendant hahaha

27. What is your best childhood memory? I dont think I have a particular memory. I do know I loved my childhood!

28. Are you a cat or dog person? Dog

29. Are you married? Nope

30. Always wear your seat belt? Yeap when I drive

31. Been in a car accident? Nope

32. Any pet peeves? Hahaha people who complain too much

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? cheese! cheese! cheese!!!!

34. Favorite Flower? Any i guess :)

35. Favorite ice cream? Cookies and Cream!

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Hmmm.... McDonalds? lol

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? Never! yayy

38. From whom did you get your last email? Jen

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Louis Vuitton, MAC and Sephora! :)

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Nahh

41. Like your job? :)

42. Broccoli? Yezzz

43. What was your favorite vacation? Hmm Europe I guess :)

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? Jaja last night :)

45. What are you listening to right now? Raindrops... HEAVY RAINDROPS

46. What is your favorite color? Green :)

47. How many tattoos do you have? None

48. How many are you tagging for this quiz? The same that I tagged for the award

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 11:09

50. Coffee drinker? Not so much

Anyway, that's all for now!

Toodles! :)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Smokey Night FOTD

It's a Saturday night and I really can't go out. I have a shoot tomorrow and call time is at 4am. Blahh. So I decided to do a smokey eye look just for fun. I should sleep in a bit so I can wake up in a bit too! Boo! :(

Here it is

What I used:

MAC NC40 Studio Sculpt Foundation
MUFE Highlight and Contour
Prestige Bronzer

Cinema Secrets Concealer Palette
MAC Paint pot in Painterly
Coastal Scents nude e/s
Coastal Scents nude shimmer e/s
MAC Black Tied e/s
MAC Bronze e/s
MAC Shroom e/s
Dramatic Falsies

Avon Glaze wear dimensions lipstick in nude gold

That's pretty much it, have to rest now, i really hope the shoot goes well tomorrow. Weather please cooperate!

Toodles! :)