MAC Technique Day-to-Night Makeup Workshop with RB Chanco (16/03/2014)

Exactly a month ago, I got to score an invite to the MAC Technique Workshop at SM Mall of Asia. It was the second MAC invite I have ever gotten, but unfortunately I didn’t have the time to attend the first one because it came on such short notice (and I had no idea how to drive to Fort back then LOL I’m so geographically challenged).

Taken with the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS with minimal post-processing on Pixelmator

From L-R: the barefaced makeup model, Ms. RB Chanco, and Ms. Kim of MAC Mall of Asia

The guest speaker that was invited for the workshop was the famous local celebrity makeup artist, Ms. RB Chanco. I checked her out online and she has a REALLY impressive profile—first and foremost, she’s an alumna of my alma mater, the De La Salle University – Manila; second, some of the people in her extensive celebrity client roster are Kris Aquino, Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Montes, Julia Barretto, Erich Gonzales, Bianca Gonzales, Maja Salvador, and even Manny Pacquiao; and third, she started her craft as a senior makeup artist at MAC Philippines in the year 2000 and was trained at certified MAC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur in the year 2002. Amazing, right? I wonder how it must feel to be THAT successful in the makeup artistry field!

Click to see the rest of the photos I took during the workshop! →

Thesis Submission Withdrawal Symptoms

(Left) With my thesis mates, Marla, Arthur, and Denise. I love those three to bits!
(Right) With our baby. Blood, sweat, tears, and love in all 171 pages… no transcripts, even!

CAUTION: Extremely sappy post ahead because it was my last day in college yesterday (I HOPE) and I was writing this at 3 o’ clock in the morning (and we all know that’s the time when all the feels come out). Don’t say I didn’t warn you! :lol:

We finally submitted our undergraduate thesis yesterday and the following quote seems really applicable to my life as of the moment…

Never make anything your everything, because once it’s gone you’ll be left with nothing.

…LOL ok I know, I’m being overly melodramatic—I should be happy beyond words right now. Don’t get me wrong, I *am,* but it’s just that I have never exerted that much effort for anything in my 20 years of existence (and for that long of a period of time), and now that it’s over I’m feeling a bit disoriented because I made my whole life revolve around it. I mean, I invested eight whole months of my life in that 171-page document. Now that I’m finally done, what the hell do I do with my life!? It also totally doesn’t help that I got so used to being with my thesis mates for the majority of the term (countless sleepovers, too) and I suddenly won’t be seeing them for an extended period of time. Talk about a major case of separation anxiety and excessive attachment! :cry:

Kidding and drama aside, I swear, nothing beats the sense of accomplishment getting your thesis hardbound and submitted gives (except maybe garnering best thesis and/or getting it published ha-ha please pray for us on this one). Thank You Lord! We couldn’t be more grateful! ❤️

P.S. I guess you’ll be seeing me here more often now that school’s finally done (for good, I hope—here’s to the wishful and prayerful thinking that I don’t fail any of my other subjects this term and that I get to graduate college this June 2014), huh? Can’t wait to finally write and publish all my pending posts! ;)

Guerlain and MAC Haul

Because I have yet to find time to write a full-fledged blog post on my MAC Technique Makeup workshop experience and my hair and makeup stint (thesis revisions at 10 in the morning OMG), here’s a pretty photo I took of my Guerlain Crazy Paris Collection haul + MAC mini haul from a few weeks back!

Taken with the iPhone 5 Back Camera with minor post-processing on VSCOcam

From L-R: Guerlain Crazy Paris Eye Palette, Guerlain Parure Gold in #02 Beige Clair, Guerlain Crazy 68 Terracotta Bronzer, Guerlain Crazy Champs Élysées Météorites Pearls, MAC Satin Lipstick in Twig, MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Superb, and MAC Blot Powder in Medium.

The only items I’ve tried so far (excluding MAC Twig and MAC Blot Powder since I’ve had them before) are the foundation and the Météorites, because they’re the only products that would barely show wear on pictures and I haven’t shot the makeup individually (lol #erikaproblems). I will by the end of next week, though! Ah, I really can’t wait for school to be over!

EOTD: Urban Decay Naked 1 (23/02/2014)

It was a Sunday night and I was bored out of my mind. What better way was there to cope than to practice my eyeshadow skills (okay I was kidding, there were better things to do but I wanted to play with my makeup more)? :lol:

Taken with the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS with minimal post-processing on Pixelmator

I could’ve done my eyelashes better, but I was on my way out and I was being rushed to go. Oops!

Click to find out which shades I used for this look!

Back From The Dead!

Hmm. Crazy and sad how my last post was February 16, 2014 and it wasn’t even related to makeup. I feel so bad for neglecting my blog! My apologies, dear readers! This just had to take the backseat because it’s my last term in college (hopefully, assuming everything goes well OMG) and my schedule couldn’t afford anything extracurricular—I didn’t even get to see my BFF for more than a month at one point, and according to her a month is like a year in BFF terms LOL.

Anyway, I’m back now, sort of! I just have to finish my remaining schoolwork (which are mostly group work and media manipulation tasks), study for 2-3 final exams, ace our thesis defense, and submit the hardbound version of our thesis all by April 15. That’s merely 10 days from now and I’m sure it will finish in a jiffy, but I’m also pretty sure that the said 10 days of my life will be so horribly tedious that it would feel like forever. :roll:

…before that, though, I’d like to revive my blog because so much makeup-related shindigs had been going on in my life that I am more than ecstatic to begin sharing it to you guys! For the past 1 month and 3 weeks or so, these events happened:

  • Finally got my coveted items from the Guerlain Crazy Paris Holiday 2013 collection (this ends my Holiday Haul 2013 post LOL how late)
  • Got two new brush sets from Sigma
  • Got my hair done at Franck Provost
  • Attended a MAC workshop hosted by one of the most well-known celebrity makeup artists here in the Philippines, RB Chanco
  • Bought a few items from the MAC Fantasy of Flowers collection
  • Got my very own train case and brush tool belt, because…
  • …I did a hair and makeup stint for a friend’s sister (!!!), which got me…
  • …TWO more hair and makeup stints for another friend’s sister scheduled late 2014 and early 2015!
  • MAC VIVA GLAM RIHANNA, NEED I SAY MORE?

I’m honestly at a loss with how to begin writing about all those, so I should probably get to work now, you think? Maybe start off with an easy post… :lol:

EOTD: Urban Decay Naked Basics and Urban Decay Naked 2 (28/01/2014)

I had been planning to post about this since the day I did it (because damn, I really needed to redeem myself after that “panda eye look” fiasco last New Year’s Eve), but as usual I never really found the time to edit photos and make a post… I just so happen to have stayed at home today because I’m sick. I swear, if my schedule last term with the first phase of my undergraduate thesis was hectic, my schedule this term with both my on-the-job training/internship and the second phase of my undergraduate thesis is RIDICULOUS (I do enjoy my internship, though—I feel bad that I missed it today). I hardly ever even have the time to hang out with friends anymore! :(

Anyway, back to my EOTD… one fine Tuesday, my 8-10AM class was an announced free cut and I had so much time on my hands before going to school since my next class wouldn’t be until 1PM. Best task to spend all that time on? Painting on my face, no doubt! :lol:

Taken with the iPhone 5 Back Camera with minor post-processing on Pixelmator

It’s a little too much for school I guess, but it’s still suitable for a day look, don’t you think?

Click to find out which makeup items I used on this look! →

Don’t you just hate not having what you used to have?

…because I do! I’ve been missing my MAC Twig, MAC Double Shot, MAC Crème dela Femme, NARS Powder Blush in Madly, and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface (although I have this in my Off The Cuff palette so it’s okay) ever since I gave them all away to my mom. I never should’ve given MAC Twig away, tsk! I hope I get hold of one so I can repurchase ASAP… :(

(on cue) “You only know you love her when you let her go… and you let her go.” :lol:

Guerlain Météorites Perles Illuminating Powder in 02 Teint Beige: Pictures, Swatches, and Reviews

Okay, it’s been 1 whole month into my (hopefully) last undergraduate term and I was able to publish just 1 post. So much for my 3-4 posts a week New Year’s Resolution! I really can’t wait to graduate already so I could finally focus on my hobbies for a change! :(

Anyway, I don’t know if you’ve noticed but my posts have been mostly about Guerlain recently. I guess it’s because I finally got to drink the “Météorites Kool-Aid” and now I’m obsessed with the Météorites line? :lol: Which reminds me, I’m really sad I wasn’t able to make it to the Guerlain boutique at Rustan’s The Beauty Source in Glorietta before January ended—their MUA contacted me last week to notify me that selected items were on sale for 20% off until January 31, but I was too busy to pay a visit. Bummer. :( It cheers me up that there are still stocks of the Holiday 2013 collection, though! I’ll make sure to get the Champs Elysees Météorites Bronzer this February!

Before I ramble on about my future plans (that my academic affairs keep on hindering), let me tell you about how and why I finally got to understand the craze over the Guerlain Météorites through this review!

Taken with the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS with minimal post-processing on Pixelmator

Click to read the rest of my review!

Guerlain Haul: Photos and (Late) Announcements!

I had been planning to post about this for quite a while now (by quite a while, I mean almost a month) but I never really got to it because school commenced and lots of real-life drama (that I would much rather not talk about, thank you) occurred. Still, just in case you’ve been planning to get something from Guerlain Cosmetics and you’re a bit tight on funds, this post might be of use to you!

First, let me share a photo of my much-awaited Guerlain haul that I finally got last December 27 (I told you it was almost a month ago already). I’m currently working on my review posts about these and I’ll have them up before the weekend ends!

Taken with the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS with minimal post-processing on Pixelmator

I got just the Guerlain Météorites Perles in 02 Teint Beige and the Guerlain Météorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer! The rest were free samples c/o the lovely MUA at Guerlain Rustan’s The Beauty Source Makati.

Yep, you read that right—free Guerlain mascara (which I think is a full size if not a deluxe size sample) and powder foundation (which most definitely is a sample size)! I love that I end up friends with almost all the cosmetic boutiques I frequent. Yay for extra freebies, reservation privileges, and firsthand announcements of new products and exclusive sales!

…what new products and exclusive sales!? Click to find out!