This Site Has Permanently Moved to erikadejesus.com!

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Hi everyone! On the last entry about my blog undergoing site maintenance (that post may be found here, on my old WordPress.com blog at https://erikadjesus.wordpress.com), I mentioned something about finally making the switch from WordPress.com to a self-hosted WordPress.org blog.

Well, the transfer is finally done—this will be the last update on https://erikadjesus.wordpress.com and all the new posts I will be publishing will be found ONLY on http://erikadejesus.com! Although the old posts may still be viewed here, I recommend you visit my new site instead since all the posts from before were imported there, anyway (plus the new site design looks so much better). 😆

There was a bit of a delay due to a bunch of technical things regarding hosting and Jetpack plugin connection (at one point I thought I lost all my blog followers from WordPress.com), but everything is supposedly all sorted now, except the new blog still can’t accommodate new subscribers using the embeddable WordPress “follow button” as of the moment. That will hopefully be fixed within the week, but for the meantime, new followers may opt for the “Subscribe via Email” function found on my sidebar—just enter your email address on the field provided and hit the subscribe button. Old followers from November 12, 2014 and earlier will have to do the same IF you want to receive email updates on new blog posts, but if you’re okay with being subscribed through just the WordPress Reader, then you won’t have to do anything.

Anyway, check out my new blog icon and layout! I worked pretty hard on it so I hope you guys like how it looks. Let me know what you think! Hope to see you all there! 🙂

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Blog Under Construction!

Hi everyone! My blog will be undergoing site maintenance as I’m currently transferring everything from my WordPress.com blog to my self-hosted WordPress blog (FINALLY, AFTER MONTHS OF THINKING ABOUT IT). 🙂 This website will still be *supposedly* accessible via http://erikadejesus.com, but in case it shows a bunch of errors during the transfer, kindly open the site through the old URL at https://erikadjesus.wordpress.com for the meantime.

Once the transfer is done (hopefully within the day), http://erikadejesus.com will be completely accessible again with all the old posts and content, including the comments that had already been posted. All my subscribers will also be moved to the new blog, so if you’re already following me, my posts will still be appearing on your WordPress Reader. If you want to receive updates via email, however, you’d have to input your email address in the “Subscribe via Email” widget of the sidebar regardless of your WordPress Reader subscription status. Sorry for the inconvenience!

I’ll make another post the moment I’m done with conducting the maintenance! I can’t wait for all of you to see the new layout I worked so hard on!

Hope you’re all having a great day! 🙂

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Site Update!

My apologies for my extremely long absence! I had been feeling completely uninspired for any blogging activity whatsoever these past few months. 😦 If it’s any consolation, I have been doing a bit of traveling since then—I’m currently writing this post from Cairo, Egypt—and I can’t wait to post about all of my trips! I also have way too many new makeup purchases (that I’ve already taken photos of) to write about, so here’s to actually sharing my thoughts on them (I will be prioritizing the new travel section of my blog for the meantime, though).

To all my followers, both new and old, thank you SO much for sticking around! ❤

P.S. I made a bunch of modifications to my website layout just recently (check out my header image, navigation menu, side bar, footer, and very subtly modified background). I hope you like them!

Erika’s Secret Closet Has Migrated To erikadejesus.com!

Remember one of my New Year 2014 blog posts and how I planned to register my own domain for my blog? Well, I finally got to registering it two nights ago and I decided on getting erikadejesus.com despite the poll results favoring the other option, because I simply can NOT “un-see” the ASS in erikASSecretcloset.com. 😆

So, aside from the domain change, here are a bunch of other site-related announcements!

1. Erika’s Secret Closet has a new favicon to go with its new domain! You should be able to see it beside the URL on the address bar of your browser, but here’s the larger version, anyway.

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2. I just recently revived my Ask.fm account (it’s the round question mark icon found on the top-most portion of my blog’s sidebar), so please feel free to leave me questions and/or messages anytime and I’ll be sure to respond to them ASAP! 🙂

3. Lastly, in case you need to contact me for more formal purposes, my official email address for the blog is now contact@erikadejesus.com (ooh, spiffy), so I’ll appreciate it if you don’t send emails to my other addresses anymore in case you know of them. Thank you! You can also access it via the round mail icon found beside the Ask.fm button on the blog side bar or through the contact page, BTW.


…well, I guess that’s pretty much it. What do you guys think of all the new site changes (especially of the revamped favicon)? I mean, they may be minor, but I sure am happy about them! I can’t wait to update my blog with all the pending posts I had been putting off since December 2013—I reaaaally love that I finally have the time! 😆

It’s MANGO International Shopping Day at Zalora: One-Day ONLY 30% Off Sale Happening Today!

Hey everyone! I haven’t posted OOTDs in a really long time, but do you recall how a lot of my OOTD posts contained merchandise I purchased from Zalora? If you haven’t tried out or even heard about Zalora Philippines, let me just say that it’s absolutely one of my favorite online stores in the country—they deliver quickly (there was a time that I ordered a bunch of stuff and I received the parcel a day after), accept a multitude of payment methods (cash-on-delivery, PayPal, credit cards, bank deposit, etc.), and carry an EXTENSIVE selection of both local and international brands! In fact, just a few months ago they started having MANGO’s updated summer collection in their catalogue, and I couldn’t be happier!

Anyway, I just heard news of a one-day sale happening over at Zalora right now, so please scroll down to check out the deets of the MANGO sale (or just click the link to start shopping immediately)! If you haven’t tried shopping at Zalora and/or MANGO yet, this is the perfect time, isn’t it? 😉

MANGO at Zalora Click to read more about the Zalora-MANGO one-day sale! →

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. 🙄

…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… 😆

Blog Updates: Goodbye 2013, and Hello 2014!

I was actually working on my delayed review for the MAC Mineralize Rich Lipsticks, until I realized… wait, that was going to be my first post for the new year, a run-of-the-mill makeup review post with photos and swatches? How impersonal and lame is that! The lipstick shades I was going to feature aren’t even part of an exclusive collection of some sort, plus they were released a long time ago!

Fireworks over MNL, taken from the tallest building in PH. Too lovely not to post!
Happy New Year! 🎉 (photo by @Amadeus_IOM of Twitter)

Such a lovely photo, isn’t it? I wish I had the skills (and the equipment) to take a photo as lovely as that! Ugh, I wish I had more artistic skills, in general! 🙄

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Blog Award #2 and #3: Sunshine Award

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RULES
1. Share 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions that were asked by the blogger who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
4. Include 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Notify your nominees about this post.

In case you’re wondering why the title of this post states that this is the second and third blog award my blog is receiving, it’s because I got nominated twice for this award—first, by Jackie of The Little Scottish Corner last November 18, and second, by Ghia of BeautyBloggerGoddess last December 8. Thank you very much, ladies! I feel bad that I only got around to writing about it now, but better late than never, right? 😉

Anyway, since I have two sets of questions to answer, I’m going to be combining the questionnaires instead and removing duplicates, if any. I’ll be coming up with just 11 questions and nominating 11 other bloggers, though, so whoever my nominees are will have to answer just the standard 11 questions!

WARNING: Extremely long (and highly likely boring, unless you’re weirdly intrigued by my life for some reason) blog post ahead!

Click through for the rest of the post!

Blog Updates: December 23-29

I was making a check list of the posts I plan to publish during my measly 2-week Christmas break (I swear these OC tendencies of mine will take over my life someday), then I thought… why not make it a habit to post short weekly blog announcements, along with a list of posts for you guys to look forward to (I hope) the entire week? 😉

Alright, here goes…

Click to see the list of updates and pending posts!

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#ThatAwkwardMomentWhen your to-do list got so ridiculously long that
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I’m not dead yet, you guys (although I must admit, the stress IS killing me)…! 😥 There’s just a little more than a week left to this horrific term, so I’ll be back really soon with several weeks’ worth of pending posts, okay? Ugh I can’t wait! Wish me luck! 😆