Guerlain Crazy Paris Eyeshadow Palette: Pictures, Swatches, and Reviews

If you can recall from around two months ago, I posted a photo of my Guerlain and MAC haul, which mostly contained items from Guerlain’s Crazy Paris Holiday 2013 collection. I never really got to doing reviews on the individual items from there (and of the rest of my makeup supposedly within the scope of my Holiday Haul 2013 blog segment), but it’s better late than never, isn’t it? 🙂

To kick off the continuation of the much-delayed blog segment, here’s a review post on the Guerlain Crazy Paris Eyeshadow Palette followed by an EOTD I did with it from a couple months back!

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

Click to read the rest of my review and to see my EOTD! →

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Axe Gold Launch Party at Republiq Club (14/05/2014)

Axe Gold Launch Party at Republiq

Last week Wednesday, I went to Republiq Club at Resorts World Manila for the Axe Gold launch party. Everyone had a can of Axe Gold on their tables so we all got our chance to get a whiff of the lovely fragrance, and boy did it smell good! It sure lived up to its tagline, you know? It had that touch of sophistication—something I’m sure the ladies would adore. 😉

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Hair and Makeup Stint for Tricia Castillo (31/03/2014)

I started a beauty blog because of my love of hoarding makeup and cosmetics in addition to experimenting with them on my own face—I had no formal background on makeup education (I still don’t), and I felt like even though I may have the skills to do makeup, I had yet to earn the right to do makeup on other people and charge them for it (I still do).

Fortunately, someone thought otherwise and I was given the opportunity to do hair and makeup for a graduation ball occasion! I kind of failed miserably with the eyeliner (at first it was okay, but the client blinked and we didn’t have the time to erase the eyeliner and redo it, so she requested that I just thicken the eyeliner overall), but I think the rest of the makeup seemed fine (the lips could have been better though, had I used an exfoliant on it prior to applying lip color).

Check out the photos below! 🙂

Tricia Castillo: before and after. I really wish we had the time to redo her eyeliner! I feel like the whole look could have been at least ten times prettier if the eyeliner was on point…

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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)? 😆

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!

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! 😆

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! →

Eye Makeup Faux Pas: What NOT To Do When Creating Smoky Eyes!

Here’s the “next post” I was talking about on my previous blog updates post—this was intended to be just a personal, sentimental type of post filled with photos from our Media Noche (it’s a Filipino tradition where a midnight feast with relatives is held to welcome the New Year), but when I saw the close-up photos of my eye makeup I really couldn’t stop laughing and face-palming… so I thought of doing a post on what you should NOT do when creating smoky eyes to commemorate my mistake! 😆

It’s a good thing I wore that makeup look to just our Media Noche because if I went out on an ordinary night with those eyes, I’d lose all respect for my “supposed” makeup skills! Check out my embarrassing eye makeup faux pas below (I mean, I know this was the very first time I tried to do smoky eyes and it was perfectly okay to commit a mistake and all, but still)…

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

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FOTD Flashback: MAC Angel and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Amused (21/09/2013)

Ever felt so bored that you did a full makeup look for a trip to the grocery store? Yep, I have, and this was one of those days! I have to admit, though… I might have had an ulterior motive for my slightly-more-than-the-usual makeup look, because don’t you just hate it when you go makeup shopping wearing your bare (or extremely minimally made up) face and some of the salesladies who aren’t familiar with you act as if you’re completely clueless about cosmetics? Or worse, when they don’t pay you any attention at all because they feel as if you’re not the type to make a purchase at a makeup boutique anyway? Not that I’m saying all salesladies are as such (I’ve made friends with plenty of salesladies), but it was a discussion topic on Temptalia before and I would really prefer to minimize the chances of getting into a similar encounter because that won’t do my blood pressure any good. 😆

…now, why the sudden tirade about makeup shopping and snooty salesladies if I were just going to the grocery store? Simply because this was the day after my saleslady-friend from MAC Cosmetics sent me an SMS to notify me about the arrival of my much-awaited MAC Retro Matte Fall 2013 collection, and, well, you do the maths lol. Unfortunately, since I’m not a morning person, I was able to go to to MAC in the afternoon despite planning to go in the morning. That left me lacking the “Runway Hit” lipstick and the “Fashion Boost” Pro Longwear lip pencil from my collection, which ultimately sucked (but I was able to get hold of them a few days after, thanks to my other saleslady friends from the other branches of MAC Cosmetics, ha ha!). I’ll make a post on that collection soon BTW, I promise!

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FOTD Flashback: MAC Kinda Sexy and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed (15/09/2013)

The typical girly girl side of my personality has always been a firm believer in the statement that “a girl can never have too many clothes and shoes,” and since I’ve always thought makeup and fashion go hand in hand, I believe that a girl can never have too many makeup on her vanity desk, as well. The only thing that should be regulated about a lady’s fashion statement is the appropriateness of what they are wearing—you can’t expect not to get judging stares if you wear your bum day outfit and very minimal makeup to a club that requires a dress-to-impress dress code.

The day these photos were taken was one of the very infrequent days I tried to pull off the no-makeup makeup look, because if I remember correctly, I went to church for the first time in a long time on that Sunday. Although I respect everyone’s beliefs regarding how they do their makeup, I personally think my usual bold lip color and blush would not blend well with Church Sundays so I went with the most basic neutral colors. 😆

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FOTD Flashback: MAC Raspberry Swirl and NARS Sin (11/09/2013)

Photos taken on the first day back in school for the second trimester of this academic year! This was a Wednesday and my boyfriend picked me up for school because my car was on number coding that day, so I did my makeup in the car instead (hence my makeup-less OOTD) as I almost always do when he’s the one driving to school. I was running late—again, as I almost always do—and I simply had no time to ponder about what lipstick and blush shade looked best with my outfit, so I grabbed the safest shade possible for my skin tone: pink lipstick matched with plum-toned blush!

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FOTD Flashback: MAC Sushi Kiss and NARS Gina (07/09/2013)

Funny story I don’t think I’m ever going to forget: these photos were taken during the last days of our “term break” (with quotation marks because term breaks are usually barely a week long when you study in DLSU-Manila) and I was out and about extremely early because I couldn’t sleep due to my insane PMS cravings. I called up my boyfriend at around 5:30AM (I KNOW)—crying (NO, SERIOUSLY)—because I was hungry and I wanted pancakes, and he slept without saying good night and that made me sad. LOL. It’s a good thing he puts up with me during that time of the month. Just a little disclaimer: I’m not usually that way, okay! 😆

Anyway, since that morning was really sunny and I started feeling happy-cheery the moment my boyfriend said yes to picking me up at 7AM to get breakfast at Pancake House (we ended up eating at Pancake House for breakfast, Johnny Rockets for lunch, and Yellow Cab for dinner that day OMG no wonder I gained weight), weird ol’ me kind of felt like putting on makeup that was suited to how I was feeling and how the day was. I even made sure my lips matched the lips on my top! 😛

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