MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection: Photos, Swatches, and Reviews

The MAC Alluring Aquatic collection is the summer 2014 MAC product line released in the Philippines last June. It comes with lipsticks, lipglasses, lip pencils, Extra Dimension Eye Shadows, Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners, bronzing powders, Extra Dimension Bronzers, Extra Dimension Blushes, nail lacquer, makeup brushes, and a makeup bag. Pretty extensive collection, if you ask me, not-to-mention aesthetically pretty too because of the limited edition teal packaging!

I got just a lipstick and an eyeliner, however, because the other products were either similar to a bunch of makeup I already have or just plain uninteresting to me. Scroll down to read my reviews!

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

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

MAC Mystical cremesheen lipstick and MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner

Click to read the rest of the review and to view the lip and eyeliner swatches! →

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MAC Fantasy of Flowers Collection: Photos, Swatches, and Reviews

The MAC Fantasy of Flowers collection is MAC’s spring 2014 product line that was released in the Philippines last March, specifically on the day of the workshop with Ms. RB Chanco at SM Mall of Asia. The collection also included blushes and eyeshadow pots (some of which were featured on the previously linked post), but they didn’t interest me so I got just two of the lipsticks and one lip gloss, all of which I will be doing a review on below.

MAC Fantasy of Flowers 01

MAC Flare for Fantasy, MAC Heavenly Hybrid, and MAC Dreaming Dahlia

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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 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! →

Happy Skin “Shut Up & Kiss Me” and “Get Cheeky with Me:” Pictures, Swatches, and Reviews

Around sometime last week (I think), I read a post by Carina of Softly Sometimes that featured a concealer by Happy Skin. I had never heard of the brand before that blog post, but I was really intrigued by it because her review began not-so-enthusiastically yet it still ended on a really positive note. Plus points because it was purchased from The Beauty Bar (which had a branches really close to where I live and where I go to school), so I promised myself I would get something from Happy Skin the next time I came across any of their branches!

…I think my friend-slash-thesis mate read my mind, though, because when he handed me his Christmas gift (we sort of came up with a Kris Kringle thing but since we were just 4 members in the group, we all bought gifts for everyone instead), it was a gift bag from The Beauty Bar. I didn’t think it would be anything from Happy Skin since The Beauty Bar carried a lot of other more well-known brands, so imagine how surprised and happy I was when I opened it! The lipstick (more like lip crayon, actually) and blush came in really lovely pink hues that perfectly suited my skin tone, too (or so I’d like to believe). Thanks Arty! 😆

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

Now, I have been a fan of NARS cosmetics for quite a while now and I can say I’m really used to their rather naughty yet reasonable product names (e.g. Orgasm powder blush for that post-orgasm glow, Deep Throat powder blush for… yeah that, and others LOL), but the names of the items I got are entirely different things altogether—they’re flirty in a cute, teenage, butterflies-in-your-stomach kind of way, unlike the sultry effect achieved by the NARS products we all know and love.

Click to see the rest of the photos and to read my reviews!

Holiday Haul #3: MAC Stroke of Midnight Lip and Cheek Bag in Pink

Wow, I am lagging waaayyy behind schedule with my Holiday Haul blog segment! It’ll be Christmas in less than 3 days (here in Manila, at least) and I’m not even halfway done with the haul posts, let alone the swatches and reviews. Oh, and my aunt and cousin from the US will also be arriving 2 days after Christmas, bringing with them two of the items on my wish list—yet additional products to write about! To top it off, those do not even include the pending posts outside of this blog segment! OH MY GOODNESS I AM SO OVERWHELMED. 😯

Anyway, before I go into a complete psychotic meltdown, here’s Holiday Haul #3 for you all, and it’s (obviously) about the lovely MAC Stroke of Midnight Lip and Cheek Bag in Pink!

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

Click to see the rest of my third holiday makeup haul! →

FOTD: MAC Pink Pearl Pop and NARS Orgasm (25/10/2013)

Greetings from the resurrected! 😆 So, this is my first FOTD  in a really long time because to be honest, I had looked like total crap for the past 2 or 3 weeks (or 4 weeks, even). I was so busy that I hardly had the time to prep up anymore, and during the very few times that I did, I didn’t have the energy (or time, again) to take photos at all. The horror! I never thought thesis would be able to do this to me. 😐

Anyway, the day I took these (2 days ago) was the day of our thesis proposal deadline, and I almost regretted that I did. My group finished the night before (minus the APA references list) and I was lucky enough that my 8AM class was a free cut, but most of the rest of the day was a series of unfortunate events—I forgot my laptop at home and I had to drive all the way back home to get it (good thing I didn’t take a cab that day or else it would’ve been worse) so I ended up being more than an hour late for the meeting with my thesis mates; we crammed the double-checking process of the references list; and lastly, we missed the 4PM deadline by a mere 3-4 minutes and thought we wouldn’t be able to submit anymore. Thank God our thesis coordinator was very considerate! If only I had photos to commemorate our priceless facial expressions before and after the coordinator simply replied a “yeah sure” to our “miss may we still submit?” inquiry. I swear the word “ecstatic” is an understatement to describe the emotions we felt afterwards! 😆

Please click the thumbnails for the larger versions of the photos (links to high-res versions are within the gallery).

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Holiday Haul #2: MAC Stroke of Midnight Viva Glamorous Lip Bag

The MAC Viva Glam collection is a usual favorite of longtime MAC fans, not just because of its showcase of the most timeless and glamorous lipstick shades (it isn’t called Viva Glam for nothing!), but also due to the funding it provides for one of the world’s pioneering charities dedicated to HIV and AIDS patients—the renowned MAC AIDS fund. It’s been around since 1994 (that’s the year I was born!) and has raised a staggering 270 MILLION USD to date by donating 100% of every Viva Glam lipstick and lip glass proceeds to charity. If that’s still not admirable (and a cause worth splurging for), I don’t know what is! 😉

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

Click to see the rest of my second holiday makeup haul! →

Holiday Haul #1: MAC Divine Night Collection

I may have been MIA from blogging about makeup, but I most definitely haven’t been MIA from my most favorite place at the mall: yep, nowhere else but the MAC Cosmetics boutique! They released the Divine Night and Stroke of Midnight collections last Sunday (November 10, 2013), so I got a notification text from one of their lovely makeup artists the night before! Thankfully I frequent their store enough that I get first dibs on stocks, plus they take reservation requests from me even though they’re not supposed to (it’s a secret, shh!)…

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

Click to see the rest of my first holiday makeup haul! →

Wish List Item: MAC Stroke of Midnight Lip Bag in Violet

Some time around mid-2011, I bought my very first own MAC lipstick. I was merely 17 then, and I felt as if I already took a huge step towards womanhood because of my lovely lipstick in R… ehhhh. I’ll make a separate blog post about that later. Suspense. 😉

…anyway! Even though I started collecting MAC lipsticks beginning that purchase, I remained completely clueless about limited edition collections and shades until a long period of time after—I mean, I knew they released new shades every now and then, but I had no idea so many of them were coveted by makeup junkies worldwide because of the extremely limited time they were available for public consumption! Talk about hot commodity! A few years ago I probably would have mocked the superficiality of such an obsession, but I certainly am not in the place to do that now. 🙄

Amplified Creme lipstick in Dark Deed, Cremesheen Glass in Art of Seduction, and Lip Pencil in Vino

Limited edition Stroke of Midnight makeup purse, Amplified Creme lipstick in Dark Deed, Cremesheen Glass in Art of Seduction, and Lip Pencil in Vino

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