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 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?

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

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.” 😆

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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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!

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

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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! 😛

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

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FOTD Flashback: MAC RiRi Boy and NARS Mata Hari (26/08/2013)

Just another ordinary day in school! I think I just got my shipment of RiRi Boy a few days before these photos were taken so I was really excited (and nervous) to try it out. What’s funny is how much I fell in love with the RiRi Boy shade when I initially thought it was that one shade in the MAC RiRi Hearts Summer 2013 collection that I wouldn’t like!

In fact, if I remember correctly, I wore purple tones on my face the whole week since my MAC RiRi Boy order also included MAC Strong Woman and the 3 mattenes from the MAC Taste Temptation collection. I was also just honestly ecstatic that I was actually able to pull off purple hues, because when I tried a purple lipstick for the first time (MAC Heroine) I thought it looked horrible on me. 😆

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

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A Sneak Peak of my Vanity Desk!

Before I start posting makeup reviews, swatches, and other site features, I’d like to show you all a few teaser photos of the cosmetic workstation in my walk-in closet as a preview for all the inventory items I’m going to be featuring, swatching, and reviewing here on my blog!

Taken using the Canon SX50 HS and edited with CameraBag 2 for Mac

My lovely make-up workstation!

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