So I’m High-Maintenance… So What?

Blair Waldorf

A few days ago, I came across a number of articles on low-maintenance women and how much “better” they are compared to high-maintenance onesand even though I agree to some extent, it’s kind of getting on my nerves already. Why, you ask?

Well, obviously I belong to the latter group—I have all the traits that are the complete opposite of those used to describe a low-maintenance woman, as found online. Let me lay down a list for reference purposes…

Click if you’re against the objectification of women (and to continue reading, of course)! →


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! →

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!

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! →

OOTD: Support Local Brands!

I’m not one to be nationalistic and go preaching “Filipino Pride!” on you all, but if there’s something Filipino that I’m particularly proud of, it’s the local clothing and fashion lines here, including the indie accessory makers. So much of them look really stylish, yet you can get them for barely a fraction of the price of imported clothing brands!

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

Curious about a few of the brands I was talking about? Click here! →

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! →

New Blog Segment: Holiday Haul 2013

As usual, I’ve been MIA again for most of the school week. What else was I expecting from starting this blog on my thesis term, right? Of course that’s going to eat up most of my time! Which reminds me, I have an interview to conduct later in addition to a review of related literature to polish. There’s also so much grocery shopping to be done! To think I’ve barely recovered from my recurrent slight fever, cold, cough, and sore throat (I missed two school days this week + I didn’t get to attend our thesis meeting yesterday)… 😥

…anyway, I better get back on track before this post turns into a full-scale rant about my overly stressful second-to-the-last (hopefully) term in college. 😆

Holiday Haul 2013 is a series of blog posts on my acquisitions of limited edition cosmetics released this holiday season. There will be sneak peek product photo posts, along with swatch and review posts to follow.

Posts included within this segment will be restricted to holiday collections ONLY—other makeup purchases will simply be under the general Makeup Haul category accessible from the main navigation menu or the sidebar, although everything else from Holiday Haul 2013 may be found through that category as well.

I already have a bunch of posts pending from my horribly busy week last week, so stay tuned!

P.S. Oh my goodness my anal-retentiveness is bordering on psychotic…

Hello, Blogosphere!

I had been postponing (okay, more like procrastinating) my very first blog post for such a long time now (by such a long time, I mean I signed up for this blog on September 24 and oh my goodness it’s October 19 and I haven’t published anything yet) because frankly, I had no idea what to post and my obsessive-compulsive tendencies were getting the best of me. I was at such a loss regarding whether I should take photos of all the makeup that I have and post them to the makeup inventory page of this blog before actually starting to publish blog entries, or if I should just post an entry right away and add the photos of the makeup + swatches along the way.

…obviously I chose the latter, though, because considering my slacker nature along with my extremely minuscule attention span, I probably would lose interest in blogging and in makeup before I end up finishing the photos of my makeup inventory (just kidding, I think).

Anyway, here’s the basic blueprint of this blog, at least as of the moment:


Personal: Self-realization posts, random and/or lengthy PMS-inspired posts, posts like the first two paragraphs of this post (basically a rant post about how cluttered my mind is and how I can never seem to follow the timetables I set for myself), and probably everything else that don’t fit into all the other categories.

Blog Announcements: Any posts I make about blog updates, such as new features or sections that will be on the site (posts like the “categories” section of this post), hiatus announcements, and “life events” concerning blog development.

Erika’s Looks: My looks, duh. Haha! Just a little stream of thought—writing about myself from the third person point-of-view feels so weird, I swear! Took me such a long time do work on my “About Me” page because I kept laughing at myself. How do you bloggers do it!?

#FOTD: “Face of the Day” or “Makeup of the Day” posts. This doesn’t mean I would be posting makeup looks everyday, unfortunately, because I am too lazy and busy for that LOL. I will be posting looks from long before this blog was conjured in my head, though!

#OOTD: The ever-ubiquitous “Outfit of the Day” posts. Again, although I will be posting OOTDs from long ago, I will not be posting OOTDs everyday for the same reason as stated above, and because… I’m not exactly a fashionista. I just love dressing up sometimes, but I love dressing my face up more.

Reviews: Reviews of all sorts of things, places, experiences. Anything I feel like blogging and reviewing. This will focus mostly on makeup, of course.

Beauty Products and Services: This would contain all my reviews for beauty products (everything you apply to your whole body, excluding hair and makeup products) and services (such as spas, nail salons, and the like).

Hair Products and Services: Similar to the previous category, except this one would focus on hair products and salons.

Makeup: Ah, my favorite. Reviews on the cosmetic products I own—primers, foundations, powders, eyeliners, eyebrow pencils, blush-ons, lip pencils, and of course, lipsticks—along with swatches and related FOTDs, if available. Most of the products featured here will be from my favorite brands: MAC, NARS, Benefit, Tarte, and Urban Decay. Expect this category to continuously change in organization (as in sub-categories and etc.) because I’m OC like that. 😀

Erika’s Vanity Desk: Here lies the most essential part of my blog (it was initially the sole purpose of it but my circuits went haywire while I was working on the blog outline; hence, the numerous additions that led to further postponing my blog publication) containing my makeup inventory, wish list, and the most part of my life savings LOL JUST KIDDING.

Makeup Inventory: Lists of every article of makeup I own. You can access existing reviews, swatches, and FOTDs from here, too (as soon as I fix everything up, that is).

Makeup Wish List: Yes, because similar to clothes, no matter how much you have, you never seem to have enough. 😉

I don’t have posts for every category yet, but I’m hoping to update each of them ASAP—I’m just pondering about which advanced point-and-shoot camera I’m going to invest in, because my iPhone 5’s camera and my Sony CyberShot W Series digicam simply do not cut it anymore! I need a camera that takes amazing macro shots. 😦

I guess this pretty much sums up my very first blog post! Welcome to Erika’s Secret Closet. 🙂