Monday, September 24, 2012

A Vampire Inspired Shoot & A Spooky Photo

I'm a lover of anything vampy, gothic, dark, spooky, freaky and skulls,but I never knew that I wasn't ready to encounter such scary things in real life.I've always loved to have my photos taken with some dark,vintage, vampy effect and one time I've decided to have a vampire themed amateur photoshoot with friends. We got the ideas from the promotional photos of Vampire Diaries,Breaking Dawn 2, Pretty Little Liars and Secret Circle.

I didn't expect that this shoot will turn out to be the freakiest and the most unforgettable one.
Maybe I'll do it again indoors..but still I'm having goosebumps all over my body.
It started last Sunday afternoon while hanging out with friends. We usually hang out and eat at Edward's place. It's one of the most accommodating and comfy house. He lives in a big village, houses far apart from each other, and it's really dark at night. You have to pass through trees, vacant lots, grasses and abandoned houses. The village used to be where my workplace at. At night it's freaky. I've heard a lot of spooky stories both from the actual homeowners and friends of friends. But I worked there for 2 years, and no paranormal activities and strange encounters so far. That day, it was gloomy and rainy.
We ordered some foods, started to do the fun shots after we finished doing our makeup.
Edward showed us a place across their street which is really beautiful. It's just a vacant lot with a narrow road filled with tall green grasses and a white grass that I don't know what to call it, but we refer to it as a "wish plant".

Since Edward has a photo like this, it looks so beautiful.

We were using 2 cameras, 1 Nikon Dslr and 1 Sony TX5 with no flash. While taking some photos, we've been horsing around, being noisy, laughing, playing, flashes are everywhere.. mosquitos biting our legs... something's pricking my back.. noticed it was just a grass..
still terrified coz it feels like I was pricked by a metal or something.. like a very thick metal wire, it even made me cringe and yell "AAAWWW!!" :( Then we talked about the Acacia tree. It's so tall. Maybe it will take 25 steps from our place to that place.

Edward told us the story of their former housemaid who lost her senses after picking something up from that tree. Nobody knows or can tell what exactly had happened but Edward's family, including him, are all terrified about the housemaid's behavior.

Enough of scary stories!! Goin' back to our preparation, it's nothing special, just used a few makeups to make us look vampy. But the after effect of the makeup in the photos are seriously freaky, especially for my friend Antoniette.

Before the vampy makeup, here's my baby faced friend. :)

and then with my magic wand we turned ourselves into a bad-ass vampire ^^

Vampire Makeup How to:

Use a pale foundation.
Vampires have pale, cold, marbled skin

Contour the cheeks and hollow of the eyes.
Vampires have eyes that looks like it has bruises
so use dark brown, brown and plum colored eyeshadows
I used 88 earth palette from Sugar Skull Cosmetics

Skip the blush application,
just contour the hollow of the cheeks heavily. 
Vampires have heavily contoured cheeks, corpse-like

Use berry stained lip tints, plum or wine colored lipsticks
only to the center of the lips, trying to spread outward,
more of like a dried blood I-just-sucked-someone- effect.

For turning pictures into dark, vampy like, photo editing tools are also very important.
It brings out the colors of the makeup used intensely. It can lighten your skin tone, or make it cooler, and even make it luminous like this one.

I love using Cross Process. But for some pictures here I used Cinemarama, and just decreased the temperatures.

Using some of Edward's ipad apps, luminizing the skin and changing the eye colors are possible too. ^^ He did it for me. YEY!!

Using more from his app, giving more effects and see the differences:


I would like to share one photo that gave me sleepless nights, back aches and headache,
but I think it's not appropriate to share it anymore. I have this fear that something wrong might happen if I continue sharing it.It came from my Sony TX5 camera, flash removed.

Upon seeing this one photo, I noticed that there's something. I tried to adjust it's brightness then BAHHM!!! I saw an image of a man!!!!

A man with sharp facial features and pointy nose. But then he's not the only creature there..
There are several entities captured that I couldn't see with my naked eyes,
but then some people with third eye can. I've never had this kind of goose bump in my life.

But anyways, Halloween is just around the corner, and I want to be in a Halloween party.
I wish I could see the Day of the Dead event in Mexico, but I also want to see the beauty of Autumn in South Korea.

I don't know where will I be a month from now. Kinda Worried.

I love this photo of mine captured from my digital camera.

Do you have spooky stories and entities captured from your pictures,
I might share with you the pic, c'mon let's share spooky stuffs!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mac Cosmetics at SM Mall of Asia

Last Saturday has been one of the longest day for me. As soon as I woke up I've been to different places and got home at 4:30am. The next day has got to be one of the shortest coz I just slept all day. Prior to Saturday, I've been an insomniac so all of the tiredness and sleeplessness has taken its toll after I got home from a long day of enjoying, laughing and.. getting mad.

I went to SM Mall of Asia with mom, cousins and aunt. We spent our night there while waiting for my cousin as she's attending an annual Young Hoteliers and Restaurateurs Power Conference at the SMX Convention center, which ended around 11pm.

To kill time while waiting, I went to different stores. As I was walking past through the Yamaha Exhibit, I accidentally raised my head and saw the new boutique at the 2nd floor. I was exhilirated!

I felt sad when I found out that my favorite big sanctuary Marrionnaud's gone, but still I'm so happy to see a new solo Mac Cosmetics Store.
I've been hearing and reading comments  from female forums from the Philippines that some Beauty Advisors from Mac Cosmetics at the Marrionnaud Mall of Asia  were a bit snobbish and not so nice..Based from my experience, I've encountered one that day as soon as I entered the store. Coz of her, I remembered this Sales Advisor who was really nice and did my makeup when I bought a Mac Studiotech foundation way back 2008.
Whenever I go to Marionnaud I look for her but I guess she stays at Mac Cosmetics in Glorietta, so I haven't seen her since.

 Marionnaud way back 2008

I brought along my 13 year old cousin, who's never a fan of cosmetics but loves to see what's in there.

The moment I entered the store I've seen 3 Beauty Advisors and one of them if I'm not mistaken is a lady guard wearing white. I tried to check almost all the makeup displays coz
I just wanted to explore the store since it's new and I have to kill time. I asked one B.A. about the latest price of their Studio tech foundations and tested a few powders like Careblend powder and Studiofix powder. She's nice and kind.

Well then, some of them were nice, but one has offended me a bit coz of her attitude, 
the way she approaches customers were not good as well. Maybe if I bought something she'll be nice to me & to my cousin, she doesn't want to entertain questions unless I'll really buy omg you know how you are. I've posted her picture here before but since I'm kind enough I deleted it.

Anyways, imagine the smile on my face when I saw the store. :) It's heaven!!! ^_^