Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gothic Skull Couple Ring

My husband and I have a lot of things in common that we just discovered when we were dating. We both love alternative outfits, or some inspired by rock band with a fusion of punk and goth. We share our love for the color black, hence our wardrobe mostly consists of dark clothing, and we both dream to own a black and white themed house someday. We love leather jackets and boots. I couldn't recall how many boots I've had in the past. The recent one I have looks exactly the same as what I had in college, and I remember in high school I was the only student wearing an ankle high booties, and Mr. Kong got 2-3 more boots that he wore in the past. Boots that were paired with just jeans.

picture taken in 2015, and I personally love our all black ootd
One more thing, we're sucker for skulls. While most people think they're demonic, they have no idea how awesome they are. Most of our clothes and accessories have them and we even passed it down to our kids. I already gave my husband two huge skull rings.

In 2012, my favorite woman, the tattoo artist now a makeup maven Kat Von D, got the most beautiful engagement ring I have ever seen in my entire life. A black diamond ring with skulls. Too perfect I was drooling and puking rainbows just by looking at it. I was so obsessed that I saved and kept pictures of it for years. 

Kat Von D's custom made black diamond engagement ring from her ex-fiance Deadmau5
I remember that same year I was itching to own a couple skull ring. During that time I had an ex-boyfriend that unfortunately never liked the dark side. I still insisted for a custom made skull couple ring though it was too obvious that I sound ridiculous for him. So I guess I was the only one who dig it. **obviously**

so this was the remaining picture of that custom made skull ring. looks kinda ugly though :) pic taken in 2012
After a month of having it and wearing it, we broke up. 
**insert evil laugh** 
(hey even Kat Von D didn't end up with Deadmau5, and that's life)

Well, when my husband and I started dating again in December of 2012, he saw this ring and he wore it on his pinkie finger.

our plain silver wedding ring
We got married in 2013 and we got a boring silver band. I was itching once again for a custom made wedding ring but since it was a too fast and too furious love story, we had no time.

After 4 years, my husband suggested to have a custom made skull ring that would definitely be unique and would perfectly describe us, or should I say our style? Surely it's not gonna be mediocre ot traditional. I suggested a gothic one, maybe with black or red stone. We also considered adding snakes or skeletons or skulls.

Now, look what we got! We ordered them online and received it in a month. I'm so in love with it! Just like Kat Von D's!

Closer look at my ring. That black stone isn't as expensive and big as KVD's, but it's a dead ringer!

 For my husband's, we chose a peculiar one with a black stone. This time you'll see phalanges and metacarpals aside from that cranium, and no mandibles.

So, what do you say? :) This has got to be the best ring I've owned. I want another one with no skulls but more Onyx please.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mac Technique with RB Chanco and Anna Cay

I know what I owe my lovely readers and I apologize for procrastinating for two weeks. Here's one of the most awaited post that happened almost three weeks ago. I'm sure some of you already knew I have attended the biggest MAC Technique ever held, and let me share with you what exactly happened behind closed doors of SMX Convention Center Aura.

**Since I was seated in front, I had my Canon cam with me but I was also seated in between two official lady photographers from the event. Out of respect I only used my camera on the latter part of the event and just used my Samsung phone. The photos that I'll be using from this post will be from my phone cam, Canon cam, others were from RB Chanco's official page and official photos from Jho Tengson photography.

cr: Jho Tengson Photography
It's indeed one of those unforgettable moments I've had with the beauty/makeup artistry. For a long time I've been dying to attend a masterclass of someone so influential that will definitely be advantageous for my craft/future endeavor. A few weeks ago I was seated in front of none other than high profile celebrity MUA Miss RB Chanco's class.

For months, I waited for her MAC Technique. I once talked to pro MUA Robin Medina during my guesting at MAC Mall of Asia and asked a few questions regarding the world of makeup artistry. I asked him which makeup school he finds best, and told me honestly that none these days. He used to study at De La Salle that offers a course about makeup artistry and RB Chanco is one of his professors. Unfortunately one semester I guess if I'm not mistaken amounts to a whopping 200,000.
There's no way I can shell out that much cash to sit in RB's class, so after months of waiting came the big announcement of Anna Cay and RB Chanco tandem. I knew then how hard it was to reserve a slot so I immediately contacted my MAC Artist friend Angel, and I was able to snatch an invitation. To get one, you must purchase atleast 5,000 peso worth of MAC product. It was bloody.
And of course, the six month preggo me couldn't be stopped. Bloated and fat, I still went there with a face beat for the Gods.

RB & Anna

Surely, y'all know who Miss RB Chanco is. She's well known these days as the Makeup Artist to the Universe, since she led the MAC Beauty Team during this year's Miss Universe. she did Miss France's winning look, and she glam up gazillion of Filipino stars.

Here's my photo with her!

Feeling really fat, just standing beside Miss RB
Another eye candy I got during the event is that I get to meet famous Youtube Content Creator Anna Cay. I do follow her vlogs and watch her hauls and reviews regarding makeup, beauty products and current beauty trend. When I saw her I was reminded of the Beauty Bound Asia Event I've attended in 2015, coz there I met and I was seated beside more content creators like Say Artillero, Shebby Liquete, Raiza Contawi, Anna Patricia, Kriss Lumagui and more young famous pinay beauty gurus that you know today.

and still fat though! :)
The Venue

Well this had me confused. When I saw Mac Artist Angel's post I thought it's gonna be at SMX Mall of Asia. As soon as I get the invitation Angel told me it'll be at the 2nd floor of SM Aura. A bit too far for the makeup enthusiast like me from the South. So I had to grab a car with my sister in law.

cr: Jho Tengson Photography
Inside the convention room there's a mini beauty bar that let's you explore MAC lippies, take pictures of yourself using the ringlight and a MAC backdrop to make you feel the MAC Artistry vibe.

 The Master Class

Since it's first biggest MAC Technique ever by MAC global, the class was divided into two. The morning class that starts at 10am and the afternoon class starts at 3pm. Everyone knows I'm not a morning person and I'll be beating heavy traffic from South so I took the 3pm class. Most of the attendees were makeup artist and Anna Cay's fans. As expected, most of us were wearing black. The only problem I encountered that day and the night before was my outfit. I don't know what to wear! My fully grown belly couldn't fit into my clothes.

As soon as I entered the hall I met Sir Mike of MAC SM Aura and assisted me, maybe my big belly caught his attention right away. :) I was given a good spot coz he told me to sit in front, and whispered that the special guest is ________. :) I was really greatful coz he's really kind and approchable, I introduced myself and told him that I do guestings at Alabang and Moa. I was also offered drinks and food. How do they know that the preggo is already starving?

cr: Jho Tengson Photography
Suddenly another high profile celebrity makeup artist came and approached me. It was Ryan G. Wong. He's the mua behind Ruffa Gutierrez and other famous Filipino celebrities. We've met at MAC Mall of Asia during my guestings last February. I didn't know he's so down to earth, coz during my guestings I coudln't even approach him or even say "hi!" for fear that he'll snob me hahaha. Sorry Ryan you were well known and most of the clients were looking for you, so as soon as I saw you last February I was so intimidated by your presence. I was even shocked when I met Ryan again at the store when I got my invitation and he knows my name! That's the first time I get to talk to him.
We made 'besos' as soon as we saw each other at the event and he gave me the souvenir and told me to enjoy the event, which I really did!

The Hosts

The event was hosted by Anna Cay and MAC's Event Makeup Artist to the stars Raf Manosca. Just like Ryan, I met Raf during my February guesting at Mac Mall of Asia when he also hosted the Wicked Mac Technique class.

The Special Guest

Just like what Sir Mike told me, the special guest was none other than Erich Gonzales. She came onstage without makeup on, still pretty and flawless. She looked younger than her actual age. RB worked her way and did a demo on how she does her signature makeup from natural daytime look and transitioned it to night makeup look. Important key I learned was to make it subtle, then well blended, with dimensional effect.

photos taken from my fone cam
 Since we were given notepads and MAC pencils, I've jot down all the important details and products. It took me three pages coz I wrote a lot.

I've been asked many times about my shoes that I'm wearing, it's from Zara.

The class lasted for less than 2 hours, then there's a Q & A if we got queries, and then there were more activities that will make you want to stay longer at the hall. 

Photos taken from my Canon camera
There were picture taking sesh, you can eat again if you want (which I did) and look who I bumped into, my dear friend Mac Artist Angel.

Anna Cay and my baby bump

I didn't get to take pictures with Mac Senior Artist Miss Mikee Raymundo, but I'm hoping by next year I'll be seated in her class coz there's this makeup school I'm eyeing on.

The master class has showcased different techniques using Mac Cosmetics led by a famous senior Mac Artist and each techniques were accepted globally. The whole event will be broadcasted through Star World.

Thanks for reading lovelies! Next blog post I'll be showing you what I'm currently addicted at. I'm just talking about my new palettes. :) Adios!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Ever Bilena Limited Edition Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Hello! last blog post was dated around May, my apologies for being too lazy these days. I actually have tons of makeups to blog, just there sitting in my vanity cabinet. I'll try to post more before nearing my due date, coz when the baby comes, surely there will be no time for primping and blogging.

Now here's another long overdue post about my three new pocket friendly liquid lippies. They've been sitting in my DIY organizer for so long I already gave the other one to my friend and partner hmua Ate Janis. Still I've kept some photos and I dunno why in the world was I too lazy to even transfer it to my laptop. Now my story's about to start.

A month ago I received my product payment as a guest makeup artist from MAC Cosmetics and I've picked so many lippies in different shade and finish, including one Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick. As much as I want to use them everyday or whenever I feel like using it heaven knows it's too costly, and too much for strutting around the room wearing the infamous Velvet Teddy then just slumber off.
For my favorite everyday MLBB (my lips but better shade) I go for Velvet Teddy, Runway Hit or Lady be good, so the fancy me is looking for cheaper alternative, a lippie that is still way cheaper than my fave Sleek Birthday Suit or BYS Bare Beauty.

One time I was alone at the mall and the itch to buy one lippie attacked. I don't want to shell out 500 bucks and up so I challenged myself to just look for a "good" (sorry my standard for a lippie's pretty high) liquid lipstick that's only 250 bucks or below. I'd be lucky enough if I find one.

These are limited edition hence there's LTD written on the tube.
Since I'm preggy I couldn't walk much further, blame my weak hips, so I ended up at Watson's (exciting right?) and all I can do is look for hidden treasures from those available local brands. To be honest I'm a fan of local brands. I've been using some of them for a decade and they've improved their formulations and packaging that can definitely compete now with international or rather luxury brands.

The new display of liquid lipsticks at Ever Bilena caught my attention seems the packaging is somewhat identical to Etude House Lip Tints and Maybelline Vivid Mattes. The caps matched the shade of each lippies but their real color depends on your skintone and layering. Honestly I wasn't a fan of their first glossy liquid lippies, the one with a white cap.

Trying out several shades I go for my favorite nudes or those that are close to my natural lip color. I ended up swatching Private Beach, Skinny Dip, Hotel Heiress and Cashmere Blush. They didn't dry out that quickly on my hands when it was already been an hour so I wasn't that sure if I'll go for it or not. I'm a sucker for matte finish, highly pigmented ones that dries instantly. I tried strolling around for a few more mins and decided to get "Skinny Dip". They're only 180 pesos so I don't think it's a total waste of money if I didn't get it. I wore and tested it on my lips as soon as I get to the restroom (coz there's no way you should apply testers directly on your lips) and I was shocked with the formulation, texture, color pay off and staying power. It dries instantly as soon as I applied it on my lips. A few weeks later, I bought Cashmere Blush and Private Beach.

What made me liked it instantly is that it isn't sticky as I expected it to be. It happened to be mousse-type that reminds me of Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams with better staying power. Transfer proof, Kiss proof and rub proof but as soon as you start eating and drinking more it rubs off at the center part. It's fine with me, for 180 pesos I don't expect much, it just saves me from reapplying many times a day as long as I don't eat much. But with my growing belly who cares if I had nothing on after. I gotta feed.

L-R: Private Beach. Cashmere Blush, Skinny Dip
Private Beach is a nude beige shade. Pale as soon as I apply it, but the color develops more after a few mins, and turns into nude brown on me with a slight tinge of peach. To make it more wearable I apply it under Mac's Spice Lip Liner.

Cashmere Blush appears to be bright peachy pink upon swatching, but turns out Barbie pink on my lips. though the tube seems just a bit darker to Skinny Dip, the real color of it is somewhat different and I'm a bit disappointed. Maybe it's not that flattering on me since I'm not into bright lips these days, but it's perfect for bridal makeups and for bridesmaids. I gave this one out to my friend Ate Janis and it's perfect on her, not too bright and striking unlike how it turned out on my lips.

Skinny Dip can be described as a dusty rose shade, exactly how I expected my Kylie Lip Kit in Posie K to turn out on my lips but it didn't. In terms of shade I dig Skinny Dip more, and one of my go to fave and my current MLBB lippie.

Definitely raving this one, and I carry it almost everyday and anywhere.
Here's me with my Ate Janis wearing Skinny Dip.
We're at Mac Cosmetics Mall of Asia to claim something wonderful!
Here it is! The event's gonna be tomorrow so surely I'll be sharing what happened
with you asap!
Thank you for reading lovelies. My liquid lippie collection's continuously growing, and the shades were always identical with each other. I'm sorry if I couldn't help it. As you can see, I have more to blog about... If I won't be lazy within the week then my reviews for Kylie Lip Kits, Mac Retromattes, Nyx Lingerie and more will follow. 

Thanks for reading! Ciao!