Monday, October 25, 2010

Beauty Event: Beautylish LA Day of Beauty

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have read some of my tweets regarding the Beautylish event that I attended this past Saturday at the J.W. Marriot in Downtown LA. I must say that I'm really glad that I went! If you missed my previous post, you can find my outfit of the day post here.

I was really impressed in the venue of the event. I've passed by the J.W. Marriott whenever we'd go to Staples Center or LA Live but never inside the hotel. It was so posh inside. A few escalators later, we reached the sign in table where we checked in and was greeted by the Beautylish team and we proceeded inside the hall.

Right when you walk in, they had photographers ready to take your picture, and pretty much just makeup everywhere. They had set up tables with little jars of makeup goodies that you can take with you. They had some NYX cosmetics and Orly nail polishes just to name a few. And let's not forget about the food! They had some yummy hors d'oeuvres and even a cupcake tree! Too bad I only managed to get try a cupcake since I was so caught up talking to people. Oh, and did I mention there was also an open bar? I loaded up on... water and soda haha since half of the champagne I had in the beginning gave me a kick already.

I also thought that it was neat that they had a manicure station setup where you can get your nails 'did' as well as a makeup station. So since we got there pretty early, we were able to get our nails done without having to wait too long. And if that wasn't enough, Beautylish gave us a makeup swag bag with all sorts of goodies inside!

Ok enough rambling, here are some pictures from the event.

I don't mind having this as my tree for Christmas.

It really tastes as good as it looks.  Such a tiny tease of goodness!

Manicure station.

Getting my nails done.

I met Sonia aka SCCastaneda on YouTube while waiting for my turn.

Beautylish team

Katie and Tina. They're too adorable for words. We got acquainted while waiting in line for the manis :)

Jarmaine aka JLovesMac1 and Heart. I can't believe they thought I was only 16 -___-* LOL. It was nice chatting up with these girls. Check out Jarmaine's YouTube channel! She's such a character. And Heart, you need to get on YouTube or start a blog already (peer pressure, peer pressure). And random fact, Heart and I actually have a mutual friend. I did not know til we added each other on Facebook. Small world!

With Jarmaine and Nil, co-founder of Beautylish

I just realized this when I was going through my pictures, but is this a Filipino group shot or what? Jill should be in this picture too!
(L to R: Suzy (MacNC40), Jarmaine (JLovesMac1), me (yummiebitez), Jackie (JaaackJack), and Heart)

With Jackie, Ingrid (aka missglamorazzi), and my friend Veronica. I met these two towards the end of the event. Ahh!!! they are too cute for words. Jackie was so shy in the beginning, but she was such a sweetheart. I seriously kinda wish I can shrink her and put her in my pocket and take her home haha. Her mom is also so adorable and sweet! I love how she's so supportive of her passion. Jackie, I wish you lived closer to me! And Ingrid, was just soo warm and friendly. I just learned about her YouTube channel that day when I met her and I'm officially hooked. Her presence on the camera and in person is just the same. No smoke and mirrors there. I was really enamored about her maturity and presence. You'll know what I mean when you watch her videos!

Christina from Beautylish. I kinda found it funny how we shared the same guilty pleasure of reading a certain forum that will remain unknown haha.

And of course my makeup goodies!

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I really enjoyed myself and my friend Veronica (who was my +1 for the day) as we met some YouTube gurus (mostly) and other bloggers who has the passion for beauty! I didn't know what to expect when I first walked in, and I'm not going to lie, but I was actually pretty nervous. But after getting settled (and it didn't hurt that I had a bubbly in the beginning), I got pretty comfortable and just started talking to anyone who was next to me >.< although I didn't have to worry since everyone was so nice and friendly!

Thank you again Beautylish team for having this event. If it weren't for this event I probably wouldn't have met these lovely girls! Looking forward to future events to come!

Lookbook: Leopard and Lace

Leopard print blazer, pleated A-line skirt, H&M necklace, lace tank, vintage; Forever 21; Jezebel Clogs, Dolce Vita

Watch the Video:

Here's an outfit that I wore to the Beautylish event this past Saturday. I even made an OOTD video :). Two things I'm loving right now, my leopard blazer and my clogs. The first moment I've laid my eyes on the leopard blazer was when Pam did her clothing haul video. At first I thought that the blazer was too crazy for my style, but for some reason the moment I saw it in store and tried it on, I thought to myself that maybe it can work out. And it did, and now I'm in love with this blazer!! Second, my clogs are my favorite shoes at the moment. I love everything about it... the wooden heels, the studs *sigh*.

And also, how awesome is my mom for having this tank top still? I went back home last week to visit them and she pulled out this tank and I told her I was going to take it! And now I'm putting it to good use as she hasn't worn this in years. Thanks mom!

Anyway, I'll have have a separate post on the Beautylish event as soon as my YouTube video finishes uploading. For this whole week, I think I'm going to be wrapped up on working on my costume for Halloween. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I've decided on this costume, but I wanted to make my costume so it's guaranteed that I'm not going to be matching with anyone. Oh well, I've already started it. I just hope I finish it in time. I'm just glad that mommy dearest is helping me with it as I don't know how to sew for the life of me. I'll tweet some progress, but I'll make the whole reveal on Friday when it's finally time to dress up!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box Look #3: Easy Playful Look

Yes, I'm back with a beauty related post. Here's a look that I've been meaning to edit since forever (previously recorded back in AUGUST)! I actually have another video pending to be edited so we'll see if I'll be able to get on that too. I actually had the chance today to edit my video only because I am sick and stuck at home. I swear I have an immune system of a 90 year old. I get so sick easily. Anyway, oddly enough editing videos are a bit therapeutic to me.

So here I am again today using the same palette. This is look number three using the Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box. I'm really trying to maximize the use of this palette as you can see (click here and here for the previous looks). 

Watch the tutorial:

Products Used:
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Duo Mat Powder Foundation in 203
  • Bihada Ichizoku blush in peachy pink
  • Kiehl's Lip Balm with SPF 15
  • Dior High Shine Lipstick in Catwalk Mauve

In case you might be wondering what my nail polish is on this post, it's O.P.I Indi-a Mood for Love (click here for previous post).

FTC: All products mentioned were purchased by me. I am not sponsored to write this post or to make this video tutorial. This post contains affiliate links.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lazy Sunday Afternoons

H&M jacket, earrings, and sunglasses; Cotton-On white tank; Charlotte Russe grey jeans; Urban Outfitter shoes

The bf and I decided to hit up Pasadena this past Sunday. I'm really a lazy dresser so whatever is comfortable works. I love basic white tees just because you can dress them up or keep it casual. I particularly like this tank because it's so flowy. I'm having a brain fart right now so I'll this post on a short note.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Beauty Review: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strip Pop Collection

Product Blurb:

New!  Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner
  • Enhances Brown Eyes with 3 Color-Coordinated Trios
  • High Performance Glamour!: 3 x 3 = Endless Possibilities
  • Natural, Playful, Dramatic 9 Custom Shades for the Perfect Brown Eyes
  • 3 Trios = 3 Looks, Wet &; Dry = 2 Finishes, Shadows & * Liners = Customized Glamour
  • Hypoallergenic, Fragrance free, Dermatologist approved, Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner
  • 3 x 3 = Endless Possibilities!
  • Three blendable trios perfectly paired to color, contour and line your eyes for illuminating, high impact.
High-Performance Formula
  • Wet & Dry application for two finishes:
  • Wet for dramatic, intense color with ultra long-lasting wear.  Transforms shadow into a liner.
  • Dry for a softer result.

Professionally Customized Glamour
  • Make-up artist selected shades enhance your natural eye color.
  • Unique, angled pro-sponge applicator allows for perfect blending and precise lining.
  • Tip for lining
  • Slanted top for applying contour color
  • Flat side for applying color all over lid
(description via

Why You Might Dig It:
  • Compact palette (great for travel)
  • Nine array of eyeshadows 
  • Work-friendly colors
  • Easy transition from daytime to nighttime look
  • Great color combination especially for brown eyes
  • Affordable
  • Decent pimentation
  • Easily blendable
Why You Might Brush It Off:
  • Awkward palette packaging
  • No dividers in between eyeshadows
  • Two of the eyeshadows were sheer (refer to image below)
  • Some eyeshadows were chalky

The Nitty Gritty:
This is my first Physicians Formula palette ($9.95), and I'll admit I was a bit skeptic at first. But there was a week when I found myself always reaching out for this palette when I'm doing my makeup (see previous look here and here). It's almost a no brainer putting looks together with this palette whether it be for work or if you want to be get a little creative and playful. With your lighter and darker eyeshadows, it's a cinch to transition from your day time look to your night time look.

As far as the packaging goes, the size of the palette is small enough for travel and has the colors you might need for let's say a weekend. However, I do find it a little odd how the palette opens which I find cumbersome. It can also be a struggle sometimes opening the palette for the reason that it opens sideways which makes it that much more annoying. I feel that I have to be extra careful opening it because of the fear that the cover might suddenly snap off. Also, with the way the eyeshadows are packaged, if you're not within the perimeter of the eyeshadow, you can easily transfer the neighboring color on to your brush since the eyeshadows do not have any sort of divider in between them.

The pigmentation of the eyeshadows are pretty decent for a drugstore brand. They're not the best but it does give you a good color payoff with a good primer or base. Although two eyeshadow colors (indicated in the image above) are more on the sheer side which either requires a heavier hand or packing the eyeshadow for it to show better on your lids. Also, keep in mind that some eye shadows were a tad bit chalky. I did experience some fall-out for some of them, but on a brighter side, they were easily blendable without running the risk of your eyeshadows looking all muddy.

For the price for $10, I consider this eyeshadow palette to be a pretty good buy. It has what you need and it does the job. I mainly like it for those lazy or no-time-to-think-of-an-eye-color-combination days because when you are in a hurry thinking takes too much is not an option. Although the packaging could be better, I suppose you'll get over it sooner or later once you get used to its awkward packaging.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out 5

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Living in a Bubble World

H&M laced 3/4 sleeve, shorts, and necklace; Dolce Vita Jezebel clogs, Vintage belt, F21 ring

There's always that one piece of clothing that you bought, but you don't know exactly when or how you're going to wear it, but you bought it anyway. May it be the color or how it looks, you just bought it because you have that instinct you'll wear it one day.

When I went to Boston back in May, I found these blue shorts which I've always referred to as bubble shorts because they look like bubble shorts. Duh. I bought the pair at H&M and it was the last size. My size. I took it upon myself that it was a sign for me to have it even though I really had no idea when or how I'll wear it.

They're really light and flowy, and a pain to iron. But I was attracted to them enough that I'll put up with it. There were something about them that made me buy it. It's probably because I don't have a pair of shorts like these. Why not.

Fast forward to five months later and these shorts finally saw daylight... or at least made it out of my closet. I wore these babies to an engagement party I had to attend to this past weekend and I paired them with a 3/4 laced sleeve from H&M (they were on sale for $4.95 for a day... how can you not get one? I don't know why I didn't get another one in a different color). I guess I can wear this for work too. But I don't know, I'm too comfortable dressing like a bum to work.

I'm going to start posting my weekend outfits when I get the chance. I mean it's the only time I make an effort to look presentable anyway. It actually motivates me to dress a little better too.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Going with My Animal Instinct

Boxed water is better... not when water tastes like paper. And do I spot another kitty?

hello bum.

I had to pixelate the goofy look.

H&M little black dress, leopard print blazer; Dolce Vita Jezebel Clogs; Marc Jacobs clutch; F21 earrings

This past weekend marks another year of my existence and another year closer to the quarter century. I didn't really plan on celebrating, but I did want to go First Friday in Venice. But this girl needed a birthday suit.

I haven't gone to the mall in ages and I usually do my window shopping online whether it'd be reading blogs or watching haul videos on YouTube. It really beats going through racks and racks of stuff. As I was perusing through the racks of H&M, I found the blazer that Pam featured on her latest haul video. I was a bit iffy about owning a straight up leopard print blazer, but it was surprisingly fierce after trying it on that I decided I must wear it on the eve of my birthday and has become my favorite blazer overnight. I mean it's only fitting right? Year of the tiger? Animal print blazer? yes?

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