Smoked Nude Makeup (or, how I spent my day off)

Hello friends! Before anything, here’s a little update!

My current job at Bread&Botany (Facebook|Instagram) as a front-of-house entails that I not only be a waitstaff & cashier, but also a bartender (we serve gin & tonics from 5pm-closing!) and ice cream girl (I’m quite good at the swirl, woohoo!). It’s been stressful, but so much fun because I’ve been learning a lot! I can’t believe it’s only been 2 weeks since I even got interviewed for the job, and it feels like I’ve known my workmates for ages!

I get Mondays off, so I spent most of this morning asleep (as usual haha), but a conversation with some friends involving Colourpop’s Lippie Stix in Tootsi got me thinking of making a look with it! (And well, I couldn’t help playing with my Too Faced Chocolate Bar again.)

The finished result!
The finished result!

This look also gave me the opportunity to play with 2 new products I purchased over the Christmas season – the Maybelline Super Mineral 24 Healthy Long Lasting Foundation in OC3, and the Etude House Drawing Eye Brow cream pencil in 05 (yes – it’s GRAY). I used a classic paddle brush to apply the foundation thinly, as my skin still isn’t in the best condition – the light coverage manages to even out my skintone, which is good enough for me! As for the gray brow pencil, I think it makes my brows look more defined. I made sure to brush on some brow mascara (I used Majolica Majorca’s Brow & Lash Colorist in BR555), so the gray isn’t too jarring!

And if you’re wondering why there’s a men’s after shave balm in the products I used – that’s because the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm in Sensitive is one of the BEST primers out there! I found out about it through NikkieTutorials on YouTube, and a friend managed to get one for me as a gift. Needless to say, foundation glides on so smoothly and my makeup pretty much lasts whatever it needs to get through!

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Glam Holiday Makeup featuring the Too Faced Chocolate Bar!

Hello, friends! I absolutely loved playing with my Chocolate Bar palette (click HERE for the review!) that I felt like I needed to do a holiday look for you!

I had actually done this look a couple of days before Christmas, as I was planning to wear it at Christmas lunch. But alas, because I don’t normally do a full face of makeup; and this look took me almost 2 hours to conceptualize and execute, I had to do a pared down version. But then again, this look isn’t just for the holidays – there’s something about gold eyes and red lips that make it so versatile for just about any occasion. And if you like pin-up or 50s-style makeup, nothing stands out as an icon of the look more than a rich, red lip!

The back of the house had good lighting, haha! I took it around 4pm or so.
The back of the house had good lighting, haha! I took it around 4pm or so.
Here's the shades from the Chocolate Bar that I used!
Here’s the shades from the Chocolate Bar that I used!

I’ll try to detail the instructions as best as I can, as I forgot to take photos during the process since I was taking note of how long it would take me to complete the look. I’ll be starting from the eyes since I’m assuming that each of my readers and friends have their own foundation and brow routines!

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Review: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection

Whoever created this palette that combines two of my favorite things – chocolate and makeup – is a genius. (Thank you, Jerrod Blandino.)

This is probably my favorite out of the birthday presents I received this year – I actually requested my dad to get me this when he was in the U.S. for an alumni event!

..aaaaaaand it’s only now that I’ve gotten around to making proper swatches and actually gotten around to playing with this beautiful palette!

I don’t remember how I first got to knowing about this palette, but I knew I had to have it – I had been constantly thinking about it for over 3 years, and I was so frustrated that the ones sold here in Manila were more expensive than I thought – after all, Too Faced is a relatively high-end brand that isn’t locally available yet. (Only online sellers and specialty sellers at bazaars usually carry this brand.) But as I mentioned, my dad was in the U.S. for an alumni homecoming earlier this year and I instantly asked for this palette.


Hello, baby. (Sorry for the lighting! ><)
Hello, baby. (Sorry for the lighting! ><)





I was fortunate enough to get it in its newer, sleeker packaging – the original packaging was thicker, and thus, bulkier. Also, it used to have a plastic insert with the names, which isn’t a worry with its current packaging which already has the shade labels printed onto it. The palette case is made out of strong metal, and has a magnetic closure. I find it satisfying to hear it close, actually – is that strange? Anyway, it feels very sturdy and has a good heft when carried in hand.

And when you open the palette: AHHHHHH. The smell of success.

Actually, it’s the smell of chocolate – these shadows are infused with cocoa powder!

The Chocolate Bar experience begins as soon as you open the palette and the smell of sweet chocolate envelops you. The eye shadows are pigmented with pure, antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and includes 16 matte and shimmer shades of natural browns, delicate pinks and luscious plums.

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Review: Too Faced Beauty Wishes and Sweet Kisses palette (Holiday 2014)

I tend to do my makeup shopping online, especially when I’m looking for products that aren’t readily available here in the Philippines. With the advent of social media, vendors and sellers have an easier way of selling their wares to a larger audience – and with eager buyers ready to explore in just a matter of a few clicks, they eventually find a shop that has what they look for.

..which is how I found Makeup Story PH on Instagram! The owner of the shop, Ms. May, is a Filipino freelance makeup artist currently based in Singapore.

Now, some of you may be iffy about products from Singapore, because a lot of imitation products and fakes which originate from China pass through Singapore. It’s such a rampant problem, coming across sellers who actually have FAKE items on sale!

But fortunately, the products she sells (and she also accepts special orders if she can find them) come mainly from Sephora SG, so you don’t have to worry about quality and authenticity. Because she is a makeup enthusiast, her main purpose is to have high-quality brands available to Filipina buyers, at the most affordable cost.

My very first purchase from her, which was in around July, was a BH Cosmetics brush set (to follow in my next review), and this Too Faced palette!

Too Faced’s Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses palette comes from its Holiday 2014 collection. I purchased this mainly because it was on sale for a lower price, it being off-season.. and also because I wanted to try the Chocolate Soleil bronzer so, so badly!

I have to give it to Too Faced - their packaging is adorable.
I have to give it to Too Faced – their packaging is adorable.
The back of the box gives details about the products inside.
The back of the box gives details about the products inside.

Our delicious little palette of our full-face wearable favorites fulfills every last beauty wish. Create decadent eye looks with three antioxidant-rich, cocoa powder infused shadows from our best-selling Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection, our matte Chocolate Soleil Bronzer and our luminous Snow Bunny Bronzer for a fresh glow. Finish the look with a pink glossy pout.


  • 3 Exclusive eye shadows from our best-selling Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection [White Chocolate, Creme Brulee, Haute Chocolate]
  • Best-selling Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer
  • Exclusive preview of a deluxe version of our La Crème Lip Gloss in Naked Dolly

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