On Working Out and Staying Motivated

A little more than a month ago, someone from Healthline contacted me, asking if I was interested in publishing an article of my choice by one of their authors. During that period of time, I was around a month into working out and going to the gym, but knowing myself I knew that in around two months’ time I would probably be lazing around already… and to my dismay, I was right. To think I actually thought I was making progress to a better, healthier lifestyle! :(

A few of the many workout gear I splurged on. Team Nike!

Thankfully, the article on “staying motivated to work out” was sent to me right on time. I should really resume eating clean and hitting the gym again (besides, I can’t let all my pretty workout clothes and shoes go to waste—plus I’m going to Cebu in around 2 weeks)…

Click here to read the article from Healthline! →

MAC Fantasy of Flowers Collection: Photos, Swatches, and Reviews

The MAC Fantasy of Flowers collection is MAC’s spring 2014 product line that was released in the Philippines last March, specifically on the day of the workshop with Ms. RB Chanco at SM Mall of Asia. The collection also included blushes and eyeshadow pots (some of which were featured on the previously linked post), but they didn’t interest me so I got just two of the lipsticks and one lip gloss, all of which I will be doing a review on below.

MAC Fantasy of Flowers 01

MAC Flare for Fantasy, MAC Heavenly Hybrid, and MAC Dreaming Dahlia

Click to read the rest of the review and to view the lip swatches! →

Club Balai Isabel, Batangas (15-16/05/2014)

Taken with the iPhone 5 back camera with minor post-processing on Pixelmator and VSCOcam

A little more than a month ago, my best friend was still on her summer break and we were frustrated over not having gone out of town for summer yet (that wasn’t a problem in my case because I knew I was done with my undergraduate degree… forever… mwahahahaha). That led me to looking for places to stay in in Batangas, and thankfully I came across this gem called Club Balai Isabel. I had never heard of the place before I went to their website, but the moment that I did, they were throwing a 70% off promo for the last of summer. How lucky!

Taken with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Back Camera with minimal post-processing on Pixelmator and VSCOcam

Now, this was supposedly just a photo post of our trip, but then I thought… why not make it a review as well, in case some of you guys had been thinking of checking in at the same place? :)

CLUB BALAI ISABEL RATING SUMMARY
Price: 5.0/5.0
Accommodation: 4.5/5.0
Outdoor Facilities: 4.0/5.0
Customer Service: 3.0/5.0
Food: 5.0/5.0
TOTAL: 4.3/5.0

Click to see the rest of the review, including some of the photos we took during our stay! →

Lime Crime Velvetines in Pink Velvet: Photos, Swatches, and Reviews

Hello from the perpetually missing-in-action beauty blogger! Long story short behind my long absence: my mom went home for a visit because I graduated from college (YES WOOHOO I AM NOW OFFICIALLY A BUM YAY [F]UNEMPLOYMENT), and I got lazy to update. I’ve taken lots of photos of the products I’ve been planning to post, though, and here’s the first batch of them!

You might have read my review of the first two colors of the Lime Crime Velvetines (if you haven’t, check it out here)—Red Velvet and Suedeberry—and I mentioned in that post that the Pink Velvet color had yet to come out. It was released during the Holiday 2013 season, I believe, and I was able to get my hands on them just last month, so… here’s the review.

Taken with the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS with minimal post-processing on Pixelmator

Taken with the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS with minimal post-processing on Pixelmator

Click here to view the reviews and swatches of the Lime Crime Velvetines in Pink Velvet! →

Erika’s Secret Closet Has Migrated To erikadejesus.com!

Remember one of my New Year 2014 blog posts and how I planned to register my own domain for my blog? Well, I finally got to registering it two nights ago and I decided on getting erikadejesus.com despite the poll results favoring the other option, because I simply can NOT “un-see” the ASS in erikASSecretcloset.com. :lol:

So, aside from the domain change, here are a bunch of other site-related announcements!

1. Erika’s Secret Closet has a new favicon to go with its new domain! You should be able to see it beside the URL on the address bar of your browser, but here’s the larger version, anyway.

Created with Pixelmator for Mac

2. I just recently revived my Ask.fm account (it’s the round question mark icon found on the top-most portion of my blog’s sidebar), so please feel free to leave me questions and/or messages anytime and I’ll be sure to respond to them ASAP! :)

3. Lastly, in case you need to contact me for more formal purposes, my official email address for the blog is now contact@erikadejesus.com (ooh, spiffy), so I’ll appreciate it if you don’t send emails to my other addresses anymore in case you know of them. Thank you! You can also access it via the round mail icon found beside the Ask.fm button on the blog side bar or through the contact page, BTW.


…well, I guess that’s pretty much it. What do you guys think of all the new site changes (especially of the revamped favicon)? I mean, they may be minor, but I sure am happy about them! I can’t wait to update my blog with all the pending posts I had been putting off since December 2013—I reaaaally love that I finally have the time! :lol:

Guerlain Crazy Paris Eyeshadow Palette: Pictures, Swatches, and Reviews

If you can recall from around two months ago, I posted a photo of my Guerlain and MAC haul, which mostly contained items from Guerlain’s Crazy Paris Holiday 2013 collection. I never really got to doing reviews on the individual items from there (and of the rest of my makeup supposedly within the scope of my Holiday Haul 2013 blog segment), but it’s better late than never, isn’t it? :)

To kick off the continuation of the much-delayed blog segment, here’s a review post on the Guerlain Crazy Paris Eyeshadow Palette followed by an EOTD I did with it from a couple months back!

Taken with the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS with minimal post-processing on Pixelmator

Click to read the rest of my review and to see my EOTD! →

Axe Gold Launch Party at Republiq Club (14/05/2014)

Axe Gold Launch Party at Republiq

Last week Wednesday, I went to Republiq Club at Resorts World Manila for the Axe Gold launch party. Everyone had a can of Axe Gold on their tables so we all got our chance to get a whiff of the lovely fragrance, and boy did it smell good! It sure lived up to its tagline, you know? It had that touch of sophistication—something I’m sure the ladies would adore. ;)

Click to view the rest of the photos taken that night + the makeup I used! →

Hair and Makeup Stint for Tricia Castillo (31/03/2014)

I started a beauty blog because of my love of hoarding makeup and cosmetics in addition to experimenting with them on my own face—I had no formal background on makeup education (I still don’t), and I felt like even though I may have the skills to do makeup, I had yet to earn the right to do makeup on other people and charge them for it (I still do).

Fortunately, someone thought otherwise and I was given the opportunity to do hair and makeup for a graduation ball occasion! I kind of failed miserably with the eyeliner (at first it was okay, but the client blinked and we didn’t have the time to erase the eyeliner and redo it, so she requested that I just thicken the eyeliner overall), but I think the rest of the makeup seemed fine (the lips could have been better though, had I used an exfoliant on it prior to applying lip color).

Check out the photos below! :)

Tricia Castillo: before and after. I really wish we had the time to redo her eyeliner! I feel like the whole look could have been at least ten times prettier if the eyeliner was on point…

Click to see the rest of the photos from my very first hair and makeup stint! →

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! →