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Hello fellow makeup junkies!! Welcome to my blog - A Daily Dose of Kaartehan (kaartehan = vanity)... This is my tiny slice of the world wide web where I celebrate being a girl & also where I store my boo-hoos & blah-blahs... I am a mother of 2 awesome boys who loves makeup & anything pretty... I am a certified MUA not MakeUp Artist, but a certified MakeUp Addict... If you are looking for a good read, hence the title of this blog, you are in the wrong place... So get out!! LOL... otherwise, thanks for droppin by & I hope you enjoy my blog!

feLLoW jUnKieS

Friday, January 11, 2013


before I go on with the pictures of the results on the second Fit Me trial I would like to show you pictures of how it looked like hours later on the first trial... whooo!! that was a mouthful!! hahaha.... but yeah, these are pictures of the first time I tried the Fit Me foundation after 4-5 hours of wear.....

now you gotta keep in mind that I did not use any oil control or mattifying lotion whatsoever

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Introducing Viva la Juicy Limited Edition Parfum. A must have collector item that captures the glamorous spirit of Juicy Couture.

In a gilded gold bottle that is distressed to vintage perfection, the Viva la Juicy pure parfum is the first time the best-selling fragrance is available in this decadent form. An over $1,000 value that is yours for $98. 

Playfully adorning the bottle is a heart-shaped charm pinned to a fuchsia bow, a unique collectible inspired by Juicy Couture accessories. Viva La Juicy is for the chic, modern woman who can't get enough Couture. Viva, the scent of Couture. 

I've always wanted me a Viva La Juicy, more so now that they have it in this oh so fancy special edition packaging!! too bad I'm broke as fudge!! but to some of you who want it you can click HERE to buy it....

this is not a sponsored entry.... 
neither Macy's nor Juicy Couture
 paid me to do this blog post.... 
it would be nice if they would 
send me one though.... =P

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


just one of my current fashion crushes - the leather biker jacket

how I wish I can get this awesome one by Rick Owens

I love how versatile it is... you can dress it up a little with a high heel boots like Taylor Swift here & either a black mini or black dress underneath like Halle Berry

or dress it down with a tee...
like Rachel Bilson & Lindsay Lohan for a more casual look...

here are other celebs spotted sporting the jacket from the same brand

Victoria Beckham with my man! LOL

Lindsay Lohan rockin a brown one! luv!

Jennifer Aniston 

LeAnn Rimes

Hilary Duff

so effin cute!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


"SAVE THE DATE" is what it said on top of every email Sephora had sent to all V.I.B. members & that's exactly what I did... but I still ALMOST missed it!!!!!! the problem was not in the saving the date it's in getting the dates mixed up....

The V.I.B. Holiday Shopping Event started Nov 10th ends the 14th...

I thought today, the 15th (Tuesday) is the 14th.... but I didn't give up.... I thought, it wouldn't hurt to try....

so I put stuff on my drool list in the shopping cart... entered the V.I.B. discount code & viola!!! in some sort of miracle, it worked!!!!

I actually wanted only the UD Naked Palette that I've been holding off on for a long while now.... but of course, you can't ever go to Sephora (online or in store) & pick up one thing & one thing only.... it's just impossible....

so here are the stuff I ordered...

I'm just tired of being the only one who doesn't have this palette... simple & plain! I just want it!!! LOL


ever since I missed the MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick from the Quite Cute collection I've been desperate to find a close dupe.... and you all know I am obsessed with hot pink, fuchsia-ish colored lipsticks... & when I saw a lip swatch of this lipstick, I knew I just have to have this....

I wanted to get other shades but I wanted to try this lipstick first just in case I won't like the finish of it... here are the other shades I'm definitely adding on my drool list....

Funny Face
Dolce Vita

do any of you own any of these shades?? if so, can you please advise if they are worth splurging for??? 

# 203 Light Beige

I've been curious about this product especially because there's so much mixed reviews about it... I've only been using my MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural to set my foundation but I also want to try out other brands.... plus the MAC MSF is just not good enough by it self, so I wanna give this one a shot & see if it'll be a good coverage powder for when I'm in a hurry or just when I don't feel like putting on a full foundation face... I did a research on what shade will match my NC30 skin & according to a lot of reviews, #203 is perfect for NC30 shade... but I also hear some say #205 also works... so I based my decision on what the majority said... if the shade fails then I shall return it & exchange it for the #205...

# 205 Medium Beige

I was pickin between Blissful, Tipsy, Natural Beauty & Amused

Blissful (warm peach)
Tipsy (coral)
Natural Beauty (muted strawberry red)

Blissful & Tipsy are in the orangey-peachy side & I feel like I already have a lot of blush with peachy shades.... I wanted to try Natural Beauty so bad but I just wasn't sure how this would look on me... so I opted for a less risky one -
which is a bright pink shade... I have MAC's Dolly Mix & NARS' Desired blushes which are in the same shade family but I have a feeling Amused will be a lot different than these two... based on swatches, it's more muted pink than Dolly Mix & Desired... I guess I'll find out when I get my package....

I almost almost missed the 20% deal.... if you haven't ordered & you were planning to, it might not be too late yet... so go on & gather the items on your wish list & head on over to & enjoy this great deal they are offering to us cosmetic addicts right now...

another great deal I didn't wanna pass on is the extra 4% rebate that is offering... so I signed up for that as well... I'm new to the whole Ebates thing but the extra discount sounds really good to say no... so if you wanna avail of this awesome tempting deal, click HERE & enjoy shopping... coz you deserve it gurl!!!!! =)

Monday, November 14, 2011

GIVEAWAY ALERT: 350+ Followers International Giveaway

another alert on another cool giveaway is

SRISH of Style Fashion Etc's 350+ Followers International Giveaway

she will be picking two winners of these two awesome prizes!!! 

if I were to win the first prize I would want the following MAC products:
VANILLA eyeshadow
SOFT BROWN eyeshadow

it would be equally awesome to win the ELF stuff too... 

so I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this!!!! =)

go check out Style Fashion Etc's blog HERE for details on how to get a chance to win!! 

Shrish's blog is another blog I started following even before this giveaway... she has an awesome style... I love her taste especially with the accessories she wears.... the bags are to die for.... so check her out coz you'll definitely enjoy her posts!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Francesca's Birthday + One year Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

one thing I've missed when I was away from blogging is joining giveaways! here's one awesome giveaway that I'm gonna share with you guys... 

Francesca from Francesca's Beauty Blog is havin her Birthday + One year Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

you have a choice to get a $25 giftcard, or two MAC Lipsticks of your choice, or two eyeshadows of your choice or one MAC Blush of your choice as a prize....

I choose 2 lipsticks... but I'm still thinking of what shade to ask for...

she has a cute blog... I've been following her even before this giveaway so I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy her blog too, giveaway or no giveaway!

so head on to her blog for details on how to join..... goodluck to us! =)

Monday, October 31, 2011


as promised... here is my H2011 look

my attempt at the


~ details ~


Smashbox photo finish light foundation primer
Ben Nye tattoo cover - No.1
washable glue stick for the eyebrows
Halloween cream makeup - White
NYC loose face powder - Translucent
NYX jumbo e/s pencil - Milk & Black Bean
L'Oreal HiP cream eyeliner - Black
Milani liquif'eye e/l pencil - Black
MAC e/s - Carbon
88 eyeshadow palette - Shimmer(Coastal Scents) & Matte(eBay)
MakeUpForEver eyeshadow - #92
E.L.F. beauty book bright eye edition - Purple eyeshadows
Carnival Colors halloween makeup (seen HERE)

& just a few more cam whorin just coz I don't want it to go to waste... shoot! took me hours to freakin do this look...

and of course my fave pic of the bunch....


hope you all have a safe & fun Halloween this year!! 

Sunday, October 30, 2011


a few months back, when one of my clients asked me to do a Dia De Los Muertos inspired makeup on her for Halloween, I got really curious! I've seen a lot of these artistic painted faces of what seems to be a skull incorporated with a lot of flowers & little swirly things... but I never really took a time to look it up... what is this Dia De Los Muertos thing really all about??

when I googled it, I got pretty interested & more amazed by the whole thing.... then I got the itch to do one on my self....

before I show you the result of my attempt at the Dia De Los Muertos look, here are a few of my favorite images of the said art... mostly are by Sylvia Ji.. I used some of these pictures as inspiration for this look....

Sylvia Ji is an artist whose work has a heavy influence from Mexico, especially from sugar skull art... see her bio here

these are just a few of my faves... there's a lot more that are pretty awesome....