On Moving and Reverse Conditioning With L’Occitane Soothing Scalp Oil | The Pre-Shampoo Pamper

Lately, it seems I’ve been getting my oil game on and I’m posting today about this particular product because I really like it even if I’ve only used it once.  L’Occitane’s soothing scalp oil is not JUST another hair oil…it’s a pre-shampoo conditioning hair oil that soaks and soothes the scalp and it rinses out wonderfully.  Highlighting the difference of conditioning pre-shampoo is what I shall do shortly. 

“Designed for dry to sensitive scalp, this pre-shampoo treatment combines soothing calendula extract with a 5 essential oil anti-breakage complex to comfort the scalp and help reduce feelings of tightness and discomfort. Rich in sweet almond, jojoba and grapeseed oils, it hydrates the scalp without leaving a greasy residue.”


*Ingredient from Organic Farming. 

**Natural origin ingredients. 

Available for Php2100 at RUSTAN’s beauty source and L’Occitane Central Square BGC

The way it works is you apply drippings of this at the very roots of your hair on your scalp before you shampoo your hair, not after.  No need to pour tons of it…the dropper does a good job and the oil blend itself is easy to spread even with small amounts.  The first part of the experience is the soothing soak that the oil imparts to the scalp.  Give yourself a good massage as well while you’re in this stage.  Between the end of summer and the arrival of the -Ber months I often get flaky and itchy.  My scalp just doesn’t appreciate the shift in climate so this product was a welcome relief.   

The added delight after you condition is the rinse. You would think an oil product would go against you in matters of rinsing…but this lovely lavender scented product works with you and emulsifies, allowing you to rinse cleanly while leaving behind soft shine and nourishing hydration. What’s nice about conditioning prior to shampooing with an oil is 1. It feels Royal and 2. the scalp benefits from a proper rinse but an oil conditions more deeply so whatever is left behind ought to be beneficial.

On the life update I have filmed a new video (a first impressions one) but my brother and I are pretty much on the last leg of our move to Quezon City, and I still do not have a functioning laptop of my own.  We haven’t had our first night over at our new place because there’s that last push of stuff we need to have with us and my brother got sick. We’re not moving into a “shiny new” condo. Together with my mother’s support we had refurbished an initially slightly shabby, long-unused but well-suited space.  

Sorry, for now this is the only photo I’ve taken from inside of our little urban corner…proving how to-and-fro it’s been this entire week.  Free range large premium, brown, and salted eggs for real.  Copper sprayed basket from H&M Home (I figure I could have actually DIYed this…but I was gifted an H&M debit card, the end LOL). 

A friend’s carpenter did a great job on making it new-ish and listened to me well. Two small rooms joined by a central dining and kitchen area that has no sink of its own nor a bathroom of its own. We will have to share a common bathroom with the boarders, or use our cousin’s once in awhile. It’s pretty much a cozy dorm-like situation and we are grateful for the fact that the rooms we are renting are care of family. So despite the fact that there are unknown boarders on site, we know we are loved and safe and we like the challenge of making a small unexpected space look cozy and modern without breaking the bank on new furniture and stuff (post on that soon).  So, here I am propped up on my bed with my cat for what could almost be my last regular night in leafy Laguna paradise.  … To full post & COMMENTS...

My AUGUST x SEPT Faves Video

It took awhile but it got here…with love and a bit of London thrown in.



Click here or on the video below to watch and see :), product details listed below, too, and please also subscribe to my YouTube channel “blessmybag”.

Barry M Speedy Nail Paint “EAT MY DUST” http://blessmybag.com/2015/09/14/the-…
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Ultra Liquid Foundation #Y245 (120)
TOP SHOP Matte Lipsticks “Beguiled” and “Rio Rio”
SOAP AND GLORY Clean on Me Shower Gel
SOAP AND GLORY Righteous Butter Body Lotion
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
PAPERCHASE Ice Cream Nail Files
PAPERCHASE Two Thousand And Sixteen year planner
MAKEOVER Lipliner in Natural
Za Plumper Lips lipstick Innocent rose http://blessmybag.com/2013/08/17/za-p…
H&M handbag powder beige Php1600 H&M Makati

H&M cotton jumpsuit
Clinique Airbrush Pen Concealer
FS (Fanny Serrano) Cake Powder Foundation “Mocha” (to set)
Topshop matte bronzer in “Mohawk”
Brows: Tony Moly 7 day Tattoo for brows x Maybelline Full N Soft Mascara to lightly groom and texturize
Lashes:Maybelline Full N Soft Waterproof Mascara (U.S.,from roots) x Etude House Curl Fix (on tips only)
Makeover lipliner in NATURAL
Za Plumper Lips in Innocent Rose

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NUXE Skincare is Here! Touchdown MNL

A truly touch-y, feel-y event it was…after having the arrival of skincare brand NUXE Paris sneak up on us out of nowhere.  The air at the Peninsula conservatory was positively laced by the aroma of candles carrying the unmistakable scent of their star product, the Huile Prodigieuse dry oil…which I did mental somersaults over following the event because I had discovered it for the first time.  Could something quite reasonably priced really smell this good and feel that way over the skin?  Oui, apparently.    

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil:  

Face, Body and Hair

“Huile Prodigieuse is France’s leading beauty oil*.  This multi-usage dry oil, made using six Precious Plant Oils (Macadamia, Hazelnut, Borage, Sweet Almond, Camellia and St. John’s Wort), nourishes, repairs and softens skin and hair.  It is a unique dry oil texture and has a captivating fragrance.”

 Php1700+ for 100ml, Php900+ for 50ml (spray pump only on 100ml). 
NOW AVAILABLE at Rustan’s and Beauty Bar outlets.

I remember first learning about NUXE from YouTuber Ruth Crilly and Makeup Pro Lisa Eldridge.  Albeit a reasonably priced French pharmacy staple it was still often described as something many European models had on hand and could whip out for quick fixes, an overnight pamper,and a nourishing glow whether on face, hair, or body.  There is a shimmery golden version for summer shoulders and legs with a bit of sheen.  Oh, and by the way…NUXE kind of do a lot of good with varying products for different skin needs and what I love about Rustan’s is…they practically brought nearly everything in.  The topmost thing about this oil for me…even above how it softens skin is the warm but not at all sickening romantic scent.  Think in the same vein as Benefit Bathina oil but less pink and flirty, this is more sophisticated, grown-up but not old, alluring warm notes without the muskiness.  The scent makes me think of lightly toasted blossoms (that’s us right, lol) by the beach.  It should layer well as a base under scents I love like Elie Saab Le Parfum and Miss Dior.  I can sense that many husbands would probably love this simple yet deep scent on their lady beside them in bed (it’s the type you’d love to have left lingering on your pillow).  I typed back to Cat Juan Ledesma when she asked me about the scent out of curiosity…it’s subtle but there, warm but not sickening.  I actually feel this could be my “autumn” scent even if we don’t have autumn…or used as a fragrance booster to warm up Elie Saab once I have it again.


The nourishing hydration this provides leaves no greasy finish and leaves you feeling sublimely royal especially after using it overnight.  I’ve even used it on the face and it’s so gentle that I got no bad reaction…only softly nourished skin that didn’t feel heavy the next day.  You can do the pre-blow dry spritz, rub this into your arms and legs, or even combine the NUXE Reve de Miel lip balm with the Prodigieuse oil to create an overnight lip mask that really resurrects those chapped pouts, I tried the oil solo on my lips and am so excited to do it every night before bed for as long as I can. 

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse is available in a 50ml splash bottle for Php900+ or a 100ml spray bottle for Php1700+ from Rustan’s or Beauty Bar.To full post & COMMENTS...

The Quick Nail “File” | Barry M Speedy Nail Paint in EAT MY DUST

There was one very dainty and small British item that was top of mind even way before my UK holiday over a week ago.  When my aunt brought my cousin there to enroll her over a month ago I asked if she could bring this back for me but being pressed for time she was unable to.  Of course at the time before I was able to finally pick up my own Barry M polish in the popping pastel “EAT MY DUST” I had NO IDEA I would suddenly be whisked off to London.  With this baby bit I was only set back a couple of sterling £3-4 GBP to be exact.  I’ve been thinking about this polish ever since Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup waved those polished fingers in YouTube.

3 coats of Barry M Speedy Nail Paint in EAT MY DUST, no top coat

The formula at first doesn’t seem to impress immediately however, it has a trick.  First coat will be ugly, next two coats slightly streaky but once it begins to dry, a multitude of sins like nicks you made during application, streaks, ridges even disappear once it’s completely dry.  The shade is not just any baby blue…it has an extremely subtle fluorescent periwinkle undertone more evident in the bottle and under certain light.  It’s a light and happy shade, I’m glad I picked it up.  It’s available from Boots pharmacy and Superdrug plus, I suspect, local Instagram stockists online.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Fair London

*brushes WordPress cobwebs away…* So I just got back from London a couple of hours ago and obviously can’t sleep, that’s pretty much self-explanatory.  I did bring my tripod, my DSLR, and my old but still trusty Canon S90 for easy shots…however, it was overall harder than I expected to thoughtfully capture London in what is essentially under 5 glorious days with 2 of those days tied to a separate itinerary which was also fun.  In essence, Mom and I were suddenly treated to this trip (which slightly explains my Houdini on the blog as I rushed to get Visa requirements together at the last minute), but she was also there for work.  We didn’t have an unlimited wifi connection at our disposal and given that every time our keycards let us in we were always tempted to just untidily pass out on our beds I decided to forego the plan of blogging daily while I was there and just collect photos and videos and give you my best glimpses in one go.




We were kind of on a down-to-the-wire budget because this God-given trip came at the end of the month so though I got a couple beauty bits for you to see most are drugstore…none are, I have to say, terribly exciting, and no, I didn’t come home with any Charlotte Tilbury (boo).  We were fortunate enough though to be staying at Kensington in a hotel just beside Kensington Palace a.k.a. the younger royals’ London home.  Stay alert for my youtube vid…I’ll move quick on recording that video for you, expect it this weekend.  London weather was way more than fine when we were there, it even got extremely sunny on our last two days, locals agreed with us, quite a contrast to the week prior.  I told a British friend of mine whom we intended to visit but didn’t get to see “Oh, we’ll bring the sunshine!” and voila, the weather cooperated with my cheeky claim.  If you see any photos with me in them it’s thanks to Mom who’s actually very good at taking pictures.  England, you have my heart, and I must say without exaggeration, more than any foreign city I’ve been to so far…I’ve got plans for you.  Click through to see the full photo stream. … To full post & COMMENTS...

When a Favorite Fragrance Brings Back a Sad Season

Fragrance can be a notorious fiend for memories.  I’m highly against being a pessimist if I can help it, but there are few honest moments I can share.  I doubt it’s happened to many of you but has it ever happened that upon finding what you believe is your signature scent a series of sad incidents suddenly snowballed following its entry in your life?  That was my story.  To put it plain, I love Elie Saab Le Parfum.  It’s grown up but not old…and feminine but not flirty.  To this day no other scent compares to how it suits this old soul.  I ran out several months back and haven’t topped up just yet because of budget cuts but I keenly intended to…that is until I caught a whiff, and suddenly some memories that had cleared the runway for ages came rushing back.  So I thought…I’m certainly not going to replace my signature scent with something new (this really smells that good) but buying a new bottle of this can wait I feel…some things just still pinch a bit too much for comfort.   

It fills my head and takes me back.  Some things don’t need to change…but things can wait.  Perfume is a thing…perfume can wait.  Hearts require all the time they need.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Palette, Raindrops on Roses and Whispers of Color

It’s time to inject a bit of color into this rainy season.  It’s a rare thing for a palette’s packaging to match this bleak time of year in such a straightforward, sleek, and pretty way.  Laura Mercier have done it with their Watercolour Mist Palette which is quite frankly one of the prettiest palettes to hand I’ve seen in years.  Faux water droplets across the chrome-y case are done so well, anyone could mistake them for the real thing.





SHADES from left: MIST, FOG, STORM, SUNSET (cheek color, like Benefit Dandelion), EARTH (cheek color, like a warmer MAC Harmony), WIND, PURPLE RAIN, and CLOUD (P.S. I do not self-mutilate, I have a cat.)

I would have loved to wear these colors for you and given you a look but I just got well from some sort of glandular fever, explaining my absence, so my eyes are still kind of puffy and haven’t completely contracted back to their normal shape.  The texture of the eyeshadow shades is silky with minimal fallout, they adhere nicely to eyelids with diligent blending, primed or not (but better primed of course).  I like that the shades are soft puffs of color that you can try out if you’re willing to take a step outside of your usual neutral box.  My favorite shades are FOG, a soft khaki, and WIND…a noticeable but still muted lavender.




Sorry I’ll have to have a hunt in my room for the price (will edit it in right here) but this is available at Rustan’s the Beauty Source, this is part of a seasonal collection so I can imagine it won’t be around forever.  In dreary weather like this, we all need a dose of prettiness to cheer us up.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electric Foot File | Going Barefoot Has Never Been Better!

Sometimes the foot filing part of my pedicure sessions is what excites me, because I know that right after I’ll have velvety smooth feet.  I always thought it would be good to own a personal foot file…and I have been sent a couple, but it can be an inconvenience to feel the need to soak your feet first before general exfoliation and then there are lazy days when you just don’t feel like asserting those guns just to use a foot file.  Fancy foot brand SCHOLL have come out with a personal device that takes the sweat out of filing your feet and you don’t need to use it with damp feet either.  It’s also really convenient that it’s available at Watsons.




  • PRICE: Device w/ 1 fitted rollerhead Php1685 (4x AA batteries included, good deal), rollerhead refills 2x Php550
  • Specially-designed Micralumina roller head for effective yet gentle removal of hard skin
  • Ergonomically shaped soft-touch handle
  • At least 80% savings vs. going for foot spa sessions
  • Available at selected Watsons outlets

To turn it on twist the neck of the device to the left.  The spinning motor on the specially-designed Micralumina roller head for effective yet gentle removal of hard skin roller head is strong even if only powered by 4 AA batteries (included with device).   You’ll need a firm hand once working it against skin.  The high powered sound takes a bit of getting used to.  Click through to see the full post and more pictures of the results of  Scholl’s Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Device.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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