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My Good Night Thanksgiving Giveaway 2015, Open ‘Til Dec.5 Nationwide

Aha!  Isn’t it obvious I’m making up for my absence with a giveaway?  Here I am again, typing straight to you from Mom’s laptop.  My own laptop canvassing is underway and I’ve finally narrowed my search down to two units and it all hangs on whether I’m going the Apple or PC route plus getting the funds together to make it happen.  The risk with taking the Apple route you see is that my life in files almost entirely originates from PC units only…so there’s that compatibility factor and more money to consider.  Anyway, to cut to the chase, here is my LATE but finally here Good Night Thanksgiving Giveaway.


This year has not been my most productive blogging year to boot with moving from Laguna to Quezon City and setting up a halfway base, my Lolo getting critically confined in hospice for over a month now, and my having to do more work to make personal ends meet…I am, however, still thankful that I still have a number of you who wait for my posts regardless of my traffic stats and lack of beauty buzz in general.  I honestly don’t think I will ever leave the blogosphere, even when I have babies :).  Here’s my special way of saying thank you, it’s sort of themed around what we love about getting ready for really good girly nights out inclusive of taking our faces off and tucking into bed when the night is over.




To join the giveaway follow the instructions via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom, but first have a wookie-lookie at the loot!  Click on repeat the right arrow on the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post to read the listed prizes one by one, or read them here.  You must join the giveaway using my Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post and follow the mandatory steps listed plus there are a couple of bonus steps if you want to increase your chances of winning.  This nationwide giveaway ends on December 5, you must currently reside in the Philippines to be able to join, God bless :)


REVLON Photoready Prime + Anti-Shine Balm,

MAX FACTOR Skin Luminizer Foundation (60 Sand) 30ml,

BYS Contour Trio Palette,

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Setting Powder (Use sparingly/lightly, don’t pack it on),

MAKE UP FOR EVER AQUA EYES Waterproof Mini Eyeliner 0L (BLACK),

BYS Brow Definition Kit,

NARS Steven Klein Lipgloss in “Provoke”,

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara MINI 

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Liquid Highlighter Mini 

NARCISO by Narciso Rodriguez Eau de Toilette 50ml,



TONY MOLY Aquaporin Sherbet Cleanser (like a scented version of the Clinique Take the Day Off Balm),

MURAD Youth Builder Detoxifying White Clay Body Cleanser 200mL

MAKE UP FOR EVER “So Divine” Cleansing Cream/Makeup Remover 15ml travel tube,

Antipodes Anti-Ageing Minis Duo: JOYOUS Night Serum 10ml, Avocado Pear Night Cream 15ml,

NUXE Paris Nuxellence Detox Night Serum Moisturizer 50ml,

LEADERS Aloe Soothing Skin Renewal Mask,


Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm (w/ Pomegranate Oil),

SWISS MISS MINT CHOCOLATE Hot Cocoa Mix (Christmas Edition)



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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”…
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…
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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My Maybelline Dream Academy Meet-Up, AUG.15, SM Makati! | Link For Sign Up Here! No Purchase Required!

Come and meet me this coming August 15, SATURDAY, UPDATE: Now 2PM in SM Makati for my Maybelline Dream Academy workshop, partnering with Maybelline’s official lead MUA Chuchie Ledesma!  No purchase required at all to be part of this lovely event JUST SIGN UP FOR AUG.15 2PM AT THIS LINK HERE  The meetup-slash-workshop will be held at SM Makati, ground floor.



Come on over, chat with us, and learn techniques using the reformulated Maybelline Dream satin range (including the new 2-way cake powder) and the New NUDES palette.  Click on the image below or on the link above to sign up.  To my understanding we don’t exactly have limited slots (so all of you just try and sign up!) but for gift packs the first 30 to sign up AND attend will receive special Maybelline gifts, just know that Maybelline have special makeup treats in store!  Hope to see you there, comment  below and let me below if you signed up or plan to but have questions (commenting not required to get a slot…I just want to know who of you are going haha!).… To full post & COMMENTS...


Maxipeel Fresh & Natural Skin Purifier (Glycolic Toner) | PART 1 Possible Dupe for Clarins Exfoliating Toner?

If you are allergic to AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) or do not employ toning as a step after cleansing then move on from this post, it is not for you.  If you’re into acid toning and exfoliation have a seat, put up your feet, relax your face.  Believe me when I say in all honesty I never thought I’d be blogging about Maxipeel on my site and this is NOT a sponsored post.  I am a bit of a skincare snob because I have highly sensitive skin and am VERY hard to please when it comes to skincare.  I don’t test and try out EVERY single skincare facial thing which is for the face, my face is a sacred place.   Especially, no offense, Maxipeel, *peace* but on this site honesty reigns, and well-fit pun unintended, let’s FACE it, the brand is not primarily known for gentle skincare products.   However, this new product they’ve launched, the Skin Purifier (cough* toner please) is on so many levels quite different from the rest they currently have.  I’ve made the jump and patch tested it and so far it is crazy different in what could possibly be a very good way.  Now available at Watsons is Maxipeel’s Fresh and Natural Skin Purifier which LOL is essentially what they are hesitating to call a glycolic exfoliating toner.  It is what it is, an AHA toner.  It’s got salycilic and lactic acid thrown in for good measure.  Read thoroughly and I suggest wait for my PART 2 post before dashing out and trailing a cloud of smoke to buy it.  I will tell you though, my first impression is good…quite good.



MAXIPEEL PURIFIER INGREDIENTS: Alcohol Denat., Aqua (water), Niacinamide, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Salycilic Acid, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Retinol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Bisabolol, Menthol

For Sampleroom.Ph members the Maxipeel Fresh & Natural Skin Purifier is available for sampling here, last I checked there were 207 samples left, 53 had been taken already.

When the delivery of Maxipeel’s Fresh & Natural Purifier arrived for me to review (they strangely refuse to call it a toner), I didn’t think much of it at first glance, until I inspected the ingredients list.  It looked extremely familiar.  Upon my first overnight impression with this product today I phoned my mother asking what time she’d be home (my laptop is broken, repairmen say motherboard and processor will soon die) so I could put a post up straightaway.  I was excited because of my overnight patch test experience.  Along the lower part of my jaw only I swabbed this product on before bed last night and I woke up with that area being baby-butt soft and smooth compared to the rest of my face.  For once, at long last, I believe Maxipeel may have hit the nail on the head with a NEW product that the local market has been thirsting for and needing to understand the use of, an affordable exfoliating glycolic acid toner, which apparently, Maxipeel prefers to call a Skin Purifier (wrinkles nose).  My take on this product will be recorded in two parts, today you will have my first impressions from my patch test.  This toner is not alcohol-free but effectively countered by glycerin for a non-drying soothing effect making the Maxipeel Skin Purifier somewhat comparable to the acclaimed Clarins Exfoliating Brightening Toner, a C. Hirons’ favorite, but the Clarins one has more Glycerin.  You can read about that Clarins product separately here and in her 2015 Top 10 Acid Toners here, she also somewhat defends its alcohol content.



I know the Maxipeel team would rather not call it a toner for some odd marketing reason, but it is what it is, they should run with what it really is nalang in my opinion (so market won’t be confused).  So far believe it’s an immediately effective and active toner for the price if used properly and sparingly.  The brand claims a “purging period” where it may draw out sudden spots and an army of blackheads or whiteheads for some of you at the beginning, the Hirons, however, does not professionally believe in purging periods.  She says if you begin breaking out you should stop whatever it is and move on.  Skin tells you flat out what it does not like.  Now, it’s a different thing if the product that causes initial purging is medically prescribed by a dermatologist, that’s where you can stay on board in a sense and allow the cycle to complete.  The price of the Maxipeel Purifier is a somewhat scary only Php79 peso mark…but perhaps it’s possible with a parallel example in the world of cameras, you never know, this toner could be our cheap nifty fifty (50mm), the effective but ever so necessary and usable lens you need all the time.  We shall see.  Click through to read the rest of my initial observations and thoughts.

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My No Makeup Makeup Video JULY 2015

I’m really beginning to enjoy how my IKEA Glasholm desk has changed my life in terms of productivity just in the last 3 days.  For one it’s easier to film videos now that my camera and tripod can go on top of my desk and shoot me with a full blast of window light.  So, yes, I did film another video and wow, a miracle, only 11 minutes in total!  That means I’m either getting better at shooting or editing.





Products Used in My No Makeup Makeup Video:
MAYBELLINE Age Rewind Treatment Concealer “Medium”
BOBBI BROWN Skin Weightless Powder Foundation “2.5 Warm Sand”
ELLANA MINERALS Concealer Powder “Radiant”
BARE MINERALS All-Over Face Color “Warmth”
K-PALETTE Real Lasting Brow Mascara
MAC Cosmetics Blush “Harmony”
SHISEIDO Glow Enhancing Primer
VIRGINIA OLSEN Loose Pigment in “Fairydust”
MAJOLICA MAJORCA Lash Expander Edge Meister Waterproof Mascara
REVLON ColorStay Lipliner “Rose”
TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Glam Rock Lipstick (sorry there’s no English name on the back, it’s Korean)

It isn’t the most PERFECT no makeup makeup tutorial (I’m almost sure I can do a better one once my shoot setup improves) but it perfects what I believe in terms of amounts of product and the types of tones.  I’m still at a point where my makeup application on myself when I’m NOT filming is a couple of notches better compared to when I’m filming myself.  It’s all about learning to brush off the tension, and self-conscious spirals I guess, I’m much better at this video thing but I’m still learning.  Thank you all for being warm and patient.  You can watch my No Makeup Makeup Video here or watch it from the embedded player below.

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New Beauty Stuff YouTube Video x An Actual Tutorial

After 3 whole weeks, I finally almost sort of get the vlogging setup I’ve always dreamed of.  I overhauled my bedroom, got an affordable desk, and all that made filming in my safe and comfy zone rather than in our living room way more possible and picturesque!  Watch the video here or in the player below this image.  I will post the list of products but I’ll edit that in tomorrow morning because I am falling asleep right as I type this.  The products are mentioned and typed into the video.


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Santèe Rouge Mousse Cream Blush | On Php69 Offer from the Dollar Store

You’re getting a second helping of beauty today because I’ll be up to my ears in theater work tomorrow for Joseph, the musical.  This has to be one of the cheapest makeup finds I’ve had in quite awhile, and I’m prepared to rave because these are good!  I needed to find some extra makeup bits for our work on Joseph  but they’d have to be cheap with good value.  I walked into the Dollar Store in Alabang Town Center not expecting to find these Santèe Rouge/mousses.  Affordable, highly pigmented,shimmer-free matte cream blush in compacts with covers you don’t have to twist off.  They’re currently on offer for Php69 (less than $2.00 USD) for a limited time.




FROM LEFT/CLOCKWISE: #01, #03 , #05, #02




I first bought two and left the store briefly, and I promptly tried #03 on in the ladies’ room.  Upon discovering that they were a shimmer-free cream to powder formula that were also good enough to pat onto well-exfoliated lips, I hurried back remembering they were on Php69 offer perhaps only for a limited time (the sales guy said they sell for over a hundred elsewhere) and I got two more shades.   I was on the hunt for some extra makeup bits for our work on Joseph the musical tomorrow…I needed the orange blush in particular for the concept of this look which we aren’t copying exactly but are drawing some inspiration from.


…and also realized I only had one cream blush in my professional kit.  Obviously I decided that problem had to be solved.  Reminder, be sure to swatch or patch test (apply on small facial area) affordable makeup from stores always before purchasing though.   Click through to see me wearing these shades.

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My NEW Daily Makeup Video | You Might Have Missed It Last Week

I just realized what a fuzz I was for not posting my second HD YouTube video on the blog last week which was my daily makeup tutorial.  I blasted this one on social media to smithereens but didn’t post a single thing here.

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PRODUCTS USED:  PONDS Flawless White BB Cream (Light and Beige)…, 
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in Medium (matches MAC NC30-35)
Revlon Photoready Bronzer (matte)
Maybelline Fashion Brow Mascara in Dark Brown (with MAKE UP FOR EVER angled Eyebrow brush)
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Duo Pencil
Maybelline Fashion Brow Mascara in Dark Brown (with MAKE UP FOR EVER angled Eyebrow brush)
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara (waterproof)
Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Box Blush
Shiseido Maquillage (Japan) Dramatic Mood Veil Blush PK200…
Revlon Colorstay Lipliner in Rose…
Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer Balm in “Caramel”

In this tutorial I demonstrate how I do my daily makeup with a bit of simple pencil eyeliner.  I also thoroughly demonstrate how I curl my lashes, a lot of people sometimes think I have lash extensions on when it’s really just lash curling and mascara.  Click on the photo above to watch the video on YouTube or watch via the embedded player below.

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