When I arrived at the Happy Skin Cosmetics summer launch yesterday high above the city at 71 Gramercy I could hardly believe that practically everything I saw there excited me to pieces.
Happy Skin makes this your happiest and hottest summer! The Happy Skin limited edition Turn Up The Heat Summer 2014 Collection features three (3) new sizzling shades of their bestselling lippie and two (2) new summer hues of blushes that deliver the same promise of a natural flush as their original blushes.
It’s pretty much like Happy Skin has expanded to become for us what Bourjois is for the UK beauty lovers, a solid, mid-range beauty range with products that delight as well as deliver. The news is that with the moisturizing lippies alone in terms of volume sales they are selling at a rate of 100 lippies a day! Happy Skin has launched their 2014 limited edition summer makeup collection which includes 3 lippie shades (that you can buy individually or as a better value box set) and 2 blush shades. Read more to see the rest of the post, Happy Skin’s local answer to Bioderma, and more new stuff now available in stores by the brand!
To date this has to be the most iconic blog post ever to appear up here. Last December 23 I announced in this blog post that I had placed 3rd in Lisa Eldridge’s #MyLisaLook online makeup contest via Instagram. I screeched like a bloody fan girl because Lisa Eldridge is one of my ultimate role models career-wise, so is the case for thousands of us out there. At first, shortly after rejoicing I cynically refused to consider the win itself a HUGE anything, I was even beating myself up over the fact that I didn’t take a closer more high-resolution photo since Lisa put it on her website. My family, the dear souls that they are, kept telling people I won when I actually placed 3rd and I was a stickler for correcting them. When I think “Instagram contest” I at the onset began to whittle it down to a mere nib and I wouldn’t dare use the term “competition” for it, it was hardly “The Hunger Games” or something you signed up for with a stern panel sitting across from you. While happy but temporarily belittling the whole thing I was stubbornly forgetting the bigger facts, that a celebrated makeup professional whose clientele include Kate Winslet and Keira Knightley actually saw my “work” pixel for pixel. She approved of it, contacted me, placed me on her website, handpicked some luxury beauty prizes and had them sent halfway around the world just for me. I wasn’t imagining things. Thank you so much, Lisa
Dior Show Mono Backstage Wet & Dry Eyeshadow in 453 “Spencer”, SUQQU Balancing Eyebrow/Eyeshadow palette in 02 Brown, Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in 88 Noir Intense (black), This Works skincare 100% Natural Turbo Balm
When the cancer, that is your lack of esteem, tends to eat away at any triumph you blind yourself to facts that you can be proud of. To stay grounded you just always need to move forward and take what is positive with you. I strongly believe in not resting on your laurels (you know, what Roman emperors rest on the heads of champions) but I also tend to forget you should take a moment to put yours on and have a good satisfying look at yourself in the mirror to charge yourself for what’s next. My family countered me to pieces on my self-deprecation. They said I shouldn’t make myself see this as a small thing and I should just do something with the knowledge of Lisa’s approval because it’s real, I didn’t dream it up, she picked me, so I should do something. So it is true, and on top of that these have arrived. The handwritten card she included with it was what mattered more than anything else in the package. And yes, I know you guys want a closer look at what I won. Read more to see the rest of the post!
Ellana Minerals posted this approximately 20 hours ago on their Facebook page, leave a comment at this link and mention what your favorite Ellana Minerals product is which you would like to win and be one of 5 winners of the giveaway. My favorite products are Ellana’s loose or pressed mineral powder foundation and their blush duo in Kitten/Peach passion. The giveaway ends one week from today. Like Ellana Minerals FB and join the giveaway here or click on the image below.
All photo copyright belongs to Blessmybag.com, shot w/ a Samsung Galaxy S3 mobile phone
It’s not everyday that I get to do makeup for a friend, one of my best and happiest friends from U.P. Fine Arts in fact. Marielle Nadal or “Yelle” as we fondly call her (current crafty head of CraftMNL), uniquely planned out a two-day wedding with her husband, Alexander “Lex” Reyes. Both are extremely well read and soundly creative, passionately prayerful, faithful, bound by wanderlust, and deeply sentimental. They see the good and potential in nearly every person or situation and work relentlessly with the best of their talents to make the world a better, happier place. They quite often burn the candle at both ends to get the job done perfectly so you can just imagine the beautiful outcome of their union. Yelle was one of the original founders of graphic advocacy hub Ideals PH, and when she met Lex, an Atenean project spearhead sort and graphic designer, he was involved in educational outreach camps for children. The first actual day of their marriage was an intimate one in a church with the official Catholic rites and minimal trimming…
Yelle’s crafted bouquet made of cuttings of tweed and woven fabric, crocheted leaves and petals, some pre-made embroidered flowers and twine wrapped stems. Made by the bride herself for both blessed days.
…and the second was an outdoor renewal of vows where they could invite friends and extended family. I was completely touched to be handpicked by Yelle as bridesmaid and makeup artist to her personally so I thought I’d share with you glimpses of my fun-filled duo of wedding days. Read more (Click “more”) to see more photos and even a before and after of the bride.
Most of you know about my darling cat, Cloud since I randomly post pictures of her, but what you may not know is that last year she got a chunk of brand recognition as well from the country’s top feline food brands. While she may not seem at all camera or people-shy when I’m shooting lovely photos of her at home the case is quite the opposite when she’s out in public. When it comes to the limelight away from home…she’d much rather kiss a dog.
Undoubtedly an introvert at the Fancy Feast Catcrafternoon event last November.
There’s one thing I’m sure of about Cloud no matter where though, she’s a picky eater and she has tender constitution (a sensitive digestive system). The first year we had her we fed her the usual cheaper dry kibble (won’t mention the brand) that we feed our fat tabby cats. Our other cats didn’t have problems with this brand of food. Cloud, a Himalayan-Persian, after several months ended up with either kidney or liver infections and she puked way too often indicating that the food made her acidic and that it was too high in sodium. So for awhile I shifted her to soft food, and I fed her Fancy Feast (even before we were recognized by them, which is why I know God cares) in conjunction with other soft food for about 6 months so that her system could recover. As soon as Cloud sees me holding a Fancy Feast can she follows me intently, a testament to how much the flavor excites her. She recovered from an enlarged kidney after eating Fancy Feast for over a month. Here she’s enjoying her take home gift from the brand after her appearance at their Catcrafternoon event.
Fancy Feast is wonderful but once Cloud was well, dry kibble still had to be her staple for easier feeding. I didn’t want to shift her back to the regular brand of kibble we gave her which was what made her sick. So without delay I started feeding her Royal Canin Persian30 dry food while still feeding Fancy Feast once in awhile. Royal Canin Persian30 dry food made her hair grow surprisingly thick and beautiful within a few months, got rid of some balding areas she had on her back and increased her overall health and happiness. By the way, can you tell? She loves the taste, too. She left a heart in her bowl once.
However, I worried that feeding her Royal Canin for a long time might strain the family budget a little because it’s one of the best pet foods in the country and while it totally improved her it’s pretty pricy. I asked God for a way so that we could keep feeding her Royal Canin for longer. Then out of the blue a Royal Canin representative emailed me saying he represented the brand and would like to invite Cloud to their Day of the Cat event at Resorts World. He had heard about Cloud from his wife who follows me via Instagram or the blog. He also had no idea if we fed Cloud Royal Canin and was delighted when I said it was one of the food brands that made her well and improved her overall heath. He said that if we made an appearance with Cloud we’d be going home with 10kg bags of Royal Canin kibble of our choice. Due to a sudden work commitment on my part for the day my Dad had to bring reluctant Cloud to the Royal Canin event (where she also didn’t want to show her face), he presented her on stage, socialized with other cats (or tried to) and they came home with not one, not two, but…
…three! Three free 10kg bags of Royal Canin, each bag about half as tall as me! Due to tight planning for the event we were given the variant Fit32, we didn’t get Persian30 but we were told we could consume one bag of Fit32 for now, and they’d replace the other two later on with Royal Canin Persian30, her favorite. Just so you know, this was taken in our living room and I didn’t set it up at all. This was the next morning, the day after the event. I found her like this in front of all three bags and I just decided to run and grab my camera to take a shot of an obviously very proud kitty. Thanks to both Fancy Feast and Royal Canin for showering Cloud with much needed love. Her tummy thanks you.