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.

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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 http://bit.ly/MNYDreamAcademy.  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...


This is a not so long list, but I quite enjoyed talking about these favorites, especially since it’s my first MONTHLY favorites video.



Click below to watch the embedded video:


Maxipeel Skin Purifier (Glycolic, AHA toner, 2-3x a WEEK at night)http://blessmybag.com/2015/07/21/maxi…

This Works In Transit Moisturizer/Primer
http://blessmybag.com/2015/05/14/this… (Luxola)

Mark Anthony Macadamia Oil Sulfate-free Conditioner (S&R membership grocery)

NARS Fall Collection 2015: Dual Intensity Eyeshadow “Pasiphae”, Velvet Shadow Sticks: “Flibuste”, “Sukothai”, Lipstick: VIP Red (Rustan’s the Beauty Source, NARS Central Square BGC)

Browhaus HD Mascara Waterproof (Browhaus)

Voluspa Black Figue and Chypre Candle

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The NARS FALL Collection 2015 |That Deep Retro Plume

Make way for the first official seasonal NARS collection feature ever to grace the blog (when I mean official I mean the brand had me to tea, and gave me the scoop) .  It’s an elegant collection and they spared me more than a few pieces to write about.  To be quick on it this is probably the NARS makeup collection that Jared Leto’s forthcoming Joker would go for.  While the collection will be available at Rustan’s the beauty source NARS have also just opened their first ever fully fitted out boutique at Central Square Mall, BGC Taguig.





All together I have: NARS VIP Red lipstick Php1450, Velvet Shadow Stick in Sukothai (duochrome peacock) and Flibuste (black) Php1550, Dual Intensity eyeshadow in Pasiphae Php1550, and lipgloss in Chelsea Girls Php1450) In the complete collection there are 7 Velvet Shadow stick shades in total, two lipglosses, a blush (Tribulante), two single eyeshadow shades, and the red lipstick.

“The look begins with natural sculpting of the face. Eyes dramatize in smoky shimmering brown and golden ombré. Lips captivate in tones of iconic red.  Making its official launch is the Velvet Shadow Stick, a silky, velvety shadow in a range of sumptuous shades for layering under and over, blending and setting, creating looks that are modern, sophisticated and always tempting.”

I decided to wear the dual intensity eyeshadow Pasiphae over Sukothai velvet shadow stick for the eyes.  I am also wearing NARS Pro Prime eyelid primer underneath both.  Instead of the VIP Red lipstick I thought the Chelsea Girls lipgloss they sent me was a better match for dark eyes.




I decided to try shooting at night to capture the glamour of the collection which evokes the richly colored nightlife of the seventies era, and also to try and capture murky teal shadows in the dark.  I think however I might find the other shade of dual intensity eyeshadow, Telesto, much more wearable than Pasiphae.  I do not own Telesto. I like that these dual intensity eyeshadows, while still powder, were created to be used wet or dry.  Despite shimmer you don’t get a ton of heavy fallout, there is a bit of dust, but not at a level that’s a pain to deal with.  The velvet shadow sticks are awesome in pay-off, but kind of so-so when it comes to the finish after blending or some playtime.  Still, at least once used as a base they grab onto powder eyeshadow and make them stay and obey, great for all night partying.


*This is not a paid advertorial, all NARS products were provided as official press samples free of charge for proper review.  The author has abided by the strictly provided embargo date by Rustan’s the Beauty Source together with NARS Philippines for this feature.









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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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Flormar Matte Terracotta Eyeshadow M110 | The Daily Single Sweep Shade

“You don’t need scores of suitors.  You need only one…if he’s the right one…” said Amy to flustered Meg March.  That little girl with the nose knows.  She doesn’t know I feel exactly the same way about taupe brown eyeshadow, but she needn’t ask me how many brown eyeshadows I have, lol, (most of mine are in palettes).  I have a professional excuse.  Meet today’s right one, Turkish brand Flormar’s Terracotta Eyeshadow in M110.




It’s got that appealing baked appearance sans the shimmer which to me resembles an encased chocolate macaron.  I was looking for a wearable single brown shadow I could use for single-sweep daily use that wasn’t shimmery and as luminous as MAC All That Glitters (which I’ve hit pan on months ago).  This issues a medium brown satin finish over the lid with a massively subtle orchid undertone…might be something like a matte whisper of By Terry’s Misty Rock.  Click through to read the full review.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Alcon Air Optix Colored Lenses in “Brown” | Eyes Breathe for Longer Comfort, Longer Wear

Freshlook’s famous range of colored contact lenses got a revamp from global optical care brand, Alcon.  They’ve just released Air Optix locally which is an improved wear version of our favorite Freshlook Colorblend lenses which are now called Air Optix Colors.  The Air Optix technology has also been applied to regular, clear lenses in a range (Air Optix Aqua, Air Optix Night and Day Aqua, Astigmatism, and Multifocal).





In real life, Alcon Air Optix “brown” subtle enhancers look almost like my real eye color and the pixels aren’t noticeable.  The Air Optix colors compared to the previous Colorblends range have a slightly larger lens overall from my observation but with a shallower curve that fits my eye better. The colored diameter of the lens is smaller than before and fits the iris more, making them look less noticeable over eyes and more real.  I prefer “Pure Hazel” to “Brown” for more noticeable but subtle enhancement. “Brown” is too close to my actual eye color.

You can choose between subtle and vibrant shades: pure hazel, blue, green, grey, brown, brilliant blue, gemstone green, honey, and sterling grey

Air Optix has little information online regarding pricing of the Air Optix colors but I spotted pricing for their other lens variants at GlassesOnline.com here

(for daily use, monthly disposables)

*Mascara used: Benefit Rollerlash

I was sent the subtle enhancing shade “Brown” with my exact myopic grade per eye applied (thanks, Freshlook team).  Like before, you still have two shade lines to choose from, the subtle enhancing hues (what were known as Colorblends: Pure Hazel, Brown Etc., original stock still available I think), and the vibrant transforming shades (Brilliant Blue, Sterling Grey, etc.).  Basically with Air Optix technology all that annoying blinking that begins toward the end of the day when contacts want to hit the eject button has practically been dealt with, not 100% of course, you will still need re-wetting drops in the longrun (especially at air-conditioned venues), but by and large you get significantly extended wear and eye comfort for sure.  Gotta love this new technology and Alcon’s Opti-Free Pure Moist multi-purpose solution as well (“Comfort and Moisture from insertion to removal”) which gives added comfort once the contacts have soaked in the solution overnight.


I have to say…the validated difference is I had moments this week when I almost forgot I had these contacts on.  They’re slightly trickier to remove because they’re so smooth and slippy when they’re new but for me that’s proof of how comfortable they are and how well they fit the eye.  I almost can’t wait to get Freshlook’s Air Optix version of my favorite always repurchased shade Pure Hazel.  Inquire at your local optical shop today to see if they already carry Air Optix Colors by Alcon.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Smoky Eyeshadow x NEW Stuff Video

I did it!  I posted another video!  This is a Smoky Eyeshadow x NEW Stuff video.  This one I’m quite proud of because I’m finally getting to a place where i’m pretty pleased with my lighting setup.  Now I just have to get a proper 40mm or 50mm lens to work with and I’m pretty good.



Click here to watch the video on Youtube

INTRO MUSIC: In a Manger, by @Silverfilter ig






http://www.narscosmetics.com/USA/smud… (Available at NARS Central Square and Rustan’s)


(Worn in advance) Maybelline Fashion Brow 24h Coloring Mascara (dark brown)

(Worn in advance) Maybelline Full & Soft Waterproof mascara

PONDS Flawless White BB Cream (Light and Beige) http://blessmybag.com/2015/03/02/pond

Pixi UK Summer Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched

ZOEVA Rose Golden Palette http://www.luxola.com/ph/products/zoe…

ZOEVA Cocoa Blend Palette

BOBBI BROWN Pot Rouge in “Powder Pink”

SOFFIA Powder brush
MAC 217 blending brush
Marionnaud #37 Eye Crease brush (Watsons)
ZOEVA 228 Crease http://www.luxola.com/ph/brands/zoeva


In this video I do a very much missed brown smoky eye using eyeshadow which feels like  a throwback because I haven’t touched eyeshadow in so long.  ZOEVA’s amazing new makeup palettes made me do it!  I’ll have a separate blog post for those right after this.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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