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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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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.

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



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Maxipeel Skin Purifier (Glycolic, AHA toner, 2-3x a WEEK at night)…

This Works In Transit Moisturizer/Primer… (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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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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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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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.



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INTRO MUSIC: In a Manger, by @Silverfilter ig






NARS PRO-PRIME SMUDGEPROOF EYESHADOW BASE… (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)

Pixi UK Summer Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched…

ZOEVA Rose Golden Palette…

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


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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Antipodes Arrives in Manila | Get Middle-Earth On Your Skin

I first spied cruelty-free naturals brand Antipodes on Estée’s essiebutton channel.  She was genuinely smitten by the scent and benefits of their Vanilla Pod Day Cream.  I never ever thought I’d get a local opportunity to review botanically potent Antipodes natural cosmetics from New Zealand, but I’m ever so glad I thought wrong thanks to a lovely referral to its local distributors.  In regular and online retail, a great local team called Wellness Connect NZ has brought Antipodes in through their store in SM North Edsa, they also have a Wellness Connect NZ Facebook page.  A little bird told me this might also soon be available via Glamourbox.  


The New Zealand borne range has won a number of awards, multiple times, particularly for advanced research in cosmetic blends with the use of natural ingredients. Plus, just when you thought it couldn’t get more ideal the product names are somewhat spiritually themed, (words like “Worship”, “Hallelujah”, “Hosanna”, “Rejoice!”, “Joyful” and even “Apostle” are worn by some best-sellers), they sport green labels in apothecary packaging which echoes Aesop, and hail literally from “Middle Earth”. Swish and stare. Legolas just did a hair flip.    Click through to the full post to learn more, read my first impressions, and get access to direct local retail links.

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