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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.


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Browhaus HD Waterproof Mascara | Real-looking Boosted Lashes

There are mascaras and then there are MASCARAS, if you know what I mean.  This is the first time that I’ve tried a proprietary product of a brand service.  Without a doubt, here in the Philippines, Browhaus is your trusted brow authority.  The U.S. has Anastasia and we’ve got Browhaus.  Before brides get hitched and if they happen to be particular about their brows they schedule an appointment with Browhaus.  They offer various services from brow reconstruction which involves grooming, definition with makeup application, and other special professional methods to achieve beautifully amplified but natural looking brows.  Their HD waterproof mascara product is not new, in fact, shame on me, I was tapped like around 2 years ago as a blogger to pick this up to try and review…but at that time I was so busy with other things that I didn’t get around to passing by Serendra.  I remember texting apology upon apology about not being able to pass by.  Then I forgot about it. Well, while on a stroll in Serendra I picked their lovely mascara up (properly so, at my expense) I also wanted to pick up one of their brow pencils but they were out of stock.  

  
   

It’s not a cheap mascara, understandably so being a specially formulated as a hands-on proprietary product. It’s about mid-range to high-end at Php998. However, it performs like crazy and holds curl up.  Read more and continue to the full post to see before and after shots.  … To full post & COMMENTS...

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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Department Store Makeup Sneak Peek | The Evening Look, Next Video’s Teaser

I’ve been having laptop problems guys, that’s what’s been up.  I tell you if it’s not one thing it’s something else.  Before it used to be about not having the right lens…now that I’m all set up for video it feels like my laptop is about to exit stage left.  It doesn’t want to turn on.  This is my iPad.  I’m glad I managed to email myself a couple of photos from the day’s shoot.  Ironically this shoot isn’t going up because I was too tense and the lighting sucked so it needs to be reshot.  A saleslady also made the mistake of pointing out the wrong powder to me…the powder was ok for another test but it wasn’t the exact same powder Fanny Serrano had used wet in his exclusive session with me and another makeup friend.  Today is just a teaser post.  I’m going to reshoot this look as a video tutorial where I use department store/ drugstore makeup items to prove it’s not always the products causing you to “sin” against your face and make you look cheap.  It’s about choosing the right shades and honing some technique with daily relaxed practice.   

   
  

Makeover lipstick in Niagara, Flormar terra-cotta eye shadow M110, Fanny Serrano Gel Eyeliner, MAKE UP FOR EVER 2s brush, Pixy volumizing waterproof mascara. (Pixy Japan), Ellana Minerals concealer powder in radiant  

  
 As you can see… I’ve also been having more fun with the new lens. If you see an eensy-weensy smudge by the eye, guess what, I’m human and I corrected my overdrawn eyeliner. I’m only too glad the original flick out held together and I just made it smaller.  Keep your eyes peeled for the next part, next time which is the actual video.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Beauty Blogging with Class | Julia’s 5-Year old blogging Wisdom

Once upon a blog there lived a girl who unknowingly stepped into the world of beauty blogging.  After her first post on Lanolips and being utterly delighted by fellow blogger Lipglossiping’s first look entry on the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette she decided with all her heart that she wanted to take better photos and once in awhile wax poetic about her on-hand beauty bits.  She didn’t just want to post something that amounted to the decoupage of a press release, she had to personally be in there with her words settling the real-life score on a product’s essence, benefits, and proper use.  Well, Hello me, and before you stands Bless My Bag a 5-years and running beauty adventure and I continue to blog on beauty and beyond.  

  

Kikomachine comix by Manix Abrera


INTERVIEW W/ SOCIAL MARKETING GURU Seth Godin:
What do you think content that builds trust looks like?
“I think that it’s human, it’s personal, it’s relevant, it isn’t greedy, and it doesn’t trick people. If the recipient knew what the sender knows, would she still be happy? If the answer to that question is yes, then it’s likely it’s going to build trust.”

Here in this simple article I aim to share some tips for newer bloggers or even some who’ve been around awhile about how to work on your posts with integrity. Through the years my site has drawn various brands who support the way I write and present content even from overseas.  From abroad I’ve worked with M&S, StrawberryNET, Luxola, and ASOS online all of whom approached me voluntarily without me putting out a smudge for attention.  I remember how shocked I was when in my second year Anastasia Beverly Hills seeded me through PR from the West Coast and sent me product, it was a one time thing because they were surprised I was all the way here in the Philippines but still!  None of that involved my calling for attention, ambush emailing, social-media lurking (following is okay of course, and I post sincere comments, not notice me comments) or tagging them.  I may or may not step on a couple of toes in this post.  I’ve decided if there’s any place I can be brutally honest it’s in my own backyard, not some thread or group where fights ensue.  If I do step on yours it’s only because I believe differently about how we ought to blog and I want to help disinfect certain layers of “attitude” our community and inspire change. The first key I’d like to share is it isn’t ever primarily about what you GET as a blogger, it’s more about the value of what you GIVE.  To keep this simple I will post 5 Points that have guided me through the years and share a couple of my mistakes and tendencies, too.  Click through to the full post to read them. … To full post & COMMENTS...

Murad Youth Builder Body Series | Book Your Murad Sesh at Rustan’s Makati or Alabang

I missed out on the event where Murad did facials but I was reassured by Team Murad PH that that would be rectified immediately.  I was all too keen to attend their bodycare experience yesterday which was the ultimate undoing upon afternoon tea.  

MURAD’s Youth Builder Bodycare line
Detoxifying White Clay Body Cleanser 5.75oz Purifies and exfoliates gently with kaolin clay Php1350
Collagen Support Body Cream 6oz Smooth on to encourage rejuvenation and renewal Php1950
<3 Firming Peptide Body Treatment 8oz – Glides on as a cream and melts into a light hydrating oil, nourishes with a blend of peptides and natural extracts Php1750
<3 Murad Rejuvenating Hand Cream 2.65oz – Resurrects tired hands with nourishing grape seed oil and glycolic acid (plus my favorite item because it has an innovative direct from-top-of-the-cap applicator…no need to remove the cap, twist to apply, wipe and twist to close.) Php1250

My faves were the ever so silky Peptide Body Treatment which is a kind of emulsion that morphs into a slippy dry oil and the hand cream which comes in such a cool tube/applicator.  We were treated to hands-on massage therapy with these products by the actual Murad pro masseuses all of whom serve at the Murad spas in Rustan’s and are DOH licensed and certified.  The Youth Builder line is gently scented with natural lemongrass and bergamot (similar to Earl Grey) extracts.  Feel free to browse Murad’s spa services menu below and book your own personal Murad pampering session at Rustan’s Makati or Alabang.  

  
If you go to the one in Makati I was told they’ve got this new space age setup which thoroughly and digitally analyzes the current condition of your skin.  All Murad products shown here are available via Rustan’s The Beauty Source.

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Pray It Forward Friday | Week 1 TRUST

I’ve had desire to begin a blog tradition here every Friday. Today I begin the first of my Pray It Forward Friday posts.  I will try to make this a weekly habit.  I wanted to start off with something as simple as praying for some of you who are hurting while responding with Godly encouragement.  I know sometimes things can hurt to the point that we all wish we could just fly away for awhile.  This is why we need to “pray it forward.”

 

 I cannot promise to respond to every single request, story, or comment, but I can certainly focus on encouraging the first 5 who post in the comments (feel free to use an alias/pen name for anonymity) and the first 5 who prefer to privately email their challenges to me via probinsiyana@gmail.com .  But of course please rest assured I’ll be reading every single comment and email regardless of whether you were one of the first 5 or not and in my heart you will be planted. With permission I might request to post an excerpt of your challenge without too much detail and a part of my response to encourage other people who are struggling as well.  I might just respond to your struggle via the next Pray it Forward Friday post.  To make it simpler I will post a theme for the struggles.  This week’s theme for Pray It Forward Requests is TRUST.  Are you struggling with this topic in your life right now, even in different aspects…whether it be God or people.  Let me know.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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