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Shiseido Spring 2011, Rouge Enamel Glamour – Phenomenal lasting lipcolor

Mom took a bit of compassion and bestowed that on me last week after I encountered a small series of managerial challenges at the salon that I manage. However, I am still having a ton of fun in this new realm of beauty that I’ve only just entered, and my mother surprised me with a little treat to encourage me to just keep swimming and also to help Japan in her own little way.

 

These two gorgeous lippies are from Shiseido’s 2011 Spring collection.  Meet Rouge Enamel Glamour in BE759 (a nude beige) and RD201 (a coral fuschia shade).  The BE759 one belongs to mom, but she threw it my way momentarily for the sake of blogging.

What truly captivated me about these two products is the dual ended feature.  On one side you have a long-lasting, semi-matte lip creme.  In fact, this product stays on so well that Mom testified she had it on through a full meal and there was no need to retouch through the rest of the day.  Continue reading to see swatches and me wearing both these colors!

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Spring Smell-Ah-Rama, the scents on my mind…

There’s a cloud of mystery that hangs around a fragrance (especially in spring I believe, after some women have thawed out their nostrils) when you’ve first spied that lovely bottle in a random glossy ad or some alluring blog post.  I love the curiosity that arises in oneself shortly after.

Here is a tiny flock of high-end scents that I’ve gathered here that I think I might just love based on:

1.) How girls and experts online have described, raved, or written about them

2.) The official scent descriptions with notes mentioned or not…and yes…

3.)…ok, fine, the bottles they come with.

I’ve only experienced two on this list and it’s at the bottom, but let’s begin with the big MJ.

 

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh, Site Info, MarcJacobs.com: “Daisy Eau So Fresh has a charming twist on our classic fragrance, Eau So Fresh is more fruity, bubbly and more fun than our classic. Top layer: Natural Raspberry, Grapefruit, Pear  Mid base: Violets, Wild Rose, Apple Blossom  Dry base: Musks, Cedarwood, Plum”

Featured/Photographed/Mentioned by: Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast

Quickly described as: A sophisticated, fruitier, fresher, and younger version of Marc Jacob’s original Daisy.

 

Peace, Love, & Juicy Couture,  site info, JuicyCouture.com: “Inspired by earthly beauty and ethereal dreams, Peace, Love & Juicy Couture captures the free-spirited flower-child vibe of Malibu with notes of Meyer lemon blossom, wild hyacinth, sweet apple accord, black currant, jasmine absolute, star magnolia and sweet patchouli flower this eau de parfum is trimmed with bohemian gems, charms and girly tassels.”

Featured/Photographed/Mentioned by: Juicystar07 (YouTube), Sam Chapman of Pixiwoo (Youtube)

Quickly described as: A beautiful combination of fruits and florals trimmed with charming accessories.  Continue Reading to see more scents!

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Kiehl’s Free Skincare Samples Voucher…valid ’til April 30, 2011

I lifted this news after hearing it first from Phoebeann at her blog then from Kiehl’s Manila on Facebook!  This is beauty news that is undoubtedly worth sharing!  Kiehl’s, yes, that wonderful but oh so pricey cosmetic store at Greenbelt 5 and Mall of Asia, is spreading the love of this voucher around and over here I’m helping bring it to you ladies, just the way Phoebe did on her site.

“Healthier skin is guaranteed with Kiehl’s! And here’s a treat for our followers: print the voucher below and present at either of our boutiques. We would be glad to assist you!  Feel free to share this with your friends–ask them to be fans, so they may enjoy treats and surprises :)” – KIEHL’S Manila FB

Print this voucher out then call or approach the Kiehl’s outlet nearest you for consultation and claiming of your free product samples 🙂  Feel free to save this voucher image and share it with your friends.  Hurry!  The voucher is valid only ’til the end of April 2011, and while you’re at it, Like KIEHL’S Manila on FB over here.To full post & COMMENTS...

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Shiseido Japan Majolica Majorca – An unexpected invitation…

I know, I know it’s been ages.  Please forgive me, I’ve been really beat and I even meant to put this up yesterday for you but the day was just a back-to-back case of no time.  I’m happy to announce though that Bless My Bag has just received an unexpected invitation from a very wonderful brand.  You may remember I blogged about this here mascara by them.  So this arrived the other day…

UPDATED, NOTE from Shiseido: “In reverence to our Japanese partners who are in mourning because of the tragic events that happened to their beautiful company, we would like to keep solemn and pray with them during these hard times.  Our Japanese principals understandably cannot make it to our launch.  We hope you understand that we will need to postpone our Majolica Majorca event that is supposed to be on March 14.”

and I nearly squealed over what came with it…

 

Shiseido Majolica Majorca: Trick Palette, Lash Expander Frame Mascara, Perfect Automatic liner

 

Shiseido Japan’s marvelous, Asiatic, bursting with “kawaii” flavor sub-brand Majolica Majorca is officially coming to Philippine shores this March and I’ve been invited to attend the launch on Monday :).  Their PR person told me they were grateful and happy that I just happened to mention their product in my Blush Magazine feature.  The three items they sent me are this beautiful “Trick Palette”, a quad of buttery, velvety muted satin shades…

…also their chocolate satin finish Perfect Automatic liquid liner…

…and last but not the least, another tube of my most favorite lengthening mascara, their Lash Expander frame mascara.

 

Rejoice, Ladies!  Some of you who’ve been asking me to try and source this for you just need to wait a teeny bit longer because Majolica Majorca by Shiseido will be available to Filipinas sometime this March.  Watch out for more details on here right after I attend the launch :).

 

P.S. Let’s say a prayer for the country of Japan, especially in the northern area of Sendai…they’re undergoing extreme turmoil, devastation, and suffering.  A friend of mine shared that her friend got stranded in a train station with a lot of other people after the 8.9 Richter Scale earthquake.

 

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NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils! On-the-go eyeshadow…

NYX cosmetics, that drugstore diva of a brand made it big in the U.S. because of its hip color range, a ridiculously good-value, no-nonsense product line, their famous eyeshadows, and these increasingly popular chubby jumbos used by lots of YouTube gurus in the U.S..

 

I purchased 3 in Pure Gold, Rust, and the super useful white one in Milk.

 

What’s popular about these jumbo eye pencils is they’re not just good for lining, the blendable formula works really well as an on-the-go eyeshadow or at least base beneath your powder eyeshadow.

I can’t for now verify their lasting power but I love having them with me because of their crayon form in case I’m too lazy to whip out a brush and blend.  I applied and just used my fingers here, then i put the Milk shade on my waterline.  The pencils aren’t scratchy or painful at all and there are so many colors available so they’re also great as an introductory make-up alternative for little girls when they have that special performance at school or a costume party.

Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencils cost about Php200.00 each ($4.50).  There’s also a more satin/pearl version of white called Cottage Cheese, but I’ll save that for the next NYX haul. 🙂  Locally only select NYX products are available in Glorietta 4 at Beauty Cocktails, a tiny store with lots of imports, or if you’re game, graze through Multiply’s seemingly endless list of beauty entrepreneurs who import and sell U.S. Cosmetics directly :).  If you’re an online shopping sweetie like me, try top sellers on Ebay with an excellent feedback rating.

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