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My 2015 Christmas Beauty Faves Video

My 2015 Christmas Beauty Faves Video is finally here! Whew…this took one day to shoot and like two days in total (nights and afternoons combined) to edit properly.  I feature several current beauty favorites and a lot of stuff I’ve been using on a daily basis these past 2 months while showing snippets of application.


I’m actually so excited since I haven’t posted a really well shot video in a long time.  I really like every single thing I mentioned in this video.


  • AVEDA Beautifying Creme Cleansing Oil (Aveda, Greenbelt 5),
  • Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion (sent by Rustan’s), 
  • NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Hair Face & Body Oil (sent by Rustan’s), 
  • OPI All Stars holiday nail gift set (sent by Rustan’s), 
  • Ellana Minerals
    (Ellana HQ, 2/f La Fuerza, Pasong Tamo cor. Sabio, Makati)
  • Happy Skin Feeling Sculptacular Contour Kit
    (sent by Happy Skin Beauty
  • By Terry Ombre Blackstar Creme Shadow sticks
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  • Maybelline Full N’ Soft Mascara Waterproof (Duane Reade, NYC),
  • Etude House Curl Fix Mascara (sent by Etude House), 
  • NARS “Madly” blush (NARS, Central Square, BGC), 
  • MAKEOVER Lipliner in “Natural” (SM Makati), 
  • DIOR Diorific lipstick in “Glory” (Dior counter, Alabang Town Center),  
  • SANTEE Baked Mineral highlighter #05 (Dollar Store, ATC/Market Market)

MUSIC: I Saw Three Ships by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (

As I write this the video is currently at 78% progress while uploading to YouTube, and I’m hoping I don’t have any delays with YouTube processing after the upload (Note: I did, I reuploaded twice, in fact I blinked the first time when YouTube said the upload had 22,576 minutes left, then I rebooted).  So, in the end I had to shave the edit down to 11 minutes (excluded a couple of products that weren’t as hardcore faves as the others).  Hope you enjoy this video, and for now, Merry Christmas.  Expect some random posts during this holiday season!… To full post & COMMENTS...

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A Quick Christmas Look, Holiday Favorites Sneak Peek

It’s 230am and three hours ago I just finished filming my holiday favorites video.  It was taxing to shoot at night, but I got it done thanks to a couple of wrongly purchased 9W LED bulbs that I thought were going to blind me.  Shortly before I realized they were too bright to use on makeup clients I thought they’d be okay (one 9W bulb lights up our small kitchen brightly, imagine 6 on a makeup mirror LOL).  I had to purchase half a dozen in 3W to make up for my mistake.  It turns out, however, that it was great that I still had these excessively bright 9W bulbs, using 4 of them on the vanity mirror solved my problem for filming and shooting at night.  Here’s a sneak peek from the holiday favorites shoot, by the way I didn’t film a tutorial okay, it was a holiday favorites video (to be edited) but I did mention every product I used in the video.





Sneak peeking includes showing you these two out of all the products I used for now…a mysterious Dior Diorific lipstick, and Ellana loose powder foundation in Chai and that swatch of goodness on the left on my eyelids.  I’ll share the rest in the upcoming video.  This holiday favorites video may or may not come after the original previous tutorial I promised.

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Supergirl Flies In on HOOQ!

It’s been awhile since I’ve said “girl power”, but this show most certainly brings that to the mobile realm.  A lot of my cousins and friends have been raving about the show Supergirl, now people subscribed to HOOQ can watch season after season as they add them!  They’ve begun to expand their TV database with newer titles and after seeing Supergirl take the limelight on Hooq I’m quite excited to see what other titles they’ll be bringing in.

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Melissa Benoist as Supergirl

“Supergirl is a new Hollywood action-adventure drama series based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El

(played by Melissa Benoist), Superman’s cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth,

decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.”

What I personally like about HOOQ is they’ve also got a really deep selection of movies from extremely retro times (even black and white oldies which I used to watch on TNT with my Lola), through to the eighties and nineties, and today’s hits as well.


You can now watch Supergirl and all your favorites on your chosen Internet-enabled device. Simply download the HOOQ app from the Apple Store or Google Play, sign up or log in, and your device is ready to access HOOQ’s library of Hollywood and Pinoy hits. Viewing movies and TV series on HOOQ is made even better with  Google Chromecast support, now available on the iOS and Android apps.

Using HOOQ is easy, subscribe and with just one app, you can stream, download and enjoy thousands of movies and TV series. All from your phone, laptop or tablet.  What’s great is if you’ve never tried HOOQ before, you get your first 30 days free before deciding if you want to subscribe for Php149.00 per month after your free trial.  When I first tried Hooq I was really impressed at the speed of HD streaming, just be aware that you need a steady wifi connection (or if via mobile data while traveling better if it’s an unlimited connection) to retain constant quality while watching on your device.

*DISCLOSURE: This is an advertorial selected with care in association with HOOQ Philippines .  Bless My Bag will not feature a service the author does not genuinely like.To full post & COMMENTS...

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Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly Foundation | A Klutz’s Shortlived Joy and Excellent Wear

This month I have been sincerely unappreciative of the entire klutz in me, the uncanny ‘unco” moments that cause minute destruction and bust joy.  Sometimes what can just ruin your day are just spatters of mental vacancy really that cause you to do half-second mistakes that will annoy you for months to come.  In many cases for me, this last month, I’d try to be careful then it would all backfire because of something I could never ever foresee.  For example, half-wittingly setting down a cleaning basin on my new marble-top dining table, the basin was unknowingly contaminated underneath by the bleach used to disinfect the countertop it rested on previously causing an odd- colored ring to form on the dining top it was transferred to.  I whined and nearly played dead on the dining table when the rings formed. However, in this first case, miraculously, the rings disappeared after half an hour, after a wipe down with hot water, and a quick desperate prayer on my part.  Or for seconds, in another instance, my setting down our new Crate & Barrel stoneware/pottery/clay dining plates on my glass work desk in our parents’ southern home, thinking all was well…until I saw that 4-inch petite but obvious scratch trail on my desk after my blog shoot, caused when I lightly slid a bowl across the surface to position it.


  • HOLIKA HOLIA Aqua Petit Jelly Foundation (Shade 02 Natural, two shades available) Php755.00 at SM Makati
  • (MUFE Step 1 Primer, yellow, “serving suggestion” only…for girls with warm skin.)

Finally, yesterday I had come across a water-based Korean foundation that flitted in and out of my mind for a little over two years since I saw Michelle Phan use it (we’re the same skin shade so that always helps).  When I picked it up I felt like I picked up a Wonka bar from a cosmetic candy shop.  I got it gleefully for myself from SM Makati, all shiny and new in its pretty package (the MUFE yellow primer is just a serving suggestion because the foundation’s shade isn’t warm enough for me, but I didn’t use the primer in this post).  I got Holika Holika’s Aqua Petit Jelly Foundation which feels basically like a drugstore version off MUFE’s jelly-esque Face & Body foundation…coverage is medium.  How did this fit into the klutz saga?  On my way up the stairs at home while carrying an armful of bags the box of this newly purchased foundation fell out and onto the stairs.  “Nothing happened” I thought.  I picked the box up thinking no big deal, no harm done until I opened it this morning highly annoyed to discover that… (Click to continue reading)

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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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