Real Tan Oil by Ritual | Part 1: A Brief Intro

What annoys me about purchasing tanning oil is you hardly ever, or more often never, get through a whole bottle.  Really…now.  The idea also of having chemical concoctions tamper with my personal pigment kinda sorta scares me.  When I hopped over to the Collective (Malugay St., Makati) for a Wabi-Sabi noodle fix I made a quick run by Ritual and picked this organic gem up.

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Made of organic oils of coffee, carrot, and coconut (plus Vitamin E) just the idea of this tanning oil floats my boat.  I smelt it from the bottle and I knew considering Ritual’s ethical view on beauty that it wouldn’t be artificially scented, it smelt a bit foodie but didn’t stink at all in my opinion, the coffee helps neutralize it. My only con so far is the rubber bottle plug is difficult to put back in once opened. I plan to replace it with a cork later on. I will review the results of using this tanning oil after the next few days. There’s a bigger bottle but this smaller one cost about…Php495+ you can find the Ritual Boutique on Facebook and here’s the map showing how to get to the Collective in Makati.

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Ritual at The Collective, 7274 Malugay St., Makati City, 1203

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BH Cosmetics 32-Color Lip Palette | Affordable Shades With Ease 48% OFF!

I’ve been out almost a week coz of so many rush pre-Holy week events that mattered more. I’ve been putting off trying this palette because to be honest I judged it harshly. I needed to use this because it makes doing lips so much easier on set at shoots. I was afraid at first that this BH Cosmetics 32-Color Lip palette might be another one of those “Made You Know Where” palettes with lots of sheer colors that dont really deliver. Boy was I wrong.

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The ingredients won’t shine in the “no nasties” department but nevertheless it’s a good workhorse palette for shoots and quick pictorials. I was afraid that these would be like the NYX round lipsticks which completely suck in humid climates, lots of greasy pigment that moves around everywhere but NO… these aren’t like that at all.

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Let me guess…NOW I have your undivided attention. Aren’t those swatches impressive? My favorite shade in the 2nd to the last shot is the beige-y gold rightmost column in the center which I used on a TVC talent last week and reminds me of a Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick I used to own. They’re high street/drugstore lipstick comparable in texture and this selection comes with a mix of amplified solid semi-mattes, pigmented lustres, and some gold duochromes. Mucho Gracias to Mega Tita Sharon Cuneta-Pangilinan for surprising me with this lovely lip palette. :) The Pixiwoo sisters featured the 120-color eyeshadow palette about 2 years ago. I believe a strong competitor of BH Cosmetics would be Coastal Scents in the U.S., not certain if their lip palettes are just as pigmented. Free Shipping in the U.S. and they ship abroad for a minimum rate of $12.95 but you beauty bugs can also try Ebay or Hong Kong. I’ll try and do a separate post and see if I have time to shoot myself wearing a lot of the shades you see here. Guess what! This particular palette is on sale now via BH Cosmetics online discounted 48% so it only costs $10.00 at the moment excluding international shipping!… Read the rest

Shiseido Makeup Session by Bless My Bag! | Be 1 of 10 Readers There!

Hey, Ladies I want to meet YOU!  Although I can’t meet ALL of you just yet here’s an opportunity for 10 of my blessed blog readers!  I’ve only ever dreamed of having a meetup with you and I even prayed that it might be something exactly like this and it is kindly made possible by Shiseido.  I almost called this a workshop but more truthfully this Saturday, March 23, 2012 from 3pm-5pm I’ll be demonstrating looks to 10 selected readers using “fantabulous” Shiseido products and will also be raffling off a Shiseido prize to 1 attendee!  This photo isn’t from where exactly we’re going to have the session but you get the idea, it’s still Shiseido so you get the vibe. :)  The workshop will be held at Shiseido in Alabang Town Center.

To be one of the 10 readers to attend exclusively please read the mechanics below and join.

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To get a chance to WIN 1 of 10 “Shiseido passes” to my makeup session:

1.  Simply Like the blog’s Facebook page,  and Shiseido PH’s Facebook Page

2.  Follow me and Shiseido PH on Twitter @blessmybag and @ShiseidoPH

3.  Answer this question in 10 sentences or less in the comments below.  Pls. comply with the 10 sentence max rule because I will be narrowing down for best selection.  Feel free to answer in Tagalog if you express yourself better.  The 10 most inspiring, clear answers (to me) will be selected.  Here is the question to answer in less than 10 sentences in the comments below.

“What is your most favorite DIY (do it yourself) beauty routine and why?” (Example answer: getting my nails done with nail art because I enjoy getting creative)

DEADLINE for submission of entries before selection is this Friday, March 22 at 10:00 AM, winners will be announced that afternoon.  Metro Manila Venue for the Shiseido Makeup Session by Blessmybag will be disclosed privately to the 10 selected winners.  Schedule for the session is this Saturday, March 23, 2012 from 3pm-5pm

 

 

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Baviphat Under My Skin Moisturizing Primer | Seriously Brings It.

The thing about primers is I’ve never EVER purchased one for myself or even fully reviewed a decent one properly…ever. I tried the Laura Mercier Hydrating primer which was great in finish but the smell made me gag (something off about it). I have had my handful of primer samples flow in and out of my stash through the years but I never really paid attention…until now. The Glambox PH Airbrush team invited me over to experience their system of products (which will be a separate post) and unexpectedly before the airbrush trial I was paying way more attention to the primer that was applied on me by their MUA which happened to be this one, by Korean cosmetics brand, Baviphat. It brings it. This is somewhat of an incomplete review because I haven’t tried it with traditional makeup just yet but as a makeup professional I can already feel that this will work really well. It feels and smells just perfect. I’m telling you for me…dizzizit. Call me corny but I like that it says “Secret Recipe” in tiny writing at the bottom which sort of implies that it’s not like any other primer in the ballpark.

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Baviphat Under My Skin Moisturizing Primer Php890.00 | Available at Glambox Airbrush Studio | 0922-8200172 | glamboxcosmetics@yahoo.com | The GlamBox Beauty Studio, Unit 2C, Value Point Building, 227 Salcedo St. cor. Gamboa St., Legaspi Village, Makati

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You get 35ml in a glass bottle with a pump. I love the simple straightforward packaging. It’s a glass bottle that says Primer, what more do you need? My only con is the ingredients are in Korean at the back probably but I know Baviphat is a good brand so I wasn’t too concerned. The thing that most often annoyed me about other branded primers was firstly they often didn’t smell right and secondly they felt like they added too much silicone so my face felt like it had a smothering layer over it (sometimes it felt like I wanted to fan my face) or even felt itchy. I wanted a primer that made my skin feel fresh but at the same time did the job of smoothing the surface. Baviphat’s Under My Skin Moisturizing primer smells like a sensitive baby product (fresh but light) it feels like it hydrates the skin on contact and provides just the right amount of silicon priming needed (on my face anyway) to prep the surface for makeup. The MUA at Glambox told me that for her it works perfect under airbrush product as well as traditional makeup. I instantly asked her what she was applying on my face because it smelt perfect and felt good. She showed it to me and said they sold it in the studio and this is her favorite. Now, it’s mine, too.

You can get this at The GlamBox Beauty Studio, Unit 2C, Value Point Building, 227 Salcedo St. cor. Gamboa St., Legaspi Village, Makati. Like Glambox Airbrush Cosmetics on Facebook to get more updates or email: glamboxcosmetics@yahoo.com for inquiries.Read the rest

Caress Nail Polish in Sea Green | Frankening a Dupe of YSL’s Jade Imperial

Because of my long kept frustration that YSL’s Jade Imperial shade (ever since I spottedbit on Xiao’s Messy Wands blog) is a beautiful wearable shade of green but is a luxury polish unavailable here, something had to be done. YSL’s Jade Imperial costs about $25.00. I hesitate in buying many luxury nail polishes though I wouldn’t mind landing money on a few more Essie bottles.  I perused the aisles of local department stores and spotted Caress’s Sea Green polish (Php23.75) which was about 2-3 shades darker (aptly a “Frankenstenish”  hue) but the perfect green tone.  I also already had Bobbie premium polish in Pure White (Php33.00++).  I knew something could be done I decided to “franken” (custom mix) my own bottle of Jade Imperial using cheaper polishes.  Behold the birthchild of my resolve.

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YSL’s Jade Imperial is not a mint green if you see it here in Xiao’s post, it’s got more grey or grunge to it.  It’s similar to Essie’s Sew Psyched…kind of like a pastel army hue.  Because the Caress polish is runny and too dark by bout 3 shades I married about half a teaspoon of Bobbie Pure White into it straight from the bottle and gave it a good strong shake (about 3-4x). You may need to pour out a little afterwards if there is overflow. If ever my mix was a little off it’s only slightly not as cool as Jade Imperial because of the tone of Sea Green, but as a result this matches my less cool skin better. So my total first frankening attempt cost me Php58.00 in total. When my mom first spotted my nails this morning at breakfast with no clue about the YSL polish, frankening, or my plan put together she suddenly said as if on cue “It looks like Jade…”.  I beamed with success and said “Exactly…” :)Read the rest

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