Oracare Mouthwash “Merrymint” | No Sting, No Red lips

We’re talking about what we get to talk with, our mouths.  I’m proud to report that I am a cavity-free person.  I’ve never had a single cavity nor had a major bad breath problem except for when I was sick and acidic, or sleepless and acidic, or naturally if I had satisfyingly drooled on my pillow (or your shoulder) after an exhausting day.  Oh by the way please…*clenches fists and bows head* PLEASE…everyone look at the blackboard, when we’re referring to “breath” as a noun there’s no “e” at the end of the word.  Breathe is the verb “We breathe air in order to live.” which does have an “e” at the end.  Again, breath is the noun “She gave her last breath and died (and so did everyone else in the room because she didn’t use Oracare).”  That’s it, thanks, just spotted both words being misused often especially on Facebook so had to clear that up.  Okay, now back to the subject of one’s oral hygiene, I actually didn’t have any problem with previous mouthwashes that stung to be honest, I was okay with the strong sensation.  What I didn’t like was how red my lips would get after rinsing with the standard issue mouthwash.  After brushing my teeth before applying makeup the last thing I needed was my lips becoming super red and clashing underneath my lip shade of choice.  After that, and the hassle of a next step in my oral regimen, I stopped using mouthwash.  Vanity…I know, but if you happen to be an artist you’d totally be able to relate.  So recently I tried this.

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“OraCare Mouthrinse is a stabilized chlorine dioxide mouthrinse. Its alcohol-free formulation keeps the mouth’s natural moisture and provides a clean, fresh feeling without the painful burning sensation and sting. It is gentle enough for the mouth’s sensitive and delicate tissues so it can be used as often as needed.”

PRICE: 80ml PHP 57.20/ 250ml PHP 156.20

- Gets rid of bad bacteria that causes plaque build up, gum disease, and tooth decay

- Neutralizes volatile sulfur compounds–the true source of strong mouth odors.

When I first saw billboards of this I thought the taste would be awful, couldn’t imagine it otherwise.  As it turns out, it isn’t awful, in fact it’s hardly anything, it’s like water with a jab of refreshing peppermint that doesn’t get your lips red.  It’s like light peppermint water BUT with a lasting effect.  Sometimes people confuse strong sting for what combats bad breath but what’s more effective is a compound that can neutralize sulfuric odor compounds in the mouth.  I also use this to rinse off and disinfect my retainer for my teeth which I wear to sleep at night.  It’s a very light neutral taste but once you’ve rinsed with this any acidic foodie film or presence in your mouth tastes like it’s completely gone, especially if you’ve properly brushed your teeth beforehand.  If you’re one of those people who relies ONLY on mouthwash for a clean mouth please leave this page now LOL, you stink.  I do want a mouthrinse that regularly doesn’t turn my lips red and Oracare does the job nicely.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Official Shiseido Ibuki Contest / Giveaway | Until Oct.31, Win A Makeover Session w/ Me & Shiseido Stuff!

Hi, Everyone!  This is officially what you need to know and do to help send me to Japan and possibly win yourself a Meetup/Makeover Day with me (appointed day of your choice) and full size Shiseido Ibuki goodies, too!  This giveaway will be open Nationwide AS LONG AS you know you can or will be in Metro Manila sometime between now and December this year if you’re not a Metro Manila resident and are not booked or sure you will be in the area please don’t join.  I cannot qualify you as a winner if you are not going to be in Manila before December because we won’t be able to have a makeover otherwise.  My Shiseido Ibuki giveaway doesn’t get more official than this and I’ll try and make the steps as simple as possible for all of you with the use of Rafflecopter widget at the bottom.  Follow each step as instructed and you’re on your way.

prizesI’ll list the 4 mandatory steps also here first before the Raffle Widget at the bottom so that it’s clear, but if you’re bored and don’t wanna read through this  just go straight to the Rafflecopter widget below.  Every step you need to take is there as well, just in a more concise format.  In case something is unclear in the widget you can refer back to this post.  I’ve just posted my Shiseido Beauty Bio image on Shiseido Philippines’ Facebook page and in order to help me win a trip to Japan the first step I need you to do is…

1.) COMMENT on this blog post with your name and email address stating in up to 2 sentences why you are “Ready For Anything”

2.) FOLLOW @blessmybag on Twitter

3.) TWEET about the giveaway at least once “Join @blessmybag’s #ShiseidoIbuki giveaway & help send her to Japan :) Go to http://www.blessmybag.com/2013/09/14/official-shiseido-ibuki-giveaway”  You can tweet as many times as you like…

4.) LIKE Blessmybag’s fanpage on Facebook here.

FOR BONUS ACTIONS I’d like to introduce you to  the Shiseido Ibuki Beauty Bio image.  This one’s mine and the photo I used was a selfie I took during my own makeup preparations for the Star Magic Ball last week.  Yes, I did my own makeup which should prove that a makeover session with me is completely worth the time it takes to join this giveaway.  If you make your own BeautyBio it is considered a bonus action for joining the giveaway it is no longer mandatory.

BeautyBiosJULIA2BONUS ACTION –  CREATE YOUR OWN BEAUTY BIO USING THIS BLANK TEMPLATE.   Use any favorite selfie together with the blank template below provided by Shiseido PH (save the image),  add your photo, first name, profession, age and some activities that compose your lifestyle ,(ex. 4 runs a week, 10 meetings, 3 PTA meetings, 2 family dinners) if you feel like it AND finally POST YOUR OWN BEAUTY BIO to Shiseido Philippine’s Facebook page here.  If you’re campaigning for me MAKE SURE YOU TAG ME in the FB text caption that accompanies your  Beauty Bio image “Thanks to @Blessmybag” (when you start typing @ Blessmy… via FB my fanpage should normally pop up for tagging) if tagging my fanpage on FB doesn’t work paste the blog’s URL ex: “Thanks http://blessmybag.com for inviting me to try #ShiseidoIbuki” in the FB caption.  Since you’re campaigning for me make sure the #Blessmybagibuki and #ShiseidoIbuki hashtags are still part of the image and caption as well (Remember Facebook now also accepts hashtags).

BeautyBiotemplateBLANKBLANK BEAUTY BIO TEMPLATE: Insert Selfie Photo in blank space, Insert First Name underneath “Beauty Bios”, Insert Job and Age in red space, list lifestyle activities underneath red space.

BONUS ACTION –  INSTAGRAM YOUR BeautyBio Pic, make sure to tag me @blessmybag as well and use the hashtags #ShiseidoIbuki #BlessmybagIbuki bonus hashtags are #readyforanythingskin and #ibukiBeautiful

BONUS ACTION –  REGRAM/REPOST MY BeautyBio Pic, locate my Beauty Bio pic on my instagram account @blessmybag and regram/repost it using the same tags @blessmybag and hashtags #ShiseidoIbuki #Blessmybagibuki

Those are the 4 MANDATORY options to join the giveaway and some of the bonus actions.  Follow every mandatory instruction (the first 4) in the Rafflecopter widget to join this contest.  The prizes are a Makeover Session with me and 3 Shiseido Ibuki Goodies, the Moisturizer, Softening Concentrate, and the Purifying Cleanser.  To win these enter through the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom.  Thanks so much for joining and helping campaign to send me to Japan!  Please note that they will be selecting the winner based on frequent hashtag uses, number of comments, number of tweets, instagrams, regrams and retweets.  So please help me make some noise and fly to the land of the rising sun, plus I get to meet you and make you up (of course I will be incuding a partner hairstylist)!  Here’s the rafflecopter widget so come on get joining already!

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The NEW Shiseido Ibuki Skin Range | Shiseido’s Hydrating Smooth Operators & a Little Help

Blogs are buzzing about this whole range! Buzzzz!! What drew me in was the idea of a skincare range targeted for young adults living and working in a stressful environment, and it’s great that it’s a non-whitening alternative.  Think about it as preventive skincare for the young adults held captive by day to day duties at the expense of their skin.  If  you’re nowhere near middle-aged but want to begin protecting / maintaining what you have and somehow have been put off by whitening ranges this particularly nourishing and hydrating range is for you. Behold the new Shiseido Ibuki Skincare range, a range truly says “Made in Japan”.

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Shiseido Ibuki’s formulas help build skin’s resistance to UV rays, dryness and daily stress by infusing it with long-lasting moisture. Shiseido’s exclusive technology puts your skin in a super-hydrated state, so it can maintain a healthy, more radiant glow.  “The Ibuki line helps prevent all this damage by training the skin-barrier cells to remember their healthy shape. In clinical studies, after four weeks on the regimen (testers used the Gentle Cleanser, Softening Concentrate, and Refining Moisturizer every day), subjects’ skin barrier was stronger and had a higher resistance to external damage—meaning less moisture loss, fewer free radicals, and protected collagen and elastin stores.-Allure”
KEY INGREDIENTS:
Lamium album flower extract (a.k.a. white nettle extract, which hydrates); trehelose, glycerin, and dimethicone (moisturizers); citrus junos seed extract (a.k.a. yuzu seed extract, which boosts collagen)

 “I have never seen ingredients that help cells keep their shape as a way of reducing stress or aging. It’s a novel approach, and the results are impressive,” says Doris Day, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center. And while it may be most beneficial to younger women, “this line addresses a depleted skin barrier, which we are increasingly realizing can make skin of any age more vulnerable to damage,” says Ranella Hirsch, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine.” – expert source, Allure Magazine online.

AWARDED Alllure Magazine’s “Best of Beauty Breakthrough” Product for 2013
Lots of young women avoid trying more intense anti-aging products simply because the products are too rich or potent for their milder protection needs.  What are younger women to do to prevent early damage other than rely on sunscreen, moisturizer and supplements?  I do believe Shiseido Ibuki has now helped fill the gap in the market.  Samples of these have gone up on Sampleroom.ph and right now I see there are still several samples left last I checked (the set and Softening lotion which I liked during my facial).  So far I’ve put on the moisturizer and eye cream, tried the Softening lotion during the launch facial (my runner up fave), and I do believe I’ve fallen FOR THAT EYE CREAM, look naman at that awesome choice of packaging.  Thank you, Lord for a TUBE instead of a pot for the eyes and I love the rich hydrating feel of it!  Y’all know how unfaithful I can be with eye creams, I just end up failing to commit.  In tube packaging like this though I think I can turn over a new leaf so expect a separate review for this eye cream after a week or so.  By the way I’m going to request some help from you my beloved readers.    There will be a separate giveaway contest post including this image also coming soon (still fixing the mechanics) but I’ve decided to kickoff the campaigning as early as now.  You see, I’ve been given the chance to go to Japan but I need the help of my beloved readers, family, and friends to make it possible.  First off please help me regram, instagram, Tweet, or retweet this image with the 3 hashtags I mention below.
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From now until October 31 I’ll be creating lots of buzz (in between of course other brand reviews), plus even a simple contest with prizes, and you can actually help possibly send me to Japan by helping Instagram, regram, tweet or retweet any of my Shiseido Ibuki Instagram posts with the official hashtags #BlessmybagIbuki to identify that you’re campaigning for me and also important the #shiseidoIbuki #ibukibeautiful and #readyforanythingSkin  hashtags :).  I’ll be creating a separate special contest post with prizes in store to further promote this campaign to try and get me to Japan (I’m being totally honest with you guys) so stay tuned for that and I’ll be explaining more about the use of “BeautyBios” in instagram to be part of that simple contest.  So stay tuned for that.  In the meantime please help me tweet and retweet using the hashtags #BlessmybagIbuki #ShiseidoIbuki and #readyforanythingskin all together.  Love you all!!  A few hints on the upcoming giveaway post to support the campaign to send me to Japan, the prizes including meeting me, me providing a service and you getting featured on the blog :).  More details very, very soon.… To full post & COMMENTS...

B&L Renu Fresh Lens Solution, Can’t Believe My Eyes

Bakit ngayon ka lang…seriously speaking. If this Bausch & Lomb Renu Fresh multi-purpose lens solution had existed in all its comforting glory in the 90s I wouldn’t have given up on contact lenses in high school that easily.

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“Renu Fresh Multipurpose Solution (formerly Renu MultiPlus) is specially formulated to work with your natural tears. Experience the feeling of wearing a fresh pair of lenses cushioned in moisture. Renu Fresh is proven to fight germs, clean lenses, and remove irritating protein deposits daily from your soft contact lenses. Daily use of renu fresh eliminates the need for a separate enzymatic cleanser or daily cleaner…consult your eye-care professional. ”

Removes protein deposits that accumulate during wear, enhances wettability. Removes dirt and debris that deposit on your lens for clearer vision. Effectively kills micro-organisms on your lens. Balances Solution for your lens wearing comfort. (Php295 from Watsons, for soft lenses, including silicone hydrogels)

Renu Fresh Solution is the answer for those who want to wear lenses but hate wearing them. This will win you back. Back in the day, on top of solution, I needed a daily lens cleaner and then weekly/monthly protein tablets to dissolve in to give lenses a reset. This Renu Fresh solution is a 3-in-1 Godsend. It even came with a free lens case.

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I picked this up at Watsons in VMall, Greenhills and in fact I didn’t choose this first, I asked for another brand (cheaper) but the saleslady said this came with a free lens case. Last night I poured this into my lens case where they “renu-d” overnight and now they feel born again, in fact I forgot I had lenses on earlier. I used to get itchy eyes and blink often with lenses using a different solution but not anymore and I’m impressed. It’s more than halfway through the day now and I don’t feel the need to use lubricating drops at all. See your solution, now in a clear bottle. Need I say more?… To full post & COMMENTS...

MOAR Za Plumper Lippies!! Told ya I liked them…

I told you these Za Plumper lippies were good when I reviewed the shade Rose Vintage I was given by Za in the main product review here. Later on in the week after that review and me having used it more times than I could count on both hands I realized these Plumper Lippies are great straight up dupes for Estee Lauder’s Crystal lip range (A Pixiwoo favorite being the shade “Crystal Baby”), the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine range, or the Dior Addict High Shine lipsticks that Korean YouTuber Jen absolutely loves. So all that being said I got MOAR ahem, more…three more to be exact.

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CLOCKWISE: Cinammon Shimmer, Innocent Rose, Sunset Glow

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Sunset Glow, Cinammon Shimmer, Innocent Rose

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They’re shiny but not sticky, not opaque but not too sheer. They’ve got a milky luminous finish with slip but just enough cling to stay on longer. They’re just about the perfect lip products to have if your aim is to have juicy looking, nearly but not quite Kardashian-ish lips without the discomfort from a tube of gloss. Not bad for Php425.00, available at SM Beauty floors that carry Za in their major department stores.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Hello for the Hiatus & a Stellar Sort of Ball

So…someone’s been missing in action. No apologies on my part just a quick explanation, I’ve fallen in love and have been whisked away to some unnamed country and you guys have inherited my vast array of beauty bits. Slow claps awarded…received, wobbly curtsy. More truthfully I’ve been partying, cousin schmoozing, and babysitting from opposite poles of the earth to and fro for a week. One of my cousin’s parents return from abroad beginning of next week, they’ve been away for the past 2&1/2 and an older cousin is going away for a few weeks so I wanted to dedicate some time to some sleepovers and a short lived string of nights out.

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I have so much good stuff to review, share with, and show you guys it’s just that it would’ve been too difficult to lug around my giant laptop (clue that I need a lighter one…). I’m actually typing this from an iPad I have with me…but I don’t like that for some reason when I try and insert pictures on this the posts would get messed up before or the quality wouldn’t be the same as the photos I edit from my laptop. I have to get that one sorted because the iPad 3 should be able to make quality posts. I will do my best to put up the one set of edited photos I have at home by tomorrow…and…to break the product review chain if I’m not too flummoxed by the series of preparations tomorrow for my very first attendance of the Star Magic Ball I’ll see if I can take some photos or video clips to sort of mold a “Get Ready With Me” feature to post the next day. No promises, if a behind-the-scenes epic is too enormous an undertaking I’ll certainly be taking photos anyway at the event to show you guys. Thanks for being kind and absolutely patient with me. That’s a positive declaration, haha.… To full post & COMMENTS...

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Gel Moussant | Cleansing Memories of J&J Ph 5.5

As many of you know, after having followed the advice of Ms. Caroline Hirons foaming cleansers have almost completely gone off the map for me…in general, especially since she said they’re not exactly beneficial for any skin type.  I still have one memory however of a foaming cleanser from my teen years which was the first one that made my skin feel completely different from any other. It smoothed it, calmed pores, and made my face feel softer and more supple than I’d ever had it then and didn’t dry out my skin. That was the J&J Ph 5.5 Facial wash for sensitive skin.  It was the first product I ever got depressed about when it phased out from supermarkets in the 90s, I think I nearly stamped my foot in the grocery lol.  I’ve just used a similar product by La Roche-Posay at someone’s house that brought back those supple memories and when I mentally macro-d in on the label “Ph 5.5″ jumped out at me. This made my skin feel exactly the same as J&J Ph5.5 did way back then.

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This Toleriane foaming wash by La Roche-Posay (my aunt’s since I’m at her place babysitting) is from their sensitive skin range.  I guess if you can’t give up on foaming washes the lesser evil would be to find one with the right PH level for skin, like this one.

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“Sans” means the absence of or none, so it’s fragrance free, soap free (SLS I guess is not the soap indicator), preservative free, and paraben free. Plus it has the same Ph 5.5 level as J&J’s range from before

La Roche-Posay Toleriane sort of has a mild but non-offensive smell, a little like Clinique products because they don’t use scent masking ingredients. “Gel Moussants” or foaming gels by professionally approved brands like La Roche-Posay are formulated by top skin people. So if the whole “foaming cleansers are not the best for you” mantra makes you whine and you just can’t deal, try this. My skin didn’t feel tight afterwards, it felt fresh. If I was to make one exception for a foaming cleanser it would be this. Just remember to follow with moisturizer afterwards. Digital Traincase is an online stockist of La Roche-Posay locally, I think they’re on Facebook and Instagram.… To full post & COMMENTS...

REVLON Nail Enamel in “Whimsical” | A unicorn sort of shade for Php225

I first spotted Revlon’s Nail Enamel in Whimsical over a year and a half ago on Jen’s (frmheadtotoe.com) nails.  It’s one of those nail polishes you cannot describe to someone in one sentence.  It’s not boring but not too loud either, it’s a cute party in itself but not sickeningly so, and when I say it’s a unicorn sort of shade I only mean to say it’s one of a kind.  The blue and pink flecks (large and small) suggest a perfect baby shower-esque polish for someone having twins of both sexes (what a stretch, obviously my mind is on a conveyor belt in the other room).  Have you ever eaten multicolored marshmallow cereal and had the milk change into a murky indescribable shade?  That almost…almost hits the nail on the head.  It’s more like a murky powder blue…that’s almost grey.  All photos are shot with 3 coats layered and no top coat except for the one shot where I indicate “2 coats”.  Did I forget to mention that this is an almost spot on dupe for Deborah Lippmann’s “Glitter in the Air”?

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What’s nice about Revlon “Whimsical” is its sheer milky finish, but you see a significant build up in coverage with each coat you add.  On the first coat it looks completely transparent, on the second coat you already get a  nice milky wash, the third coat almost makes the the nail edge disappear.  The especially cool thing with the large and small glitter flecks is that (as you can see in the close up in the bottle) with each layer the glitters on the topmost layer remain most visible and the glitters in the layers underneath diminish softly giving extra depth.  I bought this for Php225 from the nail bar over at SM Aura’s Beauty Section in the department store.  They’ve still got the NEW stickers on BUT be aware that these are from a collection released almost 2 years ago (bottle is marked Revlon 2011) so the stock isn’t completely new meaning you’ll need a fresh good quality top coat to finish this properly.  The polish itself is still okay it’s just that it needs a bit of help for staying power.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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