Meet Rain, one of the support dancers I made up for another TVC shoot that just aired, Globe Prepaid GoPlay. I had lots of laughs with her and since I had hardly any time to take any other photos here’s one of her. She’s an awesome dancer…and I mean like a super-skilled awesome dancer, and I think her half hot pink hairdo rocks. The makeup challenge in this shoot is that everywhere they danced it was screaming hot and I mean HOT.
The 3 lead celebrities in the TVC were Sarah G, Gerald, and Vice Ganda! It was a non-stop dance fest, imagine take after take for lots of the dancers including some members of the Philippine All Stars dance crew, that means A LOT OF SWEAT, I had to enlist my hairstylist EddieMar Cabiltesto help me out in keeping them fresh. By the way, a lot of the time the makeup for support talents isn’t noticeable on camera, but there’ll be lots of behind the scenes videos coming up very soon where you’ll get to see more of the dance crew Rain auditioned to be a part of for this Globe TVC directed by Adrian Calumpang. Included in the dance crew as well is utterly ripped Ryan Janus Thomas from PBB Unlimited (a taekwando and dance expert) who you can see in this off-beat BTS video by my shoot supervising friend, Syke, it’s hilarious. This is an unlisted video, so it can’t be searched on YouTube, you can only view it where I make it available, like here.
Pardon the sound we were just using a tablet to take the video, but the joke in it was I retouched the girls lying down and Syke (cameraman and my former officemate at UGL) said I was being all “Kevyn Aucoin” like. Little Lynn one of the dancers said it was like doing funeral makeup and I said in that case it was a group casket, they cracked up. Here’s a photo of the one who was taking the video, Syke, he’s the funny guy on the right next to one of Provill’s exec producers, Franny.
Later, later on Rain happily says “Of corpse not!!” over and over to various comments by Syke LOL. As a team all of us worked for 2.5 days and came up with this 30 second ad, there are still some more TVC campaign installments coming up soon and watch out for more upcoming behind the scenes handheld by Direk Adrian Calumpang mismo.
This has taken forever to put up because I was looking for proper before and after photos, I wanted to choose from among my usual photos for the blog so the photos didn’t feel so set up for the challenge. So I chose a before photo from one of my other posts before I was issued the Neutrogena BB-Cream Challenge and I chose an after photo from one of my recent mascara posts. So yes I’m sorry I do happen to be wearing mascara in the after photo, but with the exception of that I have a clear face. I took so long in trying to make out and remember if I put loose powder during my review on the mascara (after photo) because if that were the case I shouldn’t have used that photo but since I can see one minor blemish near my lip I don’t actually think so, I do believe that’s a base free face. This isn’t the complete pledge post yet. The only minor post process I did to both was COLOR MATCH and balance the levels (because the photos were taken on two different days) so the photos were comparable in lighting. No blurring or softening filter was ever applied to either of these photos.
BEFORE NEUTROGENA BB CREAM CHALLENGE (NO MAKEUP) – Date Taken: January 26, 2012
AFTER NEUTROGENA BB CREAM CHALLENGE (MASCARA ONLY) – Date Taken: March 15, 2012
Though the differences are extremely subtle I think I’ve observed a distinguishable more even tone in my skin in the after photo. The blemish came about because I picked at (yes, don’t) a whitehead near my lip that was quite itchy and bothersome. I do find my skin to be not dramatically fairer, but agreeably, slightly fairer coz truthfullyI don’t expect myself to lighten up any more by much. The honesty about my Neutrogena BB Cream use is I used it faithfully everyday only for about 3-4 weeks when stepping out of the house (during the weekly giveaways obviously) then as work came about I rotated it among products in my personal kit. I still had it handy though. Then I started using it again for about 2-3 days between the 5th and 6th week. My final thoughts on the product alone is I love the oil-free light consistency and the beauty in the skin comes forth a few hours after applying it once it has blended with your natural facial oils, it gives a rosy white fairness, not an anemic sort of fairness, at least once the product has mildly set in and oxidized a little bit. Truth be told the single shade itself still leaves me wanting a multiple shade range to come out. I think the shade itself is a half-step too fair for me and it’s a bit of a stretch to say that it’ll suit all skin shades deeper than mine. I love the scent but I find it too strong and would prefer that it were fragrance free. I love the fact that this has no “shimmer” particles whatsoever and I also like the size of the bottle that’s quite handy to bring along. Over all I like Neutrogena BB Cream very much but tend to only put it on when I’m going for a look that suits angel-fair skin. Stay tuned for my style pledge post in which I’ll do the “model” thang for you sorry lot, makeup free! LOL
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I’ve not begun typing in order to condemn the use of rabbits, eggs, ducklings, or chicks this Easter Sunday. In my book they’re acceptable for fun as long as they defer and not overtake the true celebration of Easter rather than become a distraction, besides, I love chicks, I had a yellow chick named Jack once. I have a fond memory of Resurrection Sunday in my mind right now. There was a time when I was about 4 or 5 years old and we spent Holy Week with my mother’s clan at a relative’s beach resthouse in Tali Beach, Batangas. At the crack of dawn on Easter morning I woke up alone on my mattress after a few days already at the beach to the sound of either my mom or aunt’s voice wide awake outside shouting “Hallelujah, Jesus is Alive!!” even before the rooster crowed I believe. That erased what would’ve been the common urge in mind to greet people “Happy Easter”. We also had a Grand Easter egg hunt that day made of beautifully painted real chicken eggs done by a lot of us, no plastic eggs and they were hidden in hard to find places around the beach house. We used white crayons on the eggs first to make our designs or patterns, then when the eggs were dipped in dye the patterns in crayon would resist the dye and you had a subtractive design. Here’s a photo of one similar summer but I think this wasn’t the same trip that formed the memory, this was around 1 or 2 years later but also in Tali, in another friend’s house. Uh, that’s me on the left edge of the photo and beside me is my first (as in first) cousin Paolo, Tito Gary’s eldest son, Tita Donna and Tito Anthony are behind us.
22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.”
Last April 3 Instagram for Android was released. I couldn’t have been more thrilled because it’s my birthday month! Move over, Apples, time for this ‘Droid to make a mark. If you’ve got Instagram follow me now @ blessmybag if you like.
These are just a few things I recently posted on Instagram. I’m still getting the hang of it, some of these have photo loss artifacts/errors due to 2 compression passes from layering app exports, won’t do that again as much as possible. I’ve also downloaded the Android apps “PhotoGrid” and more recently “Camera 360″ which was recommended to me by Xander Angeles.
The heat is on! I’ve been wanting to do this post for a few days now, but the lazy summer mood got to me. One or two of these items are new but I’ve been using them practically everyday since I got it, and two of the items are almost empty.
1. Shikai Natural Color Care Shampoo – I picked this up at S&R, I forget now whether it was Fort or Alabang, but both outlets should have it. It’s about Php500 and I like that it’s a natural lathering, UV shielding color care formula with a light scent and with an ingredients list that isn’t as long as your leg. I’ll review it soon. They also have a normal variant for untreated hair.
3. The Body Shop Banana Conditioner - I LOVE THIS. Basically, this is how good it is, it’s got that yummy tropical scent, if you like bananas and a bit of coconut, I don’t think there’s coconut but something in it smells similar. It’s made my color-treated hair feel like untreated healthy hair. So far I don’t get the “frizzy” dryness that usually accompanies colored hair and I’ve got bounce and shine. Bananas in Pajamas, gotta give it to ‘em. I use this every other day when shampooing. I don’t shampoo everyday to let my hair and scalp be themselves for a bit, chemical-free at least for a day in between and also to avoid unnecessary hair-fall. I’m also not a sweaty person so that’s not disgusting for me to have a non-shampoo day. They’re on sale 50% off until April 26.
4. BeFine Gentle Cleanser – I had to switch over my facial cleanser months ago because my face was suddenly mildly rejecting the Clean & Clear foaming glycerin facial wash I’ve loved for years. I think it just needed a break from unnatural chemicals. So I picked up this BeFine Gentle Cleanser from Beauty Bar, which isn’t cheap at Php900 for 100ml but it lasted me a LONG time (2-3months) because of its economical pump. It’s a paraben free, cruelty free cleanser made of mint, oats, rice and sugar. It took some getting used to because of the minty scent on the face when lathering up, a bit like the scent of a good minty toothpaste, but there’s no annoying menthol cooling feel, don’t worry. My skin feels light, refreshed and ready for a little moisturizer and I don’t get the annoying itch after.
I’ve never talked about jewelry that isn’t costume jewelry, we’re talking bout real bedazzlers this time. RUBEDO is a lovely new metal created in time for Tiffany & Co.’s 175th Anniversary celebration. Its pure, pinkish hue mimicks that of the currently trendy rose gold. As of late you’ll find rose gold accents popping up almost everywhere (though I personally think it doesn’t suit EVERY skintone like they say), from the oversized ladies watches to the Elizabeth Arden Aurora collection, but there’s something inherently cleaner about RUBEDO, something more attractive than the idea of rose gold.
If you’re on the market for something new RUBEDO is very feminine and has just stepped into the limelight. I noticed there are 2 rings I believe in the collection (before the earrings above) and to me one wide one is pretty but horribly huge and looks like a corset or girdle for my finger and the other collection ring is far too branded right the way along the band for me to be fond of. I’m intent on rectifying that at the very least in theory. From the internet I took a photo of 1 engagement ring and digitally made it over visually changing the band to RUBEDO, one Tiffany Style 6-claw ring.
Some of you who are more comfortable with whatever is traditional would probably prefer the usual, safe platinum or silver bands, but to me after doing this photo makeover makes me feel like I’d just brought a ring from Pleasantville back into my world of color, and I like it very much. The idea of a rosy, blushing engagement ring would suit the mood upon “receiving” it I think *blush. I’ve not got MARRIAGE constantly on my mind 24/7, please don’t be mistaken in thinking that, I just couldn’t shake the thought of a lovely, simple Rubedo ring with a name inside and nothing is quite as sophisticated as an engagement ring. It’s a pretty thought that I just wanted to see manifested in an image at least (I’m so glad I’m digitally keen). For sure my husband-to-be wouldn’t want Rubedo wedding rings (neither would I) butI thought it would be so nice to have “my” rosy Rubedo engagement ring sitting atop a platinum/silver wedding ring, the contrast in color would remind me of the heat of the moment “when I was asked”.
I’ve only confirmed from another source online, Atelier Beauty blog which is Singaporean, that this lovely Laura Mercier limited edition Portfolio collection arrived on their counters last March 2012, I haven’t yet confirmed whether this collection will wash up on Philippine shores or is already available locally. Info posted is referenced from Atelier Beauty’s FB page.
Laura Mercier Custom Artist Portfolio for Home & Away
- Designed with a rigid outer shell case wrapped in metallic, pewter snakeskin material - Includes four multi-size mesh cosmetic bags, easily removable with built in magnets - Features a unique pocketed brush page - Two refillable 6 and 3-well Custom Compacts that hold your favorite eye, cheek and lip godets
Mom just got back from Phuket and Bangkok. I didn’t want to send a list over there with her even though she told me to give her one because it was a business trip and she hardly had any time, but last minute yesterday she texted that she’d be at the Duty Free (tax free shopping) area and she asked me what I wanted. I told her to choose from my pre-selection of 2 MAC brow pencils and a Studio Fix powder, a full coverage powder foundation. She got both in Bangkok, ‘coz in Duty Free Phuket there wasn’t a MAC store in sight, and she threw in a pair of the highly acclaimed long-wear gel eyeliners of Bobbi Brown as a surprise bonus from in-flight Duty Shopping on board Thai Airways.
CLOCKWISE: MAC Studio Fix Powder NC30 – Price in Bangkok: THB 1190.00, Php 1666.00, US$38 (Orig cost in the U.S. $27),
MAC automatic Brow Pencils “Lingering”, “Brunette” – Price for each Bangkok: THB 595.00, Php835, US$20 (Orig cost in the U.S. $15)
Bobbi Brown Long -wear Gel Eyeliner DUO SET “Black Ink” and “Sepia Ink” – Price on board Thai Airways : US$47 (Orig individual cost in the U.S. $22 each pot)
That Bobbi Brown bonus was exactly what I wanted to have and I didn’t even tell her that I secretly wanted that. The truth is I’VE NEVER OWNED ANYTHING BY BOBBI BROWN COSMETICS IN MY ENTIRE LIFE because the price always put me off and I could never part with that much money (by myself) for just one or two items. Moms are cool like that and duty free is the best way to go for luxe cosmetics. She probably remembered that I complimented a friend’s wife at a reception who claimed she was wearing Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner. I’m super excited to review these items for you. Happy Holy Thursday!