You’d be hard pressed to find a cream eyeshadow matching the gorgeous nude-y bronze shade that is “Birthday Suit” by Benefit Cosmetics. I also had this shade in its old packaging, the one with all the doves on the cap, but for some reason that first one years ago dried out so quickly, dunno why. They haven’t claimed reformulation but for some reason…I don’t think I’m imagining things, these actually seem way better in texture.
Sorry about the week of nothing except plugging for the giveaways. I’ve been busy trying to be busy in real life (if you’re a freelancer you will understand) and then when I had free days last week a mild flu got me for 4 days. You’re going to have to forgive me for being corny just for now, it’s a lovely product but I’m not displaying this on my face today.
See Birthday Suit in all its gilded glory? It’s the perfect not-too-brown cross between champagne and taupe. Who wouldn’t want the baby of Champagne and Taupe on their eyes? It makes a great eye base too for a smoky eye or can even be worn alone for a naturally sheer but enhanced look during the day time.
When I’m lazy Birthday Suit’s got my back. I use fingers to blend it over the lid when I’m in a rush and want people to notice I have something more than mascara on. This costs Php1100 from Benefit Cosmetics and you get a lot of product in a glass pot that will last you ages as long as you twist the lid tight after every use. By the way if you’d like to win a pot of this gorgeous goodness but in a lovely lavender shade called “Always A Bridesmaid” then join my Instaglam Giveaway via this link or the sidebar ad to the right.
Oh, yes, I haven’t forgotten. You may have noticed that the blog looks different. Please note that this layout hasn’t been fine tuned but I like the space it gives and what matters most is it’s a higher resolution layout that can keep up with readers who do a lot of HD browsing. I think my pictures can be slightly bigger now, I’ll have to check in the CSS and html coding first. I still have to tweak and test several things. The blog header title, for now, still sucks of course, no way will it stay that way…that’s just the template’s default titleface. I will try to find a way to get my blog header logo up there and fix several things I’m still not satisfied with. Okay, my neck hurts…it took the whole afternoon to backup the entire blog before I could test this new look. Please bear with several random changes in small places for the next few days. Goodnight!
This is going to be my first multi-brand makeup and skincare giveaway that involves the use of Instagram! Check out that “Bless This Bag” travel tag, who would’ve thought I’d spot something like that at True Value? LOL
This toiletry bag splits open with 2 compartments for makeup and skincare. It’s jam-packed with lots of great travel-size & full size products that make getting away without looking astray much, much simpler. I don’t know bout you guys but for me the Pièce de résistance of this whole giveaway is the “Belle” hand mirror I picked out from Singapore (of course I have one of my own, I bought 2).
It feels weight-y though the balance is a little bit off center (more on top less on the handle) but who cares, it’s heavy enough to not feel like a prop, small enough to slip into a handbag and it’s so elaborately made, I love it.
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All the prizes included are mentioned in the widget. Get to the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom to officially join and see the list of prizes. It’s that simple. By the way in the widget there’s a non-mandatory BONUS action offered (for more entry points to win this one) which is to join my OTHER Makeover + Shiseido Ibuki Giveaway at this link here and help send me to Japan. Y’all ready for this makeup and skincare getaway giveaway? Cue house music…a Rafflecopter giveaway
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.
“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.
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.
I’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.
BONUS 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).
BLANK 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!a Rafflecopter giveaway
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”.
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”
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.
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.