A Few Words About the Now | The Debris in my Heart

Leyte and Samar are in a State of Calamity* (edited, thanks Dar*), social feeds are abuzz with frustration, anger, and sadness after the strongest recorded typhoon in history hit the central area of our beloved country.  The truth is I’m full of mixed emotions as a bystander and resident of the unaffected areas, and this Saturday I even have two upcoming makeup workshops with 2 different brands that I wish I could postpone but one was a pre-commitment with MUFE over a month ago that of course I have to stick to, and the other, well, you’ll hear about it soon.  Many, many aspects of life now seem frivolous, even posting pictures of food or products seems downright inappropriate.


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“An ounce of help is more than a pound of pity, a grain of volunteerism is more than mountains of cynicism.”

You may have noticed in the last couple of days I put up 1-image posts of upcoming promos and launches plus a small home feature instead of product reviews.  It’s partly because I just simply have run out of the regular stream of beauty blogger words for the moment.  Truthfully, I can’t completely go on a self-imposed blogging ban this month because I do have a few commitments to some brands from way before the storm hit to feature the seasonal stuff they sent me.  But yes for most other than workshops and brand new products I’m putting my foot down and I’ll just have to apologize nalang because they’ll have to wait, I just can’t right now.  Forgive me if any reviews (if they do show up later on) end up somewhat lackluster or somber, they will always be honest and detailed but reviews are about temporary things that will never compare to the value of people’s lives trying to hang on and in need of our help.  I hope you understand, whether or not a post shows up.  If one does then please also don’t judge, this has become part of my work as well, but please know that I will of course be sensitive because I am, like many of you, quite affected by all that’s happening out there.

There’s the harsh reality that life goes on in the unaffected cities and sadly we all must comply responsibly with ongoing schedules if we’re not sitting shotgun with military dudes en route to Tacloban, Capiz, Bohol or any of these devastated places.  My brother and I set aside our share for Yolanda relief and will still be trying to volunteer in the next few days at our church.  If you can do the same, please do, too, otherwise prayer and donations are always welcome (check out the legit organizations you can donate to here on the blog’s sidebar).  There are ways to help, and as my German uncle shared “An ounce of help is more than a pound of pity, a grain of volunteerism is more than mountains of cynicism.”  Let’s also be balanced in our dealings at this time with other people in everyday life and try also to not step on their toes if they’re celebrating a personal happy moment, finding joy in something, or embracing recent victories, after all happiness…as well as sadness is a part of life.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” ROMANS 12:15

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MAKE UP FOR EVER ProFinish Workshop With Me! NOV. 16 | Two FREE Slots Giveaway!

Hey LADIEZZ, have something extra, extra special for you today and quite different!  MAKE UP FOR EVER has asked me to conduct a basic makeup workshop this Saturday, Nov.16 at SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig while introducing you to their absolutely fab PRO-FINISH Multi Use Powder Foundation (which can be used wet or dry).  They’ve been gracious enough to provide me with an audience (workshop fee is Php2500.00 with redeemable product) but have invited me to include 2 blessed winners for a free slot giveaway right here!  They’re providing the rest of the workshoppers but I get to choose two winners!  Follow the instructions after the image if you want to win a FREE slot to my workshop with MAKE UP FOR EVER.  Sorry if it’s only open for 2 of my blog readers to win, MUFE are providing the rest of the workshop audience.  Pls. note, this is an exclusive workshop for the MUFE’s registered audience plus my winners.

NOTE: This FREE slots giveaway is for people within Metro Manila only.

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To win one of the two (2) FREE slots for the workshop you must do 2 things:

1.) Comment beneath this post and share why you love MAKE UP FOR EVER as a brand!

2.) Head over to the MAKE UP FOR EVER Pop-up store in SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig between now and before NOV.15 this Friday CUTOFF 3PM, take an award-winning selfie (photo of yourself) trying out their PRO-FINISH powder foundation (PURCHASE NOT REQUIRED, YOU CAN USE THEIR TESTERS)  in your proper shade.  Share your photo on Instagram and/or Twitter (make sure to tag me @blessmybag so I can track your entry) with the hashtag #forPROSforYOUforever

OR for those who don’t have social media accounts email your photo to me at probinsiyana(at)gmail(dot)comThe photo entries cutoff is Nov. 15 Fri, 3pm so we have a few hours to judge before announcing who wins early Friday evening so it should easier for you guys to plan your Saturday.


Sorry if the announcement of the free slots giveaway seems at short notice, but I was only told that I could invite 2 blog readers for free slots via photo contest earlier while I was out.  Hope to see you there!  Let’s get those comments and selfies coming!… To full post & COMMENTS...

A Little Bit of Light | Steady Warm White LED Fairy Lights

I postponed this because I was hesitant to put it up due to everything that was happening in this country, but as time passed I realized that showing a little bit of light is alright.  A little bit of light dispels the darkness and lifts sadness.  Dad bought me one long string (I think it’s about 10-15 feet) of LED Warm White fairy lights for my room the other day and with some invisible magic scotch tape I put the lights up loosely around my bleached/refinished antique dresser and with the excess taped a heart shape around my light switches.  He got me the type with clear wiring so that the string is more or less invisible at night against light colored furniture, they also come with forest green wiring for Christmas trees but I requested clear.  I purposely did not tape the lights in a taut/tight boring edge-to-edge outline and art directed them loosely for a vine effect.





This is how it looks in the daytime.  Of course I don’t have the lights on during the day, just for show and tell.

My Dad bought the single string of  steady warm white LED Lights for Php499 from ACE Hardware he said.  I mentioned on Instagram a few weeks ago that I totally detested this antique vanity dresser when it was in dark cherry wood varnish.  Before in a dark finish it looked like something out of a provincial Filipino horror movie, I’d freak myself out seeing my reflection walk past in the mirror.  However, when Mom finally had the dresser bleached and refinished it totally changed how I saw it and adding the string of LED fairy lights instantly brought a sacred sort of ambience  into the room.  The lights provide a dim but warm glow which is also perfect for when Mom has our dear massage lady over once in awhile and since the lights are LED they’re safe to use as night lights (which I don’t really need but like) when I sleep through the night, it’s easier to make my way to the restroom in the middle of the night when it’s not completely dark.  I also have more mental clarity now when I think or pray in the evening.  It makes a really nice background for videos don’t you think? *Hint hint*

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Speechless Sunday | Yolanda

JEREMIAH 23: 1-4 “Doom to the shepherd-leaders who butcher and scatter my sheep!” God’s Decree. “So here is what I, God, Israel’s God, say to the shepherd-leaders who misled my people: ‘You’ve scattered my sheep. You’ve driven them off. You haven’t kept your eye on them. Well, let me tell you, I’m keeping my eye on you, keeping track of your criminal behavior. I’ll take over and gather what’s left of my sheep, gather them in from all the lands where I’ve driven them. I’ll bring them back where they belong, and they’ll recover and flourish. I’ll set shepherd-leaders over them who will take good care of them. They won’t live in fear or panic anymore. All the lost sheep rounded up!’ God’s Decree.”

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Japan’s Cure Natural Aqua Gel | That Uber Gentle Oscar Swag Exfoliant

There’s a reason why a bottle of this sells every 12 seconds in Japan, gee, it was even handpicked to be Oscar Swag!  I’ve had this for months and haven’t opened it because seriously, when it comes to skincare I really TRY (note TRY) to go through current products before opening something new…with as much self-control as I can muster that’s what I do.   Unknown to some people Toyo Life’s Cure Natural Aqua Gel was actually included in the Oscar Swag Bag (the loot bag they give to Academy Awards attendees) a few years back (2009-ish? 2010-ish?) and that gave this a little more popularity in the Western Hemisphere.  Why exactly is this gommage-y gel sooo popular?  Think of something that appears and feels as gentle as Cetaphil, is fragrance-free, is made of more than 90% water, but removes dead skin (without acidic or grainy sting) before your very eyes.  Yup that’s exactly what this pure baby does.  If you’re picky about exfoliants and don’t want scrubs and ALSO are hesitant to try AHA or BHA acidic liquid exfoliants because of sensitive skin this one is perfect for you and there’s more to it than meets the eye.


  • Best selling exfoliator in Japan
  • Free from preservatives, fragrance, artificial coloring or alcohol
  • Contains 90% revitalized hydrogen water
  • Contains natural plant extracts from aloe vera, gingko, and rosemary
  • Was reportedly included in the famous OSCAR Swag Bag a few years back
  • SIZE: large 250 ml bottle (lasts 4 mos. if used 2x a week), PRICE: Php1500.00 from Beauty Bar PH



INGREDIENTS: water (activated hydrogen water, non-acidic and purified), glycerin (a moisturiser), acrylates/C10-30, alkyl acrylate crosspolymer (a thickener), dicocodimonium (a conditioner), chloride, steartrimonium bromide, aloe barbadensis leaf extract (moisturises, protects rough skin), gingko biloba extract (moisturises, prevents skin-mottling and freckles), rosmarinus officinalis/rosemary leaf extract (possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties), butylene glycol.

This works and is very gentle, you only need about half a pump or a peso sized dollop.  The Cure product IS AN EXFOLIANT, NOT A CLEANSER, AND NOT MEANT TO BE USED DAILY, ONLY TWICE A WEEK.  The key ingredient I believe is the gentle thickening agent which causes dry skin to plump up, then the hydrating gel makes it easier to remove gently when you massage your face in circular motions (don’t apply this near the eyes to be safe).  To prove a point you can see the eyeliner on my hand, this exfoliates but does not remove makeup so you must remove makeup before using this.  Watch this Japanese advertisement for CURE that’s been subtitled in English.

I’ve tried something similar before, that Hello Kitty Rosette gommage one which was also from Japan, but I found out that the bits I was seeing from that one was partly just the product itself just bundling up into bits and eventually I didn’t like the fragrance.  THIS ONE, however, is fragrance-free and I can really feel my dead skin gently being sloughed off the surface and I know it’s really happening because of how baby smooth my face feels after (treatments like this in my opinion are best used at night and best if followed by a gentle facial oil or hydrating serum). Read more to find out about my second use for this product and learn about the three main types of exfoliants available in the market.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Happy Skin Cosmetics :) at Beauty Bar Starting Nov. 9!

Thank you to those who have made Happy Skin’s launch via Plains & Prints outlets a continuing success!  If you haven’t heard about this fab homegrown makeup brand read my post from the launch here (with a review of their super cute pigmented lip crayons).  We bloggers totally love the brand you love!  We’ve got even more good news for you, Happy Skin Cosmetics will now be available in Beauty Bar outlets throughout the Metro :) starting this Saturday, November 9! And soon after, Ayala Cebu as well :)


It’s possibly going to be a pretty stormy weekend, but if the storm hasn’t hit Manila by Saturday and you haven’t tried Happy Skin cosmetics I highly suggest making a sneaky trip over to your nearest Beauty Bar outlet over the weekend, only if it’s super near you :).  Otherwise, if the storm actually hits please stay indoors once those Typhoon Signal alerts start going up!  Be safe everyone!  You can follow Happy Skin PH on Facebook here and check out my introduction and review of the brand Happy Skin over here. To full post & COMMENTS...

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