My, my we’ve got lots of giveaways happening this year. Make way for another one then, my Summer Retweet NATIONWIDE Giveaway (hehe, get it…retreat/retweet, *cough). This coming March 25 it will be BlessMyBag’s 2nd Anniversary since my first Lanolips Review in 2010 which was even still on Blogger at the time. Wow, it’s still pretty hard to believe the blog has come this far from whence it came. God is truly awesome since the blog is my baby as a professional makeup artist who officially does TV Commercial shoots now. I’d also like to do this as a thank you to all my lovely readers without whom the blog would not be where it is today.
ROW 2 (L-R):White Tea Aloe Shampoo & Conditoner (Westin Hotel Malaysia), A’postrophe Tweezer and Nail Clipper, Haus of Gloi Eggnoggin Bubbling Scrub and Parkin Pumpkin Butter (Expiry in bout 1 year, I opened them to check they still smell awesome)
Read More to see close-up photos of the prizes and learn how to join this giveaway. Mechanics at the bottom of the post. Please, please don’t rush and read the mechanics thoroughly .
I’m thrilled my mom gave me the newest March Issue of Vanity Fair. I wasn’t as interested in the cover as what I found out was inside. There amidst the glitzy, “glam-my” features was a well-rounded feature on Sofia Coppola’s favorites in life, part of which was a list of her current beauty picks or essentials. I hand traced and cut her photo from the internet, this is the exact photo in the magazine, then diligently searched for every beauty item listed. In the magazine feature there were no pictures of the beauty products, but here I made a little collage of all those items I found online to show you that came out looking like this.
SOFIA COPPOLA’S Beauty Picks as of March 2012
“LIPSTICK: Chanel, MASCARA: Clinique Lash Power, SHAMPOO: Louis Licari, MOISTURIZER : Joelle Ciocco Reserves Nutritives Gentle Revitalizer, HAIR STYLING PRODUCT: Eclat Naturel, Leonor Greyl, PERFUME: Fracas, TOOTHPASTE: Elmex, SOAP: Soap and Paper Factory, NAIL POLISH: n/a, buffed, EXERCISE: Walking, HAIRCUT: Orlo.” - p.86, VANITY FAIR, March 2012 Issue
My goodness, someone’s a beauty bug just like me! My wrists kind of hurt from all the tracing and editing for the first image, i even cut out the gaps in her hair sections. Nice to see it all together, noh? The only thing I’ve tried among her current favorites is the Elmex toothpaste when I was in Germany. It’s not an overly SWEET or menthol toothpaste but it’s really gentle on the gums and does the job credibly (they even have an AM and PM pair of toothpastes, for morning and evening). The last time I featured my fave muse for style inspiration she was singing the Filipino National Anthem as a little girl to her dad, Director Francis Ford Coppola.
March is here, school’s almost out (feeling young) and it’s time to say hello to those upcoming spring/summer collections that people like me cough* have actually been talking about since the ‘Ber months up till January. Shu Uemura PH has begun their Beauty Visa promo, all you have to do is Like the Shu Uemura PH Facebook Page and like this image on their wall then print it out.
This voucher when printed out provides the bearer with:
1. A 10% discount off the spring/summer Celestial Garden collections and all Shu Uemura cleansing oils.
2. Access to special treatments and makeovers at Shu Uemura boutiques and counters.
*valid only in the Philippines
“For consultation, make-over, and/or eyebrow styling, you may call 8978575 for Rockwell or 8133739 for Rustan’s Makati… you may also visit our temporary kiosks in Trinoma (Ground Flr, Mindanao Wing) and Ayala Alabang Town Center (Ground Floor, new Ther Garden Wing) and avail of these services on a first come first serve basis! ”
This is sort of going to be a Batman and Robin post aka Dynamic Duo. Thanks to the local Max Factor team who invited me to the press launch for their newest product! I’ll be introducing Max Factor’s newest foundation out on the market, which is their Ageless Elixir foundation while somewhat showing how I apply it using my Etude House Babydoll Puff Blending Sponge.
HOW MAX FACTOR AGE ELIXIR WORKS
“The foundation claims to help even your skin tone by not clogging in fine lines and wrinkles, reflecting light to reduce the contrast of uneven skin tone, optically blurring the edges of fine lines and wrinkles while filling and smoothing the skin surface. While the added serum with SPF 15* is said to help protect the skin in order to achieve beautiful looking skin through its moisturising skincare formula, anti-oxidant package, and SPF 15 to ensure daily protection from UV radiation plus help prevent further age spots.”
Max Factor is one of my top preferred drugstore brands available locally and the brand itself been around as far back as the day my older, late grandmother most likely learned how to walk in 1909. Think of their original Pan Stik or Pan Cake makeup, which was the way of the base in Marilyn’s day. Max Factor has been around for over 100 years and back then was eventually acquired by Revlon in 1986 then sold to Procter & Gamble in 1991.
Image Credit: glamourdaze.blogspot.com
Mentioned in the 90s up ’til today as the “Make-Up of Makeup Artists” I was successfully convinced as a teen when I first started reading magazines that Hollywood makeup artists used mostly Max Factor products on set, oh the wonders of advertising, it was quite true, but more so in the era of vintage beauty at the time. Today Max Factor is one of the best drugstore brands in the consumer market. With Max Factor’s NEW Ageless Elixir Foundation they swing the hefty 2-in-1 product bat at the ladies whose faces crave not only coverage but a helpful helping of integrated skincare.
The serum component of this foundation contains Glycerin, Niacinamide, N-Acetyl Glucosamine and an anti-oxidant package of Vitamin E, Niacinamide, Allantoin, Panthenol, and Green Tea. Ageless Elixir also carries an SPF 15 mark for mild UV protection. I found this official Max Factor Ageless Elixir diagram online as part of the global press release late last year, it was a PDF that I simply found by searching on Google.
Read more to see the full post and my application of Max Factor Ageless Elixir foundation using my Etude House beauty blender dupe.
I’ve now responded to one of my reader’s requests that I extend the length of days to join for these Neutrogena BB Cream giveaways, everyone now has roughly almost 4 days to join before I draw a winner this Sunday night. Fair enough I say, since we’re heading into the last few weeks of the Fine Fairness challenge, more of you should have more time to take part in this. It’s just that the first few were better as “flash” giveaways that were quick and over in one day. Okay, now ladies, are you paying attention?
Look at this photo and choose the right answer below, this is different from the “choose which side” mechanic . Note: Giveaway open only to residents of Metro Manila.
HOW TO JOIN
Tell me whether A. I’M WEARING BB CREAM or B. I’M NOT WEARING BB CREAM . Copy-paste one of these answers in a comment below this post. Please make sure you identify yourself with your active email address when entering your answer in a comment. I will choose two winners at random this coming Sunday, March 4, 2012, from the batch of correct answers.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Entry open to Metro Manila residents only.
Two winners will be picked randomly from correct answers
Blessmybag.com and Neutrogena are the sole promoters of this competition
Competition closes this Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 23:00/11pm
Winner will be notified within 3 days of being chosen before the next Pop Guess giveaway
Prizes are to be claimed from the Neutrogena Headquarters, location will be disclosed to the winners.
My living grandparents on my mother’s side have been married to each other for over 50 years and still have a lot of spark in them.
They’re not perfect, but they had 9 wonderful kids, (mom’s the one with long hair, rightmost…she’s the eldest)
…and those 9 got married and had 28 of us.
Lolo and Lola’s love for each other isn’t perfect either, but it’s there, there’s God, and that’s what matters. With my grandparents you don’t need a magnifying glass to be able to see the love they have even though they have been through many, many, MANY struggles as a couple. I took these photos with my phone but the picture quality doesn’t diminish the love it captures. While watching TV my lolo was holding lolas hand and caressing her fingers while at it.
I’ll be 29 this year and I’m not yet married, but I know I’m willing to wait for a kind of love that lasts just like this. Remember this bittersweet clip from Pixar’s UP? Karl and Ellie gave me hope and there are many love stories like this that aren’t as tragic.
The correct answer to the question which side I was wearing BB Cream on in this giveaway was:
I wish I could make you all win but sorry, I still had to pick out two (2) random winners from all the correct answers. So without further adieu congratulations to:
CONGRATULATIONS! Please be sure to email me right away at probinsiyana(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll give you instructions on how to claim your prizes! Everyone keep your eyes peeled and keep reading for more delightful beauty features and fun-filled giveaways to brighten your day. Love you!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS of the Giveaway were:
Entry open to Metro Manila residents only.
Two winners will be picked randomly from correct answers
Blessmybag.com and Neutrogena are the sole promoters of this giveaway
Competition closes tonight at 23:00/11pm
Winner will be notified within the week before the next Pop Guess giveaway
Prizes are for claiming from the Neutrogena Headquarters, location will be disclosed to the winners.
That well-known Beauty Blender sponge that lots of MUA professionals swear by is way overpriced locally. Here, it can cost up to nearly Php2000.00 at Rustans or other retail outlets. When you factor in customs and importation tax fees and boutique rental fees it really makes all the difference in the price hike of that beloved sponge that actually costs only $19.95 or about Php900.00 in the U.S. online. Over a month ago when I was on ebay.ph I spotted an extremely identical pink sponge in an adorable box and noted that it was by Etude House, a mega-Korean makeup brand. I told myself then that I would have to pay that sweet dolly pink shop a visit ASAP to get one, but I never latch on to sudden yearnings like that unless it’s TRULY something necessary, so I became busy and forgot about it. I had a few good reminders though in the last month, and I picked one up today at Festival Mall, Alabang (there’s also an Etude House in Megamall) knowing I’d need it, since I’ve already entered the realm of TVC industry makeup with the completion of my first shoot last week. It’s the most adorable thing and that box, oooooh…that box, I tell you, is a really smart yet foolproof idea which leads you from point A to point B, point A=Awwww! to point B=Buy.
I remembered that I was looking for this when I recently worked with Lala Flores as a support MUA on the project team at a TVC shoot and she was using the original Beauty Blender which she absolutely loves to use but will only buy in the States because it’s cheaper. Then my friend Martha, aka TheBeautyJunkee, also recently picked one up from Etude House Market Market and posted it. Thanks for the reminder, Martha .
As you can clearly see, it’s practically made from the same kind of dense foam as the beauty blender, only denser and ever so slightly firmer. Read more to get the full post and all my first impressions on this cute Beauty Blender Dupe by Etude House.
The Canadian false lashes brand Velour, are certainly among the best of the best when it comes to luxury mink lash falsies, after seeing them used by Pro MUA Wayne Goss on his YouTube channel, I really have to agree with him. Guess what, if you’re in for a tiny splurge, now’s the time because some of their best sets are on opening promotion sale at 50% off, and they’ve got bottom lashes, too like the Style Me Kardashian bottom lashes, “Kim Kardashian, need we say more?” which are on sale as well, I think they’re all 50% off actually. These upper lashes are the “T Dot Oooh!” pair.
Mink fur offers a glamorous shine, soft feathery feel, and above all, a completely natural look.
Use up to 25 times
Lashes can be worn up to 25 times with proper care. The shape and form of the lashes remain the same even after several uses.
Natural & lightweight
Super lightweight and flexible, allowing you to curl it just like real human hair.
Cruelty-free and sterilized
Absolutely no harm done to animals. Brushed from live mink and sterilized to ensure safe non-allergenic usage.
The band of the lash is designed to make application much easier!”
These are luxe mink lashes so they’re not cheap, like for example the lashes (above photo) that Wayne Goss used in his video embedded below (which I think would be beautiful on brides) will regularly retail scandalously at about US$60.00 when the sale ends (yea, I know…DUH, for LASHES), BUT for a limited time they’re available right now at $29.99 so if you’ve got an extremely special occasion like your own wedding I think these lashes are worth the purchase RIGHT NOW while they’re on sale, plus worldwide shipping’s free, need I say more? Watch Wayne’s video below where he applies a nice gradient smoky eye look on himself and finishes the look off with the lovely T Dot Oooh! falsies pair, to some of you, you might find that strange to watch, but I don’t. To me, he’s a makeup artist and he’s demonstrating, he’s really good and is a real good friend of the Pixiwoo Sisters, Sam and Nic.
UPDATED: With Behind the Scenes Video for the Cover Shoot by Vogue
Who else could it have been for Vogue’s spiffy new March cover, really? Tell me…
Image Credit: thedailystab.com
I love how Adele has positioned herself as someone beautiful without having to be stereotypically slim. Her makeup is always spot on and she’s an absolute beauty to behold and listen to each time I see her, which is only a few times but they’ve made a hasty impression on me. I’ll admit I wasn’t one of her earlier followers, but when I started to notice how utterly original she was, she made a fan out of me.