Okay, I know sorry this is 4 days late, been pretty busy kasi. In order for 2 lovely ladies/thoughtful men to win a Neutrogena BB Cream by tonight all you have to do is first take a look at this photo. Please excuse the “bagong ligo-ness” and remember this giveaway is only open to residents of Metro Manila.
HOW TO JOIN
Tell me according to the LEFT or RIGHT indicators on the photo which side I’m wearing Neutrogena BB Cream on by leaving a comment below this post saying “LEFT” or “RIGHT”. Please make sure you identify yourself with an email address when entering your answer in a comment. I will choose two winners at random after 11pm tonight 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 tonight at 23:00/11pm
Winner will be notified within the week before the next Pop Guess giveaway
Prizes are to be claimed from the Neutrogena Headquarters, location will be disclosed to the winners.
I took a photo around two or three days ago of the view outside our dining room window, we don’t live in Metro Manila. It helped me envision exactly how I had begun to feel the moment February crept in. On Valentine’s Day, I made sure I was home, away from everyone, and safe from the view of every cut-out red heart strung up in the city. I wasn’t brave enough, not yet anyway.
I’m never particularly cynical about anything. I’m not corny like that. I’m a hopeful romantic who’s never hopeless but last year I didn’t make it through an almost 3-year relationship…my choice. The separation hurt indescribably, but I put on a pretty good act to make sure no one worried bout me, and before this being an emotional idiot I thought I wouldn’t recover if this ever happened to me again. I’ve moved forward in my life to say the least because that’s all I should say. God is mysterious and beautiful like this though, because at the very least over Christmas we patched up and are somewhat civil now even in the bittersweet aftermath of a relationship fallout.
Still from Dear John
At this point in reading my mom is going to ask “Yes, but why were you fasting…”. I fasted for nearly two days, being hyperacidic it could not be a complete fast, I took 1 soup per day, water, and an occasional cracker or piece of toasted bread. In the beginning I thought I’d do the fasting for a specific cause to make myself spiritually charitable on VeeDay. In the end I became self-absorbed (as usual) I fasted for hope, I fasted for peace, and I fasted for courage for myself, all of which I felt I did not have much of on Valentine’s Day…which I feel is why sometimes I’ve got such a short rope for other people because I don’t possess enough of all three. So of course to fight off cynicism bout myself I denied myself consumption, but of course got my hair cut and recolored, then prayed internally to get my heart and spirit back on the right track.
One of the videos I watched to help process was a message by Lisa Bevere, a girl whose rollercoaster life was changed when she met her husband in college, he was a young missionary and she called herself something short of a young mess. Lisa is funny, spunky, fearless, has one real eye, four Spartan sons, and of course she has her beloved, the tender and righteous John Bevere who helped heal her lactose intolerance on their first date. This is the first part of a 6 or 7 part message. I think it was uploaded in the years when YouTube could only receive 5 minute videos, it’s easy to find the next parts. Lisa Bevere is a Pastor’s wife and strongly advocates self-esteem and Spiritual purity in young women today. Her stories about her and her husband when they first met are so funny. Her message The Confident Woman Fights Like a Girlis about how women ought to embrace who they are in order to be more powerful and effective in life.
Before I close the day with the “mushy” serious post let’s open the window for fun beauty bits first. It’s widely known that men rarely give a slew of beauty products to their sweeties on Valentine’s Day. Exclude my Dad on several occasions though, he loves perfume and knows how to pick makeup bases for mom just by remembering her face and pointing out “which one” at the counter. It’s primarily because lots of men are quite clueless when it comes to beauty and they’d rather not risk wasting money and looking stupid if they purchase the wrong thing. At most, they’ll lean towards a fragrance she’s mentioned 100 times in her sleep or a bath and body gift set. If my imaginary guy were extra thoughtful he would have scanned my blog weeks in advance, jotted down a list then enlisted my girlfriends to track down the items ergo perfect man. This time though I posted no wishlist in advance, since I have no expectations. I’ve thought up a sort of fantastical gift box, or rather 3 donut boxes (wait for it), the contents of which are obviously fantasy because of the price tags of some items.
I thought of doing a “collage” (a cut and paste flat mish mash of photos) but since I miss compositing a lot from my former job as a visual effects artist I thought well why not make it somewhat imperfect but believable? I gathered several photos from the internet, most from general sites, whatever Google brought up first, and some from a few blogs which I will credit of course at the bottom of the post. The Krispy Kreme box background are not from a photograph, they’re 3D models rendered as a still. Then I chopped all elements up, cleaned, erased, and skewed them into proper perspective, adjusted the lighting and color for some to fit the photo. I thought of a funny story to go with it, like my “boyfriend”, “fiancee”, or “husband” teases me that he’d rather stuff me fat with Krispy Kreme donuts on VDay hence presenting me with 3 donut boxes to which I heartily protest but then SURPRISE they open up to reveal every single thing I’m actually eyeing right now, all except my own horse, which wouldn’t fit. This was fun, twas a lot of “work” but really fun for me, I think I’ll make more of these imaginary hauls . They’re safer and more practical than real ones . Happy Vee Day everyone ♥
Shake your tail-comb and whip out that mousse! It’s time to max out the volume!
Photos from: justjared.com & temptalia.com
Clockwise: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and Alicia Keys
High hair reigns supreme with some of the Grammy’s biggest red carpet arrivals. Rockabilly dos raided the red carpet left and right from both men and women in the scene. Still watching the Grammy’s right now and Adele’s ’bout to sing, so I’ll keep this short. Whose high hair scores highly with you?
Hands down, nobody beats these two as best dressed KIDS on the red carpet of the 54th annual Grammy Awards night!
Photo credit: http://justjared.com
In case you have no idea who Sophia Grace and Rosie are, they’re pretty popular now worldwide thanks to Ellen, it began with a phonecam video taken by their mother of this same performance on Ellen that catapulted these two into YouTube stardom and into the arms of Nicki Minaj.
Stay tuned as I glean for more red carpet Grammy photos online. Sources will always be credited and linked to.
Finally, Lisa Eldridge, my favorite Pro UK makeup artist, does a tutorial for work appropriate makeup on a model with oriental skin who isn’t overtly pale.
It’s Lisa’s reinvention of the conventional work look which I highly appreciate. Instead of aiming for a stereotypical, flat, matte look she lifts it by aiming for a look that’s fresh, light, and semi-dewy. Watch the polished work makeup tutorial here.
This is very sad news. I was blessed by this beautiful woman’s music. Whitney’s songs had soul and power from within. She will be missed, in fact I miss her already. The Associated Press has confirmed her death.
It seemed only fitting that the first photos I post of her are those from her glory days and where her makeup is also done by someone gone too soon, her good friend, the late and great makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin.
I took these photos from my own book, Kevyn’s concise biography full of photographs, A Beautiful Life where they show photos of him doing makeup for some of the greatest women from the last century. These two people have inspired me greatly. Just needed to share the sad news with you guys. What song sung by Whitney did you love growing up? I liked a version of her singing Yes, Jesus Loves Me which she sang to the people of Brazil in the mid-90s, she wasn’t her most glamorous there, she was very sweaty from performing, perhaps the humidity was too much for her in that video, but I love how she shows how dear the song is to her. BUT THE SONG THAT TRULY IMPACTED ME was her song sung with Mariah Carey for the movie Prince of Egypt, the song When You Believe.
It was a song that always gave me hope in my darkest moments and still gives me hope today. I miss you, Whitney, a lot of us grew up with your beautiful voice singing some of the most unforgettable songs in our lives.
Strange, but I was super excited yet sheepish that I actually received this product duo from the Davines‘ local PR team. I mean, hello man, it’s DAVINES which is one of if not the TOP haircare system brand in Italy founded by the Bollati family in 1983. The products are usually only available to buy online or in salons. To think that out of curiosity I merely asked if the Love Conditioner (Allure Best of Beauty 2011 Winner)was available locally and the PR team sent me BOTH the Shampoo and Conditioner together. For Valentine’s I guess, two is ultimately better than one…sniff*.
The shampoo is a warm, sunny peach color and the conditioner is a lovely marshmallow pink. The Davines Love hair cleansing system comes in different variants. I received the Award-Winning Lovely Smoothing variant which suitable to all hair types and particularly targets dryness, damage, and/or frizz. Read more to jump to the full post and review!
There are still 5 upcoming weeks of the Pop Guess Giveaway series so if you didn’t win this time you’ve got a few more chances to win! For this Week 1 giveaway, I would like to congratulate these 2 lovely ladies!
1. Jabba Tantay
2. Justine Tan
CONGRATULATIONS! Please be sure to email or message me right away and I’ll give you instructions on how to claim your prizes
Most of you must know how I fancy this gel eyeliner range by IN2IT, they’re the locally available counterparts of the likes of Avon Supershock and Milani LiquifEye (reviewed items linked in bold). There’s hardly anything bad you can say about an eyeliner that doesn’t tug at your lids and glides smoothly onto your waterline while staying on strong throughout the day.
Read more to see swatches of Claret put to the ultimate rub test and a high fashion photo that inspired me!