My Nationwide Thanksgiving Treat Beauty Giveaway! – Open ’til Nov. 25, 2012

I would personally like to thank you for the support of all my readers, half of which I know are family and friends whom I hold dear.  The blog would not be where it is right now without your enjoyment, support, encouragement, and comments and so I’m very very thankful to you guys for being able to enjoy OR withstand my beauty musings and kikay outbursts LOL.  To the rest of you who I may or may not have responded to via your comments on my posts I pray you have a marvelous Thanksgiving.  Just the other day at a wedding I did makeup for one of the entourage guests I worked on turned out to be a reader who wasn’t referred to the blog by anybody I knew…which is a total first.  I was put in a surreal spot when I began doing her makeup, I was like “Really? You’ve actually been reading my blog for a year already?  This is too surreal…”.

I know that Thanksgiving is already this Thursday but so that more people can join this lovely giveaway (my biggest ever I think) I’m keeping this nationwide giveaway open until November 25th, this Sunday.  What you have here are a mix of beauty goodies and/or samples I got from the U.S., Hong Kong, and some excess items some lovely brands have been sending me throughout the year.  Only 1 or 2 things are items I fished out of sample boxes I was given only because I believed you guys would really like to check them out.  Some of the brands included are Estee Lauder, Clinique, Diptyque, Cetaphil, L’oreal, Human Nature, NYX, and quite a few more :).

1 Clinique Turn Around Concentrate 15ml, 1 Clinique Liquid Facial Soap 30ml, 1 Clinique All About Eyes Cream 5 ml, 1 Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion 15ml,

1 NYX Luscious Lipgloss Palette 02 The Naturals, 1 Maldita clothing Member’s Discount Card, 1 Benefit Cosmetics Posie Tint Sample 2.5ml,

1 Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Mascara, 2.8ml Deluxe Travel tube, 1 Estee Lauder Hydrationist Moisture Serum 7ml, 1 Fresh Brown Sugar Eau de Parfum Rollerball,

1 Diptyque Philosykos Eau de Toilette Sample 1.5ml, 1 Diptyque Huile Precieuses, Precious Oils sample 10ml, 1 Diptyque Lait Frais, Fresh Body Lotion 10ml,

1 Max Factor Glossfinity Polish, 140 Cobalt Blue 11ml, 5 L’oreal UV Perfect BB Max 5ml samples, 5 L’oreal Youth Code Pre-Essence Serum, 5ml samples, 5 L’oreal RevitaLift Night Serum, 5ml samples,

1 Kai Beauty-M Brow Razor, 1 Human Nature Bamboo Body Scrub, Vanilla Paradise, 1 Davi Napa Lip Balm, 1 Sariayu Martha Tilaar, Indonesian Lipstick, “Kelimutu” (berry shade), 1 Comodynes Make-Up Remover Wipes, Combo Oily Skin,

1 Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion, w/ Macadamia Nut Oil & Shea Butter, 1 Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, 1 L’Occitane Rose Petals Hand Cream sachet, 1 Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream Sachet #23, 1 ZEN ZEST Cocktail Collection Body Spray, “Cosmopolitan”

Told you it was a hefty one!  Click Read more to get to close up photos of the prizes and use the Rafflecopter Mechanics widget at the very bottom which has the complete list of prize.  Use the embedded widget’s instructions in order to enter and join, there are 3 mandatory steps and 1 optional action for extra points.  IMPORTANT:  Remember, you must follow the instructions in the widget exactly, and REALLY leave a blog post comment before you click “I COMMENTED” on Rafflecopter because I will still check the blog post comments because that is mandatory for the giveaway.  This giveaway is open only to Philippine residents.  Read more to continue to Rafflecopter.… Read the rest

OPI Tickle My France-y Nail Polish – My Perfect Neutral Pink

It took awhile to spot this nail shade at the salon while I was choosing in Tinette & Co., BGC Fort.  I’m glad my eagle eyes didn’t fail me this time.

OPI Tickle My France-y is the most subtle neutral beige pink that isn’t too dismissive aka overly translucent.  I like wearing it with 2 light coats which allows a bit of my nail tip to fade in at the bottom almost like an implied french tip, with wear and tear over a few days the tip becomes more obvious…becoming better instead of worse to look at.

AGATHA ring

This has been on my nails for about 3 days.  It’s also equally pretty with just one coat, being comparable with Essie Ballet Slippers in tone…but obviously a bit darker.  It’s a good work shade, putting pretty on the nails with a bit of polish always helps take the day up several notches.  I’m not sure if this shade is available locally but there are so many OPI stockists on Facebook and Multiply, or you can hop over to the salon I went to and make an appointment!  Tinette & Co. is along Rizal Drive at Forbeswood Heights Bldg., G/F next to the mini stop.  You can call or text to make an appointment at +639178385561.  I recommend Myrna, Marlyn, or Levi for manicures.  The AGATHA ring you see here is my fixed reminder of Mac, a West Highland terrier who belongs to friends of mine based in Singapore.

It’s a perfect resemblance isn’t it?  The ring couldn’t have been more spot on since the white West Highland terrier is the emblem of the brand.  Mom got me the ring several months back at the Agatha Greenbelt branch 60% off so it was about Php2800 or something.… Read the rest

Shooting w/ Mica Javier & Xander Angeles – CebuPac Smile In-Flight Magazine NOV 2012

It’s great to gradually yet finally be doing magazine covers.  The ones I’ve started with may not be among the style mag racks just yet but it’s so much fun to be working with bunches of different, wonderful people every time. For the shoot of Cebu Pacific’s Smile Magazine November issue, we had pro photographer Xander Angeles on board and I’d like to thank Smile Editor-in-Chief, Tara Sering, for having Renz and I as part of the team for the day.  The brief was natural makeup for our talent, who happened to be a family friend of ours, Mica Javier.  I didn’t know my aunts and uncles and her parents were friends ’til we started talking in the car…hilarious.  The makeup requirement was pretty basic, polished and pretty, nothing OTT or intense.  Mica focused all her pedal power on the pies de resistance of the day, a retro aqua fixie bike AKA the bike with no brakes.

We shot the cover by the Sunken Garden of my beloved alma mater, University of the Philipines, Diliman, in Quezon City. I don’t have my own copy of the magazine yet but I pulled this cover photo from the Smile website.  Click Read more to see more of my behind the scenes photos :)

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A Pair of Pairs from Accessorize – Oversized Star and Heart Studs

I retreat from anything outlandish now when it comes to earrings. I’m quite over the overplayed sets of dangling decor. If anything is going to seriously dangle it’s going to be from our Christmas tree.  I’m quite delighted with these thank you.

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My favorites are the rose gold metallic stars without any distracting fake “brilliantes” on them.  The hearts are curvy with a fine gold tinted border, quite camp in a sense but simple enough to wear.  What often annoys me is the simplest designs often come with a heavy price but at least not this time.  Both pairs are unbelievably affordable at Php150.00 each or £2.00, both by Accessorize UK.  I got these at the Alabang Town Center branch 2 days ago.  I’m not sure whether these are last season or current season, I’m safely guessing last.… Read the rest

Blog Breakaway: Whipped Dreams & Sprinkled Should Haves – I’m Not Made of Make-Up

If you’re in no mood for a human about to take a dump on your head, you may excuse yourself.  Sorry I skipped a day yesterday (BlessMyBag is supposedly a daily delight now), was out doing the Sunday session with the fambam.  Today I do not feel like “blogging” on beauty, don’t get me wrong I have more to blog about than ever before in terms of “stuff”.  There are beauty bits and bobs ’til the rafters, almost through the “roof”, unexpected gifts left and right.  Nothing in particular happened, consider this a very much delayed quarter life crisis spell.  This usually happens around that certain time of the month where you’re a little more emotional and everything that isn’t right comes at you like a freight train…a train of thoughts…without brakes.  In fact it’s so bad that this is the 2nd day I haven’t worked out (it may be nothing to some of you but that’s still a dent in my physical progress where I’m concerned).  I’ve just sat down and realized I’ve not become who I set out to be…to be more precise, the sad thing is I never really set out to do something or be someone.

I didn’t get how some people could have dreams to pursue and I didn’t…I just didn’t.  Now I want to be SOMEONE but don’t know how.  I’ve prayed for revelation…countless nights since I was a student even if it was just learn how to be somebody who knew how to do things for herself and it seems that even though I had all this time to myself growing up, being artistic and all that, I didn’t know how to properly invest and make the most of my time.  Something always held me back, something fearful.  I didn’t bother to lay the groundwork for my future because I really didn’t know who I wanted to be.  You know how some kids know for sure what they want to be super early in life?  I never understood kids like that.  I really didn’t understand it.  I had ideas about what I was good at…singing, art, and stuff and so at first I wanted to sing and be one of the Disney princess voices one day or be in musical theater, but when that opportunity presented itself when a certain repertory heavyweight teacher proudly scouted me in drama class Dad wasn’t too keen on the abnormal schedule of  a theater child, for good reason.  Then there was the subject of my artistic ability, sure I could write and draw but to what end?  I was one of the most creative in my highschool batch…but productivity and discipline to develop my craft for a specific purpose or to be the best didn’t grasp me or rather…I didn’t GRASP it.  Why wasn’t I hungry enough and even if I prayed and why didn’t I care about my time enough?  Not that I never did, in school, even college I was OC about my time, a few of my groupmates said they never knew someone more organized but why did I become a clueless wanderer after university?  There’s now also the question filled with regret on why didn’t I discover my path as a makeup artist as a fresh graduate in 2003 instead of as a career alternative 9 years later?  Even the subject of the blog enters my psyche…why didn’t I begin this beauty blog when I had actually started blogging online in 2002?

My handwritten journals to the Lord were always full of questions and pleas fettered with Bible verses so they looked better on paper, lots of those entries were pathetic now that I look through them…I should have declared more, listened more, DONE MORE, and asked less but how do you realize what you’re supposed to do before it’s too late? … Read the rest

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