A MidSummer Night’s Gleam | So True Naturals’ CATERINA Candle

This candle named after super-mama blogger, Cat Juan-Ledesma of CatJuan.comwas created by Mia Rocha-Lauchengco’s locally loved brand So True naturals in limited edition jars last May.  You may recall they had a Sampleroom run over a year ago.  Toss the tomatoes at me for being late to the party in sharing, but this candle scent is still carried and sold by So True naturals and is highly requested.  It is just produced in limited amounts every so often (I’m not sure for how much longer) and in different jars. Through the warm atmosphere, Caterina brings whiffs of elegant verbena and greenery to the scene.

 

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Caterina – “A gentle and quiet spirit who has the rare gift of seeing beauty in the mundane. The Caterina Candle is a calming and soothing scent of verbena and fresh-cut grass.”  There were 2 other scents but this was my favorite.

These were limited edition mini candles, 2 oz each sold as a set of 3 for a special price that day from the popupkids x CatJL event.  Now they will sell as large candles in approximately 12 ounces (double the heft of a tabletop diptyque 6oz) or 340 grams, for a longer burn time of 60-80 hours. sotruenaturals.com is updating their site this week where the large versions of this trio of candles will sell for Php1795, Caterina is available in new blue or red jars

 

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“How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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Feedly App for Android and iOS | Fix Your News Fix

So I sort of got happily stuck for awhile over the Feedly feed app this morning and I’m so glad that by using one Google ID my Feedly news has united  my favorite blog and youtube updates across both my iPad mini and my Samsung S5 phone.  There is also the option of signing up with your Facebook account.  I needed something newer and quicker than Pulse reader, which seems to have changed and not for the better once LinkedIn took over.  I noticed that some RSS string feeds from sites I had saved weren’t updating and if they did they wouldn’t deliver thumbnails of the posts (that’s the cover photo of the article, in case you don’t know what a thumbnail is)!  That just wouldn’t do for me, so for now I’ve moved over to Feedly.

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IMG_9123_1024x768What’s also nice about Feedly is once you’ve viewed an update or read the post it will disappear from the list and move to the Recently Read category.  There is also the lovely option to automate opening the actual blog post links in browser or YouTube if you’re traditional and don’t want to read the articles within Feedly.  You can still be redirected from the app to your favorite sites, but at least all of your updates are sorted in one place.  Feedly largely reduces wasted time of typing in website URLs and app hopping and if you see the feed has no update then you needn’t go to it.  Click through to see how I’ve fixed my news using Feedly and how different pages look.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My NEW Daily Makeup Video | You Might Have Missed It Last Week

I just realized what a fuzz I was for not posting my second HD YouTube video on the blog last week which was my daily makeup tutorial.  I blasted this one on social media to smithereens but didn’t post a single thing here.

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PRODUCTS USED:  PONDS Flawless White BB Cream (Light and Beige) http://blessmybag.com/2015/03/02/pond…, 
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in Medium (matches MAC NC30-35)
Revlon Photoready Bronzer (matte)
Maybelline Fashion Brow Mascara in Dark Brown (with MAKE UP FOR EVER angled Eyebrow brush)
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Duo Pencil
Maybelline Fashion Brow Mascara in Dark Brown (with MAKE UP FOR EVER angled Eyebrow brush)
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara (waterproof)
Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Box Blush
Shiseido Maquillage (Japan) Dramatic Mood Veil Blush PK200
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Revlon Colorstay Lipliner in Rose
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Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer Balm in “Caramel”

In this tutorial I demonstrate how I do my daily makeup with a bit of simple pencil eyeliner.  I also thoroughly demonstrate how I curl my lashes, a lot of people sometimes think I have lash extensions on when it’s really just lash curling and mascara.  Click on the photo above to watch the video on YouTube or watch via the embedded player below.

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Antipodes Arrives in Manila | Get Middle-Earth On Your Skin

I first spied cruelty-free naturals brand Antipodes on Estée’s essiebutton channel.  She was genuinely smitten by the scent and benefits of their Vanilla Pod Day Cream.  I never ever thought I’d get a local opportunity to review botanically potent Antipodes natural cosmetics from New Zealand, but I’m ever so glad I thought wrong thanks to a lovely referral to its local distributors.  In regular and online retail, a great local team called Wellness Connect NZ has brought Antipodes in through their store in SM North Edsa, they also have a Wellness Connect NZ Facebook page.  A little bird told me this might also soon be available via Glamourbox.  

 

The New Zealand borne range has won a number of awards, multiple times, particularly for advanced research in cosmetic blends with the use of natural ingredients. Plus, just when you thought it couldn’t get more ideal the product names are somewhat spiritually themed, (words like “Worship”, “Hallelujah”, “Hosanna”, “Rejoice!”, “Joyful” and even “Apostle” are worn by some best-sellers), they sport green labels in apothecary packaging which echoes Aesop, and hail literally from “Middle Earth”. Swish and stare. Legolas just did a hair flip.    Click through to the full post to learn more, read my first impressions, and get access to direct local retail links.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Beauty Blogging with Class | Julia’s 5-Year old blogging Wisdom

Once upon a blog there lived a girl who unknowingly stepped into the world of beauty blogging.  After her first post on Lanolips and being utterly delighted by fellow blogger Lipglossiping’s first look entry on the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette she decided with all her heart that she wanted to take better photos and once in awhile wax poetic about her on-hand beauty bits.  She didn’t just want to post something that amounted to the decoupage of a press release, she had to personally be in there with her words settling the real-life score on a product’s essence, benefits, and proper use.  Well, Hello me, and before you stands Bless My Bag a 5-years and running beauty adventure and I continue to blog on beauty and beyond.  

  

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INTERVIEW W/ SOCIAL MARKETING GURU Seth Godin:
What do you think content that builds trust looks like?
“I think that it’s human, it’s personal, it’s relevant, it isn’t greedy, and it doesn’t trick people. If the recipient knew what the sender knows, would she still be happy? If the answer to that question is yes, then it’s likely it’s going to build trust.”

Here in this simple article I aim to share some tips for newer bloggers or even some who’ve been around awhile about how to work on your posts with integrity. Through the years my site has drawn various brands who support the way I write and present content even from overseas.  From abroad I’ve worked with M&S, StrawberryNET, Luxola, and ASOS online all of whom approached me voluntarily without me putting out a smudge for attention.  I remember how shocked I was when in my second year Anastasia Beverly Hills seeded me through PR from the West Coast and sent me product, it was a one time thing because they were surprised I was all the way here in the Philippines but still!  None of that involved my calling for attention, ambush emailing, social-media lurking (following is okay of course, and I post sincere comments, not notice me comments) or tagging them.  I may or may not step on a couple of toes in this post.  I’ve decided if there’s any place I can be brutally honest it’s in my own backyard, not some thread or group where fights ensue.  If I do step on yours it’s only because I believe differently about how we ought to blog and I want to help disinfect certain layers of “attitude” our community and inspire change. The first key I’d like to share is it isn’t ever primarily about what you GET as a blogger, it’s more about the value of what you GIVE.  To keep this simple I will post 5 Points that have guided me through the years and share a couple of my mistakes and tendencies, too.  Click through to the full post to read them. … To full post & COMMENTS...

Murad Youth Builder Body Series | Book Your Murad Sesh at Rustan’s Makati or Alabang

I missed out on the event where Murad did facials but I was reassured by Team Murad PH that that would be rectified immediately.  I was all too keen to attend their bodycare experience yesterday which was the ultimate undoing upon afternoon tea.  

MURAD’s Youth Builder Bodycare line
Detoxifying White Clay Body Cleanser 5.75oz Purifies and exfoliates gently with kaolin clay Php1350
Collagen Support Body Cream 6oz Smooth on to encourage rejuvenation and renewal Php1950
<3 Firming Peptide Body Treatment 8oz – Glides on as a cream and melts into a light hydrating oil, nourishes with a blend of peptides and natural extracts Php1750
<3 Murad Rejuvenating Hand Cream 2.65oz – Resurrects tired hands with nourishing grape seed oil and glycolic acid (plus my favorite item because it has an innovative direct from-top-of-the-cap applicator…no need to remove the cap, twist to apply, wipe and twist to close.) Php1250

My faves were the ever so silky Peptide Body Treatment which is a kind of emulsion that morphs into a slippy dry oil and the hand cream which comes in such a cool tube/applicator.  We were treated to hands-on massage therapy with these products by the actual Murad pro masseuses all of whom serve at the Murad spas in Rustan’s and are DOH licensed and certified.  The Youth Builder line is gently scented with natural lemongrass and bergamot (similar to Earl Grey) extracts.  Feel free to browse Murad’s spa services menu below and book your own personal Murad pampering session at Rustan’s Makati or Alabang.  

  
If you go to the one in Makati I was told they’ve got this new space age setup which thoroughly and digitally analyzes the current condition of your skin.  All Murad products shown here are available via Rustan’s The Beauty Source.

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My MIDSUMMER BEAUTY FAVORITES 2015 Video | Getting Back Into the YouTube Groove

Finally, auggggghhh (as Charlie Brown says) finally, I got a MIDSUMMER BEAUTY FAVES video up.  There were several attempts but the first few were of poor quality or too dark and the final attempt wasn’t perfect either LOL, but I didn’t want to let that one stop me from posting, I’ve figured out how to test whether I’m in focus for next time (forgive me, i’m also near sighted and sometimes when I wear contacts I still can’t tell from the itty bitty camera screen).  I told myself if I don’t post ANY imperfect attempt up just to get me rolling again I’ll never get started.  So I’ve begun.  In the video I also show my current method of brow application.

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I discovered after that this video was shot mildly out of focus (sooo sorry, next video will be sharper!!!)  but the products I hold up are clear naman, with the exception of the Safeguard wash and towards the middle and end of the video I get closer to the camera.  Here are my MIDSUMMER BEAUTY FAVORITES, click here to watch the video or play it from the embed below :).

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Pray It Forward Friday | Week 1 TRUST

I’ve had desire to begin a blog tradition here every Friday. Today I begin the first of my Pray It Forward Friday posts.  I will try to make this a weekly habit.  I wanted to start off with something as simple as praying for some of you who are hurting while responding with Godly encouragement.  I know sometimes things can hurt to the point that we all wish we could just fly away for awhile.  This is why we need to “pray it forward.”

 

 I cannot promise to respond to every single request, story, or comment, but I can certainly focus on encouraging the first 5 who post in the comments (feel free to use an alias/pen name for anonymity) and the first 5 who prefer to privately email their challenges to me via probinsiyana@gmail.com .  But of course please rest assured I’ll be reading every single comment and email regardless of whether you were one of the first 5 or not and in my heart you will be planted. With permission I might request to post an excerpt of your challenge without too much detail and a part of my response to encourage other people who are struggling as well.  I might just respond to your struggle via the next Pray it Forward Friday post.  To make it simpler I will post a theme for the struggles.  This week’s theme for Pray It Forward Requests is TRUST.  Are you struggling with this topic in your life right now, even in different aspects…whether it be God or people.  Let me know.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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