Alcon Air Optix Colored Lenses in “Brown” | Eyes Breathe for Longer Comfort, Longer Wear

Freshlook’s famous range of colored contact lenses got a revamp from global optical care brand, Alcon.  They’ve just released Air Optix locally which is an improved wear version of our favorite Freshlook Colorblend lenses which are now called Air Optix Colors.  The Air Optix technology has also been applied to regular, clear lenses in a range (Air Optix Aqua, Air Optix Night and Day Aqua, Astigmatism, and Multifocal).





In real life, Alcon Air Optix “brown” subtle enhancers look almost like my real eye color and the pixels aren’t noticeable.  The Air Optix colors compared to the previous Colorblends range have a slightly larger lens overall from my observation but with a shallower curve that fits my eye better. The colored diameter of the lens is smaller than before and fits the iris more, making them look less noticeable over eyes and more real.  I prefer “Pure Hazel” to “Brown” for more noticeable but subtle enhancement. “Brown” is too close to my actual eye color.

You can choose between subtle and vibrant shades: pure hazel, blue, green, grey, brown, brilliant blue, gemstone green, honey, and sterling grey

Air Optix has little information online regarding pricing of the Air Optix colors but I spotted pricing for their other lens variants at here

(for daily use, monthly disposables)

*Mascara used: Benefit Rollerlash

I was sent the subtle enhancing shade “Brown” with my exact myopic grade per eye applied (thanks, Freshlook team).  Like before, you still have two shade lines to choose from, the subtle enhancing hues (what were known as Colorblends: Pure Hazel, Brown Etc., original stock still available I think), and the vibrant transforming shades (Brilliant Blue, Sterling Grey, etc.).  Basically with Air Optix technology all that annoying blinking that begins toward the end of the day when contacts want to hit the eject button has practically been dealt with, not 100% of course, you will still need re-wetting drops in the longrun (especially at air-conditioned venues), but by and large you get significantly extended wear and eye comfort for sure.  Gotta love this new technology and Alcon’s Opti-Free Pure Moist multi-purpose solution as well (“Comfort and Moisture from insertion to removal”) which gives added comfort once the contacts have soaked in the solution overnight.


I have to say…the validated difference is I had moments this week when I almost forgot I had these contacts on.  They’re slightly trickier to remove because they’re so smooth and slippy when they’re new but for me that’s proof of how comfortable they are and how well they fit the eye.  I almost can’t wait to get Freshlook’s Air Optix version of my favorite always repurchased shade Pure Hazel.  Inquire at your local optical shop today to see if they already carry Air Optix Colors by Alcon.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in “Agogo” | Framed by Ever Bilena “Orange” Lipliner

There was an Instagram post of a Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid lipstick I had on that got a lot of attention over a month ago, sorry it’s taken this long to actually tell you about it.  A friend of mine from New York passed by Manila for awhile last month and she brought me goodies and was so sweet, she even added special stuff on top of the stuff I requested, and she wouldn’t let me pay her even though I was really going to.  Love you, woman, you know who you are, will certainly see you again in the Big Apple sometime in the not so near future LOL!  For now, though, I’m going to continue enjoying what is probably the brightest matte coral liquid lipstick I have ever owned.





KAT VON D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, $19 from Sephora “Drench lips in Kat’s extreme-pigment potion that redefines serious staying power. The full-coverage, long-lasting formula glides over lips like a gloss, but dries to a velvety, matte finish. Infused with nourishing vitamins A, C and E for added comfort, it won’t dry out or feather like other matte lipsticks. Go bold with daredevil brights, bare it all in neutral nudes or experiment with two-tone and ombré for undying expression.  You know the drill…Peruse. Create. Capture. Submit. Repeat.” Paraben-free

I blame Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup for “singing its praises” on YouTube.  I wasn’t too sure at first because I thought it might be redundant since I had MAC Lady Danger lipstick, slightly fearing it might be the same thing only in a different format.  No, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid matte lipstick in “Agogo” is in a class of its own because it’s an eensy-weensy bit brighter than Lady Danger.  Continue to the full post to see more photos.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Smoky Eyeshadow x NEW Stuff Video

I did it!  I posted another video!  This is a Smoky Eyeshadow x NEW Stuff video.  This one I’m quite proud of because I’m finally getting to a place where i’m pretty pleased with my lighting setup.  Now I just have to get a proper 40mm or 50mm lens to work with and I’m pretty good.



Click here to watch the video on Youtube

INTRO MUSIC: In a Manger, by @Silverfilter ig






NARS PRO-PRIME SMUDGEPROOF EYESHADOW BASE… (Available at NARS Central Square and Rustan’s)


(Worn in advance) Maybelline Fashion Brow 24h Coloring Mascara (dark brown)

(Worn in advance) Maybelline Full & Soft Waterproof mascara

PONDS Flawless White BB Cream (Light and Beige)

Pixi UK Summer Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched…

ZOEVA Rose Golden Palette…

ZOEVA Cocoa Blend Palette…

BOBBI BROWN Pot Rouge in “Powder Pink”…

SOFFIA Powder brush
MAC 217 blending brush
Marionnaud #37 Eye Crease brush (Watsons)
ZOEVA 228 Crease


In this video I do a very much missed brown smoky eye using eyeshadow which feels like  a throwback because I haven’t touched eyeshadow in so long.  ZOEVA’s amazing new makeup palettes made me do it!  I’ll have a separate blog post for those right after this.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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.





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. 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





“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.


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.

Click to watch on YOUTUBE

PRODUCTS USED:  PONDS Flawless White BB Cream (Light and Beige)…, 
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…
Revlon Colorstay Lipliner in Rose…
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.  


Kikomachine comix by Manix Abrera

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...

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