Shiseido Maquillage Dramatic Mood Veil PK200 | Lisa Eldridge’s Top Pick from Japan

For all you Lisa fans, do you remember when she mentioned that she felt bad having to share a Spring favorite from a Japan haul because it was only available there?  Well, from my exclusive source I’m here to let you know it will be a little while but the Shiseido Maquillage S/S 2015 range she mentioned is supposedly coming here, around mid-June to early July I was told.

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To be honest the effect of this blush/complexion booster is quite difficult to photograph.  It’s pretty much like the Asian version of the Hourglass Ambient Light blush range but this one casts a more long-wearing glow.  I’d like to give a sweet shout out to team Shiseido to thank you for the opportunity to officially give you the first official preview of the exact Dramatic Mood Veil blush Lisa raved about online last spring.  Lisa also confirmed to me directly that she is still using this product daily up to now, many months after that first look she gave in this video in  January.  Click to see more photos in the full post me wearing it.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Preview x Happy Skin Ltd. Ed. Matte Lippies | Special Price Php999 via Zalora Until June 7

They’re here for awhile but they’ll be gone…so, get on it!  I could feel it coming a couple of months ago, the arrival of matte versions of Happy Skin’s best-selling lippies, it just had to happen.  However, I didn’t know that they’d be collaborating with Preview magazine for their upcoming 20th anniversary this June.

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“This style-studded collab will be first made available at online retail giant ZALORA. We’re making a fashionable entrance at zalora.com.ph, where the#PreviewXHappySkin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Matte Lippie Set will be exclusively sold from June 1 to 7 at a special price of P999.”  The lippies will also be sold individually at Php599.  FOR NOW, the lippies are first available at ZALORA here at this link, type in discount code: HAPPY to get Php100 OFF the retail price

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They’ve done a special contrasting pair, a tawny nude called “Too Cool” and a black cherry red called “Hot Stuff”.  Both lippies contain cupuacu butter which helps keep lips soft sans the excess shine.  It’s a really special looking set and you can also get the set in the Hot Stuff Box version.  The special discount for this set on Zalora with code: HAPPY will only be available until June 7, click here to purchase!

 

 

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The Mask of MagnaMinty by LUSH

I’ve always wanted to put on a quintessentially green “mud” mask which has been spoofed as a beauty regimen for so many years.  This minty and delightfully cooling clay-based mask by LUSH, the Mask of Magnaminty has quite simply ticked that one off the bucket list for me.  I’m absolutely smmmmmmokin’, Darling.  It cools and cleans with China clay and uplifts with fair trade vanilla and fresh peppermint.  Unlike many other cooling masks it’s got honest-to-goodness truly organic ingredients.

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MADE OF: Bentonite Gel , Kaolin , Honey , Talc , Ground Aduki Beans (Phaseolus Angularis) , Glycerine , Evening Primrose Seeds (Oenothera biennis) , Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita) ,African Marigold Oil (Tagetes erecta) , Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia) , *Limonene , Fragrance ,Methylparaben , Chlorophyllin . *Occurs naturally in essential oils PHP325.00

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The LUSH team sent me three of their skincare best-sellers and the Mask of MagnaMinty is my favorite of the bunch.  I’m not quite into skincare items that supply cooling sensations upon application unless I know it’s truly a botanical effect given off by natural stuff or if my skin feels calmer after.  With LUSH products I know they use the good stuff.  For these hot and sticky months especially after several days together of wearing makeup and sunscreen I like that this mask does its simple job as a good pick-me up.  I love that it smells like choco-mint and rinses off cleanly.

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This Works In Transit Camera Close-up | Hydration VALidated by Val Garland & Victoria Beckham

So I nearly overlooked my 20% birthday discount from Luxola (it hangs around for like a month, you should check) and I had never purchased anything from that site yet ever and I had a small bit of PayPal money that came in.  After watching Guardian beauty editor and Pretty Honest book author Sali Hughes wind up a part 2 interview with world-famous pro makeup artist Val Garland this product was on my mind.  Val is the freelance lady who does most of the major collection imagery for MAC, who made up the Gaga for Bad Romance, and directs the makeup for campaigns and runway work under designer houses.  There was a portion of the video that wouldn’t leave my mind from timecode 5:08 and 6:25 in YouTube.  This is where Val shares the inside scoop of how she personally recommended this specific skincare gem to Victoria Beckham. 

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 LUXOLA PRICE
: Php1978.50 – Php395.50 (bday discount)  = Php1583.00

INGREDIENTS
:  Aqua, Butyrosperum Parkii, Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Aloe barbadensis, Cetyl alcohol, Gigawhite, Stearic Acid, Argania spinosa, Euphrasia officinalis, Borago officinalis, Sorbiton monostearate, Peg-100 stearate, Peg-100 stearate, Xanthum Gum, Coffee-Chemyunion, Hyulronic Acid, Dimethicone, Phykosil 2000, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Geglag, Vitamins A, C and E, Alpha tocopherol, Treithanolamine, Disoium EDTA, Methyl Isothiazolinone, Citrus Aurantium Flos, Rosa damascena, Phenyl Ethyl alcohol, Bisobolol.

MODERN: 
 A portable pick-me-up that evens, plumps and brightens instantly.
NATURAL: Bio Boost, our powerful new blend of repairing plant oils, Hyaluronic Acid, Argan and Starflower Oils plus a hit of Caffeine for this perfect revitalising formula. 
BEAUTY: Rapidly erases signs of fatigue, boosts hydration, and preps the skin for photo perfect make-up. 
As used by: @victoriabeckham says ‘This does work!  amazing!!! x vb

 Unless you’re an exceedingly particular person when it comes to skincare you might be underwhelmed at the onset with this one when you first try it but it DOES work on point for sleepy not-in-the-mood PMS besieged skin, especially for dry/sensitive types.  It seems to have worked for Victoria based on Val’s inside story over the span of a couple of months.  The Val Garland also likes it on the plane for long-haul flights.  It works quite covertly and takes a couple of minutes for the first facial perk up (it contains caffeine, Argan oil, vitamin antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid).  As a pro makeup artist with very sensitive skin I noticed a few small things.  It absorbed very quickly and didn’t leave a greasy sheen, more of like a satin finish perfect for beneath makeup.  After a few minutes of massaging this  light cream into my face my eyes felt less puffy and the slight hormonal bloat I had around my mouth area calmed down.  They say it’s a mask, moisturizer, and primer in one so you can also use it before bed.  I’m not too sure about the mask part but it certainly is a very, very sophisticated no-excess-nasties moisturizer.  Months later at a British awards night Val approached Victoria and she looked at Val directly and repeatedly went on to say “In Transit, In Transit, In Transit…”.  All it took was this true story and I was pleased to see that hardly anyone had noticed it on Luxola lol, so I’m now ultra keen to share it with you.  Here’s the video that spills it: Sali Hughes Beauty – In The Bathroom with Val Garland Part 2 from timecode 5:08 and 6:25.To full post & COMMENTS...

Locycare Nail Gel, by the makers of Cetaphil | Dare to Bare

“Lindas Manitas…” chanted my paternal grandma when I was little.  It was kind of like the veritable Spanish version of playing patty-cake but was more definitively a blessing for beautiful hands.  I actually didn’t like my fingertips when I was growing up.  I longed for a longer (lol) nail bed with that moonrise from the cuticles and nails that grew in a more downward fashion, but don’t we all like to nitpick at what we don’t have?  I grew up realizing my hands are mine, and that’s all that really matters.

 Recently, I haven’t been wearing a lot of nailpolish because I was quite busy doing makeup work, but I was introduced to a new product by the makers of Cetaphil that helps keep my bare nails and cuticles looking prim, proper, and delicate to the eye.     I got to use Locycare Nail Gel for about 5 -7 days, somewhere in there it wasn’t daily, like every other, then back again to daily use towards the end.  I also did a couple of outfit posts highlighting my bare nails, this first one was my accessory post.

 

LOCYCARE Nail Gel Php600, Mercury Drugstores nationwide

INGREDIENTS: Aqua, glycerin, dimethicone, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, 1,5-pentanediol, propylene glycol, carbomer, sodium hydroxide, Artemesia abrotanum oil. (Manufactured in Sweden)

Sometimes when I feel like being a bit more pop-out stylish I’d rather certain aspects of my appearance take a backseat.  For example if I have statement wardrobe pieces needing some love, I’d rather wear my nails bare, and for that they need to look clean and well cared for.         

What I did notice after roughly a week of use is that Locycare prevented the reoccurrence of hangnails, a small painful problem I often deal with when my cuticles aren’t cared for nor hydrated enough.  What I also like about it  is the tube and gel formula is a travel friendly alternative if I’d rather not bring nail or cuticle oil that might spill in transit.  Help eliminate dry white skin around your nails by moisturizing your fingertips with Locycare.  Locycare Nail Gel by Galderma is available for Php600  at select Mercury Drugstores nationwide.

Go to HEALTHYNAILS.PH and learn from one of Manila’s prominent beauty editors, Agoo Benzon. Like LOCYCARE PHILIPPINES on Facebook to stay updated with their products and promos.

*DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post selected with care in association with Locycare by Galderma Philippines,  Bless My Bag will not endorse a product the author does not genuinely like.


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You Modern Mama You! | The Mother’s Day Edit 2015

Here’s a quick snap-up beauty edit for all the Moms who have laughed and ached with us, who have spurred us on to be the best.  I’ve handpicked a couple of faves that I feel are relevant for you amazing reproducing females, I’ve tried my best to make it a mix for mothers new and old alike.

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My mind cauldron had these attributes thrown in: practical, effective, youth-boosting, and desirable.  The inspiration of the post screams from this image, how can you not do a Mom feature centered on a washable, wipe-down H&M x Marge Simpson monogrammed pouch?  Click through to the full post to see what’s inside!… To full post & COMMENTS...

The Nice Night Cream | Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Night Cream

This basic but better night cream by Olay is available at leading supermarkets, drugstores, and department stores and you know what, I like it.  I pretty much grabbed the box I was sent to test and smoothed on the cream before heading out the door.  I tested it during the day for good measure because I have sensitive skin and didn’t want to sleep overnight in a cream I hadn’t tried before.  For the price it isn’t some miracle working cream and of course it isn’t organic, but it hydrates and clings well (an important night cream feature), and it contains coconut oil in the ingredients, which is a bit perplexing because one of the descriptions on the box says oil-free… (so which is it P&G?) putting that out there but I don’t fuss that much.  I like how the Olay Total Effects night cream applies and lasts, it feels somewhat oil-free but hydrating at the same time and the mild scent is appealing.

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PRICE: Php789.00 from Zalora click here

INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isostearate, Coconut Oil, Polyacrylamide, Stearyl Alcohol, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Tocopheryl Acetate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Titanium Dioxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Laureth-7, Propylparaben, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, PEG 100 Stearate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Stearic Acid, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Zinc Oxide, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane.

This night cream hydrates with glycerin, corrects and treats with Niacinamide, and nourishes with coconut oil.  I’m generally not a night cream person because my perception of night creams which has caused me to “run” from them at the get-go is the general belief that they’re full of ingredients that might break me out.  While that is partly true it is just as true that I haven’t found or bothered to test one that agrees with me.  As you can see, the ingredients list would probably not measure up at all for some organic purists out there (I will still love first and foremost my now empty Tomato Lycopene Face Cream by 100% Percent Pure), but I do believe mass market brands like Olay are taking baby steps to include at least a couple of natural ingredients in their formulations, this contains more Coconut Oil and Camellia Extract.  I’m using this as a day cream currently which is proof to myself that it’s one of the lighter drugstore night creams out there on the market.  I also like that for a mass market product you get the sophistication in packaging thanks to a simple insert stopper for freshness before the actual lid.

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You will still feel this night cream on your skin after application, it’s not one of those moisturizers that completely disappears but it is self-explanatory because it is a night cream, it’s supposed to stay on while you wrestle with your pillow just until you cleanse when you wake up in the morning.  As a quick insert or mention, just to share with you guys…in conjunction with this night cream I am using this relatively new mass market cleanser…yes it foams, but it does not contain SLS.

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Safeguard Dermasense Cleansers: AVAILABLE IN 100ml Php199.00 and 50ml Php119.00 from Zalora (click here) and leading groceries and department stores nationwide

I must say it flat out, finally Safeguard, finally…a cleanser suited for the face, and they have this in the Sensitive Skin type and Acne Prone type.  This one is fragrance free and completely lathers up like silk and feels like the Johnson’s Ph 5.5. facial cleanser I loved once upon a time as a teenager.  It rinses clean but not squeaky which is good and I’ve put on the Olay cream after, together they didn’t irritate my skin or break me out.  By the way, this is NOT a paid post.  These do both happen to be P&G products (I hadn’t realized that right away, just a few hours later) but I’ve chosen on my own out of spontaneity to feature these because hello, voila,  organically I reached for them on a whim and yes, I’m using them right now and it looks like they’ll stick around for awhile.… To full post & COMMENTS...

That Shiseido Glow Enhancing Primer | Interpreting Spring With JM Dayao

I’m pretty proud of the spring makeup look I created under the direction of LAX/NYC pro photographer JM Dayao.  It’s nothing fancy, pretty basic but he was very happy with the work I did even if it was just for a workshop.  He taught a workshop last weekend and was very particular on how he wanted his foreign workshop models to look.  We both agreed that though there are a lot of talented makeup artists in this industry, the looks that are approved day in and day out in advertising often take shape into something too contrived.  When I reassured him I wanted to take the makeup direction towards New York City’s take on beautiful appearances peace spread on his face.  I understood that he was frustrated by the local makeup standard we often have no choice but to abide by because of what most people in this country are accustomed to seeing.  While it’s all good makeup (and there are some heavy looks I’ve seen that I love) there’s nothing like once in awhile challenging the industry status quo some of us MUAs abide by.

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On Saturday we completely did away with foundation nation, powder central,  coral pink lips, hair-raising graphic brows and contour, and did not use false eyelashes.  I thought of everything I had learned and I used my hands to work the base into the model’s skin.  I felt like I’d finally been set free to be the makeup artist I wanted to be.  This is one of the looks I did that a workshop attendee @gala_carlo posted.  This work of mine is a typical spring look JM requested.  It was a little tricky because the model had a moderate acne breakout on her cheeks and jaw, so I had to resort to target concealing properly.  I also had a secret ingredient for this look that I was way too excited to use.

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What you are seeing is basically Shiseido’s own version of the dewy agent classic MAC Strobe Cream, but I like this Glow Enhancing primer better.  The shiseido glow enhancing primer glides onto skin and stays a bit more emollient and silky on the surface, there is no detectable shimmer, no tint, and it can be used underneath, on top, or mixed into foundation.  I applied this glow enhancing primer with fingers on key areas of the model’s face on top of MAC Face and Body foundation in N1.  I’ve been using this primer a lot on myself as well, as a highlighter or for added radiance.  This gem’s price is Php1750 from Shiseido Counters in leading department stores nationwide.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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