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My Late 2015 Christmas Beauty Wishlist

Putting up a post like this was obviously somewhat of a holiday afterthought, but I bet Santa has his superpowers charged at this time of year anyway.  Regardless of tardiness I still want to share a couple of these beauty bits with you.   All except one bit, to my knowledge, are not readily available in retail locally.

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TATCHA Dewy Skin Mist   

One of those hydrating mists I spotted thanks to Jaclyn Hill, leaves a beautiful sheen on the skin and is a lovely perk for no makeup makeup looks.

“A silky liquid spray-on moisturizer of Squalane, Red Algae and our HADASEI-3 complex can be misted for a boost of soothing hydration, resulting in dewy, luminous skin anytime, anywhere.   This milky emulsion contains moisturizers and humectants leaving skin rehydrated. Does not contain high levels of alcohol and fragrance found in conventional hydrating sprays, which can dry out the skin.”

Diorific 2015 Holiday Collection “Fascinante” lipstick 

I own a Diorific lipstick in the shade “Glory” and it is an absolutely fabulous long-wearing formula.  Not a mile away from Estee Lauder’s acclaimed Pure Envy lip range.

“An easy-wearing matte whose secret lies in its unique use of an exceptionally soft and velvety micronized silicon powder. The “powdery” silicon smoothes colour with no streaking while striking a subtle balance between hold and comfort. Unlike traditional matte makeup, this formula continuously moisturizes lips without drying them.”

PIXI by Petra, Contour Powder “Shape & Shadow”

That one local item, which was the Pixi Contour Powder (it’s awesome and available in major SM beauty floors), was one I actually owned for a couple of weeks and strongly appreciated.  Sadly, it smashed to bits after an accident on one job, and is now a haphazard mess to keep in my handbag even after pressing the powder back into the compact.  The contour color was so on point, more on point for shading in my case than NARS Laguna.

PIXI by Petra, Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette

My favorite shade in their permanent shades is Bronze Beam, I blogged about this eye pencil last year right here.

“A limited edition set of 4 bestselling waterproof, easy-glide eyeliners in a gorgeous, giftable box.  Featured colors: BlackNoir, BlackCocoa, DeepPlum and SlateGrey.”

MAKE UP FOR EVER 12 Flash Color Case “Neutral”:  

For a makeup artist like myself an array of shades like this in multi-purpose textures are most likely a dream to work with professionally…it probably also makes a bloody good bruise kit.  The first flash case contains basic primary colors so that one is an essential as well, especially for costume and theater work.

“This 12-Piece Make Up For Ever Flash Color Case is found in the kits of many well-known makeup artists. Create an array of looks for eyes, cheeks, and lips with this luxe palette that’s perfect for on-the-go touch ups. ” 12 x 0.21 oz Flash Color in Grey, Neutral Brown, Purple Grey, Rosewood, Dark Antique Pink, Ivory, Livid, Kaki, Pink Brown, Fresh Pink, Sienna, Rusty Brown

URBAN DECAY x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette 

For awhile, a couple of years to be honest, I was somewhat sick of seeing eyeshadow palettes.  I just got so saturated and not interested after a couple of years’ surge of masses of them in the industry.  Gwen, however, piques my ever present nineties nostalgia and seeing a palette like this had me goo-goo eyed all over again.

“In a true creative partnership, Gwen Stefani and Urban Decay created the UD | Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette. Wende Zomnir—co-founder of Urban Decay—and her product development team spent countless hours at Gwen’s house, talking makeup and working closely with her on every detail of this palette—from the case to the amazing shades. This palette features her 15 must-have shades of eye shadow, including 12 never-seen-before colors and three that are from the Urban Decay shadow collection.”

What beautiful stuff!  They’re from all over so I’ve linked to the global sites where most information or pricing is available.  I pray you have a happy Christmas and don’t forget to make an effort to share moments and love in person, not just snaps online!… To full post & COMMENTS...

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My 2015 Christmas Beauty Faves Video

My 2015 Christmas Beauty Faves Video is finally here! Whew…this took one day to shoot and like two days in total (nights and afternoons combined) to edit properly.  I feature several current beauty favorites and a lot of stuff I’ve been using on a daily basis these past 2 months while showing snippets of application.

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I’m actually so excited since I haven’t posted a really well shot video in a long time.  I really like every single thing I mentioned in this video.

STUFF MENTIONED:

  • AVEDA Beautifying Creme Cleansing Oil (Aveda, Greenbelt 5),
  • Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion (sent by Rustan’s), 
  • NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Hair Face & Body Oil (sent by Rustan’s), 
  • OPI All Stars holiday nail gift set (sent by Rustan’s), 
  • Ellana Minerals http://www.ellanaminerals.com.ph
    (Ellana HQ, 2/f La Fuerza, Pasong Tamo cor. Sabio, Makati)
  • Happy Skin Feeling Sculptacular Contour Kit
    (sent by Happy Skin Beauty http://happyskincosmetics.com)
  • By Terry Ombre Blackstar Creme Shadow sticks
    (http://Luxola.com or http://Strawberrynet.com)
  • Maybelline Full N’ Soft Mascara Waterproof (Duane Reade, NYC),
  • Etude House Curl Fix Mascara (sent by Etude House), 
  • NARS “Madly” blush (NARS, Central Square, BGC), 
  • MAKEOVER Lipliner in “Natural” (SM Makati), 
  • DIOR Diorific lipstick in “Glory” (Dior counter, Alabang Town Center),  
  • SANTEE Baked Mineral highlighter #05 (Dollar Store, ATC/Market Market)

MUSIC: I Saw Three Ships by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Artist: http://audionautix.com/

As I write this the video is currently at 78% progress while uploading to YouTube, and I’m hoping I don’t have any delays with YouTube processing after the upload (Note: I did, I reuploaded twice, in fact I blinked the first time when YouTube said the upload had 22,576 minutes left, then I rebooted).  So, in the end I had to shave the edit down to 11 minutes (excluded a couple of products that weren’t as hardcore faves as the others).  Hope you enjoy this video, and for now, Merry Christmas.  Expect some random posts during this holiday season!… To full post & COMMENTS...

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A Quick Christmas Look, Holiday Favorites Sneak Peek

It’s 230am and three hours ago I just finished filming my holiday favorites video.  It was taxing to shoot at night, but I got it done thanks to a couple of wrongly purchased 9W LED bulbs that I thought were going to blind me.  Shortly before I realized they were too bright to use on makeup clients I thought they’d be okay (one 9W bulb lights up our small kitchen brightly, imagine 6 on a makeup mirror LOL).  I had to purchase half a dozen in 3W to make up for my mistake.  It turns out, however, that it was great that I still had these excessively bright 9W bulbs, using 4 of them on the vanity mirror solved my problem for filming and shooting at night.  Here’s a sneak peek from the holiday favorites shoot, by the way I didn’t film a tutorial okay, it was a holiday favorites video (to be edited) but I did mention every product I used in the video.

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Sneak peeking includes showing you these two out of all the products I used for now…a mysterious Dior Diorific lipstick, and Ellana loose powder foundation in Chai and that swatch of goodness on the left on my eyelids.  I’ll share the rest in the upcoming video.  This holiday favorites video may or may not come after the original previous tutorial I promised.

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Supergirl Flies In on HOOQ!

It’s been awhile since I’ve said “girl power”, but this show most certainly brings that to the mobile realm.  A lot of my cousins and friends have been raving about the show Supergirl, now people subscribed to HOOQ can watch season after season as they add them!  They’ve begun to expand their TV database with newer titles and after seeing Supergirl take the limelight on Hooq I’m quite excited to see what other titles they’ll be bringing in.

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Melissa Benoist as Supergirl

“Supergirl is a new Hollywood action-adventure drama series based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El

(played by Melissa Benoist), Superman’s cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth,

decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.”

What I personally like about HOOQ is they’ve also got a really deep selection of movies from extremely retro times (even black and white oldies which I used to watch on TNT with my Lola), through to the eighties and nineties, and today’s hits as well.

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You can now watch Supergirl and all your favorites on your chosen Internet-enabled device. Simply download the HOOQ app from the Apple Store or Google Play, sign up or log in, and your device is ready to access HOOQ’s library of Hollywood and Pinoy hits. Viewing movies and TV series on HOOQ is made even better with  Google Chromecast support, now available on the iOS and Android apps.

Using HOOQ is easy, subscribe and with just one app, you can stream, download and enjoy thousands of movies and TV series. All from your phone, laptop or tablet.  What’s great is if you’ve never tried HOOQ before, you get your first 30 days free before deciding if you want to subscribe for Php149.00 per month after your free trial.  When I first tried Hooq I was really impressed at the speed of HD streaming, just be aware that you need a steady wifi connection (or if via mobile data while traveling better if it’s an unlimited connection) to retain constant quality while watching on your device.

*DISCLOSURE: This is an advertorial selected with care in association with HOOQ Philippines .  Bless My Bag will not feature a service the author does not genuinely like.To full post & COMMENTS...

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Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly Foundation | A Klutz’s Shortlived Joy and Excellent Wear

This month I have been sincerely unappreciative of the entire klutz in me, the uncanny ‘unco” moments that cause minute destruction and bust joy.  Sometimes what can just ruin your day are just spatters of mental vacancy really that cause you to do half-second mistakes that will annoy you for months to come.  In many cases for me, this last month, I’d try to be careful then it would all backfire because of something I could never ever foresee.  For example, half-wittingly setting down a cleaning basin on my new marble-top dining table, the basin was unknowingly contaminated underneath by the bleach used to disinfect the countertop it rested on previously causing an odd- colored ring to form on the dining top it was transferred to.  I whined and nearly played dead on the dining table when the rings formed. However, in this first case, miraculously, the rings disappeared after half an hour, after a wipe down with hot water, and a quick desperate prayer on my part.  Or for seconds, in another instance, my setting down our new Crate & Barrel stoneware/pottery/clay dining plates on my glass work desk in our parents’ southern home, thinking all was well…until I saw that 4-inch petite but obvious scratch trail on my desk after my blog shoot, caused when I lightly slid a bowl across the surface to position it.

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  • HOLIKA HOLIA Aqua Petit Jelly Foundation (Shade 02 Natural, two shades available) Php755.00 at SM Makati
  • (MUFE Step 1 Primer, yellow, “serving suggestion” only…for girls with warm skin.)

Finally, yesterday I had come across a water-based Korean foundation that flitted in and out of my mind for a little over two years since I saw Michelle Phan use it (we’re the same skin shade so that always helps).  When I picked it up I felt like I picked up a Wonka bar from a cosmetic candy shop.  I got it gleefully for myself from SM Makati, all shiny and new in its pretty package (the MUFE yellow primer is just a serving suggestion because the foundation’s shade isn’t warm enough for me, but I didn’t use the primer in this post).  I got Holika Holika’s Aqua Petit Jelly Foundation which feels basically like a drugstore version off MUFE’s jelly-esque Face & Body foundation…coverage is medium.  How did this fit into the klutz saga?  On my way up the stairs at home while carrying an armful of bags the box of this newly purchased foundation fell out and onto the stairs.  “Nothing happened” I thought.  I picked the box up thinking no big deal, no harm done until I opened it this morning highly annoyed to discover that… (Click to continue reading)

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