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.


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 .  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...

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.



“This style-studded collab will be first made available at online retail giant ZALORA. We’re making a fashionable entrance at, 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





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.




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


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. 

This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up
: Php1978.50 – Php395.50 (bday discount)  = Php1583.00

:  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.

 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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