It’s great to gradually yet finally be doing magazine covers. The ones I’ve started with may not be among the style mag racks just yet but it’s so much fun to be working with bunches of different, wonderful people every time. For the shoot of Cebu Pacific’s Smile Magazine November issue, we had pro photographer Xander Angeles on board and I’d like to thank Smile Editor-in-Chief, Tara Sering, for having Renz and I as part of the team for the day. The brief was natural makeup for our talent, who happened to be a family friend of ours, Mica Javier. I didn’t know my aunts and uncles and her parents were friends ’til we started talking in the car…hilarious. The makeup requirement was pretty basic, polished and pretty, nothing OTT or intense. Mica focused all her pedal power on the pies de resistance of the day, a retro aqua fixie bike AKA the bike with no brakes.
We shot the cover by the Sunken Garden of my beloved alma mater, University of the Philipines, Diliman, in Quezon City. I don’t have my own copy of the magazine yet but I pulled this cover photo from the Smile website. Click Read more to see more of my behind the scenes photos
I retreat from anything outlandish now when it comes to earrings. I’m quite over the overplayed sets of dangling decor. If anything is going to seriously dangle it’s going to be from our Christmas tree. I’m quite delighted with these thank you.
My favorites are the rose gold metallic stars without any distracting fake “brilliantes” on them. The hearts are curvy with a fine gold tinted border, quite camp in a sense but simple enough to wear. What often annoys me is the simplest designs often come with a heavy price but at least not this time. Both pairs are unbelievably affordable at Php150.00 each or £2.00, both by Accessorize UK. I got these at the Alabang Town Center branch 2 days ago. I’m not sure whether these are last season or current season, I’m safely guessing last.
If you’re in no mood for a human about to take a dump on your head, you may excuse yourself. Sorry I skipped a day yesterday (BlessMyBag is supposedly a daily delight now), was out doing the Sunday session with the fambam. Today I do not feel like “blogging” on beauty, don’t get me wrong I have more to blog about than ever before in terms of “stuff”. There are beauty bits and bobs ’til the rafters, almost through the “roof”, unexpected gifts left and right. Nothing in particular happened, consider this a very much delayed quarter life crisis spell. This usually happens around that certain time of the month where you’re a little more emotional and everything that isn’t right comes at you like a freight train…a train of thoughts…without brakes. In fact it’s so bad that this is the 2nd day I haven’t worked out (it may be nothing to some of you but that’s still a dent in my physical progress where I’m concerned). I’ve just sat down and realized I’ve not become who I set out to be…to be more precise, the sad thing is I never really set out to do something or be someone.
I didn’t get how some people could have dreams to pursue and I didn’t…I just didn’t. Now I want to be SOMEONE but don’t know how. I’ve prayed for revelation…countless nights since I was a student even if it was just learn how to be somebody who knew how to do things for herself and it seems that even though I had all this time to myself growing up, being artistic and all that, I didn’t know how to properly invest and make the most of my time. Something always held me back, something fearful. I didn’t bother to lay the groundwork for my future because I really didn’t know who I wanted to be. You know how some kids know for sure what they want to be super early in life? I never understood kids like that. I really didn’t understand it. I had ideas about what I was good at…singing, art, and stuff and so at first I wanted to sing and be one of the Disney princess voices one day or be in musical theater, but when that opportunity presented itself when a certain repertory heavyweight teacher proudly scouted me in drama class Dad wasn’t too keen on the abnormal schedule of a theater child, for good reason. Then there was the subject of my artistic ability, sure I could write and draw but to what end? I was one of the most creative in my highschool batch…but productivity and discipline to develop my craft for a specific purpose or to be the best didn’t grasp me or rather…I didn’t GRASP it. Why wasn’t I hungry enough and even if I prayed and why didn’t I care about my time enough? Not that I never did, in school, even college I was OC about my time, a few of my groupmates said they never knew someone more organized but why did I become a clueless wanderer after university? There’s now also the question filled with regret on why didn’t I discover my path as a makeup artist as a fresh graduate in 2003 instead of as a career alternative 9 years later? Even the subject of the blog enters my psyche…why didn’t I begin this beauty blog when I had actually started blogging online in 2002?
My handwritten journals to the Lord were always full of questions and pleas fettered with Bible verses so they looked better on paper, lots of those entries were pathetic now that I look through them…I should have declared more, listened more, DONE MORE, and asked less but how do you realize what you’re supposed to do before it’s too late? You know those moments in movies where something unique grasps the lead character and in that moment somehow, they miraculously know what they’re supposed to do. Read more to the end if this hasn’t bored you yet…
I’ve only ever liked and purchased 3 brands of lipgloss in the past 4 years of my rediscovering makeup as a blogger…a total of about 2 or 3 tubes, minimal yes, I know. That’s because not a lot of high street lipglosses have impressed me since Elianto pulled out of the market. When I say lipgloss I mean these checkboxes: a wash of translucent noticeable color, high shine/gloss that isn’t sticky & fades away well, sophisticated shimmer if I choose a shimmer, and… important one… desirable scent and taste. Meet locally available Korean brand Missha and its Luminous Color Lipgloss…check, check, check, double check. Shining, shimmering, splendid. Boom.
A major win factor is how pretty the tube is, I love the size and the demi-curve the tube has. It gives a hint of sophistation that lifts the product. Last year I got a tiny keychain version of this lipgloss, as in micro mini, in a lighter more nude beige pink shade. That one mom and I tried and liked to bits and were frustrated that we didn’t know where to get a full size of it at the time. I was psyched to find the Missha Boutique at SM Pasig Hypermart (near Tiendesitas) yesterday when I met up with my best friend and this cost me Php500, FYI they’re currently 50% off. The last time I bought an honest to goodness FULL SIZE lipgloss was 3 years ago. I’m not counting the intense, opaque color lip creams like the NYX Soft Matte lip cream that are like liquid lipsticks, those are different. Here we’re talking real lipgloss. Read more to see application and more details.
Fresh is the brand name. If you’re actually planning on giving soap to people this Thanksgiving or Christmas from the U.S. or elsewhere, or momentarily have access to a Sephora store, then bless them with this bath soap and this bath soap alone. I actually now wish I’d gotten 2 or 3. Friends brought this home from Sephora for me and it cost me about US$16.50 or Php690.00 in total. No bath soap scent so far reminds me of the holidays as much this one does. I particularly appreciate how it doesn’t smell overly “gourmande” in nature but brings in warmth and freshness of the holiday season at the same time.
KEY INGREDIENTS: Shea butter, Seaberry/Seabuckthorn Oil, Cranberry fruit & seeds, Bitter Orange Peel, and Bamboo. Seaberry oil, also known as seabuckthorn oil, is a powerful antioxidant rich in Omegas that restore and soften the skin, Shea butter also helps nourish and hydrate.
Paraben free | 100% Natural fragrance | Rich in Omegas 3, 6, 7, & 9 | Triple-milled to last longer
Look at this thing, it’s GI-MONGOUS! It’s a well-equipped multitasking bar and scrubs the skin surface well if you apply more pressure. You can feel the cranberry, bamboo, and bitter orange bits as you scrub the bar against your skin, it might feel a bit grainy for some so it might not be their cup of tea, but if you go gently it’s just as good as a regular soap bar. I kind of went scrub happy so part of my arms got a bit red because of my excitement, but only temporarily. It’s so great that the soap bar itself sort of “doubles” as a scrub puff or loofah. It lathers like forever and a day plus the lather is quite silky and buttery, building up steadily as you rub it in. This reminds me of the Snoe soap I sung praises of several months back but that one dissolves away much quicker. Since this is triple-milled this Fresh Seaberry soap won’t melt away fast on you like
the wicked witch other soaps tend to. It’s a heavyweight hitter this soap and although I love my bath oils and gels I do once in awhile miss the act of directly foaming myself up with a bar of good solid soap. I wouldn’t use this on my face directly, I believe it’s really a body soap, if I were to try I’d take some of the lather on my hands and test it on my cheek. This smells so, so…in tune with the last months of the year because of the strong scent of cranberries and orange wrapped up in the creaminess of Shea butter. I sniffed this and got flashbacks of candles and cookies and presents, and even turkey because of the cranberries and I like that for once it’s not that sickly vanilla base scent that so many gourmande type soaps tend to have. Quadruple Like, as in.