Bless My Bag

beauty bagged by a cheeky Filipina

I’M LOVING Loving by Sharon, Eau de Toilette for ZEN ZEST – Tenderly clean, light, and lovely…

I spotted this at a ZEN ZEST kiosk after an event in Megamall and had no idea beforehand that it existed and it just so happened that it wasn’t part of the Zen Zest launch I had previously attended.  I spritzed the tester out of curiosity and fell head first in love with this eau de toilette fragrance personalized for the local brand Zen Zest by our one and only Megastar, and my affectionate aunt, Sharon Cuneta.

Upon discovering that I absolutely liked this scent I sent Tita Sharon a text message expressing how much I appreciated it and this was her reply: “Thank you sooooo much, Jules!  I really singled out that scent and it comes from Phillipe Collette (? spelling) perfumers in Grasse, France pa!  Lovely noh?!…and I wanted something light that you could make halos “paligo”  Not like a perfume na wrists and neck ok na…”

She answered the ultimate question I had: why was something that smelt so nice made light in fragrance intensity?  I must’ve sprayed the tester 3x and inhaled till the saleslady was “asar” just because I liked the smell so much.  So as it turns it out the mildness of the fragrance was a personal touch.  At first you may get the impression that it’s too much of a low sillage fragrance to appreciate but the scent, I’ve found, does linger and beautifully so.  I’m not an expert in identifying fragrance notes but to me it reminded me of an eau de toilette I once had which was Burberry BABY Touch which I think was a limited edition child’s fragrance.  It was absolutely beautiful to breathe in.  This ever so slightly reminds me of the goodness also of that blue Johnson’s baby cologne lots of us grew up with BUT taken a couple more levels up and given a creamy/powdery note that sighs “baby”.  I’m not sure if I can make out any floral notes but if you’re a sweet fruity scent sort of person this isn’t for you because it isn’t like that at all, it’s clean and huggable.

This is also a great product to start off young teens with when it comes to fragrances.  I know for a fact that it lingers in such a nice way because I sprayed it on myself and my T-shirt 3 days ago and instead of chucking that shirt into the laundry I hung up that shirt because it was still clean.  Two days later when I put on the shirt to wear it again it still had that lovely “hug” me aroma of Loving left on it.  Loving by Sharon for Zen Zest cost me Php250.00 from a Zen Zest kiosk in Megamall and should be available via all Zen Zest counters nationwide.  I currently gave this bottle to my cousin Hannah for her 13th birthday but will quickly repurchase one for myself as soon as I can.  :)


The Lady Dior Web Documentaries with Marion Cotillard – Episode 1 “Fantasia”

This caught my eye online and I saw that it was posted by Dior only a week ago.  It’s so refreshing to hear the lovely Marion Cotillard speak in her native language.

Enter the House of Dior in this first “webisode” slash installment of the Lady Dior Web Documentaries.  In this first video out, you get a barely 2-minute glimpse of the glory of cuts and stitches as seasoned seamstresses fashion some of the brand’s most beautifully tailored creations for their beautiful brand ambassador.

The Verdict After 7 Days – Max Factor Glossfinity Nail Polish (Topcoated)

Exactly one week ago I posted how my nails looked with the lovely nearly naked shade, 025 Desert Sand of Max Factor’s Glossfinity nail polish range.  I did that precisely because I needed to test the  7-Day gloss claim of the product.  You know what, I must say, I’m pretty impressed.  See for yourself.

Do my eyes deceive me or did I just take a better photo for the after shot?  Seriously speaking…there is a negligible bit of nail wear near the edges of the nail and movement away from the cuticle (a given) but no nicks or chips are to be found on this hand after 7 days of packing, exercising, and whatever else I did.  My right hand has a nick/chip that took place towards the end of the event when the polish was applied so that doesn’t really count because my nails were still “wet” when that happened.  The wear on my left hand however has remained practically immaculate save for minor lines and scratches visible only to myself on the top coat.

The verdict is Glossfinity nail polish as well as the topcoat are of great value for longevity at the regular price of Php245 a bottle and are currently on promo.  Spend Php450 for a purchase of two bottles from the Glossfinity range.  I still have to test the Cobalt Blue shade I was given WITHOUT a topcoat so watch out for that :).  Nails like new for this long?  Someone suddenly wants more nail shades…follow MaxFactor Philippines on Facebook here.

Origins “A Perfect World” White Tea Skin Guardian – Quite Lovely, but what is it really?

There’s a category making its own small pocket in the world of skincare and I have to admit, it is quite a gray area.  I’m talking about those anti-oxidant packed “serum” SLASH silicone/water based primer products (that you can’t really call a moisturizer or a serum) which promise instant smoothness and improved skin appearance.  Today my aunt gave the Origins Perfect World White Tea Skin Guardian (mouthful)  to me simply because she’s got existing skincare and is afraid to try anything new because she has sensitive skin.

“Silver Tip White Tea helps banish youth offenders before they can cause oxidation, deterioration, and dehydration.  Smoothness is immediate.  Visible signs of aging are pre-empted.  Use AM and PM.  Smooth over clean skin before moisturizer. ” - back of bottle.

“Higher levels of pollution have substantially increased potential for skin damage and aging. No worries. Origins’ multi-action age defenders with rare silver tip white tea surround skin in a virtually impenetrable protective bubble that intercepts damage before it causes lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and loss of firmness.” – SEPHORA

Now the truth of the matter is this White Tea Skin Guardian DOES FEEL AND SMELL NICE when you apply it, and as they described, “Smoothness is immediate”…that’s the silicon working for you.  To be honest, products that contain silicon possess a form of trickery.  As a consumer when you feel that “instant glide” and silkiness from fingers to face you straightaway want to believe it’s the key botanicals mentioned in the product doing their job on the spot and I’m not here to say that they aren’t, they’re just not what you instantly feel.  Silicon tells your fingers “This my friends, is amazing…” and though silicon won’t kill you, it isn’t for everybody and for some who are allergic it may even cause breakouts.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Rosa Centifolia (Cabbage Rose) Flower Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetiver) Root Oil, Plumeria Alba (Frangipani) Flower Extract, Magnolia Grandiflora Leaf Extract, Acacia Decurrens (Mimosa) Extract, Iris Germanica (Orris) Root, Geraniol, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dimethicone, Potato Starch, Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate, Polyacrylamide, Laureth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Chlorphenesin, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben

I’ve reviewed something similar to this before, the Body Shop Seaweed Pore Perfector which is more affordable, but there are also more expensive ones like the Becca Line and Pore Corrector, Benefit Porefessional (which more appropriately positions itself as a primer) and I’ve even sampled Estee Lauder Idealist which is a more glorified luxury option.  Some of these are the sorts of products that end up being increasingly difficult to blog about about simply because in the end you can’t say what they are essentially without REACHING for what to say and then you hit the backspace key realizing there don’t seem to be any significant, realistic long-term benefits for the skin.  These are incredibly difficult products to describe in a nutshell. The package has more recently changed abroad and now looks like this on the website anyway.  I honestly have fallen for the scent…it’s a creamier scent that that of the Body Shop’s Seaweed Pore Perfector (which I now feel is a bit too strongly scented) and I’m not allergic to this so far plus it feels milder than the Body Shop’s Seaweed one.  To me though it’s a pretty good primer with a healthy helping of botanicals as a bonus, but that’s pretty much it for me nothing more.  I refrain from actually calling products like this “serums” simply because there don’t seem to be any active and deeply penetrating ingredients that build and work with the skin to give compound results.  However, cons and non-dermatologist me aside, to be honest I can’t escape the glee that comes with reviewing a product by the brand Origins for the first time.  I’m only somewhat disappointed that it had to be this product from their Perfect World range which actually costs USD$38.00…and if it truly were a “Guardian” so to speak, shouldn’t it contain some form of SPF?  I saw you nodding while reading this and I thought so, too.  On a brighter note, I’ll be using this in my pro kit as a great smelling prepping primer for skin that needs it.

Grace Coddington’s Cats for Balenciaga – At 70 Her Cats Are Out ON the Bag!

I don’t furiously search for the latest it bags, and I have never STARED until NOW.  I have never dreamed of a luxury bag campaign that is so, so, so…me.  AMAZING GRACE.

Model Karen Elson epitomizes Vogue’s Finest Creative Director, Grace Coddington in an older editorial shoot. Chucks…check!

This is such a SUPER DUPER sweet concept.  I absolutely like it!  Kudos squared and Happy Birthday to Vogue’s finest creative director, Grace Coddington (it’s not her birthday today, in fact it was last April pa… so I missed it, yea whatevs. LOL)  who certainly celebrated her 70th birthday with a BANG er BAG.

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