My Hero Poll – Vote now, Chris or Chris? Hammer or Shield?

Let’s bring some testosterone into the picture for inspiration’s sake and a healthy “kilig” boost of endorphins.  I’ve placed a voting poll at the end of this post and guys are welcome to vote in this matter of preference.  I mean really, take note, they’re both named Chris, super handsome, and now ravishingly ripped.  For now, as it seems in the world of entertainment, lean is no longer mean.  So who’s your Chris, Thor or Captain America?  Who’s it gonna be, Ladies, Chris Hemsworth or Chris Evans?  In terms of build, I’ve always preferred broad shouldered men, so I’m like splitting hairs here.  Here are some photos to help you in your vote at the bottom.  The Marvel Man poll will be open for voting for a week.  I shall share which one of these two heroes gets my vote by then.  You may still leave a comment below the post if you want to expound on who you voted for and why, but that’s optional of course :).

TOP: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, BOTTOM: Chris Evans as Captain America
LEFT: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, RIGHT: Chris Evans as Captain America
TOP: Chris Evans as Captain America , BOTTOM: Chris Hemsworth as Thor

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In Her Bag 1.0 – DONITA ROSE The Queen of Clean

I’ve just begun a new feature category called “In Her Bag” where I can feature different women who inspire me and who are willing to feature the contents of their everyday survival kit, their handbag.  Let’s see if I can keep this new category on a roll.  They needn’t necessarily all be famous women, however, for my first In Her Bag feature I do have the privilege of featuring someone who isn’t just famous, she’s lovely, kind, Godly, Funny with a capital F, and sweet.  During her years as an MTV VJ in Singapore Donita Rose also graced the cover of Time Magazine and she now brings her sunny attitude to local TV as one of the hosts of an early morning show on ABS-CBN, Umagang Kay Ganda.  Being a wife to Eric and mother to Joshua has brought on more of a sparkle in her smile and she hasn’t lost her kiddish sense of humor in the slightest.  She wanted to hold the camera in this photo.

I’ve known Donita since my days in college and though we rarely see each other she has remained a good family friend which to me also means a friend who is like family.  We had planned to meet up months ago, but prior to our set date we BOTH got sick and decided to call it off, but thankfully our immune systems won over germs this time.  So here she is, armed and ready.  What’s really funny is, I hadn’t expected anything particularly quirky when it came to the contents of  her bag, but as you are about to see, lo and behold, I was in for an absolute surprise.  As she sat down to our lunch in Balducci at Serendra she had a scheming grin on her face.

“You’re going to be surprised by what’s in my bag.  I’m sure you’ve not seen a bag like mine”.  She wasn’t actually talking about her Louis Vuitton handbag, she was talking about what it carried.  I assure you, what this woman is about to share with us is absolutely out of the ordinary, not naman SHOCKING as some say, but not what you’d expect.  I can attest that Donita did not “set up” her bag for this feature.  “My friends always get surprised when they see me take stuff out of my bag, you’re so OC, they say.”  I had thought of  making this a video instead, but that would be so blah.  We always see more of her on TV, somehow in this instance a photo essay lends more charm to this post and it was funner to put together.  Click Read More and brace yourself for a photo overload.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Proverbial Masters of “My brows but better…”

If you are a beauty babe you’ve most probably heard of Anastasia Beverly Hills in your online search for achieving perfectly defined eyebrows.  If you’ve watched Michelle Phan’s videos or those of Jen of frmheadtotoe YouTube you would have definitely seen them use a few of Anastasia’s brow defining products.  It’s no small thing to note that even Oprah entrusts her brows to them.  Properly groomed, shaped, and defined eyebrows can change a face dramatically.  When I was attending formal makeup schooling in Singapore we spent two days just focusing on eyebrows, that’s how important it was to the teacher.

The brand was founded by Anastasia Soare who has been committed to the aesthetic cause of balanced beauty.  The brand got America’s full attention, too when Oprah dedicated an entire segment of her show to the art of eyebrow defining as presented by Anastasia Beverly Hills, that’s when I first heard of the brand, when watching Oprah’s show.  Here’s a video of Oprah going to Anastasia Beverly Hills to get beautified the day before the Oscars.  Oprah talks beauty, too :)

The reason I brought that up is I wondered how my blessed readers would feel if I featured Anastasia Beverly Hills products on here for the very first time, as I was contacted by them personally :).  Would you be interested to see any of these products on here?
I most certainly would!! :)  Here’s a quick how to video on the item I’m most interested in, the Beauty Express Brow kit.  I’m actually also MOST interested in their brow defining pencil in Medium Ash, the one with a brush at the other end, but that’s not in the photo.  Watdch this quick tutorial and you’ve taken the first step to learning more about better brows.
“Beauty Express” brow-kit instructional video from Anastasia Beverly Hills on Vimeo.

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Hear Sofia Coppola at age 5 sing the Philippine Anthem

Here is one face I’ve always adored, simple and pretty, but you know there’s something deeper that lies behind that smart smile or smirk.  Cool dad, effortless style, laid back modesty, creative wit, a kiss with Andy Garcia (Godfather), great films…what’s not to like about Sofia Coppola?

Here she is with the bag she designed for Louis Vuitton.  What a great collaboration.

In fact there’s more to this sophisticated lady than one would expect.  When she was a little girl, the Coppola family was based in the Philippines for a time because her dad, Director Francis Ford Coppola, had been filming Apocalypse Now, a film on the atrocities of the Vietnam war.  Sometime recently, unearthed from the dust of decades past, a recording of Sofia as a young girl resurfaced online and here is a photo of her I believe on the actual day of the recording (see the recorder around F. Coppola’s neck).

I’ve also posted it right here below the post for your listening pleasure, just click on the file name to play.  In the recording, her dad decided to ask his little girl to talk to her future adult self and somewhere in the middle of that recording Coppola reminds his daughter of their time in the Philippines and she quite surprised me.  It’s also interesting to note when she mentions her cousins one by one she mentions “nicky…” if I’m not mistaken she’s referring to her cousin, the now famous Nicolas Cage who is often mentioned as Francis F. Coppola’s nephew today.  Here’s the recording for your listening pleasure, be blessed and delighted. :)

Sofia Coppola Age 5 - Lupang Hinirang
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OPI Black Shatter over TopShop “Scorched” – Distressed Nail Magic Pt. 1

Hey, can you guess what arrived in the mail (if you were lazy to read the title)…I can now enter the clubhouse.

To some, it’s getting old, but not for me.  Thousands of beauty junkies the world over have featured these kinds of polishes, but it’s a trend that’s fun to be a part of.  Today I’m featuring 1 of 2 colors of Shatter that I purchased over Ebay, the black one.

I got two for about Php500 each shipping included, it was a total of $22.50 for both as opposed to spending about Php700-800 EACH if I got them at either Rustan’s or a retail outlet locally (that is if they had stock at all).  I got Black Shatter and also Silver Shatter from the Pirates of the Caribbean Stranger Tides collection which is appealing to more neutral loving girls who aren’t into the hardcore edgy look Black Shatter gives.  These nails are not for the faint of heart.

My base shade beneath Black Shatter is TopShop polish in “Scorched” a soft fluorescent coral pink.  Shatter, Crackle polishes, or whatever they’re called have been around for a little over a year now, these are specially formulated polishes that have an instant chemical reaction that causes it to crack and separate when applied.  No fiddling or “faffing” about as the British say, just brush it on, it goes on black then the polish does its work.  The complete “separation” or cracking cycle ends in about 2 minutes.

It’s a truly magical thing to see happen no matter how old this fad gets and there’s a bit of a raised, embossed effect on the final texture.  If you’d like an even surface finish off with a thick quick drying top coat like Seche Vite.  I didn’t apply topcoat here so you could see the texture.  I also chose the base color because I wanted something bright but not overly fluorescent, just enough for the nails to look like cracked volcanic magma.  If you chose a deep mustard color for your base, from afar these could fleetly pass for some sort of animal print.  I think Darth Maul may have squealed like a girl had he checked his RSS feeds when these were first released.  He would most certainly have placed an order for the black one, and perhaps even the silver one for days when being all red and black just wasn’t catering to him emotionally.  Do you hate or love the shattered nail craze?… To full post & COMMENTS...

Fix Me

This is one of my healing songs, while most of my healing songs are Christian worship songs, there are a few secular songs with lyrics that capture how one feels better than others.  While this isn’t the OFFICIAL music video of Coldplay for this song, this video captures every emotion, but I have to say unlike the video, I was not left behind.  Here in the video the girl’s painful journey through past happy moments, heartbreak, and her spinning are indicative of being thankful that one is alive in spite of everything.  The way I’d like to believe in the song is that light will truly guide me home, the light at the end of my tunnel comes from the One who will fix me, but the difference is He won’t just try…He will.  From another perspective, it could also be one’s self speaking to one’s own besieged heart “I will try to fix you…”, but really if on one’s own, one can only try.  I’ve placed the OFFICIAL Coldplay Fix You video below the lyrics at the bottom, I recommend you still watch that one.  Chris Martin is hot stuff as soon as he jumps onto the stage towards the last part of the song…Chris, you help make us feel better and are so, so, so…easy on the eyes.  Gwyneth is blessed.

“I definitely believe in God. How can you look at anything and not be overwhelmed by the miraculousness of it?” – CHRIS MARTIN, lead singer COLDPLAY


FIX YOU – Coldplay

When you try your best, but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

When high up above or down below
When you’re too in love to let it go
But if you never try you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Tears stream down your face
When you lose something you cannot replace
Tears stream down your face
And I . . .

Tears stream down your face
I promise you I will learn from my mistakes
Tears stream down your face
And I . . .

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you


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The Truth About Posts and Updates


They’re honestly written but not as sincere as I once was in terms of “enthusing” bout the items. I’m still not quite ok but an occasional beauty post levels me out…it numbs the pain for the extent of the shooting and writing.

I’ll be flying away soon just for a time to heal and be busy.  I can’t stay put be losing sleep and just hope things will be ok, I need to get on with my life and make room for new opportunities because I feel lost. A timely gift from someone who cares has brought the world within my reach once more. Ill be abroad again soon.  Of course I’ll be taking you guys along with me thanks to the world wide web.

To my lovely readers, before this point in my life I didn’t know this many of you cared.  I just want to say thank you for the words of comfort and the occasional comments that make me smile.  Don’t be shy to speak up if you never have. Id love to hear from you, how you came across Blessmybag, what you like about checking this site or anything about yourself.  You may comment below or email me if you’re super shy to be part of the thread. 

Thank you for reassuring me that it’s okay to keep on going after things have fallen apart…and more importantly that its okay to grieve, that’s why Ill be taking a trip, to have some time to find myself again in a place with no memories.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Dear Naked Palette, you’re so hard to get…meet Stila Natural Eyes, we connect…

Really now, I’m not kidding, this Stila Natural Eyes palette that’s to be released this coming September looks simpler,  lighter, and daintier than the best-selling, eternally sold out Urban Decay NAKED palette which has somewhat begun to look like a piano to me after having stared at it repeatedly over the last year.  Although I do have to say the outer cover scheme feels like somewhat of a copycat choice, Stila just had to go with chocolate and gold, too didn’t they?  It’s safe to say that Stila may be riding the wave of the competition’s popularity, and well, why not right?  Stila has EXCELLENT silky eyeshadows that can help appease the woes of those who missed out on Urban Decay’s NAKED.  Photos are from and so I admiringly link back to them for the update. This will be priced at about $40.00 or about Php1750 and I’m not 100% sure if Rustans, which houses Stila locally, will be bringing this in.  It comes with 10 of Stila’s best selling neutral velvety eye shades out of which 4 are matte (Stila’s bestseller “Kitten” included) and a Stila Smudgestick waterproof eyeliner in Damsel, a super deep brown.  At the end of the day they’re just eyeshadow palettes, it would be nice to own this one, if I don’t get to it’s okay, I have more than enough, and this doesn’t have a mirror (sour-graping in advance HAHA).  I may or may not give it a go though, how about you?  Does the sight of this scream “copycat” to you?  Are you happy with Stila’s new offering and that they’re giving dampened NAKED palette fans an opportunity to move on?… To full post & COMMENTS...

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