(CLOSED) WIN a Neutrogena BBCream by Wednesday! – Week5 FineFairness Pop Guess Giveaway

Second to the last week of Neutrogena freebies, Ladies!  Here’s my 5th Neutrogena Pop Guess Giveaway for you!  Simply look at the photo and tell me which side I’m wearing Neutrogena BB Cream on :)Note: Giveaway open only to residents of Metro Manila.


Tell me according to the LEFT or RIGHT indicators on the photo which side I’m wearing Neutrogena BB Cream on by leaving a comment below this post saying “LEFT” or “RIGHT”.  Please make sure you identify yourself with an email address when entering your answer in a comment.  I will choose two winners at random after 11pm tonight  from the batch of correct answers.




  • Entry open to Metro Manila residents only.
  • Two winners will be picked randomly from correct answers
  • Blessmybag.com and Neutrogena are the sole promoters of this competition
  • Competition closes on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 23:00/11pm
  • Winner will be notified within the week before the last Pop Guess giveaway
  • Prizes are to be claimed from the Neutrogena Headquarters, location will be disclosed to the winners.
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Smart Tri-Net 30 – Watch My First TVC MakeUp Job that Aired!

Here it is.  Oh my gosh, thank you, Lord, I’m finally on a roll! I did the makeup in this project for all 3 talents, yup, guy included.

MAKEUP: Julia Arenas, HAIR: Mike Cruz, DIRECTOR: Sid Maderazo, PROD HOUSE: 88 Storey Productions

I’d like to proudly present my first TVC makeup job that aired.  It’s actually my 2nd job but it aired before the first shoot which is still being finished in post production probably!  Watch the Smart Tri-Net 30 TV Commercial here. Thank you to 88 Storey Productions and Director Sid Maderazo for giving me this opportunity.  Good job to all of us :).

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Happy Women’s Day! – Better Late Than Never, Tribute to Some Lovely Ladies

I just compiled a quick collection of some of the closest women to me who have helped me become who I am and have been there for me through the good and bad times.  This list isn’t “complete” but they  first come to mind…not necessarily in order of importance with the exception of the first photo.  I love you…don’t know where I’d be or how I’d be without you all.  This is my mom, she’s 54 here…and doesn’t look it at all, and I did help put on her makeup for Christmas in this photo last, last year.  To the ones I didn’t include, I’m sorry medyo limited the photos with me right now.  Happy International Women’s Day, everyone!

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The WINNERS of My Neutrogena Week4 Pop Guess Giveaway are…

The correct answer to the question on whether I’m wearing BB Cream or not in this giveaway was:


I wish I could make you all win but sorry, I still have to pick out two (2) random winners from all the correct answers.  So without further adieu congratulations to:

1. MAN0521 aka Andrea

2. Rhea

CONGRATULATIONS!  Please be sure to email me right away at probinsiyana(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll give you instructions on how to claim your prizes!  Everyone keep your eyes peeled and keep reading for more delightful beauty features and fun-filled giveaways to brighten your day.  Love you!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS of the Giveaway were:

  • Entry open to Metro Manila residents only.
  • Two winners will be picked randomly from correct answers
  • Blessmybag.com and Neutrogena are the sole promoters of this giveaway
  • Competition closes Sunday, March 04, 2012 23:00/11pm
  • Winner will be notified within the week before the next Pop Guess giveaway
  • Prizes are for claiming from the Neutrogena Headquarters, location will be disclosed to the winners.
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Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Kit (Set of 3) – NOW 65% OFF at BeautyBar

I was prowling around Beauty Bar like a cat on a hunt…not expecting to find anything out of the ordinary, then I realized how important it is to always ask how much something currently is even if it just catches your eye.  I was shown this Burt’s Bees Acne Solutions kit by the sales lady.  They didn’t have any SALE signs present or even “blahblah% off” tags on the items.  I wouldn’t have found out that this kit was 65% off, a price drop of Php2550.00 to Php892.00 unless the sales lady told me when I asked.  I got this set for my teenage brother who’s an athlete.

STEP 1: Purifying Gel Cleanser – “This cleanser is clinically proven to wash away acne-causing bacteria, excess oil and impurities without over-drying or irritating skin.  Salicylic Acid, derived naturally from Willow Bark Extract, penetrates pores to help reduce acne and prevent future breakouts.  Evening Primrose and Beet Root Extracts help soothe skin.”

STEP 2: daily Moisturizing Lotion “This natural lightweight lotion is clinically proven to help control oil and protect against blemishes without irritating skin.  Formulated with Lemongrass, Witch Hazel, Goldenseal and Hops to help soothe and calm irritation.

STEP 3: targeted Spot Treatment“This natural spot treatment is clinically proven to help reduce and improve the appearance of blemishes without irritating skin.  Formulated with Tea Tree, Calendula, Yarrow and Parsley extracts to help soothe skin and reduce redness, and Borage Extract to promote healthy skin.”

It’s said to be “The first and only truly natural* (certified by natural products association) acne solution clinically proven to reduce and prevent acne.” The kit contains 3 items, two would expire this December 2012 (but they’ll be finished way before then) and the potent spot treatment serum has no expiry.  My brother struggles with flare ups of adolescent acne and oily skin and on top of that he was recently diagnosed with skin asthma which usually couples a dormant asthma condition, which is why I’m glad a moisturizer is part of the kit since sudden dryness is also a symptom of the skin asthma.

I’ll try my best to follow up with the results of how this works on my brother’s condition.  I forgot to last time with the Alba Anti acne products I gave him before.  That worked really well but it needed to be coupled with some dermatologist prescribed ointments.  We’ll try this and do our best to let you know.  I trust Burt’s Bees though and I’m sure this is an extremely good deal right now over at Beauty Bar, grab it at the current sale price, from Php2550.00 to Php892.50, that’s a big drop, guys!

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Shawill Showcase Blushers – Php99.00 for a pop of matte color

I hovered around SM Megamall’s beauty floor last Friday after the short Kanebo event and was drawn towards the somewhat tacky but brightly colored wares of the Shawill shelf, a Chinese brand according to the saleslady that’s been around for the last decade.  I was first impressed by their many multi-colored, frosty metallic cream shadow palettes that looked detestable at first because of the glitter overspray, then the saleslady quickly told me glitter was only present on top.  I initially wanted to show you those, but I decided to skip those for now and buy something I really needed for my kit.

TOP TO BOTTOM:  7 Natural Beige, 4 Pink Chic, and 2 Beach Bronze

I remembered that I didn’t have an absolute matte pink blush.  What I had were mostly mauve, coral, and peach shades and I had to play it safe and make sure I also had the absolute pink blush option since I had a TVC shoot the next day.  I’ve been badly wanting the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes from the U.S. but ’till I have the opportunity and money to get those these will do nicely.  I got the Shawill Showcase Blushers in 3 shades for Php99.00 each, 7 Natural Beige, 4 Pink Chic, and 2 Beach Bronze.  Read more to jump to the full post with more photos of swatches and application.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Sweet Summer Retweet Blog Anniversary Giveaway – BlessMyBag turns 2 on March 25!

My, my we’ve got lots of giveaways happening this year.  Make way for another one then, my Summer Retweet NATIONWIDE Giveaway (hehe, get it…retreat/retweet, *cough).  This coming March 25 it will be BlessMyBag’s 2nd Anniversary since my first Lanolips Review in 2010 which was even still on Blogger at the time.  Wow, it’s still pretty hard to believe the blog has come this far from whence it came.  God is truly awesome since the blog is my baby as a professional makeup artist who officially does TV Commercial shoots now.  I’d also like to do this as a thank you to all my lovely readers without whom the blog would not be where it is today.

ROW 1 (L-R):Max Factor Age Elixir (4) samples (Natural 50, Beige 55), Lip Ice Flavored Lip Balms w SPF (Grape Blackcurrant, Apple, and Lemon), Etude House Foundation Brush and Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation sample NEW and boxed (shade Champagne – medium fair, one shade dark for me)

ROW 2 (L-R):White Tea Aloe Shampoo & Conditoner (Westin Hotel Malaysia), A’postrophe Tweezer and Nail Clipper, Haus of Gloi Eggnoggin Bubbling Scrub and Parkin Pumpkin Butter (Expiry in bout 1 year, I opened them to check they still smell awesome)

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Sofia Coppola’s Beauty Picks via Vanity Fair – Plus, Sneak Peek at her Beauty Cabinet

I’m thrilled my mom gave me the newest March Issue of Vanity Fair.  I wasn’t as interested in the cover as what I found out was inside.  There amidst the glitzy, “glam-my” features was a well-rounded feature on Sofia Coppola’s favorites in life, part of which was a list of her current beauty picks or essentials.  I hand traced and cut her photo from the internet, this is the exact photo in the magazine, then diligently searched for every beauty item listed.  In the magazine feature there were no pictures of the beauty products, but here I made a little collage of all those items I found online to show you that came out looking like this.

SOFIA COPPOLA’S Beauty Picks as of March 2012

LIPSTICK: Chanel, MASCARA: Clinique Lash Power, SHAMPOO: Louis Licari, MOISTURIZER : Joelle Ciocco Reserves Nutritives Gentle Revitalizer, HAIR STYLING PRODUCT: Eclat Naturel, Leonor Greyl, PERFUME: Fracas, TOOTHPASTE: Elmex, SOAP: Soap and Paper Factory, NAIL POLISH: n/a, buffed, EXERCISE: Walking, HAIRCUT: Orlo.” p.86, VANITY FAIR, March 2012 Issue

A SNEAK PEEK AT SOFIA’S COSMETIC CUBBY (via iwanttobeacoppola.com)

For a list of the COMPLETE items in this cabinet read the blog post on this image by iwanttobeacoppola.com

My goodness, someone’s a beauty bug just like me!  My wrists kind of hurt from all the tracing and editing for the first image, i even cut out the gaps in her hair sections.  Nice to see it all together, noh?   The only thing I’ve tried among her current favorites is the Elmex toothpaste when I was in Germany.  It’s not an overly SWEET or menthol toothpaste but it’s really gentle on the gums and does the job credibly (they even have an AM and PM pair of toothpastes, for morning and evening).  The last time I featured my fave muse for style inspiration she was singing the Filipino National Anthem as a little girl to her dad, Director Francis Ford Coppola.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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