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)

Read More to see close-up photos of the prizes and learn how to join this giveaway.  Mechanics at the bottom of the post.  Please, please don’t rush and read the mechanics thoroughly :).… To full post & COMMENTS...

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


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

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...

Get Your Shu Uemura Beauty Visa – 10% Discount Voucher

March is here, school’s almost out  (feeling young) and it’s time to say hello to those upcoming spring/summer collections that people like me cough* have actually been talking about since the ‘Ber months up till January.  Shu Uemura PH has begun their Beauty Visa promo, all you have to do is Like the Shu Uemura PH Facebook Page and like this image on their wall then print it out.


This voucher when printed out provides the bearer with:

1. A 10% discount off the spring/summer Celestial Garden collections and all Shu Uemura cleansing oils.

2. Access to special treatments and makeovers at Shu Uemura boutiques and counters.

*valid only in the Philippines

“For consultation, make-over, and/or eyebrow styling, you may call 8978575 for Rockwell or 8133739 for Rustan’s Makati… you may also visit our temporary kiosks in Trinoma (Ground Flr, Mindanao Wing) and Ayala Alabang Town Center (Ground Floor, new Ther Garden Wing) and avail of these services on a first come first serve basis! :)”To full post & COMMENTS...

NEW Max Factor Ageless Elixir Foundation – Applied with EtudeHouse BabyDoll Blending Sponge

This is sort of going to be a Batman and Robin post aka Dynamic Duo.  Thanks to the local Max Factor team who invited me to the press launch for their newest product!  I’ll be  introducing Max Factor’s newest foundation out on the market, which is their Ageless Elixir foundation while somewhat showing how I apply it using my Etude House Babydoll Puff Blending Sponge.



“The foundation claims to help even your skin tone by not clogging in fine lines and wrinkles, reflecting light to reduce the contrast of uneven skin tone, optically blurring the edges of fine lines and wrinkles while filling and smoothing the skin surface.  While the added serum with SPF 15* is said to help protect the skin in order to achieve beautiful looking skin through its moisturising skincare formula, anti-oxidant package, and SPF 15 to ensure daily protection from UV radiation plus help prevent further age spots.”


Max Factor is one of my top preferred drugstore brands available locally and the brand itself been around as far back as the day my older, late grandmother most likely learned how to walk in 1909.  Think of their original Pan Stik or Pan Cake makeup, which was the way of the base in Marilyn’s day.  Max Factor has been around for over 100 years and back then was eventually acquired by Revlon in 1986 then sold to Procter & Gamble in 1991.


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Mentioned in the 90s up ’til today as the “Make-Up of Makeup Artists” I was successfully convinced as a teen when I first started reading magazines that Hollywood makeup artists used mostly Max Factor products on set, oh the wonders of advertising, it was quite true, but more so in the era of vintage beauty at the time.  Today Max Factor is one of the best drugstore brands in the consumer market.  With Max Factor’s NEW Ageless Elixir Foundation they swing the hefty 2-in-1 product bat at the ladies whose faces crave not only coverage but a helpful helping of integrated skincare.

The serum component of this foundation contains Glycerin, Niacinamide, N-Acetyl Glucosamine and an anti-oxidant package of Vitamin E, Niacinamide, Allantoin, Panthenol, and Green Tea.  Ageless Elixir also carries an SPF 15 mark for mild UV protection.  I found this official Max Factor Ageless Elixir diagram online as part of the global press release late last year, it was a PDF that I simply found by searching on Google.

Read more to see the full post and my application of Max Factor Ageless Elixir foundation using my Etude House beauty blender dupe.… To full post & COMMENTS...

(CLOSED) Now 4 Days to Win! Neutrogena BBCream – Week4 FineFairness PopGuess Giveaway

I’ve now responded to one of my reader’s requests that I extend the length of days to join for these Neutrogena BB Cream giveaways, everyone now has roughly almost 4 days to join before I draw a winner this Sunday night.  Fair enough I say, since we’re heading into the last few weeks of the Fine Fairness challenge, more of you should have more time to take part in this.  It’s just that the first few were better as “flash” giveaways that were quick and over in one day.  Okay, now ladies, are you paying attention?

Look at this photo and choose the right answer below, this is different from the “choose which side” mechanic .  Note: Giveaway open only to residents of Metro Manila.


Tell me whether A. I’M WEARING BB CREAM or B. I’M NOT WEARING BB CREAM Copy-paste one of these answers in a comment below this post.  Please make sure you identify yourself with your active email address when entering your answer in a comment.  I will choose two winners at random this coming Sunday, March 4, 2012,  from the batch of correct answers.


  • Entry open to Metro Manila residents only.
  • Two winners will be picked randomly from correct answers
  • and Neutrogena are the sole promoters of this competition
  • Competition closes this Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 23:00/11pm
  • Winner will be notified within 3 days of being chosen before the next Pop Guess giveaway
  • Prizes are to be claimed from the Neutrogena Headquarters, location will be disclosed to the winners.


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February Leaps to an End, Love Endures

My living grandparents on my mother’s side have been married to each other for over 50 years and still have a lot of spark in them.

They’re not perfect, but they had 9 wonderful kids, (mom’s the one with long hair, rightmost…she’s the eldest)

…and those 9 got married and had 28 of us.

Lolo and Lola’s love for each other isn’t perfect either, but it’s there, there’s God, and that’s what matters.  With my grandparents you don’t need a magnifying glass to be able to see the love they have even though they have been through many, many, MANY struggles as a couple. I took these photos with my phone but the picture quality doesn’t diminish the love it captures.  While watching TV my lolo was holding lolas hand and caressing her fingers while at it.

I’ll be 29 this year and I’m not yet married, but I know I’m willing to wait for a kind of love that lasts just like this.  Remember this bittersweet clip from Pixar’s UP?  Karl and Ellie gave me hope and there are many love stories like this that aren’t as tragic.

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The WINNERS of My Neutrogena Week3 Pop Guess Giveaway are…

The correct answer to the question which side I was wearing BB Cream on in this giveaway was:


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

1. Lilet

2. Carrie

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
  • and Neutrogena are the sole promoters of this giveaway
  • Competition closes tonight at 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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