Burberry Body Fragrance Sample Free Worldwide – Sign Up on Facebook for yours!

Who doesn’t want something free to sample?  What more if it happens to be something as luxurious as a Burberry fragrance?  Keep reading and I’ll tell you how you can sign up for an exclusive sample of Burberry Body.  I learned about this via Lipglossiping.com and of course I’ve already signed up for mine! Instructions after the photo…I’m a pest aren’t I…

…all one need do is make sure you’re logged in to Facebook, then CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE or go to http://www.facebook.com/burberry  then click on the Burberry Body tab on the left-hand side of the Burberry page, CLICK “Request Sample”, choose your country, and enter your details.  I’m not exactly sure on how they plan to get samples to all of us hopefuls, but let’s just try, wait and see shall we?  We’ve got nothing to lose :).  This is worldwide, Philippines was on the list!… To full post & COMMENTS...

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipsticks – French and truly beautiful…

At Make Up For Ever Academy Singapore I believe the only real letdown is that the MUFE Pro 30% Discount Card you get after completing modules as a student professional ONLY applies to purchases made at the MUFE Academy boutique at One Raffles Place (yeah…shakes head…I know right).  So when you complete a course and are ready to fly back home it’s inevitable that you’ll certainly walk away with one or two purchases from that outlet.  This time I’m not complaining.  I know I chose wisely.  I chose two Rouge Artist Lipsticks, one matte and one regular creme, Mat 5 and 23…

My absolute favorite is Mat 5, a deep mute berry mauve like no other matte color I’ve tried that suits my medium yellow skintone PERFECTLY.  It’s not too light, and not too dark.  You’ll see proof  in a bit.  Rouge Artist #23 is a peachy beige nude deep enough for medium skintones.  People should know that you can’t wear a nude lip shade that suits someone lighter or darker than you, lipcolors that suit are always relative to your skintone.

Rouge Artist lipsticks are for me among the cream of the crop of all high end lipsticks the world over.  It’s not surprising they are because they’re MADE IN FRANCE.  You get instant color with hardly any effort and exquisitely smooth textures.  The tube packaging is pretty and obviously not cheaply made, they snap shut tightly and gleam with a finish like black chrome and a gunmetal bottom stickered with the details.

Matte lipcolors obviously have more drag but even MUFE’s Rouge Artist mattes have a formula that doesn’t hurt the lips.

I still recommend “prepping” your lips by applying lip prep or balm 10 minutes prior to applying ANY matte lipstick though.  Read more to see how good these lipsticks wear and why I absolutely like Rouge Artist Mat 5, so much so that I still had to get it at Sephora instead at the regular price when it was out of stock at the Academy.… To full post & COMMENTS...

JLo on Sept 2011 Vanity Fair Cover + “I’m Into You” Behind the Scenes Video

Oh, I also included a behind the scenes video of the Vanity Fair cover shoot, but Mom and I agree, after watching the video making of her hit song “I’m Into You” (towards the bottom of post) in  THAT video oh, my, my…even without digital enhancement JLo is truly one pretty talented momma.  Mom was overwhelmed by her megawatt smile on video that really lights up the scene wherever she is.  She possesses such a sweet smile, but sorry, here no smile, she’s still hot though.

Mom got the September issue of Vanity Fair magazine, and in case you didn’t know,  September is THE month issue to get of ANY acclaimed glossy style magazine. Sorry bout the graininess, my little camera couldn’t compute the dots per inch on the glossy print when I did a closeup.

September has been coined as the most fashionable month of the year all serious style magazine editors sear their butts on the work chair when crafting that particular issue, September issues are usually the thickest, contain the most relevant content and most beautiful high demand style editorials.

 
This issue also contains a feature on Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s current head designer, who designed THE ROYAL WEDDING dress for William’s Kate.  In Burton’s feature she styles her McQueen muse Cate Blanchett in a breathtakingly beautiful way Mom testifies.  Now, here’s the video I kept mentioning…I love Behind the Scenes videos, they give a you a backstage pass no matter who you are and they’re the only way to actually see these stars unPhotoshopped, and even so JLo does not disappoint. “Na na na na na na na na na Yeah!!!…”

Now, I kind of have to factor in where I could one day be in all this.  See this girl with JLo?  That could be me.

…or that hand holding up the mirror that could be me, too.  Or maybe at the beach even…

All I know is that one day I hope to make people like JLo very happy with what I do.  I’ve started.  Here’s the actual “I’m Into You”  music video, the finished product.

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My One Day Hair Miracle – Clairol Hello Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner

 

It happens only once in awhile, you read about someone affluent who raves about a product that’s done wonders for her…some of you immediately mutter “gimmick”.  Not so when reading intimate beauty interviews on IntotheGloss.com.  Some of the most revered faces behind and from the frontlines of today’s western fashion and beauty industry find themselves sitting pretty for an ITG interview where frequently they casually spill and review an entire slew of products that they actually love and personally use.  It was there on ITG that runway model Jessica Stam raved about Clairol Hello Hydration Shampoo and the Conditioner, and since I was in SG with frustratingly dry hair and every grocery there was a woman’s hygienic dream, I dived.  However I think this is also available locally at S&R Membership Grocery and some select groceries with the Herbal Essences range.

“I have a lot of travel-sized products like Herbal Essences Hello Hydration—which is a great shampoo and conditioner combo, and I’ve used everything. I actually discovered it because my boyfriend uses it! I love it. I get compliments from hairdressers I’ve been working with for years, saying, ‘This is the best your hair has ever looked, what are you using?’ and I’m like, ‘Herbal Essences!’ [Laughs]” – JESSICA STAM on ITG

My haircolor highlights were a birthday gift last April, sadly almost everyone knows that the price to pay (other than the price to pay) for haircolor is excess dryness.  I was hesitant to get my hair colored coz I didn’t want yet another “maintenance” need on my plate.  I’m not vain when it comes to my hair, but I never fail to try and do something if it’s looking a few notches too high on the frump-o-meter.  When my hair likes its haircare my natural waves and curls gather up, get all twisty, and shine away.  I’m proud of my naturally tousled tresses, but that’s only when they’re at their best.  My hair in Singapore was frizzy and dry, I tried Avalon Organix Lavender Shampoo from Watsons because Renee of Beauty Fool absolutely loves the stuff, it was a fraction better but it wasn’t quite helping.  It was better than my recent shampoos but my hair was till a dry mess.  Then I got Clairol Hello Hydration both the Shampoo and Conditioner on my last day in Singapore.  I washed my hair yesterday morning, conditioned generously, and rinsed with cold water (recommended to seal the hair cuticle)combed through with a wide tooth comb then towel dried.  You can’t really base results on the day you actually washed because the hair has to dry out first and your natural scalp oils need to seep back in.  I woke up this morning didn’t even comb my hair, just ran my fingers through it and I’ll let this Before and After photo speak for itself.

See how wonderfully defined the bunches of strands are on the right?  On the left I had also used a conditioner, but it just wasn’t the right shampoo and conditioner combination, until I used Clairol Hello Hydration.  I boosted the brightness a bit on the right picture because it was dimmer at home, but you can see the glossy softness is real, and to think I had just woken up and hadn’t even brushed my hair.  Clairol Hello Hydration works its magic with Orchid and Coconut Milk.  Read more to see more wonderful result photos.… To full post & COMMENTS...

BlessMyBag’s Big Hosting Move and back from Singapore

So, it didn’t fall apart as I predicted.  The move to a new hosting server was a headache, but I intended to let it pass quickly so I railroaded through online forums, blogs, and YouTube tutorials on how to migrate your site to a new database from the ground up.  This is my first time to do it without hands on help, just tips, and the move was quite Holy actually, practically nothing broken, nothing missing.  In case of any technical hiccup from hereon, you girls can be my watch guards.  The only minor thing I noticed that didn’t quite make it were the Categories for posts, I have to relink all the posts to proper Categories, spring cleaning you might say.  I have lots of goodie posts for you in the next few days so stay tuned.  It’s good to be back from Singapore.

What I like about Singapore is you can relax, you can be at peace, you don’t have to watch your back to stay alive, you can text, use your iPad and zone out safely on the MRT Train, the bus (you can even sleep if you like) and in spite of the cost left and right things work for you at that price, you can do, do, do…whatever it is you need to.  If I slept on the curb it feels like there might not even be ants or mosquitoes.

I guess for some at a certain point it can all become bland and boring, someone I know of actually said “Singabore”, no offense at all to any Singaporeans, you guys are hardworking, way up there, and deserve to be praised.  I guess some personalities don’t appreciate Singapore’s “SIMulated” utopia in the longrun, to each his own.  As shallow as it may sound, at this stage in my life order, convenience, and being surrounded by upscale sights delightfully and properly laid out were exactly what I needed to get into gear.

It was wonderful and refreshing for me to be somewhere where things actually made sense, where citizens see their hard earned taxes put to good and lasting use, and where people make the most of what they have and don’t cheat each other out of anything.  If we put our minds and hearts to it, we can be this, and we can do that.  People have been asking me if I’d like to live or work in Singapore.  Work is considerable, but live or relocate is another thing entirely.  They don’t have typhoons or blackouts, local fresh produce, and they don’t have fresh sisig, U.P. Isaw, or the Azkals even, my goodness, why on earth would I want to move there? Hahaha.  Thoughts, thoughts, thoughts…Prawn Toast at Thai Express in SG is almost yummy enough to convince me…but in the end maybe not.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Style (and Art) Snippet – Photo ambush, JeffMD, and my fave Ring in Sing

It’s been awhile since I’ve had pretty decent photos of myself taken by a friend, the last photos I loved were my beach jumping shots by Nyx, my friend from Living Asia Channel.  This time around I met up with an old friend, JeffMD (yes, it’s abbreviated) who now works as a matte painter/concept artist with Lucasfilms in Singapore.  I won’t just be featuring photos of myself here, I also got a special piece of costume jewelry back in Manila before leaving that I think is simply pretty and I wanted to share it with you.

In case you’re not aware of Lucasfilms or ILM, to put it plainly for you they made Star Wars.  You may have unknowingly watched several scenes Jeff completed in Iron Man 2, and Transformers 3 (wink), and watch out for Mission Impossible 4!  No, you won’t find a photo of him in here because apparently his kind instinctively avoids being photographed at all costs which is probably one ticked box requirement if you want to work at Lucasfilms (I kid…).  Read more to see more photos and the accessory I was talking about.… To full post & COMMENTS...

The Best Anti-Aging Product is…

…sleep.  I’m the eldest among 28 cousins, here are two of them, both taller than me, both passionate, stylish, active teens.  Beauty needs no face in this scene, they’re quite pretty as they are in this shot, detached, and blessed.  K and G are napping quite effortlessly in this shot taken last summer.  So, how am I?  Lately, quite sleepless, as I battle through whatever it is I’m battling through.  Both cousins are taller than me.  Once upon a time my Yaya only knew ineffective ways of lulling a child to sleep, which involved emotional blackmail, pinching, and making the peace sign over both my lids insisting that my rapid eye movement proved I was rebelling against her.  Result, I hardly ever napped in peace, until she was replaced, and I never got mybonus growth hours in.  What are your natural methods to prepare yourself for sleep, are you vigilant in making proper time for it?  Sleep is important, which is why this post ends here.  Goodnight, God bless your dreams.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Concealer Sequel – Part 2 Liquid Concealer, Liquid Time Balm Spot Concealer

Ok, sorry, the sequel to the two part concealer feature took awhile to put up, forgive me.  The photos have been in the folder for forever since July, but I didn’t want to put it up unless I could give it proper attention.  I’m featuring something that I first tried in Singapore the last time I was here but, thankfully for you ladies, I bought these at Beauty Bar in Manila.

Liquid Time Balm Concealer by The Balm is meant to be a spot concealer and for a liquid it has excellent coverage I’ll tell you now and the colors are nearly perfect for Asian skin.  The Balm products are available locally.  The product brand name isn’t very appealing and a bit “off center” I believe, but the item itself is great.

One tube costs Php800+ but a little dab goes a long way.  The formula contains tea tree oil which you can slightly smell, the smell is pleasant, herbal, and not strong, making it a safe and suitable option for concealing zits and blemishes plus adding a little bit of treatment.  I got two color in the shades Nude and Honey, Nude being the liquid equivalent of MAC NC30 and Honey for the deeper NC35.  One is too light for my eyebags but great for my spots, and the other color honey is too dark for my facial area but perfect for my undereye circles and redness around the nose or on top of my lip.

Straightaway, with its doe foot applicator, one can see this can certainly be a dupe for liquid concealers which perform similarly, like Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer or Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place liquid Concealer.  Read more to see more photos, swatches, and face application of Liquid Time Balm.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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