Bless My Bag

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Bless These Bags – Serious Bag Shopping, Alexander Wang/Kate Spade

Honestly, today was the FIRST TIME EVER Mom and I have gone serious bag shopping together, today was for my bag.  Mom got hers first yesterday at Homme et Femme, Shangrila Mall and out of the blue she wanted to treat me.  So let’s begin waxing bag poetic with Mom’s more-than-meets-the-eye Alexander Wang laser-cut Rocco duffel.  It comes in a shade called “parchment” which is a soft, almost white gray with a touch of beige warmth.

Alexander Wang Laser Cut Rocco

“Laser cut leather top zip duffel bag with rolled top handles, aged nickel-tone hardware and rivets at base. Adjustable notch closure along shoulder strap. Fabric lined interior with zipper pocket, two organizational pockets and outer hidden zip pockets. 9.25\” height x 13.5\” width x 9.25\” depth 4\” handle drop, 15\” strap drop Imported Available in Parchment (color) ” – info via Net-A-Porter

It looks plain enough when you first see it, but what is mind-blowing about the AW Rocco is the texture.  It’s an exceedingly roomy leather bag laser-cut with uniform micro shredding.  It’s a bit addictive running your fingertips back and forth across it.  What you get is a velvety texture almost like suede but with more body and the sudden ambush of studs underneath (like terracotta warriors) is like the most unexpected come-on ever, don’t you think?  It’s clear why Mom zeroed in on this one like a heat-seeking missile.  Now, for the Kate Spade procession and what I got.  Read more to see what I chose from the Kate Spade boutique in Greenbelt 3.

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Top Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury guests on Lisa Eldridge

It was high time that the masterful makeup artist Lisa Eldridge let her popularly talented MUA (makeup artist)  friends have a go.  She’s announced setting them loose on her channel so expect lots more  exciting videos to see on there in the coming months.  The first makeup master to make a tutorial appearance on Lisa’s YouTube channel is none other than world-renowned MUA, Charlotte Tilbury.

Photo by: Fashionmagazine.com

 

She is responsible for the makeup on these unforgettable campaign images which are only 2 of a dozen to a hundred famous images brought to life by Charlotte’s exquisite handiwork. Name someone famous or currently trending and she’s most likely done their makeup more than once this year.

Burberry Body, Model: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Tom Ford Beauty, F/W 2012

 

Lisa boasts of her friend’s 20+ years of work and expertise here in her own blog post The Temple of Tilbury, and if you’d like to see Charlotte work her magic right before your very eyes via Lisa’s channel…ahem and through your screen, watch this video where she recreates a look she did on Kate Moss for Italian Vogue, embedded below and all the products she used are listed at this blog entry.  I simply love, the personalized makeup techniques on display that come with every makeup artist that has shoveled their own path in the industry.

The Season’s It Lip Goes Deep, Not Ghoulish – Wet & Wild Megalast Lipstick 916D & NYX Lipliner

You’ve seen it around…that blood bordeaux hue is EVERYWHERE now, and it is unmistakeably gorj…I do not disagree.  I’ve even seen a local magazine cover with all 4 lead talents wearing the same lip, a bit of an overkill I’m afraid.  But there’s really no denying that the F/W season’s it lip is a no-brainer.  Bloody vamp shades are king in the lip business right now, but for myself I’m leaning more on the cooler, prune side of things because red (no matter how deep or bright) tends to go garish on my full lips unless I do a lot of shading and artistic tapering.  In my opinion it may not be the crushed crimson vamp lip that every model, fashion editor, and their grandmother happen to be wearing, but it’s the deep lip that suits me, and that’s all that really matters.

I used 3 products for the lip: (1.) Wet & Wild Megalast in 916D (rightmost among 3) might seem a little too plummy for some, but it works for me…what’s even more surprising is the budget “MAC” texture it gives. (2.) MUFE Rouge Intense 17, a gold just for a little sheen and dimension, in the center of the lip. (3.) NYX Long Lip liner in 19 Prune is the PERFECT match for the Wet & Wild lipstick and is a cooler dupe of MAC Nightmoth ->which would be a SPOT-ON lip pencil choice for this season.

I bought my Wet & Wild Megalast semi-matte lipsticks at Beauty Cocktails 2/F Glorietta 4, for Php300 each but I think, as someone told me before, they’re available in SM for about Php195, she must’ve told me 3x in excitement that I had to try them because they were quite pigmented and long lasting.  Correct me if I’m mistaken, but anyway I was already in Glorietta and we weren’t going anywhere else so I picked these up without hesitation since I’d forgotten she told me they were cheaper elsewhere.  An upcoming stand-alone review for these Wet & Wild lipsticks is on its way and also a review for the 2-way powder base I used here which is nothing short of flawless.  :)

 

Watsons Hand Soap & September Weekend Sales – Sept. 21-23, 28-30, 2012

Whilst I feel there isn’t the need to have particularly mixed feelings about hand soap in general I say is it’s always fun to have a little variety.  I was blessed to be given these 3 hand soap variants  at a recent Watsons event.  They’re not organic and the only thing I feel they lack is antibacterial properties but they do the job of getting grime off well in three seconds under the tap.

iNGREDIENTS: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Parfum, DMDM Hydantoin, Glycerin, Benzophenone-3, CI 19140, CI 42090

I immediately opened this one to install in our guest bathroom at home, because if there’s any hope of natural antibacterial action I thought  tea tree and witch hazel ought to do the job.  The scent of this one is clean outdoorsy and fresh but not overly complex.  Of course I then discovered via the ingredients list that these hand soaps do not contain natural fragrance or ingredients and are merely scented as whatever they’re labeled to be scented of.  Go figure, while I’m not offended I do feel a teensy weensy bit misled by the nature-evoking packaging.  You can’t have it all every time, so for organic skincare lovers this may not be the best hand soap to consider but I can attest to its cleaning abilities and that it doesn’t dry out my hands after or make them feel itchy (as Safeguard tends to do).  What I do particularly like is the tubby bottle which ensures it won’t topple over when you pump product out even on near empty days (there’s nearly nothing that can ruin my day quicker than a bottle that falls over that way).

In case you haven’t heard, Watsons PH are having 3-day weekend sales for the next two weeks!  The first weekend has already passed so you won’t want to miss the next two Watsons sales from September 21-23 and 28-30.  There’s a bonus 10% discount for minimum purchases worth Php1500 in one go so if you haven’t done your household toiletry shopping you surely won’t want to miss out.

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.  :)

 

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