Cargo HD Got Me Into Makeup Again And Other Stuff

A while back now, I was invited to Cargo HD’s pre-summer launch (now available at Beauty Bar) of their “swimmables” range…and I know right, my last post on here was like “me coming out of a slump” char…and then now almost a year later, hello.  Too much has happened, seriously, apart from Dad passing away suddenly last November, which was awful of course.  Maybe to some extent I’ll vlog about it one of these days, just maybe.  That makes much more sense.

Cargo loot inspired confidence in me to still keep up appearances amidst a time where the last thing I felt like doing was fixing my face.  I even brought some of my Cargo cosmetics loot to Divehouse in Antique with me where I did my scuba-diving intro last April.  This was much to the amusement of divemaster friends who warmly mocked me for being so girly, haha.  Who tests water-resistant blush underwater and wears waterproof mascara inside her dive mask?   Apparently me.  We were here 3 years ago as well with my Dad (a once upon a time national PADI director) who had the grandest time beneath the surface always.

Their “swimmable” blush tins are sweat and water resistant powder blush formulas that are very impressive.  Kate Winslet’s makeup artist Lisa Eldridge applies the “Bali” one here in this video.  Cargo products at the get-go are well thought out, have highly satisfying color pay-off and are finely manufactured.  The company was founded originally out of Toronto, Ontario in Canada.  Their past Blu-ray pressed powder range well over 5 years ago was the only powder that, according to KC Concepcion, was fine enough to not show up so much on-camera in telenovela tapings.

My weakness though primarily is Cargo’s Picture Perfect Illuminating Palette, pretty much like the ambient lighting trio by Hourglass but reasonably priced and I prefer the packaging.

Because of this one by Cargo I don’t yearn for the Hourglass ambient lighting range anymore.  I like it so much I’ve already hit pan on it after just a couple of months.  The illuminating palette by Cargo provides a very subtle sophisticated glow and highlight.

I was excited to be able to use this highlighter trio on myself and one of my dearest clients (and former schoolmate), Marga Valdes-Trinidad, sister of artisan jewelry designer Bea Valdes and wife of actor TJ Trinidad.  I did Marga’s makeup for an out-of-town wedding and used quite a bit of Cargo’s swimmable blush in “Los Cabos” which would be similar to NARS Orgasm but less red and sparkly.  I also used the Illuminating palette powder sparingly on her being careful avoid the eye area.

Since I know some of you are going to ask what’s on Marga’s lips I’ll spill.  They’re just defined with a Deborah lipliner in #2 (from SM Beauty) and slicked over with this fabulous booster balm by Make Up For Ever.  I actually used the booster on the surface to prep for a red lip that didn’t happen.  She liked the tint so much on her lips that she stuck with it and cancelled going red.  Simplicity.  This also comes in a clear, non-tinted version.

So the couple sent me another photo after they arrived at the venue (above).  Marga doesn’t really do selfies she says so I took her photo above and then TJ took the second shot at the venue.  She specifically wanted her makeup light, noticeable, long-wearing and fresh and she brought along her own lipstick for retouching.

For Cargo’s bases I’ve been smitten by two, but will feature the second in a separate post.  First is the one I was using for pretty much all of summer even while at Antique, their Picture Perfect CC cream which has the coverage of Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer but with a less sticky finish… #perfect.

It comes in light and medium tints and applies as a white cream that adjusts in shading upon contact with skin.  Click through my IG slideshow below to see how that happens :).  It’s available for Php1750 through Beauty Bar.

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For next time I’ll be talking ’bout my current foundation routine using this Cargo foundation.  The Cargo PH team specifically pointed out note how much more travel friendly all the packaging is.

I apply Cargo’s Picture Perfect HD foundation in thin micro layers in tandem with MAC Fix Spray and a beauty blender and sometimes Pia Wurtzbach’s favorite MAC prepping toner before all that.  More details to come in the next post in 2018!  Kidding.

 


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SOME MID-YEAR MAKEUP FAVES 2016

Thought I’d come back with a quick one for you, and though I’d very much love for it to be a video there’s quite a bit of stuff I am still attending to in the real world at the moment.  For economic reasons I’m having to explore career tangents, not giving up on the makeup dream…just attempting to make it more feasible for the moment with other opportunities and I do admit I love writing and creating content.  I have been loving quite a lot of makeup again recently so I thought I’d show you.  Some of these I’ve already mentioned in the past, will just randomly point out the newer bits that have piqued my interest.

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  • VMV Hypoallergenics Dye-free Skin bloom blush “Heat” Php1550 w/ case (if you like Bare Minerals “Warmth” in the loose powder form, this is a conveniently pressed dupe).  I gave one as a birthday gift to Tricia Centenera V. and she liked it, too.
  • Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing Lip Balm – I used this when doing makeup for Alodia Gosiengfiao recently, I put it on at the start and midway she immediately asked “What’s the one you put on my lips awhile ago?  It really works, my lips felt better agad.”  Then we hunted for it for like 15 mins because as you know the products you usually want to show even if you just used them tend to hide out of shyness.
  • Pixi Lash Booster Waterproof Mascara in Blackest BlackThis one was quite a surprise…I usually don’t expect a mascara to really decently hold a curl unless it’s a waterproof drugstore brand.  It’s unique if a high-street beauty brand does a mid-range mascara that performs SUPER well.  I love this, it’s not clumpy or crispy, it’s super black with a significant length and volume boost, plus holds a curl.  This Pixi one is my favorite daily mascara now.  It’s super easy to art direct my lashes with it.  It’s very waterproof but not as waterproof I think as the Browhaus HD mascara which I love for BOOMing big lashes.  (Note: The Browhaus HD one actually made Alodia G. go “whoa, it’s like you put false lashes on me, what’s that?” at a shoot.  Her lashes are long but Browhaus HD mascara is excessively good for curl and volume).
  • Maybelline’s HyperSharp Pen Liner – This supposedly (if my source is correct) is the liquid Maybelline pen liner that went viral on Facebook when a random girl who just broke up with her boyfriend went all “glass-half-full” on us and shared that her eyeliner was still on after hours of weeping.  Bless her heart. #WeepForIt, I’ve actually tried it and used it on clients and it’s certainly one of the best liquid liners Maybelline has put out there.  It’s deeply black, not flaky, and stays on.  Note though for newbies, it’s difficult to remove and not “mistake” friendly (it has a staining tendency, unless you’ve got an oil-based / bi-phase makeup remover and a cotton bud handy, if you do, you’re good.
  • Benefit Cosmetics HOOLA Bronzer – This is a classic, ever since I saw Lisa Eldridge’s Behind The Scenes video on her bronzer editorial shoot here…I’ve always wanted to try Hoola on my eyelids.  It does work magic on medium fair to very light skin tones.
  • Color Pro Triangle Eye Brow Pencil in Dark Brown (sword tip type with a spoolie on the end) – This Korean product comes in a range of colors and my cousin KC actually gave me two of these because she thought they were her shade, but they turned out to be more like MAC lingering, not warm enough for her.  They’re great because I like how pigmented the pencil is but just long-wearing enough.  I think Asian pharmacy places that carry beauty like Bonjour or Sasa have this.
  • VMV glitz lipsticks in “My Girl” (similar to Kylie’s Metal lipstick in “Heir” but not as pink) and “Jane” (a sheer, nude bronze tinged dupe for a Shu Uemura lipstick I used up before).  Here I am wearing “Jane” below, which is partly inspired for me by the TV series I recently enjoyed “Stranger Things”…you’ll only get what I mean if you watch it.

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I honestly believe that I will never stop enjoying my so far small yet significant role in today’s beauty industry.  I found recent proof after spring cleaning recently that all this while, God knew my heart’s desire.

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As a kid I couldn’t explain why every time we went out to do the groceries I was overcome with excitement every time I got a chance to pick out new things from the personal care section.  I’d get so excited every time I finished a new bottle of shampoo or a bar of soap, or if there was a new Cream Silk conditioner out (or so I thought because they were always revamping their packaging).  Into my teen years facial wash came in and so did more skincare and I was always driven to check the new stuff out.  I wondered why a lot of my friends knew what they wanted to be when we were young and I didn’t.  It turns out it’s because the roles they wanted existed already at the time and my niche had yet to come about.  God knew even all the way back to when you didn’t.  I don’t have one label for what I am just yet, but I know I’ll be in beauty and content creation for quite awhile, especially if passion runs this deep.

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VMV Lipsticks “Chorus Line” and “Fireclay”

Smitten again am I by two particular shades from the VMV Hypoallergenics lipstick range, one after the other.  This is a makeup discovery that caught me off guard.  Over a month ago I bought a couple of sunscreen products from the VMV counter over at SM Aura, and I merited a free lipstick of my choice.  I first chose VMV’s Glitz Lipstick in Chorus Line as my freebie because it seemed an obvious but wearable enough pink to work with, but I wasn’t aware of what a favorite it would turn out to be nor that it would cause me to sort of sniff out a second shade.

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Just yesterday, armed with a bunch of SM Gift Certificates I picked up another VMV lipstick this time a velvet matte type in the shade Fireclay (I kid you not, it’s a Lip Kit sort of lipstick) after being convinced due to the number of times I reached for my VMV Chorus Line lipstick throughout last week’s entire campaign sortie.  So now I have two VMV Hypoallergenics lipsticks that I super, super like with me all the time.  Read on to see me wear them and talk about how lovely they are.… To full post & COMMENTS...

HAPPY SKIN x PLAINS & PRINTS | PRINTS MADE PRETTY

Another year with Happy Skin cosmetics can only get better.  They’ve made way into love month with a fun makeup and style collaboration alongside the brand’s clothing retail partner Plains & Prints.  Imagine a clothing line inspired by a makeup collection, different indeed!  The clothes will be exclusively available via Zalora.com.ph from February 10-17.  This post features the cosmetics, mainly the lippies.  Sorry to say you now must know I felt slightly overcome with nausea and palpitations in the fitting room while fitting clothes at the event.  I even had to ask for a glass of water to be brought to me inside the fitting room, something about too much caffeine.  Just know that with me excess caffeine + crowds + decisions are not a good combination, haha.  There vanished any resolve to shoot OOTDs after.

Happy Skin Prints Made Pretty

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The makeup collection features our favorite Happy Skin Shut up & Kiss me lippies in two new shades and extremely new glam makeup items never before done by Happy Skin.  I personally took all my photos at the event, flatlay models on the floor included, except for the shot of me above by Ira, a Happy Skin intern who used my camera.    Read on to see me try these out and see the rest of the post.… To full post & COMMENTS...

HOT VALENTINE Beauty Giveaway 2016 | CLOSED FEB.10

We had the Thanksgiving giveaway last year and I had the pleasure of personally delivering the loot to the winner Rafflecopter chose for the first time.  She was really happy and I was pleasantly surprised because she was pregnant!  I know I’ve said this more than once but this Hot Valentine Giveaway is by far one of my most exciting giveaways yet.  A couple of the prizes are items that are so good they’ll make you wonder why I’m giving them away.  Just to be clear, the contents of these pouches are not just Sleek and Happy Skin products.  I always first take my share of the products to review or use to honor the brands.  Both pouches are jam-packed with so many different brands for this giveaway.  I mainly chose these pouches because they’re so well made.  Both these pouches of skincare and makeup will go to one winner.  To join the giveaway you can enlist in the Rafflecopter widget at the end, but first…see an overview of the goodies!

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BRANDS INCLUDED: Benefit Cosmetics, Sleek Cosmetics, Maybelline, Nuxe, Shiseido, Mario Badescu, K-Palette, Leaders Skincare, LUSH, Belo, Pond’s L’Occitane, L’Oreal, Tony Moly, Happy Skin Cosmetics, Santee, Pixi by Petra, L’Oreal, Revlon.

The contents of these pouches are divided into skincare and makeup items.  Read on to get a closer look at the complete list of loot and proceed to the Rafflecopter widget.… To full post & COMMENTS...

WHAT DO YOU WANNA SEE ON bMb?

Did you notice?  While I can I’ve been making the effort to post daily …but once in awhile my fountain of ideas on what to post can have a dry spell.  So I’m here to ask you all the question: What would you like to see more of on Bless My Bag?

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Hit me up in the comments below, if you don’t have an idea, just come on over and say hi for the sake of it, and tell me what you do like about the blog and what’s been making you come back for more.  Topics I’d be willing to tackle are beauty, style, home and lifestyle, food, productivity and even…let’s get really game, relationship topics.  I’d like to hear more from you guys, to be honest, I love my readers but you guys are quite a silent lot, REALLY,…sooo quiet, except when there are giveaways, hahaha peace out.  No really, I’d love to hear from you, let me know anything in the comments below, and yes English, Tagalog, or both please :).… To full post & COMMENTS...

THE PARENTS DO HAKUHODO

So, while lazing about in bed in my apartment this morning and after a couple minutes of chatting, a Viber note dropped in from the land of the rising sun…with this photo of Dad pointing to the Hakuhodo makeup brush boutique sign of either their flagship store in maybe Minami Aoyama, Tokyo or Ginza, still need to confirm which one.  These photos are care of Mom, an excellent editor in her own right.  I asked for one wide shot of the shop, but of course, she took like 7 or 8 photos all around the store, salesladies included.

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What I know of the particular branch of Hakuhod0 in Minami Aoyama is that it hosts the widest selection of the highly acclaimed premium artisan brush range.  I’m pretty sure they went to that branch because this photo by Mom looks almost exactly like the Minami Aoyama photo on their webpage. Read on.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Drugstore Delights | Boots Pharmacy, Covent Garden

Top o’ the morning to ye!  Hello from London…well just outside London somewhere in Richmond. We’d decided to spend the night with my aunt’s friend to extend our blissful London encounter by just a wee bit more.  Yesterday we were at Covent Garden…a lovely place with a collection of boutiques and things to look at. Of course no one could restrain me from a second visit to UK’s famed Boots pharmacy which is their equivalent of Watsons back home.

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CLOCKWISE: Rimmel ApocaLips in “Nude Eclipse” (I already have “Celestial”, “Galaxy”, and “Stellar” & want to find “Apocaliptic”), Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (MED 3 is a good shade for you MAC NC30 girls), and Lisa Eldridge’s fave Maybelline 14hr Lipsticks in “Stay With Me Coral” and “Beige For Good”

My first rush Boots visit was in Dublin, Ireland where I picked up 3 Rimmel ApocaLips shades and the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer.  Because of the spontaneous sleepover I don’t have those first purchases with me to show but this second time around these are what I got. I’m impressed with all of them. The Maybelline 14-hr lipsticks (which were on “Get 50% off on the 2nd” offer) have that MAC lipstick texture without the dryness and extremely long wear (and that coral shade is PERFECT on me not pasty at all…review soon) and the Sugar Crush Body Scrub smells like limed Coca Cola or those sweetly tart cola bottle jellies. The Lasting Perfection concealer is the transfer resistant dream I hoped it would be and I’ll refrain from saying more for now ‘coz you bet these finds each deserve an individual post with prices included.

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Just thought I’d share a few beauty related purchases before I hit London again today 🙂 London is exactly what I dreamed it would be and more.… To full post & COMMENTS...