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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Saladbox X VMV Hypoallergenics

For those who are looking for subscriptions other than the usual, there's Saladbox. They sent in one of their VMV boxes for me to do an unboxing on. So let's see!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Beauty News: Keep Your Brow Game Strong with Maybelline New York

Manila 2017-Sometimes, your brows can speak louder than words. Always make a statement with perfectly shaped brows!From light brows to sparse brows, Maybelline New York, the world’s no. 1 makeup brand, offers eye brow products that are on point in addressing your brow concerns through the Fashion Brow Collection.

Each product from the Maybelline Brow Studio collection is specially formed to help you fill in your brows whether they be thin, unruly, thick, shapeless, or sparse. Get the brow look you want in 3 easy steps or less with the wide variety that Maybelline is bringing you which includes: Fashion Brow Duo Shaper, Fashion Brow 3D Cream Pen, Brow Precise Fiber Filler, Fashion Brow Palette, and Fashion Brow Pomade Crayon.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Life News: SM Cubao 3 Day Sale

Plus, SM Beauty items are discounted up to 50% off on all 3 days. Customers will also get additional 10% off on top of the discounted items on our SMAC Morning Specials on Saturday, June 4 from 9am-12 nn!!! 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Trying Out Towmond Korea's 3 Step Program (Holy Grail)

I have beeen changed forever!!! By Towmond!!!!

Am I the only person who is already so overwhelmed by the Korean 10 step routines? And it seems like brands are churning more and more products and the 10 step routines are quickly turning into 20 step routines. People think I do something like that because I'm a blogger, but in reality, my routine has never even reached 10 steps as far as I can remember. I use makeup remover, facial wash, astringent, conditioner, essence, emulsion, and cream when I'm doing the maximum, and those are just 7 steps! Usually I don't have makeup on so I don't need to use makeup remover. And sometimes I skip to cream after skin conditioner when I feel lazy or when it's just waay too hot I don't see the point in doing essence and emulsion. 

This is why I was so excited when I started using my Towmond skincare set that was sent by Charis. Towmond believes in making fresh skincare monthly for the welfare of the customers. But more importantly, it simplifies and summarizes skincare so that it's understandable to most consumers and actually feasible to be habit forming. The problem I see with these brands churning out skincare ranges with more and more steps is that they are making it harder and harder for consumers to follow. As it is, most girls find it very hard to commit themselves to using cream every night. And I know of plenty of people who sleep with makeup on and forget to use anything most of the time. So more and more steps just means the likelihood of the person forgetting to use the skincare or not having the motivation/energy to use the products is higher and higher. 

This is just 3 steps-- toner spray, emulsion, and face and eye cream. And it simplified my life so much because after each bath I'd just go to the box. I didn't need to think about what emulsion I'd use for the day, or if I had done all the steps (as my creams are stored in a different place as my other skincare products). I literally just had to open the box, use the products, and not think about anything else anymore. 

The decluttering it did was life changing. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Beauty News: Shiseido Shares SS 2017 Catalogue

In celebration of International Mother's Month, Shiseido has plenty of ongoing promotions! They are also very excited to be sharing their new products to us all. I thought I'd share the catalogue here. I am eyeing the Kiko Mizuhara collaboration OMGGG 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Get Belo Baby Favorites At Sample Room!

Belo Baby favorites are back in Sample Room, and y'all can be among the first to try their new talc- free powder! So exciting! 

I am soooo in love with Belo Baby's colognes because they are just soooooo long lasting. I got the yellow one from sample room waaaay back, and I didn't think much of it when I tried it. I was so surprised that after a grueling 8 hour school day with no air conditioning and plenty of walking under the sun, I still smelled so strongly of a baby at the end of the day. I also was shocked that after I spilled some accidentally on my table, my table still smelled like it after a week! A WEEEK!!! THIS COLOGNE IS METAL AND STUFF YOU KNOWWW

This led me to buy the pink one called Sweet Snuggle and the blue one called Cool Drizzle myself from Watsons. If you're already ready to buy after trying, they're on Lazada, too. I have brought these colognes with me on many trips abroad as I don't have to keep on reapplying. Or for that matter, I only have to apply it once to smell baby fresh for 10 hours or longer. 

And now I am so excited that they have Belo Baby Talc Free Powder which provides all natural protection from diaper rashes. It's made from rice and corn and 100% gentle on baby's skin. I am excited about receiving my sample because I am eyeing this to be a good face powder as the product is dispensed in a jar... Yes, I personally love to top my usual 2-way cake powders with baby powder on the T-Zone to prevent oiliness throughout the day. 

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Orogold's Mother's Day Gifts For Mama

Orogold succeeded in its plan! Mom felt suuuuper special on Mother's Day because of all the lovely gifts Orogold sent. Mom felt even more special because the felt that the items that were sent reflect her tastes well, given that Orogold itself has a very wide product range. 

So yes, to those who are wondering, Orogold creates skincare products that have real gold infused in them. The products come with certificates certifying that there is indeed Italian gold infused into the product. I have received their Day Cream and their Peeling Gel from last year and I love both products because they give luxuriously velvety skin. This new lot of items should be interesting. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Canon #EOSM10Adventure Workshop (May 13, 2017)

Indeed, the mirrorless revolution is slowly gaining traction. In recent years, camera phones has led everyone to experiment and then subsequently realize that the perfect selfie can only be achieved with a high performing camera. But then the usual DSLR is so heavy. To save everyone from stiff necks, Canon has been constantly expanding and reinforcing the presence of its mirrorless range. They had workshops not too long ago!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Get Your Belo Summer Favorites At Sample Room

Summer may be almost over but sun protection is something we all need all year round. Especially for someone like me as we have a family history of bad sun spots... That's why I'm thankful to Sample Room for sending over all these Belo sun protection goodies! And the Kojic Acid ones, too. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

What's in Maybelline's New Brow Box?

Because #KilayIsLife, Maybelline wants to extend our lifespans hahahaha. This Q2 is all about stellar new brow releases from Maybelline. Maybelline is the mother of mascara, but it doesn't mean they specialize in mascara alone! 

They sent over a lovely box showcasing the best Maybelline has to offer. And because I get asked plenty of times, I'm sorry but no this cannot be bought in stores in this box. This is a press kit, not a gift box. BUT BUT BUT don't be sad! Each item can be individually purchased in Maybelline counters and in their online retail partners. *wink wink* 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Abelrouge Aqua Miracle Cream Review (Holy Grail Product)

Okaaay so I know y'all got hanging the other day, wondering about Abelrouge's other cream. So today's the day I do the review as well! This is Abelrouge's Aqua Miracle Cream. This is perhaps the most unique cream formula I have ever tried. My skin feels like it's drinking gallons of water, but it never feels heavy at any point. This is among my favorite skincare products since receiving this sample from Charis last August. I've had a good few months to see how this product works, and I can say that this is heaven sent! 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Abelrouge Miracle Sleeping Pack 2 Review

Gahhh I am sorrryyyy!!! This is the first item I ever received from Charis and it's only now I'm getting to talk about it! Now I am finally here with my sort of review and thoughts for Abelrouge's Miracle Sleeping Pack 2. Abelrouge is all about skincare that can survive the harsh and dry Korean winter, and so I thought that the main thing for me was to see whether this could be adaptable to the hot and humid Philippine weather. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother's Day Date At Nono's (May 10, 2017)

Mama and I were treated to home style cooking last Wednesday thanks to the folks at Nono's and ARC! My mom was very amused because in all my years in blogging, this is the first ever Mother's Day treat she has gotten from my blogging. I mean like she does have a healthy supply of makeup and skincare all year round, but nothing beats a scrumptious meal and a break from the usual grind. 

You see, despite what my mother's "detractors" have wanted to say all these years, my mother is a hardworking homemaker and landlord who wakes up at 3AM. She's busy with cooking, cleaning the house, managing the renovations and home matters. I really have no idea how people can allege that she's faking her hardworking mom status when she really is a hardworking mom. I got my work ethic from her and will never be this hardworking had I not seen the concrete example she has set. Perhaps she just manages to look so presentable and pretty despite her busy schedule and people just can't take it? Don't her hmp that's all I can say. 

Okaaay going back, for the first time in history, the place is near! This is at Phase 1 of UP Town Center, near Merkado supermarket. This restaurant is big so it'll be hard to miss. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

AirOptix Green Contact Lenses Review

This year, I was finally able to join the bandwagon and see what makes AirOptix so great! AirOptix is the higher end offering from Alcon, the makers of Freshlook. There is a whoooole plethora of scientific comparisons between the two if you Google. But what makes AirOptix even better than Freshlook is that it has a higher level of oxygen permeation (i.e. is more breathable), and that it has this sort of smooth lens technology that makes it repel contaminants and irritants that may cling to it throughout the duration of use. The end result is lenses that you may end up forgetting that they're there! I love Freshlook in general, but with these lenses, it's an even higher level of comfort. 

I got the color Green, which is a subtle shade in the AirOptix family. Please take the photos in this review with the mindset that I took these swatches and try on shots with studio lighting configuration. In real life, when I am looking at the mirror while wearing this, the color is not as apparent. Selfies in areas that aren't well lit will not show this color prominently. This is meant to be a subtle enhancement for those who want to look a little extra without going overboard. 

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Freshlook Turquoise Contact Lenses Review

Sorry, it's just now I got down to this! I have already used this pair of lenses last August, but a busy schedule just got in the way of me sitting down and giving this a review here. So here I go! 

Turquoise is one of those Freshlook shades that are meant to be vivid. I initially didn't like this one so much because there is this artificial feel to this shade in particular. Until I was able to use it long enough to see that it's sooo pretty in photos. Especially when you have brown hair and dark brown brows, this just makes your whole look pop. I am looking forward to similar shades being brought in by Freshlook (I think they have other vivid aqua green shades) because of this!

Saturday, May 06, 2017

How To Do Summer with Kim Jones (May 3, 2017)

For those who are not hermits like me, summer is the best time to see and be seen. There was just LaBoracay, and definitely, a lot of people are geared up to go to sandy gems of the Philippines. There's La Union, Palawan, Cebu, and probably there is a beach every province can boast about! 

Summer is all about enjoying the outdoors, but of course, that means hair damage. This is why Kim Jones came over to talk about her experiences, tips, and to unveil something she's been working on! 

This, for me, is such a unique experience. You see, I was a Cream Silk marketing intern 2 years ago. In a parallel universe, I was probably the girl rushing to get all the goods to the block on time, filing clearances nonstop to get the giveaways to the event on time (Unilever has a very sophisticated product releasing system so it's not as easy as going to the warehouse and carrying the tubes of Cream Silk to the event), and I'm thinking that if I were assigned to this event, I would prolly be assigned to making sure that there'd be arrangements for food and beverage. Ever since I interned in Uni, I learned to treasure all the items I get from Unilever events, be it for the press or for consumers. Because behind every free sample is a team of people who work nonstop to make sure the samples are packed, shipped, and distributed to the consumer.  Interns mostly handle things like this, so I know that behind every sample in every event is an intern who called and lobbied to all relevant parties nonstop for perhaps a week or so. Wahaha. Despite the extremely hectic schedule I had as an intern, I have made many good friends and I treasure many experiences from my internship. I learned a lot and look back fondly at those times. 

Friday, May 05, 2017

Beauty News: Cream Silk's #SummerHairExpert

There’s no denying how much Filipinas love summer. It’s that time of the year when we get to satisfy our desires to go on unforgettable adventures and explore countless sights and sounds both here and abroad. Whether it be unwinding in the beautiful beaches of Palawan or hiking to see the breathtaking sand dunes of Illocos, one can never run out of destinations and activities to experience during this season.

Little do we know, however, that along with that much-needed dose of sun, sand, and sea comes the damaging effects of prolonged sun and heat exposure to our crowning glory. Sun-kissed hair can turn into sun-damaged hair in an instant, especially if unprotected. The most common signs of this problem include dry and brittle strands, dryness, and frizziness.

This is what Cream Silk Triple Expert Rescue aims to address with #SummerHairExpert. As the summer hair expert, Cream Silk understands how much we all love the season and how important it is to protect our locks at any cost. Cream Silk Triple Expert Rescue is a daily treatment conditioner inspired by the power of three expert treatments, namely: hair spa for damage repair, hot oil for softness, and keratin for smoothness and shine. This formulation is specifically designed to rescue even severely damaged hair in just one wash by combining the intense nourishment of both a regular conditioner and hair treatment in one product.

Tested and trusted by celebrated experts in the beauty space, Cream Silk Triple Expert Rescue is one beauty essential every Modern Filipina should never travel without.

“With all my travels here and abroad, I find that Cream Silk Triple Expert Rescue is a must-have! Being always on the go, I like how it’s an easy fix for making sure my hair is protected under the sun”, said digital creative, beauty icon and world traveler Kim Jones.

Hairstylist to the stars Suyen Salazar adds, “The summer heat can really take a toll on our hair. That's why I always advise my clients to invest in easy-to-use products that go that extra mile in keeping our hair healthy like Cream Silk Triple Expert Rescue.”

Friday, May 05, 2017

Beauty News: Everything You NEED To Know About Cream Silk Triple Expert Rescue

What is Cream Silk Triple Expert Rescue and how is it different from the regular (rinse off) Cream Silk conditioner?
Cream Silk Triple Expert Rescue is a daily treatment conditioner inspired by the power of three (3) expert treatments - (1) hair spa for damage repair, (2) hot oil for softness, and (3) keratin for smoothness and shine. This formulation is specifically designed to rescue even severely damaged hair in just 1 wash by combining the intense nourishment of both a regular conditioner and hair treatment in one product. Cream Silk Triple Expert Rescue comes in a silver tube with four (4) different variants.

What is Cream Silk #SummerHairExpert all about? What is it trying to convey? 
Cream Silk #SummerHairExpert is all about getting the most out of summer without having to worry about the 3 most common signs of sun-damaged hair (dryness, dullness, frizz). Cream Silk, being the #1 Hair Brand in the Philippines, uses its expertise and understanding of Filipina hair to help rescue hair from severe sun-damage with the power of its three expert treatments.
Summer is the perfect intersection of beauty, travel and fashion.

Who is the Cream Silk woman? 
The Cream Silk Platinum woman knows what she wants and works to make it happen - no compromises. She is modern and trendy, and her busy lifestyle doesn't keep her from being in the know. She is self-confident and values her beauty. Just as she is willing to invest in her own interests, she is willing to invest in and seek out beauty treatments and products to make sure that her lifestyle never ever ever EVER come at the cost of her own beauty.

For her, summer is the season to see and be seen. Months have gone into choosing the right sunny destination, the best picture perfect scenery, and of course every single summer OOTD. But all that fun under the sun, means sun damage for her hair. She needs a product that can give her expert care, wherever she is, whenever she needs it.

Tell us about Kim Jones and how she was chosen to represent Cream Silk Triple Expert Rescue. 
Kim Jones is the epitome of a Cream Silk Platinum woman, being the influencer, and digital trailblazer that she is, and given the kind of lifestyle she lives. She is an authority in the areas of beauty, travel, and fashion. Kim is the penultimate summer girl, who knows how to enjoy spending time under the sun without letting sun damaged hair get in the way.

What are the different variants?
Orange - Dry Rescue
Blue-Damage Control
Pink -Standout Straight
Green - Hair Fall Defense
Available in 10ml sachets (P 7.50), 180ml (P140), and 350ml (P259) tubes in leading drugstores, department stores and supermarkets nationwide.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Beauty News: L'Oréal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation is FINALLY Here!!!

Manila, 2017 – Tired of makeup that fail and melt down on oily skin? The search is over for the perfect foundation that can keep Filipinas matte and oil-free all day! The most-awaited, most sought-after, and most-requested product from L'Oréal Paris is finally in the Philippines – INFALLIBLE PRO-MATTE 24HR FOUNDATION.

The globally renowned INFALLIBLE PRO-MATTE 24HR FOUNDATION is the #NEVERFAIL foundation especially suited for oily skin. Infallible Pro-Matte delivers 24 hours of long-wear and it resists oil, sweat, and caking – making it the perfect foundation for our hot and humid weather. Its air-light texture and matte powder finish ensures a flawless yet comfortable wear from day till night.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Life News: Ballet Manila Celebrates International Dance Day 2017

Injury. Frustratingly high standards. Hundreds of training hours spent away from family. These are just a few of the challenges that riddle a dancer’s path, and are more than enough to make the average artist fold. But for those who persevere, there lies a reward that makes the journey worth more than any worldly acclaim.

For International Dance Day 2017, Ballet Manila’s Lisa Macuja-Elizalde gathered a handful of such artists—legends in their respective disciplines—to shed a sliver of light on their struggles, their triumphs, and more importantly, the reasons why they keep on pushing forward.

The collaboration video features “Mr. Pure Energy” Gary Valenciano and his son Gab Valenciano, The Maneuvers’ Jason and Joshua Zamora, pole dance advocate Ciara Sotto, and celebrity choreographer Nesh Janiola. Together, these Filipino proponents of dance have come together to celebrate the art of movement—where bodies are brushes painting meaning across a canvas called the stage.

This initiative is spearheaded by Ballet Manila, which has been an active proponent of the International Dance Day over the past couple of years. It is the country’s premiere classical dance company and also runs The Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila where the next generation of Filipina ballerinas are trained. As the country’s only Prima Ballerina, Lisa has overcome her fair share of challenges spread across a long, storied career. She became the first Asian to earn the highest honors at the Russian Ballet Academy, where she trained in the Vaganova style of Ballet—considered by many to be the toughest form of ballet.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Life News: Join Amway's KISS ME Challenge!

You've seen them groove -- now we dare YOU!

Get a chance to win up to Php 50,000 worth of cash!

Just follow the simple steps below:
1. Like the Amway Philippines Facebook page (Amway Philippines)
2. Share the Kiss Me Music Video on your timeline (
3. Download the Kiss Me song (
4. Upload your own version of the Kiss Me dance at our Facebook Page with the hashtags #Amway#DaretoGroove #AmwayKissChallenge
5. Get your friends to like and share your entry! You can also view your entry or your friend's entry at the Dare to Groove Page! 

The person whose entry has the most number of like and shares for the week will win Php 5,000, and the overall winner can win Php 30,000!

What are you waiting for?

Dare to groove with us now!

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Life News: Bundles of Fun and Health in Amway FUNdles

Modern lifestyle can now be synonymous to stress, pressure or a harried schedule! From beating deadlines, to making time for family and friends, to going to killer gym sessions, the average city dweller’s schedule is typically jam-packed – and they certainly cannot go at it alone. A friend, a partner in health, a sort of a rah-rah supporter is needed by busy people to be in tip-top shape and accomplish everything on their to-do list without running out of energy.

For the gym buff, city slicker, or overtime queen, Amway, the global leader in health and wellness, can certainly be that friend as it rolls out its most sought-after lifestyle products in bundles that can help you achieve your health and wellness goals. Called the Amway FUNdles, these nutrition and personal care products work well together to help conquer the day-to-day demands of different busy lifestyles, whether it’s pulling an all-nighter, going on a weekend surf trip or marathon shopping session, or getting ready for the big date.

Enzo, 27, clocks in as an account executive, pulling long hours daily, and working overtime around big pitches. On weekends, he is an amateur mountaineer, scaling various peaks with his mountaineering group. For non-stop energy, Enzo relies on Amway’s Full Bar FUNdle. This power pack contains NUTRILITE™ Protein Drink Mix  that fuels up muscles and helps you stay awake and focused, and comes in mixed berries and chocolate flavours. It also has XSTM Rhodiola 110 Tablet that contains natural caffeine from green extract. Its main ingredient, Arctic Rhodiola rosea, provides the body with increased energy from a natural source to support mental and physical performance during exercise and other physical activities like mountain hiking.

Cara, 28, needs all the strength she can get being a banker who deals with hundreds of transactions daily and who ends her busy day with a session at the gym. Cara needs an extra source of strength and for that, she turns to the In and Out FUNdle. Whether she is doing a marathon Zumba session or cycling her heart out, Cara is in the best shape possible inside and out because of the NUTRILITE™ GreenTrim Tablet

Nutrilite™ Green Trim Tablets she takes. These contain a special ingredient called Green Select Phytosome that helps enhance metabolism, for people who are trimming fat from their diet. Taken twice daily with low-calorie meals, it is packed with GreenSelect® Phytosome green tea extract, which, when combined with a low-calorie diet and regular physical activity, makes one trim down faster.

Sarah, 24, is back in the dating scene, and for an ever-lasting first impression with shiny pearly whites and the freshest breath, she goes for the Kiss Me FUNdle. The Kiss Me FUNdle is specifically put together for those who want to have the confidence to mingle or get even closer on a hot date. The FUNdle comes with the very popular Glister Multi-Action Fluoride Toothpaste, which whitens teeth, fights cavities, removes plaque, freshens breath, and safely polishes teeth. so you can smile and speak with confidence. Partnered with the Glister Advanced Toothbrush, fresher breath is a breeze. Meanwhile, the Glister Mint Refresher Spray also gives you a minty-clean, cool feeling with one quick spray, a handy solution for refreshing your breath throughout the day.

Amway offers the freedom of choice to move towards the goals we’ve set for ourselves by introducing pioneering products in health and wellness..

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Freshlook Gray Contact Lenses Review (NOT Sterling Gray)

The 1 month I used these lenses went by so fast I was barely able to document it! I received a sample of Freshlook Turquoise and I liked the effect on me, but I wanted to get more shades. I went to the Ideal Vision store near our house and took advantage of the Buy 3 pairs Get 1 pair promotion that they had at the time for this. So I got this, Sterling Grey, Amethyst, and a brown shade. So once again let me repeat, this is Grey, NOT STERLING GRAY. 

 I will be slowly doing reviews for them as time goes, but for now, let me review this!