Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Since I've went on ahead and featured the Starbucks Planner 2012, I'll continue on with some of the food and drinks Starbucks Philippines has in store for everyone this holiday season. :)
First of all there's the Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Roll (P50, pictured above). It's served with butter and jam. I like it because it has the taste and texture of foccacia bread but none of the oiliness. One roll is quite filling and it goes really well with a cup of hot coffee.
Glazed Ham with Apricot Spread on Multi-grain Bread (P140, pictured above) is my favorite savory offering this year. The ham tastes just like the honey ham we'd have at my mom's house in the US during Christmas time. There's yummy gooey mozzarella cheese too. This is actually just half a serving. I want to go back to Starbucks and have some more already. XD
This is a returning favorite from last Christmas... the White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie (P55 per piece, pictured above). I love cookies from Starbucks because they're always nice and chewy, just the way I like 'em.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Instead of the usual three designs we see every year, there's now five. Well it's actually just one design but it comes in five different wood finishes: Poplar, Bamboo, Cherry, Spruce, and Oak. Not only that, it's also packed with a free sleeve which doubles as something you can put other stuff in.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Opus was transformed into a make-up atelier for Shu Uemura x Wong Kar Wai. Wong Kar Wai is a renowned film maker from Hong Kong who's collaborating with Shu Uemura for a limited edition make-up collection this holiday season.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
First there was Espresso (P95, pictured above) and Biscotti (P100 for a pack of 12 pcs.). Personally I like dipping Biscotti in hot coffee. The Espresso is deep and rich. The slightly sweet, nutty, and crunchy Biscotti is the perfect match for it. This is hands down the best Biscotti I've ever had. :)
If Espresso is too strong for you, you can opt for Caffe Americano (P110) with Big Breakfast (P280, pictured above). Big Breakfast is comprised of toast bread slices, corned beef, scrambled eggs, links, and bacon. Caffe Americano is good old-fashioned brewed coffee without the frills. Yummy and filling! :D
For a sweet snack or dessert there's Caffe Mocha (P110) and Lemon Meringue Pie (P90, pictured above). The pie has a light citrus taste and airy texture. It's also not overly sweet. Meanwhile, the coffee has a nice touch of chocolate.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Before anything else, we had to get ourselves swatched to that we'll know what our correct shade of foundation is. This is usually tricky for most people as we usually end up with something lighter or darker than our neck. A good thing to try would be the stripe test (pictured above on Shen). Get three shades that are closest to your face and neck and then swatch one stripe from each. Blend one at a time. The shade that "disappears" into your skin without a trace is your perfect shade. I'm a Beige, and that applies for all the Bobbi Brown foundation lines. :D
Step 1. Corrector / Concealer - Concealing dark undereye circles, pimples, and other flaws is the first step in applying make-up the Bobbi Brown way. We used the Corrector and Concealer combo featured in Bye Bye Dark Circles. Thank goodness they confirmed that I bought the right shades. You put on the orangey corrector first to cancel out the dark areas and then top with concealer to lighten and "lift" the area.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
We got a Standard 3-Room Villa for around P5,500+. It's something like 50% off the regular rate. We stayed there with some friends so it's really good value if you're splitting costs. The villa is a bungalow with 24/7 centralized air-conditioning. There's only one TV and it's located in the living room.
There's a bar and kitchenette which comes equipped with a kitchen sink, a small refrigerator, and complimentary consumables like coffee, tea, and sweeteners. There's actually a small room in the kitchen area with a single bunk bed and its own toilet (in addition to the 3 bedrooms) in case you brought along your driver or helper.
There are 3 bedrooms with queen-sized beds, closets, night tables, and complimentary bottles of water. One of the three is the master bedroom and has its own bathroom. The bed is not big enough for a family of four and can only accommodate 2 adults and one child tops.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Then there's the Sony NEX-5K, the camera Sony graciously lent me for my US trip last summer. It's currently selling for US$599, so the P27,199 price tag is already quite comparable.
Friday, October 21, 2011
The products are kind of pricey and so I couldn't really haul in too many. I settled for Skin Food Lime Secret Shine Base (P975, pictured above) and Skin Food Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder. For the purposes of product review however, I'll talk about Skin Food Lime Secret Shine Base in this post (I'll get to the powder in a future post).
Skin Food Lime Secret Shine Base is a liquid highlighter with a pearly finish. According to the bottle it gives pink and gold highlights plus a natural glow to your complexion. You can wear it alone or under foundation / BB cream.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
TIP: I usually give a nice board game to siblings to they can all share and play together while I get to save. :P
Anyways, you might want to check out Gentle Star Trading's Warehouse Sale happening tomorrow and all throughout this whole weekend. It's in Mandaluyong City and so the venue is pretty central. They accept all major credit cards too so you don't need to bring gobs of cash.
For more information, you can call 638-8630 or 631-4395.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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Monday, October 17, 2011
3. Lay Bare Waxing Salon gift pack (Bikini Wax GC, Sanitizer, Soothing Cream, Keychain, and Cosmetic Kit)
Saturday, October 15, 2011
My daughter decided to have a Quesadilla (P145, pictured above). She opted to have the regular one which is filled with cheese, onions, and jalapenos. I asked the server to hold the jalapenos because it may be too hot for her. For an additional P50 or so (I don't really remember) you can choose to have it filled with cubed chicken or beef.