Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Studio SnR x Bobbi Brown Mastering the Basics Makeup Workshop!

Yey! It's time for another make-up workshop with Bobbi Brown Philippines and Studio SnR! I joined the one held last October 2011 and I must say, I still learned a lot even if I already graduated from a professional make-up artistry course.

Studio SnR x Bobbi Brown Mastering the Basics Makeup Workshop!Bobbi's Mastering the Basics workshop will take you through everything you need to learn to become your own make-up artist. Think of all the money you'll save in future events where you would normally go to a salon or get the services of a make-up artist.

Certified Bobbi Brown make-up artists will help you find your perfect shades for that flawless look to take the guesswork out of enhancing your features. You'll be taught tricks and techniques that pros actually use to beautify their clients. After the class, you're guaranteed to be able to make yourself over for any occasion. What's more, you get to enjoy refreshments care of Serenitea! Early birds also get a P500 Bobbi Brown GC.

The workshop takes place on February 11, 2012. The fee is P3,500 per person. Check out my own Bobbi Brown Makeup Workshop experience HERE.

For more information email workshops@studiosnr.com or call 584-5988.

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Dove Damage Therapy for my hair!

I've always loved Dove hair care products. I'd stock up during trips to Hong Kong. Around a week or two ago, I saw the Philippine Dove Hair Therapy FB page and Twitter account materialize. I was really excited because it only meant one thing -- Dove hair care products have finally made it to Philippine shores!

Dove Damage Therapy ReviewIt was very timely since I was slated to make my monthly trip to the supermarket that weekend. Needless to say I immediately set out to find Dove hair care products. I was only able to buy the shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatment mask. I also wanted to get the overnight repair and the 2-step treatment but they weren't on the shelves!

I bought six products total -- blue (Intense Repair) and pink (Straight & Silky) variants of shampoo, conditioner, and treatment mask from Hi-Top Supermarket. Prices are as follows:

  • Dove Damage Therapy Shampoo (P101.50)
  • Dove Damage Therapy Conditioner (P98.50)
  • Dove Damage Therapy Treatment Mask (P198.50)
Dove Damage Therapy Hair Treatment Mask ReviewDove Damage Therapy Hair Treatment Mask comes in a tub. They were aggressively sampling this in Hong Kong when I went there last March 2011.

Dove Damage Therapy Hair Treatment Mask ReviewIt's very thick and creamy plus it has this strong yet mild scent. Doesn't make sense right? You have to smell to understand how I can describe it that way!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Techni Ice for your cooling and heating needs!

We've all used ice packs, dry ice, and hot water bags some time or another. Some years back, our suppliers from Japan brought over some custard pastries which had to be kept cool during transit. They padded a plastic container with gel ice packs and put the pastries inside. We got to enjoy the custard pastries scot-free thanks to their efforts and I've kept those little gel ice packs in my fridge ever since.

Techni Ice ReviewOf course, those little gel ice packs couldn't possibly last forever and so I had to throw them out after some years had passed (yes, I held on to them as long as I could!). I used them to soothe my children's bumps and bruises, cool down their feverish foreheads, and well... pad plastic containers to keep certain food items cool. Anyhow, I got an email from Techni Ice some time ago asking if I would be willing to review their product. Knowing how useful these things are, I said yes. So I got a couple of sheets in the mail.

Techni Ice ReviewOpening a pack reveals a flat plastic sheet that can be divided into 24 individual squares. There's also an instruction pamphlet included.

Techni Ice ReviewSee how thin the sheet is right after removing from the package? I was expecting some gel packs which I could immediately pop into the fridge. Turns out it's not so simple. It's not difficult but using Techni Ice does require a bit of preparation.

Amway Nutrilite Positrim Protein Bar for weight management!

If you've been reading my blog since last year, you would know that I have a weight problem. All the years of sedentary living has caught up with me. The last time I got any exercise prior to starting to go to the gym last November 2011 was back in 2008 when I lost 10 lbs. after doing 6 weeks of Bikram Yoga for my sister's wedding.

Amway Nutrilite Positrim Protein Bar ReviewAnyhow, I dropped by briefly at Amway's Nutrilite event last January 7, 2012 and decided to participate in a fitness challenge which involves controlling your diet. The last challenge I did was all about working out at the gym and drinking a fat-burning beverage. This one revolves around calorie-counting and limiting food intake. They gave me a food diary to record my food consumption with. I had a session with Amway's nutritionist who prescribed the optimal amount of food I should eat to promote weight loss. She suggested that I replace something like one meal a day with either a protein bar + some fruits or a meal replacement shake. It's also recommended that instead of 3 big meals, you have 5 small meals a day.

Amway Nutrilite Positrim Protein Bar ReviewAnyhow I'm here to talk about Amway's Nutrilite Positrim Protein Bar which I've been having for merienda (snack) the past week. So yeah, instead of the usual snack fare (that includes midnight snack heh) I've been having this. I have a box of 9 bars in Fudgy Brownie flavor. I love chocolate so this is perfect for me.

Amway Nutrilite Positrim Protein Bar ReviewAnyhow, each bar is individually foil-wrapped. It's the size of a typical chocolate bar but it's markedly heavier.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Baby Company Grand Baby Fair at SM Megatrade Hall

I went to visit the Baby Company Grand Baby Fair at the SM Megatrade Hall yesterday morning. My kids are far from being babies and toddlers but I figured it was still worth checking out because they still have a lot of consumables like soap, shampoo, vitamins, etc. Just about all the children's brands you can think of have a booth and so you're bound to find a good deal.

Baby Company Grand Baby Fair Year 2I was just in time for one of the programs when I arrived. TV personality Lexi Schulze was hosting a segment for Johnson's Baby.

Baby Company Grand Baby Fair Year 2It was all about skin care for babies, children, and even mommies. Pediatrician Dr. Alyce Gail Arejola-Tan was the resource person. What a coincidence, I happen to know the doctor personally and I was quite surprised to see her at the event. Shockingly, most of the people in the audience do not use sunscreen on a regular basis. I'm so obsessed with sun protection that I never step out of the house without any.

Baby Company Grand Baby Fair Year 2Johnson's is coming out with a new product line... yup, you guessed it! Sunscreen. I have way too much sunscreen for the whole family so I didn't buy any.

Baby Company Grand Baby Fair Year 2I was happy to see one of my favorite brands Mustela at the fair. Everything was 10-30% off too! We really, really love Mustela products.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Dove Real Beauty Basics is here!

Before anything else, let me just share with you that for some reason, my skin started being overly dry this January. Anything I use on my face stings and there are times I even experienced a bit of chapping and peeling. It doesn't help that most of my skin care products are formulated for oily/combination skin which has always been the norm for me. I've since switched to Dove Beauty Moisture Facial Cleanser for normal to dry skin and I'm seeing some improvement. Anyhow, I'll talk about my stash of Dove products in detail on another post. For now, I'd like to tell you about Dove Real Beauty Basics. :)

Dove Real Beauty BasicsDove Real Beauty Basics is Dove Philippines' beauty and lifestyle blog. You know how Dove always promotes real beauty as opposed to the "ideal" as set by society and stereotypes, right? Dove Real Beauty Basics is an online extension of that philosophy, tackling real concerns of real people -- anything you want to know about skin, hair, nutrition, fitness... it's all covered by Dove Real Beauty Basics.

Dove Real Beauty BasicsBrowsing through the site, an article about how to use curling/straightening irons caught my attention. I rely on rebonding to keep my hair manageable but I can't do it too often. After a couple of months I usually have unsightly roots showing and so I use a blower and a straightening iron to fix the problem. Then there was this one time I tried styling my daughter's hair for a party with a curling iron and failed miserably -- no curls! Hahaha. So yes, this primer on using hair styling irons has been very relevant and useful to me. :)

Dove.phYou can access Dove Real Beauty Basics by logging on to http://www.dove.ph and clicking on the real beauty basics tab on the upper right hand corner. The site's cover page currently features Dove's hair care line which has finally reached Philippine shores! I actually bought something like P1k worth of Dove hair care products from the supermarket last weekend, haha! I'm just so happy they're finally available locally because I used to horde these products from Hong Kong.

Anyhow, check out Dove Real Beauty Basics. It's a treasure trove of practical information you can use to enhance your daily beauty routine. :)

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Kuretake at Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center

We found ourselves in Kuretake at the Power Plant Mall one Sunday afternoon. I was able to buy a lovely P995 crimson-colored top from ZARA sale before we decided to break for lunch. All the restaurants were jam-packed.

Kuretake Rockwell Power Plant Mall

I've never seen Kuretake this full!

Kuretake Rockwell Power Plant MallWe ended up sitting at the bar area since there were no tables available.

Kuretake Rockwell Power Plant MallThe bar area was where the Japanese chef prepared the sashimi and sushi. He would wash his hands countless times while doing so too, a good indication of the restaurant's hygiene.

Baby Company Grand Baby Fair Year 2!

Are you a mom or a mom-to-be? This is your chance to get up to 70% off on selected items from leading children's brands. With over 100 exhibitors, there's bound to be something for every mom!

Baby Company Grand Baby FairFrom January 27 -29, 2012, Baby Company will be holding its 2nd annual Grand Baby Fair at the SM Megatrade Halls 2 & 3 of the SM Megamall from 10am onwards. Apart from the chance to grab good deals on infant and children's items, there will be celebrity moms (the list includes Tintin Bersola-Babao, Christine Jacob-Sandejas, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan, and lots more!) and interesting activities like parlor games, product sampling, workshops, raffles, and talks during the fair.

Baby Company Grand Baby Fair Swag BagWhat's more, you get a Swag Bag for a single receipt purchase of at least P2,000. I'm sure you're wondering what's in the Swag Bag and if it's worth it...

Baby Company Grand Baby Fair Swag BagHere's a sneak peek at what's inside the Swag Bag:

  • Playtex pacifier, breast milk bag + clips, nipples
  • Pampers diaper sample pack
  • Mimiflo hangers
  • Johnson's Baby Milk Bath
  • Johnson's Baby Cologne
  • Johnson's Pure Essentials Soap
  • Enfant baby soap
  • Chicco pacifiers
  • Farlin cotton swabs
  • Farlin nipple
  • Avent resealable breast milk storage cup
  • St. Patrick bib
  • Pigeon breast pads
  • Lactacyd sample sachets + rubber ducky
  • Baby Looney Tunes Fingertip Toothbrush with Tongue Cleaner
  • Cetaphil sample sachet
  • face towel
  • ballpens
I was told that this is just the partial swag bag that had been assembled as of press time. There could be some additions and/or variations come event day itself. It's pretty useful if you have babies or toddlers and if you're on the family way. :)

So there you go, do drop by the Baby Company Grand Baby Fair this coming weekend!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pinkbox for baby, Pinkbox for mommy!

Well, not baby exactly... my little girl is 7 years old but you know how daughters will always be baby girls in their mommy's eyes. Anyway... I admit I spend a lot on hair accessories for my little girl. She actually has more than I do since she likes to keep her hair long and I can't let her go to school looking disheveled! When I'm abroad I always keep an eye out for more unique designs -- I still remember getting her tamagotchi (yes, the virtual pet!) ponytail holders when I went to Japan.

Pinkbox accessoriesI've always known Pink Box as a children's brand endorsed by Carmina Villaroel's daughter Cassie and I've actually visited their mall outlets in the past. I was pretty excited when I got the invite for the Pink Box Tea Party which would also launch accessories for us mommies. I was just getting settled in my seat when we were handed welcome gifts consisting of a colored rubber bands and a pair of silver hoop earrings. I've been looking for silver hoop earrings for a while now so it couldn't be more timely. :)

Pinkbox Tea PartyIt was a very intimate affair. There were lots of girl talk among fellow bloggers while munching on cute and tasty nibbles like these mini vegetable sandwiches. We also had yummy pizza, pasta, and French macarons! :D

Nelly See of PinkboxThe owner of Pinkbox, Nelly See, talked about how the business sprung from her frustrations as a mom ten years ago. She just couldn't find nice accessories for her daughters -- the good ones were branded and overly expensive. The cheap ones were of low quality. Most of the designs being sold were of Disney characters as well and Nelly wanted something different! She went to China and had a look at what was available. She imported accessories and started selling to family and friends. Soon, she had enough volume to have her own designs. Pinkbox now has 27 company-owned stores and numerous franchisees all over the country.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

SumoSam Greenhills Town Center

*This establishment is already closed. It transferred to Robinsons Magnolia.

I attended the grand opening of SumoSam at Greenhills Town Center along Granada St. last Saturday. I was surprised to find out that it was actually franchised by one of my high school classmates!

Sumosam Greenhills Town Center

I didn't know SumoSam had a mascot, haha!

Tables were already set when I got to the restaurant.

Big bento boxes were placed in front of each diner.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Gluta-C Intense Whitening -- putting the products to the test!

I was invited for an evening of fun and pampering at Freyja Day and Nail Spa last December 2011 by Gluta-C, a local skin whitening brand endorsed by the now super fair-skinned actress Jodi Sta. Maria. I've seen Jodi during her pre-Gluta-C days and I can assure you that she's not what you'd call maputi (white). Not dark, but definitely not maputi.

Valerie Concepcion, Jodi Sta. Maria, and I @ SM Hypermarket MandaluyongJodi Sta. Maria for Gluta-CNow if Jodi's Gluta-C promo materials are any indication of the current state of her skin tone, you can now describe her as maputi. Of course, I have yet to see her in person again because I know too well how lighting and make-up can make anyone come off as fair-skinned.

Alyanna Martinez for Gluta-CAnyhow, back to the Gluta-C event. Fashion stylist Alyanna Martinez gave a brief talk on personal style, giving us tips on how to highlight our best features. She's living proof that you don't have to be model-skinny to look good. It's all about working with what you have -- wearing clothes that fit properly, accessorizing, choosing the right footwear... of course, being at your best includes having flawless skin!

After Alyanna's talk we were given a brief product orientation and some of us got treated to a Gluta-C Facial. We couldn't all do it at the same time so I chose to go ahead with the Vanna Goddess Whitening Hand and Foot Spa.

Vanna Goddess Whitening Hand and Foot Spa at Freyja Day and Nail Spa

The treatment involved pampering my feet and hands.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Forest House in Baguio City!

Since it's a long weekend, I've decided to blog about this place we visited during one such long weekend last November 2011 -- Forest House in Baguio City.

Forest House Baguio CityForest House is a Bed and Breakfast, a restaurant, and a bar of sorts all at the same time. When we visited, the place was jam-packed even if we had reservations so we could only stay on the second floor. Thus we couldn't watch the live band that was playing on the ground floor. They set up a long table for us since we were a big group.

Forest House Baguio CityIt was nearly the holiday season at the time so the whole place was decked out in Christmas-themed decor.

Forest House Baguio CityWe were served plates of this complimentary appetizer which I can only describe as a small, crisp flatbread. It was nice to munch on as it was not greasy and it had a clean taste.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dambana ng Kagitingan on Mt. Samat, Bataan

Our family went on a long drive to Bataan with friends over the December holidays last year. We wanted to go somewhere different, not the usual weekend family haunts like Ocean Adventure or Zoobic. We decided to go up to Mt. Samat in Bataan and visit Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor), a memorial to both Filipino and American soldiers during World War II.

Road to Mt. Samat in BataanThe road up Mt. Samat is long and winding. There are steep turns and a lot of climbing, so good driving skills and a reliable vehicle with sufficient power are a must.

Dambana ng Kagitingan Mt. Samat, BataanUpon arriving at the gate, you will be charged a minimal entrance fee... something like P10 for students, P20 for adults, and P30 for foreigners. A large cannon greeted us the moment we got down from the car.

Dambana ng Kagitingan Mt. Samat, Bataan

You climb the stairs in order to gain access to the memorial.

Parian Spirit Professional Make-Up Brush Cleaner

I got a sample bottle of Parian Spirit Professional Make-Up Brush Cleaner and a sachet of the wipe version to review late last year. Prior to these products, I had been using Sephora Collection Daily Brush Cleaner, Brush Cleansing Wipes, and Purifying Brush Shampoo to clean and disinfect my make-up brushes. I'm very particular about this because I don't want to break out from using dirty brushes on my face. O_o

Parian Spirit Professional Make-Up Brush Cleaner

I was shocked at how big the bottle was.

Parian Spirit Professional Make-Up Brush Cleaner WipeI decided to try the wipe first since it was more convenient to do so.

Parian Spirit Professional Make-Up Brush Cleaner WipeI took out one of my over-used concealer brushes and wiped the bristles with the Parian Spirit Professional Make-Up Brush Cleaner Wipe. It costs P40 per sachet.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Longganisa Sorpresa on United St., Mandaluyong City!

Hubby and I had lunch at Longganisa Sorpresa in Mandaluyong with The Club as suggested by Frannywanny yesterday noon. To my foreign readers, longganisa is Filipino sausage.

Longganisa Sorpresa in Mandaluyong

Located along United St., it's that red and yellow building above.

Longganisa Sorpresa in MandaluyongUpon being seated, I noticed a rectangular basket holding five bottles of vinegar. You can choose which one (or two, three, four, five!) you want for dipping.

Longganisa Sorpresa in Mandaluyong

There's Sinamak, Pinakurat, Tuba, Paombong, and Sukang Iloko.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000

A review unit of the much coveted Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 spent the holidays with me last December 2011. It was really the perfect time because a lot of people in my immediate vicinity were interested in the unit. In fact, my sister-in-law actually ended up buying one after playing around a bit with it!

Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000Okay, so size-wise here's how the Samsung Galaxy Note's 5.3" screen compares to my Samsung Galaxy S2's 4.3" screen. It looks kind of like a big brother. XD

Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000Yes, you can hold it in one hand, albeit it's noticeably wider than a regular phone. You can pretty much forget about one-handed navigation (like texting while driving, which you really shouldn't be doing in the first place!!!) so I guess for the general public welfare it's for the better. Safer streets right?

Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000

For the screen size, it's still pretty slim.

Monday, January 16, 2012

My Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair experience + giveaway (Day 1)

I'm not getting any younger. In fact, I'm getting closer and closer to 40 years of age with each passing year. That said, I really invest a lot on anti-aging products that can help me maintain a youthful look. My daily day and night regimen consists not only of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, I also use anti-aging serum, eye cream, and sunscreen. You don't get to my age wrinkle-free without quality skin care products.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery ComplexEstee Lauder Philippines sent over a bottle of their most advanced anti-aging serum, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex, to try for the next 4 weeks. Inspired by groundbreaking DNA research, it has been proven effective for all ethnicities (Asian, Hispanic, Caucasian, African American).

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex does the following:

  • Repairs past visible damage (from aging, environmental stress, etc.)
  • Prevents future damage
  • Provides continuous hydration
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery ComplexEstee Lauder Advanced Night Repair promises smoother, more luminous, and even-toned skin for that youthful glow. The good news is, they sent over not just one but two (2) bottles of this miracle serum so I can share with a blog reader! I'll get to the mechanics in a bit. :)

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery ComplexI tried the product for the first time last night in place of my usual anti-aging serum (I always have several on hand, haha... that's just how paranoid I am when it comes to my skin!).

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