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Velvetint by Colourette Cosmetics | Available on Shopee

Given my daily tight schedule for online meetings, I really don't have a long glam time. However, before turning on my camera, I make sure to at least apply a nice lip color after freshening up. If you're looking for a go-to lip product, you can definitely find one from Colourette Cosmetics!

This famous local brand is known in specializing in high quality products at affordable prices. Backed by a loyal community of "Boss Babes," Colourette is all about embracing and expressing yourself! #BeautyInAllWays, always!


To give you that added confidence for whatever it is that you have for the day, here are Colourette Cosmetics' Velvetints! The Velvetint is an intensely pigmented formula which dries down from a velvet to powder matte finish.

It comes in 12 beautiful shades and works 3 ways: on eyes, cheeks, and lips - and stays all day while remaining comfy on skin.


With me are RSVP and Rosé! Red and Nude, perfect for any type of mood or occasion! Also good for all skin types.


Siz just look at that pigment!? I was pleasantly surprised when I swatched these babies!


Rosé - nude pink Velvetint

Pretty sure I'll be abusing this. Those who know me well are aware that I'm in love with nude lip colors! This product is so easy to use, blendable, and lightweight! Even when it gives off a powder matte finish, it has Glycerin to protect your lips from drying.


RSVP - candy red Velvetint 

Go for this shade when you need a little power boost or when you feel romantic! I can imagine wearing this for date nights (even at home :p)


These babies are available on Shopee. Spotted on the product pages: ₱20 OFF Vouchers + FREE Shipping + earn coins!


Aside from that, this February 19-21, Shopee has a #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair to support Filipino businesses. During the trade fair, we can discover local delicacies, pasalubong items, and lots of Filipina-owned businesses to empower local female entrepreneurs. 

Go and purchase! Visit this page and let’s all support local. 🇵🇭

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Safe & Efficient Real Estate Platform in the Philippines | Ohmyhome

Sharing something personal and you might find this helpful, too, so hope you'll stick around! ;)

Recently, Sam and I finally moved in together! We've been planning for this since late last year, but it was almost impossible to progress given the pandemic. It was quite challenging to pick the perfect unit, especially that we had to rely on photos or videos from estate providers during the stricter community quarantine period. Luckily, we found a really nice condo as our "temporary home," while we plan out our bigger investments for next year.


Been getting a lot of condo tour requests but maybe next time! :p
Here's a teaser of our Nordic-Jap home!

Anyway, as mentioned earlier, we have bigger investment plans *fingers crossed* for next year. And since that might be our future home, we'll need to talk to reliable and trustworthy leads to help us through the whole process. I think Ohmyhome came in just in time!

Ohmyhome is Singapore's leading PropTech startup, here to make housing transactions simple, fast, and affordable for everyone. In their app, we can browse through genuine listings that are free of dummy or duplicate accounts, saving us time in searching for the right property.

There's also a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) option for Filipinos, a platform that comes absolutely free - from listing all the way to deal closing. Aside from that, customers may also engage the services of Ohmyhome's full-time in-house property agents at a cost-friendly price.


What I appreciate about their company is that they understand the buyers' pain points and tedious processes in searching for a property. With that, Ohmyhome is here to provide a seamless end-to-end housing transaction that will make everything easier for Filipinos. 

Another nice thing about Ohmyhome is that they will take care of the customers' entire transaction journey - from search and deal-closing all the way through legal documentation and mortgage advisory. With that alone, I think I'm sold! :)


With their success in Singapore and Malaysia, they expect to achieve the same feat as it brings advanced technological capabilities to the Philippine real estate industry.

Definitely considering Ohmyhome's services for Sam and I's new leap! 💖


Why the Philippines?

Back in 2016 when the proptech startup team in Singapore only had less than ten people, two members were Filipino. Race and Rhonda, who loved and valued their growing team, knew that a Filipino teammate was newly wed and had a wife in Manila whom he missed very much. Before long, Race and Rhonda made a promise to their 2 Filipino teammates that Ohmyhome will set up an office in Manila to bring them closer to their family.

“The Philippines is a growing market,” she explains. “In the last three years, Manila has seen an increase in condominium property prices of 11.9% each year on average. The number of transactions has also been steadily growing—reaching a record high of 54,000 condominium units sold in Metro Manila in 2018, surpassing 2017’s 53,000 units.

Still, property transactions in the Philippines are marked by drawbacks such as a lack of transparency, untrustworthy agents, slow feedback, and decentralized services. “With the country’s huge population, the only way to provide transparent and reliable services to Filipinos is through our advanced technology combined with our offline services,” Rhonda says.

“We designed the Ohmyhome application and website for Filipinos and made modifications to make sure that the technology is suitable and relevant to the Philippine context. We wanted the platform to be truly built by the Filipino, for the Filipinos.”


Owners Race Wong and Rhonda Wong

About Ohmyhome

Ohmyhome makes property transactions simple, fast, and affordable through a DIY platform, top-tier agent services, mortgage advisory, conveyancing, and much more. It is Singapore’s leading PropTech Solution and a CEA-licensed real estate agency. 

The DIY (self-serve) platform connects homeowners and searchers directly at no cost. Thousands of property listings are genuine, unique, and simple to browse. Innovative features such as ‘ShoutOut’ and ‘Open House’ enhance the overall user experience. For those who prefer comprehensive and professional assistance, competitively priced house and condominium agent services are available. 

Powered by advanced technology and trusted by customers, Ohmyhome agents are the most efficient in the market. Since its launch, Ohmyhome has 175,000 monthly active users. More than 5,300 homes have transacted through Ohmyhome, which represents a combined value of over US$1 billion. 

Ohmyhome was launched in Malaysia in July 2019, as part of its expansion plans in the Southeast Asia Region. It is the first cross-border, one-stop property solution with its tech- enabled offerings that have served thousands of customers in Singapore. 

For more information, click here.

Fibermate & Sodium Ascorbate: 15-Day Challenge

Finally found time to write again! ♡ I’ve been really busy juggling work and events, but nothing beats this blog, this safe space. There’s a different level of accomplishment when you get to do something that you’re passionate about, right?

Anyway, I can really say that I’ve been insanely occupied because these months went by so quickly — never realized we’re already on the second half of 2019 til I jotted down my June plans the other day. I’m pretty sure you guys are busy, too! Given our unending list of to-do’s, we better make sure to be on the lookout for our health and wellbeing.


FIBERMATE

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m a big foodie. Eating is my way of releasing stress, like that “I deserve this meal” kind of reward after a long day. Fibermate helped in making me feel guiltless and in maintaining my weight, especially that I don’t have time to hit the gym. I think I even lost a few pounds just by drinking it daily.

First time to hear about Fibermate? It’s a supplement by RiteMED that contains Psyllium Fiber, aiding weight loss. TMI but still sharing - it really helped in my constipation. It would take me days to "release." With that, I can attest to Fibermate’s effectivity because it helped in regulating my bowel movement. Without it, I’m back to being uncomfortable and bloated. Really good for food digestion and detox.


Very very easy to prepare - I just mix it in my glass of ice-cold water, drink it before meals. Much like an orange juice, but sugar-free!

Fibermate is available in Shopee through the RiteMED Clickhealth Store. They have a special 1+1 promo until supplies last, so make sure to order as soon as you can!


SODIUM ASCORBATE

Of course, I have several days that I feel overworked and exhausted — which leads to looking haggard or getting sick. Big no no! However, when I started taking in Sodium Ascorbate, I had that certain glow and I noticed I don’t get sick that easily.

Apparently, Sodium Ascorbate’s focus is collagen production and glutathione absorption — which explains where that “glow” is coming from. It also helps strengthen the immune system. Oh, and it's a non-acidic Vitamin C!


So I took both for 15 days. Honestly, at first, I didn’t really expect anything because a lot of brands promise too much and underdeliver. But with Fibermate and Sodium Ascorbate, there were noticeable changes just a few days after religiously drinking - most especially in terms of immunity and bowel movement!

On those days, I felt lighter, healthier, and glowing despite my tiresome days. I felt more poised to face my countless work- and blog-related meetings, all thanks to power dressing and the confidence from my daily dose of Fibermate and Sodium Ascorbate.


It makes me happy that I finally found supplements that really work. These days, it’s so hard to look for a trusted and reliable brand. High risks, high costs! And you know me, I only recommend brands that I really use - so I won’t let you down with skincare and healthcare stuff! 

Which reminds me… I need to restock soon! 

RiteMED Sodium Ascorbate is only Php4.50/capsule, available in all major drugstores nationwide. RiteMED Fibermate is Php622.00/30 sachets, currently available at Shopee with a special Buy 1 Take 1 promo!

Siesta Beach Retreat, La Union

La Union will always be my safe space. I've been here for several times already and I won't ever get tired of this place. It's more than just a surf town for me - LU gives me healing and serenity every single visit. I was actually here two months ago - all alone, at my lowest point, but just seeing the waves before me calmed my heart. Fast forward to the first Monday of February, I'm back again but in a happier state.




Spontaneous and impulsive - my best friends and I drove to La Union for a quick beach break. We stayed at Siesta Beach Retreat, a beach-front haven inside Urbiz Garden (beside Flotsam & Jetsam). Whenever I feel the need to unwind, I prefer staying at this side of La Union - still at San Juan but quite a long walk from the main restaurants and other resorts.


This newly-opened home has Bamboo Treehouse fan rooms, with the view of the ocean as soon as you step out.


Yna and I stayed at the Twin Bed Room (Php2,000.00). It includes two (2) beds, fluffy pillows, fleece blankets (my favorite!), towels, and a kulambo!


I'm really picky when it comes to beds, so I'm pleasantly surprised with the quality of beds Siesta Beach Retreat has. Slept like a baby, my friends had a hard time waking me up. Lol


There are also nice hooks where you can hang your swimwear/clothes!


King had the Full Bed Room (Php2,000.00) and I think 2 people can share in here. Same inclusions, but with a king-sized bed.


Siesta Beach Retreat also has a Solo Room (Php1,000.00) and Tent Pitching (Php600.00/guest). Best part? Booking here includes 1 free yoga pass per person and access to their pool!

To be honest, their rates are insanely affordable, given that you have a lovely beach front spot.


Clean shower and toilet rooms ❤


Siesta Beach Retreat also has this common patio exclusive for guests. Super cozy!


You can also opt to chill here and stare at the ocean.


Yoga area! I heard they have Vinsaya sessions every Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. You can also book a private class, just leave a message at @duyanyoga on Instagram or contact 0915 513 8333.


DUYAN under the tree, y'all! How can you not fall in love with Siesta Beach Retreat?


To make a reservation, just slide into Siesta Beach Retreat's Instagram DM or message them on Facebook. Pro tip: they prioritize these over phone calls! ;)

Another nice thing about Siesta is that they can arrange a trip to Tangadan Falls and other tourist spots in La Union, too! We didn't avail of this since we really just wanted to swim and lounge, but definitely going back next time to try those side trips out!


Swim break!


Elyu staples! El Union and Sabong Fried Chicken ❤ We also had our dose of grilled food for dinner at Beach Bumbeque (inside Beach Bum Food Park).


LU has one of the best sunset views. Imagine this while your favorite playlist's on full blast, and you hear the waves crashing... grabe ❤

We spent the rest of the night drinking wine, eating chips, and playing Nintendo Switch. Simple moments like this make my heart flutter.


MY FAVORITE! Makai Bowls! I'm in love with their Amianan (dragon fruit smoothie bowl) but it wasn't available that time, so I got Beach Break instead. SOLID PA RIN!


Haaay, my constants! With these two, I know I'll never be alone. Really lucky to have best friends like them.

I love you, Aleenski and Kingking!


Thank you, Siesta Beach Retreat, for such an amazing experience! Certainly coming back!

Y'all better book with them as soon as you can!

SIESTA BEACH RETREAT
San Juan, La Union