Maybelline x Gigi Hadid (Philippines)

What's up, fellow makeup and fashion junkies?! The most-awaited cosmetic collaboration is finally coming to the Philippines tomorrow, November 15, 2017! Select Maybelline counters in SM Department Stores and Watsons Stores are going to be LIT with the Maybelline x Gigi Hadid collection!

The design and details of this collection reveal the story of Gigi Hadid's life as she sees it, one shade name at a time. 

I've compiled all the products, prices, and descriptions so you can easily view. :)
I bet y'all have been waiting to take a peek through this collection, so here you go!

Fresh, bold, and fierce. It's all about the cat eye in this city chic makeup look inspired by Gigi's home away from home, New York City. Bold as the city itself is Gigi's signature nude lip and fierce cat eye.

Fiber Mascara

Get thick and lush eyelashes like Gigi with her dual-ended lengthening and volumizing mascara. Go for an instantly irresistible and eye-catching look and bring on East Coast Glam effortlessly.

Eye Contour Palette

This palette will help you create natural eye contour that accentuates, deepens, and widens the eyes.

Brow Pencil

Achieve full and fluffy brows like Gigi's with the Brow Pencil from her collection. Shape and fill in bald spots soft and easy with the pencil's tear drop tip. With its unique gel-to-powder formula, get natural-looking brows that lasts from day to night.

Gel Eyeliner

Waterproof and smudge-proof! This delivers all-day intense color that glides on easily from the inner to outer corner of the eye to dramatize the smize.

Lip Kit

For that perfectly nude pout, here's Gigi's matte lip kit collection which comes in three shades of essential neutral and nude colors to finish off your look.

Tinted Primer

Gigi's tinted base doubles as a makeup primer and a way to achieve natural-looking contour. Dubbed as a celebrity must-have, this is one of Gigi's most-trusted beauty essentials for a flawless finish.

Liquid Strobing Cream

Achieve that California glow look with this Liquid Strobing Cream which you can wear in four ways: wear alone, mix with the Tinted Primer, mix with foundation, or spotlight high points of your face.

BB Cushion

Get flawless and poreless coverage that's long-lasting. Perfect for those who grind from day to night.

Sunkissed and sultry, this glowing makeup collection is inspired by the warm California vibes of Gigi Hadid's hometown.

Eye Shadow Palette

Six shades carefully curated by Gigi herself.

Gel Eyeliner

Brighten and illuminate the eyes for a long-lasting impression with Gigi's long-wearing and smudge-resistant gel eyeliner in nude.

Lip Kit

Create instant definition for fully accentuated lips with the West Coast Glow collection, featuring 3 gorgeous bold shades of red lipsticks. Easy to glide with a creamy matte finish.

Liquid Strobing Cream

Similar with that of East Coast's, but in Warm shade.

Tinted Primer

Start your look with Gigi's Tinted Primer to create a natural contour with a sheer tint of color.

Gigi Hadid Limited Edition Jetsetter Palette

A glamorous beauty essential complete with two shades of concealer, two shades of lip balm, four shades of eye shadow, blush, matte bronzer, and a mini-version of mascara

So which product are you most excited to try? :)
Maybelline x Gigi Hadid collection is available at:
SM North EDSA Department Store
SM Megamall Department Store
SM Mall of Asia Department Store
SM Makati Department Store
Watsons SM Mall of Asia Mall 1
SM Cebu Department Store
SM Megamall Watsons Daimaru
SM San Lazaro Department Store
SM Dasma Department Store
SM Fairview Department Store
SM Sta. Rosa Department Store
SM Manila Department Store
SM Las Pinas Department Store
SM Baguio Department Store
SM Cubao Department Store
SM Lipa Department Store
SM Clark Department Store
SM Calamba Department Store

Merci Buco by Locally

BonJUICE! :p Locally, the first quirky Filipino juice line that uses homegrown fruits, recently released a new drink containing delicious, organic coconut juice - the first eco-certified organic coconut water in the Philippines.
You might've noticed Locally's witty juice names like Mangosteenie Miney Mo, Tamarind My Bell, Guyabano-body But You, and Calamansi'z the Day. They're unstoppable with their entertaining puns as they launch "Merci Buco"

Everyone's gone loco with coco! People have become more conscious with choosing healthier drink alternatives, hence the coconut craze all over the world. Did you know that the Philippines is the biggest producer of the most delicious coconuts around the globe? We have exported a total of more than 49 million liters of coconut water in 2015. Amazeballs!

Locally Merci Buco is made from pure and organic coconut water sourced and organically grown from local farms in Bicol and Quezon, assuring consumers not only of 100% freshness from the best-tasting natural coco water, but also of its numerous health benefits: low calorie content of 40 calories per serving, no sugar added (for plain coco water), no fat and cholesterol, gluten-free, not from concentrate, and non-GMO. What’s more, Locally Merci Buco has the natural properties of coco water such as antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc.

Locally Merci Buco is also the perfect post-workout drink for fitness enthusiasts, because it is loaded with electrolytes that boost one’s energy level. It is also a healthier alternative to sweetened and carbonated sports and energy drinks due to its rich potassium content.

And since Locally wants us to have more fun while drinking, they offer Merci Buco in two other refreshing Pinoy favorite variants - buco lychee and buco pandan.

Hit your nearest Rustan's, select Puregold and Robinsons Supermarkets nationwide for your dose of Merci Buco. Gotta love Locally! ❤

Snow Skin Whitening (Thoughts and Quick Review)

Whether you want to achieve lighter complexion or you are born with fair skin but suffering from dark spots and uneven skin tone due to sun damage (like me!), topical whitening products are readily available in the market to help your concerns. One trusted brand that's been in the industry for years is Snow Skin Whitening by Vida Nutriscience.

If you haven't heard of Snow Skin Whitening yet, let me give you an overview of their promising product line and how to use each item.

Snow Skin Whitening Soap
Your skin needs its well-deserved energy and nutrients to keep it radiant and younger looking. This soap has 7 plant extracts from the Swiss Alps that promotes skin lightening and anti-age spots. It also offers anti-oxidants like aloe vera extract, vitamin C, vitamin E, and Niacinamide B3 - all aiding to give your skin moisture, protection, and clarifying benefits.

Price: Php149.00 (135g)

How to use: Apply this soap daily for face and body. Leave on skin for 2-3 minutes before rinsing.

Thoughts: I didn't try this on my face though because I have a different skin care regimen dedicated for my face. However, for my body, I must say it delivered well because I've seen good results after a month of using. I experienced subtle peeling particularly in my arms and shoulders - which is normal with whitening products and can be easily treated with lotion. Peeling just means that the product removes the dead and dry cells off your skin. :)

Snow Skin Whitening Lotion
This product has 7 clinically proven skin whitening actives to provide the following:

✓ Beauty from the inside and outside
✓ Anti-aging and photo-aging
✓ Skin whitening (evening of skin tone)
✓ Protection against UV damage, photo oxidation and sunburn
✓ Prevention of DNA damage
✓ Anti-inflammatory
✓ Enhancement of other active ingredients that this product contains

It's also important to note that the Snow Skin Whitening Lotion is hydroquinone-free and paraben-free. Some brands has those carcinogenic elements, so make sure to double check the components before buying or using!

Price: Php799.00 (175ml)

Some of you might get stunned by its price, but this product is really big, it will last long. :)

How to use: Apply generously all over the body, targeting uneven skin tones on your elbows, knees, neck and nape.

Thoughts: This lotion has several claims but I'm happy to share that it worked well for my skin. It really helped in making my skin look radiant and moisturized. I like that it feels light when applied, not sticky nor heavy, perfect for our hot and humid city.

Snow Pore Minimizer Toner
For my fellow skin care freaks, you might want to try out the Snow Pore Minimizer Toner! This helps in:

✓ Minimizing pores
✓ Controlling excess oil
✓ Exfoliating skin (removes dead skin cells)
✓ Balancing pH levels
✓ Smoothening skin's texture

Price: Php149.00 (100ml)

How to use: After washing your face, use a cotton pad to wipe the Snow Pore Minimizing Toner. 

To make sure that this product is compatible with your skin, here's how to check before using:

Apply a small amount of Snow Pore Minimizer Toner to either side of your cheeks for 12 to 24 hours. Examine if there are redness, itchiness or skin irritation. If none, you may safely use the product. :)

Thoughts: Since I've mentioned earlier that I have a different skin care routine for my face, I asked my mom to try this toner for me for a month. She applied this every morning and evening (after shower) and mentioned that she loves the result. Immediately after use, she told me that her skin feels smoother and her pores got smaller. Also, she didn't get any breakouts! :)

Snow Skin Whitening Cream
Like the soap and lotion, this cream has the elite 7 skin whitening actives for that luminous white skin.

The Snow Skin Whitening Cream can:

✓ Serve as an excellent moisturizer
✓ Protect skin cells against UV radiation
✓ Stimulate fibroblast and collagen synthesis
✓ Promote healing and reduce discoloration of scars
✓ Treat melasma
✓ Act as a non-invasive treatment of skin wrinkles

Price: Php1,499.00 (50ml)

Price may be steep for a whitening cream if you're on a tight budget, but all the benefits it mentioned, especially the "non-invasive treatment of skin wrinkles", is a good reason to purchase! ;)

How to use: After washing your face and toning, apply this cream generously on your face.

Thoughts: My mom religiously used the Snow Skin Whitening Cream right after the toner for a month, too. She loves how it aids in making her look more youthful - our daily restaurant operations made her lose weight plus this cream helped in making her look younger! I also noticed how her wrinkles and eye bags lessened. Even her amigas and our relatives are interested to try this!

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Overall, the Snow Skin Whitening product line is worth trying. The Vida Nutriscience company swears by their core values "integrity, involvement, and innovation" in making each product, so you're sure that you're in good hands. They seek to remain consistent in their philosophy of becoming the country's go-to provider of safe, novel and ethical health and wellness products.

Snow Skin Whitening products are available in Mercury Drug, Watsons, South Star Drug, Puregold, SM stores, and other leading groceries nationwide.

Toby's Sports: National Sports and Fitness Day

Mark your calendars: October 1, 2017 is Natonal Sports and Fitness Day!

Toby's Sports, the largest multi-brand sports retailer in the Philippines, announced that they're celebrating the 1st National Sports and Fitness Day on October 1, 2017. This event is to further highlight the positive benefits of sports and fitness activities for Filipinos of all ages.

Apart from having the widest selection of sports products from our favorite brands in the industry, Toby's Sports has also been at the forefront of the sports and fitness movement through several initiatives like youth sports foundation, regular sports events for amateurs and consistently partnering with other organizations that are dedicated to improving people's lives through sports.

Truly, Toby's Sports is dedicated to help customers find the right gear and assist them in their journey to an active and healthy lifestyle.

Don't miss this! ❤

Cooking Oil That's Best For Your Heart

Since we became restaurateurs, Deo and I are extra conscious about the type of oils that we use - whether for the business or for our personal use. Though some cooking oils put your cardiovascular health at risk, others provide essential good fats that our bodies need.

One of the healthiest and most recommended oils in the market is canola oil, which contains heart-healthy nutrients called phytosterols (an all-natural plant extract that can reduce your body's cholesterol level by up to 15%). Leading oil brand Golden Fiesta by NutriAsia offers this! :)

So why do you need to switch to Golden Fiesta Canola Oil?

Golden Fiesta Canola Oil is a rich source of phytosterols. Scientific studies and trials show that consumption of 2 grams of phytosterols per day may diminish the risk of coronary heart disease, which is one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

Made from the seeds of canola flowers, Golden Fiesta Canola Oil is also rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6, which are also beneficial in lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and some types of cancer when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.

Compared to other vegetable oils, canola oil has a low level of uric acid, glucosinolates, and saturated fatty acids and bad fats, making it one of the healthiest and more widely used oils in the market.

When you go to the supermarket, choose the cooking oil that's best for your heart - the NutriAsia Golden Fiesta Canola Oil!

Achieve Hair Goals with Cream Silk's Customized Solutions

Have you heard of Cream Silk's most beautiful transformation yet? Every Modern Filipinas' hair needs will be addressed through their Customized Solutions' new formulation and look. Whether your crowning glory suffers from hair fall, dullness, dryness, dandruff, and unwanted color, you have the #PowerToTransform and achieve your hair goals.

On me: top from Zara | skirt courtesy of Penshoppe

Cream Silk has always been my trusted conditioner brand for years. I've tried using different brands before but end up switching back to Cream Silk the day after.

Since college, my hair's always exposed to heat, coloring and styling tools, making it frizzy and prone to breakage. I've been using the Standout Straight variant daily to help control unruly hair. Indeed, it instantly makes my hair straight and beautiful!

The new Cream Silk range has 7 customized solutions, but you might have several hair problems to address and need only one conditioner. If my fellow Modern Filipinas are unsure of which variant to get, I suggest you try out Cream Silk's Hair Profiler on their website. Those 4 easy steps will definitely help you decide! :)

Interestingly, their Hair Profiler led me to the Dry Rescue variant. I picked "nourished, straight, shiny, and protected from damage" and the system recommended that for my concerns. Trying that one immediately!

Along with its reformulation, Cream Silk also transformed to its new look with their powerful endorsers on the packs. Heart Evangelista (Pink), Coleen Garcia (Green), Nadine Lustre (Blue), Pia Wurtzbach (Gold), Yassi Pressman (Orange), Julie Anne San Jose (Violet), and Rachelle Ann Go (Red). With their own stories of transformation, these celebrities serve to epitomize the Cream Silk woman, and to empower other Filipinas to believe that they, too, can become the best they can be.

How about you? Which among the 7 Cream Silk's all new customized solutions are you using? :)

Life Lately and Quick Selfie Test (Oppo F3)

Whew! The past 2 weeks were INSANE and we're not yet done hustlin'. In case you didn't know, Deo and I have finally established our own full-blown restaurant called "Wild Kinjo" - our second and, by far, biggest venture for 2017. I'll dedicate a separate blog post for Wild Kinjo very soon, but in case you want real-time updates, I regularly upload via Instagram stories. :)

Wild Kinjo is officially open starting September 11, 2017, 12NN-10PM. It's conveniently located just beside UST, a few walks away from the university's gate along P. Noval. We're serving Japanese x Latin American cuisine, and we can't wait for YOU to try out our dishes!

Address: Unit 2C 981 P. Noval Street corner Delos Reyes Street, Manila

On me: top courtesy of Wrangler | DIY paint splatter denims courtesy of Penshoppe | Adidas Stan Smiths | Forever 21 biker jacket

Anyway, back to the main topic! After publishing my Oppo F3 Selfie Expert blog post, I've received several requests to show selfie tests using the said phone. I bet you got curious with its beautification feature and the two built-in cameras! ;)

While our restaurant was under construction, Deo and I were there everyday - running errands like buying from the hardware store, painting walls, and so much more. During those days, I didn't wear ANY makeup at all because we were always sweating like crazy and (literally) doing dirty work.

These photos taken by my Oppo F3 didn't show how haggard I am. Is this phone made of magic?!

Also, notice the difference between the two selfies below.

The first photo shows a wider selfie - an example of the secondary camera's range for field of view. If this was a group photo, I'm sure you'd appreciate it more, but you get the point. :) Second one's the normal selfie mode.

For more details about the Oppo F3 Selfie Expert, check out my unboxing post.

Kushikatsu Daruma: Buy 1 Take 1 Happy Hour Promo

Deo and I are obsessed with Japanese food! I'm sure you know that well! ;)

We love trying out new and old Japanese restaurants to further immerse our palates with our favorite cuisine. Kushikatsu Daruma is one of the spots that we've been wanting to visit, and we're happy that our insane schedules finally permitted us to try them out last week!

Kushikatsu comprises of deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables. While the concept sounds straightforward, to learn how to cook a proper Japanese skewer requires at least a month of intensive training in Japan.

Kushikatsu Daruma serves 36 highly addictive skewers, ranging from pork, to beef, to chicken, and vegetables! All perfectly crisp and cooked well!

My favorite kushikatsu skewers: Classic Kushikatsu, Camembert Cheese, Onion Leeks, and Prawn.

You might've seen this "No Double Dipping" signage once (or twice!) in your feed. Kushikatsu Daruma lives by this rule! In Japan where meals are shared among strangers, hygiene is of prime importance.

What's in this controversial sauce?! We just know that this mysterious umami sauce is sweet and tart. Even the franchisers don't know the ingredients. This special sauce is regularly flown in from Osaka to Manila in order to guarantee a truly authentic kushikatsu experience.

Our Japanese food immersion's not complete without trying out their rice bowls! 

Gyudon with Cheese. Ordered this again when we went back to Kushikatsu! Really love it!

And Deo got the Oyakudon. Yum!


Nope... unfortunately, you still can't double dip your Kushikatsu skewers! :p However, we can all enjoy their Buy 1 Take 1 Happy Hour promo for Chu Hais (Japanese mixed drinks/cocktails). They also have a price drop for local beers. 

 We tried out several Chu Hai flavors but my favorites are Mango Blackberry and Apple Cinnamon. You can get both for only Php280.00!


Kushikatsu Daruma
Uptown Place Mall (2nd floor)
36th Street Corner 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City