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UNIQLO Fall/Winter 2018 Collection

No other brand screams simplicity, quality, and longevity than UNIQLO. Just a few weeks ago, they released their stunning Fall/Winter 2018 Collection focusing on two (2) basic elements - color and silhouette - to help people dress with style and confidence.


Coat c/o UNIQLO

Since Christopher-Lemaire's line debut two years ago, its mainstay items have become even more attractive, with its innovations transforming into contemporary essentials. Their latest collection features a vivid fall and winer color palette and designs with in-trend volumes. Still elegantly timeless while showcasing diverse ideas that symbolize the future of LifeWear.


Color to re-invigorate individual style
To build a full color palette for the collection, UNIQLO took inspiration from three key lifestyle concepts: Great Outdoors, Work and Craft, and Abstract Art.

The palette includes moss greens and sky reds, colors inspired by natural materials - wood, clay, andd stone gray, as well as bold and vivid colors of art - blues, reds, and yellows.


Simplified silhouettes for greater confidence
The collection is also refined to three universal and timeless shapes - circular, triangular, and rectangular. These shapes are subtly emphasized throughout the collection in its oversized items, in its flared and A-line items and in its more structured, narrow looks. 


Wearers can choose shapes that flatter their own unique body type for more confidence and more individual style.

Women's items exude comfort and confidence, while men's pieces convey unpretentious relaxation.


BLOCKTECH
Perfect for shutting out the rain and wind with its durable water repellent coating that keeps wearers dry. The fabric is also breathable, releasing moisture to keep sweat at bay and maintain comfort.


Visit your nearest UNIQLO branch and shop away! 

Palmolive EXPERTIQUE: Salon-Beautiful Hair at Home

In choosing my hair products, I only go for those that can make my tresses be smooth, fragrant, and healthy. And by healthy, I mean hair that's not dull, damaged, and frizzy. While there are salons that can help us get expert results, the bigger challenge is maintaining it everyday as we step out for work, school, date nights, etc.


Palmolive, the country's #1 personal care brand, recently unveiled a new range of hair care products called the Palmolive EXPERTIQUE™ - a full regimen inspired by and crafted with experts to deliver salon-beautiful hair from the comfort of one's home.


Maureen Wroblewitz, brand endorser and top model

Palmolive EXPERTIQUE™ products are infused with activated Kera-Ceramide Serum (KCS), a technology that offers Keratin (deposits protein back into the hair for added strenght, smoothness, and protection) and Ceramides (for restoring proper balance and providing a protective barrier against damage). This powerful combination can nourish hair from the inside out.


The new Palmolive EXPERTIQUE™ product line consists of three variants of shampoo and conditioner:

REVITALISTE
For normal to dry hair to enhance hair vitality and natural movement

SMOOTHIQUE
For frizzy, flyaway hair to align, tame, and add control to the hair strands

RESILIENTE
For damaged or over-treated hair to reconstruct and fortify hair against damage

Complementing the shampoo and conditioner to complete the regimen are three hair treatments:

INTENSIVE HAIR MASK
Hydrates and helps restore strength and elasticity of dry, damaged hair

BEAUTIFYING HAIR OIL
Provides intense nutrition for enhanced shine and silkiness of hair

ANTI-FRIZZ SERUM
Protects hair against frizz and flyaways


I've been using the Revitaliste shampoo and conditioner, and the anti-frizz serum for almost two weeks now and loving the result so far! No need for too much styling as it looks gorgeous as is. 

The new Palmolive EXPERTIQUE™ premium hair care range is available in all leading supermarkets nationwide.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Breakout Philippines | 2018 Experience

Our 2-month long kitchen break is over, and Wild Kinjo is back to regular programming! If you're following me on my social media accounts, you'll know that my vacation revolved around these things: blog events, quality time with my family and friends, kdrama, and sleep. I don't get to do all those when we have restaurant operations, so I really made the most out of our break.

A couple of weeks ago, Deo and I took our friends to BREAKOUT PHILIPPINES. We went to two (2) branches - first was at Paragon Plaza with our Wild Kinjo babies, and the other was at SM North EDSA with our solid barkada Yna and King.


To those who haven't heard of Breakout yet (WHY!), they're actually the Philippines' Premier Escape Room Game. Currently, Breakout has 6 branches - Paragon Plaza in Mandaluyong, Katipunan Avenue, Serendra BGC, Alabang Town Center, SM North EDSA, and Greenbelt 5.

Basically, you will play as detectives and will be locked in masterfully designed themed rooms for 45 minutes. The goal is to solve the puzzles (can be a passcode combination, lock and key, or reveal an entrance to a secret passageway) and escape the room within the given time. If you don't, then you'll be #trappedforever... but of course, that's only a term for losers. :p

Each room can accommodate up to 6 players. Since we were 9 at Paragon Plaza, we formed 2 groups (Team Arnie vs Team Deo) to play Hide & Seek and Room 13. Almost all of us were first timers, which made it even more exciting!


Photo grabbed from Breakout Philippines

HIDE & SEEK

My team and I were assigned in Hide & Seek. This room is quite popular but not for the best reason. There have been rumors that this particular room has some paranormal activities.

And true enough... we discovered that those rumors are not just rumors. Happily, our team is too competitive that we got to solve and escape Hide & Seek despite all the creepy stuff. LOL the thought haunted us even after we left Paragon! 


Photo grabbed from Breakout Philippines

ROOM 13

Team Deo's room! For Room 13, the concept is that the group has checked in at an old motel after experiencing car troubles in the middle of nowhere. Didn't get to experience it so I'm not the best person to describe, but based from their stories, Deo was totally creeped out. HAHAHAHA! They didn't get to solve Room 13, but I heard they were almost there!


THE BREAK ROOM

We all proceeded to The Break Room right after. This is one of Breakout's newest offers - a room where you can smash anything using bats for 30 minutes. If you're angry, frustrated, or stressed, this might be the perfect outlet for you.

What's great about The Break Room is that you can bring your own stuff to smash, may it be an old TV, ref, computer, something from your ex... really, anything that can fit in their door! You can also break beer bottles provided by their team, or punch the poor dummy inside the room.


For Php300/person (opening til 5PM) or Php350/person (5pm til closing), here's what's included:

Music Playlist
Smash to your choice of music. Simply connect to their bluetooth speaker and put the volume on max. My group and I went with trap and turnt songs, but I heard others smash with classical hotel lobby-type of music. HAHAHAHA! Kanya-kanyang trip!

Bring Your Own Stuff
Again, as long as it fits through their door (3ft wide and 6.7ft high), you can bring your own stuff to break. If they're almost as big as their doors, just inform them right away so they can secure permits.

Printed Faces
Email them ahead or bring a soft copy (USB flash drive) of the faces of people you're mad or frustrated at, they'd print those for you. ;)

CCTV Footage
The best part? You can have your CCTV footage to help you re-live your glorious moment! Just bring your own USB or buy one from them! 

Request For An Item
Too lazy to bring your own? Inform them ahead of time and they will do their best to source out the cheapest item for you to destress on.


Don't worry about the debris, The Break Room will have you all covered up with a protective gear - overalls, gloves, safety goggles, and headwear. Just make sure to wear closed footwear or rubber shoes. :)


Had such an amazing time with our Wild Kinjo babies! From being our restaurant's loyal customers to now our crazy friends, I'm so happy we became close with these balls of sunshine!

Jumping to the next Breakout session! Really... one visit is never enough! Deo, Yna, King and I went to their branch at SM North EDSA. I thought I'm braver than ever after experiencing Hide & Seek, but this branch is also something else.


THE RED DOOR

When I found out that this room is inspired by the famous horror movie Insidious, I walked in feeling dead inside. LOL! They have a different attack in terms of puzzles and scaring you. Side story: I'm super weak when it comes to horror stuff. This room, however, needed a sacrificial lamb at some point and I was forced to get in because I'm such a good friend. LMAO! Can't believe I conquered that.

We got to solve and escape The Red Door, too! Second winning streak because I'm too competitive. :p 


Thrilled for our next Breakout session! Massive love and thanks to Breakout Philippines for having us! We had the best time <3

BREAKOUT PHILIPPINES

Weekday Rates (Monday - Thursday)
For 1-6 persons: Php300/person

Weekend Rates (Friday - Sunday)
For 1-2 persons: Php600/person
For 3-4 persons: Php500/person
For 5-6 persons: Php400/person

Best Begins Now | Aquafina

Whether for your life goals or simple day-to-day tasks, how do you reach your best potential?

As restaurant owners and bloggers, Deo and I pour our hearts in everything that we make - from mise en place, actual cooking, managing cash flow, shooting for new content, writing blog posts, editing vlog episodes, and more. The road to achieving your dreams is not (and will never be) easy. You have to put your 100% even when it's hard, even in the tiniest detail. We can't afford to waste a single day.


Aquafina, the world's best-selling water, has launched their #BestBeginsNow campaign to help inspire people to start living the best version of themselves. At the event, there were series of talks by experts in different fields: beauty, content creation, and hosting.


Deo and I stayed long at the content creation area since it had the perfect mix of what we love to do - cooking and styling! Hey Handsome chef Nicco Santos and food stylist Chichi Tullao were there to demonstrate how to make a simple dish come to life. 


Social media maven and award-winning entrepreneur Martine Cajucom was in that area, too, to speak about personal branding and how one could use it to their advantage.


Here's the beauty corner where queens Pia Wurtzbach and Michelle Gumabao talked about their journey to getting their crowns and how to feel more confident in one's skin. Designer Francis Libiran was also there, joined by Jonas Gaffud and Albert Kurniawan - people behind the beauty queens' successes.


Meanwhile, hosts Sam YG and Suzy Gamboa talked about hosting and mentored up-and-coming Magic 89.9 junior jocks.


There you have it! Remember - delaying is not an option because your best begins now.

Aquafina is available in all leading supermarkets and convenient stores nationwide.

Korean Skincare Haul (Nature Republic Uptown BGC)

My obsession for skincare is pretty obvious... lol! Writing (or talking) about it makes me feel really happy. It's probably one of the best things that you can invest in - your skin will thank you for it as you age. ;) 

In case you haven't watched my skincare routine yet, here's a vlog episode of mine from November 2017 where I shared the products that I use - brands that are purely Korean and Japanese.

However, the changing seasons call for some adjustments in skin routines, so I've been switching up different products in the past weeks to fit my current needs. Today, I'll be sharing with you my discoveries from Nature Republic, so please keep reading! :)


Nature Republic, one of the leading cosmetic brands from South Korea, has opened up a new store in Uptown Mall BGC. They're known for producing quality beauty products that are derived from natural substances and essences.


Their most famous product: Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel

This product gently moisturizes all skin types, including sensitive skin. It has proven to effectively soothe and refresh dry, inflamed, and sun burnt areas, too. You see this pretty much everywhere - even in bazaars or online stores. Be careful of fake ones, though! I highly encourage you to purchase only from Nature Republic stores in malls. Otherwise, you're risking your skin from getting further damage.


There are several ways to know if the product is fake or real. According to their team, one way is to check the recycle sign at the back. Fake ones have two (2) signs, the original has one (1). 

I heard the fake aloe gel costs only Php100.00. The real one from Nature Republic costs Php245.00.

Anyway, here's what you can expect inside the newly-opened Nature Republic store:


From cleansers to sleeping packs, they have products for different skin concerns!


EXO Hand Cream (which y'all are crazy about!)


They also have foundations, color correcting creams, blushers, lip tints, brow pens, and more! In fairness with the foundation bottle - the frosted approach reminds me of Fenty Beauty! :p


Now for my haul - aka the products that I'm about to add in my skincare routine! So much love!


Sun Block with SPF35 (Php455.00)
The last step in morning skincare routines which we tend to forget sometimes. Sun block's super important to shield our skin from the harmful sun rays.


Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Mist (Php275.00)
Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel (Php245.00)
Of course! A Nature Republic trip isn't complete without these!


Iceland First Watery Essence (Php645.00)
To be applied after using toner to add another layer of hydration before creams or serums.


Pure Bud Relief Foam Cleanser (Php345.00)
Trying out this cleanser as soon as I finish up the one I'm currently using (on the vlog!)


Mild Cotton Wipes (Php66.00)
For my toner!


Face Masks (Php55.00 - Php75.00)
For that extra moisture and glow!


Clear Spot Patch (Php235.00)
Blackhead Clear Nose Pack (Php35.00)
Skin emergency savers!


Cream Concealer (Php395.00)
The only makeup product that I picked! Haha! Running out of concealers, perfect chance to finally try this one!

Try before you buy! Nature Republic has starter kits, too, in case you want to try out the products in small batches before purchasing the full-sized ones.


Fresh Green Tea Starter Kit
Toner, emulsion, and cream 


Bee Venom Starter Kit
Cleansing foam, toner, emulsion


Collagen Dream Starter Kit
Skin booster, emulsion, essence, cream

Will definitely share my thoughts on these products! I might upload an updated skincare routine soon. Stay tuned for that!

Thanks so much and congratulations, Nature Republic! Kamsahamnida!