Friday, April 3, 2015

TheBalm Blushes

I've only recently come to terms with how I should have more powder blushes instead of always just reaching for my favorite blushes in my favorite formulation-- mousse.

Enter, TheBalm with their pigmented blushes in super cute, vintage packaging.


 Fratboy, from TheBalm's Boy blush line, is a peach-pink color that gives a natural and healthy-looking flush to my neutral-warm skin tone. It's not quite pink, not quite orange. Just a very wearable cross between the two colors. I can even wear this blush with a pink shade of lipstick!
A little goes a long way with this product because of its excellent pigmentation. Easy to blend out and build up.


Cabana Boy is a beautiful deeo plum. It's like the blush counterpart of Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Lipstain in Smitten. I love wearing this color on dark/damp days or when I'm going for a more mature look. This is even more pigmented than Fratboy so definitely apply with a light hand. 


Toile, from the Instain blush line, is a strawberry pink color that gives a youthful flush. It has a lot of red in it and can make you appear like you're blushing when applied sparingly

Emphasis on the word 'sparingly' because this is very pigmented and a bit difficult to blend out because, true to its name, it tends to "stain" your cheeks. Instead of loading up your brush with the product, a light swipe across the pan will do the trick. It's always easier to start light then build up on the color until you get the color intensity you're going for.

TheBalm blushes come in sturdy cardboard boxes that close magnetically and with a mirror on the lid. Pretty and practical little packaging. 

The Instain colors excite me! But I prefer the formulation of the Boy blush line because they're easy to blend out despite the heavy pigmentation. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Canmake Brown Eyeliner (Sweet Angelic Brown)

I picked this up on a whim when I passed by the Canmake store in Glorietta 2.  I'm not familiar with this Japanese brand at all, although I've heard of it, so I had no idea which of their products are worth trying. 

I tried this Brown Eyeliner in Sweet Angelic Brown (the only shade there is) upon recommendation of the store staff. To be honest, I didn't like how the felt tip looked like-- too thick for my eyeliner application preference. But the staff told me this is one of their bestsellers, so I gave it a go. 
The color is very pretty. It gives a solid warm brown color that's almost reddish brown. Stays put, doesn't smudge, but can be easily removed by makeup remover. 
I'm not a fan of the thick felt-tip pen. The thick tip draws thick lines, which makes for a less-than-natural look. I prefer to draw thinner but buildable lines, than go thick on the first swipe then go back, correct and erase the excess. 

Also this product dries up pretty fast (about a month or so after first opening. It only makes that beautiful solid line when it's brand new. After about a month, it just makes this uneven line that's solid on some areas and very light on some. It's frustrating and time consuming to have to try to fill in those areas where the pen delivered very little color.

Will I repurchase?
No. There are a lot of eyeliners that can deliver a similar reddish brown color, which in my opinion, is the best thing about this product.

Overall rating:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Beautiful Hong Kong

I love this city-state! Nice people, good food, and there's so many things to do! Here are some photos from a trip earlier this year:

1. Ngong Ping Village on Lantau Island
Boy friend and I went up Lantau Park via a long cable car ride (we got an entire cabin to ourselves too!) from Tung Chung Terminal to see the village and hiking trails leading up to a big bronze statue of Tian Tan Buddha. It was such a nice and peaceful escape from the busy city.

2. Disneyland Hong Kong
I love theme parks and I love Disney so this was definitely a very happy place for me! Anyone who grew up watching Disney movies will LOVE it here.

3. All Over The City
There were so many good things to eat-- from street food to market stalls to restaurants! A couple of days were spent eating and walking to the next food stop to eat some more. It was a gastronomic cycle!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Series of Buffets

During the month of April, me and my boyfriend, E, went on food binge by wining and dining at various buffets in the Metro, in celebration of my birthday and passing the bar. Unfortunately, I got caught in the storm of food and was unable to snap photos in some of the restos we hit. Nonetheless, here's a short commentary on each buffet. Enjoy!

1. HUAT POT | Greenhills, Quezon City
E and I love hot pot so we were extremely excited to try this new hot pot buffet in Greenhills. We had high hopes for this place because the hot pot buffets we like are all located in Manila, too far from our homes. 

Sadly, this place was a disappointment. I didn't like any of their balls. I tried a LOT of those and none came even close to say, Gloria Maris', balls. E liked their taro puffs though.

Their vegetables and noodles were good. But who can go wrong with those? As long as the vegetables are fresh and washed, okay na.
Their broths were tasteless. This isn't exactly bad if only they had good and flavorful stuff to put in their pot. But they didn't. 

At least they had helpful tips on the broths and how to make dipping sauces printed out on their paper placements, and for including bottomless beer in the buffet. Good service and nice place too. Around P800 per person.
Rating : 1/5
2. LI LI - HYATT HOTEL | Malate, Manila
This was our second buffet in what turned out to be a month long eat-all-you-can marathon. I had my birthday lunch here and I could not have been more pleased! E and I had a ball trying everything on Li li's menu! 

Less than P1000 per head for their dimsum-all-you-can.

Quality of the food was EXCELLENT! They only have about 30+ items on their menu, but this is composed of all sorts of dumplings! From the basics (xiao long bao, hakao, siomai) to more complicated ones (chicken dumplings with black mushroom, spinach dumpling with shrimp, deep fried prawns with crabstick meat)! All served freshly made.

Another thing we loved about Li Li is that they don't serve their dumplings in sets of 3-4. You can specify the number of pieces you want per kind of dumpling. Our strategy was to order 2 of each, just so we can try all. Then ordered more of the ones we really liked! :)

This place is a MUST TRY! The dumplings here are the best!!!
Rating : 5/5

3. CHEF LAUDICO GUEVARRA'S | San Juan, Quezon City
We went to this Filipino buffet for Easter lunch. Most of our party were disappointed with the food, but I wasn't. Food was nothing mind-blowing, but it wasn't bad either.

I was pleased with the food selection. They had a fairly long table with a wide variety of food, including breakfast items, think sunny side up, fried rice, tapa, and a couple of my favorite Pinoy dishes, crispy crablets, kilawin. Taste was decent.

The crowd pleasers are their roast beef, sausages, and soft serve ice cream.

Will I visit again? Honestly, I would rather eat ala carte at Wooden Spoon. 
Rating : 2.5/5

4.5 stars for the crazy wide selection!
Spiral has the widest selection of cheese and cold cuts I've seen, and the nicest, most fresh salmon I've had at a buffet!
And their oysters! 0.o

Their dessert spread was also pretty awesome. Aside from the usual cute little cupcakes, they have TONS of sour tape and other candies, and crepe! My favorite desserts!

Truth be told, not everything I had was good. Some of the food were so-so, some too salty, and some downright hindi masarap. STILL, no complaints from this end! A few bad dishes cannot take away the glory that rightfully belongs to this ultimate buffet! :)

Friday dinner at Spiral is around 3k.
Rating : 4.5/5

5.  7 CORNERS - CROWNE PLAZA | Ortigas, Quezon City
After Spiral, the amount of food choices here seemed sad. But I ended up being extremely pleased with their food! Quality over quantity talaga. I didn't eat a lot during our dinner here and I don't remember everything I had, but I am positive I was more than satisfied by the end of the night.

Sashimi: Spiral's trumps 7 Corners', BUT 7 Corners has UNI!

Noodle Soups: Their chicken broth was soothing after I've had my fill of different kinds of meat. Lots of noodles, vegetables, and garnishing to choose from.

Dessert: The avocado and strawberry ice cream were so yummy and tasted like real fruits! The creme brulee is a must try.
Rating : 4.5/5

Sunday, April 27, 2014

When in Bacolod

Sights and sounds of Bacolod City, Negros. Photos are from a recent trip.

1. The Ruins

2. Mambukal Mountain Resort

3. Campoestuhan Highland Resort

4. Calea Pastries and Cake

5. Chicken House