Japan's Leading Innerwear Brand is now in the Philippines!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015





We cannot deny sporting good fitting innerwears for our daily routines. Whether we may be heading to school, work, exercise or even night out, we make it a point to carefully choose innerwears that would match our outfit. I know girls are always strict about this matter. And I'm guilty as charged! :)

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Luckily, last April 23, Japan's leading innerwear brand Gunze just had their Skin to Skin Press Preview at their flagship store at Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City!


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For professionals out there, whether you're a guy or a girl, if you are in the search for the best stockings, camisoles, t-shirts, foot socks, and undergaments to go along your formal outfits, Gunze has a wide array of choices that would not only cater your need but at the same time provide the best comfort as well.

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Bask under the Sun with Luminisce Sunblock! (A Review)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

No doubt that most of us girls really love basking under the sun because it's SUMMER! Even I wanna head on to the nearest beach and flaunt my skin without any worries. 

You may wonder where I get my strength to do this. I just discovered Luminisce Sunblock and the wonders that it can do to my face. Take note that I used to not put anything on it because it makes my face oily. But this one's indeed a game changer!

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This SPF 50 sunscreen protection from Luminisce Holistic Innovations shields skin 50x from the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays. Love the fact that this sunscreen has a matte finish perfect for the tropical weather. 

It also matches my skin color that's why on my idle days, it also serves as my make up base at the same time. Talk about multifunctional! With my sunscreen, trusted brow powder and lippies, I already achieved the no-make-up make up look. :)

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Another reason why I am in love the fact that it comes in a hard bottle. I'm sure we all had that incident wherein our beauty product accidentally leaked from its container inside our bags, right? Well, no need to worry anymore!

Potts Point Cafe: Now Open at SM Mall of Asia!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Australia has been one of the countries in my bucket list that you want to visit one day. There are just so many things to see, do and eat there that makes me want to work hard and book my flight to this beloved country.

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Looking forward to their local cuisine, I finally got the chance to visit Potts Point Cafe on their newly-opened branch in SM Mall of Asia last April 11. 

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Potts Point Cafe provides Australian organic food and coffee perfect for all health-conscious Filipinos. I myself am interested to taste their dishes since I've never really tried a pure, organic meal yet. That's why I am excited for this new degustation with friends week.

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This place is perfect for friendly hangouts and meetings because of its upscale vibe. The indie music on the background can also make anyone stay there for a long time. If ever you are into working on cafes, they got an ample amount of outlets where you can plug in your charger.  

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The coffee that they serve in Potts Point are supplied by Delano Specialty Coffee, a coffee roasting company and coffee house based on the south coast of Sydney. Just to add on the credentials of Delano Specialty Coffee, they only roast sustainable and ethically certified specialty grade coffees.

As a coffee lover, my inner me is really ecstatic to try out their cup of joe. It was a tad bit hot that day that's why I went for an Iced Mocha.  (Large: P155)

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The Mocha drink has the perfect balance of bitter and creamy. Certainly my type of coffee. Just a piece of advice, if you are into sweet mix though, you can ask for Muscovado sugar to sweeten your drink. 

They also offer smoothies just in case you want to go for the fruity options. I love how refreshing the Banana-Berry Smoothie is! (P165)

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As I said a while ago, this place offers 100% organic food. They use only the freshest ingredients from a network of local organic farmers. 

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"What's in and what's not in our food"

Our chicken and pork are organic and antibiotic free
Our beef comes from grass-fed, free range cows
Our seafood is wild caught and not farm raised
Our milk comes from free range cows
No harmful chemicals and pesticides
About 90% of our fruits and vegetables are organic
Our eggs are organic
We use olive oil, coconut oil and butter for cooking and dressings
We use sea salt, kosher salt and Himalayan pink salt - with 84 minerals
No trans fat oils

APPETIZER

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Shakshuka with Organic Pork Sausage and Eggs with Toasted Baguette Organic
(P265)
I must say this is the dish that I enjoyed the most. The dip tasted more like an Italian pasta sauce with lots of ground pork on it. I really devoured on it even if the other dishes were served on our table.

SOUP

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Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Truffle Organic Foam
(P180)

This soup was a surprise. To be honest, I only eat cauliflower on Chopsuey. But then, this looked good to my eye that's why I just really had to try it. No doubt, this soup is really creamy. But like any other soup, consume it before it gets cold so you'll get the full taste of it.

SALAD

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Thai Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken, Crispy Wanton and Pomelo
(P245)
To some of you who do not know really well yet, I already labeled myself as more of a carnivore. But since I know that I am aging, I am trying my best to try new recipes that contains veggies on it. The crispy won ton is such a game changer for me when it comes to salads. On my mind, is really one single salad taste because of the same (you-know-what) ingredients. But when I saw the wantons on top, I was enticed to take a bite of it. The grilled chicken was well-cooked at the same time. 

PASTA

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Linguine with Salmon in Dill Cream Sauce Pasta Capers
(P365)

Who would not want to dig in this seafood special! It's creamy along with generous amounts of meat on the side. However, I underestimated the serving size of this plate. It actually is fulfilling in the end.

ENTREE

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Melange of Seafood Provencale  with Brown Rice Risotto
Prawns, Squid, Mussels and Salmon
(P395)
This day was the first time I first tasted a brown rice and risotto. Looks like this dish will not work for me. I'm not a fan of sticky rice that's why I end up munching the seafood. 

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Roast Australian Lamb with Bone Marrow on Brown Rice and Demiglace
(P595)

This was just another way of how a Bone Marrow is cooked. I love how it was glazed but I guess I am more into the salty lamb chops. On a good note, it tastes healthy. Healthy in a sense that it was seasoned well but I still felt it somehow lacks flavor for me.

SANDWICH

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Grass-Fed Beef Burger with All Australian Australian Cheddar, Pickled Beets, Olive Oil Aioli and house-made Brioche Bun paired with Baked Sweet Potato Wedges 
(395 pesos)

Here goes one of Potts Point Cafe's flagship product. I really loved the organic burger. I did not felt guilty as much. However, I did not felt like the sweet potato complemented with the sandwich. I hope they just found a healthy way of cooking potatoes instead. But still, this is a great cheat if ever you are really craving for a burger and you're on the lookout for healthy options as well.

DESSERTS

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Strawberry, Kiwi and Mango Trifle with Light Vanilla Cookie Crumble and Custard
(P185)

This option fruity tastes like heaven. I love anything sweet and this made it to my list of my favorite desserts of all time. The natural sweeteners made it more appealing to me because I know that it's good for me.

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Sticky Toffee Pudding with French Vanilla Ice Cream
(210 pesos)

Presentation wise, it was a two out of five. They should've place this on a bowl and placed the ice cream on top. But hey, do not judge the book by its cover. Even if it does not look that good, wait until you try it yourself. These two just go well together. I can actually finish this by myself!

I have to commend their staff for being friendly and accommodating. I spilled my Iced Mocha because of my clumsiness and I can not help but regret. One of their staff (who I find cute: p) immediately approached me and gave me tissues. He also asked me if I wanted another glass, but I insisted.

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I had a fun and unique experience here and Potts Point Cafe. After this day, I promised myself to learn how to eat these kind of dishes so that I can come back one day and enjoy them.

Congratulations on your second branch, Potts Point Cafe!

Potts Point Cafe is located at the 2nd floor, South Veranda, Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia.


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Try Starbucks PH 2 Limited Summer Edition Frappes STARTING TODAY!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

As you can see on my social media accounts, I always make it a point to post my drink of the day every time I go to Starbucks. This cafe has a special place in my heart because it was a witness of some of the important memories of my life. It's a place where I invite my friends for catch-ups and it also became my thesis bff to keep me awake in the most crucial moments of my college life as well.

For the summer season, I am sooo giddy to be the first few people to get first dibs on the latest offerings of Starbucks PH at their summer launch held at Starbucks RCBC. Being in this launch is such a big deal for me because I'm a die hard fan of their frappucinos. As I remember, it was just a few months back when I got into their hot drinks as well. :)



For both Coffee and Cream-based Starbucks Coffee Addicts out there, Starbucks just released the New Dark Mocha Panna Cotta and the Summer Berry Panna Cotta that you can grab STARTING TODAY!

Renew your Instax Photos at Instax DIY Day: Year 2!

Friday, April 17, 2015

So I just graduated college last Monday, April 13. It was a surreal moment marching in the stage and shaking hands with the PUP officials. It was like a dream seeing me and my classmates in our togas savoring each moment even in the ceremony proper.


I cherish every single moment of it that's why I made sure to capture it by bringing my Instax Mini 8. I love the thought of getting hard copies of the photo that I took. Actually, the instax photos that I took also served as my graduation gift to my friends.

But since I took loads of group photos of us, I wanna preserve those moments and go back to it from time to time. I was so clueless on how I will do it until I got a word from Instax about the Instax DIY Day Year 2 which happened at Shutter Master Pro at Quezon City.


After last year's success in showcasing different ways of reinventing your Instax photos, this year, they showed off various approaches on how you can make use of your instax photos.

Best Nail Polish To Sport This Graduation + Great Treat for your feet at Luxe Aura Salon

Friday, April 10, 2015

Graduation is just around the corner for me. It's been one hell of a ride yet I enjoyed it so much. Now that I am about to march my way to PICC, I wouldn't pass the chance to be the prettiest that I can be because YEA IT'S MY DAY. And I do believe that I deserve some rest and relaxation after years of working hard to get my most awaited degree. Agree?

Just recently, I found a new treasure in the south that offers not just treatment for nails but also for our beloved faces as well--Luxe Aura Nail and Face Studio.




After working hard on my thesis for months, I know that my hands and feet were overworked as well on those sleepless nights. That's why I decided to show them some love by availing Luxe' mani and pedi, plus their signature 8-Step Foot Spa. They said people really come back after trying this not-your-typical foot spa. I just can't wait to try it soon as I've heard of it. :)


I like the ambiance of the nail and face studio. The interiors were minimalist making it more appealing to young adults. Their plain walls are also perfect for taking that wall nail selfie. Haha.


Kidding aside, they also have comfy couches where you can sit for hours. :)



Here are the ingredients materials needed for the 8-Step Foot Spa.


Given that I will avail of the mani and pedi, the foot spa was done first by Ate Shiela. Their foot spa, for me, was really distinct because of the many processes that my feet will undergo. Here's what happened step by step:

1. SOAK


My feet was first soaked in warm water for 10 minutes to soften my skin. That alone made me feel relaxed in my seat.

2. CALLOUS REMOVAL

I am so guilty of not maintaining my feet. If it could only talk back, they would've sweared in my face because of how I overuse them everyday.

My hard callouses were scrubbed using a wood foot file. Take note that they use one foot file for each feet, mainly because of hygienic reasons. No pain at all! Instead, I felt it was somewhat ticklish on some parts of my foot. :)

3. SCRUB

Luxe Aura uses minty micro beads for scrubbing. It's perfect for every type of skin. Hoorah! I've had this sensitive skin ever since and never did I felt any itchiness after the scrubbing all over my legs. 

4. MASK AND WRAP

I like this part of the process best!




After the micro beads were washed from my legs to feet, Ate Shiela applied this aroma therapy mask all over the half of my legs and wrapped it with a cling wrap.



Then, she wrapped the warm steam towel around both of my legs. This made my calves less tensed. It was so relaxing on my end that I can actually nap it off. This process was done for 20 minutes.

5. CLEANSE


After 20 minutes, the towels were removed and ate Shiela cleaned my legs with warm water. After cleansing, I immediately notice how my legs got whiter over my thighs. Can they now also scrub my whole body using that micro beads as well? Lol.

6. MASSAGE



What's a foot spa without massage, right? Ate Shiela sure hit those spots in my legs that needs TLC the most.

7. MOISTURIZE

To end this incredible foot spa, she applied a good smelling butter all over my legs.

8. HYDRATE

Here's another reason why this makes this process more remarkable. Their special peppermint oil was spattered on my leg area. What a great way to end the foot spa!


After the foot spa, I was treated with manicure and pedicure. Luxe Aura offers vast options for nail polishes. Name it-OPI, Zoya, Morgan Taylor and Essie, they have it on board!


Since I'm gonna be wearing this nails till graduation early next week, I was eager to try their gel polish. Though I tried it before and had a hard time maintaining it, I thought maybe this time I can make it work since I got more time for nail care.

Here's the nail polish that I suggest you sport on Graduation Day:



Gel finish - French Tip

Why? I think this nail polish gives off that classic look which can add elegance to your look. Of course you don't wanna look overdressed or underdressed on your graduation dress, right?


Also, this nail polish can blend in to almost any color of graduation dress. I haven't decided on what to wear for my graduation yet, that's why I think this was a safe choice.

And, I can also match it with summer outfits without worrying whether it'll chip off or not. It's gel so there's no need to fret at all!


Lastly, we all know that your nails will grow through time. When that day comes, you can cut off the excess nails without worrying if your nails will still look appealing or not. The natural finish of the nails hide the gel polish that your nails had gone through. That's a quick hack to sporting gel polishes! :)

Take a visit at Luxe Aura Nail and Face Studio located at Dona Soledad, Better Living, Bicutan, Paranaque (Just infront of Puregold Jr Bicutan!) You can also drop by their Facebook page to know their latest promos!

How are you preparing for your graduation? Share it below on the comment section! :)