Starbucks Espresso Layer Collection

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

There are times when I feel like I'm not up for my usual Starbucks Iced White Chocolate Mocha on a weekend. Whenever I'm out, I make it a point to get something else because this drink reminds me of work. 😅  hihi

Do you feel the same? Are you tired of your getting your go-to Starbucks drink? Let the baristas of Starbucks offer unique and sophisticated espresso drinks to quirk up your coffee experience this time! ❤️

On my recent visit at Starbucks at SM Aura branch, I planned to grab the new Espresso Layer Collection drinks launched last February 21. Vince, the branch' assistant manager, was very assisting and got all my orders in a snap. With our small talk in the counter, he found out that I blog about lifestyle and I was at their branch to review the espresso layer collection beverages.

Tahitian Vanilla Macchiato

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Short - ₱ 155 / Tall – ₱ 165 / Grande ₱ 180 / Venti– ₱ 195

The velvety milk with Tahitian vanilla bean sauce drizzled on top already got me drooling for this coffee! It's subtle sweetness and natural coffee taste will definitely hook coffee enthusiasts like me to ask for another cup. In case you're wondering what the pepper-like grounds on top are, they are ground vanilla bean pod sprinkles that adds additional texture to the regular macchiato drink.

Valencia Orange Cocoa Cappuccino

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Short - ₱ 145 / Tall – ₱ 155 / Grande ₱ 170 / Venti– ₱ 185

It's been the longest time since I last enjoyed a cappuccino, and the experience was extra amazing because I'm drinking the unique-tasting Valencia Orange Cocoa Cappuccino. To be honest, I've judged this espresso quickly because coffee and orange is not my top-of-mind coffee combination flavor. 

With one slurp, this drink reminded me of the orange-infused mini chocolate bar I use to love. The hint of the decadent Valencia Orange Mocha Sauce complemented the affogato-style signature espresso shots so smoothly. The tartly-sweet bits of orange peel also added even more flavor as I drink this coffee away. 

As I was enjoying my drinks while squeezing in a blog post at the cafe, Vince approached me to give a complimentary Strawberry Torte Cake. I was quick to thank him for the kindness and the great customer service I've been experiencing so far. (Kudos to the Starbucks SM Aura branch!)

Strawberry Torte Cake

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This strawberry sponge cake is beautiful on its own! A bite reminded me of the Strawberry Shortcake I devoured at Vizco's in Baguio before (read more here) because of its sweet strawberry mousse taste. The cake is also soft that it melts in your mouth in an instant.

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Both the drinks in the Espresso Layer Collection are also available in iced and blended formats. They will also be available in stores until April 17, 2017 only. :)


Make sure to always visit for the latest Starbucks PH updates! ☕️ ❤️

Anne Curtis' #BeefyEverAfter with Jollibee

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fun fact: Anne Curtis-Smith was discovered in Jollibee Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong 20 years ago. Now, she is the NEWEST JOLLIBEE ENDORSER. 

Anne Curtis-Smith was welcomed by Jollibee as its newest endorser last February 15, 2017 at the wedding-reception like venue at Jollibee branch on Glorietta 4, Makati. 

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Meet Maybelline Girl Liza Soberano on Feb 18!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

If you'll ask me who's the most beautiful young it-girl in showbiz today, my top-of-mind answer will definitely be Liza Soberano! I adore her so much because of her talent and how her personality shines even if she's beautiful beyond words. (Even get to watch one of her movies and teared up!)

With her laid back #FOTD looks (face of the day), she enables Filipinas to be young, bold, fierce and, most of all, confident as they are. I agree that this was made possible with a little help from her favorite Maybelline Clearsmooth All In One Powder Foundation.

Just like how this product helped Liza, this all-in-one foundation is also my best bet to achieving a naturally beautiful look and flawless coverage on a daily basis. It's my go-to powder whenever I need a quick makeup fix (I keep one in my office drawer) because it's super lightweight on the skin! ❤️ 

Some makeup used: (fave!) Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation, Clearsmooth All-in-one Powder Foundation, V-Face Blush Contour, Blush Nudes and Hypercurl Mascara

Different Ways to Celebrate Love at The Manila Hotel

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love Month can be intoxicating for the guys just to impress their loveys. There are some who go beyond in order to put a smile on their special someone's face while other men prefer to keep it lowkey with flowers and chocolates alone.

Whatever category you fall, The Manila Hotel is up to the challenge to make this love month even more exciting and more memorable for couples of all ages.

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It's never to late to celebrate the wonderful feeling of falling in love and finding love anew as the true heart of the Philippines launches a series of special offerings and help you create beautiful memories — from bespoke proposals to the one you love, engagement parties, tying the knot, honeymoons, baby moons, and anything that celebrates love in all forms. Their expert team will be there to make everything happen right before your very eyes.

Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful

Friday, February 3, 2017

It maybe normal for kids to make fun of others but this maybe one of the reasons why I felt inferior as I grow older. I was born having a disproportion body, making kids back in the days poke fun at me. (wow, tanda na lol) As I grow older, knowing that I do not fit the standard size of the society, this affected my confidence and feel less beautiful of myself.

Different campaigns from Dove Philippines inspire me because they empower women to be beautiful in their own ways. That real beauty prevails no matter how beauty magazines (before!) only feature caucasian-looking and modelesque women in their prints.

(I'm not saying that they are not beautiful, I'm just saying that prints now are way better because they advocate diversity and appreciation for all kinds of beauty are promoted as well.)


Be your own kind of beautiful is a simple reminder that I am admirable in my own ways. I do not need to be pretentious of what is called "beautiful" in this world, but rather be someone who's inspiring because of my uniqueness. Now, I learned to embrace my figure and flaunt it despite my imperfections.


Thank you Dove Philippines for remembering me as I embrace and express my unique beauty with this personalized gift set! (Love receiving personalized gifts!❤️ ) I'll always keep in mind to influence my girl friends out there to celebrate their real beauty as well and be proud of it. ;)

Are you also a Dove girl like me? Make sure to visit on Facebook to be updated with their campaigns and newest products. :)