Althea x Get It Beauty: Real Fresh Skin Detoxer

August 05, 2018


New product alert! Althea, together with Get It Beauty, just released the Real Fresh Skin Detoxifier. It is a 10-second wash off mask. Sounds cool, right? So for today, I will be sharing my review of this product and if it works on my acne prone skin.

Discovering Islas De Gigantes

July 30, 2018 Islas de Gigantes, Carles, Philippines


Islas de Gigantes, Carles, Iloilo

I know this is long overdue. Finally, I am now going to share with you my Gigantes Islands experience and a few tips in case you wanted to go there. We went there last summer. It might be a long travel going there but it is definitely worth it!

Revolution Soph Eyeshadow Palette Swatches & Review

July 05, 2018


My niece gave this gorgeous palette to me as her pasalubong. She now lives in London but she had a short vacation here in the Philippines last May. I haven't tried any makeup products from Revolution Beauty London and I am so happy to have this eyeshadow palette! She asked me to post a review on the blog and some of my friends also requested it so here it is! :) She also gave me the Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer so let me know if you also want me to make a review! ;)

Life Lately Vol. 4

June 29, 2018


Hello! I haven't updated my Life Lately for almost a year now and I am feeling a bit guilty. I feel uninspired these days but I hope I can make it up to you soon. I've got so many ideas for this blog. I just need to get inspired and motivated again to be back on track. A lot of things happened since 2018 started and I somehow regret that I didn't get to update this series. But no worries! I'll tell you what I've been up to for the last six months.

I've been working as a freelancer for almost a year now. I started as an article writer for different blog sites but I am now working as a part-time virtual assistant for a US based client. I also get few other jobs sometimes. As of the moment, I am happy with my job and I have no regrets in quitting the corporate world and choosing this work at home job. I have time for friends, family, blogging and also for myself. I also opened a small business recently. It is doing just fine just like my first business. Your girl gotta pay her bills! Haha. Kailangan rumaket.

Joseph and I are currently in a long distance relationship for more than six months now. He and his family moved to LA last December. It is really hard for us at first because we were always together for more than six years and now we are miles away from each other. But thanks to the technology we have today, we still talk and see each other every day despite the time difference via video call. I miss him so much!

Since Joseph is away, I got more time for myself and I realized so many things. I get to know myself more and I learned to love myself even more. I enrolled myself at Anytime Fitness. My cardio finally improved. Ever since I started working at home, I didn't do much cardio and it affected my health. It is also for my PCOS. My reflux and IBS keeps coming back even though I already got myself checked and I am recently experiencing allergic reactions. I should get well soon!

If you've been reading my blog, you probably saw in my recent blog post that I had my first flight and I went on vacation last May. It was really fun! I've been craving for more travel and adventures ever since that trip but I need to save up for something so I don't know yet if I'd travel again before the year ends.



It was my birthday last June 25. I really can't believe I am already 24. Haha! My family and I went to Bulalo Point for a simple celebration. I love the food there and it is affordable! Celebrating birthdays is not a big deal to me anymore. I guess that's what you realize as you grow older. Haha!

My girlfriends and I also met today for a post-birthday celebration. We dined at Ciyoo Korean Restaurant here in Tagaytay. It is my first time to dine in a Korean restaurant. It's always a good time with these two! So happy to see them again. :)


It's just two days before June ends. Time flies really fast, isn't it? So before I end this post and since this has been a tradition in this series, I'll share with you not just kdramas but also movies and series that I've watched these past few months. I watched light kdramas because PLL is so intense!! :p

Because This is My First Life (Can We Get Married? on Netflix)
I'm Not A Robot
Black
A Korean Odyssey
While You Were Sleeping
Hello, My Twenties (Age of Youth)
Good Morning Call
You're My Destiny – Rewatched it 'cause why not? Haha!
The Greatest Marriage (Love and Marriage on Netflix)
Orange Marmalade
A Love So Beautiful – I'm not yet done with it though!
Go Back Couple – Last two episodes for me!
Are You Human Too

Pretty Little Liars – I got so hooked on this one! This is the first American series that I finished and it is so worth! The ending was so intense and twisted though. Haha!
Riverdale
Stranger Things
Shadowhunters – It got canceled though! :(
The Kissing Booth
Midnight Sun
Avengers Infinity War – I also watched the other Marvel movies just to catch up before watching this movie. Haha!

I hope to post more on this blog this coming July. Do you have any suggestions on what to post next? I'm thinking of an updated skincare routine or a makeup review. Let me know what you think! Til my next post! :*


BUM Unveils Its First-Ever #BUMXPepsi Collaborative Collection

June 25, 2018


#BUMXPepsi is a collaborative, limited edition collection between the one of the most iconic global consumer brand—PEPSI and one of the country’s hottest streetwear retail brand—BUM. Indeed, the partnership will reflect BUM's core silhouettes and trendy looks with Pepsi youthful appeal. The limited-edition line is all about self-expression and the ‘Live for Now’ moments.



"The BUMxPepsi collaboration promises to be a beautiful collision of adventurous creations that would surely suit the discriminating taste of today’s generation. The capsule collection will reflect BUM’s core silhouettes and trendy looks with Pepsi youthful appeal.



“It will be available today in all our boutiques and leading department stores nationwide," says Nathan Luke Atienza, BUM's VP for Marketing and Finance.




#BUMXPepsi Limited Collection is based on the iconic color palette and logos of both brands—BUM and Pepsi; fused design elements and street style that can draw that youthful appeal. The line consists of t-shirts, jogger pants, and shorts and outerwear, as well as caps and bags.

Bianca Umali & Miguel Tanfelix

Andrea Brillantes
During the event, fashion and entertainment personalities came to grace the momentous event; the likes of BUM youth endorsers—Bianca Umali; Miguel Tanfelix; Jazz Ocampo; Joshua Camacho Bulot, Bryan Doronila del Rosario, Kim Lawrenz Ordonio of JBK Band; Janeena Chan, a TV presenter, online influencer, lifestyle blogger and host of Chinoy TV on ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel); DJ Jhaiho of MOR 101.9; and Kapamilya star—Andrea Brillantes.

Andrea Brillantes & DJ Jhaiho
For more information visit, bumequipment.com.ph or follow BUM’s social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter--@officialbumph.

Exploring Capiz & Iloilo

June 13, 2018 Philippines


My relatives and I had our vacation last May. We toured around Capiz and Iloilo. Ninang Ruby and Aunty Fely are originally from Mambusao, Capiz and they always go there once or twice a year. Our original plan was to go to Boracay because I haven't been there. And our little princess, Cindy, wants to celebrate her birthday at Boracay again. Sadly, Boracay was closed by the government before April ended so we had to cancel our hotel bookings there and change our plans. And that didn't stop us. Haha!

Ra & Gowoori Real Kill 9.9 Horse Oil Cream Review

June 09, 2018


I've been struggling with really bad acne since December 2017. It started to get worse in January the next year. But first, I just want to say that I have PCOS and for me, that is one of the reasons why I get bad acne. It just got worse this time. I joined a kbeauty group on Facebook and that's where I found this product that helped me get rid of my acne scars. Here's how the story goes.

Ra & Gowoori Real Kill 9.9 Horse Oil Cream


This product is from the skin care line of Ra & Gowoori. I recently joined them on their opening event at Trinoma last May. If you haven't seen that post, here is the link: Ra & Gowoori Official Launching Day. By the way, this is also called the Real Kill Black

Product Claims

This cream contains horse oil from Jeju island that forms a thin moisturizing and protective layer on the skin. Known for its anti-aging and whitening properties, the Real Kill 9.9 Horse Oil Cream lightens dark spots and improves the signs of aging. Prevents evaporation of moisture and leaves skin dewy. Formulated with skin whitening and highly moisturizing hempseed oil.

Price: 550 pesos for 50g



Packaging

This product comes on a gold box with holographic lines. Almost everything is written on the box, from the ingredients to certifications and other information about the brand. The packaging is simple but very sleek. And as for the cream, it is on a black glossy tube and has gold details on it which makes it very sleek.



Texture & Scent

Just like the other creams, it is white and opaque. This might be a little heavy on the face but it can make your skin really smooth and moisturized when applied. My skin feels a little dry these past few months so I don't mind the heavy feeling at all, as long as my skin gets moisturized. This has a scent though. It smells a bit soapy to me.


VERDICT

No filter. Natural lighting

It was in December when I started to use this product. I bought the small version of it at first but it only lasted for less than a month. January is the month where my acne got really really bad. As you can see in the photo, I got pimples all over my face and most of it is still fresh. I continued to apply the cream to my face. Until March 2018, it improved somehow. The fresh pimples are now scars. In April 2018, I got new pimples but the old ones are slowly fading. The progress might not be in an instant, but hey, look at my face on May 2018. If you want an instant effect, honey, this might not be for you. It will really take some time before you see the effect.

On the first months of using this cream, I use it twice a day. I was kinda desperate. Haha! I use it in the morning and in the evening. I use it at the last step of my skincare routine. But after quite some time, I started using it once a day. Mostly in the morning because I really want to moisturize my face first thing in the morning. Others use this to whiten their underarms.

No filter. Natural lighting
And this is my face today. I still have pimple scars and my face is still not perfect but look at that progress, honey! I can also prove the whitening effect of this cream. My boyfriend and I noticed that my face got a little lighter than the usual (Before we hit the beach, lol). It took me awhile to post this review 'cause I really wanted to see the effect after 6 months.

I was really amazed by this cream and I definitely recommend this. I actually wanted an instant effect at first and I was about to give up but good thing I didn't. Aside from this cream, I used fewer products so my skin can take a break. If you wanna know my latest skincare routine, just comment down below! :)

Disclaimer: With all the pictures and stuff as my proof, this is my honest review. My acne photos are not edited nor filtered. Keep in mind that this product may have worked for me, it doesn't guarantee that it will also work for you. We have different skin types. I have combination and acne-prone skin.  I just want to share my story and the effect of this product on me. Buy at your own risk.

Where To Buy?


Facebook Page: Ra & Gowoori
Brand: Ra & Gowoori
Price: 550 pesos for 50g (Shipping fee excluded)
Made in Korea

A Day at Garin Farm, Iloilo

June 04, 2018 San Joaquin, Iloilo, Philippines


My family and I went to Iloilo last May. From more than three hours, we traveled from Carles to Adhara Eco-Boutique in Oton. We were supposed to be in Guimaras the next day for the festival but one of the hotel staff told us that it was the last day of the festival and it won't be worth it anymore. He suggested that we can go to Garin Farm instead. So that's what we did the next day.

BLK Cosmetics: Creamy Cheek Paint + Lip & Cheek Water Tint Review

April 15, 2018


I got really curious about BLK Cosmetics' K-Beauty Collection. And I finally gave in last Tuesday! I bought one cheek paint and one water tint. I also thought of doing a review to share with you guys because this is one of the most hyped products online right now. So, are these products worth it?

BLK Cosmetics recently launched their K-Beauty Collection which consists of their BB + CC Cream Stick, Intense Color Liquid Eyeshadow, Creamy Cheek Paint, three new lipstick shades and All-Day Lip & Cheek Water Tint. We all know that Anne Curtis, BLK Cosmetics' Creative Director, is a fan of Korean dramas and this line might be influenced by that. According to their website, the brand's goal is Uncomplicated Beauty: To simplify your makeup routine with no-frills, quality cosmetics."


I bought one cheek paint in Strawberry and one water tint in Cherry. I only bought two products because I just want to try it out. I bought them at SM Department Store, Mall of Asia. I wanted to buy the water tint in Orange though. Haha! I didn't buy the cream stick because I prefer medium to full coverage foundation and it might not work on my skin because I have pimple marks on my face.

ALL-DAY LIP & CHEEK WATER TINT
in Cherry

Photo and swatches from blkcosmetics.com.ph
Product Description: Here's a stain that stays. Our watery tint delivers a fresh, vivid color that's great for achieving just-pinched cheeks or just-bitten lips - perfect for that lowkey Korean look. The intense but blendable pigment lets you go as sheer or as vivid you prefer and guarantees a natural-looking all-day flush.

Product Claims: Long-wearing, Cruelty-free, Made in Taiwan

Net Weight: 2.5g

Price: 249.00 pesos

Available Shades: Pink, Red, Cherry, Orange





REVIEW

I used to be a lipstick girl, but things have changed. Haha! I am now into lip tints and it is my go-to lip product as of the moment. I actually like gel tints more than water tints because it lasts longer. So let us proceed with the product...

Can we first appreciate their packaging? Especially the boxes! Yeppeuda! I also appreciate that the price is already written on the boxes. They didn't put the price code on the product itself, unlike other brands. The product is actually good. It is moisturizing on the lips and it is pigmented. The color payoff is also good when applied to the lips. It has a bendable flat doe foot applicator which helps with the ease of application. I originally wanted to buy the Red one but I find it 'too bright' so I chose Cherry instead. It has a strong bittersweet taste and for me, it is kinda bothering. I don't like bittersweet taste on my tints tbh. And since this is a water tint, it doesn't last that long.

However, for the price of 249.00 pesos and the weight of 2.15g, there are still other tints that have more product but has the same or lower price. If you get what I mean. Sorry guys! I just have to be honest. This is just my opinion though! But for everyday tint or go-to tint, keri na din.

Pros:
Packaging
Pigment
Applicator
Moisturizing

Cons:
Bittersweet taste
Value for money
Longevity

CREAMY CHEEK PAINT
in Strawberry

Photo and swatches from blkcosmetics.com.ph
Product Description: Meet our foolproof, K-style liquid blush. The light, silky texture melts on skin seamlessly, delivering a soft veil of color with a healthy, second-skin finish. Use the wide applicator to finger-paint on cheeks - it's hard to accidentally apply too much.

Product Claims: Long-wearing, Cruelty-free, Made in Taiwan

Net Weight: 5 ml

Price: 349.00 pesos

Available Shades: Strawberry, Peach





REVIEW

I really love this product! I like how it sets on the face. It really has that second-skin finish. Unlike the lip and cheek tints, this looks more subtle and natural on the face. It is also long wearing. It has a big applicator that mimics the size of a finger. I swatched both shades when I was about to buy it. I think the Peach one is more pigmented than Strawberry. If you want a summer and sunkissed look, I recommend that you get the Peach one. But if you like a more natural and subtle blush like me, I'd recommend Strawberry for you. Or get it both! Haha! These shades can go well with any skin tone. It will just be a matter of preference. This is worth 349.00 pesos, others might think it is a bit expensive. That's what I also thought before but after using this product, I think it is worth it.

I have one issue with this product though. I am not sure if it is the applicator or the consistency of the product or maybe both but this product tends to spatter as you open the tube and it gets messy. Sayang yung product, to be honest. It is not as creamy/thick as I thought it would be. It is a bit liquidy so you better be careful in using this product.

Pros:
Second-skin finish
Long wearing
Value for money
Longevity

Cons:
Packaging (It tends to splatter and gets messy upon opening)

I only used the two products on my face. No foundation, etc. Please excuse my imperfections. LOL

Verdict
I love the Creamy Cheek Paint! I definitely recommend it. As for the water tint, if you a lip tint collector, go buy it. But if you are looking for a tint that lasts and you don't like the bitter taste, this might not be the one for you.

Where To Buy
Official Website: www.blkcosmetics.com.ph

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 This is not a sponsored post. I bought these products with my own money and I just want to share my thoughts.

Althea Bare Essentials Review

April 08, 2018



Althea first launched the Althea Velvet Powder last year and now they are launching their own skincare line, The Bare Essentials. All the products from this line are hypoallergenic and cruelty-free. You know that I love Althea and anything K-beauty so I was really excited when I received the products. First, I would like to congratulate Althea Korea for another successful launch! 

The Bare Essentials aims to minimize and simplify your skin care routine with just 3 simple steps. I admit, I always use many products for my face ever since I've gotten into kbeauty and skin care. I would use a cleanser, toner, aloe vera gel, creams, face masks, something to exfoliate and many more. There are times, especially at nights, when I get lazy to do my skincare routine. I am not the only one, right?





The box includes:

1 Contour Cleanser
1 Primer Water
1 Fixer Cream
5 Sample Sachets
1 Mirror
1 Marble Accessory
1 Pamphlet

P.S. The Fixer Cream and Primer Water has their own box. The Contour Cleanser has no box but it was wrapped and sealed with plastic. The mirror, on the other hand, was in a box as well and everything was on a bubble wrap when I first opened the box. I already used the products when I took this photo. Haha! The 5 sample sachets are not included in the photo above. I forgot to include them. Sorry! P.S. I love the mirror!


Step 1
Contour Cleanser
Micro Bubbleshots

Product Description
Microcapsules pop with water to gently but effectively exfoliate and remove impurities from the skin. Detoxify your skin and create a defined, slim face shape.

Key Ingredients
Ice plant, Lemon verbena leaf

Price
300 pesos (150g)


Step 2
Primer Water

Product Description
Keep your steps to a minimum with a 2-in-1 toner and primer. Made with patented dewdrop technology, it smoothens and even out the skin, prepping it for the next step and leaving the skin with a youthful glow.

Key ingredients
Snow lotus, Patented dewdrop technology

Price
500 pesos (200ml)



Step 3
Fixer Cream
24Hr Hydration

Product Description
Feel layers upon layers of moisture as it penetrates into the skin for up to 24hrs, giving your skin the hydration it truly needs. Keep your skin feeling fresh and looking vitalized each day.

Key Ingredients
Trehalose, Green tea, Baobab tree

Price
640 pesos (50g)


Review

I've been using this for a week now. I stopped using my current products to try this 3-step skincare routine. First of all, can we talk about the packaging? I mean, it is aesthetically beautiful! Althea never fails us with their packaging. It is always on point. One thing about the packaging though, the labels on the products are only written in Korean. I had to search on Google to know further about the products. It would be better if it also has English labels. So let's proceed with the products.

The Contour Cleanser is thick and foamy. This is my first time to use a cleanser with microcapsules on it and it feels good on the skin. My skin feels really smooth after I use this. I am not sure with the 'contour' power of this cleanser though.

The Primer Water has a runny consistency but it more viscous than water. Just like the Klairs toner, you just pat the toner directly onto your skin. The skin will absorb more product that way. It has a minimal scent. It looks opaque because of the bottle but when you pour it out, it is translucent/clear. This product brightens up my face and I look fresher than ever.

Among the three products, the Fixer Cream is my favorite. First, it is because of the packaging. It comes in a plastic glass tub yet it looks very sleek and classy. I like that this cream does not feel super heavy on the face and it is not thick unlike the common creams on the market but it does moisturize my face and makes my skin really soft. It has a minimal scent and is not sticky on the face.

I have acne-prone/sensitive skin. I already had two pimples when I first used the products. After three days of using it, my face experienced another few bumps. I feel like the product did not soothe the pimples that I already have so I tried to put another product. I also noticed that my nose area tends to oil up more after I wake up the next morning. I am not sure if it is the toner or the cream that triggers it.

With that, I think I would recommend this for my girls who have normal to dry skin. The 3-step skincare routine won't work for us girls who have sensitive skin. I feel like we really had to put another product to really prevent our face from getting pimples and to get rid of acne scars. I know, the struggle is real to have sensitive skin. Nevertheless, I can still use them but I will add another product to this routine.



Where to Buy?

Brand: Althea 
Prices: Contour Cleanser - 300 pesos
Primer Water - 550 pesos
Fixer Cream - 640 pesos
Made in Korea

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Disclaimer: The products were sent to me by Althea for review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company or its affiliates, in any way. All of the photos are mine.

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