December 08, 2017

Seoul White Korea Instant White Tone-Up Whitening Cream and Double White Soap

December 08, 2017
Annyeong! *makes the obligatory tiny heart with my thumb and forefinger* What are two things lots of Filipina women love? Whitening products and anything Korean. K-dramas, Korean food, Korean boy bands, you name it. And of course, getting that sought after Korean complexion - fair, glowing, and flawless.


Seoul White Korea steps in to give the best of both worlds by coming out with two, whitening skin care products for every Filipina looking to achieve that fair, chok-chok (dewy) look. It's their Double White Whitening Soap and Instant White Tone-Up Whitening Cream.

November 19, 2017

Swan Blueberries Blender

November 19, 2017
When it comes to (makeup) sponges, everyone has their own preference. Some exclusively buy from higher-end brands while others stick to ones with more budget-friendly prices. There are those who prefer firmer sponges, and those who like them ultra soft and plush. Whichever you prefer, as long as it works for you, then blend away!

Personally, I have two favorite sponges. The original Beauty Blender and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Both work perfectly for me, and my skin type, and they're the easiest ones to use. Of course, I'm still open to trying sponges from other brands, especially if they're more affordable which is why I recently picked up this Blueberries Blender (Php 99.75) sponge from Swan.


For the unaware, Swan is a local Philippine manufacturer that's been making cosmetic puffs and sponges since 1958. Your grandma or older, female relatives will most likely be familiar with them!

Aside from its classic designs, Swan has a total of four other 'fruit-themed' sponges and a standard egg-shaped sponge. The former come in different shapes and colors, but I chose the Blueberries variant because it appears to be the easiest to hold and control, and I liked that it had a flat bit like my Miracle Complexion sponge.

October 31, 2017

Catrice Cosmetics Nude Illusion Make Up

October 31, 2017
Thanks to my dry skin, I rarely opt for foundations that have a matte finish because I want my normally dull skin to look more glowing and healthy. However, when a foundation promises to still give skin a 'healthy glow' and is moisturizing, I don't hesitate to give it a chance.

Just a note, according to the company's product page, this foundation is no longer available meaning it was most likely phased out. It is currently still available here in the Philippines, however. Only time will tell if it'll be phased out of stores too eventually.


Catrice Cosmetics says... "The Nude Illusion Make-up scores points as a light foundation with optimal mattifying coverage. Thanks to soft, light-reflecting pigments, the foundation provides a soft focus effect for a healthy glow. The formula is fabulous: moisturizing, long-lasting and with protective UVA and UVB filters. The finish: flawless and natural."

October 15, 2017

Catrice Cosmetics All Round Concealer Palette

October 15, 2017
I've mentioned before how color correcting has become a must for me nowadays when doing a full face of makeup. I definitely skip it on regular days when I have to go to work because really - aint' nobody got time for that. Nonetheless, I still make sure to keep a small stash of correctors on hand for days when I do have time for them.

One of the newest additions to said stash, even if I've had it for over a year already, is the Catrice Cosmetics All Round Concealer Palette. My immediate thought when seeing this was that it would be perfect for traveling since you've got a (small) range of concealers and correctors all in one compact container. Plus, it had the two colors I used most when it comes to correcting - green for redness and orange for my dark circles.


Catrice Cosmetics says, "A whole palette of options to always look great. With this set of five shades, it’s easy to even out small skin irregularities (beige shades), magic away dark shadows under your eyes (pink shades) and cover up redness (green shade). And application is super pleasant thanks to the creamy texture."

August 06, 2017

Human Nature Natural Toothpaste and Minka Bamboo Toothbrush

August 06, 2017
When you think of a necessary, everyday product like toothpaste, you don't really associate it with a word like "natural", right? After all, something that's meant to thoroughly clean (our teeth, for example) a surface that's constantly covered in bacteria means it has to be chock full of chemicals.

Local, pro-environment brand Human Nature wants us to change that way of thinking. A product doesn't have to be filled with chemicals, many of them potentially harmful to our health, to be effective. Cue the Human Nature Natural Toothpaste (Php149.75/120g and Php259.75/225g)! It promises all the benefits of a regular toothpaste, but with natural goodness on its side.


I'll also be talking about their Minka Bamboo Toothbrush (Php199.75). An eco-friendly, antimicrobial toothbrush that serves a good cause.

July 10, 2017

iVideo Pocket WiFi

July 10, 2017
Being connected to the internet at all times is just a must for many of us. When I'm at home, my laptop, iPad, and phone are all connected to the home WiFi. Let's face it, we often feel disconnected when we're not connected. I know some people will think of that as an unhealthy mindset or way to be, but whatever your stance, we can't deny that the world nowadays is wired to the internet 24/7.

Using my phone's data when I'm out, especially since I'm a heavy internet user, can rack up my phone bill like crazy. That's why I almost always have a portable WiFi device with me. When iVideo agreed to let me try out their pocket WiFi rental service, I was eager to see how it would perform and stand up to my frequent internet use.


I'm sure many of you, especially if you're a keen traveler, are familiar with the concept of renting a portable WiFi device. Whether I'm out of the country or just out of town, staying connected is even more of a priority for me. iVideo specifically 'specializes in providing low-cost wireless Internet access rental services to business and travelers'.

It's a shame I wasn't able to try this out during my UK and Vietnam trip, but I certainly made full use of it right here for the next 10 days.

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