Thursday, December 26, 2019

Merry Christmas to All!

Some of the photos I took from our travel a few days before Christmas. 
Sending you all my holiday cheer, Merry Christmas! 

Friday, December 20, 2019


My recent Lazada shopping haul last 12.12 fever was all about skincare. I was able to get great deals before the last hours of the promo. Although, I did have some specific products in mind to check that day, as always I did some comparison especially with the formulation and the price, the most important factor when going shopping online. 

Since I am due to re-stock my skincare products I am using I decided to go through my purchase and also try this product from Garnier. 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water with Argan Oil my first dibs on this product that targets the skin, removing waterproof make-up that is very stubborn when it's time to remove. 

As mentioned, this is my first time to try this brand and product although Garnier has been in the market already. They have a lot of skincare line that caters to all types of skin. I have tried applying and using concentrated Argan Oil from a different brand before and I like that experience too. And, this being incorporated in Micellar cleansing water as a makeup remover, really sounds interesting. 

Kindly check the video upload I made but apologies for the English caption as it did not save from the editing.

Noticed the liquid and the oil in the bottle separates when not in use. You need to shake the content for the two to combine. The liquid, when applied to the cotton has this tinge of yellowish color, with the scent, it has a hint of flowery which is very light- no strong alcohol scent,  it also doesn't have any sticky feel. 

I have tried other brands of Micellar water but I was a little disappointed with the formulation because some have alcohol which stings my eyes when I use it for eye makeup. With this Garnier Micellar with Argan Oil, no sting at all! 

It feels light and removes makeup easily, I feel like all I applied to my face was flowery scented water! And, it says no-rinse needed, another plus points.

I have been using this now for 5 consecutive nights and I am quite satisfied. I did I made the right choice. 

This contains 400ml for 200 applications (depends on the amount per use) for the price of Php349/ $7. 

Let me know your thoughts on this product? 

Monday, December 9, 2019

My Birthday Week + Hair Chopped Short + So Natural All Day Tight Make Up Setting FIXX

December, to me, is one of the most important months of the year for several reasons. It's my birth month, Christmas Day, and by the end of it comes New Year. It is also one of the longest vacation time because of the holiday season. Family and friends can meet-up for a reunion and get-togethers. To start this month, I will be celebrating my birthday before the weekend, another year older and a lot of things to be grateful for.

My birthday greeting plate from last year and excited for the coming one. <3 

To start my birthday week, I finally decided to chop my hair short. I have been so eager to have or get something different before my birthday. Initially, I wanted to shave or get an undercut hairstyle, I felt a little skeptical with that so, I went a little tamer.

I have never had my hair this short, I was afraid that it won't fit with the shape of my chubby face. Nevertheless, I did it! I was motivated to have it cut and the thought of it will grow back again soon made me said yes to the hairdresser when she asked me the last time about the length she was going to chop. I firmly said, yes, it will grow back again! She cut 12-inches off my hair. I felt excited while she was cutting it, I immediately knew how and what to style with it every day, I had a clear picture on my mind. I really liked it!

A little trivia, it's been fifteen years or so since the last time I went to the salon for a haircut! When it comes to cutting and coloring my hair, I DIY!

An update on the haircut, it has been 48 hours since I had my hair cut, my first time to showered and washed my hair was a little new. It was easy for me to wash my hair that uses up an amount of full hair shampoo and conditioner. Easy for me to dry my hair and especially to style it. I also noticed that I don't have much hair loss than before. Overall, it is so manageable!

To go along with my new hairstyle, I tested this So Natural All Day Tight Make Up Setting FIXX. 

So Natural All Day Tight Make Up Setting FIXX it claims to prevent makeup smudge and clumping when applied throughout the day.
Having super fine and an even mist that will keep you looking fresh with no need to touch up during the day. Ranked as #1 Beauty+ 2018 Editor's Pick. 

Seoulunni Philippines was so kind and send me a bottle to try.

Seoulunni Philippines was so kind and send me a bottle to try. My initial thoughts on this product.

I opened the sealed cap and sprayed it on the back of my hand, I think the reason why it was so liquidy when I sprayed it because forgot to shake the bottle. I rubbed the liquid product onto the skin and instantly absorbed, it doesn't leave any sticky feeling, it has a powdery scent. 

After a few minutes, I shook the bottle and sprayed the product mist onto my face. Unlike, other makeup setting spray, with watery formula, this mist type spray doesn't irritate my eyes and doesn't ruin the eye makeup. Generally, this has been my concern with makeup setting spray. 

I will be fieldwork tomorrow and will give this product a test with sun exposure. I hope this will live up to what it claims and again pass to my test. 

This product sells at SeoulUnni, regular price Php1015/ US$20 with a marked down price of Php700/ US$14.

Update: when I used it for the second time, the scent was a little has a tinge of ammonia scent when sprayed. But, the mattifying effect was just beautiful! Although, after, 8 hours wearing it in a humid condition, it did notice some wearing off on the eye makeup, and also in the forehead as I was wiping it because of sweat. I think this will work perfectly worn indoors. In summary, I like the product because it is light to apply and easy to use. 

Friday, November 29, 2019

How to Make your Old Watch Look New Again

The other day I was checking on my dresser and had the time to look at my watch box. Apart from my everyday wear watches for work and for other occasions I have this watch box where I store my rarely worn watches. To my surprise, I have this old leather strap wristwatch that has been sitting for a couple of years or so. I remember placing it there due to the worn-out strap. 

I had this watch for around 15 years old or so, it was given to me as a gift. Although this is categorized as a men's watch because of the size of the dial or the face, this can be worn unisex. 
You can see in the photo the combination of the gold, white, and the leather strap complement each other, looking at it as a simple dress watch yet an elegant piece because of the gold bezel to the crown down to the lug ends, including the hands with the hour and minutes with reflectorized ends.

I was able to have the old worn-out leather strap replaced yesterday and I glad to find an almost exact color and style. 

Check out where and what strap I picked from Asprey House of Straps in SM City Olongapo Central. 

Asprey House of Straps in SM City Olongapo Central
*not sponsored

Upon checking on the display I automatically saw the display from the third layer in the stall. My initial pick was almost the same as the old one but it was a little bigger in the length of the lug.  

Options were shown to me and after a few mix and match of colors, from tan to black to a colorful red I retained to get the nearest color and style as the old one.  

As you can see the condition of the worn-out leather strap excuse me because it looked a bit nasty with the grim on the leather strap. But it did serve me well for more than 15 years! I also retained the original buckle. The clerk also offered to replace the old spring bar as it slightly bent already. 

What I got was the Asprey Veloci style, Horween genuine leather. The pair of the strap is Php950/ US$20. 

I can wear my watch again looking like new, although there are minimal signs of scratches on the glass and on the side of the bezel, it still looks classic and chic. 

Btw, this is an automatic watch, no batteries needed for replacement. Automatic watches will work and charged by movement. Every morning when I wear this I need to check the time and date, I have to wind it up and update it. This I guess is the disadvantage side of an automatic watch.

Also, I have read that if you are not going to wear this kind of watch for a period you need to manually wind it every two weeks.

How to make your old watch look new again? 

  1. Replace old strap to a new one.
  2. Clean the bezel or the case of the watch by using a damp cloth with liquid or gentle soap. 
  3. Always wipe your watch after use to dry off the water, sweat, or any other liquid residue.
  4. Avoid applying chemicals to the leather straps. 
  5. Polish gold strap with desired polish cleaner.
  6. If battery-operated, make sure the battery is not leaking to prevent the mechanical damage. 

Do you have any other tips and tricks on how to care for your watch? Shoot me a comment below. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

An unexpected gift from above will fill the joy in our new home

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Last year, I was so shocked to find out I was pregnant. I have been in a relationship for three years and was kinda scared to tell my boyfriend about the unexpected pregnancy. When I told him about my situation, he said that he’s happy to be a father and that we should get married and spend our lives together. His response is contagious and before I knew it, I was also excited to bring out our child to the world. 

When we told our family and friends about the situation and our plan, they were also happy and supportive of us. When my fiancé and I were talking one night, he told me that one of his friends refer him to Bellavita land corp because he asked him that we want to buy a house and lot for sale for our future family. We both looked through their website ( and talk to one of our agents about the prospect of buying a house. They have an affordable house and lot perfect for starting family like us and then we get to see the unit models and they all match what we are looking for. 

Right now, happily married with a lovely kid to cherished, we get to experience the privacy and safety of living in bellavita. We will raise our child and future kids within this wonderful community.

Never fall out of love with your skin care routine with Proactiv

What is your skincare routine? Let's learn something about how and why we need to care for our skin.

Different skin types demand different skincare routines. For one, you need to moisturize dry skin more often while oily skin needs more cleansing. But is there a no one size fits all routine when it comes to skincare? Or is there? 

While you carry out your skincare routine day in and day out, you either forget or are too lazy to take care of your skin especially after a long and busy day at work. All you want to do when you get home is to fall into bed and sleep. You might also find your skincare routine too tedious, especially in the morning when you have to leave home early just to beat the traffic. Or, you may have forgotten to buy your cleanser or moisturizer because you have already used up your supply. That could also be another reason for not carrying out your skincare routine.

You notice though that if you do not stick to your regular skincare routine, you start to develop acne or you notice some changes in your skin. With that, you decide once and for all that it is time to be more vigilant about your skincare routine. You want to regain your healthy skin so you decide to find a less complicated option for your skincare. 

There is one product that will help you achieve all your skincare goals. Kendall Jenner, an American model, and media personality swear by Proactiv, the product that helped her overcome her acne problem. She came up with a video where she recounts how her regular use of Proactiv helped her solve her acne issues. She adds that it was the American formula of Proactiv that helped her solve her acne issues. You should check the formula that is available in your country. The Proactiv formula in the Philippines contains salicylic acid. Learn more about the video on the Proactiv Philippines Facebook page.

Proactiv+ is a dermatologist-developed, scientifically proven 3-Step Clear Skin System designed to get and keep you clear. The Proactiv+ 3-step Clear Skin System starts with a Skin Smoothing Exfoliator. Apply a small amount to dampened skin. Using your fingertips, gently massage in a circular motion for one to two minutes avoiding the eye area. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Pat dry and proceed to the second step – Pore Targeting Treatment which stops the acne at the source. 

Use one to two pumps of the Pore Targeting Treatment and apply it to your entire clean and dry face. Do not rinse off. The Pore Targeting Treatment contains salicylic acid which dissolves all the dirt that clogs pores and causes acne. When it has been fully absorbed, you can proceed to the last step which involves the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator which diminishes awkward acne marks and brightens the skin.

With your fingertips, apply the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator generously to your entire face. Do not rinse off. Once it has been absorbed by your face, you can go to bed with the assurance that you will wake up with skin that is ready to face another hectic day. The Proactiv+ 3-Step Clear Skin System should be used twice a day to achieve better results. 

Start your pre-holiday glow and get a 20% discount on Proactiv Plus 3-Step Clear Skin Kit, a limited-time offer exclusive at Watsons and SM Department stores nationwide. 

At the regular rate, you may avail of the 30-day kit for Php3,250 which includes the Skin Smoothing Exfoliate 60 ml, Pore Targeting Treatment 30 ml and Complexion Perfecting Hydrator 30ml. You can also avail of the 60-day kit at Php4,680 which includes Skin Smoothing Exfoliator 120 ml; Pore Targeting Treatment 60 ml and Complexion Perfecting Hydrator 60 ml. You may also avail of these products at the Proactiv Online Shopping Cart.

John Boos Co. Walnut End Grain Signature Board Giveaway!

John Boos Co. Walnut End Grain Signature Board Giveaway! (1 Winner ~ Ends 12/25) @SMGurusNetwork @johnboosco

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Monday, November 25, 2019


Grilled foods are one of our favorite dishes at home, grilling is a simple way to present a meal and yet how it is being prepared and meticulously cook will bring out the delicious flavors of the meat whether its chicken, pork, beef or seafood.

Last week, I was invited to attend the soft opening of this new Tex Mex restaurant in Harbor Point Mall. The place is called Fiery Style Restaurant. The restaurant is a franchise outlet located at Harbor Point Ayala Mall, Riverwalk Area, in Subic Bay Freeport Zone. 

The event was held at around dinner time when I arrived in the restaurant the place was almost full with customers. Along with the new friends that were invited, the blessing of the restaurant was held too.


Their food specialties are grilled food and Mexican dishes. When I saw their menu and their best selling dishes, I thought about home!  Added to it, I was craving Mexican food at that time. So, I was in for a real treat. 

Get ready for the mouth-watering dishes that were offered to us along with their famous drinks from alcoholic to non-alcoholic to taste and enjoy!

Fiery Style claimed to have the best nachos in town.


The tortilla chips are made from corn mill which gave an extra taste and of every bite of the chip. The bucket of chips was layered with melted cheese, sliced of jalapeno, salsa, onions, tomatoes, and ground beef. The presentation will surprise the customers! 

#FieryStyle Mojito, Paloma, and Margarita drinks. Juices, teas, sodas, and beers are also available.

#FieryStyle Lord of the Wings, 24 pieces of chicken wings fried and battered with dressing and served with signature dipping sauces (hot, hot, hot sauce, Texan barbeque sauce, and nacho cheese).

#FieryStyle Taco Good Salad, a bowl of fresh greens with salad dressing served in crispy taco basket. This can be the base of your salad, you can order add-ons like chicken slices and other meats according to your preference.

#FierySalad Galleon Grills, slabs of pork ribs, beef ribs, pork knuckles, fried chicken wings, chips, tomato-based rice, and three kinds of side dishes (coleslaw, salsa, and tomato ketchup).

#FieryStyle Steak ala Familia, one kilo of tender and juicy prime steak cuts. 

#FieryStyle desserts, New York Frozen cheesecake, freshly baked brownie in a pan topped with chili to give that extra spicy kick, and churros with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup dip.

My favorites from the food that was served that night were the Fiery Nachos and the Steak ala Familia! I will go back again to order those along with the bottomless wine on wine night. :)

The night was spent with good food and amazing people. Thank you FIERY STYLE for having us!

Check out their promos on the photos below. Do visit Fiery Style Harbor Point Mall, SBFZ, near the Riverwalk area.