Monday, January 30, 2017

Miss Universe 2017 in the Philippines

After many years Miss Universe will be aired from our very own Philippines! Everybody is thrilled and later at 8:00am is the big day! Too bad that it was not announced as a holiday, its a historical day indeed because its not everyday that we get to watch Miss Universe done in the Philippines. Of course that might just also be another reason to extend the weekends. Please don't judge me, hehe. But IMHO there is no denying that Miss Universe raised the heads of many and there are a lot of memes and comic strips already. The funniest one I've seen so far:

Credits: FB:

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Review: Lolane Z-Cool Color Milk Y6 Pistachio Latte

New Year, New Look! I have gotten this hair dye from last year, it seems so long ago already! Lol. My blonde hair doesn't look as it was before, its yellowish and brassy. My black roots is also showing up so I think this is the best time to color my hair.

I have checked out different hair dye brands and I have seen Lolane Z-Cool which is new and currently on promo. They have cool shades not available with other brands which made me want to try them out. I chose Pistachio latte, but I want to try the pink sakura next time. I am looking into darkening my hair to remove the brassiness. My hair was bleached 3 times and colored twice with Palty milk tea brown. After a few months the pretty milk tea shade has faded and I was left with a brassy color.

Lolane Z-Cool Color Milk Y6 Pistachio
Romantic Garosugil
(Garosugil is a place in Gangnam Seoul South Korea with many shops and restaurants)
Amorous, dreamy & compassionate. She's a real princess!
Vibrant coloring by Lolane Z-Cool Color Milk Micro Crystal Technology and Vitamin C derivatives give better coloring effect to provide long lasting radiant and vibrant hair color as you desire. Hokkaido Milk Extract intensely moisturizes your hair as if treated with milk treatment.

Unique box I am actually recycling them because they look so cute. I like how they designed the box with pink and white ensemble. Its clearly made in Thailand because of the wordings but unlike japanese dyes, Lolane Z-Cool offers english translations printed on the box.

Opening the box you will get: Color dye, 9% developer, Intense Care Keratin Repair Mask and gloves.

This shade is like greenish blonde. I like how they called it Pistachio which makes you think of the type of green it will be and latte for the brown shade its mixed with. The name is really witty. I chose this because I don't like to get orangey/brassy shade again.

So off to the procedure, after mixing for 60 seconds, I've left the formula for a little while to get the mixture runny. The formula is actually a little thick than it should making it hard to spread on the hair but if you wait for a bit, then the mixture will be easier to spread. I doubted that my roots will change color because there is very slight change even after 30 minutes. Good thing the mixture doesn't smell so bad unlike the other hair dyes I've used before and I am glad it have free gloves because like any other DIY process, coloring can be messy.

Okay so this is the before and after photos you've all been waiting for, glad that we will see the effect on blonde and on black hair, lol. Below is the photo for the before coloring process. Look at the black roots.

Then after the coloring process, here it is. Sorry if I look unhappy here. Of course the top is not blondish because its not bleached but I really like the shade of brown that it is. Its just pure chocolate brown with no brassiness at all. The ends looks fine but feels a bit dry despite using the keratin treatment of Lolane. I guess its not moisturizing enough. I was honestly expecting a darker shade than this but when compared to the color on the box I guess it looks exactly as what they promised.

How much and where to buy?
P249.50 for 2 boxes when it was on sale in Trinoma Department Store. Regular price is P249.50 per box.

What I love
  • Color stays true to the box
  • Greenish shade is love <3
  • Complete with gloves and bottle applicator
  • No strong ammonia scent
  • No allergic reaction
  • Removed brassiness
  • Lifted color on my roots
  • Easy to be done by yourself (perfect for DIY pips like me)
  • Affordable
What I don't
  • Dry hair, no shine
  • Smell of ammonia left on my hair
  • Formula is a bit difficult to spread on hair
Will I repurchase?
Yes! Another shade from Lolane Z-Cool!

I really love the result of Lolane Z cool and my co workers like it too. Compared to the old yellow brassy strands of last year that is. It borders brown and blonde and kinda green in reality. Lolane Z-Cool Color offers a lot of fun shades you might want to try. Let us have better hair days this year nae? Aja!~

My hair after a month :)

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Korean Dramas you Should Watch this 2017 (if you haven't yet)

This 2017 Korean Dramas are taking away Philippines by storm. All I have in my newsfeed is korean drama here and there. Here is the top ones in my list.

GOBLIN: The Lonely and Great God
Goblin has superb cinematography which will make you feel like you are watching a movie. The story is about a Goblin who has been looking for his Goblin bride to pull out the sword he is cursed with so he can return to ashes. It also have the grim reaper's love (Lee Dong Wook) for Ji Eun Tak's boss which is a funny side story for the drama.

Legend of the Blue Sea
Starring Lee Min Ho and Joo Ji Hyun this is a fascinating korean drama. Ji Hyun has to swim as a beautiful mermaid. Again she never disappoint to make people laugh with her crazy antics. Lee Min Ho on the other hand is a prince like guy who makes money by being a con artist. The twist and turns of the story completes the puzzle on how the two of them are related. 

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Sweeeeeeg!~ This kdrama has been dominating my newsfeed lately with 'Do you like Messi?' It even made a huge trend in twitter as well. I won't be spilling too much beans on this one, but if you want a funny love story to take all your worries away then watch this drama.

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AICHI DAY 2: Gamagori Classic Hotel and Gamagori Orange Park

Hi beautiful! So for today I will continue my series of post for my Aichi Prefecture Travel last November. Actually Day 2 is my favorite day in the tour because I get to pick my own oranges! Yay I love being close to nature. So remember that in Day 1 we were from Minamichita Shachi Tei which is in the Bay area. I slept late because I was too excited for the next day.

I woke up late and was the last to eat breakfast. Minamichita Shachi Tei by the way serves japanese breakfast. I was just nodding when they asked me to put the egg on hot rice. I didn't thought that the egg won't be cooked, the rice is hot but not enough go cook the egg. Wew~ its a good meal you might want to try. This meal is called tamago kake gohan. Because I was in a hurry I was not able to take a shot of my breakfast, photo below is not mine.

Photo credits from source link below
Tamago kake gohan ("egg sauce over rice") is a popular Japanese breakfast food consisting of boiled rice topped or mixed with raw egg, and optionally soy sauce. Source

Minamichita Shachi Tei

Cute dolphin in front of Shachi tei Hotel
Our first stop for the day is Gamagori Classic Hotel. On the way to I've seen Laguna Ten Bosch a theme park which houses the ship of One Piece Thousand Sunny. 

Gamagori Classic Hotel

Gamagori Classic Hotel located on a hill top offers a classic feel which is true to its name. The elevator and rooms also depicts classic antique ambiance. This classic hotel was crowned with an honorable history where the Imperial Family members which includes the Emperor and Empress Showa, used to stay. It has 100-years history of superb hospitality.

Arrival in Gamagori Classic Hotel

Twin sharing room
Bathroom shot

It also offer spectacular views of Takeshima Island: a gorgeous Japanese garden and a cafe terrace with panoramic sea views. 

Beautiful Gamagori Classic Hotel

We had a short introduction to Aichi Prefecture.

 Me and one of my new friends

 They showed us a fun promotional video of Aichi. I can't find it uploaded yet anywhere. :(

 On April 2017 they are set to open a new Legoland in Nagoya.

We drove again after to go to Gamagori Orange Park for a sumptous lunch! Most of their dtaff here are Filipinos! We were surprised when the girl who served our meals suddenly talked in tagalog, omg kabayan! :)

Complete set of lunch
Travel agency girls in the group
 Yummy Gamagor Udon Pot!!
 We went straight to the Gamagori Orangr Park right after eating lunch. Its unlimited oranges fellas! But you can only consume them inside the Orange Park, no take outs.

The fruit picker of the day
They also sell oranges and other stuff inside the store. Overall this experience is really fun and I am eager to go back for a different seasoned fruit next time!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Review: SilkyGirl Big Eye Smokey Eyeliner + Smudger

Lemme' share a new eyeliner find. You know how much I like Fashion 21 Eyeliner gals but I never stop in looking for cheap finds. Yay and so you know how hard it is to find a type of pencil eyeliner which won't leave you like a raccoon at the end of the day. I checked out Silkygirl and found their Big Eye Smokey Eyeliner + Smudger on sale.

Big Eye Smokey Eyeliner + Smudger
An eyeliner with a built-in smudger that is packed with a formula that gives a velvety, intense color to create stunning and dramatic smoky-eye. With its waterproof formula, you can be sure that you won’t end up with panda eyes. It also comes with colors that lasts to 12 hours. 

* Built in smudger
* Last to 12 hours
* Waterproof
*Velvety & intense color

Its available in 2 shades: 01 Blackest black and 02 Dark brown
Net wt. 1.2g

SilkyGirl Big Eye is a typical pencil eye liner with a handy smudger on the other end. It says to be made in Germany.

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Isododecane, Silica, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Hydrogenated jojoba oil, Polybutene, Synthetic Wax, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl, Tetra-di-T-Butyl Hydroxhydrocinnamate, isoceteth-10, May
contain: Iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) MICA, Titanium dioxide, Ultramarines, Ferric Ferricyanide

I've wanted to try this liner ever since I've seen it in Silkygirl kiosk. I will review it based on its product function, so shall we?

* Built in smudger - yay I am not a big fan of smokey eye but this is a possibility.
* Last to 12 hours - yes! It is long lasting. I put on the morning and it last till evening. There are product fall outs but I do not look like a racoon. However it still depends on how you apply it because one time I apply it on a not-so matte lids and it kinda smeared.
* Waterproof - yes. Its waterproof but not rubbed when wet. Tried rubbing it when its dry and it is still there. For the waterline, well its not so good but that is pretty normal to me. I guess any product that will stay perfect on my waterline will be a product with some sort of magic.
*Velvety & intense color -impressive black color payoff with no shimmers. No tugging with this pencil eye liner. Consistency is similar to gel liner, only in pencil form.

How much and where to buy?
Its P199 but I got it on sale for P100.

What I love 
  • Velvet smooth swipe even though its in pencil form
  • No tugging
  • Intense black color
  • No sparkles
  • Matte finish
  • When applied correctly it won't budge
  • Waterproof
  • Lasts the whole day on upper lid
  • Doesn't make my lids itchy
  • No allergic reaction
  • Easily removed by soap and water
  • Affordable when I got it on sale, reasonable for the regular price
What I don't 
  • Cannot make cat eye flicks
  • Not oil proof
  • Okay with under eye area but doesn't last the whole day
  • Need to sharpen (not retractable)

Make sure your lids is matte when you apply it on.

Will I repurchase?
A functioning waterproof pencil eye liner with no tugging, consistency similar to gel liners and lasts the whole day. I love Silkygirl and its a pretty decent pencil for the sale price. For normal price days I am buying the retractable version because its cheaper.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Review: Gluta-White Glutathione Skin Whitening Capsule

Annyeong beauties! I only drink Gluta White capsules when I am stressed out and too busy on my day to day activities to detoxify myself. Well after a few research, I've known that Glutathione does help in reliving chronic stress.

Chronic stress is the response to emotional pressure suffered for a prolonged period of time in which an individual perceives he or she has little or no control. Credits
Glutathione is a triple threat to toxins. It neutralizes free radicals, enhances the immune system and detoxifies the liver. Credits

Thus my reason on taking Gluta-White. So how did it fare?

 Gluta-White Glutathione Skin Whitening Capsule

Potent Anti-Oxidant
Cell Repair and Regenerator
Immune Booster
Sport Supplement
Skin Lightener

How to Use: For beginners, we do recommend that you start off with 1 capsule per day of GlutaWhite 100mg and slowly increase your dosage 100mg per week until you have reached the recommend dosage of 20mg per kilogram of body weight. 

  • Remember it is required to take GlutaWhite only after every breakfast and lunch with a full glass of water together with an equal or higher dosage of Vitamin C to prevent gastric irritation. 
  • Desired results will probably take 3-4 months of use depending on the persons general health, lifestyle and skin tone. 
  • GlutaWhite is Generally Safe with pills and will not disrupt regular menstrual cycle. For men and women ages 16 and up!
  • GlutaWhite is best taken with SureChoice Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C). The rule of thumb is to take an EQUAL or slightly higher dose of SureChoice Sodium Ascorbate.

Its FDA Approved, PIPAC Tested, GRAS Certified and manufactured By Am-Europharma Corp. 

I buy them by 10's. So I get them in foil packaging. However its also available in box, which means you will be buying a lot. Since I am buying them not for the reason of whitening let's leave it at at least 20-30 pcs only.

Its not my first time to take Gluta-White, I take it month after another when I feel I need to detoxify. Taking Gluta-White is easy because its in easy to swallow capsule form. It doesn't have a minty after take feeling in my throat and it doesn't make me palpitate. I also don't experience headaches or other negative reactions.

I only take the 100mg because I believe that minimal amount taken is more effective. As instructed you may add up another 100mg every week until you reach 500mg in which you can the glutathione capsules for at least 4-5 months to get whitening results. I do not reach that point yet though, whitening is a serious and take note, expensive business. I might just do with soaps at the moment but I am pretty contented with the 100mg capsules.

What does 100 mg Gluta-White does to me? Well ever since I took it I get less pimples on my chin and cheeks. I am near my red days but I am still not breaking out and I even have better skin nowadays. Take note that I am not using any other special products now except Gluta-White. I also have increased metabolism that is why I feel light, which is good.

How much and where to buy? 
Php 17.50 each at Mercury Drug Store

What I love 
  • Cheap
  • Possible to buy retail
  • No reverse reactions
  • No palpitations
  • No minty feeling on throat
  • Easy to swallow
  • Detoxifies
  • Increased metabolism
  • Brighter skin
  • Pimples gone
  • Less breakouts before my red days

What I don't 
  • Doesn't whiten skin because its only 100mg

Will I repurchase? 
Yes. I buy this in an occasional basis already.

For regular detoxification Gluta-White Glutathione Skin Whitening Capsule can be a good skincare buddy. It just works and its cheap. If for the purpose of whitening I recommend their 500mg variant. This is safe and at the same time good for the skin way to detoxify.

I agree to Gluta-White's tag line now, its indeed the SECRET to a Younger, Healthier and Glowing You!!!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: ACNECARE Lactoferrin Anti-Acne Complex

Acne is one of the most common skin condition for many. It usually starts during adolescence period and then has a chance to continue until adulthood in which we then call acne breakout. There are a lot of reasons in why we get sudden acne breakout on our face that is why there are also a lot of products intended for the treatment of pimples.

Just like any other kids I have experienced getting acne on my face during my high school years. Maybe its in the genes, maybe its in the makeup that I used, maybe its in what I eat, maybe its due to the pollution, and the maybe's are endless. Amidst the maybes only one thing is for sure, acne ruins one's self confidence. Not everyone are pimply, there are people who are blessed with flawless skin and I must admit that I envy them before. My case is not so bad now and my face only gets acne every now and then.

Moving on, let me introduce you to my younger brother. He is a shy type kind of kid who is often playing his mobile games, watching movies in the tv instead of playing outside or meeting with his friends. With him in the adolescence period he became a lot taller, his voice is deeper and his face got -pimples. I know I blog and I know a lot of products he can try but my mom says he is still young and it might be harsh for his skin. Sometime last year I think, Acnecare sent a package which contains AcneCare soaps and two bottles of AcneCare Lactoferrin Anti-Acne Complex. I don't feel the need to use it yet because my skin is okay, I completely forgot about it until last year November that I've let my brother try it.

ACNECARE Lactoferrin Anti-Acne Complex
Introducing the revolutionary 1st Lactoferrin capsule in the Philippines!
AcneCare Oral Anti-acne Supplement has the combination of three potent skin actives that bring you the Acne3 Complex.

#MayPagAsaPa #PimplesNoMore
AcneCare - Clinically Proven 44% less Acne in 2 weeks
Fights off Acne ,Red spots and other Skin Blemishes.Naturally !
AcneCare can reach cells where creams and lotions can't.
Plastic bottle lists all ingredients and manufacturing/expiration date. One bottle contains 30 capsules which will only last 2 weeks if to be taken as directed.

Ingredients per capsule: Lactoferrin 100mg, Linumlife Extra 25mg, Zinc Gluconate 6.4mg
Recommended: Take 1 capsule every morning and evening (2 daily) or as directed by a healthcare professional.

Manufactured for Vida Nutriscience, the same name behind SnowCaps and Snowskin
My brother's face has not just inflamed pimples he also have blackheads. He is really oily especially when he comes back from school and whenever he plays mobile games for too long.

Severe pimples and blackheads are still present. I asked him to continuously take at least one capsule per day. He is still a kid after all, as a start instead of two, he takes one.

Week 2-3
I actually took a photo at Day 25, he is very shy in front of the camera. I've swear to hide his eyes at least though. He is less oily nowadays and I seldom see inflamed pimples on his cheeks.

Week 4
The red marks are still there but most of his acne has dried up. He showed me his forehead today and its much more makinis na (more flawless) than the day he started taking the AcneCare capsules. His face has obviously less its bumps than before. I won't lie, he still gets a pimple every now and then but its not as many as before. The picture below will speak for itself, it did worked like wonders.

How much and where to buy? 

Got it for free but it retails at P885 per bottle. Its available at Mercury Drugstores, Watsons and SouthStar drugstore

What he likes
  • Easy to swallow capsules
  • No negative reactions
  • Skin was less oily
  • Less blackheads
  • No cystic/inflamed pimples anymore
  • Dried his acne
  • Doesn't contain bad chemicals
  • Better skin as days progresses
  • Works as promised
What he doesn't
  • Nothing mentioned

Will I repurchase? Yes, much possibly will.

Most of the time we will only resort to topical ointments to cure breakouts and acne however this skin condition can leave scars which are possible to be permanent. It depends on how shallow or deep the scar is remember that prevention is cure. After I have seen how much difference it made to my brother's face and I am positive that it can possibly work for people with the same case too. Hopefully his face will clear up with continuous take of the capsules. He has finished 2 bottles as of writing this.

For guys and girls who have acne, constant breakout and looking for a solution, I recommend AcneCare.

Have you tried taking acne supplements to get rid of acne breakouts? You may share your story in the comments!~

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