Tuesday, December 5, 2017

My Girly Sample Room Haul (Gluta-C, Belo Baby, and Femme)

Everytime I grab samples from Sample Room, I get too excited for them to arrive in the mail even though I know well exactly what's inside my package. 😂


What pushed me with this recent order was the full-sized tub of Gluta-C with Kojic Plus+ Shower Salt Scrub. I'm into salt scrubs so I got it ASAP.


Gluta-C with Kojic Plus+ Shower Salt Scrub comes in a huge sealed tub, but upon opening it I found it to not be as full as I expected. The salt settles to the bottom of the tub, while the liquid (kojic) floats on top, so you'd have to mix them first before using. I just use my finger to mix it, and when mixed together, the texture is just right. (Not too watery compared to my photo below.)


The salt scrub has a very gritty feel, and compared to other more expensive salt scrubs I've tried before, the salt of this scrub doesn't melt on my skin upon contact so it stays gritty all the way until rinsing time. It has a nice mild scent, and it feels more warming than cooling on the skin. It doesn't have any tingling or stinging sensation even with its kojic content. It's easy to rinse off, and upon rinsing, my skin feels unbelievable smooth! It's not drying, too. I'm just left with brighter and softer skin, and I like it.


This full-sized tub of Gluta-C with Kojic Plus+ Shower Salt Scrub is priced at P165, so this alone makes the P130 shipping fee worth it. But since I've been with Sample Room for years, I've got a few more points to spend on other samples. YAY! 😊

SRP: P165 


It's only now that I got to try Belo Baby Cologne, and I chose the Sweet Snuggle variant over Cool Drizzle (blue). Sweet Snuggle honestly smells too strong as a baby cologne, but the scent is perfect for girly girls and even adults. I transferred my cologne to an atomizer, and I like how this one doubles as a hand sanitizer. It leaves my hands softer thanks to its glycerin content. It's also free of parabens, phthalates, EDTA, and coloring agents, so it's definitely safe for babies.

SRP: P80
 

Last but not least is the Femme Travel Kit. I love using cotton pads to remove makeup and apply toner, so this one's definitely nice to have. Though it's called a travel kit, I find it bulky since you don't really bring 65 dual tip cotton buds when you travel, do you? But I find it useful on my dresser, since the cotton pads I buy usually just come in tube plastic bags and this one makes makeup removal and toner application a bit more fancy.

SRP: P58

Overall, I'm very happy with my latest haul from Sample Room. It's so girly and unintentionally color-coordinated. 😉

Grab free samples at SAMPLEROOM.PH, just pay for shipping! 💝

Love,
Helen


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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Sweets at S&R - Gift Suggestions Starting at P149!

I haven't been to S&R in ages, so it was a pleasant feeling to see a LOT of holiday-themed merchandise on the shelves. Allow me to share with you the interesting things I found today during my grocery run at S&R Congressional. 😉 If you see anything you like, better head there ASAP.

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. Haha 😜
 
Oreo Candy Canes (P189)

AKA the best thing to happen to candy canes! 💙
 
Hershey's Kisses Mint Truffle (P299)

I've been buying this every December since 2009! 😍 However, I got it at a cheaper price at Lucky Chinatown Annex. If you can't be bothered with the Binondo traffic, buy it from S&R instead.
 
KitKat Mint Miniatures (P349)
 
M&M's Holiday Mint (P249)

Lahat ng mint gusto ko! HAHA 🙊
 
Mentos Choco & Caramel (P99)
Mentos Choco & Mint (P99)

My sister just bought me a Mentos Choco & Caramel roll from Thailand. I thought it was exclusively available in Thailand until I saw these! 😍😍😍 The Choco & Caramel variant is from Holland, while the Choco & Mint variant is from Russia.

Harry & David Peppermint Bark (P1,399)
Harry & David Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark (P1,399)

Expensive kaso peppermint so I included it narin. LOL
 
Krispy Kreme Coffee Thins in Original Glazed (P149)
Krispy Kreme Coffee Thins in Caramel Macchiato (P149)

Looks so good! 🍫 This one also has a caffeine kick!

Pepero Double Dip in Sweet Yogurt (P299)
Pepero Double Dip in Cafe Latte (P299)

HUGE boxes of Pepero - can't pick between yakult flavor or coffee! 😍 

Hershey's Kisses Giant 12oz (P899)
 
Look O Look Candy Cake (from P149 to P299)

Diabetes in the making but so cute!!!

IBC Root Beer 4s (P179)
Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer Non-Alcoholic 4s (P249)

I don't like softdrinks in general, but IBC is the BEST root beer I've ever tried. Butterscotch Beer here is cheaper than in Healthy Options. 
 
Jack Daniel's Liquor Chocolate Bar (P219)
 
Jack Daniel's Chocolate Tin (P599)

For the pabebe lasinggera in you. I want the chocolate tin version since it's made of dark chocolate with JD whiskey milk chocolate ganache! The chocolate bar version is milk chocolate with JD in syrup form (?) and it isn't too appetizing for me. These are nice gifts to give though! 
 
Hoegaarden Rose 6s (P589)
Hoegaarden Beer 4s (P389)
 
Hoegaarden Beer 6s w/ FREE Hoegaarden Glass (P584)

My favorite beer in the world! 😍😭

Hope you liked my S&R finds. Puede na ba kong maging buyer/personal shopper niyo? Hihi. I usually don't like receiving food as gift since I want to be able to keep a gift for a long time because of the sentimental value that comes with it, but these are nice exceptions. 😃

Love,
Helen

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Grand Celebrations Made Easy at Casa Ibarra, MOA Complex

Even before Casa Ibarra in MOA Complex was officially launched, they've already held several weddings, debuts, corporate events, golden birthday celebrations, and a baptismal. Indeed, the name Ibarra's is now associated with the best events and memories in the generations of Filipinos.


Last November 21, 2017, Ibarra's Party Venues and Catering officially unveiled its fifth and grandest events venue, Casa Ibarra in MOA Complex, Pasay City. This venue stands out from other buildings in this business district because of its distinct modern Filipino design.


Upon arrival, guests can drive up to the porte-cochere for drop-off and enter the lobby dominated by the Homage to Monet artwork of French-Filipino artist Olivia d'Aboville. Upon close inspection, you will see that it's made of handwoven silk from Palawan and Aklan. It's fresh and it invokes an air of lightness and romance, making it the perfect backdrop for photos.


We were given a tour and our first stop were the Alegria and Hermosa function rooms located at the ground floor.  Each room can fit 140 persons or can be combined to become a larger room. In case both rooms are used at the same time for different parties, there's no need to worry about the noise since the walls are soundproof.


Casa Ibarra also showcased their versatility when it comes to decorating the venue. After all, it's their specialty. I like how their mission is to provide working women with complete, value for money, and quality wedding packages.

Oscars

Winter

Gatsby

Debut


On each side the side of the rooms, there's a stairway that lights up one by one as the celebrant comes down to meet guests.


Also, a private room is provided the celebrant for necessary preparations.


An even more intimate venue would be the porte-cochere's balcony where a small wedding can be set for up to 80 guests. This area is versatile, as it can also be used for open air cocktails, photo shoots, or to offer lively views of the district.


For the guests' convenience, Casa Ibarra has an office that's also a one-stop shop. Ibarra's banquet sales associates are knowledgeable about details such as church schedule or the duration of a ceremony. They assist the client from the preparation stage all the way to the end of an event. They can also recommend suppliers for your party needs, and you can have the option to choose your own, but catering has to be in-house to maintain the quality that Ibarra's upholds. This is good because there's no risk of food spoilage from transport or food shortage, since the kitchen is located in the venue. (More on the food later. I've tried it and it's GREAT!)

Digital photobooth - you can have your photos sent to your email address!


Casa Ibarra's main centerpiece is the 600-sqm Sala de Amor located on the second floor. This definitely puts the grand in grand ballroom. This venue can accommodate up to 350 guests and features six majestic capiz chandeliers and lighted onyx pillars. This room was built by approximately 200 workers and took a year and a half to be completed.

 I'm amazed because each chandelier is made of over 20,000 capiz shells!


The lighted grand stairway is lovely. If a bride and groom wanted to make an entrance ala Beauty and the Beast, this is the way to do it!


A more spacious private room is provided for the couple's immediate family for necessary preparations.


No party would be complete without glorious food! If I were to host a huge celebration, I would make it a point to splurge on the food because that's what the guests will remember. Real talk. 😋


Ibarra's has become known for offering a wide Filipino and international selection. Casa Ibarra carries Western, Mediterranean, Oriental, Spanish, and Filipino menu choices.


Some of their specialties and signature dishes are Ibarra's hickory pork spare ribs, braised beef shank, and seafood paella. Ibarra's also provides off-site catering services for parties and corporate events.

Dinner

Dessert


That special night they also served their newest creation. When it was served, I thought I was already too full to consume a whole shiny, golden apple. Then the chef asked us all to break the apple! It's apparently made of blown sugar, and when you crack it, it has mousse inside. WOW! 💛 This one's the fanciest dessert I've had. It came with an opera cake and pralines. What a way to end the night. 😍

Ibarra's has over 17 years of experience in the party venue and catering business. Each location is distinctive in design and architecture.
  • Ibarra's Garden in Manila is a classic home from the 1920s, with a garden inspired by American Art Deco architecture.
  • Plaza Ibarra along Timog Avenue, Quezon City, is a Mediterranean-themed garden with elegant ballrooms and lighted grand staircase.
  • Bella Ibarra in Quezon Avenue was built around a timeless and elegant theme and is suited for both small and large gatherings.
  • Villa Ibarra in Tagaytay is a small hotel offering stunning views of Taal Lake. It has often been booked primarily for wedddings.
  • Casa Ibarra offers a modern Filipino take in its design and concept. Wood, capiz, raffia fabric, and T'nalak, a special handweave from Mindanao, accentuate a lot of the interiors.

A typical Ibarra's package starts at about P133,000 all-in. This already includes numerous amenities, but all are customizable to the client's preferences. So if you're planning a baptism, a kiddie birthday, debut, wedding, product launch, graduation, or the company's next big office party, consider Casa Ibarra as your new partner!

CAPACITY:
Alegria Function Room (Ground Floor) - 140 pax
Hermosa Function Room (Ground Floor) - 140 pax
Sala de Amor Grand Ballroom (Second Floor) - 350 pax

CONTACT DETAILS:
Address: Lot 17 Coral Way CBP1, MOA Complex, Pasay City
Telephone no.: 986-1107 | 994-9448
Mobile no.: 0916-586-8897 | 0908-866-2467
Email: bqt_casaibarra@ibarraspartyvenues.com.ph

Love,
Helen

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