Sunday, June 17, 2018

CBTL celebrates 15th Anniversary in the PH

It's no secret that I've been a fan of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ever since my early blogging days. (Feel free to stalk my ancient CBTL blog posts from 2012 onwards! HEHE) I used to always join their Open House events (not as a blogger but as a consumer) whenever they'd launch a new flavor. Fast forward to this year, I was invited to attend their 15th anniversary celebration at the 26th St. Bistro in BGC. My work in QC ends late at night so I took a half day leave from work for this. Oh, the things I do for love. 💜


CBTL has really gone a long way from their first store in Southern California, to opening their first flagship store in the Philippines at Greenbelt 3 way back 2003. For their anniversary night, they have prepared a buffet spread for us. Look at all the FOOD! 🐷🐽

Chicken Pesto Sandwich

Pastrami Sandwich

Fresh Mozzarella & Tomato Salad

Caesar's Salad

Sardine Garlic Linguini

Banana Chocolate Muffins & Red Velvet Muffins

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Guiltless Chocolate Cake

Triple Decker Cheesecake

Mango Tres Leches

And a choice of our drink! Guess which one I picked. 😉

AFRICAN SUNRISE TEA LATTE 💜

African Sunrise Tea Latte is my favorite drink from CBTL. Papa loves it as much as I do! I bought a box of African Sunrise tea for my dad to steep at home. It's a caffeine-free herbal infusion that has a sweet mix of orange and vanilla. A tin can containing 20 tea bags may seem steep at P595, but it's super worth it!!! I cannot stop raving about it. You just have to try it. 👍


During the event, we had a coffee and tea cupping activity. I enjoyed the Tea Cupping more. We got to try different types of tea: Genmaicha Green (green tea), Noori Tea Garden (black tea), and African Sunrise (herbal & fruit infusion). It's my first time to try Genmaicha Green and it's has a surprisingly pleasant twist compared to regular green teas in the market. This one has popped rice in the mix! The other guests on our table tried African Sunrise for the first time and they ALL loved it.

Steeping time for teas:
  • 3 minutes for green tea
  • 5 minutes for black teas
  • 5 minutes for oolong teas
  • 7 minutes for herbal & fruit infusions

Do not over-steep your teas or else they will taste bitter. Oolong teas are an exception as the taste doesn't change even when they're steeped for too long.


We also had a "Make Your Own Ice Blended" activity. My teammates loved their coffee extremely, so they chose to have it with twice the coffee kick!

As for me, my perfect combo would be: Milk base + matcha flavor + espresso jelly + hazelnut swirl + whipped cream. Sounds good? 😋 This would be a lovely idea to offer their customers! 💡

Our DIY Ice Blended drink!


And to celebrate #15YearsOfYouAndMe, you still have 7 more weeks to get CBTL's bestsellers for only P100 every Monday until July 30, 2018! Tomorrow's featured drinks are Mocha Coconut and Caramel Coconut Latte and Ice Blended. This was their seasonal drink last summer, and it's back by popular demand. 😍

Let's all wish CBTL Philippines a happy 15th anniversary! More blessings and fruitful years to come for my favorite coffee place! 💖

Love,
Helen

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Summer fresh finds from Sample Room

Yup, another Sample Room haul post! I've lost count on how many times I've gotten free samples from their site, and most of them are full-sized! 💖


This haul was prompted by the super hot weather we're having lately. I need to feel and stay fresh, hence these items! 😀


Being a big fan of Belo products, I got both versions of Belo Intense White Anti-Perspirant Deodorant (in spray and roll-on form). The last time I used deo was in high school, and I remember buying Secret (in stick form) and I hated the white residue it left on my pits. 😞 Between these two Belo Intense White variants, I like the spray version more since application is a breeze. I leave mine in an air-conditioned room, and it feels cold on my skin upon application. It also smells really nice and fresh. The roll-on I got for my travels because of its handy size.

SRP:
Belo Intense White Anti-Perspirant Deodorant (Aerosol) - P199.75
Belo Intense White Anti-Perspirant Deodorant (Roll-On) - P104.75

Baby cologne is all I use now since I don't like wearing heavy fragrances in hot weather. Sure, the scent disappears quickly because fragrance concentration is very light, but I love that I can reapply anytime and feel fresh instantly!


My Bambini sample(s) came in a cute pouch and I have all 5 variants in 50ml bottles each. I reviewed all scents below:
  • My favorite is Morning Tickles (pink). It has a sweet, feminine scent. There's no mistaking it, one whiff and you'll say "baby girl". Haha 😂
  • My next favorite is Starry Lulluby (purple), I use it after my night shower before I sleep. The scent is a bit strong yet calming. It actually reminds me of the cologne I liked way back in college, Green Cross/Lewis & Pearl in Dream, which is a dupe of Gap Dream. They seem to like using purple as dream-themed colognes. 💜
  • Next is my least favorite color (orange), Sunny Playtime. I initially judged the bottle but what's inside surprised me. It smelled super light, mild, yet fragrant. It actually smells so mild, it seems like a watered-down cologne to me. If you're sensitive with scents, you might just like this one. The scent disappears minutes after you put it on, but the scent itself is very mabango! It appeals both to men and women.
  • Cotton Cuddles (green) and Ocean Kisses (blue) are on the more masculine side, I think. The color appeals to baby boys (both blue and green are my nephew's favorite colors). Cotton Cuddles has a shower fresh scent, while Ocean Kisses has aquatic notes.
The bottles and scents appealed to my kikay niece very much, and she asked if she could have the bottles of Morning Tickles and Starry Lulluby. As a doting aunt, I obliged.

SRP: P31.50 x 5 = P157.50 for 5 50ml bottles

My haul is worth P462 but I got these items for free and only paid P140 shipping fee for everything! 💛 SUPER SULIT! Thank you, Sample Room! 😍

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

Love,
Helen

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

GWP codes for your next Sephora.ph haul (You're welcome!)

I finally bit the bullet and bought the much talked about Fenty Beauty Foundation from Sephora.ph! Of course, I had to maximize my mini baby haul even if I was only buying one item. LOL

Shipping is free for a minimum purchase of P1,300 (EZ!), and delivery was so fast considering that it came from Singapore! I placed my order Saturday night, and my package was already at home come Wednesday.
 

I hate blind buys and there was no way for me to test out the 40 shades available since it's only available online via Sephora, so I did research and chanced upon the swatches of Rowena and Nikki. Both of them got the shade 130, which is the 4th shade in the range of 40, but the 1st and lightest one with yellow undertone.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundaton in 130 (P1,950)
COLOR: 130 - for fair skin with warm yellow undertones

Tip: If you're buying the Fenty Beauty Foundation, the Sephora.ph site shows color swatch squares that are much darker than the actual foundation shade. 😯 It's better to base your shade from the US sephora.com site (they show the foundation shade when worn on models).

Yup, I got the shade right!!! 😍 Shade 130 is a perfect match. I'm testing it this week so stay tuned for a review. 😊

Marc Jacobs Shamless Foundation Sample (GWP)

Each order comes with a sample of your choice! I chose this blister pack foundation sample from Marc Jacobs. I expected it to come in a tiny sheet, but the sample had a decent amount of product in it. 👍

And because I'm a #WiseTita, I stalked Sephora Philippines on Facebook and found a code you can use for a Gift With Purchase (GWP).
 
Code: GCASH
Freebie: Sephora Cardholder

Nope, you don't have to pay via GCASH to use this code. And nope, the cardholder didn't come with cute lipstick charms. Huhu 💔
 
Code: APPGIFT
Freebie: Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight (deluxe sample)

The APPGIFT code used to gift a free Sephora.ph ecobag, but mini makeup > ecobag. You can only get this when you purchase in-app.

Sephora Cardholder (GWP)
I chose the cardholder because of the lipstick charms in the photo... LOL! 😂 Still happy with it though since the quality's nice.

Also, don't ignore your Beauty Pass points. My last log in was 2 years ago (SHAME!) and my points are gone. 💔 (You will lose your points when your account is inactive for 18 months.) I downloaded the app, wrote reviews for my previous purchases, and earned points with my recent transaction, and now I have a little over 100 points which I'll use to get a deluxe-sized makeup as a reward on my next purchase. SO EXCITED! 😁

Tip: When you're a new Beauty Pass member, you automatically get 50 bonus points as a welcome gift, and another 50 points when you complete your beauty profile. Both of which I lost. LOL! 100 points = mini makeup from Kat Von D (!!!), Marc Jacobs, etc. 💖 That's another sweet GWP. 😉

Have you done any Sephora haul lately? 🛍

Love,
Helen

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