Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Food Club Manila's First Anniversary Dinner

The last time I was at The Food Club was when my high school friend celebrated his birthday here with the entire barkada almost a year ago. I don't do buffets quite often since I have the takaw-tingin syndrome, where I get overwhelmed with all the food in sight, want to try everything, but easily get full. However, this place is worth revisiting, and I was quite excited to see what's up with The Food Club a year after it's soft opening.


Aside from their newly lowered rates for buffet lunch and dinner, I was curious with their menu update. Old favorites and new dishes to try made me excited!
 

Same as before, the restaurant was bright, neat, and spacious. The chandeliers add a nice touch of class. On the side of the restaurants are more private couch/table setups which are perfect for dates or smaller groups. This proves that you don't need to go to a hotel to experience a luxurious buffet.

Now on to my favorite part which is the food. I wasn't able to cover EVERYTHING they had to offer, but here are what caught my eye.


The have fresh and crisp salads, breads, and various types of cheeses to go with a glass of wine if you wish.


Fans of Japanese food will happy to see their lovely sushi spread. There are also different kinds of tempura - ebi, vegetable, etc.

I've noticed that most food I gravitated to was on the Asian fusion side. But they do serve pastas and pizzas too!

 


I was stopped by this sign. Xiao Long Bao Section, and a friendly chef approached me and asked if I wanted them to cook some for me. Yes, please!


Dimsum all you can, of course! I had my fair share of Hakaw.


You'd see a seafood section tucked inside the myriad of food trays. They didn't serve lobsters, oysters, and mussels anymore (sad), but they had crabs and plump shrimps, which you can let them cook according to your liking. Garlic butter? Sweet chili? Go!


On the front display were Singaporean Crab and Buttered Garlic Shrimp.


They also served meats such as turkey (with cranberry sauce) and roast beef over at the carving station. Hello there, medium rare beefy goodness!

After all the MEATing was dessert heaven!
 

Lovely chocolate fountains with sweets and fruits. My favorite will be the simple white mallows drizzled in white chocolate.


Cake slices and dessert shots in all flavors imaginable.


Glorious Filipino-inspired desserts such as good ol' hot taho, kakanin, and halo-halo. I spy the huge slice of leche flan by the counter.


Fruits for the health conscious (which you can make more sinful by passing it by the chocolate fountains), and yummy gummies for the kids. The also had a Big Scoop ice cream counter, and a crepe station beside it.
 

Drinks are already included in the buffet charge - yes, including beer and red wine. But usually everyone goes for their fresh fruit shakes (try the watermelon shake!). There are also juices, but something new for me is the Milo Shake. I bet this one's popular among kids (and even adults).

So here are what I had for dinner:


You can see here my "no I'm not a fan of seafood" plate, with buttered garlic crab and shrimps, ebi tempura, hakaw, and fish fillet.


Xiao long bao served in a hot bamboo basket with vinegar and garlic slivers dip.


Refreshing glass of watermelon shake.


Slices of medium rare roast beef.


Red wine to go with my roast beef. (I forgot which brand they served, but it was from Spain.)


Desserts for a sweet ending. Everything on the plate was good. I had creme brulee, oreo shooter, mallows, meringue, and red velvet cake.

*Kids ages 6-11 pay for half the price, and kids 5 years old and below eat for free.

The Food Club Manila
Unit E Bluebaywalk Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Avenue cor. Edsa, Pasay City
Store hours: Mon-Sun 11:00–14:30, 17:30–22:30

For reservations:
http://www.thefoodclub.com.ph/reservations/
Phone: 7368001 / 7798673
Mobile: 09064281669
Email: info@thefoodclub.com.ph

Like The Food Club Manila on Facebook for more information. See you at the CLUB! :D

Love,
Helen

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Laguna Beach

When I first saw Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick inside my Flawless Beauty Glamourbox, I thought it was another tinted gloss masquerading as a liquid lipstick. Boy, was I so wrong! Upon swatching it on my arm, it quickly turned matte, which made me fall in love at first sight.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Laguna Beach
Here's to a full lip color in one step! The vibrant colors of these liquid lipsticks will give you a vivacious look. Creamy and soft in texture, they moisturize the lips with antioxidants and Vitamin E. With five hours of staying power, they create a lipstick effect that does not feather!

Ingredients:


The packaging of this liquid lipstick is simple - too simple for my liking. For something that costs almost P1,000.00, I expect a fancier packaging and not one that has a sticker for its label. (Which is now fading, after months of usage). For its price, the product itself better be worth it.


It comes in a slim tube with a doe-foot applicator, but I like blending it with my pinky to make it more even.

Swatches:

Before - During - After

Based on the packaging, I'd think Laguna Beach was a nude shade with pink undertones, but apparently it goes on dusty pink. It goes on from a creamy, highly pigmented formula to super matte in seconds. So amazing!


Laguna Beach is a very lovely shade of pink. Not MLBB, but it looks perfectly natural - nothing too Barbie or neon. And it's matte, what's not to love? It lasts really long too, around 4 to 5 hours, but that's without eating or drinking. (It starts fading when you eat or drink.)  It comes in a yummy vanilla scent, too!

As for the cons, it emphasizes my lip lines and it dries my lips because of its matte formula. Example, I apply it in the morning when my lips are in a normal condition, but when it starts to fade and I need to retouch in the afternoon, my lips are sometimes flaky already - and flaky lips and matte lippies aren't really a good combo.

Price: P950.00
Available at Glamourbox

I have mixed emotions with this product. I love the shade, the finish, but I don't love how I end up with dry lips, so I make sure to have a matte-ish lip balm at hand whenever I use this.

Glamourbox girls! Have you tried Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick? :D

Like GlamourboxPH and Ofra Cosmetics Philippines on Facebook for more information.

Love,
Helen

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Body Shop Honeymania Lip Balm

New year, new lip balm! :)

Since I'm almost done with the stick lip balm I religiously use at night, it's about time I reward myself by opening a new lip balm from my stash. Haha :D I've mentioned before that the OC me wants to finish a stick/pot of lip balm first before opening a new one so they won't accumulate. Now I have around 2-3 in circulation, which is not bad at all!

I'm madly in love with the Honeymania range of products from The Body Shop. I mean, everything from that line smells simply divine. From the bar soap (which I've kept in my drawer for x months already, and it makes my clothes smell really really good), to the shower gel and body butter, and now this cute little lip balm that looks like a tiny tub of lip butter (but it's a balm, not butter). The only thing I need now is the EDT to completely honey-fy myself! (And the EDT also smells super amazingly light, floral, sweet, and feminine.)

Okay back to the main topic, which is this lip balm!

The Body Shop Honeymania Lip Balm
This luxuriously sweet lip balm contains Community Fair Trade honey made from the nectar of wildflowers. It has a sweet, floral scent and leaves lips feeling kissably soft.
  • Sweet, floral scent
  • For softer-feeling lips


This pot contains 9g of honey goodness, and is good for 12 months after opening. (I'm pretty sure I'll be keeping mine for longer!)

Ingredients:


It contains grape seed oil as main ingredient. Also, honey of course! What's so nice about having honey is beauty products is because it acts as a humectant - something that attracts and retains moisture, very ideal for the lips where it easily gets dry.
 

The packaging comes in a pot, but the design is different from the regular Born Lippy Lip Balms. It comes in a similar packaging to The Body Shop's Lip Butters, but for Honeymania, it's a lip balm inside. I prefer lip balm over lip butter because it's transparent when worn, the latter comes in whitish shades that can make my lips look pale.

Swatches:

Bare lips

With Honeymania Lip Balm ♥

Even if it comes in a tub, this one's currently my favorite lip balm because of its texture, scent, and flavor. It has a buttery texture that melts on your lips upon application. It's able to comfort and hydrate dry lips right after application, and it stays on for around 3 hours. The scent is a subtle yet very lovely floral one, very mild compared to the entire Honeymania range. My favorite effect of it is that it makes my lips taste so kissably sweet! It has no tint, no SPF, but that's okay since I mainly wear this indoors. My lips look and feel healthier whenever I have this on. Even my youngest sister who isn't kikay at all and doesn't like makeup likes the Honeymania Lip Balm! ♥

Price: P250.00
Available at all The Body Shop stores nationwide

Learn more about the rest of the Honeymania range here. Like The Body Shop, Philippines on Facebook and follow them on Instagram @thebodyshopph for more information.

Love,
Helen

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lucky Citrine's Blog Sale II

January means sale season! I've been meaning to do another blog sale since my first one last year, but work has always kept me busy. This month, our workload became more manageable, hence I had the time to finally round up my stuff to shoot and sell! Reason for selling: I need funds for travel this year! :D


The items are either brand new, swatched, or used. Don't worry, I'm not sick and I sanitized used items with alcohol. I labeled them accordingly so you'd know. This blog sale is bigger and better, so I hope you'll find something you like! :)

To order:
1. To reserve an item, send me an email at helenblas@yahoo.com with the subject "BLOG SALE".
2. You will have 2 working days to settle payment upon order confirmation, to be fair to other buyers. No joy reservers please.
4. Payment will be via BDO Bank Deposit only.
5. Once you've paid, please email me a copy of the deposit slip with your name written on it, plus your complete shipping details (full name, mailing address with zip code, and contact number) so I can book the courier ASAP.
5. Orders will be shipped via Xend. Buyer must shoulder the shipping fee.
  • P60 for Metro Manila
  • P90 for Provincial

I'll also be uploading this album over at my Facebook page within the week, so my blog readers here get first dibs on the sale.

*Brand New & Sealed* Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Foaming Face Wash 150ml
SRP: P189
Selling price: P109
 
*Brand New & Sealed* Etude House Moistfull Aloe Soothing Skin 80ml (Toner)
SRP: P301
Selling price: P199

*Brand New & Sealed* Etude House Moistfull Aloe Soothing Lotion 80ml (Moisturizer)
SRP: P301
Selling price: P199

*Brand New* Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream 3g
SRP: P380
Selling price: P219

*Brand New* Benefit Total Moisturize Facial Cream 8.9g
SRP: P425
Selling price: P249

*Brand New & Sealed* Kiehl's Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner 40ml
SRP: approximately P344
Selling Price: P99

*Brand New & Sealed* Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner 40ml
Selling Price: P99
 
*Brand New* Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer 30ml
SRP: P99

*Brand New* Kiehl's Acai Damage-Correcting Moisturizer 15ml
SRP: P89

*Brand New* Kiehl's Clearly Corrective White Deep Moisture Clarifying Cream 7ml
Selling price: P89

*Brand New* Kiehl's Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream in Light 5ml
SRP: P332.50
Selling Price: P79

*Brand New* Kiehl's Sample Set
  • Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser 3ml
  • Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner 3ml
  • Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Moisturizer 3ml
  • Kiehl's Clearly Corrective White Skin Brightening Exfoliator 3ml
  • Kiehl's Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner 5ml
  • Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 1.5ml
  • Kiehl's Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream in Light 3ml
  • Kiehl's Activated Sun Protector Ultra Light Sunscreen SPF 50 For Body 5ml
Selling price: P129

*Brand New* Clinique 3-Step Skincare Regimen (Sample)
  • Clinique Liquid Facial Soap-Oily 1.5ml
  • Clinique Clarifying Moisture Lotion 3 1.5ml
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel 1.5ml
Selling price: P29

*Brand New* Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula 7ml
Selling price: P89
 
*Brand New* Clinique Derma White City Block Anti-Pollution SPF 40/PA+++ 7ml
Selling price: P99
 
*Brand New & Sealed* SKIN Dermatology & Laser Center SPF 45 Matte Finish Sunblock in Chesnut 20g
Selling price: P99
Expiry Date: Feb 2016

Skin Food Gold Kiwi Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA+++ 50g
SRP: approximately P900+
Selling price: P369
Used 2x
Expiry date: 2015-11

*Brand New & Sealed* Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Stick SPF 21 PA+++ in Radiance 10g
SRP: P289
Selling price: P99
Manufacturing date: 022012 

*Brand New* Clinique Derma White Bright C Stick Makeup SPF15 PA++ in 02 Rose Beige 13g
SRP: P1,850
Selling price: P499
Without box

Tony Moly Luminous Baby Aura CC Balm 13g
SRP: P948
Selling Price: P299
Usage shown
Manufacturing date: 20140103

*The surface of the CC balm looks like that since I wiped off the entire upper layer with tissue, but once you use the cushion with it, it would look smooth again.

Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion SPF 34 PA++ Magic Mint
SRP: P998
Selling Price: P299
Used 1x
Manufacturing date: 20140225

*Brand New & Sealed* Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion SPF 34 PA++ Magic Peach
SRP: P998
Selling Price: P599
Manufacturing date: 20140305
Without box

Etude House Moistfull Super Collagen CC Cream SPF 33 PA++ in Light Beige N02 50g
SRP: P1098
Selling Price: P549
Used 2x
Manufacturing date: 20140218

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser 30ml
SRP: P795
Selling price: P229
90% left

The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream in 01 25ml
SRP: P1,195
Selling Price: P199
60% left

Myra Vita BB Cream in Ivory 20ml
SRP: P99
Selling price: P49 
Used 3x
Expiry date: 12/2015

B.liv Got Me Covered Sunblock + Foundation 45ml
SRP: $32.00 or P1,440
Selling price: P299
Used 1x
Expiry date: 2016/01/05

Max Factor Crème Puff Pressed Powder in Translucent
SRP: P575
Selling price: P149
Used 1x

Ellana Sheer Velvet High Definition Mineral Powder Primer
SRP: P460
Selling price: P249
Used 1x

*Brand New* Shu Uemura Pressed Eye Shadow Refill in Dark Brown 896 1.4g
SRP: US$15 or P675
Selling price: P299

Nichido True Colors Collection Eye Shadow in Sea Shell 3g
Selling price: P29

Etude House Code B Eye Shadow in 04
Selling price: P39
Used 3x

PAC Powder Eyeshadow in No. 06
SRP: P499
Selling price: P49 

Snoe Hard Candy Lip Color
SRP: P159
Selling price: P49
Usage shown

The Face Shop Color-Full Lip Palette 01 1.3gx4
SRP: P425
Selling price: P39
Usage shown

Maybelline WaterShine Pure Lipstick in P24
SRP: P299
Selling price: P69
Usage shown

PAC Glossy Lipstick in Dear Rose
SRP: P599
Selling price: P89
Usage shown

The Body Shop Flavoured Lip Gloss in Vanilla 12ml
SRP: P595
Selling price: P99
Usage shown

*Brand New* The Body Shop Honey Bronze Lip Nectar in Honey Bunch 14ml
SRP: P595

Selling Price: P199

Etude House Kissful Lip Care in Happy Passion Fruit
Selling price: P69
Manufacturing date: 20131004
80% left

The Face Shop Baked Shimmer All-Over Illuminator in 03 Apricot Nuance
Selling price: P199
Swatched 1x

*Brand New* Vitress Hair Solutions Instant Relax Cuticle Coat 30ml
SRP: P75
Selling price: P45
Manufacturing date: 02/14

*Brand New* Vitress Hair Solutions Heat Protect Cuticle Coat 30ml
SRP: P75
Selling price: P45
Manufacturing date: 04/14

*Brand New & Sealed* Minoxidil Regrow Hair Regrowth Treatment 5% Topical Lotion 60ml
SRP: P750
Selling price: P375
2 stocks available
Manufacturing date: 04-14 and 04-19
Expiry date: 05-14 and 05-19

*Brand New* Yves Rocher Triple Action Slimming Concentrate 30ml
Selling price: P99
Manufacturing date: 04 2014

*Brand New & Sealed* Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Eau de Parfum for Women 30ml
SRP: approximately P2,000+
Selling price: P999
Authentic (gift from Summit Media)

*Brand New* Suesh Makeup Toolkit Sponge Roller
Selling price: P19

*Brand New* Pixy Pocket Mirror
Selling price: P19

*Brand New* Cosmopolitan Pink Zebra Print Vanity Kit
Selling price: P29

*Brand New* Pink Vanity Kit
Selling price: P39

*Brand New* Max Factor x Gwyneth Paltrow Gold Vanity Kit & Pocket Mirror
Selling price: P149
 
Happy shopping! ♥

Love,
Helen
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