Saturday, September 9, 2017

Althea Korea Haul

I'm on an alleged makeup shopping ban, but I'm running out of facial wash so off to Althea I browse. ๐Ÿ˜ I'm currently overworked so by the time I get home, I just eat a quick dinner, shower, and lie on my bed and window shop on Althea. That has been my routine for the past week until I finally checked out my shopping cart. LOL. What can I say, it's a great stress reliever. I ordered on September 2 (Saturday), it was shipped from Korea on September 5, and I received it on September 8! It only took 5 business days for my orders to arrive and I'm so happy! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I also appreciated that their courier Ninja Van even texted me to say that my order would arrive that day. I usually pay via Paypal, but I tried the COD payment option this time. Smooth transaction as always! ๐Ÿ’

๐Ÿ’– Althea Haul ๐Ÿ’–

+ Aqutop Water Color Blusher (FREE)


Aqutop just launched at Althea and they're currently on Brand Day promo. You can get extra 15% off by using the code AQUTOP15. You can also get a free Water Color Blusher (worth P680) while stocks last. It comes in 4 shades, which will be given at random. I received 03 Soft Pink, which was what I actually wanted! ๐Ÿ˜ I really just needed a facial wash, and I ended up getting free makeup, too. Weee!


My current makeup sponge is still usable but dying so I needed a backup. When I started using blending sponges to apply makeup, I tend to ignore my makeup brushes. Sponges are so easy to use, and they make my makeup base look perfect. ๐Ÿ‘


This set contains 2 waterproof eyeliner pens in 01 Black and 02 Brown. I hope these will hold up on my oily lids. Not much reviews on these, so watch out for mine to see if this eyeliner set is really a steal.


I don't need another perfume since I'm still loving my Revlon Love Is On EDT. That one suits my body chemistry really well as I've been raking compliments every time I wear it. (On contrast, I also wore Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Body Mist for some time, but it just disappears on me. No impact whatsoever.) However, I was intrigued with Red Potion since it's also a hair mist, plus it's a Chanel No.5 dupe! (Bodyholic actually duped 5 designer perfumes, which you can also find on Althea). I took a spritz of Red Potion and it didn't smell like a light body mist at all! It smells rather luxurious, and versus other body mists, this one's said to last for more than 5 hours. Excited to put it to the test!

As usual, I'm happy with my Althea haul. ๐Ÿ˜ Get P200 off your first order at Althea here! They also now have a COD payment option. Happy shopping! ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Do you also enjoy shopping at Althea? ๐Ÿ’„

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Explore Your #PossibilitiesWithBoost

When you're stuck in traffic you see all sorts of things on the road. One particular billboard I spotted struck me. It's not an ad, but a message that said...

Love your parents.
We are so busy growing up, we often forget that they are also growing old.

I AM SO GUILTY. At the start of 2017, I decided to go back to the corporate world and my work schedule has been crazy. I'm not working the night shift, but when I wake up my parents aren't home anymore, and when I get home my Dad is already asleep and I just see my Mom for a few minutes before she goes to sleep, too. Right now, Sunday is my only free day so I do my best to make it up to them by going out with them even when I just want to rest. (Don't get me wrong though, I like my job and I see it as a blessing. I just long for family time.) ๐Ÿ’ž

I'm not getting any younger, and so are my parents. When I look at them closely, I see how much they have aged and I can't help but feel a bit sad. Thankfully, they're still energetic! ๐Ÿ’ช

Many may associate those in their 50s and above to be slowing down in life. This mindset only hinders people from doing many things they can still achieve. A positive shift in thinking is what we all could use. As for our parents, with the age of wisdom comes new possibilities that will encourage one to never stop exploring.


I'm happy to introduce Boost, a nutritional powdered supplement drink from Nestle Health Science is specially formulated for adults 50 and up to address their nutritional needs as they age in order to get the most out of life - to live up and be their best. Instead of just ordinary milk, why not level it up?

Research shows that special nutrition may help to manage the normal changes our bodies go through during life. It is important to consider that nutritional needs tend to evolve with time and gradual changes in lifestyle, dietary habits, and metabolism often develop. That is why Nestle Health Science developed the Boost range. It takes into consideration what nutrition may be lacking in the diets of adults 50 and up, and these oral nutritional supplements can positively impact their nutritional intake to help them stay healthy and active.

Nestle Boost Energis 
for Vitality, Energy, and Strength (P595 for 480g)

Nestle Boost Mobilis
for Joints, Bones, and Muscles (P595 for 405g)

Nestle Boost Optimum (formerly Nutren Optimum)
for Immunity, Digestive Health, and Muscle Strength (P797 for 400g, P1,560 for 800g)

I'm personally not taking Nestle Boost, but my parents now are. It is recommended to drink Boost 1-2 times a day, as part of a balanced diet. It's better to have 5 small meals a day and not let ourselves go hungry because then, the body will start to store fat to have some energy on reserve. Eating one big meal for lunch or dinner is not wise because we pack all the calories in one go. Hence, Boost is perfect for your in-between meals. Just put in in your shaker, add water, and go!

Today's lesson is that as you age, your life shouldn't slow down, and neither should you. By making your own healthy choices, you can take charge of your own life. I'm grateful that Nestle Health Science understands healthy ageing really well. Live the best you possibly can and discover more of life's #possibilitieswithBOOST!

Boost is currently available in Mercury Drug Stores, leading drugstores, and selected Supermarkets (Landmark, Rustan's). For the convenience of having your products delivered right at your doorstep, you may contact nestlehomecare@rbc-mdc.com.

Facebook: @NestleBoostPH

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Althea Petal Velvet Powder

Althea Korea has been my go-to place for Korean beauty, since I find it very convenient to just shop online as I barely have time to stroll around the mall anymore. The prices of the products there are sometimes even lower than SRP here in the Philippines! ๐Ÿ˜ (For example, I was able to buy the bestselling Laneige BB Cushion for only P1320 + free shipping, while the SRP in our local mall is P1,950.) ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


Just this month, Althea launched their own product range, and their first release is the Petal Velvet Powder. ๐ŸŒบ

 
The press kit it came with is the prettiest! ๐Ÿ’–
 

The powder comes in a simple but pretty packaging. The soft pink cap is reminiscent of the classic pink Althea boxes, and the base where the powder is contained has a frosted look. It's compact, lightweight, and feels sturdy. You can be sure that this won't suddenly cause a mess in your bag. ๐Ÿ‘
 
Hello Beautiful! Please remove this sticker before use.
 

It comes with a thick, fluffy, ultra soft puff. It's such a treat to use, though I only use the puff in the morning when my skin is clean as I'd like to preserve it's pristine state. You can also use a brush to blend it better.
 

This translucent powder comes in only 1 shade (white), and it does not alter your face base. I had my colleague join me in a wear test, and she compared this to Innisfree No Sebum Powder. Both powders similarly have a very finely milled texture, but Althea held up longer on her very oily skin. Also, this powder was able to prevent makeup from oxidizing and turning a shade darker by midday.

Before & After
 
The powder has a lightweight and soft texture - just like flower petals! It has a very mild and pleasant scent.
 
When worn

As for me, I skip my oil blotting sheets the whole day when I use this powder to set my makeup! This powder blurs out pores and fine lines and gives my skin a velvety soft feel. This powder is infused with oil from Althea seeds that keeps oil at bay without drying out the skin. You can use this to set your makeup and also for retouch. ๐Ÿ˜Š
 

This powder is non-comedogenic, made for all skin types, and is cruelty-free. It gives me a radiant, airbrushed finish which I am very happy with. It didn't cause breakouts, and I've been using it everyday since I got it. Oh, and it's very affordable, too! ๐Ÿ˜ I'm crossing my fingers that they would expand the Althea brand products, since their first one is really good.

Price: P210
Exclusively available at Althea

Facebook: Althea
Instagram: @AltheaKorea

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Philam Life #LiveBetter Wellness Expo

Happy long weekend, everyone (except me and my teammates because we have no weekend)! ๐Ÿ™‹ I have work later at 8:00 AM but that doesn't stop me from blogging about this interesting event I've been to yesterday.

I don't have an insurance plan yet at 28, but I want to learn more about how it works locally, so I do intend to do research on which one is best for me across all possible brands. I want to be able to learn and decide at my own pace and not via hard-selling, so I'm glad Philam Life hosted the #LiveBetter Expo this August. In case you're interested, today is the last day, and they have prepared various health and wellness-oriented offerings and activities that will inspire everyone to live a healthier and more holistic lifestyle.
 

This event is open to the public. Admission is free, and you get a free tote bag, lots of freebies, and a chance to win raffle prizes! For August 26, these are the activities that will take place:

  • 2:00 PM Food Talk by Chef Robby Goco
  • 3:30 PM Fitness Talk and Zumba Class
  • 5:00 PM Wellness Yoga Class by Rosey Tan
  • 6:30 PM Financial Health Talk by Nico Bolzico


Philam Life empowers Filipinos to start living better. The #LiveBetter Expo will take consumers through an experiential journey of the brand's four key pillars: fitness, food, wellness, and financial health.

This approach is in line with the company's shift to the wellness space in an effort to help Filipinos live longer, healthier, and better lives. Launched earlier this year, the #LiveBetter campaign aims to help Filipinos bridge the gap between what they want to achieve with regards to their health and their current lifestyle - creating a positive difference in their lives.

Allow me give you a virtual tour of the #LiveBetter Expo! ๐Ÿ’ช


Fitness. This is the part where we Get Active - you can either take the fit ball challenge or run on the treadmill for 70 seconds. Since I didn't want to do jumping jacks, I chose the treadmill. Hehe! ๐Ÿ˜‚


I brisked walk for 70 seconds and got rewarded with a souvenir photo and juice. Haha! We actually have a treadmill at home but no one is using it. ๐Ÿ’” After this event, I will make it a point to exercise more often. After all, it's for my own good! ๐Ÿ‘


Gold's Gym has a special discounted rate when you become a member here at the expo. They also gave away fitness magazines! ๐Ÿ’–


There was also a Fitness Consultation portion where your BMI will be computed by a fitness calculator. I'm obviously underweight. My peak weight was 98 lbs way back when I was in love (LOL), and now it's all work work work so I lost weight again. I burn calories by just breathing, but I would very much love to reach 105 lbs so help me God. ๐Ÿ™


Financial Health. I looked forward to having a bit of introduction to Philam Vitality.

Live Better is a campaign that signifies the change that is taking place in the overall strategy of Philam Life. At the core of Live Better is Philam Vitality, a wellness program that helps Filipinos Live Better by letting them take charge of their overall health, their mind, body, as well as their financial wellness. In the long term, it seeks to help Filipinos live life to the fullest by helping the take charge of their overall wellness.

From my understanding (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong), you can avail of a plan that covers for your health, life, plus investment. It also rewards you for taking care of your health in form of promotions with different partner companies and higher amount of coverage. Interesting! ๐Ÿ’ญ


And here I am breaking my resolution of sleeping earlier. Tonight is an exception, sige last na talaga. At least I'm drinking more water right now as I type. ๐Ÿ˜œ

Garmin activity trackers and smartwatches - someone even won one at the raffle! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


Wellness. Hello to one of my favorite beauty brands - The Body Shop! ๐Ÿ˜ Here, I took a stand and signed the petition to ban animal testing. ๐Ÿฐ (Oh, and they're giving away samples and discount vouchers, too!)


Food. Find out how healthy you are here at Nestle's booth. You get a free healthy recipe cookbook when you sign up for the Nestle Wellness Club during the event.


Merrell and Skechers each gave P500 discount coupons just for signing up! I've always wanted a pair of Merrell hiking shoes way back when I was regularly hiking. I SORELY MISS IT. Yes, even if I'm kikay and scared of heights. I love the sense of accomplishment and the view whenever I reach the summit. It's majestic! ๐Ÿ’—


If you get hungry you can get snacks from Auntie Anne's and Hillside Cafe, or sip healthy fruit shakes from Big Chill.


Philam Life ambassadors Nico Bolzico, Mond Gutierrez, and Solenn Heussaff also shared tips on how we can #LiveBetter. One of the remarkable tips I've learned today was from Mond, whose fitness transformation is amazing. His tip is to be boring. It's okay to decline when friends ask us to eat out. Eating out usually means unhealthy food choices, so it's always best to prep your own healthy meals at home. He also mentioned discipline. There is no excuse; like if his call time is 8:00 AM, he would wake up at 6:00AM just to have time to exercise. Waking up early is such a struggle for me, but I will try to make time for it. Exercise + healthy breakfast will help me power through my work day!


Live Better is not just the brand's promise, but a commitment supported by Philam Vitality. Philam Life has products powered by Philam Vitality that will allow us to earn points for knowing and improving our health. You can call (02)528-2000 to learn how you can start living a longer, healthier, and better life. ๐Ÿ‘Œ

For more information:
Facebook: PhilamLifeAIA
Instagram: @aiaphilamlife

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color - Love It or Leave It?

My makeup storage has more liquid lipsticks vs the conventional bullet lipsticks. I love matte liquid lipsticks and I cannot lie! ๐Ÿ’„ Just recently, I finally did a kikay kit upgrade - I now have a hot pink makeup traincase for personal use. ๐Ÿ˜ I like seeing all my lippies lined up, and I now use a different shade of lipstick every few days just so they'd go on  rotation and see the light of day. I also realized that I want to stop spending on makeup and focus more on skincare nowadays since I'm not getting any younger. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Today's review will be about Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color. I have two shades, and I'm feeling strong emotions for each. Read on to know why!

Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color

I have with me two shades that look absolutely pretty in the tube - 07 Tiramisu and 08 Sweet Marsala Wine.


The packaging is simple. It's sealed via shrink wrap. It contains 3g of product and is good for 12 months after opening. (I don't think I'll be able to finish mine, but I'm keeping it for longer anyway. LOL)

07 Tiramisu


A noteworthy thing about this product is its curved applicator. It hugs the curves of your lips nicely during application, and the slim tip makes it easier to lightly color the sides of your lips.

07 Tiramisu Swatch

For this shade, the creamy-whipped formula feels a lot like mousse so it's really lightweight. It goes on smoothly and evenly. It doesn't dry too quickly so you'd have ample time to blend it evenly, and you end up with a beautiful velvety matte finish. It has a nice sweet scent that reminds me of dessert. Tiramisu is a perfectly flattering pinkish brown shade that would suit any skin tone. It makes my pale skin look alive without being too much, and it would also look great on darker skin.

What I like about it is that once it dries and sets (usually in less than 30 seconds), it stays on all day. It doesn't transfer to cups and it's water-resistant. The only enemy is oily food - it would erase the lip color on the inner part of the lips so it ends up looking uneven, so there is still a need to retouch.

If you were to get just one shade from this line, pick THIS. It's one of my favorite lip colors on rotation, and I use it as a default shade when I can't think of which shade to use. It's great for everyday use, and I've been using this for months.

08 Sweet Marsala Wine

08 Sweet Marsala Wine Swatch

It was love at first sight when I saw this shade. Just look at it on the tube - it's deep, dark, and mysterious. I thought it would give me that same effect when worn. I tried it first on my arm (swatch below) and it went on smoothly, but on the lips, it's a patchy mess. One coat makes it look plum (not wine!), two coats and I end up with this uneven mess. If I want it to look decent, I'd have to just use a small amount and use my pinky to blend it, which I didn't do for the photo above. It's too much trouble to deal with. I hate it. As much as I like singing praises for the 07 Tiramisu shade, I won't recommend you getting 08 Sweet Marsala Wine. ๐Ÿ˜ž I think darker shades are more difficult to formulate, so I'm still keen on trying their other lighter shades such as Rose Macaron.

07 Tiramisu & 08 Sweet Marsala Wine

Price: P399
Available at SM Beauty/Watsons

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Have you tried Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color? ๐Ÿ’œ

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