Thursday, July 20, 2017

Althea Turns 2 + My Birthday Haul 🎂

Althea Korea turns 2 this month, and they have a LOT of surprises in store for us! 😍 If you love Korean beauty products and all things cute, then read on!
My Althea Birthday Cake 💝
(You can make your own, too!)

There are many exciting things happening on Althea's birthday month. From June 3 to 31, the first 5,000 qualifying orders will get the limited edition Althea Birthday Box that looks like a cake! 🎂 OMG! I already love the classic, sturdy pink boxes my previous orders came in, so this one I think I will keep until I'm old. Haha. It's sooo cute! 😁

Let's unbox my Althea Birthday Haul! 💖

I know I only bought 4 items, but look at everything that's inside! Weee!

My box came with a DIY Birthday Kit, and this one is only included in the limited edition birthday box (large) while stocks last. Hurry! 💙 (You will want this because decorating your own Althea Birthday Cake could win you a trip to Korea and other cool prizes!) 😮

And now, my haul!

I've always wanted to try this BB cushion because everyone is raving about it as their HG face base. I'm currently using it now, and so far so good, I'm loving how it keeps my skin even and glowing even after a long day. Will use it more often so I can give a more detailed review soonest!

Trivia: Did you know that this one sells for P1,950 in Laneige stores here in the Philippines? If you get it from Althea, it's just P1,320 + FREE SHIPPING straight from Korea. Love it!

This one is something I NEED. No kidding! I never knew such a product existed before I saw it at Althea. My hairline is uneven, so this one makes me look more polished and even younger (!) whenever I tie my hair back in a ponytail. I can't wait to show you how it works! 😜 Basta super effective, and I will repurchase should I start hitting the pan. Worth it! If you have thin hair problems, this will help.

For your reference, my hair is black, and the shade 06 Baby Face Hair goes well with dark hair. (Do not get a black one! It would look too harsh.)

Now I don't need another hand cream since I already have two, but how can you resist the pink gummy bear packaging? Please tell me how. It's too cute, and it smells like chocolate!
Innisfree No Sebum X Emoji Mineral Powder (P227)

This one's a limited edition version of Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder (P260). The emoji you'd get is random, and I'm so happy this came in the box! 😍 (This one's now sold out though! 😢)

My box also came with a  birthday sample pack for lucky early bird shoppers! SO MANY SKINCARE SAMPLES TO TRY!!! 😍😍😍 I also spy a full-sized Calmia Belle Journee Tattoo Lip Tint (P250). (So generous of Althea! Thank you!)

For the entire month, there will be birthday sales and promos for customers. I'm excited about the Althea Birthday Giveaway Festival, where there will be free products every other day in July to add into cart - so you have to act fast! Also, they've launched the Althea Birthday Makeup Box to add to the festive theme. Every week, a lucky shopper stands a chance to win P10,000 Althea credits. 🎉

The most exciting part about celebrating with Althea is that you stand a chance to win a trip to Korea for 2 just by showing off your decorated birthday box on Instagram with the hashtag #AltheaTurns2!

Fly Me To Korea Contest: The Althea birthday box creation show off on Instagram.
  • The grand prize is a flight to Korea for two!
  • First prize is a year's free shopping on Althea.
  • Second prize is 3 months free shopping on Althea.
  • Consolation prizes are USD$100 Althea credits x 10 winners.

Do participate as well in their online promos, too! 👍

FOLLOW @AltheaKorea on Instagram and join the 20 Days of Beauty giveaway.
(Every working day, they'll be giving away a prize on Instagram.)

LIKE Althea on Facebook and join the Althea FB Giveaway.
(Every Monday, a contest will be up for FB Fans.)

Terms and conditions apply. For more information, please visit 😗

I'm really happy with my Althea Birthday Box - from the cute box, to the DIY Birthday Kit (so creative!), to cutting the cardboard decors, and to my sister for helping me decorate my cake. My haul is filled with everything that I like, need, and want. Plus, tons of samples! I'm still not over them yet. 😍 I'm joining my Althea Birthday Cake on the Instagram promo, too! But I already feel like a winner with these. Grateful to have celebrated Althea's 2nd birthday! 💖 Wishing you guys more birthdays to come! 🙏

Happy 2nd birthday, Althea! You amazingly make k-beauty accessible to everyone, and I appreciate that a lot. 💋

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cathy Doll Nude Me Liquid Lip Matte (Review + Swatches)

When I attended Cathy Doll's first anniversary event, they launched their new Nude Me line with 3 eyeshadow palettes and matte liquid lipsticks - my favorite kind of makeup! 😍

There are a total of 9 shades in the Nude Me Liquid Lip Matte range, and we were each given 6 shades to try. I shared arm swatches of these shades before, and now it's time for the complete lip swatches and review! 💋

From the box, you can already see how quirky the brand is. It has nudes on it but it's really cute!

Cathy Doll Liquid Lip Matte
  • Kiss-proof
  • Conceals lip lines
  • Smudge-proof
  • The soft texture offers smooth lip lines
Each shade comes with a metallic box with complete product information (such as ingredients, manufacturing and expiry dates).

The packaging makes it look like a conventional bullet lipstick, but when you twist the base you'll get a doe-foot applicator with flat sides. The shape of the applicator works well with the formula in terms of application and blending.

01 True Brown

True Brown is the darkest lipstick I have in my kit. With one coat, the it would look a bit uneven, and I achieved the lip swatch above with 2 coats. Surprisingly, it has a really smooth formula that's easy to blend. Most dark liquid lipsticks I've used were patchy during application, but this one just glides on. However, I wish it had more red in it, as it has a grayish base that looks costume-y and not really for everyday wear.

02 Nude Brown

I found the arm swatch of this really promising, and I wished for Cathy Doll to come up with nude shades when I tried and loved the Geisha Hanazakari Lip Matte range before. Nude Brown has a warm tone, but my pale skin tone does not really go well with nude lipsticks, so I'm not blown away with this one. I bet this will look spectacular on deeper skin tones though!

03 Rose Embroidery

Rose Embroidery is similar to Nude Brown, but this one has more pink tones in it. I tried to make it work, but my teammate said I looked like I had smoker's lips with this one on, since it oxidizes to a darker shade during wear. It's not flattering on my pale skin.

04 Rose Bloom

Rose Bloom is a bright peachy shade that looks pretty and youthful. It looks brighter in person than in photos.

07 Moss Rose

Moss Rose is the prettiest shade in the Nude Me Lip Matte line. It's a pink shade that would look good on everyone, and it's the shade I love wearing everyday at work. I don't usually go for pinks, but this one's a super gorgeous shade. (The when worn face shot is more accurate than my lip swatch.) In short, nakaka-ganda siya. Must try! 💖

09 Burgundy Red

Burgundy Red is a beautiful warm red shade that screams power. I like wearing it when I want to look polished instantly. It's my second favorite shade from this line next to Moss Rose.

  • The packaging looks unique - just like a bullet lipstick!
  • The flat applicator works well with the formula.
  • It doesn't have a strong scent/flavor.
  • It goes on smoothly and is easy to even out.
  • It dries to a completely matte finish in seconds.
  • It's transfer-proof once it sets, and it sets fast. (I like using it at work since it doesn't transfer to my tumbler.)
  • My lips won't look patchy even after retouch.
  • At the end of the day, it comes off easily with an oil-based makeup remover.
  • It comes with a good variety of shades - brown, nude, peach, pink, red! (There's something for everyone!)
  • It's very affordable given its good quality.

  • It's said to conceal lip lines, but I find it to emphasize my lip lines. (See lip swatches vs the when worn photo, where my lips do look smooth when they're "stretched" whenever I smile.)
  • While it's generally long-wearing, eating oily food will make it come off on the inner parts of your lips, making it look uneven after a meal. This is more evident with their darker shades.
  • It's not for dry, chapped lips. (Best to avoid matte liquid lippies in general if you have flaky lips. The outcome won't look nice.)
Price: P399

If you were to pick just one or two from this range, get Moss Rose and/or Burgundy Red. I adore these shades to bits! I think I'll be able to use these up. Hihi 😊 I'll try the Cathy Doll Sculpting Highlight & Shading Cushion for review next together with my new BB cushion. Can't wait! Reviews soon. 😉

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Instagram: @cathydollphils


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Friday, July 14, 2017

New Dishes from Ping Pong Diplomacy, SM Aura

I love Chinese food mainly because of my family background, and  I've come across a new restaurant that doesn't just serve "fusion" cuisine. Interpretation would be a better word to describe their Chinese-American menu. So what exactly happens when two cuisines make amends? It's the Ping Pong Diplomacy. 🏓

Let's take a short history lesson first. After the Cold War, the first formal communication between the United States and China was the exchange of table tennis players. This was their first act of diplomacy. It was their first attempt to thaw the ice, and the inspiration behind the theme and name of this new restaurant conceptualized by techpreneur turned restaurateur Charles Paw. Together with Chefs Noel Mauricio and Him Uy de Baron, they came up with dishes designed to leave each customer surprised, intrigued, and definitely wanting more.

Stepping into Ping Pong Diplomacy is like taking a trip back in time to the seventies - when Americans didn't know much about China beyond stereotypes. The restaurant's interiors are reminiscent of Chinatown in the decade of bell bottoms and disco, and one can expect to enjoy music from the likes of the Beegees, Gloria Gaynor, and Queen as they enjoy their meals. Even the servers sport retro graphic tees with the names of the streets found in the different Chinatowns in the US printed across the front.

Ping Pong Diplomacy recently launched some new items to add to their current menu. Let's take a look at some of their progressive Chinese dishes! 😋

Crunchy Eggplant (P195)
battered eggplant, fragrant sauce, prickly ash

Soy Lacquered Roasted Chicken (P495)
roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, mandarin orange

Sweet & Sour Pork (P485)
pork spareribs, pineapple chunks, grilled apples

Sesame Beef and Broccoli

Lump Crab Scallion Oil Noodles (P585)
lump crabmeat, ginger scallion, spring onions

Yang Chow Fried Rice (P280)
shrimp, char siew, mustard greens, mizuna

Dan Dan Chicken Skin Rice (P335)
crispy chicken skin, fermented chili bean, toasted peanuts

Their most popular dishes include a Wonton Cheeseburger (P265), wagyu beef wrapped in a crispy wonton and served with a sharp cheddar as a starter. The Typhoon Shelter Grilled Prawns (P945), one of Hong Kong's culinary legends, is done Ping Pong Diplomacy-style, covered in crispy garlic and charred pickled vegetables. The Caveman Beef Rib (P625), a melt-in-your-mouth braised beef rib cooked in crispy shallots and zhenjang vinaigrette, is definitely not one to miss.

Fortune Balls (P150)
taro, ginger, and black sesame mochi, sesame crumble, pistachio cream

Mungo Buchi (P220)
deep fried buchi, red bean puree, mungo hopia ice cream

Why not have the Fortune Balls for dessert? Mochi is done with a Ping Pong Diplomacy twist, made with taro, ginger, and black sesame, dusted with sesame crumble, and served with a pistachio cream.

Ping Pong Diplomacy also has a takeout menu for when you're hungry in a hurry. There are buns, drinks, and other desserts you can grab through the grills. 

Oriental Burgers

Their oriental burgers come in three variations, 5-spice Chicken (P150), Cumin Pulled Lamb (P265), and Szechuan Pork Belly (P160) - each one skillfully layered between toasted baos. As a takeout dessert, you may choose between Ping Pong Diplomacy's own version of the Original Egg Tart (P80/piece, P299/box of 4) and Ice Cream Bun (P150), which is comprised of peanut cake, vanilla ice cream, and toasted bao.


Ping Pong Diplomacy also boasts of a drinks menu that includes Rose and Plum Iced Teas (P150 and P110, respectively), a Cucumber Ginger Cooler (P110), and even a Hong Kong Milk Tea (P150).

For a unique experience of progressive Chinese fare, visit the Ping Pong Diplomacy at the 3rd floor of SM Aura Premier.

For more information:
LIKE Ping Pong Diplomacy on Facebook
FOLLOW @pingpongdiplomacyph on Instagram


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