Tuesday, July 17, 2018

EATIGO - that magical app that makes Pancake House cheaper than McDo

One of the perks of having a mid-shift work schedule is that a 3PM lunch doesn't feel so bad. In fact, a 3PM lunch suddenly becomes amazing because of my favorite app EATIGO! Now this is no way a sponsored post. I just have to share how awesome it is, yet again!

Eatigo is a restaurant reservation app that gives you discounts corresponding to the time you book. When you dine during off peak hours, you can get as much as 50% off your entire bill. CRAZY GOOD!

For example, booking a 3PM slot at Pancake House gives us a 50% discount. Just look at all the food you can enjoy without breaking the bank. Now you can have good food even during petsa de peligro. 🐷🐽

Choco Nut Pancake (P150 -> P75)
Available until July 31, 2018

Classic Pan Chicken (P210 -> P105)

Pan Chicken and Golden Brown Waffle (P329 -> P164.50)
(MY FAVE!!!)

Wait, wait, wait. McDonald's also recently released a similar dish for breakfast. Lookie below!

An a la carte order of the Chicken McDo & Hotcakes costs approximately P110. An order of Pan Chicken & Golden Brown Waffle is somehow twice the serving of McDonald's (having 2 pieces of chicken and 4 pieces of delightfully crispy waffles), so if you divide the Pancake House order by 2, it comes down to only P89/person (that's already including the 8% service charge). So technically, when you book via Eatigo, Pancake House becomes even more affordable than McDonald's. 😮😮😮 Fun fact of the day! 🐽

Arroz a la Cubana (P267 -> P133.50)

Steak and Eggs (P515 -> P257.50)

Jumbo House Burger (P312 -> P156)

See? Eatigo is heaven sent for foodies like me. Hihi! But wait, allow me to refer you to download the app!

Backstory: No one ever referred me to Eatigo, I just downloaded it because of the Facebook ads that kept popping on my newsfeed. (I'm easily influenced like that. Hehe) I found out that when I refer a new user to download the app, we will each get 100 points (equivalent to P150 eGCs).

Get P150 rewards for your 1st attended reservation with Eatigo when you download the app from my link http://refer.eatigo.com/helenblas-1vc/5 or sign up with my referral code helenblas 👍 Make sure to download the app/register immediately once you open the link.

Happy food trippin' and you're welcome! 😉 I'll be sharing more food trip stories on my IG, so do follow me there! 💛


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Monday, July 16, 2018

Ever Bilena Kris Matte Magic Lipstick

I love Kris Aquino. When she says that a certain product is good, it's good. No further questions asked.

I think my Kris Aquino fever started last year - the first time I chanced upon her lipstick review vlogs on Facebook. So I started following her on Facebook and IG. I super enjoy all her kikay videos and even made a blind buy on a pricey fragrance even if I have never smelled it in my life because of her. Oh, and I'm super kuripot... You'll know that she's very powerful because she can make you spend your money and you'll even feel good about it. 😂

Whenever I stare at my makeup kit, I always think I already have too many makeup so I am really on a no/low buy when it comes to cosmetics. I've resolved to only buy new makeup only when I have reviewed everything in my stash, which is quite a feat. One day, M surprised me with these Ever Bilena Kris Matte Magic Lipsticks! He knows I adore Kris, and was able to hunt down the shade Life which was sold out everywhere a few weeks back. 😮😊😍

Life & Love

Would you look at those gorgeous shades!!! 💖 These lippies come in 2 pretty shades and a retractable crayon packaging. The manufacturing date and ingredients list are printed on the box. For an affordable local brand, Ever Bilena has stepped up their game big time with this collaboration. These matte lip crayons are in a class of their own. From my matte liquid lipstick phase, I'm shifting to lip crayons again because they can actually be matte and moisturizing at the same time.

Ever Bilena Kris Matte Magic Lipstick in Life

Life, when worn

Life is a nude pink shade that's universally flattering. I am a huge fan of red lipstick so I expected to love the shade Love more, but I honestly find myself using Life every single day. Pudpod na agad yung lip crayon ko as in, and I expect to use this up in a few months time since it's my go-to shade. It's natural looking, and it gives my face life. I will definitely repurchase once I run out. (Ever Bilena, please make this product permanently available!)

Trivia: Life is a dupe of a high end imported pink lipstick that's now discontinued. Kris loved it very much, and Ever Bilena pretty much granted her wish to bring that lipstick back to existence via Life.
Ever Bilena Kris Matte Magic Lipstick in Love

Love, when worn

Love is such a beautiful blue-based red lipstick! It's crazy pigmented, and you'll get a rich red with just one swipe. I know I have professed love for my favorite reds in the past, but this one honestly has an even better formula/pigmentation/glide than my beloved MAC Ruby Woo at only 1/4 of its price. It's a red that looks very sosyal and it makes the teeth look less yellow. Because of Kris, I'm reaching out for this lipstick on the days when I'm extra tired for that instant beauty boost.

Price: P245 (less than USD 5!!!)
Available at Ever Bilena counters in department stores, drugstores, and supermarkets (that is, if they're not sold out yet everywhere)

Do you have your own Ever Bilena Kris Life Kit products yet? Which one is your favorite? Mine's obviously Life. 💋


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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sample Room Haul: I got a Uniqlo AIRism shirt for free + OOTD

Time for another Sample Room haul! I don't think I'll ever get tired of doing Sample Room haul posts. I'm always excited to receive my package in the mail even if I know what's inside, since I'm the one who ordered the free sample(s) anyway! 😂

Yup, when you register as a Sample Room member, you automatically get 100 points to shop for free samples. You only need to pay for the shipping fee. 😉

Tita tip: To make the most out of your haul, make sure that the items you will get costs more than the shipping fee para sulit.

Today's haul is all about Uniqlo (LOVE IT!!!) plus some his and hers goodies from Belo Men and Ladouce. Sample Room was sweet enough to toss in mini Celeteque samples. (Thank you!)

I have to thank my lucky stars for being able to snag a coupon from the Uniqlo Women's AIRism Collection before the stocks ran out! I'm guessing they were all gone in minutes. Sample Room was giving away 4 types of AIRism innerwears: Camisole, Sleeveless Top, Seamless Sleeveless Top, and Seamless Short Sleeve T-Shirt. Each one costs P590 in store.

I chose the Uniqlo Women's AIRism Seamless Short Sleeve T-Shirt. It comes in black, white, and beige. If you check out my closet, you'd see loads of black clothes, so you can make a wild guess which color I picked. Hehe 😁

I love wearing black, but I don't like how it absorbs so much heat on a warm, sunny day. I commute to work everyday, and I'd like to stay and feel fresh. This Uniqlo AIRism seamless black shirt is the softest, most comfortable shirt I own. It's also the first and only black shirt that feels cool on my skin. AIRism for women utilizes Cupro fiber (regenerated cellulose fiber made from cotton) which enables the fabric to absorb and release moisture under clothing. (Uniqlo did it again! 😍) This one's actually an innerwear meant to be worn under clothes, but with the right underwear, you can wear this as a normal shirt. For this purpose, I highly recommend Uniqlo Beauty Light Multi Way Wireless Bra in the nude shade. It comes in a bandeau style, and it looks invisible under clothing. It's also my fave strapless bra at the moment. 👍

Also, if you may notice what I'm holding, it's my trusty Uniqlo Pocketable Parka so I'm protected from our weird Manila weather (AKA sunny in the morning and rainy in the evening). The parka is always inside my bag since I'm such a girl scout.

I remember raving about Uniqlo's bras a few months back, and I bought a onesie for my baby niece. Everyone, meet Dione Amara! She's now 1 month old, and lookie we have a Uniqlo baby!!! 😍 I'm definitely buying here more baby dresses soon. 💖

My haul is worth over P800, but I got these items for free and only paid P140 shipping fee for everything! Thank you for being awesome for matipid titas like me, Sample Room!😗

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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 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! 💖


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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.

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! 😍

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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).
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 💔
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? 🛍


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