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Snaps & Swatches: Maybelline Powder Mattes

February 13, 2017

PRETTY is a supreme understatement. Maybelline Color Sensational's The Powder Mattes will surprise you in many, many wonderful ways. Locally, Maybelline New York launched 4 nudes, 5 reds, and 6 pinks. Compared to most if not all matte formulas I've tried, every single shade from this range has a nice velvet feel. While some shades were faint versus others that were very opaque in a single swipe, all 15 hues were buttery smooth to apply directly on the lips. True to its name, the finish looks powder matte both in the photos and in person. See some photos below for yourself! :)

Daily Luxe: Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo

February 1, 2017

As a seasoned beauty blogger, I always thought that whoever said that real beauty’s skin deep is pure genius. Whether we look at it as fact or an idiom, it’s true both ways. I like to believe that being kind and compassionate makes one beautiful the same way as how supplements and good food contribute (far quickly) to better looking appearance. To date, I take 4 kinds of beauty supplements to slow down signs of aging and fight free-radicals. Unfortunately, not one of the 4’s tasty enough to rave about. While I’d like to think that they work, I’m still on the lookout for something that will work for both my palate and my well-being.


Enter Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo. I’ve tried this flag bearer from a couple of years back in Singapore thanks to my fellow anti-aging obsessed chicas who to this day, highly rave about their collagen soup. Before trying it out, I’ll be honest – I was scared to eat it because to me, collagen is synonymous to fishy taste. They assured me though that it's nothing like the usual fishy collagen. In fact, their super tasty Golden Collagen Chicken Stock is comprised of just 3 ingredients and none of them's fish. It's just Jidori chicken (a type of domestic, free-range chicken known for its robust flavor) bones, water, and salt. The three ingredients are stewed to perfection for more than 8 hours until the chicken bones are fully dissolved. This collagen rich stock eventually turns into the smooth, silky, almost dessert-like pudding of which is shipped regularly to Manila for all of us to enjoy.


I made a quick mental note to take my significant other out on a date upon finding out that Tsukada Nojo has expanded in Manila (at S Maison, no less). We're big fans of comfort food and anything chicken (long story but that's how we got together!) so a date was indeed an order.


Upon entering the shears of cloth putting us in what felt like a secret nook, we're immediately greeted by warm lights, bowls, and what seemed like a never ending stack of plates. If multiple plates meant multiple means of enjoying the menu, then we're in it to win it!

Tried, Tested, Proven: L'Oreal Infallible

January 31, 2017

L'Oreal INFALLIBLE and I've been friends since mid-2016. In six months, we've gone to various destinations both local and foreign and it's always kept my make-up on point. Minimal touch-ups here and there, no smears nor serious meltdowns. The best part is -- it's almost always on sale!



Two weeks ago, L'Oreal challenged me to try out the INFALLIBLE range through an electrifying (read: your tita got wiped out) workout. Their promise? That the INFALLIBLE 24hr Foundation (Php 700) is sweat-proof, the INFALLIBLE 16HR Pro-Matte Powder (Php 600) topped with the INFALLIBLE Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender & Setting Spray (Php 500) can withstand harsh lights, wind, and smoke, and that the INFALLIBLE 10hr Lipstick (Php 500) is food-proof. How do you think did the range fare?

The Low Down On Argentina Bacon Norte

December 12, 2016
Sometime last October, I saw this ad from the Argentina Meats FB page:


Together with the rest of the Facebook world, I got so excited about it. I'd check various groceries if it's already out 2-3x a week. I just couldn't find it! Two months passed and frankly, my excitement's already died down. Busied and moved on (LOL) from it, I was getting bottled olives last Thursday at Rustan's Marketplace in Forbes when I chanced on this:


Wow. It's tiny! For Php 16 something though, one can't quite complain. I bought 4 cans because I was already too sure that one is not enough for me more so for Twin (the biggest bacon fan I personally know).


Get Camilla Luddington's Look with Sleek MakeUP

November 30, 2016
photo via whowhatwear

Do you watch Grey's Anatomy? After so many seasons (and countless character deaths), I'm still hooked on it! I particularly got my telly groove back because of Camilla Luddington's screen presence. I just love her face! Off the series, she's rarely seen all made up and whenever she is, she's my absolute girl crush.


Sleek MakeUP sent me the lot below and my unboxing hour reminded me so much of 3 of my favourite Camilla looks. I thought -- why not create a cheatsheet for our mutual reference? :)