The texture borders between gel + cream. Very lightweight texture and easy to gets absorbed into the skin.
As for application, I apply a hefty amount on my face and a little under the eye area with dabbing motion.
Before and After
Skin looks the same, no extra grease but definitely hydrated (check out the sides of the nose!)
Overall, this is a great product to start with for lazy individuals who I can't seem to persuade to use skincare products. Start here girls! Start with 2-in-1 and once you'll see benefits, let's talk again! *winks*
Have you seen or tried this product?
Would you prefer seprate eye and face cream or 2-in-1?
I was asked a couple of times on Instagram #AskAMW on my pencil recommendations that would keep your eyes looking wide without looking like a wide-eyed Panda.
I can totally relate. We live in a humid weather country and using just eye pencil for the eyes is almost impossible (spoken by a liquid and gel liner lover!)
But there will be days I"m too lazy to wing my liner just because I'm just sending my son to school, as much as I would love to just leave my eyes as is, it looks puffy and "tired" without liner so I always opt for a liner pencil.
One of my favorite brand is Make Up For Ever and I also have another one from Estee Lauder if I wanted a pencil that can be "smudged" and sets like a tattoo.
A long wearing eyeliner to shape the eyes. Gives precise line and stay-put color for 24 hours. Creamy texture and smoothly glides on. Delivers different makeup effects from a simple line to a sultry smoky eye. Smudge free and resistant to water, sweat, heat and humidity. Features a soft smudge tip and built-in sharpener.
The Estee Lauder Double Wear Waterproof eyeliner pencil comes with retractable pencil on one side and a smudger tip on the other side. I was using this for a good 1 month before realizing it comes with a sharpener. The sharpener is actually vital if you want to create a define line. Just pull the smudger tip and the sharpener is happily hidden there.
Shade: Kohl Noir
The pencil comes with a LOT of shades! I love it when companies create different types of Blacks, Browns and Grays because I love those shades in lining my eyes.
The pencil gives precise line (when sharpened) and you have to smudge immediately after application. You don't need to smudge it if you wanted a more defined line but I find it is extremely challenging and difficult to create a perfect defined line with the use of eyeliner pencil no matter how smooth, soft and pigmented they are.
I like it that I can apply a thicker line and smudge it higher and I'll get a sultry eye makeup look without the use of eyeshadow.
And yes, this, when set properly is smudge-free, smear-proof and water resistant!
Estee Lauder Double Wear Infinite Women's Waterproof Eyeliners are available locally at Estee Lauder Boutiqes/ Counters and Rustans priced around Php1,000-Php2,000.00.
And after trying their newest HD Invisible Cover Foundation, that's when I thought this brand has to be OUT there! For a drugstore brand that can deliver like High End cosmetics, you know that's what WE ALL WANT and I'm telling you, this is one of them!
Flormar HD Invisible Cover Foundation
Housed in a glass bottle with a couple of shades available, this can be an alternative foundation for those who are studying make up artistry and this can also be used on a professional level! Of course, with the lightweight feel and texture, this is a nice daily foundation too!
Shade on Review: SOFT BEIGE
Soft Beige has warm undertone with more of yellow base than orange.
A great shade for most Filipinas.
I like to apply using my clean fingers first applying more on areas of my face that needed the most coverage. That is definitely the center of my face more on the cheeks.
Then I will blend everything with either a sponge or a flat top kabuki brush.
Before and After
Because of the texture of the foundation, it is extremely easy to work with in the morning before leaving for work and this sets semi-matte. It may be matte but has a bit of a sheen making it a nice foundation even for users with dry skin.
I like how the foundation is buildable so I can add more on areas that needed more coverage so it can also double up as a concealer.
Since I have combination of dry/normal skin, this foundation lasts the whole day with least retouch needed. If you have oily skin, a good oil-control primer as base and best to set with oil-control translucent powder is your best choice. Thankfully, you don't have to worry about this foundation enhancing your pores or dry patches because it is watery in texture so it does not sit in those areas.
Overall, I love the glowing skin it gives and how my skin still looks like skin when wearing this! This is a great option and alternative for pricier HD foundations in the market.
Have you seen Flormar HD Invisible Cover Foundation?
When the newest Brow Artist Xpert pencils from L'Oreal landed on my desk one day with 7 true-to-the-brow shades (8 in the US), I knew they mean business. I immediately picked one shade that I think would match me based from the color of the cap and did a great job in doing so.
L'Oreal Brow Artist Xpert
Shade 108 Warm Brunette
The product comes with a retractable brow pencil on one side
and a soft styling brush on the other side.
I like the tear drop/triangular shape of the brow pencil which makes it extremely easy to draw brow hairs in a single stroke.
The pigmentation of the pencil is really good. You get this color (swatch below) on a single stroke.
I call this a very easy-to-use daily brow product. I highlight recommend this even to those who are just trying out brow pencils for the first time!
The easiest way to use this is to brush your brows gently.
Using the tip of the brow pencil, gently draw hair-like strokes starting from the center. The inner corner is the easiest area to make a mistake, if you draw with heavy hands, your brows will look unnatural so I prefer to do this the last step when your hands are accustomed to the product.
Before and After
Shade: Warm Brunette
AMW says ---
Pigmentation is good.
Packaging is great, cap has the corresponding shade.
But, if you want to see the shade names, it is not printed on packaging as it was only printed on sticker which you will throw away once you open the seal.
Pencil is soft and easy to blend but non-greasy and does not slide off midday.
Comes with a good variety of shades so you can definitely find your perfect match. Other shades available --- 101 Blonde, 102 Cool Blonde, 103 Warm Blonde, 105 Brunette, 106 Ash Brunette, 107 Cool Brunette and 108 Warm Brunette (reviewed here)
Long-wearing, lasts until removal.
Price for quality.
Overall, I am impressed with this product and will highly recommend this!
Have you seen the L'Oreal Brow Artist Xpert Pencils?
I haven't worn this kind of colored lippies for ages! I used to haunt this color a couple of years ago just because I saw some actresses wear them!
Now that I've tried Palladio's Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color, I realized this is a great pick-me-upper not only on the way I look but my feeling as well! I feel more energetic whenever I wear bright-colored lippie and I guess this is a good Monday lipstick? Do you agree?
According to Palladio ---
"Our Top seller Velvet Matte has been given an opulent twist with flattering metallic pearls to create a striking feminine look. Drench your lips with this supple, creamy formula enhanced with green tea and vitamin E. Designed with long wear metallic pigments and a velvety matte texture, the new VELVET MATTE will make you rock the ultimate lip trend."
Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color
Housed in a regular lip gloss packaging but a bit smaller. This is in 0.15oz (4.2g). It seems not a lot but it is actually not bad.
Plus is a purplish pink shade with blue undertone (Cool).
The Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color are creamy and velvet-y in texture. It glides on dry lips like a dream so I like this!
The finish is not complete matte but more of a satin-matte finish. The liquid lipstick remains creamy and hydrating on lips even after several hours so if you are into completely matte, budge-proof lip color, this may not be your thing.
However, I don't mind the reapplication as I like the fact that these liquid lip colors are non-drying, hydrating all throughout the day and though it transfers (a lot!), I like that I can just press my lips together and the color will even out. Just be careful as it tends to get into the teeth!
I can't wait to try the other shades as I love how opaque they are and how true the color is (from tube to lips!). The best news? All Palladio products are never tested on animals! Hurray for friendly cosmetics!
The Holy Week is coming soon and some of you are following the No Meat Diet for sacrifice. I know you'll see "hotdogs" in this dish because my son loves them, but I suddenly thought why not recreate one comes "no meat season" minus the hotdogs? It will taste as good I promise you! This dish was swiped off that same night and there were only 3.5 of us in the family! (0.5 is my son by the way!)
AMW Tuna Baked Macaroni Dish
Elbow Macararoni (any brand, I bought San Remo from supermarket just because it was right in front of me and so far, I'm happy!)
Spaghetti sauce (Del Monte because been using this for YEARS! Tip: I like to mix Italian Style and Sweet Style! Really yummy! No need to adjust flavor)
Gold Seas Tuna Chunks in Herb and Garlic.
Chopped Onion and garlic.
Chopped Bell Pepper
Different kinds of cheeses. I like my baked mac less salty so I did not use any Quick Melt cheese. (You can opt to use that) Instead I used mixture of Mozzarella cheese, Cheddar Cheese and Parmesan Cheese to be used after baking.
Cook the pasta like how you would cook spaghetti. I like to saute onions, garlic, bell pepper and chopped mushrooms, add spaghetti sauce and once cooked, gently combine the cooked macaroni making sure the sauce covered all the pasta evenly.
Grease pan and layer the macaroni thinly as shown on photo below.
Add your favorite cheeses and add another layer of cooked macaroni and do the same! Since my dish isn't big, I only did 2 layers but if you have bigger baking ware, feel free to add more layers.
Bake in 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until the top of the cheese is golden brown.
Let it cool...
Serve and enjoy!
Do you cook Baked Macaroni at home?
Have you tried using Tuna instead of regular meat?
A lot of you who follow me on Social Media probably saw that I spent a couple of days in Aureo La Union with my family after my birthday. It was a nice post-birthday celebration with my family and it was a good breather to be out of the city!
Aureo Resort is located in the heart of La Union and it took us a good 4-hour drive going there (thanks NLEX and TPLEX!)
Let me tell you just SOME of the many reasons why I love it there.
I did say it took us 4-hour long drive but it was the easiest drive for us (I like the drive going there better than Tagaytay as it is less congested, just make sure to travel off-peak hours)
Located at San Fernando Pampanga, you can easily find it there via Waze. You won't miss this sign!
And if you're the type who loves to go surfing or maybe food trip in La Union? You can easily drive for about 30 minutes and you are there at San Juan, La Union.
At Gefseis Greek Grill
With my date
THE SERVICE Upon entering the resort, I was greeted by the guard and receptionist and was offered a welcome drink right away. Such a perfect way to refresh ourselves after a long drive.
I also appreciate how the staffs tried to talk to my son who was running around as his legs were also "dead" from the 4-hour drive.
Since it is a resort, I was expecting them to offer just the "basics" for any overnight stays. But thankfully, I got a 5-star room treatment.
For De Luxe Room, you can opt for 2 Queen or 1 King-sized bed and we went for the latter as we are clingy that way! The bed is extremely soft and the pillows are very fluffy! It didn't take us much time to get accustomed to the new bed. Kyle didn't have any complaints he slept soundly the first light.
Because the bed was so comfortable, at one point, we stayed in (because it was extremely hot that afternoon) and just played hide-and-seek and pillow fights!
Complimentary water, coffee and tea were provided and you also have an electric pot for hot water anytime of the day!
The bath area is very clean and modern and toiletries like soap, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste and toothbrush were also provided. I appreciate that they have kick-ass blow-dryers in there! Not the small ones that let you dry your hair forever!
And you get a "lounging area" just right outside the room with tables and chairs for you to enjoy the sun, the sea and the view! Now, speaking about the view....
The biggest reason why I would love to go back to Aureo La Union is because you get picturesque view in ALL ANGLES! When I say all angles, I mean it! You can literally just put out your smart phone, snap a photo and the outcome will look like a postcard!
Day time Aureo right across our room.
Aureo Night Time photo using just my phone camera!
The view INSIDE my room.
When you eat your breakfast at the Coast Restaurant which is just a couple of steps away from the room, you get the view while you enjoy your meal.
That's not all, let's talk about Sunrise and Sunset. For some reason, the sun is as its' most gorgeous state here!
Right before the sun sets
Sunset view and Kyle is having so much fun!
Us enjoying the view!
THE INFINITY POOL
There are a total of 2 swimming pools at Aureo and thankfully, our room was situated near the newest and bigger pool. I also like this area because it has the kiddie pool which we stayed most of the time.
Kyle was a bit hesitant to go down the pool at first but once we dipped a bit, he got so excited and forgot he has a mom! *laughs*
You can also rent inflatables shaped in Pizza, Donut or even Flamingo (Php100 each)! Tsum Tsum not included as we brought our own props!
I was able to bask under the son while the Mr. look after my son! It was really a relaxing moment for me! I didn't get much tan as my sunblock was working REALLY well!
Once you go on the other side across the kiddie pool, you see the beach! This is a good redundancy in my opinion - water after water!
Let's talk about the beach, it isn't white sand beach like the ones in Boracay or Palawan but dear friends, for a 4-hour drive and no need to get on to the plane? I think that's good enough!
The sand is actually relaxing to step on, not the coarse ones! I also like that the waves are just right, nothing scary where I don't mind having my kid wander around (within my eyesight)
Look at him having so much fun playing on the sand! We didn't build any castles but he obviously planted a lot of Tsum Tsums! *laughs*
Mr. and Mrs. AMW
THE FOOD I've had friends messaging me telling me how much they love the food at Coast Restaurant in Aureo La Union. I was given so many choices but I only get to eat their breakfast. I was expecting a buffet breakfast but we were given a menu to order A La Carte (probably because it was low season and not much people were staying there so there's no point doing buffet breakfast!)
Everything we ordered tastes really good, but if you are extremely hungry, 1 plate may not be enough for you so feel free to order another one because they aren't that expensive anyways. (1 plate around Php200-300.00)
Daing na Bangus
I really love this! I just wish they gave bigger piece! Nabitin ako guys!
Out of everything that I've mentioned, my most favorite part about this trip is how it puts our family closer together! I try so hard not to travel much with my active toddler especially on rest days because, I wanted REST! But, Aureo La Union is actually not only a "Road Trip stopover" or a "hangout area" for friends and lovers, I actually approve this place for families! There are just so much to do in this resort and I like how we enjoy the most simple things in life!
Us lounging on the garden with swing.
The simple walk from our room to the restaurant and we love passing by the mini bridge! We ended up walking back-and-forth this bridge as we sing the song of "London Bridge is Falling Down".
His best times are spent playing in the sand with mommy and daddy!
I love how we talk about building castles - Mickey Mouse is a prince while Minnie Mouse is a princess. We talked so much and I love how he can visualize his fairytale stories as we build characters and things with the sand.
The Body Shop has been around for YEARS!!!! I remembered as a start-up Blogger, one of the first brand that reached out to me (from the US pa ha!), is The Body Shop US team who let me try their Mineral Makeup Line. Ah, those were the days I started to learn about the brand and fall in love with them.
Fast forward to more than 10 years, they definitely "up their game" with more promising makeup line, promising enough I can actually use this on a professional level!
Interesting? Are you ready to read further?
The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation Says ---
Combat skin imperfections throughout the day with our 100% vegan Matte Clay Foundation. This lightweight foundation is enriched with skin-clearing tea tree and leaves a breathable, yet full-coverage matte finish. It’s also resistant to water and sweat. Apply with our multi-tasking complexion blender for a flawless application.
AMW says --- Pros
Medium to full coverage.
Amazing coverage even with just a thin layer.
Can cover up dark spots, pimple marks, acne marks and undereye circles.
Skin looks even ad natural.
Has a good amount of oil control.
Has tea tree oil! (My favorite) which helps prevent further breakouts! - personal experience.
May oxidize a bit so you have to check the right shade for you.
Very oily skin users will need to retouch after 4 hours or so.
Overall A good coverage, lightweight foundation that can cover certain spots and marks. Has tea tree oil so it helps combat further breakouts.
An oil control primer is still needed if you have extremely oily skin and don't forget to set oily areas with translucent powder
For users with dry skin, moisturize skin to prep skin before application. You can opt not to set with powder as the finish is matte.
Best to be applied with dry sponge if you want more coverage.
Use damp sponge for light to medium coverage.
Can be used as a concealer because of the non-drying matte finish.
Will I repurchase? YES!
To whom do I recommend this to? Works for all skin types! Those who loves The Body Shop Tea Tree line, this is a great makeup to use.
Where to purchase and how much? At local The Body Shop stores priced at Php750.00.
I like to use The Body Shop Beauty Blender when I apply this! The Body SHop Beauty Blender is another story! It is wonderful and I love the sharp tip!
(Note: The sponge has a bit of lint from the towel after washing, but nothing bad!)
Since I am opting for more coverage, I use the sponge dry and apply a small amount all over my face. The shade Savannah Pecan is a shade darker than my neck but I like the "warmth" it gives so I apply only a small amount.
The warm undertone is a great corrector to be used on undereye area.
Before and After
My skin looks healthy, fresh and even-toned.
Have you tried The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation?
Fellow dry skin and normal skin gals do not have to worry about this foundation, it may sound too thick (blame the "clay" word) but the effect of this foundation is extremely natural!
This even reminded me so much of my bonding time with my son! We always talk about space, planets and anything related to the Solar System, Milky Way, you name it, we've discussed it!
I had a time off to attend the Big Bang Launch of The Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara! Are you ready to join me into this lash-lafying adventure (seriously, I can have my own dictionary!) :P
"BADgal BANG! 36 HOUR* FULL-BLAST volumizing mascara creates MASSIVE volume without weighing down lashes. The gravity-defying formula builds volume the more you layer, and contains aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology. This innovative intense pitch black mascara layers easily for bigger & BIGGER impact. Its custom big Slimpact! brush is streamlined to reach root-to-tip, corner-to-corner, upper & lower lashes for BIG VOLUME WITH 360° REACH!"
The Benefit actually sent a small sample size of this product - Nameless, no brand or product name whatsoever and I was able to try this product before it was launched.
After the launch, I used the mascara again in it's official packaging to see if there are any difference or changes from the "demo unit". One thing for sure, I like the official one better! Not because the formulation is different because the packaging is bad a**!
Rubberized mascara packaging that look like it came from outer space. Props to Benefit for always coming up with unique and nice packaging.
The want is rubberized as well and you get very short bristles so the positive side of this is that, I can reach out to the shortest lash hairs without accidentally touching my eyelids.
I also like the fact that the brush wand moves gracefully with you on application - that means full control!
Before and After
(No lash curling, applied 2-3 layers)
Can you see how my lashes were lifted even without curling?
Here are my thoughts after using this mascara for good 2 weeks ---
The formulation is just right, not too runny or dry.
Helps increase the volume of my lashes, does not lengthen as much but more of the VOLUME department.
No clumping. No matter how many times I apply.
The packaging is just amazing!
The brush head is easy to work with even on users with sparse and very short lashes.
Now on to the downside, the mascara smudges a bit, I guess it's the combination of oil and humidity, it smudges on my sister-in-law's eyelid. So monolid users may need to prime their lids + powder their lashes before use!
with Angela of www.lushangel.com
Overall, I am grateful with how my lashes stayed "UP" all day and how the volume of my lashes increases double or triple times!
Out of the 3 Mascaras Benefit came up with, this is my top choice.
Let me tell you something about my childhood....don't worry it's not going to be a novel!
I'm the youngest in the family so whatever I use are hand-me-downs from my sister or brothers! I am not really into material things but one thing I really asked from my parents is a cute lunchbox OR a cute stainless steel tumbler to keep my water cold all throughout the day?
I didn't have any of those and I cried bucket of tears during summer! So imagine the happiness (and memories) I had upon entering the first Zojirushi Flagship Store at Promenade Greenhills?
Zojirushi is the leading Japanese home and kitchen lifestyle brand which has been a partner of many households all over the world. Designed with a simple yet powerful slogan in mind: Inspirations from Everyday Life, this global Japanese brand known for quality products since 1918, has established itself as a top manufacturer of vacuum bottles and has continued to leverage the latest technologies to create a constant stream of leading-edge products that make life more comfortable and convenient. Although much has changed and lifestyles have become more varied, this brand’s philosophy of “creating a quality of life” continues to be reflected in its products and services.
Known to the public as the best Rice Cooker to date, the Zojirushi Induction Heating Rice Cooker is a must in any "rice-monsters" household. The cooker induces heat directly to the molecular structure of rice resulting into better tasting rice. With its different pre-set rice settings (including the GABA brown rice option), timer feature and Extended Keep Warm function, this is definitely heaven-sent!
There's also the Micro-computerized (Micom) Rice Cookers, which boast of a top and bottom heating element feature, has 5 stages of cooking rice, namely Soaking, Heating, Cooking, Final Touch, and Steaming. It also has different pre-set rice settings (White, Brown, Mixed, Porridge, Sweet,Sushi), a timer feature to easily cook while you’re away and the Extended Keep Warm function.
And of course, you can always choose the Zojirushi Conventional Rice Cookers which has bottom heating element, heat and keep warm function and a steam basket if you want some steaming action!
And of course, I was able to spot more cooking items such as the electric grills. I can imagine myself cooking tasty and healthy meat in here and some veggies on the side.
There's also an oven toaster for yummy breads, personal-sized pizzas and a lot more!
I also loved the lunch jars! There's something about eating warm food that can soothe my senses. These are vacuum insulated stainless steel construction so the heat is easily preserved keeping food hot for up to 12 hours!
Then there is Zojirushi’s airpots and handy pots. I can't believe how important and useful these are in our household especially after giving birth to a baby! There's always a need for hot water and having one that is readily available helps save electricity and time!
We have this at home and it's working for good 5 years now! Bought one when Kyle was born!
Coffee drinkers may want to add in the coffee maker too!
Then, let's talk about my favorite subject of all! TUMBLERS! I am grateful that Zojirushi did not only came up with good quality tumbler but they come in variety of colors and designs that is very chic and fashionable! All of these can store both cold and hot drinks and because of the special stainless coating, the tumblers are protected from corrosion, discoloration and odor which keeps your family's health in safe condition!
Young kids and Adults alike will like this variety of colors!
Looking into this pink and blue version which can work as Mr. and Mrs.! Couple tumbler guys!
Another one of my favorite! The matte metallic finish would look cute even in office setting.
Zojirushi products are available in most leading department stores nationwide (SM Home, SM
Appliance, Abenson, Robinsons Department Store, Rustan’s, The Landmark, Anson’s, and many
more) with a showroom at the ground floor of Greenhills Promenade. For more information,