My family and I love to go out for simple bonding during weekends! No matter how tired we both are (Mr. AMW and I) from work, we try as much as we can to always make time for families...because, they are our inspirations naman!
One thing we are looking forward to are our weekly "food trips". We enjoy trying out new restaurants because that's what we are as a family --- we love to eat..PERIOD :P
One mall that we frequent to is Robinsons Manila, thankfully, after rounding out almost all the restaurants there, they have a new wing with more restaurants! Bad Bird is finally at Robinsons Manila and I had to take my family there because I tried this restaurant once during an event!
Dirty Rice Plate
4pcs Fried Rice with Rice + Hush Puppies
Php695.00 for Double Serving
The chicken is flavorful, yes, but if you ask me, my favorite is still from Kettle, that's my preference by the way so don't keep my word for it!
The Hush Puppies are golden-fried corn bread. I prefer my corn bread baked than fried as I find it too oily for my taste. I can only eat half bite and leave the rest behind due to the oily taste.
Another way to enjoy your bacon. It has a smoky bacon taste which I like and I love the extra serving of bell peppers as I love Bell Peppers!
Overall, Bad Bird is a nice restaurant to try especially if you are into chicken dishes. You have to make sure that you have extra option for your kids as not all kids enjoy the spice of their fried chicken! I've seen on next table how an older kid didn't enjoy this chicken while my son chewed away!
Bad Bird Robinsons Place Manila, Midtown Wing, Adriatico St, Ermita, Manila
A "Beauty Water" that's meant to be applied before Toner? Seriously, why would I add something to my "already long" beauty routine?
Well, to some, it is tedious but for me, who loves skincare products and can vouch on how taking care of the skin can give you better-looking skin, I don't mind the extra effort.
I had the Sakura Bloom Hydrating Skin Booster for quite some time but only gotten the chance to write a review as I have been reviewing facial mists one brand at a time. I love facial mists as it hydrates my dry skin throughout the day and I love how it sets my makeup pretty well.
For Happy Skin Beauty Sakura Bloom Hydrating Skin Booster, I originally treat this as a regular facial mist but realized it gives MORE to what I expected.
Sakura Bloom Hydrating Skin Booster Says ---
Strengthen the power of your skin with one product. Most effective when used immediately after cleansing, this boosting essence is the first step of skincare. Featuring a hydrate-and-glow double function, it helps with the recovery of tired skin.
AMW says ---
Spray bottle, no need for extra cotton pad but just spritz and dab with your clean hands.
Smells really good and relaxing.
Refreshing to the skin and skin immediately feels smooth.
Can also work in between makeup especially if there are dry patches around the skin, it eases down redness and calms the skin.
Oily-skin users may find the extra step tedious and may add up to the "extra skincare product" feel especially to those who aren't used to using skincare products.
Some effects may not be seen immediately so other people gave up to continuously use such product!
Overall A nice product to add especially if you have dry, normal and combination skin. Works really well in terms of keeping the skin smooth and makeup stays longer.
Tips from Happy Skin
Spray directly onto face or on a cosmetic cotton pad. Spread evenly on the face with an inside-out direction. Tap face lightly to wake up skin and help increase absorption. For troubled areas, dampen a cosmetic cotton pad and leave over troubled area for three minutes.
Put inside the fridge during hot summer to refresh the skin and close down open pores.
Best to be applied at night if you don't like the "extra product" applied on day time.
Best to be applied after cleansing before toning. But to oily skinned users who dislikes using moisturizer, this can actually work!
Best to purchase the "peel" version as it is best to exfoliate skin at least once or twice a week for better absorption of skincare products.
Will I repurchase? Yes.
To whom do I recommend this to? All skin types but I think dry skin and normal skin users will appreciate this product more.
Where to purchase and how much? Php799.00 available at Happy Skin stores nationwide also at Beauty Bars. Also available online www.happyskincosmetics.com.
Since the first shoe store in Carriedo, Manila opened by Henry Sy, Sr. in 1958 --- it has been 60 long years! I was shocked! I can still remember the first time I stepped in SM Carriedo branch, it was just as simple as a shoe store with some clothing, but that was just it.
Look at how huge SM Supermalls are today!
"For six decades, SM Has become part of the lives of every Filipino Family --- from a kid choosing his first pair of school shoes to spending your first paycheck on groceries at SM Markets to treat mom and dad, to sharing a fun weekend with the whole family at SM Supermalls", what Steven Tan said was the story of my own life.
That's why it was such a fun celebration together with SM's Partners, Tenants, Celebrities and valued stakeholders last May 21 at the SM Mall of Asia.
And it wasn't only US who celebrated, SM Supermalls wanted YOU to celebrate with them by visiting any SM Supermalls this weekend --- May 25 to 26 and enjoy fun summer eats and dining deals in SM Malls across the country. With exciting promos that celebrate the number 60 --- Such as pay only Php60.00 or pay Php60.00 less or pay only 60% of the bill!
That's exciting! What a way to celebrate the anniversary!
Congratulations and happy 60th Birthday SM Supermalls! I am proud to say, I've spent a lot of good memories in your malls, from Ice Skating with my crush to going out on a date at restaurants with both my date (now husband) and family!
Thank you also for offering affordable yet good quality shoes and clothing for me to look and feel good!
Sleek MakeUP was obviously excited when they launched their newest foundation line --- the Lifeproof Foundation that gives medium to full coverage.
I, AskMeWhats, after 10 full years of Beauty Blogging got even more excited! Because these foundation are said to be sweat-proof and oil-free too! And best of all? I heard these foundations come in 15 shades and can work for all skin types!
I was ECSTATIC...I used them and tested them right away!
Sleek MakeUP Lifeproof Foundation
Php795.00 (approx $16.00)
Available in selected Department Stores
Lifeproof your look with this foundation that goes the distance. Soft-focus powders create a blurring effect and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines. The oil-free formula can help skin look even and shine-free, whilst imperfections are concealed.
Okay, honestly speaking, I will NEVER be sold with anything that says Sweat-proof and oil-free to work for my combination (dry/normal) skin. But what excited me the most as a Pro MUA is the fact that the shades are categorized into the ff: Fair, Light, Medium and Medium Deep. That said, I can easily pick 1 shade from Fair/Light, another from Medium and the third one is Medium Deep which comes with 3 different tones of Dark shades which I can easily mix and match to use on clients. I highly recommend start-up MUAs to also try these because these are affordable and COVERS REALLY WELL!
Now, let's not get into that yet. Let me show you the packaging.
Housed in a tube plastic packaging, it comes with clear description at the back even ingredients list well displayed. I personally like to put a white tape (you can purchase at any bookstores) and right the name so I can easily see it as opposed to trying to look for shade numbers.
I personally think shades LP04 to LP05 will be the perfect shade for me as these 2 are leaningtowards light skin with yellow undertones.
While LP02 (which I got) is actually perfect for users with fair skin and neutral undertones. But again, I'm not worrying as I can always add a drop of LP06 (light with pink undertone) to deepen the shade and darken it a bit.
Since this has neutral undertone and my skin tends to have a bit of redness,
I can actually wear this shade alone!
As for application, it is important to keep in mind that this is cream foundation with medium to full coverage so A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY! To those who enjoy the "plakadong" (thick makeup), it is okay to apply more than a dallop but I like to apply all over my cheeks as shown on photo below to cover up all the bases but not in a "thick foundation" manner.
For this particular foundation, I like to use a dry sponge to gently blend everything including the neck.
Before and After
Half Face Test
After using this foundation for a week to be exact, here's what I have to say!
AMW says ---
Packaging is wonderful.
A little goes a long way and the foundation does give medium to full coverage.
Can double up as concealer/foundation.
Does not settle into lines, I actulally enjoy the coverage and use it as a concealer too!
Gives an even, matte-finish. Dewy base makeup users may not like the super matte-effect.
I did mention this works for users with dry skin BUT, if you did not moisturize skin properly, it may enhance a bit of the dry patches around your face to be careful to prep your skin properly.
Does not enhance pores and blends out pretty nicely.
Long-wearing. Stays until makeup removal at night with a little bit of redness showing on the sides of my nose but can be handled well by setting well with oil-control powder.
Can control oil but again, you have to set it properly especially since our weather is extra HUMID and HOT, sweating can still move a "lifeproof fondation".
Can even out everything and my skin looks brighter and glowing.
Can cover redness, undereye dark circles and spots.
To those opting for natural-looking foundation, this will not make the cut as this will give out an obvious "foundation" look.
Overall, I am happy and surprisingly using this foundation even after reviewing for a week (still using this today as I'm typing this article). I like how my makeup doesn't move as much and I like the coverage I get with just a little amount of makeup thus my makeup does not feel heavy.
I just need to be careful in application on dry areas making sure I moisturize the area well before applying Sleek Lifeproof foundation.
As for oily skinned users, you will enjoy the super matte effect and how it can hold oil for an hour or 2 longer than regular foundation as long as you set your makeup properly. Just make sure to use a primer underneath if you have enlarged pores as I worry this makeup may tend to enhance it a bit.
I am happy with this foundation and will definitely recommend this to medium to full foundation wearers! For daily use, I prefer to spot conceal using this foundation as it may have full coverage but it feels lighter than most cream concealers!
Have you seen or tried Sleek MakeUP Lifeproof foundation?
Do you like this look? It's super quick and easy-to-do but this is my favorite look created using my first Son&Park product. To those who aren't familiar with the brand, I did some research for you...
The creators of Son & Park are two celebrity makeup artists best known for popularizing the dewy no-makeup makeup look in Korea. With artistry at the heart of their brand, their line of cosmetics is high quality and reinforces simplicity.
I got the All That Smoky Kit through one of those Althea Boxes, the palette caught my attention that's why I chose that box!
Housed in a sleek, matte eyeshadow palette packaging. I actually fell in love with the simple, magnetic-type packaging. Something I wish most makeup companies would do because I like to pile them nicely and neatly inside my makeup kit.
Check out the shades!
Aren't these lovely?
I favored the 2nd taupe-y shade that's why I picked this palette and box more than anything else. Unfortunately, the first half of the palette was a bit of a let-down in terms of pigmentation. I know Koreans are into natural-glow but I wish they could be more pigmented especially the 2nd shade!
The fourth and fifth shades are winners in my dictionary, the matte black one is a bit chalky for my taste so you have to be careful in application.
Product description in Korean Language.
Even if the 2nd shade isn't as pigmented as expected, I still favor it over all the other shades and use it highly to contour my eye area and nose bridge. I only need to use a good animal-hair brush and apply more to create the depth I want.
In defense naman, the color is GORGEOUS!
Using the fifth shade (silver gray shade), I use it to deepen the crease area as shown on photo below lightly sweeping it to blur out harsh edges.
This look I would do for brides on their wedding day. Very subtle yet extremely flattering and natural.
Using the sponge tip applicator that comes with the palette, I apply the matte black eyeshadow to create "shadow" and to create depth and make my eyes look bigger.
Finish off with your choice of liner and mascara and you're ready to face the world with a fresh-look!
Son&Park All That Smoky Kit may not be the best kit I have but I'm glad to make this palette work! Thankfully, they come with shades that work for all skin tone and I can create various looks with them.
I know a lot of you are relying on either gel liners or liquid liners, as for me, when I'm rushing, there are days I really wanted the soft effect of an eyeliner pencil.
The big question is, are there pencils that can hold on to our humid weather?
Well, the answer is NONE, but, I've found one that is closest to almost NO SMUDGING! I say CLOSEST because it may not smudge on me but users with droopy lids may find ALL eyeliner pencils to smudge on them, and that is not the fault of pencils but it is more of the reality of makeup.
Now, my favorite K-Palette Real Lasting EyePencil created a shade that works so well for me! I love it that it is pigmented enough yet it gives a nice touch without the obvious "drama" (Drama na nga sa buhay pati pa naman sa eyeliner?)
The Brown Black of 1Day Tattoo is my go-to shade!
K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyepencil In Brown Black
This newly reformulated eyepencil is now super waterproof, smudge-proof and longer- lasting. It comes with a blending tip to widen the makeup looks you can create and it has a retractable soft pencil tip so you don’t need an eyepencil sharpener! Super Black is shade if for bigger, defined, sharp eye makeup look. Infused with beauty essences.
This pencil is indeed newly reformulated and I love it more than the first generation. The pencil itself is more pigmented, applies smoother and it does not break in between application. Best of all? It does not smudge on me!
Product details at the back portion of the packaging. Thanks to BeautyBox Corp. for translating everything!
Swatch: Brown Black
Why I love this shade the most! Black is too dark for me on a no-makeup day while brown sometimes look like I"m not wearing any eyeliner at all! This is a perfect balance between Brown and Black and with a bit of smudging, it gives a very subtle effect.
I like to apply a thin line close to my lashline as shown on photo below. I let it set for a couple of seconds and extend the liner and smudge off the tip immediately! As once it set, you cannot smudge them anymore as it stay put!
Before and After
This is my ultimate go-to liner look when I'm taking my son to school, I don't need to create any drama because I don't usually wear eyeshadows (not unless I'm attending events or have meetings!). If I wanted more drama, I just thicken the line and smudge the end to create wider-looking eyes.
What's your to-go-to pencil liner?
Do you prefer Black, Brown or just like me, you love Brown Black?
K-Palette Lasting eye pencils are available at Beauty Bar, Rustan’s (Shangri-la, Makati, ATC), SM Department Stores (Megamall, Mall of Asia, Makati, Aura, and North Edsa), Metro Gaisano (Fairview Terraces, UP Town Center) and Zalora.
I think they look cute even on lips! #walangAangal
These are new addition to the #15SecondsTo family during the launch last week at The Wholesome Table, Rockwell. The moment I got this, I used it right away!
Get fruity with these 100% vegan, moisture-boosting balms. Scented with irresistible smoothie-inspired combinations. With blends of naturally derived extracts and five mouth-watering fragrances, our Lip Juicers, easily glide onto your lips for a smooth, soft and soothing finish. These super-cute lip balms are perfect carrying with you everywhere you go.
What I love about these juicers is that, they are 100% Vegan Balms, they come with community trade shea butter, marula oil and organic olive oil which is very safe for me to apply, use and kiss my son! Best of all? It comes in 5 shades!
I got the shade P01 which is Strawberry, Pomegranate & Aloe. Truthfully, do not expect these as your regular lipsticks, or your favorite matte lipsticks! These are totally the opposite of those!
Lip Juicers are like tinted lip balms! They smell great, they are housed in a super unique and cute packaging and I can't imagine how long I'll be able to use this because it is really SOLID and it doesn't melt that fast!
The only downside is that, if you have extremely dry lips, the moisture MAY NOT BE Enough but I don't mind because I can always use a separate balm and apply this gorgeous shade at the center of my lips for that natural reddish pink glow!
During the launch, I also got intrigued to their star product called 100% Vegan Body Yogurts. The Body Shop promised that you can actually wear your jeans almost immediately!
These are refreshing gel-cream formula that sinks into damp skin in seconds, providing 48 hours of lightweight moisture! This is perfect for summer days or even whole-year round as we all dislike the sticky feel of moisturizers! I for one is too lazy to apply body moisturizers because of that said reason!
Comes in Strawberry, Mango, Almond Milk, Coconut, Moringa, British Rose and Special Edition Banana
And to keep us cool for the WHOLE body, The Body Shop also launched their newest Face Mists! These Face Mists also keep the 100% Vegan, Paraben-free, chemical free and Make-Up Friendly!
And just when you thought they only differs in scents, well, you're wrong!
They differ based from the needs of your skin! If you wanted something Mattifying or to reduce shine? They answer it through their Mint Mattifying product. Do you have dry and sensitive skin? PIck the Coco Calming Mist. Do you want a bit of brightening and wakening? Go for Mandarin Energising. Then if you want to have refined skin texture, pick Strawberry Soothing. Then lastly, if glowing skin is your aim for year 2018, pick Rose Dewy Glow!
Mint Mattifying, Coco Calming, Mandarin Energising, Strawberry Soothing and Rose Dewy Glow
And of course, pick the other shades of Lip Juicers --- Raspberry, Beetroot & Ginger. Kiwi, Kale & Watermelon, Acai, Blueberry & Dragon Fruit and Coconut, Passionfruit & Carrot.
Ooooh, just typing the shade names made me feel refreshed!
I'm so glad I got this shade because I really like it and it worked for me!
Strawberry, Pomegranate & Aloe
I am so happy with the new launches of The Body Shop as they are indeed perfect for summer. And best of all? All products did not go through Animal-Testing!
I think the last time I visited Resort's World was pre-Kyle days! Oh my, that was more than 5 years ago!
So I was there for an event at Jo Malone London for Mother's Day, it was a weekend so I've decided to take my family with me to spend dinner. Pre-Mother's Day celebration.
Found a new restaurant called Ichiba Japanese Market and the interior itself grabbed my attention. I felt like I'm transported to Japan!
Though almost full with hungry customers, I'm glad the place is huge enough to cater groups yet you don't feel the "crowd". You have your own space and area so it was a perfect place even with kids around!
First order of business, I'm craving for "rolls" so I asked for the Crunchiest of them all! The server recommended Ichiba Roll (Php285.00) which is a roll with tempura, tamago, mango, crabstick salad and crunchy salmon skin! I definitely got the crunch I was craving for!
Next was Mr. AMW's craving. He was craving for Yakitori and we got a set that is perfect enough for those who do not like to make choices!
There's Quail Egg, Pork Belly, Chicken and Beef Cubes! ALL YUMMY! The teriyaki sauce made the cut!
Now let's talk about Ramen. We ordered Ramen Set with Chahan (Php350.00).
You get a half full bowl which I think wasn't enough but because of the rich taste of the soup, it is indeed very filling! As for the taste, I have other favorites but this isn't bad at all!
Then there's GYOZA (Php135.00 for 6pcs). Not the usual Gyoza you get that is small and tasteless. This one you can eat even without soy sauce! It is very tasty and yummy!
Happy Mommy and Happy Kid!
I had so much fun spending Mother's Day with my family! Thanks Mr. AMW for always indulging me!
Any other restaurants you would recommend at Newport Mall?
I always get asked about my brows, I get compliments about my brows more than anything else! I don't mind, I love them, because I take care of them by having them waxed at Benefit's Brow Bar at least once every 2 months or so.
How much is it? Php700.00, yes pricey to some but if you know that brands such as Benefit is giving back, you wouldn't mind spending that Php700.00 because, the Benefit Bold is Beautiful Project is Back!
This May, 100% of the proceeds of their brow waxing services will go to their local charity partner Mano Amiga, a private, non-profit organization that provides affordable, innovative quality international education to children from low income families.
This year is their 2nd year and last year, Benefit was able to wax over 2,000 apirs of brows and they were able to donate close to 1.5 Million Pesos! Imagine that? We get beautiful yet we get to support other people....
And I love Benefit's Mantra....
For 2018, Benefit is hoping to continue empowering the lives of the Mano Amiga students! Your Php700.00 goes to the tuition of Mano Amiga Academy Students and our goal this year is 3,300 brow waxes to help 30 students complete their education!
If you want to support #BoldIsBeautiful project and #Be100Percent , have your brows waxed at Benefit Brow Bar near you and please share this post!
Because sharing is caring! And Caring is Giving, doesn't have to be monetary, but it can be time and effort!
Thanks Benefit PH for this and I will forever support your causes!
Have you tried Brow Waxing at Benefit Brow Bars?
They have been waxing my brows since they arrived in the Philippines!
Thanks to Crazy! Lifting Mask - masking gets more fun in the Philippines!
When I first heard about such product, I got a bit nervous in trying them because you all know how "crazy" and sensitive my skin can be especially when it comes to masks! The people from CNA Philippines assured me that this product is safe even for me!
Making sure I don't have important plans for the couple of days, I've finally given this a try!
A multi-purpose sheet mask that instantly and visibly tightens facial contours and shrinks the look of large pores Tencel sheet mask provides 8 minutes of crazy-lift without stimulations; lifts sagging skin and boosts elasticity; delivers an immediate pore-minimizing effect; improves oil-water balance to nourish and soften your complexion; brightens overall tone to leave a whitening effect; refreshes and hydrates tired eyes; non-irritating and suitable for sensitive skin
But all you have to remember is that, you put the mask sheet for 8 minutes, remove and wait for the "essence" to dry up and crack! Wash off face and continue with your regular skincare regimen.
First, I wash off my face with my favorite cleanser, pat dry. Apply the mask on face for 8 minutes.
Remove the sheet after 5-8 minutes. Wait for another 5-10 minutes until essence dries up.
Wash off essence with lukewarm water and because I wanted to test the product itself, I did not follow up with my usual toner, serum and moisturizer. It is highly recommend you do so but for the sake of review and to make sure my skin won't react to several ingredients piled on my skin, I gave this a goodnight sleep and woke up with refreshed skin!
Wait, there's more!
I appreciate that the mask came in with an Crazy! Eye Cream! It's perfect especially for travel as I only need to bring this ONE pack and I'm set for the day!
Now here's my experience, the first use was a bit uncomfortable as I can feel the essence getting "tight" on my skin, I felt there's a bit of "tingling" sensation but nothing alarming! I guess this product helps "tighten the pores" that's why it gives that weird tight feeling.
Now, the good news is, after washing off the essence, there wasn't any further negative reactions (even on the next few days). What I noticed was the immediate brightening effect! Imagine Korean Glow you see on K-Stars? I see that! I even had to ask Mr. AMW if it was just my imagination but it was confirmed --- it was a smoother, brighter-looking skin even after FIRST USE!
I can't say it diminished the look of pores or wrinkles on first use (and I honestly don't have visible pores). But for users who have same skin type as mine -- Normal and Dry, it is very important to follow up with your usual moisturizer as it can be drying! It was weird on my first try but with my 2nd try with follow-up moisturizer, everything feels and look even better!
Check out the brightened skin effect! No Photoshop!
What do you think?
Will you give this a try?
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