Thursday, November 20, 2014


In the Philippines, it seems like everywhere you look, whether on television, facebook, billboard and newspaper, there's a lot of whitening products being offered. The success of the whitening industry in our country just proves how much Filipinas desire for whiter skin. While there are so many whitening procedures/technologies being introduced, there are those who cannot afford such and rely on whitening soaps. 

Being a sucker for whitening products, you have no idea how many whitening soaps I tried. Among all these, I can say only a few can really deliver the whitening dream. One brand I can surely trust my skin whitening care with is Olay. Olay is the # 1 Facial Skincare brand in the Philippines and in the World! It is an internationally renowned skin care brand that is trusted by millions of women worldwide. It’s no surprise at all since they really do have amazing products. If you have been a loyal reader of my blog, you’ll know that I’m a guilty Olay girl. My Olay moisturizers are staples in my skincare routine ever since college.


Two version: with Vitamin C and Papaya Extracts


  1. It’s Triple Whitening System Exfoliates, brightens and evens skin tone, so you can get All-in-One Fairness
  2. Makes skin feel soft & smooth
  3. It contains skin cream ingredients from Olay, the world’s # 1 skincare brand
  4. Fresh & Clean Scent
  5. Help reveal your skin’s natural radiance and glow
  6. Available in variety of sizes in leading supermarkets, drug stores and sari-sari stores, starting at P15.


  1. Olay Natural White soap in the shower twice a day – in the morning and in the evening before you sleep.
  2. While in shower, lather liberally especially in areas that require extra attention (areas that are rougher, a bit darker in skin tone, or are subjected to friction from clothes or other fabric).  Use a puff for a more indulgent feel. This will also enhance the effect of the exfoliation.
  3. Treat your skin with care.  Pat your skin dry with a clean towel after shower.  Make sure you don’t scrub your skin to avoid friction which causes skin irritation.


My Olay Natural Whitening Body Bars were a perfect timing. Recently, I participated in a Coastal Cleanup school activity, where I stayed under the sun for about 2 hours. 
Although I applied sunblock prior to the activity, the intense exposure to sun made some parts of my skin darker. Imagine a panda with dark arms and legs but with white body (since it’s not exposed). Yeah, I’m a panda in a human body! LOL
After using this product continuously for a month; I have noticed that, slowly, it has helped my skin recover. With daily use, my skin has lightened, though not so dramatic in effect.

I usually use this soap twice a day, in the morning and evening before I go to bed. The thing with whitening soap, they can make our skin seriously dry. But with Olay NW Bars, I am really surprised that it doesn’t feel dry on skin. Actually, it made my skin feel smooth and soft. The description says that this soap also exfoliates skin. Maybe, that's the reason why my skin lightened while using this product. 

Just like other whitening soap, the effect of this bar is not instant. It takes time and well, uhm, patience. And remember, a healthy fair skin requires more than just “white” skin. Meaning, while whitening soap helps in lightening, getting skin “healthy” needs a change of lifestyle. 

Make sure to drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. Stay indoors, if you can’t avoid exposing your skin to the sun, apply sunblock. Also, try to avoid exposure to sun between 10am-3pm because this is when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Lastly, eat lots of citrus fruits and green and leafy vegetables. These have anti-oxidants that keep your skin healthy. 

For best results, use with Olay Natural White W Skin Cream: For best results, also use Olay Natural White Moisturising Cream for an extraordinary pinkish glow, and Olay Natural White cleansers for gentle cleansing for your face.

Overall, I'm loving this product. I personally prefer the Papaya Extracts but the other variant is actually good, too! This is a great buy, it's affordable and it works for me! OLAY never fails to impress me! It has been and will always be my favorite skincare brand of all time. They just deliver amazing products!

How about you girls, what are your favorite Olay products?

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There are so many versions of how to create fake bruises, just google “Fake Bruises using makeup” and have hundreds of thousands of results appear on the screen right before your eyes in just a fraction of a second. But today, I will share with a cool method to make it appear more "realistic". I just discovered this amazing technique while experimenting with my own makeup while staring at my own bruise! (it wasn't too bad, tho!) 


Bruises are fun to create, and surprisingly easy and affordable to make!! You'll just need very few things (which I believe every woman should have in her make up kit) : makeup brush, eyeshadows and wet wipes!

Apply a matte contouring powder or warm brown shade; it acts like a base color. One of the things I noticed with most tutorials in the internet is that they skip applying brown eyeshadow and use black eyeshadows as their first step. 

Using a face brush, apply black eyeshadow. Bruises tend to be darker in the middle and softer at the outer edges.So, the diameter you create with the black eyeshadows should be smaller than the diameter you create in step  one.

Using a floppy eyeshadow brush, combine your red and purple eyeshadows to create bruises. Just add layers until you’re satisfied with the result.

Most tutorials will basically stop here. But do you want to know how I make it appear more realistic? See step FOUR!

All it takes to make it make it appear realistic is a WET WIPES! Dab or pat your wet wipe onto the bruises. It will wipe off excess shadows and voila!
What do you think of this bruise? I know this post is really, really, extremely late for Halloween! LOL. But, it doesn’t have to be Halloween to try this cool “Bruise trick!” My sister actually thought that this bruise is real. She was so amazed with my so-called blending skill, ohh, if she only knew! The power of wet wipes! 

By the way, this post is actually a collaboration giveaway with my fellow bloggers Celline, Eya, Genzel and Yette. If you want to see their “HOW TO” post, just click the link of the topic/s below:

And of course, since Christmas is fast approaching, we have something special for you… a giveaway!!! YAY!!

There will be FIVE WINNERS. The first name to appear on rafflecopter will win the first prize, second will win the second prize and so on.

Now, on to the prizessss!!! The prices indicated are the actual prices at the shop, for your reference.

First prize
Total worth: Php 6,400++
AM to PM Set from Gorgeous CosmeticsPhp 5,000
Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Cream, Php 259
Loreal Eyeshadow duo from Keekay Ph, Php 125
Loreal Hip Lip product from Keekay Ph, Php 500
Maybelline Expert wear Eyeshadow from Keekay Ph, Php 100
Sling Bag from Sweet Nine Avenue, Php 399 
Accessories from Dolly Wink Philippines

Second prize
Total worth: Php 2,000++
Tote bag from Dolly Wink Philippines
Eyelashes and Mascara from Dolly Wink Philippines
Revlon Eyeshadows from Keekay Ph
Maybelline eyeshadow from Keekay PhPhp 100
Maybelline eyecolor pencil from Keekay PhPhp 110
Naturactor from Pretty Angel Shoppe, Php 500
Revlon colorburst lipstick from Keekay PhPhp 500
Maybelline Clear smooth BB CreamPhp 259
Sling Bag from Sweet Nine AvenuePhp 399
Accessories from Dolly Wink Philippines

Consolation prizes:
Prizes 1
Total worth: Php 1,300++
Clutch from Sweet Nine Avenue, Php 199 
Skincare set from The Queen's Essentials, around Php 300-Php 500
Lip scrub, Php 220,  Mineral Eyeshadow, Php 150, and Lip and cheek tint , Php220, from Ellana Cosmetics
Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Stick, Php259

Prizes 2
Total worth: Php 1,300++
Clutch from Sweet Nine Avenue, Php 199 
Skincare set from The Queen's Essentialsaround Php 300-Php 500
Lip scrub, Php 220,  Mineral Eyeshadow, Php 150, and Lip and cheek tint , Php220, from Ellana Cosmetics
Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Stick, Php259

Prizes 3
Total worth: Php 1,300++
Clutch from Sweet Nine Avenue, Php 199 
Skincare set from The Queen's Essentialsaround Php 300-Php 500
Lip scrub, Php 220,  Mineral Eyeshadow, Php 150, and Lip and cheek tint , Php220, from Ellana Cosmetics
Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Stick, Php259

We are very strict in checking the entries, so please, to avoid being disqualified, follow the instruction in the rafflecopter carefully.

Liking the pages and sharing this giveaway are mandatory
Re-posting this on your instagram and twitter account are optional

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Ever Bilena is probably one of the most famous local brands in the Philippines. Kapag sinabi mong “Local Brand”, Ever bilena agad yung pumapasok sa isip ko. Hehe!

The reason why I purchased Ever Bilena Blush Glow is because at first glance, it reminds me of my favorite Sophie Pink Cream -- which you know I absolutely love! I am a loyal user of Sophie for almost 4 years and still inlove with the affordability and longevity of that product.

Anyway, here are my thoughts on Ever Bilena Blush Glow


Like what I've said, this is very comparable to Sophie Magic Pink Cream. It has the same white consistency that turns into lovely yet natural-looking pink cheeks!
One thing that bothers me is when I blend the product on my skin. Parang nagtutubig. It’s kinda weird, I have never experienced that with Sophie Pink Cream.
It also takes time to dry up giving you enough time to blend the product
This blush dries up into nice finish and doesn’t feel oily or heavy on skin. 
It is a bit pigmented than Sophie Magic Cream. Naalala ko yung first time I used Ever Bilena, I squeezed the same amount of product na usually na ginagamit ko for Sophie, and my cheeks ended up soooo pink, para akong sinampal! So, if you are used to using Sophie martin pink cream, medyo mag-addjust ka lang ng onti sa paglalagay
The smell really bothers me! Unlike Sophie Cream which has a mild powdery scent, this one smells like a very strong strawberry. Jhessica even commented that this one smells like, “Nasunog na Strawberry!” I REALLY hate the smell. Bakit Ever Bilena, bakit! Okay na sana, e! LOL.

Good thing, it lasts the entire day on me! At least the quality was able to compensate for the smell.


I think I did not waste money. It’s actually a good buy. Between Sophie and Ever Bilena,I would still choose Sophie just because I like the smell better. But for the availability of the product, Ever Bilena is much accessible. 

-affordable at Php 80
-very long lasting
-a little goes a long way
-available in local beauty stores

-tricky to apply 
-hard to know how much product you'll need, as it takes time to turn pink
-prone to mistake, not blendable once it dried up.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


I was looking through my facebook newsfeed when I saw this unbelievable viral post about Miss Universe 1965 who hasn’t aged a day--- in 50 years! 
OMG! Can you believe it, she’s already 65. And she looks far younger than my mom! (Sorry, mom! Though I know you’re not reading my blog. Haha! Just kidding! Of course, you're still the most beautiful woman in the World for us!)

Every woman in the World wants to achieve that younger looking skin. I’m sure you’re reading this post for the same reason!  Although some people have been saying that I’m still too young to experience aging, it’s better to take care of my skin now than be sorry later.

I wasn’t born with naturally beautiful skin. This is why I’m obsessed in using skincare products to make my skin healthy. Because the healthier your skin, the younger it looks. 


According to Dr. Belo, “As we age, the production of collagen in our bodies naturally decline.  This is further affected by stress, daily wear and tear, sun exposure, and other negative factors.  From the age of 20 to 40, the collagen in our skin decreases by about 20%; from the age of 40 to 60, we lose another 40-50%.”
Collagen is the most dominant protein in our bodies. As a matter of fact, 30% of the protein found in our body is Collagen.  And more significantly, 70% of our skin is composed of Collagen. It provides strength and structure to different parts of the body, holding cells and tissues together in bones, tendons and ligaments.
So, how does collagen affect one’s skin?
Collagen is naturally produced by our bodies and inhibits formation of wrinkles by keeping the skin elastic and supple. Unfortunately, the rate at which we produce collagen in our body decreases as we age; and exposure to the sun, free radicals and stress destroy the integrity of the collagen fibers in our skin.  It has been noted that there is a 20% decrease in collagen from age 20 to 40; and a 40-50% decrease from age 40-60.
The best thing about this collagen is it is also enriched with Hyaluronic Acid which is a powerful antioxidant, and is perhaps best known for its ability to bond water to tissue. One of the most biologically relevant properties of hyaluronic acid is its ability to absorb water. Based on studies HA is able to absorb 1,000x its weight in water molecules. This unique ability has earned Hyaluronic Acid the title, Moisture Magnet. It is important to note that when skin is moisturized and hydrated, it exudes a youthful appearance.


You may take 1 to 2 sachets per day, with or without meal. I personally take this in the morning without meal. I read somewhere that the more efficient way to absorb nutrients is in the morning when your stomach is empty, but also helps repairing if taken at night. 

If you are taking 2 sachets per day, it is best to take 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening. Just empty contents of sachet and dilute in 200ml of hot or cold water.

I normally like drinking it all by itself, I just like adding water and voila! It smells and tastes like vanilla! 

There are times when I like drinking coffee instead of water in the morning. If that’s the case, I like mixing it with my coffee. My coffee is from Owl Coffee Philippines, and mixing this with that makes the taste even better! 
You can definitely mix this collagen powder with your juice or any beverage like:



and can be added to soup dishes!


My skin is more supple and healthier. Before taking this collagen, I noticed that whenever I scratch my skin, it will leave a white-streak -- for few seconds

But now, I tried scratching my skin and it doesn’t leave white streak anymore! I don’t know if that’s just me, but my skin feels more healthy, supple and moisturized. 


I really like it and I would definitely recommend it. Unfortunately, it’s a bit pricey. A box costs Php 1,592.50 and contains 14 sachets. So roughly, you are paying Php 114 for each sachet.  
I actually purchased another box of Belo Nutraceuticals Collagen Powder in Glamourbox, I got this for only Php 595 there! However, they only have limited stock. You can check out my unboxing post HERE

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Sunday, October 26, 2014


Hi my loves, here is another unboxing post! This box actually arrived earlier than my BDJ box (click HERE for unboxing post) but I had problem with Glamourbox so I decided not to post this one until the issue is settled. I’m glad that they did something about our complain.

This is my first time ever subscribing to Glamourbox. Among all the available boxes, I think this one offers the most expensive beauty box but that’s because most of their affiliate are high-end brands. 

Glamourbox is great for people who want to make the most out of their money. They do sell subscription box but the unique thing about this site is that you can purchase previous boxes -- if it’s still available. 

Surprises are nice and exciting for adventurous people who don’t mind spending money on something they may or may not use in the future. But as for some, they want to make sure that the items are worth buying. 

I like browsing at Glamourbox every now and then to check their previous boxes --- if the items in the box are worth ordering. Just then, I saw this amazing offer, “Special Edition Belo Nutraceuticals Glamourbox Beauty from Within.” When I found out what’s inside the box, I was soooo thrilled! If you have been following me on my page, you’ll know that Nuffnang sent me a box of Belo Collagen powder and I really loved it! It’s so pricey, though! I’m jobless kaya gusto ko yung pupuntahan ng money ko is something worth it talaga. Medyo tipid tipi lang drama ko. 

Upon seeing this special box, I knew I had to order it! Imagine, I will only have to pay Php 595 + Php80 shipping fee for Belo Collagen tapos may kasama pang Belo Glutathione! Bongga, db? Sulit na sulit!



Unlike my other subscription boxes, Glamourbox is well-packed in bubble wrap and plastic. They really made sure that the package will arrive safe and sound! Good job! 
I also like the idea of them using this kind of box. It’s more durable and reusable. I actually already re-used the box as storage for my giveaway prizes! Yay!


Full size: 14 sachets, Php 1,592.50
Inside the box: 14 sachets, Php 1,592.50  
You have to take it at least once a day. One box contains 14 sachets. I will do a more detailed review on this product soon. 

Full size:  60 capsules, Php 2,700
Inside the box: 1,350

Another product from Belo na naiintriga ako and finally, ma-ta-try ko na ‘to! Smpre, I will review it as soon as I’m done testing it! 
So dalawang products lang ang ineexpect ko, pero medyo kinilig ako when I saw that they added few more things in the package. 
Glamourbox is too kind to include a nice pouch. Gusto ko ‘tong gawing makeup pouch since I don’t bring too much makeup naman. And they also included a little memo pad with Belo signature. In fairness, makinis yung papel!


I am extremely satisfied on my purchase! Among all the subscription boxes I received for the entire 2014, this has got to be my favorite! 
For only Php 595, I was received two products from Belo Nutraceutical plus some freebies!

Thank you for the wonderful box, GlamourBox Team. 

What do you think of this box? Have you tried ordering from Glamourbox? Let me know your shopping experience. I can't wait to hear from you!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014


Hi my loves! It’s been a while, I know. I’m sure you all know my usual excuse, “Busy kasi sa school.” So feeling ko ako ang pinakabusy-ing tao na hindi makapagblog. LOL. By the way, this post will be not like my previous posts. Starting today, I want to make my reviews (for local products) and unboxing in Taglish. I noticed kasi recently that my blog doesn’t look too personal na. As if I’m no longer talking to you. Parang, it’s more commercial-type-thingy and I don’t want it to be that way. I hope this change is okay with you, let me know if you’re more comfortable in this set-up.
Anyway, this morning I finally received my BDJ Box for the month of October. I subscribed to 3 boxes, so my last subscription will be next month, November. I planned to subscribe for December, unfortunately, naubusan ako! Oo, nakakaloka! Well, hindi ko naman sila masisisi. Last month’s box was the BOMB! You can check out my unboxing HERE.


This month’s theme is “Skin Saver.” When BDJ Box posted this, I knew that majority of the products will be skincare! Pero usually naman, skincare products ang mga laman ng BDJ box. 
According to BDJ, “Youthful, glowing skin is something we all value, as it’s one of the first things other people notice. Whether it’s your face, hands or the rest of your body, you’d want for it to be supple and firm as long as possible.”

When I received this box, I was really surprised that I received two boxes. I thought I won on their random-promo where only a certain number of subscribers will receive a special item, ‘cause you know BDJ always does that! But this time, all subscribers will receive two boxes! Yay! Mas okay sakin yung ganun, afterall, we all paid the same amount for the box naman, right?

I’m going to unbox first the “special box.” 

Dial Coconut Water Body Wash
Full size: 473 ml, Php 200
Inside the box: 473 ml, Php 200
Dial Coconut Water Soap
Full size: 113g, Php 140 
Inside the box: 113g, Php 140
The special box is from the brand called “DIAL” I’ve seen this brand before pero for some reason, I never thought of buying anything from this brand. I’m excited to try this out, new things excite me!

Now, let’s unbox the other box.
Full size: 50 ml, Php 795
Inside the box: 7 pcs of 1ml sample, Php 111
Yves Rocher Blemish Gel Cream is formulated with Baikal Powder which claims to absorb excess sebum and minimize pores. It also hydrates skin for 24 hours. Wow, promising! I have high expectation for this product because it’s from Yves Rocher. 


My Choice Spa Salt
Full Size: 500g, Php 100
Inside the box: 500g, Php 100 + 30 g sample size
I love scrubbing my body, I just wish I can scrub it every single day pero it’s not good to use scrub for every day. This one, I already used this morning. Oo, agad agad! LOL. It’s surprisingly very different from my previous scrubs. Para ‘tong salt (kaya nga Spa Salt, Eloisa). Kaya you might find it a bit harsh if you scrub it directly on your skin. What I did, I poured a generous amount of this Spa salt and mix it with my body gel wash. 
Immediately after scrubbing and rinsing your skin, ma-fifeel mo agad yung smoothness and softness ng skin mo. Love it!

My Choice Hand and Body Lotion
Full Size: 90ml, Php 70
Inside the box: 100 ml, Php 70 plus 12ml sample size
(which is weird, since according to the product list, full size contains 90 ml of product but for this price-sake, I will just assume that 90 and 100 ml have the same price)
According to My Choice, this lotion contains natural ingredients as well as collagen to nourish skin and protect your skin from harmful free radical.


Loreal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Serum
Full Size: 30 ml, Php 1500
Inside the box: 5 ml, Php 250
(No picture, nawala ko ito during the pictorial. LOL. Glad I found it na!)
I’m an Olay woman, but I like to try other moisturizer every once in a while. This product looks so promising, unfortunately, BDJ only included 5 ml sample. According to the description, this serum reduces fine lines and refines skin texture in just 4 weeks! 

Loreal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Day Cream
Full Size: 30 ml, Php 1500
Inside the box: 5 ml, Php 250
This cream smoothen pores and 3% concentrated pro-xylane for replumped skin. I’m excited to try these two products. I cannot go out of the house without using any moisturizer! 

Full size: 1.9oz, Php 795
Inside the box: 1.9oz, Php 795
Dito palang, bawi na agad yung Php 580! I noticed from my previous subscriptions na BDJ tries to include at least one makeup in every box, which  is really nice kasi although I know how important it is to take care of your skin, makeup really excites me! And this month’s makeup is from one of the best drugstores brand I know… Revlon! 

Strip Ice Cream
Full size: 50ml, Php 1750
Inside the box: not indicated
Malin, Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub
Full size: 220ml, Php 1650
Inside the box: 5 ml, Php 38
Malin, Goetz Ingrown Hair Cream
Full size: 15ml, Php 1750
Inside the box: 1.2 ml, 140
Basically, these are sample sizes to help your newly waxed/plucked/removed hair relieve pain, prevent ingrown hair and treat and repair skin. 

Full size: 7ml, 7 vial, Php 470
Inside the box: ml, 7 vial, Php 470

"Wow"- my first reaction when I saw this product and the price. That's quite pricey. Although I'm a DOVE girl, I don't think I will purchase this kind of product without testing it out first in sample sizes. This is why I love subscribing to BDJ Box, kasi I get to try out products I will never think of purchasing myself. By the way, I absolutely love Dove Hair vitamins I received from last box. I hope I will love this product as much as I love the vitamins one! <3 span="">


Overall, I received 5 full size items: Dial Coconut Water Body wash, My Choice Spa Salt and Lotion,  Dove Hairfall rescue and Revlon colorstay, 1 trial pack of Dial coconut water soap, sample sizes of Yves Rocher Gel Cream, Lorea Youth duo and Strip RPT kit, with additional My Choice Spa Salt and lotion trial sizes. 

The total worth of the products inside the box is around Php 2,600, roughly 4x the amount of the actual price of the box.

Although I received more than what I paid for, I still think that last month’s box was really, really great compared to this month. But anyway, I’m still glad that there are no-repeat products from the same brand and I can see myself using every item in this box. Wala akong itatapon or ipapamigay, which is why I think this box is sulit. 

What do you think of this month’s box? Are you happy with the content? What’s your fave item? Let me know! 

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