Thanks to this long weekend, I now feel recharged.
Kung Hei Fat Choi!
My to-do list today involved filming a DIY tutorial but unfortunately, I didn't find the stuff I need for the video. Bummer.
So let me just share with you guys my not-so recent facial treatment experience at Skin Station, SM Megamall branch.
Since my GC was expiring, I thought of using it back in November for a skin pampering session. I went there for a facial treatment and to max out my voucher, I also bought two of their Dermax skincare products. I showed those in my haul video but in case you missed that, click this link.
I've used a couple of their products already and so far my favorites are the Retinol-C cream and their sunscreens.
The place really looked like a skin clinic. It's just bright, spacious and clean.
The staff were so nice to me and they graciously answered my queries when I was deciding which treatment and products to get.
However, I would appreciate if they've checked my skin condition first, you know like a "skin consultation" but that's not a biggie because at least they asked me about my skin type.
So I picked the treatment with Vitamin C something something. Haha! Sorry I can't exactly remember. I'll make sure to edit this part once their website is up. The links are not working as of the moment.
While waiting for your turn, you can check out the testers in the display table. They pretty much have everything from cleansers to serum and of course, they also have Nano White, their skin and underarm whitening line.
They have a lot, don't they?
They know that privacy is important so customers get their own individual rooms.
So here's the process (pretty much):
1) Facial cleansing
2) Facial scrub
4) Pricking part - as usual, it hurt especially on the chin area
6) Hyal-C serum (Oh! I think this is the name of the facial treatment!)
7) Rinsing using wet cotton pads
I absolutely loved the serum! The staff actually recommended it because she noticed that I have a blackhead-prone nose.
Since it's Vitamin C-based product, it claims to help brighten the skin, whiten dark spots and my favorite - tighten the pores.
The serum dried out after a few minutes (I dunno if you can tell by looking at the photo) so it felt tight and I also noticed some cooling sensation.
After rinsing it off, my skin felt incredibly smooth and supple. It almost looked poreless. Gaaah!!! #goals
The overall treatment was fine and I guess not too different compared to the ones I've tried before.
However, what makes it unique is the serum because other treatments come with a clay masks but for this, it's like they're doing an extensive skincare routine.
I wasn't so surprised and too worried about the marks. They faded after a couple of days. I also got one pimple on the forehead but no, it's not the serum's fault. It didn't break me out and it didn't cause irritations.
If you've watched my two previous hauls, you probably know that I went a little crazy on brow stuff. I am now using 4 products (not all at the same time of course), one of which is a brow tint and rest are pencils/crayons.
Okay. I admit that it's not because I need them. I just thought that hey, no one shall regret stocking up makeup if it's on sale! Am I right, ladies?! Haha!
So yes, I've been trying all of them and actually, I have already filmed my brow routine video (still need time to edit) using these two that I'm gonna talk about today.
For those who don't know this Japanese cosmetic brand yet, I suggest you go drop by their Landmark booth on your next shopping day. If you're a fan of Asian makeup and skincare, you might find something you'd love there.
They have a variety of brow products in the display. There's a pen type, powder type and also, a handful of crayons and pencils. I didn't want to do another round of booth-hopping so I also got the guy below aside from the brow mascara.
It's the smallest and shortest in the bunch. I also had another choice that comes with a spoolie, but it's more expensive so I just picked this, thinking that I could immediately ran out of it and try out a new one.
This is still pricey though for its size. I got it for 390 php and that's equivalent to two brow pencils already.
I chose shade 01 or charcoal brown. The 4 remaining shades are:
(02) Natural Brown
(03) Light Brown
(04) Olive Brown
(05) Honey Brown
What I love about it
You will never go overboard with this brow pencil. It doesn't give too much color (maybe at least for the shade I use) so it's easy to work with as I fill in my brows.
It glides smoothly and it helps create fine lines and more precise shaping.
Even though there are tons of brow products now at the drugstore, it's still hard to find a great brow tint. My choices back then were Maybelline's, but the spoolie's shape threw me off, Nichido's, but I saw tiny glitters, or at least in the shade that I wanted and Etude House's, but I think it's very similar with the one by The Face Shop which I've already tried before.
Good thing, I spotted this tube and the moment I tried it, I felt that I had to take it home. I said to myself, "eto na".
I got the shade Cocoa Brown (03).They also have a Maroon Brown (01) and Honey Brown (02).
This retails locally at 490 php.
What I love about it
It's indeed a brow tint. This guy makes my brow hair look lighter and fuller with or without prior application of crayon, pencil or powder.
For bad-brow days or when I did a not-so nice job at filling in my brows, I make sure to use this and it instantly makes everything seem neat and properly done.
used on top of brow pencil
The way I did my brows here is just my I'm-so-late-I-need-to-do-this-fast version so please don't mind if they're uneven. Haha!
Anyway, I must also say that it's definitely long-lasting. I've tried sleeping with it on and it didn't rub off completely. The brow pencil lasts a good amount of time too.
There's no glitter whatsoever which I really appreciate and it's a bit liquidy which I find very similar with pen-type formulas.
It also doesn't make the brow hairs too stiff but it still puts everything in place. No stray hair allowed!
I don't often use it alone because I'm not used to that yet so it looks very uneven here.
I've been using this since October and it hasn't dried out yet. Cool!
To be honest, I really think you can find cheaper alternatives for the brow pencil but as for the brow tint, I'd recommend it without a doubt.
My brows look not so much like sisters here because I used pencil then tint for the right and tint then pencil for the left.
And yes, I went to office with those brows. Hopefully, no one noticed. :)
Uploading December haul video on the last day of this month because I've been a busy (and stressed) bee. Working so hard for honey (or money).
Anyway, I've also decided to skip the next one because I want to do a different video for February and also, I haven't purchased anything new so nothing to share.
So go and click that play button.
Daiso Container (88 php)
I initially planned to use this as a storage for my lip products but most of them didn't fit.
L'Oreal Paris Mat Magique BB Veil Poreless Matte Pressed Powder in Golden Amber (240 from 300 php)
Loving this so far!
QuickFX Eyelift Cream (50 php)
My 3rd QuickFX sachet!
Catrice Longlasting Eye Pencil in Pearly Bird (150 from 229 php)
This one's quite impressive. I need to check if they have a black color.
Crest 3D White Luxe Toothpaste (8 usd)
Dang. I've finally found a whitening toothpaste that actually works!
Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips (30++ usd)
Magical strips! I can't wait to do a review!
Clean & Clear Oil Control Film (100++ php)
This is one of the things I always have in my bag. #OilySkinStruggles
Etude House Precious Mineral Blooming Fit BB Cream (848 php for 2)
I hope they do the BOGO thing more often. :)
Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil (free)
I got a free sample but I lost my cushion puff. Huhu!
168 Mall Bag (200 php)
Dove Body Wash With Coconut Milk and Jasmine Petals (179 php)
NYX HD Concealer in Beige (360 php)
Since Light Pale was not my concealer shade, I thought of buying another one.
VNM Naturals Happy Pores - Skin Clearing Cucumber +Guava Leaf Toner and Soothing Rosewater +Aloe Toner (700 php for 3)
I gave the Witch Hazel one to my cousin as an exhange gift. This is a very nice deal - 700 php for 3 bottles!
Terranova Bear Socks (65 php not 75)
Too cute not to buy!
Terranova Dreamer Hoodie (100++ php)
Because "dreamer". Haha!
So, that's it!
Thanks for watching!
What do you think?
your sweetest drug,
This one's going to be short but ain't sweet.
Remember the story I told you in my October haul video about this deceiving eyeliner? Well, let me continue that.
So yes, I joined a dance competition last year. It's an annual thing in our company (work-life balance yaaay!) and 2015's theme was Hunger Games. We wanted to look fierce and all that so for makeup, we went for black lips and smokey eyes.
Here's a photo.
When I saw this product at NYX store in SM Department Store, I thought it would be a great eye lid base and also I was like "hey, this can double up as a black lipstick". So I immediately grabbed it.
I swatched it of course and I got instantly impressed by the color payoff.
270 php (330 php original price)
When I tried it on my eyes, it seemed okay. But right after I blended it with a synthetic brush, the color faded.
I gave it another shot but I skipped the blending part. I topped it off with a powder eyeshadow and it looked better.
In the photos below, I used a sparkly cream eye shadow.
As you can see, it's very easy to remove. The texture is nice and it gives off a beautiful black color but since it goes everywhere, it's hard to work with this eye crayon.
To blend the edges, I lightly and very carefully did circular motions using a dense brush.
It also feels a bit tacky on the lids.
Then, it only took a couple of blinks for me to get this mess.
I remember using a primer before but with same results. What more if my eyes become watery? #timetobeaPANDAthen
I don't know about you but this is the type of eye product I would avoid. It would be a real hassle to clean up the mess once you're out of the house. More so, redo your makeup.
As a normal eyeliner, again it's fine but expect the same mess.
As a lipstick, it could work but it's not long-lasting.
Even though that Black Bean is a disappointment, I'm not saying that I hate all NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils. I still want to try the other lighter colors especially Yogurt because Jenn Im uses that a lot. :)
Burp Guide is back! It's been forever since the last one.
Anyway, I've tried a few new restaurants recently including this one but I just didn't feel like doing a post about them. I thought that uploading some food photos via Instagram would do but I guess bringing this series back to life is a better idea.
So, here you go.
For those who are looking for a unique, fun kind of dining experience and if you love Japanese food, you should try Genki Sushi the next time you drop by BGC.
It's located at BGC Stopover, a new go-to place for foodies and for those who work mid or late night shifts.
When Kris and I heard about Genki, we were so eager to check it out because first, we're both huge fans of sushi, especially the salmon ones. Second, the price point is okay and third, the way they serve their food is so cool!
It's not a typical sushi bar where there's like a conveyor belt. It's modernized and made more awesome. #aliw
The booths which can accommodate 4-6 people max are lined up and for each row, there's a railway kind of mechanism.
Each booth has a tablet installed and you use that to place your order and as menu as well (yea, it's automated like that).
Your bill's running total is also viewable from their app. How convenient!
No need to call the staff except when you need water or extra sauce or wasabi. The utensils are also already available on the table.
So you basically just have to sit, order, wait and eat.
There's a hot water faucet a the side of the table and that's for the matcha tea. Perfect.
Be careful though coz it's really hot!
The cheapest ones in the menu cost 60 php but there are only 9 choices while the 80 php category has a variety of options. The most expensive items are priced at 250 php.
They also serve donburi meals or rice toppings.
We ordered a few because it was around 4 in the afternoon when we ate there and we didn't want to have an early dinner.
Our favorite pick is Genki salmon roll (bottom-left, I think that's the name). Next to that is the Spicy Salmon (upper-left).
The katsudon we ordered was nice too!
We could really tell that the ingredients used were fresh but overall, it's comparable to the ones being mass-produced and served in buffets around the metro - for at least the ones we tasted.
Maybe the other fancier variants are better?
But I'm not saying that these were not delicious. They're yummy and for the price, you'd really appreciate them.
You would not complain about their sizes either.
Here's our bill for 4 plates and 1 bowl.
I also prepared a video for you guys.
So that's it!
It's nice to know that there's a place for a "quick sushi fix". Haha!
On a normal day, I can't say that this would be our best bet but generally speaking, it's still worth a try.