October 27, 2010

Beauty Review: Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Body Scrub

I first saw Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Body Scrub on an advertorial page of Cosmo mag and got intrigued. Though I never really paid attention that much until I saw raves on it from blogs to beauty forums! So Watsons is the only way to go. :)

I went there and found two racks completely carrying this body scrub and thought... it must be really that good! I read the description since I am not really familiar with the title "Lulur." Everything went better when I turned the tub and saw the price, very light on the budget! And there it goes on my shopping basket.

Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Body Scrub
135 g PhP 80

What is it?
Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Body Scrub is a beauty treatment inspired by a most luxurious Javanese ritual called Lulur. The ritual was originally intended for the bride-to-be in order to beautify, smoothen, and whiten her skin before her wedding day. Lulur originated from the royal palaces of Java, Indonesia and products inspired by this traditional treatment are still used by Indonesian women today.

The benefits of Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Body Scrub:
  • It gently exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells to soften the skin and give it a radiant glow.
  • Frequent usage reduces skin pigmentation and evens out skin tone by getting rid of dark patches, especially in areas prone to darkening such as the elbows, knees, armpits, and the area between the thighs.
  • It contains Vitamin E and Green Tea extract, powerful antioxidants that protect your skin from free radicals to keep it healthy and young-looking.
  • It also contains Squalene and Olive Oil that help maintain moisture on your skin.

How I use it?
I apply it directly onto dry skin, a handful for the whole right arm. I once used it on a damp or wet skin and the result isn't as good as when it is dry. Then I rinse it off with lots of water.

What I love about it?
  • The beads are very gentle so it doesn't leave any red marks after.
  • Effectively scrubs away dead skin cells because you can feel your skin feels softer and smoother.
  • The floral scent lingers even after you step out of the shower. You can sniff your arms and it smells like Sampaguita.
  • I can testify that it can whiten you gradually.
  • A bit moisturizing but I still apply lotion afterwards.
  • Leaves you feeling cleaner.
  • The smallest tub can have up to 4 uses for a whole body scrub.
  • Hypo-allergenic and dermatologist-tested.
  • Very affordable!

What I hate about it?
  • The scent could probably irritate other people because it could be strong for them.
  • It's exclusively available in Watsons.
  • But nevertheless, none for me!

Additional Tips
  • For hygienic purposes, please use a spatula (that's what I do) to scoop out the right amount you need.
  • The directions says use it daily but as with most scrubs overdoing it can irritate your skin. I use it twice a week concentrating to where I really need exfoliation like elbows and knees.
  • If you are after the whitening effect, please be patient! I used this for two months already and the effect is gradually and not dramatically. It may take longer for people with darker tone.
  • You can treat someone for a hand scrub without hurting your wallet! That's what I am doing with my Mom when we have free time. Instant Mom-and-daughter bonding time. :)

This a great product since it can scrub my dead skin cells effectively. Besides the price is not bad at all. I will definitely repurchase this, probably the bigger tub.

Have you tried it too? What can you say?
If you can also suggest other brands please let me know. I am in a hunt for good scrubs right now. 'Til next post! :D

October 24, 2010

Starbucks and CBTL Treats!

CBTL's Halloween Treat

Just yell (really?) "Trick or Pomegranatreat!" from 7PM - 9PM on October 27 and a Regular Sized Pomegranate Frozen Swirl is waiting for you! Take note that one Swirl per person only.

Promo is available in Greenbelt, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center, Midtown, Four Seasons, Rockwell, Eastwood, Greenhills Promenade, Bonifacio High Street. Now adults can do trick or treat too! :)

CBTL Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/coffeebeanphilippines

Starbucks Facebook Fan Page Celebration

We have now reached more than 400,000 likes on our page! As a way for us to say thank you, we're treating you all to something yummy! Treat a friend to a Crème Brulee Macchiato (hot or iced) and we'll treat you to a second Crème Brulee Macchiato. All you need to do is say this line to our barista "I am a Starbucks Philippines Facebook Fan". This treat will run from Oct. 26 - 28, 2010. (Note: Crème Brulee Frappuccino™ Blended Coffee is not included in this offer)

I've tried this twice both Frappe and Iced and I find it very sweet, very caramelly. I still like the regular Caramel Macchiato. But Starbucks rarely do this kind of promo (at least that's what I remember) so grab the chance and bring your best bud from October 26 to 28!

Another update from the Green Siren...

Try our new breakfast sandwiches to go with your coffee. Or if you're really really hungry, why not try all 3! Hungarian Sausage, Egg and Cheese on Whole Wheat Ciabatta, Spanish Chorizo, Egg and Cheese on French Croissant, Tomato Mozzarella and Basil on Whole Wheat Foccacia.
Among the three, I've only seen and tried TMB from the branch I frequently go to and it costs PhP 105. This used to be on a Bagel. It's simple but filling. Try and pair it with hot coffee or maybe when you avail their Creme Brulee promo!

Starbucks Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/StarbucksPhilippines

Yes, we are in for some yummy treats next week. Do let me know when you grab one!

Today is BDJ 2011 Fair and I might go. So see you guys there! It's my Kuya H's birthday too and I wish him the very best on his special day! God bless. :)

Have a happy Sunday everyone!

October 23, 2010

Krispy Skremes - Spooky Treats from Krispy Kreme

I asked Mr. J to buy Original Glazed for me but look what he got for me too... Krispy Skremes! It's this year's Halloween treat from Krispy Kreme. ;)

The SpiderWeb
The Crazy Pumpkin
The Skull with strawberry filling inside (my favorite)
The Halloween Sprinkles

It's the same as last year, just The Alien won't be part of it. Awww :( Each doughnut is worth PhP 42 and if you get it by the dozen it will cost you PhP 365. But since we have another dozen of Original Glazed our bill went to PhP 590. Yeah, we're KK addict!

Halloween isn't scary if it got to be this. Best to go with coffee then maybe watch a real scary flick.This limited offer is until October 31, 2010 only so grab some for you and the whole family!

October 18, 2010

Another Watsons Haul


I went to Watsons yesterday to refill my stash. Nothing much to purchase because I still have new things to try at home.

1. Marionnaud N 35 Eyeshadow Brush PhP 69.75
Made of synthetic fibers - angled to contour, accent and shape. It's also soft like the Marionnaud Blusher Brush. I haven't used it yet so I can't comment if it's that good. I heard good feedbacks nonetheless.

2. L'oreal Paris TR5 Deep Repairing Mask 15 mL PhP 19
1 Minute Mask - Deep repairing for strong and healthy hair. You know how much I love L'oreal TR5 (review here) but I don't have their mask yet. I bought just sachet to try and the price quite surprised me. Cheapo!

3. L'oreal Paris TR5 Shampoo 80 mL PhP 54
I'm running low on my fave shampoo and this is the only one left from this variant so I need to get it! This is their smallest size which is perfect for travelers and those who are on budget.

Btw, sachets for shampoo and conditioner will be available soon at PhP 4.50!

4. Nichido Multiple Stick in South Beach PhP 94
I got it at 50% off. Creamy peachy-pink with gold shimmer blush. Goes well with my skin tone but doesn't stay long. For its price, I guess it's worth it.

5. Fashion 21 Eyeliner in Black PhP 85
I'm planning to use this for making the eyes look chinita. Not for me but for my sister who will be Ms. Korea on her school's UN week. Is this a good one? Or do you have other recommendations? The other end is a smudge tool.

Further reviews on each soon. Happy Monday everyone. Let us all have that positive energy!

October 15, 2010

McDo Twister Fries is Back!!!


I didn't see it on their Menu board yesterday but I stumbled upon this advertisement on Yahoo today. So is it really back? I know it's not healthy but who can resist curly fries? Haha. Better hurry! :)

UPDATE 10/16/10:

Well, it's true! Get twisted again!

October 8, 2010

The White Hat is Offering a Taste of Dolce Italia


A Taste of Dolce Italia!

Join the feast as we celebrate the Italian Festival this October! Try the new Italian Hat. A blend of Fresh Kiwi, Strawberries in syrup, White Chocolate Chips & a Biscotto.

Visit the nearest White Hat now and taste this divine dessert for only P125 for a regular cup and P155 for a large cup.

Offer is good from October 1-31, 2010 only.

Metro Manila Outlets:
• Alabang Town Center
• Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street
• Gateway Mall
• Glorietta 3
• Greenbelt 5
• Greenhills Wilson Street
• Landmark TriNoma
• Robinson’s Place Ermita
• Robinson’s Galleria
• Rustan’s Makati
• Shangri-La Mall
• SM Fairview – Annex 2
• SM Mall of Asia
• SM Marikina
• SM North Edsa – Annex Bldg.
• Tomas Morato
• TriNoma
Provincial Outlets:
• Gaisano Mall, Davao City
• Marquee Mall
• SM Baguio
• SM Cebu
• SM Sta. Rosa

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheWhiteHatItalianYogurt
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TWHYogurt

Haven't tried this hat particularly, I'll just leave you with this.

October 7, 2010

Saying Goodbye and Goodluck to Michele1218 of Youtube

Most of you would probably know Michele1218 of Youtube. She is a makeup Guru who is so wonderful and genuine. She's been up for two years now but sadly she's bidding Youtube goodbye. Yeah, it is really sad to know that she'll stop doing videos and teach or inform us of all these things. But I guess she had done it right. Whenever you feel you aren't happy with what you're doing, then stop. I am also noticing of what's going on now on makeup community on Youtube.

Here's her bitter-sweet goodbye to all of us.

To Michele:

So this is gonna be sad without you but thanks for what you had done. You taught us so many things. Doing videos and sharing your life means so much to me and everyone. Thanks for being so genuine and honest. Good thing you're still leaving your channel up. Goodluck to the new chapter in your life... and see ya later! Bye!

October 6, 2010

Pantene Mystery Shampoo Sample Pack

Just a quick post....

So I received this from the mail yesterday. Wasn't a mystery anymore since it came after it was revealed. I guess two months ago. I love the smell of this, it really stays the whole day. And I got their Hair Fall line, which is my favorite! Anyway, I find Sunsilk's promo before was packaged better. Notice Pantene is just wrap in a plastic... well compared to this. Not a big deal though. Thanks Pantene!

Am I the only one who got this late? Let me know if you got yours too ;)

And oh I would like to greet our second mothers out there a Happy World Teacher's Day! Yesterday my li'l sister's school had a treat for their teachers. I'm so proud of her because she dance not just one but on three presentations! Her third was the great finale doing a ballroom dance. But their Baby (aaargh.. Justin Bieber) number was grade schoolers fave! Haha. Our teachers deserves to be treated! You're working hard for us to learn not just skills but true values. Thank you very much!

'Til then... have a good day!

October 3, 2010

Not So Good Peri Peri Charcoal Grill Experience

Peri Peri Charcoal Chicken
Peri Peri Charcoal Chicken is a fast casual style restaurant that specializes in the world famous Peri Peri Chicken. It is uniquely delicious as we use a closely-guarded old Portuguese recipe , famous for its Peri Peri flavour.

Peri Peri is the name given to the “African bird's eye chili” which was discovered by Portuguese explorers in Africa. It is this fiery little spice which gives flavour and fire to our chicken that makes it so peri-licious.

Our chicken is cooked over charcoal wood burning grill and is trimmed of excess fat before basting in our peri marinades , so it is healthy too. You have option to heighten hotness and flavour – choose from lemon & garlic, mild, hot bastings.

When J and I had our first Peri Peri, we instantly get hooked on it and wanted our family to savour the experience too. So on my pre-birthday celebration last month we go out with J's brother, A, and with no hesitations entered their SM North Edsa Annex branch. Their 49ers Promo also attracted us where you'll get to have unlimited soup and drinks for every chicken meal order. That's dirt cheap. You are free to choose at the counter and serve yourself. There's a wide variety of drink options like soda, red and lemon iced tea and coffee. But of course when it is that cheap there is a drawback. Your only choice for soup is their watery Mushroom soup and not any of their specialty.

On our table...

Everyday Platter C PhP 195
1/4 Lemon & Garlic chicken, 2 pcs. Wild Wings, Corn & Carrots, Steamed rice and Gravy

For the two boys

Everyday Platter D PhP 195
1/4 Lemon & Garlic chicken, 2 pcs. Croquettes, Corn & Carrots, Steamed rice and Gravy

My order. Their Sour & Cream dip is good! 

Mushroom soup Part of PhP 49 promo

I get all the mushroom on their pot. Hihi. This is just Knorr mushroom soup diluted in lots of water!

Drinks Part of PhP 49 promo

Their red iced tea (no picture, sorry) is a winner for the two but I find it too sweet so I ended with Sprite.

Condiments provided for every table

As you can tell their price is very affordable at least 200 per head. Ambience is good too with all the wood and Portuguese-inspired walls. There's also a flat-screen TV where Shrek and Transformers 2 were constantly played with no audio.

And here comes the bad side of what I thought to be a wonderful experience...

I love spicy dishes so it's a no-brainer for me to choose what basting I want for my chicken. I asked the server for Hot and he told me that they run out of it. Unfortunately, we can only have Lemon & Garlic. I settled for it and just asked the server if they can add anything to make it a little bit spicier. He surprised me and my companions as he answered back "Eh, wala nga po di'ba" ("We don't have it, right?"). I wanted to shout back to him right then but I don't want to break our mood that time so I just smirked at what he did. Boo ^_-

After less than five minutes, our orders came. We were happy that our food were served really fast but in the back of our minds we're thinking, are these done right? Our suspections came true when the chickens were half-cooked! I immediately returned it to their manager and they politely asked to replace our meal. Then as you could guess, they cooked it again to the point of a burnt chicken.

From that day, we swear to never go back there again!!!

Peri Peri Grill House
Ground Floor, Annex Building
SM City North EDSA, EDSA

October 1, 2010

L'oreal Total Repair 5 Night Essence Review

Hi everyone! I AM BACK! I miss blogging and I got a bunch of products to review so wish me luck. Let me start with hair care. If there's one thing I am really obsessed about, you guess... it's hair care products. I love it more than skin care, makeup and even with bags or shoes. Most of my money are spent on it. Me bad ;) But I guess for a gal like me who is not born with soft and straight locks I must really take care of my hair to make it more, err presentable. Thank goodness that my hair is taken care by L'oreal for a year now and I'm very loyal.

Total Repair 5 is L'oreal's Elseve newest line though I think they already had it before. Same key ingredient, just renamed and repackaged. I got its whole line except for deep treatment (I still have my L'oreal Re-Nutrition mask). I find this funny because I'll first talk about the night essence before the shampoo and conditioner. Will do a post on it too, tihee! Enough with the blah blah...

Total Repair 5: 5 Problems, 1 Solution

L'oreal Paris Total Repair 5 combats the 5 signs of damaged hair:
Breakable, Dry, Dull, Coarse, Hair Split-Ends

The 1st total reparation of the 5 signs of damaged hair with Cement-Ceramide, L'oreal's exclusive active ingredient, that works similarly to natural hair cement, Ceramide. It keeps hair strong and healthy by filling in cracks for strengthened and resilient hair and sealing hair scales for replenished moisture and ultra-smooth and ultra-shiny hair surface. Split-ends are prevented.

Proven Results: Day after day, combat the 5 signs of damaged hair with 1 solution to become 1. Stronger 2. Nourished 3. Shinier 4. Smoother 5. Less Split Ends. Feel your hair repaired without heaviness overnight from the 5 signs of hair damage the next morning!

I didn't get the change I want the first morning but the no heaviness feel is true. It doesn't even leave any residue on my pillow. After a month of using it, my hair feels softer and manageable. It behaves properly! Though it still lacks on some shine and a little more help with the split-ends.

One pump is enough for my long hair

Retails at PhP 355 for a 150 ml bottle, it will definitely last with me for a long time making it a good investment. You're supposed to apply 1-2 pumps while you sleep. I use it mostly on daytime to towel-dried hair. It makes my hair styling easier. The smell is nice, very feminine. Non-greasy and has a creamy consistency that melts easily when rubbed between palms.

You see the pump has a big opening which may be a con to others. I'm cool with it. Just gives enough with every pump to coat my long hair. One thing I am afraid is product build-up. So what I do is use it twice a week then rest my hair. If not, my hair will weigh down easily. Who likes that, right?

All in all, the product is great. I'll definitely add it to my faves from L'oreal. What's best is the change is noticeable. Mom and J compliments my hair always. So it gets my 100% approval!

Available at Watsons, Landmark and other leading supermarkets and drugstores.

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