Wednesday, June 28, 2017

HBC Body Recipe Calamansi Lightening Powder Review

I was scouring the aisles of HBC for a product that would lighten the fuzz on my arms (yes I am slightly  balbon) but I cannot find anything for this there. So I just decided to buy Body Recipe Calamansi Lightening Powder.

A long time ago, I have tried the other brand of whitening powder (this came way ahead of Body Recipe) which was Etta's bleaching powder.

A box is sealed with shrink wrap all around. It contains 2 sachets of 60g powder and a bottle of solution. Just one 60g powder pack was sufficient for my entire body (I only applied on the front limbs though) so I saved the other one for next time. I did not use it on the face by the way.

 HBC Body Recipe Calamansi Lightening Powder Review

Price: Php 142.

Made in the Philippines.

Ingredients: Calcium carbonate, citrus microcarpa, niacinamide, hydrogen peroxide, among others-

 HBC Body Recipe Calamansi Lightening Powder ingredients, price,


-Lightens (a bit!) at a cheap price.

-Did not make my skin peel.


-Stings a little the longer it is on.

-Messy: I had to sweep the powder that fell.

-Inconvenient: Too much work.

-Tiring: I got tired trying to mix the powder and the liquid! It took so long until they finally combined. The technique is to stir in a circular (think clockwise) movement. Little rounds. Like how an electric batter mixer works.

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-For the liquid (hydrogen peroxide) to be in a transparent bottle so we can know if we used half. 1 part is to 1 part, how am I supposed to know I am not using more than the exact amount of the liquid. Pa'no if 1/3 na lang pala natira for the other 60g powder, then it will not be equal anymore. Or maybe two bottles that will correspond to the two sachets.


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It seemed lighter in person.


Hmm... Sorry but this beauty blogger doesn't feel like buying it again or recommending it. Ma-effort masyado. I would rather stick to my whitening soaps! Kahit nga whitening  lotion often I feel lazy to apply because they tend to feel sticky, hot, and no time to apply nagmamadali to go out, basta, but that is another topic.

Thanks for reading my review of HBC Body Recipe Calamansi Lightening Powder! :)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Elken El Marino Blanc Review!

Hello po! Frens who are into whitening, here is a review for you- MRT El Marino Blanc food supplement powder mix by Elken. I have finished a box before, a few months ago. But it is only now on my second box did I decide to write about my experience.

I got it in Elken Philippines' event.

Elken El Marino Blanc Review


Elken El Marino Blanc- A Toast to Luminous, Fairer Skin.Working with scientists and dermatologists, we've formulated a unique collagen drink that works to give you long-term protection with brightening and anti-ageing advantage that keeps your skin firm and luminous.

Exclusive formulation provides protection in 4 ways- fairer skin, firmer skin, radiant and glowing skin, smoother skin texture. The key skin ageing factors originate from WITHIN our skin and immune system! Stop the damage to stop ageing. Our body needs total protection from harmful sun rays for effective skin whitening.

El Marino Blanc has ADS VIQUA (Pomegranate Active) for firmer skin and reduced lines and wrinkles, Collactive (hydrolyzed collagen and elastin peptides) for more radiant skin and ROC (Red Orange Extract) to lighten dark spots.

Red Orange Complex (ROC®)

Extracted from the juices and peels of Sicilian Blood Orange, ROC® is clinically tested to protect skin cells from harmful sun rays. ROC®'s protective properties work to inhibit tyrosinase activity within our skin which causes melanin production, keeping our skin fair and bright even under the sun.

VIQUA® Active via ADS® Nano Delivery System

Our award-winning VIQUA® Pomegranate Active protects your skin by inhibiting enzymes which break down the collagen and elastin structures and reviving the activity of skin cells and production of youth proteins.
Containing over 40 times the antioxidant properties found in pomegranate juice, VIQUA® Active is encapsulated in the patented Advanced Delivery System (ADS®) for effective delivery to our skin cells.


The special blend of hydrolyzed marine collagen at 94% and elastin peptides at 6% is the same ratio as our skin dermis, which ensures its affinity to the skin.

A Holistic Approach To Beautiful Skin

The basis of beautiful skin begins from within and is accompanied by a strong protection against external factors. El Marino Blanc provides a holistic approach to fairer and younger skin via:
3 Unique Technologies
4 Ways of Protection
5 Targeted Actions


mrt el marino blanc ingredients

Made in: Malaysia.

How much: Steep price, not sure if Php 1860 or Php 2550! Please contact your local Elken distributor!

Contents: 7.5 g x 15 sachets each box.

Taste: Tangy (mixed berries flavor).

Color: Reddish, then there are white grains at the bottom that don't fully dissolve.


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No makeup, no filter, no retouch edit except the text. Picture taken in the morning but during different hours. Left is 1st day, right is 15th day. I drink it every AM.

I was about on my 5th sachet when I went to the province for 3 days. It was so hot and I was going out even on mid day. I feel my skin getting slightly burned. But I continued using El Marino Blanc. I think this is what helped me so I did not get darker. And, a friend of mine whom I have not seen for a couple of weeks commented that I now looked whiter!

So it not only lightens skin, I feel that it also firms, softens the look of my fine lines, and prevents blemishes too. Basta nakaka younger looking. All in all, I like Elken El Marino Blanc! Thanks for reading! :)

Burt's Bees VS Chap Ice Beeswax Lip Balm!

Hello po! Frens, I remember a few years ago during a cold December month, I had terrible chapping on my lips. To remedy this, I tried so many kinds of lip balms - from those commercialized mainstream ones to organic newbies, but nothing seemed to work.

I really wondered what caused this since my lips were normally supple and not dry before. Over time, my lips improved but the edge around it was still peeling and raw. I got scared that it might darken leaving me looking like I had black lipliner on.

Burt's Bees beeswax lip balm review

Thankfully, I came across Burt's Bees beeswax lip balm. It healed my sore, dry lips! Sure it was more expensive than other brands, but it was worth it. I was hiyang to it. My aunt, not so much, she said that she was like sensitive to it. As for me, I loved it!

I use lip balms every night before going to bed to keep my lips pinkish and prevent them from drying out.

Then I encountered another beeswax balm, Oralabs Chap Ice beeswax lip balm and decided to buy it too!

Let's have a comparison between these 2 lip balms, Burt's Bees VS OraLabs Chap Ice!!!

Manufactured in USA for both.

Price wise: Chap Ice, at about Php 70 (comes in a pack of 2's so bale 35 each) wins, as compared to Burt's Bees tag at around Php 225. Both are 4.25 grams.

Efficacy: Chap Ice also moisturized my lips and kept it supple. However, I was not able to put it in a REAL test the way I had experienced with Burt's Bees.

Feel, scent, and color: Both are okay on the lips, not sticky, but Burt's Bees smells more minty. Burt's Bees is more translucent while Chap Ice is whiter.

Ingredients: There are similar ingredients but they are not exactly the same formulation.

100% Natural: Yes for Burt's Bees. Chap Ice has BHT.

Oralabs Chap Ice Beeswax Lip Balm!

So who emerges the winner?
For me, considering their respective qualities, I would choose Burt's Bees! Thanks for reading! :)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tricks on How to Maximize Points with PERA SWIPE

Hello po! So dear frens, if you have been curious enough to join the latest rewards app, PERA SWIPE (learn more from my introductory article), here are more tips on how to use and maximize the app!

PERA SWIPE app rewards PERA PALS with mobile gift certificates, prizes, points, bonuses and mobile load!

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So I have been using it and having fun. The lock screen shows ads/articles, then you just swipe and get points. Points are convertible to rewards.

How to use PERA SWIPE:

First install the app ha -! You also need to have Internet- Wi-Fi or data connection- for PERA SWIPE to work. Then swipe to your heart's delight! Swiping right just allows you to unlock your phone, while swiping left brings you to a landing page; either website or social media page.

Earn points in THREE ways:

1. By swiping left or right.
- Get +1 point from every swipe.
- Get +3 points for up to 4 times every hour.
- Get more points from lock screen events and app installs.
- Swipe and scroll up and down on your PERA SWIPE lock screen 100 times a day and
get 100 swipe incentive points the next day.
- Earn up to 200+ points every day by just swiping!

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2. Join events and contests conducted by PERA SWIPE.
- Follow PERA SWIPE’s events and announcements in the app or on their Facebook page
( to join contests and win exciting prizes from Gift Certificates to
Smartphones and even flight tickets!

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3. Invite friends to install PERA SWIPE.
- Earn 500 points from referring friends. The more friends you invite that download the app, the more points you can receive. Upon signing up, use my referral ID pisceanrat so you will have an exclusive 500 points gift!

So those are the three things you must keep in mind when using PERA SWIPE.

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PERA SWIPE is family friendly and Pinoy oriented.

Extra Tips:

-Use the app and invite every day diligently, put effort as much as you can.
-Follow them on social media so you know their events ahead and be able to participate (like promos, the contests run for a limited time).
-Have fun and enjoy the app!

Now who would have thought the simple lock screen could be utilized to gain such rewards! Tara na mag swiping, para more earning! Thanks for reading, PERA PALS! :)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Double Review: TonyMoly Pokemon Facial Wash and Floria Peeling Gel

Hello po! Frens, this facial wash and peeling gel are what I am currently using and love. Here is Pokemon x TonyMoly Isanghessi Pore Foam Cleanser and TonyMoly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel review.

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Both are Made in Korea.

How much?

TonyMoly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel Price: No idea 'coz it was a gift from my brotha. He bought a lot of TonyMoly makeup from the TonyMoly boutique as presents for Christmas! However, on the tube it says not for sale.

TonyMoly Pokemon Bulbasaur Pore Foam Cleanser Price: Php 380 for 150 ml bought from

Ingredients: These are written in Korean so I cannot understand. But I know the actives:

TonyMoly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel : Rich lotus flower ferment.

TonyMoly Pokemon Bulbasaur Pore Foam Cleanser: Albumen and portulaca extract.

Pokemon x TonyMoly Isanghessi Pore Foam Cleanser review

Pokemon x TonyMoly Isanghessi Pore Foam Cleanser

Scent: Pleasant green tea, refreshing. I think this smells similar with another facial foam I used before.
Color: white
Produces rich lather. But what I do, I squeeze the product then directly massage to face. I don't make it bubble on my palms first. I use it morning and night.

What I like:
Even though I can still see dirt on toner soaked cotton ball after using it, I feel that it really deep cleanses pores. Why? When I look at my oily problematic nose area after leaving this cleanser on for a minute, it seems that the skin got softer and some of the blackheads are coming out, like I can easily remove them! I also love the packaging- ultra cute Pokemon Bulbasaur. It was actually the reason why I bought it, hahaha! It also kept my skin color fair and prevented pimples.

TonyMoly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel

Scent: Subtle, a bit sour.
Color: clear, pearlescent.
The consistency is like a runny gel. I use it once a week.

What I like:
Even if my face and hands are wet, it can still remove the dead skin cells (you know those white things that look like eraser shavings or libag, hehehe). I use it once a week. I think exfoliants like these are better than physical scrubs that cause little tears on sensitive skin.

What I did not like:
The instruction was quite confusing. It read, "When washing your face, work into a lather." Lather??? It doesn't even bubble up.

TonyMoly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel
Left: Floria gel, Right: Pokemon cleanser

Verdict of this beauty blogger:
Do I recommend Pokemon x TonyMoly Isanghessi Pore Foam Cleanser and TonyMoly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel? Yes!!! Gotta catch em all! Lol :)

PERA SWIPE: Earn Rewards Just by Using Your Lock Screen!

Hello po! Can I have a show of hands who here are addicted to games? Haha! I would imagine a lot of you frens! Even little kids love to play in their mobile phone / tablet. Then for ladies, filter or beauty apps are quite popular, right? We spend a lot of time with them, but the thing is, does it enable you to earn money?

Here is something that I would encourage you to download STAT! Pera Swipe by Mobino Inc.

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So what's Pera Swipe?

For starters, PERA SWIPE is a lock screen rewards app created by Mobino Inc. It displays various promotions and interesting articles offering different points on users’ lock screens. It can be downloaded by Android users via Google Play store. Its grand opening was June 1, 2017.

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Since its soft launch (open beta) on April 16, PERA SWIPE has already been reaching out to a
wider audience, it is rising fast with over 100,000 users (kaya wag ka na magpa iwan sa ere, lol).

PERA SWIPE aims to bring added value to content and promotions by rewarding PERA PALS with points that can be redeemed for prepaid mobile load, mobile gift certificates, bonus points, and other prizes (more exciting pakulo are lined up for the future)!

 *** 100 Points is equal to Php 1 ***

When a user earns enough points, he/she can upgrade his/her character and get more benefits. PERA SWIPE cutesy characters are Peragon, Perabbit (Rabby), Perasus, Peraffe, Peragle! Mukha po silang Pokemon!

When a user earns enough points, he/she can upgrade his/her character and get more benefits. PERA SWIPE cutesy characters are Peragon, Perabbit (Rabby), Perasus, Peraffe, Peragle

FREE LOAD, bes!!!!!!!

Sino ba naman sa 'ting mga naka prepaid ang hindi nangangailangan ng load di ba? Earn FREE load just by using PERA SWIPE!

Postpaid subscribers will also find the app useful even if they don't need to get load (since they are billed every month) because load prizes can be sent to others as a gift or save up points for Sodexo Mobile Passes instead!

PERA SWIPE load redemption supports Globe, Smart and Sun networks.
(Note: SUN Cellular is temporary unavailable as they are upgrading their real-time load API.)

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For more details, please check out: and

Download Pera Swipe now at Google Play Store
But wait, there's more! Use my referral code upon sign up: pisceanrat and instantly win 500 points!

Learn tips on how to use it HERE.

Thanks for reading and remember, maximize your lock screen now and have fun while earning with PERA SWIPE! :)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Time for you to start online shopping with ShopBack!

Hello po! The first time I found out about online shopping was about 9 years ago. It was during Multiply’s hey days, and I remember buying some beauty stuff. Now, buying thru the Internet is becoming the more popular way to purchase!

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Online Shopping 

You can shop online for various items- home, accessories, appliances, gadgets, health supplements, cosmetics, clothes, food, book hotels, and a lot more. E-commerce is booming since it now minimizes risks, offers guarantees, different payment options, and advanced security at sites so you can be sure your bank details are safe.

Online Shopping is ideal especially for busy people and it affords a lot of benefits:
It is convenient, you can browse a wide variety of products that displays complete details (product information / reviews) and pictures, freely look without salesperson guarding you, easily canvass or compare prices, shop 24/7, and saves time, effort and money vs going to the malls.

But with online shopping, your hard earned money is just going out, Huhuhu! Good thing, I have been invited to try out recently. It makes online shopping so much more rewarding!

Here is how ShopBack works:

Merchants reward ShopBack with a commission for referring you to shop on their site. ShopBack then splits this commission with you in the form of cashback. It means shopping gets cheaper for you! Love online shopping promos? Get the latest discount codes, vouchers and coupons with ShopBack!

Cashback is literally “get cash back”. A portion of your purchase returns to you when you buy via ShopBack from any of their 300+ merchants. It translates to extra, unlimited savings!

It’s so easy! Go to any store in ShopBack site, CLICK Activate cashback to get redirected to their store > SHOP as usual and make a purchase > EARN cash in your ShopBack account > PAYOUT Redeemable cashback directly to your bank account.


Lookie, our favourite stores are all aboard:

Love online shopping promos? Well, did you know, on top of enjoying cashback, you can double up on your savings by using promo codes and by shopping during a sale? All these info can be easily found on ShopBack. So this means even cheaper things like cosmetics or clothes when you combine cashback with a Sephora sale or from other stores like Zalora or Althea. Not limiting oneself to any categories, there are also eBay coupons for your purchases or even travel deals from online travel agencies like Expedia, or check out an extensive list of merchants.

For more details, please check out this vid:

Join ShopBack now, an exclusive Php 200 gift for you my fren, click BONUS HERE.

It’s about time you get back moolah every time you shop online. Shop smarter and save more with ShopBack now! Thanks for reading! :)