Monday, September 29, 2014

An Introduction to Browhaus and Strip Ministry of Waxing

Hello dearies,

You might be interested to know more about Browhaus and Strip. Enjoy reading!

About Browhaus

Browhaus is your one-stop brow and lash grooming salon, built for the image- conscious urbanite who demands not just function, but function and style. That’s why Browhaus has specialists in style and fashion contributing their knowledge towards the perfect arch. Our philosophy on how the hair on your face is groomed is all about definition and style. Combining the two gives anyone the confidence to flaunt it because they have it.

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The Brow Architects
The Idea Behind The Tweeze

Inspired by Bauhaus, the German architecture movement, Browhaus believes that there is a functionality behind every style. It is this idea that created Browhaus, your one-stop urban grooming pitstop for every look-conscious individual. Offering brow and lash grooming services, Browhaus designs your perfect brow and accentuates your lashes for your best face forward.

Browhaus Blueprint System - Brow Architecture

The Browhaus Blueprint System is a precise system designed to create the perfect brow. Employing grid technology (Grids are Good), we structure a brow creation of perfect form and symmetry.
Every face is a unique terrain with differing bone and muscle definition. With the Blueprint System, any face shape - whether round, oval, heart-shaped or square - is taken into consideration. Your eye shape, how it is set and unique concerns such as a prominent nose, chin or lip are all factored into the equation. The natural effects of aging, slackening skin and the loss of facial muscle tone are rebalanced.

Locations:  Singapore-New York-London-Kuala Lumpur-Shanghai-Jakarta-Manila

BRANCHES IN MANILA : 2F Serendra Bonifacio High St. Bonifacio Global City Taguig  Store Hours:  Sun-Thurs: 11AM to 9PM  Fri-Sat: 11AM to 10PM T: +632 9010597 M: +63 917 5771352
4F Greenbelt 5 Phase 2 Legaspi Street, Ayala Center Makati  Store Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11AM to 9PM  Fri-Sat: 11AM to 10PM T: + 632 5013998
Browhaus Lucky Chinatown Fs 417& 418 Lucky Chinatown, Reina Regente St. cor Dela Reina St., Binondo, Manila 0917-871-1748 254-2716 Operating Hours :  Sunday to Saturday 10am to 10pm
Browhaus Abreeza - Davao 3W, 3rd floor, Abreeza Corporate center, J P Laurel, Bajada, Davao city 0917-8712033 082-327-0038 Operating Hours :  Sunday to Saturday 10am to 9pm
Browhaus Mega Fashion Hall Unit 501-505 Building D  Mega Fashion Hall SM Megamall EDSA cor Julio Vargas St. Mandaluyon City 0917 8477929 Operating Hours :  Sunday to Saturday 10am to 10pm

About Strip

Strip: Ministry Of Waxing, the first international concept waxing boutique since 2002, has thriving outlets in London, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.  

Company Overview 

The Ministry of Waxing  

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The STRIP Story  

It all started over a conversation with a couple of friends from the West who thought it was hilarious that Asian women had fanny follicles that were totally unkempt and just like fur muffs. What shock! What horror! How could anyone think that!  

Action needed to be taken to defend our Asian Panache! The Strip Team took immediate action and started doing loads of research on the art of Brazilian Waxing and off the team went taking a transatlantic trip to New York City, the Mecca of Brazilian waxing! Although as stunned as we were with the acrobats that were involved in cleaning up the follicular action down under, we figured the local gals would surely benefit from an expertly done Brazilian. Modifying the fantastic dynamics of the perfect Brazilian to suit all of Asiana meant using lower acrobatics but with super duper high efficacy...and the Strip Brazilian was BORN!  

Strip comes packing with our HSQ mantra: HYGIENE, SPEED and QUALITY. Simply put, there is absolutely no double dipping, each Stripette receives their personal hygiene wax pack, we use the best of the best waxes and our Striperellas Strap on (their latex gloves) and Strip Off (the wax) in 15 minutes flat!  

Strip being the cheeky, edgy haven it is, kicked off IPL for your Brazilian too and has produced the best post wax care in the business like our Bromelaine- laced Xed Out Cream and Ice Cream, a cooling cream to put out any hot spots! Our research team at Strip headquarters in Singapore endlessly scours the globe to evolve the best in waxing treatments and always with visionary style!  
With lots to offer in our goody bag of thrills, spills and deals, Strip continues its  mission to carry out the best waxing and hair removal anyone has ever experienced!   

Locations:  Singapore-New York-Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta-Shanghai-Beijing-Hong Kong- London-Manila  

2F Serendra Bonifacio High St. Bonifacio Global City Taguig  Sun-Thurs: 11AM to 9PM  Fri-Sat: 11AM to 10PM T: +632 9010892 M: +63 9178472112  E:  
4F Greenbelt 5 Phase 2 Legaspi Street, Ayala Center Makati  Store Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11AM to 9PM  Fri-Sat: 11AM to 10PM T: +632 5013997 E:  
Browhaus Mega Fashion Hall Unit 501-505 Building D  Mega Fashion Hall SM Megamall EDSA cor Julia Vargas St. Mandaluyon City 0917 8477929 Operating Hours :  Sunday to Saturday 10am to 10pm   

Information taken from Harem Inc Press Release

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Happy Second Anniversary in the Philippines, BYS!

It's the second year of BYS Cosmetics here in the Philippines and they invited bloggers in their celebration!
This happened last September 17, 2014, 5:00 PM in Pina 1 & 2, Terraz, 3/F Zuellig Building, Makati City.

BYS or Be Yourself was launched in Melbourne, Australia in 2004.

I love that there was a makeover using BYS products on 2 models- for dark skin, natural makeup was demonstrated, and for the fair skin, bridal makeup. Picked up some makeup techniques and usage tips.

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L-R: iFace Philippines Founder Mr. Tony Chua, model Nikita, BYS Founder Mr. Ed Aitken and model Hye)

The guests naturally gravitated towards the make up traincase, excitedly trying on and swatching BYS products. The table was almost never vacant with people! :)

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We were able to chat with the Founder and Managing Director of BYS, Mr. Ed Aitken who flew in from Australia.

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We learned more about the brand, they introduced some of their new and up and coming products, and what's in store this quarter (includes brow kits, yey!).

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I am (and many FB friends too), particularly interested with this Nude 2 palette! This and the contour trio Mr. Aitken is holding are pre-production samples only. We have to wait, hehe :)

Here are some reasons to LOVE BYS:
  • Pocket friendly
  • Sealed for your safety
  • Easily available in most department stores
  • Number 1 or most in range
  • Passed EU standards- Highest safety standards
  • According to their officer, of their two years (now with 120 counters!) here in the Philippines, they have not received a single complaint (meaning so far, no adverse skin reaction)
  • Not tested on animals
  • No fake BYS in the market
  • You may find some items similar to high end brands but they promise that their version is better or improved
  • Always in keeping with trends
  • Has a wide array that accommodates light to dark, young to mature clientele
  • Highly pigmented!

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Swatched on Coral Me In trio blush. Yep, very pigmented!

I found out that their best selling product is the creme foundation. Just a little application goes a long way and hides blemishes while being long lasting. It's also the beauty secret of some women.

Happy 2nd anniversary and thank you, BYS!

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L-R:  Berry Marfori (BYS PR- epMarfori), Cha, Elaine (BYS Chief MUA), Angie Goyena (BYS General Manager), Cheryl, yours truly, and Rattus.

Here are some of their new products. I have included how much it costs so you will know on your next trip to the mall!

BYS Lip Colour Stick in Thistle Do (priced at Php 349), HD Microfinish Powder (Php 899), Foundation Primer Luminizing (Php 1099), Liquid Illuminator Elixir (Php 649), Angled Tip Liquid Eyeliner pen (Php 499).

BYS Lip Colour Stick in Thistle Do (priced at Php 349), HD Microfinish Powder (Php 899), Foundation Powder Luminizing (Php 1099), Liquid Illuminator Elixir (Php 699), Angled Tip Liquid Eyeliner pen (Php 499).

For more related news, check out:

Notes from Mr. Ed Aitken, BYS founder

Press Release from BYS

BYS is a fun, fashionable and exciting brand that is making an impact in the global market by introducing a constant stream of innovative products. In the past 12 months, BYS focused on face products such as foundation primers, a new matte foundation, crème foundation (which is a bestseller in the Philippines), and the new HD (high definition) powders.

Currently, BYS has shifted its focus on brows with new brow pencils, an auto brow, and a game-changing brow kit which will be in Philippine stores next month.

One of the biggest strengths of the brand is its ability to develop new products and take them to market at an affordable price. We regularly visit the US and Europe to scout for new trends. We also keep in close touch with our network of worldwide distributors so we can tailor specific products for specific markets.

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We’ve realized that speed to market is essential. Our overseas buying team works very closely with the factories in coming out with products and getting them to BYS stores quickly. We want to further reduce this lead time so we recently re-organized our company based in Melbourne.

Before embarking on the cosmetics industry, we had many years of experience in fashion accessories, which constantly change through the fashion seasons. In that industry, we succeeded in developing the most fashionable offer possible at a more affordable price.

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We adopted the same philosophy when we ventured into the cosmetic industry. BYS has proven that it is possible to produce innovative cosmetics without exorbitant price tags. Our affordable leading edge products have created a loyal base of followers and brand devotees. We hope to continue increasing our market share by remaining true to this vision.

BYS is now in over 30 countries – with the whole of Europe under contract. Australia remains our biggest market but we have effectively penetrated Asia with Thailand and the Philippines leading the way. Both these markets have taken over Japan. In Europe, France and Switzerland are proving to be good growth markets. We recently made our first deliveries to Germany.

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We appeal to women in the 15 to 40 year old segment. We have over 1,000 products within the BYS range. For the eyes alone, we have over 100 products in 12 categories. We have regular black and brown pencils and also neon ones. We are also big on nails with over 400 shades and still counting. At the same time, we have a mineral makeup line that has no dyes and preservatives.

BYS satisfies every type of woman with items that don’t just follow current trends but also help create them."

BYS is available in 120 Watson’s + SM stores throughout the country.

Check out BYS on Instagram!

Makeup Must-Haves You Can Afford

Press Release from BYS

Australian cosmetics brand BYS now has the largest range of products and colors in the market today, according to Angie Goyena, general manager of iFace Philippines, the brand’s local distributor. iFace introduced BYS to the Philippines less than three years ago but has already been cited by Watson’s, where it is distributed, as a promising brand.

Goyena explains that BYS works closely with emerging fashion trends to come up with new products and variants. New and advanced items are regularly introduced to keep the brand fresh, vibrant, current. Best of all, these new products are purposively retailed at only at a fraction of the cost of better-known brands, she says.

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Among the new products recently rolled out to BYS’ 120 outlets throughout the Philippines in SM and Watson’s stores were foundation primers and other variants. Foundation Primer preps the skin for makeup. By providing extra moisture and protection, it allows makeup to glide on easily to the skin and also makes blending a cinch. It comes in variants that tackle skin concerns: Hydrating for dry skin, Brightening that works against dull skin, Color Correction to even out skin tone, and the Luminizing primer that gives a natural glow.

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Liquid Illuminator Strobe is a similar product that produces a pearlized, dewy effect on the skin. A light application results in a luminous and healthy glow. “It’s sheer and lightweight on the skin and can be used to highlight cheeks and brow bones,” according to Goyena.

Lip Tar is another cosmetic innovation now taking the market by storm. It can be used sparingly as a tint or full-on to provide maximum coverage. “Although it has a matte finish, it never cracks. It looks best on a bare face so the attention gets focused on the lips,” says Goyena. It is a hot trend this Spring 2014.
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BYS is now currently available in 120 SM and Watson’s outlets in Metro Manila and in all key cities of the country. It’s easy to find and affordable. “Now, makeup must-haves are within reach,” according to Goyena.

You may Like BYS on Facebook to know more

Friday, September 19, 2014

Olay Soaps

Smooth, moisturized, young looking skin tells a lot about a person. I suppose good skin makes one seem younger, or that a person is well-off. It can also mean that a person is maalaga or takes extra good care of himself/herself.

Because sometimes I skip lotion, I like that these Olay soaps promise to be moisturizing and give younger looking skin.

olay Total Effects, Age Defying, blue purifying care

In my opinion, of these 3, the Total Effects and Age Defying are tied as VERY moisturizing while the blue purifying care is NOT really as moisturizing as those two. The first 2 leaves a sort of white mess on the soap dish as they can melt easily.

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How much is the 90 grams Olay? Well, I bought the Age Defying bar for Php 43.50 (or Php 49) while the blue purifying care costs the same.  Note that price varies depending on the store.
I got the Intense Moisture (Php 48.15 or Php 54) for FREE when I visited their skin analysis booth at a mall.

It was written in their poster that the soap sample will be given away after their demo but it was finished and the girl didn't give me anything, she just abruptly talked to their next customer.
I went away but returned because I thought, well I should claim what I earned since they made me sign in their "claimed" list anyway and so the free soap was given to me.

These are the ingredients:

olay soap ingredients, price

By the way, I stocked a few bars of these and Camay as they were on promo, buy 1 take 1. :)

Scorpion- Mind Boggling National Threats Solved by a Band of Brilliant Misfits!

What I like to watch on cable TV are mystery/detective programs with crime scenes, horror and sometimes sitcoms and reality shows.

Scorpion is the kind of drama I'd love to watch as it is very interesting and fast paced and yet the characters are very relatable. Hello, geek here writing!

It has great production values and it doesn't insult the intellect! Rather, it challenges one to think- if one can- on a genius level. It also doesn't hurt that there's romance brewing among the leads early on. Comic relief and heart warming touches make it a complete package.


It starts when a group of soldiers landed on a farm house in Ireland and they are surprised to find that what they are looking for is a child- a whiz kid at that.

Scorpion was inspired by a true story. It is an exhilarating adrenaline rush following an eccentric genius and his  group of nerdy prodigies (so down on luck, at one point, one of them is being chased down by a car and thugs). Their team operates as a think tank formed by Homeland Security to solve the most dire and mind-blowing threats.

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</scorpion> cast:

Genius with a wounded past Walter O'Brien (Elyes Gabel),
Waitress with a gifted son Paige Dineen (a blonde Katharine McPhee whom I did not recognize because I am familiar when she was a brunette on AI),
Expert behaviorist who can read anyone Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas, yes, of American Pie),
Mechanical prodigy Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong),
Statistics guru Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham) and
Federal agent who shares a harrowing history with Walter, Cabe Gallo (who doesn't know Robert Patrick?!).

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Thank you for the puzzles. Very fitting indeed!

The exclusive screening happened September 17, 2014, 7:00 PM at the Power Plant Cinema 5 Rockwell Center, Makati.

Scorpion,  Xpress from the US (airs within 24 hours of US broadcast) premieres Septermber 23, 2014, and every Tuesdays,  9:00 PM on RTL CBS Entertainment HD First and Exclusive.

RTL CBS is available on SKYcable channel 53 SD and 196 HD
Destiny channel 53
Cablelink channel 224
and other provincial operators nationwide.

You may Like RTL CBS on
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cute Princess Loves Pixy Makeup!

Few months ago, I joined the Facebook contest of Pixy Philippines. I am deeply regretful that I wasn't able to subscribe to the BDJ Box that featured a load of Pixy products. Had I known what that month's box contained, I would have bought a box, PRONTO!

So when I participated in the Pixy contest (also in their sister brand's contest, Heroine Make), I really wished to win the promo and whaddaya know, my lucky stars heard me because I am among their chosen winners. Thank you!

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This is the prize they sent to me: UV Whitening Two Way Cake Perfect Matte in True Beige, Lipsticks in Lasting Matte and Silky Fit (Semi Matte and Satin), UV Whitening Powder Coverlast in Honey, Blush On in Passion Roses and Eye liner (brown).

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Pixy Cosmetics is from Mandom Japan and are made in Indonesia, except the eye liner, made in Czech Republic. Their packaging is so pink and pretty yet the price is affordable!!!

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The scent of the lipstick is so sweet! L-R: Rosy Pink, Misaki, Peach Delicacy.

Can't wait to try them all :))))))

Pixy PH FB Page Truly Asian Beauty!

Himalaya Herbals Anti Acne Set Review

I was having some minor breakouts last month when I saw that the Himalaya Herbals set was on sale (70% off in Watsons). Of course, I immediately bought 1 and even shared this bargain find in my Facebook.

The regular price was Php 299 but it was down to just Php 105.

These are Ayurvedic products made in India and claim to contain 100% herbal actives.

Himalaya Herbals review

I have used the acne-n-pimple cream years ago and I was very satisfied with its efficacy. After some time, I did not see much of their line in stores, but now, they are very active again.

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Purifying Neem Foaming Face Wash, 50 ml

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I didn't like the neem wash because my skin didn't feel thoroughly clean. Yes, it's mild and doesn't sting but I don't like its dispensing type (when I pump the top, foam comes out). I prefer the gel type or if I myself will lather it to make it bubble. When it was near empty, I opened the bottle. The product is liquid- like water- so that when I pour it onto my hands there is a tendency of spilling.

What I like about it is that it keeps my skin feeling oil free longer.

Purifying Neem Scrub, 75 ml

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This also has apricot seeds like other scrubs. The grainy stuff allows for physical exfoliation of the skin. I think it's same fragrance with the neem wash. If you are looking for a whitening wash, try their brightening cleanser. Click here for review.

Acne-n-Pimple Cream (Silk Cotton Tree and Five-leaved Chaste Tree), 30 g

himalaya herbals Acne-n-Pimple Cream

IN LOVE and impressed with the acne & pimple cream. Unlike other anti-acne medications that work by exfoliating the top layer even of healthy skin, this one HEALS the pimples! My face did not look scaly or peeling, and if you massage well, it will disappear leaving a matte finish. Estimate 3 days for pimple to clear (depending on the type of acne).

Experience: After 2 weeks of using this system, I still had a couple of zits appear so I added astringent (another brand) to my regimen. And it had prevented new pimples! I write this review now after a month of using the system and the neem wash bottle is now empty!

Will I buy Himalaya Herbals again?
Yes, I will buy again and highly recommend to people with troubled skin the acne and pimple cream. But I might not purchase the cleanser and scrub again and just check out their other variants.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ricky Reyes Magic Lashes for a False Eyelash Effect!

It was, I suppose, last year, when I saw the poster of Ricky Reyes Magic Lashes Mascara in his Gandang Ricky Reyes beauty salon. I think what was claimed in the advertisement was that it helps the eyelashes to grow lusher and gives a  false eyelash effect.

Of course I wanted that so I asked how much is the price, and if I remember correctly, it was around Php 2,000.  I didn't have enough cash then so I just thought of returning later.

Then it was May of this year when I got invited to his event with Ms. Earth Philippines. Click here to learn his beauty tips. They were very generous to give the attendees the Ricky Reyes Abracadabra Instant Eye Lashes Magic Lashes mascara among many other things!

Ricky Reyes Abracadabra Instant Eye Lashes Magic Lashes mascara
Top: Mascara, Middle: White Fiber (these dry fibers are very light, it's like weightless), Bottom: Black Fiber, Right: Revival Drops

How to use:
1. Wet lashes with the mascara
2. Apply white fiber at the tips of the lashes to lengthen lashes
3. Wet lashes again with mascara
4. Use black fiber to volumize lashes
5. Seal it all off with the mascara
Repeat if you desire

TADA!!! You have crazy longer, thicker lashes! Haha! My lashes could touch my eyeglass lens when I have this mascara with fibers on!

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Needs to be careful when using. Because it can really amp up the lashes, you might smudge your eyelids or under-eye.
There is a technique in applying that you will learn as you use it. Otherwise, just use a lash comb to separate the fibers that may have clumped that looks like split ends.
I use just the mascara (1 step) and not the fibers when I am in a hurry.

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My lashes are a bit long but they are thin

The Ricky Reyes Mascara system has a shrink wrap and is thoroughly sealed for your protection.
It also comes with the revival- dispense a few drops inside the tube in case the mascara dries up.
It has nourishing ingredients like panthenol and hydrolyzed collagen. It lessens falling lashes so I think it really strengthens them.

Even though it really makes my lashes fat, I did not feel any eye irritation.

For improvement:
I hope the country where it is manufactured and also the complete ingredients list is shown.

If, for whatever reason, you do not like to use false eyelashes or lash extensions, then Ricky Reyes Abracadabra Instant Eye Lashes  is the answer. (He said that lash extensions are not good for eye lash health and may damage lashes over time).

Out of all the mascaras I have tried, only Ricky Reyes Magic Lashes was able to give me a REAL false eyelash effect (Isipin mo ba naman kung ilang layers 'yun). :)

Body Recipe Guava Feminine Wash

Hello!!! This is my review of a product by HBC, Body Recipe Guava Feminine Wash.

When I saw this product in my sister's house, I wanted to buy one immediately. The reason is because it has the anti-bacterial guava (bayabas) extract. Here in the Philippines, it is widely used by women after childbirth or by boys after circumcision to help in healing wounds (panglanggas).

Regular price is Php 80 but I bought it during their sale for just Php 70 for 150 ml. So affordable!
Made in the Philippines.
This liquid  is amber-colored and has a nice fragrance (guava?)

Check out the list of ingredients:

body recipe guava feminine wash

I like that this intimate care product has no parabens (linked to cancer) and also the fact that it has no strong cooling ingredient. I personally do not prefer those with cooling ingredients as some may be too much- thus painful- for the sensitive area.

Overall, I would recommend this Natural Body Recipe Guava Feminine Wash to keep women protected and fresh. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

See you at the BDJ Box Beauty Social: Camp Gorgeous on September 14!

I am so looking forward and counting down the days to the BDJ Box Beauty Social at the Skydome in SM North EDSA on September 14, 2014! Yes! SM North is near my house!
If you don't know yet, BDJ Box is a beauty product discovery subscription service for women. Brought to you by the makers of the Belle de Jour Power Planner, BDJ Box aims to help every Filipina unbox her own beauty. For just P580 a month, subscribers receive a mass-customized box with at least 5-6 of the best beauty products delivered to their doorstep. Most of the time, the value is triple of what you paid for. Amazing!

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I’m so excited to try each and every activity booth at the Beauty Social!
Their complete list of brand partners include Yves Rocher, Too Cool for School, Revlon, Max Factor, L’Oreal Paris, Covergirl, Benefit Cosmetics, Real Techniques and Ecotools Brushes, Heroine Make, PAC Cosmetics, Piandre, and Glam Glow.

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The BDJ Box Beauty Social is open to everyone but only pre-registered girls will be allowed to participate in the talks. Slots will be given on a first come first served basis.

To pre-register for any of the talks, simply email  the following:
Subject: BDJ Box Beauty Social Registration
Mobile Number:
Your answer to the question: “What’s the one beauty move you’d like to learn?”
Top 3 choices for talks
For more details, check their Facebook Page:
To get your very own BDJ Box, visit their website:

See you at the BDJ Box Beauty Social Camp Gorgeous!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kinder Zoo- Petting and more is allowed!

If you have a fantasy dancing like Britney in the VMA or scaring off people like our local Galema (Anak ni Zuma) well you can hold that albino python even for posterity's sake. Just visit Kinder Zoo!

Kinder Zoo Adventure Jungle is a privately-owned interactive Zoological Facility and Theme Park inside the Manila Zoo compound, along M. Adriatico Street corner Pres. Quirino Avenue, Manila.

Kinder Zoo Adventure Jungle is a privately-owned interactive Zoological Facility and Theme Park inside the Manila Zoo compound, along M. Adriatico Street corner Pres. Quirino Avenue, Manila, Philippines. Here, you can interact with magnificent creatures!

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I also found out that the booth with exotic animals on display (where one can take a souvenir shot with) that I saw in  Picnic Grove Tagaytay is also by Kinder Zoo Adventure Jungle.

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It was a very fun and informative afternoon as we learned many things about animals.

They introduced the Zoo's newest Ambassador, the Voice Master of the Philippines, Mr. Pocholo Gonzales.

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(L-R: Voice of the Youth DJ Ada, Mr. Gonzales, DJ Andrew- on DZME 1530 Radio Uno; Ms. Grace Nicolas-Bondad, Kinder Zoo Marketing Manager; and Ms. Neneng Lobrico, Kinder Zoo Operations Manager.)

They also highlighted two of their famous residents:

50 year old Sulcata Tortoise "Mr. T".  If you like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then you'll love the tortoise! They are their live counterparts, so to speak!

The Sulcata tortoise (African spurred tortoise) can live up to a hundred years, grow to over 1 meter in length and weigh over 40 kilos.

My uncle had a turtle before and it tries to bite me when I point my finger near it. But not the Sulcata tortoise. They are not shy and actually looks forward to being with humans! Try to feed them  (they eat grass, plants or cactus). Kinder Zoo had been successful in breeding these wonderful animals!

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The baby tortoise and Mr. T

Kinder Zoo also takes pride in conserving 7 Hyancinth Macaw (Hyacinthine Macaw).  They are considered an endangered species only numbering approximately 4000 in the wild.

Sometime this year, when they have paired up, they will not be on display anymore. They will be put in a new breeding facility. Kinder Zoo Adventure Jungle's advocacy is to breed these endangered animals.

These parrots  (natives to Brazil) are the largest flying parrot in the world! These cost a whopping Php 800,000.00!

You might be familiar with these blue birds if you saw the animated movie Rio! Splendid birds as Charles Darwin remarked about them.

hyacinth macaw, blue parrot,

They are known as the clown of the parrot family due to their yellow skin that makes them look always smiling. Drop by their aviary and watch how these naturally inquisitive and playful birds fly to you! You can also try to feed them but be extra careful of their powerful beak which has a crushing strength of 3000 lbs. per inch!

These are some of the attractions Kinder Zoo has to offer:

Taking pictures with exotic animals, enjoying wall climbing, riding the zip line, touching and feeding most animals, butterfly garden, horseback riding, MOST OF ALL, the exciting and rewarding experience of visitors, especially the animal lovers, caring conservationists and knowledge seekers!

They can also accommodate group and educational tours, birthday parties and special events.

Entrance fee is only Php 100 (separate payment  from the Manila Zoo). But for maximum enjoyment and to participate in all other side activities, avail the Super Sulit Deal for just Php 250.

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Wall climbing and the kid who I pointed with an arrow is riding the zip line.

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I am not familiar with the rare animal I pointed with the arrow. My adrenaline was pumped when I crossed the wooden hanging bridge.

These are but some of the animals they have in Kinder Zoo. Be sure to visit them to see more!

animals in kinder zoo
I was not able to get its name but it looks like an ostrich. Do you know what it is? Comment below :)
Update: this beautiful creature is called a Cassowary!

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Hold your horses!

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Such a friendly monkey! Didn't want to let go of my hand.

I would like to invite everyone to Kinder Zoo! Most of the exotic animals on site can be fed or held. Visitors  can go home with the satisfaction of a much greater appreciation for animals! Like me, one of my cherished memories as a kid was visiting the Manila Zoo.

August 23, 2014 is a day that I can say is truly memorable. I am surely returning here with loved ones for a most unforgettable experience! Thank you Kinder Zoo!

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Psst... They have a promo in Facebook where you can win Php 40,000 worth of prizes!!!!!!!!!

Check out:
Kinder Zoo on Facebook
Kinder Zoo on Twitter
Kinder Zoo on Instagram
Call (02)5226179 or (02) 4755775.

Kinder Zoo is open Mondays to Sundays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Sunday, September 7, 2014


If only the foreign blogger who ranted that she would never again eat in the Philippines knew where to eat then I'm sure she would have probably praised Filipino cuisine to the nth level

When one is looking for authentic regional cuisine, there is one restaurant one MUST go to: Tambayan sa Kanto.
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The name itself (chillout/hangout/standby in the corner) is a misnomer when you realize the classy ambiance of the place and excellent dishes they serve, all at very reasonable prices.

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(this image is from Aki, thanks for the invite!)

They had a bloggers' night last August 24, 2014 and served us some of their bestsellers.


KBL (Kadyos, Baboy, Langka)
A quintessential Ilonggo favorite

KBL (Kadyos, Baboy, Langka)


Ensaladang Filipino
Grilled Eggplant,Tomatoes, Onions, Green Mango and Shrimp Paste

Ensaladang Filipino


Chicharon Liempo
Marinated spiced pork belly. Deep fried to obtain that perfect crunch

Chicharon Liempo


Crispy Tadyang ng Baka
Selected beef ribs fried to perfection
Crispy Tadyang ng Baka

Coconut Crusted Prawns
Served with their homemade chutney dip

Coconut Crusted Prawns

Roasted Garlic Chicken
Spiced and roasted with garlic

Roasted Garlic Chicken

Baked tilapia with laing
Fish and vegetable lovers' favorite

Baked tilapia with laing

Crispy bagnet
Served with Ilocano style KBL- Kamatis/Bagoong/Lasona (Tomatoes/Balayan Fish Anchovy/Spring Onions)
The owner herself prepares this as she is very hands-on with the operations. The meat is cured/marinated for 3 weeks!



Turon Halo-Halo
Your favorite halo-halo in a turon
Turon Halo-Halo

Leche Flan
Egg custard topped with macapuno strings

Leche Flan

I asked for a green mango and chocolate shake. So refreshing!

chocolate, and a green mango shake

'Tis a one stop place. After a proper dinner, if one wishes so, one can smoke or drink beer in the secluded area.
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Invited bloggers with the beautiful and gracious hostess, Ms. Margaret Estreegan.

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I don't really eat pork often and I only imagine bubble gum at the sight of white fat, but I actually liked their pork dishes- maybe it's in the quality or the freshness of the meat and the way it was cooked.

My Top 3 favorites were the must try bagnet, of course,  coconut crusted prawns with chutney and chicharon liempo.  No other restaurant serves that good a bagnet and chutney.

To be very honest, all the foods they served us was delicious. If it's not, I would not say so. This is definitely the place where you can bring your balikbayans or foreign friends and family. And us Filipinos should be patronizing what is inherently OURS. Buy Pinoy, buy local, as they say!

Well deserved! The National Product Quality Excellence Awards for Best Authentic Filipino Cuisine.

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They do not serve fusion cuisine as is the fad nowadays, but they chose to stick to the original recipes of our  ancestors and retain the truly Filipino tastebud.

My restaurant review would not be complete if I did not mention the restroom. They have a clean and complete with the basic amenities comfort room for both their first and second floor.

For authentic regional Filipino cuisine, visit Tambayan sa Kanto at Unit 107, Ground Floor. The Podium Mall, ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City, Philippines.

Open Monday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM, Friday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM, and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Call  +632-4779045 / +632-5461888 for reservations.
Dial 2121212 (TwoAnyOne Delivery) or text <ORDER> to 0918-2121212 and an agent will call you back.
They are also open for catering and other functions.

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