23 April 2019

Vice Cosmetics Duo Foundation

Hey ladies!  Have you found the right foundation shade for you?  Great news, as Vice Cosmetics just launched their Duo Foundation in 8 buildable and blurring shades, that can either be for set or dry application.  It also has SPF, comes in an oil-control formula and wonderfully priced at just Php 245.00.  I think it's a steal, and great to use for everyday basic make-up.

Made for every Filipina, choose from eight shades: Tisay, Chesa, Putinamez, Kinesa, Shade ni Vice, Moreyna, So Pinay! and Flawless.  I'm sure you'll find a shade that is perfect for you.  Don't forget to try the swatches at select SM Beauty and select Watsons counters!


06 April 2019

Thai Basil, Boracay Island

Lately, I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos before sleeping at night.  I was surprised when I saw a lot of foreign travel vloggers compare Philippines vs. Thailand "Which is best to travel?" videos.  Two southeast asian countries with a lot to offer.  I even heard before my former expat officemates discuss where they would like to retire, and it is between these two countries.

The two categories that got me intrigued about their comparison videos was Food and Nature.  I already had a hunch on who will win in those two categories, and I was right.  The Philippines win in the nature category because of our world class beaches and 7,107 islands.  However, Thailand gets the vote for the food category.  Looking at the comments section of the videos, there was a lot of respect between Filipinos and Thai.  One comment said "I'm Thai, but I think beaches from the Philippines are beautiful, I hope one day I can go there", another said "My family is from the Philippines, and we all love Thai food".  

As we were planning for our trip to one of the best islands in the world, Boracay island (Conde Nast Traveler 2018 Readers Choice Awards), to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.  We were invited by good friend, Karen Elizalde, owner of Thai Basil restaurant, at D'Mall.  We scheduled it on the latter part of our seven day vacation.  After eating buffet breakfast and dinner at our hotel for several days, it made our taste buds dull.  When the day arrived, we didn't eat breakfast and saved our appetite for lunch.  An E-trike ride and 10 minutes later, we arrived at Thai Basil restaurant at D'Mall.

We were greeted by Restaurant Manager Jenifer Paddayuman.  I get to order what I like, and Mickey orders his favorite dishes.  The first order to arrive at our table was Tom Kah Gai (hot and sour soup with coconut milk and chicken), sharing size.  The smell of the soup wafted as it is being served, and it will surely whet one's appetite.  The first taste of the soup made us stare at each other, "this is seriously good stuff" Mickey said.  He jokingly said that he remembered the scene at the Walt Disney movie Ratatouille, when Anton Ego, world renowned food critic made his first bite at the Ratatouille dish served to him, it transported him back to his childhood days when his mom cooked it for him.

This time, Mickey and I were transported back to Thailand.  What is this restaurant's secret?  We didn't know until we met the chef after dining in.  He was a young Thai chef, this is the reason why we are tasting 100% authentic Thai food.

Here are some of the food we enjoyed at Thai Basil Boracay:  

Tom Kah Gai
Hot and Sour Soup with Coconut Milk and Chicken
Php 340.00


03 April 2019

Love Beauty and Planet's new Hair and Body Products

I'm so excited to see the new Boracay this summer 2019. While I was preparing my toiletry kit, and on the search for a good sunscreen, I came across an article which introduces a new category called "Reef Safe" sunscreen products. Research says some of the chemicals found on some traditional sunscreens are the cause of irreparable coral bleaching. It's chemical pollution and not global warming according to environmental experts.

It's a good thing that there are now many companies who continue to raise awareness about the impact of ingredients on products to our happy planet.  What great timing when I was recently invited by Unilever on it's product launch of Love Beauty and Planet - an eco-beauty brand introducing hair and body care products.  The brand name speaks for itself.

This summer, they are introducing two new scents.  The Coconut Oil and Ylang-Ylang collection, and the Coconut Water and Mimosa Flower collection.

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