30 May 2015

Greys and Blues



It has been ages since I last posted Z's outfit shots here on my blog. The last one was more than a year ago. I even had to read his previous OOTD posts since I forgot what I would usually write in these kinds of posts. And he used to be so tiny! Time flies really fast. Anyway, here's the recent outfit photos I took of Z. We go out a lot during the past few weeks, but I refuse to put fancy clothes on him cause it's too hot. During a recent pedia visit though, I decided to put on something comfortable, yet stylish for my little one.


I like putting on cool colors on Z because he looks great in them. Grey and blue tend to make him look manly. These colors are perfect for summer, too! They keep him cool especially if the material is lightweight. The shorts he is wearing, by the way, is one of my favorite items in his wardrobe. This pair is from Gingersnaps and they do carry the cutest and most stylish clothes for kids. The waist is stretchable so he has no problem moving around in it. The length is quite weird though so I had to fold it up to his knee.

Please do not judge my shoe lace tying skills. :)

I rarely buy new shoes for Z because his shoe size changes so fast. He normally uses sandals too whenever we go out so there's no need to buy him new shoes every now and then. It's not that I don't want to spend on him, but I don't think it is practical to buy an expensive pair of shoes that he will only wear for a few times. Luckily though, I was able to find this shoe store at Ayala Fairview Terraces. They sell canvas sneakers and flats for kids, flats for women (ala Solemate), and sneakers for men. The best thing about their products is that they are extremely affordable! This pair is only P250. They have this promo too that if you get two pairs of shoes, you'll only pay P350 for both items. Ladies shoes are even more affordable for only P150 per pair. If you are looking for affordable school shoes, I suggest you visit that place. I forgot the name of the shop, but I'll definitely create a separate blog post about them soon.

Not so happy to be posing for mommy! :p

I realized that I was too busy blogging about other things that I forgot to blog about the "Onesies" part of the "LBD and Onesies". Rest assured that I'll be posting more about Z in this blog. Not necessarily outfit posts, but our experiences together in general. 

Hope you enjoyed this one! :)

XO, Mish



28 May 2015

Magic Potions Bestsellers



A few weeks back, Magic Potions sent me their bestsellers among their vast range of skin care and beauty products. I won't be reviewing any of these items yet because I wanted to try them first for at least a month. Anyway, here are the products that I am very eager to try:


BeauOxiwhite Complexion Control Whitening Cream - PHP400

BeauOxiwhite Complexion Control Whitening Cream more than just cover your blemishes, with continuous use it can help remove dark spots, age spots and wrinkles.
BeauOxiwhite Complexion Control Whitening Cream provides natural-looking skin coverage with multi benefits that include skin protection from UV rays, skin whitening, oil control, moisturizing and wrinkle reduction.

BeauOxiwhite Complexion Control Whitening Cream Magic Potions
BeauOxiwhite Complexion Control Whitening Cream

White Allure Pure Moroccan Argan Oil - PHP1200

The Gold of MoroccoSuper food for the skin and hair
Argan Oil has been used for centuries by Moroccan women to treat dry skin, stretchmarks and other skin conditions. Argan Oil is an incredibly rich source of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids.
It has astonishing healing, conditioning and anti-ageing properties to keep your skin and hair nourished and revitalized and to keep you looking beautiful from head to toe. Argan Oil is not only a "super food" for the skin and hair but for the whole body.
Argan oil presents an exceptional percentage of essential fatty acids, one of which is linoleic acid ensuring the functions of repair and defense of the skin. The essential fatty acids fight again drying, dehydrating and the loss of elasticity which encourage the appearance of wrinkles. Vitamin E protects the cell membranes against lipid oxidization and thus slows down the process of skin ageing.

White Allure Pure Moroccan Argan Oil Magic Potions
White Allure Pure Moroccan Argan Oil

Beauoxiwhite Whitening and Antiaging Moisturizing Soap - PHP120

BeauoxiWhite is a uniquely formulated advance whitening and anti-aging soap for more moisturized, radiant, smoother, suppler and fairer skin. It contains Glutathione which is a powerful anti-oxidant, Grapeseed extract which is known to fight against free radicals and aging, it also contains a naturally extracted ingredient from seven Swiss Alpine plants which was proved to have a significantly natural whitening effect to the skin and reduces age spots, color and size and it also contains collagen that maintains firmness of the skin.

Beauoxiwhite Whitening and Antiaging Moisturizing Soap Magic Potions
Beauoxiwhite Whitening and Antiaging Moisturizing Soap

Magic iLASH Eyelash Enhancer Serum - PHP990

It's time you stop using falsies or paying a fortune for eyelash extensions that last only for a few weeks. Magic Potions has the answer to having flirty, beautiful lashes. Start growing them naturally now!
SEE INITIAL RESULTS AS EARLY AS 10 DAYS!
Formulated to safely enhance your eyelashes giving you that longer and thicker eyelashes that you've always wanted.

Magic iLASH Eyelash Enhancer Serum - PHP990 Magic Potions Bestsellers
Magic iLASH Eyelash Enhancer Serum

I am definitely excited to try the White Allure Pure Moroccan Argan Oil on my stretchmarks and see if it will help lessen them. I've also heard lots of great reviews about BeauOxiWhite Whitening Soap so I am looking forward to using it as well. If you are interested in purchasing from Magic Potions or looking for a reason why you should purchase at Magic Potions, better check out this blog post. Will update you guys soon!

XO, Mish


26 May 2015

Create New Memories at the Newly-Renovated SM Fairview Foodcourt



I had tons of memories created at SM Fairview's Foodcourt. When I was in high school, my friends and I would usually have lunch or snacks there because they have the most affordable meals and our school's just 5 minutes away from the mall. My classmates and I would also use the food court as a meeting place whenever we have to make group projects or other activities. I could say that my friendship with my high school buddies have developed there.


I have noticed recently though that a section of the food court was closed. During an event held last week, I found out that it was because of a renovation done at SM Fairview's Foodcourt. And I have definitely seen the improvement! From what I can recall, the lights in the ceiling used to be too loud, seats were cold and bleak, and the music was too upbeat. Now, the wide, open dining layout with colorful and comfortable seating gives an airy, bustling, cheerful and inviting ambiance as you walk through an entire stretch of food outlets to choose from.

I have also noticed new names at the newly-renovated SM Fairview Foodcourt. The food offerings are now a diverse mix of cuisines from around the world while the Filipino dishes give customers a chance to experience regional delicacies all in one place. The best thing about eating at SM Fairview Foodcourt is that you are assured that your meal is served fast and fresh. You can even see your dish being prepared through the open kitchen of some food outlets. Anyway during the said event, here are some of the dishes that we were able to savor:

Bakareta from Ted's La Paz Batchoy SM Fairview Foodcourt
Bakareta from Ted's La Paz Batchoy
Beef Pepper Rice from Pepper Lunch SM Fairview Foodcourt
Beef Pepper Rice from Pepper Lunch
Grilled Tuna Belly from Davao Tuna Grill SM Fairview Foodcourt
Grilled Tuna Belly from Davao Tuna Grill
Tocino Vegetarian from Harvester's Vegetarian SM Fairview Foodcourt
Tocino Vegetarian from Harvester's Vegetarian
Lechon with Rice from Lydia's Lechon SM Fairview Foodcourt
Lechon with Rice from Lydia's Lechon
Goto Supreme from Goto King Plus SM Fairview Foodcourt
Goto Supreme from Goto King Plus
Lechon Belly from JG Salo SM Fairview Foodcourt
Lechon Belly from JG Salo
Bibimbob from Mr. Kimbob SM Fairview Foodcourt
Bibimbob from Mr. Kimbob
Double Cheese Burger from Tropical Hut SM Fairview Foodcourt
Double Cheese Burger from Tropical Hut 
Super Jumbo Squid from Inihaw Express SM Fairview Foodcourt
Super Jumbo Squid from Inihaw Express
Bagnet from Casa Norte SM Fairview Foodcourt
Bagnet from Casa Norte
Pork Asado from Oriental Bowl SM Fairview Foodcourt
Pork Asado from Oriental Bowl
Salisbury from Sizzling Plate SM Fairview Foodcourt
Salisbury from Sizzling Plate
Lasagna Supreme from Greenwich Pizza and Pasta SM Fairview Foodcourt
Lasagna Supreme from Greenwich Pizza and Pasta
Honey Garlic Chicken from Chin's Express SM Fairview Foodcourt
Honey Garlic Chicken from Chin's Express
Signature Takoyaki from Ohayo Takoyaki SM Fairview Foodcourt
Signature Takoyaki from Ohayo Takoyaki
Breaded Fish Fillet from Handaan Grande SM Fairview Foodcourt
Breaded Fish Fillet from Handaan Grande

I can't really say which one was my favorite among the dishes served because they have their own distinct taste and edge. I guess it's best to try all of the food outlets found at the food court until you could find the one that would make you come back again and again. Whether you are looking for a fast, hot filling meal or looking to enjoy bonding moments over good food with family and friends, the new Foodcourt at SM Fairview is the perfect place to meet and eat.

Photo from Karina of Digital Filipina. Thank you!!

I guess the renovation doesn't result to the loss of any memories that were created there, but instead to help create better moments and strengthen more friendships. And I am extremely happy that I was able to create new memories here at SM Fairview's Foodcourt with my blogger friends. :) Please visit SM Fairview's new Foodcourt at the lower ground floor, in front of the supermarket.

XO, Mish


21 May 2015

Kolours Dual Conditioning Hair Color in Shanghai Mahogany Review



As promised, here's a new hair color review for you guys! :) The product I used today's not from Revlon which I have constantly reviewed on my blog, but from Splash, a local company. By the way, it's only the second time that I have used Kolours since I wasn't satisfied the first time I tried it. The shift was mainly because I was looking for a nice and vibrant red shade and Revlon only has one shade of red available (Revlon Luminista in Red).  

Kolours Dual Conditioning Hair Color in Shanghai Mahogany Review
Kolours Dual Conditioning Hair Color in Shanghai Mahogany

WHAT IT CLAIMS:

Vibrant, long lasting colors. Salon perfect results.

Kolours Dual Conditioning Hair Color in Shanghai Mahogany Review
Kolours Dual Conditioning Hair Color in Shanghai Mahogany Review

What sets Kolours apart from other hair coloring products available in the market is that their products are specifically made for Asian hair which is visibly darker and thicker. With its right formulation, it ensures to penetrate the hair for a perfect coverage from root to tip. It is also proudly Philippine-made.

Kolours Dual Conditioning Hair Color in Shanghai Mahogany Review

Each box contains a creme colorant tube, color developer, two sachets of after-treatment conditioner, a pair of plastic hand gloves, and instruction leaflet. Just be sure to use an old shirt so that you won't need to worry about staining it in the process.

Kolours Dual Conditioning Hair Color in Shanghai Mahogany Review

By the way, I used this product to lighten my roots and to add color to the rest of my hair. I regularly dye my hair at least every 3 to 4 months. I used it on top of Revlon Colorsilk in Light Reddish Brown which I have previously reviewed here on my blog.

BEFORE:

Kolours Dual Conditioning Hair Color in Shanghai Mahogany Review
With flash | Natural lighting

The product was easy to use. You just mix the creme colorant and color developer and apply it generously on your hair. Since I was doing a retouch, I applied the product first to my roots for at least 20 minutes before putting the remaining mixture to the rest of my hair. I left it there for probably at least another 30 minutes. However if you are dyeing your hair for the first time, do not start with your roots as they lighten the fastest. 

DURING:

Kolours Dual Conditioning Hair Color in Shanghai Mahogany Review
One hour after!

My usual coloring time is 1 hour. Most hair dye instructions usually recommend 20 to 30 minutes only. But since my hair is very resilient, I tend to extend the time until I get the desired results. By the way, the product did not stain my skin despite not having applied lotion or petroleum jelly.

AFTER:

Kolours Dual Conditioning Hair Color in Shanghai Mahogany Review
With flash | Natural lighting

The Good:
  • This product is very affordable. It only costs for less than P300 per box at Watsons.  
  • Initially, I was happy that it was able to give my hair a reddish hint.
  • It was enough for my long hair. However if you have thick and long hair, I suggest you get two boxes.
  • I also love that there are two packs of after-treatment conditioner included.
  • The formulation is indeed non-drip which I find easier to apply. With that, however, you have to make sure that it coats every strand of your hair by combing it and rubbing it in.
  • This product is available in most department stores, supermarkets, and drugstores

The Not-so-Good:

  • Kolours has tons of different hair color available. However, I find that most of their brown and red shades give almost the same result. But then, I might have to try the other shades available to prove this wrong.
  • I've regularly dyed my hair for years now and it's the first time that my hair felt extremely dry. Conditioner does not really work anymore with my hair's condition as it gets tangled easily especially the lower part of my hair.
  • My hair looks more uneven. But it could probably because I have dyed my hair with several shades of brown and red since last year or because of how applied the dye.
  • My hair didn't turn red. Instead it was a medium brown shade with red undertones. I didn't even see the Mahogany Brown in there. The red eventually turned into orange a few days after. 

Kolours Dual Conditioning Hair Color in Shanghai Mahogany Review
Day after (using iPhone camera)
Kolours Dual Conditioning Hair Color in Shanghai Mahogany Review
Day after
Kolours Dual Conditioning Hair Color in Shanghai Mahogany Review
1 month after (using iPhone camora)
Kolours Dual Conditioning Hair Color in Shanghai Mahogany Review
3 months after (using DSLR)

Here's how my hair looked like after. It wasn't really the shade that I was aiming for since I wanted more red than brown or orange. Nevertheless, I was quite satisfied with how it lightened my roots. Definitely, I am still looking for a drugstore hair color that could give a more even coverage. But I might have to rest my hair first for a few months.

Hope this helps! :)

XO, Mish


20 May 2015

adidas teams up with Marvel's Avengers to launch unique kids and adult collections



This spring adidas will introduce a new collection of kids footwear and apparel inspired by three superheroes of the new blockbuster Marvel Studios film, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hit theaters worldwide last April.

The adidas Avengers collection will feature exciting new designs reflecting the unique personalities of three of the film's superheroes: Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America. Both lines, which cover infants, little kids and youth boys alike, offer full head-to-toe outfits including tees, shorts and accompanying shoes and accessories with matching colours to ensure a wardrobe with fresh new looks for every true Avengers fan!


May's kids collection will be complemented by adult running shoes in four matching designs. The adult line includes a silver-green adidas adizero Prime BOOST™ that will be featured in the film with an exciting new Avengers character. For the biggest fans and a united look this colour-way will be a key feature within the kids' collections!


The new adidas Avengers collections go back to the classic roots with footwear inspired both by the original comics' style and the graphics of the movie. Various models include running silhouettes for adults and kids as well as low and mid cut multipurpose silhouettes specifically designed for kids. This includes the Response BOOST Ltd that features adidas' premium BOOST™ technology paired with Marvel's greatest superheroes design as the primary source of inspiration. adidas BOOST is a breakthrough technology that provides the highest Energy Return of any foam cushioning in the running industry. Along with BOOST foam cushioning, adidas adizero Prime BOOST upper consists of adidas Primeknit, a digital knitting technology using the latest engineering methods to develop an upper that is lightweight and fits like a second layer of skin, providing added performance benefits. Each section of the adidas Primeknit upper is carefully engineered to provide a precision fit for a secure, comfortable run.

The collection is available on www.adidas.com/avengers.

XO, Mish


18 May 2015

Pampers Online App for Baby’s Wonderful Journey of Firsts



Mommies always love to flood their FaceBook walls with photos and videos of their babies, and there’s no wonder why: from the very first time they hold their babies in their arms to their babies’ first laugh and first crawl – moms know every single milestone is truly precious and worth sharing with the rest of the world.

Because each day is like a new page of priceless memories, the world’s leading diaper brand Pampers recently launched a digital scrapbook made for both moms and babies – FirstBook, an online FaceBook app that allows moms to create and preserve a visual journey of all baby’s developmental milestones. After posting baby’s 12 first milestones in FirstBook, moms can also publish their very own FirstBook movie, a personalized video of all baby’s firsts.

Pampers recently launched a digital scrapbook made for both moms and babies – Firstbook.ph, an online Facebook app that allows moms to create and share baby’s many first milestones.

The app was recently launched during the introduction of Pampers Baby Dry, the best and driest diaper in 10 years. Pampers® Baby Dry features new core technology to deliver a thinner and drier diaper: a Soft Touch-Dry Layer which quickly absorbs wetness to keep it away from baby’s skin and Magic Gel which locks in wetness for up to 12 hours of skin dryness, so babies can enjoy continuous sleep to help them achieve their many firsts in life. 

“This is truly a great gift for mommies like us!” said Pampers’ newest brand ambassador Andi Manzano, who already shared some photos of her newborn baby Pilar 

Olivia. “With this newest online app from Pampers, we can greet each morning with smiles on our faces and celebrate our journey of firsts with our precious ones,” she added.

For moms who will share their baby’s Firstbook movie from now until June 2015, Pampers has a special treat for you! Just upload the video with the official hashtag #FirstsWithPampers and stand a chance to win 1 year’s worth of all-new Pampers Baby Dry!  FirstBook PC and mobile versions are now available, and can be accessed via http://www.firstbook.ph.

XO, Mish


15 May 2015

Zalora Haul (Rubi, Sunnies Studios, and More!)



I rarely shop online nowadays so I make sure to post my haul (and a little bit of review/first impression of the items) every time I do. Anyway, my latest purchase was from Zalora Philippines. It was not my first time shopping at Zalora since I had three transactions with them already. And I have noticed that each of them involved shoes. :)

Zalora Haul (Rubi, Sunnies Studios, and More!)

This time, I got two pairs of shoes from Rubi, a pair of sunglasses from Sunnies Studios, and two leggings from Collective.com and F101. I could say that this shopping experience was the most satisfying, not only when it comes to shipping but also with the products themselves. 

Zalora Haul (Rubi, Sunnies Studios, and More!)

As I have previously mentioned, I got two leggings since I needed new workout clothes. The other one though is a present for my sister. She wanted a pair that has a skinny fit and the Rosie Leggings from Collective.com was perfect! The pair that I got was the Bency Leggings from F101. I am definitely satisfied with the pair that I got. The fabric is stretchy, yet not too sheer as compared to other leggings. I have huge thighs and this one fits me perfectly. And for only P199, it was a great buy.

Zalora Rosie Leggings from Collective.com - P229
Rosie Leggings from Collective.com - P229
Zalora Bency Leggings from F101 - P199
Bency Leggings from F101 - P199

Aside from leggings, I also got new pairs of shoes from Rubi. I am so happy that there are more choices now available at Zalora. These are originally priced at P799 each, but these are on sale for only P1200 if you get two pairs. That's almost P400 off or P600 each. Definitely cheaper than the price offered by online shops in Instagram. Anyway, I had bad experiences before when it comes to buying shoes in Zalora because I always end up getting shoes that are too small for me. However, these shoes are true to size and fitted me perfectly (got a size 37/usually wear a size US 6 1/2). I am extremely happy and satisfied!

Zalora Pippa Point Flats from Rubi - P799/P1200 for 2 pairs
Pippa Point Flats from Rubi - P799/P1200 for 2 pairs
Zalora Jenna Slip Ons from Rubi - P799/P1200 for 2 pairs
Jenna Slip Ons from Rubi - P799/P1200 for 2 pairs

Lastly, I got a pair of sunglasses from Sunnies Studios. I wasn't planning to purchase sunglasses since I rarely wear them.  But I recently discovered that Z damaged the only pair that I own. As compared to my other purchases, I am not really satisfied with this pair. The color of the sunglasses at the website seems different from the actual item. I was expecting a red/red brown frame, but it turned out to be dark brown. I haven't tried them on yet, but when I do, I'll definitely make an outfit post and review the item as well.

Zalora Layla Sunglasses from Sunnies Studios - P399
Zalora Layla Sunglasses from Sunnies Studios - P399
Layla Sunglasses from Sunnies Studios - P399

By the way, I paid for these items using a voucher code sent to me by Zalora Philippines and via Paypal for the remaining amount. I had these items shipped at my shipping address at Bulacan and they impressively shipped the item the following day. Usually, it takes 2 to 3 days for items to arrive for provincial shipping.

Over all, this shopping experience was such a delight. And I am definitely tempted to get more items from Zalora. :p I also noticed that they now have a Zalora Marketplace wherein different local merchants offer their products. Check out Zalora at http://www.zalora.com.ph!

XO, Mish


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