31 January 2016

Kitchenails Trinoma opening + Chef Specials Hand Spa Review

Nail salons are now literally everywhere in Metro Manila. And for some reason, they all seem the same to me. So when I learned about Kitchenails' opening at ATC, I got intrigued because of the unique experience it alleges to offer. And when it finally opened a branch at Trinoma (which is nearer my place), I got excited and thrilled to try it out myself. If you haven't heard of Kitchenails yet, it is basically a nail salon that offers awesome pampering and relaxation through delectable hand and foot spas, mani and pedis, and massages.

Kitchenails Trinoma opening + Chef Specials Hand Spa

29 January 2016

31% off for Baskin-Robbins’ 31 flavors

With its 31 delicious ice cream flavors, Baskin-Robbins continuously delights people across the globe, making it the world’s most beloved ice cream brand. To bring more happiness, every 31st of the month, you can enjoy Baskin-Robbins’ fresh packs – pint, quart, and half gallon at a 31% price off. 

Mark your calendar and celebrate every 31st of the month. This is your chance to savor all of Baskin-Robbins’ 31 yummy ice cream flavors such as Jamoca™ Almond Fudge, Mint Chocolate Chip, Very Berry Strawberry, Cotton Candy, Love Potion #31, to name a few. 

Don’t miss this exciting year-long treat. Head over to your nearest Baskin Robbins outlet located at the Central Square and SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City; Greenbelt 5 and Glorietta 5 in Makati; Fairview Terraces; and Trinoma Mall in Quezon City.  Baskin-Robbins has also opened new stores in SM Southmall, Las Pinas and Solenad, Sta Rosa Laguna.  For more information, log on to www.baskinrobbins.ph or check out their accounts: facebook.com/baskinrobbinsph, Twitter, and Instagram @baskinrobbinsph.

XO, Mish

27 January 2016

adidas originals NMD_R1 PRIMEKNIT

Offering the groundbreaking new NMD Runner silhouette in a striking disruptive graphic for SS16, adidas Originals presents the NMD_R1 January release.

The shoe blends the progressive design of the NMD Runner with adidas Originals’ most forward-thinking technical elements, constructing the upper from lightweight Primeknit textile in an all-over noise graphic with welded tape structural overlays, finished with tonal three-stripes atop the shoe’s distinctive midsole with EVA inserts. Offered in a textured grey colourway, it’s a release that brings the NMD_R1 silhouette to the pinnacle of style with substance.

The NMD Runner will be available in Born in Mott, Sneak Peak Shangrila, Commonwealth, Capital, adidas BGC, and adidas online shop on January 30th at PhP 9,995.00.

XO, Mish

25 January 2016

Natural Looks Soothing Cucumber Eye Gel Review

I've always had issues with my dark eye circles and eye bags since high school. I've probably tried a handful of eye creams that allegedly address my issues but none of them worked for me the way I wanted them to. I guess I become impatient after religiously putting on these products for days and not see results. My position regarding eye creams and gels became different when I started trying out Natural Looks Soothing Cucumber Eye Gel.

Natural Looks Philippines Soothing Cucumber Eye Gel Review

If you haven't heard of Natural Looks yet, it is a fragrance and skin care store which originated in London. They also carry skin care products, hair care products, scented Yankee candles, and products exclusively for men. Anyway during their launch last December, I was able to score this Soothing Cucumber Eye Gel along with their Summer Strawberry Body Scrub which I'll be reviewing in another post.

Natural Looks Philippines Soothing Cucumber Eye Gel Review
Natural Looks Philippines Soothing Cucumber Eye Gel Review

Details about the Natural Looks Soothing Cucumber Eye Gel from Natural Looks UK website:

Soothing Cucumber Eye Gel cools and refreshes the skin around your eyes. Especially good for tired, sore or puffy eyes and includes Green Tea Extract, a powerful anti-oxidant which protects and conditions the skin. Chamomile and Caffeine reduce inflammation, redness and puffiness, whilst Orange Flower Water tones, clarifies and soothes your skin.

22 January 2016

Got pregnancy cravings? Here’s how to deal with them

Pregnancy is a life-changing experience for most women. Their bodies go through many changes. They may also experience discomfort, pain and strange sensations as a new life grows in their womb. Their delicate condition may also put them at risk for health issues and accidents. 

“Aside from having to share their nutrients with their unborn child, pregnant women are also vulnerable to many health problems as they undergo physical and physiological changes. While the health risks are unavoidable, women can make lifestyle changes to keep themselves and their babies healthy,” says Dr. Nicky Montoya, president of MediCard Philippines.

20 January 2016

TPB opens VPA 2016 with Color Manila Run

A colourful and energizing atmosphere filled the SM Mall of Asia grounds as over 10,000 local and foreign running enthusiasts welcomed 2016 with Color Manila Run. Supported by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the running event was a great way to kick-off the Visit the Philippines Again (VPA) 2016 campaign.

Hosted by Sam YG and DJ Chloe, the event started with a warm-up led by Philippine Volcanoes’ Chris Everingham. Also joining the race were Yael Yuzon and wife Karylle, the running family of Coach Allen Ballester, and fitness advocate Kuya Kim Atienza. Participants were treated to other exciting activities such as Zorb and mechanical bull rides, culminating with a dance party. 

Tbdress Best Sales Formal Dresses 2016

I believe that the main concern ladies have in picking the perfect formal dress is their budget and I am delighted that there are online shops such as Tbdress which continuously provide cheap formal dresses. Aside from providing incredibly affordable formal wear, this online shop specializing in wedding gowns and dresses for special occasions have also dedicated itself in providing up-to-date pieces that would surely make every woman stand out and become beautiful.  

Speaking of affordability, I cannot believe that they have Tbdress formal dresses under 100. And even some of their products which are priced over $100 are on sale for more than 50% off. Rest assured that quality is not compromised and the styles of their products are still current and fresh. Their price range is very cheap and this is important when working on a tight budget. Honestly, not everyone can afford designer dresses and you would not want to settle for less because of that. Shopping for formal dresses at Tbdress is definitely not settling for less, but being practical and wise in shopping. Check out the entire collection of Tbdress formal dress for sale at their website, Tbdress.com. 

XO, Mish

18 January 2016

Go nuts over Baskin-Robbins Brown Butter Cheesecake

The world’s most beloved ice cream brand kicks off the New Year with its delightful flavor of the month for January – Brown Butter Cheesecake.  Allow your taste buds to indulge in a yummy mix of brown butter cheesecake ice cream swirled together with a luscious brown butter sugar ribbon with tasty bits of real Baskin-Robbins signature cheesecake. Sweet, salty and savory, brown butter is a staple in French cooking that endows a rich, nutty flavor to a wide range of cuisines. 

Once a culinary secret, it is now a growing international food trend.  Enjoy Baskin Robbins’ January flavor of the month in a satisfyingly smooth scoop, sundae or shake.  

Go nuts over this one-of-a-kind ice cream treat in all Baskin-Robbins outlets in Central Square and SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City; Greenbelt 5 and Glorietta 5 in Makati; Fairview Terraces and Trinoma Mall in Quezon City; SM Southmall, Las Pinas; and Solenad, Sta Rosa, Laguna.  For more information, log on to www.baskinrobbins.ph or check out their accounts: facebook.com/baskinrobbinsph, Twitter, and Instagram @baskinrobbinsph.

XO, Mish

16 January 2016

Wet and Wild Megalast Lip Color Review and Swatches

I've been using Wet and Wild Megalast Lipsticks for years now. For some reason, it's the only brand that fits my budget yet has a nice color selection and over-all performance. Anyway, during my mom's recent US trip, the only thing I asked her to get me was this. And I was surprised when she got back because there was a plastic bag filled with WNW lippies for me and my sister to choose from. I got 4 new shades and here's a quick review of the shades that I currently have:

Wet and Wild Megalast Lip Color Review and Swatches Pink Suga 900B, Sandstorm 913C, Wine Room 906D, Cherry Bomb 918D
Wet and Wild Megalast Lip Color Review and Swatches

Info about Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color from Wet n Wild's site:

Lips take center stage! This 4-hour, longwearing lip color leaves a semi-matte, crème finish in one stroke. Glides on easily with rich, velvety color that doesn't cake, feather, or bleed. Made with hydrating skin-care ingredients: Hyaluronic Microspheres provide extraordinary adhesion to lips, an exclusive polymer complex offers cushion-like feel and texture, and natural marine plant extracts Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamins A & E help smooth lips.

Wet and Wild Megalast Lip Color Review and Swatches Pink Suga 900B, Sandstorm 913C, Wine Room 906D, Cherry Bomb 918D
L to R: Pink Suga 900B, Sandstorm 913C, Wine Room 906D, Cherry Bomb 918D

This lipstick isn't exactly matte. It has a creamy texture when applied but it looks matte on the lips. I still use lip balm or petroleum jelly before applying the lip color to keep my lips moisturized. The color is very opaque even with just one swipe. I like to apply it generously so that the color would show off even better. A few hours after application, this lipstick tends to leave a stain which looks like lip tint. The pigmentation of the product is definitely great!

Wet and Wild Megalast Lip Color Review and Swatches Bare It All 902C, In The Flesh 912C, Mochalicious 914C

The two issues I had with this lip stick are the packaging and the price. The cap of the lipstick falls off easily! Thus, the lipstick itself tends to get damaged. It is a must to put this lipstick in a secure and compact space in your bag. I put mine in a zip lock inside my makeup kit. As regards the price, these lipstick only cost $2.99 at Walgreens or CVS. However, they are sold at double the price at the mall and some online retailers. I wish they would offer these lippies at the same price! Other then those mentioned, I think this product is definitely great, especially for everyday use.

Wet and Wild Megalast Lip Color Review and Swatches L to R: Pink Suga 900B, Sandstorm 913C, Wine Room 906D, Cherry Bomb 918D
L to R: Pink Suga 900B, Sandstorm 913C, Wine Room 906D, Cherry Bomb 918D
Wet and Wild Megalast Lip Color Review and Swatches Bare It All 902C, In The Flesh 912C, Mochalicious 914C
L to R: Bare It All 902C, In The Flesh 912C, Mochalicious 914C

Wet and Wild Megalast Lip Color Review and Swatches Pink Suga Bare It All In the Flesh Sandstorm

1. Pink Suga 900B - It has a very light nude color. I'm not sure what to feel about this color. It makes me look pale! I guess this shade will only work with tons of eye make up.

2. Bare It All 902C - It has a light nude, pink color. I have highly pigmented lips so this kind of makes my face look pale, as well. This would be a nice MLBB shade for fair skinned ladies.

3. In The Flesh 912C - This one has a medium pink, nude color. This is my favorite everyday lip color! At first I thought this would be a dull nude color, but it makes my lips look naturally pink and healthy.

4. Sandstorm 913C - This lippie has a orangey brown color. I use this one as my alternative everyday lipstick. This one's nice for a neutral look.

Wet and Wild Megalast Lip Color Review and Swatches Cherry Bomb Wine Room Mochalicious

5. Cherry Bomb 918D - A dark red color. Love this one to bits! And I've been using it as my go-to lipstick for events and sometimes for school.

6. Wine Room - This one has a medium pink color. It has a nice color but I find it too bright for me though. I only use a little amount as a tint.

7. Mochalicious 914B - It has a mocha brown color as the name suggests. Dark lip colors usually work for me well, but I find this one hard to pull off. But this is a great lip color if paired with the right make-up.

Which one's your fave WNW Megalast Lip Color shade? :)

XO, Mish

PS. Don't forget to check out my review of Wet and Wild Megalast Lip Color in Spiked With Rum

15 January 2016

Get up to 20% discount at Bambu

New Year Sale Alert: Step into the New Year with brand new footwear from Bambu and get up to 20% discount on regular items with Bambu’s New Year Sale. 

Shop for the latest footwear finds at participating Bambu brands including Ipanema, Grendha, Rider, and Zaxy and enjoy 20% discount on your favorite Bambu footwear products such as flip flops, sandals, ballet flats and more. 

Bambu products are exclusively distributed by ELRO Retail Corporation. The company owns some of the famous Brazilian brands known for its style and high-quality including Ipanema, Grendha, Rider and Zaxy.

Enjoy Bambu’s New Year Sale from now until January 31, 2016! Don’t miss out on this amazing offer and visit the nearest Bambu Store near you! 

For more information on Bambu’s New Year Sale, check out their Facebook account https://www.facebook.com/BambuPhils/.

XO, Mish

13 January 2016

Umbra Shift: Homeware with a twist

Umbra, a Toronto-based company with a wide collection of casual and contemporary home accessories, redefines plain and simple homeware with Umbra Shift—a collection of functional and creatively-designed home pieces with minimal aesthetic and embodies function and an element of curiosity.

Umbra Shift, an extension of Umbra, is a collection of modern, easy-to-use home accessories exhibiting function, practicality and design.The collection showcases the works of Umbra in–house designers who were asked to re-think things and design personal objects they themselves would want to give or use at home. 

Coiled Stool

12 January 2016

UNIQLO introduces Hana Tajima Spring/Summer Collection

As part of the 2016 Spring/Summer Collection, UNIQLO joins forces with Hana Tajima, a UK-born fashion designer. The new collection is tailored to complement UNIQLO’s LifeWear concept – making fashionable, high quality products to enhance everyone’s lifestyle. 

The collection features new styles, vibrant prints, lively colors, and innovative cuts. It also includes hijab headscarves, jeans, rayon blouses, and long dresses. AIRism hijab innerwear headscarves and headbands are also made available. 

“We are particularly excited about the update to our AIRism Inner Hijab and High Neck that ensures coverage without compromising comfort in tropical countries,” Hana Tajima said. 

11 January 2016

Music Can Help Build Your Child’s Multiple Intelligence

The relationship between music and child development is a widely discussed subject in the circles of early childhood music therapists. Dr. Liz Inciong (a pediatrician, Fellow of the Philippine Pediatric Society and an Associate Active Consultant of the Institute of Pediatrics and Child Health at St. Luke’s Medical Center for 18 years) and Teacher Marah Vasquez-Estuesta of Kindermusik International are among those who have scientific understanding of the matter and strongly support it.

Through extensive interaction and training with young minds, they have discovered the role music plays in a child’s cognitive development is anchored on the theory of Multiple Intelligence. According to this theory, a child’s intellectual capacity isn’t solely based on and measured by verbal or mathematical skills. On the contrary, it is in fact far more comprehensive – covering social, music, kinesthetic and visual intelligence as well. 

As Dr. Inciong states, “Music plays an important role in the development of a child’s various modes of intelligence, specifically for mental, physical and social aspects. Music helps them seek patterns in their environment, which allows them to easily recall words, phrases, even in foreign languages. They become more perceptive to sound and develop into astute listeners.” 

09 January 2016

When In Alaminos - Hundred Islands National Park

We went to Alaminos two times last year. The first one was last July during a long weekend. We failed to go to Hundred Islands because there was a typhoon. The other one was last November. Everyone in my family was able to come and we finally were able to tour the Hundred Islands National Park. Anyway, I'll be sharing some of the photos from both trips (using iPhone 4 camera and Nikon D5000) and travel tips when visiting Alaminos.

When In Alaminos Pangasinan - Hundred Islands

08 January 2016

Global footwear brands now at SM Seaside City Cebu

Global footwear brands Ipanema, Grendha, Rider, Zaxy, Anacapri and Söfft find their new Southern home at Cebu’s seaside lifestyle complex, SM Seaside City. Located inside SM Department Store, these brands offer trendy and fashionable footwear perfect for Cebu’s discerning market.

Exclusively distributed by ELRO Retail Corporation, these footwear brands feature a full range of stylish footwear products from flip flops to sandals all the way to comfortable flats and shoes all designed using innovative materials without sacrificing the latest fashion trends. 

Global footwear brands Ipanema, Grendha, Rider, Zaxy, Anacapri and Sofft find their new Southern home at Cebu’s seaside lifestyle complex, SM Seaside City.

06 January 2016

Whisper launches breakthrough product that will make all ladies fall in love

Today more than ever, women are making waves and breaking barriers in various fields. And in between juggling a competitive career and pursuing other passions, one thing that sets a truly unstoppable woman apart is her relentless drive to ensure she balances doing more and taking care of herself every day of the month.

However, red days can be tricky – and women usually have to compromise protection with comfort, working through the hot, stuffy and even the rough feeling the pads currently in the market tend to give.

But women don’t have to settle anymore. The world’s leading feminine care brand, Whisper, recently unveiled a product that the market has not seen until today, aiming to bring a new stand for period experience—the new Whisper Skin Love.

Whisper brand ambassador Isabelle Daza (center), dermatologist Dr. Kaye Bautista (left), and Whisper brand manager, Jan Ang

04 January 2016

adidas Originals by KANYE WEST: YEEZY BOOST 350 Tan

Following the unprecedented global anticipation of the YEEZY BOOST 350 released in a white, black and gray colorway - Kanye West and adidas Originals will conclude this eventful year with another release of the already iconic style in a tan version.

02 January 2016

New Planner from Belle De Jour: BDJ Petit Planner 2016

Since classes started only last December, there was no need for me to study in coffee shops. Thus, I ended up caffeine-free and "planner-less" up until before the year ended. I don't religiously write on or monitor my previous planners, but the OC in me wanted one so I headed to the Belle De Jour website to get myself one. I was already decided on getting the Belle de Jour Power Planner in Smythesewn when I saw the BDJ Petit Planner. I was skeptical on getting it though because it didn't have a BDJ Lifestyle Card with it. But I wanted a compact planner which I could carry with me everyday so I ended up getting it. (Goodbye, one year free upsize at CBTL!) I paid via PayPal for the item and it was shipped the following day to my Metro Manila address. It normally costs P320 but I got it for only P300 (5% less for purchasing online) and paid for shipping fee of P50. Anyway, here's what's inside the new BDJ Petit Planner: