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10.20.2014

Project BB Cream | Laneige Snow BB Cream.

Well, it sure took me months to get another BB Cream review out. I can't believe the last review I did was way back in February - when I still sported a pixie and my son was still in Kindergarten. Haha!

Anyhoo, on to my review. This will be the 15th in my Project BB Cream series (yes folks, so far I have tried 15 kinds of BB Cream in my lifetime), and perhaps my most favorite among all the BB Creams that I've tried.
Laneige Snow BB Cream.
This one's called the Snow BB Cream, from the highly-acclaimed Korean skincare brand Laneige. If you're a Kdrama/Kpop fan like me, you can easily associate this brand to Song Hye Kyo, Soong Jong Ki, and Song Jae Rim. (So I just noticed that the brand's endorsers have something similar in their names. Haha!)
#2 Natural.
Laneige calls this their 'smart and advanced BB Cream', with its whitening, anti-wrinkle and UV protection properties (SPF41 PA++).  This product also boasts of the 'liquid crystal essence ingredient', which works as a natural barrier that locks moisture on to the skin.
Squeeze tube bottle, 10 mL sample size.
The Laneige Snow BB Cream comes in two shades - #1 Shimmer Brightening, and #2 Natural. I have the latter, which is neutral beige in color but adjusts accordingly to one's skin tone.
A swatch of the Snow BB Cream #2 Natural.
This BB Cream has a light, non-sticky texture that's quite easy to blend. It provides medium to full coverage, yet looks very natural on the skin. It also leaves the skin with a luminous finish - the kind that makes your skin look healthy and glowing. 
Blend, blend, blend!
I love how this BB Cream lasted for hours on my face, with very little to almost no touch-ups. If you have oily skin, you may need to blot every few hours or so but that's pretty much it. Oh, and did I mention that this BB Cream smells so nice? It has this mild powdery, floral scent that I fell in love with at first whiff.
Left without BB Cream, right with BB Cream.
What I love:
- Buildable coverage.
- Looks very natural on the skin.
- Feels light on the skin, too.
- Lovely, dewy finish without looking sparkly and all.
- Excellent staying power. 
- SPF42 PA++.
- Mild, floral scent.
- No break-outs, no allergies, safe for sensitive skin.

What you might not like:
- Only two shades available.
- A bit pricier than the other BB Creams in the market, but then again, Laneige is a high-end brand.
In the end, you're really getting your money's worth. :)

Products Used:
FACE: Laneige Snow BB Cream, Missha Under Eye Brightener.
EYES: Ever Bilena Eyebrow Pencil in Brown,
BYS Waterproof Eyeliner, Missha The Style 4D Mascara.
CHEEKS: Tony Moly Cat Chu Wink Tint in #2 Red.
LIPS: Sleek Makeup True Colour Lipstick in OMG!
The Laneige Snow BB Cream sells for around 30,000 won in Korea (where this sample came from). Here in the Philippines, a 50mL tube sells for Php 1650 (correct me if I'm wrong) and is available at all six branches in the Metro.

10.19.2014

Globe gears up for Samsung Galaxy Note 4!

What's on your wishlist this Christmas?
The Laneige Beauty Box? A new designer bag? Plane tickets maybe?
Or perhaps Samsung's newest baby, the Galaxy Note 4?

If you're just as excited as I am for the latest Note device, our friends at Globe Telecom are bouncing off the walls for us enthusiastic customers! They're even going the extra mile in welcoming the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Gear S by opening an online portal for the eager beavers.The portal accepts registration of interest among customers purchasing the latest devices with a postpaid plan from Globe.
Register now and be one of the first proud owners of the Galaxy Note 4!
Available on the Globe website via https://samsungnote4.globe.com.ph, the registration of interest portal allows new and existing postpaid customers to choose their device color in advance and register their personal details such as name, mobile number, and e-mail address. The customer database will be used to update registered customers with postpaid plan offers and pricing details. A reference number will be provided to customers so they can track status of their application.
Yes, it comes in pink, too!
Sweet isn't it? Now here are some of the drool-worthy features of the Galaxy Note 4.
For starters, it boasts of a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display and is armed with a 2.7GHz quad-core processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM. It sports a 16-megapixel Smart OIS main camera for shooting high-quality photos and a 3.7-megapixel front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens. Equipped with all the fun and functional features of Android 4.4 KitKat plus an Advanced S Pen, the Note 4 promises enhanced productivity and creativity.

So what are you waiting for? #SurpiseYourself or a loved one this Christmas with a Galaxy Note 4. :)

10.17.2014

Foodie Goodie | Binggrae Ice Cream.

From yesterday's 26 degrees Celsius, the temperature dropped to 24 degrees today making the cold winds even colder than the usual. But the chilly weather does not and will not stop me from enjoying my favorite ice cream. In fact, I did the grocery today and bought a few packs of my beloved Binggrae. Good thing they're in stock at the Puregold branch nearby! :)

Korea's #1 ice cream brand, Binggrae is currently being sold in various countries around the world, including the Philippines. There are several ice cream products under the Binggrae brand, which includes the ever-popular 'Melona' ice pops. Launched in 1992, these melon-flavored popsicles have the bragging rights as the best-selling popsicles in South Korea with more than 280 million bars sold since its debut.
Melona!
Aside from ice pops, Binggrae also has ice cream bars and ice cream sandwiches in their product line. Personally, I prefer the ice cream sandwiches over the bars and pops and these ones are my (our) favorites.
Samanco and Melona Ice Waffle.
Samanco Ice Cream Sandwich is a fish-shaped, waffle sandwich. Inside the fish is a creamy combination of vanilla ice cream and red bean paste. This ice cream is actually based off a popular street food called bungeobbang, which is actually Korea's version of Japan's taiyaki.
Here fishy fishy!
If the red bean thing isn't to your liking, you may opt for the chocolate or strawberry-flavored ones under the Melona brand. They sell for the same price as the Samanco one - Php 47 a pop.

Pangtoa, on the other hand, is ice cream sandwiched in soft chiffon cake. They sell for Php 55 each and comes in three different flavors, two of which I have tried. I like how these ice cream sandwiches have just the right sweetness - not too light, not cloying either. Personally, I prefer the Cookies and Cream variant over the Choco Chiffon, though my son thinks otherwise.
Pangtoa Cookies 'N Cream.
Soft and moist chiffon cake + cookies and cream.
Pangtoa Choco Chiffon.
Chocolate in chocolate.

Well, there goes my diet! Haha!
Have you tried these ice cream brands before? What's your favorite ice cream?


10.16.2014

Spotlight | Marks & Spencer Moisturizing Body Cream.

The weather has been cold and blustery for the past two days. It's a sign that Christmas is definitely right around the corner. This also means that I should take extra care of my skin, as it tends to disagree (read: dull, dry, flaky even) with the crisp chill in the air.

Good thing I have a vanity table stocked with lotions and body creams. Because you know, I really can not live without lotion. These days I'm using the Moisturising Body Cream from Marks & Spencer - one of the few things that my Mum brought home from London.
Marks & Spencer Moisturising Body Cream.
Product info at the bottom of the tub.
This body cream is part of M&S' Nature's Extracts collection - skincare products that are inspired by some of nature's finest extracts.
Comes in a 200mL tub.
The one that I have is the Fresh Aloe Vera variant, which is pale green in color and has a mild, subtly sweet fragrance. Its texture is soft and creamy, yet easily absorbed by the skin. 
Creamy, but feels light on the skin.
I like the cooling effect of this variant, and how it moisturizes my skin without the greasy after-feel. I bet this product will work well with my skin even during the scorching, summer months. 
Cruelty-free!
The Moisturising Body Cream sells for £4 (around $6 or Php280) in the UK and is available at all M&S stores. I checked their Philippine website and surprise, surprise! They have it here, too!

Have you tried this product before? What are your favorites from Marks & Spencer?

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