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12.16.2014

Unique Gift Ideas for the Man in Your Life.

If you have a man in your life who's difficult to shop for, then you may need some unique gift ideas that will surprise him with something amazing. The specific gift that you choose should depends on what the person likes, but you can use these ideas to help you come up with your own unique gifts.

A Beer Tour
Some of the important men in your life probably have a fierce love for craft beers. According to the Brewers Association, the craft beer industry adds 1.2 new breweries in the United States per day. This growth primarily comes from men who are just as interested in drinking beer that tastes great as they are drinking beer that will give them a buzz.
Image via Flickr by jronaldlee
The brewing industry has also added jobs to tourism. As more breweries appear, more tourism companies create tours that make it easy and safe for beer aficionados to have drinks at some of the best taprooms in town. Any man who loves beer would also love to take one of these tours.

If your man doesn't drink beer, then you could replace it with a barbecue, pizza, or burgers tour. There's an option for every food niche.

Golf Lessons from a Pro
Although the number of golfers has declined in recent years, plenty of men still play golf to relax. It's even popular among Millennials, 6.5 million of whom say they play golf.
Photo credit: Jim Delaby
A man who loves playing golf has to constantly push his boundaries to keep the game interesting. That's why it makes sense to buy him a few golf lessons with a professional. Many golf and country clubs employ professional golfers who give lessons. Just a few hours of help from a pro could push a man's game to a whole new level.

If your guy already has the perfect swing, then you can use a website like Cloud 9 Living to find unique gifts for men, such as tee times at exclusive clubs and tournaments in your area.

Tickets to see his Favorite Sports Team
Every sports fan dreams of front row seats during a grueling match between rivals. If you know a man who absolutely adores a certain sports team, then you already know what to get him for the holidays as well as birthdays and other special events.

Talk to your local sports team early to get tickets. Whether it's baseball, basketball, football, or soccer, the best seats go quickly. You should also ask the team whether it has special tickets that include free food, drinks, or other niceties that will make your man's day even more fun.

A Surprise Weekend Trip
Some men love the neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Other men prefer a quiet campsite in Oregon. No matter what your favorite guy prefers, you can surprise him with a weekend trip.

Photo credit: Telegraph UK
This isn't the kind of gift you can throw together at the last minute. You'll need to find out things like:  - What he likes to do while traveling
 - Where he likes to go when he has time to get away
 - Whether he prefer relaxation or excitement
You want to cater the trip to his unique preferences, so starting asking pertinent questions months in advance.

Flying Lessons
Men have spent thousands of years thinking about flight. Of course, today, anyone can just purchase a ticket and fly through the air at over 500 mph. Learning how to operate a plane, however, is a completely different kind of adventure.

It's an adventure that you can give your aspiring aviator. Many cities with small airports offer basic flight instruction for professionals and amateurs. If you know a man who would like to pilot his own plane, then this is a great option that could fulfill his dream. With help from a trained professional, practically anyone can operate a small plane during flight.

The man in your life will probably talk about it for years. Do you know someone who would love one of the above gifts? What other unique gifting ideas can you think of for men?



12.15.2014

Project BB Cream | Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream.

My first box from WishTrend arrived a few weeks ago, which contained some of the best-selling products from the Korean skincare brand, Klairs. Also included in the box is this BB Cream - the Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream, which has earned praises from quite a handful of beauty bloggers that I know.
Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream.
Suitable for all skin types, this BB Cream hydrates, covers wrinkles and blemishes, without irritating the skin. It adjusts to your natural skin color, and gives your skin a healthy glow.
Dear Klairs. :)
It also has UV protection properties, and a decent number at that - SPF40 PA++.
English text at the back. Hangul text written on the side.
Known for being an eco-friendly brand, Klairs products are cruelty-free (not tested on animals), alcohol-free, and paraben-free.
Eco-friendly.
The Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream comes in a 40 mL squeeze tube. The plastic tube is pretty easy to squeeze, and the dispenser tip lets you control the amount of product you want to use.
Dispenser tip.
This BB Cream has a creamy consistency (reminds me of The Face Shop's Power Perfection BB Cream) yet it's quite easy to blend and just a little goes a long way. It provides light to medium coverage, with a semi-matte, slightly dewy finish. It's pretty lightweight too, and does not feel icky on the skin.
Here's how the BB Cream looks like.
Although this BB Cream comes in one shade only, it adjusts nicely to your skin tone. It looks a bit grayish upon application, but it gradually matches your skin color once it sets in.
Left without BB Cream, right with BB Cream.
What I love:
- Looks very natural on the skin.
- Adjusts to my skin tone, and is suitable for all skin types.
- Lightweight, non-sticky.
- Buildable coverage. 
- Great staying power (around six hours on my skin).
- SPF41 PA++.
- No break-outs, no allergies, safe for sensitive skin.

What you might not like:
- Not available locally, can be purchased only from the WishTrend site. 

Products Used:
FACE: Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream,
Missha Under Eye Brightener.
EYES: Ever Bilena Eyebrow Pencil in Brown,
BYS Waterproof Eyeliner, Fairydrops Volume Burst Mascara.
CHEEKS: Milani Powder Mosaics in Copper Sunshine.
LIPS: Givenchy Rouge A Levres #711.
The Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream originally retails for $24.99, but is currently being sold at a discounted price of $17.99 (around Php800). WishTrend ships internationally, and they also ship for free if you purchase any of the items listed under their 'Free Shipping Zone'.

12.12.2014

Foodie Goodie | Red Velvet Cupcakes in a Jar.

Cupcakes in a jar are all the rave these days. They're so popular that I see them every so often on social media sites - on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Especially Instagram. And with Christmas just around the corner, these bottled desserts are ubiquitous now more than ever. They're a sure-fire hit at any party - especially with the kids, and they make great gifts and giveaways, too.

If you'd like to take a shot at making these 'mashed confections', here is a quick and easy recipe that you can follow.
Red Velvet Cupcakes in a Jar

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Unfrosted red velvet cupcakes (made from your preferred mix) 

Procedure:
1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
2. Add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, the milk, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. 
3. Add remaining powdered sugar and beat until combined.
4. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes. 
5. Place frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip or in a zip-top bag with one corner cut; set aside.
6. Cut cupcakes in half horizontally.
7. Place bottom half of cupcakes, cut side up, in half-pint canning jars. Pipe frosting on top of each.
8. Add cupcake tops, cut sides down. Pipe frosting on top of each.
9. Add lids to jars and decorate as desired.

As seen on Recipe.com.


12.10.2014

Wordless Wednesday #112 | Happy Birthday to Me!

I turned 33 last Sunday, and yes, I have no qualms about revealing my age. :)
Despite the bad weather brought about by Typhoon Hagupit, I was able to celebrate my birthday at home, with my family.
With my little man and my princess niece. :)
Big thanks to my fambam, my friends, my colleagues, and Chael Sonnen (he sent me a birthday greeting via Twitter, how freaking awesome is that) for making my day super special. :)
Make a wish! :)
Oh, and here's a close-up shot of my birthday cake. My sister got my KPop groups mixed up, and baked me an EXO cake! Haha, the irony! But who cares about the design, as long as it tastes great, right?
My EXO birthday cake courtesy of Bake it Away.



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