eco-friendly · lifestyle · Skin care

Honeybun Cosmetics Cleansing and Moisturizing Shampoo Bar

I have been looking for eco-friendly alternatives for the last few months. I started by using bamboo toothbrushes then metal straws and now, almost a hype, shampoo bars. I went crazy shopping for shampoo bars so expect a few of these reviews.

Starting off this series with HONEYBUN COSMETICS.

well this one is a bit tricky to get your hands on, I got this from a Facebook group I’m a member of. They sell korean skincare products and lately they have been producing their own product line. I have their EO blends which I love to use when I need to calm my nerves. They also have perfume imitations and lately the ever famous shampoo bars.

Packaging

This came in wrapped in cling wrap with a printed sticker on top. I wish it was wrapped in paper or a more eco friendly alternative although I kinda get why they had to put it in plastic.

Mine came in crushed. I was even scared that it might spill in my bag. The seller advised me to wet it and mold it back again.

Initial use

Unfortunately, I do not have anything to compare it with yet. It definitely needs some getting used to. It feels different than regular shampoo that is readily available in stores. It felt a bit rubbery and way too squeaky clean. I also got annoyed since I initially used it crushed (before I talked to the seller). It is hard to rinse off that way and crumbs of the shampoo bar got stuck to my hair. I had to wash my hair again and took me thrice as long to wash my hair.

A month into it

I’ve been using it for a month and I’m loving it so far. I found out tricks on how it will work. The molding it back helped a lot and I figured that you just have to rub it on your hands first before massaging it on your hair.

The rubbery feeling is still there but it feels less and just the squeaky clean feeling.

The time that I allot to hair washing was back to normal already when I got the hang of it.

I figured that you just have to use conditioner from time to time (in my case at least once a week).

Pros and Cons

PROS

  • Eco-friendly
  • Affordable (i remember buying it for 50-70 pesos)
  • Long lasting (given I have short hair, this could last me 3 months)
  • Smells good
  • Helps with dandruff (I did not have dandruff even if I switched)
  • All naturaL

CONS

  • Packaging – plastic (although the seller might sell it in plastic tubs next pre-order)
  • Not that durable- mine came in crushed but it’s moldable.
  • Smell is not long lasting but it keeps you smelling okay not fragrant but not foul either.

Would I recommend it? Definitely!

It’s the cheapest that I’ve found in the market so far and it works just fine. The seller is also nice and she takes in comments and improves all her products.

FB group name: Vizago Beauty Hub ❤️ (HJDSL Vizago Beauty hub)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/themakeupc/

Make up

Pat McGrath MatteTrance mini trio

It’s been a while since my last review, especially about makeup. Makeup was becoming stagnant for me and nothing catches my attention.

This lipstick was launched way back and I got my eyes on it since then. However, when they released the mini version, I know I had to get it. It made me excited again (though it still took me a while to make the review).

Lo and behold, Pat McGrath MatteTrance lipsticks mini.

What it is

A revolutionary lipstick so luxurious and richly pigmented, it drenches lips in a lightweight veil of opaque colour while delivering a mesmerizingly modern matte finish. Sensually creamy and brilliant in texture, this collection evokes the femme fatale siren with every application. Colour and finish so sinful, your pout will speak volumes without ever whispering a word.

(from Pat Mcgrath website)

Price

At almost 5500 Php per full size bullet, getting the mini trio at less than 2000 Php was a steal. However, I still think it’s way too pricey for a lipstick (or any cosmetics for that matter).

Application

It applies smoothly although the darkest shade feels a bit sandy upon re-application. I did not have that feeling on the lighter shades. No tugging noted upon first swipe.

Color payoff

Very opaque! With one swipe, you can see the color very vividly. I have colored lips and it was able to cover that with one swipe.

Here are the swatches

Shade: flesh 3

Shade: omi

Shade: 1995

Surprisingly, my favorite shade is flesh 3. It is unique compared to the nude shades.

Feel

Applies smoothly and light on the lips. However, as mentioned, there was a sandy feel with flesh 3 after I reapplied after eating. The sandy feeling was notable when you purse your lips.

Longevity

For a bullet lipstick, this is long lasting. When I ate something oily for lunch, only the inside was removed.

However as seen on the photo, the pigment faded hence my colored lips is now visible.

Overall thoughts

Would I recommend it? If you’re a lipstick lover/collector and/or you have a budget, go ahead. However this isn’t something I’ll rave about. Despite having a good formula, I think there are more affordable alternatives to this one.

Above is swatches of dupes that I have in my collection.

Happyskin x lovemarie mini trio could pass as a dupe. However, I’m not sure if that whole collection is still available.

More posts soon, I promise.

Food · Travel

Cebu travelog

Ya girl needed some sanity time so one day when my friend and I had a rough day, we had an impulsive decision to book a ticket going to the queen city of the South, Cebu.

Before anything else, shout out to Ven for going to Cebu with me despite me being crazy and to T. Tinie for touring us around. 😘

Our ticket costed around less than 4000 for ven and I. I can’t remember the exact price but I think we got it on a seat sale.

First day.

Our flight was 10:00am and we landed in cebu around 11 or 11:30. I noticed that in Cebu, they have mybus, their version of p2p but we weren’t able to try it. T. Tinie picked us up and we went straight to 10 000 roses cafe.

It’s 30-45 minutes away from the airport (lapu lapu city). We paid 20 pesos as the entrance fee.

So this is what it looks like, however, instagram photos are deceiving. It is very small and I don’t think it’s worth the long travel to get here.

They also had a cafe where they served meals but it was a bit pricey. I was expecting rose inspired menu but it was just some regular cafe menu. The food was good though.

(in the photo: bacon rice meal)

After that we settled in our place and called it a night.

Second day.

Second day was our city tour day. Our first stop was Temple of Leah.

Leah is the grandmother of an actress here in the Philippines, Ellen Adarna. They have multiple businesses in Cebu.

This temple was built (and is still being built) as a sign of her husband’s love for her. This temple will house all of their pieces from around the world. I was joking that Leah had a bit of hoarding problem.

At present, only the plaza and the main entrance are opened to the public but you can peek through the windows to see some of her antiques.

(sneaky photo of the inside)

The area was build with lots of statues. It had a view of Cebu City.

By the way, there is a 50 pesos entrance fee and 20 pesos parking fee.

After that we dropped by house of lechon for our lechon takeout.

The famous Cebu lechon . In house of lechon (which has a lot of branches around cebu), a kilo costs 700 pesos. They have it in regular and spicy variants.

This one has a sauce to have the distinct cebu lechon taste. I was kinda disappointed with the lechon skin though because it wasn’t as crispy anymore but the meat tasted good.

This ice candy tree also caught our attention.

After our lunch and siesta time, we went around the city to check the famous Magellan’s cross and Sto. Nino.

(photo above: magellan’s cross)

At night we also tried their food park: sugbo mercado.

Sugbo mercado is a night weekend food park located in Cebu IT park.

There were lots of food choices from grilled seafood to ramen to desserts.

They also had live music to serenade you while you eat and bond with your friends and family.

The Pyramid also caught our attention.

It’s actually a cafe that’s shaped like a pyramid. In all fairness, they serve good food and drinks. We didn’t drink there but their cocktails and local beers look interesting.

(photo above: cheesecake and coffee)

Third day.

My favorite day! This is the day that we went to the beach.

We rented a boat for 1500, plus we gave the bankeros 200 as tip. We went island hopping around mactan.

The water wasn’t as calm but it wasn’t scary as well. I was just nervous that my phone might get wet from the splash of water.

We finally went to Sulpa island and decided not to transfer anymore. There was a 200 peso entrance and we paid 400 for the cottage.

We were welcomed with seashells to eat. We bought uni for 300 (8pcs)

They grilled some for us and it’s actually good.

We chilled and talked here for a couple of hours.

I suggest you bring snacks or meals when you go island hopping. The locals can grill food for you for a price (I think).

But please be mindful of your trash. If you can, please bring reusable items and avoid using single use utensils.

Fourth day.

This was our last hurrah and our friend brought us to a complete game changer.

We woke up early and drove for about an hour and a half or two to get to Carcar. (Riding a bus going there is also an option)

Carcar is famous for their lechon and chicharon. I never understood why cebu lechon is special…

That is until I ate carcar lechon.

It was a wet market for lechon. You might think, meh it’s just that lechon but boy oh boy.

It was seasoned and marinated well. The skin was crispy. It didn’t even need sauce! I even brought some home to manila because I wanted my family to taste it.

I bet my mom will love it had she been here.

Lechon in carcar costs 400 pesos per kilo.

After that we bought chicharon from luis and matmat. 1/4 kilo costs 150 pesos.

After that we drove back to the city to buy the famous danggit and cebu chorizo.

We went to tabo-an market to buy the perishable pasalubongs.

Cebu chorizo has sweet and spicy variety. I forgot how much it costs but it is less than 300 pesos a kilo.

We bought dried fish (danggit) for about 280 pesos for 1/4 kilo.

You can also buy the famous dried mangoes and otap here in tabo-an market.

Just be prepared to smell after shopping here. Hehehe.

And that concludes our Cebu trip. It was a much needed detox from work and people and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Again special thanks to Ven, t. Tinie, tita and tito for accomodating us and being with me on this trip.

Where to next? Hmmm.

Food

Ilonggo Food Company

I recently attended a convention in BGC where we had to rent an airbnb so save travel time. Our place was right in front of ilonggo food company and we were hungry for good food.

I’m personally not a fan of filipino food restaurants because I believe my mom’s cooking is the best. However, there are always exceptions.

Restaurant details

Address: Commercenter BGC, Ground, 4th cor 31st St, Taguig, Metro Manila

Contact number: 09178274264

Opening hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm

Ambiance

The place is very cozy and it offers tables for small groups and big groups. Somewhat like a family dining area where people share food. The interior looks homey and is best for dining out with friends and/or family.

It also has a tindahan feel for the cashier and kitchen area. I wasn’t able to take photos of the seats since I was already hungry.

Price

Price ranges from 200 above which is affordable given that the food is for sharing. Servings are mostly good for 2-3 people. However this will become costly if you’re dining alone.

Taste

We asked what the best sellers were and of course inasal would be one of them.

Their inasal is good for 1-2 people. It’s good. It has the distinct inasal taste without being too oily. Best paired with soy sauce, calamansi and chili.

I have a thing for lemongrass tea and I was happy to see this in their menu. Their version has a sweetness to it but you can still taste the lemongrass. Bonus points for using bamboo straw 🤩

We also got pinakbet topped with lechon kawali. They did not skimp on the vegetables. It was cooked perfectly, not too mushy and soft but not undercooked.

Another best seller that they recommended is the kansi. This is my first time trying kansi and this probably raised the bar high. To me it felt like a hybrid of filipino signature dishes: bulalo and sinigang. It had bone marrow with a sour broth. It may look boring but each bite was amazing. They also served this with a lot of meat. The soup was refillable too!

This is their chicharon rice which can stand on its own. It’s possible to be meal on itself. Highly recommended. 👍

Service

The servers were attentive and accomodating without being intrusive.

Overall thoughts

This is a good restaurant for family bonding. The food might be a little above the affordable side but you get what you pay for. Would definitely come back to try more dishes. I heard that even people who doesn’t like lumpia enjoyed their lumpiang shanghai.

Skin care

Skincare routine

I’m trying out to a mostly natural and extensive skincare routine and so far this is what I came up with.

Skin type/ condition

I can say that I am combination skin type with oily t-zone and dry cheek and jaw area. I had few breakouts growing up, mostly on my forehead and back while my legs and arms are extremely dry. It was like that until my late college years.

Through the years I feel like my skin became more and more textured. I feel like I have visible pores.

History

When I was in gradeschool to early highschool, around 11-13 years old, I started having breakouts on my forehead. Aside from being genetically predisposed to it, having bangs and the heat and pollution here in the Philippines added to it. Not to mention going through puberty when hormones are going haywire.

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photo above from google

I started using a gentle cleanser from Clean and Clear. This helped my pimples to calm down but they do come up once in a while. I’m also thankful that it didn’t leave pimple marks.

This turned my face dryer which is why I switched to Celeteque’s Hydration line.

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photo above from google

I also commuted and went out more so I needed a good toner to keep my face clean.

This worked for me for a while but when my face got used to it, I returned to being dry. I barely use make up at this point so I think it’s just that my skin got used to it.

This is when I tried to experiment with things but I was still on a budget until I came up with my current routine.

Skincare routine

FACE

I have my regular and pamper day products and I will discuss both.

Bioré Miscellar Water

(CTTO: google images)

Before this, I just used regular wet wipes to remove my makeup but removing mascara is way too hard.

How I use it: I put a few drops on a cotton pad and wipe it across my face. I do this twice or thrice depending on how much makeup I wore that day.

Tip: when I have days when the whole routine seems too much I just use this and go directly to sleep since it’s also moisturizing. (Please don’t do this often.)

Humanheartnature Nourishing Facial Wash

I’m just on my first bottle but I’m loving this product. I think I was using celeteque hydrating facial wash before this.

I like this facial wash since it does not leave my skin feeling tight after washing but I still feel that my skin is cleansed.

How I use it: I wet my face and put a button sized amount on my palms before lathering it on my face before I rinse it off with tap water.

Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner Rose Petal

This toner did wonders to my skin. It didn’t actually close my pores or anything but it decreased unnecessary oil production. It also kept my face clean. There were less whiteheads also. Purging did not happen. It always leave my face clean without stripping off moisture.

Masks

I change my mask from time to time or I double or multi-mask depending on my skin condition that time. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Origins charcoal mask

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This is a wash off mask that promises to deep clean. This does the job but it leaves the skin a bit dry. I paired this with other origins products.

  • Humanheartnature Detoxifying Mask+Scrub


This is a new favorite. It’s an all natural product that doubles as a scrub. Use it dry as a mask and wet as a scrub. I like it because it’s not that abrasive. This lifts off any dirt on my face even white heads. Sometimes you just need to wipe it off using a towel but most of the time I pair this with a peel off mask to deep clean my pores.

  • Iwhite korea peel off mask

This is my preferred brand to match humanheartnature’s mask+scrub. This can be used alone also. I suggest you use iWhite pore purifying balm that comes with it for it to work well. This leaves my skin clean and a bit smoother.

  • Aztec Indian Healing Clay

The world’s best clay mask. I use this with Braggs apple cider vinegar instead of water. You just have to get past the smell but this works well. It deep cleans the face and leaves skin smooth. Unlike the humanheartnature, I use this alone since it literally strips away the moisture on my face (I feel cemented everytime I use this). Don’t forget to moisturize after using this.

Serum

I have yet to find the best serum but as of now, I’m using ejulai propolis. This leaves my skin supple and soft everytime I use it.

Sheet masks

I vary sheet masks from time to time. I like the moisturizing, calming and brightening variants. I prefer buying from the face shop but innisfree masks are also great.

Moisturizer

Currently using humanheartnature’s day and night moisturizer. I tried to switch to all natural products and this does the job. This leaves my skin moisturized and the scent is subtle so it doesn’t bother me.

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photo from google

When I really want to pamper myself, I use Clinique’s dramatically different lotion. I also use this when my skin is extremely dry.

Sunblock

I’m currently alternating between two sunblocks. One is Happy Skin’s Catch the Sun SPF 40 PA+++ while the other one is Belo Beauty’s tinted sunscreen.

I personally prefer Happy Skin’s sunblock because I feel that this is easily absorbed by the skin and it doesn’t cause white heads. It also layers beautifully under makeup although I don’t use this as a primer (because it’s a sunblock not a primer). It’s lightweight and I feel that it’s a bit moisturizing. I sometimes use this on my body too.

On the other hand, when I have to have a little bit of coverage while having sun protection, I use Belo’s tinted sunscreen. I just make sure I exfoliate or even mask afterwards since I feel that the tint clogs up my pores.

BODY

Soap

I use Humanheartnature’s lavender mint soap in which I have a review on. Click here.

Exfoliator

I use St Ives Apricot both on my face and body. I sometimes alternate this with the Humanheartnature’s detoxifying mask+scrub, the one that I discussed earlier. I like that it’s not too fine and it’s not too rough and both of them leaves my skin feeling smoother afterwards. I exfoliate once or twice a week.

Nivea in shower lotion

This is my holy grail. I don’t like the additional step of going out of the shower and putting on sticky lotion. I hate the sticky feeling that comes with regular lotion so for something that I could rinse off the slimy feeling away, I highly recommend this product. Continued use improves skin’s appearance. It really moisturizes the skin.

Overall thoughts:

Currently loving the condition of my skin. I rarely have pimples and I can comfortably go outside without makeup. Going more natural really helped my skin.

Food

Nomi Matcha & Acai

I’m personally not a fan of matcha and matcha flavored things but I’m willing to try it especially when packed in a unique way.

My friends and I tried this matcha cafe and BGC and I might say, it did not disappoint.

Restaurant details

Ambiance

I wasn’t able to take photos of the place but I’ll try to be as descriptive as I can.

The place is dainty, walls were painted with a light millenial pink with green accents. Comfortable couches were placed although there are still some wooden chairs. On the table that we sat on, we sat on a small sofa instead of separate chairs. There were also cubicles that let’s you have more privacy, I noticed that people staying there usually have their laptops on, probably working or whatever. But on these places, matcha puns were written on thought bubbles. Very instagram friendly.

I also noticed that they put in details that people will not easily notice like the fake grass enclosed in their long glass tables. They also had matcha facts around the place.

The place was very cozy and quiet, it would allow you to focus on your work or just have your relaxation time.

Price/Serving

The food is pricey. I was shocked that a piece of smore (literally one marshmallow about 1-2 inches) costs around 250 pesos. The serving was too small for the price but you’re also paying for the ambiance.

Presentation

I might say, hands down to the presentation. Everything looks pretty, as millenials would say, instagram worthy.

Photo above: matcha mix platter (legendary greenies, matcha churros, tea-ramisu dream and green cookie monster)

The smores was kinda underwhelming but it was a blessing in disguise that the smore wasn’t that frozen so they torched it in front of us.

They’re drinks are also dainty, it’s my first time to see a restaurant serve a drink with bamboo straws.

If I’m not mistaken, it’s the banana tropics drink.

Taste

Their desserts vary in terms of how strong the matcha flavor is. Personally, I don’t like how it tastes. I feel that I’m eating grass, (I know people would react violently to this) but some of their desserts are good.

The frozen smores were good, the earthy taste of the matcha ice cream compliments the sweetness of the torched marshmallow. The irony of hot and cold got me too.

The mix platter was a good deal, I suggest you get that if it’s your first time to try the place.

Out of the four desserts, I liked the churros most and the tiramisu least.

The churros was crisp (not crunchy) and the matcha cream filling blends with the cocoa-ey taste of the churro itself.

The cookie was okay, it’ s a cookie with a hint of matcha.

The legendary greenies (brownies but it’s green) and tiramisu was too overpowering for me. It had the most matcha powder and the flavor was too intense for me. My friends liked it though.

Service

Service was quite good, not annoyingly too much but they still cater to your needs. 4/5 for service.

Overall thoughts

It’s a dainty and cute cafe. The menu was interesting and true to it’s theme. The desserts were well thought of. I would suggest it to a friend.

lifestyle · Yoga

HIIT vs Yoga

If you’ve been following my blog since it started, you’ll know that I am a yoga practitioner, a yogini if you will but because of a friend, I was able to try HIIT as well and here are my thoughts.

High intensity interval training (HIIT)
HIIT is a cardio session arranged as short bursts of very hard work. The whole point of high-intensity training is to kick up the intensity of your cardio. In order to qualify as true HIIT, you’ll need to push yourself to the max during every set. Rests are important in HIIT.

Exerpt from self.com

HOW IT WENT

So my friend, Jeremy, does hiit all the time and he brought me to his home gym.

The session started with stretches and warm up which my friend helped me with. The coach only went in when it was the actual workout.

The coach explained the sets that were prepared that day and explained the form and all before all the exercises started. Once everything was clear, he set the time (25 minutes) then everyone was set on their own to finish the set of exercises.

Boy oh boy, this was probably the most number of jumping jacks that I did my whole life.

Exercises consisted of 100 jumping jacks or single unders in intervals of 10 20 30 40 50 dead lifts.

After 25 minutes, a few minutes rest to hydrate and wipe up. Cool down and stretches were done.

HOW IT FELT

It was okay right after. I felt hungry and a little more energetic than usual but is still very tired. The next day was fine as well. I was able to go to work happy and finished my day just as I would any other day.

The 2nd day after though was a different story. I had back pains and my legs were a bit sore. This lasted for about 3 days, not to mention the fact that I only did half of the set.

YOGA
Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

In this part we will focus on asana practice.

HOW IT WENT

Practices vary on how it starts depending on the teacher. Some practices start with encantations in sanskrit honoring the teachers. Most practices allow you to set an intention for your practice that day.

Teachers adjust the students when poses are not in good form.

Movements are related to one another, preparing you from one pose to another until you achieve your intention or peak pose.

Every movement is synchronised with the breath.

Practice ends in a resting pose (chavasana) followed by cleansing breathes and greeting each other after the practice.

HOW IT FEELS

Yoga relaxes and calms me after the session. There are also times when sessions would have the pick me up vibe to it depending on the class attended. My muscle pains and tension gradually decreased when I practiced more.

Overall thoughts

Personally, I would pick yoga over HIIT because of the gentleness of it. It also has other benefits in terms of mental and spiritual health.

However, I can see why people would like HIIT as a form of physical exercise. I can see that this would help you lose weight fast and the feeling of finishing the sets is quite fulfilling. It probably just needs some getting used to for me. It would probably be best to alternate these types of physical activities just to balance things out. 🙂 It really depends on your personality.

How about you, which one will you pick?