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15 days of lipstick: Laura Mercier Cosmetics Velour Lovers Lip Colour Sensual

Laura mercier is famous for their loose setting powder (which I still cant bring myself to buy because it’s expensive af). To be honest, I havent heard of their lipsticks and there’s probably a reason for it.

Product description

A highly pigmented, moisturizing lip color with a satin-matte finish. Velour Lovers Lip Colour is a revolution in matte lipstick that couples delicate mattifying powders with moisturizing mango butter that creates a velvety texture that is smooth, creamy and long-wearing. Formula is buildable, offering medium to high coverage with a satin-matte finish.

Price

Full price from Laura Mercier website is $28.00

Packaging

Again, it’s a deluxe sample size from the sephora give me more lip holiday set. It came in a bullet type form but instead of a cylinder it comes in a rectangular prism which looks very classy and elegant. Thumbs up for the packaging.

Feel/scent

I didn’t like how this feels. It felt chalky in my lips and it didn’t want to cling to my lips which turned me off. No scent was evident when I applied it.

Color payoff

Very disappointing. It didn’t adhere to my lips and it looked chalky in my lips. In fact, you can’t even see on camera that there is color. It’s not even moisturizing or whatever.

I tried applying a lip balm/gloss over it (tarte’s lip rescue see the review here) and it helped in making the color appear but it still looked chalky.

The last time I had this happen was with the revlon matte balm. I hated that even when people raved about it because it doesn’t want to adhere to my lips.

Longevity

Didn’t even last a minute on my lips.

Overall thoughts

Not a fan, I think maybelline’s lipsticks are way better than this one. It’s not worth it.

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Kimukatsu

There was a point where tonkatsu with unli side dishes was a thing in the Philippines and people were raving about another restaurant (starts with a Y so let’s call that Y restaurant). I was a fan of that restaurant until we tried kimukatsu, one of our go to restaurants.

Restaurant description:

KIMUKATSU

Not any ordinary Tonkatsu, this is Kimukatsu.The only restaurant in the world that offers 25 layers of mille-feuille Katsu in multiple flavors. (Copied from their site
Branches:

Shangrila plaza mall

Century city mall

Bonifacio highstreet

Trinoma mall

Food:

they serve great tonkatsu sets. Our favorite is the plain, the plum and their black pepper variant (unfortunately I do not have a photo).

Here’s a photo of the sauces:

Which unfortunately you can’t see but I’m here to describe it to you. Tadaaaa!

My personal favorite: sesame mayo sauce: this goes perfectly with the cabbage giving it a sweet nutty taste with a little tangy taste to it. 10/10 would recommend

Another one is the tangiest one (the more browny liquidy) sorry for the poor description, I forgot to ask for the names. This one is really tangy almost sour to the taste. It tastes like lime or lemon. It still goes well with the cabbage.

The last one is the spicy one. I did not even dare to try it. 


The last time we ate here (when I got to take photos) I tried the rosu set. I picked this because I am a fan of the fat in pork meals (unhealthy I know) but this satisfied my cravings.


It was a good amount of food and it comes with unli rice, miso soup and cabbage.

My boyfriend ordered his all time favorite: black pepper katsu.


This has a hint of spice to it due to the pepper but it’s manageable even to me, a person who has poor tolerance to spiciness. I recommend this one. 👍🏻

Price:

It has an average price for these types of restaurants with prices ranging 300-500 pesos ($6-10) for solo sets and around 1200 pesos ($24) for set meals (of 3 katsus and unli side dishes).

Ambience:

Filled with black interiors and not always jampacked. You can definitely enjoy your meal alone or enjoy your time with your family and friends.

Service:

Service is good. Servers are attentive and would be quick to respond to your needs. They are also smiling and very accomodating. 

4 out of 5 stars for this restaurant. Would 100% go back.

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Village Tavern

It’s one of those “shala” restaurants in BGC. Hahaha but we’ll try. We went here on my boyfriend’s birthday and here are my thoughts.

Food

We only tried two dishes:

Black pizza


It’s an okay pizza. I can compare it to shakeys’ pizza bianca but the only difference is that the crust is black and it is chewier than most crusts. Personally did not like it cause it needs work for you to chew it. 

Ribs


The ribs is served with rice. I think rice is cooked or sautéed with egg. Like the sinangag of the philippines only the grains are longer and it’s not that oily. Ribs are really tender and tastes sweet with a very very subtle tangy-ness to it. It’s one of those fall off the bone ribs. This I would probably order again.

Price

It’s expensive. Most of their servings are too little for the price. Price range approximately 1700 pesos ($34) for two people according to zomato.

Ambience


Nice ambiance. It has a little rustic-spanish vibe to it which isn’t too annoying and overly done. Interiors are great and interesting with pieces like this:


Service

Service is great! Servers are accomodating and quick to respond. They attend to requests and are even responsive to questions. They are even nice to offer and remind us of their promos to save some cash. 👍🏻
Overall, 3 out of 5 stars for this restaurant.

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Bowen 24 Cafe

There’s always room for dessert. Cafes are very popular nowadays and there’s a lot of new ones in BF paranaque. Bowen 24 Cafe is one of the highly recommended ones in BF.

Location: 29 President’s avenue, BF homes, paranaque city

This is their description from their facebook page:

Bowen 24 Cafe is your new neighborhood cafe in the South! Dine and get your coffee fix. We are open from 7am to 9pm! Follow our IG (@bowen24cafe)

From phonebooky

Bowen 24 Cafe is a neighborhood cafe in the South that serves specialty coffee, breakfast plates, toasts and sandwiches, cereal bowls and more.

Ambience: The interiors were nice. The cafe has white and black details that are very dainty and edgy at the same time.

The chairs were comfortable and the details they put on the cafe was commendable.

They have this mini library corner which could be a good place for the kids or for an instagram worthy photo.


They are also selling calligraphy materials and preserved roses ala beauty and the beast.



Eyeing this gold one. 👍🏻👍🏻

It was all good until I went to the bathroom and saw a cockroach. I asked the staff to kill it but when my friend(s) came (on different times) there was still cockroaches. Ugh ahuhuhuhu.

Service:  Unfortunately they have fair-poor service. The staff were ignoring us until we talk to them and they seemed uninterested with everything around them. 

Food: We ordered chocolate mousse, blueberry cheesecake and rhumbles.


The cakes were dry and a little bland. It’s an okay cake but it will make you want something more. 

The rhumbles were fine. I was expecting a cake pop like texture inside but it was just a ball of what felt like dough which was given time to cook but was taken out of the oven too early. The size was okay but it could easily be mistaken as a complimentary dish.

My friend ordered coffee. Here’s a photo


Price: The price was a reasonable cafe price. Cakes ranging from 100-200 and the slice is quite thick. The rhumbles costs 30 per set ( 3pcs each).

Overall verdict: I will not come back due to the cockroaches, the bad service and the dry cakes. 

2 out of 5 stars for bowen 24 cafe.

(But I might buy preserved flowers from them)