Skin care

Belo tinted sunscreen

Having a good sunscreen is a necessity right now. May it be for the beach or everday, sunscreen helps us take care of our skin while we carry out with our activities.

Recently, Filipino YouTubers have been raving about this product. That was probably a sponsored post but I still decided to try it out myself.

Product description:

Belo SunExpert Tinted Sunscreen is rated SPF50 and PA++++ for broad spectrum protection against harmful UV rays. Its light tint benefits from Tone Adapt Technology that evens out your skin tone and conceals fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. And it has Cell Protect defends against premature skin aging.

From: the sample room

Price

I got my 10ml tube for less than 200 pesos. Im not sure if it’s 150 or 199.

Application

This product says that it should be applied with the hands. This product dries quickly but gives you time to work it in and blend it.

Feel/Appearance

It doesn’t feel tacky nor drying. It sets as a matte finish. Sheer coverage for this one so for me having the tint is unnecessary. If you have flawless skin then yes, but my redness still shows up.

I also saw that after wearing it for quite some time, it settles in my pores. I also wouldn’t recommend this to people with dry skin because it might flake out on you.

Longevity

The coverage is sheer from the start so I don’t think it lasted long but I’m sure the sun protection lasted long.

Packaging

It comes in a squeezy tube for both sizes. Hygienic and travel friendly.

Overall thoughts

It’s an okay product, however, I will not repurchase it. I don’t like that it settles on my pores. I would just use my regular sunscreen since it doesn’t give much coverage anyway.

Make up

Nyx Powder Puff Lippie

Here we are again with another lipstick. However, this one is intriguing because of it’s unique applicator and claims.

Product description

Screenshot from nyx cosmetics website

Price

$8.50

Packaging

It comes in a unicarton. The lipstick itself is in a squeezy tube with the color matching the shade and a black plastic cap. The packaging also feels velvety

Application

It comes with a round cushiony applicator which can be difficult to work with when lining the edges of your lips. Aside from that, it applies smoothly.

Feel/Scent

True to its claims, it feels lightweight and sort of powdery. It’s very comfortable on the lips. It has a subtle sweet custardy smell to it. Or vanilla. I can’t differentiate it.

Color payoff

Medium to full coverage. You can easily see the color with just one layer. The dark edges of my lips are still visible but it’s not that obvious. I’m pretty pleased with this one.

Longevity

It barely transfers. I drink a lot throughout the day and observed that there was minimal to no transfer. I almost forgot that I was wearing lipstick.

However, as any lipstick would, it would easily come off when you eat.

Overall thoughts

I love the feel and the color payoff of this product. They also have other great color selections. It is affordable and can be used everday. I just wish the applicator was a little bit more pointed rather than being too rounded for easier application.

Food

Backyard Kitchen + Brew

I rarely go to UPTown mall so we decided to eat in a restaurant that we haven’t tried. I searched up and there were a few recommendations but going through a mall can be confusing sometimes. So we landed here, and in all fairness, it wasn’t a bad idea.

Restaurant details:

Branches:

  • L2 UP Town Center, Katipunan Brgy UP Campus 961 5717
  • Lower Ground Floor, Circuit Lance, Brgy Carmona, Makati City 960 9629
  • GF, The Grove by Rockwell C5, Brgy Ugong, Pasig City 941 1895
  • 4F UPTown Mall, 9th Avenue 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 960 4148

Opening hours: Mall hours

Ambiance

I don’t know how to describe it but it has sort of cowboy-y but kinda rustic feel to it. The place feels like a barbecue in your backyard. That’s probably how I would describe it. I like that the place is not crowded and the couches and even the tables and chairs are ab bit apart so you feel that you have your privacy despite being in a mall.

Service

I like how they are attentive and yet they don’t mind you when you don’t want them to. They can respect privacy and not check up on you too much that it gets annoying. They serve fast and they get things right.

Price

I say for the type of food that they serve, it is a little bit pricey. Food ranges from P249 pesos upwards. Probably because we can say that they “bedazzle” common food. Not too much to complain.

Food

When they say that this is the food, they mean it. True to the description on their menu. However, I feel that there is nothing special about the menu, they just deliver what they have well. For example:

I ordered thrice- cooked crispy pork cheek which is essentially a fancy version of lechon kawali. They served it on top of brown/black rice with caramelized onions and cherry tomatoes.

It is crispy, yes, it tastes good, yes but I feel that there are other restaurants that can serve this the same way that they did. I do have to commend their plating, though. Slow clap for them.

My boyfriend ordered their version of pares (I can’t remember how they call it and zomato’s menu is not updated, I’m sorry). It tasted like pares, nothing special about it.

side note: what is PARES?

The term Pares commonly refers to Beef Pares, a braised beef meal served with rice and a bowl of soup that originates from the Philippines. (from google)

It had that distinct Chinese cuisine taste to it, which is common in pares. It’s fine.

Overall thoughts:

It’s an okay restaurant. I don’t think it’s anything that I would crave or go back to because I really want to but if I am within the vicinity, I probably would eat there again. three stars.

Make up

Colourpop lux lipsticks

Another lipstick to feed my obsession. Haha. These were intriguing since the packaging is somewhat similar to Charlotte Tilburry but with a very low price point. However, these weren’t as hyped as other releases which is quite interesting. I already got mine in 3 shades and tried them all before writing this review.

Product description

LUX LIPSTICK

This full coverage lipstick is packed full of the finest pigments to give you long wearing, true color in shades made for every skin tone. This formula glides on like butter and has a creamy matte finish. Our exclusive LUX blend of Acai, Jojoba and Pomegranate Seed butters hydrate and keep your lips looking fresh AF. Natural antioxidants protect your lips from environmental stressors and premature aging.

Finish Satin

INGREDIENTS

Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyethylene, Hydrated Silica, Flavor, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopherol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Butter, Euterpe Olerecea Pulp Powder, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Feel and scent

Surprisingly, this feels comfortable on the lips. I can’t say that this is the lightest formula ever but it’s comfortable. It also feels a bit moisturizing.

It smells lightly of playdoh but only if you smell it up close. Otherwise, it won’t bother anyone.

Price

This costs $7.00 which is already reasonable. Not bad for the price.

Application

It’s actually moisturizing and is one swipe goodness. I didn’t feel any tugging on my lips and it wasn’t too soft that it would break while you’re applying it.

Color payoff

I got mine in 3 shades: lay over, 27 and gallop.

I have to say that it is pigmented. With one swipe, I was already able to achieve the opacity that I like. It also didn’t emphasize dryness or lines on my lips. Two thumbs up for that.

Photo above: colourpop lux in lay over

Photo above: colourpop lux in 27

Photo above: colourpop lux in gallop

Longevity

When I first wore this, I was surprised there was minimal to no transfer. However, I think the way I drank had an effect to it. I tried it several times and saw that yes it will transfer, but not enough that it would affect the color on your lips.

I drink a lot throughout the day and I’m happy that despite it transferring, I don’t have to worry that I’ll have a smudged lip or no lipstick at all.

It was only when I ate a full meal (lunch) that it came off. It did, however, leave some product on the outer edges of the lips as seen on the photo below.

There was minimal feathering as well but only when you look at it up close. Nothing a nice lip liner wouldn’t fix.

I had to use makeup remover to remove the stain that it leaves. I don’t mind that since it means that it is, indeed, long lasting.

Overall thoughts

The formula reminds me of BLK cosmetics, especially regarding longevity. It depends on what you like if you’d ask me what’s better. Colourpop lux feels more hydrating than BLK but BLK is more matte. They’re both affordable but BLK is readily available in the Philippines. It’s a good formula. The shades are wearable and could be used everyday.

Food · Travel

Aguirre Foodtrip (this comes with a vlog)

Vlog link here

My friends and I went around Aguirre to try out different restaurants. I wasn’t able to take photos (mostly because I was busy eating) but I was able to make a short video about it. Excuse the low quality editing and my unpleasant voice.

For those who prefers to be saved from that shenanigans, here’s a written review.

Just a heads up that this won’t be containing as much photos as my usual posts would, everything will be shown on the link below.

Aguirre is a long street in BF Homes Paranaque which is popular to food enthusiasts. Restaurants are walking distance from each other. It has a wide variety of everything you might be looking for: different cuisines, different ambiance, affordable choices, expensive choices and a whole lot more.

For this particular food trip, I guess my friend just picked his favorites and let us try the best on the menu. Credits to Jeremy (please if you’re reading this, comment below) for arranging this.

1st STOP: Mensakaba Geishu

Address: Southland Apartelle, Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 5469302

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:30AM to 2:00PM, 5:00PM to 10:00PM

We ordered chashu ramen, tantanmen black and 2 servings of gyoza. This is actually the best ramen that I’ve tried so far. I can’t say if it’s comparable to those in Japan but this is the one that I can most tolerate since I am not a fan of ramen.

Tantanmen ramen was a bit spicy but it’s the kind of spice that you’d crave for. I’m actually craving for ramen at this very moment, something that hasn’t happened before.

For our total that is 800 pesos, we got 2 bowls of ramen and 2 servings of gyoza, I can say that it’s a reasonable amount.

4 out of 5 stars for mensakaba geishu

2nd STOP: Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub

Address: 98 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 5195162

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:30AM to 2:00AM

Uncle Moe’s specializes in Middle Eastern dishes which is dear to my heart. The place isn’t loaded up with fancy decoration. It feels raw and simple. No frills just like their menu.

We ordered Moussaka Melt, keema with pita bread and special beef shawarma. Among the three, the simplest is my favorite: Keema with pita bread. It had the right amount of everything for me which isn’t too complicated.

You also have to try their kebabs!

4 out of 5 stars

3rd STOP: La Chinesca

Address: 248 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 7380724

Opening Hours: Tuesday 5:00PM to 10:00PM

Wednesday to Sunday 11:00AM to 2:00PM, 5:00PM to 10:00PM

La chinesca is a little, unseen restaurant in BF that is starting to make a name for itself. Their tacos serve as their own advertisement. No huge banners, no sales no anything, just a little taco shop along Aguirre.

Down side is that they have a small shop, a little too crowded for my own liking but their food makes up for it. You might need to wait a little to get a good spot but It’s worth it.

MUST TRY: TUNA TOSTADA (and check out their daily menu, you might find something interesting)

4 out of 5 stars

4th (and last) STOP: Larcy’s Cupcakery Cafe

Address: 178 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City

Contact No.: (02) 4782849

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00AM to 11:00PM

Of course, the last stop should be dessert. Larcy’s cupcakery cafe is one of those feel good cafes because of the light and well decorated ambiance. It’s bright and the decorations aren’t over the top.

I can’t recommend anything since all their cupcakes are good. Coffee is also okay but it’s not the best. I have yet to try their meals.

3.5 out of 5 stars

OVERALL THOUGHTS:

With a 2,500 Peso budget, I can say we were able to make the most out of it. I can’t pick a favorite among the three main restaurants (mensakaba, la chinesca and uncle moe’s) because they have a unique thing which sets them apart.

Mensakaba is the go to ramen place. Something to hug your insides on a stressful day. Uncle Moe’s is when you want to chill with your friends over food. Easy, light but still filling. La Chinesca is for your intimate dates (or taco bonding) and tuna tostada cravings.

thumbs up for everything.

VLOG POST HEREEEEEE:

Aguirre Foodtrip Vlog

Food

Mr. Roboto

Chicken is my all time comfort food but sushi rolls are definitely a competition. I’ve tried a few japanese restaurants which quite frankly, does not inspire me to write reviews (hence, the lack of food posts lately). However, my friends and I met up and ate here in Mr. Roboto which sparked forgotten love for reviews.

Restaurant details

Address:
Ground floor, ATC Corporate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Opening hours:

Sunday-Thursday 11am- 9pm

Friday- Saturday 11am- 10pm

Contact number:

(02) 2469072, 147

Ambiance

Mr. Roboto had a quirky and relaxed feel to it. It was quite small but the tables didn’t feel cramped. There were enough space for walking and you wouldn’t think that other people would eavesdrop in your conversations.

The restaurant had a nostalgic vibe to it with its design. The walls were filled with anime we loved as kids.

Spot the animes you watched before! The song Mr. Roboto even played in the background.

Price

The food was reasonable for their prices. It may be a little above average but I think the price is worth it.

Service

The staff were attentive but not annoying. They were able to answer our inquiries and was polite and patient. On top of that, Mr. Roboto provides an iPad for you to see photos of their products which is really helpful.

Food

Food was great. We were able to try 3 dishes and all of them did not disappoint.

Photo above: Mr. Roboto

This is one of those tuna on tuna kind of thing. Bottom layer is a cucumber roll, the second layer is negi tuna while the top layer is aburi (torched) tuna. This one was a bit spicy but was still tolerable even for me who has a low tolerance for spicy food.

Photo above: Voltron

This was their take on the classic california maki. It’s a cucumber roll topped with kani salad and crunchy maki. The crunchy maki was actually entertaining to eat. It’s one of the best california makis that I tried. Two thumbs up for this.

Photo above: Mazinger Z

It’s a radish roll topped with spicy salmon and negi salmon with cream cheese and crispy salmon skin. It’s one of those “it’s too spicy but I will keep on eating because it’s good” kind of dishes. It has all the things that I dont like, raw and slimy salmon and spice but I would order this again if a friend shares it with me. Another thumbs up for this.

Overall thoughts

I’m glad I was able to try Mr. Roboto. My friends and workmates have been recommending this to me and it really did not disappoint. I would definitely go back and recommend to my friends. I can’t wait to try their rice bowls next.