Dec 31, 2018

Althea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser

I've been buying from Althea Korea since 2015, it was back then there's limited online store offering Asian beauty products to Philippines. Currently, I'm still purchasing to their site especially when they have great deals. This December 2018, Althea Korea released their Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser together with their Stay Fresh Body Mist.
Price: ₱430
Where to buy: https://ph.althea.kr/pore-purifying-serum-cleanser

It claims to help extract dirt from inside the pores and to maintain a healthy pH balance of the skin. it's gentle on the face and suitable even for those of us with sensitive skins. The cleanser has a pH level of 5.5~6.5
Packaging comes in this clear blue bottle and print comes in Korean text only.

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Mint leaf extract - Cools down the skin and soothes irritations
  • Jojoba seed oil - Deeply moisturizes any dryness without feeling heavy 
  • Tea tree leaf extract - Has antibacterial properties that purify the skin

Althea The Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist


Check out what's new from Althea Korea, The Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist - It's their 1st celebrity collaboration with Indonesian Celebrity Titi Kamall.

  • This mist is a lightweight body fragrance with Titi Kamal's favorite fruity and floral scents: Orange, Peach, and Rose.
  • The combination of these beautiful scents will give you that fresh feeling you need to seize the day.
  • The bottle is perfectly sized to fit in your handbag or travel carry-on so you'll always be ready to impress.

Full Ingredients:
Alcohol, Water, Glycerin, Fragrance, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Magnolia Liliflora Flower Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin
  • I can smell more hint of rose here ❤🌹
  • I like it and not too strong.
  • It's a mist so I'm expecting 1-2 hours lasting fragrance. 

Best for people who prefer this kind of scent.
Current promo: FREE SHIPPING on all ALTHEA Exclusives with CODE: PBSHIP

Direct Product Link: https://ph.althea.kr/stay-fresh-body-sparkling-mist
#TitixAltheaKorea #AltheaAngels #AltheaKorea


Dec 26, 2018

Glossier Experience via Jinio Courier Review

I've been wanting to try Glossier for some time already, but when I checked their site they're currently not shipping to the Philippines and my only chance to get them if not by online resellers is through forwarders.

I decided to try this site called Jinio. Jinio provides forwarding services allowing you to shop from U.S. stores using your own personal mailbox. From the store to your door. It provides a US address upon account creation and users should have it verified by sending two valid ids and filling up the USPS Form 1583. My address was located in Stamford, Connecticut.

What is USPS Form 1538?
Anyone who wants to rent a PO box, or postal mailbox, in the United States must fill out Form 1583. This form often looks confusing the first time you see it. This article helps you understand what USPS Form 1583 is for and how to fill it out properly for your mail forwarding service or PO box rental.

Why USPS Form 1583 Is Needed?
In the United States, the U.S. Postal Service regulates how mail can be received and handled. USPS also dictates required procedures for commercial mail receiving agents (CMRAs) like Xend USA, LLC to follow. USPS Form 1583 authorizes a CMRA to receive mail on the customer’s behalf. The completed form is required before anyone can give you a mailbox.

I decided to go for Jinio for my 1st purchase via forwarder because they offer Minify which means that courier discards excess non-protective packaging from purchases before weighing and measuring to help you save up to 80% in shipping costs. I saw from the site that it's a partner of Xend Express which I know because I used to ship using this courier locally and for my other online purchases too.
Dec 23, 2018

SilkyGirl Shimmer Duo Blusher

Blushes are important for me as they provide a healthy look to my face plus a matchy lip tint! Today I'll be sharing my thoughts about the Silkygirl Shimmer Duo Blushers.

I got a PR set from Silkygirl, these have a 2 tone color powder blushes that comes in 4 shades:
Cheeky peach and Blushing pink has a matte+shimmer
Rose Petal and Sunny glow has both shimmers

Dec 20, 2018

SM City Masinag Grand Christmas Parade 2018

Christmas season at SM City Masinag becomes merrier as it holds its annual Grand Christmas Parade!

There are 20 characters that amused the mall goers as they jive the beat along mall hallways. Expect Santa Claus, a magician rabbit, circus polar bear and toy soldiers. Also joining the parade are the flag bearers, trapeze girl, ringmaster, stilt walkers and jugglers that completes the carnival feel throughout the mall.
Dec 15, 2018

Colourpop Haul Experience - Philippines

If you're following me on Instagram you might have seen my hauls on IG stories and sharing some of them on my feed. Since I'm receiving a lot of questions about the shipping process from an international site, I decided to create this post for a makeup brand I've been eyeing since 2014. Well, I did try their lippie stix and some matte lipsticks from 3rd party resellers here in the Philippines.
This time I ordered from the site itself because I'd like to get a box for myself and the note card of course from Colourpop - it just feels authentic and personalized order when you received such note cards <3

Dec 9, 2018

Silkygirl Skin Perfect Liquid Foundation

It's been a while since my last foundation post. I For the past few months, I received a package from Silkygirl which contains their products. I'm going to share my thoughts through an individual blog post. For this post, I'll be sharing the Silkygirl Skinn Perfect Liquid Foundation

Product Description:
Formulated with Nano Seaweed Plus Vitamin E to prevent fine lines and keeps Skin hydrated. Nanosphere 100 Vitamin A Palmitate aids Skin renewal and youthfulness. 02+ Complex stimulates circulation and cell oxygenation. With SPF30/PA+++ helps to protect Skins form UVA and UVB. Formulated for Asian Skin. Dab dots onto your cheeks, chin, nose and forehead. Use your finger to blend, outwards and towards your Hairline.
Price: Php329.00
One of the inexpensive brands I find in the market that offers a wide selection of foundation shades. I can see most foundations in the beauty section here in the Philippines too light for most Filipina Skin tone but for this variant, I find a dark shade fit for some morenas.

Amazon Japan to Philippines Haul Experience + Cleansui Feature

I honestly love online shopping it's like a gift to my self from my self. If you're a reader of this blog you probably saw my experience buying from various sites, local and international.
This time I'll share my experience with Amazon Japan.

To give you a little context of this transaction, I placed my order end week of November, I'm worried at first that it might take more than a month since it's holiday season already.

Dec 4, 2018

Design your Life 2019 Planner by C&S Designs

It's the end of the year for 2018! I'm not sure if you'll be interested with planners, but here I am sharing my planning for 2019. This is the Design your Life Planner by C&S Designs http://www.cnsdesigns.com.ph/2-design-your-life-planner

I got it for P650 + shipping fee
You'll see when you scroll down what can you receive from this planner.

If you're interested to purchase, you can comment or email me your full name and email to be used for creating an account on their website and we both get P50 that you can use for your 1st  purchase😄.

I first saw it from Chamidiaries.com, really amazed how cute it was a design too! It's unique and colorful!

Dec 1, 2018

Althea's Milk Peel Cream Mask

The newest product (it's cruelty-free!) from the Althea skincare line is their Milk Peel Cream Mask. I decided to try it out first to see if it will work for me since this contained AHA and BHA which is an exfoliator ingredient. I have a combination to dry skin - so testing of exfoliator is a must for me.
Price: Php 490 at Althea Korea Site
Content: 50ml

Is Snapcart App Legit?

!Do you believe that you can earn cashback from receipts? At first, I never thought it could be possible, but my cousin introduced me this app called Snapcart. This is a mobile application I downloaded using my Android phone that can give you real cashback, only from snapping grocery receipts, but lately, they also included medicine and beauty products.


Supported banks include:

  • METROBANK
  • BPI
  • ALLIED BANK
  • CITIBANK
  • PBCOM
  • STANDARD CHARTERED
  • BDO
  • SECURITY BANK SAVINGS
  • SECURITY BANK
  • EASTWEST BANK
  • CHINABANK
  • UCPB
  • BPI FAMILY SAVINGS
  • MAYBANK
  • PNB SAVINGS BANK
  • PSBANK
  • ROBINSONS BANK
  • LANDBANK
  • RCBC
  • BANK OF COMMERCE
  • DEVELOPMENT BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES
  • UNION BANK
  • ASIA UNITED BANK
  • CHINA BANK SAVINGS
  • HSBC
  • PNB
  • RCBC SAVINGS
  • SECURITY BANK
  • STERLING BANK OF ASIA
There's a page where it says minimum cash out is P150 but on the cash out page itself it mentioned 220. I think the app developers should clear things out for this one.

Last April 2018, I was able to cash out Php 873.02 (with a transaction fee of P20)
Cashback reflected after a week to my bank account. I can also withdraw and turn it into Zalora vouchers.
If you like to withdraw your cashback via Zalora Voucher, current choices follows:
  • P450 Cashback - P500 off min purchase of P2800
  • P250 Cashback - P300 off min purchase of P2100
  • P200 Cashback - P200 off min purchase of P1500
So are all types of receipts accepted? Not all receipts they current better upload receipts with a breakdown. Guidelines here:
  • Grocery
  • medicines
  • cosmetics but not perfumes
  • With maximum transaction date on the receipt is 3 days ago.
  • Purchased goods are for personal use of household, not for resell.
  • It should be real receipts and not those modified nor duplicated
  • Printed receipts, not handwritten OR
  • Use only receipts from the Philippines
  • Do not split a single purchase to make it multiple receipts
  • All parts of the receipts should be readable and captured in a bright environment
  • receipts should be in good condition, not crumpled nor torn
  • Snap receipts within the red box provided when taking the photo
How much can you earn per receipt? It depends on the total valid items included on your receipt. See the current conversion below:
There's also a level if you snap receipts regularly. This feature requires to snap receipts every week to avoid getting downgraded. Wherein you can increase the cashback value you receipt 

Just this morning they have this promo from their Bonus Tab > Video that by just watching the video and answering a short question will give instant rewards! I got Php 500! I cash out immediately and let's see if this will be valid

I watched the video and answered the question after and instantly earned P500!
Got the right answer here 15ft!


Update:
The app sent a glitch notif about their video, they have returned my cashback rewards because I already cash out my earnings. 😞
Yup, that's just sad. Anyway I havent received any email yet as what they claim.

So that's all about it! I'm not affiliated with the app, just a user sharing that we can earn from our receipts. The app is totally free. All details shared as of writing date December 2018. :)
Nov 27, 2018

First #FreyjaBeautyHaul


Last November 23, I woke up checking the emails and found a massive 50% off from a newsletter of Freyja. I've created an account several weeks ago when they launched. Yet, I haven't bought any nor even got a chance to visit their store in Ayala.


Now is the chance! I was able to get several items from them

I got some face masks and beauty blenders. My total purchases reached more than Php 5,000 and so I was able to get a freebie kit from Dirty Works. It contains 4 pieces of Bath Essentials.

The original beauty blender pink costs Php 990 and was able to buy them for only Php 495! good buy!

23 Nov - Order placed

27 Nov - My order was by Ninja Van courier

Fast shipping!

OMG Oh My Girl Hair Color Cream in Dark Copper Review

While doing my normal grocery, I found these new products from OMG. OMG is a nail polish brand from the Philippines. Now, OMG offers more salon products such as these hair color cream and the Brazilian keratin serum.

Price:
  • Hair Color Cream Php 129.75
  • Brazilian Keratin Serum is Php 29.75 for 5pcs
Since I'm going to color my hair, I'm expecting to get a dry hair so I decided to get this Brazilian serum. The Serum has a full size, but I realized to try it first before purchasing the full size.
Nov 26, 2018

McDonald's and SM Supermalls #NationalThankYouWeek

SM Supermalls and McDonald's level up the Thanksgiving tradition among Filipino families with the online and on-ground celebration of #NationalThankYouWeek last November 19 to 25.


“On the second year of our partnership with McDonald's, we continue to underscore the uniqueness of the emotional bond of Filipinos, especially when our customers make memories and redefine thanksgiving celebrations in our malls,” shares Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls senior vice president for marketing.

Nov 24, 2018

Althea Korea x Get it Beauty - Real Fresh Skin Detoxers

10 seconds skincare? Could that be fast?! A few months ago, I received this set of Skin Detoxers and I find it great. I already finished half of the green tea tube. Let's talk about both variants for this blog post. I got the two tubes from Althea Korea What are these Real Fresh Skin Detoxers? - 2-in-1 cleanser pack that nourishes the skin in 10 seconds - Contains real rose petals and extracts to refine - Leaves the skin fresh and smooth

STYLEKOREAN Stay Young Box

Another purchase from StyleKorean was this set of Stay Young Box which you can purchase from their site. Update: As of 27 Nov, this box is already out of stock. This set costs $9.9 or ~P535. I personally think of it as a good deal because these are like travel size, and not the sachet samples sizes.

The following kit contains:
  1.  COSRX; Salicylic ACID Daily Gentle Cleanser
  2.  d'Alba; White Truffle Mist Serum
  3.  Sulwhasoo; Essential Balancing Emulsion EX
  4.  Benton; Fermentation Eye Cream
  5.  Etude House; Soonjung PH 5.5 Relief Toner
  6.  Pyunkang Yul; Nutrition Cream
  7. AVAJAR; Perfect V Lifting Premium Eye Mask
  8. HYGGEE; All-In-One Tightening & Firming Mask
Excited to try these items!
Nov 23, 2018

The Skin House Vital Bright and Black Snail Bubble Mask

The Skin House Vital Bright Serum and Cream
Last month I got these items from The Skin House, this is a fresh naturalistic cosmetic brand exclusively for online Korean Market founded in 1970 and launched 2011. The brand's motto was "Cosmetics good for skin", the skin house offers newly manufactured fresh cosmetics for the customers.

It's been a while that I have been using these 2 items from their Vital Bright line. The Skin House Black Snail Bubble Mask was used once a week since I find it more of like an exfoliator.


Wishtrend Black Friday 2018 Shopping Experience - Philippines

Hi Everyone, who's buying right now for Black Friday sale?! Count me in!
If you're following me on IG, I mentioned how hard it was to load the site and I was able to check out finally at Wishtrend.com today 23Nov. They have a massive sale, especially during this period.

Buying tips? Get codes!
  1. For first time buyers, get a 30% discount automatically if you have the minimum purchase of $20
  2. Don't have a Wishtrend Account yet? you can use my Wishtrend discount code or registration link 103084409 - https://www.wishtrend.com/?s=103084409 then make sure to place the code your found when asked for in the account registration page. You then will automatically receive 5 USD in store credit once your account is made!
  3. AFFBLACKFRIDAY - 5% off promo this BF (Please try if this still works)
  4. MYFIRSTBF Black Friday: Extra 3% Off Your 1st Purchase (Please try if this still works)
  5. SINGLEFREESHIPPING Free shipping on a single product at Wishtrend (Please try if this still works)
  6. Add your FREE GIFT CODES! varies depending on your total purchase! It represents a code and automatically viewable on your cart I have a screenshot below. I experienced tagging a wrong gift code (BFGIFTUNDER99) but I have over 99 purchase, so it should be BFGIFTOVER99, I just empty cart first to refresh then add correct items before indicating gift codes


    • Don't forget also to check necessary shipping you might reach the minimum order for expedite delivery. Please check first if Wishtrend does ship to your country
    Some deals are not found on the Wishtrend site itself. These are like collaboration with bloggers I found tagged under BF2018ROCKETDEAL Campaign.

    I purchased Mae's Special Skincare Deal (see the link to purchase)


    Gothamista Box of Holiday Wishes  (see the link to purchase)

    for $69.9 but can be lowered if you're a new user + other stackable codes :)

    Kennie's Korean Skincare Routine (see the link to purchase)

    $59 for any of the set Yin or Yang below
    These special deals are available for limited quantity I think. So please check out early to avoid no stock.
    - - - -
    My total cart was $228.15 - without any coupons
    And used a total of $106.27 vouchers (savings!)
    Shipping and handling $0.00 - expedited shipping
    Total paid was $121.88 or ~Php 6,652

    Let's see the time frame for current Wishtrend buying experience:
    1. Nov23 - Order place and payment confirmed
    2. Nov 29 - Item Shipped
    3. Dec 1 - Received my box! I mentioned I'm used expedite shipping it was still fast knowing it was shipped last 29, it's just the preparation that took time.
    I got my parcel via DHL. What surprised me is that I didn't get any notice like email or SMS that they're going to deliver my parcel, good thing my mother is at home by the time they handed over the package.



    I didn't pay any fees to DHL Courier, my mom said they just handed over my package and didn't ask for any payment like customs fees other buyers from Wishtrend mentioned. 

    My box weighs 0.5 kg if some would like to know so I didnt exceed 2kg.

    Overall still impressed with the deals for Black Friday Wishtrend. Will surely purchase again here next year!
    Nov 22, 2018

    THE MERRY STYLES OF CHRISTMAS FROM OUR HOME



    Our Home brins the joys of Christmas to your home with its Merry Styles of Christmas collection. We’ve put together five-holiday looks - ranging from the festive to the pristine, to the avant-garde, to the classic, to the lavish – that you can choose from to express your yuletide style.
    • Christmas Le Grand 
    Festive, outlandish, spectacular. Our Home’s take on the yuletide season takes a major turn as the circus comes to Christmas town. Jewel tones and bright and vibrant hues take center stage against dramatic black furniture and gold furnishings; while harlequin masques in black and white revolve around golden circles. The circus has truly come to town in Our Home.

    • Christmas in Calm Splendor
    Frosted, pristine, pure. Snowflakes and icicles suspended in mirrored decorations, garlands adorned with frosted teardrops in icy blue and trees embellished with pearls and silver trinkets, all give off a serene and silent vibe – another way of celebrating the other side of Christmas. Our Home gives off a different way of celebrating the most wonderful time of the year - modern, contemporary and sleek.

    • Boho Christmas 
    Avant-garde, laid back, muted. The look is different. The feel is carefree. This is Our Home’s take on bohemian chic. Pastel colors, soft tones and a hushed and gentle atmosphere complete an unconventional Christmas theme. Trees and garlands adorned with strings of pearls in light and pale hues, large roses and poinsettias that fade into a blissful background while butterflies with their glittered wings a-flutter embellish wreaths and twigs giving off an ethereal and whimsical character.


    • Christmas Tradition 
    Established, classic, time-honored. A traditional celebration takes place as Our Home pays tribute to an immortal and enduring combination of red and green. A forest of garlands and wreaths drop from the ceiling as inverted Christmas trees form a chandelier… arches are numerously decked with lights… Santa Claus, Frosty and Rudolph reunite while toys and candies dangle above… this is how Christmas is celebrated the traditional way.

    •  The Wizard of Posh
    Affluent, lavish, lush. Our Home pays homage to the emerald city as elegance and opulence become a unique statement of Christmas. Luxurious, exclusive and classy – Christmas never looked this posh as black and gold provide a backdrop for the rich and lavish emerald tones to shine through.

    Shop and pay in 24 months at 0% in Our Home's Best Deal Ever! A minimum single-receipt purchase of Php 50,000 entitles one to avail of Our Home’s 24 months- installment at 0% interest using your BDO, BPI, RCBC, Citibank, Metrobank, Security bank and Unionbank credit cards from October 1 to December 31, 2018. Terms and conditions apply.   Please visit ourhome.ph for more info.  An awesome treat only from Our Home.
    Bring Christmas to your home with Our Home’s Merry Style of Christmas Collection available at all Our Home branches.  

    Grab your Kid's Holiday Fashion Finds from SM KIDS!

    At SM Kids, the holidays are all about fashion fun! And this means putting pieces from key trends together and letting young imaginations work.


    With celebrity children and young Royals like Harper Beckham, North West, Blue Ivy, Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge leading the way, fashion for kids has never been more exciting. And they’ve influenced young fashion not only in trends but in attitude.

    There is a return to classicism, traditional children’s clothes that are elegant and timeless as influenced by Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. For girls, there are romantic details, delicate floral prints, and full voluminous skirts, as well as fun and festive ruffles that add volume and dimension, and have a dramatic flair. For boys, there are checkered fabrics, corduroy making a comeback, and classic shirts.
    And this is where the fashion fun begins with layering, which takes young style to a whole new level while being functional and fashionable. The look is slightly mismatched, delightfully over the top, but strong on young independent style.

    Let the little missy wear an oversized denim jacket, corduroy or coat over a statement tee or a printed top with a metallic skirt or a denim bottoms. Little guys, on the other hand, can layer sleeveless hoodie over a chambray polo and knit jogger or match an oversized hoodie over a printed polo and a colored trouser.

    Joining in the fashion fun are celebrity kids Noah Lamar Alcaraz, Gummy Carlos and the Concio sisters Julia and Talia together with young fashion influencer Danielle Krystina and the winners of SM Kids Casting Call 2018 Dara Rubin, Raven Nielson, and Ethan Suyo.
    Holiday fashion for kids is available at the SM Kids section of The SM Store.

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