April 08, 2016

Hola Paella Recipe

What's not to love about paella? It's a full meal on its own. This version of Paella features chicken and vegetables you probably already have in your refrigerator. Definitely Masarap, Masustansya at Kayang-kaya!

The trick to making paella is preparing all your ingredients beforehand so you can breeze through the the cooking part itself. For this recipe, I used Magnolia chicken and Pure Foods bacon. I like how both these products are of great quality and are affordable for the Filipino family. The Magnolia chicken had a lot of meat (don't you get disappointed when you're served scrawny chicken pieces?). Super sulit! The Pure Foods bacon added extra flavor to the dish. The end result was a hearty, filling meal with great depth of flavor! Everybody loved it! #bloggerslovechicken #homefoodieako

September 29, 2015

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Review

Hey everyone! I'm back with another skincare review. This time it's a product from Philosophy. This is such a well-loved cleanser and if you can't tell by the amount of goodness left, we like this too! We are currently on what is probably the 6th bottle of this cleanser. More on why we've repurchased this multiple times after the jump!

September 26, 2015

Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel Review

Hello hello! It’s been a while since our last post and we’re finally back with a new review! I was in Hong Kong last June and was on the lookout for a facial scrub. I was deciding between two Japanese brands when I saw this on the Laneige shelf at Sasa. I don’t know what it is about Laneige but I’m always curious about their products. Haha! Anyway, I ended up buying this one and have used it regularly since.

February 20, 2014

Better Than Shu Uemura? Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil Review

We know, we know. Our title is a pretty wild claim. Better than the most (in)famous cleansing oil in the whole wide world?! Well, what you'll hear from us is one big, resounding yes. If you're looking for a Shu Uemura dupe, you should definitely check out this cleanser from Kose. Like Shu Uemura, Kose is a popular Japanese company that houses and distributes a whole range of products, from high end to super affordable drugstore products. This Deep Cleansing Oil falls under Softymo, their line of cleansers.

January 16, 2014

Massive Stylenanda 3 Concept Eyes Review x Swatches


Before you start reading this lengthy review, I just want to preface it by saying that we wrote this review 3 years ago, BEFORE we tried some of the most popular Western brands and cult favorites (like Anastasia, Becca, Jeffree Star, NARS, etc.) so the opinions expressed here were written from the POV of people who were really into Japanese/Korean drugstore brands like KATE, Majolica Majorca, Etude House, TonyMoly, Innisfree, etc. So if you love Asian makeup and are able to get ahold of 3CE products at their original price point and not jacked up online like they do, go for it! It's worth a try. BUT! (And this is a big ol' but. Like Kim K big.) If you ALREADY love those Western liquid lipsticks, fleeky brows, and a really flawless base, you're going to be a little disappointed with some of these products, more specifically, the lip lacquers and foundation. 

Now, having said that, I understand that not everyone is willing to pay 30+ USD on a highlighter and would be perfectly happy with a product that still performs great but doesn't feel as painful to spend on. And not everyone aspires for Instagram eyebrows and Kylie Jenner lips. Anyway. So, after having tried the products we have now from the "mid to semi high end" of the Western beauty spectrum, which of these 3CE products do we still recommend? 

DO try: 
1. 3CE Highlight Beam 
2. Powdery Lip & Cheek 
3. SOME shades of their lipsticks (I still LOVE their shades Keen and Lala, though we don't review them here.) 

DON'T buy:
1. Water Glossing Foundation
2. Lip Lacquers - The formula is far from a liquid lipstick. The price is also pretty expensive for what it is, now that I've tried a lot more products. If you want a good liquid lipstick for the same price (800 pesos) I really like the Sephora Lip Cream and also Ofra. 
3. Brow Mascara - If you want a good, cheap brow mascara, try Heavy Rotation or K-Palette. 
4. Lip Pigments - They're really cheap for the amount of product and a novelty to own, sure, but better to invest in products that you'll get a lot of wear out of. 

I guess this wasn't really a disclaimer but more like a retraction? Hahaha. Our original review is still down there, and our opinions remain the same on their packaging. Beautiful packaging, still. We'll leave the original post there for the photos and swatches and if you want to see thoughts from the point of view of a K-beauty lover. (I still love Kbeauty, I'm just more discerning on which products to get now.)

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Hello everyone! :) If you've noticed, we're on a roll. Three reviews in 15 days?! (A big step up from our *cough* one review in every 4 months pattern *cough*) But we just couldn't hold off our excitement any longer as we've been dying to show you guys our review of our 3 Concept Eyes haul from Stylenanda.  To our surprise, there aren't many reviews online of 3CE. It's a desert out there. This made it difficult for us to choose what to buy so we decided to buy everything review these for you to make it easier for anyone who's looking to purchase these products.

Stylenanda is a South Korean brand that is not only known for their really chic and stylish clothes, but also for their extensive line of cosmetics, 3 Concept Eyes (or 3CE). Whether you're aware of Stylendanda or not, we're pretty sure you've seen this girl floating around the interwebs.  

Oh, Park Sora. Be still our beating hearts. She's the "face" of the brand and we're willing to bet that she's 90% of the reason why Stylenanda has become so popular in recent years. 

These are the products we'll be talking about in our not so little review:

— 3 Concept Eyes Highlight Beam Face and Body
— 3 Concept Eyes Glossing Waterful Foundation in Natural Ivory
— 3 Concept Eyes Eyebrow Mascara in Brown
— 3 Concept Eyes Powdery Lip and Cheek in Pink One Piece
— 3 Concept Eyes Lip Pigments in Electro Pink, Issue, Mink Beige
— 3 Concept Eyes Lip Lacquers in Backstage, Bon Bon
— 3 Concept Eyes Jumbo Lip Crayon in Neon Pink
— 3 Concept Eyes Lip Color/Lipstick in Pink Jam, Chu Chu

So are 3CE cosmetics as good as they look?