The best CC Cushion for me is Nlighten CC Cushion

There are a lot of CC Cushion available on stores nowadays but I’ve gotta say that Nlighten CC cushion is my favorite and my best pick.

There are a lot of Nlighten products reseller’s online but I got mine from shoppingvirtuoso on shopee for Php1,640, free shipping within Philippines. This cushion can last for 2-3 months if you’re using it on a daily basis but I had mine for over 3 months na yata if I’m not mistaken?

What’s good about this product is you only have to use it once a day because it can last on your face the whole day. No need for retouch retouch! It’s packaging also looks classy, hindi mukang cheap press powder. You wouldn’t feel weird putting it out in public unlike the other CC Cushions out there.

Nlighten CC Cushion with a mirror inside and a place to put your CC puff on so it won’t get doused atop the cushion itself making it easy for you to put it on without having a need to find a big mirror.

Talking about the beige fluid inside the cushion, I can say that it’s fascinating because it doesn’t just cover your blemishes and make your skin glow, it also protects your skin from sun’s radiation with its SPF 50+ making it not just your daily lightweight concealer but also your sunblock.

Is it Lightweight?

Yes, you heard that right. Nlighten CC Cushion feels lightweight on your face. It also doesn’t dry up your skin + it won’t make you feel so heavy and oily like the usual cosmetic foundations, concealers, press powders, BB Creams and CC Creams sold in the market and this is not an exaggeration.

What if I get sweaty? Does it cake? Is it waterproof?

Yes, Nlighten CC Cushion is waterproof. It works fine even if you get sweaty and it doesn’t cake when you get splashed by water. As a matter of fact, I think this product look even more better when you start to sweat out a but because it blends further with your skin color and adapts the real shade of your skin. Aside from that, it also works on the oil balance of your skin making it somehow appear like a porcelain, it gives you that korean skin look.

How do I use it?

I personally wash my face first with some gentle facial wash (Celeteque Hydration FW), apply my toner (Celeteque Hydration Toner) and let it dry up on my face for about 3 minutes then I put my moisturizer (Nature’s Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel) on before applying a thin layer of Nlighten CC Cushion on.

After a while you’ll notice that glow effect on your face and though it doesn’t totally cover your blemishes, it lightens it up and makes your skin look smoother and finer.

Left selfie is me without the CC cushion, right picture is me with the CC cushion on.

Nlighten CC cushion brightens up your face but I have this little problem on my skin color that I really look pale and brightening up my face makes me even more paler so if you have pale colored skin, I suggest you use some blush on or cheek tint on your cheeks to add some color to your brightened face.

Another cons here is that it can cause a slight whiteheads on your nose and on your cheeks (below the eyebags) so you might need to use moisturizer or primer before using this one.

Summing all the features of Nlighten CC Cushion, we have:

• Lightweight on Face

• Has SPF 50+ Sun Protection

• Waterproof

• Sweatproof

• Doesn’t Cake

• Handy

• Covers blemishes

• Makes your skin glow

• Doesn’t dry up your skin

In Summary:

Packaging: 5/5

Price: 2/5

Quality: 4.5/5

Will recommend? Yes.

Will buy again? Yes.

Four ways to use the Aloe Vera Gel of Nature’s Republic

Nature’s Republic Aloe Vera gel has been one of the well known — or famous — skin care product today so I tried it out to know what is so special about this product.

I got mine from a reseller at Angel’s Fashion Studio for P245. I didn’t get it from Nature’s Republic boutique because it always gets sold out on their stores. Anyways, Angel’s Fashion Studio sells legit items, it’s located in Mendiola near LRT Legarda station behind JRS Express, check their store out for beauty items and fashionable clothes.

So going back to the NR’s Aloe Vera Soothing Gel, I tried this product to further moisturize my skin because skin dryness has been one of my major problems aside from removing blemishes and acne marks.

There are a lot of fake copies of NR’s Aloe Vera Soothing Gel so make sure you get yours from an authorized reseller, legit store or the store of Nature’s Republic itself.

The product is purely gel. It’s texture is like the common gel hand santizer, gel kind fluid that eventually melts into a water kind fluid in time. It doesn’t feel heavy when you apply it on your face unlike the common moisturizers and it only takes a few minutes before my skin absorbs this product.

I only use two to three dots of this gel to cover my whole face. Napakatipid gamitin and to think that it’s packaging comes big, I think one cylinder can last for 6-9 months or maybe even a year since di naman ako makapal maglagay and it’s kinda heavy sa face if you’ll put a lot.

Moreover, I’ll share to you the four ways I use this product.

1. Nature’s Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel as Moisturizer. I use this product after applying my toner every night as a moisturizer. Applying two to three dots, spreading it across my face and waiting for my skin to absorb its nutrients and minerals, charot!

2. Nature’s Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel as Primer. One thing this product does to my skin is to tighten my pores for hours after application. It also keeps the oil of my face balanced making it makeup-ready for the day. After using Celeteque Facial Wash and Celeteque Hydration Toner, I apply this NR’s Aloe Vera soothing gel and then I wait for it to dry on my face for about 5-8 mins before I start applying my Nlighten CC cushion and Sophie Paris Cheek Tint. After then, my light make up would last the whole day.

3. Nature’s Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel as Eye Gel. The product is 92% Aloe Vera gel so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to store it inside our refrigerator and then use it around my eyes when its cold to relax my eyes and moisturize my eye circles.

4. Nature’s Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel as Soothing Gel. Its product name says it. You can use this product on your angry acne spots to lessen its swelling and redness overnight.

This product is very organic and I guess hiyang naman ako dito because it really moisturizes my skin and tightens my pores.

Packaging: 5/5

Price: 4/5

Quality: 4/5

Will buy again? Yes.

Will recommend? Yes.

REVIEW: High Tea, best milk tea inside Malacañang compound

We just moved into an apartment unit inside Malacañang compound and every time I go to school, I pass by three milk tea shops: High Tea, Ersao and Happy Thirstday.

But I must say that after trying these three, the best shop that provides milk tea inside Malacañang compound is High Tea.

As usual, I started with their large Wintermelon milk tea (P85) plus Pearls (P10) to see how legit their milk teas are and this shop didn’t disappoint me. Their drinks tastes legit, it’s not just some powdered milk teas blended with milk and water and their pearls are chewy and sweet.

I have yet to try their other best sellers but their basic milk teas are a YES for me. I also like their prices because it’s not too high yet the quality of the beverage is great.

My top three drinks here would be:

1. Royal House Milk Tea + Pearls

2. Wintermelon House Milk Tea + Pearls

3. Oreo House Milk Tea + Cream Cheese

They also sell foods, one of their best sellers is their Takoyaki though I wouldn’t make a review about it here because I’m not a big fan of Takoyakis.

The staffs are friendly and they serve really fast. The only thing I didn’t like in this tea house is that it’s kinda small and hot inside, it’s not a good place to stay for long.

In Summary:

Taste: 4/5

Packaging Cup: 3.5/5

Price: 4.5/5

Will go back again? Yes.

Will recommend? Yes.

REVIEW: Celeteque Hydration moisturized my dry skin

Dry skin has been one of my biggest problems aside from acne so every time I go to the mall, I really scrutinize the products on the face care section to find the best remedy for my dry skin.

They say toner is really the key so I tried tons of toners for my face but nothing really worked. I tried Eskinol Lemon that says it controls oil of the skin, prevents acne without drying out, I tried the derma toners like Porcelana toner that gives you a korean porcelain skin daw. I tried Glycolic toners from Shadylab but jeez, they all dry out my skin like hell.

But everything changed when I came across Celeteque’s Hydration toner and Celeteque Facial Wash. I tried these products by buying their travel kit from Watson’s for only P149, it includes mini Hydration toner bottle, mini Hydration facial wash tube and mini facial moisturizer.

It’s looks so cute with the mini tubes and bottles and it’s price isn’t that scary for a student like me. I tried their small travel kit because ayoko naman na maginvest sa new face products and feel bad kapag nalaman kong hindi pala ako hiyang noh.

I tried the toner and the facial wash for a month. I didn’t use the moisturizer yet because I wanted to focus on the effect of the facial wash and toner first and man, this toner is a magic!

My skin turned soft, yung dryness level ng skin ko swiftly shifted into a soft baby skin kind (hindi ito joke). It actually works like magic because it balances the oil of my skin, it doesn’t make my skin overly oily or overly dry — it’s perfectly moist and soft.

How to use? Just wash your face with the facial wash and then dry it up with a clean towel before applying the toner using a cotton. Do this twice a day, morning after you wake up and evening before you go to bed.

My skin is not the artista skin that’s pore-less and super mega smooth so if my selfie doesn’t impress you then sorry lol!

I don’t have any make up in that pic and I already washed my face but my Sophie Paris’ Magic Pink (READ: I just tried Sophie Pink Cream Cheek Tint) is just giving me those pinkish cheek.

But for normal girls like me, I really recommend Celeteque’s Facial Wash 100mL (P135) and Hydration Toner Alcohol Free 125mL (P129.75) . About the Celeteque Facial Moisturizer, I think it’s just optional because the wash and the toner already controls your skin’s oil level, no need for the moisturizer in my opinion.

It’s all effective in making your skin soft and moisturized yet its price won’t hurt you especially if you’re just a student like me na walang budget for friggin’ Cetaphil packs, Laneige or whatsoever.

I’m just not sure if this Celeteque Hydration series helps in preventing acne breakouts, it’s for me to find out, I guess. But all in all, this has been the best face care product I’ve tried in terms of quality and price.

UPDATE 01/14/2019: If you’re suffering acne breakouts, I won’t recommend this Celeteque set because it’s too mild to fight acnes.

Packaging: 4/5

Price: 5/5

Quality: 5/5

Will buy again? Yes.

Will recommend? Yes.

I just tried Sophie Pink Cream Cheek Tint!!

I recently just tried Sophie Paris’ Magic Pink Cream as my new cheek tint to put some color to my pale face that literally looks like I rose from the dead if I don’t put any cheek and lip tint on.

I got my Sophie Magic Pink Cream from my friend for only P125. I think it’s also available online and on kikay stores.

For only P125, you’ll get this 10mL Sophie Magic Pink Cream. It’s tube is about 3.5″ in length, I believe this tube can last for 2 months — using it once a day, everyday.

How to use it? You simply press a small amount on your finger and spread it evenly on your cheek. The cream provides a subtle pink shade on your cheeks because I think it aims for a natural looking blush so if you want to have this really rosy cheeks, you might need to put two layers of this cream or put an ample amount and let it stay for a few seconds before spreading it out to balance the pink tint across your cheeks.

For me, one layer works.

Despite Sophie’s gorgeous pink tint, I still prefer my Careline Lip/Cheek Tint. I previously tried the following tints:

  1. Careline Lip/Cheek Tint: Just gives the right pinkness on the cheeks but it doesn’t last that long.

2. Nichido Cheek Tint in Tickled Pink: Concentrated content; lasts longer than Careline. Gives an instant rosy shade on cheeks but the problem here is when you always use this product, the fluid inside the container dries out making the tint even more concentrated and it kinda smells bad in time.

3. Tony Moly Tony Tint Cherry Pink: It’s not very ideal for the cheeks because it stains the skin so easily and it’s not that easy to blend it with the skin because it’s a water based tint.

Sophie is really a good choice for those who wants to have a natural looking rosy cheeks but then I don’t suggest using it if you use compact powders, cushions, bb creams, foundations etc because blending it with other products can cause small comedones. I think this is a good choice for those who actually have clear skin (who doesn’t use other face products) and wants to have some rosy cheeks.

I think the cons here is that you have to train yourself in blending and timing because when I started using this product, I really struggled to make both of my cheeks have the same shade of pinkness. My right cheek usually go pinker than the left but you’ll probably get how it’s done in time. It’s quite hard to blend it well.

Packaging: 5/5

Price: 5/5

Quality: 3.5/5

Will buy again? No.

Will recommend? Yes.

The struggles of Dubredo Army • Duterte-Robredo on Leni Robredo’s side

People usually think Dubredo Army • Duterte-Robredo is just a typical support group of President Duterte and VP Leni Robredo but this core group is more than just a group of people who supports two same people. After all that we’ve been through, this core group is now like a family that you can’t just brainwash or wreck apart.

We started from zero, no connections to President Duterte or VP Leni Robredo but we decided to work on reaching out to VP Leni first. Most of the people today think it was so easy for us to reach VP Leni but God knows how much we struggled as we paved our way to her. We came across her millennial supporters who didn’t welcome us warmly because we support President Duterte.

Specifically, we came face to face with the Mar-Leni supporters, the Leni-only supporters who criticized our core group, told us we wouldn’t last long and we would part ways after 2016 because Duterte and Leni’s tandem isn’t just possible at all. Most of them told us that VP Leni wouldn’t like our group at all because she doesn’t like Duterte and that time, I didn’t know who Leni Robredo was in depth so I had nothing to hold on to than my own mind telling me that I should keep paving our way to her so that I can determine with my own eyes and ears if Leni Robredo would actually support this Duterte-Robredo support group. I didn’t buy any of their comments and discouraging words, the only thing I believed in is that Leni Robredo is a good person and one day, if she meets this group, she’ll appreciate Dubredo Army.

Being the founder and leader of this group who’s very new to the world of politics and governance, I felt so degraded and hopeless being surrounded by people who discouraged us to push through. I never talked to Leni, I wasn’t aware of her person in depth and it wasn’t easy to make myself hold on to the fact that she will ever notice us, I mean, as we made our way to her, we met so many people supporting her and working for her and about 90% of them doesn’t like the man (Duterte) we support pero hindi ako sumuko, pinilit kong isipin na ‘no, her people doesn’t define her. Just because ayaw ng karamihan ng mga taong nakapaligid sakanya kay Duterte eh ibig sabihin non ayaw rin niya kay Duterte. She has her own mind, she is her own person.’

But man, that was the only thing I was holding on to during those times.

Scheduling a meeting VP Leni isn’t as easy as most of the people think. We had to talk to several people to walk us into her office for a courtesy call or meet/greet with supporters and for the record, those people we had to talk to are the ones who had their social media accounts filled with criticisms against Duterte. We had to stay professional and casual with them despite that, just imagine that.

We joined this ‘social media group’ of someone who once worked at her office (not dropping names) together with the other millennial Leni supporters who made us their utusan. This person asked us to make graphic artworks, directed us to post things on our social media accounts, asked us to repost things about Leni, some of the Dubredos felt like we’re working on making their work easier. Of course, we thought he/she is our only way to Leni so we did what he/she wanted us to do. We spent time to edit graphic artworks but instead of being appreciated, we only heard criticisms and judgments from him/her and the other members of the group.

Hindi maganda yung pagkaka-edit nung graphics.

Ang liit ng text.

We spent hours editing but our works were never posted, our edits were never used, sometimes they would just ignore the graphics we edited for hours — they just wasted our time, didn’t even thank us for trying.

As a part of the social media group, we also expressed our suggestions and ideas to help promoting VP Leni’s works and advocacies but then these people never listened because Dubredo kami eh. There are times that we just happily share new articles about President Duterte and VP Leni just because we are pleased to see them all fine but all we get from these people are scolds.

Bawal ang Dubredo dito.

Luh. Please don’t mention Duterte.

About Leni lang ang pwede dito.

From the very start, they already assumed that VP Leni Robredo would never appreciate us so they never valued us as her supporters. Sabit lang kami sa other Leni supporters noon.

But then, sino nga ba ang Dubredo Army • Duterte-Robredo supporters para i-please or pakinggan nila ‘di ba? Syempre kung gusto nila magpalakas kay VP Leni doon sila didikit sa mga Leni supporters kase uncertain rin naman nga sila kung magugustuhan ba talaga ni Leni yung Dubredo Army. Baka mamaya kapag lumapit lapit sila saaming Duterte-Robredo, imbis na lumakas sila kay Leni, humina pa sila.

So we, Duterte-Robredo supporters had to get along with it. Nobody liked us, nobody believed in us, nobody appreciated our mission. We also had doubts if Leni would appreciate us but during our early days, we just wanted her to know that there are people who supports her and the president, yun lang, masaya na kami.

Hindi namin hinangad na maging bida sa office ni Leni, we never asked to be treated special. We didn’t want to meet Leni Robredo to earn some bragging rights or to just earn a connection. We just wanted to empower the idea that it is better to support the president and the vice president instead of pitting them against each other. But since we’re so new to this political supporting world, the people who had much knowledge played us and then used us. I’m not taking it back, I’m not holding my words back, pinagtripan kami and then ginawang utusan para mas mapadali ang trabaho nila.

I told some of our members before that it’s okay, let’s be understanding, during that time some of the Dubredo Army members started complaining because they felt like a slave on that group — most of us are professionals pero anong ginawa nitong mga millennial intern saamin? Ginawang taga-edit, taga-post and then made us a laughingstock because sumusunod lang kami. I told the DuBredos that one day they’ll appreciate us especially if we meet VP Leni already. Tiis tiis lang.

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REVIEW: Chatime’s Milk Tea Drinks

I could count in my hands the number of times I tried Chatime’s milk tea, too few for me to remember how good their drinks are. Just this week, I tried their milk tea again.

I bought Pearl Milk Tea (Large) for P100 because that is how I initially judge a milk tea source, through their Pearl Milk Tea or their Wintermelon Milk Tea. Let me also point out that a P100 for a legit milk tea drink is worth it.

Upon buying their Pearl Milk Tea, I suddenly felt bad for not always buying here. Whenever I’m in SM Manila, I tend to buy milk tea from Coco when in fact, Chatime is better — the best milk tea that one can buy from SM City Manila, I should say.

Chatime > Coco > Gong Cha > Infinitea

It really disappoints me to try milk teas that tastes so much like the typical packed powdered milk tea powders but Chatime definitely has a legit milk tea. They’re not gonna serve you with those powdered milk tea sachets, it’s totally worth your money.

I will try their other drinks next time but for now, all I can say is that their Pearl Milk Tea and Wintermelon Milk tea were able to go in level with the goodness of Affinitea’s (my favorite milk tea source).

In Summary:

Taste: 4/5

Packaging/Cup: 4/5

Price: 5/5

Will go back again? Yes

Will recommend? Yes