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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.

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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.

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

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

REVIEW: Best Affinitea milk tea drinks

I have this huge obsession with milk tea. Milk tea makes my day, milk tea soothes me, milk tea gives me life, milk tea runs in my blood.

Ever since I had this calling for milk tea, I decided to try all milk tea houses I see and so far, I’ve gotta say that Affinitea is my favorite.

Affinitea has a lot of branches across Manila, you may check their branches online but the one closest to my place is their Legarda branch beside Mang Inasal and Chowking. I always drink here so halos lahat ng drinks nila na-try ko na lol! Here’s their menu:

Let’s now talk about the drinks. I’ll start with my top favorite drinks sold here:

1. Dino Milk Tea with Nature Salt & Cheese (P135) – has a premium milk tea base topped with milo powder and nature salt & cheese toppings. It’s a perfect blend of sweetness and saltiness. I usually take off its cap so I can eat the milo powder and chunks of NSC. The milo x NSC just brings a twist to the milk tea base that’s why I really like this one. I never tried any other tea house with such blend.

2. Oreo Milk Tea with Cream Puff (P125) – has a premium milk tea base then crumbs of Oreo as toppings na usually nagsisink down sa baba. It doesn’t have pearls but it has this cream puff that’s like all purpose cream with a thicker texture and tastes creamy. Its creaminess balances the smoothness of the milk tea base. I usually take the cup’s cap off to eat the chunks of the cream puff. I can say that this blend of Affinitea is also unique, there are a lot of Oreo milk teas out there but the cream puff in this drink just gives it a twist. This is Affinitea’s top one best seller tho!

3. Wintermelon Milk Tea with Pearl(P105) – just like your common legit wintermelon milk tea topped with the chewy sweet tapioca pearls. If you’re craving for wintermelon milk tea, this one’s for you.

4. Premium Milk Tea (P115) – this one is like wintermelon milk tea except that it’s leafy flavor is a little less than the Wintermelon milk tea. It’s like a milk tea with a higher content of milk. It also has these chewy and sweetened tapioca pearls that you can chew while you drink. If you’re a milk tea lover who loves legit milk teas, you’ll probably love this.

5. Milk Tea with Pearl (P105) – the most basic milk tea in this beverage house. It’s basically just like the premium milk tea, I honestly don’t taste much difference between the two so if you’re short by P10, you can get this one instead of the Premium Milk tea. It still goes with the tapioca pearls anyway!

Those mentioned above are my favorite drinks from this tea house. Y’all should give it a try!

Affinitea in Legarda has french fries (available in salted, sour cream and cheese flavor), nachos and burgers that you can munch while you drink your favorite beverage. Just recently, they started tk offer rice meals available for P99 though I can’t really recommend it because it’s not as good as their drinks. Last time I ordered corned beef with egg, I was disappointed because the egg felt so raw like it was cooked for 10 seconds and then got served, lol!

Moving on to the place, I haven’t tried visiting other branches of Affinitea so I’ll just describe their branch in Legarda.

The place is kinda small, it can only accommodate around 22 people in maximum. The staffs are very fast movers, you don’t have to wait for so long for your orders but what I don’t like is that they don’t smile a lot to the customers.

Affinitea has been my favorite milk tea source ever since and up until today pero ito rin yung isa sa pinaka-pricey na milk tea source because usually, the common budget for a cup of milk tea is around P90-105 pero dito it ranges P105-135.

In Summary:

Taste: 5/5

Packaging/Cup: 3/5

Price: 3/5 (Priciest milk tea I’ve had so far)

Will go back again? Yes

Will recommend? Yes

Transcript: Duterte-Robredo supporters on OKS sa DWBL 1242kHz Radio station

Last April 9, 2018, me and some members of the Dubredo Army • Duterte-Robredo visited the DWBL 1242kHz radio station in Paragon Plaza for an interview with Teddy Pereña.

[WATCH: Dubredo Army radio interview at OKS sa DWBL 1242kHz, April 9.]

Below is the transcript of my main interview speaking as the founder of Dubredo Army.


Teddy: Okay balik na po tayo sa OKS radio. Oras ng Kaalaman at Saya. Ka Teddy Pereña kasama si Jessie Uy at ang mga panauhin natin.

Teddy: Okay ito na Jessie, masarap ang talakayan natin ngayon. At ang aming gusto ipakilala sainyo ay ang founder ng Dubredo Army yung Dubredo po ay pinagsama na Duterte and Robredo ang aking tinutukoy ay si Jam Ong, magandang hapon sa’yo Jam.

Jam: Ayan, magandang um– tanghali, hapon? Hapon na.

Teddy: Relax ka lang.

Jam: Ayan, magandang hapon sa lahat ng nakikinig po at sa mga,

Teddy: Banggitin mo rin yung mga kasamahan mo, siguro isa isa tatawagan natin sila mamaya.

Jam: Actually kasama natin sa studio yung ibang member ng Dubredo Army. Ayan, very active yan sa social media. Yung mga nakikita niyong positive na balita tungkol sa ating pangulo at bise, yan, sila yung mga nagpopost lagi.

Teddy: Pakilala mo na isa isa.

Jam: Papakilala natin si Camille,

Teddy: Taas lang ang kamay mo. Di nakikita yan kase yung camera. Harap ka na muna doon.

Jam: Si Nadine,

Teddy: Si Nadine o si Din Din.

Jam: si Dindin. Pwede niyo siya tawaging ate Dindin, yes. Very approachable naman ang ating mga members tsaka ang pinakahuli sa lahat, yung pinakapaborito nating member, si Vida.

Teddy: si Vida, oo. Yan ang bida natin mamaya.

HISTORY OF DUBREDO ARMY

Teddy: Okay, ang una nating katanungan, Jessie, kay Jam, papano mo naisipan itong buoin at kailan, yung Dubredo Army?

Jam: Yung Dubredo Army binuo ko siya out of random lang. Hindi ko siya pinlano na magiging ganito, parang gumawa lang ako sa Twitter nung account ng Dubredo Army, parang ‘army’ in defense sa ating nanalo.

Teddy: Ah, okay.

Jam: Kase malamang may mga galit jan.

Teddy: Hindi air force?

Jam: Hindi naman.

Teddy: Hindi marines? Dubredo. Matapang daw ang marines. Anyway sige ituloy mo.

Jam: Ayun.

Teddy: Kailang formally nabuo?

Jam: Binuo ko siya, actually, after magkita ng pangulo at nung bise for the first time sa AFP change of command and then a day after,

Teddy: kaya army din dahil doon nag-abot.

Jam: Opo. Parang doon nga nabuo. Tapos ayan, nabuo na yung Twitter tapos parang hinayaan ko lang siya ng ilang linggo tapos nakita ko may mga nagfofollow na. Tapos ayan, dumami ng dumami yung followers hanggang sa may nabuo ng group chat. Tapos doon ko nakita ‘ay, marami pala.’

Teddy: So wala ka talagang core group na nag-usap muna kayo, wala?

Jam: Wala. Wala po.

Teddy: Talagang on social media.

Jam: Parang ano lang rin siya, nabuo siya out of destiny.

Teddy: Yan!

Jam: Kase alam niyo naman yung, alam niyo naman yung kay VP at pangulo, di naman dapat sila tatakbo dahil nung una ayaw naman talaga nila pero ayan, out of destiny, nanalo sila.

Teddy: So yung parehong walang plano kamo, yun ang napa-upo. Niluklok ng tao.

Jam: Opo

Teddy: Oh ikaw Jessie, ano ang gusto malaman sa Dubredo Army?

Jessie: Sige i-continue mo lang para marami pa akong malaman.

Teddy: So pagkatapos kailan kayo unang nag-meet na in person?

Jam: Well nung una po kase marami talaga kami. Hindi pa filtered as in merong mga Duterte lang, meron mga Leni lang na sumali.

Teddy: Ah, na hindi pa nila naintindihan.

Jam: Yung unang meet up sa, tama ba, sa office ni Vice President? Na parang courtesy call ng social media team. Yon very halo halo na.

Teddy: Parang April ano ba yon?

Jam: Parang September,

[inaudible Dubredo: September 4]

Jam: September 4.

Teddy: September

[inaudible Dubredo: Yung Davao bombing]

Jam: Oo, inispill niya, okay.

Teddy: Bago mag ano ito, bago mag-Angat Buhay launching.

Jam: Opo, wala pang Angat Buhay.

Teddy: Kase October yon e.

Jam: Opo. Ayan. Very general. Actually, wala ako non kase may pasok ako.

Teddy: Ah *laughs* Dahil studyante pa po si Jam.

Jam: Kaya ang sabi ko doon sa nga Dubredo, sige kayo muna ang makipagkilala kay VP. Pero nung time na yon hindi pa siya very solid. Parang pumunta sila sa office ni VP ng Leni supporters

Jessie: Ayun.

Teddy: Ah okay. So wala pang formal organization?

Jam: Wala pa. Though yung iba sakanila alam na Dubredo sila, yan sila [points to Dubredo members at the studio]

Teddy: Mga orig ba? Orig.

Jam: Opo.

Jessie: So marami ba kayo nung pumunta kayo doon? Mga ilan kayo?

Jam: Mga ilan ba yon?

[inaudible Dubredo: mga twenty five.]

Jam: Mga twenty.

Teddy: Uy marami.

Jam: Pero yung mga Dubredo doon mga six lang, (tama ba yon) mga ganon? Tapos ayun, nakita nila si VP tapos nagreport sila saakin.

Teddy: Reporting!

Jam: Pinuntahan nila ako doonsa lugar ko tapos doon kami nagmeeting, parang yun na yung unang pagkikita namin.

Teddy: Ayun. Tapos lumaki at lumago na.

Jam: Opo.

Teddy: Dahil bale magiisang taon kalaon, magdadalawang taon palang kayo noh?

Jam: Opo.

Teddy: Tama ano, ayan Jessie,

Jessie: Dapat pala sa September. Kung 17, 18, magone year palang, di ba?

Teddy: Hindi, 16 yung sinasabi niya.

Jam: 2016.

Jessie: Ah, 2016. Magto-two years.

Teddy: Mga July 2016 yung ginawa niyang Twitter post.

Jessie: Ah okay.

Teddy: So parang yun yung official na pangangak non,

Jam: Opo.

Teddy: Kaya nga love child (ni Duterte at Robredo) siya eh.

Jam: Oh.

*laughs*

Teddy: Alam mo ba istorya non?

Continue reading Transcript: Duterte-Robredo supporters on OKS sa DWBL 1242kHz Radio station

God, I love Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory

I’m not really a big fan of ice cream desserts but after trying the Cow Cow ice cream from Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory, I changed my mind.

Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory have seven branches in the Philippines but the only ones I’ve visited are their Robinson’s Manila, Alabang Town Center and The Podium branch.

First, I tried their Cow Cow ice cream from Alabang Town Center. You get to choose the base ice cream from the three options given:

•Milk ice cream @ P130

•Cheese ice cream @ P150

•Mix (Milk+Cheese) @ P150.

Then you can also put some add ons to your ice cream:

•Cheesecake @P100/slice

•Salt&Camembert @ P50/pc.

It’s my first time so I wanted to try it all. I chose the Mix ice cream with Cheesecake and Salt & Camembert. That’s P300 all in all.

I’ve tasted so many cheese ice cream and cheesecakes so I was expecting an intense cheesy taste on my mouth but as I tried this one, I was surprised because the cheese didn’t taste so harsh on my mouth. It’s very milky. The ice cream had this cheese taste but it’s not like the conventional cheese ice creams. The cheesecake was different from the typical cheesecakes too. It has a creamy taste that’s balances its saltiness but you can still taste the cheese in it. The Salt&Camembert is a cookie with a cheese filling and just like the ice cream and cheesecake, it doesn’t taste salty.

What’s good in Cow Cow Ice cream is that you wouldn’t feel so bummed about having so much cheese despite that I had cheesecake and cookie in my mix ice cream because it’s taste is a well balanced mixture of milk and cheese. Hindi ka mauumay kahit puro cheese. You would actually crave for it once you try it.

After a couple of weeks, I went to Robinson’s Manila with my friends and came across the Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory stall/booth and of course, I wanted to buy some ice cream but unfortunately, not all TMCF sells the Cow Cow Ice Cream. They said the ones that sell the ice cream are the TMCF with a place at the mall.

So then, I decided to just buy a cheesecake. I bought a whole Milk cheesecake from them for P950 because they don’t sell ones per slice and I’m badly craving for it so I bought it anyway.

The packaging is nice. It’s within a round wooden container and wrapped around a cheese-yellow felt paper (I’m not sure if that’s what this paper is called lol) and the cheesecake itself is held by a plastic container that perfectly grasps its shape. The cheesecake itself is so plain though. It’s just this smooth round cake.

It’s good for gift giving actually. I think this whole cheesecake can be eaten by 3-4 people. It’s just about 6 inches (15.24cm) in diameter, sold at only one size.

For everyone’s convenience, you may try visiting their branches at SM Megamall, Okada, Alabang Town Center, Robinson’s Manila, Trinoma and Evia.

In Summary

Cow Cow Ice Cream

Taste: 5/5

Packaging/Cup: 5/5

Appearance: 5/5

Price: 2/5 (P300 Kinda pricey for an ice cream lol!)

Milk Cheesecake

Taste: 5/5

Packaging/Cup: 5/5

Appearance: 4/5

Price: 4/5

Will go back again? Yes.

Will recommend? Yes.