Product Review: Etude House Sugar Tint Balm

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     I will never get tired of trying a new lip product as long as the pigmentation is good and there's a lot of colors to choose from the brand! I'm happy to share with you my thoughts on Etude House Sugar Tint Lip Balm. I'm sure you've seen great reviews from beauty bloggers here and abroad and what they have to say about this product. I have a love-hate relationship with these lip balms but I think that it's only me who experienced it. By the way, thank you Etude House for sending these balms. 

     These lip balms are promising but I guess it's only me who can't tolerate a few types of scents and perfumes. To know more about the product scroll down and see photos, swatches, and what are the things I like about these babies :)
Product Review: Etude House Sugar Tint Balm
Etude House Sugar Tint Balm in Cranberry Pie #2 Rd301
Etude House Sugar Tint Balm in Grapefruit Tea #6 Pk003
Etude House Sugar Tint Balm
     This lip balm and lip tint in one comes in vibrant colors to finish your summer look! It gently hugs your lips containing Jojoba Oil, Organic Argan Oil and vitamin E to immediately moisturize and maintain soft lips for long hours. Its special formula melts away dead skin cells, leaving only smooth and healthy lips!

Etude House Sugar Tint Balm in Cranberry Pie #2 Rd301- True red shade.
Product Review: Etude House Sugar Tint Balm
Etude House Sugar Tint Balm in Cranberry Pie #2 Rd301
Etude House Sugar Tint Balm in Grapefruit Tea #6 Pk003- Peachy Pink shade.
Product Review: Etude House Sugar Tint Balm
Etude House Sugar Tint Balm in Grapefruit Tea #6 Pk003
Product Review: Etude House Sugar Tint BalmPretty Tube with a screw up lid/cap
Etude House Sugar Tint Balm in Cranberry Pie #2 Rd301
Etude House Sugar Tint Balm in Grapefruit Tea #6 Pk003
size: 4 g/ 0.14 oz

price: 498 php (Around $11.00+)

place bought: Free
Available at these branches:
Glorietta 3, Robinsons Malolos, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA The Block, SM North EDSA Bridgeway, SM Sta. Mesa, Eastwood Citywalk 2, SM Fairview, Robinsons Metro East, SM Masinag, Greenbelt 4, Market! Market!, SM Mall of Asia Manila, Festival Mall, SM Southmall, Alabang Town Center, SM Dasmarinas, SM Sta. Rosa, SM Bicutan, SM Baguio, Marquee Mall, Robinsons Place Mall, SM Makati Department Store, Mall of Asia Department Store, SM North EDSA Department Store, SM Megamall Department Store, SM Cubao Department Store, SM Aura Department Store, SM Bacoor Department Store, Landmark - Makati, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Trinoma

instructions for use: Apply spreading onto entire lips or gradate from inner to outer lips for a natural look. Apply frequently whenever lips feel dry for moist lips.

ingredients: Diisostearyl Malate Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate Hydrogenated Castor Oil Dimer Dilinoleate Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate Paraffin Triethylhexanoin Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate Polyethylene Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter Hydrogenated Polyisobutene Ozokerite Red 7(Ci 15850) Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer Synthetic Wax Red 28 Lake9(Ci 45410) Hexylene Glycol Caprylyl Glycol Phenoxyethanol Tocopheryl Acetate Fragrance Red 6(Ci 15850) Iron Oxides (Ci 77499) Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate Silica Dimethyl Silylate Red 27(Ci 45410) Sucrose
Product Review: Etude House Sugar Tint Balm
Etude House Sugar Tint Balm in Cranberry Pie #2 Rd301
Two swipes
Product Review: Etude House Sugar Tint Balm
Etude House Sugar Tint Balm in Cranberry Pie #2 Rd301
Product Review: Etude House Sugar Tint Balm
Etude House Sugar Tint Balm in Grapefruit Tea #6 Pk003
Two swipes
Product Review: Etude House Sugar Tint Balm
Etude House Sugar Tint Balm in Grapefruit Tea #6 Pk003
What I like:

  • The packaging is cute. It comes with a screw off lid/cap that can prevent the lid/cap from unscrewing off accidentally while these lip balms are inside your makeup kit or bag.
  • There are 8 pretty shades to choose from.
  • The color comes off true. What you see if what you get.
  • It is very pigmented. Looks like I'm wearing lipstick whenever I apply cranberry pie on my lips.
  • It glides smoothly on my lips without tugging and pulling therefore it's easy peasy to apply.
  • It has the right amount of gloss/shine on my lips. 
  • Etude House Sugar Tint Balm lasted 5 hours on my lips.
  • Does not fade after eating or sipping my drink.
  • Contains beauty oils like Jojoba Oil, Organic Argan Oil, and Vitamin E.
  • Easily accessible.

What I don't like: 
  • The price can be a bit steep for budget conscious individuals.
  • The scent- I find the fruity scent a bit off for my sensitive nose. I think it's just me because my sister likes the scent of these lip balms.
  • Can emphasize flaky and chapped lips because the texture is creamy. 

Will I repurchase? Maybe yes and no. Yes because I want to try the remaining six shades. No because I think a bullet will last long. I'm the type who will empty the contents of a product first before trying or buying a new one if it becomes a fave or HG (holy grail). 

Recommendation:
     I give this product a 4/5 rating. I like that the packaging is cute and unique. It's very pigmented but buildable so it's like I'm already wearing a lipstick. If you have dry, flaky, and chapped lips, I advise you to exfoliate first as these lip balms may emphasize them. Other than that, you'll be surprised that you'll get the true color of these lip balms once applied. Some lipstick may look different on the tube and once applied. I have pigmented lips and I don't have a hard time making Grapefruit Tea show off it's true color in just two swipes.

Have you tried these pretty lip balms from Etude House? What's your favorite shade?

Good Times!~
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SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch

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     I live a stone's throw away from SM Fairview that's why when I was invited to the relaunch of SM Foodcourt, my grumbling tummy told me to go. It was weeks ago when I noticed that there's something different or new with SM Fairview's Foodcourt appearance. Better lighting, new dining chairs, and other changes that's very pleasing to the eyes. The relaunch happened last May 21, Thursday where invited guests, food and lifestyle bloggers enjoyed an afternoon of food tasting and bonding at the newly renovated foodcourt. I'm excited to share with you SM Fairview Foodcourt's food offerings, so this post will be photo heavy but I'm sure that you'll be happy after seeing those delectable food choices below :)
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
     SM Foodcourt diners can now enjoy a renewed dining experience as SM Fairview recently renovated the Foodcourt at the ground floor, giving it a fresh new look and new food offerings. The design of this newly renovated place looks homey. The wide, open dining layout with colorful seating gives an airy, bustling, cheerful, and inviting ambiance as you walk through an entire stretch of food outlets to choose from.
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
     As I've told you above, this post will showcase the food choices that the newly renovated foodcourt has to offer. If you're looking for a place to eat and you think that the restaurants are already full and requires a first come, first serve basis then SM Fairview Foodcourt is your best bet. Here are the reasons why:

  • widest selections for a fast and filling meal
  • wide array of choices
  • enjoy cuisines from around the world
  • regional delicacies that will make you feel at "home"
  • food is served fast and fresh
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
     Lifestyle and food bloggers represent! Okay, okay, I know  you're waiting for the photos, here they are. Thank you Karina of digitalfilipina for this group shot :)
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Lechon Belly from JG SALO
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Goto Supreme from GOTO KING
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Pork Asado from ORIENTAL BOWL
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Pork Sisig from SISIG HOORAY
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Lechon with Rice from LYDIA'S LECHON
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Tocino Vegetarian from HARVESTER'S VEGETARIAN
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Bagnet from CASA NORTE
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Grilled Tuna Belly from DAVAO TUNA GRILL
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Bakareta from TED'S LA PAZ BATCHOY
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Super Jumbo Squid from INIHAW EXPRESS
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Salisbury and Pork Chop Steak from SIZZLING PLATE
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Lasagna Supreme from GREENWICH PIZZA and PASTA
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Beef Pepper Rice from PEPPER LUNCH
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Breaded Fish Fillet with Rice and Vegetable from HANDAAN GRANDE
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Siganture Takoyaki from OHAYO TAKOYAKI
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Bibimbop from MR. KIMBOP
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Blueberry Cream Cheese Waffle from FAMOUS BELGIAN WAFFLE
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Marciana's Supreme Palabok from MARCIANA'S
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Double Cheese Burger from TROPICAL HUT
SM Fairview Foodcourt Relaunch
Honey Garlic Chicken from CHIN'S EXPRESS
     Whether you are looking for a fast, hot filling meal or looking to enjoy bonding moments over good food with family and friends, the new SM Fairview Foodcourt is the perfect place to meet and eat. Delight your appetite and go home with a happy tummy! I know you're hungry, come and visit the newly renovated SM Fairview Foodcourt now!!!

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The Lazada Big App Sale

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     Hello dearies! Hear ye, hear ye! Lazada group celebrates over 11 million mobile application downloads by bringing you the Lazada #BigAppSale starting today, May 21 until May 24. That's 4 days of crazy deals, discounts, exciting offers, and a whole lot more. Now it time to shop for your favorite gadgets, fashion items, beauty products, and everything in between. This four-day event promises to bring the best mobile app exclusive promotions across all product categories to consumers in Southeast Asia.
The Lazada Big App Sale
     But before I delve deeper into this exclusive sale extravaganza, let me share with you important points about Lazada Mobile App. The mobile app was launched last June 2013 for android app users followed by iOS app users by June 2014. Both apps have consistently ranked among the daily top four shopping apps in Southeast Asia. I know you're excited to know more about the Big App Sale so I will not keep you waiting, here are the things you shouldn't miss starting today, scroll down please :)

Expect these offers from the Big App Sale:

  • Php 99 Store- with 100 deals priced only at Php 99.
  • Time and date will be announced on Lazada's Social Media Channels so be sure you are following them there. 
  • Don't miss this dearies, like, subscribe, and follow Lazada here: Facebook: www.facebook.com/LazadaPhilippines; Instagram: @lazadaph, @lazadaph_style, @lazadaph_tech; Twitter: @LazadaPH; Line: @lazadaph; and WeChat: Lazada_PH
The Lazada Big App Sale

  • Flash sales of hottest smart phones in the market.
  • If one of these 3 is on your wish list, then time to score them at Lazada by using the mobile app :) Be sure to be online on the dates and better be quick!
The Lazada Big App Sale

  • Enjoy crazy deals each day at 9am, 12pm, 6pm, and 9pm. For additional value, Lazada App users can enjoy an extra 10% discount off a selected category everyday, and vouchers giveaways.
The Lazada Big App Sale

     So be sure you have the Lazada App on your smart phones and shop at the comfort of your home with Lazada! What are you getting this #BigAppSale? And oh, before I forgot during the launch of the Big App Sale, I've used my Lazada App to order this Yoobao Master 10400mah powerbank. So loving this black pouch from Lazada! This item will be the Php 99 store. So sure to stay tuned to Lazada's social media sites in order to get this awesome deal!
The Lazada Big App Sale 
The Lazada Big App Sale
Yoobao Master 10400 mah Powerbank
     I'm inviting everyone to join this exciting sale from Lazada. Don't forget to download the app and be sure to spread this news to your family, relatives, and friends! 

Good Times!~

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Caronia Shades of Summer Nail Polish Collection

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     Hello summer! Bright colors is in so it's time to sport pretty shades from head to toe :) Whether you are planning to tick out most on your travel bucket list or try out tons of activities this season, Caronia has the perfect color palette to complement your style. Summer is definitely the best time to have fun under the sun wearing pretty clothes, flip-flops, and colorful Nail Polish. 
Caronia Shades of Summer Nail Polish Collection
L-R: Summer Fling, Rainbow Tan, Sweet Surprise, Sun Kissed, On-the-Go, and First Crush
    Caronia brings out this year's Shades of Summer, six cool swatches from their wide selection of colors that will make you reminisce those summer memories. I made a simple swatch for you. Please, my apologies if some of the swatches are not that perfect. Been so busy lately and wasn't able to visit the nail salon to pamper my nails. So without further ado, here are the swatches :) You can use this post as a reference on what shade will make your outfit standout this summer.
Caronia Shades of Summer Nail Polish Collection
Clockwise: First Crush, Sun Kissed, On-the-Go, Rainbow Tan, Summer Fling, and Sweet Surprise
Here are the pretty shades that your nails can wear this summer:

Rainbow Tan 

  • A frosted skintone tint that brightens up your toe nails. 
  • I like this color because it's a semi-nude shade with a twist :)
Caronia Shades of Summer Nail Polish Collection
Caronia Nail Polish in Rainbow Tan
Sweet Surprise

  • Your favorite yellow shade that will remind you of those sweet summer moments.
  • This shade is a perfect nail accessory if you're going to a beach party. 
Caronia Shades of Summer Nail Polish Collection
Caronia Nail Polish in Sweet Surprise

My apologies for the Messy application on this shade :(
Summer Fling

  • A coral red tone that brings back that first blush and summer love.
  • This is a pretty alternative to reds which also looks chic on the nails.
Caronia Shades of Summer Nail Polish Collection
Caronia Nail Polish in Summer Fling
Sun Kissed

  • A pumpkin orange glow that matches your wavy beach hair.
  • I like this shade because it looks simple but a head turner at the beach.
  • This color screams summerrr!
Caronia Shades of Summer Nail Polish Collection
Caronia Nail Polish in Sun Kissed
First Crush

  • The flawless rich lilac hue that sets out your youthful vibe. 
  • If you're attending a beach wedding, this will be your best bet from the collection.
Caronia Shades of Summer Nail Polish Collection
Caronia Nail Polish in First Crush
On-the-Go

  • Aqua Green color that gives us an adventurous feeling to take on a new challenge.
  • My favorite shade in the collection, simple, neat, and elegant.
Caronia Shades of Summer Nail Polish Collection
Caronia Nail Polish in On-the-Go
     Feel the breeze and make the most of this season. Get pretty nails with these summer colors you love and create colorful memories with Caronia Nail Polish!
Caronia Shades of Summer Nail Polish Collection
     Caronia by Vibelle Manufacturing Corporation is the pioneering and time-tested nail care brand for the hip and trendy. With over 72 colors in its collection, women are given more opportunities to express and channel their creativity. 

For more information and updates visit their website: http://caronia.com.ph 
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5 Workouts That Work Your Chest and Back

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     If you are looking to build your chest and back,you’re going to need exercises that target the muscles in those areas of the body. Below are five exercises that workout your chest and back and they don’t require a lot of equipment to perform. 
5 Workouts That Work Your Chest and Back
image from bodybuilding.com
1. Push Ups
     A staple workout in building upper body strength, push ups are essential in developing your chest. You don’t need any equipment other than your body, and you can do a number of variations such as incline, decline, and diamond pushups to maximize effectiveness. Keep in mind, however, that technique is everything if you want to see results. 

2. Pull Ups
     Pull ups are excellent when it comes to developing your upper back because the major muscles targeted are the latissimus dorsi – the largest muscles along both sides of your back. You can perform this exercise with several grip variations to challenge your body and increase the strength in your upper back as well as your shoulders and arms. 

     However, to do this exercise properly you will need a bar fixed horizontally in either a door frame or constructed as a free standing unit. It should be fixed so that your feet do not touch the ground when your arms are fully extended and sturdy enough so that it does not collapse on you while performing the exercise.

3. Pull Overs
     Pull overs, are an exercise that work your chest and your back at the same time. To do this one, you will need some form of resistance, such as a dumb bell to pullover your head while you lie flat on your back to perform the technique either on the floor or on a workout bench. 

   The primary muscle that receives the most work is your chest, while you back is the secondary receiver of resistance in the movement. Thus, it works both muscle groups at the same time.

4. Single Arm Bent Over Rows
     This is another exercise that targets the major muscles of the back. You perform it using a form of resistance such as a dumbbell, resistance band, or even a kettlebell. Also, depending on your skill level you will need some form of support such as a chair, workout bench, or even your knee to perform the technique of pulling the weight from the floor to your body.

5. Butter Fly Press
    Targeting the chest, this exercise, is typically performed using dumb bells while lying with your back flat on a workout bench and raising and lowering both arms in a horizontal-arching motion over your chest. However, you can also perform the technique using resistance bands, or cables, while standing or sitting down in a chair.

    Keep your spine straight, depending on how you are positioned, as your arms move in a plane of motion that crosses the weight over your chest and then extends the arms out and away from your body.
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