June 05, 2016

Nlighten Korean Products Review

 When I was asked to do a product review for my blog, I hesitated a bit due to my busy schedule. But when I heard these were premium Korean products, I knew I had to try them. Nlighten is a Korean brand distributed by NWorld and was launched around August, 2015.

 Koreans are known for creating amazing, quality beauty products, hence, when I was informed that I would be receiving 4 products, it made me feel like Christmas. I tested all 4 items for a week. For the face: Nlighten Cloud Cream, Nlighten O2 Bubble Cleanser and Nlighten CC Cushion. For the body, it's Nlighten Body Cream. 

Some notes to know before proceeding: 
I have acidic skin
 I used them for 7 days in a tropical country with high levels of humidity
I used MAC NC30 pressed powder on top of the CC Cushion
I stopped using my other beauty products for a week to give way to these items
After the O2 Bubble Cleanser, I used L'Oreal facial wash out of habit
Before I used all products, we had a swimming excursion in Los Banos Laguna so I was bit darker
This is going to be a short, quick review of each product

With that out of the way, here are my findings, hope this helps :)

1. Nlighten Cloud Cream
 Cream Claims 
Net wt. 30g
P 1,450

πŸ”…Provides an instant whitening effect
πŸ”…Helps achieve a more healthy and glowing skin 
    πŸ”… Helps maintain an even skin tone 
    πŸ”… Helps diminishes dark spots 
    πŸ”… Helps limit the over-production of melanin 
    πŸ”… Helps reduce the signs of ageing 
    πŸ”… Helps protect the skin from UVA & UVB rays (Sun Block - spf 20) 
    πŸ”… Helps dry pimples 
    πŸ”… No make up look 
    πŸ”… Helps achieve a pinkish white glow

    How to use Cloud Cream:
    ✔Open the jar
    ✔Remove plastic cover (don't throw the cover)
    ✔Use the spoon to mix the cream
    ✔Then use the spoon again and apply a small amount on your T-zone, cheeks, and chin
    ✔Spread the cream through a circular motion on your skin until full coverage

        ✔Packaging is really good. Sturdy and sleek.
✔Easy to apply
✔Really soft and a few swabs go a long way

XGave me dry patches on my face
XA bit sticky and itchy
XNot for sensitive skin

    2. Nlighten Body Cream
 πŸ‹Body Cream Claims 
Net wt. 100g 
P 1,350 
πŸ”… Non-sticky lightening cream 
πŸ”… Present brightening effect 
πŸ”… Enriched with natural ingredients of various essential vitamins 
πŸ”… Helps nourish the skin and enhance the skin's natural protective barrier leaving the skin nourished 
πŸ”… It also helps protect the skin from UVA & UVB rays 
πŸ”… Good for all skin types

How to use Body Cream:
✔Spread a right amount on your body
✔Gently massage
✔For best result use daily.

✔Packaging is really good. Sturdy and sleek.
✔Easy to apply
✔Really soft to touch
✔Results are slightly seen within a week
✔Smells good

  •  Cream on my sister's hand. My sister is a bit darker than me.
    Left: with the cream, Right: without. You can see a very slight difference in color. I'm not sure whether the it has some BB cream in it or reflectors, but once you apply the product, it instantly brightens the skin.

3. Nlighten O2 Bubble Cleanser
πŸ“O2 Bubble Cleanser Claims
Net wt. 70ml
πŸ”… Helps hydrate & rejuvenate the skin
πŸ”… Contains outstanding Oxygen Therapy and various essentials which help relieve the skin from dead skin cells, sebum and impurities
πŸ”… Good for all skin types 

How To Use Nlighten O2 Bubble :
✔2-4 Pumps
✔apply it your dry face
✔leave it for 1 minute and enjoy while enjoying the formulation of oxygen bubbles
✔massage your gently while removing the bubbles
✔rinse off with lukewarm water.

✔Packaging is really good. Sturdy and sleek. Having a pump is usually good.
✔Easy to apply
✔Probably my fave
✔You can really feel the bubbles forming on your face
✔Smells good
✔Thoroughly cleanses


4. Nlighten CC Cushion
Cushion Claims 
Net wt. 15g
πŸ”… Color Control Cushion
πŸ”… Is a revolutionary air cushion technology
πŸ”… Helps achieve a flawless coverage
πŸ”… Helps lighten the skin
πŸ”… Helps prevent the signs of ageing and serve as sun protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays through its broad spectrum SPF 50+ /PA +++. 

πŸ”… Helps obtain a nourished skin with its superior anti-oxidant and hydration contents and ensures a luminous finish by filling the micro lines efficiently
πŸ”… For all skin types

How To Use CC Cushion:
✔Apply by pressing the puff into an "essenced" sponge 

✔gently pat it onto your face
✔For touch ups, re-apply as desired

✔Packaging is sturdy and sleek.
✔Easy to apply
✔Smells good
✔Looks good after setting
✔Coverage is light to medium but was able to cover a lot of my blemishes
✔Brightens dull skin

XPackaging is a bit bulky for my make-up kit
XThe color in sponge doesn't match the actual product
XToo white for my skin 
XCan be a bit sticky on my acidic skin

Left side: with CC cushion, 
Right: bare face. White cast galore. 
Left side: with CC cushion
 Right: bare face but both with MAC NC30 pressed powder. 
As you can see, adding a bit of pressed powder evens the CC cushion a bit. 
Full face with CC cushion + MAC NC30 pressed powder taken after 30 mins when the products have settled a bit. 
There's still a bit of white cast, but it's not as harsh as the first application. 

Overall: The items are a bit pricier than your average Korean beauty products, but the packaging and quality make up for it. Would I purchase them in the future? Maybe the Body Cream and the O2 Bubble Cleanser. I'm very particular when it comes to make-up so the CC Cushion isn't for me. Maybe if they have a bigger range of shades that could accommodate darker, Filipina skin? All in all, these are good products and if you're an adventurous shopper with cash to spare, you should definitely try them.

To know more about Nlighten, you can visit their website: 

or contact Chon and Faye to order:
Chon - 0943 551 1188
Faye - 0943 551 1184

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February 27, 2016

Some 90 Things I Did Before Turning 30

So the biggest question is, how did an Asian baby turn into a sort of western looking woman without plastic surgery? The answer is a great combination of intense make-up, hair color, filter and good ol adulthood.

This post was inspired by the Female Network's article "Things You Need To Do for Yourself Before Turining 30." In 2 years, I'll be 30 and I'm currently in a state where I'm mellowing down and settling just a tad bit. It's good to reminisce some of the things that went on, as I slowly close the greatest decade of my life. Here are some 90 things I did that I can safely share:

  1. Ran to the nearest train station when I was chased by an angry mob in Thailand after trying to help a foreign couple from getting scammed
  2. Maintained a calm facade when I was mistaken for a terrorist in Sydney airport. Experienced being searched and interrogated in a tiny room with no contact to the outside world. On the bright side, my story was featured on national TV in the now defunct, Mel and Joey
  3. Conquered my frog phobia by eating frog at a classy French restau in Paris
  4. Taught English, Marketing and Advertising to inmates inside the New Bilibid Prison 
  5. Ditched a friend who treated me badly for years
  6. Finally went to an Evangelion Store in Japan
  7. Watched an actual K-pop concert -EXO and held hands with my favorite idols
  8. Allowed myself to be swept away by some Christian Grey characters 
  9. Became a certified make-up artist
  10. Rode a vintage Jaguar in the middle of Phnom Penh
  11. Learned Nihonggo/Japanese language and was actually able to use it in Japan
  12. Rode an elephant in Bali (which I'll never do again)
  13. Dined in this secret/hidden bar in Japan where they served the freshest sushi, and ultimately paid one of the most expensive food bills we've ever had and will ever have in our entire existence
  14. Traversed a farm in New Zealand in the middle of the night only to be spooked by the huge cows popping up when I pointed my flashlight at them
  15. Rode a gondola in Venice while watching the sunset

  16. Studied abroad, aced exams and received a partial scholarship because of high grades...and not accept said scholarship 
  17. Stood in line for 7 hours for the Game Of Thrones Exhibit in Sydney
  18. Occupied an old French mansion by the Mekong River in Laos and got sick the whole time
  19. Danced, sang and ran with glee at Mardi Gras 
  20. Spent wonderful moments with my grandmothers. I love, love listening to their childhood and romantic stories!
  21. Joined a cheering competition and embarrassed myself
  22. Participated in elocution contests and actually won a trophy almost taller than me
  23. Hiked mountains in my Air Max because I was stupid and I didn't know you shouldn't do that
  24. Helped a student who passed out in front of the toilet stall I was in
  25. Watched a breath-taking sunrise on a field in the province with my friends, after getting trashed the night before, even though I wasn't even drunk, so yeah, I remembered EVERYTHING
  26. Sang my lungs out with drunk frat boys and sorority girls, with their guitars and drums until morning. Again, I was the only one SOBER because I don't drink. And mind you, they were like little brothers and sisters to me, so it's not the crazy shiz they portray in movies. 
  27. Celebrated my "debut" or my 18th birthday with my inmate students inside the prisons
  28. Road-trips around Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines
  29. Braved former torture buildings and open graves in Cambodia, and died a little for humanity
  30. Watched the sunrise and sunset in Angkor Wat whilst listening to different stories of the people we met, particularly the genocide victims of Cambodia
  31. Visited museums, exhibitions and experienced the works of the greatest artists in the world from the classics: Van Gogh, Monet, Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Goya, Mucha to contemporaries: Warhol, Pollock, Yayoi Kusama, Yoko Ono, Tabaimo Mekurumeku and some more new names I appreciated but forgot
  32. Immersed with a family I barely knew in Borbon, Cebu and rejuvenated my tired soul
  33. Chatted with my seatmate on the plane, a cool guy who just had his whole back tattooed with wings, during our 10 hour flight to Australia. We did not stop talking, we did not sleep at all
  34. Flew to Singapore to see Harry Potter, The Exhibition, and was able to see Andy Warhol's original works from his exhibit
  35. Accidentally saw Star Wars, The Exhibition with my family which brought great delight 
  36. Ate warm chilli at the summit of Mt. Pilatus in Switzerland 
  37. Wore a full geisha ensemble, complete with hair and make-up in Gion, Kyoto
  38. Walked fully naked in front of women in a traditional Japanese Onsen and spasmed over seeing the life-size Gundam of Odaiba
  39. Had a "fight" with a monkey who stole my Ray-Ban's in Bali. Ok, so I think I panicked more rather than fight.
  40. Was the only person with Tara McPherson in the bathroom and forgot to introduce myself
  41. Survived a major typhoon out in the open fields of UPLB after being stranded with almost no food, water and electricity
  42. Touched Juliet's boob in Verona, Italy
  43. Ate Belgian chocolate in Belgium. Orayt!
  44. Dated a Lithuanian guy who looked like an Aryan prince
  45. Was devoured by massive waves at Bondi beach, and walked in horror with my swimsuit half gone
  46. Collected costumes, wigs and cosplayed in different cosplay events
  47. Stayed in a tiny room in HongKong during winter and loved every minute of it
  48. Threw freshly bought and expensive shoes in the garbage to make a statement... a stupid one
  49. Cruised the Rhine river in Germany and marvelled at the medieval-GOT-esque castles along the way
  50. Acted as a drug addict, a nurse, a trophy girlfriend etc. in short, indie films
  51. Consoled a crying doctor I didn't know in a bathroom. I've never seen a crying doctor in the hospital. It was heartbreaking
  52. Was threatened by a lawyer who wanted to do illegal things with his estranged wife's money, only to hang up when I reminded him that his phone call was recorded 
  53. Abused my hair. Colored my hair brown, platinum blonde, gray, pink, red, strawberry blonde. Cut it super short for a year and was mistaken for a lesbian, then got these long and expensive hair extensions in Thailand made from the treated, virgin hair of a young Vietnamese kid. Actually wrote an academic paper about it and the hair trade in Southeast Asian countries.
  54. Fought for a promotion
  55. Met some interesting characters, from kind, wizened old people on the streets, good and corrupt politicians, philanthropists, unsung heroes in obscure communities, heirs/heiresses of different nationalities, a single South African dad with a very interesting story, Colombian/Brazilian models, brave soldiers, people with terrible secrets, an orphan who became a seminarian-shot someone in self defense and was imprisoned, to a UST ROTC officer who killed a student, and most recently, a Filo smart-ass who had a legit boyband that covered Kpop dances and was actually sent to Korea to meet different Kpop artists and dancers. He now works as a Social Media person for some notorious political figures whom I will not vote for the life of me. 
  56. Was featured in Nat's (communitychannel) "PornoMusic/CommentTime" Natalie Tran is a Vietnamese-Australian youtuber I've been following for years, so this is kind of a big deal
  57. Was featured in Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho for my love of vintage fashion
  58. Escaped from two roommates who happened to be a drug addict/pusher, and a mistress of a bank executive. I was new in the area and needed a room in a nice condo, asap. I joined those two strangers not knowing how crazy they were. I should've realized they were bad news when they told me that 3 girls left before me. Only stayed with them for 2 months
  59. Explored London, and rode the London Eye 
  60. Did the make-up/photoshoot of a budding model who would become a Ford Supermodel of the World finalist
  61. Dove to see sunken Japanese ships in different wreck sites in Palawan
  62. Watched live pigs getting slaughtered. The whole brutal process.
  63. Fell in love with a guy and have not told him until now
  64. Witnessed a massive car crash/pile up that we missed by a few seconds
  65. Planned a wedding that got cancelled
  66. Enjoyed working for corporate companies and being a corporate slave
  67. Took care of 6 shih tzus at once and almost went mad
  68. Listened to Armi and UDD in a tiny cafe where I was able to experience their music in all its glory
  69. Savored Urbandub's concerts with 4 different, special people. Different people, different love affairs, same songs, same sad endings.
  70. Celebrated my birthday in a posh hotel in Sydney overlooking the Opera House and harbour, and devoured an expensive degustation menu, only to vommit everything back at home. I cannot handle too much food.
  71. Drank Singapore Sling from the Raffles in Singapore, at their vintage bar where the drink actually originated...only to vommit it (again) back in the hotel room. I cannot handle alcohol.
  72. Marathoned my fave TV shows, finishing several seasons in a few days and watching ALL of the youtube videos of my favorite Kpop band for weeks
  73. Fought for my best friend, fought for my friends, fought for my family
  74. Punched some rude men
  75. Shook hands and painfully smiled at the man who almost had my father killed
  76. Cried like there was no tomorrow over the deaths of my loved ones
  77. Ended my 8-year relationship in the most distressing and shocking manner
  78. Participated in art exhibitions
  79. Climbed mango, star apple and guava trees, and ate their fruits whilst sitting on their branches
  80. Nursed a dying, old neighbor of my grandmother when I was younger. She was a kind, frail, old woman who would give us free candies from her store. I stayed with her for one whole afternoon on her deathbed.
  81. Invested my money, stayed put in a job, laid low for a year and "adulted"
  82. Saved a bird from a typhoon and nursed it back to health inside our house
  83. Survived 2 near-death experiences
  84. Spent my childhood afternoons catching grasshoppers, playing football and badminton on a grassy field under the scorching sun
  85. Created my own websites using old-school HTML like a boss
  86. Took charge when a friend was hit by a jeepney right in front of me, during my college years. He was my sister's friend and I was the eldest in the group. Rushed him to the hospital, filed for a police report, suddenly adulted at 19
  87. Played with this kind inmate who was assassinated after a few weeks. I was around 6 or 7 at that time
  88. Won over bullies
  89. Supported our helper's kids
  90. Loved passionately with all my being. Naks. 

There are some things I couldn't write down here, the heavy ones, the life-altering ones, some secrets and stories that aren't just mine. Hopefully, I could share them in the next 10 years. These experiences may not be as grand as others, but I'm sure they're quite rich, varied and interesting for a suburban girl from a third-world country. Right now, I'm surprisingly enjoying being a corporate slave and slowing down. My life has become a bit routinary and I spend most of my weekends at home, resting, watching TV shows, reading, walking my dogs, you know, the quiet life. And to be honest, I'm perfectly happy about it. I'm not mellowing down entirely, I just need some time to look back, reflect and appreciate everything.

PS. But ultimately, that picture above is the best motivation a woman could have.
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January 01, 2016

Hurrah for 2015!

I have a lot of thoughts about 2015 so I'm just going to make it easier and list down the happy and sad things about it. By the end of the year, I literally could not feel anything other than primal urges such as eat, sleep and then some.  Also, since I only had 18 freaking blog posts last year, I will pour my whole 2015 here so this is gonna be long.


1. Started my job with Globe last Jan, 2015 and I'm currently waiting for a career advancement this January. Whether it works out or not, I'm ok with anything. Had several job offers outside the company and it was my decision to stick with Globe. Adult decisions and stuff. 

2. Expanded my knowledge and learned a hell lot about digital marketing and how it's revolutionizing the whole marketing industry. I learned from the best mentors in the country.

3.  In turn, I was able to contribute to the growth of Globe's Postpaid brands, particularly AllPhones.

4.  With my own place in Taguig, I was able to live independently.

5.  I was finally able to release, yes, RELEASE myself from a very toxic relationship. Finally. No contact. No looking back. Freedom.

6. And then these:

For the first time in 10 years, I didn't go out of the country and stayed put (I'll explain why later), but I was able to go to these lovely places.

(L-R) There were more, but I'm particularly fond of these ones:
1. Art in The Park- my sister had an exhibit (proud ate here)
2. Urbandub concert
3. Spotify with GXI friends since most of them resigned shortly after this
4. Summit Media Digital Summit
5. ABS CBN Roadshow
6.  Opening of Tatt Awards -Pam and I had fun
7. Steve Aoki- Palace Pool Club
8. iPhone 6s launch
9. Youtube and Google trainings
From long unintentional ombre, to short blonde, to accidental pink/peach, to gray

1. Naj's wedding and my IL girlfriends' bonding
2. Work lunches and dinners
3. Bonding with childhood, HS, college, post grad friends and ex officemates

1. My family from NZ came back last Summer so we were able to enjoy our weeks together
2. Palawan trip with the Morales from NZ
3. Lola's 80th Birthday Celebration at The Palms Country Club. I was ecstatic to have been her MC for the night. I'm such a Lola's girl.
4. My cousin Noel and Jane's wedding at Palazzo Verde (Fernbrook)
 with my cousins and pamangkins
Some special stuff that made me super happy this year
1. Lang Leav's new book, Memories gives me my much needed feels

2. Participated in DRMHWS/Globe's art club exhibit, all thanks to Ehm!

3. I'd spend most of my weekends at home reading manga like Saezeru Tori Wa Habatakanai, Hare Kon, Ten Counts etc.  Relaxes me.

4. My forever loves, my puppies

5. Had a good chat with Bea Zobel about work, love life (yes, we talked about this for 30 mins. like any other grandma, she grilled me about this subject). With her quick wit and hard-hitting questions, she relayed her happiness on some decisions I made, such as coming back home in the Philippines and not getting married in Sydney. She also approved my working for one of their companies and she wanted to introduce me to one of her grandsons, a 29 year old who works for Ayala Corp.  All I can say is that she is an amazing woman with a strong sense justice. I admire her greatly for her kind heart and loving nature. 

6. STAR WARS. Omg, the feels, the nostalgia, the happiness of watching it with my loved ones and continuing an awesome family tradition.

7. ONE PUNCH MAN made gloomy nights sunny. 

8. V or Kim Taehyung. Watching this adorable alien had me laughing for 2 weeks straight. His whimsical and innocent personality was really refreshing, kind of like the feeling you get when you watch cute puppies or kittens. I kid you not. I think he has mild ADHD which makes him a bit eccentric, but then he switches to a sexy, mean and talented youngster, I cannot. 

9.  BTS or Bangtan Boys. I just recently joined their fandom and let me tell you, they're addictive. They're the fastest rising and most popular group this 2015. I first watched their music video DOPE and got hooked instantly like EVERYONE who watched it. (Reaction videos galore on youtube). I've never been a hardcore fan of any group until now. Next,  you have to watch their latest MV aka short artsy film divided into three songs:

10. I've also been listening to Arcade Fire particularly their The Suburbs album (old school, I know), Lana Del Rey, Jhene Aiko, The Civil Wars, Urbandub, Daniela Andrade and Taylor Swift; accompanied by TV shows such as TWD, Haikyuu, Homeland, Master of None, Big Bang Theory and Modern Family. I kind of felt sad because Hannibal and Downton Abbey ended but there you go. It's a year full of goodbyes.

1. WORK- I've said goodbyes more than 20x this year. People came and went. Just as I got comfortable with someone, he/she leaves, especially the brand managers I've grown to adore. More than 10 people I've worked with resigned this year because of different reasons such as stress, frustrations, their bosses and the feeling of irrelevance. My mentor/boss even resigned mid-year. From our team, only 2 of us are left from the original group. I guess re-org does that to companies. We also had to say goodbye to some agencies I've started with this year. 

2. Aside from office send offs, I've had to get rid say goodbye to some people I let in. I realized I do not have the tolerance and patience to date or to be in a relationship with anyone, as of this writing. Maybe because I was crazy busy with work, or my priorities are now vastly different from last year, I don't know. I rejected some and was rejected. I really don't feel anything about it. Just have to be more careful who to let in or trust, not just in my personal life but def in my professional life as well. I forgive, but I don't forget. 

3. Mark and I are no longer in contact. After 8 years, this is the first time we haven't talked or seen each other for 2 months and it will continue. We tried this year and it will just not work anymore. I don't even miss him. How do you call it, irreconcilable differences? So I hope everyone stops asking me about it na. 2016 na, guuuyyss. 

4. I also bid farewell to one of my grandmothers, Lola Tecky. It broke my heart. Her last words to me were "Don't get married yet, enjoy your career!" I am wholeheartedly taking her advise. I love you, Lola Tecky and I'm praying for your soul. 

5. I learned I have a tumor. Cause is unknown but it's curable and I'm able to function normally. Like all tumors, it just popped out of nowhere. Doctors still couldn't explain it. My medicine is expensive and must come from overseas since the local version has the worst side-effects, but I'll be ok.

6. And on that note, I did not travel this year.  Too busy and too focused on my career and health. 

Well, all in all, 2015 was interesting. I had to be pushed over and over until I just did not give anymore f.... I've become even more straightforward, a little bit selfish, anti-social especially on weekends, intolerant to men, incompetence and BS. On the other hand, I've become more appreciative and protective of my family, few close friends and any form of innocence (children, animals, V), hardwork, passion and loyalty.
 I guess, I had to be taken away from my different comfort zones so life could instil, that my happiness should not depend on anything or anyone because really, in the grand scheme of the universe, would any of my worries matter? No. So let's just keep moving forward and as for me, literally live life to the fullest. 


Oh and here are my past Hurrahs. They're a bit different each year as they should be.

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