Thursday, December 11, 2014

BDJ - CoverGirl Exclusive (December 2014)

My December BDJ box finally came, after being delayed by Typhoon Ruby.  

I checked-out (did the usual shaking and weighing) the box and found it a tad lighter than the previous beauty boxes I have received.  

I opened my box half-hearted (wishing full instead of sampler sized products).  Lo and behold, I saw the COVERGIRL logo.

This month's beauty box is a CoverGirl Exclusive  - now this is what I meant by coming back, and with vengeance.  A rush of blood came rushing back my face!  This is by far the best BDJ Box I have received. Talk about saving the best to end the year.    

So here is what's inside:

1. TruBlend Liquid Makeup, 30ml (P645).  It is a liquid foundation that provides smooth full coverage for a flawless natural look.

2. TruBlend Pressed Powder, 11ml (P425).  Has a silky- smooth formula that blends beautifully with all skin tones, perfect for a natural, fresh, no make-up look.

3. Cheekers Blush, 3g (P395). A portable mini-compact blusher that gives you a natural rosy silk flush (will only be available in stores on Feb 2015).

4. Smoky Shadow Blast, 4.6g (P525). For smoky-dramatic eyes in an instant. 

5. LashBlast Fusion Water Resistant Mascara, 12g (P595). It is a super-volumizing fiber-stretched mascara formula with an oversized brush that guarantees to make your lash bigger, fuller and more dramatic. 


My entire box value is over P2,500!
This box alone is so worth, my last four (4) months subscription.   
I love CoverGirl and BDJ!! 

Two words:  Awesome!  Awesome!

BDJ - Benefit Exclusive - Sweet Shoppe (November 2014)

First let me begin with a confession: "I am not a Benefit Cosmetics avid".    

I have mentioned in a previous post, that I would rather go for less known inexpensive local cosmetic's brands, meant for the Asian skin. That being said, I do not really dislike Benefits Cosmetics totally.  I just find it's price exorbitant, which I guess explains the  small sampler products included in the box.   Well it was not all bad, though, since samplers are easier to stash in your travel adventure kits.

 The box contains a selection of items from the Benefit's Sweet Shoppe, here is what's inside:

 1. It's Potent! Eye Cream, 14g (P1800).  It is an eye cream that helps restore skin's elasticity and protect it from free radicals. 

 2. Big Easy Complexion Perfector, 35ml 9 (P2000). It is a 2-in1 facial coverage that helps control oil, while keeping your face moisturized.

3. Posiebalm Hydrating Lip Balm, 3g (P1000). Posie balm helps hydrate and condition your lips, while giving it a hint of sweet pinkish glow.  

4. Lollitint Lip and Cheek Stain, 12.5ml (P1700). A smudge proof and smooch proof formula for your cheeks and lips all day long.

5. They're Real! Push-Up Line, 1.4g (P1300). It is a water-proof, matte black gel eyeliner than can last up to 24 hours.

 6. They're Real Mascara, 8.5g (P1300). Jet black lash coverage, that can make your lashes gorgeously long and thick without clumping up together.

 7. They're Real! Eye Makeup Remover, 50ml (P1000). It is an eye make-up remover that cleanse without irritating your eyes.


  • Instant Comeback Facial Serum and Total Moisture Facial Cream. These serum and facial cream helps bring back your skin youthful and natural glow, by keeping it hydrated.

  • Hello Gorgeous Voucher - Free makeupper and brow consultation at your favorite Benefit Store


Some of the items in this month's box were repeats of the June 2014 Box: Let the Beauty Begin!  Repeat items were the Potent Eye Cream, Big Easy Complexion Perfector and Lollitint Lip and Cheek Stain.

I haven't even bothered opening the Potent Eye Cream, which means, now I have 2 unopened eye creams.

I have  finished the Big Easy Complexion Perfector in the June package and I am now using the new one (so that's good).

The June, Lollitint Lip and Cheek Stain, I have opened and used a couple of times, until my August BDJ Box came with my all time favorite, Ofra Long Lasting Lipstick.  The opened Lollitint went to my back-up, make-up kit.

Honestly,  I have not yet used most of these products.  The eyeliner, mascara, lip balm and eye make up remover are currently just hogging spaces inside my make up box (another good thing, they came in small).  

I hope December 2014 will redeem. Learn more on Beauty Boxes here:

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BDJ - Skin Savers (October 2014)

I am so excited to receive my October 2014 BDJ.  I knew it was special as there were two (2) boxes. 

This month's BDJ is all about maintaining your skin's youthful glow.
And youthful, glowing skin is something we all value.   

I opened the Dial box first and was happy to get full sized Dial products:

Dial Cleansing Pair
1. Dial Coconut Water Body Wash (473ml, Php 200)
2. Dial Coconut Water Soap (113g, Php 140 for a trio pack)

These came in so timely, as my boys' bodywash are near empty.  My boys love the smell of fresh coconut, and since these were infused with coco water I knew for a fact that it is gentle even on children's skin.  Its main ingredients Coconut water is known to be rich in antioxidants and electrolytes (simply put, keeping your skin hydrated).

The main box was as heavy as the first, which kept me excited. It contains three (3) full side products and three (3) expensive fillers (in tiny packaging).

My Choice Smooth Skin Pack
3. My Choice Spa Salt
(500g, Php 100)
This one is a salt scrub packed with anti-oxidants and vitamins.
4. My Choice Hand and Body Lotion (90ml, Php 70)
A creamy lotion concoction of all-natural ingredients, as well as collagen to help nourish and protect your skin from harmful free radicals.

5. Dove Hair Fall Rescue (7ml x 7 vials, Php 470)
A hair loss and hair roots strengthening treatment.  It is infused with Trichazole, Soy Protein and Ginseng that helps reduce damage to the roots. Their formula feeds vital nutrients deep inside your hair defending it from external stress and breakage.

6. Revlon ColorStay 16-Hour Eye Shadow Quad (1.9oz, Php 795)
Beautiful eye color that you can wear for up to 16 hours. This product promises a crease and smudge free, hence a fresh look when applied.

The expensive filler, which would have appreciated if they came in full or at least a week usable packaging (but I guess I am that lucky yet).

  • L'Oreal Paris Youth Duo L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Serum (30ml, Php 1500)
    L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Anti-Aging Day Cream (50ml, Php 1500)

The serum help reduces  fine lines & refines skin texture in continued 4 weeks use, while the day cream help smoothen pores and replump skin. 
  • Strip RPT Kit Strip Ice Cream (150ml, Php 1750)
    RELIEVE – This smoothing, calming whip delight calms your inflamed skin — perfect as a post-hair removal treatment.
  • Malin + Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub (220ml, Php 1650)
    PREVENT – With bamboo and pumice to help shed dead skin, this cooling and creamy scrub will prevent ingrown hair.
  • Malin + Goetz Ingrown Hair Cream (15ml, Php 1750)
    TREAT – It contains papaya and pineapple enzyme to eliminate ingrown hair, as well as vitamins B5 and E to repair your skin.

  • Yves Rocher Zero Blemish Gel Cream (50ml, Php 795) Product guide says it is formulated with Baikal Powder, which helps  absorb excess sebum and minimizes pores. It hydrates the skin for  full 24 hours so you don't have to worry about over drying your skin.  

My best finds this month in my BDJ Box are the Dial Cleansing Pair (We have been using the Dial Coconut Water body wash and soap and my I love how smooth and moisturized it feels right after bathing) and the Dove Hair Fall Rescue treatment (I have been using this one as well, too soon to tell if its working though).

I have also been using the Yves  Rocher Zero Blemish Gel Cream.  It smells so nice at application and I was surprise it does real wonder to your face, by protecting it from blemish and shine.  It is perfect for my combination type skin.  Now, if only they came in bigger containers. 

This month's box is all worth my P580.  

More on beauty boxes... BEAUTY BOXES.  

      Friday, November 21, 2014

      Cute Hoodie Bags

      Bag Hoodies by Kaila Bags and Fashion Accessories.

      Stylish and quirky-designed bags, made with light weight washable material, perfect for active and imaginative children.

      These handmade backpacks are well made and very affordable - perfect gift to your little ones this Christmas season.

      Just look how adorably cute this hoodie bag is.   
      I got this Tiger Hoodie-bag for my 6 year old.  He loves it and brings it to school for show off.

      They have alot of bag designs and accessories to choose from.  


      Go visit and see for yourself their branch at Robinson's Antipolo.  You can also check out their facebook page for their other products here -  Kaila's Bags and Accessories

      Honest to Goodness Citizen Services

      Why line up and waste your precious time and money, when there is a faster and more hassle free way of getting your NSO document certificates?

      Through, you may secure copies of your civil registry documents fast and easy.  You can request for your documents online ( or by phone (02) 737-1111. This would take you only 15 minutes of your time.

      You can pay for your document requests using VISA or MasterCard. And in just 2-3 days, your NSO certificate will be delivered right at your door step, anywhere in the Philippines.
      It is that easy!

      The is just one of the many innovative solutions provided by Pilipinas Teleserv.

      Pilipinas Teleserv

      Now going on its 14th year of dedicated service, Pilipinas Teleserv  has been providing Filipinos with cutting-edge customer management solutions and innovative business process outsourcing services.  Primary of these solutions is Citizen Services, an integrated customer service solution that has changed the way people transact with government agencies, such as the:
      • National Statistics Office
      • Department of Foreign Affairs 
      • POEA
      • Civil Service Commission
      • BIR
      • DTI
      • PhilHealth
      • NCC
      • DOH
      • Government Service Insurance System
      • Securities and Exchange Commission and
      • DPWH

      Aside from the NSOHelpline, other central services available to Filipinos are:

      DFA Passport Appointment System

      Through the DFA Passport Appointment System, the process of applying for a new passport and renewing an expiring passport has become much more swift and convenient. is your easy access in getting an appointment for you DFA passport application. You get to choose the date, time and location at your convenience all in one click.  And if you want to talk to someone, simply call the hotline (02) 737-1000. 
      GSIS Contact Center

      From September 2012 until March 2014, Pilipinas Teleserv managed the Philippine Government’s ambitious Contact Center ng Bayan project, a national helpdesk that utilizes citizen vigilance to keep government offices and agents accountable for their actions. Concerned citizens can lodge complaints and request for information via the hotline, SMS, and email.

      SEC Express System

      This is an online processing and delivery of SEC Documents.

      Documents like articles of incorporation/partnership, by-laws, general information sheet, increase/decrease of capital stock, audited financial statements, registration data sheet, resolution (minutes), secretary’s certificate, board resolution, and other documents can now be requested easily.


      Simply log on to to request for SEC documents or call (02) 737-8888 (Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 5pm).


      I have personally tried the NSOHelpline and the DFA Passport Appointment System -  truly convenient and hassle free. 
      Try them now!

      Friday, November 14, 2014

      Habitat for Humanity Philippines

      Let us do our share...

      Join and be part of Habitat for Humanity Philippines  as it welcomes the joyous Season of Giving through Pamaskong Handog (a Habitat Christmas offerings).

      Your donation will help +HabitatPhils provide Noche Buena packs to hundreds of Habitat home partners in Payatas, Navotas, Taguig, Pasig and Malabon. Your gift will also fund our ongoing community development projects in the country.

      Give a meaningful Christmas gift today!

      Friday, October 17, 2014

      Ready, Aim, SMILE and SHOOT!

      Have you ever heard of Purpose Driven Photography
      Purpose Driven Photography is the life blood of Imagine Nation Photography Inc.   It is using ones given talent in photography for the greater glory of God. It may sound cliché or melo-dramatic for some, But really, what good is there in  taking beautiful photos if these are empty and there is no heart in them?

      Imagine Nation Photography and it's sister company Wang Videography offer video and photography services that commits to help you remember cherished occasions, as extra special.   

      (pictures courtesy of website)

      Behind these beautiful and exquisite photographs is a group of gifted individuals, whose passion for photography and love of God has bonded them together.    
      Through their apprenticeship programs, they heartedly teach photography skills to aspiring photographers; and beyond that the attitude and character that come with the skills.

      Now for my impromptu photo:

      This is true happiness!  
      You don't just see it,  you feel it
      and know that I am sincerely happy.  
      Thanks Rochelle!  You guys are awesome.  
      * * * * *
      For your special occasions or if you are simply interested in one of their purpose driven photography workshops,  I recommend  services from Imagine Nation Photography and Wang Videography.  

      Check out their website at


      Contact Ms. Roch Palmiano
      0917-5634585 / 713-7189

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014

      Hoodie Jackets, Anyone?

      I was on a hunt for customized-matching hoodies for my boys, and I was so excited seeing Authority Hoodies (AH) at the last Blogapalooza event.

      AH is an online store specializing on specially crafted hoodies/jackets and plushies.  

      I was instantly gravitated to their booth.  On display are hoodies, inspired by comic, anime, famous movies and game characters. 

      How groovy is that?  

      AH hoodies are well, with an apparent attention to details. P The materials used are also of very good quality. These hoodies  resemble the inspiration-character perfectly, but still classy and not over the top!

      Check these out!

      I know right? These hoodies are so #sexycool!  My boys will go gaga over these hoodies for sure. 

      For inquiries, check them out in facebook~Authority Hoodie.

      Are you a Boardgames Enthusiast?

      Before Xbox, Wii and Playstation, boardgames used to fill and rule our family weekends.  I treasure boardgame moments, shared with my siblings.  We love Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess and Cluedo.  It was always fun to score better than Ate and Kuya and get a weeks bragging rights for winning!

      Some of the sample games among the multitude of boardgames GL sells.   

      At the Gaming Library, you can relive those memories with your own family.  The Gaming Library sells hard to find; latest and novelty boardsgames online.     

      The Gaming Library is an online store, that supports Open Gaming Meet, where everyone can have a fun day of board gaming. They teach you new games and provide demo copies, so you don't need to pay for anything. You get to try out their products, before purchasing!
      Please visit their online shop and check for yourself <<< THE GAMING LIBRARY and Let the games begin!!!

      Saturday, October 11, 2014

      Blogapalooza for First Timers!

      Christmas came early to all bloggers who attended the second annual BLOGAPALOOZA  at SM Aura last October 11.
      The event was literally pouring freebies, gift certificates
      (and eco-bag...hehehe...)...
      It feels so right to be a legit blogger!
      I have posted below some of my goodies and loots,
      I am so happy and excited! 
      There are truly generous sponsors this year...
      I carried about 6-8 eco-bags full, plus a golf umbrella tucked in my arms
      (Note to self:  bring hubby next time - to carry my stuffs ofcourse)! 
      Here are some of my favorites, will be writing about each one soon.

      L-R/T-B: Ideal Vision (the VIP card would definitely come in handy), Easy Taxi (I really am interested in knowing  more about Easy Taxi - never know when I'll need one), Bioessence (I got to keep myself pretty and sexy, I must give the Premium Pass: back massage/facial a try), Sample Room (Sample Room obviously prepared for us bloggers, pretty-pretty loot bags, so cute, I didn't want to open and ruin the packing)
      L-R/T-B: Zomato (your guide to discovering new restaurants), Flawless (was really generous giving away stem cell night serum and stem cell day cream, I guess I would be testing those pretty soon), Gaming Library (I really recommend board game lovers to check this one out - I was really amaze with their unique game board products) and the delicious House of Lasagna.   
      L-R/T-B: Ace Water Spa (I swear by far is the best relaxing staycation I have done in Manila), Acer (recommended for affordable and reliable computer products), Crocs (oh check out their new retro sneakers, so cute) and so much more...!
      It was so much fun, I wished I can just keep on going (haiz, if not for these aching feet)!

      Feeling somewhat like a celebrity (Sorry I can't help, but post of picture of me with Allison Harvard's standee - pwede na rin)!

      It was true blogger treat not to be missed.  I am very thankful and blessed to be a part of this year's event.
      More power to BLOGAPALOOZA and it's organizers: rockstars: Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet and Vince Golangco of When in Manila!!!
      TIPS (from a first time Blogapalooza attendee):
      (a) Bring a friend who doesn't whine (all those goodies gets heavy overtime, an extra pair of hands would come on handy).
      (b) Bring business cards (business cards screams you mean business), it would save you the trouble of having to right your name a couple zillion times (okay, I was exaggerating, about 20 or so time).
      (c) Wear comfortable and yet presentable clothing.  Some sponsors requires some physical activity, for additional premium prizes and still need to look good as there are lots of souvenir picture taking happening around!
      (d) Seize the moment - enjoy and have fun!   




      Dare to be ZAPPED!

      Rewards and Loyalty program in one, indeed ZAP tag is the coolest thing to hit the Metro!

      How else can you get up to 50% Cash Back on your purchases in your beloved stores, restaurants and even movie houses.

      I love the fact that it is so easy to use, just tap and earn.

      Dare to be ZAPPED <<<< Click here now!

      and start your spearning (spending and earning)!

      Among the listed accredited Zap merchants to date includes:

      Draft Gastropub
      Banana Leaf
      Pepper Lunch
      Happy Lemon
      Red Mango
      Mrs. Fields
      Greenhills Cinema

      Thursday, October 9, 2014

      Cordlife chance, one choice

      What would one not do, to cure an ailing dear child or help prolong a loved one's life?

      In 2009, I was a young mother to a very sick 5 month old baby, stricken with a deadly staph pneumonia, he contracted due to a weak immune system.   My husband and I wept and prayed incessantly for months while my son fought for his life.  My son is well now, but that nightmare is still fresh in my mind.

      It hurts me, when I hear news of friends and acquintances dying of cancer and a multiple of other dreaded diseases.  It is painful to see some one you know succumb to a disease.  
      But that need not be the case anymore, since now, hope and chances of recovery has increased. With the latest technology and advances in medical researches, surviving has been a possibility more than ever.  

      There are now new cures. 

      Cord blood stem cells harvested from a new born's umbilical cord have been used successfully to treat more than 70 different life threatening diseases, from cancers to blood disorders, immune deficiencies. These stem cells can develop into other types of cells, so they can help repair tissues, organs, and blood vessels, which can be used to treat various diseases.

      Today, Filipinos can now benefit from these cures, with Cordlife Philippines offering the unique and highly advance service of banking your babies' stem cell rich cord blood.

      If you can afford it,  seize the one chance to save your baby's cord blood.

      For more information, download Cordlife's FREE infopack @ or call them at (02) 332 – 1888.

      Wednesday, September 24, 2014

      BDJ - Beauty Innovations (September 2014)

      This month's box theme is all about new products from trusted brands: Godiva, Pond's, Cream Silk, Dove, Jergens, Beach Hut and Fanny Serrano (FS) cosmetics (this is the first time I have heard of FS makeup, but Mr.  Fanny Serrano is a trusted icon in show business, so I guess that counts).

      I anxiously opened my box  and was delighted to see the contents.

      What's inside:

      1. Godiva Cleansing Kit
      a. Whitening Facial Wash, 50ml costs P85
      b. Whitening Toner, 60ml costs P60 

      I am not a fan of whitening products, but I am willing to give Godiva facial wash and toner  a try.  These products promise to give gentle skin cleansing.  

      2. Pond's Dewy Rose Gel, 10g costs P150

      Another whitening product included in the box.  This whitening formula is infused with Rose Lumiere Serum that goes deep into the skin to lighten dark spots. It also smoothens your pores from the outside for a rosy feel and look.

      3. Cream Silk Daily Treatment Conditioner, 180ml costs P134 each.  This product has 4 variants, the box came with 2 variants.
      These are formulated with  Vita-boost complex that penetrate hair strands to help nourish it from within.

      4. Dove Intense Repair Daily Hair Vitamins, 6ml 6 capsules pack costs P75. This hair treatment is infused with Vitamin E and botanical extract and helps lock in nourishment in your hair.

      5. Jergens Moisture Pack
      a. Jergen's Ultra Healing Lotion, 100ml costs 88
      b. Jergen's Daily Moisture Lotion, 200ml costs P153

      My mom loves Jergens.  As I child, I would recall going to my parent's room and pour a generous amount on my palm and apply it all over my body and my dolls (come on, I know you are guilty of using mommy's stuffs too).  I am so excited to have gotten these as part of my box.   I liked that now, Jergen's has a more improved formula Hydralucence Blend for deep skin hydration, Silk Protein and Citrus Extract for a more silky and smooth feel.

      6. Beach Hut Clear Spray, 180ml costs P390.

      This product allows a more convenient way of applying sun protection less the greasy / sticky lotion after feel  (I had an urge to go beach bumming all of a sudden, hehehe).

      7. Fanny Serrano Cosmetics (FS)
      a. FS Single Eye Shadow, 4g costs P150
      b. FS Gel Liner, 5 ml costs P299

      I am more excited about the Gel Liner as the traditional ones tend to be difficult to use and apply.  This one comes in a cheek/elegant bottle with a free applicator brush, sweet!  

      Approximate value of this month's box is P1700.   With mostly full sized items from known brands, BDJ surely delivered this September.