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Beautiful Promises Kept with Avon True Color

Avon has truly gone a long way, from the basic makeup I used in grade school (I had a tinted lip balm) to the trendy options we have today. Everyone has fond memories of this brand, and for sure most of us knew (or were even related to) Avon ladies. My secret guilty pleasure? Reading their monthly brochure and relishing in their new products — I could never get enough! Each product held so much promise and I was never left disappointed.

So when I received the Avon True Color box filled with makeup (about 27 pieces I believe), I immediately trimmed them down to my favorites. Together with the beautiful Ae of An Artechoke, we created a quick and easy look that you can wear on a date.

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Love, Z Bakery & Patisserie

Being a creature of habit, I usually stay true to my tried and tested food places. But once in a while when I’m feeling adventurous (ha!) I go out of my way and try new things. In this case, a new patisserie. Venture a little bit north and you’ll find the lovely Love, Z Bakery & Patisserie outside Filinvest Gate 1, stop number 2 on our Manila Food Trip 2017.

Love, Z is the brainchild of a group of friends brought together by their love for food and good conversation. Having spent so much time in restaurants, cafes, and other establishments, they eventually decided to create a place of their own and thus Love, Z bakery was born.

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We welcomed their freshly baked pastries, cakes, breads, and our beverage of choice (I had coffee, of course). Having had our fill of rice and heavy servings of chicken from the previous food crawl, it was nice to just sit down, chill for a bit, and catch up. I was seated with Rocky and Gellie, fellow coffee lovers and dessert aficionados.

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Poultry Stack

I am a homegrown Quezon City girl so it’s pretty obvious that our default for easy eats would be the Banawe, Tomas Morato or the Scout area. Just when I thought I’ve seen and tried all the places within the vicinity, another quirky restaurant opens up and it’s called Poultry Stack.

This was the first stop of the day of the Manila Food Trip 2017 event organized by Ms. Aileen Octaviano of the Pampanga Bloggers’ Society where I was invited by my fellow beauty blogger and Kapampangan, Gellie Abogado. This was also the first food crawl I participated in.

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Early birds: With Rocky Gonzales discussing food, travel, and politics

Poultry Stack is a hip restaurant developed by renowned chefs Chef Gene and Chef Gino Gonzalez, serving distinct local and international cuisines revolving around its main ingredient: chicken.

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A yummy Pinoy treat called Balikutsa

My childhood summers involved regular weekend beach trips, biking from afternoon ’til night with 10 of my cousins and friends, good food (lots of Lechon!), and chewing on balikutsa. I had totally forgotten about it, save for some cravings here and there, but truth be told I haven’t really eaten balikutsa (coconut toffee) since high school. Come to think of it, I haven’t eaten a stick in 20+ years!

What is Balikutsa?

It’s coconut toffee, basically. It’s a sweet snack/dessert that is always handmade with a recipe that is passed on from generation to generation. I first tasted this delicious snack in Cabadbaran City, my hometown in Agusan del Norte, where I used to spend my two months of summer vacation like clockwork. I understand (after doing some light research on Google) that other provinces have their own versions of this very addicting dessert.

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Here’s a quick background story: While in Cabadbaran City visiting my Dad, I woke up one day looking for Mart (Dad’s helper) and found him over the stove frantically cooking something. I was a little bit annoyed because he was ignoring me, until I went over to him and asked: “What are you doing ba?!” He said he’s cooking balikutsa for me. In true Kira fashion, I didn’t believe him (I am naturally dubious of poeple, haha) until I looked over his shoulder and saw the warm sticky toffee! He said he wanted to surprise us — and thank you, Cathy, for arranging all of this. Oh my god, I wanted to cry! Read More

My picks from Lunas by Nanny Rose

Old readers of my first blog would recall that when I started in 2008, I focused more on beauty and writing about local all-natural brands. That was the blog’s first inclination after all — to share my local beauty discoveries. Even though this new blog is geared towards more lifestyle posts, I still relish in visiting bazaars and discovering handcrafted products from indie brands.

And one brand that I’ve supported from the start was Nanny Rose who was known more for their cold wax hair removal kits exclusively available in Watsons. Now I’m featuring their new products from their sub-brand, Lunas (means solution in English).

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There is one particular product that I hoard and that is the Feel Good Cooling Cream (Php 500), I actually have 5 bottles waiting in the wing while I finish my current. It’s a body lotion made of beeswax and moisturizing shea butter plus essential oils including citrus, peppermint and menthol (of course!) which give it a fresh minty kick. Degree of mentholated-ness is decent, but the lotion is lightweight and absorbs fast. The citrus blend scent is also very comforting, I use this after every shower.

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Seriously Safe: Messy Bessy Bug Repellent Cologne

Messy Bessy is probably one of the most underrated local brands in the all-natural/organic scene. They’ve been around almost forever (do you remember Leyende back in the day? I used to support them alongside Messy Bessy), are so affordable, and are made of simple ingredients spearheaded by pure ol’ water.

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I’ve long been a supporter of Messy Bessy especially the minty Disinfectant Aroma Spray which can also be used as a deodorizer spray (for sanitizing public toilets, office tables, and other surfaces), hand sanitizer, yoga mat cleaner, and poo-fume. I just buy the 500ml spray bottle and refill my 50ml one to save big bucks and lessen plastic consumption (you can join me rid oceans of plastic, check my Eco Bricks challenge here)

A new discovery is their Bug Repellent Cologne from their baby line which I supposedly got for my nephew but ended up using while traveling. This was part of a special bundle pack released last Christmas, a pack of 3 was only Php 150.  Read More