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Everyday Love | I Never Liked Lipsticks

6.22.2017
I love makeup but I never liked putting on lipsticks, weird I know. Ever since you will always see me with a winged eyeliner but never a lipstick. I guess I liked going on bare with my natural lip color and also I can't find the right color that suits me. I rarely put on lipstick and those times are only during occasions. I guess there's a part of me that I'm too shy to emphasize my lips and don't want to get attention to that area. Just a few years back I got the courage to change my views and I need to make myself more presentable but in a natural way. I got to try different lip colors from beauty bars but still failed looking for the right one. Frustrated, I browsed through instagram for nude lippies and luckily found one that is locally made. Everyday Love.

Everyday Love is a local brand which makes home goods and now they switched to lipsticks. What I love about local brands is they are very affordable! And we are supporting and promoting our fellow kababayans business. You can check their website here.


I guess one reason why I chose their brand aside from being local are the colors they have. Since I love going bare with my lips before, I thought what about trying nude lipstick instead of nothing all the time. Thee color names are simple, they have #1 #2 #3 #4 and #5 for the nudes, and #8 and #9 are the red tones. Here I bought two of their shades, #3 and #4, but before purchasing I searched what the shades look like on the lips just to make sure I get the right one.

Packaging
- Every bottle has 7ml, more than the regular tube of colourpop and kylie lipkits (3.25ml). More products for us!
- The bottle does not look cheap and tacky, and the glass used was thick so that's good.
- I like how minimal the packaging is.

APPLICATOR
Their applicator glides on smoothly to the lips!

#3 TOP, #4 BOTTOM
CONSISTENCY
- The consistency per lipstick is the same, liquid, it's very easy to apply.
- One layer is enough.
- Super long lasting! Tho after you eat you may see it'll get erased in the inner part of your lips. Mind you, to erase them fully you may need to use a makeup remover or in my case I use VCO.
- You may need to erase them fully before applying again as they will look clumpy if you just reaapply.
- Use a lip balm or lip scrub before every application to smoothen out the canvas.

SMELL
- They have that sweet licorice smell, and I don't mind that.


#3
This one is a nude pink! Perfect for daily use if you want to have that light and fresh color. For a simple look this one is the best. Love the color, although I prefer using a bit mauve-y color or something a tad darker than this.


#4
#4 is my favorite! In nude tones I prefer using browns or reds. I find myself always reaching for this one than #3. Perfect for everyday use as well if you want to "umph" up your look. I'm excited to try #1 as well since it has a brown, orange tone to it.

I've never been so happy using lipstick on myself. Nudes are the only ones I enjoyed and will always love using! Thanks Everyday Love for changing my mind and making my lips feel loved and pretty :)

Facebook: @everydaloveph
Instagram: @everydayloveph
Email: everydayloveph@gmail.com

Lots of love
Alyssa ♥

Vittorio's Steakhouse | Where The Best Shrimps Are

6.19.2017
Great food with awesome service and price point is one of the best experience any restaurant or cafe can ever provide their diners. A lot of good restaurants are coming from every corner of the Philippines and today our target is Quezon City, and we want to try them all. One we stumbled upon recently is Vittorio's Steakhouse located at Scout Borromeo where we were invited to try out their awesome dishes. If you want a homey ambiance and a light place you should add this to your list! 

The restaurant is owned by sir Vic, hence the name Vittorio's, and he is the head chef. What I like about the place is it looks and feels like home and a lot of natural light enters the place.




I think they can hold events too but I'm not sure with how many people they can accommodate.

Let's take a look at their menu.


CORN CHOWDER
I love soup, any soup and I'm glad they served two! The first one is the corn chowder, it's not too creamy but just the right amount of consistency. Tho I didn't taste much of the corn, I know this can still be improved.

CRAB BRISQUE
This one I didn't get to taste but base from others the lobster taste is there.


CHOP NOODLES SALAD WITH MISO DRESSING
Proud to say no other restaurant has this salad on their menu. It's something new to the taste. This salad should be eaten after mixing everything in, tho you can still taste them individually. Personally I liked the miso dressing and the shrimp, noodles and greens balance each other.

*RECOMMENDED


OYSTER ROCKFELLER
I'd eat anything with melted cheese! This oyster rockfeller is a great appetizer. Although you can see some parts are torched a bit longer, and overcooked but it's still edible. I still liked it. I didn't use the ketchup but the lemon was helpful to take out the salty taste of the sea.

*RECOMMENDED


BUTTERED GARLIC SHRIMP
The best dish in the line! Their shrimp is on point! Garlic and oil, you can taste every element in this dish. I forgot to post here, it has a side of garlic bread as well and it's perfectly paired.

*RECOMMENDED


CRAB CAKE
The crab cake is new to the menu and I know they can improve it more. Honestly I've never tried this before and I'm glad it was served. I like the consistency of it although it lacks the crab taste. I can taste more potato, I think, but as I said it can be improved.


BEEF AND GARLIC MUSHROOM
Yes! Another great dish on the menu is the Beef and Garlic Mushroom. The beef is tender and I love how you can garlic-y it is. Every bit of this dish is worth-it.

*RECOMMENDED


CLAMS PASTA
The clams gave life to this dish, and it's worth every bite! The pasta is well cooked! It's not saggy, which I don't like. One serving can fill two people.

*RECOMMENDED


SHRIMP PESTO
Pesto pasta is one of most delicious pasta they have, it's rightly cooked and the shrimp is always on point! Although I prefer mine less salty and more basil but it still passes the taste buds.

*RECOMMENDED


BONE IN STEAK
The steak has shrimp on top of it and again perfectly cooked! The small crumbs from the steak is the best part for me, it's crispy and acquired most of the seasoning. 

*RECOMMENDED

STEAK RICE
This is best paired with the steak as it was cooked with the oil from the steak. Perfect!

MEATBALL WITH HONEY SOY GLAZED
I love how they made it tostado and the glaze is perfect for the saltiness, to balance the taste.

BROWNIES AND REBEL BAR
Their dessert is outsourced, I forgot where. I prefer the rebel bar than the brownies because it's not too sweet and the bottom part is moist and chewy.

CHEF VIC
Comfort food is the best type of dish every family should eat and Vittorio's serve them with extra love. Spend quality time with your love ones and dine here today!

OVERALL:
Food - Great quality, every dish is worth every bite! Tho they can still improve with some.
Price - Reasonable
Serving - Their dishes are good for sharing! I haven't seen any dish that's small.
Service - The staff are attentive to our needs and are polite.
Parking - Don't worry they have enough parking spaces in front.
Ambiance - Homey and cozy.

Vittorio's Steakhouse
32 Scout Borromeo Street, South Triangle, Tomas Morato Quezon City

Operating Hours:
Mon - Sun 11am to 11pm

Facebook: @vittoriosph
Instagram : @vittoriosph
Email: vittoriosph@gmail.com


Lots of love

Alyssa ♥

Smelling Fresh With Belo Baby Cologne

6.18.2017
Commuting for a day-to-day basis our clothes accumulate pollution and dirt. While taking a bath everyday is refreshing and cool, due to weather changes we begin to sweat and may cause different odors. I know the feeling when you sit with another person who's sweating a lot and you can smell them, that's why hygiene care is important and using cologne or perfume. For me using fragrance is not only for my benefit but also for the people I encounter with daily. Smelling good is essential when you meet with people especially clients, as a blogger, we have to look and smell presentable. Good thing Belo released a set of cologne line that's best for kids and adults to help us stay fresh!

They released three scents, cool drizzle, happy tickle and sweet snuggle.

Each cologne represents different personalities and is great for different occasion as well. Cool drizzle is best used after taking a bath, day to day use. Happy tickle is for when your about to do daily errands and is great scent for work. Lastly sweet snuggle is the best for any special occasion as it's floral scent will bloom in the room.

Belo created this fragrance especially for babies since it's hypoallergenic, absolutely free of parabens, pthalates, and coloring agents and it's not harsh for the delicate skin. i'm glad I can use these amazing scent everyday! By the way my favorite is Happy tickle! How about you? Let me know in the comments!

Lots of love
Alyssa ♥




Four Monkeys Bar + Kitchen

6.16.2017
Being a student has its perks, daily allowance! I remember back in college I used to have 200 pesos per day for my food, commute fare, and other needs like photocopied papers and prints. I used to be frugal with food because my commute fare is a bit expensive, but I still try to save up so I can indulge in good food. Back then and till now, food are a bit pricey if you want to eat quality food and are really presentable. That's one struggle for me, I know for some if you want something worth it they are mostly a bit expensive. I was on the look for really good food that doesn't break the bank and I've found some and the presentation and quality is almost there, until we stumbled upon Four Monkeys Bar + Kitchen.

Owned by three year of the monkey friends, Gab, Nino, Benjamin planned this bar and kitchen for two years, looked for the perfect spot and started after Benj graduated. It's still on soft opening since they just opened last May 17.

TRIVIA:
Why the name four monkeys? The three owners represent the three monkeys and fourth is the guest! They want everyone to feel welcome and a be friends.

Located at Santander corner Dapitan is the perfect place for students to dine, relax and chill with friends. The place can fill up to 50 people, first and second floor combined. If you're planning to have a get together or any event they are welcome to accommodate you! Food will be prepared and you can also bring your own :)

Unlike other bar and kitchen, Four Monkeys has big windows that lets natural light in to create a welcoming and chill vibe. Just like every bar, tables and chairs are high plus they have available sockets for those who want to stay a bit longer and finish school work.


SECOND FLOOR
What this place is most proud of is the service and interaction with costumers, you won't feel left out because the owner themselves will socialize and recommend dishes.


Now to the best part! FOOD.



BACON MAC N' CHEESE (P110)
Salad macaroni pasta with Mornay sauce and Bacon. Let me say every kid and kid at heart loves this! Sided with cheese powder in the shape of a spoon, gah! How cute is that?! Presentation and taste is on point! You can taste quality work in every bite. I recommend taking a little of the pasta and the cheese powder and voila! I didn't notice I finished the whole plate because I enjoyed every bite.

*RECOMMENDED


CHEESY BACON FRIES (P100)
Homemade french fries with herb infused oil, cheese sauce and bacon. Not your usual fries! What we mostly taste in other places is just salt and sometimes pepper, here they added herb oil and you can taste the potency of it and it works perfectly with the dish! If you'd had enough of the normal fries, this is a must try!

*RECOMMENDED


PAN SEARED SALMON (P160)
 6oz Salmon, seared to perfection with soy beurre blanc sauce and pea puree. A dish you can find at fine dining restaurants, but here it is budget friendly! The sauce is infused with beurre blanc (white butter with the reduction of vinegar and/or white wine) and is perfectly balanced by the pea puree. Oh and it's served with rice! Who would have thought you can serve a fine looking dish that doesn't break the bank?!


BARBECUE CHICKEN PESTO (P130)
8" thin crust pizza with grilled barbecue chicken and pesto. When they say barbecue and pesto in the ingredients of course you're gonna find the taste of it when you bite, let me tell you IT'S THERE. One of their best sellers is this magnificent pizza that came down from heaven. Best for barkadas or if you're like me you can finish the whole thing!

*RECOMMENDED


CHICKEN WINGS (P120)
 Never forget to order chicken! Made from scratch they created their own special sauce, don't worry it's not that spicy. The skin is crispy and the meat is juicy! They serve it in four big pieces, perfect for sharing.

*RECOMMENDED

CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE (P125)
Molton chocolate cake. First time I tried chocolate lava cake and I instantly fell in love. The vanilla ice cream compliments the molton chocolate inside. Every bite is heavenly, it has the perfect balance of sweetness. Presentation? WOW.

*RECOMMENDED

Four Monkeys serves comfort food from scratch, every ingredient is homemade, so you don't have to worry about msg. What I like most about this place is the affordability of every dish and quality, how it captures the taste buds of every diner. Here it's true you don't have to spend a lot for good food, budget friendly + great quality = PERFECTION!

OVERALL:
Food - Quality is the best! Everything is homemade and recommendable. Taste is perfect for the taste buds.
Price - It doesn't break the bank. Every dish is student friendly.
Serving - With the serving amount I have no problem. They are very generous with the ingredients and some of the dishes are good for sharing.
Parking - They have two slots available in front of them.
Ambiance - Chill, relaxing, light.

1228 Santander Corner Dapitan Street Sampaloc Manila, Philippines 1015

Operating Hours:
Mon - Sat 12pm to 12mn
Sunday - CLOSED

Facebook: @4monkeysph
Instagram: @4monkeysph

Lots of love
Alyssa ♥