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INKED | P&P Tattoo

8.12.2017
This is the first time I will be sharing a personal experience! Just note that there are some graphic content. Anyway I was super stoked when I won a giveaway contest, guess what contest is that? It was a 1k GC from P&P Tattoo! I've always wanted to get inked. I know getting a tattoo is personal and it has a story behind it (we'll get to that part). The branch I went to was in East wood and I invited my boyfriend and his sister to come with me for support haha. I'm very afraid of needles, but since there are a bunch of times I needed to get some shots I managed to overcome it (a bit).

This face makes me remember "what the hell am I thinking?! Why am I doing this!)

And so when we arrived at the tattoo parlor medyo naguluhan because my name was not on the list which was given to them. Then after some talking we got the go signal. I was thinking very hard of what tattoo I would get. I was thinking of getting it on my rib cage, fingers, the usual places. Finally I thought of putting it somewhere people can easily see it.

I was VERY NERVOUS, as in! My hands are sweaty and cold that I want to hold on to someone while the process, pero wala pinili ni Kevin picture-an nalang ako -_- so I held on to my sit tight. They say it hurts like hell, but for others it's tolerable depending if you can handle it. And so I was anticipating the pain before the needle gets into my skin.

I was a bit relieved when it was not that painful! I can totally handle it, but then again I still got nervous.

And so, this is the final tatttoo, FAITH. I know, kadiri may dugo. Anyway the story behind this is I want something to remember me and the people I encounter to have faith. I chose to position it in a way where other people will read it easily and not me. For me makita ko lang alam ko na. 

And that's it! Thank you to Chel for the giveaway and P&P tattoo for my tattoo, balik ako!(?)

Lots of love

Alyssa ♥

Esfolio Masks | Review

8.08.2017
Our face has one of the most delicate part of our skin and most of the time, a lot of us ladies, forget to take proper skin care. I remember before, I was only 20 and was carefree with my skin. Usually I just wash my face and go to sleep. However as we age our skin needs more and proper attention. We need to eat healthy, hydrate more, take our beauty sleep, and of course apply face creams, serums and the like. One of the things I enjoy and love doing as part of my skin care routine are face masks! A girl can never have to much.

Recently I've stumbled upon an email from BeautyMNL about face masks, Esfolio, and I purchased some of their masks. Esfolio sells affordable skin care products that are made from natural ingredients. However I think the selling point for me was the packaging haha! Look how cute they are! Anyway I've tried them for a good month and I can say it made a difference.

USE:
- I used the masks twice a week, alternating them based on what my face needed after the whole day.
- I go on with my skin care routine, then I use a toner before applying the masks.
- What I do is I peel off the packaging and get the essence first applying it to my face and I let it air dry for a couple of seconds.
- Taking the mask, I then let it sit on my face for a good 20-30 minutes and then take it off.
- I massage my face with the essence that is left and then I go to sleep.


EGG ESSENCE MASK (P54 EACH)
According to the website:
Pure Skin Egg Essence Mask Sheet is a highly concentrated essence type mask that is formulated with egg yolk extract which helps in strengthening skin resilience and also minimizes the look of pores as it purifies your skin effectively. 
This mask sheet also helps in removing deep-seated dirt, excess sebum, and skin-clogging impurities. It nourishes and soothes your skin with glycerin and allantoin extract.
It also refreshes your troubled and acne prone skin! 
Effects: Anti acne, anti aging, calming and soothing
The smell:
When you think about an egg mask, the first thing would be it won't smell good but not in this case. Tho this is my least favorite smell among the mask it doesn't smell that strong or bad. It's tolerable

Consistency:
The texture is very gel like and it's not sticky nor tacky. It feels more like a serum or the regular face mask.

Effect:
I felt a bit of tightening with my skin since it has eggs in it. It's also perfect for dull skin, which I have.

MILK ESSENCE MASK (P54 EACH)
According to the website:
This highly concentrated essence type mask is formulated with milk protein extract which is effective in cleaning and clearing the skin. Vitamins from Chaenomeles Sinensis fruit and Portulaca Oleracea also helps increase skin elasticity and Moisturization.
Effects: Moisturizing, brightening, calming and soothing
The smell:
Upon opening the packaging, I immediately knew what it smelled like, if you know the milk candy we have here, Haw-Haw, that's what it smells like! I loved it!

Consistency:
It has a gel like texture and is easy to apply and dry down.

Effect:
I felt moisturized because of the milk ingredient here and my skin brightened a bit after use. It's also best for normal to dry skin.

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According to the website:
Green Tea Essence Mask Sheet is perfectly made for patchy and dry skin! With its highly-concentrated essence mask, it helps in keeping your skin more hydrated and refreshed after a stressful day!
It also provides protection against free radicals with the antioxidant-rich green extracts which also cleanses, clears and enhances skin elasticity.
Effects: Antioxidant, calming and soothing
The smell:
It has that subtle smell of green tea and I don't mind it.

Consistency:
Same with the others, clear and gel like.

Effect:
Antioxidant is one of the main effects of the mask. I've used it twice and I liked the effect after. Since it's best for dry and patchy skin, I liked it.

PEARL ESSENCE MASK (P54 EACH)
According to the website:
Start revitalizing your skin with the brightening power of Pearl Essence!
This mask is developed to intensively even out your skin tone; conditions and nourishes your skin’s texture from deep within. Together with the hydrating effect of a quince fruit, it makes your skin generate moisture. It also purifies and energizes skin with the Panax root extract. It best used for dull and spotty skin.
The smell:
This one has the gel like smell, or what you usually smell with face masks. It's not strong but you can notice.

Consistency:
Same with the others, clear and gel like.

Effect:
I liked this one because it evens out the skin tone and nourishes it. I think if I have to use one of the masks a lot of times, this would be it. It's good for dull and patchy skin as well.
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OVERALL:
Packaging - Super cute! I like how light and animated their designs are.
Price - Super affordable! I got 8 of my masks for less than 500 pesos!
Effect - I was glad that it made a difference after a month of use. When I put on my foundation, it glides smoothly and my skin is evened out. I can tell that my skin looked brighter and more awake. I loved the effect it made on my skin! I would love to try out more of their products!

You can check their products at their website: https://www.esfolio.ph/
Or through BeautyMNL.

Lots of love

Alyssa ♥

Polarity Physiotherapy Center

8.02.2017
Back pain is common to people who work in front of a computer for more than what the hours require. As a blogger and graphic designer we tend to always sit down and slouch while we do our job for hours. Sometimes this is not the only cause of back pain but also bringing heavy stuff every day is one of them. I myself am guilty because I can NEVER go out of the house with just bringing a small purse, I bring the house with me! (figuratively speaking haha). Like a girl scout I have everything I need with me always, and these things causes my bag to become heavy. Usually I always carry a shoulder bag so only the right side of my shoulders carry the bag. These things are one of the reasons why our body form changes since we do it everyday. When we feel these pain our go-to is the spa, I know it helps us relax more but our bodies need more than just the regular massage, we need physiotherapy.

Polarity is a place where they cater to the needs of athletes and regular people, like me, who experience body pain that needs to be addressed professionally. I know there are a lot of machines out there that can help ease our pain but what we need and is most effective is the hands-on therapy. The services they have ranges from simple back pains to people recovering from major injuries.

The lobby looks like a spa and a welcoming atmosphere.

The therapists here are fully trained and are college grads so you'll feel safe more. You know you're in good hands when someone sits down with you and discuss everything you need to know about your case. I filled up a form where they can see my history, pains I have on my body, etc.

I was toured around to see the facility and they have a fully equipped gym where therapy also takes place. This is great because the trainers are knowledgeable on how our bodies should work.

I was also amazed when I saw this outside! You know the sport of "The Mountain" in game of thrones, people train here for that sport! Of course with the help of professionals. Look at those big rocks!

I was glad to see the other parts of the facility where they have this spa-like rooms where they do the Manual Therapy. The only difference from a spa is they don't play those relaxing music.

Some of the services they offer are:
1. Myofascial Release (MFR) – an effective hands-on therapy which can directly change and improve health of the fascia. The purpose of MFR is to break down scar tissue, relax the muscle and ‘myofascia’ and restore good posture. MFR techniques focus on relaxing the deep tissue of the body providing lasting and effective relief to the patient. It uses slow and sometimes deep pressure to restore the proper health of the fascia.

2. Physiotherapy – a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and well being, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle. At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.



When I got to Polarity I admit I was having shoulder pains because of the heavy bag I always bring. Luis, my therapist, addressed the issue. I was excited when I got to experience what they offer, and let me tell you after the session I felt a lot of ease on my shoulders. He also let me experience the needle thing, like acupuncture, but it targets the the tissue rather than the nerves.

I totally recommend physiotherapy, so rather than going to the spa for those back pains I urge you to try their facility and services!

Polarity Physiotherapy Center
47 Examiner St. Brgy. West Triangle, Quezon City

Operating Hours:
Tue - Sat 9am to 7:30pm
Sun - Mon CLOSED

Website: http://polarity.ph/
Facebook: @polarityphysiotherapycenter
Instagram: @47polarity
Email: info@polaritywellnesscenter.com

Lots of love

Alyssa ♥


Gabe's Homegrown Dishes | Celebrate Pinoy Food

7.20.2017


Being a food blogger is a great opportunity to try out different dishes and cuisine across the country. You can get to experience different cultures, meet new people, taste dishes that are unique or simply try something you've never had before. Not only does your taste buds rejoice but also your eyes because of the decors and different interiors from every restaurant. All of it is such a great experience, but at the end of the day you will still look for that dish, that comfort food, that makes your heart melt and tummy happy. I can still remember times when I enjoyed home cooked cheese sticks, other street food and dishes, but since my schedule keeps me busy I don't have the luxury of time to enjoy them at anymore. I've been looking for places where they can satisfy that craving.

Gabe's Home Grown Dishes is a place where it looks and feels like home. Tables, sofas, wall designs, and how the staff are friendly is what makes this place great. I was kinda enjoying they kept the jalousie window glass, reminded me of my home when I was younger. It also reminds me moments back in High School when we used to stay at this particular place after school hours to eat. Nostalgic! If you may not yet know why the name Gabe's Home Grown Dishes, it's because they named it after their first son.




They cater to your every need, even entertainment! They have this box full of toys and a table full of board and card games for kids and adults. Another BIG PLUS is you can give them a playlist of songs you want to listen! You can hang out the whole day with your friends and enjoy all of their amenities and services. This place is student friendly too so you can work with your groupmates.

Upon entrance you will spot this wall at the left side where they post customer reviews on post its, isn't it colorful and creative? Cute! :)


Not only is the owner a fan of sneakers but I think he's a fan of Star Wars as well since you will see a lot of memorabilia and posters hanging near the restroom. The restaurant shares a lot with the customers not just with food but also things the owner loves which I know a lot can relate too. They reach deeper to the customers than just serving food :)

FRESH LEMONADE (P65), ICED TEA (P60)
Keeping a healthy diet means no soda, and this place advocates that exactly. There are only two options for drinks as of now and that is Lemonade and House Blend Iced Tea. They freshly squeeze their own lemonade, which is great for the immune system! Another is their own take for the Iced Tea, tho both tastes great I'd go for the Lemonade :)


PINOY CHEESE STICKS (P80)
Who here takes a bite of a cheese stick and find yourself wondering where the hell that cheese is?! Well you won't get disappointed here because let me tell you what they serve here is generous! Of course you still have that crunch and taste, but what's best is the cheese, it's there haha! For 80 pesos you can get a lot here.

*RECOMMENDED


KWEK-KWEK (5 PCS. P45)(10 PCS. P90)
If you're into street food don't worry because what they serve is waaaaay cleaner than what we see in the street. I'm not a big fan of kwek-kwek to be honest but this one turned me. The batter is not chewy nor unchewable but it has the right texture. They added a bit of taste to it so it's not bland like the others. Served is a side sweet sauce, but I prefer spicy vinegar, nonetheless it's still good.

*RECOMMENDED


LENGUA (P250)
For some when they hear Lengua they cringe, since most of know its meat is from a cow's tongue but fret not because the taste of creamy sauce with tender meat is heavenly! The crunchy garlic adds texture to the saucy nature of the dish. Most dishes here I remember my grandma making them and if I'm away from home and want to eat something that's memorable I'd come here. 


KARE KARE (P200)
Never ever forget Kare Kare from everyone's table. This dish brings back memories! May it be from the province or just from your grandparent's kitchen. Of course the sauce is perfectly sided with bagoong. You can find the typical sahog of kare-kare in the dish.

*RECOMMENDED


HORSEYLOG (P115)
I remembered my first encounter with horse meat and it was good! This dish however is a bit different since it's a tad sweet, like tocino. Nonetheless if you want something different and as what they say "for the brave at heart" this is a MUST TRY!

*RECOMMENDED


PANCIT MALABON (P100)
One of their best seller and a must try is the pancit malabon. You have every texture here! The crispiness of pig's skin, the soft skin plus shrimp! This plate is good for sharing so it's a win. Yay!

VALENCIA ALA MALABON (P80)
Of course we won't miss out on dessert. This is their best seller and what makes them special. So far they are the only ones who serve this dish which consists of turon, ube, monggo and langka. It's more like a fried halo halo without some of the soft ingredients. I can say that it's good and I mostly enjoyed it. Just make sure to save some area in your tummy for this one!

This place is going strong for 3 years and they are proud of the loyal customers gained. They have been true to the diners and the food they serve that's why they deserve what they have now. I'm really glad to have the chance to visit Gabe's, one of the friendliest staff I encountered :)

OVERALL:
Food - Just like home, a great place to dine if you miss that home cooked meal if you are away from home.
Price - Student friendly and a lot of their dishes are good for sharing!
Serving - Generous with the ingredients!
Service - One of the friendliest staff I encountered.
Parking - They have a small space in front for one car I think? But someone can guide you if it's already full.
Ambiance - Does not only taste like home but also feels like one!

Gabe's Home Grown Dishes
219 Katipunan Ave, Project 4, Quezon City, 1800 Metro Manila

Operating Hours:
Sun - Sat 10am to 10pm

Facebook: @gabeshomegrowndishes
Instagram: @gabeshgd
Email: gabeshgd@yahoo.com.ph

Lots of love

Alyssa ♥


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 ♥