Beauty & Skincare

My Favorite Local Facial Mask

My recent collaboration with Vitapack PH led me to discover my favorite local facial mask to date. If you have been following me on my IG and FB, I have posted several facial mask videos and have also mentioned my preference for those containing Collagen and Snail Secretions for their effects on the skin’s elasticity and influence on hydration and moisture.

I almost always go for Korean brands since most of the local brands have failed me in the kind and amount of essence provided in the pack. The finish/ result alone is also very disappointing.

Vitapack PH’s Facial Masks not only met my expectations, they even exceeded it!

Product Description:

Vitapack Collagen + Arbutin + Q10 Perfecting Peptide Facial Mask is the perfect treatment to rejuvenate your skin. As skin matures, it becomes thinner, begins to sag, and develops sun and age spots. Our facial mask will let the ingredients of collagen, arbutin, and Q10 sink into your skin, helping boost energy production in the cells to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin blemishes. This mask promotes fairer, brighter and smoother skin tone and texture, and helps restore and maintain the elasticity of the skin. The result is immediately supple, radiant, and beautiful skin.

Price: PHP110/ pack

The packaging is simple, yet very informative. Upon opening, the whiff of the essence just smelled so inviting. I am such a fan of clean and mild scents so this was very appealing to my senses. There was a generous amount of essence inside and I even got to use it to moisturize my neck and arms. This was also the first facial mask (locally and internationally) that I got to try that snuggled comfortably and perfectly on my face, not much excess sheet and nothing less than what was needed for the coverage. I was surprised it even covered my brows and perfectly ended just right above my eye.

What I like most about this product is it did lessen the inflammation of my “regla-pimples” on my chin the following day. You can say it really did a great job!

Rating: 100/10

Will I buy this product after the samples? Yes most definitely!

I will be writing about their 8-in-1 whitening lotion on another post. If you want to try this facial mask to see the results for yourself, you may check them out on the ff. links:

ZALORA– You can use my code “ZBAPT33L” upon checkout for a 15% discount!

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On the Spotlight: Mel’s Collection

The birth of Mel’s Collection can be traced way back 2010, during the college years of Ms. Melisa. It started as a buy and sell accessory shop and eventually evolved to hand-made and uniquely designed pieces.
It was finally established as a brand on 2012. They sell hand-made and personalized accessories and they can also do other customized requests for you. All products are handmade by the owner herself.
The package arrived last June 19, 2017 in a cute origami handbag! That really got my attention and the personal handwritten note on the outside of the paper bag was very adorable too.

They sent me samples of their ID bar necklace, personalized wire necklace and hand charmer. To be honest, I did expect a different shade of gold however, the ones sent to me were still very eye catching.

You can choose between a thin/thick chain and gold/silver colors.

Product photos:


ID Bar Necklace
Personalized Wire Necklace
Hand Charmer

ID bar necklace- PHP160
Personalized Wire Necklace- PHP100
Hand Charmer- PHP120

Price Range of all products: PHP50-210

Other Products offered:
– three layered statement necklace (thin chain)- PHP230
– personalized compass necklace- PHP180
– stone quartz necklace- PHP150
– ID bar bracelet- PHP160
– round pendant bracelet- PHP160
– ID bar bracelet with dream catcher charm- PHP160
– ID bar necklace with dream catcher charm- PHP185
– chokers- starts at PHP70
– teardrop necklace- PHP85

Will I buy it after the samples?
Since they have other products offered, I will go and try their other personalized items.

If you liked this brand and would like to try some of their items, you can check their social media accounts out by clicking the links below:


A complete list of their products with photos are also available on their accounts. You may also have a special request and as long as they can be able to deliver, they will grant your wishes!

GOOD NEWS! Mel’s Collection will be displaying their stuff at Retail Lab which recently opened in Glorietta 2 by the end of June.

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Back-To-School Survival Guide


Not to brag, but one of my proudest achievements would have to be graduating from the country’s National University, The University of the Philippines, as Cum Laude. It was a long and exhausting journey back then; I even thought about dropping my math subjects because Calculus was such a pain in my cute little bootay (haha) and I had to study extra hours to get a…TRES. Hahaha. What a tragedy.

I had countless sleepless nights,  zombiefied days and sabaw moments while struggling and balancing my studies, social life, family and love life. Chos! And I happily managed it all.

Anyway, it’s back to school season again and although I have already graduated ____ years from today, I am here to share with you my very own Back-To-School survival guide: the tips and tricks of how I made it out alive of the University.

So how do you actually survive a stressful school year?

  1. Punctuality is key
    Always remember to set that alarm clock early and commit to waking up and resisting the urge to hit the snooze button. Being early means getting yourself ready without much pressure and hassle. Start your day right by coming to class on time. We always got surprise quizzes at the beginning of the class and our professors didn’t really tell us when that would be so being late means getting a 0. Resulting to a not so attractive effect on your GWA.
  2. Attendance is key-er
    You want to know what’s worse than being tardy? Being absent. This is the worst crime that you can commit when studying. Not only do you miss the topics, you miss the notes, and you miss the exercises. When you choose to skip class, there is nothing impressive about that and you are fooling nobody but yourself because in the end you still be cramming and catching up double time. Believe me when I say that your teacher WILL REMEMBER YOU AND YOUR ABSENCES and when it’s final grading time, this factor can play a BIG role in determining your grade.
  3. Take down notes
    Do not take notes for granted as these will be your bible in surviving school. Make sure to jot down the important details during lectures as some teachers give a hint of their exam questions by casually mentioning them in class. Stay alert and use those hints to your advantage.
  4. Find a solid study group
    They say that birds of the same feather flock together and well, you have to find the right birds to go along with. Majority of me and my barkada graduated as Cum Laudes and I think that our study sessions and late night chat and phone call conversations HELPED A LOT. We had a perfect mix of people who were good with math, great in writing, and creative thinkers and doers–these with positive qualities and a whole lot of peer motivation and daily sunshine was healthy. We tested and tutored each other on our weak spots and we only gained from this experience.
  5. Know what gets you into the “mood”
    I know there are days when all you want to do is sleep, watch kdramas (Oh, the temptation!) and get some rest. As tempting as this may seem, you need to face reality and study for that upcoming exam. Learn the things that help you get into the mood of studying. Is it the silence of your room (It was for me. The breathing of anyone in the room annoyed me. You either die or breathe outside. LMAO.), the smell of brewed coffee, Paramore’s Ignorance playing on your spotify, the scent of mint/ lavender on your room or strangely, your roommate’s snoring.
  6. Take care of your health
    Always see to it that at the end of the day, you do not forget to put the handouts down, close the book, cap off the highlighter, and get a good sleep. You also need to eat well and hydrate your body so you are able to perform well. You are not a robot and you need time to recover and rejuvenate. A day before my exams, I already stop studying as cramming will not help. Take time for retention and get some sleep. Sometimes, the healthiest thing you can do is to not do anything at all.
  7. Pray
    After you have done your part and studied well for the exams, let God do the rest. Pray and seek for guidance that he may give you the right answers during the right moments during the exam.
  8. Unwind with the group and capture every moment
    You are only young once. Do not always exchange your youth for the grades and have fun while de-stressing! Take each other’s OOTDs and dress up differently to class every time. Who doesn’t love a good OOTD shot? Oppo’s F3 Selfie Expert might just do the trick! To give you the best selfie experience, F3 supports dual selfie cameras to allow you to snap a classic solo shot but also include the whole group when capturing memories. You never have to be the photographer anymore! You will always be in each frame shot after shot. It has a 16MP dual selfie camera and a 13MP rear camera.

So that’s it for my list of tips for school survival! I hope this helps you overcome the University stress and ace your exams. You go, wild cat!

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On the Spotlight: Phina’s Little Factory

So after about a week or so of rest from blogging, I am back! I got busy at work for my last endorsements as I have turned a new page for my career growth and a good hiatus was needed.

Anyway, sweets came in the mail last June 10 and by sweets I mean, these products smell so good I can almost taste them!

Phina’s Little Factory is a home based enterprise that produces handmade soaps and other personal & skincare products with natural ingredients. They are pro healthier living, saving the environment and eco-friendly choices.

Some of their products include: The Breakfast Scrub, DREAM Brightening Soap, LOVE moisturizing soap, SALTED CARAMEL glow bar, HONEY ALMOND nourishing soap, Tea Time Series, Tea Tree Soap Scrub (deodorant soap) and many more.

You can just imagine the happiness you can get from each package you order. They are made and born out of love and users can also get a feel of that from using the product as well (such was the case for me).

I love how creative they were with the names of the products. It makes you want to use one soap for each mood/ day of the week. Like they say, “There’s no way of telling which on is best for you until you try them all.”

They have a total of 14 soap variants to date.

They sent me their Breakfast Scrub, Salted Caramel Shower Gel, Papaya Milkshake Soap and Ice Soap.


Product Description: Best-seller! All the goodness of a healthy breakfast in a jar! Oats, honey, olive oil, brown sugar and many more. It is a gentle scrub for the face, lips, hands and entire body.

If you really want a good exfoliation, you are sure to get what you deserve with this product. No wonder it’s tagged as one of their best-sellers. It does the job to hydrate and exfoliate the skin leaving it smooth and silky after every shower. No need to put on lotion after!


Product Description: Wash your way to soft, clean skin and bubbly lather with this product. Their shower gels are made with good quality cold pressed coconut oil so they may solidify during cold weather. Just run it through warm water to liquefy. Anne Curtis Smith named this as her all-time favorite shower gel variant.

This smells like heaven! They weren’t kidding when they named it after Salted Caramel because it smells just like it. I was quite worried ants might come to the shower when I was using it (not to exaggerate). This shower gel is good with moisturizing as well. It doesn’t bubble up as much though maybe because it had coconut oil in it so it works more for moisturizing than cleansing.


Product Description: A wonderful combination of papaya extract an whole milk to dramatically improve the texture and tone of skin without drying or causing itchiness. It is 90g pure vegetable glycerin soap and belongs to the BEAUTY SOAP category.

And yet again, they really take the names of their products seriously because this really smells like papaya with milk in it. Very moisturizing to the skin and very mild and gentle too. It feels as though you’re really bathing in milk. Aaaaah, one of the many luxuries of life.


Product Description: Feel cool up to 30 minutes after your bath. It is 90g pure vegetable glycerin soap and belongs to the ARCTIC SOAP category.

Finally down to the last soap! This has to be my favorite among everything that they sent me. It’s not yet too late to counter the summer heat with this soap as it is still quite humid these days in my country.

This soap surprised me so much I have not used anything like it before! I have tried shampoos that gave you cooling sensations but nothing like a good cooling soap. It smells a lot like a menthol candy too.

You have to let it stay for about 2-3 minutes and you will start to feel super cool. The cool I’m talking about is ARCTIC cool, like skinny dipping in a really cold swimming pool with ice. I am not exaggerating when I say that. I definitely recommend this to everyone. It has shocked me and it will surprise you too. I had my mom try it and she really loves the soap.


The Breakfast Scrub- 8/10
Salted Caramel Shower Gel- 8/10
Papaya Milkshake Soap- 9/10
Ice Soap- 10/10

Will I buy this after the samples?

The Breakfast Scrub- Maybe…after I finish all my body scrubs at home!
Salted Caramel Shower Gel- Maybe
Papaya Milkshake Soap- I would probably try other soaps and since I fell in love with their ICE SOAP, I think I might go for FRESH/ MINT in the future
Ice Soap- Definitely! Two thumbs up for this product

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On the Spotlight: KKOT Essence Lip Tint Balm

As you all know, Instagram and Youtube went crazy over Kailijumei flower jelly lipsticks a few months ago and I have been dying to get my hands on one but didn’t really go for it the last time.

You can just imagine how happy I was to do a collaboration with BeautyNStyleSeoul’s KKOT Essence Lip Tint Balm!

They had me choose from one of the four colors available (purple, blue, pink and yellow) and I got one in Blue.

I received it in a cute red box with crepe papers to secure it in place. It arrived within the expected days of delivery and  everything was bubble wrapped to perfect condition.

The packaging was simple and eye catching– a clear, high quality plastic with the brand name boldly written and the lip tint balm was very visible even from the outside.

The product is said to work like those color changing green lipsticks from Avon (remember that 90s babies?) The color outcome depends on your skin’s PH level or natural acidity to create unique colors of pink.

I must mention however that your natural lip’s pigmentation may also play a role on the final shade that you’re going to get.

“Crystalized” on the lower bottom of the stick’s bullet are dried Chrysanthemums.

So far, I have tested the product by themselves (see 1st photo below) and I have used them on top of my lip tints for the purpose of moisture as well (see 2nd photo below). They keep my lips moisturized for a good 1.5-2 hours until I feel the need to retouch again.

Application is smooth, very buttery, and does not clump on the dry spots of my lips. It also smells sweet but in a more subtle way which I like.

Note: Keep this in a cool dry place. I have noticed that it tends to “sweat” (form small water-looking droplets when exposed to heat.

Rating: 10/10

Will I buy this after the sample? Yes

Good news! They are currently having a giveaway and 10 lucky winners will be getting a hold of this pretty lip tint balm. Check out their Instagram for the mechanics: @beautynstyleseoul 💕

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On the Spotlight: SVR Infinity

SVR Infinity’s business started online and the first and only item that they sold during that time was Glutathione Injections. However, they had to step up the competition as the demand grew along with the number of competitors. They started giving out “free soaps” to their loyal clients and this “free soap” then gave birth to SVR Infinity’s flagship product, Sofia’s Glutathione Soap with Kojic and Collagen.

Now, their business has grown from a sideline to a small-medium enterprise with 500 resellers, 70 distributors, and two executive distributors. Their products have also been FDA approved.

I received their samples for the Sofia Glutathione Soap, Anti Acne and Lightening Toner and Face & Body Cream last May 28 and I immediately used it to give you feedback after almost 2 weeks (11 days to be exact) of using it.

Prices and Other Products:

Sofia’s Glutathione Soap- PHP100/ 135g
Lemniscate for Men- PHP72/ 100g
Papaya Soap- PHP72
Anti Acne and Lightening Toner- PHP169/ 100ml
Face and Body Cream- PHP238/ 50g
Face and Body Cream- PHP450/125g



Product Description:

  • Controls pimples
  • Skin whitening
  • Natural development of skin’s collagen
  • Exfoliates skin naturally


  • You can immediately see instant whitening effect
  • My skin did look a bit lighter after almost two weeks (11 days to be exact)
  • My skin did peel
  • Makes you feel squeaky clean


  • A bit drying on the skin



Product Description:

  • Water based and alcohol free toner
  • Uses organic aloe vera to naturally protect skin from pimples
  • With organic acerola cherry extract, skin’s natural collagen production, natural skin lightening are developed while boosting skin with vitamin C


  • It feels very light on the skin
  • I love how it does not sting even when you apply it very close to the eyes
  • It smells so clean! Fell in love with its scent
  • It feels like somewhere between a micellar water and a toner
  • Leaves the skin moisturized after a few minutes. This is very useful in countering the dryness brought about by the soap


  • Probably just the price compared to regular toners and micellar waters out in the market 




Product Description:

  • Instant skin brightening
  • Skin whitening for face, body and underarm
  • Controls pimples
  • SPF 20 for sunscreen protection
  • Can act as primer before make up


  • Smells reaaaaally nice! All of their products actually do
  • Moisturizing
  • Provides UV ray protection


  • None


Sofia’s Glutathione Soap- 10/10
Anti Acne and Lightening Toner- 10/10
Face and Body Cream- 10/10

Will I buy it?

Sofia’s Glutathione Soap- Yes
Anti Acne and Lightening Toner- Yes
Face and Body Cream- Yes

As I have stated in my disclaimer tab, what might have worked for me might not work for you as we all have different skin types and reactions. Also, I am not really very prone to pimples and acne so I cannot really see the effect of these products for that specific function. It has however helped me to improve my skin’s condition in terms of moisture and lightening.

Overall, I think that this is really a good set of products with very promising results.

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Miss ya, Mischka!

If you’re looking for a local brand with a wide array of products to offer, then Mischka is a good choice.

I got their samples about a week ago and tested them out right after to give you guys a good review on each of them.

The first item I tried was their matte liquid lipstick in deep rose and I immediately fell in love with its color. It wasn’t like any of the shades I have now and was easy to apply. The applicator helps with evening out the product well especially on the corners of my mouth. You can also layer on it and it doesn’t look patchy as when I do with my other matte liquid lipsticks. It does not come off easily and by that I mean, you need effort to remove it. That can both be good and bad for different types of people but if you’re looking for a product with good staying power, this will be a good choice. Just like any other liquid matte lipsticks, this is drying on the lips. But then again, you can’t have it all!

I then tried their Green Tea Facial Mask. This was my most favorite out of the bunch. I strongly recommend you to try it. It has a cooling effect when applied to the skin, very light and minty. The scent was not too strong too (yes that matters a lot since masks are applied too close to your senses and having a strong smelling product can make relaxation the most awkward part of your day. LOL. Can you just imagine?

You apply it on after cleaning your face and then leave it for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off. Anything with mint is perfect for reduction and control of sebum. Again, this is MY FAVORITE and I will buy this again and again after I finish the sample! FAVORITE MASK OF ALL TIME! I can swear to its wonders.

I used their Spray On Treatment, Body Butter and Hand Sanitizer for a week while going to work and here are my thoughts on each of them:

Their spray on treatment is a leave on conditioner that helps maintain your hair’s manageability and softness. It also protects your hair from split ends. It didn’t say if you had to apply it after shower when hair is a bit damp or if you had to spray it on to dry hair. I did the first one with reference to previous use of leave on conditioners.

It has a sweet smell to it which I neither like or dislike but I would prefer it to probably smell closest to shampoo if they had to do changes with the product.

I tested it by not skipping on my usually conditioner for the day and relying on this product for the results and it did work even better than my usually conditioner however, at the end of the day, when I already got home, I don’t know how to explain it but it felt like I really did sprayed something on my hair which I really wanted to rinse off. Maybe it was just because I wasn’t used to it but I did work on its claims throughout the day. I might not be ready to swap my regular conditioner for this but I will however, choose to bring this with me during beach/ swimming trips. This would be perfect to calm those tresses down from all the chlorine and sea salt!

Their whitening body butter is said to be a fast absorbing whitening moisturizer and it did get absorbed easily by my skin. It also works wonders on moisture as I am currently testing out a whitening soap sent to me by another brand and it did counter the dryness that I got from using the soap. The scent is somewhere between tangy and sweet.

Next on the list is their hand sanitizer which claims to eliminate 99.99% of germs without water. It contains a vitamin-rich Aloe Vera moisturizer and Witch Hazel to help smooth out skin so hands don’t feel dry. I love how handy this product is and the smell just gives you that super clean feeling. I bring this with me everyday, perfect for trips and your day-to-day adventures!

And finally, their Eau De Parfums!

  • Sugar Crush- has a very sweet, bubblegum like scent to it. It does remind me of Candyland!
  • Hug and Kisses- turned out to be my favorite but sadly, I only got a quarter of it left due to shipping. It has a light, refreshing scent to it. Very tangy and citrus-y.
  • Miss Grandeur- has a strong, musky smell. It reminds me of late night dates and flirty sophistication.


Matte Liquid Lipstick- PHP250/ 15ml.
Green Tea Facial Mask- PHP250/ 60 g
Spray On Treatment- PHP100/ 60ml.
Whitening Body Butter- PHP180/ 50 g
Hand Sanitizer- PHP50/ 50ml.
Eau De Parfum- PHP300/ 30ml.


Matte Liquid Lipstick- 8.5/10
Green Tea Facial Mask- 100/10!!!
Spray On Treatment- 9/10
Whitening Body Butter- 7/10
Hand Sanitizer- 10/10
Eau De Parfum- 8/10

After the samples, will I buy it?

Matte Liquid Lipstick- I am currently on a matte liquid lipstick hiatus so I might buy this when I decide to go back to using them. Price is reasonable for the results.
Green Tea Facial Mask- AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN! Totally worth the money!!!
Spray On Treatment- Yes. Perfect for beach trips!
Whitening Body Butter- Not into whitening but I might try other body butters from them since the moisture is really good
Hand Sanitizer- Yes
Eau De Parfum- No. Just because I have allergic rhinitis so my nose can’t really be friends with scents.

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