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Toners or 'skin', as labeled in some asian products, are always marketed as a must in your skin care regimen. You know how it goes, after washing place some toner on a cotton pad or your palms and gently pat on your skin. Not to be confused with astringents or those alcohol based toners that leave your skin feeling tingly, minty, tight and dry.

I admit I personally didn't see the importance of toners in my teens as I frequently forget to put it or just disregard it completely but they in fact do a significant difference to the skin. Let me break it down...

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Retails at ₱1,580.00/ 130ml

The skin has a natural PH level of 4 to 6 with the scale of PH ranging from 0 (most acidic) to 14 (most alkaline). Healthy skin has a PH level of around 5.5 which is slightly acidic. Washing the face with your cleanser plus water skews that balance and makes it typically more alkaline so a toner's job is to 'balance' it out to it's natural level to make it radiant and healthy. So toners generally are *slightly*  acidic to help re-balance your skin post-cleansing.

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Use a toner. Periodt.

Similar to moisturizers, no matter what skin type you have, you should always use a toner. It maybe a little more tedious but it does help in establishing a healthy barrier and preps your skin to absorb the rest of your skin care.

There are many toners in the market that can cater to a lot of people but I generally prefer Asian or Korean made skincare. What I've been using lately is this So'Natural PH5.5 RED WATER TONER, which fits the bill EXACTLY. This toner has a unique red color and not just the matte glass bottle but the liquid itself. This is not a result from artificial colouring but from the natural ingredients it has.

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Ingredients : 
Purified water, glycerin-26, glycerin, 1,2-hexanediol, butyleneglycol, methylglucose-10, sodium citrate, indian myrtle flower extract, indian myrtle leaf extract, xanthan gum, sheet Ric Acid, Betaine, Caramel, Daodium Sodium Dithia, Tea Tree Leaf Extract, Ivygod Fruit Extract, True Coral Horse Extract, Centella asiatica Extract, Lemon Extract, Green Tea Extract
Fun fact : This toner has an EWG GREEN rating, meaning that all the ingredients meet the strictest European Union's standard of acceptable health, ecotoxicity and contamination concerns. The labels properly state all of the ingredients and follow good manufacturing practices amongst other criteria.
See other products/ingredients that are RED, BLACK OR GREEN on EWG here.

Typically I pat this on my skin after washing my face or whenever I feel like my skin feels dry and needs a little boost. So far, I don't see any visible results from using this particular toner after 3 weeks of straight use BUT I do notice that my skin isn't as taut after washing and using this. I feel assured in knowing that I take care of my skin properly (as much as I can) and that it will pay off as I get older.

How about you? Which toners do you love using?


xx,
CJ

PS. Thank you SeoulUnni for sending me this to try!


Privé Revaux purveyor of style and premium quality eyewear at accessible prices has collaborated with PLL star Ashley Benson to curate three sunglasses that encapsulates her true sense of style.

Aptly named The Benzo collection, these exclusive picks by Ashley Benson are a mix of eclectic and classic but overall completely stylish sunglasses.

The Planco, named after her dear friend and publisher, is a straight brow bar with an integrated side shield. Available in 3 colors (rose gold/ brown, rose gold/ orange, and gunmetal/ black). 

The Victoria, my kind of sunnies, is a classic rectangular shape with an angular upsweep and also Ashley’s middle name. Available in (caviar black/ black, candy red/ red, splash white/ grey gradient)

Another favorite, The Olive, a sleek cat eye frame, sweetly named after her dog. Available in (caviar black/ black and candy red/ red mirror)

With prices starting at P2,500 and worn by the likes of Jennifer Lopes, Jamie Foxx, Lily Collins, Cara Delevigne and Ciara just to name a few these are made to the highest standards.


Whether it's rainy or sunny, sometimes both on the same day, you can easily switch up your look and #ReframeYourself with The Benzo Collection! Avaialble at priverevaux.ph and all Privé Revaux stores.

Which are your favorites?

xx,
CJ


Disclaimer : This post is in collaboration with Privé Revaux




Traveling with make-up can be a little more stressful than it needs to be especially for the makeup lover. There's the issue of the liquid bases and huge canisters eyeshadow and powder. Not to mention the many lippie choices you have to consider for day-to-day, depending on the finish and itinerary, how it doesn't clash with your outfits or when you're so spoilt for choice but can only bring at most 2 lippies etc etc etc.



Made for the wanderer and jetsetter in mind, these mini (and when I say mini I mean the bullet is about 2 inches in height the product inside even less) lipsticks are the quick and easy companion of people who need options when they're traveling and don't add up on the airport scale.


Ingredient list

The names are must-visit locations of every traveler.


Isn't the packaging beyond adorable? From the box to the tubes themselves - this collection feels very well thought-out. I do appreciate the matte lego aesthetic and the animal icons on each tube it can come across to some as a little juvenile given the packaging and how mini this is (about 2 inches in height).



The blk travels set retails for P1,499 with eight creamy matte shades to choose from. Why all the animal icons? It's because the set donates a portion of the sales to the WWF or World Wildlife Fund .(If you haven't tried their lippies, isn't that a good incentive to try them? lol)



These particular lipsticks are made in Taiwan while I believe makeup in their other collections are made in Korea. All their products are cruelty-free and PETA approved. 


On to the swatches :



These lipsticks were released in a set way back, around this time last 2018 I believe. Hence the 'holiday' main box packaging. I might've switched the labels of the hand swatches. Sorry!








LA and Paris are shades I'm lukewarm about. They work when I have a specific look in mind, but I prefer them more as washes or tint rather than full on color on the lips.




Application-wise there's full color with one swipe but full opaqueness can be achieved with two full swipes.


LONDON and DUBAI are my most favorite shades out of everything. Majority of the reason being that they're nudes and they're so flattering.






Hongkong is the perfect blue-based deep red on me. It's perfect.

The texture and consistency for most if not all the lipsticks are the same : matte and creamy but not  soft. The finish is definitely matte and it's creamy enough to apply without heavy dragging but  not easily meltable(?) There's some stability to the formula. Don't expect kiss/budge-proof as these do transfer but I find that they leave a slight stain on the lips as it fades throughout the day.

As for how it feels on my dry lips, sufficient prep is needed as these are matte. The small size offers a little more precision than the usual normal sized tube and you can easily finish a tube in a couple of months before it even expires - so that should boost your hitting-pan lemmings. Some of the shades might not work for the darkest of skintones, I think these are perfect for fair to medium-tanned skin, anyone darker some shades would look ashy or too odd.

Try this if you want an introduction to the blk matte lippie formula or you're the type to bring more than two lippies whenever you travel or you just want to finally finish a tube before it even comes close to expiring.

As for me, I like its size and the different shades and the fact that it answers my particular quirk when bringing lippies with me. I personally would like at least two universally flattering options for when I travel. So this set is a cute little addition to my travel makeup bag.

Have you tried any lispticks from blk or any other makeup? What else is good with the brand?

xx,
CJ

PS. Thanks to my beau for gifting me these. I personally love the story more of how confused you were when you got these though. The lipsticks are just a sweet bonus. :P


Alden just having come off from the massive success that is his latest hit Hello, Love Goodbye gives some casual lewks with his latest collaboration with world renowned designer Avel Bacudio. The collaboration is a capsule collection of athleisure wear that is affordable but limited edition.

Who is Zilingo

Zilingo is the newest e-commerce platform in the country, with a massive range of products from beauty products to lifestyle gadgets as well as a wide range of brands from indie labels to designer goods.



The collection recently launched at an exclusive fashion show on Thursday, August 22 at Xylo Club in Bonifacio Global City.


Avel Bacudio a native of Camarines Sur, was named Asia’s Most Influential Designer of 2014 and is one of the Philippines pride in the design world.



The collection's design

The collection will feature jackets, tracksuits, pullovers and joggers in shades of black, maroon, navy blue, off-white and gray. These colours were specially chosen as they were the first colors Avel Bacudio could see after being afflicted with temporary blindness for a period of time.



For a good cause

Apart from the AvelXAlden collection bringing to Zilingo’s customers an affordable line of clothing that combines comfort and functionality, suitable for different occasions, part of the sale proceeds will benefit children from the Northern Luzon Association for the Blind in La Trinidad Benguet, Philippines.

“With this collaboration, we go beyond providing affordable fashion options to our customers - we share the opportunity to contribute to the social fabric with the Northern Luzon Association for the Blind on-board as our beneficiary, a cause close to me heart,” Avel Bacudio said.


“I’ve always been a fan of Avel Bacudio’s designs. He’s been a good friend of mine for the longest time. As such, I am really psyched to have my very first fashion collaboration with Avel Bacudio,” Alden Richards shared.
Sold out after 10 minutes of going online

Some products from the collaboration collection went and sold out during its first 10 minutes on the Zilingo website but don't fret Zilingo will restock asap and offer free shipping as well as COD payments.


Affordable athletic fashion for a good cause, not bad right?

Have you tried Zilingo yet?


xx,
CJ

PS. This is a press release.


While there's a certain nostalgia to creating and receiving physical letters and notes, technology upgraded our standard of living by making sure what we need to say can be stored safely and sent out to numerous people simultaneously without breaking a sweat. Not to mention the good it does to our environment when we don't have to cut-down, process and recycle unnecessary paper products when it can be easily done virtually.

Paperless posts do just that.

From the standard birthday, wedding and christening invites...

To the fun flyers for gigs, events, block parties and what have you complete with cute GIFs and
stickers.



There's a little something for every occasion.

And the designs are very pretty and print-ready!
Create your free account today!


xx,
CJ


PS. Any parties or events coming up soon? Why not go virtual and send everyone an invite all at the same time?



Get your goggles and don your lab coats because this ig-worthy chemistry-lab-inspired milktea shop is both unique and delicious...or rather, as their tagline goes, scientifically delicious.

This is my second time visiting this unique milktea shop. I've previously mentioned them here purely because of the concept and cute interiors (there's not a space in here that's not picture-ready).

The industrial/utalitarian-esque design with lab and science inspired food presentation is a welcome change from the usual coffee shops I frequent.


Lab Cuterie - P270

Labwiches
Classic labdog - P140
Chicken Slaw Croissant- P160
Ham and Cheese Croissant- P150


The ham and cheese croissant was tasty as well as the sausage/franks on the charcuterie plate aptly named 'lab cuterie'.



Lab Treats (P75/ea)
Mango Muffin
Chocolate Muffin
Red Velvet Muffin
Choc Chip Muffin

Chocolate chip cookies - P35/ea

As far as chocolate chip cookies go, I'm the hard + chewy cookie combo type and their cookie hits the spot especially since it's not overtly sweet. The Red velvet and Choc chip muffins are soft, moist and as with the cookie, just the right amount of sweetness.

Creme Brulee Series
110 Medium
120 Large

Creme Brûlée Frost (Cbx)
Mango Brûlée Frost (Mbx)


Labtizers
Super Nova - P260
Tic-Tac-Tots - P230
Tri Potato Medley








Tea
Original Earl Grey
Mango and Strawberry
Tea and Infusions
Green Tea
Rose Tea

As always I'm a sucker for brewed leaf teas so I quite enjoyed this as well as the teapot and tiny tea cups it came in.



Their milk teas and hot teas are delicious by the way. I vividly remember their Assam and Earl Grey that I tried during my first visit. They also adjust the ice and sugar to your liking which is a big plus for me.


A Lab Minute
Belgian grid cake - P145


Not to be confused with the usual light and fluffy waffles, this grid cake is a little more dense and tightly packed. It was cold when I got to try this unfortunately so I don't have the most glowing review of it. Hope to try this again but fresh off the grill with the butter sliding off because of its warmth.





The usual patrons are of the younger 'school'-age crowd so there are lots of people studying, reading, researching on their laptops. But in my experience, the sounds are still quite muted as there's a general respect to everyone's space.


The owner Carl giving us a little history quiz on Bubba Lab's beginnings as well as what's in store for the near future.


The nice attendants of Bubba Lab : Lamp Quarters. Thanks for lending us your lab coats for our impromptu photo op. Haha


Had fun with the rest of my blogger I mean lab mates. 'Til next time!



Thanks for having me Bubba Lab! And to fellow blogger Aileen of Aileen Loves to Eat who extended the invite to try Bubba Lab!

xx,
CJ

PS. Have you tried this place yet? What do you look for in a milktea/coffee shop?

Location : Lamp Quarters, Gil Fernando Avenue, Santo Niño / C&B Circle Mall Marikina Heights / Graceland Plaza JP Rizal
https://bubbalab.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BubbaLabCafe