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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Pepper Lunch

H and I love to eat and try new food, but we like different dishes. H loves Chinese food, while I am an Italian and Japanese craver! But there still are some restaurants that we like to dine in again and again. One of which is Pepper Lunch.

I was introduced to Pepper Lunch by fellow bloggers Phoebe and Sophie. I've seen their reviews and they got me really curious. At first H and I were both skeptical since we have already tried something similar -e---- -t--k in Trinoma. We were not satisfied and never went back. We left that restau still feeling hungry and the restau smelled like smoke! So when I told H that I wanted to try Pepper Lunch, at first he was hesitant. Then came a night when we finally went and tried it. I honestly loved the place, I like the interiors and the fact that they reserve a table for you while ordering. I wasn't able to take much photos from that first experience though.

So the second time, I did. I forgot to bring my point-and-shoot camera, so I had to use my camera phone instead. So I apologize for the blurry and low quality photos.

I ordered the Beef Curry Rice. (I had to mix it before I took this photo. My bad!)

H ordered his combo of Hamburger and Beef. The rice was served in a separate bowl.

These are served in a hot plate, and the waiter will ask you to cook the meat first (by flipping it over), then mix with the rice or other ingredients, and finally choose the sauce/condiments you want to add.

After munching a couple of spoonfuls, here are our food.

Mine Mine Mine!


The Beef Curry Rice was uber-delicious. I didn't have to put much sauce anymore, since the meal was already full of flavor. I love the peppery taste it gives. The beef was so yummy, it was very tender. I love the curry rice, it complements the sweet sauce of the meal. I had my beef doubled so the serving was great as well, it was very filling. We didn't have to buy extra appetizers or dessert anymore.

The Hamburger and Beef combo (I'm not sure if this is what it's called), it was really really filling! O ordered this before and again ordered the same meal. The hamburger was juicy!!! It was great! The beef, I think it's the same beef as mine, so of course, it was good. What I didn't like though was the beansprouts. I don't eat beansprouts, so I had to remove them one by one.

For non-meat lovers, I'm not quite sure if they'll enjoy this place. H and I even talked and said that older people who are health conscious might not like this. Since you can already see the oil once you're about to finish your meal. They might not like the fact that it's oily. As seen in the picture above. Boohoo. :(

Overall, I love this place. Though it's a little pricey for the budget conscious ones, one meal with rice and drinks cost P200-600 depending on the meat (i.e. chicken, pork, beef, wagyu, salmon). But it's definitely worth a try! And if you'll be spending on food, Pepper Lunch is worth it. Maybe once a month? It's not so bad. The staff are also friendly, the seats are comfortable, it's located in a mall, it really is a must-try!


2 our of 4 Schnauzers
Pepper Lunch
Ground Floor, Powerplant Mall,
Rockwell, Makati City
(near the grocery)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sharing Beautiful Photos

I just have to share... here are some of my work during the Next Models Photo Workshop by Ross Capili. We had a shoot last Sunday. I'm so happy with the results. These are the partial results I got from Ross Capili himself. So beautiful! :)

Models: Angel Tizon and Iya Consengco of Ideal Models
Photographs taken by: Ross Capili
Makeup: Charlene Lu

Accessories: Marge Abas of Estrellas Accessories
Clothes: RoyAnne Lee of Fabrichild

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Cleansing Oil Challenge!

I own two cleansing oils. I have Skin Hour Deep Cleansing Oil and --i--t- Honey Cleansing Oil. So one night, after a tiring day of makeup gig for a photo shoot, I had to clean all my brushes and containers.

I always make sure that I take care of my brushes by giving them a bath after using them. I used a lot of liquid foundation that day, I got my container (where I put and mix my liquid foundie) and experimented and tested the cleansing oils. I normally use a mild soap for my brushes and containers, however, we all know that it will be difficult and close to impossible to remove liquid foundation with it. So here goes the challenge.

This is the container. As you see, the liquid foundie has already dried up.

These are the 2 cleansing oils that are up for the challenge.

First, I tried using --i--t- Cleansing Oil. I scrubbed really well.

Here is the result. The liquid foundie just spread out but it's still there.

Now, I tried using Skin Hour Deep Cleansing Oil. I used the same container. And again scrubbed well.

Here is the result. Tada! Clean clean container!

The verdict: Skin Hour Deep Cleansing Oil wins!!! :D So I used this for my baby brushes also!


The Cleansing Oil of --i--t-, even though it can't clean liquid foundies, can be used to clean eyeshadows and blushes (mostly powder). This is what I used for my other containers that I just used to foil my shadows. It is also foamier. So when used on the face gives a soapy texture.

So I still have the two until now. Although of course, I use Skin Hour's more often. It shows how organic products are really magical! :) Imagine what these two do for your face when you use them as cleansers. :) Skin Hour proves that it deeply cleanses but is still mild and refreshing!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

San Tsa / Haw Flakes

Time to share one of my favorite addictions. I'm currently craving for it, so I decided why not share with our readers what it is...

Tada... It's San Tsa or also known as Haw Flakes! These are Chinese snacks. You eat it when you're bored, when you're hungry, when you're watching tv, when you're blogging, actually... you eat it anytime of day!

O actually bought this for me since I really really love Haw Flakes! This is from Bee Tin Grocery and is only P55.00. There are ten packs in one bag.

One pack looks like this... How does it taste? I can't quite describe it. It tastes sour and sweet at the same time. For some people, it tastes weird. Haha! But I like it!!!

It looks like the "Body of Christ". I remember playing with it before, like I was going to communion. It's very thin and it breaks when you put pressure to it. I love breaking it inside my mouth. Hehe! Love it!

It's so yummy and very very addicting! I can finish one whole pack in one seating, or maybe two packs?! :p

Thought on the product: Isn't it obvious I love love love it? I just want to share that this brand is the best! Usually you see the small Haw Flakes in supermarkets, it's actually okay, but my problem with it is it's so small, that I can already finish one pack with one chew! The latter Haw Flake is really small so it's very "nakakabitin"! And when I eat my Haw Flakes, I always like eating it by two's or maybe three's. I love it when it's thick! Hehe! :D How about you?

Bee Tin Grocery
Binondo, Manila

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Elianto Baked Shadow

I got an Elianto Baked Shadow in Marble Blue and I'm loving the color! I actually really like Elianto shadows. It's not as expensive as other brands but you get a wonderful color. I have a whole palette which I got for my Makeup school before. I'll be reviewing and sharing it next time. :) It's already a bit messy though, hehe!

Anyway, here is the Elianto baked shadow.

When opened...

Here is the swatch (with my Suesh brush)

Now for a little tut... my eyes again (I took this photo 8pm, so again droopy eyes :p)

For a daytime look, I just started with an offwhite Elianto eye shadow and used it on the entire lid and created an outer v using the Elianto baked shadow.

Here's how it looks like after putting Elianto shadow in gold as midtone.

Finish off with Winc Instant Lash Duo mascara.

If you want to make it more dramatic, maybe for an evening date? I simply put more color on top of the offwhite shadow and I used Fashion 21 liquid eyeliner in Black but made the line thin.

When closed...

Make sure that the eyes are always smiling... *secret to looking young! :p

How about an avant garde look using the Elianto baked shadow in Marble Blue? I used the offwhite eyeshadow and spread it under the eye and added more above the blue shadow. I used the blue shadow for my brows and pulled it to the side for a more dramatic effect. What's the black line? It's Elianto black eyeshadow. I simply used an eyeliner brush for this.

Thoughts on the product: I love this product! :D The color's great! It has a little sparkle. And as seen on the photos above, it's very versatile. You can use it for different looks. :) I still have to see the other color availables if I'm going to purchase again. But I really really like this blue. You can use the dark blue color only, or the light blue. Or like what I did, combining it by swirling the brush to get both colors.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Fanny Serrano Lip Palette

One of my favorite lip palettes, affordable and pigmented- Fanny Serrano. They have two palettes, one is for warm tones and the other for cooler. I have the warm palette. I actually got this palette for school back when I was taking up my Makeup course.

I'd like to show you how we can achieve a "pouty red lips" by using this palette and some basic lip products.
Here is the photo of the Fanny Serrano warm lip palette.
When opened...
My nude lips. I applied Kiss Kiss Balm Balm lip balm.
Then I apply lip pencil. I used Clinique Chubby Stick in Vanilla Brownie. This will even make the lipstick last longer. Don't put lipliner on the entire lips. Leave four spaces on each side.
Then put concealer or foundation on those four spaces. This is the secret to pouty lips! :p I used Max Factor cream foundation.
Next is to follow with lipstick. From the lip palette, I used the red color; coz I'd like to achieve the infamous "red lips".

The result, tada....
Thoughts on the product: I love love love this Fanny Serrano lip palette. It has a wide variety of color and it's perfect for Asian skin, generally that is. Since most of us have warm skin tone. I love all the colors, and what I do is I mix them too. I use this for myself and for my clients. I even used the gold color for one of my male models before! Haha! This is definitely a great great find! :)


Sharing the great news I got from Shopcrazy.

Esprit Final Sale: Up to 50% discount on items up to July 31. Esprit stores can be found in Glorietta 3, Power Plant Mall, SM Megamall A & B, SM Mall of Asia, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, The Podium, Trinoma, SM The Block, The Shops at Greenhills, Robinson’s Galleria, SM Manila, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu, Robinson’s Ermita.

Marithe + Francois Girbaud Sale: Up to July 31 in Marithe + Francois Girbaud stores found in SM Supermalls, Ayala Malls, Robinsons Malls, Ali Mall, Festival Supermall, Gateway Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center, Market! Market!, The Podium, Trinoma, SM Mall of Asia, Power Plant Mall, Shangri-la Plaza Mall.

Kenneth Cole End of Season Sale - The Beginning of a New Wardrobe: Up to August 31 in Kenneth Cole stores found in Rockwell Center, Shangri-la Plaza, Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Makati, Bonifacio High Street, Alabang Town Center, SM Mall of Asia.

Shopwise Fabuless Fair: Enjoy fabulous looks at fantastic prices in the Shopwise Health and Beauty Fair up to July 24.

Home Depot Double Discount Downpour Sale: Various discounts on selected items, with additional discount on total single transaction up to July 31. Home Depot has branches in Ortigas, Manila Bay, Westgate Alabang, and Baliuag.

A Paw Friendly Opening

July 20, 2008 - The opening of the newest store in Robinsons Metro East, Pooch Park Doggie Day Care. This is the second branch of Pooch Park, the first is in Auto Depot, Julia Vargas. It's a one-stop shop for pet lovers. Pooch Park offers grooming services, day care, obedience training, and supplies.

Here are some pictures from the event. 

The supply shelf...

The famous rawhide treats and some...

Pooch Park Doggie Day Care
J Vargas- Store 181 Auto Depot, Julia Vargas Ave., Pasig
Metro East- Level 4 Robinsons Metro East, Marcos Highway, Pasig

Friday, July 18, 2008

EOTD: Shu Uemura Cream Shadow

Here's my take on the yellow cream shadow of Shu Uemura.

One time, I was in a hunt for the perfect yellow eyeshadow, I've tried buying from different brands but I didn't like the pale yellow color they gave me. See my favorite color is yellow so I wanted the perfect yellow that radiates glow and makes the eyes look really lively. Luckily Aunt L gave me a few eyeshadows, one of which is Shu Uemura's cream shadow. I've always been a "powdered eyeshadow" girl, whether I use it for myself or for my clients. But I was intrigued by cream shadows when I had my training at MAC. Plus it's yellow! Just what I was looking for. :)
The Shu Uemura cream shadow is bigger than the eyeshadows of MAC.

Here is a swatch of the yellow cream shadow.

This is my eye without makeup. (Pls. take note, I took these photos when I got home around 6:30. So if my eyes already look droopy, I apologize. :))

I applied the cream shadow using a synthetic eyeshadow brush.

Added Smashbox eyeshadow in Flirt.

I used Fashion 21 liquid eyeliner and made the line thick.

After finishing my EMU with Nichido eyeliner in Blackest Black, Prestige eyeliner in White for the waterline, top it with Winc Instant Lash Duo mascara.

End Result:

Thoughts on the product: I like that it's so easy to apply, you may even apply it with your finger. You only use a little amount and get a great result! I'm okay with the color, it's still not the bright yellow I was looking for. But I'm quite happy with it. :) I love the fact that I don't need to use any other fancy colors to add to it. But if you want more drama, you can always add another layer of color on top. You may use it as a base and build and combine more colors. It's quite long lasting, as long as it's not too humid. I suggest to use a makeup base or eye primer just to make sure it keeps its color. I have really oily eyelids so I always put makeup base on. I'd probably get another sometime soon, in blue! :)

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