Food Escapade at Locavore

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Christmas festivities are over! But it's not the end of festivities cos we still have the New Year to celebrate!

Now, if you wanna take a breather of all the festivities and still want to eat out for a sumptuous food, then I highly suggest Locavore for you. Located along Brixton Street in Barrio Kapitolyo, Pasig, there's a chance that you'll miss this place if you aren't paying attention.

I've been hearing great feedback from this restaurant and finally got to try it one random Saturday (which was 3-4 months ago).


Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation

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I'm a huge liquid foundation user. I already have my HG liquid foundations but that doesn't stop me from trying new ones - especially if they are not locally available. It makes me want to try the product more actually!

I was watching Saaamage on YouTube a few months ago and she has a video on her first impression of Maybelline's new liquid foundation which is the Better Skin Foundation. After watching the video, I knew I gotta try it! Search for it, I did!

Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation saaamage

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania and Copenhagen

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Revisited an old makeup brand that also has matte lip creams. NYX Cosmetics released their matte lip creams all the way back in 2010. There weren't a lot of liquid lipsticks back then so this was a huge hit! A year or so later, they released new shades. Very nice shades as a matter of fact. But I only paid attention to the new shades this year. You probably know why :)

I settled for the vampy shades. I love how it makes me feel sexy without even showing skin.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss

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2015 has got to be the year of liquid lipsticks! The craze is well.. cray! Lol.

I had to try (almost) all the brands that I could. I don't feel like I've found my Holy Grail liquid lipstick.

When I found out that L.A. Girl released liquid lipsticks, I was on the fence about it at first. It didn't appeal to me at all. I don't know if it was the packaging or what.

L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss

Another thing that held me back a bit was the price. Alright, it's cheaper than other liquid lipsticks but I didn't know until I asked. I thought this is being sold at PhP500 a pop! Apparently, it only retails for about PHP300 at online shops. At SM Beauty Store, it's PhP399 but shades are very limited.

Zenutrients All is Well Set*

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I was supposed to answer another e-mail on Christmas gift selections but I think it's pretty late for that since Christmas is only 6 days away! I'm sure you're all done with Christmas shopping!

One of the things that made a cut to my Christmas gift selection is the Zenutrients All is Well set. All my friends are working and being stressed is already second nature to them.


What I like about the Zenutrients All is Well set is that it helps make calm whenever I smell that eucalyptus scent on they candle. I light it up as soon as I come home from work. It's one my ways to de-stress. I use the All is Well oil when I have a headache or colds. Same goes with the All is Well Salve. It's like the organic version of Vicks vaporub. I have asthma so I have to have something like this with me all the time. Sometimes, I also use the salve on the itchy parts of my skin.

All is Well Oil retails at PhP130 (10ml). All is Well Salve retails for PhP234 while the candle retails at PhP250 (3oz).

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Unboxing the (2015) December BDJ Elite Box: L'Oreal Paris, The 2016 Beauty Standard*

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The December BDJ Elite Box came early this month! I wasn't expecting it til next week.

I saw the teasers posted by BDJ Box on Instagram and I somewhat knew it's an exclusive box of L'Oreal. Quite honestly, I was expecting a box full of makeup similar to last month's BDJ Elite Box.


Me Time at Cedar Salon*

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A few weeks ago, I was invited by Digify to try the hair services of Cedar Salon.

It's Yuletide season and Cedar Salon recommends Schwarzkopf Metallic Collection and Milbon Linkage Meu hair aromatherapy.

Resident hair stylist, Jake, checking my hair and thinking of what shade to use on me.

Cedar Salon

Ask Me Mondays: What I Want for Christmas

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Hi Ms. Gem. I'm just curious if you have a Christmas wish list. Hope you could share it on the blog. Curious ako sa mga wish list ng beauty bloggers.
- Maan P.

This question was timely. I got 4 of the same question. Nice! As a beauty blogger, my Christmas wish list might be a bit disappointing because it's not mostly comprised of makeup or beauty product. But nonetheless, here's my list!

1. 2-year subscription to iFlix
     Come on, you guys! This is like our Netflix version here in Manila. Why wouldn't you want this? I wish for a 2-year subscription because 1 year is too short. Besides I love watching series. iFlix and chill it is, literally.


2. Burberry London Trench Queensbay
     I have one too many trench coats and pea coats already but I gotta have this one from Burberry. This one in particular.

Burberry Trenchcoat

3. Cards Against Humanity
     Dubbed as the game for horrible people [according to the makers of this game LOL], this game can test how witty you are. It's just a really good game to play and have a laugh with friends!

Cards Against Humanity

4. Diptyque Scented Candle in Sapin
     I've always loved Diptyque scented candles because they really make our rooms smell damn good. It's pricey but the scent is worth it! Sapin is a limited edition scent for the Christmas holiday and I like this because it smells very Christmas-y. Besides, I can use it as a brush holder when I finish the candle!


5. Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani eye palette
     The only makeup that I want for Christmas. Truth be told, I only like this because it's a collaboration with Gwen Stefani and I love her!


What's on your Christmas wish list this year?

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Get Pampered at Neo Day Spa*

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Two months ago, I was invited for a pampering session at Neo Day Spa. Since it was my mom's birthday month, I brought her along with me as my plus one!

Neo Day Spa

Neo Day Spa is located in the middle of BGC. I find this very strategic because working people need all the pampering they can get within the vicinity.

Banila Co. is Finally in MNL!

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The Korean makeup brand that I've been waiting to come to Manila is finally here! Several people recommended this brand to me when I was in Korea but for some reason, I didn't see their physical store. When I checked online, I saw the prices and checked reviews online. And I was sold! So glad talga it's here!

Banila Co.