Lifestyle, Love, Philippines, The one that got away, Uncategorized

To the one that got away..

Hi,

I was just browsing my email when I saw this one. I cannot remember why you sent me this or why it seems like we were falling apart. Already.

Until now I could not understand what went wrong. All I remember is, we had one huge fight, said something I didn’t really mean. And then you were gone.. You know I tried my best to keep us  together but you pushed me away and I never felt so lonely and alone. All I see was you. I’ve seen you in every places that we’ve been to. I kept on praying to see you, even just to see you. I was at my worst. But everytime I look back, all I remember is the fullness of our love. We were so young back then but the feeling is sureal. Something unmeasurable. Something great. Something irreplaceable.

You may not know, but I was able to establish a better relationship with my mom. And I thank you for that. I was also able to know my self more. The process was not easy but definitely all worth it.

You may not be able to read this. I really hope that you don’t. But atleast I was able to say these things to you.

Thanks for everything. Good and bad. Memories I will treasure forever. You will always be my ‘the one that got away’. I wish you all the best and I am happy that you have finally found the one. 🙂

Always.

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Beauty, Beauty products, Clay mask, Facial clay mask, Fashion, Health, Innisfree, Jeju, Korea, Korean products, Lifestyle, Minimize pores, Myeongdong, Philippines, Procedure, Sale, Seoul, Tour, Tourist, Travel

REVIEW: Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

I may not have mentioned but I was in Korea for 9 days with my family a week ago. This gave me a lot of chance to check out korean products.

I was in Myeongdong almost every night to scout for best deals. I was amazed how low their prices are. I then learned that they have summer sale which runs from June to July. 

This is not my first time in Seoul but definitely more sale this time.

I will go through and provide reviews to other Korean products I bought for myself in the next weeks, so please watch out!

I have also started my online store in Instagram:

@skinlush_by_V 

If anyone from Philippines who is interested in buying some of my products, please let me know!! I have not updated my page yet but please stay tuned.

I will also be in Hong Kong in few weeks and will definitely grab some items from there as well then I will be back in Korea this October. 

Anyway, let me start my review:

I have been searching for a good product that will help in minimizing my pores while removing blackheads and sebum on my face. Then I came across this special product of Innisfree.

I went to one of their stores and asked one of their beauty experts. She mentioned that this is one of their best sellers but it is not advisable if you have senisitive skin or if you are looking for pimple treatment because this product might not help.


It came in a fancy bottle. I was super excited to try it so I immediately read the instruction at the box. It says, apply all over face and wait for 15-20minutes then wash face with lukewarm water.


After only 5 minutes look how the mask sits on my face! You will notice all those pores immediately, it doesn’t look that nice to be honest but I can say that I feel like it is getting through my pores removing all dirt and sebum.

Then after 20minutes, I already rinsed off with water. Unfortunately I do not have an aftermath photo but I assure you how squeaky clean my face feels! I also notice more visible pores now prolly because it tried to open all my pores and remove all clogged dirt and sebum which I like. 

I am thinking that it will definitely help minimize my pores once it is already clean from dirt and oil. Other than my visible pores I do not see any other significant changes but hopefully with continuous use of this product, I’ll be satisfied and will buy more this October. 

By the way, although the product is just small – you will see how little product you need to cover the entire face! This mask is recommend to be used for twice a week only and I can say it may last more than three months.


This product is at 13,000 won for 100ml.


Thanks for reaching til the end! I will add more reviews as soon as I can. 😘 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, guys!

Love,

Van ❤️

Faustina's, Food, Food Trip, Laguna, Lifestyle, Los Baños, Philippines, Restaurants, Tour, Tourist, Travel

Faustina’s @ UPLB

Hello There!

Welcome back to my page. ❤️

Today, I will provide a brief review on Faustina’s here at UPLB.

Their restaurant is located just beside the campus (Raymundo gate) of University of the Philippines Los Baños.

It has been in business for about 5 years now. I revisited them to check out their food as it has been more than three years since my last visit.

Their area is cozy although a bit small. I wonder how many students will fit in here. They have a lot of food choices but a bit pricier for students but definitely cheaper if you are used to eating at restaurants.

We tried one of their best sellers called Silindro ribs. It comes with barbecue sauce and spicy vinegar. We also ordered junior size alfredo with bacon although we didn’t like it that much.
Their Silindro is at 195php while their Alfredo is at 95php.


The overall ambiance is perfect for students who want to distress from school works and the likes. 
 

I hope to be able to come back again soon!
Love,

Van

Beauty, Eye makeup, Eyebrow embroidery, Eyelash lift, Eyelash perm, Health, Hype, Hyperreal 6D eyebrow embroidery, Lifestyle, Manila, Mascara, Pauline Ylaya, Permanent Makeup, Permanent makeup manila, Philippines, Procedure, Tattoo

Update on my 6D hyperreal eyebrow embroidery

Hey guys!

I just would like to provide an update on my eyebrows journey 😹

It has been almost three weeks now and it has been the best. Not the perfect one but I totally love my new brows.

It is true that you will love how it is on the first day of the procedure. It seems like the shape and color are perfect!


However, It will be at its darkest state on the second and third day after the procedure. This time I strongly recommend not to plan any outings or photoshoot as people would start noticing your dark and broad brows!

This is how it looks like on day 2:


Then it gets lighter every day although it is starting to get really itchy. There is also scabbing which is expected as it heals.

Then on June 1Oth:


It now looks more natural which I really love! No need to spend few minutes for eyebrows which saves me a lot of time. Horay!

Please let me know your thoughts on this! I will update again after a month. 👍 

Love,

Van❤️

Batangas, Beach, Beauty, Food, Food Trip, Independence day, Infinity pool, Laiya, Lifestyle, Long weekend, Philippines, Tour, Tourist, Travel

Buracai de Laiya


Hello loves,

Today I wanted to provide a brief review on one of the newest resorts in Laiya, Batangas. 

Philippines celebrated Independence Day last June 12th. That means, happy long weekend for us employees. We spent two nights and three days to a resort called Buracai de Laiya.

It took us around 3-4 hours to get there from Manila. We left the house at 10AM and arrived at around 2PM. Maybe without traffic, it could be around 2-3 hours. 

We used the mobile application waze to make sure that we get to the destination as the resort is a bit located at the farthest part of Laiya. Although there will be tour guides when you reach Laiya, I still recommend to check it with Waze. However, there would be areas without internet connection so I suggest for you to save your map first. 

Buracai de Laiya is situated right after the more known resorts such as Aquatico and Aqua Verde which are both fully booked that time.

When we arrived at our destination, a person in the front desk asked how many people will be staying in one room, because the room that we got could only accommodate 3 adults and 1 child. We need to pay 1,500 php for every additional person beyond the allowed number of persons per room4. They also have mandatory payment of 1000php per head on top of the 7,500 room rate which we think is very unreasonable.

The 1,000php covers breakfast and dinner buffet. As per their management, it is a policy for weekend guests. 


Our room is really small but the good part is it has balcony and a sea view. From there we could easily check their swimming pool and beach area.

We had our  merienda in their restaurant. They serve good food although it is a bit pricey for their serving. We do not have a choice by the way because there is no nearby restaurants or even supermarket within the area.


However, when we had our dinner buffet, we are not satisfied with their food choices as well as the food itself. We thought that we will never come back to add to our frustration that there is no mobile signal in their resort! 

We survived three days without communicating to anyone though. 

We love their infinity pool although it could be very crowded because they also accommodate day tours. But we did not like the beach. There were sharp stones and shells so definitely I do not encourage you to walk barefoot on the shore.


Overall, I think the price for this resort is too high given their ammenities and service. Although it could be a very good opportunity for families and friends to bond because there are less distractions. It feels like you are isolated in an island, away from social media and other stuff. You can just spend time over food, swim, or even try some beach activities. They offer snorkling, scuba diving, banana boat, flying fish, kayak, parasailing, and a lot more!

Thanks for reading! 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

❤️

Van

Beauty, Eye makeup, Eyebrow embroidery, Fashion, Health, Hype, Hyperreal 6D eyebrow embroidery, Lifestyle, Pauline Ylaya, Permanent Makeup, Permanent makeup manila, Philippines, Procedure, Tattoo

Permanent Makeup Manila by Pauline Ylaya

Welcome back guys!

Sorry I’ve been very busy these past few days but I wanted to share to you what I have done yesterday to make my eyebrows more defined.

I went to Permanent Makeup Manila by Pauline Ylaya and had Hyperreal 6D eyebrow embroidery which is something that is very known today! 

I have always wanted to have a nice and defined eyebrows because I used to have spares brows and I look really weird without doing my brows. I need to draw and fill in the gaps so that I have more confidence in facing the world. Like what I have said, kilay is life! 

So after a week of contemplating, I have finally decided to try their lash lift with semi permanent mascara which I have blogged several days ago. 


I love how it turned out and since Pauline’s assistant Vicky is very nice she informed me that someone has cancelled and I can be accommodated June 2nd. 

I secured my payment to keep my appointment via paypal. 

I have also tried to read several blogs first prior to my appointment to set any expectations and the procedure itself.

As per my preparation, I made sure that my skin is well hydrated and clean because after the procedure, I need to wait for 3-5 days before I can wash the area. I also took long bath that day as I know it would be difficult to wash my hair because I would need to be extra careful not to wet any area near my brows.

Come June 2nd, I woke up early for my appointment with Ms. Pauline since she personally do these procedures and mentioned from other blogs that she only does three procedures per day. 

Before leaving my place, I made sure to take a photo of myself first as the tattoo will stay for at least a year. I wanted to see a before and after photo of course:


I was scheduled at 3pm but I arrived 15 minutes late. I had to take grab to go there but my driver is unfamilair of the place and did not follow waze. So we got lost in Sucat and had to ask around where is the west service road. So my advice to anyone going there, check their map first and make sure you show the map to your driver prior to going to the area.

When I arrived in their clinic, there is still one customer inside and Pauline is still doing her brows. Vicky – her assistant asked me to fill out several pages of terms and conditions as well as personal data. While I fill out these documents, Vicky told me that she will already apply the numbing cream while I wait for my turn. This will help for me not to feel anything or at least just a little pain when we start with the procedure.


It took around an hour before the first customer left the clinic. Ms. Pauline introduced herself but told me to wait a little more while we wait for the numbing cream to take effect. I think that is the purpose why they suggest their clients to come early so that while you wait, they can already apply the numbing cream.

After an hour, Pauline went back to me and asked me to sign a waiver stating that the color might fade faster due to the medicine I had to take for my thyroid. I was expecting her to briefly explain the procedure but she just asked me to lie down so we can start. I left my bag on one of the tables and asked her how painful will it be so I am ready. She asked my tolerance level to pain and honestly I told her that it is pretty low. She mentioned that it might feel like as if you someone is threading your eyebrows.

Pauline took a photo of my eyebrows prior to the procedure then she started measuring my brows and asked me to face the mirror so she could assess better.


She provided me two options on how I wanted my brows to look like. On the left side, she drew a more straight full brows based from the natural shape of my brows. It is easier to maintain since we just have to follow my brows and just filling any parts with no hair or defining the edges. On my right, she showed a shape with a higher arch which she thinks is more appropriate to my face shape. She noted that the one with higher arc will help emphasize my cheekbone better and will make my face slimmer compared to the straighter brows which makes my face round.

Although the one with arch will be more difficult to maintain since I needed to pluck any hair around the area, I am still happy to look slimmer with my new brows and it would be easier for me to change brows shape since I would just need to fill in the arch to go to a straighter and fuller brows.


After deciding, microblading is next!


Pauline asked me if I feel anything and I honestly said no. Although I am hearing a buzzing sound, it felt nothing in most parts. Actually plucking or threading your brows is more painful that having this. I am really surprised. Although, I can feel that she is cutting my skin multiple times it did not hurt much. Then she applied another numbing cream mixed with the hair dye. We had to wait for 5 minutes at least.


Then she wiped off the hair dye with numbing cream then it felt sore! But who am I to compalin? I am seeing pretty brows in the making already. We had three rounds for this as she is very meticulous to ensure that you will leave happy and contented!

After three rounds, here is the finished product! This is right after the procedure:

Tadaaa..


I am so happy with the result! 

Pauline mentioned that it may look darker on the night of the procedure and will even go darker on the next days. Then will go lighter around 50% but I just need to wait til 1 month to finally see the final result of my hyperreal 6D eyebrow embroidery!

These are photos 
taken an hour after the procedure:


Vicky handed me an after kit care and receipt:


She told me to apply the ointment thrice a day from my third to seventh day.

After a day, so far my brows are indeed darker and shinier! I can see the cuts starting to heal though. It looks kinda weird but will see what it looks like after a week.

I will update again after a week! I hope to get best result!

Thanks for reading! Let me know on the comments section if you have any questions or comments. Thank you ❤️

Much love,

Van

Army Navy, Food, Food Trip, Lifestyle, Philippines, Travel

Army Navy’s Bacon Breakfast 

Hello Bacon lovers!

Today I would like to announce to you that Army Navy recently had some changes in terms of their food choices. They no longer have Tocino in their menu which makes me the saddest person in the entire world. 😭

They also used to have this Bacon with longanisa on the side, sunny side up egg and garlic rice, but now they opted to remove the Longanisa. But you have now the option to choose between your favorite BACON or their special Longanisa.

Well, It is actually a win-win situation for me especially that I am never a fan of Longanisa because I had some traumatic experience before which I’m not sure if it is appropriate to share here in my food post. To cut the story short, their new Bacon breakfast meal which consists of more bacon is something in favor of me!

I think the price is almost the same with their previous Bacon with Longanisa meal. The last time I checked, Bacon is 185php per meal without drinks. I also just want to add that I prefer their new garlic rice! More garlic like the ones you have at home.

I usually eat at Army Navy’s after my shift so my officemates or anyone close to me would know how many times I go to Army Navy a week.

Here is something that I will leave here:


Happy eating!!

❤️

Van