Friday, March 27, 2015

Truderm Papaya Tropical Fruits Soap Review

Asians, Southeast Asians in particular, usually have dark complexion. But we are also the people that love whitening our skin the most. There are lots of whitening treatments, creams and products in the market. And if you are one of the people that want to whiten your skin, I am sure you have also tried almost all of those. 

Here in the Philippines, one of the most popular and most effective way of whitening our skin is by using Papaya Soap. Papaya soap is effective in skin whitening because it contains Papain, a natural enzyme that promotes skin renewal and cell turnover.

In this post, I will be using Truderm Papaya Soap. It has papaya extracts and also loaded with tropical fruits extracts that is specially formulated to whiten skin and keep it clear, fair and pimple-free.


Here are the other ingredients of the Truderm Papaya Soap :
Watermelon - Loaded with Vitamin A that assists to reduce the size of pores on the skin and consequently minimize excessive secretion of oil.
Mangosteen - Proved to be naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial. Helps to relieve or completely eliminate acne and skin disorders.
Pineapple - High concentrations of malic and citric acid. These acids in pineapple soap help lift and wash away dead skin cells, revealing brighter skin.

Watch my review and demonstration on the Truderm Papaya Soap here :


PROS :

  • Natural and effective
  • Contains fruit extracts that are good for the skin
  • Price is very affordable
  • Local brand
  • Makes skin less oily
  • Doesn't make the skin dry
  • Improves the complexion of skin
  • The scent of the soap is heavenly


CONS :

  • Gives a bit of stinging effect, especially on the first use
  • Gives a bit of reddish color, especially on the cheek area

Overall, this is a nice new soap brand to try! What I love most about this brand is that it smells so, so good! Lathering it on your face and body will surely be heavenly, because you know it will eventually whiten your skin and because it smells so good. The price is also very inexpensive compared to other whitening products. What's also good is that it is a Filipino product so every time you buy a bar, you are supporting a local brand. This is safe for everyday use and with regular use, you will notice your skin become cleared, smoother ans whiter!

Here's how my skin looks after using the soap for just more than a week. I can't find the BEFORE photos I took so I hope you watched the video above to see how my skin looked before using the soap.



For more information about the Truderm Papaya Soap, please check out their Facebook Page HERE or check out their official website HERE.


Kristine

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Yummydiet 5-Day Food Delivery Program (Weight Loss or Weight Gain)

Ever since I started working as a full-tine blogger at home, I'm on the computer almost the entire day. By that, I mean just sitting on the bed with the computer on my lap. When I was still working in the office, I'd meet with friends during break time so we'd go down to buy food or share our lunch boxes with each other. At that time, the things that I did at the office were to work and to eat. Bu now that I'm just at home, my friends would often tell me how thin I got each time they'd see me. 

This is how my body looks now.



I see nothing wrong with my body. Especially since I am also preparing my *abs* for the summer. But the thing is, each time someone I know from my old office would see me, they'd be really surprised how thin I got. There was even this girl at my old office that recently saw me and screamed in the middle of the office "Tine, ikaw ba yan?? Ang payat mo!! Anung nangyare sayo?!" (Tine, is that you? You got so thin! What happened to you?) Okay, first, why do some people think it's okay to thin-shame some people that got thin but get really offended when you tell them they got fatter? Talk about double standards. :( Second, instead of saying "Hi, how have you been?", why do some people mention weight/figure first??

I got frustrated so I decided I'd eat a lot to gain some weight. As for my *abs*, I decided to just double my effort and the current number of sit-ups and leg raises that I do to make up for all the food I intake.

I discovered YUMMYDIET and thought this would be the perfect time to gain back some weight!



Yummydiet is a Food Diet Delivery that is convenient and affordable. For only Php 1,800 per week, you'd get 5 days worth of meals with free delivery at your home or office daily. Each delivery is composed of Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 1-2 snacks, coffee and tea! 


To achieve the body that you want, here are some tips from Yummydiet:


How to have an awesome Yummydiet experience :

Don't wait, refrigerate
Place the food inside the fridge within an hour after delivery to prevent spoilage and ensure proper food handling,

Heat when you're about to eat
Food tastes best after heating. Follow the little note on the food cover on how to handle the specific meal or snack. Sprinkle a little water on your rice before heating to make it moist and soft again.

Water is forever
Drink no less that 8 glasses of water a day. Drink 2 glasses of water before going to bed.

Juiceko!
Refrain from drinking fruit drinks and sodas. They contain more caories than your food and more sugar than your donut!

Timing is everything
Don't eat your meals in one sitting. Try to eat every 2-3 hours to keep yourself energized, satisfied and that way, your metabolism is maximized.


Here are the food sets that they delivered to me for 5-day program:
(Sine I want to gain weight, they sent me food sets that come down to 1,800 calories)

Day 1 meal :
Tomato, Basil &Parmesan Scramble
Fresh Fruit Salad, Black Coffee
Apple
Skewerd Singapore Chicken & Pineapple
String Cheese
Korean Style Fished
Cauliflower Rice w/ Sriracha Peanut Sauce
Hot Tea


Day 2 meal :
Southwestern Sloppy Joe's
Black Coffee
Yogurt
Mixed Fajitas w/ Peppers & Onions
Banana
Baked Caesar Chicken
Steamed Red Rice
Hot Tea


Day 3 meal :
Banana Nut Pancakes
Black Coffee
Apple
Hoisin Pork Stir-Fry
Steamed Red Rice
Orange
Beef Tangerine
Steamed Red Rice
Hot Tea



Day 4 meal :
Eggs Benedict
Black Coffee
Tropical Fruit Cup
Healthy Jambalaya
Steamed Red Rice
Mixed Nuts
Cajun Pasta Fresca
Hot Tea


Day 5 meal :
Fish Sisig w/ Garlic Red Rice
Black Coffee
Oatmeal
Curried Tofu
Steamed Red Rice
Banana
Baked Mayo-Lime Fish
Corn & Carrots
Hot Tea

I really like it is so convenient! One of the reasons why some people get wain or lose weight is because they never get to watch what they eat. We just eat what we want and whats available, without thinking of the cholesterol,fats and calories that we are having along with it. The 5-day program of Yummydiet will take care of your food and will make sure that you eat only the best food! High calorie when you  want to gain weight. Low calorie if you want to shed some weight.

5-Day food delivery programs are : 1500 Calorie meals, 1800 Calorie Meals, No Rice Meals and Low Carb Meals. Rates per week start at Php 1,800 only.

Check out their Facebook page here for more information regarding their food delivery service!


Kristine

Friday, March 20, 2015

Easy and Useful Travel Hacks You Should Know!

As you are reading this blog post, I am probably on the plane going to Singapore! Yay! I'm travelling again! With the recent incident that happened to me when I went to Hong Kong, I thought I won't be travelling anytime soon. But here I am, packed and ready to discover a different world again! 

One of the not-so-fun parts of travelling is definitely the "packing"episode. People, especially women, need to bring a lot of stuff with them to survive at least a week or two away from home. So, how do you do that when you only have a small suitcase and limited baggage allowance??

Here are some TRAVEL HACKS you should know to make packing and travelling easier and more convenient!


A smart way to store your earphones and to re-purpose your eyeglasses case is to combine the two! Roll your headphones neatly then store them inside a nice and sturdy eyeglasses case.

Need to hide your emergency money inside a thing that won't easily get stolen? How about getting an old and clean lipstick tube? Roll your bill then put it inside it. Nobody steals lipsticks from travelers, right?


Want more fun and easy travel hacks? Please watch the video below!



Some people may dislike carrying bags with them aboard. They would probably try to fit eveything in the luggage to keep their hands free throughout the flight. I'd say that isn't a very good idea. I have already experienced luggage mishandling by the airline company I flew with (Cebu Pacific) so I am now a vigilant passenger. You should be, too!

It is best and safer to bring a carry-on bag with you. Keep your valuables in it so that no matter what happens to your luggage, you'd still have the important stuff with you.

I also suggest putting at least an extra pair of clothes in your carry-on bag and some clean undies. I had to suffer because of that! Imagine having nothing to wear for a week in a country that's not your home. Shopping for new stuff also isn't very smart. Because then, you'd be spending money on new stuff rather than on new experiences - which is the reason why you're traveling in the first place. 

Yes, it sucks to wear the same clothes over and over for a week. So don't be like me. Always be safe and keep some extra clothes and undies in your carry-on bag!

I also advice travelling with insurance! I have friends that uncheck the insurance box when booking their tickets. For just extra few bucks, it's better to travel feeling safe than to have nothing to get in case something happens. 


Now, you are ready to fly and discover the world! I am only just beginning to travel and I am loving all the new feelings, emotions, discoveries and experiences that I am getting!

Know any travel hacks that I failed to mention in the video? Share it to us by leaving a comment below!


Kristine

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Soniclear (Michael Todd) Anti-Microbial Facial Cleansing Brush Review

I have tried a lot of products for my skin and for my acne. Some of them improved my skin while some of them only worked for a short time then my skin broke out again. I was going to believe acne and bad skin are two things I have to deal with for the rest of my life. Until I realized that beautification must begin from within. Right where everything should start and end - CLEANSING YOUR SKIN.

I was sent this brush called SONICLEAR a few months back. But I was not able to review it right away because, as always, I wanted to use the product first and make sure it works before I recommend it to you guys.

The product is called Soniclear by Michael Todd. It is a facial cleansing brush that aims to keep skin clean, fresh and dirt and germ-free!



WHERE TO GET IT : www.michealtoddusa.com 

PRICE : The Soniclear cleansing brush sells for $149. The set comes with the brush, charging pod, charger cord/adapter, manual and an extra bigger brush for the body.



Here is the video showing how to charge and use your Soniclear brush plus Before and After clips!


This is my skin after the initial use of the Soniclear brush. As you can see, I have a red mark on the left cheek. My skin doesn't have a lot of pimples but the problem with my skin is that it looks old because of the ice-pick scars and some dry/flaky areas. I also dislike that my skin is super oily. After the first use of Soniclear brush, I noticed that my skin became tighter and has that instant glow! It also looks bit brighter because the deep-seated dirt has been removed by the brush. 


After more than a month of using the Soniclear, I noticed that my skin became less oily. I also like that it made my skin appear tighter and so much brighter because dirt that my oily skin acquired throughout the day doesn't get left-out on my skin. 



PROS :
  • It is effective
  • It is safe, natural and non-harmful to the skin
  • It leaves skin feeling and looking fresh
  • It removes dirt, oil and bacteria 
  • Effective in removing excess makeup
  • Prevents breakout because your skin is always clean and fresh after every use
  • No stingy feel
  • It is also relaxing as it feels like you are massaging your face while cleansing it


CONS :
  • A bit pricey
  • Product must be shipped fro the USA to where you are

Overall, this is a nice product to try. If you have extra bucks to spend, I suggest getting this brush. It is always better to have clean skin rather than investing in "beautifying" topical products. The brush is sturdy and lasts for a long time. An overnight charging of the brush will keep it working for over a month, which means you get to save electricity as well.  It is safe to use everyday, even with some pimple spots on the face. I really like this brush and I like how it keeps my skin clean and renewed each night!

If you are interested in buying your own Soniclear Cleansing Brush, be sure so check out their website at www.michaeltoddusa.com.


Kristine

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Haul : Cute and Inexpensive Things in Divisoria

I love going to Divisoria! I love how I get to take home 200% stuff compared to when I shop at the mall. People that have been there will understand the feeling. And no, not everything from there is low quality or "cheap". Truth is, some stuff you see at the mall also come from Divisoria. They just add logo, label and tag price to the stuff. Voila! Price of it gets doubled! So the best thing is to shop where shopping malls shops, if that makes sense! hehe


My birthday is coming soon and I want to make this birthday special by celebrating. I don't always throw parties but this is different because I'll be celebrating my last line-of-twenty birthday. I want to be able to remember the feeling of being twenty-ish when I get older. So, I went there to buy some stuff. Number 1 on the list are the gold letter balloons that I always see on Pinterest and on Instagram!


Watch my haul :



Everything that I showed in the video come down to Php 3,000. It was so funny because I spent my money to the last cent that I had to deprive myself of food and water and had to starve until I got home because I wanted to be able to buy everything I need. You see, the thing about going to Divisoria is to bring just the amount of money you need and add some extra bucks only. You could bring Php 10,000, buy everything you see and still want for more. Divisoria really has it all! And the best part is that everything is so cheap!



What's your favorite item among the things I showed in the video?

Also, one of my birthday wishes is to have more followers on Instagram. Can we have 4,000 on or before my birthday, please? hehe Follow me! My username is @RealAsianBeauty. ^^


Kristine

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sumptuous Lunch at DOLCELATTE! (plus Giveaway!)

I really love food, it doesn't show because my body is petite but I really like eating! Yesterday, I had lunch at Dolcelatte so I thought of sharing to you guys the food that we had. 


Dolcelatte is located on the 5th level of SM Megamall, Fashion Hall. Their original branch is in Quezon Avenue and this branch in Megamll just opened last November 2014. 

What I like about Dolcelatte is that their restaurant's ambiance is bright, simple yet cozy. The simplicity of the place will let you focus more on the taste and quality of the food rather than the place. They also do not play loud and distracting music, also a plus point!



Are you guys ready to drool over the food I'm gonna show you? Yes? Let's begin, then! You may feel hungry at the end of this blog post, though. Don't say I didn't warn you. 



We were able to sit right away when we got to the restaurant. Because don't you just hate having to wait in line just to eat? Our mothers don't make us wait when we eat so why must we let restaurants do that to us? (hehe #hugot)

We also didn't wait too long for the food. Look at this stolen photo of me being totally giddy upon the arrival of our food!

Dolcelatte serves Italian-American food but is 100% Filipino owned restaurant. When you hear their name, you may think of just coffee, bread and pastries. But they actually serve full meals like pasta, pizza and steak!

Here's our table!


FOIE GRAS WITH APPLE CHUTNEY | Php 375
Pan-seared Foie Gras , Apple Cranberry Chutney, Arugala, Salad-Balsamic Reduction
At first, I had no idea what this was. I see a small piece of meat and that was it. I wasn't really excited about this plate. But when I tried it, OMG!!! This is a piece of heaven served on a plate! The meat just melts in your mouth like marshmallow! This is so delicious and I really recommend trying this dish at Dolcelatte!


COBB SALAD | Php 450
Chicken Strips, Bacon Bits, Grilled Corn, Avocado, Hard Boiled Egg, Parmesan Cheese, Tortilla Chips, Iceberg Lettuce, Apple Cider or Honey Mustard Dressing
We had Cobb Salad, too. The taste was interesting and the tortilla chips made it even more delicious. 

BAKED TRUFFLE PASTA | Php 470
Grilled Cheese, Shitake Mushrooms, Bacon and a hint of Truffle
This pasta is also very delicious! The creamy sauce and loads of cheese are just heaven in the mouth, The crispy bacon bits on top also make the taste perfect. 

It's so cute how they used bow-shaped pasta for this. However, I noticed that the pasta could still use some more cooking as it was a bit undone for my liking. But other than that, the taste of the pasta is really flavorful.


GRILLED SALMON IN LEMON CAPER SAUCE | Php 585
Norwegian Salmon Fillet, Lemon Butter Caper Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, House Salad
The taste of the salmon is delicious but what stood out the most to me were the mashed potato and the caper sauce! The mashed potato isn't the typical, almost bland, mashed potato. The taste was really mouthwatering! The sauce was sour, but in a good and appetizing way. It matches well with the taste of the mashed potatoes and the grilled salmon!


Now you have seen the first set of food we had. I didn't eat breakfast before going to Dolcelatte so I wasn't smiling in the picture because I was excited to taste all the mouthwatering food on the table!

I came with my Mommy and my Step-dad. The day we went to Dolcelatte was also their 6th Anniversary. Hehe!

I had big appetite that day so I ordered for some more additional food! hehe

DOLCELATTE SUPREME PIZZA | Php 595
Parma Ham, Honey Cured Bacon, Italian Sausage, Ground Beef, Olives, Pineapple, Bell Pepper, Button Mushrooms
Thin crust pizza with meat, mushrooms, olives, bell peppers, onions plus lost and lost of cheese! This is also very tasty!


STEAK AND FOIE GRAS | Php 975
Tenderloin Beef Medallion, Pan Seared Foie Gras, Sauteed Spinach, Mushrooms, Truffle Fries
This steak has just the perfect combination! I love how they did the meat, not rare and not overly done. Just the right meat for the appetite! The sauce, the mushrooms and the foie gras were happy ending, or the good beginning, to this heavenly piece of meat! 

I wasn't able to finish this at the restaurant so I had it wrapped to take home. I ate it while writing this blog post and almost cried. (hehe) It's just so delicious that I wished I had a big cut instead of just a small portion! So yummy!


BREAKFAST SHAKE | Php 125 - BERRY SMOOTHIE | Php 125
The Berry Smoothie was a bit sour for my liking, I didn't like it much. But, O. M. G! The Breakfast Smoothie was so delicious! I really recommend trying it at Dolcelatte. 

They blended yogurt, banana, peanut butter, fruits and nuts and some granola bar bits! It's really so delicious, I tell you. The sweetness is perfect, I think I can finish 2 glasses of this in just 1 sitting! I will surely go back to Dolcelatte soon to have this again!


With Ms. Clare Lorenzo, Marketing Manager of Dolcelatte Gourmet Selections. :)


On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you want to just grab one and shove it in your mouth? They look so delicious and sweet and inviting, don't they?!

I was so full that I didn't order any of the Croughnuts! But I will definitely go back to have a piece or two. Plus, a glass or two of the delicious Breakfast shake! hehe






DARK VALRHONA CRUNCH | Php 225 per slice
For dessert, we had this ultra-creamy slice of chocolate cake that tastes like Nutella and Ferrero Rocher fell in love with each other and had a child! hehe So soft, moist, creamy and delicious. It wasn't too sweet and the nuts is a perfect addition to it!


GREEN TEA | Php 120

All my effort to keep my tummy fit and flat for summer went down the drain in one sitting. hehe. I was so full that I was full even when I got home 5 hours after. But if you ask me, it was all worth it because the food that we had were all so good and awesomely delicious. To help our stomach digest all the food we had, we drank green tea, which was also delicious. 

I think Dolcelatte doesn't serve anything not delicious. Delicious, mouthwatering, tasty and appetizing must be the only words in their vocabulary! ^^

If you happen to be at SM Megamall, I really suggest trying Dolcelatte. Everything we tried we're all delicious but if you only had to pick a few, I suggest having their Foie Gras with Apple Chutner, Baked Truffle Pasta, Breakfast Shake and the Dark Valrhona.

* * * 

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

Dolcelatte and RealAsianBeauty (Hey, that's me! hehe) are giving away some GIFT CERTIFICATES so you could try some of Dolcelatte's food, too!




We are giving away Php 500 worth of gift certificate to let you and a friend enjoy what Dolcelatte has to offer. 

Mechanics :

1.) FOLLOW @RealAsianBeauty on Instagram HERE
2.) LIKE Dolcelatte on Facebook HERE
3.) COMMENT on this post and tell us which of the food I posted above would you like to try the most and why! (Also, tell us your IG and FB name so we could check if you are following us.)

*3 winners of Php 500 gift certificate
*Winner must be willing to meet me in Quezon City area to claim the gift certificate
*Giveaway open until March 18, 2015



Kristine

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Belle de Jour (BDJBox) March 2015 : Pond's Exclusive Box

When was the last time you remember being surprised? I may not have a significant other right now (lol) but I get surprised every month - by BDJ Box

Their box is always awesome each month that I find it harder and harder to introduce it or think of an intro for it. It just keeps getting better! This month's box is an exclusive POND's box. POND'S is one of the well-known beauty products, especially here in the Philippines. And how awesome it is to get an all-POND's box? 


I gasp when I saw the products inside! 


I also love it when I receive products with especially-written notes! Even just my name, if it's written by hand, I truly appreciate it. ^^

Here are the products inside the MARCH 2015 edition of the Belle de Jour Beauty Box.

Pond's Pearl Cleansing Gel | 100g | Php 155 
The newest beauty trend is here! The first whitening facial wash that comes in gel formula that cleanses the skin, making it whiter and fresher, without drying it. It has Vitamin B3 and  Pearl Essence known to whiten skin. This newest beauty trend is also perfect for sensitive skin as it has milder ingredients compared to drying, whitening soaps.


Pond's Flawless White Ultra Luminous Serum | 30 ml | Php 480
Now you can unlock flawless, radiant skin in just 7 days! This serum contains VAO-B3 technology that helps block skin pigmentation from appearing in the surface and helps renew our skin. Stubborn dark spots and discoloration are reduced in one week!


Pond's Flawless White Dewy Rose Gel | 50g | Php 399
Pond's Dewy Rose Gel is the first expert whitening product that comes in a refreshing gel. It goes deep within the skin to lighten dark spots and to smoothen pores. It's unique gel formula is gentle to the touch instantly cools and hydrates your skin. The result will be dewy, soft and skin so flawless, it glows! This product is also great as makeup primer!


Pond's Flawless White BB+ Cream 25g | Php299
Get instantly spotless and radiant skin with the Flawless White Whitening Expert BB+ Cream with SPF 30 PA++. It is especially formulated for Asian women who want the benefits of spotless finish and illuminated from within radiance. It's formulation is light, non-oily and non-comedogenic, so it does not clog pores giving both skin care and makeup benefits. 


Pond's Flawless White Re-Brightening Night Cream | 50g | Php 340
As skin hits its peak at night, use the Flawless White Re-Brightening Night Treatment. This repairs skin damage, lightens and evens out dark spots while you sleep. This miracle night cream saves you from all the daily torment your skin goes through. This amazing skinovation makes sure that you achieve your skin's potential by matching your skin type and rigging it of impurities.


Those are all of the products inside this month's POND'S-exclusive BDJ Box!



Everything is just for Php 580 if you get it through BDJ Box! Every month's box is always amazing and worth the money so I recommend ordering your box now! You can check out BDJ Box Website HERE.



Kristine
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