Friday, November 21, 2014

Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas from DIVISORIA!

Christmas season also means shopping season! And here in the Philippines, the first thing that usually comes to mind is DIVISORIA! 

Divisoria is a shopping district located in Manila where one can find assortment of low-priced goodies and bargain items. (Similar to South Korea's Namdaemun Market and Hong Kong's Ladies Market) They sell everything from apparel, accessories, fruits and vegetables, home appliances, DIY stuff, sewing materials, party favors and everything you could think of! Some people don't like going to Divisoria because it's never a piece-of-cake to shop there, really. One must be brave enough to go through the hassle of traveling all the way to Manila, the heat, the muddy streets, the hoard of people and sometimes, sad but true, snatchers and pick-pockets. If you are brave enough, you will be rewarded because you will be satisfied once you get home! With just a small amount of money, you'll be able to buy all the things on your to-buy list plus all things that you don't need but still bought anyway!

It's never too early to shop for Christmas gifts, especially if you want to avoid the Christmas rush. I went to Divisoria last Monday with my mom and my grandmother. We went on a Monday morning so the roads were passable and there weren't too many people yet. I'm so glad!

Please watch the video to see all of the items that I got from Divisoria. Believe it or not, ALL THE ITEMS inside the basket only costed Php 2,000 ~ $50! C-R-A-Z-Y! Last week, I went to the mall and was only able to buy a bag, a belt and a scarf on sale with that amount of money!

Here are more stuff you could find in Divisoria!

The bottom left are screw driver, toothbrush, syringe and a car key. But when you remove the cap, they are all apparently pens! hehe (Php 10 each)

Top let are heart-shaped sunnies. Saw the exact same sunnies at Aldo and they cost about Php 600 or more. The ones they sell in Divisoria only cost Php130! Top right are some humongous Lanzones! (Mom's hand and a coin for size reference.)

Keen-eyed EXO fans will immediately notice the WOLF 88 shirt on the top left. Top right are some funny ALVIN Klein undies. lol! I also saw a Chen T-shirt! Didn't buy! hehe

We finished shopping at around 5 PM! If you notice in the picture, people were starting to flock! One tip, though! When shopping at Divisoria, set a budget and bring a specific amount of money with just a few extra. There are lots of things that would attract your attention and the last thing that you want is to overspend, right? We only brought money we knew would be enough to buy the things that we needed and when we spent it all, we went home. My mom felt a little sad that she didn't bring extra, though, because she wanted to buy cheap fruits and vegetables. They sell them for half the price! 

As a blogger, I don't feel ashamed that I frequent Divisoria. I actually feel proud! Hah, not everyone has the guts to go there. Plus, I'm more of the "quantity over quality(price)" kind of person so I always feel satisfied when I shop there. I just hope my friends don't mind the Divisoria stuff that I will be giving them this Christmas. hehe

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let us know if you shop at Divisoria, too! Or if you want to ask questions or tips when shopping at Divisoria, simply leave a comment below and I'll get back to you when I can.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Commercial | Win a Noche Buena Package from Regroe!

Christmas is the time for giving, shopping and EATING! It's the season where it's legal to get fat and lose all those abs! Filipino readers would agree that our Filipino Noche Buena table is one of the best! There's something about the way our Mom's, Lola's and Tita's cook that just makes the food extra special! 

 I've never thought that food and beauty post could ever go together. But today, REGROE (Leading brand in hair grower products) wants you to join their Christmas Giveaway!

JOIN Regroe Christmas Giveaway and get a chance to win a Noche Buena Package worth Php5,000!

Mechanics :

1. LIKE Monoxidil Regrow's Facebook fan page HERE

2. Share THIS photo and use the hashtag #RegroeChristmas and tag 3 of your friends. (Shares that are not set to public will not be counted.)

3. In the comment box on the photo, share why you love using Minoxidil Regroe

It's that easy!

Criteria for judging :
-The best and most unique answer to the question
-Number of Likes on your answer

*3 Lucky winners will win a Noche Buena Package!
*Promo runs from Nov. 10, 2014 - Dec. 13, 2014. Winners will be announced on Dec. 15, 2014 on Regroe's Facebook Page
*Claiming of prizes is from Dec, 17-18, 2014 at 8Am to 3PM only. 
*For provincial winners, prizes will be delivered at your doorstep. Winners will be messaged via Facebook. Prizes are transferable but not convertible to cash.

Good luck!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How to use OMBRE Hair Extensions

I've been dying to try ombre hairstyle but I'm afraid I would get tired of it easily or that it wouldn't match all of my clothes. I know you guys are curious about it, too! So, let me share an easy way to have ombre hair without having to go permanent!

Here's how my hair looks without the hair extensions.

I discovered some cool ombre hair extensions from (Valentine Promise) I spent a long time trying to decide which one to pick because all the extensions are so pretty! I wanted to try the blue and purple ombre combination but in the end, I settled with the brown to blonde hair extensions that would suit my current hair tone.

Check out the full details about the hair extensions HERE.

Hair Extensions details :

  • 100% Indian Human Hair
  • Product life exceeds 1 year
  • 18 clips / 8 pieces wefts
  • 20 inches in length / 160 grams in weight
  • Could be washed, ironed and styled

Play the video for the tutorial on how to put on and how to style!

Here's how I look with the ombre hair extensions on!

I love that the hair extensions were so easy to clip-in! Takes little effort to get your hair done! The clips are so sturdy to withstand pulling, ironing and washing. The hair extensions smell so good when you receive them from the mail! They don't smell like hair extensions, at all. To me, they smell like freshly washed hair using candy-scented shampoo! 

I also love that I cold have ombre hair in just a few minutes, enjoy it while I have it and take them off at the end of the day. The next day, I'm back to having my normal hair! No strings attached! hehe

If you like the ombre hair extensions that I used, please click this link for more information about it!

You could also get $10 OFF by using the code Kristine01 when checking out! Here's how!

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Commerial | CHOIES.COM's Thanksgiving Sale! is one of the leading fashion online stores! You've probably seen your favorite blogger or YouTuber mention and wear this brand! They have a lot of trendy items and what's more? I noticed that their price is lower compared to other shops!!

As if that's not enough, they are having a Thanksgiving sale! Imagine slashing 50% up to 80% the price of their cool items! That's totally a steal!

Here are some items you could get with $$$ OFF the price tag!

Head to CHOIES.COM now to check out their items on sale! I'm rushing to post this so I could start shopping! hehe


Monday, November 17, 2014

Birds of the same feather

Hello! I apologize for not being able to update for a few days. I got caught up with filming new videos and cleaning my room and then going early Christmas shopping! Life as a full-time blogger and home-based worker is actually hectic, if you think about it. You have so much time and freedom that you want to do all at once so you always end up doing a lot. hehe

Readers that are from countries in Autumn season may feel cold just by looking at my next photos. My skin is so exposed, don't you think? 

Not if you are from the Philippines, though. But, just because I'm wearing this on a  Summer-like day doesn't mean you can't wear it in Fall and Winter! Now, I'm posting how you could style the top and the bottom for a sunny day. 

On the next post, I'll be showing you how you could style it for Autumn and Winter! 

Plain top and Feather-print shorts (set) -
Gladiators Sandals - Forever 21
Chain Bracelet -
Hat, Brown belt & Bag (old)

What do you think of this ensemble? Would you be able to wear this in Summer and Spring in your country?


Friday, November 14, 2014

Belle De Jour (BDJ Box) Elite Unboxing and GIVEAWAY!

Belle De Jour Box is my monthly source of beauty products. I don't even have to go to the mall to find out the latest in beauty anymore because BDJ always got it covered for me.

I always tell you how much I love the box and the items that come with it. Many of you always get curious and ask me about it... But the sad thing about BDJ is that it's selling like hot pancakes so they always get sold out! That's why BDJ and I teamed up this month to give 1 lucky reader her (or his) own BDJ Elite Box!

To find out the products inside the BDJ Elite Box, please watch the video below! :)

The products inside all come down to more than Php 4,000! How crazy?!

  1. SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel here.
  2. LIKE BDJ Box on Facebook here
  3. LIKE RealAsianBeauty on Facebook here and FOLLOW RealAsianBeauty on Instagram here
  4. Comment on the video ON YOUTUBE here. Leave your Facebook and Instagram names so we could check if you are really following us.

DONE! It's that easy!

Here's a look I came up with using some products inside the BDJ Elite Box! 

What do you think?

Giveaway is open for Philippine readers only. 1 Lucky winner will get a free BDJ Corporate Chic Elite Box. Open until November 18, 2014!

Good luck!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Back to School!

It's been 5 years since I graduated college. Back when I was still studying, I wanted time to go fast so I could finish school and finally get a job. Now that I'm working, I miss going to school. The irony, right? 

My friend, Nowell (who's working as a Korean language professor at the University of Santo Tomas), asked me if I could judge his student's K-pop performance. It was so sudden but because I love K-pop and I miss the feeling of entering a university gate, I happily agreed. 

UST is the oldest university in Asia. It was founded in 1611! I have always adored UST's campus. I love the architecture and the landscape!

I can't believe I got up at 5 AM and was already out by 6:30 AM! The earliest I have ever woken up to go out and do something productive for the longest time. I did wake up at around 5 AM, too, when I was in Hong Kong to get ready for Macau, but that was a trip. hehe

The class starts at 8:30 AM so we had to be there early. I love how UST isn't very strict. I am an alumna of the Far Eastern University but each time I try to visit, I always have hard time getting in, even if I have the alumni ID.

I don't know if I'm allowed to post this, though. But here are the criteria for their performance.

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

I love how my friend's students are all so nice and polite!

Here's a group photo with the youngsters! They are all 17 years old, how young! 

I really enjoyed their performances! Not all of them are K-pop fans but they seemed like they had fun while performing. 

It was still a bit early for my friend to go to the Korean center (where I used to work), so my friend and I hung out at the campus.

Feeling like a tourist! lol. 

At around 12 PM, my friend went to work and I went home. hehe. The life of a home-based worker. I dropped by at the mall, though, and shopped for a few things.

That's what I did today. Thanks for reading! What did you do today?


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Aqua Mineral "Dead Sea Cosmetics" Bloggers Event

The Dead Sea is the lowest elevation on Earth. Therefore, all the Earth's finest minerals go down to it. Fresh, untouched, virgin. That's why it attracts a lot of tourists, not only for it's Biblical history, but also because of the health benefits the water brings. It was one of the world's first health resorts and the people also use the salt and the minerals to create cosmetics and other beauty products. 

Lucky for those that have been to the place (found a nice blog here) or those that live near it. For people who can't travel right away to experience a dead sea mud mask and salt crystal spa, there is AQUA MINERAL. Aqua Mineral is not a brand new to me. Being a mall bum, my mom and I always see an Aqua stall at the malls. We would try some of their products and never fail to get amazed by the results. 

I was lucky to be invited to Aqua Mineral's bloggers event last Sunday. Here's what happened!

It was a gloomy day. But that didn't stop us from having fun at one of the convention rooms in Gramercy Residences in Makati. I kind of miss my blogger friends, Andy and Erika, who were supposed to go with me to the event. 

I was so excited to go to Aqua's event because I really, really want to try their products, especially their amazing nail art kit! I don't own it yet but my friend (Ms. Jully) owns it so she lent me the nail buffer. Boy, that product works like magic!

Aqua Mineral was so generous that day. Their products are on the high-end level and the prices are no joke, but look at the amount of products they prepared! Oh, you don't see it in the picture. hehe. But in real life, the room was overflowing with Aqua Mineral products!

I was alone but good thing I met a couple of nice people. Here's Cindy and I.

There are times when I'd go to an event and see some faces that I don't know, either. You see, I am aware of the "famous" bloggers circle in fashion and beauty...and those popular ones are often the nicest and the kindest. So, I'd see some that I don't know and sometimes they'd turn out to be the "braggy" ones. lol. I remember, this day, there was one girl that said "Excuuuse me." with her eyebrows raised and unpleasant tone of voice as she excuses herself in front of me so she could take a photo of the products. I was just like "Uhm, okay...." 
아, 죄송한데, 누구..?

Here's another photo with new friend, Cindy, and Ms. Jonah of Aqua Mineral.

Then, Aqua Mineral's Vice President took the floor so he could talk to us about the products they have and the benefits of each to the skin.

Aqua Mineral's President was also present to give a short talk. What I noticed about this company is that the owners and administrators really work hard and seem nice to their employees. I like people that are successful yet are still nice to their subordinates! 

Then it was finally time to try the products out! They invited a lot of bloggers that day so the room was really in a somehow "active" mood as everyone rushed to the table to try all the products. 

Picture, picture!

They explained each product first. How to use it and what it does to the skin. Then, they tested the product on us. 

I got to try almost all of the products, except for the face Mud Mask just because I didn't want to ruin my make-up! hehe

Maybe you can't see it clearly in the photo, but my right skin was definitely clearer, brighter and smoother after using the products. I also used some more Serums and Creams.

They have this high-end set that I am drooling over! They say they consider it as the "Ferrari" of Aqua Mineral as it costs a lot of money. Php 56,000!! But, of course, they won't be selling the set for that price for nothing! It's the best of the best and really treats the skin and takes away all the impurities. Ahh, I want to try it! Here I am pretending that I already own the set. hehe

I also took a photo with Aqua Mineral's bosses. I'm not sure if they all agreed to wear blue this day, though. hehe

After the event, they gave away products to all the bloggers that attended! They were really generous, I told you! I got a gift bag with products worth Php 8,000! I can't wait to review them for you guys!

What's more? They also gave me the same products to GIVEAWAY to you guys! Yay! You will love them! I'll be making the video for it and will upload it soon. Be sure you are tuned, okay? :)

Before I went home, I took a photo with Phelicia. She's a blogger as well but don't you think she looks like Ailee? I do and I told her that. She said a lot of people already mentioned it to her. hehe Maybe not a lot in the picture, but in real life she does! Pretty!

So, that's what happened at the Aqua Mineral Bloggers Event!

Like I said, stay tuned for the Aqua Mineral GIVEAWAY announcement!

Thanks for reading!

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