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Nope, this is not my ordinary blog post

Hey there! Hope you’re all safe despite the terrible weather. Yesterday was such a shizzy day and I felt like I needed to pour it out. So, yeah, as the title says it, Nope, this is not my ordinary blog post.

Yesterday’s thoughts start beyond this point:


I don’t know where to start. I don’t even know if I should post this, but I truly want my blog to be as real and transparent as possible – at least to some extent. As much as possible, I’d love to spread positivity and happiness.

But sometimes, it’s also good to pour out some of the heavy shiz and make it less difficult to bear. So, please bear with me.

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I am 32 and I’m just… Rika.

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I’m not really gonna go into details, but today’s weather accurately reflects my feelings at the moment. (Hashtag: ATM) 

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My Dementors really never left. I think it’s because I can barely conjure my Patronus even if I had it tattooed on my arm. The Patronus charm requires a strong, happy memory.

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And I just can’t get myself to muster a single happy one.

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If only life could at least be so kind and spare me one good reason to keep me going, or to at least make me think there’s still hope. A reason that can make me save myself from my Dementors. Just like when Harry conjured a full-fledged Patronus at the lake to save himself and Sirius (HPATPOA).

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Back to today, I had an equally shizzy day, which turned out even worse. Again, I won’t go TMI (Too Much Information), but let’s just say, when life gives you shit, it pours.

I felt like I was just going into the drain…

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Then, I received two e-mails related to my YouTube channel. One required a lot of weighing and thinking; while the other one was a big

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Quite a number of good things started rolling, and I hope there’s more. I DO thank the Almighty Being for surprising me with something I wanted – something good to make me go on. God bless the universe for finally conspiring to give me a bit of inspiration. It’s like a gentle nudge or perhaps a pat in the back.

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And on Instagram: @MyRikaness
On Twitter: @rixbajns
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Spread happiness!
-rix★ϟ

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LAFANG! KFC SISIG BURRITO

Last week, Guil and I decided to try the newest item from KFC for lunch. It’s the KFC Sisig Burrito! We both love burritos and sisig, so these two things combined is an UGH-mazing idea!

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Photo not mine; grabbed from Google

So, what’s inside this burrito?

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Again, photo not mine; grabbed from Google

Just like any burrito, it has rice, meat, sauce, and tortilla (There are no veggies, tho). To make it taste like sisig, they used sisig sauce; and because it’s KFC, they used Hot Shots and chicken skin.

Here’s how it looks. Notice that the wrapper they used was the one for KFC Twister.

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You simply have to tear off the middle strip then carefully remove one side of the wrapper to reveal half of the burrito.

Lezzzz dig in!

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First impression:

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The chicken skin was indeed crispy, but it really wouldn’t be a sisig without the sauce. As you may know, a “legit” sisig is cooked in pig’s brain and a good substitute for it will be mayonnaise. With a perfect mix of all the seasoning and spices, comes a perfect sisig.

It’s a pretty bold move for KFC, I would say. I suppose it had been quite a challenge for them to come up with a sisig recipe that would highlight their main specialty – chicken. Since they used Hot Shots and crispy chicken skin, it wouldn’t have tasted like sisig if without the sauce. So kudos to whoever made the recipe, it was pretty spot on. (Although spot on would still be a BIG word.) It’s quite spicy, though!

Guil felt like we could do with some gravy, so…

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Gravy on a sisig burrito? Why the eff not?!

Here’s a closer look of my sisig burrito…

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And there goes my Sleek Matte Me in Velvet Slipper.

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Hahaha! Almost ate the carton. LOL

Just a little update on the lipstick (nope, this is not a “Lipstick and Mukbang” session! haha!)

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Sleek Matte Me survived KFC Sisig Burrito! 😀

The KFC Sisig Burrito costs P95, ala carte, but if you add P45, you’ll have regular Coke and fries. Since it’s KFC, I think the price is pretty reasonable. Though you can get a bigger meal with that price. Especially if you’re with a friend, you can get the KFC Duo Meal, which includes two cups of rice, 2 pcs. chicken, a box of Hot Shots, mashed potato, and 4 pcs. Pillow Puffs, all for a little more than P300.

Guil thinks that it’s not big enough for P95. A bit pricey for a small meal. If you’re really hungry and you have a hundred and fifty pesos, you wouldn’t wanna get this, especially if you have a huge appetite. But, if you’re just curious and would love to know what a chicken sisig burrito tastes like, it’s pretty worth trying.

All I’m saying is, the taste isn’t bad. It’s not the most filling food, and definitely not cheap.

Final thoughts:

 

I’m fine with it, what do we expect? It’s KFC!


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And on Instagram: @MyRikaness
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Spread happiness!
-rix★ϟ

 

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THE AWESOME BLOGGER AWARD

Hi! I know it’s been pretty quiet on my blog lately. (Sorry about that!) My sleeping habits have changed yet again, and my work’s been up to my eyeballs.

The other day, I saw a very interesting book in a friend’s IG story and I thanked her for sharing it. The author seemed to have been inspired by The-Boy-Who-Lived and it caught my eye. The book is shattering, though, but it is truly an eye-opener.

Anyways, the same friend nominated me as one of her five Awesome Blogger awardees. (Thank you!!!) Her name’s Rosemarie, also known as @theimportedwife. Her blog is awesome, totally worth reading.

So, here are the rules. They’re really simple:

⚡ Thank the person who nominated you.
⚡ Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
⚡ Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
⚡ Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
⚡ Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
⚡ Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

Now, let’s get to her questions.

1. If your life is going to be a movie or a book what would be its title?

Hmmmh.. Tough one! After several minutes of thinking, I came up with “Too Young to be Old, Too Old to be Young”. heehee

I’ve made “adult” decisions at quite a young age and because of this, I had to experience adulting early. It may not seem like it, but I think maturely. Because of this, I only got to really enjoy myself later in life. Now I feel like I’m too old to do stuff I should’ve experienced in my salad days. I’m still trying to keep up, y’know? I hope it really IS never too late.

2. Do you share your blogs with your friends or just the blogging community?

During my first months of blogging, I just kept my blog to myself. Then some people online stumbled across my [first] blog and found myself in a blogging community. Later on, I started sharing my blog posts on my Facebook. A few of my friends read them, but it wasn’t (and isn’t) really a big deal. The fact that there are people who read my blog already makes me happy. (But of course, I’d love to see my stats going up! 😀 )

3. What’s the story behind your blog name?

RikaNobela because this is MY story. 🙂 Whatever I post, whether it’s a product review, something I experienced, a place I went to, food I cooked or ate, and whatnot, they’re all from MY life. So I’m basically sharing some parts of my life and fragments of my thoughts. Rika, which is my nickname (my full name’s Rikatrina) and I think our life is more like a written narrative, right? So yeah, Nobela (novel).

4. If you could go back or start over college, would you change your major? What is it going to be?

Perhaps not. I DO love to teach and I love English. But perhaps I would, too. I’d love to learn more about Psychology and Creative Writing.

5. What is your most annoying habit that you want to get rid of?

PROCRASTINATING! So much stuff to do, but I end up telling myself ‘mamaya na!’ I want to be consistent and to be more punctual. Like now, I still have so much in my hands, but they’re still sitting on my desk.

6. If you could move and live to a different country or city, where it would be?

Inasmuch as I’d love to live in the Philippines, I would also wanna see and experience what living in Australia is like. We have friends and relatives residing there, and I think there are amazing places and better job opportunities.

7. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Lying. Whether or not it’s the so-called “White Lie”. I don’t care if it’s going to hurt, but I’d rather be told the awful truth than a yummy chocolate-coated lie.

Pretentious. I hate posers! People who claim to be a fan of someone or something, but as they keep talking, you’ll see how little they really know.

Know-it-alls who don’t really have any idea what they’re talking about. Ugh!

BRAGGARTS. Braggart braggarts and humble braggarts. Basta braggarts! You’ll know naman who’s just sharing and who’s bragging, eh.

For example, I have this high school schoolmate, who wasn’t really one of the popular kids in school. Later on in his life, he secured a job abroad and started earning big. He then started posting photos of his new iPhone, new DSLR, new car… Okay, these things are tolerable. But this: “Hirap talaga mag-vacuum ng auto, buti na lang meron akong Black and Decker.” I mean… What’s the point?!

8. What is your top 5 blogging tips for new bloggers?

Hmmh… I honestly don’t feel entitled to give any tips or advice (since I’m not a pro) but if I must, I guess, that would be:

  • If you are going to review a product, try to be as detailed as possible. As a reader myself, I want reviews that can provide me with essential information that can help me decide whether or not I should buy a product. I am also very curious about how it looks so the next on this list is also advised…
  • Take as many photos as you can. Make sure the photos are clear, sharp, and interesting. Professional cameras are not a requirement, I myself use only my Acer Liquid X2, then use some photo editing apps to make my photos look better. But if you have a nice camera, then better.
  • Use appropriate descriptive words, especially when reviewing a product or an item or a place. One rule in writing is that we should try, as much as we can, to avoid using the same word repeatedly. When my memory fails me, I often get help from a dictionary or a thesaurus, to find a proper synonym for the word.
  • Proofread your work. Before hitting Publish, you would want to re-read your work more than twice. I suggest that you give yourself at least about 1-hour interval, because our eyes notice errors better some time after writing it. A mistake in grammar can change the context entirely. Better check everything first before making your post public. I learned a great deal out of my own experience. I often got too excited about publishing my post, then I ended up editing it tons of times!
  • Like what you’re writing. It is important to know the latest fad… to stay-up-to-date, but you don’t need to write about something you don’t like. You have to LIKE what you write. You have to be interested in your topic to keep the ideas coming. Whether the product you’re reviewing is something you recommend or disapprove of, you should at least be engrossed in your subject.

Hope these simple tips help! Coming from an amateur such as I am!

9. Who would you consider your best travel buddy?

I’d say my partner, Guil. He knows a lot of things when it comes to places. He has a good sense of direction, and I feel safe and less awkward when I’m with him.

10. If you only have a day to live, who are you going to spend it with and why?

Oh, of course my family. We would eat together, watch a movie together, sing together… I’ll hold and embrace them until the last second of my life.


Wow… The last question was pretty tough! Thanks, Rose, for these really challenging questions. Now, I nominate you, my wonderful blogger friends!

Here are my questions… (uhm well they really aren’t questions, but yeah, you get the idea):

  1. One reason you started blogging
  2. Two names you considered before you came up with your final blog name
  3. Three things you always do before writing an article
  4. Four songs you love listening to at the moment
  5. Five things that never leave your bag
  6. Six places you’d love to travel to if given the chance (regardless of the money)
  7. Seven kinds of food you’d like to eat RIGHT NOW
  8. Eight adjectives that could describe you (and please add a short explanation)
  9. Nine makeup items you wish to have by the end of 2017
  10. Ten things you would change if you had the power to do it

I can’t wait to read your answers!


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And on Instagram: @MyRikaness
On Twitter: @rixbajns
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Let’s be friends!
Spread happiness!
-rix★ϟ

Posted in Colourette, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Korean Brand, Lipstick, Makeup Tool, My Rikaness, Pinoy Brand, RikaNobela, Rix Reviews, RixFaves, Skin Care, Uncategorized

MONTHLY FAVES: Jan. to Jun. 2017

Hey there, Playmates! Today, I wanna share with you my favorite makeup items or tools for the months of January to June.

Just remember! The products shown under a certain month, may not have been purchased in the same month. There were times it took me a while before I truly appreciated a certain product.

So without any further achuchuchu, let’s get started!

January

Colourette Colourstick in the shade York

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Eversince I got this, I had been wearing this lippie for the whole month! It’s from their Morena Love Collection. As you can see, it is a delicious greige shade that has a little more brown tone to it. I LOVE bold lipstick shades, so when this particular shade came out, I knew I had to have it. PLUS it’s pigmented, made with natural ingredients, moisturizing, and local!

Price: P499
Where I bought it: Christine Herrera of South Stylista

EB Advance LTD Liquid Lipstick in the shade Rich Vino

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Another local brand that made into my faves list is this EB Advance LTD Liquid Lipstick in Rich Vino. In all honesty, although I had some Ever Bilena products, I never used to be a fan. But this particular product changed everything. When matte liquid lipsticks boomed, a lot of Pinoy brands released their own line, but – let’s be honest – a lot of them weren’t even close to those of the expensive  foreign brands. Then this happened. I’m really impressed that for its really REALLY low price point, I hit a jackpot. The color pay off and the pigmentation left me open-mouthed. It felt comfortable on the lips, too. It lasted for hours, and did not budge when I ate or drank. It faded a little but retouching was never a problem. Just remember that it does not dry down to matte in a snap; it usually takes minutes before it completely sets.

Price: P180
Where I bought it: Watson’s


February

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip and Ultra Satin Lip

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For this month, the first on the list are these liquid lipsticks from Colourpop. These were my first Colourpop, to be honest, and that’s when I fully realized why this particular brand gets a lot of love. It’s not just because it’s affordable, but because it does work amazingly! I got two Ultra Satin – Hutch and Calypso; and one Ultra Matte – Notion. Despite the fact that I prefer Ultra Satin than Ultra Matte due to its creamy finish, I still love using either of them whenever I go out. I feel unfazed when I have any of them on my lips; I just know I won’t look stupid with patchy lips.

Price: P410 (might be lower in other sellers)
Where I bought it: @themakeupstore.mnl

Ginger and Aki 

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This isn’t makeup, but this is one of my must-wears this month. It’s a leather bracelet from @gingerandaki and it was included in my Saladbox. As you can see, it’s super simple, but that’s why I adored it. I am in love with its simplicity. The magnetic locks add class to it. I wore this every single day I went out and I felt naked without it. Because of this, it started to wear out, and I need to get a new one!

Where you can buy it: @gingerandaki


March

BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo Palette

 

This has become a total must-have for me. Since it’s got 9 eyeshadows and 9 lip colors, what more can you ask for? The pigmentation is amazing. The eyeshadow shades, which are matte and shimmery, are good for day to night looks; the lip colors look and feel good on the lips. I didn’t use to like the lip products but as I kept on wearing them, I started to appreciate them. They actually feel good on the lips and they can stay on for hours! It’s convenient for travelling; you won’t need too many products in your kit.

Price: $14.50 (I got it in a bundle so the price was lower.)
Where I bought it: BH Cosmetics

BH Cosmetics BH Liquid Eyeliner

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Another one from BH Cosmetics, this is the BH Liquid Eyeliner in Black. I got this in a bundle, along with the Shaaanxo Palette. I. LOVE. THIS. PRODUCT. Next to my all-time fave Tony Moly Back Gel Liner, this is my go-to eyeliner. It’s easy to use. It does not clump or cut off during the application. It glides smoothly. It lasts all day! (And all night when I fell asleep with my makeup on!) I highly recommend this product.

Price: $4.99 (Watch out for promos! Sometimes it’s free!)
Where I bought it: BH Cosmetics

Faith. Hope. Love. Coffee Soap

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I have two separate blog posts where I mentioned this particular product. Please click the links below:

SPOILER: I AM IN LOOOVE WITH THIS SOAP

Price: P150
Where you can buy it: @faithhopeloveskinfood

Faith. Hope. Love. Cucumber Hydrating Mist

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This has become a staple product in my routine. I spray it on after washing my face and before my moisturizer. This is also included in my post “Pinoy Products You Should Try Right Now!”

Price: P160/50ml
Where I bought it: @faithhopeloveskinfood


April

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Minis The Red Edition

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My first high-end brand! Haha! Who wouldn’t be excited to have these?! These are from a friend who works in Dubai. Getting a minis set is so much better than getting only 1 or 2 full-sized products. In this set, I get 4 gorgeous red shades – 3 mattes and 1 metallic. The ones with matte finish are Heartbreaker, Material Girl, and Famous. So that leaves Showgirl. I have used all these shades and have tested their performance. I am in loooove! It has a really thin consistency, but the pigmentation is CRAZY!

Watch this video below for more:

Price: (depends on the seller)
Where you can buy it: @themakeupstore.mnl

Kiss Me Better Lip Creams

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This is Kay’s (aka Mojito Monologues on YouTube) newest line – her very own organic lip creams. I had them in March, but it really hit me last April. I used them almost every day both on my lips and my cheeks. The cooling sensation soothes my lips while giving off a natural color. They’re also really easy to blend, so using them on my cheeks was never a problem. They’re also transfer-proof once they completely set. I have two out of five shades namely: Naked (nude with a hint of pink); and Vamp (a dark shade of red).

Price: P230
Where I bought them: @kissmebettermnl

Terra Merita Natural Oil Cocktail; Watering Cocktail

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I got a handful of product samples from Mara when she came home for Christmas. I was quite hesitant at first, mainly because all the details were written in Japanese. (Thanks, Google Translate!) Basically, it’s a natural facial oil that moisturizes your face. It comes with hydrating liquid that also acts as a toner. Continuous use of this product gives a positive result.


May

Beauskin Invisible Pores Foundation

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L-R: Makeup World Cover Up Foundation, Revlon Nearly Naked Liquid Foundation, L’Oreal Stay Fresh Foundation, Beauskin Invisible Pores Foundation, and NYX Total Control Drop Foundation

I have oily skin so I always stayed away from foundations with dewy finish. So when I got it back in April, I felt a little disappointed because it was super dewy, BUT I did love it because it truly minimized the appearance of my pores PLUS it is lightweight. My skin looked really smooth most especially after baking and setting it with loose powder. When we stayed in Baguio for three days, this was my go-to foundation. I thought this foundation was the better choice since it was cold in Baguio. Matte foundations turn really patchy when the weather is cold.

Price: P420
Where I bought it: Christine Herrera of South Stylista

A-Skin Sebo Control Shampoo

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This is one of the prizes I received from YEF Philippines. This is not your ordinary shampoo. When it says it clears our scalp and hair from oil, dandruff, and excess sebum, it DOES clear all the dirty stuff! But remember to use a conditioner afterwards, as it could feel a little dry. If you have oily scalp and hair, I highly recommend it! It’s a bit pricey though, so I guess I’ll have to start saving up while I’m halfway down the bottle.

Price: P500 (regular price: P625)
Where you can buy it: YEF Philippines

Karadium

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I looove all these Karadium products! Kindly check out my separate post:

RIXREVIEWS: K-Beauty – Karadium

Where you can buy them: YEF Philippines

Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set

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These are my first Real Techniques makeup tools and I finally understand why they’ve gotten so much love from many makeup enthusiasts. They work like magic! I love how the Expert Face Brush (the big one) blends my foundation nicely and pushes the product into the pores, giving it a medyo flawless na look. The Miracle Complexion Sponge works just as fine, so I can’t really tell which I like more. The Deluxe Concealer Brush can also be used as a blending brush for eyeshadows, but it also does what it was built for. It blends the concealer seamlessly. The only trouble, perhaps, is that it’s too small that working on the undereye takes a longer time.

Price: P1,050
Where I bought it: KALM Cosmetics


 Sheet Masks

 

 

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Korean sheet masks have finally taken a huge space in my heart! I was never a fan; I didn’t understand what the fuss was all about, until YEF Philippines gave me three awesome sheet masks, and that’s when my love blossomed! I used sheet masks for 5 consecutive days as a treatment or therapy for my terrible skin. Moisturizing is the key to make other facial products work more effectively! It softens the skin making it easier for the skin to absorb any product we apply. Then, I set a schedule for my home facial treatment every Monday and Thursday. (See: Taking Facial Care More Seriously)

Price starts at P25
Where you can buy it: BeautyMNLYEF Philippines, and many other online shops (make sure they’re legit!)

Skin Food Black Sugar Mask Wash Off

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I had seen so many positive feedbacks on this product and the moment I learned it was one of the prizes I received from the YEF PH giveaway, I was thrilled! Although I started using it the previous month, it only started really getting into me three weeks ago. I didn’t regularly use it last month, until I began my own skin care routine this month. I love this product from the smell to its texture to what it actually does to my skin after rinsing. My skin feels uber clean and smooth afterwards, I know it really does remove the nasty stuff on my face. The best thing about this product – it’s made with natural ingredients!

Price: P300 (reg. price of P462)
Where you can buy it: YEF Philippines

And that wraps up this blog. Thanks very much for reading and making it all the way here!

Are any of your faves on my list? What are yours? Hope you leave a comment below and let us know if there’s any that you would love to recommend.


Hope you follow me on YouTube: MyRikaness
And on Instagram: @MyRikaness
On Twitter: @rixbajns
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Let’s be friends!
Spread happiness!
-rix★ϟ

Posted in Blush, Bronzer, Contour, & Highlight, Brows, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Foundation, Korean Brand, Lipstick, Mascara and Falsies, My Rikaness, Powder, Rix Reviews, RixFirsts, Uncategorized, YEF Philippines

RIXREVIEWS: K-Beauty – KARADIUM

If you have been following me on Instagram or on YouTube, you would know that I was one of the lucky BFF’s who won amazing Korean beauty products from YEF Philippines.

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Most of the makeup products that we received are from the brand called Karadium. Karadium has been in the market since 2010 offering unique products that become international bestsellers. Their products are also paraben-free!

Thanks to YEF, I’ve been able to use these amazing products! Now, let’s get on with the review! 😉

Collagen Moisture 2-Way Cake Foundation in #23

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Photo grabbed from their website

*Price:

  • Karadium website: ₩26,000 (around P1,147)
  • YEF PH website: P480 (reg. price: P1,083)
(*May vary depending on KRW to PHP conversion.)

Just like any other two-way cake foundation, this can be used wet or dry. It has a round mirror that’s the same size as the compact itself. Like a Korean BB cushion, it has separate a pan for the puff.

It gives off a better coverage and a smooth-looking skin when used wet. If you’re going for a longer-lasting coverage, this is the way to go. Simply wet the puff or any sponge of your choice, then squeeze out the water before applying it onto the skin.

For dry application, this foundation is good for setting your liquid or cream foundation. I think the finish is too powdery so using a mist afterwards will be a good idea. It can also be used as it is for a light coverage.

Since most Korean foundations or BB creams are light, No. 23, which is the darkest, is still quite light for me. I always have to use a bronzing powder or a darker powder to neutralize the color.

As for the scent, it is really subtle, so it’s okay for those who are quite sensitive with odors.

I like how this looks on my skin once it sets. It also does not make my face too oily after hours. It kinda gives my skin a healthy dewy look. I also love the fact that it has SPF 25 PA++, protecting my skin from the sun. It also has anti-sebum properties that help absorb excess oil.

Final thoughts:

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Cream Cheek Stick in No. 5 Shading

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Photo grabbed from their website

*Price:

  • Karadium website: ₩25,000 (around P1,101)
  • YEF PH website: P520 (reg. price: P1,042)
(*May vary depending on KRW to PHP conversion; may be lower during PROMOS/SALE)

This product has five shades:

  • #1 Indie Pink (blush)
  • #2 Warm Coral (blush)
  • #3 Soft Peach (blush)
  • #4 Highlighter
  • #5 Shading

The shade that I’ve got is for contouring.  But since I, like most Filipinos, have tanned skin, this will not give enough definition on the face. It will only give a really subtle effect, which isn’t bad if you’re going for a natural look.

I really love the packaging and the fact that it comes with a flat top brush, which is placed on the other end of the product. Super convenient! The product itself is soft and creamy that it glides smoothly and blends nicely.

Final thoughts:

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Flat Eyebrow Pencil in No. 4 Gray Brown

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Photo grabbed from their website

*Price:

  • Karadium website: ₩8,000 (around P352)
  • YEF PH website: P220 (reg. price: P333)
(*May vary depending on KRW to PHP conversion; may be lower during PROMOS/SALE)

Initially, I didn’t think I’d like this shade because I normally used dark brown on my brows. It turned out that it was just fine, since my eyebrows are naturally black. It isn’t as dark as black, but it’s definitely good for filling in my brows.

It’s an angled pencil, which I think is perfect for natural brow makeup, so it doesn’t create harsh lines nor does it clump my brow hairs. It can be used alone or with other brow products such as gel, pomade, or powder.

It also comes with a spoolie, which is on the other end of the pencil. It makes doing my brows convenient, since I don’t need to bring a separate spoolie when I travel.

The only downside is the fact that it is a retractable pencil; once it breaks, it IS broken. I may put the broken pencil back into the tube, but it won’t securely stay put. If worse comes to worst, I lose that pencil… then, bye, bye!

Well, I guess I just have to be extra careful with it. 😉

Here are the other shades:

  • #1 Black Brown
  • #2 Dark Brown
  • #3 Real Brown
  • #4 Gray Brown
  • #5 Light Brown

Final thoughts:

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Shining Pearl Eyeshadow Stick in No. 6 Chocolate Brown

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Photo grabbed from their website

*Price:

  • Karadium website: ₩15,000 (around P661)
  • YEF PH website: P360 (reg. price: P625)
(*May vary depending on KRW to PHP conversion; may be lower during PROMOS/SALE)

This is perfect for those who are always on-the-go! With its pen-type retractable eyeshadow that has a really smooth texture, you won’t need high makeup skills to apply it. You won’t also need to bring a separate brush or mess up your finger because it already comes with a sponge tip for blending.

As seen in the photo above, it comes in 10 shades, and mine is the 6th one from the left – Chocolate Brown. What I do is apply it on my entire lid, just beneath my crease. Then, I blend it out with the sponge blender. I want to intensify the crease area so I focus on it more. Then, blend it out again.

This shade can be used alone or with other makeup products. It’s also good for days when I want a natural look. It looks better with a nice eyeliner, too!

The other shades look really pretty, I might try and get some.

The names of the shades are:

  • # 1 Snow White
  • #2 Ice Pink
  • #3 Orange Marmalade
  • #4 Gold Night
  • #5 Honey Beige
  • #6 Chocolate Brown
  • #7 Daily Brown
  • #8 Caramel Gold
  • #9 Rose Gold
  • #10 Reddish Pink

Final thoughts:

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On the Top Fiber Curling Mascara

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Photo grabbed from their website

*Price:

  • Karadium website: ₩16,000 (around P705)
  • YEF PH website: P667 (reg. price: P320)
(*May vary depending on KRW to PHP conversion; may be lower during PROMOS/SALE)

This mascara has two variants: curling and volume. Take a look at the photo above. Notice that the wands are different from each other. The one with the curled wand is for curling, (obviously); while the one on the right, the thicker one, is for volume.

I LOOOVE this mascara. The formula is so good that it does not clump my eyelashes. The curled wand is thin enough that it can reach the extremities. I usually find it hard to apply mascara on the lashes near the corner of my eyes, but this product has made it a lot easier. As well as with my lower lashes, the application requires little effort.

One thing that I don’t like about it is, it tends to smudge. I have very oily skin that’s why I prefer using waterproof mascaras and eyeliners. When my face oils up and the lashes touch the skin, it smudges and creates black patches on my under eye and the outer corners. If I had dry skin, I don’t think it would be a problem.

Final thoughts:

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Oh My Lips in No. 1 Deep Red

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Photo grabbed from their website

*Price:

  • Karadium website: ₩14,000 (around P617)
  • YEF PH website: P340 (reg. price: P583)
(*May vary depending on KRW to PHP conversion; may be lower during PROMOS/SALE)

The packaging of this lipstick is A-OK! Ingenious! Instead of the usual pull-up cap, it has a twist-up cap! Yes, you twist the cap to open, and just twist again to lock it. No more messy pouches or bags! No more dented or broken lippies!

The product itself is really pigmented. I can create a bold look by applying it evenly on my entire lips. To create a “naturally bitten lips” look, I concentrate on the inner center of my lower lip then smudge it with a brush or my finger to cover the rest of my lips. This creates a gradient look – dark in the center and light on the edges.

It’s so creamy it effortlessly slides on my lips and blends beautifully. It does not settle in the lines or crevices or in the dry areas. Like any other cream lipsticks, it is not transfer-proof or smudge-proof.

It has 6 shades:

  • #1 Deep Red
  • #2 Orange Red
  • #3 Tangerine
  • #4 Royal Pink
  • #5 Peachy Pink
  • #6 Pink Beige
  • #7 Pink Balm

Final thoughts:

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Real Water Puff

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Photo grabbed from their website

*Price:

  • Karadium website: ₩10,000 (around P441)
  • YEF PH website: P270 (reg. price: P417)
(*May vary depending on KRW to PHP conversion; may be lower during PROMOS/SALE)

Another Karadium product that I loooove! This puff is so good that you won’t think it’s inexpensive. It’s in a bottle gourd shape, which I find more convenient than the teardrop shape. The inner curves make holding it easier and more secure. IMO!

This puff almost doubles in size when damp. It’s really soft it gently bounces on my face, blending my makeup well without hurting my skin.

The tip reaches the curves and crevices of my face, just like what we all expect from any other beauty sponges.

I haven’t tried a Beauty Blender yet, so I don’t really know the difference. But I can compare it with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. To be honest, I find both of them effective and I think they work pretty much the same. The difference, apparently, are their shapes.

Final thoughts:

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They also have a cute collaboration with Pucca, which is a super cute collection! It’s the Karadium x Pucca.

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Pucca Shine Eyeshadow in No. 4 Antique Shine

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Photo grabbed from their website

*Price:

  • Karadium website: ₩16,000 (around P705)
  • YEF PH website: P299 (reg. price: P690)
(*May vary depending on KRW to PHP conversion; may be lower during PROMOS/SALE)

First of all, it has a really cute packaging. With a transparent cover with Pucca printed on it, this compact single eyeshadow is truly an eye-catcher.

It comes in six pretty shades:

  • #1 Beige Shine
  • #2 Gold Shine
  • #3 Flower Shine
  • #4 Antique Shine
  • #5 Sunshine
  • #6 Smoky Shine

Notice that all shades are really close to skin tones; they are intended to make our eyes look pretty but still gravitate towards natural look. It’s really soft and does not dry our sensitive eyelids. It also lasts throughout the day without creasing.

I love how buttery it feels and does not have a lot of kickback when using a brush. It gives off a proper amount of pigmentation with both brush and finger.

This can be used as it is, but it can also be used along with other makeup products.

Final thoughts:

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Pucca Pen Eyeliner in Black

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Photo grabbed from their website

*Price:

  • Karadium website: ₩14,000 (around P617)
  • YEF PH website: P290 (reg. price: P583)
(*May vary depending on KRW to PHP conversion; may be lower during PROMOS/SALE)

This, among everything I received, is my most favorite! The packaging is super cute! It looks like a pen. The container is thicker than the usual eyeliners, so I find it easier to control because it just feels like any other regular pens.

It has a really soft tip making the application super easy. It’s like an art brush pen; I can create thick or thin lines effortlessly. It is an ink-tank type so the product is dispensed evenly, preventing the eyeline from cutting-off. The formulation is stunning, but make sure you shake it well to get the full pigmentation.

This eyeliner holds up pretty well since it’s waterproof, but it can’t withstand the oiliness of my face during hot and humid weather. The good thing about it, though, is that re-application is not a problem. I just re-apply when the color fades off and it looks perfect again.

Final thoughts:

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Here’s the look I created using these Karadium products:

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Spread happiness!
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Posted in Beauty MNL, Blush, Bronzer, Contour, & Highlight, Eyeshadow, My Rikaness, Pinoy Brand, Rix Reviews, RixFirsts, Skin Care, Uncategorized

Pinoy Products You Should Try Right Now!

Tired of using and wasting money on commercialized products? Well, then, just STOP!

You know what you need to do?

Stop looking for products at the supermarket, and go online! Because a handful of good stuff is now on Instagram and on BeautyMNL! They’re natural and LOCAL!

Let me share some of my great finds:

Skin Genie Pit Perfect Underarm Whitening Scrub

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Where I bought it: BeautyMNL

Price: P200 / 100 g

Ingredients: Please see the image below

First of all, notice how witty the name of their product is: Pit Perfect. Get it?

It is, as the name suggests, a whitening scrub specifically made for the dark side of many of us. (tee hee!) I have never used other pit products, other than deos, because I never really believed  they actually worked. Since this is made with natural ingredients and it’s not, at all, expensive, I added it into my cart, proceeded to checkout, and away my money went!

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According to the instructions, I must use it twice a week. I  gently massaged the product on my armpits for 3 minutes. However, I was supposed to rinse it with warm water, but I didn’t because I was also going to take a shower that time and was already too lazy to do it. I started yesterday, and in all fairness, I noticed how smooth my pits were, after bathing! It felt unusually soft and fresh! I love it!

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By the way, it has quite a strong scent to it, which probably comes from the ground oats. But it is neither overpowering nor annoying. This product is promising. I hope that after I finish my jar, I will finally see the light and share before and after photos. hehe!

Or maybe not.

Final thoughts:

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If it DOES whiten my pits, I will truly, truly LOVE this.

The Beauty Bakery Clarifying Witch Hazel Facial Mist

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Where I bought it: BeautyMNL

Price: P265 / 150 ml bottle

Ingredients: Water, Witch Hazel Extract, Tea Tree Extract, Lemon Extract

This is another first of mine – first facial mist I bought. At first I couldn’t smell the lemon scent in it, instead I was reminded of Stay Fresh candies. Remember those small round green peppermint candies?

The product is packaged in a frosted glass bottle, which is the only downside. Carrying it around is NOT impossible, but a little inconvenient. Since it’s heavy and made of glass, it needs to be handled with care.

The spritz is pretty decent. It gives off tiny droplets, so I don’t worry about ruining my makeup. However, I feel like it does not dispose of enough product so I need to keep pressing until I feel my face is freshened up enough.

Ever since I used it, it has become a part of my daily regimen – after washing my face and after bathing. It has become a necessity. After spraying a generous amount of the mist on my face, I immediately apply my moisturizer. I learned that doing so, lets the water get absorbed more by the skin. Otherwise, some of it will just evaporate and not get into the skin.

It was also the facial mist that I used in my JAMSU video.

It’s effective by the way. 😉

Final thoughts:

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For a job well done!

Hello, Gorgeous! by Skinline Rainbow Dash Highlighter and Eyeshadow Compact

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Where I bought it: Hello, Gorgeous!

Price: P350 (quantity/weight not indicated)

Ingredients: (not indicated but claims that all products are made with natural ingredients)

Introducing the first EVER rainbow highlighter from a Philippine brand! As far as I know, the first rainbow highlighter that came out was by BitterLaceBeauty on Etsy, who I believe is based in Florida, USA. Since then, more rainbow highlighters came out and one was the Color Icon™ from Wet n Wild, another foreign brand.

Finally a Pinoy company dared to create one; and boy it IS glow-rious! I love the fact that they made it a multi-tasking product. You can use each shade individually as eyeshadows, too. Despite its cute size, which is about as big as the Macaron lip balm from Careline, it comes with a mirror, which is super convenient you don’t need to fumble in your kikay kit for one.

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Ugh! I knooowwww!

You can sweep your highlighter brush onto the product to get that rainbow glow, you can also just swirl it onto the highlighter to get a sheer prismatic effect.

Check them out on Instagram or their website for more awesome products!

Oh, and don’t they look perfect with these really cute (yet affordable!) Unicorn brushes from Lip Monstr?

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Final thoughts:

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Faith. Hope. Love. Cucumber Hydrating Mist

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Where I bought it: @faith.hope.lovesoapmain on Instagram

Price: P160 / 50ml

Ingredients: Please refer to the photo above.

This was highly recommended by fellow makeup enthusiasts @geekyella and @karenlizescobar (check them out on IG! Karen is a YouTuber, too, btw! Subscribe to her channel!). Anyways, they said they love this mist ’cause it smells good and really helps their makeup last longer.

So, when my Witch Hazel Facial Mist was almost empty, I placed an order through Faith. Hope. Love’s Instagram and Ms. Van, one of the people behind the company, was so gracious and friendly; she was super easy to transact with. You could feel so much positive vibe even in her messages!

So when the package arrived,  I opened it right away, took pictures of the cucumber mist, tore off the protective seal, twisted the cap open, and smelled it… wait….. wait….

It was super sweet and heavenly and refreshing! Ugh! I looove it!

It’s packaged in a lovely purple plastic bottle, which makes it much more convenient to take anywhere! Even the label looks pretty!

However, since the spritz is different from Witch Hazel Facial Mist, I had to get accustomed to it at first. It disposes of more product, there is more pressure, and [juuuust a bit] bigger droplets. So I make sure that when I use it, it’s within an arm’s length. On a brighter note, just a few sprays is all I need.

I will definitely get the bigger one once I’ve emptied this bottle. Just like Ella and Karen, I highly recommend it! It helps the makeup last longer and I can’t wait to try it with the Jamsu technique!

Check out their IG to see more products and feedbacks from their customers. They have a website coming soon, so watch out for that. AND their products are now available at BeautyMNL, too!

Final thoughts:

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Faith. Hope. Love. Coffee Soap

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Where I bought it: (Actually, it was included in my order as a gift! OMG!)

Price: P150 / 100 g

Ingredients: Coffee Granules, Coffee Extract, Marine Collagen, Seaweed Extract, Vit F Forte™, Sunflower Seed Oil, Carrot Extract, Coco Betaine, Lemon Peel Oil, Preservative – Leucidal™

Now, to complete the story above…

When I received the package, I thought there was a mistake. It was supposed to be round, but why did it seem as if there was a box inside? I tore open the courier’s package, and saw the paper wrapper sealed with a sticker with a Bible verse.

I carefully removed the tape on both ends of the packaging and took a quick peek inside. I pulled it out and was truly, truly overwhelmed by the surprise. (Thanks, Ms. Van!)

Now, now, on the product…

As you can see, the printed box is SUPER CUTE! Since it’s a coffee soap, the box has a drawing of a coffee plant and coffee beans printed all over. On the front side, you’ll see the logo, the product name, and what it’s for; while at the back, you’ll see all the other details you need to know about the product and the company.

The flaps are on the side, which is a little unusual, since most boxes like this have the flaps on top and at the bottom. The soap itself is brown; you’ll see specks of black which are actually the ground coffee granules.

I cut it into four to make sure it lasts longer. It was not difficult to cut, because it’s quite creamy, though solid. I also placed it somewhere that does not collect water to avoid “melting”.

The coffee granules in the bar gently exfoliates my skin. I massaged my face with it for 1-2 minutes before rinsing. My face felt really clean. It also felt smoother and softer. I think it has helped my micro-exfoliant fluid to get into my skin better. The best thing about that is, I LOOOOVE COFFEE! And coffee is well-known for its detoxifying properties! It smells like coffee caramel-ish, so lathering my face with this soap is such a breeze and will never be a struggle!

I recommend this soap, so I think I’m ditching my cleansing gel for this!

Final thoughts:

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This is exactly what my skin needs! 


Beauty Arsenals Hair Fairy Dry Shampoo

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Where I bought it: Beauty Arsenals on Instagram and on Shopee

Price: P200 / 100 ml

Ingredients: Hydrocarbon Propellant, Alcohol, Starch Powders, Perfume Oil, and D-Panthenol

I have a separate blog post on this product. If you wanna read my thoughts about it, please click HERE.

So, there! I hope you guys check all these brands and their awesome products! Let’s all support local brands!

What about you? Which local products/brands have you used? Share it/them in the comment section below!


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And on Instagram: @MyRikaness
Spread happiness!
-rix★ϟ

 

Posted in Lafang!, My Rikaness, RikaNobela, Uncategorized

RIKANOBELA: #7thOnThe8th at Cup Fiction

Last year, on our 6th anniversary, Guil and I went to The Nook Cafe on my request – all because I am a huge Potterhead.
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The Nook Cafe. Located at 164-A Maginhawa St., UP Village, QC.
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And we did the Unbreakable Vow to finally seal the deal. If one breaks it, we die.
This year, I wanted to celebrate it [again] somewhere special. Some place we haven’t been. I chose Cup Fiction. First, it’s because I love Saab Magalona-Bacarro. She’s one of the owners, along with Jim (her husband), and two friends. Second, I’ve seen the place on IG and I knew it was going to be worth the long trip.
We live in Laguna so going to Manila would take a lot of time, money, and effort (and transfers – trike to van to jeepney to bus to taxi).
First, Guil and I met at Alabang Town Center. I was also going to meet Jem, a friend (slash) colleague to give her my Christmas present. While waiting, we looked around for some running shoes and he bought hand wraps at Olympic World.
Then we had a quick bite at Burger King and an ice cream sandwich from Louie-Luis. It was sooo good! It only costs P60! Got no photo, such a shame, but it was included in my vlog! (Please see below.)
Finally met Jem, last saw her back in September 2016. After meeting her, we took a jeepney to Starmall where we hailed a bus going to a place whose name I forgot already sorry! Then took a taxi to White Plains.
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Found it! Before anything else, notice the name and the logo. The “U” is shaped like a cup of coffee, and the “N” is shaped like books. Kasi nga, it’s a cafe library! 😉 Luvit!
Cup Fiction has a very welcoming atmosphere. Their staff is approachable and really polite.
Aside from the bookshelf, the random chairs caught my eye. I love the fact that they’re not uniform, I mean, everything’s quite random.
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Who didn’t read Archie comics? Luv it!
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Seriously good music, guys! Buy the album!
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This is the highlight of this shelf! I looove typewriters and I’m dying to have one at home, too.
Like the books! There are books about history, art, music, comic books, etc. (Of course, there’s a Harry Potter book, too!) There are speakers and a set of Eraserheads action figures which I never knew existed!
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The Batman tissue holder in the comfort room drops the bomb! (See photos below.)
If people knew Saab well, they could tell that this cafe IS she. I mean, there’s no pizza, yes, but, it’s like her personality reflected in the place. So happy to hear the same kind of music we listen to, playing softly in the background.
It felt like being in your own room, with lots of your random stuff, kulang na lang damit na nagkalat sa floor!
Now, let’s talk about our favorite part – the FOOD, of course! First, we ordered something to drink. Guil ordered Capuccino (P140), and I got their Hot Chocolate Chip (P110).
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Guil’s Capuccino
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By the way, they use Muscovado sugar!
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Mine’s Hot Chocolate Chip
Then for our main meal, I had The Kerouac (P395), which is an American breakfast skillet consisting of a special [juicy] sausage, homemade corned beef, bacon steak, marble potatoes, and two eggs (I chose sunny side up).
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Guil had The Agawan Plate (also P385), which is a Filipino breakfast skillet. It consists of caramelized tocino, Pinoy pork adobo, homemade longganisa (na super yummy, I swear!), two eggs (also sunny side up), and a cup of garlic brown rice.
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We also ordered their BFG Cookie but asked to serve it after our meal. Unfortunately, they had run out of the BFG Cookie when we asked for it. We were told that the person who served us earlier failed to relay it to them, and they didn’t know we had ordered a cookie.
Okay lang, we just had two Capuccinos na lang before we left. We took a few more photos together, then left for home na.
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But of course, if there’s one area in any place we have to be happy about, that would be the comfort rooms! Their CR is super clean. No fancy, shiny, colorful tiles, which is really nice because they broke the norm na dapat shiny ang CR. Idagdag pa yung Batman tissue holder which I think is Jim’s?? hehehe!
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More photos…
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I had a wonderful time with Guil. Every day is special. We’ve been together for years now; it wasn’t perfect but I’m just so glad that my love is being reciprocated, as well as all my efforts. He believes in me. He lets me do the things I want. He feels happy when I’m happy. I’m happy that he has never given me any reason to lose my trust. Thank you, Always. (Insert Professor Snape’s voice.)
ANYWAYYYY, if you want to go there, here’s their info:
CUP FICTION
Located at: 141 White Plains, Katipunan Ave., QC
Their FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/cupfictionph
Their INSTAGRAM & TWITTER: @cupfictionph
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Spread happiness!
-rix★ϟ
Posted in My Rikaness

Is it the Nargles or the Dementors?

I don’t know why today feels like a crappy Monday. I woke up with a mood that was as cloudy as the sky. Even though I’ve had my morning coffee, I still feel lifeless.

Is it the Nargles? Are there Dementors around?

In my head, Saab’s voice is singing,

“I wish I had no work today… I wish I had no work today…”
(Drunk by Cheats)

I’m getting torn between my lethargy and my responsibility.

So why

am I

feeling

like

shit?

I really don’t know!

Even though I try to reflect on why I am in this situation, I get nothing.

So I’ll just settle with the Nargles. I’ll need a pair of Spectrespecs.

Oh well… Do you sometimes feel like crap, too? I mean, like, for NO reason AT ALL?

Posted in My Rikaness

1/2 of my 2016

The first half of my 2016 has been a time of firsts. I had always been practical, but TOO practical to the extent that pulling some hard-earned money from my pocket was such a difficulty.

This year, I decided to really do things. From trying out new restaurants, going to interesting places, watching shows/concerts, having more time with my family, going out on adventures, and so many more on my RixList🙂

I’ve realized the importance of having something to look forward to. Like dying for the weekend to come, ‘coz I’m going to get my fat bum away from getting burnt out.

Here’s my 2016 so far…

JANUARY

Let’s start off with our 6th anniversary, which we celebrated a day later at a Harry Potter themed cafe on Maginhawa Street, QC, called The Nook Cafe. The first time I saw it on Facebook I said to myself,

“I. HAVE. TO. GO. THERE.” 

It was almost impossible for me, because usually, I’d say I’d go somewhere, then I’d end up giving it up. ‘Go away, negatrons! I have to make it happen.’

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Expecto Patronum!
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Performing the Unbreakable Vow
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Blow the candles! I’m 31!
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I’m sure you’ve noticed the steamer my cake was sitting on. Hehehe…. Anyways, that wand was also Guil’s creation. 🙂 

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Then we ended the month with our first visit to Flawless at SM City Sta. Rosa.

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That’s Mitch taking the photo, I was in the middle, and Mafe at the far end. 

hmmh… let’s just say, it’s true when they say tiis-ganda. But my skin was absolutely transformed! So we’re definitely going back there. That is, if we have andabels again.

Okay, next…

FEBRUARY

Oh! Nothing much… Just accompanied the kids to KidZania Manila during their school trip.

MARCH

Well, I’ve searched and searched… And tried to pull something from my memory… I guess nothing special happened this month.

Moving on…

APRIL

Okay, I got something. And I have loads! I guess April was the busiest month so far.

First, on the 3rd of April, Guil and his group The Mighty Bhutens participated, once again, in the Art in the Park, which “offers visitors a range of paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and new media”.

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Me with Armi Millare of Up Dharma Down. I’ve been DYING to see her. Thank God she was there!
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Me with Novia “Bing” Zapata of Art Solace Manila.
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with Gaby dela Merced, a car racer and an artist. Also see: Vinyl on Vinyl
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Of course, with Mr. Howie Severino, who regularly goes to Art in the Park and drops by The Mighty Bhutens’ tent
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Of course, Guil, Kabu, and Oli, collectively known as The MIghty Bhutens, who specialize in tile mosaic

Eleven days later, we went to SaGuijo to witness the album relaunch of my favorite band, Cheats. Initially, I supported them because of Saab Magalona, my most favorite blogger. But after hearing their music, I can definitely say that I love CHEATS not just because of Saab, but because they really make good music! So I had to have their album, and I had to see them perform live.

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Finally met her, and she hugging me was unexpected. She also remembered ME! R-I-X-B-A-J-N-S!
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Yay!

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This event also gained us a new friend – a fellow Potterhead and a Cheats fan – Bea! ❤

On the 23rd, we had the biggest adventure of our lives (so far!) Well, just the girls! Guil has had a LOT of experiences already.

Anyway, we went to Laiya Adventure Park and faced our fears! xD

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We walked not knowing there was a shuttle that took visitors to the park. We were picked up when we were already halfway through.
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First, we got on the Giant Swing. It was scary and fun, I have no words. Well, if you like The Viking or Anchors Away, you’ll definitely love this.
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Then we went wall climbing. The height was frightening at first, but as I went on climbing, it started to challenge me whether I’d give up or I’d get to the top to ring the bell. I’m proud to say I chose the latter.
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Rappelling after Wall Climbing was a bad, bad, bad choice. Our grip was alread weak, so it was a real struggle to hold the rope firmly.
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Lunch!
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This was the BEST. Do you know the feeling you get when you eat the best hamburger you’ve ever tasted? Heaven! Yeah… Something like that.
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Aerial Walk. Yes, sorry, I cheated.
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Then we enjoyed the clear water of the Infinity Pool. That’s the best pool I’ve swum in.
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Soooo relaxing…. I could sleep in the pool all day.
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Only Mafe was able to do Free Fall before we left. I swear I’d try that, too, when we go back there.

MAY

May 15th, our family went to Lucban Quezon. We stayed in a relative’s house for the whole weekend. We walked around the town to see the beautiful and colorful houses decorated with a variety of grains and crops.

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Pahiyas Festival 2016!

The next day, we went swimming at Malinao Springs and Resort. We all enjoyed the cool, clean water; but the kids had more fun since it was their first time.

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Kids first experience in swimming in the river. This was in Malinao Springs and Resort.

Of course, because we were in Lucban Quezon, it was only right to go to Kamay ni Hesus and climb about 300 steps to reach the top.

After the descent, we bought some souvenirs at the shops. I bought a small version of the Kamay ni Hesus statue and some rosary bracelets for my mom and for Guil’s parents.

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Kamay ni Hesus. Yay! Everyone reached the top!

On the 21st, I attended my high school’s Grand Alumni Homecoming, and it had been an enjoyable experience to see familiar faces. We went swimming after the progr… ooops… no. Actually, we left the program shortly after picture taking. 😀 Then we left for the resort. I really wasn’t planning on joining them, but, oh well. I ended up staying anyways.

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Batch 2001-2002

JUNE

June 4th and 5th. The Mighty Bhutens was invited to take part in BMS Presents: Art & Appetite. Mitch, Mafe, and I went there on the 2nd day. I was lucky enough to win a Belle de Jour planner and a shirt from Goodyear.

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa! At BMS Presents: Art & Appetite
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I love her! Toni B rocks! ❤

We wrapped the month off when we went on a biglaang swimming at Queen Aurora’s Garden and Resort.

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Let’s vault in!

JULY

Since this is just the first week of July, I’d like to include the recent event. I went to Amy Zhang and Andrea Portes Book Signing event at the Grand Atrium in Shangri-La Plaza. This will surely be the first of many!

Still sad I missed Victoria Aveyard’s though. But, oh well…

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With Amy Zhang!!!

And that’s 1/2 of my 2016!

What about you? How’s your year so far?

All the best,

~ Rix