Everything has changed in front of our eyes and while it has been been definitely hard to keep up with the "new normal", we must accept that this is our reality now and things will take time before they return to the way they were... Attending events, running errands or hanging out in a coffee shop with friends until the wee hours of the night would be nearly impossible as there are too many things to consider and of course, mental and physical health being our top priority. 

If you're like me who's into making sure that she's fully made up whatever the day may be before the pandemic started, I'm sure it's been a real bummer to break your routines. As for me, that's starting the day with skin care, self care and make up. 

I can't speak for everyone but since I started working from home, I had a hard time keeping up with any of my self-care routines as it is more difficult for me to draw the line between working and having time for myself, until I found out that caring for my skin or myself for that matter would only take an all-in-one, inexpensive product and that is Duru

The most important tip I can give you is to get the right product and a consistent routine to achieved the preferred results. It's the perfect time to let our beauty bloom and achieve our healthiest glowing skin with Duru's naturally made organic face and body soap. 

Duru comes in two variants: Blooming White, a green translucent soap which contains glycerin and Italian olive oils that help moisturize and rejuvenate the skin, and olive leaves which are natural exfoliants that turn dull skin into blooming skin, and White Brilliance which contains the innovative power of lemon and Italian olive oils combined with Vitamins A, C, and E for superior whitening and moisturizing.

As a proud morena, I have always shied away from whitening soaps and have been very outspoken about maintaining my skin's natural color, so let me tell you what Duru's effects are on my morena skin: 

Blooming White - has really helped me moisturize, rejuvenate and exfoliate dull parts of my skin 
White Brilliance - moisturized and evened out some of my uneven skin tone

Be the person you've always wanted to be and let your best self shine through. Let's all flourish and #BloomWithDuru.

Duru Blooming White and White Brilliance whitening and beauty soap are available at your nearest drugstores and supermarkets and online through Lazada http://tiny.cc/DuruSoapLazada and Shopee https://tinyurl.com/DuruSoapShopee

Follow Duru on Instagram and Facebook at @duruphilippines.

Note: Duru soaps can be for whitening and for evening out uneven skin tones depending on use. Please visit their facebook and instagram pages to know more.

We're already towards the end of 2020 but we are still trying to rise above the changes and challenges brought to us by this pandemic. The extreme ramifications of the said global crisis may seem hopeless, yet a whisper of positivity perseveres that we will rise through this trial with our heads held high knowing that there is nothing we can't conquer. 

Aside from the women rocking every industry in this pandemic, it has been a known fact that women have continued to exemplify different kinds of bravery through history that's resilient, brave and true to themselves whatever the circumstances may be. In this new normal, as we adjust to its changes, we also see a wave of women being #TheNewBrave that we didn't even know we needed. 
In these trying times where bravery can be defined by a lot of different things, Whisper celebrates the new kind of bravery that sheds into light where women has adapted to anything and everything that life has thrown at them in this pandemic. As for me, that would be having a a full time day job and still being able to pursue my passion in blogging and content creating -- those are just some of the things that I am trying to consistently accomplish as I step into #TheNewBrave. 

#TheNewBrave is about rising through life's struggles and adversities; #TheNewBrave inspires women to embrace their vulnerability because we know that pain is not forever and that we always reach the other side as winners. 
Physical and emotional pain are best understood by women as it comes to us every month in different degrees which has developed a new kind of bravery rooted in resiliency. Whisper's 3x better protection* is sure to protect our most vulnerable moments as women, making sure that we can move regardless of our periods. The Whisper Pink (Cottony Soft) variant comes with dermacare lotion which helps reduce skin allergy, reduces friction, adds moisture and improves the skin barrier making our monthly woes bearable. That's why Whisper helps women to still continue being #TheNewBrave and be at their best even during their worst cycles. 

For a glimpse at what #TheNewBrave means, watch Whisper’s new video below. Together, let's celebrate the small victories, find meaning and joy in everything we've been through that led into who we are today, because as women of Whisper, we can be #TheNewBrave in this new normal. 
Share your insipiring #TheNewBrave stories with Whisper by using the hasthad #TheNewBrave on Facebook and Instagram and tagging Whisper's social media accounts (Facebook: Whisper Philippines Instagram: @WhisperPhilippines

Whisper Cottony Soft and Super Clean & Dry is available in different packs in all leading
supermarkets, grocery stores, drugstores, and department stores nationwide.

*Whisper Super Clean & Dry vs Leading Low-Priced Brand, based on 3rd party gush runoff test.

What are ways that you've been part of #TheNewBrave movement? Let me know in the comment section below. <3

Just like that, I have been in the blog-sphere for 5 years and I can't even believe it myself! Since I took a break for a hot minute, I'd like to let you in my little secret of fool proof beauty tips that I have learned in my five years of being a "beauty/lifestyle" blogger. 

You can click on the names of the products and it will redirect you to a site where you can buy my recommendations. Stay at home and only do online shopping to stay safe *wink* 

Skin Type:
  • Combination (Oily on the chin and t-zone area while dry on the forehead area)
  • My skin is acidic, I have eczema and obviously a very sensitive skin so I usually pick up products with gentle ingredients to avoid any allergic reaction.
Beauty Secrets:

1) A good pimple cream partnered with a pimple patch easily gets rid of cystic acnes.
First, what is cystic acne? These are the stubborn pimples forming underneath the skin (anyone can develop acne but this kind usually occur in people with oily skin) which are so swollen but cannot be popped because if you do, it will form even bigger acne beside each other making it even more difficult to treat. 

Tip: Put a pea size amount of M+ Madecassoside Cica Cream on the pimple, give it 5 to 10 minutes until it dries up then place an appropriate size of COSRX Pimple Patch on the affected area. 
Effect: The pimple will not fully develop, the puss and oil will be absorbed by the pimple patch making the said area dry if the regimen is done continuously in 2-3 days. 

2) If you feel any tightness in your skin after washing your face, the facial wash that you are using might be too strong for you. 

If your skin feels "too clean" and tight after washing your face, that is an indication that your  facial cleanser is too harsh for you. 

I've always thought that feeling "squeaky clean" after washing my face is a good thing but apparently, this means that too much oil has been stripped out of my skin making it too dry and later on irritated. 

Tip: I found out that there are two facial cleanser that works best for my skin. They are Human Nature's Balancing Facial Wash which contains "Elemi" - an ingredient known to cut down bacteria caused by excessive sebum and Althea Bare Essentials' Contour Cleanser that is best in removing make up residue, contains nourishing ingredients as well microcapsules that gently exfoliates skin. 

Effect: A subtle effect on sensitive skin but also making sure that all the make up residue will be removed without damaging the skin's natural oils.

3) Find a staple facial toner, do some research and make sure that it fits your skin's needs. 

Finding the perfect toner that fits your skin type is important for a facial toner's main purpose is to remove the impurities stuck in your pores preventing the accumulation of pimples. When this product is used religiously, it is sure to make the skin glow and tighten pores too. 

Tip: I have tried two toners that have definitely changed my life, Eskinol Spotless White Facial Deep Cleanser with Pure Calamansi Extracts which I have been using on and off since college for it is formulated for Filipina skin and has lightened my dark spots. Of course, my recent discovery A.Stop Clear Toner that comes in a spray bottle which also covers those hard to reach places like the infamous - backne

Effect: Eskinol is for sure a remedy in those stubborn dark spots and the A.Stop is for maintaining the glow of the skin. 

4) Exfoliate the face only once or twice a week.

It is no secret that exfoliating is a must but over-exfoliation can lead to increased flakiness and dryness of the skin. In severe cases, over exfoliation can cause rashes, scarring and even hyperpigmentation. 

Tip: To make sure that my skin gets the right amount of exfoliation, I only incorporate the St. Ives Radiant Skin Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub and the A'Bloom BHA Blackhead Blaster on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday) to unclog my pores and prevent acne. 

Effect: The Pink Lemon and Mandarin variant is my favorite to use all over my face since it leaves my skin feeling fresh after exfoliation. It also has a citrus smell making my exfoliating experience enjoyable, while the BHA Blackhead Blaster works well in eliminating blackheads in the t-zone area. I used them simultaneously on my face, twice a week. 

5) Do not use your towel to wipe your face, only use a tissue or a wet wipe. 

We're always used to wiping our faces every bath or every time we wash our face with a towel and trust me, that's a big no no. Aside from the fact that our bath towel has been used to wipe off our body’s excess water from the shower (a number of times), it has also accumulated dirt from air dying. (Don't lie, we don't wash our bath towels every time after we bathe and that's okay! lol~)

Tip: I use tissue (Femme Decor Bathroom Tissue) to wipe my face or wet wipes (Purederm Argan OIl Towelettes) to remove my make up. 

Effect: This way, a fresh tissue is used to clean your face and not a towel that has been damped and might have gathered some bacteria. This lessens the chances of getting pimples or skin irritation. 

Note: We all have different skin types so some of the products I use might not work for you It's always do a skin/patch test before trying out any of these products to find out which brand best suits your needs. This is also NOT a sponsored post so every recommendation I have on this blog, I definitely have tried and tested. 

Do you have any tips and beauty secrets you want to share? Leave a comment below so others can see them too! <3

I've been a big fan of Korean BBQ ever since college when a friend of mine brought me to my very first Korean BBQ experience it Taft. This was back when you wouldn't need to line up for hours just to sink into your K-BBQ cravings because aside from the fact that it wasn't as hyped back then, only a few people knew that for only 500 pesos you'll able to eat these sumptuous food until you've eaten to your heart's content.  

Since I'm well acquainted with the said food, I have a staple KBBQ restaurant which I always go to whenever I need my samgyupsal fix. Believe me when I say that it took a lot for me to even try a new Korean BBQ joint because I've always been stuck to the idea that where I go to is the best until I tried the same quality of food and dining at Premier The Samgyupsal in San Juan. 

Premier the Samgypsal claims to serve fresh, tender and high quality imported meats perfect for their charcoal and butane powered grill. Aside from their aged samgyupsal, they also have USDA Certified imported beef and marinated meats that is sure to satisfy our tummies.

They asked us to try the Unli Mix of Beef, Chicken and Pork priced at 580 php so let's break it down, shall we?
There are 10 side dishes served to us before the meats were brought out. These were a mix of vegetables, steamed egg, beef soup and meat appetizers which is actually a bit overwhelming since we're so used to seeing just 5 side dishes at the most. But you know what they say right? The more the merrier!

We were then greeted with different kinds and cuts of premium beef, pork and even chicken. I was so amazed when they told me that there were also chicken cuts available to grill because in other KBBQ restaurants all I see on the menu are either beef or pork slices. It's great to actually have a "healthier" choice too!

Have a peak on their menu:
What make this place different from others?
We know how much of a struggle it is to call a waiter to refill our sides or meat on the grill since places like these are always jam packed. So one of the things that I love most about this place is that each table has a built in buzzer to call the attention of our very quick kuyas and ates. Once you press your buzzer, the number of your table will appear on each floor's LED screen making it easy and organized for everyone. 
That does not end there! 

We know that it is usual for KBBQ restaurants to have their staple fresh soju and a limited kinds of drinks that's why most of us just opt to drink water but Premier the Samgyupsal wants to make sure that they have us covered. They noticed how much people were looking for different types of drinks and beverages that they decided to add new ones on their menu as new suggestions came along, as well as added variants of Korean ice cream that all of us can enjoy during and after eating. 

Note: Drinks and Korean Ice Cream are not included on the list of what's unlimited for 500 php, okay?  ~lol~

Overall Rating from 1 to 5:  


Premier The Samgyupsal  is open Mondays to Sundays from 11:00 AM - 3:00 AM. You can visit their Wilson branch where I went to at 229 Wilson St. Greenhills San Juan Manila. 

Let me know if you're craving as much as I am for some samgyupsal. Have you tried other Premier The Samgyupsal branches too? Let me know in the comment section below. <3

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was asked to try their food and drinks just like how I would typically enjoy my food in the said restaurant in exchange for a review. However, all the written opinions here are solely my own and unbiased after trying what they have to offer in the said restaurant. The food shown on the table where I was eating where good for 4 people.