Tony & Jackey

My hair hasn't been a "virgin" since I was in high school. As early as then, I liked getting it colored. But now, I NEED to get it colored because of my pesky white / gray / silver hair. Haha!

Sadly, I don't get to go to a salon to have it trimmed and treated regularly. So yes, my hair's pretty damaged.

Luckily, Tony &  Jackey opened a salon in SM Masinag last May 22nd and last weekend, they hosted a Rizal Media & Bloggers Day Out.


I didn't want to brave the early morning traffic in Imelda Ave. (traffic in Cainta is horrible because of an ongoing DPWH project), so I drove through Valley Golf, exited at their Sumulong, Antipolo gate, and drove down to SM Masinag. Thank God my father in law got us a Valley Golf sticker. Hehe!

Anyway, as soon as I got to T&J Salon, they had me register and then I was whisked away to put on a cool looking robe. Once my robe was on, they washed my hair and applied a keratin treatment.


They applied heat to my hair for around 10-15 minutes to let the keratin treatment seep in, then they washed it off and before I knew it, I was back in my chair getting my hair blow dried.


This is what my hair normally looks like - if I don't brush it. Haha!

Ms. Razel trimmed my hair (yey!) and then she set it with big curls when she was done. The finished product? TA-DA:

Sorry, my face is still the same. Hahaha! :p

This is what the curls looked like from behind. ♥ (Some of my old ombre is still showing.)
My hair felt super soft after the treatment. And one of the things I absolutely loved about the experience? Everyone's hands were surprisingly gentle while they were shampooing, combing, and blow drying my hair. I swear. There was absolutely no hair-tugging or hair-pulling involved. And for that alone, I'm definitely going to go back. Haha!

Speaking of going back, T&J Salon has ongoing promos, so I'm going back next week. *wink* Their promo rates are only good until July 15th, so you better head on over to T&J ASAP!



If you're just looking to get a hair cut, that's fine too. For a hair cut with a Creative Director, you'll only need to shell out P200, while their rate is P300 with a Senior Director.

Before I end this post, I want to share some of our photos from Saturday. We all enjoyed our pampering experience with T&J Salon, and you can see it on our smiles.



Thank you so much, T&J Salon! And thank you for the wonderful treatment, Ms. Razel & Ms. Ana. I'll definitely be back! Hehe.






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T&J Salon Masinag
2nd Floor (near escalator)
SM Masinag, Antipolo City
Website: www.tnjsalon.com
Phone No.: 02.470.8209
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tnj.masinag
Ever since this year started, The Memet and I have been extremely busy. Along with all the "busy-ness", we've also had to tighten our belts because of all the expenses that came along with our house's construction. Actually, it's still not finished. The house is primarily the reason why we're so busy. We. Need. To. Pay. For. Our. Loans. Hahaha!

It's quite stressful, but we're sure it'll be more than rewarding when we've finally moved and when we're finally debt free. The move will, of course, come first. It's a long and winding road to being debt free (construction loan, I love and hate you), but we'll get there.

Somewhere down the road this year, we remembered that we were also trying to conceive. And stress is a big no-no for TTC couples. So, in an effort to reduce our stress, I booked an overnight stay at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel for us via Agoda.com.

I chose Eastwood Richmonde Hotel because it's practically a stone's throw away from Cainta. Road trips are fun, but when you're stressed and just looking to chill out, the closer the hotel, the better. Hehe!

I got a Superior Room (with Breakfast), and let me tell you, the photos included in Agoda's room listings for Eastwood Richmonde Hotel didn't quite do justice to the place.


The room was bigger than I expected. Haha! It had a living room, a work desk, a separate bedroom, and of course, a bathroom.





There were two TVs. One in the living room, and one in the bedroom. If you want to watch TV while in the bathtub, all you need to do is raise the blinds right next to the tub and you get a full view of the bedroom with the TV. But then the folks in the bedroom will have a full view of you in the bathtub too. Hehehe!




The bathroom was pretty spacious. We found the standard set of toiletries in there, along with a hair dryer, a weighing scale, some towels, and an extra roll of tissue. 

There was no bidet though. (Big pout)

Room Service

The Memet and I were too lazy to get dressed that evening (we enjoyed the lazy feel of lounging around in bath robes all day), so we just had dinner delivered to our room.

Sorry, we dove in as soon as it arrived. I remembered too late that I had to take a photo first. Hehe! *Peace*




Everything we ordered was yummy. The nachos and the tiramisu, I particularly loved. The nachos were still crispy even after an hour, and the tiramisu was heaven on a plate. The two main dishes that we ordered (plus the nachos) had huge servings so we struggled to finish everything. Haha!

Breakfast Buffet

Their breakfast buffet had a modest selection of food perfect for, well... breakfast. There were pancakes, all sorts of bread that I can't even begin to name, some rice, corned beef, and my favorite... BACON! Their bacon was really crunchy and yummy.



Overall, I'd say our vacation in Eastwood Richmonde Hotel was money well spent. Would I go back? Definitely.

After checking out, we chucked our overnight bag in the car and went for a stroll in Eastwood Mall then watched San Andreas in Shangri-La Mall. Before going home, we dropped by our favorite spa in Antipolo for a massage. Haha!

But going back to Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, their details are below if you'd like to book your stay with them too. :)




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Eastwood Richmonde Hotel
17 Orchard Rd., Eastwood City
Bagumbayan, QC 1110 PH
E-Mail: erh@richmondehotel.com.ph
Contact No.: (632) 352.7281
Hello there! As promised, I used Human + Kind's Skin Lightening Cream every day since I last published a blog post, and I'm now ready to write a review. Question is, are you ready? This post is going to be full of pictures of me, so... yeah. You better be ready. Haha!


I still cannot get over how pretty the packaging is. It has almost all of my favorite colors. Hehe!

On the packaging, it says Human + Kind is all about "skincare with a conscience" (I'm all about that!).

Human + Kind's all natural all-in-one skin lightening cream is a daily moisturizer that provides an instant lightening effect and it protects the skin from harmful effects of UV rays and prevents skin dryness. This all-natural cream ensures smooth, evenly luminous and perfect skin. The unique extract of seven Swiss Alpine plants has given proven results. You can use it, comfortably and safely, twice a day and long term. Suitable for all skin types and tones.

Now, on to the product review.


This skin lightening cream by Human + Kind has a texture similar to that of a sunblock. It's creamy, but if you want to successfully apply it without ending up with streaks all over your face, you're better off applying it little by little because it tends to dry quickly into a powdery finish. So yes, unlike sunblock, this one's not sticky at all. The scent is mild and pleasant and left me smiling after application. Hehe!

Here's a bare-faced photo of me with nothing but Human + Kind's skin lightening cream on.


If you look real closely, you can see my pores. Haha! Sorry, I don't know how to use Photoshop. The cream didn't promise to erase my pores - it's a skin lightening cream after all - but it did a wonderful job in giving me a nice glow. Remember, no makeup at all in this photo. It also helped to lightly blur out my pimple marks, so plus points there for Human + Kind.

Here's another picture that shows the side of my face that's currently full of pimple marks.


See? The pimple marks are nicely blurred out. And I haven't even put on foundation yet! ♥

Earlier today, I decided to get myself a little dolled up just for this blog post - even if I have nowhere to go. Hahaha!


On top of Human + Kind's skin lightening cream, I lightly tapped on some powder foundation, I used brow powder on my brows, and put on a little lipstick. And voila! The finished product: a... presentable face. Pardon the pout. Haha! 

The Verdict

So. Would I buy Human + Kind's skin lightening cream in the future? I would say that's a definite yes. Even though it was a bit difficult to spread evenly at first, I quickly learned that a little at a time makes for an even application.

It didn't break me out, and it gives me a nice glow even without the help of a lot of makeup. Plus, it protects from UV rays, AND it's all natural. Skincare with a conscience! It's a win-win all around!

Human + Kind isn't available in the Philippines yet, but you can easily order through www.superberry.me. They're based in Singapore, so if you have friends or family who live there, you can also ask them to buy from Superberry for you. hehe!

Feel free to check out Superberry's website. They have a lot of natural products and they ship worldwide. Superberry also has a Facebook page and an Instagram account, so feel free to check those out below. ♥



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Superberry, one of Singapore's leading beauty stores, got in touch with me last week and wanted to send me some of their products to try and review. Who am I to say no? ♥

I got a package from them in just a matter of days - yeah, I'm surprised at how quickly it arrived. Hehe! There were two products in the package.

1. Human + Kind Skin Lightening Cream

It's a skin lightening facial moisturizer that has UV filters to help protect from the sun's harmful rays. I did a skin patch test last night to test for allergic reactions, and thankfully my skin didn't react negatively. It's hypoallergenic, but I wanted to be sure. Hehe!

Don't you just love the packaging? It's so cute!

I can't wait to test it and see whether my skin loves it or not. I'll post an update after a week.



2. Tolpa: Dermo Body Cellulite Serum

Yeah, I have cellulite. Haha! I've never really given it much thought, but I'm glad I got this serum to road test. I hope it works. My thighs could use some pampering. :)

It's hypoallergenic, so it's safe for sensitive skin like mine - yey! I already tried it last night, but the box says I should apply it over a period of 4-6 weeks, so I'll be back with an update in 3 weeks. 



While waiting for my updates, you might want to check out Superberry's website - details below. They do international shipping, and I'm sure you'll get your orders quickly. I got mine in less than a week. ♥

UPDATE: My review of Human + Kind's Skin Lightening Cream is now available. Click HERE to read it.



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Well, that title was quite a mouthful. Try saying 'Accessorize with The Accessorist' quickly, 5x. Haha!

I'm the kind of girl who likes to stick with basic prints and cuts. It makes my life easy. But there are days when I get tired of my usual look, and that's when I turn to accessories to add some life to my outfits. I'm actually an accessories hoarder. I have around 5 tin cans / boxes all filled with bracelets, necklaces, earrings, hair thingies, etc. I have so many accessories that I don't know what they all look like anymore. Seriously. Haha!

But accessories are great. They give old outfits new life.

That said, I found this new online shop that sells beautiful accessories. Turns out, the "curator" is a blogger friend of mine: Balot of www.iamcorporatejunkie.com.

Her shop has got a pretty nifty name: The Accessorist. Nice, huh?

The first thing I had to get my hand on was a bracelet. The reason? It's the only thing I remember to put on aside from my watch and wedding ring these days. Haha!

Here's a peek at what I got:




You'd think the bracelet's heavy, but it's not. I chose it because it's white and gold, and perfect for summer. Plus, white & gold accessories go well with just about anything.

Accessories over at The Accessorist are very affordable. Prices actually start at P180!

Here's a look at some of the other baubles that I've got my eye on:

Hope in Cream Bracelet - P180

Natasha Necklace - P280

Faye Earrings - P200

Super pretty, right?

You might want to check out their website now, because last time I checked, the bracelet that I got is already sold out. *wink*





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If you're from the east and you suddenly get a craving for some delicious, lip-smacking, (and yeah, unhealthy) bagnet, look no further, because Bagnetified! is now in SM Taytay!

Owned by Makeyourich, Inc.'s Mr. KC Macapagal, Bagnetified! grew from 1 to 15 stores in less than a year and they're expecting to put up 50 more branches in 2015 alone. As if that isn't achievement enough, their goal is to have over 300 stores across the country and at least one in Asia - within the next 5 years! 

We were there at its grand opening last Saturday, May 23, 2015, and we got to sample some of their yummiest dishes. I gotta say, they're all pretty tasty, and they all made our taste buds dance! Just look at our satisfied smiles:

Caccie, Juvy, and myself
Here's a quick look at what made our tummies happy that day. 

Note: The servings are pretty big, so most of the stuff on their menu is good for 2-3 persons. :)

Cheesy Bacon Dynamite - P129
The waitress said their dynamite wasn't that hot and spicy, but I beg to disagree. Haha! I only got to eat 2 and a half because it was too hot for me. But if you love spicy food, you can take it. It probably won't even sting. Haha!

Sisig Bagnetified - P289
Their sisig is a bit on the oily side, but the taste... Just wow. It just explodes in your mouth.

Bagnetified Rice - P199
They have plain rice, but if you want to go the adventurous route, try their Bagnetified rice. It can stand on its own or with just one viand. Hehe!

Bagnet Sarap - P319
Their bagnet is pretty much true to its name. Bagnet Sarap is masarap! (delicious). For those of you who love fat on their bagnet, this won't disappoint. But I found enough meat in there to keep the non-fat-eating person in me happy. Haha!

Kare-Kare Bagnetified - P279
Even their kare-kare has bagnet! I'm not one who likes innards in her kare-kare, so I was thrilled to see this on their menu. Their kare-kare has enough veggies in it to balance out the fattening (but super yummy) bagnet. Haha!

Cucumber Juice and Bits - P59 (medium) & P69 (XL)
Because it was hot out last Saturday, I ordered the Cucumber Juice and Bits for my drink. It didn't disappoint as it was extremely refreshing!

Sampaloc Smoothie - P99
Juvy of Eats and Chow ordered the intriguing Sampaloc Smoothie and she said that it didn't taste weird at all. It tasted like a good old milk smoothie with a sweet sampaloc aftertaste. I was too much of a coward to try it ('coz I'm lactose intolerant), but I think I'll have it to go the next time I drop by Bagnetified. Haha!

Bagnetified! is located at the new building at SM Taytay's open parking. It's pretty hard to miss since it's the only restaurant that's open at the ground floor.



The place is a bit small, but very inviting. Their waiters and waitresses were all friendly, and their branch manager is super accommodating. Thanks again for having us, Sir Charlie!






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Delivery Hotline: 99-SARAP (72727)
www.bagnetified.com


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