Sponsored, Tech & Gadgets 7 COMMENTS

Qik it or it Didn’t Happen!

skypeqik-pngBeing the type of person who’s online 24/7, I love staying connected with family and friends especially since we all can live such busy lives. Skype Qik (from the same creators of Skype video messaging) makes staying connected easier through video messaging and it cant get any simpler than it already is – download the app, register using your number and start sending video messages to family & friends as much as 40 seconds long! If the person doesn’t have Skype Qik, they’ll receive a text on how to download the app and your video message will be there waiting for them to open and respond to.I find that an app like Skype Qik will be most beneficial for me when I start traveling more this year and I can send videos of what I’m doing to Gab and my family. Sometimes, photos just aren’t enough to capture the adventures, the craziness or funny stuff that comes along our daily lives – and as they say, pics or it didn’t happen! Well, pictures can easily be edited. I’d say, “Qik it or it didn’t happen!” is more appropriate!Skype Qik wants to invite you to their booth at SM Megamall where you can have the chance to record your own Skype Qik messages and have your messages featured on billboards along EDSA (I’m talking the big LED billboards!), and everyone participating will also get a chance to win premium prizes like Qik caps, Qik USBs, and Qik stickers.

Skype Qik has also been launched in the Philippines in partnership with Smart. All Smart users get to download and use Skype Qik free of data charge for THREE months for all Android & iOS users! That’s a whole lot of video messages to send back and forth between you and your family and friends!

Here’s a really cute commercial about Skype Qik featuring Bananas!

The Skype Qik app is available for all iPhone, Android and Windows phones. To find out more on Skype Qik you can check out their website: http://skype.com/en/qik

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Skype Qik. All thoughts & opinions expressed in this blog post are solely my own.

Life Lately 9 COMMENTS

Life Lately

If you’re wondering what life lately has been all about…

Finally starting to get into the habit of working out, even just a little bit.
Appreciating the love and support I get from Gab.
Eurotrip planning.
Working from bed, an ultimate perk.
Watching sunsets.
Making calls.
Dyeing my hair back to dark ash brown.
Putting up photos on my wall.
Free days to prioritize personal affairs over work — my favorite kind of week.
Getting my U.S. visa. (valid for 10 years!)
& a postcard from Aileen all the way from Brussels.
Chubby Mr. Gray making me wish I could have a pet cat.
Getting my dose of artsy-fartsy in the form of sketching + watercolor.
Having a good cry + realizations of what truly means to me and what doesn’t.
Make-up as a form of therapy.
Instant Crush on repeat.
Finally investing my hard earned cash on a MacBook Pro.
Visiting my family back home and just enjoying their company
Really late nights.

Beauty, Skin, Sponsored 11 COMMENTS

Review: Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo

olay regeneristI’m starting to get a little obsessed with what I put on my skin. At 25 years old, I’m already dealing with, and I don’t want to say wrinkles because I don’t think they’re there yet, some fine lines on my face, especially in my undereye area (all thanks to years of rubbing my eyes, good job Camie!). My sister, Cat, was 25 when she first started using Olay. I remember her having the classic pearl and black colored bottle of moisturizer in our shared bathroom, and I may or may not have snuck around and tried it on my face a few times. I was too young then, at the age of 15, to even start using Olay products but I’m 25 now which is the same age she started using Olay! And guess what? She still looks about my age. I’m not kidding. People always mistake her to be in her mid or late 20’s. I know I wouldn’t mind looking as young as I can for as long as I can!

So, when Olay wanted to send me their new Miracle Duo line, I said an eager yes and the moment I received the package, I didn’t hesitate a moment to try on the duo. But before my review, let me talk a little about the new Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo. The Miracle Duo is made up of the Miracle Boost Pre-Essence and Micro-sculpting cream, and they work best when used together. The Pre-Essence helps the active ingredients of the Micro-sculpting cream penetrate deeper into the skin for dramatic results.
The Miracle Boost Pre-Essence is designed to boost the penetration of anti-aging actives of the moisturizer, the Micro-sculpting Cream, to increase cell metabolism and renewal for beautiful, youthful skin that looks up to 10 years younger. So, since I started using this at the age of 25, by the time I’ve finished the entire bottle, I’ll look about 15 again and will start getting ID-ed at clubs. WOOHOO! A single drop of the Miracle Boost Pre-Essence starts renewal of a million surface cells and helps visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, pores and firms the skin (all skin issues of mine, unfortunately).

Here’s how to use the Miracle Duo:

  1. After cleansing your face, pat it dry and start to apply the Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Pre-Essence on your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Let your skin absorb the product for a few minutes.
  2. Apply the Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Cream on your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin.
  3. Use the Miracle Duo twice a day, morning after your bath and then before bedtime, for best results!

My Review

Micro-sculpting Cream

  • Packaging is well-made, sturdy and nice to look at
  • Mild smell in product
  • Very creamy in texture
  • Has a bit of an “oily” finish for a few minutes, which I believe is really good for my perpetually thirsty dry skin.

Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence

  • Packaging looks great, the pump applicator is a nice touch
  • Mild smell, a little odd but nothing alarming
  • Very light on the skin
  • One tiny pump of product can go a long way
  • Consistency makes it easy to apply

The first time I used the Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo, my skin didn’t react so well. My face started to get a little itchy, sometimes red in certain spots, and within the next few days I broke out. I was worried I was allergic to the products, but my reactions weren’t extreme. So I thought maybe my skin was just shocked at this new change I introduced it to after getting so used to my cleanser + moisturizer routine. I would like to note that my skin is already dry/sensitive to begin with. I really liked the products though, because despite the initial negative effects I still noticed that my skin always felt more moisturized, supple and even bouncy after applying the two products.

I decided to not give up and experiment with the two by only applying one product at a time and seeing to which my skin reacted to most, and soon found that it was the Miracle-sculpting Cream that was making my face itch a little bit. When I lessened the daily application from twice a day to once a day, right before I slept, I noticed it made a huge difference! My skin stopped itching on the 4th day of use and my breakout spots have gone away and haven’t returned since either. Have I noticed any other changes? Well, I’ve had the product for about 2 weeks, so I would say not much in regards to looking at least 5 years younger haha. I think I would have to finish the entire thing and see from there! I have faith in this product though, and I absolutely love how my skin feels after I apply it! I hope my prolonged use will eventually really lessen the visibility of my under-eye fine lines. *fingers crossed*

The new Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence (Php 1,399) is exclusively available at http://lazada.com.ph/Olay, while the Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Cream (Php 1,499) is available at Lazada, leading drugstores, department stores and supermarkets.

For latest on Olay, you may check their official website at http://olay.com.ph. You may also like Olay on Facebook or follow @OlayPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Olay Philippines. However, the review is an honest account of my thoughts and experiences with the products sent to me.

Sponsored, Tech & Gadgets 17 COMMENTS

Review: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

lenovo yoga tablet 2 coverI’m not a very tech-y person. I need to stress this fact because I don’t want you to think this post is going to be a detailed review of all the technical specs of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2. That’s simply not how I roll. No, sir. This review is coming from someone who appreciates modern technology for all its wondrous abilities, for what it lacks based on my needs as a user and all that jazz. No, I will not compare it to existing brands out there because let’s face it, I haven’t tried each and every brand available in the market. So forget asking me if this tablet is better than Brand X, I won’t have an answer for you. I’m reviewing this product based on this tablet alone and of course, my personal experience.

That being said, if you’re anything like me (not very tech-y but appreciates great technology) then stick around for my review, if you need the nitty gritty details, Google has hundreds of reviews waiting for you – but I’m assuming you’re exactly like me hence sitting in front of your laptop reading my blog. Yay! Let me stop rambling and get on with it. Continue Reading

Featured, Travel 47 COMMENTS

U.S. Tourist Visa Interview Experience

US visa interview experience - white(photo via)

I would like to note that this blog post is for the B1/B2 TOURIST VISA, if you’re looking for someone with an experience of obtaining a fiance/immigrant/working/student visa, I suggest a Google search and cross your fingers that someone was cool enough (like me) to share their experience online. 

Growing up, I would hear countless horror stories of people getting denied a tourist visa to the United States. So, you can imagine my anxiety when the Guam Visitors Bureau invited me to visit their island, knowing I had to go through the scary visa processing and the fee you pay for it isn’t exactly tiny. That’s still Php 7,360 from my own pocket. Even if I was earning, let’s say a net income of Php 700,000 annually, that Php 7,000 is a tough gamble. You can kiss that money goodbye if you get denied, but so darn worth it if you get approved with a 10-year multiple-entry visa. Either way, there’s no real way of knowing unless you try, right? Continue Reading