Sisig Society launches Sisig-flavored Lip Balm

Just when I thought that there are no more new ideas when it comes to beauty and self-care, I received a package from Sisig Society containing a sisig-flavored lip balm.

Sisig Society Lip Balm

Say whuuut?!?

Yes, a sisig-flavored lip balm.

Sisig Society Lip Balm

While conventional wisdom in lip products veer towards combinations of floral or fruity scents and flavors, someone at Sisig Society probably said, “Hey, why not make a lip balm flavor that people actually eat?”

Sisig Society Lip Balm

And, well, here you go.

Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it, though.

Sisig Society Lip Balm

The product comes in two signature flavors: Classic Pork and Spicy Chicken. Both flavors are specially formulated to meet beauty standards while satisfying sisig cravings.

Sisig Society Lip Balm

Each swipe of these lip balms across your kissers contains a taste of either chicken or pork meat, caramelized onions, chicharon and Sisig Society’s very own secret sauce.

And it does a great job of moisturizing lips, too!

Here’s a wild idea: give your Significant Other a kiss while wearing this lip balm and see if the poor creature can figure out how the yummy taste of sisig came to be on your lips. Oh, and props to you if you time this prank near a mealtime so you can both go to Sisig Society to satisfy the sisig craving that’s sure to pop out.

(I see what you did there, Sisig Society…) 😉

Now, where to find a Sisig Society outlet…

    East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
    Food Gallery, Third Floor, Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
    Third Floor, Fisher Mall, Quezon Avenue, Del Monte, Quezon City
    Calle Bistro, Ground Floor, Ever Gotesco Mall, Commonwealth Avenue, Old Balara, Quezon City
    Unit 12 The Fort Strip, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
    Ground Floor, One World Square, McKinley Hill, Taguig
    Ground Floor, Ayala Malls Marikina, Liwasang Kalayaan, Marikina Heights, Marikina City
    Third Floor, Circuit Lane, Ayala Malls Circuit, Olympia, Makati
    Ground Floor, Dela Rosa Carpark 2, Legaspi Village, Makati
    Ground Floor, Fisher Mall, Navotas-Caloocan Junction, Longos, Malabon City

Gave my nails a treat at Nailaholics, SM Pasig

I seldom get manicures or pedicures: having been blessed with nails resistant to chipping or breaking while within a reasonable length, I just usually cut my nails myself every month or so. Also, I usually devote the time and money for this kind of self-care towards other pursuits (like foodie meetups, yeah!).

Surprisingly though, far from being a frivolous self-indulgence, getting nails done actually can be very beneficial to most women’s well-being.

How?

A mani-pedi session at a local nail spa or salon is a precious moment when a woman can unplug from the usual concerns of work and family life. The half-hour it takes for a nail specialist to clean, cut, shape and file a woman’s nails is time she can spend with her phone hidden away as she lounges on a comfy chair with her hands and feet up. Many girls take this as an opportunity to de-stress.

A treatment also oftentimes include a relaxing hand and foot massage that helps improve blood circulation and ease joint movement in these limbs.

Furthermore, regular nail treatments also reduces the chances of nails developing fungi and other infections, thanks to the intensive cleaning that they go through.

I recently got to treat myself to these health benefits when I got a free mani-pedi treatment at Nailaholics at SM Pasig (thanks to my good friend Jen of SandUnderMyFeet.com for the GC!).

Nailaholics, SM Pasig

Nailaholics is a chain of nail salons that seek to provide the metro’s denizens with a place to escape to and get pampered.

Inspired by the chic and luxurious beach life along the Hamptons coast, its premises are marked by seaside inspired colors and decor. Soft mood piped-in music also contributes to the relaxing atmosphere.

Nailaholics, SM Pasig

Nailaholics, SM Pasig

Nailaholics, SM Pasig

Nailaholics, SM Pasig

Nailaholics, SM Pasig

Nailaholics, SM Pasig

After ushering me to a lounge chair, my nail technicians (NTs) Issa and Dicel set about giving me and my nails a much-deserved treat which included:

Soaking my hands and feet in warm scented water for a few seconds. This helps to moisturize and soften my nails prior to the treatment.

Nailaholics, SM Pasig

Nailaholics, SM Pasig

Shaping my nails. My nails usually grow in a rounded shape so the NTs just clipped and filed my nails following this natural shape. This actually results to stronger nail growth.

Nailaholics, SM Pasig

Nailaholics, SM Pasig

Cleaning. A cuticle cream is applied to my nails and the cuticle is gently pushed down to create an appearance of longer nails.

Hand and Foot Massage. My hands and feet were applied with lotion and given a gentle reflexology massage. Ooh, this made me want to go back the very next day!

Nailaholics, SM Pasig

I opted not to have my nails colored because, being a no-frills girl at heart, I didn’t want the responsibility of maintaining colored nails.

My mani-pedi treatment at Nailaholics was a welcome respite from the daily grind. Knowing that it actually contributes to my overall health, and to my confidence in presenting myself to the world, are welcome bonuses.

Nailaholics, SM Pasig

Now I’m thinking of treating my best gals to a nail spa day at Nailaholics for my birthday.

This Nailaholics branch is located at Unit 148 SM Center Frontera Verde C5 Ugong, Pasig City. Other branches in metro are located in the following cities:

  • Makati: Cash and Carry, Glorietta 3, Ayala Malls Circuit
  • Quezon City: Eastwood Citywalk, Fishermall, Gateway Mall Cubao, Robinsons Galleria, SM Fairview, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf
  • Muntinlupa: Festival Mall Alabang, SM Muntinlupa
  • Manila: Lucky Chinatown Mall, SM Manila
  • Taguig: Uptown Mall BGC, Market! Market!
  • Pasig: Robinsons Metro East
  • Paranaque: SM Bicutan, SM Sucat, SM BF
  • Las Pinas: SM Las Pinas, SM Southmall
  • Pasay: SM Mall of Asia
  • Marikina: SM Marikina, Ayala Malls Feliz
  • Mandaluyong: SM Megamall
  • San Juan: Unimart Greenhills

For more details, visit the Nailaholics website.

Product Review: Shaleve Ginger Shampoo and Conditioner

I have been blessed with naturally straight hair but it does tend to get oily, even greasy at times. I quite surprised that despite this, my scalp tends to get flaky, especially when I feel stressed. (This is a big problem for me as I like wearing dark colors.)

I also have a problem with hairfall: after washing my hair, I would see strands clumping together at the drain.

While many commercially available hair care products do purport to address my hair concerns, I oftentimes don’t see or feel the improvements as immediately or as signifcantly as I would like.

Then I was sent a bottle each of Shaleve Ginger Anti-Alopecia Shampoo and Shaleve Ginger Physiotherapy Hair Care Conditioner to review.

Berfly International Trading

Berfly International Trading

My first thought was: Ginger? On my hair? Really???

I’ve known for a while that this root crop has a lot of medicinal properties but this is the first time I’ve encountered its application to hair care.

Shaleve Ginger Shampoo and Conditioner

Actually, many of ginger’s qualities that make it a superfood also make it a boon to hair.

Ginger has natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe scalp problems such as dandruff, dryness and itchiness. It also helps regulate hair sebum secretions, addressing my concerns with oily hair.

To use, wet hair thoroughly and apply the Shaleve Ginger Anti-Alopecia Shampoo evenly to hair, massaging the scalp for two to three minutes until a slight foam is generated. (Note that this shampoo is not as bubbly or foamy as more mainstream shampoos.). Then rinse off with clear water.

Afterwards, gently massage the Shaleve Ginger Physiotherapy Hair Care Conditioner onto the scalp. Leave on for five minutes then rinse thoroughly.

Personally, I love the light and fresh feeling these products bring to my hair. They also leave a nice and subtle herby sent that stays on my hair all day.

Shaleve Ginger Shampoo and Conditioner

Shaleve Ginger Shampoo and Conditioner

These hair care products are imported and distributed by Berfly International Trading Corporation, a supplier of a complete range of beauty, body and bath-stuffs for discerning consumers in the metro.

The Shaleve Ginger Anti-Alopecia Shampoo retails at Php148 per 300ml bottle while the Shaleve Ginger Physiotherapy Gair Care Conditioner sells for Php174 per 300ml bottle.

Both of these products are available at Berfly’s showroom at 6th Floor LJK Building Km 21 Ortigas Avenue Extension, Brgy. San Isidro Cainta, Rizal or at the company’s online store at Facebook.

For inquries, call +63 966 1975536 or email berflyinternational@yahoo.com.

Lip tints for the young and young-at-heart: Tinta ng Pak Awra

Lip tints have considerably grown in popularity in recent months, influenced, no doubt, by the trends pushed by Korean pop culture.

Lip tints or lip stains are liquid or gel-based lip colors whose pigments stay on the lips long after their watery base has evaporated, essentially “staining” the lips. The resulting stain stays on the lips for longer periods of time, unlike lipsticks and lip glosses whose waxy or oily elements make them easily wiped away or smudged.

Lip tints have become the preference of many busy working women or students who may not have the time to regularly touch up on their lip color. Also, they do away with the usual problems that women encounter with other lip color products, such as lipsticks’ tendency to smudge and lip gloss’ propensity to stick to stray hairs or food crumbs.

I recently received some samples from a new entrant to the lip tint business: Pak Awra. Marketing its lip tint products under the moniker Tinta ng Pak Awra, it currently produces six shades named with the same down-home Pinoy-based whimsy as their mother brand: Nagmamaganda, Kyat Kyat, Ganda Ka Teh, Galit na Galit, Bruhilda and Dalaginding. Retailing at Php69/tube, the lip tints are made with natural and organic ingredients, have a sweet bubble gum taste upon application and will stay on your lips from am to pm.

Tinta ng Pak Awra

I received two shades to try out. One is Nagmamaganda, which has a darkish pink hue.

Tinta ng Pak Awra

The other is Kyat Kyat, which, similar to its fruity namesake, has an orange-y color.

Tinta ng Pak Awra

Between the two, my preference is the Nagmamaganda shade, which I think suits my style, personality and age. 🙂

The Kyat Kyat shade may appeal more to younger women, who may have more success in rocking a K-pop style ombre lip than I did.

Tinta ng Pak Awra

Both lip tints are packaged in small and handy roll-on bottles which eases their application on my lips and conveniently fit into my kikay kit along with my other vanity items.

I find that it helps to shake the bottle before use. Also, lip tints generally have the tendency to dry out one’s lips so after applying the lip tint, I usually dab on some lip balm.

The lip tints also double as cheek stains, giving my cheeks a healthy and natural-looking blush.

I’m a firm believer of the #MakeupNoMakeupLook, and the lip tints provide a light color that helps me achieve a fresh yet polished glow.

Tinta ng Pak Awra

Tinta ng Pak Awra lip tints do perform as advertised and their fun, irreverent branding will appeal to young women. I hope that the makers of Pak Awra will also consider another line geared towards a more mature market.

Pak Awra products can be found in its branches in:

  • D’ Style Hub, Damballelos Street, Frontera Building, Balayan, Batangas (open daily from 8am to 6pm)
  • Shopaholicz (Main), Unit 8 2nd Floor, CB Building, F. Timbol Street, San Nicholas Poblacion Concepcion, Tarlac (open daily from 8am to 7.30pm)
  • Shopaholicz (Mini), Caluluan Concepcion, Tarlac (open daily from 8am to 7.30pm)
  • Betty Booth Fashion Boutique, BienPaz Arcade, Maharlika Highway Junction, San Rafael, San Pablo City, Laguna (open daily from 9am to 8pm)
  • La Chicas Fashion Boutique, National Road Baytan Zone IV Iba, Zambales (open Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 7pm)
  • ILove Shopitology Dasma, 2nd Floor, Dasmarinas Bayan (above Generika and across McDonald’s) (open daily from 10am to 9pm)

You can also order online via the Pak Awra Facebook Page or via VIBER at +63 977 1445573.

Disclosure: Product samples provided by Pak Awra for review purposes.

Product Review: Belo Baby Cologne

Among the first batch of samples I got from Sample Room is a small bottle Belo Baby Cool Drizzle Cologne. Despite the unwritten rule that grown women should gravitate towards perfumes, I retain my preference for baby colognes. I guess it’s a combination of two factors: One, baby colognes are much cheaper than perfumes, a high-end cologne would, more often than not, cost less than many of the low-end perfumes. Two, colognes tend to have light fresh scents which I find a lot more palatable than the heavier and more floral scents of perfumes.

SampleRoom Batch 1

It is packaged in a handy 50ml spritzer bottle which fits in most bags and kikay kits. I like its fresh scent that lasts for a good couple of hours. It does not feel so astringent-y when sprayed on, owing to the glycerin component that helps to moisturize and chamomile-derived Bisabolol (known to have anti-irritant, anti-inglammatory and anti-microbial properties) that helps to soothe skin. Formulated without parabens, phtalates, EDTA and coloring agents, Belo Baby Cool Drizzle Cologne is dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic and safe for all skin types, so it should be safe for you and your little ones to use. It also doubles as a hand sanitizer; that means we have less stuff to carry in our bags.

To use, spray a small amount on your hands and apply thoroughly as often as you like.

Belo Baby Cool Drizzle Cologne comes in 50ml (priced at Php64.75) and 100ml (priced at Php79.75) spritzer bottles. It is available at all leading supermarkets, department stores, groceries, and drugstores nationwide, and online via Zalora, Lazada and Cudsly.

To quote a wise man, Mr. Jonathan Van Ness of the hit Netflix show, Queer Eye: “It’s not vanity, it’s self-care. There’s a difference.”

Just because we are busy working moms (and even more so because of it), we need to take better care of ourselves, to feel good about ourselves, to give our kids a good example and to make sure we are at our best when we need to be.

The free sample was provided by Sample Room, an online community where you can “try before you buy” beauty and personal care products to get the ones which best match you. I just needed to pay for the shipping of the items I requested.

SampleRoom Batch 1