Friday, August 22, 2014

Midas Hotel's Sabroso! Food Festival: An Affair of Filipino Gastronomy to Remember at Midas Cafe

I was raring to go to Midas Hotel so I could try the buffet at Midas Cafe. Good thing I was invited to attend Midas Hotel's first ever regional food fest to enjoy a truly sumptuous smorgasbord of the finest Filipino dishes and a new twist of one delightful dining experience.

Midas Café has indeed entwined a new tinge of wonderful gastronomy on its first ever Food Festival, SABROSO! A Festival of Filipino Gastronomical Journey and Expression media launched last Friday, August 15, 2014.

In the Philippines, good food is everywhere to be found. And at Midas, Filipinos highly-flavored likeness for palatable cuisines laid out in a long buffet line, along with the signature favorites of every region render superb and sumptuous indulgence.

Sabroso means delicious, tasty or masarap in Tagalog, Naimas in Northern Luzon, Masiram in Southern Luzon, Lami in Visayas and Manamit in Mindanao.

Exec.Chef Arnold Guevarra and Ass. PR + Brand Director Mr Erwin Dona
Midas Café’s award-winning Executive Chef Arnold Guevarra and his culinary team laid out the signature favorites of every featured region for sumptuous indulgence.  They served the most celebrated gourmet of the Filipino legacy, from the terrains of once a majestic city to the streams of grand escapes.

I love how they focus mainly on Filipino dishes because it can be disappointing for example that hotel buffets tend to focus on international, not local, cuisine. Sabroso is their take on serving regional delicacies and home made food that we all grew up and got accustomed to.

It was an affair of amazing gastronomy to remember where they served all the guests with a delicious 4-course lunch, then we also tried the dishes from the buffet area.

The first sampler plate, the Filipino Gourmet Appetizers, was a plate featuring a combination of Tuna and Pork Sinugba, crispy Ukoy with sukang Iloko, Lato and Guso Salad, and Mesclun greens in sukang Iloko vinaigrette. The tuna and pork sinugba was one of my favorites. The taste and texture of the meat really suits my palate. I love how they served it on a bite size portion so we could just take a small bite of each dish.

Law-Uy, a Visayan vegetable soup was served next.  It has a flavorful broth with fresh veggies like cucumber, tomatoes, taro, and malunggay leaves that was quite satisfying. Definitely a comfort food on a rainy day.

Then they served a light and refreshing Calamansi Sorbet to cleanse our palate for the next course.

Lokon in crab roe sauce
For the main course, a sampler included dishes such as Lokon in crab roe sauce, Pork Humba, Sinugbang Manok with soy vinegar dip, Vegetable in Fish paste or Pinakbet, and fried brown rice in bamboo. I had a taste of the flavors of LuzViMin, all in one plate!

For dessert, there were Croquantine Coconut Yema, Nilupak and Halaya Cake, Brazo de Durian, and Marang og Balimbing Ice Cream with Mabuhay on a huge plate. The aesthetics and presentation was quite enticing! Everything on this plate was delicious.

After that, I was able to explore the buffet spread at Midas Cafe. It is by far the best buffet line I've had in a long while. There are different salads, breads, cheese, desserts , pastries and they had a lot more in stored for us. They also served sashimi, sushi and makis. The cost of the buffet is at Php 1,842 nett for both lunch and dinner buffet.

The smokeless grill section was one of the delicious dishes that I enjoyed immensely. The fresh tuna, crabs and shrimps were perfectly grilled to my liking.

My favorite dish, Dinakadakan, is a must try! It's an Ilocano dish that is one of the "pulutan" favorites.  Even though it might be popular as an appetizer or pulutan, I like eating this with rice. The rich flavors from the hog head and brain, together with the spices, can really work up your appetite!

Of course, I cannot leave without having a bite (or two or maybe more.. ) of the Cebu Lechon or roasted US Angus Prime Ribs. The meat was tender and delicious while the crispiness of the skin absolutely made my (cheat) day complete!

All in all, my Sabroso! dining experience at Midas Cafe was truly delightful. The buffet spreads were simply exceptional and everything was delicious.

So go ahead and spoil yourself with an exceptional gastronomical experience. At Midas Café, every guest is in for a fabulous unforgettable feast.

Midas Cafe is located at the the Second Level of Midas Hotel, 2702 Roxas Bouevard, Pasay City or call 902-0100 for inquiries and reservations. Facebook:


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Beauty Scents Opens the Biggest Outlet Store at Paseo de Sta. Rosa

Shopping has never looked so good at Paseo de Sta. Rosa! Beauty Scents, Philippines' biggest outlet store and the ultimate place for beauty indulgence and top fragrance & beauty brands has officially opened at Paseo de Sta. Rosa on Thursday 31st of July.

It’s like an oasis of awesomeness in the heart of Laguna and with Beauty Scents' unbeatable outlet prices and unbelievable deals, your bag will be soon bulging with a bunch of gorgeous goodies. :)

Before the grand launch, I received an extraordinarily beautiful invite from Beauty Scents. By far, it was the most delightful event invite I've received. It was like an answered prayer since I got a collection of half-empty perfume bottles stashed away in my closet, and I felt like it's time to update my perfume collection. I guess I was in luck because I was one of the first peeps to visit this amazing outlet store! Retail therapy at its best!

The event was hosted by former Bb. Pilipinas now model-host Abby Cruz-Ramos.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was  headed by Greenfield Development Corporation EVP Duane Santos, Beauty Scents business development manager Helen Cortez, Greenfield Development Corporation president and chairman of the Board Jeffrey Campos and Beauty Scents store manager Joan Villadiego.

The Exclusive Launch of Beauty Scents included a stellar list consists of VIPs, celebrities, bloggers and famous style moguls who also went there to shop for their favorite perfumes and makeup products that they can add to their beauty arsenal.  Shopping at Beauty scents and trying out an array of luxury fragrance and beauty brands has never been this liberating.

Model, Actress and TV host, Phoemela Baranda was also there to shop for her favorite scents. Guests were able to check the finest top shelf perfume, cologne, and personal beauty products brand new & sealed.

There's a wide range of beauty indulgences available at up to 70% off the normal mall or high street prices so there are plenty of affordable treats! You’ll also find great gift ideas for birthdays and special occasions.

Beauty Scents' incredibly spacious 120sqm floor offers unbelievable deals on premium beauty and fragrance brands that can't be found anywhere else. Their outlet store is located in Unit LS-13, Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Laguna, which is about an hour south of Metro Manila.

This is where you can find top up discounts, bonus bundles, wholesale items for partner wholesalers, Last Call Deals and Best Deals. Aside from the best deals, Beauty Scents is where you can find hard to find seasonal and limited life items.

Luxury make ups and fragrances at 70% off were very much ready for picking and enjoyment! There was a Happy Hour, wherein we were treated for some much needed pampering which included eye brow shaping, fragrance samplers, and a make over counter such as 15 minutes facial massage by Guerlain plus free makeup makeover by Majolica Majorca.

As an opening treat, Beauty Scents let us choose any perfume in the store. Their helpful and knowledgeable staff showed us around, guided us through their product range, and offered some advice on what scents to get.

  Shopping is more fun with  my lovely friends! So grab a group of friends & let the fun begin! :)
I got two delightful perfumes from Beauty Scents; Chloe Intense and Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic.

The scent  of Chloe Intense has rose notes, like a small rose garden in winter season. A tame classic that's warm, sophisticated, and tantalizing, this fragrance is surely worth a shot perfect for all occasions. You can get Chloe Intense 75 ml for only P3,900! Save P3,098!

I was looking for my all-time favorite Bvlgari Omnia Coral but it's only available in a bundle of 5, so I settled for the one that was highly recommended by one of the staff, Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic. I'm quite surprised with its long lasting, fresh citrus scent. It's a perfume that brings lightness, simplicity, longevity and joy in an unassuming but pleasingly pretty little package. A perfume that is bright, light and so utterly right. I really love it and I'm absolutely obsessed with this scent!

So what perfumes are you most likely to buy? Make sure to take a trip or drop by Beauty Scents in Paseo de Sta. Rosa on your way back to Manila after a weekend getaway.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Product Review + Beauty Box Giveaway: Pond's Flawless White Whitening Expert BB+ Cream in Beige

Hello ladies! Have you heard the good news from Pond's?

Along with Pond's Flawless White Whitening Expert BB+ Cream SPF30 PA++ in Light, Pond’s is pleased to reveal the latest shade addition to the BB+ Cream family, Pond's Flawless White Whitening Expert BB+ Cream SPF30 PA++ in Beige. The best bit is that it's been expertly designed and formulated for morena skin, something every Filipina should be very proud of. It makes a perfect fit for those Pinay-na-Pinay beauties with dusky skin or chinitas with yellow-tinged complexions. This means that morena beauties now have a BB cream option that is suited to their specific skin needs.

I was fortunate enough to attend an intimate get-together luncheon held at the M cafe in Ayala Museum yesterday that was beautifully put together by the lovely ladies from the Pond's Team, led by by Brand Manager, Cesca Silvestre, and Unilever Head of PR, Apples Aberin. It was a lovely lunch filled with beautiful treats, good food, chitchats and of course, Pond's (multi-awarded and already famous) BB Cream.

Unilever head of PR, Apples Aberin, beautiful and radiant as always.
The brand has been perfecting the skin of generations of Filipinas for over 160 years now and when they launched its Pond’s Age Miracle and Flawless White BB+ Cream with SPF30 PA++ in 2013, women instantly fell in love with the wonder balm’s spot-concealing and glow-enhancing properties. I'm pretty sure that the latest shade of this revolutionary BB Cream will definitely sweep ladies off their feet.

Miss Cesca discussed the concept of this multi-tasking product we all love and explained to us how amazing and beneficial this new shade of Pond's BB Cream is for Filipinas. She also said that while skin experts say that the higher the SPF, the oilier the skin gets, Pond's BB cream has its added multi-faceted solution that aims to control excess oil, moisturize and gives an impressively matte finish.

I was quite surprised with how generous they were. Since I was lucky enough to take this beauty box home with me and being a BB cream junkie, I was more than ecstatic to open it and review the newest shade of Pond's BB cream on the market. I just couldn't wait for another day to post another BB cream review so I tried it this morning to share a bit about this new BB cream that has officially thrown its hat in the ring.

Actually, this post is mainly dedicated to the Pond's Flawless White BB cream in Beige but since I have all 3 products as a set, I might as well review and compare it with Pond’s Age Miracle BB+ Cream in Light and Pond's Flawless White BB+ Cream in Light as well.

Instantly spot-less and always radiant skin! Pond’s BB+ Cream  helps provide effortless natural bare-faced look with instant natural coverage and it lightens from within. It addresses women’s cosmetic and skin care needs by providing a sheer veil of coverage, by masking imperfections and blemishes, and by protecting from the harmful effects of the sun.

The packaging looks similar with a large twist lid in shimmering silver, but the color is different. Flawless White has glossy pink and silver color, while the Age Miracle  has bright red color. I’m a sucker for glossy and shiny packaging so I was definitely drawn to these pink beauties. It is by far my favorite packaging of any of the BB creams I've used. It comes in 8g and 25g tubes so you have more buying options. The pointed tip and nozzle is quite small so you can easily control how much you want to use. The tube is small enough to put inside the purse or bag, perfect for busy and always on-the-go women.

Swatched! As you can see from the swatch above, the Age Miracle has slightly darker color and it felt creamier compare to the Flawless White which is lighter in color, a bit denser and thicker in consistency. Pond's Flawless White in Light is slightly lighter than the Beige and has pink undertone.
Shade options:
There are currently 2 shades available for Pond's Flawless White; Light and  Beige, the new shade for morenas or skin with yellow undertone. On the other hand, Pond's Age Miracle comes in Light shade which is directed towards aging or 30+ women (Ouch!) matches my skin tone perfectly. It’s not as white as Flawless White, and it gives more dewy finish. There's quite a difference with color when blended so I'm not quite sure how the color would work for people who are somewhat in between.

Here's a tip from Pond's Ambassador and beauty expert, Agoo Bengzon. She said that if you're not sure of what shade to use, just mix both shades to achieve the shade that best complements your skin tone. Just like her, I don't like putting on thick makeup and I agree with her that sheer and natural is the way to go. Plus, a little goes a long way.

SPF and Formulation:
They all have SPF 30 PA++, which is a plus for me cause I won’t have to worry wearing them in the sun! I'm 33 and I don't want to have wrinkly skin and fine lines by the time I'm 40! Seriously! :) The GenActivTM cover formula, which is packed full of vitamins leaves skin more even-toned after each application.

(From Left to Right) Pond’s Age Miracle BB+ Cream in Light, Pond's Flawless White BB cream in Beige, and Pond's Flawless White BB+ Cream in Light
Consistency and Ease of application:
It's very easy to apply and it has a creamy, lightweight consistency that glides on smoothly. The Beige is quite yellow-toned and because I have a neutral to warm undertone, it's a little too dark for my skin when I first applied it. But when applied using a foundation brush, it blended in perfectly well with my skin, leaving my skin a more matte finish without being chalky, which I like. It's also perfect on those days you want to look fresh or let your skin breathe and not look "made-up."

I think it looks best when applied with a foundation brush to really blend it into the skin, but can also be applied with your fingers, just make sure you blend it well and massage it into the skin.

Coverage, Staying Power and Oil control:
In my opinion, it offers more than enough coverage as I don't need to apply concealer to any blemishes or dark circles under my eyes, but that obviously depends on what condition your skin is in.  It's also the perfect primer for those that need or want extra coverage.

My T-zones (forehead and nose) got oily after around 5 hours, so I guess the oil control is pretty good on me. It's very hydrating and can supplement your current skin care routine but it's not something to replace your moisturizers.

Price and Availability:
Who needs 3 different products when you can get all their benefits in one tube? Definitely worth the retail price. You can avoid wasting time on makeup shopping and cut down on your cosmetic budget by simply adding a multi-faceted solution to your beauty regimen like the Pond’s BB+ Cream.
Pond's Flawless White BB+ Cream in Beige and Light -Php 149 for 8g and Php 299 for 25g
Pond's Age Miracle BB+ Cream in Light - Php 499 Available in all leading department stores and drugstores.

Here are some of the reasons why I think Pond's BB+ Cream rocks:

• Lightweight and not greasy at all. No sticky feeling!
• Non-pore clogging and sets to a matte finish
• Doesn't need to be dusted with powder (if you have really oily skin, you can simply set it with powder)
• Provides good coverage and blendable
• Fresh, clean scent that is not overpowering at all
• Travel-friendly, Slim and sleek packaging
• Protects from UVA and UVB rays (SPF30++)
• All-in-one multi-tasking beauty wonder
• Camouflages instantly, a cool mash-up of tinted moisturizer + liquid foundation + whitening concealer
• Affordable and definitely worth the price

• It comes in smaller tubes- 8g and 25g only. I have a thing for bigger tubes, it's a personal thing though.
• Pond's Flawless White is only available in two shades while Pond's Age Miracle BB+ Cream has only one shade. Hopefully, there will be more shades soon.

I'm glad Pond's has developed Pond’s Flawless White BB+ Cream, a whitening cream and lightweight foundation in one, giving both skin care and makeup benefits. I’d say well done to Pond’s for creating another brilliant product that can firmly stand its ground around the likes of Dr. Jart and other popular BB creams. It’s like an all-in-one beauty wonder, which is why it rocks!

Overall, I am impressed with this product and will definitely continue using it because of two reasons;
1. I'm fiercely loyal and "hiyang" to Pond's ever since I started using it in high school, and
2. So far, I'm loving this product but this is only day 1 and I haven't quite used this product long enough to see any results of whitening dark spots on my face, so I'll be updating soon to share how it lasts through a normal workday and to report any breakouts. I hope there won't be any coz I'm really loving it! I would recommend you give this product a try because it blends in flawlessly and looks simply amazing. I really think it should be one of the latest must-haves in any girl's beauty arsenal.

With this new addition, more Filipinas can now enjoy the right shade and formula that will perfectly blend with their natural skin tone.

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Thank you so much to the lovely ladies of the Pond's Team. ♥ Unilever Philippines' Claudine San Diego, Unilever Senior Assistant Brand Manager for Pond’s Raiza Revilla, Unilever Senior Brand Manager for Pond’s Cesca Silvestre, Pond’s Ambassador AgooBengzon, Unilever Philippines’ Head of PR Apples Aberin, Cher LuiPio, ZoAguila, Unilever Philippines' Cheskie Ayson, and Unilever Philippines' Sarina Samson
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Disclaimer: This product is for review purposes, however it will not affect my opinion about the product. Thank you for reading and I hope this review is helpful.