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Food Getaway: Chopstop

It was late last year when my sister and I first visited ChopStop and I totally forgot to blog about it. The gloomy weather made me sat up on my bed and wanted me to be productive today. No classes since Saturday here in Pampanga and it's continuously raining outside. Just the perfect bed-weather!

So I tried to get my ass off and started being productive a little by cleaning my phone and card memory by transferring my photos from my mobile to my laptop, I recognized that I took photos of this chain last year pa. So what better way to spend this day than to blog, at least. :) 

I went to SM Pampanga with my sister and when we were about to had our lunch, we decided to venture into a fast food chain that offers a different vibe from the usual Jollibee and Mcdo. We decided to walk a little further and discovered ChopStop. We both knew that it's a newly-opened chain back then so we tried their bestsellers. 

The resto was located at SM Pampanga, 2nd floor beside Chowking and ordering for your food is the same like you're ordering on McDonalds or Jollibee. 

So while the other customers were ordering, we chose our food through their menu. It's a shame that the place only have few customers when we got there provided that it's lunch time. Still, we tried their food so we would know if it's worth going back. 

My sister and I had BBQ and Country. We also opted for Fudge Brownie Mug Cake as our dessert. We only had one because I want to try their dessert first before digging into a lot. I usually have a sweet tooth and when I try something for the first time, I ended up eating the whole desert even if it's not to my liking at all. In short, I don't want any leftovers, especially on dessert. I can give the rest to my sister if I don't like it that's why we just got one first. And a follow-up never happened. Hahaha.. 

ChopStop did filled our tummy but not to the extent that I will be going back. First, I thought that the portion will be chopped, hence the name. They served it as a whole though, I wished they chopped it instead. We had to undergo to the chopping process pa without a knife and only with the usual spoon and fork service here in our country. 

The BBQ which I had was way too sweet! I think the Country was better. I had a little from my sister to taste. Given that they mentioned that the BBQ was their bestseller. I usually asked the staff of the restaurant, especially when I'm new what their bestseller was so I can try it first hand. I thought the BBQ was just glazed perfectly because the presentation was great. 

Only my sister had an Iced Tea and sipping a little from hers, made me realized that it's better I didn't order. Water is always the best! Haha. Iced Tea was too sweet to my liking as well. What I like was their veggies. Perfectly cooked! The rice, nah! It was just too dry!

Resto Name: CHOPSTOP
Type of Food: FASTFOOD

I remember not finishing the entire meal and I just don't like that. As much as possible, almost all the time, I finish everything on my plate because I don't want food going into waste. And if I can barely finish the food because of the taste and if it's really difficult to finish to begin with, that place is already doomed in my eyes. I'm never going back!

I just hope that if ever I'll be back there in the future, a change was made. Or maybe our visit was just one of those unfortunate time we had. Hoping for the best!

ARTISTRY Hydra-V Eye Gel Cream, The Solution to Aging Eyes

Many of our lifestyle choices cause the skin surrounding the eyes to deteriorate over time. Dark circles, fine lines and puffiness are results of our daily lifestyle choices.  These are all too often the first sign of premature aging.

Daily Effects on Skin    
In this day and age, most of us spend most hours in the front of smartphones, laptops and tablet screens. Whether it’s for leisure or for work, we’re always at the mercy of our gadgets. Unfortunately, this has harmful effects on our eyes and the skin surrounding them.   

Outdoor activities like hiking and going to the beach, are good for your health but, can also be detrimental to the skin surrounding your eyes. As many studies show, too much exposure to direct sunlight can also harm skin and age it faster.

Staying up late is never advisable if your goal is to achieve radiant-looking skin under your eyes. Too many late nights causes dark circles and these can make you seem older than you actually are. Drinking and smoking also contribute to skin aging. These poor lifestyle habits are all contribute towards prematurely older-looking skin.

On top of all that, there is the dust and pollution all over the city. This does not help your skin at all, and only serves to age it even faster.

All of these together result in dark circles, fine lines and puffiness around the eyes – all of which are effects of our lifestyle choices.    

The Solution: ARTISTRY HYDRA-VTM Eye Gel Cream
To counteract the negative effects of the innumerable variables that contribute to skin aging, there is ARTISTRY HYDRA-VTM Refreshing Eye Gel Cream.

ARTISTRY HYDRA-VTM Refreshing Eye Gel Cream refreshes and hydrates the eye area to keep skin young and healthy-looking. It is made with a lightweight, silky-feeling gel formula that smoothly glides over the skin and is absorbed immediately along with all its benefits. It is also suitable for any skin type.

More than that, ARTISTRY HYDRA-VTM Refreshing Eye Gel Cream contains special ingredients to ensure effectiveness.  It encapsulates fresh Norwegian fjord water, which enables the product to rejuvenate the skin and lighten dark under-eye circles. It also contains a patented combination of Linseed and Licorice extract to relieve discomfort and remove puffiness caused by some of our daily activities.  Finally, it possesses Centella Asiatica and Orange extracts to help improve the texture of the skin for an over-all healthy look.

Just apply a pea-size amount of the product to the skin surrounding your eyes daily for best results. Because of its packaging, you can take it with you wherever you go and apply it to refresh tired-looking eyes.   

With  ARTISTRY HYDRA-VTM Refreshing Eye Gel Cream you are assured that the skin around your eye is properly nourished, cared for, and youthful-looking.  ARTISTRY HYDRA-VTM Refreshing Eye Gel Cream is exclusively distributed by Amway Philippines.  

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Review: Dermax Professional UV Active Water-Burst Sunscreen

Being pregnant, I’ve been really careful with the products I’m using. During my first trimester, I actually didn't want to use just any product at all. I am just too lazy to apply anything on my body and it's already a tedious work for a momma ongoing through a lot of hormonal changes. 

Good thing my second trimester was a bit easier than the first because I became less sensitive with the smell. During my first, I used a mint shampoo from Human Heart Nature because it's the only smell I can take during shower. My soaps and other products were all unscented. I hate the smell of everything, coffee, roasted garlic, perfumes among others. I can't even take being in the restroom for 5 minutes. I have terrible morning (afternoon and evening) sickness at that time. 

For my last semester, I can say I have moved past all that. I can smell everything now. Thus I need to go back to my skin routine with caution. I still check if the products were safe for me and baby. My skin just feels so dry recently that why I needed to go back little by little. One of the few products I tried is a sunscreen from Dermax which is the Dermax Professional UV Active Water-Burst Sunscreen. I tried it and I feel that it works great for me. 

I got this product last year when I subscribed for a sample at Sample Room. It was sitting tightly in my box unused and I only just used it recently because I needed a sunscreen that would suit my skin needs during this pregnancy. I still have other sunscreen sitting in my shelf though but I wanted to try something else that would be nicer to my skin. I found this.  

What I like about this product is that it's super hydrating. Maybe that's why it's called Water-Burst sunscreen after all. It has SPF 45+ and has a PA +++ which is totally great because it has intense protection. I totally liked it because after application, it sits on the skin automatically after a minute of just for a few seconds. No irritating feeling of putting sticky lotions or sunscreen and no need to wait before it sits comfortably on the skin.

With its gentle sunscreen ingredients that protects against UVA and UVB rays, it provides protection to my skin especially that I’m feeling twice the heat because of my pregnancy.

The product was slim and very handy that you can bring it anywhere. It's also a pump so it's a plus factor since you don't have to  dispense the product by squeezing the bottle. I love pumps! Who isn't? :) 

The consistency was very light that you'll feel you are just putting water. I think this is the lightest sunscreen I have used my entire life. It might be pricey for P720 for a 50 ml. They also have a smaller one for you to try first which is the 30 ml tube for P475. I swear by this product! Highly recommended!

Yay for me! (。◕‿◕。) 
  • Love the moisture it gives. 
  • Feeling very light on the skin. 
  • Has high SPF 45 PA +++
  • Perfect for active lifestyle or to those who sweat much! 
  • Dispenses in pump! Winner! 
  • Very handy to carry and to use often. 
  • Got it for free! 

Nay for me! (。◕︵◕。)
  • Regular price is a bit expensive.

Price: Got it for FREE! 
P720.00 - 50 ml.
P475.00 - 30 ml.

Bought from: Sample Room
Size: 50 ml.

Overall, this is a product I would love to use again! Might take a little sacrifice though for it's price because it's almost 50% higher than my normal sunscreen. Still, I would love to get this over and over again. If you're looking for the perfect sunscreen for you, this might fit in your lifestyle. Give it a try and see the results! :)