You’ll be up and about with elcafe


It’s no secret that I’m a coffee drinker. Being both a blogger and freelance writer is hard work. I constantly need to think of new ideas to offer. I constantly need to deliver.

It’s a good thing that I love to write! It’s my love for writing that gets me going whenever deadlines are though and my mind and body are tired.

That and A LOT of coffee. haha! 🙂

Recently I tried a new brand of coffee by the company Elken named elcafe.

It’s a premium quality 5-in-1 coffee with Ginseng and Gingko Biloba extract made from the finest of Arabica and Robusta coffee powder and non-dairy creamer.


The coffee is slightly more bitter than the regular coffee that I take. What I can say about this coffee, however, is that it does give you energy. I got me through the Christmas season when I was doing a ton of writing while at the same time, helping with the family business.

Right now, you can order through Elken from a seller, as they do direct selling with their products.


More about Elken: 

After a year ago of arrival in the Philippines, the newest leading Malaysian direct selling company Elken has continuously roll out its goal – to provide world-class quality products with holistic approach in health, beauty, well-being, and business opportunities not just for Asian country citizens but now specifically to all Filipinos.

“We want to let Filipinos know that we are here to unify them in our common cause to enrich lives together by making a positive difference in people’s lives through the wonders of Elken products. We are looking after the stories on how Elken products change people’s lives,” said David Wong, General Manager of Elken International Philippines, Co. Ltd., during their maiden bloggers conference last November 29.

True to its philosophy “Builds you to Building Others”, Elken started its humble beginning in 1995 from a space that measured less than 25,000 square feet sharing the vision to enrich lives by nurturing and empowering people to create opportunities of a positive life transformation. From then, Elken expanded with over 500 unique wellness offerings in cosmetics, personal care, wellness, food and beverage, and home care and over 1.8 billion audience across 11 asian countries, which include Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan and now Philippines. 

Wong also shared that total wellness should begin with comprehensive nutrition that can be found with Elken’s four interesting product line-up to its portfolio for Filipinos. 

Contact details: 

To know more about Elken Philippines, please visit or watch them on YouTube via iElken Global channel ( You may like their Facebook page via to get latest updates.

For immediate inquiries, please contact (02) 535 22 66 to get in touch directly.






My Five-Product Makeup Ritual Deconstructed

In my last article, I mentioned five products that I use whenever things like my schedule or my skin don’t permit me to put on much makeup (see article).I decided to do another entry on it showing how it actually looks like as I put on the products. 🙂 I hope this additional info helps.

Click the picture to enlarge and to see my notes.


What’s your shortest makeup ritual? What are your go-to products? Share below in the comments. 😀

I’m done! Easy-peasy. 🙂

My Fab Five: What I wear when I don’t feel like wearing makeup

Like many people out there, there are days when I’m just so lazy to put on makeup. Also, because I have eczema, there are days when I can only put a small amount of makeup. Bad timing if I have to attend an event or party on that particular day. (#panic #malas #badtiming)

I finally figured how to deal with this dilemna. Here are the five things I turn to when: 1.) My skin is acting up; 2.) I am very, very busy; and 3.) I am very, very lazy or 4.) I want to give my skin a break but I still need to look presentable. There are days when I also completely scrap makeup—this is necessary, in my opinion, to maintain healthy skin.

My Fab Five:

1.) Kate Powder Foundation: I just put this on the eye area to cover my eye bags and to highlight that area. I also put powder in the nose area because it tends to get oily.

2.) Kate Blush RD-1: To look fresh and polished, I turn to this product. It makes my skin glow.

3.) Lip Balm– Since my lips is prone to chapping, it is essential that I wear this.I also wear this on “no makeup” days.

4.) Medium Colored Lippie: For this set, I put Pink Sugar’s Desire, but you can swap it with a medium colored lippie that looks good on pictures.

5.) Eye brow Pencil: Fixing your brows can make all the difference.

Of course, if your doctor says no makeup—please don’t wear any! Your skin’s health is the priority. Always take care of your skin. Also, remember to REGULARLY remove your makeup at the end of the day.


Read my next article showing how I do it. 

On Shiseido: Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment


I have been eyeing the Shiseido Lip Treatment for quite a while, but deferred buying it because it is quite expensive. It costs PHP 1700++.

Recently, I did buy it and I am glad that I did. It almost instantly made my chapped lips soft and smooth. The moment I used it, I immediately did a happy dance because I knew I had made a good purchase.

I now use it before I put on my makeup and before I sleep. It’s magic!

In general, I buy Japanese makeup because of the quality, but this is the first time that I have bought Japanese skin care. It looks like I’m going to stick to buying this!

Is it a kikay kit regular? Definitely. 😍😍😍

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a cheaper lip treatment alternative, look up Aquaphor or Blistex.

Do you have a good lip treatment brand you want to recommend? Share below in the comments.


Kanebo Lunasol: The foundation that got people wondering

lunasol-product-shotI am very particular about the foundations that I use. As I mentioned in my previous article, I have eczema so I am extra picky about the makeup that I use. I am so happy to have found Lunasol by Kanebo. With this foundation, I don’t have to do much with my makeup, except put this…and wallah! Airbrush like finish is already a check. <insert happy dance!>

The foundation easily disappears when I put it in my skin, hurrah for the perfect shade.

I’ll cut the chase by chase by saying that this foundation is quite expensive (for me anyway). It costs PHP 2,700, but it’s super worth it because a little amount goes a long, long way.

The foundation got people complementing my skin. My mom used it the other day, and her friend told her how smooth her skin looked. The secret is now out. haha! 🙂

What’s your favorite foundation? I’d love to hear from you. Share below in the comments.


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with Lunasol. I love the glow! ❤
Without Lunasol. I’m lucky I have smooth skin, but for events and special occasions, I need to put something to give my look a little boost. haha! 🙂


I am by no means a makeup expert or an artist, but I do know what works for very sensitive skin. Hopefully, my entries on makeup will be able to help other people who can only wear minimal makeup, but still, with great results! 🙂 

BY Philippines: Happy Skin and Pink Sugar

I super love it whenever I see great things created by local brands whether it be clothes, restaurants, and makeup! ❤ I’m a self-confessed makeup addict, but the thing with me is that I have really sensitive skin. I suffer from eczema so there’s only a handful of products that work with my skin. I’m no makeup expert, but I do know which products work my skin. Hopefully, my posts on makeup will help other people who are looking for ultra skin friendly makeup.

I am so happy to discover two Filipino makeup brands with lipstick products that I can work with. They’re great, bang-for-the-buck products that don’t irritate or dry my lips.

PINK SUGAR Creamy Matte in Desire.

For Pink Sugar: I’ve already tried 3 shades from the Creamy Matte line—which I love: Divine, Hot Mess, and XOXO. I love how the lipstick is moisturizing but has good staying power.

My favorite shade of the three would have to be Desire. The lipstick is so “photogenic”. Its medium and warm tone can match either day or night looks. ❤ Yay for Pink Sugar!

From Pink Sugar‘s Facebook Page

Pink Sugar Cosmetics was created as a makeup solution for women looking for products of high quality and great value.

Our products go beyond their creative packaging and catchy names by providing distinct ingredient benefits for your skin. The selection of wearable colors available for each of our products have been expertly curated by makeup professionals to complete a woman’s make-up collection and to complement the Filipina skin.

Our cosmetics products are free from animal testing and are made without Parabens.


HAPPY SKIN Matte in The Morning After

As I mentioned earlier, my lips reacts and dries easily if their’s an allergen in the lipstick’s formula. I also veer away matte lipstick variants. With Happy Skin’s Matte, my problem with mattes was solved. Given that the lipstick does dry my lips a little, it’s nothing a little lip treatment can’t manage (to complement the moisturizers already infused in the product). If your lips doesn’t have a tendency to chap, I don’t think you have to put lip treatment in the mix. <wink!>

From Happy Skin’s website:

“I always knew I wanted to be in this business of making women happy,” shares Jacqe who spearheaded developing global brands under personal care leader Unilever. “I remember how I always felt giddy when I got to talk to consumers, and they would tell me how a beauty product could made them feel confident, more beautiful, and more in control of their lives,” recalls Jacqe. “I would get a real sense of satisfaction and fulfillment when I heard such stories. So, I realized it was always really my dream to create a brand of my own, one that will provide the best products that will excite people, make their lives happier and better!” And so, after nearly a decade in the beauty and personal care industry, Jacqe took a leap of faith and created Happy Skin, makeup that cares for the skin.
“Happy Skin is the first makeup line that offers an entire range of skin-caring makeup,” Jacqe proudly explains. “It was especially created for women who want to look naturally beautiful, but want to make sure that their skin is also cared for. It’s for women who don’t want to compromise on beauty!”

“For me, it’s really simple. I think good makeup should be easy to use, good for your skin, and makes you feel more beautiful,” Jacqe continues. “I’m a firm believer in good skincare and I don’t like compromising my skin because of the makeup that I use.” Jacqe expounds: “I’ve talked to a lot of women, and they’re scared to use makeup because they feel that it will harm their skin. So why not create a makeup line that actually cares for your skin, too?”


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