Saturday, October 22, 2016 Philippines
PRODUCT REVIEW: YONGNUO'S YN300 PRO LED VIDEO LIGHT
Lighting is the key to a more successful blog. It is one of the studio must-haves that I prioritize in buying. I originally planned to get a Ring Light for my photo sessions but I find it rather expensive. I am trying to save money but it may take a while even though I badly needed it.
Last month, while I am looking inside Henry's Professional, Trinoma branch (Yes, it is my habit to window shop at Henry's because I usually take note mentally on things that I wanted to purchase in the future.), I saw this Video Light by Yongnuo.
Before you proceed in reading, I do not usually rant on my blog but I just wanted to share that I had a bad experience with the first sales lady that I had a conversation with when I inquired about the Yongnuo Pro Led Video Light. I wanted to know if there is a huge difference between the Ring Light versus this Video Light, and she smartly replied, "the roundness" because the ring light is round. (To quote it specifically in Tagalog, "Edi bilog.") I am a little disappointed specially when she turned her back on me after answering my question, I got a little offended and I feel like I do not want to purchase one anymore.
I considered that maybe she thought that I might not buy it because I do not wear any makeup on and I am wearing everyday clothes at that time. My boyfriend saw me looking disheartened while he waited for me outside the shop. I told him about it and that I am interested in buying the Pro LED Video Light because it is way more cheaper than Ring Light. I am just wondering if I can use it instead of Ring Light for my photo sessions before actually purchasing it.
He went inside and asked for another sales lady who can assist us. The new sales lady explained the advantages of the Video Light. She shared that in her opinion, I can use it like a ring light though it is more designed for videos but if I plan to do a video recording, then this light is more advisable. I was enlightened with its Pros and Cons which I will also share on this blog post. My boyfriend ended up buying it for me that same day with the sales lady that is more accommodating. He reasoned so that I can use it for my photos and if I am still not happy with the results, I can still continue saving up for the Ring Light.
So that is the short story of how I got this Pro LED Video Light by Yongnuo. Sorry for the short rant and without further ado, I will now share my thoughts about the Yongnuo YN300!
The Yongnuo YN300 is small and handy. It is easy to bring for travel without the need to worry that you can damage the lights because it can be covered with its barn doors.
Looking at the back, it has a spot that can be loaded with batteries. The battery needed to be purchased separately as well as its adapter.
Port for the Adapter
Spot for the Battery
The color temperature of the Pro LED video light can easily be controlled from 3200K to 5500K. The brightness can also be set from 1% to 99%.
The set also comes with two gels for color correction. The white diffuser and the orange light diffuser.
The box also comes with a holder so you can create effects using the video light.
It also comes with a remote. You can use this if you have multiple video led lights that you wanted to control the light of each channel. But I can also adjust the brightness using this remote.
There is a table stand that you can attach the hotshoe in to whatever purpose you may need.
This is the adaptor that I can use to attach on the hotshoe of my tripod or on the top of my DSLR camera.
This is how it looks like when I attached the Video Led light into the holder.
This is how it looks like when placed on Tripod. I can also place the light on top of my DSLR before attaching it into the Tripod.
This is the space where you can insert the color gels for the light:
So let us breakdown the Pros and Cons now...
It is handy. I can bring it with me in travel because I can use it with batteries or plugged it directly.
The light's brightness can be adjusted depending on what I need. Diffusers can be used to correct color.
The brightness that the light produces is enough to illuminate the subject even if there are no other light sources.
The light can be used by holding it with its handle, putting it in tripod or on top of your DSLR cameras.
The barn doors can also be used to control the focus of the light and it can also be used to easily clip on additional plastic diffusers.
With a few more practice, I think I can achieve the correct lighting that I want.
This is more affordable than Ring Light. Compared to ring light, this video light does not produce halo like reflection on my eyes.
I am still learning on how I can use it at its correctly. If you do not have a background in using camera accessories such as this, you may find it hard.
The batteries and adapter are purchased separately.
What do you think? I am still practicing on what is the best setting for my photos.
Buy again? 100%
Overall Rating: 5/5
Where to buy? Henry's Professional Store.
That's all for today, I am just hoping that I will be able to master using it soon! Have a great time everyone!
Friday, October 21, 2016 Philippines
OWN THE NIGHT WITH CARONIA'S NIGHT GLAM COLLECTION
Who can already feel the joy of Christmas season? We are already in the "Ber" months and party will be filling up our schedules from day to day as the Christmas and New Year gets closer. Why not own the night by just glamouring up your nails?
Imagine yourself being in a party wearing a beautiful dress that you prepared just for the night of celebration. You may be the same with all of the other girls in the room by having a fabulous dress, flawless makeup and wearing of jewelries but you can still shine among others. It is the confidence that comes within yourself that everything is under control and that you planned the night's outfit together with Caronia's Night Glam Collection.
The new set of shimmering shades of nail polish by Caronia is perfect for any luxurious occasions that can help you shine better. The Caronia Night Glam Collection will make every dashing guy inside the room want to grab your hand and lay a gentle kiss!
You can partner your dress with the three eye-catching shades of Emerald Shimmer, Sapphire Glow and Platinum Glitter. This way, you can own the night by making a glamorous statement and still keep things colorful!
Try the Emerald Shimmer that gives the mysterious touch with its dark green color. If not, you can also try the Sapphire Glow for a more outgoing vibe with its stunning color. Or maybe you can keep it simple and still shine to whatever outfit you decide to wear with Platinum Glitter!
Wearing the new three eye-catching shades has a lot of potential that can bring out the most glamorous you. You can control and decide which shade that can best suit you and own the night feeling more fashionable through your shimmering nails. Remember, when the night calls for you to be glam, girl...you better listen!
The Caronia Night Glam Collection is available in two sizes - 8ml and 15ml and is available in all major retailers, supermarkets, department stores and drug stores nationwide. To know more about Caronia, you can follow them on Facebook and Youtube (Caronia Philippines) or on their Instagram and Twitter account (CaroniaPh).
Have a glam weekend everyone and stay tuned on my reviews + swatches for the night glam collection!
Friday, October 14, 2016 Philippines
FLAUNT YOUR LIPS WITH MAYBELLINE'S VIVID MATTE COLLECTION!
Hello! I am now recovering from the flu and for my first blog post upon my return from the dead...joking...I mean return from sickness, I am excited to share the one that I had been wanting to review before I took a break, the new shades of lipstick by Maybelline!
When it comes to lipsticks, I will always sing that song from Little Mermaid with the line, "I want more!" because a girl will never have enough lipsticks, agree? Get ready to color your lips with the new shades from Maybelline's Color Sensational Vivid Matte Collection!
A lipstick is one of my essentials when it comes to makeup. It is the one that I cannot stop collecting nor live without. I can wear nothing on my face except for lipstick. Why? I believe it is the closest thing that can describe my mood for the day. I can wear bold colors for a fierce look, wear pinks for days that I want to look very girly and nudes when I want to achieve the "no make up look". Wearing a lipstick can show the personality that you wanted to portray!
I particularly prefer using matte lipsticks because of the texture and intensity of the color that is why I am so excited to have this Vivid Matte Collection from Maybelline! I saw these lipsticks being used by celebrities and I love the shades of pinks and plums that they use. There are so many colors that we can choose from and Maybelline wanted us to enjoy playing with their different shades. In fact, I want to collect them all because it is so nice!
As shared by Ms. Kat Diaz, Product Manager of Maybelline New York, "We feel that every woman needs at least one shade in her makeup stash that will make her feel even more beautiful, and most importantly, confident. With five new Vivid Matte Lipstick shades, you're sure to make a lip statement with irresistible bold vivid lips. All you have to do is choose a shade, wear it, and flaunt it!".
With these five new shades, the matte lipstick is now more vivid in color! I can now achieve a bold and vibrant looking lips with these highly pigmented shades of lipsticks that are infused with honey nectar that makes it creamier and smooth. Look at how smooth the texture of the lipsticks as well as its vivid colors on my photo below:
Left to Right: Vivid 5, 6, 7, 8, and 13
The Vivid Matte Lipsticks excel on color, texture and formula plus it is also long lasting that can last for hours when worn! I am so excited to share my reviews and more swatches when applied on my lips! For now though, take a look for the swatches of the 5 new shades! Tell me your favorite shade!
Make sure to color your lips with the new Maybelline New York's Vivid Matte Lipstick Collection and get all the shades for only 299php each. These items are exclusively imported and distributed by Maybelline. To know more about Maybelline, visit their Facebook page here and stay updated!
Hope to see you again on my detailed review + swatches of these Maybelline Vivid Matte Collection! Have a great week!
Monday, October 10, 2016 Philippines
CELEBRATE NATIONAL PAMPERING DAY: MY NAILAHOLICS EXPERIENCE
There are times that we are so busy in our career and taking care of our family that we tend to neglect ourselves. This may be the reason that sometimes you will feel burned out like what I have been personally experiencing at times.
Have you ever felt the need that you just wanted to drop everything and have a full day of just enjoying a "me" time either by pampering through massages, hair or nail care and even through shopping? These are the things that we find rare to accomplish because of our busy schedules and daily tasks that consumes a huge amount of our time.
Well, this could be the perfect timing for your "Me" time because on October 17, 2016, Philippines will celebrate its first National Pampering Day so mark your calendars everyone!
Experience your quick escape and indulge with a free relaxing manicure and hand massage from 10AM to 12PM in any Nailaholics branch. Nailaholics is a nail salon in the country that has the art of a quick and efficient pampering service.
The MarketingHead of Nailaholics, Mr. Arvin Amaro supports the National Pampering Day and wanted to give Filipinos the much needed pampering day as he quoted, "We get that and its exactly why we're celebrating National Pampering Day. We want to give people who need a break a quick escape where they won't have anything to worry about. So be sure that you head over to your nearest Nailaholics branch to get pampered for free.".
I have been craving a time for myself and I am so happy to join the National Pampering Day (in advance) as I had a foot spa, manicure and pedicure from Nailaholics, Fishermall Branch. The Nailaholics set-up is a beach theme that is warm and inviting and it made me feel like I had a quick trip away from the city.
Even the things that they use like the basin for the foot soak and the basket for the nail polish has a touch of a beach themed look.
As I shared from one of my Instagram posts, I am not feeling well lately due to flu but it did not stop me from having this pampering day for myself. I enjoyed the relaxing time so much that while they were doing the foot spa and a short leg and foot massage, I fell asleep. ^_^
The staff are meticulous from in doing the scrubbing, manicure and pedicure. The nail polish they offer are from China Glaze, Orly and so much more! For those who likes their nails to be perfect, I recommend Nailaholics.
Watch the quick video of my pampering experience at Nailaholics + a tour in their branch at Fishermall, Quezon City!
For the list of services and their prices, check it out here. Just a reminder though, prices may change without any updates from my blog post.
To know more about Nailaholics, please like and follow their social media pages here:
Instagram and Twitter: @_nailaholics
Thank you for reading and have a great week everyone!
Friday, October 7, 2016 Philippines
PRODUCT REVIEW: BIORE'S MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER
After trying out Micellar Water and being amazed on how it can refreshingly clean my face, I decided to try the one made by Biore after purchasing it from Beautymnl.
Biore is known for their products that can easily clean and remove makeup in our faces. I love their wipes and their Sunblock too. I am sure that this Micellar Cleansing Water will also have its own wonders that I want to unveil!
Shall we check it out?
Type: Micellar Cleansing Water
Product Description and How To Use:
Biore's Micellar Cleansing Water is gentle to the skin. Its also recommended for any type of skin - may it be oily, dry or combination to normal.
The micellar water, as expected, is refreshing to the skin and non-greasy. I love its feel compared to the usual makeup removers.
It effectively removed my makeup but do not expect it to be removed with just one sweep. Even after the removal of makeup and dirt from my face, it retained the moisture of the skin. It has a brightening effect look to the skin after use.
Biore Micellar Cleansing Water is unscented so yay for people who prefers using unscented products!
Biore's Micellar Water is actually affordable compared to other brands.
The bottle is small and easy to bring for travels and also, the cap is sealed and cannot be opened easily. This way, I can avoid spillage of the water.
The water easily dries on the cotton pad. I need to wet it again or use another pad for my whole face. (I use two pads for my whole face in removing makeup.)
Watch my product testing video on Youtube here:
Buy again? 100%
Overall Rating: 4/5
Where to buy? Biore Store (Department Stores)
Thursday, October 6, 2016 Philippines
MY EXPERIENCE AT PHO HOA
I just woke up and I am not feeling well due to colds and sore throat. Even though I am feeling down this early in the morning, I am still craving for food and its for a Vietnamese dishes by Pho Hoa.
My sister is the one who introduced me to Pho Hoa and ever since then, I eat here from time to time specially when craving hits in their branch in Trinoma.
I am not a fan of noodle soups which they are famous for but they have a lot of other dishes that are delicious and quite addicting.
Let me share my favorites.
They have this refreshing Vietnamese version of pasta or salad. It is a combination of noodles, Chicken or Pork strips, spring rolls, cucumbers, carrots and lettuce. The dressing is a sweetened vinegar that is perfect to go with the dish. This dish is called Vermicelli. The meat can be chicken or pork but I prefer ordering chicken because it is more tender.
Vermicelli in Chicken (Large) - 340php
My next favorite is their Spring Rolls with Lettuce Wraps. It reminded me on how Koreans usually eat their meats because it is almost the same. Roll out your lettuce, put some noodle and cucumber, add a piece of spring roll and roll the lettuce to enclose the spring roll.
Spring Rolls with Lettuce - 210php
Both the Vermicelli and Spring Rolls with lettuce does not come with rice. I usually order an extra rice (60php) to go with it.
There are times though that I stick to a platter meal. They have a lot of choices for platter meals and they offer combinations too.
Like this platter here, it is a combination of pork strips and spring rolls. Their platter meals comes with rice already.
Grilled Pork with Spring Rolls - 295php
Pho Hoa has lot of dishes to offer that you can try in every visit.
The serving size is fine. Each dish (except for platter meal) is good for two to three person.
The food they serve are delicious and it is their dishes does not cause any distaste (suya or umay).
Serving time is around 10 minutes. No need to wait for long for your orders.
The staff are polite and attentive.
I find that their rice is overpriced. For a cup of rice, it costs 60php.
Their dishes is a little expensive specially for the platter meals. That is why I usually order by dish then I just add a rice. However, the price justifies the taste of the food so I really do not complain for the price. (In fact, I am craving for a nice Vermicelli right now.)
For a list of their menu. Check it out below. Just a reminder, prices may have changed without me being able to update this blog post.
Will I come back? Definitely a yes! Please I want to eat a nice bowl of Vermicelli soon!
For a list of Pho Hoa branches, as far as I know, they have one at Trinoma, Gateway, Centris and Tomas Morato. They do not have a Facebook account but they do have an Instagram account, @ilovephohoa_ph.
That is all for today, I have so many things that are waiting to be posted here on my blog but I wanted to rest a little first and recover from the flu. Have a great weekend!