Product Talk: Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin

Product Talk by Nuffnang

Have you visited your nearest chemist lately? You probably seen the newest Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Product Range! This is their first vitamin enriched long wear foundation and concealer with improving Actyl-C. This promises you to have an all-day flawless coverage, smoother and more even skin-tone in 3 weeks!

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Foundation and Concealer

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Foundation and Concealer

Let’s talk about the foundation first. I got the 030 Sand shade. I can probably go well with Nude as well but this shade looks perfect on me. The key benefit of this new range is the powerful vitamin that leaves the skin feeling energised. With that, it makes your skin looks fresh, healthy with a radiant glow. It also helps in promoting skin regeneration and evens discolouration and dull areas of your skin.

This foundation is in available in 8 shades: 005 Beige, 010 Ivory, 020 Cameo, 021 Nude, 030 Sand, 032 Golden, 040 Fawn, & 048 Sun Beige. The best part is it’s SPF 14 so you have sun protection and foundation in one. It is sold in stores nationwide with RRP of $21.95.

You can see the back package for a detailed description of the contents:

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Foundation

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Foundation

The concealer on the other hand can further brighten and conceal problem areas. Just like the liquid foundation, it is enriched with the same skin improving ingredients and is perfect for blemishes, redness, dark circles and other imperfections. I got the 03 Medium shade as I always get the lighter one and ending up not blending properly with my skin.

The concealer is available in 2 shades: 02 Light & 03 Medium. They are normally sold at $14.95. You can see the back package to see the ingredients.

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Concealer

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Concealer

I’ve been using this product for a week now and I must say, it really blends flawlessly on my skin. Here’s a photo of me before and after putting on concealer and foundation.

Bare Face

You can see the lighter and glowing skin after. The redness near my nose and dark circles under my eye was concealed properly. Once you finish off with powder, your skin would look radiant and fresh the whole day.

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin

Applied Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation & Concealer

I’ll be waiting for 3 weeks and see how my skin goes. As of now, I’m loving it and definitely recommends it to friends and readers.

For more details about this product, you can follow @MaybellineAU.

Product Talk: Lucky Smart Snax

Product Talk by Nuffnang

Ever since I moved here in Sydney, I try to be as healthy as possible. You must have read from my previous post all about sugar awareness and all that. This time, I’ll give you another healthy way to enjoy your food.

Did you know that nuts, fruits and seeds are all packed with nutritional goodness? It’s a perfect snack to remove any guilt associated with mid-meal snacking. The popular nut snacking mixes, Lucky Smart Snax range have been re-launched in the Dried Fruit & Nut aisle in your favourite supermarkets. It has been extended to include six products – all of which have been specifically formulated to meet individual needs.

Let me show you these amazing products:

Lucky Smart Snax - Womens, Power and Digestive

Lucky Smart Snax – Womens, Power and Digestive

Lucky Smart Snax Womens

Because women need a variety of nutrients to meet the demands of each busy day, Lucky Smart Snax Womens is a source of Vitamin E, iron and good monounsaturated fat, as well as calcium, folate and selenium. – Cashews, Almonds, Brazil Nuts and Walnuts.

Lucky Smart Snax Power

Oven Roasted Peanuts, Almonds, Walnuts, Hazelnuts and Dark Chocolate. Gives a boost of natural energy. The mix of oven roasted peanuts, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts combined with dark chocolate make this a perfect snack to help you power through each day.

Lucky Smart Snax Digestive

Oven Roasted Almonds, Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Cranberries, Sunflower Kernels and Pepitas. Is a source of dietary fibre to help maintain a healthy digestive system.

Lucky Smart Snax - Cardio, Recovery and Low Carb

Lucky Smart Snax – Cardio, Recovery and Low Carb

Lucky Smart Snax Cardio

Almonds, Sultanas, Cranberries and Blueberries. Is a delicious mix of natural almonds and berries – to keep you pumping through each day.

Lucky Smart Snax Recovery

Oven Roasted Almonds, Peanuts, Cashews and Pepitas. Is a good source of protein, a vital nutrient that is important for body systems, growth, muscle development and recovery from exercise.

Lucky Smart Snax Low Carb

Brazil Nuts, Peanuts, Pepitas, Almonds and Walnuts. Is a tasty mix of nuts and seeds that is perfect for people watching their intake of carbohydrates. Nuts and seeds are one of nature’s super snacks and fit perfectly in a balanced diet.

 

These irrisistable goodness are sold at Coles, Woolworths and independent supermarkets – IN THE DRIED FRUIT & NUT AISLE (near the sultanas and the other Lucky nut baking products).

RRP: $4.99 each

To know more about Lucky Smart Snax, you can visit their website at http://www.luckynuts.com.au/our-products/lucky-smart-snax.html

 

Wait, there’s more!

There is a giveaway for this post, the lucky winner will get a Lucky Smart Snax hamper (includes the whole range – 6 products). All you have to do is to tell me…

“Which Lucky Smart Snax product is your favourite and why?”

 

The promo will run until 27th of November 2014. Please include in your name and email address so I can contact you.

Note: This giveaway is for Australian residents only.

 

 

Sculpture By The Sea 2014

It’s been a blessing for me as well as the residents of Sydney to appreciate nature at its best. Here in Sydney, we have the luxury of enjoying the surroundings free of charge. It is kept clean and well maintained. You just have to know where to go and what to see in this beautiful city.

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

Every year, there’s an art exhibit in Bondi called Sculpture by the Sea. It was tagged to be one of the world’s largest free to the public events. This year 2014, it started on the 23rd of October until the 9th of November. But I think they extended it because a friend of ours who is visiting from the Philippines was able to see these sculptures.

Sculpture by the sea 2014

Sculpture by the sea 2014

It is a 2km coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama beach with over 100 sculptures created by artists in Australia and across the world. There’s an art gallery mid-way to Tamarama beach where you can see all the sculptures that were placed along the coastal walk.

Tamarama Beach

Tamarama Beach

 

Here are some of the images taken from this year’s Sculptures by the Sea.

Sculpture by the Sea

Sculpture by the Sea

Sculpture by the sea 2014

Sculpture by the sea 2014

Sculpture by the sea 2014

Sculpture by the sea 2014

Sculpture by the sea 2014

Sculpture by the sea 2014

This will be an annual event for me and my friends. It’s such a great feeling appreciating art with the company of friends in one of the beautiful cities in the world. Did you like it?

You can check my album for more photos: Sculpture by the Sea

Product Talk: Well Naturally Bar Chocolates

Product Talk by Nuffnang

One of the things I noticed in Sydney when I moved here is most of them are health conscious. In the groceries, you can see a wide range of healthy options which I just see in “Healthy Options” store in the Philippines. Here, it’s a way of life! But for others, it’s luxury.

Inline with being healthy is the awareness of one’s sugar. Nowadays, diabetes is not only hereditary but acquired. A lot of younger generation tends to overdose themselves with sweets and all forms of sugar. Studies show that Australians consume approximately 54 kilograms of sugar per year – the equivalent of 37 teaspoons per person, per day. Imagine how much sugar intake!

Well, I can’t blame them, I myself am a chocolate lover. And chocolate does have a LOT of sugar! It’s a delightfully sinful dessert that gives us satisfaction and excess sugar. But what if there’s a chocolate that offers the same quality and taste but will give you no sugar? Would you try it? I did!

Well Naturally No Sugar Added

Well Naturally No Sugar Added

The Well Naturally No Sugar Added Family Blocks range gives you the better option! It is naturally sweetened with stevia, not sugar. I’ve been hearing about Stevia for a couple of years now but in case you don’t know, Stevia is a plant-based ingredient which has zero calories and no impact on blood sugar levels. Awesome, isn’t it? As they say good things come in new packaging.

I’ve tasted majority of them and I will share with you my thoughts. These come in 2 types: Dark & Milk chocolate range.
The Dark Chocolate has the following:

  • Great taste
  • Naturally sweetened with Stevia
  • 70% Cocoa
  • Gluten Free
  • Natural antioxidants
  • No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
  • Available in 6 delicious varieties

The first chocolate block I tried was the Rich Dark Dark Chocolate! As always, you can taste the cocoa and a bit bitter for my taste. I’m not a big fan of the dark ones but I gave it a try. It was okay but wasn’t able to finish 3 cubes.

Rich Dark Dark Chocolate

Rich Dark Dark Chocolate

The next one was the Mint Crisp Dark Chocolate! I do love mint so I was excited to try it. True enough, one bite of the chocolate burst a whole minty flavour. I liked it better than the Rich Dark one.

Mint Crisp Dark Chocolate

Mint Crisp Dark Chocolate

The next would be the Acai Dark Chocolate! I’m not so sure how acai should taste so I say it’s fine for me. It still has the strong Dark Chocolate taste so I’m not so keen on this one.

Acai Dark Chocolate

Acai Dark Chocolate

And finally, a milk chocolate range! Yay!!!
The Milk Chocolate has the following:

  • Great taste
  • Naturally sweetened with Stevia
  • 80% less sugar than regular chocolate
  • Gluten free
  • No artificial colours, flavours and preservatives
  • Available in 4 great tasting varieties

I tasted the Fruit & Nut Milk Chocolate first before the Creamy Milk! I should’ve tasted these first before the dark ones. Well, just saving the best for last. These milky chocolates are just so heavenly! You wouldn’t believe that it’s Stevia and not sugar. It tastes exactly like other milk chocolates out there. But the good thing is, you don’t have to worry about the sugar because there’s none!

Fruit & Nut Milk Chocolate

Fruit & Nut Milk Chocolate

These chocolates are divine! It is indeed.  Truly, Well Naturally committed themselves in creating high-quality, sugar-reduced products that consumers can enjoy without the side of guilt. Always remember to treat yourself better.

Healthier Choice, Happier You.

Well Naturally products are available in Woolworths, Coles, independent grocers, health food stores and good pharmacies nationwide. Product RRP: 90g – $5.20. For more information, please visit www.wellnaturally.com.au

[PROMO ENDED]

Wait, there’s more!

Who wants to try these Well Naturally chocolates? I will be giving away a Well Naturally pack worth $35 for 2 of my readers. Just tell me

What is your favourite Well Naturally No Sugar Added family block product and why?

Please include in your comment your name and email address.

This promotion will go on for a week. I will notify winners via email for the postal address.

X Factor Australia 2014 Winner: Marlisa Punzalan

I just feel like I need to post something. Hahaha! I know at this very moment, the whole Filipino community here in Sydney is celebrating because of Marlisa. Even friends from the Philippines keeps on asking for the link of tonight’s show.

By the way, I also have this strong feeling that my housemate’s text vote is the 0.01% that made the difference. (Ang tindi ng Pinoy! Ibang klase!)

So yeah, Congratulations Marlisa Punzalan!

XFactor Australia 2014 Champion: Marlisa Punzalan

XFactor Australia 2014 Champion: Marlisa Punzalan

Here’s her single: Stand by you

 

I like it when she sang Titanium, which was apparently tagged as the “game changer performance“:

To see all the reactions and links of Marlisa, you can search for the following tags:
#MarlisaPunzalan
#XFGrandFinal
#Marlisa
#StandByYou

Here’s her official FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/MarlisaMusic

International Coffee Day with Mr Black

I’ve been a coffee drinker ever since I began working. When I was in the University, I didn’t feel the need of caffeine to keep me awake. However, when I started working late hours, having a long day, I can’t help but give in to sip a cup of coffee.

Well, it’s not that bad. The bitter taste that I hated before seems to be nothing. I’ve been used to drinking the all in one powdered drink. However, when I got to Sydney, I learned to love coffee beans.

In line with this, we’re celebrating International Coffee Day on the 29th of September. What do you plan of having for the day?

Why not enjoy a delicious Mr Black espresso martini to celebrate the occasion?

Mr Black Espresso Martini

Mr Black Espresso Martini

MR BLACK is the brainchild of Phillip Moore and Tom Baker, two men in a shed, who used crowd-funding website ‘Pozible’ to turn their idea in to a reality in 2013. 

Tired of other nationalities claiming high prices for their inferior booze & ‘coffee’ style products, it took the dynamic duo more than six months, 240 iterations and blending coffee from three continents to lovingly craft a cold drip coffee beverage that tastes like damn fine coffee.

The hard work was not in vain with the team picking up a Gold Medal at the London International Wine & Spirits Competition and taking the title of ‘World’s Best Coffee Liqueur.’

This coffee innovation really looks interesting. I should definitely would try one!

For more information visit facebook.com/MrBlackSpirits

 

How about you? What coffee do you like?

Festival of the Winds 2014

Last weekend, we went to Bondi beach to be part of the Festival of the Winds. Finally!!! Beautiful weather after months of rainy days! It was my first time to go to this event and so I was excited. I was with Andrew, Reg and Teejay and we just took the train going there. It’s not surprising that there are heaps of people in queue to catch the bus from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach. We decided to walk from the station to the beach. It’s just a 2.5km walk so it’s similar to crossing the Harbour Bridge so that’s not too far.

Festival of Winds

Festival of Winds

We arrived in Bondi beach after half an hour and we saw colourful kites up in the air. We were like kids enjoying every shape and colour flying where the wind blows. Apparently, it’s not allowed to fly a kite wherever and whenever you like it. There’s a law from the Australian Civil Aviation about kite flying. You might want to check it out first before you go and make your own kites. If you’re in the Philippines, this event very much like the kite flying during the Hot Air Balloon festival during Valentine’s week.

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

The crowd was massive and I’m sure those who brought their cars had problems finding their spot. The weather was perfect and you simply have to enjoy the moment. Too bad we didn’t bring our picnic mats and kites with us. It would’ve been better if we stayed and really be take part in the festival. Nevertheless, we had a great time despite the long queue for the bus going home.

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

We know what to do next year though!

See the rest of the pictures in my Facebook Page album:

Hello September!

I know it’s mid September already but still I want to welcome my birth month a very warm greeting. Here in Australia, this month is the start of Spring time. We will witness blossoming flowers everywhere. On the first day of Spring, meaning 1st of September, we really had an amazing weather. The fresh and wonderful Spring breeze is welcoming everyone. Unfortunately, the next day was “Winter” time again. Hahaha! It’s like a one day perks thing.

Anyway, to start off this month’s beauty, here’s a photo of the Sakura/Cherry Blossoms tree found at the corner heading to the train station. At first I thought it’s not a cherry blossom tree but a week after, it blossomed to this awesome pink cherry blossoms.

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

If you’re near Wollstonecraft and walk along Shirley Road, you’ll see a whole stretch of Cherry Blossom tree! My eyes were glittering in joy when I saw it. So I don’t have to go to Japan to see these, we have it here as well. And it’s during my birth month! How cool is that?

To kick-off a new month, a change of season, I did some changes too such as my bed sheet! It’s “ME” time this month so I’d like to pamper myself with things that’s pleasing to my eyes.

Purple Bed Sheet

Purple Bed Sheet

The next change would be my haircut! I travelled all the way to Westfield Parramatta to get a haircut to a famous Filipino hairdresser, Bhajun. I had a haircut last year as well and I had the same one this year. My goal is to naturally remove the hair color I had before. It’s a bit expensive to maintain dyed hair here so I will go back to my “natural” hair color which is black.

New Haircut

New Haircut

It’s a bit shorter that expected but he managed to cut my “ombre” hair. I’m kinda getting used to wearing my natural hair colour again coz it’s been a while. I can’t believe my hair is that black black! How do you like it?

I also bought a new phone case with card slot! I need it because I often use the train as my mode of transportation and we need to tap on and tap off the opal card every time you go in and out the train station. So instead of carrying it all the time, might as well stick it in my mobile phone so it wouldn’t be that hard to look for it.

Speck Purple Casing with Card Slot

Speck Purple Casing with Card Slot

I think that’s all the “new” stuff for now. There would definitely new things coming this month. However, I still need to think about what to do on my birthday. With me being busy at work, I might end up postponing my “Birthday Project” this year. I hope not though. I would probably do something different this year. I will keep everyone posted.

Have a wonderful Spring season!

What are your plans this season?

Western Union Reunions

I’ve been in Australia for more than a year already and I’ve seen a lot of Filipinos around Sydney. I’m sure there are heaps of Filos (short term for Filipinos) in other suburbs and regions of NSW as well as the other states of Australia but I will just focus in Sydney where I am residing at the moment.

This was the first day I landed in Sydney, Australia on May 2013

This was the first day I landed in Sydney, Australia on May 2013

I’ve been asked a couple of times why I left the Philippines and I always tell them that it’s a dream to live in a different country. The media, family and friends may influence this state of mind but whatever it is, I know that it’s always been an adventure for me to see a new world and experience it with them. I always tell them that I’m not certain if I’ll live here for good but for now, I want to try. So far, I’m enjoying it. I can name a number of differences but the respect for one another is always a priority.

I am fortunate to be here as an independent migrant with in-demand skills plus a supportive family and friends. I was not forced to go here, it was my own choice to try my luck in Sydney. Since then, I never felt that my decision to be here was wrong. The universe was good to me and I hope it continues to do so. Please don’t get me wrong, I love my family and I miss them so much especially on birthday celebrations and the like. Since it’s my choice to be here, it’s one of the sacrifices I made. However, as much as I’m enjoying my somewhat “lucky” position, I know a couple that had a hard time moving here. And sometimes, being away in a different country without a family or a friend makes life unbearable.

A family photo from my last Christmas in the Philippines before moving to Sydney

A family photo from my last Christmas in the Philippines before moving to Sydney

When I got here, I was able to catch up with a University friend, Marge. We’re both a Campus Ministry volunteer in the University of Sto. Tomas, Manila. I was surprised to see her after all these years as I never seen her since we graduated. Over time, I knew things about her from common friends but it was only here in Sydney that I get to know her full story.

The first time I met up with my friend Marge and JC who was visiting from the Philippines

The first time I met up with my friend Marge and JC who was visiting from the Philippines

When I heard about the Western Union Reunions, she was the first person that came to my mind. This new campaign will bring Filipinos overseas a chance to reunite with their loved ones back home. The promotion is participated by different countries all over the world and that includes Australia. They will give away 30 return air tickets per country via Philippine Airlines, the flagship carrier of the country. I wanted to get one of those tickets but I know that this is the perfect opportunity for Marge to see her beloved daughter. This would definitely be a REUNION for her and her baby girl.

This is Marge and her daughter Carmela

This is Marge and her daughter Carmela

Marge had a tough time to go abroad and leave her daughter behind. As all moms do, they’d sacrifice anything to give their daughter the best life they can give. And for my friend, going to Australia and working here will make that dream come true. It’s not an easy way for her. She first went here as an international student and went off her track as a registered Chemist in the Philippines to become an IT professional. I am in the field of IT and it was my key to get a PR Visa to Australia. She wanted to do the same path but things get out of hand and she needs to process her papers all over again.

It’s been more than 3 years since she saw her beautiful daughter and the only way of communication is thru the world wide web. Thanks to the advance technology we can see our loved ones thru the tools available in the internet! Also, since she’s transferring money to her daughter, she uses Western Union as a way to send money from Australia to the Philippines. Thus, making it easy to send money any time of the day.

It is really heart warming to know that there are organisations out there that are willing to reach out to our fellow Filipinos who needs their support and help all over the world.

I suddenly missed my family back home and would love to see them soon too!

Thank you Western Union for a chance for Filipinos to have their REUNIONS. It’s a lifetime gratitude for your love and support.

Kudos!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

Uncle Tobys Quick Sachet Oats

Product Talk by Nuffnang

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? Because it literally means “breaking the fast”. Our body didn’t have any food intake for 6-8 hours depending on your sleeping hours. And with that, we need some food to nourish our system. That’s why the first food of the day is necessary.

In my case, it’s a bit difficult to eat breakfast especially if I want to sleep in. It takes too much time and effort to prepare a good breakfast! Most of the time, I’m off to work and grabs a cup of coffee without having something balanced to eat. Good thing Uncle Tobys heard my plee. Their Oats Quick Sachets are perfect! It’s perfect for busy individuals like me and for the whole family as well. A convenient and tasty option to have in the morning. It has no artificial colours or flavours that makes it all natural and healthy.

Uncle Tobys Oats Quick Sachets

Uncle Tobys Oats Quick Sachets

So what’s my idea of a dream morning? It’s when I wake up in the morning without worrying what nutritious food I will take. It is with the help of Uncle Tobys Oats Quick Sachets as it is very easy to prepare and mess free! All you need is just add milk and stir to mix. I personally prefer hot milk or water before mixing. As recommended, it should be on high for 90 seconds, stir and allow to cool slightly before serving. It’s all you need before cracking on!

For more information, you can visit Uncle Tobys website.
So what do you have for breakfast?
Is it healthy enough?