28 July 2013

Swatches and Review: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

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Php450 (about $12)
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The Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick line comes in 82 shades and 4 different finishes - pearl, crème, matte, and shine. I have 3 in pearl finish and 3 in crème. Pearl finish lipsticks are frosty and shimmery while crème finish lipsticks are well, creamy with a hint of shine. Staying power is relatively good especially the crème lipsticks.
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Berry Rich 510 (Crème)
Medium berry pink 
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Blushing Mauve 460 (Pearl)
Nice frosty nude pink
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Love That Red 725 (Crème)
Blue-based pinky red
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Rosedew 407 (Pearl)
Sheer frosty nude pink with shimmer
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Champagne On Ice 205 (Pearl)
Bronze nude
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Demure 683 (Crème)
Sheer peachy coral with shimmer
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L-R: Berry Rich, Blushing Mauve, Love That Red, Rosedew, Champagne On Ice, Demure
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Top-Bottom: Berry Rich, Blushing Mauve, Love That Red, Rosedew, Champagne On Ice, Demure

19 July 2013

Book Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta


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From Goodreads: "In what seems like an instant, Amy Harris's life is changed forever. They arrive and quickly begin killing off humanity one by one. No one knows how they got here—and even worse, no one knows how to stop Them.
Marooned in a high-security house, Amy manages to stay alive—and even rescues "Baby," a toddler she finds in an abandoned supermarket. For years they escape death, forging a bond as strong as sisters, until they are finally rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living on a former government research compound.
On the surface, New Hope is the happy ending Amy was looking for. She's even started falling for Rice, a handsome researcher she's become close with at the facility. But then she makes a shocking discovery. And staying in New Hope could mean losing her freedom . . . or her life.
With pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate, In the After is an action-packed dystopian page-turner that will keep fans guessing until each secret is revealed and every lie is uncovered."

Book Review: In the After by Demitria Lunetta
Series: In the After, #1 
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopia, Zombies, Aliens
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Love it! Based on reviews, you either love it or you don't and I happen to love it. I will not go into any more details about what happened in the book as there have been quite a number of reviews already out there that will clue you in. I will however base this short review on other reviews, a comparison of sorts of what I think to what other people say about this book. So, here goes.

1. The first half is better than the second.
I didn't think so. For me, the last half is just as engrossing as the first, if not even more so. Here, you find answers to questions, you get a glimpse of what happens next. How can it be any less gripping?

2. Some parts are dragging.
Well, yes, there might have been some parts where my heart didn't skip a beat. But overall, I think the story is nicely paced and plot-driven.

3. Second half is confusing.
I didn't think it was hard to follow but I do get it why some people find the flashbacks and flashforwards a little disorienting.

4. Predictable.
I don't know, it might just be me, but I honestly didn't see the twist coming.

5. Similar to Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave.
I wasn't too crazy about The 5th Wave. It was way overhyped but in my opinion, failed to deliver. Aliens, kick-ass heroine, and survivalist theme, those are about as far as the similarities go I think.

All in all, for a debut novel, I think it's great.

16 July 2013

Resto love: Cibo

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Porchetta, Php450
Roman-style roast pig, with mushroom rice pilaf, and 3 sauces - red wine liver, apple and pear, spicy tomato
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Linguine alla Nettuno, Regular Php263 | Family Php465
With seafood sauteed in garlic and extra-virgin olive oil, topped with basil pesto
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Linguine alla Siciliana, Regular Php258 | Family Php453
With shrimps, garlic, EVOO, anchovy, and capers
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Agnello Stufato Carne, Php190
Pita with stewed lamb, alfalfa, pine nuts
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Praga, Php218
Tuscan wholewheat, ham, gruyere, mushrooms
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Prosciutto di Parma Rossa, Php358
Tomato, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella, parma ham, arugula
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Funghi Trifolati Rossa, Php343
Tomato sauce, mushrooms, mozzarella

10 July 2013

Book Review: A Triumph For Sakura by Jason Ridler

Disclosure: A free copy of the book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
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From Goodreads: "Famed fight coach Ned Bangs was down and out, until he saw Sakura fight four deadbloods like a champ. The catch? Unlike Ned, she was human. 
Under Ned’s guidance, Sakura fights from the street to the big time, gather fame and enemies as they reach the arena of Cascadia. Can they both survive when her courage fans the flames of a human revolution against their vampire overlords? 
What cost will they both pay for a Triumph for Sakura."

A Triumph For Sakura by Jason S. Ridler 
Genres: Dystopia, Vampires, Action, Fighting
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I'm no stranger to dystopian, vampire, survival, or fight themed books. But A Triumph for Sakura, I would say is kind of new to me. It's interesting in that it's a mix of genres from the opposite ends of the spectrum that at first, I wondered how could anyone use vampires and boxing in the same sentence, let alone in a novel. I wasn't sure if I'm going to like it, honestly I'm not a fan of Kung Fu or wrestling or boxing so I doubted a novel, or anything really, could change that. But I did love the characters as well as the creepy, violent world Jason Ridler has created. A Triumph for Sakura is very action-packed, incredibly written, and will keep you turning the pages. Nancy Kilpatrick compared it to the Hunger Games, Fight Club and True Blood. Although not a young-adult novel, it's very reminiscent of a lot of young-adult books I have read. If I have to pick what it reminded me of the most, I would say Melissa Marr's Carnival of Souls, Julie Kagawa's The Eternity Cure, and Moira Young's Blood Red Road. If you're a fan of action and fighting, the imagery is vivid enough to keep you entertained through the last page. It's an intense read.