Slimming Products: Puritan’s Pride Acetyl L-Carnitine 250mg Review

Having something curb my appetite alone wasn’t doing enough justice to my road to weight loss. I even opted to walk 2.4 km almost everyday but I thought maybe I needed something to help me double that burn. I sought the help of Acetyl L-Carnitine in pill form. I didn’t want to take slimming pills but I had no choice because I didn’t want to spend money on new, bigger clothes. I also read that L-Carnitine had other good effects aside from slimming.

I bought Puritan’s Pride Acetyl L-Carnitine (60 caps) in 250mg forms because I didn’t want to overdose or something. So far, I take 1-2 caps per day and I feel that I am less bloated now that I am taking it. I haven’t lost any weight drastically (just a pound or two) because I am not on any strict diet or exercise but I do a few sit ups every now and then since my tummy/belly is my problem area. I felt sleepier though and I’m not sure if it’s because of the L Carnitine or I’m just really tired recently. I have normalized bowel movements, too. Before, I always felt like going to the bathroom after eating especially if I ate something not ideal for a person with constant hyperacidity/gastritis.

blue bottle of puritans pride acetyl l carnitine and capsules

The 250mg 60caps bottle was around Php 600 when I bought it online. I might purchase another bottle but with higher mg once I finish my current bottle.

If you want a non-pill slimming product, you might want to check out Yogi Tea Blueberry Slim life: https://unpaidreview.com/2016/03/27/slimming-products-yogi-green-tea-blueberry-slim-life/

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Products for a Cause Review

The spirit of giving is well-celebrated and felt during Christmas season. But why wait for Christmas? You can embody such spirit year-round.

Donating to charity is often the most popular way to be generous and kind. Buying certain products also enables you to be charitable. If you’re seeking for products that are made with love and are for a good cause, here’s a list of products you might want to support and enjoy:

1. RJ’s Homemade Peanut Butter – Php 100 per bottle
The viral post about a taxi driver who sells peanut butter as extra income actually makes yummy peanut butter! With all the bad news lately about bad taxi drivers, this kind of news — earning money in a modest way — was appreciated by netizens.

RJ’s was also featured in Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho. It was revealed that the peanut butter was actually for a good cause since the driver’s son (RJ, hence the name) has a health problem so his wife makes the peanut butter and he tries to sell them to his passengers.

Reviewing the taste, this homemade peanut butter is heaven sent.  Not sure about how others perceive Skippy’s but for me, it’s like glue and is bland. Lily’s is okay. A friend of mine says the homemade ones she bought before retailed at P130 per bottle while RJ’s is priced at P100 only per bottle. She also commends that RJ’s is really good homemade peanut butter. My tastebuds agree! (They sell yummy atchara / atsara as well for P100 per bottle.)

Know more about RJ’s through their official Facebook account:
https://www.facebook.com/rjspeanutbutter/

Delivery is offered within Manila:
+63915-642-3958

rj peanut butter facebook cover photo

RJ’s Peanut Butter Facebook cover photo

Troy Sitosta, owner and creative art director at Shao Long Bald, was the one who helped boost the driver’s peanut butter business. He offered the nice design on the bottles and cab’s signage for free.

2. Human Nature Products – Php 60-800++

I usually don’t favor brands. I will favor a product or two if it’s really that good but not that brand itself since they will also have a product or two that’s a flop. But Human Nature offers real goodness for its customers, its customers’ pockets, and the environment. Real all about it here.

But on having a customer perspective, I can say that the Acne Gel, Acne Defense Facial Wash, Facial Toner, Purifying Facial Scrub, Hand Sanitizer spray, and Bug-Shield Oil are good bang-for-the-buck deals. I got Dengue back in 2013 and I became quite Mosquito paranoid for a while so I always used the Bug-shield oil which was better than the OFF! Lotion. I am not into lotions given the climate that we have here in PH, The OFF lotion also kinda gives a warm sensation after applied.

Anyway, I always use the acne gel as spot treatment and preventive treatment because it works wonders! It’s made of pure tea tree oil — 100% natural, it claims. The facial wash does an okay job but the facial scrub (strawberry) is my favorite!

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Human Nature logo from their Official Facebook Account: @humanheartnature

I usually buy Human Nature products in Robinson’s Pioneer grocery. I have seen these products in the department store as well. They have an actual store in Bulacan as well. But you can check all their branches here. They offer online shopping but I haven’t tried that yet. They do sell on Zalora and Lazada, too.

If you know other products with a cause, feel free to comment/share about them below! Cheers!

Face Products: SEP Jewel BB Stick Review

Yay or Nay? Yay!
Home TV shopping 
is not that new to us yet a company decided to be a game changer and set roots into the country to offer a more localized vibe of home shopping.

The lively chatter and very influential way of selling of these TV hosts can really attract almost any viewer. They are entertaining and charismatic, indeed. But are the products really usable? The question to that relies on each of our lifestyle and needs. I, for one, was attracted to their unique SEP Jewel BB stick.

We know Korean makeup bring forth good quality so this unique BB stick caught my attention.

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There is only one color available and the swatch is on the light side. Korean makeup tend to be very light since most Koreans do have fair skin and in their beauty standard: the whiter, the better.

As for me, I am Southeast Asian so the swatch is a bit bright for me. But to not let it go to waste, I use it as a concealer instead of applying it to my whole face like the one demonstrated on the TV home shopping show.

Also, some of my friends told me it caused them to breakout. Well, if you do apply it for you whole face and do not apply face powder afterwards, the Manila pollution will definitely stick to your face and cause pimples.

The free pouch that comes with it is cool. The lipsticks are smaller than average lipstick size and are your standard pink and orange shades (In Korea, those colors are common for their fair skin trend). As for me, I do not like those shades because I love bronze and golden shades for my makeup (even before Kylie Jenner set that trend lol I was inspired by J.Lo and Beyonce makeup. And Rihanna’s in her S.O.S. music video).

If you bought this as well, holla back so we’ll know your thoughts on this.

For those in Makati, you may want to know where to get affordable makeup brushes:
https://unpaidreview.com/2016/03/25/affordable-make-up-brushes-in-makati/

My Favorite Uncommon Sweets

Cadbury. Malteeser’s. 3 Musketeers. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Butterfinger. Snickers. Toblerone. I think almost everyone is familiar with these sweet treats and would declare that they like them or any other popular treats we so commonly find in supermarkets, convenience stores and the like. I like some of them, too, but my 20-something-year-old taste buds are starting to mature and I find these all too sweet now. So, here I am to share with you some amazing not-too-sweet treats that you might find to your liking as well.

1.) Honey Butter Almonds
I only came to know this through a friend. I am not fond of eating almonds as they are but Korea’s Honey Butter Almonds are an exception. I tried the Honey Butter chips first because I was curious; it was mentioned in one of the variety shows I’m watching. The chips are just meh. But the almonds are amazing! So far, the only way I know on how to avail this is through actually going to South Korea or asking someone to give/buy it for me as pasalubongIf I find a Korean mart finally selling it here in Manila, I will update this post (hopefully, I don’t forget this promise lol).

honey butter almond

It doesn’t look much but the taste speaks otherwise.

To describe the taste, every almond is coated in honey buttery goodness. It’s not greasy but rather powdery and mildly sticky after holding a bunch of it for a while.

2.) Meiji Almond Chocolate
These milk choco-covered almonds can be found in supermarkets. I only came to love this thanks to my aunt’s friend who gave us one whole pack. Meiji chocolates are so mildly sweetened yet gives us the right sweet fix. It’s seriously addicting. On the other hand, Meiji’s choco-covered macadamias are a let down for me though. I like my chocolate macadamias whole, not smashed into bits.

Meiji choco almonds
3.) KitKat Green Tea
Okay, Green Tea Kit Kat is not so uncommon nowadays. It can be found almost everywhere now (groceries, department stores, convenience stores, Daiso, Japan Home) but I’d rather savor its matcha goodness with just the right level of sweetness compared to any other common chocolate any day. If you find yourself loving matcha, too, I recommend Starbucks matcha drinks and Coffee 8065‘s matcha frappe (Makati).

4.) Canada True Maple Butter Cookies
I love Maple syrup. I love it on my pancakes and on some sliced apples with pecans. I fell in love with it further when I tasted Canada True Butter Maple Cookies which was given to us by our Balikbayan aunt. I don’t know how much it costs or where to buy it in Manila but if I find a way on how to avail it, I will update this post. Regarding the taste, the maple is just right, not overwhelming yet still there. Even the butter taste is just right, not overwhelming or greasy. The cute maple leaf-shaped cookies are sturdy but soft to bite into. The light color gives off an impression that it’s raw but I don’t mind that it’s baked that way. I love to pair this with a cup or two of Yogi Green Tea Blueberry Slim Life.
Canada True Butter Maple Cookie
5.) Nonni’s Biscotto
These are the biscotti we see in some Starbucks stores. Being twice-baked, it is meant to be eaten with a warm drink to soften up the cookie prior biting into it. I am a fan of warm drinks like coffee and tea so I  enjoy this Italian treat. The nuts inside adds a glorious texture that contrasts my smooth, warm drink. The way the chocolate softens after being dipped into the warm drink is simply divine, too. I know tubs of this are being sold in S&R. I haven’t tried any other brand nor have I tried baking my own but if anyone can suggest a good brand/recipe, I am all ears. 🙂
nonnis biscotto

6.) Unit16Sweets Chili Dark Chocolate
There are various brands now offering chili dark chocolates but I find  Unit16Sweets chili dark chocolates scrumptious. The simple dark chocolate base is enhanced with the right amount of chili (oil, I think?) in it. It doesn’t abuse the tongue. It won’t make you grab for ice water. It’s like a smooth chili choco ride in your mouth. Plus, it’s affordable! One bar is priced at Php 50-55 I think. Unit 16 Sweets offers various chocolates, too, but I find their chili dark the best. They have various stalls; I chanced upon them during a food fair in Glorietta and Robinson’s Pioneer.
unit 16 sweets chili dark choco

7.) Welch’s Fruit Snacks (Mixed Fruit)
These are seriously addicting. They’re not too sweet yet are super fruity. The gumminess is also at the right consistency — it won’t get annoyingly stuck to your teeth or won’t give you a hard time chewing it. Every piece is adorably shaped in their respective fruit flavor too. One small pack of Welch’s Fruit Snacks claims to give only 80 calories (great for weight watching). I’m not sure if these can be availed at S&R or groceries/stores that offer imported products since I only get to eat these when our balikbayans send us some.
welch's mixed fruit pack

Slimming Products: Yogi Green Tea Blueberry Slim Life Review

Yay or Nay? Yay!

Aside from exercise and eating healthier, I guess portion control is another way to slim down. Let’s face it. Not all of us can live the ideal lifestyle of going to a gym or going for an exercise on a daily basis. They say one should burn twice the calories he/she takes in. But if one can’t burn it (like me, thanks to my office work lifestyle), maybe one can just reduce on the intake. That’s where appetite suppressants come in.

If the office parties and free food just keeps on coming and it’s hard time to say “no” (because let’s face it, free J.CO donuts or Starbucks treats are great perks), intake of appetite suppressants can be helpful.

Chinese appetite suppressant pills are effective and affordable but it’s hard to 100% trust them. I switched to something yummier, healthier and still effective. Yogi Green Tea Blueberry Slim Life have a great blueberry aroma and taste which makes it very enjoyable to drink. It’s green tea and we all know green tea is helpful in slimming down and in detoxification. Yogi Blueberry Slim Life does what it promises; it helps curb appetite. The appetite suppressant power it has is minimal compared to Chinese pills. I drink this tea any time of day except prior going to sleep.

Yogi Green Tea Blueberry Slim Life in my pasabahce tea cup and saucer

The quote is on the other side of the tab (face down).

The packaging is nice and the quotes attached to every tea bag add a cute touch to it. One box contains 16 individually wrapped teabags. It can be purchased via Amazon or our local Healthy Options stores (around Php 290 I think, almost same as the yummy Twining’s Green Tea & Lemon which can be bought in supermarkets). I haven’t tried any other Yogi tea aside from this but once I do, I’ll create a review if it works wonders like this Blueberry Slim Life one.

Since this is an appetite suppressant, you may want to complement it with a fat burning supplement like L-Carnitine: https://unpaidreview.com/2016/07/20/slimming-products-puritans-pride-acetyl-l-carnitine-250mg-review/

Affordable Make-Up Brushes in Makati

If anyone’s been to Makati, the upscale Ayala malls and business district are the place to be for both locals and tourists. It can be quite a feat to find something remarkably affordable among all the posh shops situated there. But if you’re a curious cat like me, you’ll see that there are cheaper buys tucked in some of the stalls or stores there.

make up brushes

Price range may depend on the type of brush and it can vary from Php 30 – Php 200+.

Make-up brushes, for example, are one of the good finds there. But where exactly, you may ask. Go to the the beauty section (near the escalator) of The Landmark (nestled between Greenbelt and Glorietta). There you’ll find cheap, unknown brands and dupes as well. (I’m not promoting dupes but I’m just stating you can find them there if it’s dupes you also seek.)

landmark on google maps

Just search The Landmark PH on Google images if you want a photo reference of the mall.

Of course, there are brushes that may still be not up to par to the branded ones you have or have experienced using but there are some that are similar or do the same job well. Make up and the tools vary; it’s really up to you on how you work with it. The blending brush I bought (see bottom of the photo) is similar to ELF’s white blending eye brush (I know because I have one lol) and is cheaper compared to the local pricing of ELF in this country. There are foundation, kabuki, powder brushes and the like available, too, but I didn’t buy any since I already have a set of Real Techniques Core Collection brushes and ELF (flat top) powder brush + ELF stipple brushes (they’re bang for the buck deals).

That’s it for my very first post. Hope this will serve any Internet soul looking into finding some cheaper makeup brushes in “expensive” Makati.

If you want a handy makeup tool with a built-in brush, one good example is the SEP Jewel BB Stick: https://unpaidreview.com/2016/03/29/face-products-sep-jewel-bb-stick-review/