Monday, March 19, 2018

A Bright Colored Lip Because I Can!

I haven't worn this kind of colored lippies for ages!  I used to haunt this color a couple of years ago just because I saw some actresses wear them!  

Now that I've tried Palladio's Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color, I realized this is a great pick-me-upper not only on the way I look but my feeling as well!  I feel more energetic whenever I wear bright-colored lippie and I guess this is a good Monday lipstick?  Do you agree?

a photo of Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color Review in PLUSH

According to Palladio ---
"Our Top seller Velvet Matte has been given an opulent twist with flattering metallic pearls to create a striking feminine look. Drench your lips with this supple, creamy formula enhanced with green tea and vitamin E. Designed with long wear metallic pigments and a velvety matte texture, the new VELVET MATTE will make you rock the ultimate lip trend."

a photo of Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color Review in PLUSH

Sunday, March 18, 2018

AMW Cooks: Tuna Baked Mac

The Holy Week is coming soon and some of you are following the No Meat Diet for sacrifice.  I know you'll see "hotdogs" in this dish because my son loves them, but I suddenly thought why not recreate one comes "no meat season" minus the hotdogs?  It will taste as good I promise you!  This dish was swiped off that same night and there were only 3.5 of us in the family!  (0.5 is my son by the way!)

AMW Tuna Baked Macaroni Dish 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Why I Love Aureo La Union

A lot of you who follow me on Social Media probably saw that I spent a couple of days in Aureo La Union with my family after my birthday.  It was a nice post-birthday celebration with my family and it was a good breather to be out of the city!

Aureo Resort is located in the heart of La Union and it took us a good 4-hour drive going there (thanks NLEX and TPLEX!)

Let me tell you just SOME of the many reasons why I love it there.

I did say it took us 4-hour long drive but it was the easiest drive for us (I like the drive going there better than Tagaytay as it is less congested, just make sure to travel off-peak hours)

Located at San Fernando, you can easily find it there via Waze.  You won't miss this sign!

And if you're the type who loves to go surfing or maybe food trip in La Union?  You can easily drive for about 30 minutes and you are there at San Juan, La Union.

At Gefseis Greek Grill

With my date

Upon entering the resort, I was greeted by the guard and receptionist and was offered a welcome drink right away.  Such a perfect way to refresh ourselves after a long drive.

I also appreciate how the staffs tried to talk to my son who was running around as his legs were also "dead" from the 4-hour drive.

Since it is a resort, I was expecting them to offer just the "basics" for any overnight stays.  But thankfully, I got a 5-star room treatment.  

For De Luxe Room, you can opt for 2 Queen or 1 King-sized bed and we went for the latter as we are clingy that way!  The bed is extremely soft and the pillows are very fluffy!  It didn't take us much time to get accustomed to the new bed.  Kyle didn't have any complaints he slept soundly the first light.

Because the bed was so comfortable, at one point, we stayed in (because it was extremely hot that afternoon) and just played hide-and-seek and pillow fights!  

Complimentary water, coffee and tea were provided and you also have an electric pot for hot water anytime of the day!

The bath area is very clean and modern and toiletries like soap, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste and toothbrush were also provided.  I appreciate that they have kick-ass blow-dryers in there!  Not the small ones that let you dry your hair forever!

And you get a "lounging area" just right outside the room with tables and chairs for you to enjoy the sun, the sea and the view!  Now, speaking about the view....

The biggest reason why I would love to go back to Aureo La Union is because you get picturesque view in ALL ANGLES!  When I say all angles, I mean it!  You can literally just put out your smart phone, snap a photo and the outcome will look like a postcard!

Day time Aureo right across our room.

Aureo Night Time photo using just my phone camera!

The view INSIDE my room.

When you eat your breakfast at the Coast Restaurant which is just a couple of steps away from the room, you get the view while you enjoy your meal.

That's not all, let's talk about Sunrise and Sunset.  For some reason, the sun is as its' most gorgeous state here!  

Right before the sun sets

Sunset view and Kyle is having so much fun!

Us enjoying the view!

There are a total of 2 swimming pools at Aureo and thankfully, our room was situated near the newest and bigger pool.  I also like this area because it has the kiddie pool which we stayed most of the time.

Kyle was a bit hesitant to go down the pool at first but once we dipped a bit, he got so excited and forgot he has a mom!  *laughs*

You can also rent inflatables shaped in Pizza, Donut or even Flamingo (Php100 each)!  Tsum Tsum not included as we brought our own props!  

I was able to bask under the son while the Mr. look after my son!  It was really a relaxing moment for me!  I didn't get much tan as my sunblock was working REALLY well!  

Once you go on the other side across the kiddie pool, you see the beach!  This is a good redundancy in my opinion - water after water!  


Let's talk about the beach, it isn't white sand beach like the ones in Boracay or Palawan but dear friends, for a 4-hour drive and no need to get on to the plane?  I think that's good enough!  

The sand is actually relaxing to step on, not the coarse ones!  I also like that the waves are just right, nothing scary where I don't mind having my kid wander around (within my eyesight)

Look at him having so much fun playing on the sand!  We didn't build any castles but he obviously planted a lot of Tsum Tsums!  *laughs*
Mr. and Mrs. AMW

AMW Family

I've had friends messaging me telling me how much they love the food at Coast Restaurant in Aureo La Union.  I was given so many choices but I only get to eat their breakfast.  I was expecting a buffet breakfast but we were given a menu to order A La Carte (probably because it was low season and not much people were staying there so there's no point doing buffet breakfast!)

Everything we ordered tastes really good, but if you are extremely hungry, 1 plate may not be enough for you so feel free to order another one because they aren't that expensive anyways.  (1 plate around Php200-300.00)

Beef Tapa

Daing na Bangus


I really love this!  I just wish they gave bigger piece!  Nabitin ako guys!

Out of everything that I've mentioned, my most favorite part about this trip is how it puts our family closer together!  I try so hard not to travel much with my active toddler especially on rest days because, I wanted REST!  But, Aureo La Union is actually not only a "Road Trip stopover" or a "hangout area" for friends and lovers, I actually approve this place for families!  There are just so much to do in this resort and I like how we enjoy the most simple things in life!

Us lounging on the garden with swing.

The simple walk from our room to the restaurant and we love passing by the mini bridge!  We ended up walking back-and-forth this bridge as we sing the song of "London Bridge is Falling Down".

His best times are spent playing in the sand with mommy and daddy!
I love how we talk about building castles - Mickey Mouse is a prince while Minnie Mouse is a princess.  We talked so much and I love how he can visualize his fairytale stories as we build characters and things with the sand.

Props to Mr. AMW for going back and forth the sea just to provide us water using a mini pail we brought with us!

And just when we thought he'll get tired after the sun sets, we continued bonding by splashing water as we sit on the side of the pool.

And when he gets bored?  You can always throw in some fun activities like drawing the back of the plate mats!  He was actually drawing the logo of Aureo La Union the whole time and copied the rest of the drawings (leaves and all + planets)

If you are taking along a kid who gets bored easier, make sure you bring all his favorite toys, books and pens!  We even brought with us a Chromecast which we ended up NOT using as the TV inside the room has Cartoon Network and other kiddie shows!

Now here's a quick glimpse on how I feel about my staycation at Aureo La Union:
  • Staffs are very friendly and helpful.  Whenever we come home from outside the resort and has a lot of things on hand, they would offer help EACH AND EVERY SINGLE TIME!
  • The rooms are spacious and very modern-looking.  We dislike dark hotels which can scare my son so I appreciate that the room has ample lighting at nighttime.
  • The walk from the entrance to our room is a bit far, you don't mind the walk as the resort made a nice path for you to walk.
  • Food is good but service could get slow.  So make sure you are NOT extremely hungry when you order food.
  • There are ample parking space right in front of the entrance.
  • The pool is really nice and clean and you have Lifeguards roving around the area.
  • You get best of both worlds, pool and beach with just a few walks away!
  • The resort offer water activities which I felt bad I didn't get to try but I'll definitely try them when I get back (when Kyle gets older!)

I personally think all families should get a couple of days of staycation once in a while to bond and to relax from work stress.  I actually came back with my mind refreshed and heart full! 

Aureo La Union rooms are priced around Php4,000-Php7,000 per night (depending on season and room type).

For more information:
Aureo La Union
Luzon 2500, San Fernando, La Union, Philippines
+63 2 893-1111
+63 917-8225799

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation Review

The Body Shop has been around for YEARS!!!!  I remembered as a start-up Blogger, one of the first brand that reached out to me (from the US pa ha!), is The Body Shop US team who let me try their Mineral Makeup Line.  Ah, those were the days I started to learn about the brand and fall in love with them.

Fast forward to more than 10 years, they definitely "up their game" with more promising makeup line, promising enough I can actually use this on a professional level!  

Interesting?  Are you ready to read further?

a photo of The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation Review.

The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation Says ---
Combat skin imperfections throughout the day with our 100% vegan Matte Clay Foundation. This lightweight foundation is enriched with skin-clearing tea tree and leaves a breathable, yet full-coverage matte finish. It’s also resistant to water and sweat. Apply with our multi-tasking complexion blender for a flawless application.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara Launch + Review

I'm ready to take off!
This even reminded me so much of my bonding time with my son!  We always talk about space, planets and anything related to the Solar System, Milky Way, you name it, we've discussed it!

I had a time off to attend the Big Bang Launch of The Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara!  Are you ready to join me into this lash-lafying adventure (seriously, I can have my own dictionary!) :P

a photo of Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara Launch + Review Askmewhats Nikki Tiu

"BADgal BANG! 36 HOUR* FULL-BLAST volumizing mascara creates MASSIVE volume without weighing down lashes. The gravity-defying formula builds volume the more you layer, and contains aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology. This innovative intense pitch black mascara layers easily for bigger & BIGGER impact. Its custom big Slimpact! brush is streamlined to reach root-to-tip, corner-to-corner, upper & lower lashes for BIG VOLUME WITH 360° REACH!"

a photo of Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara Review