California Cheese Board 101

California Cheese Board | Real California Milk

When the people behind California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) Philippines sent over a board of cheese as a holiday present, I called a few friends to come over for an intimate Wine and Cheese party. 

After setting the date, I made a short food list to create an ultimate cheese board. I spent the afternoon at the supermarket buying some crackers, bread, nuts, fruits, and honey to complement the cheese board. I carefully selected the ingredients that would be best paired with the various types of cheeses I have at home.

We have a great selection of wine at home, some were given as gifts while others were bought from countries we visited. I left the decision on choosing the right wine bottle to serve at the party to my husband. Between us, he is more knowledgeable with wine and food pairing.

My sister and I were busy in the kitchen cooking vegetable pasta for dinner. A friend brought over ham to include on our cheese board. When every list of ingredients are ready at the table, it's time to create a fabulous California Cheese Board!

Althea X Get It Beauty Collaboration | Real Fresh Skin Detoxer Review Plus Video

If the gauge to pinpoint one of my favorite K-Beauty products is the number of times it appeared on my blog then Real Fresh Skin Detoxer would be on top of my favorite list! I mentioned it when I reviewed the Petal Velvet Sunaway. It came as a welcome gift and it was waiting for me when I came back from my vacation in Canada. I mentioned it again when I shared my Daily Skin Care Regimen following the Milk Peel Cream Mask review. If that's not enough to show my love for the product, I even included it on my Top 10 Althea Must Buy | K-Beauty 101 entry. 

Real Fresh Skin Detoxer | Althea x Get It Beauty Collaboration

Real Fresh Skin Detoxer in Green Tea and Rose (150 mL) Php 550 each

I am sorry that it took so long for me to highlight it here on my blog. I know a lot of you have already read and even tried Real Fresh Skin Detoxers in Green Tea and Rose but just a refresher, Real Fresh Skin Detoxer is the product of Althea Korea's collaboration with Korea's top TV programme, Get It Beauty. It is a 10-second mask-to-cleanser skin care product. 

Top 10 Althea Must Buy | K-Beauty 101

Althea Christmas Favorites

Just in time for Christmas, I created this "Althea Christmas Wish List" slash my favorite Top 10 K-Beauty products from Althea Korea.

From Althea's Bare Essentials line, the Contour Cleanser works well even for my dry and sensitive skin. It removes my makeup and other impurities really well. It does not have a strong and unpleasant odor and it's non-irritating. 

Most cleansers leave my skin red after washing but this product does not. I have not tried any other cleanser since then. I figured why do I have to change something that works effectively well, right?

Milk Peel Cream Mask Review | Althea Exclusives

Althea Korea has recently launched another Exclusive product- Milk Peel Cream Mask. This new K-Beauty product exfoliates and at the same time hydrates your skin. The exfoliating clay mask transforms from a clay texture to a whipped cream lather in less than 60 seconds. It contains milk protein extract to moisturize and revitalize the skin. It's formulated with AHA and BHA to gently yet effectively remove dead skin cells.

I have been using most of Althea Exclusives (Contour Cleanser, Fixer Cream, Real Fresh Skin Detoxer Rose, and my current favorite, the Petal Velvet Sunaway) every single day. I didn't find it hard to squeeze Milk Peel in my daily regimen. In fact, I have been using it diligently since the day I received it ; )

Althea Exclusive | Milk Peel Cream Mask 

Althea Exclusive Milk Peel Cream Mask 50 mL Php 490

Since I started using the Althea Exclusives, I noticed that my skin condition has tremendously improved. It was last April when I started using Althea Bare Essentials. After applying the products day and night for 8 consecutive months, my skin felt so much better. From dry and sensitive skin, my skin is now so soft to touch. I cannot believe it, I thought there's no product that can alleviate my skin condition. I was wrong, after changing my daily beauty regimen, I am so happy to see and feel the difference.

My Daily Skin Care Regimen:

  1. While in the shower, I apply a generous amount of Real Fresh Skin Detoxer in Rose on my face, neck, armpits, elbows and knees to gently exfoliate my skin so I am ready to seize the day. 
  2. After shower, I pat dry my face and apply a thin layer of Fixer Cream. I also include my neck in applying a moisturizer. 
  3. I follow it up with Petal Velvet Sunaway. Since I now don a pixie cut, I also apply a generous amount of sun block on my nape and neck. My arms is more exposed to the sun when I drive so applying a sunblock on my arms is a must.
  4. Using my favorite BB Cream, Missha's M Perfect Cover BB Cream in No.21, I use my finger to gently dot the product on my forehead, side of my nose, chin and cheeks then blend everything in circular motion. 
  5. I cleansed my face at night with Contour Cleanser. It cleansed the makeup I applied on my face thoroughly without leaving it dry... yey!
  6. Twice a week, I apply Milk Peel Cream Mask (read below on how to use it) at night before I go to sleep so my skin will feel rejuvenated. 
  7. I end my routine with another application of moisturizer.

Fjallraven (Re) Kanken Backpack | How to spot a FAKE

Confessions of a Bagaholic

After Anello, my eyes are on my new Re-Kanken backpack. I have been carrying it since the day I purchased it at SM Megamall department store earlier this month. I chose the color Dark Olive (#633) because it matches with most of my clothes. Also, dark colors are a lot easier to maintain than lighter ones.  

I bought this Re-Kanken because we are flying to Boracay. Bringing a backpack/rucksack when travelling with family is a must because I want both my hands free. Not that I don't have any other backpacks, it's just that Kanken is known to have large and spacious compartment. Instead of carrying books, I am repurposing this new backpack to carry all our travel essentials and a whole lot more. Kanken is definitely mommy-approved. Oh, enough about justifying my purchase ; p 

It's a bit expensive compared to Jansport. Thankfully, I have generated enough points on my BDO credit card. I was able to convert those points into SODEXHO Premium Pass gift certificates. I added about Php 800+ in cash instead of paying the full amount of Php 4,965. 

Kanken | Backpack that Straightened Out a Whole Generation

The original Kanken backpack was introduced in August 1978 when statistics showed that up to 80 percent of the Swedish population at some point suffered from back pain and that these problems were appearing in increasingly younger age groups. Experts believe that if the load from school books was re-distributed from one shoulder (*shoulder bag was very popular) to both shoulders, the risk of back pain would be greatly reduced.

Its founder, Ake Nordin, sketched an affordable, functional backpack with plenty of space for school children's books and binders. The design has not really changed throughout the years.

Fjallraven - Swedish for Arctic fox

Introducing Re-Kanken | Eco-friendly Bag

Re-Kanken is Fjallraven Kanken recycled! I am a proud mama because this special edition Kanken is made entirely from polyester recycled from plastic bottles- 11 of them to be exact!

Re-Kanken Style No. 23548 Dark Olive (633) Php 4,965
Re-Kanken Backpack | Product Description

  • Outer material is made from 100% Polyester
  • Volume: 16 L
  • Size 380 x 270 x 130 mm (14.9 x 10.6 x 5.1 inches)
  • Weight: 395 g (0.8 pound)
  • One large, zippered main compartment with large opening
  • Two side pockets
  • A zippered pocket in the front
  • Handle at the top
  • Narrow shoulder straps
  • Seat pad in the inside pocket 

Without Nature | We're Nothing

Re-Kanken was dyed with SpinDye technology that radically reduces the amount of water, energy and chemicals used. It has the same genius design as the original, but now reinvented from a recycling/recyclable perspective that saves natural resources. I am so happy to play an active role in saving our Earth. 

Meet The Kanken Family
  1. Kanken- the original since 1978 (16 litre)
  2. Kanken Mini- small version of the classic Kanken (7 litre)
  3. Kanken Kids- a Kids only version of Kanken. It includes a chest strap to keep shoulder straps in place on small children (7 litre)
  4. Kanken Laptop- it has a separate padded laptop compartment and padded shoulder straps; available in 13"/ 13 L, 15"/18 L, and 17"/20L
  5. Re-Kanken- a special edition Kanken made from SpinDye, recycled polyester (16 and 7 litre)
  6. Kanken No.2- Kanken backpack in durable G-1000 HeavyDuty with handles and details in leather (16 litre)
  • Photo insert- holds a medium SLR camera, extra lens, memory cards, filter etc. Padded front for protection
  • Chest Strap short/long- can be added to the Kanken backpacks. Small whistle in the middle
  • Shoulder Pads-extra padding for Kanken and Kanken Mini's shoulder straps.