Review: Cover Girl Trushine Hot Pink Shine Lipstick (445)

Here's another review of Cover Girl Trushine lipstick - hot pink shine this time. Like the petal shine, hot pink shine is not pigmented just like other glossy lipsticks.

Check out my review of Cover Girl Trushine Lipstick


  • non-sticky
  • doesn't dry lips
  • nice color
  • inexpensive

  • doesn't last long

Review: Cover Girl Trushine Petal Shine Lipstick (425)

I was looking for coral and light brown lipstick when I found this one. When my package from eBay came, I was a bit disappointed because the color is too light for me. It is not as pigmented as I wanted it to be. But eventually, I came to like the color because it feels like you are not wearing any lipstick at all. The color is barely there and it leaves my lips soft and moisturized.

One downside of this product is that it doesn't stay long thus the need to re-apply throughout the day.

But despite that, I still love this product - perfect during those days when I don't feel like putting a lot on my face. :)

Product Rate:

  • non-sticky
  • doesn't dry lips
  • nice color
  • inexpensive
  • doesn't last long

Review: Olay Total Effects Foaming Cleanser

I was actually looking for a pore cleanser/minimizer when this product caught my attention. After reading that Olay Total Effects has seven cleansing benefits, I decided to give it a try.

At first, I use Olay Total Effects foaming cleanser twice a day but reduced it to once a day only for it caused breakouts just about two days after I started using the product.

The seven cleansing benefits it claims are:
  • Removes excess oil
  • Gets rid of dirt
  • Removes make up
  • Gentle on skin
  • Doesn't overdry
  • Helps lift away dull surface skin
  • Non comedogenic

While my skin indeed feels clean after washing, I cannot consider this as one of the best facial cleansers in the market. I rarely use this product now for I think it does more harm than good when used regularly. Maybe Olay Total Effects is simply not right for my skin.

Product Rate:

  • cleanses skin

  • causes breakouts
  • doesn't smell too good
  • bit expensive

A Photo A Week - The End!

Finally! The ending we've all (or perhaps Harry Potter enthusiasts) been waiting for...

Here's my picture with the novel's most admirable character.. at least for me. I cried buckets after his death and his true role was revealed in the book. I cried again while watching the movie. :D

A Photo A Week - Can You See the End?

 This is where I spent my weekend. No, not in that dock specifically but in a place where that dock is located. It is in Cabaling Beach Resort, in Sitio Cabaling, Brgy. Espinosa, Jordan Guimaras.

Borrowed the picture from Liza

Bohol Trip Day 3 - Panglao

We are supposed to go boating on the 3rd day but we weren't able to push through due to time constraints. Instead, we comforted our selves at the clear water and white-sand beach of this area the locals likened to Boracay. Much like Boracay, there are a few hotels, various resorts as well as restaurants and bars along the beach.

At night, there are also fire dancing shows but I wasn't able to witness one since I separated from the group.

At around 9:00 am, we leave Paragayo Beach Resort and travel back to Tubigon Port. We could have leave Bohol via Tagbiliran Port since it is nearer but we chose to go back to Tubigon to maximize our road trip. Additionally, ferry fare of Tubigon - Cebu is only Php 200 as opposed to Tagbilaran - Cebu which is Php 500. Travel time is 45 minutes and 1 hour and 45 minutes, respectively.

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* Pictures are taken by Rod.

Bohol Trip Day 2 - Bohol Countryside Tour

After a night of breathtaking laughter’s (over the day's pictures) and undisturbed sleep (due to tiredness), we leave E.A.T Danao for what they call the countryside tour. Our destinations include:

Choco Complex
Similar to Sagbayan Peak, the Choco Complex is also a viewing deck but is more crowded with tourist’s locals and foreigners alike. There is a wishing well at the top but doesn't have tarsier sanctuary.

Choco complex

Man-made Forest
A two-kilometer rainforest wherein the mahogany trees are almost of the same height.

Hanging Bridge

After passing by the winding road in the middle of the man-made forest and taking jump shots in the middle of the wet road, our adventurous side is yet again tested in a bamboo hanging bridge that crosses the upper part of Loboc River. It is approximately 40 meters long and hangs 25 meters above the river. Crossing the bridge is fun yet a bit scary because the bridge sways and bounces each time someone takes a step.

Rio Verde Tarsier's Place
Another area where people can get close to Bohol's famous tarsier. There are souvenir items in this area too.

Rio Verde Floating Restaurant
We originally wanted to go to Loboc Floating Restaurant but we felt that the cost of buffet lunch is too much so the van driver suggested a different floating restaurant that is cheaper yet offers the same or better foods, the Rio Verde Floating Restaurant in Loay. With Php 300 per head, guests are entitled to a buffet lunch while cruising the river from Loay Bridge to the;

Ati Tribe Community

Largest Python in Captivity (Alburquerque)
Here we met Prony, a 25-foot python believed to be the largest python in captivity.

Aproniana Souvenir Shop
Every trip is not complete without souvenir or pasalubong shopping. Shirts, bags (mostly native), hankies, shawls, delicacies and many other souvenir items can be bought here.

After our pocket-damaging activity at Aproniana, we proceeded to Paragayo Beach Resort in Panglao. We stayed there for a night but too bad I wasn't able to join the group's beach side activity for our relative who is based there picked me up at the resort and brought me to there house for dinner. We even went to Tagbiliran City for sight-seeing and grocery shopping. It was already around 9:00 pm when I get back to the resort.

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* Man-made forest and hanging bridge photos are taken by Rod. :)

Bohol Trip Day 1 - Sagbayan Peak and E.A.T Danao

My friends and I have been planning for this trip for ages but it happened just now due to schedule conflict. We flew to Cebu on a Friday night via Cebu Pacific airbus and boy! the trip is one hell of a bumpy ride since the plane is small. It's like a bus traveling in the sky, hence the name airbus.

After staying for one night at one of Cebu's budget hotels (Cebu R Hotel), we head to the port and boarded a ferry going to Tubigon Port. The ferry departed at 8:00 am instead of its scheduled time of departure which is 7:45 am. We arrived at the port of Tubigon after almost an hour and head to our first stop...

The Sagbayan Peak
The Sagbayan Peak, a viewing deck located on a 5-hectare mountain-top, allows people a 360-degree view of the famous Chocolate Hills. Once you see the breathtaking view on the deck, surely you will not regret paying Php 30 for the entrance fee. While there, you may also want to have fun in the water park, visit the butterfly dome, say hi to the world's famous tarsier or spend quiet time in the chapel. I highly recommend Sagbayan Peak if you really want to feed your eyes with the beauty of the nation's pride that is the Chocolate hills.

the viewing deck

view from the deck

way to and from the deck

After satiating our eyes with the view and of course with the obligatory photo ops, we headed to our next stop...

E.A.T Danao
Stands for Extreme/Eco/Educational Adventure Tour, E.A.T Danao is a concept setup with the Danao Adventure Park for the benefit of the people of Danao, Bohol. With the Local Government Unit running the park, guests are given the opportunity to explore and enjoy the huge area that is used to be the camp of Francisco Dagohoy, a Boholano hero who led the longest revolt in Philippine history.

Since we will be staying there for a night, we checked in to our respective rooms and got ready to satiate, this time our stomachs, with delicious Filipino dishes. They are only serving buffet during Saturdays so we have no choice but to stretch our intestines to make the most of what we have paid for.

After lunch, we got ready for our next activity - caving and other adventures the park offer. We all booked for caving but since we are 16 in the group and they only allow maximum of 10 persons per group to explore the cave, we decided to divide into two groups - eight of our friends during the 12:00 noon schedule while I, together with my seven other friends was schedule at 3:00 pm. The cave we visited is the Kamira which is rated moderate when it comes to difficulty (other caves in the park are rated extreme).

Since our schedule for caving is still a few hours away, we decided to try root climbing with rappelling. We trekked for like 30 minutes before reaching the root climbing/rappelling area. Going there is not easy since the path is not fully developed and they do not intend to develop it to preserve the area. We only have ropes to hold on to while going down the stony, slippery and steep pathway.

The root climbing/rappelling area is located in the river wherein the roots of a balete tree are protruding in the riverbank. The climb is quite easy though since there are lots of roots to hold. I think it is easier than the easy level wall climbing in Boracay. :D

Root climbing (taken by Rod)

The difficult part however is the rappelling. I never thought that rappelling is difficult since I enjoyed doing it in Guimaras Adventure Park. But this one is different! The riverbank is quite steep and there is a hollow area in the middle. But I survived; we all survived with smiles of fulfillment (and perhaps relief) in our faces.


After the activity, we trekked back to the area where the path to the river and to the cave intersects. We were met by who would-be our guides in caving. We were given instructions and geared up for this truly adventurous adventure. :D

The group
Getting in the cave is not as easy as we expected. We need to climb down a rocky and steep path that is otherwise impossible for us to get through if not for the expertise of our guides. After we passed through the entrance, one can see nothing if not for the light coming from our helmets. We were welcomed by stalactites and stalagmites that form a column when they meet. There is one part wherein we need to submerge under the cool water and another part wherein we need to crawl or duck-walk before we can get through. At the end of the cave, there is a pool of water that allows visitors to swim however, utmost care is needed since there are areas that are over five feet deep.

We walked backed to the same route since the cave has only one opening. Now I imagine what would have happened if Dagohoy was cornered by Spanish oppressors here. :(

cave's entrance/exit

After we got through the entrance, I almost want to back out but then my curious, adventurous side is more dominant that time so I proceeded with the trek. Good thing I did so! If not, I would have missed the experience that I now consider as one of my best nature trips so far.

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* Root climbing and caving pics are from Rod's camera. :)