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Good news, fellow Millennials! There's a new dining spot that has opened its door for you. If you drool over just hearing "Cebu lechon," "sinigang," "kilawin," and other classic Filipino dishes, then this restaurant will pierce in right to your tastebuds.

About Sangkap

Sangkap takes pride on its "four modern ingredients." All dishes are infused with niyog (coconut), sili (chili), kamatis (tomato), and mangga (mango) extract. As of this writing, they have two branches located in Vertis North, QC and Feliz Mall, Pasig.

Review of Sangkap

I was invited for a tasting session at the Vertis North branch of Sangkap. The place looks rustic as though it wants you to feel the classic Filipino living. The owner, Mr. Harvard Uy de Baron, generously prepared 10 sumptuous dishes. They all looked so yummy I might have heard my stomach growling while taking the food shots LOL!

Unfortunately, out of 10, I only tasted six because I was full already, but I brought a friend with me who was able to taste some of the others.

Okoy Salad (P240)

Vegetable is my least favorite, which is why I don't want to comment much on this. But if you're a salad lover, you should give it a try. The twist? The sauce is made with blended pure mango extract. Sounds nice?

Cebu Lechon Sinigang (P370 Regular; P550 Family)

According to Mr. Harvard, this is Sangkap's star dish, and I can see why. In fact, this is one of my favorites in the menu. It is infused with green mango and tamarind to complement the sour sinigang taste. It also has taro which makes the paste or sauce thick. It doesn't taste like the regular sinigang we've come to know, but if you're an adventurous foodie, you'll surely love it too!

Inihaw na Pusit at Kamatis Salsa (P320)

I may be biased with this review because I love seafood above all, but I definitely enjoyed this one. The squid meat has a juiciness that bursts in your mouth with every bite. Some grilled squid may come off dry and chewy, but this isn't one of those. Although, you may have a hard time cutting it so  don't be stupid like me and better use a knife. Haha!

Bagnet Bicol Express (P 295 Regular; P470 Family)

What I like about this dish is that the Bicol express paste really complements the taste and the bagnet is so easy to chew. However, if you're expecting the sizzling spicy hot taste of Bicol express, this won't give you that. Still, the taste is great and I'd definitely recommend it.

Kilawin (P310)

Beef Mechado (P340 Regular; P595 Family)

Laing Lumpia at Gata Dip (P240)

Inasal sa Gata (P350 Regular; P680 Family)

Salo-Halo (P245)

For dessert, we were given two dishes: the Tricolor Spring Roll (P220) and the Salo-Halo. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a photo of the Spring Roll, but it tasted really good, not overwhelmingly sweet. Meanwhile, the Salo-Halo tasted okay for me. Nothing too special, and I've even tasted better ones before. But the serving is too generous, so make sure to share! After all, it's meant for salo-salo (sharing).

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It's been a while since I've done a product review. To be honest, I recently managed to stop splurging on new beauty products and have been successfully able to stick to the products that work for my skin. However, every now and then, I allow myself to have "cheat days" but only when I need (e.g. I ran out of a product that is essential to my routine, say a cleanser, and decide to try another brand) or really want to (when there's a really good deal).

Well today, I'm going to review the Milk Cleanser with Dead Sea Minerals & Plant Extracts by Kedma Cosmetics.

Who is Kedma Cosmetics?

Kedma Cosmetics has been around for a while now. What makes it stand out among the other beauty brands is the Dead Sea minerals content in its products. It also takes pride on being paraben-free and cruelty-free.

Benefits of Dead Sea Minerals

You've probably heard of the Dead Sea, right? Yes, it's that salt lake located in the Jordan Rift Valley. Its water has a very high content of salt and its mud is rich in minerals, both of which are known for having several benefits, including skin benefits.

To name a few—improves psoriasis, helps treat acne, fights against aging, among others.

Review of Kedma Cosmetics Milk Cleanser with Dead Sea Minerals & Plant Extracts

If I'm going to be really honest with this review, then I have to tell you at this moment that this product was given to me by Kedma for testing purposes. However, before they sent me this product, I was contacted by a skin specialist who asked about my skin concerns. That is so they know which product would be best suited for my skin.

I told them my major skin problems are clogged pores and hyperpigmentation. They told me they would give me an update about the product that I'd be getting. A few days later, someone from Kedma was knocking at my door with a paper bag.

Prior to using this product, I was on a rejuvenating skin treatment for two months (which I will write about later). Instead of using the soap that came with the maintenance set because my skin reacted to it, I decided to use the Kedma Cosmetics Milk Cleanser instead.

It comes in an 80ml pump container. Once opened, you can use it for up to 12 months. With its white and gold color scheme, the packaging looks sleek and high-end.

In addition to the dead sea minerals, it also contains aloe vera leaf extract (a plus for me because I love aloe!) and olive fruit oil. Both of these provide numerous benefits to the skin including anti-aging, moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties, among others.

This is not your typical foam type of cleanser. In fact, it is comparable to Cetaphil cleanser (which I personally love) because they both don't lather when applied to the skin.

Kedma is also very specific in its directions of using the product: Apply the cleanser onto the skin massaging it gently over the face and neck. Remove residue with cotton pad. Use day and night as your first-step skin care treatment.

It says to use cotton pad, but I prefer to use facial tissue instead. Just look at how effective it is at removing makeup, and I only used two pumps to get this much dirt.

Cleansing wise, it works wonders!

Clogged pores? When I used this, I didn't have clogged pores to begin with because of the rejuvenating skin treatment I was on, but I'm still grateful that this product didn't clog my pores or trigger breakouts (which is a huge deal because my skin easily reacts to new products).

Hyperpigmentation? I've been using this cleanser for a month, and my acne scars are still there, although they did lighten a little. However, I cannot assure if that's because of this product or the maintenance toner and cream that I'm using, or neither. Hyperpigmentation fades over time, but perhaps somehow my skincare routine, which includes this product, has helped speed up the process.

Where to buy?

The Kedma Cosmetics Milk Cleanser with Dead Sea Minerals & Plant Extracts can be bought from Kedma Cosmetics' website for 50 USD or roughly Php2,500.

Update as of May 2020: Would you believe if I told you that this product only ran out last February? That's almost a year! And yes, I love it! I never had breakouts or any adverse reaction while using it. Hope this info helps!

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for testing and reviewing purposes but all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company and/or its affiliates in any way.

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I've been hearing a lot of good things about Colourette for a long time now, but it was only recently that I actually decided to give the brand a go. I've been following them on Facebook, and one thing that I noticed about the brand is it's very Millennial/Gen Z-targeted; the aesthetic obviously attracts teens and young adults, plus it's a local Filipino brand so I'm totally here for it!

Among its bestsellers is the Colourtint, an oil based lip and cheek tint which comes in two variants—fresh and matte. I really can't vouch for the differences between the two because I've only tried two shades from the matte collection, but I heard that the matte shades were born through the line's revamp.

I got the shades Zola and Ondrei, both of which belong to the matte line. I heard that Zola is a cult favorite that's why I decided to try it. Also, based on the photos, it is the closest to the shade that I've been looking for in a lip tint. According to Colourette, Zola is a universally flattering rosy brown shade, which explains why many are raving about it. Though I must admit I was a bit disappointed when it first came in the package because it turned out to be not exactly the shade I was hoping for. Still, I have learned to like it eventually. On the other hand, Ondrei is a warm golden brown shade.

If you've noticed, because of its oil based formula, the pigments separate when you leave it for a while, so you have to follow the instructions on the box and shake the product for a seamless application.

One weird thing that I find about the Colourtint is the applicator. If I didn't know better, I would think this is a nail polish. Fortunately, it's never been an issue when applying the product, at least for me. After all, I only use a small dot because the product really does go a long way. For the smell, it has a sweet pastry scent that I like, not too strong that is irritating to the nose or the skin.

Here are the swatches of the two shades. As you can see, both are very pigmented, almost like they're liquid lipstick rather than a tint. Both come off really dark in the swatches but when applied to the lips and face, they actually look lighter. The finish is really matte for both shades, with thick consistency but feels lightweight when worn. I'm just not that much of a fan when applied to the lips because I prefer the natural, ombre Korean look when it comes to lip tints. Although, I'd say the product would be really good for a full face makeup.

Another upside is they're easily blendable and do not leave unwanted stain on the cheek even if you do not blend right away. For the cheeks, I prefer using Ondrei because it gives the perfect sunkissed look. For both my lips and cheeks, I only use my fingers to blend though it does leave a stain which you can easily wipe off with a tissue.

Longevity wise—upon application, it does not transfer. Even if it's my habit to wet my lips with my tongue, it does not go off. However, after you've eaten, you'll notice that some of the product fades and you'll have to re-apply to get the pigment that you want. What I really love about this being a lip tint though is that the longer I wear it, the more it sets which makes me love the finish better. For the cheeks, it leaves a natural blush look that you can build for a more drastic finish. It stays for a reasonable amount of time before you have to reapply.

Here's a photo of me wearing Zola on the lips and Ondrei on the cheeks. I heard that you can also use Colourtint on your eyes. I haven't really tried it yet, but I do think it's worth a try! :)


  • Lightweight finish
  • Easily blendable
  • Affordable (P249)
  • Accessible (available online and in stores)
  • Good pigmentation
  • Transferproof
  • Wide shade range (check out their website for more shades)

  • Doesn't stay after eating
  • Doesn't give the ombre Korean lip look (for those who prefer it)

RATING: 4.5 OUT OF 5.0 - This product is very promising coming from a local brand. I would totally recommend this to a friend!

WHERE TO BUY? Colourette has stalls and/or kiosks in the following mall outlets: SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Fairview, SM Bacoor, SM Clark, SM Pampanga, SM Telebastagan, SM City Cebu, SM Davao Ecoland, Landmark Department Store Trinoma, Robinsons Department Store Festival Mall, Robinsons Department Store Metro East, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Makati, Market! Market!, and SM Manila.

It is also available online through the Colourette website, Lazada, and Shopee.

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