Krave Beauty: Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser Review

One of my favorite flavors in food or tea is Matcha. Liah Yoo has been a huge part of this 180 degree change in my skin care routine. As an avid fan of her skin care videos, I was so proud and excited when she launched Krave Beauty. My skin care game has been simplified and I discovered more potent products for my active breakouts. I was contemplating on buying this instead of restocking my favorite Cosrx Low pH Good Morning gel cleanser but my love for Matcha products prevailed.

Packaging: I'm into the minimalist aesthetics with the ingredients listed below.

Claim: An antioxidant cleanser that doesn’t mess up your skin barrier, lifting everything your skin doesn’t want while leaving what it needs—healthy pH, hydration, antioxidants and no irritation. Matcha and hemp seeds are here to boost the skin’s intake of antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Your skin and this cleanser might be a Matcha made in heaven!

Notable ingredients:
­čî┐40% Matcha : Antioxidant and reduces production of sebum
 ­čî┐Hemp Seed oil : Hydrates and balances skin
 ­čî┐Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water :Anti-aging 
­čî┐Vitamin B5 & Sodium PCA :Nourishes the skin and anti-aging

Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser Review: Since I have been using a lot of acids lately plus the use of Salicylic acid 2% as a spot treatment, it resulted to a dry and flaky skin. I don't want to add more damage to my skin barrier by using a cleanser that will strip down the remaining moisture of my face. I used this cleanser for two weeks for am/pm routines and I can say I am quite impressed by how gentle it is upon application. I usually squeeze a pea-sized amount and foam it up with water. 

A little goes a long way with this product. The smell reminds me of freshly ground Matcha tea leaves.  Massaging this all over my face is not that hard as it glides smoothly. The rinsing part is like when I wash my face with Burt's Bees Intense hydration Cream  Cleanser, it feels like I still have a little film of soap on my face but this one is understandable as it is a hydrating cleanser. The good thing about this is I don't get that squeaky-clean feeling after washing unlike with my other deep exfoliating cleansers.

After two weeks of using this I can attest that it gave me a nice glow in the morning and I feel that my skin is at its best hydrated state because it doesn't strip down my natural oil. This is a great base for any skincare routine. I simply adore this because it is vegan, cruelty-free, SLS-free, dye-free, fragrance-free, and essential oil-free as well. The only down side for this cleanser is that it is a bit pricey.

Definitely worth pressing that reset button and starting my new skincare journey with this one. Have you tried any Krave Beauty products? 

Jumiso water splash mask

I bought this mask last week on Beautymnl for Php 110 as I find the packaging well made and ingredients looks promising. I already tried the chewy elasticity mask and was quite impressed on how well it made my face quite firm and glowing. I remember last Saturday when it rained heavily while I was out at a cafe with my best friend. I actually forgot to put on my moisturizer that day and my skin has dry patches and some redness on my forehead.Good thing I forgot to remove this Jumiso water splash mask in my bag. While waiting for our grab driver to arrive I quickly put on the mask and here is what I love about it.

This mask has a light flowery scent and the material out of the packet contains a mesh backing for easier application. This is the first time that a mask can cover even my forehead. Adherence is awesome and fits like a glove. It stretches even when I eat my cupcake, as it is made out of 100% cotton. No tacky feeling when I removed the mask. 
My skin type is a combination of dry/oily and sensitive so I definitely read the ingredients before trying anything out.

Ingredients are  Marine complex (algae, seaweed), Shea butter, Ceramide complex, and Hyaluronate complex which claims to deeply hydrate your skin. 
Verdict: After 15 minutes of this mask on my face while waiting for our Grab driver to arrive, true to it's claim this Jumiso water splash mask made my skin look dewy, gave me fresh-as-a-daisy glow and made the redness on my forehead calm down. The amount of essence on the pack is quite generous as you can still use it to apply to your neck plus it was quickly absorbed by my skin.

I will definitely repurchase the other variants because this one really did a great job in hydrating my skin until the next day. One great thing about this is it did not break me out plus it minimizes the redness of my face.

I cleaned my face with my Witch hazel travel size toner before I put on this mask.

The Pahina Project- Race to Raise 2000 Notebooks to Donate to Publlic schools

Education has been taken for granted by many especially by the privileged. With the notion that a degree is useless, they skip school and try their hands on anything that let them earn money. Some thinks that it can not prepare them for life. There is pressure on each person to go to school and get a degree. The same goes for people who can't afford tuition fees. They rather help out their parents to get by each day and nix the idea of getting to school.

 The reality that most are not aware of is that the importance of education goes beyond getting a job or being looked up by the society. In addition, to get complete education doesn't only mean one can read or write but also to identify right from wrong and understand the world around him. Ultimately, one of things education provides is the capability to interpret things.

Certain companies such as Viviamo! Inc., makers of the Belle de Jour Power Planner and Navi: Your Life Navigator Journal believes that education empowers the future generation. Their advocacy-driven events is focused on helping out public school students in their quest for quality education. Hence the creation of our newest product, The BDJ Advocacy Notebooks. These notebooks are not only made of quality materials but were also minimally designed to encourage artistry in our students.

We can give the gift of hope and encouragement to these children by showing your support in The Pahina Project which aims to raise 2000 notebooks to selected public schools. whenever you buy notebook, Viviamo! Inc will donate one. You can also avail the following packages on

Buy 1 Donate 1 for P100
Buy and Donate 2 for P100
Buy and Donate 10 for P500
Quality notebooks for quality education, for a vibrant future. Be part of the race.

BDJ Rendezvous: Women in Action encourage women to reach their productivity goals

Viviamo! Inc., makers of the Belle de Jour Power Planner and Navi: Your Life Navigator Journal,
organized its first BDJ Rendezvous for the year entitled ‘Women in Action last April 21st. This year's theme aimed to continue to empower women to reach their productivity goals.
in its continued commitment to encourage women to reach their productivity goals.

BDJ Rendezvous is the community’s on-ground effort to connect and inspire Bellas through a
series of inspiring talks and sessions. For this year, Women in Action aimed to help women to
be productive, purposeful and active during summer and beyond.

Hosted by vlogger and professional makeup artist Genzel Habab, the event brought together
women from different ages in an afternoon of fun and learning at the 2nd level of The Podium.
Guests were treated to four engaging talks from distinct individuals who shared their
knowledge and expertise about health, wellness, and creative hobbies that they can pursue.

Calligrapher Nicole Sanchez shared her humble beginnings, inspirations, and taught the basics
of Calligraphy. Bellas were provided with starter brush pens and worksheets where they tried
their hand in calligraphy. Patricia Mirasol, on the other hand, stressed the importance of
changing one’s mindset to achieve his/her health and fitness goals.

Business and fitness enthusiast Carla Piscoso related how she once battled with insecurities and
low self-esteem back then. She then encouraged Bellas that in order to feel confident about
how they look and feel, they should first start with themselves.

“It all starts with you,”shared Patricia Mirasol. “The first person that can help you feel and look good is yourself. When youlook in the mirror, don’t pinpoint your flaws. Look at yourself and say I am beautiful.”

Lastly, photographer and makeup artist Gorvachev Bernardo discussed about his tips andtechniques about basic photography, photo editing and ways to achieve visually appealing photos using a smartphone.

Bellas learned that in order to achieve feed goals, they should notoverly edit their photos and refrain from zooming in to retain the photos’ quality.Apart from the series of talks, bellas also enjoyed games that challenged their creativity,collaboration and communication. They were also given a great deal of prizes from both theraffles and games.

BDJ Rendezvous was made possible by its generous sponsors, such as Biore, Browhaus,Cinnabon , Elle, Goldilocks, KitchenAid, MegRhythm, Mystery Manila, Strip Manila, Serenitea,
Style Genie and Zenutrients.

Brand partners included Ace Water Spa, Californila, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, Celeteque,
Chef Tony, Coleman, Cupcakes by Sonja, Delicious Diet, Don Henricos, Fi tness Gourmet, Flawless,  Frankie’s, Happy Skin, Le Garb, Lipault, McDonald’s, Nono’s, Oster, Parisian, PotatoCorners, RedBox, Revlon, Scribe, Subic Grand Seas, Wacoal and Wingstop.Inquirer Pop, and also served as the event’s media partners.

For more information about the Belle De Jour community, visit or check out BDJ’s
official Facebook and Instagram pages @BDJBuzz. You can also join in the community’s special
groups for exclusive announcements and perks @thebellatribe and @bdjplanwithme.

3rd Belle De Jour Women's Summit is the "Woman Redefined"

Some habits of an empowered woman are continuous learning and exploring new things while making friends in the process. Last March 11 at the Sm Aura Samsung Hall, I attended along with nearly 500 participants, the 3rd Women’s Summit which was organized by Viviamo! Inc., the company behind Belle De Jour (BDJ) Power Planner. This year's theme is “Women Redefined” aimed to equip millennials with encouraging messages from strong female role models who are redefining the society’s standards for women.

“Our society has constantly bombarded today’s women - especially the millennials - with unrealistic standards regarding beauty and career, making it hard for them to find themselves and lead an authentic life. Through the Women’s Summit, Viviamo! Inc. hopes to empower them as they pursue fulfillment while being true to their identity,” shared BDJ founder Darlyn Ty-Nilo.

At the summit, guests were treated to inspiring talks and fun activities at the Samsung
Hall of SM Aura Premier. The day began with a keynote speech by Ty-Nilo, who talked
about the importance of claiming one’s success.

“To own up to your success is not a form of bragging, rather a means to realize that all
the sweat and tears that you put into your job are making a difference,” she said,
adding, “Women should learn to acknowledge their achievements so that they can
inspire others to reach for their dreams.”

Meanwhile, Rachel de Villa, co-founder and chief technology officer of Cropital, opened
the first plenary session entitled Resilient Females, which focused on overcoming one’s
circumstances and maximizing one’s blessings. De Villa shared that she has always
considered herself a problem solver, so she developed Cropital when she found the
opportunity to help Filipino farmers access financial support. Through Cropital, anyone
can provide farmers with funds for proper equipment and training from agriculture

For her part, owner Jover Laurio continues to publish critical articles
on the country’s political situation, despite the relentless cyberbullying and death
threats. Laurio has drawn flak for being outspoken in her fight against fake news.
At the second plenary dubbed Courageous Females, resource speakers talked about
living their authentic selves and defying expectations regarding women’s roles in the
society. Blu Pingoy, for instance, courageously pursued her dream of becoming a pilot,
a job usually taken on by males. With her persistence, Pingoy became one of the first
few female commercial pilots in the country.

Meanwhile, singer-songwriter and alopecia areata awareness advocate Abby Asistio did
not allow the society’s standards to define her. As someone who suffered from alopecia
or hair loss at an early age, she encouraged women to embrace their uniqueness and
get over their insecurities.

“Even if society says kailangan long hair para maging girly ka, eh hindi ako long-haired eh. Dapat manggaling sa sarili ko na, okay lang kahit hindi long hair, maganda pa ako with short hair. Just be open to embracing your own uniqueness.”

Aside from promoting resilience and courage, the summit also stressed the value of
paving one’s path and sustaining success in the third plenary session called
Resourceful Females, featuring businesswomen Audrey Tangonan and Kathleen Yu.
Starting a business is risky, but Sinaya Cup founder Audrey Tangonan persevered
because she believed that her idea can genuinely improve people’s lives. Now, her
menstrual cup business has attained massive success locally and internationally.
Kathleen Yu, owner of Manila-based tech start-up Rumarocket Inc., also shared the
moving story of her business.

From the initial failures, Kathleen resolved to learn from mistakes and bounce back. “As long as I was alive, I could always change and grow and learn and become different,” she said.

These speakers’ thoughts echo the women’s advocacy of Belle De Jour, which has
always aimed to empower modern Filipina women by equipping them with knowledge,
confidence, and self-appreciation.

As Ty-Nilo explains, “We hope to help build a world where women are bound not by societal expectations, but by their vision of who they really want to be.”

The 3rd BDJ Women’s Summit was co-presented by Chinoy TV, Lipault and Sun Life
Financial. Major sponsors include Food Panda, Modess, Wacoal, GCash, Style Genie,
Biore, Caronia, Celeteque, Cinnabon, Fitness Gourmet, Jergens, Jollibee, Kipling,Liese, MegRhythm, Parisian Shoes and Bags, Serenitea, Zenutrients, Features andShades, and Award Extremes Inc.Ace Water Spa, Chef Tony, Frankie’s, Goldilocks, and McDonald’s provided loot bagsand raffle pr i zes, while Adobo Magazine, Rappler, and When in Manila served as media partners.