Mentholatum Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Watery Essence SPF 50

Creature of habit that I am, I have used the same Biore sunscreen since 2014. But my stash has been running low, and a similarly marketed option was on sale at the time. So is the Mentholatum Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Watery Essence (P465 / 50g) a convincing enough dupe?

Sunplay Sun Aqua SPF50+

Quick Specs: made in China

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Biosaccharide Gum-1, C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disodium Phenyl Dibenzimidazole Tetrasulfonate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Citric Acid, Ectoin

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Seeing San Mateo: Estancia de Lorenzo

I haven’t done a travel post in a while. (Wait, have I ever?) And while this isn’t exactly a highly exotic destination, it’s a notable enough getaway especially while the pandemic has promoted visiting more local hotspots for leisure. Heading north (Baguio) and south (Batangas) may still be the go-to out-of-town excursion, but don’t sleep on the east of Manila!

I got to explore a little bit of San Mateo by heading to this “hidden” retreat called Estancia de Lorenzo. This huge space is an all-in-one destination where guests can stay in their accommodations, partake in various outdoor activities, enjoy casual dining, and hold events. And there’s no need to venture so far to get there.

Check out my walking tour and restaurant review here:

And if you want to see some of their event spaces and the second restaurant in the property, here’s Part 2 of the tour:

Happy weekend!

My Favorite Local Pasalubongs

I have Ilonggo family members. My paternal grandmother’s family was originally from Iloilo. And my loud, boisterous self is extra awkward when I’m around my very malambing and mahinhin Visayan relatives. But social awkwardness aside, I remember there being so much excitement when aunts and uncles came back from Iloilo with our favorite mirienda treats, barquillos and Braun butter cake.

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Landers BGC Finds

The Landers Superstore BGC Uptown branch has been in operation since December 2021, but I only got to visit last Saturday after hitting up the newly opened Randy’s Donuts. And this is, by far, is the only branch that looks different from all the others. Extra-fancy, just for the Makati/BGC crowd.

Welcome to Landers

From the outside, the modern colonial style of the building reminds me of Casa de Emperador in Iloilo.

Casa de Emperador

And while we’re quite used to the vast, high-ceilinged, American-style warehouse shopping interiors that the other Landers stores have, BGC’s version is more like a fancy supermarket similar to Hong Kong’s City’Super or Singapore’s Cold Storage.

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Jennyhouse Self-Up Volume Shampoo

I have tried a lot of Korean skincare and makeup, but I’ve just realized that I’ve probably only used  one Korean shampoo brand before (’twas Elastine, FYI). I was caught up with the Son Ye Jin/Hyun Bin wedding mania, when the Jennyhouse Self-Up Volume Shampoo (PHP760 / 500ml) popped up on my feed and did some serious tempting.

Quick Specs: made in Korea; the 12-free formula is free of SLS, SLES, silicones, mineral oil, parabens, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin, triclosan, benzophenone, artificial dyes, artificial fragrances, and BHT

Ingredients: Purified Water, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamide Methyl MEA, Lauryl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Octyldodeceth-25, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Polyquaternium-10, Hydrolyzed Keratin (0.49%), Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Salicylic Acid, Dexpanthenol, Sodium Benzoate, Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) Bark Oil, Niacinamide, Sodium Sulfite, Potassium Sorbate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ecklonia Cava Extract, Butylene Glycol, Arginine, Hizikia Fusiforme Extract, Sargassum Fulvellum Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA, Codium Fragile Extract, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Alanine, Lysine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Valine, Threonine, Proline, Isoleucine, Histidine, Methionine, Cysteine, Limonene, Linalool

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