ELEMENT Boutique Hotel

Where do I even begin? I have been meaning to blog about this before I even left for the States but I never got the chance to. My stay in the States was way too hectic for words and there has just been so much to do ever since my return but hey, who’s complaining? 😉

I’ve been looking for a boutique hotel in Makati to cater to my de-stressing needs for the longest time and I’ve finally found “The One.” It’s called the ELEMENT Boutique Hotel and it’s literally a walk from Bucky’s or if you’re into the healthier lifestyle and you’re okay with longer walks, Powerplant Mall.

First impression: industrial and modern. Oh how I love a good interior design. It catches the sun’s rays perfectly and if you’re thinking about Instagram-worthy lighting then, you’ve got the place. Whether it be their restaurant or the rooms, the area is made to make all your photos look good.

Upon arrival, we were received by the most gracious hosts who are also the owners. They are Armand and Elizabeth Elliot. Talk about two of the sweetest people in the world! I know a genuinely nice person when I see one and calling them that would be an understatement. We had zero problems and they were so hands-on that our stay there was beyond the good that we had expected.

We start with how the place looks upon entrance. Very chic and it instantly transports you out of the city. I don’t know if they designed the place to catch the air that way or if they just picked a great location! Even without airconditioning, it was as breezy as it could get. Their restaurant is to the right of the entrance and their food is just perf. Armand, the owner, happens to be the chef and man, was the food amaaaaze. You can tell that the food is spent time on and it isn’t an order-in-order-out kind of dynamic. It’s a must try! You can even get their restaurant’s dishes as room-service. Yum!

Did you know that I was choosing between Medicine and Architecture? Well, doctor or architect, I approve! I’m sure you understand why my heart instantly fell in love with this place the moment I laid eyes on it. The previous photos are just from the lobby. Bet you can’t wait for what the room looks like! I took a million photos for you guys just so you can see the hotel in almost every angle.

Check out the hallways. I mean, if you’re into the artsy feel well, they’ve got it all set for you. The concrete stairs, the metal pieces on the wall, the hand-painted art- LOVE.

  

So this is how the living room looks like in the day. They even have a comprehensive book selection you can actually pull out and read. They have an L-couch. AN L-COUCH. I love L-couches!!!!!! I need these bookshelves in my life. Saving these photos as per reference in the future.

Doesn’t it give you such a modern feel? The curtains were not dusty by the way. Pet peeve in certain hotels: curtains that give me the sniffles. Everything was spick and span. The room smelled so crisp upon entrance as well. Bonus points for me! Hey, there are rooms that are clean but with no smell so having that crisp smell I love adds points on my list.

When you lay down on the bed, you’ll see this to your right. I don’t know about you but doesn’t this just calm your mind? I was instantly transported to the beach. Ahhh, this is the life. The tropics in the city.

This is also what you’ll be seeing as you’re laying down on the bed. In the middle of the room, what divides the living room from the bed room is a wall that has a mirror/tv. ARGUABLY MY FAVE PART OF THE ENTIRE ROOM. You can spin it upon preference. If you want to watch tv in the living room, spin. If you want to watch tv as you’re on the bed, give it another spin. Oooh another bonus thing? THEY HAVE AN HDMI PORT. #YAAAAAS. Korean telenovelas, please?

  

Their bathroom. WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT. I love the industrial feel!!!!! AAAH CONCRETE WALLS. FAVE FAVE. Even the bathtub has the same material. Imagine using a bath bomb here. BEAUTIFUL. If you haven’t noticed the shower head, BOOM. The waterfall kind. Yup, I can stay here for houuuuurs.

  

The entire design is so well-thought of. *applause*

Another bonus point: THEY HAVE SOCKETS EVERYWHERE. They were very generous to provide several plugs for their customers. You can charge everything at the same time without having to keep switching. Blowdry your hair? Plug in speakers? Charge your camera? Phones? You got it. Oh and their bed? Oh man, it’ll knock you out in seconds. Their pillows are as fluffy as any pillow can get. You think I’m sugar-coating? Hm. Book a room and you’ll see.

Thought of taking photos of how the room looks like at night. Ain’t it a beauty? The room was perfectly lit and they use yellow light. If you’re picky about lighting, well, this will satisfy your OC-ness. Still good for photos. Not too warm, not too cool. It’ll put you right into the best mood.

 

If you ask me what I like best about this hotel, off the bat, I’d say that it would be the way it took away all my stress. The ambiance, the staff, the services- they all fit into place. This was exactly what I needed after my consecutive weeks of exams and requirements. I can’t wait to bring my Med friends here. I feel like they’ll need this just the same.

If you wonder how I stay sane in the middle of all things Med, it’s the secret of switching things up. I don’t like following routines and studying in the same place. I need to keep changing it up to keep things exciting. This room is best for doing work and for getting the rest we all deserve.

Oh and if you’re wondering about the price, all rooms are VEEEERY affordable. Check their site out for the listings. (http://www.elementboutiquehotelmakati.com)

Proof-reading this blog entry makes me feel that by now, you guys think I was paid to write all of these good words. Well, guess what? They didn’t even read this before I posted. I’m not even required to post a blog post! This is all from initiative. I share because I loved in entirely.

I can’t wait to book again. Maybe another stay before school begins? 😉

Again, to one of the cutest and most accommodating couples I know, Armand and Elizabeth, I’m most grateful. This was a stay beyond words. Can’t wait to order room-service again and plop down on that bed. See you soonest!

DETAILS:

ELEMENT BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Element Boutique Hotel Bar and Restaurant is located in the heart of Makati.

White Not? : NIVEA Deo Extra White Serum

I don’t know about you girls but I don’t have the guts to wear anything that bares my underarms if they are dark and stubby. Quite honestly, I don’t know how others are able to muster up that much confidence to raise up a peace sign when their underarms are just, well, you know- not that presentable.

Thank goodness I have discovered a product that works! I’m sure you guys have seen me post about it here and there a couple of times. It’s called the NIVEA Deo Extra White Serum. See, what I love about this is that it delivers what it claims to offer. It’s the very first deo serum in the Philippines and it doesn’t roll on into gunk. I’ve been using it for months and well, notice my recent OOTD addition? Yup, more tube tops and tanks! That’s cause I’ve gotten a boost in my self-esteem all thanks to NIVEA.

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My underarms are not only whiter, but they’re much smoother! I feel fresh 24/7 and this is probably the most essential of it all. It’s so humid in UST and I’m in white! I can’t afford sweat stains while wearing my V-neck. Imagine me auscultating a patient and people in the wards can see the sweat seeping through. One of the worst nightmares, for sure! Looking clean is a must in not only Med School but also in our every day lives.

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Oh! Last but not the least. The smell of this is amaaaaaaaazing. You don’t smell like soap. It smells like light perfume you’d have stashed in your bag. I’m serious. They chose its fragrance well! Haha #ItsAlsoAboutTheLittleThings

Using this will help you feel much more confident about yourself. Hopefully to the same extent that it did with me. Don’t be shy to try something new everyday. Bring yourself to your #NextLevelYou.

This NIVEA Deo Extra White Serum is available in almost every drug store and convenience store near you! Try it out and leave me a comment on how much you like it!

Officially a #RustansBeautyAddict: Perricone, MD Stash

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Can’t even begin how delighted I was upon receiving this goody bag. As you all might already know by now, I’m IN LOVE with the skin care and now a make-up brand: Perricone, MD. A few weeks back, I was already sent a package that had their No Foundation Foundation SERUM and their No Concealer Concealer. I posted about it on my IG and well, pretty much raved about it everywhere else. This week, lo and behold, another package from the brand arrived, now with more of their highly rated products: No Foundation Foundation, No Lipgloss Lipgloss, No Mascara Mascara and No Blush Blush. The gist of why I love this brand is how Perricone MD prides itself on their dermatologist-studied and tested items. They’re very meticulous about the details, adding in specific ingredients to address specific target areas.

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The best thing about their foundation serum, foundation (not serum) and blush is that all are formulated in a way which the product spreads on so smoothly. They aim to perfect the no make-up make-up look and well, they’ve done well. It’s light, breathable and it doesn’t cake- which I deem very important. In this Philippine weather, you kind of need to invest on products like that- especially if you’ve found those compatible with your skin.

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   No Foundation Foundation : an anti-aging treatment that has SPF 30. Its benefits are due to the use of Alpha Lipoic Acid which is scientifically formulated to help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and enlarged pores while improving the appearance of skin texture.

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No Blush Blush: anti-aging treatment also with SPF 30. This restores the appearance of lift and volume and imparts a healthy color to highlight the cheeks. It makes use of DMAE which is scientifically formulated to help firm and tone the appearance of the skin.

Their No Concealer Concealer is nothing short of amazing. It says on the box that this doesn’t crease. I have an odd crease on my right under eye for some reason so when I apply product on, after just a bit, you’ll already notice a slight line. Must have I applied concealer with more pressure on that side? I don’t know. Well, for whatever reason, I have a crease and it gets pretty obvious with other concealers. This one works well for me. It creases JUST A BIT (I think it’s inevitable as I have already stretched my undereye to that point) and it isn’t obvious unless you look very closely. But who gets that close to your face, right? Haha. Oh and one thing you might not like (that is totes okay with me) is its smell. It doesn’t smell like vanilla or usual foundation but I say that that may be a good thing. That shows us that they don’t add unnecessary ingredients that may be detrimental to our skin in the long run. Sometimes, fragrance could even be the cause of your skin irritation. Sensitive skin will appreciate this.

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The No Mascara Mascara is good. My lashes aren’t very long. Mark’s lashes are way prettier than mine so I’m taking this with me everywhere. It works well for me so it might for you, too. Give it a shot.

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No Mascara Mascara: an anti-aging lash treatment with a universal, deep color. It nourishes, defines and lifts lashes. It makes use of Neuropeptides that are scientifically formulated messenger molecules that help boost the appearance of suppleness and firmness.

The No Lipgloss Lipgloss is “Kara-approved.” Haha! We all know how I’m more inclined to anything matte so for me to recommend this glossy one, you’re good to go. It gives the right pigment that you’d want for everyday use. Not too much, not too little- just right. If you’re aiming for the natural glow, this is the one for you.

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No Lipgloss Lipgloss : an anti-aging treatment with SPF 15 that is to enhance youthful color and definition. It gives a natural, glossy finish. This also makes use of the Neuropeptides used in their No Mascara Mascara.

For those who need to compare products or for those who need to test them out first before placing an order, good news: they’re all available in Rustan’s The Beauty Source! I used to only see this brand in the States, specifically Sephora so ya’ll are all lucky that Rustan’s brought it in for you guys.

Even better news: Rustan’s has a BEAUTY ADDICT CARD that you can all avail to complement your shopping habits. If you’re a skin care + make-up junkie like me, then we have been blessed with this genius idea. If you already spend a lot (sometimes more than you should- I’m guilty of this. Hehe) on beauty products, why not avail of something that will give you extra benefits AND special offers? It’s hitting two birds with one stone. Any customer of legal age and with a minimum of ONLY Php 2,500, can apply through a digital application in-store to become a Beauty Addict member.

There actually already is an event this month so I suggest that you get this card so we can shop together and talk about make-up in person. You know how passionate I am about anything skin care/ make-up so this should be a field day for us. It’s not open to all. It’s a big thing so it’s by invite only and for those who have their Beauty Addict Card (which is so easy to get). #AreYouABeautyAddict? If you apply for the Beauty Addict Card in the store, you will also get an exclusive invite to this biggest beauty event of the year. Come celebrate beauty with Moet and all your other favorite brands at #RustansBeautyAddict. See you guys there! #OPENTHENOW #MOETMOMENT #CELEBRATETHENOEW

Please follow @rustansthebeautysource on Instagram and Facebook for more details.

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Check out:

Live THE NOW: www.moet.com

Explore THE NOW: www.youtube.com/moet/

Share THE NOW: www.facebook.com/moet

Spread THE NOW: www.instagram.com/moetchandon

WINNERS OF MY SECOND BLOG GIVEAWAY: #KaralovesDILLINGERS1903

WE HAVE FOUR WINNERS FOR #KaralovesDILLINGERS1903!!!!! I have decided to divide the 8 pieces of 500 GCs into two to accommodate more people. We have 2 winners of 2,000 pesos worth of GCs and 2 winners of the 3-course meal for two! Here they are!

FOR THE 2 WINNERS OF THE 3-COURSE MEAL FOR TWO, we have: Laila Mendoza & Krystaljoy VF!

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FOR THE 2,000 pesos worth of GCs EACH, the winners are NIKKI GRAGEDA & FARRAH GARCIA!Nikki

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Congratulation you guys! Just head on over to Dillingers 1903 Steak & Brew, level 3, Greenbelt 3 anytime before October. Just message me personally to give me a heads up on your visit! I will be submitting your names to them as well, just to be sure. Let me know what you guys get and HAVE FUN EATING! Dillingers really is my go-to for food and drinks! Thank you for participating. Love you guys!

 

Blog giveaway #2: #KaralovesDILLINGERS1903

To all the foodies out there, you need to avail of this. If you watch my snaps, you probably know that I’m always here either having my favorite Amaretto or eating the entire menu here. Dillingers 1903 Steak & Brew is located in Level 3, Greenbelt 3 (same floor as the ticket counter and is right next to Red Box).

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Here are only some of my personal favorites in Dillingers (didn’t get to photograph the others like their Nachos and Salpicao! Mmmm) :

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To share my love for food, Dillingers was generous enough to sponsor me with prizes I honestly wish I could keep for my own use. These include 8 pieces of 500 peso worth GCs (which I will be dividing into 2 to give away as 2 sets of 2,000) and 2 pieces of 3-course meal for 2 vouchers (which means 4 people all in all can be treated to a 3-course meal in Dillingers).

*All in all, there will be 4 winners

If I were you guys, I would either try to score a prize for a date or even to surprise your family with a dinner out- on you! How great would that be? To treat your loved ones out to a place which not only offers great food and drinks but also hosts fun event nights as well? That would be the day.

To win, just follow the general mechanics I have stated in my previous post and answer the question stated. Can’t wait to share my love for Dillingers 1903 Steak & Brew with you, my dear readers!

GENERAL MECHANICS:

  1. Share my blog’s link (www.karagozali.ph) on FB with a photo* attached                                 (*photo is a screencap of my blog homepage + proof that you are following the IG of the  brand. The photo may be posted either side by side or as 2 photos in 1 post.)
  2. Answer the respective question specific to the brand. They all differ. (Please see below)
  3. Make sure you change the post’s settings to “PUBLIC” (or else I can’t include it in the screening.
  4. Make sure you put the correct hashtag
  5. Garner as many shares as you can

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Good luck and may the foodiest of the foodies win! 😉

WINNER OF MY FIRST BLOG GIVEAWAY: 2 tickets to #DinnerAndAMixtapeManila

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CONGRATULATIONS TO DENISE IBAY (@deniseibay) for winning 2 tickets to #DinnerAndAMixtapeManila! You get to be in the same room as DJ NEIL ARMSTRONG, the tour DJ of JAY-Z, get his new mixtape in a USB and experience the one-night only menu by the Belle & Dragon!

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I will be contacting you shortly! I really wish I could have been there with you and your date but it’s the birthday of my sister! I KNOW for sure that you will have a great time. Don’t forget to tell me all about it okay!

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Blog giveaway #1: 2 tickets to #DinnerAndAMixtapeManila

HALLOOOOO! I am so, so sorry for the late upload of the mechanics. I had a shoot today and I had to buy birthday gifts for my sister and my mother so wew, everything got pushed back. I sincerely apologize.

WHAT YOU WILL WIN:

-2 tickets to #DinnerAndAMixtapeManila

-a free USB of DJ Neil Armstrong’s new mixtape

-food from a one-night only menu from the Belle & Dragon

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Okay so same as the general mechanics as I have previously posted:

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*except that instead of screencapping their IG, screenshot their events page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/1075305262551733/)

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The question to answer and include in your caption is: Why should you win 2 tickets to #DinnerAndAMixtapeManila + who will you bring and why?

Hashtag to include is: #KaraLovesDINNERANDAMIXTAPEMANILA

I’ll be announcing the winner tomorrow at 12nn! Good luck you guys!

 

BLOG GIVEAWAY UPDATE: d/t 3 NEW SPONSORS, we’ve switched up the mechanics!

For those who have been asking, I had initially planned the contest to be an entire week. I thought of letting you guys post and garner shares until Sunday BUT since there are 4 new sponsors and we have A LOT to giveaway, it will be hard to choose a number of winners. I have decided to make the contest PER day. ONE BRAND PER DAY. Starting tomorrow, I will be allotting one day for the contest of a specific brand.  I will posting the mechanics at 5pm everyday (starting tomorrow) and I will be announcing the winners at lunch time THE NEXT DAY (12nn exact) here on my blog (www.karagozali.ph).

The same mechanics apply. Please do not be shy to join and also, please do not e-mail/DM/PM me on FB about the contest. There is no other way to take part but through following the mechanics. It would be unfair to those who are trying to get shares. There is already one user with 363 shares. If she can do it, so can you. You don’t need a huge following. You can ask your classmates or workmates to share! Haha.

Anyway. We have 4 new sponsors! FOUR. I know, IT’S INSANE. We have Dinner & a Mixtape Manila with DJ Neil Armstrong (HE WAS THE TOUR DJ OF JAY-Z. JAY-Z!!!!!!!!!!!!!! An event hosted by the Belle & Dragon), TFH Premium Meat (fave tapa evaaaa) and Shawarma Bros (NO SRSLY. Best shawarma with its sauce + cheese + rice).

WEW. 9 SPONSORS ALL IN ALL. I honestly have no words. Exactly why I had to change up the mechanics a bit. Thank you guys for your support (again) and good luck!

BLOG GIVEAWAY MECHANICS

Hi guys! FINALLY! I now get to let you all in on ALL THE PRIZES coming your way! WOOHOOOO! I’ve always been so weak at keeping surprises. I’m always so excited; I never get to fully hold it in. HAHA. Well, here you go! The instructions are simple. I’ve made a step by step process for you and even some print screens to pattern after.

Before anything else, let me enumerate all the exciting prizes I have in store:

1. DILLINGERS 1903 has sponsored us with :

  • 8pcs of 500 pesos GCs
  • 2pcs of a 3-course dinner for two vouchers

2. FABOULASH (the only falsies I ever use) has sponsored us with :

  • 10 boxes of falsies (false eyelashes)

3. IFLIX has sponsored us with:

  • 5 free 1-year subsciptions to iFlix

4. INGLOT has sponsored us with:

  • 5 free makeovers with freedom lipsticks

5. @THELIQUIDLIPPH has sponsored us with:

  • 1 Dolce K Kylie lipkit
  • 1 So Cute lipgloss

6. LUMINISCE (the derma center I always snap) has sponsored us with:

  • 5 Hydrapower facials

I KNOW. ALL SO, SO EXCITING. IF I COULD KEEP THESE ALL FOR MY OWN USAGE, I WOULD’VE BUT I REALLY WANTED TO GIVE OUT TOKENS OF APPRECIATION. 🙂

Time to get started!!!!!!!!

GENERAL MECHANICS:

  1. Share my blog’s link (www.karagozali.ph) on FB with a photo* attached                                 (*photo is a screencap of my blog homepage + proof that you are following the IG of the   brand. The photo may be posted either side by side or as 2 photos in 1 post.)
  2. Answer the respective question specific to the brand. They all differ. (Please see below)
  3. Make sure you change the post’s settings to “PUBLIC” (or else I can’t include it in the screening.
  4. Make sure you put the correct hashtag
  5. Garner as many shares as you can

—THE PERSON WHO HAS THE MOST NUMBER OF SHARES and who gives me a WELL-THOUGHT OF ANSWER PER CATEGORY WINS—

FOR @DILLINGERS1903:

  1. Follow the general mechanics stated above
  2. Answer the question and add it to your FB’s post’s caption : If you win, who will you bring to Dillingers Steak & Brew and why did you choose him/her/them?
  3. Include the hashtag: #KaralovesDILLINGERS1903

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FOR @FABOULASH:

  1. Follow the general mechanics stated above
  2. Answer the question and add it to your FB’s post’s caption: Why do you think natural-looking falsies are a must at events/shoots?
  3. Include the hashtag: #KaralovesFABOULASH

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FOR @IFLIX.PH:

  1. Follow the general mechanics stated above EXCEPT that INSTEAD of a screencap of you following them on IG, it should be a screencap of your iflix account. If you don’t have one yet, please make one. It’s super easy!
  2. Answer the questionand add it to your FB’s post’s caption: What is your favorite movie (available on iflix) and why?
  3. Include the hashtag: #KaralovesIFLIX

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FOR @INGLOTPH:

  1. Follow the general mechanics stated above
  2. Answer the question and add it to your FB’s post’s caption: What is one make-up product you CANNOT leave the house without and why?
  3. Include the hashtag: #KaralovesINGLOT

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FOR @THELIQUIDLIPPH:

  1. Follow the general mechanics stated above
  2. Answer the question and add it to your FB’s post’s caption: What are my two favorite liquid lipstick brands from @theliquidlipPH that I always post/snap about? (Clue: @theliquidlipPH have reposted pictures of me wearing them!)
  3. Include the hashtag: #KaralovesTHELIQUIDLIPPH

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FOR @LUMINISCE_OFFICIAL:

  1. Follow the general mechanics stated above
  2. Answer the question and add it to your FB’s post’s caption: Why should you win their #HolisticSkinInnovation Hydrapower facial?
  3. Include the hashtag: #KaralovesLUMINISCE

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GOOD LUCK MY DEAR READERS AND MAY THE BEST ANSWER WIN!!!!!!

Love,

KARA