First Impression

First Impression: Casey Crazy

7/27/2015 09:24:00 AM

Casey Crazy is a new online smart phone case retailer here in the Philippines. Their quirky and sophisticated cases definitely raise the competition up a notch against other similar merchants. The website is easy to use but rather boring to look at. Hopefully, aesthetic improvements are on the works. Here are some of items in their launch line that caught my attention:

Marble Black

Marble White

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Pixie Matte


Pixie Opaque

Radial Black

If printed cases are not your thing, then maybe these tag line cases will tickle your fancy.

Babe is busy

Do what you love


Or maybe the quirky ones will suit your taste?

Lemons 1

Cupcakes 2

Hippo 1

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Casey Crazy cases sell at $24.49 USD a piece, or roughly 1102.05 PHP, which might be a little steep for some but as a launch promo and a limited time offer, they are giving a 20% discount for those who are interested to purchase their merchandise. Here are some of the things that you need to know:
  • The phone cases are available only for iPhone 4, 5, and 6; Samsung S3, S4, S5, Note 2, 3, and 4. The clear/transparent cases are available only for iPhone 5 and 6.
  • Casey Crazy ships worldwide. They offering free shipping for customers in the Philippines, and a minimum of 3 cases to avail free international shipping. Standard international shipping is $6 USD.
  • Items are pre-order. They produce a case when a customer orders.
  • The snap-on type cases are made of hard plastic from the same material used by Belkin.
  • The design is printed on the back and sides of the case (3D) using a thermal technology from Korea.
And if you're feeling creative enough, you could customize your own case! On the order confirmation email, there should be a button where an image could be attached. Obviously you need to order the customized case and not the pre-designed ones. It would be nice if they have an in-house designer for those who have 0% design skill like myself. And just in case you're wondering, any image would do (even if it's a picture) as long as the resolution is big. A 300 dpi file will produce the best result, from what I was told. But do contact them for more information about customizing. This is the design template for your reference:

To know more about ordering, payment options, and order production, click here for their FAQs page. Click here to go to their website or follow @caseycrazyph on Instagram.


Product Review: Ahglow Keratin Hair Protek (Hortaleza Series)

7/21/2015 04:53:00 AM

Hortaleza is known to be one of, if not the pioneer for beauty and wellness stores here in the Philippines. Fellow kikays will surely understand why I feel like a child inside a candy shop whenever visiting a branch. I must admit, aside from Watson's, this is my happy place. I ran out of heat protecting spray so I decided to purchase the Ahglow Keratin Hair Protek hair spray during a recent trip to Hortaleza. After several uses, here's my personal opinion on this product:

For Php173 you get 120 mL of product. It promises to restore keratin; help repair/seal damaged tresses; and make the hair smooth, silky, shiny and straight. The "straight" part is obviously not true. This product will not make your hair straight.

The instructions are quite simple. It says: "after relaxing the hair rinse and blow dry. Spray Keratin Hair Protek all over the hair and comb to spread evenly. Blow dry very well, then iron hair.

While some spray nozzles start malfunctioning after several uses, surprisingly this one didn't after heavy pumping.

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to use
  • Smells decent
  • Mist is very fine and even - distributes product evenly
  • Hair looks healthier when used prior to heat styling
  • Significantly reduced static
  • Hair feels a little heavy
  • Has devolumizing effects

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Note: Effects may vary depending on hair type, condition, length, and other external factors.

The only thing I don't like about this product is the fact that I can't use it within two months after rebonding as it makes my hair look stick-straight due to the cons I listed above. Looks like I'm going to have to find an alternative for that specific period. Otherwise, I am very pleased with the results after using it. Definitely something that should have space on your racks!

Do you experience the same pros and cons when using this product? Comment below! Click here to read my review on TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave-in Spray.


Product Review: EpSA PRO Flat Hair Iron

7/14/2015 02:19:00 PM

I've been using and abusing the JML PRO Ceramic Hair Straightener I purchased from Watson's almost a decade ago. I love it dearly however, it was about time for the unit to retire. It definitely served it's purpose and served me well. So I recently picked up the EpSA Amber PRO Flat Hair Iron. I never intended on posting this topic however after getting a lot of questions about it, I figured maybe a product review will be better than answering each query individually.

I got mine for Php 1200 (excluding SF) from BelNikShoppe, an instagram seller. Note that price is subject to change without prior notice. Click here to view the seller's IG profile.

You won't find fancy pictures on the box. Just the brand's logo/name and a line saying "Titanium plates anti static to reduce frizziness reduces damage to hair." There was a little bit of struggle reading and understanding that. I mean come on, is it too hard to insert punctuation marks?!? Edit much?!?

Do these plates look titanium to you? Nope, didn't think so.

The width is quite small as you can see, it can only cover my pinky and ring finger.

It has 5 heat settings. Very easy to change from one temperature to another.

While a lot of people will be bothered with that very obvious gap, I wasn't. I have a firm grip and can press evenly so I didn't mind. Maybe it was a factory defect? Maybe the other units don't have it?

I could tell that the product is made to last just by looking at the cord. And oh, no need for an adapter!!!

Its ergonomic design makes it suitable for personal and professional use. Look at that thumb grip! I don't see this in a lot of well known brands.

It is very easy to handle and secure. Even when I'm not looking, I can still find the right way to hold it regardless of the hand I'm using.

I love this built in hook - making it easy to hang the unit somewhere accessible and far away from getting someone (or something) burned. Wish they made the material thicker though.

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to hold and use
  • Lightweight
  • Curved edges allow easy curling
  • Heats up quickly even when changing settings
  • Seems durable
  • Plates are too small
  • Doesn't indicate if "titanium" plates can be used on wet hair (though I wouldn't use it for that purpose anyway)
  • Moderate cool down time

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Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I highly recommend this product especially for those who do not want to comprise quality even with a tight budget. I hope this review helped any readers out there looking to buy this flat iron. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me, information is in my bio.

Have you purchased yours? How did you find it? Comment and let me know! 


Learning the Starbucks Way

7/06/2015 07:41:00 AM

In my industry, even with the advent of milk tea, coffee is STILL and will ALWAYS be a MUST. I just couldn't think of how I would survive my day without coffee. It doesn't have to be Starbucks everyday, for all I care it could be Nescafe 3-in-1. Point is, I just need to get my daily dose of caffeine especially after getting up from bed.

Can you fill up all those boxes? It's OK if you can't! I'm here to teach you how. Afraid to go to Starbucks without anyone ordering for you because you think you'd be judged? Don't worry, the baristas won't (but I know some patrons and would). And just to clarify things, Starbucks is NOT sosyal. It's just another coffee shop, no big deal. While some like CBTL or Seattle's Best, I prefer Starbucks. I've been a regular since 2004.

At Starbucks you can have your coffee just the way you want it. For example, if you like nonfat milk and vanilla syrup in your Cappuccino, just ask the barista. If you’re not sure what to order, here’s a glossary to get you started. This is the first installment of this five-part blog series.

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Americano: A coffee made with two shots of espresso and hot water.
Cappuccino: The perfect Cappuccino achieves a delicate balance between the strong espresso flavor and a thick layer of sweet, velvety foam.
Con Panna: Italian for “with whipped cream” and hot water.
Cream: This refers to a coffee-free beverage, such as a Vanilla Frappuccino® Blended Cream.
Decaf: Abbreviation for “decaffeinated” coffee or espresso.
Demitasse: French for “half cup” – it’s the little cup used to serve espresso.
Doppio: Italian for “double,” referring to the two-shot espresso beverage served in a demitasse cup.
Double: Two shots of espresso in a drink.
Drip Coffee: Premium Starbucks coffee brewed in an electric filter machine.
Dry: More foam, less milk.
Espresso: Coffee’s purest, most intense form.
For-here cup: A ceramic cup for enjoying your drink in the store.
Frappuccino® blended beverage: A delicious, icy and smooth drink made only at Starbucks.
Grande: Starbucks' second-largest cup size, 16 fl oz.
Half-caf: One shot of regular and one shot of decaffeinated espresso.
Latter: A drink made with espresso and steamed milk.
Light: A smaller amount of an ingredient in a drink, such as “light syrup” or “light whip.” It also refers to Frappuccino® light blended beverages with fewer calories.
Macchiato: Italian for “marked” or “stained.” This drink is espresso topped with a tablespoon of foamed milk.
Misto: Italian for “mixed” – a combination of drip coffee and steamed milk.
Mocha: A drink made with espresso, chocolate and steamed milk.
Personal Cup: a reusable cup you can bring into the store, or otherwise called by the majority as "tumblers." It’s an environmentally friendly way to enjoy your drink. Plus you get a few pesos off the price of your drink for helping conserve paper.
Quad: Four shots of espresso in a drink.
Ristretto: A ristretto shot is a short pull of espresso capturing only the sweetest part.
Shaken: Tea or coffee mixed with ice and shaken by hand for a refreshing flavor.
Short: Starbucks' smallest beverage size, 8 fl oz.
Single: One shot of espresso in a drink.
Solo: One shot of espresso, by itself.
Tall: Starbucks' regular beverage size, 12 fl oz.
To-go cup: A paper/plastic cup used for enjoying a drink in or out of the store.
Triple: Three shots of espresso in a drink.
Venti: Starbucks' largest cup size, 20 fl oz.
Wet: More milk less foam.
Whip: An abbreviation of “whipped cream.”

Do you know of any other terms? Comment and share your knowledge!

Click HERE for part 2 (Espresso choices)
Click HERE for part 3 (Syrup and Milk options)
Click HERE for part 4 (Other Choices)
Click HERE for part 5 (Ready To Order)

Source: "Find Your Favorite - A guide to Starbucks® drinks" booklet 2005
Note: List may be different per country.