LA LA Land Review

(I lost my Kimi no nawa review draft…so I’ll hafta rewatch before I make another review. In the mean time, here’s a quick critique of LA LA LAnd)

              Upon watching La La Land, the most obvious avenue of focus would have to be the ending. It was what I had initially been told of by friends and family who had watched the movie before I did. I had read in reviews that it was pegged as the crowning glory of the movie which left the entire production on a down note which is not often seen in films portrayed to be whimsical as it had when shown in mere trailers.

              This ending is where the protagonists imagine an alternate occurrence of their lives if they had stayed with the one another. These two former lovers who have long since separated due to circumstances that were just beyond their control had crossed paths once more and they get to witness each other’s lives and how it turned out for the other. This provokes the wandering of our two leads. This ending claimed to be one which highlighted the reality of choices made and how a certain thing can end up far different from how one may wish.

              The fact that life will not turn out how one may wish it to is given focus. This adds up to the sentimental value of the film in entirety. People often elevate movies which portray a little bit more of reality than fiction as most believe to be able to relate to such movies far more. I believe it was a very nice touch for the movie to end on a sort of bittersweet happy ending. The couple we initially rooted for did not end up together, however, they did reach their dreams and acquire exactly what they had wanted from the very start.

              Notwithstanding are two ways to view this ending. One mentioned above is how life in not very predictable and will often consist of plot twists and holes. More often than not, to stray as far as possible to exactly how you want it. Another way to view the ending is to acknowledge Sacrifice and in the context of the industry of both our protagonists who are budding artists, Sacrifice is not only something easily associated with them, but also is very much expected of them.

              Often have we heard of fame coming with a price. Success an outcome of immense hardship and toil. In order to rise above and reach your dreams and ambitions, things must shift, change and rearrange. It will not be uncommon to lose relationships and gain new ones. Some relationship though not ending may change course. Partnered with sacrifice is our protagonists’ determination and conviction in the stretch of their ambitions. We see their struggle and we find ourselves joyous of their victories at the end.

              Moreover, with the Movie, one interesting thing to note is the music score. The lyrics and the main song when studied shows that there were hints or “Easter Eggs” which foreshadowed the ending. It was a clever move and appreciation must be shown to whoever chose and placed the songs in their positions from the beginning to the end.

              Moving forward, from the point of view of one who is very fond or even as far as to say passionate, about Musical Theater, I believe the movie was a very good movie; however, as a musical, it did not move me as much as I had expected it too. I concede that perhaps other people’s verdicts had influenced me to watch the movie armed with high expectations, nevertheless, I enjoyed the movie and enjoyed the music and songs and dance; as they were truly entertaining, but I did not feel gobsmacked by the lyrics or by the melodies. I did not feel an outwardly magic or the feeling of being lifted off of my feet by mere melody alone.

              The dancing was decently ordinary. If I had discovered La La Land as a stage performance, It would not have stuck to me as musicals like Legally Blonde, Sweeney Todd, Heathers, or Carrie had. Granted, simplicity does have a strong note, but it is just a matter of taste when I relent the greatness of La La Land.

              To conclude, The movie is one deserving of praise as it was done well, is well thought of, and very entertaining. However, the movie as of my view, stand alone as a great movie but at best stand mediocre as a musical.


As a movie 4/5

As a musical 3/5



Updated review: Olay skin whitening bar with rose and milk.

Hello Dear ol’ Phantom Readers, Welcome to my updated product review!

I had been using Olays new one wash wonder Beauty Bar for about a month or so now.

Again I had purchased mine from Watsons branch Maysilo.

Price: Php100 (Watsons sale price of buy two take one free)

Regular bar price in watsons is Php50 .


Its been a month since I first started using this soap. One bar lasted me 29 days despite my initial dislike for the small-ish size. The soap still whitened after every wash though on some days it wasnt quite noticable.

The smell lingered on my skin after bathing and it was quite pleasant. It lathers us nicely and the thing I really like about the bar is that it didnt melt easily unlike its counterparts.

Below are just pics of my thighs from the before the first wash, the first wash and the results almost a month later.





After one wash.

P_20160805_143200_1After almost a month.

It had visibly whitened. Olay is, as you can see, effective. I’m continuing my usage from here on until I decide to try and review another soap bar.


●Mild. It wasnt stingy to my eczema

●Not too slippery when held

●Very pleasant scent that stays after the wash

● Whitens after every wash

●No bad skin reaction or allergies even after a lenthy, continuous usage (Though again, you’ll notice some slight micropeeling as you often get from some whitening soaps)

●The small bar lasts a month with regular uses. Whoch for me is about One to two baths a day.


●Price is a bit too pricey for its size.

●Whitening isn’t very noticable at first.

●Gives of a soapy feel after wash similar to safeguard.

Rating: 4.6/5

I don’t have any more cons. 4.6 is my final verdict.

Will I repurchase? Definately.

Review: Disappearing Deadlines.



When journalists Gemma Masterton and David Levy start investigating their colleague’s untimely death, they uncover a world of sex, violence and murder.

The question is, do you have what it takes to keep up with the thrills? Every day you get a new instalment, every night that instalment disappears. A day missed is a story lost. Sign up now for a reading experience like no other.

Praise for Deadlines

“After each stave I was left wanting more … captivated me from the beginning … there are defined cliffhangers that the author uses to make you want to read on the next week – very clever, Mr Brosnahan, very clever!” Crime Book Club

“Fair to say, I’m hooked.” Victoria, Bangor

“The pace is going nice and fast and the stave was read before I knew what was happening, leaving me yet again yearning for next week’s action.” Lance, Liverpool

“You utter bastard. I had to go for a walk to get my heart rate back to normal.” Fearghas, London

“Actual heartbeat racing stuff. Brilliant.” @princessofvp

  • Fast-paced thriller set in the seedy underworld of power and politics
  • A page-turning tale of sex, murder and corruption
  • Fully formed characters, even with their own Twitter handles @jasefitzpatrick

Meet Chris

Chris Brosnahan is a content marketing professional by day, an occasional stand-up comedian by night, and a writer by useful space-time loop. He is the author of one previous novel, POV. He lives in London.

-Taken from The pidgeonhole

Phantom readers! Hello guys:)

Since last ten days Ago I was able to get a stave daily from The pidgeonhole.

I heard about the story on fb. You get a stave daily and it dissapears after 24 hours. So if you miss a stave, you dont get another chance.

The experience can be bought but I was lucky enough to get a free slot.

I have completed all staves and my review is written below.


Okay. Big thrill. All the promises made about Deadlines was fullfilled. It was fast and I flew by the staves.

It made waiting for the next installment frustrating. I really got into the story and when twists and turns happen, It was agony how personal it felt.

Spoiler Alert!

There are deaths. Deaths about characters youd care about.

I honestly didnt have high hopes because each stave is a 30min read for ten days that seemed to me very minimal to be able to make a good structured, well rounded story…I was wrong guys.

Chris is good.

I had wanted to cuss at him in twitter for being dang good. He hurt me so bad! The story was soooooo good.

The plot did not disappoint. Even to the end, you find out something you would’ve expected but don’t and it ends kinda good kinda melancholic.

The characters are easy to fall in love with. You want them and cheer them on and get scared for them.

On the final chapters, all I had wanted was for them to succeed.

The little extras you get like the picture of jason and other pictures that are featured in each stave is a great touch.

Im just gonna end up gushing. I swear. So final words,

The story has adult themes so caution for younger readers. With maturity ot wouldnt be hard to handle.

It isnt graphic or anything which is alright because its main genre is thriller and mystery.

If you get the chance to read Deadlines, I urge you strongly. Go and take it.

Rating: 4.9/5

The point one is because i didnt want a certain character dead and I wouldve liked this character to die differently.


Initial review: Olay skin whitening bar with rose and milk.

My Dear Phantom Readers, Welcome to another product review!

As I had mentioned I was gonna purchase this soap and try it out. This is only an initial review. Ill have an update on results in a month or so’s time.

In this post, we will look into Olays new one wash wonder Beauty Bar.

I got mine in Watsons branch Maysilo beside chowking.

Before going for any product, I ensure that Its mostly a success from reviews online and testimonials that come from legit sources. I have eczema, So I cant just use anything willy nilly. My skin is uber sensitive so that would be a factor you guys may wanna know about.


Olay products have received praise from top beauty and skin care experts across the country. Today, Olay continues to hold to the philosophy it was founded on: to maintain a deep understanding of women’s changing needs and to combine products that fit their needs with the latest advances in skin care technology. The end result—superior product performance women have come to expect from Olay.


Olay is a skin care brand with 60 years of experience in helping women look and feel beautiful, so they can challenge what’s possible for their skin.


Olay is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Yet through all the changes and innovations, the philosophy upheld by Olay’s founder, Graham Wulff, remains just as relevant as ever: Help women look and feel beautiful. That’s a potent formula for success.

 Company Overview

We’re passionate about making a difference in your skin—we have been from the very beginning. Read our story below, explore offers on breakthrough products, and get an inside look at Olay.

Olay is a product truly born from love, as it was created by a man as a gift for his wife. In the 1950s, chemist Graham Wulff saw his wife Dinah’s frustration with the thick, waxy beauty creams that came in shoe-polish tins. They left her skin looking greasy, and they certainly didn’t fit with her feminine sensibility. Graham wanted to create a new beauty product for her— one that could not only moisturize her skin, but also leave her feeling beautiful and feminine.

Together, Graham and Dinah fine-tuned everything from absorption and texture to the delicate pink shade and instantly recognizable fragrance. At last, the legendary Oil of Olay Beauty Fluid was born.

With his formula complete and the first batch mixed by hand, Graham enlisted the help of an advertising agency that he found in the Yellow Pages. Account executive Jack Lowe quickly became Graham’s lifelong friend and business partner, and the two soon created a company to produce and market Oil of Olay.

Within five years, Olay was enjoying phenomenal success in South Africa, and in 1959 expanded into England, the United States, the Netherlands, Canada and Germany. Needless to say, the Olay business flourished. Eventually, Olay was sold to Richardson Merrill, which later became Richardson-Vicks. In 1985, Procter & Gamble bought Richardson-Vicks and gained the Olay brand.

In 2000, Procter & Gamble decided to shorten the brand name to Olay. The formula had evolved over the years, and the original name no longer fit with what women have come to expect from Olay—a light, greaseless formula that absorbs quickly into the skin.

-Source: Olay Philippines FB page.


Price: Php100 (Watsons sale price of buy two take one free)

Regular bar price in watsons is Php50 .

I think prices differ depending on where you buy them.


The soap bar like L’amour was also a very pretty pink color that comes in a prettily designed box. I got the rose with milk which had appealed to me for the reason of the pink XD. It comes in two other variants, one with papaya and another with vitamin C. It had a wonderful scent.

Below are just pics of my tighs from the first wash. It’ll take you a while to see the fifference but I do see some lightening





I have used it trice now, I did not experience any negative reactions. I was still cautious around skin portions with eczema thought. The soap is pretty mild and lathers and foams upreally well. A downside for me would be he size of the bar, which for the price I think is not proportionate, and the feel of my skin after washing.

For me, It gave off that soapy feel similar to how safeguard would feel but of milder intensity.

The scent though stays long after a wash

The promise of whitening after one wash was indeed true. However like L’amour, it wasn’t very significant. I had to study my skin well to tell the difference.



●Not too slippery when held

●Very pleasant scent that stays after the wash

● Whitens after every wash

●No bad skin reaction or allergies (Though I notice some slight micropeeling as you often get from some whitening soaps)


●Price is a bit too pricey for its size.

●Whitening isn’t very noticable at first.

●Gives of a soapy feel after wash sinilar to safeguard.

Rating: 4.5/5

Will I repurchase? So far I lean towards yes but I will give the final verdic when I update this review.




Product Review 2

Clean and Clear Foaming Facial wash oil-free won’t clog pores.

(Disclaimer: initial descriptions aren’t mine. It can be found on their website. The pic as well is not mine. I got the pic from Google.)

CLEAN & CLEAR® FOAMING Face Wash is specially designed for young skin – to remove excess oil, while its special ingredients help prevent pimples. Its liquid formula cleans deep without causing dryness, and is gentle enough to use every day, for clean and clear skin that glows.

Recommended for:

Those who want to remove excess oil from their skin and prevent pimples.

CLEAN & CLEAR® FOAMING Face Wash is specially designed for young skin – to remove excess oil, while its special ingredients help prevent pimples. Its liquid formula cleans deep without causing dryness, and is gentle enough to use every day, for clean and clear skin that glows.


Apply a small amount on wet palm and work into rich lather. Gently massage onto face, avoiding the eye area. Rinse off thoroughly. Use twice daily for skin that’s beautiful, clean and clear! Follow with CLEAN & CLEAR® ESSENTIALS MOISTURISER for best results


Water, Triethanolamine, Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Lauric Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Phosphate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Fragrance, Pentasodium Triphosphate, O-Cymen-5-ol (Isopropyl Methtylphenol), Benzophenone-4, Butylated Hydroxy Toluene.


PHP 20 for the 20ml

PHP 73.75 for the 50ml

PHP? for the 100ml


So I have used this product for a week and a half now. I only bought the 20ml one to try out because I ran out of my ponds facial wash with herbal clay. I got my sis one too which I gave to her among other stuff last Christmas.

Anyways, upon checking it out initially I was already happy with the scent and the packaging which I thought was cute.

The 20ml was perfect to carry around and leave in my bag. The bottle was small and handy. When I used it the consistency was fine. Clear and water like but not quite.

It foamed up pretty well while I used only a small amount and it didn’t take much effort to wash off. It did make my skin feel smooth and soft without the sticky face tight soap feeling.

It was mild on my skin and it also didn’t cause any breakouts.

The price was reasonable as well. Though to save up on money I’d recommend to buy a lot of the 20ml ones instead of a big bottle because you initially save more.

The impression the facial wash gave me though is that it may not be able to help big skin problems like pimples and stuff. I do think its mild enough to use on any skin type however if your purpose is to get rid of pimples or the likes, you may want something stronger that focuses on targeting skin problems. For a normal wash and cleansing this facial wash is really good.


●Cleans thorougly


●Non-comedogenic, No breakouts

●Non drying

●Rich in active ingredients that are good for skin


●Easily available in leading stores like Watson’s, SM, Robinsons, mercury and Cherry foodarama.

●Cute packaging which is quite Hygienic and handy


●None of which I can see so far



Would I repurchase? Yes. I’d use it though as a back up facial wash and keep it in my backpack or locker for those days of need like after PE.

(I would just like to add that I am not sponsored by these companies or future companies to review their product/s. I have purhased the things I’ve reviewed on and will review on with my own money.)

Why review?

So as a reader before seeing countless reviews of products I had thought once,

“What’s the reason for so many reviews on one product? Don’t bloggers have nothing else to blog about that they review the same product another person also reviewed?”

Well when I started trying out new soaps and facial washes, makeup and lotions; I understood the need for a lot of opinions. It gives the consumer a look into the product from many different users. From reviews I learned of the products different reactions negatively and positively. I can gage if the risk of possible bad reactions brought by the product is worth it.

I went into reviewing for 2 reasons.

  1. I was honestly bored and in need of new blogging material
  2. I’d like to add on my opinions on products and give you readers more insight on the products I try.

I encourage you phantom readers to read reviews. Not only mine but countless others too! It’ll help you see how the peeps who used it enjoyed the product. Maybe, the peeps can also try reviewing for yourselves.

That’s all for now:)


Product Review

Fairness and Flawless L’amour instant whitening love soap.

Disclaimer: photo is not mine. Unfortunately I can’t properly credit the pic because I have just saved it on my phone and have long forgotten where it came from.

Hello Phantom readers:)

Welcome to my first product review! Up to starting the New Year I thought of more things to blog about. This is one review of hopefully more to come.

In this post, we will look into Fairness and Flawless L’amour soap.

I got mine in the st. Francis branch behind SM Megamall.

Fairness & Flawless is an organic skincare line.

●Offers BFAD & FDA approved 100% ●Dermatologist tested derma products ●Cater to different skin types and problems.

They have some franchisees all over Philippines, resellers and also a Facebook Page.

L’amour is widely known for its micro-exfoliating benefits which reveals fairer and smoother skin with every wash.  Promising instant whitening in one wash, a lot of peeps from facebook have raved about this soap. A bit sceptical I had to try it for myself.

Price: php150

Resellers may sell it for 165.


The soap bar which was a pretty pink color had a pleasant scent to it. Using it on my uber sensitive skin for about 2 weeks now, I did not experience any negative reactions. I was still cautious around skin portions with eczema thought. The soap is pretty mild and lathers really well. It however melts easily.

The promise of whitening after one wash was true. However for me, it wasn’t very significant. I had to study my skin well to tell the difference. Now after 2 weeks I did lighten up some.



●Nice scent

● Whitens after every wash

●No bad skin reaction or allergies


●Price is slightly more expensive than other whitening soaps like silka or kojoc or even beauché.

●Whitening isn’t very noticable at first.

Rating: 3.8/5

Will I repurchase? Perhaps. I’m leaning towards yes