Hello everyone! I’ve been writing a lot of non-makeup posts as of date because Geof and I were swamped with mommy-events this May! Not only that, I was recently infected with a flesh-eating bacteria (WATCH: My Flesh Eating Bacteria Story) that I had no drive to shoot beauty related posts. But I wanted to share something awesome with y’all so today we’ll be reviewing KATE TOKYO’s The Base Zero Powdery Skin Maker. Are you problematic with your oily skin? Tired of foundations caking or settling in your pores? Then this base product is probably for you! What? Kate Tokyo The Base Zero Powdery Skin Maker How much? 960php Where to buy? Kanebo Counters, Watsons, SM Beauty, Leading Department Stores KATE Tokyo The Base Zero Powdery Skin Maker INGREDIENTS SWATCH REVIEW REVIEW Packaging – It comes in a sleek glass-like pump bottle that’s actually plastic *wink wink* Coverage – Light to Medium Texture – Thick, lotion like consistency Scent – Fragrance-free Longevity – Stays on and adhered on my skin up to 5 hours despite the heat and humidity Price – At 960php per bottle I consider this a mid-range priced product Thoughts – Japanese formulated foundations are one of the best IMO. They mastered the art of creating something that wears long but still feels like. The Base Zero has a thick lotion texture that isn’t runny. Blend fast because it dries almost immediately after application. If you don’t like using your fingers you can also use your favorite sponges or beauty blenders. See my before & after photos. It covered redness around my nose, chin, and also some of my acne scarring. The satiny coverage is a dream! It’s like my skin but matte and imperfections blurred. The color also wears pretty long making it perfect for oily skin. But… I AM SAD THAT THE PRESS SAMPLE I GOT WAS NOT IN MY SHADE. I got the shade in 05 which is the darkest in their line. It’s like 3 shades darker than what I am so the results are not as flattering as what I wanted to achieve. See reference below for shade guide. My shade in Kanebo is usually OCC. Their medium neutral. I’m pretty excited about this foundation. If I didn’t have a huge-a$$ pile of base makeup in my stash I’d probably purchase a bottle with my shade.
Mama and Baba Adventures. This is what Geof and I call our food trips, travels, and experiences. During the trip we try to enjoy each moment as possible and just let other people take our photos as keepsakes haha! Then, after each trip I upload the photos in an album on Facebook. Relate? But seeing them in digital only do so much. It’s still different to own a real photo album where you get your pictures printed and developed (i don’t think this term is used anymore haha) Stores that offer these photo printing services are either scarce or expensive. That’s why I’m so happy to discover that StorybookPH allows you to print your photos on quality paper and have it book binded in an album! Today we’ll be reviewing their service and if the end-quality of the photo album is of good quality. How to Make Your Own Photobook via StoryBookPh? Easy! Simply create an account at Storybook.ph Select your album type. I chose their Classic Landscape. And you’ll be directed to their custom layout page where you have the freedom to place and organize your photos. They have a different themes and format to choose from. But I’m a lazy lady so I just uploaded all my photos and chose “Sort by hue” A classic 11 inch landscape with 40 pages would cost you 995 pesos. Shipping is 150php nationwide and you can pay online via paypal, credit card, or bank deposit. I received my album after 10 days! Geof and I were so pleased with the results! The photos were crisp, the album was hardbound,and guess what? The photoalbum is semi-splash proof! I accidentaly spilled a glass of water on my album and it’s still a-ok! Now we can take a look at our precious memories even without connecting via internet. #RealTalk iba pa din talaga when you get to see and touch your photos in real life vs online! I’ll be collecting more of our adventures soon and looking forward to more photobooks from StoryBook Philippines!
Have fun in the sun but be kind to your skin—the Sun Patrol is watching The summer heat is on full effect! Time to get out there, get that golden tan in your most stunning summer threads, aand sit back with a nice cold refreshing beverage in hand. Pretty sight, isn’t it? However, while the sun, sea, sand, and breeze collectively paint an amazing imagery of summer, one could also imagine how these elements can damage the skin when exposed without protection. Have you ever stepped outdoors without any sun protection? You’d be surprised a lot of people are guilty of this. While we all dread the signs of aging, most of us don’t make an effort to be kind to our skin. Some might say they actually protect their skin by using sunblock. But probably the important question to ask is, are you doing enough and are you doing it right? Have you ever gone out of the house without an SPF of at least 30? Do you apply sun protection only on your face and neglect the other exposed parts of your body? Do you forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours? Do you apply less than a pea- sized amount of sunblock on your face? If you answered YES to these, then you are committing serious violations against your skin. Better be on the lookout then because The Kojie•san Sunblock Sun Patrol is watching to see if you commit more skin care violations and they could make a Citizen’s Arrest! Before they get to you though, you’ve got to make sure you know a couple of things. A variety of factors can cause damage to your skin but the biggest culprit is sun exposure! The sun’s ultraviolet rays break down collagen and elastin, making the skin rough and uneven. These rays also affect the melanocytes, which have something to do with the skin’s pigmentation. What’s worse is that when your skin ages prematurely due to unprotected sun exposure—you can get wrinkles, brown spots and even skin cancer! What can you do to prevent this? Stay out of the sun during the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are strongest, wear protective clothing such as hats and umbrellas and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protect against both UVA and UVB rays, with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher. And yes, before the Kojie•san Sun Patrol makes another Citizen’s Arrest—don’t forget to reapply every two hours for maximum protection. Kojie•san Sunblock is the only sun care brand in the Philippines with Sunactyl, which helps relieve and repair skin from sun damages caused by sun exposure. Sunactyl protects the skin against UVA and UVB damage through the glutathione system. It also fights UV-stress and heat-stress. The products include Kojie•san Sunblock SPF 69 PA+++; Kojie•san Sunblock Face SPF 50 PA+++; Kojie•san Sunscreen SPF 55 PA+++ with Lightening; Kojie•san Sunblock Sport SPF 50 PA+++; Kojie•san Before Sunspray SPF 50; Kojie•san After Sunspray and Kojie•san Kids SPF 30 and SPF 50. All Kojie•san Sunblock products have broad-spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays to prevent sunburn and premature skin aging. So don’t be afraid to go out in the sun and enjoy the beach and indulge in other outdoor activities. But make sure to slather on your Kojie•san Sunblock because the Kojie•san Sun Patrol is ready to make a Citizen’s Arrest anytime you commit a skin crime. If you want to know more about this, go to the @kojiesansunblockph Facebook page.
This is one of the most common questions I receive on my blog. “Hi Ms Kaycee! Is it possible to lose weight without exercise or diet?”. WHAT. Did someone just ask me if pigs can fly or if the Philippines can finally see progress within the next 3 years? I don’t think so. We can look at it this way. Weight loss = Calories In – Calories Out. Meaning you shed the pounds if the result is negative. I DON’T BELIEVE IN EXTREME CALORIE RESTRICTION for losing weight. Especially those 1,200 calorie diet fads ugh gross. Before we go through and answer the question by means of science and research. Here are a few posts I recommend reading if you really want to get fit. IIFYM If It Fit Your Macros Project Fit Weight Lifting for Women Will Weight Lifting Make Me Look Like a Man? Gym Reviews and Membership Rates in the Philippines Lose weight without exercise? It sound’s crazy, but it’s possible. Here are 10 things you can do that can supplement your fitness habits so you get to shed off those excess pounds without any effort. Ways to Lose Weight Without Exercise or Dieting 1. Sleep Consistent, high quality sleep is the most underestimated aid to help you lose weight without exercise, hands down. If you get that all out of whack, you can kill yourself in the gym and eat green salads and grilled chicken breasts all you want, but none of it will help you lose weight. In fact lack of sleep can make your body crave to eat more junk. Seven to nine hours every night is what we want to achieve. I usually have 6 hours of sleep and I’m aiming for 7 *sigh* 2. Starting the Day with Protein Also, make it a point to start your morning with protein. In order to turn your body into a fat-burning machine, you have to get a minimum of 20 grams in the morning. With this, you’ll stabilize your blood sugar, reduce cravings, and keep full for a longer period of time. My recommendation? A tall glass of protein shake or bacon and eggs for breakfast! I’m currently loving Wheyl. A local brand that sells delicious whey protein that’s right on the budget. OMG you have to try their berry and melon flavors! Absolutely refreshing and trust me I’ve tried a lot of protein drinks in the market and theirs is the best tasting. You’ll be supporting a sustainable Filipino brand too! 3. Lessen Your Cardio Workouts If you know me very well and frequently visit my instagram, you can tell I’m what you call an anti-cardio advocate. Too much cardio destroys your body, and is one of the easiest ways to suppress your thyroid. As if that’s not bad enough, long-duration cardio doesn’t build muscle, which means it has little impact on the long-term caloric burn you need to lose those pesky pounds. You can only get that kind of long-term burn you want by raising your metabolic rate, and the only way you can do that is by strength training. Building more muscle will allow your body to burn fat even when you’re not working out, so that’s what you want to aim for. 4. Bring in the Lactobacilli Baby! Your stomach’s health is a huge component of your ability to lose weight. Studies have shown that obese and overweight people have a different set of bacteria in their colon than healthy, lean people. With this in mind, you should aim to improve the quality of the microorganisms in your gut. That means, more reason to drink yakult. YAYYYYY! Final Thoughts Remember, getting fit is not about suffering through a restrictive diet or killing yourself on the treadmill! It’s about setting up your body to operate in its best!
“Beware of her fair hair, for she excels. All women in the magic of her locks; And when she winds them round a young man’s neck, she will never set him free again” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe They say hair is our crowning glory. That’s why we should do our best to keep it at its finest. But some of the hair trends nowadays cause more damage than good. A good example is endless bleaching and hair coloring. I have been one of those obsessed with changing their hair colors so often. That it left me with my locks damaged. Now, I want to do a re-start. First step? Cutting. Second step? Going back to my natural hair color. Event: Achieve your #Hairgoals with Watsons! Last week I was invited to a Watsons Hair event held at SM Mall of Asia. It’s still on-going and you can grab discounts, freebies, and free services until the 26th! I decided to go to the Liese Hair Color station to buy Liese Blaune in Dark Brown. They offer free hair dye application and the treatment will only take 20 minutes of your precious time. watsons hair goals Watons is here to help women acheive their #Hairgoals with a wide selection of haircare products from color to treatment. Got that hair color you’ve always wanted? Watsons says, “Go for it!” Tip: Don’t wait until your hair sounds the damage alarm before you take extra care of it. Treat your hair on a daily basis and your hair will surely thank you for it. Use hair treatment products like Silk Secrets and Lolane Intense Care Treatment, to keep hair out of harm’s way. You can also use a more potent conditioner such as Creamsilk’s Triple Keratin Active to help bring back the vibrance of your hair. watsons hair goals dark brown hair Ta-da! Back to dark brown hair! Here’s your chance to finally plunge into hair coloring like I did! May 26 is Color Your Hair Day! Get 50% off on participiating hair color products and if you’re an SMAC member, your 500P single-receipt purchase of any participating products allow you to earn 1 e-raffle entry that gives you the chance to win up to 100,000 bonus points wow!
5 Reasons You Need Legal Representation for an Impaired Driving Charge No one sets out to end their evenings with impaired driving charges. Unfortunately, there will be people who are cited for this offense and find themselves facing serious charges. Perhaps you think that a quick plea and paying a fine will end the matter. In fact, there is quite a bit about to happen. If you plan on being able to deal with what’s to come, you need representation by one of the impaired driving lawyers in the area. Here are a few reasons why that representation is so important. You’re Afraid A lot of emotions occur during and after an arrest. One of them happens to be fear. While natural, fear can cloud your judgment and make it more difficult to select a logical way to proceed. Instead of trying to manage the situation alone, your best bet is to contact one of the local Mississauga DUI lawyers and arrange for legal representation. As you begin to regain control of your emotions, the lawyer can start the process of preparing the defence. You Don’t Know What to Do Next Even if you are somewhat calm and capable of thinking logically, do you know what needs to happen next? For example, do you understand how to prepare and file the documents relevant to your case? How about going through the process to be released until your court date arrives? The impaired driving lawyers know exactly what must be done in the hours after an arrest for any type of impaired driving. That includes how to petition the court to allow for your release until the court date arrives. Best of all, the lawyer can handle those details with ease. All you need to do is concentrate on listening to what your legal counsel has to say and following the advice given. You’re Not Sure What Protocol Law Enforcement Must Follow While you trust law enforcement officials to conduct themselves properly, do you really understand what sort of questions they can and can’t ask? What do you know about the sort of documentation that is required of them? You may not have the answers to these questions, but you can bet that any of the Mississauga DUI lawyers who take your case will know legal protocols to the letter. That’s important, since some detail overlooked could have a bearing on the way your case proceeds. You Aren’t Sure How to Prepare a Defence Preparing a defence requires more than showing up for the court date and offering a few words to the judge. There are regulations and procedures that must be followed. Many of them are designed to protect your rights. Unless you know how to employ them correctly, the court assumes a greater burden by attempting to render a decision while also observing your rights. A better approach so to hire one of the impaired driving lawyers in the area and leave the defence preparation in the hands of your legal counsel. Along the way, you will learn more about proper decorum and procedure, but the lawyer will still be the one who helps you conduct yourself properly and makes sure the defence strategy is logical and reasonable. You Don’t Understand the Potential Penalties Do you really understand how a guilty verdict will impact your life? As any of the Mississauga DUI lawyers will explain, there could be higher insurance premiums, less opportunities for job advancement, a loss of driving privileges, and multiple fines. Once you realize the gravity of the situation, your need for legal counsel will be all the more apparent. Don’t hesitate any longer. Call a lawyer today. In the long run, you will be better off.
Top 4 Suggestions to Expect From Your Drinking and Driving Lawyer You didn’t start out with the intention to have a little too much to drink and get behind the wheel. Since you did, there will be quite a few legal issues that must be settled. You could try to manage them on your own, but a better approach is to hire one of the Toronto drinking and driving lawyers to represent you. As part of that representation, expect your legal counsel to provide some advice. Here are some examples of what the lawyer is likely to suggest. Hold Back Nothing Is there something about the incident that would be personally embarrassing? Maybe there’s some detail that would implicate another person and you would prefer to leave that individual out of the situation. Whatever the reason, it’s not good enough to withhold information from your legal counsel. No matter how you feel about some detail, share it with your lawyer. If it’s not relevant to the case, rest assured the information will remain between you and your legal counsel. Even if it is relevant, you will know in advance how it will be used as part of the defence. Don’t make any assumptions about the worth of any information. Your lawyer is in a better position to determine if it does matter. Watch Where You Go and What You Do Until your court date, being mindful of where you are seen and what you are doing there is important. Many Toronto drinking and driving lawyers encourage clients to continue going to work, spending time with family, and engaging in hobbies. What you may need to do is not visit venues where you would be tempted to start drinking and possibly overdo it again. Going about your business in a way that minimizes the potential for making another misstep will mean less complications when your turn before the judge does occur. Comply With the Court There may be some stipulations associated with your release pending the court date. For example, you may be required to notify the court if you have to travel outside the city or province for business or personal purposes. Most Toronto drinking and driving lawyers go over the terms for release with their clients. Ask any questions that you have about those terms and make sure you follow them to the letter. The goal is to demonstrate to the court that you are willing and able to abide by those stipulations. Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the Best Your lawyer cannot guarantee the outcome of your case. What the legal counsel can do is prepare a viable defence and make sure your rights are protected at all times. Along the way, the lawyer will discuss possible actions the court can take and how they would impact your life. Be prepared for the most stringent of legally allowed punishments to come to pass. At the same time, it’s fine to hope that the judge decides to be as lenient as the current laws allow. Remember that the drinking and driving lawyer is there to provide whatever support is legally possible. Listen to the advice and follow it closely. Doing so improves the odds for a better result when your case comes to court.
Facing Opioid Crisis Head On: Are Women at a Higher Risk of Addiction? The existence and severity of opioid crisis cannot be denied, as states the National Institute of Drug Abuse. However, women are not at a higher risk of addiction in general. The bad news is that addiction is an ‘equal opportunity disease’. Historically, the number of men suffering from substance abuse was higher. But today the numbers are nearly the same. So, while women aren’t at a greater risk by default, they definitely seem to succumb to addiction in greater numbers nowadays. Assessing the Risk of Addiction: Differences Between Women and Men While gender equality is something we should all strive for, it’s true that men and women are rather different on the biological level. These differences are a major factor for understanding how addiction develops and progresses in an individual. Women’s bodies process drugs differently and react to them as well. The differences in drugs also play an important part in determining the risk of addiction for women. For example, female bodies break down alcohol less effectively and store it longer due to having more fat tissue. This means that a woman needs to consume less alcohol to get drunk, thus the rates of consumption are higher among men. On the other hand, women are more sensitive to pain and more often develop conditions that cause chronic pain. That’s why they are prescribed opioid painkillers more often. Up to 29% of people prescribed these medications misuse them and many of them progress to serious substance abuse. National Institute of Drug Abuse provides a detailed breakdown of stats and facts on Substance Use in Women. Take your time to study it and materials referenced in that text to learn about how a female body reacts to any kind of drug compared to male. Is It Possible to Reduce the Risk of Addiction in Women? It’s possible to reduce the risk of developing an addiction in anyone if one is determined to make some lifestyle changes. First, one has to get treatment for their substance abuse in case they already have this problem. The least stressful way to do that is to get help from a specialized treatment facility. The Recovery Village in Ohio and other states provide personalized treatment plans, which is a great option because they make sure every person gets the exact help they need. If you/your loved one don’t have a substance abuse problem or its acute form has already been dealt with, you can reduce the risks of relapse or addiction development by: Getting counseling during times of transition. The risk of addiction increases during the times of changes. That’s why teenagers are the highest risk group for drug abuse. Major changes you’ll face in adult life include moving, changing jobs, divorce or marriage. Eliminate peer pressure. Peer pressure is an issue not only teens face. If your current company is driving you or your loved one off the ‘straight and narrow’ and you feel the impending risk of addiction, break ties immediately. A complete break will be most effective, but not always possible in complex social situations. Again, it would be best to seek advice from a counselor to determine the most effective way of dealing with this problem. Get healthy hobbies. To reduce the risk of addiction to the minimum you shouldn’t give yourself an opportunity to develop it. Make sure your life is busy with healthy activities and the pull of drugs will gradually vane. Active hobbies, like exercise, hiking, extreme sports, etc. are particularly beneficial for this.
4 Tips on How to Choose a Perfect Gift for Him Backed by Psychology Do you have an anniversary, birthday, or some other special occasion coming up and want to choose a perfect gift for your beloved? In this case, you should look into the psychology of gifts so you can draw some inspiration from the suggestions of those who literally make a living by understanding people. How to Choose a Perfect Gift for Him: 4 Psychological Tips Go for sentimental impact According to South University, people looking for gifts in romantic relationships choose more sentimental options by default. It’s motivated by the personal nature of the relationship and their subconscious desire to strengthen the intimate bond between partners. That’s definitely true and something you should make a conscious effort to promote. A sentimental gift is something that will evoke emotion beyond mere satisfaction from getting a cool item. What you need is something that will remind your loved one of a happy memory you share. Note that this doesn’t mean you have to buy him a Hawaiian shirt instead of the watch he’s been dreaming of in order for it to remind him of your honeymoon. You can simply add a personal touch to the gift, like engraving it with your special endearment or a date only the two of you know the significance of. Don’t discard tradition Sometimes choosing a ‘traditional’ gift is the best because it can have a profound sentimental impact in itself. This is most true for wedding anniversaries, as the society has been building its traditions regarding those gifts for centuries. These traditions are pretty strange and you’ll probably need some additional inspiration, so check out specialized websites that focus on wedding anniversaries like weddinganniversarygiftideas.ca. There you can find romantic and practical ideas to fit any taste. Be selfless The most important thing to remember when you want to choose a perfect gift for him is that it’s a gift for HIM. Therefore, it must be what he wants and not what you believe he should want. Psychologists agree that a present that makes the most impact is one that is altruistic. Meaning one completely focused on the receiver and not given in the hopes of getting something out of it. So, for a moment, put yourself out of the equation and analyze everything you know about your man. What are his likes and dislikes? What are his dreams? What puts an unconscious smile on his face? What gets him excited? Now think about what you can do to give your loved one a moment of true happiness, depending on the answers to the questions above. Remember that a gift doesn’t have to be a single item. In fact, you should consider making the entire day special for your partner and ensure that every part of it realizes his innermost dreams and desires. That’s what a perfect gift is and what can strengthen your relationship most. Consider personal traditions As Psychology Today highlights, sometimes people have some preconceived notions of what constitutes the ‘right’ kind of gift. These usually appear due to their upbringing. Our ties to those notions are largely unconscious, so it’s essential to learn what exactly his family traditions of gift giving are. Remember that a gift one perceives as unthoughtful can trigger immediate rejection and even thoughts that you don’t care enough. To avoid such a huge, and often unforeseen, trigger, be sure to do your research and pay attention to the gifts his family exchanges on holidays.
3 Staycation Locations in the Heart of the City With today’s fast-paced lifestyle, city dwellers may no longer have the time (nor the budget) to go to an exotic faraway destination for a restful break. On the other hand, the good thing to have come out of this situation is the concept of staycations. Indeed, staycations have become one of the hottest recreational trends among families and groups of friends. Right within Metro Manila, you can already enjoy a restful break, especially during long weekends. And even if you feel like you know the metro like the back of your hand, you’d be surprised at the many hotels, spas, and other types of hospitality establishments that have something exciting to offer for your next holiday. Deal Grocer Traveler is one of the best resources for unbeatable travel and getaway deals for you to enjoy that well-deserved staycation. Whether for yourself, your significant other, your entire family, or your barkada, a staycation in the heart of Metro Manila is the perfect excuse to take a break from the grind and to enjoy some R and R. If you are wondering how you can be a weekender without necessarily being an out-of-towner, here are among the hottest staycation locations in the urban jungle. Makati The central business district is a reliable favorite for staycationers because of its array of highly rated hotels and serviced residences where you can just cocoon, order room service, and spend all day in bed. You can choose value-for-money deals from well-known brands like the Holiday Inn & Suites Makati to quirky and cozy boutique establishments like The Picasso. If you do get the itch to get out, the most replete malls and lifestyle centers are just a walk away. You can shop, dine, and watch a movie all in the same place. There are also a lot of deals for fitness classes at Primal Ape CrossFit and beauty treatments from Jesi Mendez Salon, Le Maquillage, and Design Studio Salon. You can enjoy more pampering and wellness treatments from spas and fitness establishments like Prive Estetica and Derm HQ. Manila The old-world charm of the original capital city of Manila is legendary, and for many urbanites who have not explored more of this historic district, a staycation weekend at any of its well-loved hotels is a truly wonderful idea. The best way to start is to check-in in a lovely room at the Grand Dame called The Manila Hotel and feast on buffet packages at its signature outlets like Café Ilang-Ilang and The Champagne Room. Explore more of the city on a trusty calesa and relive our Spanish roots with authentic cuisine at the popular restaurant Ilustrado. There are great deals on unlimited Spanish buffet for large groups in this restaurant. For some pampering and rejuvenation, avail of limited offers on slimming and beauty treatments at Metafactor Wellness Center and Hey Sugar! Waxing Salon. Quezon City The largest city in Metro Manila offers a wealth of recreational activities that perfectly complement a staycation in any of its equally wide array of hotels and boutique apartments. Cirque Serviced Residences offer some of the most affordable yet topnotch staycation experiences especially for families and groups of friends. After checking in, head out for some me-time by enjoying special rates and packages on beauty and wellness treatments at Centro Estetico Rejuvenation Center, Evolve Aesthetic and Slimming Center, and SvelT’i. You can also finally catch up on much-needed grooming regimen at Jesi Mendez Salon, Tips ‘n Toes, Naya Boutique Spa, among many other salons. Quick and easy vacations in the metro Staycations are one of the quickest and most gratifying ways to spend your weekend—even if on a whim. You can easily snap up any of the great group deals and discounts online, and share it with your loved ones and special friends. Consider a staycation package the next time you feel the urge to leave things behind, even just for a little while.