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On regular days, it's already scorching weather in the Philippines. And so can you just imagine the torment we feel as the summer season brings extreme heat and humid day after day? I can just go around running naked. But of course, I'm not gonna do that. So, here's an alternative I did that made me go from a sweating mess to a fabulous city gal this sunny season.


I cut my hair. I took my makeup down a notch. I ditched my bra. I was carefree.

God, I love this outfit! It was so comfortable, added to the fact that I didn't have a bra on. I was just totally feeling myself that day.


FYI, these photos weren't taken at the beach. Boy do I wish they were! It was actually at the Harrison Plaza in Pasay City, and the story behind it is that my friend Yan was having a photoshoot for the May edition of Village Pipol Magazine. He tagged me along as his photographer (yeah, I know a thing or two about operating cameras), and for blog's sake, I also asked him to take some photos of me.

Oh, wait! Speaking of the blog, please allow me to add a bit of a great news here. Just this month, I received an email from Feedspot. It is a directory of blog websites you can find on the internet and you can discover good ones from a niche you're interested in. It's really a helpful website and so it makes my heart jump in joy to be placed at the 100th spot on their list of Top 100 Asian Beauty Blogs! I mean, that was so close, but hey, at least I got included! And perhaps, if I keep putting my heart into my craft, then I'll get to climb the rank ladder.


Going back to the story, do you know what the best thing really is about that day? I felt truly strong, empowered, and happy. I don't know if it was the haircut, the outfit, the drunk blush makeup look, the Starbucks matcha frappucino that I ordered, the people roaming around the area, the calming vibes of the bay, or simply the fact that I wasn't wearing a bra. Whatever it was, that day was the first time I felt better than I had been in the recent months, and it was marked as the beginning of something new in my life.



What more can I say? Messy hair don't care.

All photos were captured by my good friend slash co-producer Yan Alabado. You can go check out his works here.
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Have you ever had small annoying bumps that aren't inflamed but never go away? I did too! They were so annoying and no matter what product I used, they never went away. It's like I was cursed with these bumps. Heck, I even tried the 10-step Korean skincare routine in hopes that I would finally get the clear, glass skin that we all long to have, but to my dismay, all it did was irritate my skin and multiple the bumps. From having them on my forehead area, they spread to my cheek. So, I tried getting a basic facial in hopes they can get extracted but the aesthetician said I needed a more expensive treatment, and I didn't want to pay extra for something that I wasn't sure if would work. But one day, I woke up and found the key to finally getting rid of my bumps.

WHAT EXACTLY ARE THESE SMALL BUMPS?

First, for those who have no idea what I'm talking about, these small bumps are scientifically known as subclinical acne. They are superficial acne trapped just below the skin and are caused by a number of reasons including hormonal imbalance, stress, substandard cosmetic products, pollution, among others. They are non-inflammatory acne which explains why they are often skin-colored.

Source: https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=161449843&page=1
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HOW TO GET RID OF THESE SMALL BUMPS?

For this routine, there only three steps. You may decide to stick with some of the products that you're currently using but I can't attest to what the effect will be.



STEP #1: Cleanse with Cetaphil

Cetaphil is known for its gentle and non-comedogenic properties, which means it will not clog your pores. However, there is a catch. Some of you may already know this but doesn't do it anyway. For cetaphil to work better, I use the non-washing technique. Instead of using water to wash the product off, I use facial tissue instead. This way, I know that the dirt is being taken off my skin because I can see the transfer on the tissue. I do this only at night and just wash my face with water in the morning. I find that overcleansing clogs my pores more.


STEP #2: Use Calamansi (Calamondin) to Exfoliate

I think this is the most important step of this routine. This trick also worked for my sister in getting rid of her acne. In case you don't know, calamansi is a citrus fruit widely grown in the Philippines. It has natural AHA properties and it's good that it's organic. When using this, I squeeze the juice on my palm then apply it directly to my face using my fingers. I leave it on for 10 minutes, no more no less, then wash it off using water. I do this every night.

We don't have access to calamansi, can we use other citrus fruit like lemon? Honestly, I tried using lemon before but I find it too acidic to be applied directly to the skin. So no, I wouldn't suggest you do it. As for any other citrus fruit, I have not tried them yet so I can't really give my opinion.


STEP #3: Moisturize using Aloe Vera Gel

I personally use the Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel, but I think other brand will work, too. In fact, if you're familiar with Mumuso, I made a review of its aloe gel before, and I believe it's a cheaper alternative for Nature Republic. I really love aloe gel because it actually helps hydrate my skin and it's non-sticky. I apply this in the morning and at night.


STEP #4 (OPTIONAL): Pamper with Clay Mask

Clay mask helps suck out the dirt trapped under the skin, so it's a good way to get rid of subclinical acne too. I currently use the Volcanic Clay Mask by Innisfree and I love it because it has no scent and doesn't feel like it's sucking the moisture out of my skin. However, I used to use the L'oreal Pure Clay Mask in the Detox and Brightens variant. It also works well but it has strong scent. I think any clay mask will do as long as it suits you, and if you're currently using one, you can probably stick to it too.

And that's it! This is how I cleared my tiny bumps on the forehead. However, may I remind you that while this routine may have worked on me, it might not have the same effect on you. I strongly suggest that you do a patch test to see if it will have any adverse effect, especially due to the calamansi being acidic and might irritate your skin.

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below. :)
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We all had our fair share of ups and downs in 2018. While it was indeed stressful, there were also a few positive things that made it a hell of a year. Here, I listed mine.


Got a new job as a segment producer


In case you didn't know, I've been working as a segment producer for ABS-CBN's Lifestyle Network Global. It's not really a nine cloud kind of achievement, but it's one of the huge changes that happened to me in the past year. Also, this job has taught me a lot of things that are definitely worth learning.



Dined 150 feet above the ground

Have you heard about Dinner in the Sky? If you haven't, it's a hella unique dining experience where you get to eat a four course meal 150 feet up in the sky. It started in Belgium and opened a franchise in the Philippines last April. My team and I at work were among the few lucky people who have been there during the launch. It was one for the books, but to be fully honest, I wouldn't go for it if I had to pay.


Cut my hair short

Have you ever cut your hair short and felt really good about it? I have! It felt renewing as if I didn't have to worry again, ever. Of course stress is inevitable, but for a moment there, I was carefree and didn't have any regrets cutting my hair.


Traveled to Cebu

This was my first time ever to fly in a plane, and the best thing about it is I only spent almost Php1,300 for a roundtrip ticket! So I went to Cebu with my friends, Mariel and Ellaine. Spent a week there; roamed around the city then traveled to Oslob. This photo was taken at Sumilon Island, which was my favorite part of the trip. God, I wish I could take myself back to this moment.



Traveled to Puerto Galera

In August, I went on an overnight trip with my friends to Puerto Galera to celebrate Joyce's birthday. It was a really quick trip but was also so much fun! It was also my first time to ride a ferry boat, and boy was I stunned by the water! The ocean is indeed horrifying and beautiful at the same time. Back to my Puerto G escapade, I honestly expected more from it. I should have known how frequented the place is by tourists. Don't get me wrong though, it's beautiful but definitely not untouched.


Got a gym membership

I was really convinced I could live an active lifestyle, until work demanded too much of my time and my 3-month gym membership was flushed down the drain. But hey, it was fun while it lasted, and perhaps this year, I actually have the time and will be able to maintain going to the gym.

And that's a wrap! How was your year? I bet yours was more interesting. Share about your 2018 experience in the comments below!
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There was a time when highlighters were all that. It's really the "glow" that spices up your look, they say, and I can see just why.

Today, I'm going to review the Cleopatra's Kiss Highlighting Palette by Sleek. The question is, does it really live up to its sleek name?


The palette comes with four shades, two of which are cream and the other two are baked powder. It also has a mirror and a brush (that I lost, lol). The first time I swatched these, I was really impressed but it wasn't that much of a surprise. This is the second product from Sleek that I tried, and the first one didn't disappoint either. In case you're wondering, it was the Sleek i-Divine Mineral Based Eyeshadow Palette, and it is indeed divine!


Going back to this palette, I have tried other highlighters before, but this was by far the best one—and it's even a drugstore brand! But hey, it's actually not that cheap. Here in the Philippines, it retails for P875 or $17 USD. Still, I think it's a bang for the buck. Just look at those swatches. Aren't they stunning?

In case you're wondering, sphinx and goddess are baked while dynasty and delta are cream. As you can see, sphinx and delta are darker compared to dynasty and goddess so whether you dig a smoky or natural makeup look, you have great choices. As for the pigmentation, I've noticed that sphinx and delta give more pigment than dynasty and goddess. Thus, the I believe the formulation doesn't really affect the pigmentation. To be fair, all of them work wonderfully. I guess you just need to layer those two shades more than the others; you won't even have a problem building the colors. Also, the powder ones don't have any fallouts, and even though they're powder, their texture is actually very creamy. So yes, all of them blend easily!




For your reference, here's what they look like when worn. I don't have much of a decent photo (sorry) but I hope it helps you picture wearing them in your head. And for the record, I get countless compliments wearing it, so yes, I'd say this Sleek palette is totally sleek!

Have you tried this product before? If not, would you like to try it? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. If you enjoy this post, please share it with your friends, I'd really appreciate it! Thanks!
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It's that time of the year again! You find yourself listing down New Year's resolutions, hoping this time around next year, you will have accomplished at least half of them. On that first bullet is something you're totally crossing your fingers for, yup, clear skin. That's all you've ever wanted since you can only remember.

Perhaps, 2019 will finally be your lucky year, but better and healthier skin requires more than just luck. In fact, it entails a lot of dos and don'ts that many people fail to follow. But let's not talk about them; let's talk about you. The real question is, are YOU willing to do everything it takes to achieve that #ClearSkin2019 goals? Then here are a few tips you might want to keep in mind from a beauty and skincare junkie!

DO: CLEANSE YOUR FACE TWICE A DAY

Cleansing your face in the morning will wash away excessive oil that your skin has produced overnight. This is important to keep the skin's moisture at its normal level. At night after school or work, it's also crucial that you cleanse your face especially if you wear makeup. The debris, pollution, dirt, oil, and other unwanted stuff on the face can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts if not properly removed.

So, do facial cleansing twice a day. Nothing more, nothing less. That's how it works for me, at least. Based on my experience, over-cleansing is the culprit for my clogged pores. When I took my cleansing a notch lower, I noticed a significant improvement on my skin.

DON'T: EXPOSE YOURSELF TOO MUCH TO THE SUN

The skin needs protection from the sun, always. Not only does it contribute to aging but also makes you at risk of skin cancer. And even when you slather on sun screen with the highest SPFs, it can only do so much. That's why the safest thing to do is to stay away from the sun. It may be inevitable, yes. So in addition to that sun screen, you might want to bring an umbrella anywhere you go.

DO: STAY HYDRATED

Drinking eight glasses of water per day for a healthier body isn't just a myth. It's a must! Water provides hydration to the body cells, and in case you didn't know, skin is a body organ which means it is made up of cells. And skin cells, like any other body cells, need water to keep hydrated. When the skin cells aren't sufficiently hydrated inside, it definitely shows on the outside, leaving you with noticeable signs of aging.

DON'T: TOUCH YOUR FACE

Touching the face is one of the common mistakes most of us are guilty of doing. Well, don't. Our hands are filled with germs and bacteria that aren't visible to the naked eyes. You just don't want these bacteria to be transferred and spread on to your face because that is definitely a sure gateway to breakouts.

DO: EXFOLIATE

Exfoliate your skin at least two to three times per week. It is a beneficial step to get rid of the dead skin cells, allowing your pores to breathe and revealing a better and brighter skin.

DON'T: LET YOUR PHONE TOUCH YOUR FACE

When taking calls, use earphones as much as possible. Our phones are homes for countless of bacteria for obvious reasons. But ICYMI, just think about the last time you washed your phone. You never did, did you? Yeah, that's what I thought.

DO: PAMPER YOURSELF WITH CLAY MASK

Clay mask has gotten pretty popular recently, and I can attest as to why! I just love how this leaves my pores feeling cleaner and my skin feeling smoother every time I use it. There's not much that I can say about clay masks, but just a tip - not all of them will work for you. The right clay mask will bring you joy, but the wrong ones will bring you breakouts. So always be wary, and it's better to use samples first before actually buying a full tub.

DON'T: ALWAYS RELY ON THE INTERNET

Ironic, isn't it? How you're reading this on your phone or laptop and yet, I'm telling you not to rely on the internet. Hey, I'm not saying all information found on the internet are fraud. It's just sometimes, what we post here are just based on our experience and may not work exactly the same for you. That's why your safest bet is to consult a licensed dermatologist who can actually provide you with medical based examination and knows what's the best treatment for your skin. It may cost some bucks, but at least you're on the safe side.

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Hope you have the best of the upcoming year and finally achieve your #ClearSkin2019 goals!
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Back in March, I left my job as a magazine writer and braved the path of being a segment producer in one of the leading broadcasting companies in the Philippines. It's been six months now, and I am once again getting this churn in my stomach--the feeling I felt when I was on my verge of resigning from my previous post. Don't get me wrong though. I'm fine with my current job. However, I don't love it as much as I hoped I would. Perhaps, it is safe to say I have a love-hate relationship with it.

Recently, I've been asking myself if this is what I want to do in the long run. I've always wanted to be one of the 'media people.' I longed the being 'out there' feeling, to create something, to make a remarkable impact on other people's lives through my creations. Well, here I am now, and yet, there's still so much confusion, so many questions left unanswered.

The other day I asked myself, 'What is my dream job?' I thought maybe if I finally work my way to getting into my dream job, then I'll feel genuine happiness. So genuine I'll never have to feel as if I'm working in each passing day and just really enjoy what I do. Like being on cloud nine, perhaps. But that question hit me harder than a freight train, and only then that I realized I don't actually have a dream job. Not yet, anyway.

Once I talked to a friend of mine who had just gotten into a magazine publishing company. He was also a writer at a news and entertainment website prior to that. As we were talking about how he shifted companies, he then told me that he was so happy he got into the publishing company because it was his dream job. I heard the sound of pure bliss in his voice, and I, too, was happy for him. It didn't really occur to me at the time, but now that I've come to think about it, I feel a pang of jealousy knowing that other people are capable of living a life that they've always dreamed of, while I don't even have a dream to begin with.

Still, my life today isn't as bad as one can get. In fact, it's quite better than what it used to be. Let's just say I'm still on my 'happy-go-lucky' stage in life. Some may say I'm getting old for that, but hey, I've got all the time in the world that I have left. And let's be frank here, it's not easy to get around when you're having a quarter-life crisis like most Millennials and some Gen-Zs do. Just maybe, there's a right time for everything, and one day I'll wake up and be living the life I will have dreamed of
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If there's one critical red flag that a beauty junkie must never ever shrug off, it's this one thing—never skip the moisturizer. Girls and gals, there may not be a written rule book about beauty, but it's somewhere out in the air, just floating and roaming. It doesn't matter that you can't see it, just abide to it.

Surprisingly, I found love in something that is extremely mainstream. Yup, aloe vera gel! With the rise of K-beauty trends, there's no doubt this 'miracle product' would be a holy grail of many. However, never had I thought it would be mine too. So, shall we dig deeper into it?

According to this Mumuso Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel, it contains 92% aloe gel, and it has potent power to hydrate, rejuvenate, and brighten the skin. For P99 per tub, you really get more than of what you pay for. Or does it sound too good to be true?

Even though Mumuso has become a go-to brand for many Filipinos, it actually has its fair share of tirade when the news leaked that it is actually a Chinese brand and not a Korean brand like it is marketed. Sounds rather scary, doesn't it? I, however, don't find it much of a big deal. There are in fact a lot of products that are made in China and are 100% safe and of high quality. Besides, I'd been using this product for months before all the rage happened and it had been totally great for my skin.

Going back to its beneficial properties, I believe this aloe gel is true to its promise. My skin really does feel hydrated, rejuvenated, and brightened after using this. It feels cool and refreshing when applied, non-sticky, and easily dried. Additionally, as many of you may know, one of my biggest skin concerns is clogged pores, and to my surprise, this product didn't contribute to this problem.

Therefore, in all its entirety, I'd definitely recommend this product to anyone who, obviously, isn't allergic to aloe vera. LOL. Or if you're a little sensitive and afraid of its "China" label, then I'd suggest you resort to other brands that are probably a little pricier but will give you a peace of mind.

VERDICT:

PROS:
  • Affordable
  • Non-sticky
  • Easily dries
  • True to its promise
CONS:
  • None so far

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I decided to make a monthly series of my favourite beauty products just so I can share with you some of the best things that work for me which might also work for you. So, I am starting with my favourite product for May, which is the Delight Tony Tint by Tony Moly. I know it's June, but I decided to pin it for May because this has been my best friend during the summer season.
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Wunder2, the UK-founded international cosmetics brand known for its high-tech beauty products, has recently officially launched in the Philippines. This makeup power player has been celebrated in the global beauty scene for translating runway iconic beauty trends to women’s everyday relatable looks. Because of the advanced innovation and unique technology infused in both makeup and beauty products, international makeup artists, beauty bloggers and authorities as well as beauty enthusiasts all over the world have raved for bringing out the “wonderful version” of women’s natural beauty.

First developed and introduced in London, UK in 2016, Wunder2 has caught the attention of the beauty glitterati because of its hugely successful certified cult favorite called WunderBrow, the eyebrow gel famous for its Permafix Technology. The company then has widened its makeup range, and has since developed technology-infused skincare products. Soon enough, Wunder2 has become the number one cosmetics brand in Amazon.com that’s been broadly patronized by beauty professionals and fans alike worldwide. Top fashion magazines and beauty authorities such as Vogue, Glamour, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar have easily caught on Wunder2’s global beauty buzz. Wunder2 has been numerously featured as a top brand to tap not just for eyebrow concerns, but for overall cosmetics products that of bring out women’s ‘wunderful’ natural beauty.

Today, Wunder2 is present in 25 countries, widely loved by world-class beauty experts. Be it from the discriminating tastes of European catwalks, the glitz-and-glam of Hollywood beauty standards to statement-making allure of the Asian market, Wunder2’s innovations make runway looks accessible for everyday women.

This 2018, Wunder2 Philippines is officially launching in the country, initially introducing its premium eyebrow line through an exclusive gathering with the local press. Wunder2 Philippines also marks its milestone of making its high-tech beauty offerings even more accessible to its Filipino loyal clientele— through its partnership with Zalora, Asia’s number one online fashion destination and Beauty MNL, the Philippines’ leading online beauty market.

For latest updates, you may like and follow Wunder2 Philippines’ official social media accounts:

Instagram: @wunder2philippines
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Unless you've been living under the rock, I'd assume that you know very well that March is International Women's Month. As a feminist myself, I'm a firm believer of women and her capabilities to trigger change and make a tremendous impact on the world and the people's lives. In the Philippines, many women have already shown and proven how far they can go, and one of the sought-after women here—who is shaping the beauty industry with her brilliant mind and strong guts—is Aiza Diuco.
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