Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Achieve that "lit from within" glow with a healthy lifestyle and Myra Vit. E

We pay too much attention on the things we topically apply on our skin, we're even taught to read the ingredients label thoroughly, and heavily research on good and "bad" ingredients. While all these are well and good, we must not forget to also pay attention to our lifestyle and the food we eat which all contribute to our overall health condition. 

Necessities: Kor Water Bottle, Yummy Recipe book, Myra Vitamin E capsules
So aside from being an ingredients sergeant, here are some tips on how to get that "glow from within":

Sleep. Your entire body, including your skin, goes into repair mode while you snooze. Help your skin cells regenerate and your facial muscles relax by making sure you catch quality sleep. Still feel like you’re not getting enough rest when you wake up in the morning? One of the reasons could be that your alarm is rousing you in the middle of your deep-sleep stage. To make mornings less of a drag -- or if you know you’re only catching a few hours of shuteye -- try setting a wake-up time that’s a multiple of 90 minutes. This is the length of the average sleep cycle, so you’re sure to wake up to a beautiful morning.

Exercise. Even though you know that a good work out is great for your heart, lungs, and mental outlook, chances are, you’re still not hitting the gym as much as you should. Here's a little motivation that’ll inspire you to get moving: Regular exercise is also one of the keys to scoring healthy skin. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keeps them vital. It also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells. Think of it as a cleanse for your skin, but from the inside. 

I know, I know. It's tough to stick to an exercise schedule when you're too busy with work (this is always my excuse). What I do is I skip riding the car, jeep, or van and instead walk to the office (a good 15 minute brisk walk) just to pump me up. Walking every day will do wonders for your legs -- think gorgey calf muscles :)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Skintroducing: VMV Hypoallergenics Essence Antibacterial Hand Gel

Neat freaks like me will certainly love the idea of toting a handy dandy antibacterial hand gel anywhere. My friends often tell me I bring too many things every day -- in truth, I can't stand not having any alcohol spray, hand wash, nail cutter, nail file (the list goes on) in my bag. You'll never know when you might need it. 

Thankfully, VMV Hypoallergenics released their new Essence Antibacterial Hand Gel -- handy and pocket-sized, it's even stylish enough to attach to your bag handle.

A Powerful, non-irritating, instant anti-micro-bug-hand gel. Its coconut-derived monolaurin is clinically proven as effective as leading topical antibacterials - but is gentle on skin + moisturizing with its glycerin ingredient. Helps prevent the spread of infections.
Price: Php 150/20ml

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Inspired by nature: The new Avon Naturals Bath & Body

Avon has been blowing me away with their new packaging and new releases so far. They first released the SSS Fast Hydration Body Gel Lotion and Body Wash (which I totally love) early this year, then the beautiful Over Nature Collection followed suit, and now they've revamped their Avon Naturals line. 

Sporting a new look, every bottle is an elixir of the freshest burst of fruits and florals that makes caring for your body a more exciting, enjoyable experience. View the full line below and let me know which one strikes your fancy!

Avon sent me a basket full of  goodies!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Rave: Burt's Bees Daisy White Facial Cleanser

While I've received the Daisy White two months ago at their blogger launch, I have honestly only tried them last month. I guess you can say that blogging about beauty for years has made me very selective about the products I use on my face. During my younger days, I've been more gung-ho about attending events and trying all sorts of products. Over the years I've learned to trim down and educate myself on ingredients that work and don't work on my sensitive skin.

I've admired Burt's Bees products from afar since college and I have yet to explore their full line. When I received my kit, I immediately zeroed in on two products that I was adamant on trying: the Daisy White Facial Cleanser and Serum.

Clinically proven to help improve the appearance of surface dullness, this cleanser, infused with Daisy extract, helps reveal a more even skin tone in as few as 4 weeks*. Formulated with a multifruit complex, our cleanser effectively removes dirt oil and makeup. Make it part of your daily regimen for a brighter and more even complexion, naturally.
Price: Php 795

Availability: Beauty Bar

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Caravan II: BESPOKE

Following the success of the first The Caravan, The Caravan II is now here. Follow the tale of the thread and find something just for you with the second installment of The Caravan: Bespoke, An Affair of Monograms and Stories, in coordination with The Proscenium, Rockwell. Discover a diverse selection of customizable finds on July 26 to 27, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM at The Kirov Model Unit (beside the Rockwell tent), Rockwell Center, Makati. From bags to shoes, jewelry, food, and beyond, it's time to make your mark and create something truly unique.

Featuring brands Aranaz, Maureen Disini, Stockton Row, The Best Impressions, Adorno, Camille Villanueva, Michelline Syjuco, The Urban Alchemists, Kiele, NCLA, Crow's Nest Handmade, Risque Designs, Adamant Eve, Lost + Found, Toni & Guy, Your Local, and more!

For more information, check out The Caravan on Facebook and Instagram.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: Strip Manila's IPL ACE + V-Blush Treatments

Last week, I was invited to try Strip's new IPL Ace and V-Blush treatments. These normally come at P5,000 a pop, but they were kind enough to let me try both treatments for free. I was assigned my usual waxer, Narlie, who dutifully explained the benefits of IPL Ace first. She said this type of IPL is effective in removing hair and the head can penetrate up to 5cm below the skin's surface. It's virtually painless and she'll do 3 passes for 30 seconds each. The machine will let out a small beep ensuring that each pass is exactly 30 seconds long.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review: Saforelle Gentle Cleansing Care

Enriched with the softening and calming properties of burdock, this gentle intimate wash delicately cleans and soothes irritations. It has mild alkaline pH and contains no soap or parabens, making it ideal for daily use.
Price: Php 159.75/100ml
Saforelle is probably one of the more underrated products out there. I first encountered this from my Beauty SOS Glamourbox and even brought this with me to Korea. Made in France, it's formulated by medical experts with the goal of offering a [feminine] wash that is gently for daily use. Check your current fem wash and most likely it doesn't say that it's meant for daily use. Here's a simple reminder -- always check the label. Made free of soap, parabens, colours, phenoxyethanol, formaldehyde, and all those nasty chemicals, Saforelle mainly banks on its ingredient called Burdock that helps heal and keep irritations at a minimum