Monday, February 8, 2016

Romantic Indulgence: Robinsons Department Store Beauty Fair

Much like how a fashionista is on the prowl for sales and great deals every season, I look forward to skin care and beauty fairs at Robinsons Department Store. I discovered new products every time and incorporate them in my daily routine. Examples from last year's offerings include the Hygienix Hand Spray in Fresh Defence (I stock up on this, I love the scent!), Femme pointed cotton buds, and Schick Silk Effects Plus Shaver.

Here's a rundown of what you can expect this month (click to enlarge): 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Teach kids the importance of sunscreen with the exclusive Nivea Sun Doll

So how do you really teach kids the importance of sunscreen when they find it goopy, smelly, and just too cumbersome to apply? Well, Nivea sorted that problem out and released a unique UV-sensitive doll that turns pink (mimicking the look of sunburnt skin) when exposed to sunlight! Based on the official video, the kids went crazy over these dolls and were so excited to apply Nivea sunscreens to protect them. 

This was practically the highlight of the Nivea Summer Kickoff event last week and when we were all presented with our OWN dolls, we (all adults, haha!) couldn't stop gushing! We couldn't wait to put these dolls to the test, and abuse them we did.  

My favorite Nivea product as I've mentioned on this blog many times is their Sun Protect and Bronze which protects with SPF 20 and yet also gives me a nice, even tan. Look at me "bake" while the Nivea doll is naked without sunscreen. It turned pink instantly within seconds under the hot sun. Keep it exposed longer and it does turn an ugly shade of red -- ouch!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

My greatest discovery of 2015: Virgin Coconut Oil

It's not rocket science and yet as usual, I am very late to the party. I've long known about the many uses of VCO (or virgin coconut oil) but never paid enough attention to it until last year. In an effort to downsize and fit everything into my backpack, I've turned to VCO to address my skin care and moisturization needs.

What is VCO?

Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. Take a trip to your local beauty outlet or grocery and you'll find numerous virgin coconut oil brands on the shelves.

What I've learned tho is not all oils are created equal: some are more fragrant (sweet like latik, like this one), some are more easily absorbed, while some are almost aroma-free. To err on the side of caution I'd rather choose one that is first-pressed and unrefined as possible, like the Know-It-Oil (pure and edible) and Grandma Minnie Do-It-Oil (spiked with monolaurin for antibacterial protection).

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

On travelling [solo]: What I've learned so far

There aren't many occasions where I'd end up questioning my life decisions. Come to think of it, I can only recall two:

1) When I encountered 6-foot waves in succession for the first time and wiped out. I seriously thought I was going to die!

2) When I rented a boat and went on a private tour to Balicasag Island last week. I was accompanied by two boatmen whom I had only met that same day. Balicasag was an hour away on rough seas, and take note it was my first time in Panglao -- I had no friends, no relatives on the island. You could say, my guard was up the entire trip.

Although safety precautions when travelling are pretty standard, women just have to be extra careful and alert when exploring alone. The second scenario was obviously scary, hasty and reckless. In case something did happened to me, I sent photos of the boatmen plus the contact number to my sister in Manila with a note: "In case I don't make it back, you know who to look for." She responded, "Text me the moment you get back to Panglao Island." I'm happy to report though that the boatmen were friendly and were only interested in my payment, thank god.

Here are some of the things I've experienced while travelling:

Getting hounded by locals

While walking along the shore of Alona Beach in Panglao, I was hounded by locals offering tours, asking where I was staying and if I had any companions in tow. Although this would seem to be the norm in some areas, the odd thing was I never encountered these in Puerto Princesa (I guess tourism is more regulated there). And these locals were relentless, they really followed me around. It reminded me of India, somewhat.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Bathe in Moisture with Nivea’s Skin Caring Shower Gels

Before I go into detail on the super fun Nivea Summer Kick-off I attended last week in Panglao (if you have low EQ head over to my IG account), let me share with you these new body washes that I received over Christmas break. 

Body washes have been a staple in my backpack because I also use them as shampoo and as laundry soap for when I need to wash my bikinis post-swim. I usually transfer them to 100ml containers so I don't have to check-in my liquids (I shall do a quick post on how I pack my toiletries soon).

In this Nivea collection, we can take our pick from the four variants which are pH skin-balanced and dermatologically-approved for an enhanced and caring bathing experience. Each shower is delectably scented and lathers quite well. Here's a quick overview on each:

  • Revitalize your senses with Pure Fresh Shower Gel as fresh aquatic scent and sea minerals turn into soft foam.
  • Have a luxurious cream oil shower with Diamond Touch Cream Shower Oil and let diamond shimmer caress your skin with its indulging foam and the scent of White Calla Lily.
  • Envelope your skin with foam and the unique scent of the classic NIVEA Crème with Crème Care Shower Cream, leaving skin feeling moisturized and smooth. 
  • Enjoy the refreshing scent of Waterlily with Waterlily & Oil Shower Gel with Caring Oil as replenishing oil pearls turns into caring foam for soft skin feeling. 

I'd have to say that my favorite is Pure Fresh with its sharp refreshing scent. Make sure to check them all out the next time you shop for bath essentials. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

What do you think about dating on the road?

Travelling abroad always loosens up some people (at least, that's how I feel), making them more open to the possibility of going out of their comfort zones and doing new and exciting things. When was the last time you felt exhilarated, excited, and giddy all at the same time? When you felt gung-ho, ready to take on whatever the world sent your way today? Only travelling does that to me.

For two, please
Being in a new country with an entirely different culture and [more] "interesting" locals, why not take the chance and ask that person you've been eyeing for coffee? Or be bold and ask that person out on a date? That would seem like a logical thing to do seeing as you might not see that person again anyhow.