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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review: Milk Makeup Hero Salve

I love a good salve -- it can moisturize chapped lips, cuticles, soothe rashes and pimples, even tame flyaway brows. It's very versatile and I always have one in my purse (or at my bedside) all the time. But because I was in a hurry to pack for my US trip, I had forgotten -- for the very first time! -- to pack my VMV Boo Boo Balm! I never leave home without it, so I was really distraught since it was my go-to product for anything skin. 

So, off to Sephora I went to look for an inexpensive alternative. I could've gotten just plain ol' petroleum jelly, but I might as well explore what the US has to offer and get something new. 

Enter Milk Makeup Hero Salve. While the brand has been on my radar since my Glamourbox days, this was my first time to actually pick up their product. You know that feeling when you've been pining for a product for far too long and then you actually see it on the shelf? Yep, I was that ecstatic that I let out a gasp and immediately grabbed it. 

I got this for only $10 in the black hole that is the Sephora samples aisle. Because samples still are my guilty pleasure. 

Rich, healing salve is the ultimate multi-tasking product. It melts into skin to condition and nurture. Apply to lips, face, and body - anywhere needing a serious douse of hydration. Made with jojoba oil, shea butter, grape seed oil, and lavender oil. Apply daily and generously to lips, elbows, knees, and cuticles to condition and relieve dryness. All Milk Makeup products are cruelty-free.
Ingredients: Vegetable Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Microcrystalline Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Price: $10/8g

Thursday, August 18, 2016

New skin care finds: Shea Moisture, Sukin, Yes to Cucumbers

Over the last week I've been to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Nevada, and now we're all settled in Sacramento.


I was fortunate to visit the famous tourist spots and I've shared some of them on Instagram @kirasworld. I am still uncertain if I should write a full on post on my first US trip, for now I'll share with you new products that I got from Target.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

My Weekend in Taipei: 10 Things to Do in the City

Just like Palawan, an unexpected trip was sent my way when I qualified for AXA's incentive trip to Taipei. Featuring AXA's top 120 agents nationwide (I lucked out!), I was so happy that I was given a chance to explore another popular Asian destination that, admittedly, wasn't on my list for 2016.


All aboard EVA Air, travel time was approximately 2  hours and 10 minutes. Some delegates were on board Philippine Airlines, I heard they got a warmer welcome there with customized head rests and all.

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila opens in Fisher Mall, Quezon City

Soft pink tutus, the perfect ballerina bun, and pretty satin pointe shoes, it's enough to bring out the girly girl in anyone. If you're like me then you've probably dabbled in ballet way back in grade school or high school. While some have progressed and have become actual Prima Ballerinas (like my cousin Noreen Ostrea who still performs in New York), the lot of us still continue to dream about our ballerina days.


So, imagine our delight when we were told that a new Ballet Manila branch was opening in Fisher Mall, Quezon City.


Now retired from performing full time, the country's premier Prima Ballerina Ms. Lisa Macuja-Elizalde now acts as CEO and Artistic Director of all Ballet Manila branches. Her main goal is to bring ballet and arts closer to the people. After all, the only way you can develop world class dancers is to hone them in the best schools.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

#WinningBeauty: The Robinsons Department Store Beauty Sale

Get your game face on! It's time to hoard our beauty staples once again at the yearly much-awaited beauty sale at Robinsons Department Store. Aside from getting our tried and tested favorites, it's also a great opportunity to explore new brands.


Here's a rundown of what to expect this whole month of August:

Friday, August 5, 2016

Let go and let live

One of my personal issues is learning to let go. Sometimes I can't seem to get myself to surrender, to trust that everything will work out for the best. I cling, hold on, grasp so tightly it becomes suffocating. And it was only very recently that I accepted the fact that there are things I can and cannot change.


You see, when we hold on to something (even with the purest of intentions), it consumes us. It makes us selfish, it hinders our growth, and it's definitely not pretty. I guess one of the things I learned about letting go is to appreciate the little things. It's gratitude day in, day out (I have my Headspace app to thank for this). My Barre3 classes have helped me cope and release any form of emotional stress -- it has cleared my head, and has made me more happy and relaxed.

So when a client wakes you up at 7am because he wants to get an AXA plan or has a random question, be thankful. When you're stuck in traffic but comfortably riding an Uber, be thankful. When you lament about your life (you're not making more money, you're tired and beat from work, bad luck seems to be hounding you), be thankful you're still alive. Be thankful you have a little dog that patiently waits for you at home and can't wait to play with you.

And most importantly, when life gives you another shot at this one thing you've been waiting/praying all your life, you better take care of it and enjoy it for what it is. Do not overthink. Let go, and let live.