7-Eleven Chef Creations' All-Time Favorite Filipino Dishes

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     7- Eleven is definitely our default convenience store destination whenever we crave for some ready to eat /serve meals or snacks. Growing up with a convenience near our house is truly a bliss! 7-Eleven now offers a wide variety of ready to eat meals. Before it was siopao-hotdog-sandwich thing, but now home-cooked meals are readily available in selected stores. They're taking Filipino dishes to the next level with Chef Creations. Find out more about these savory meals below :)     

      The world’s leading convenience store—7-Eleven, is not just your one-stop shop but it also serves as a diner that offers quality home-cooked style meals at a very affordable price. 

    The premium rice meal line, Chef Creations, was launched on May 2014 and since then, has conveniently offered amazing dishes that capture the taste of Filipinos.
7-Eleven Chef Creations' All-Time Favorite Filipino Dishes
     First introduced in the menu were Pulled Pork with Adobo Dip, Pakbet with Bagnet, and Pork Sinigang sa Kamias – all of which are renowned chef and Filipino food advocate Claude Tayag’s personal twists on local favorites. Hungry customers can have these starting at P75 only.

     With the increasing demand for more classic Filipino dishes, 7-Eleven continued its partnership with Chef Claude Tayag and introduced a new set of dishes to the Chef Creations premium line, the Bistek Tagalog and Pork Binagoongan.

     “Chef Creations makes every Filipinos feel at home whenever and wherever they are,” said Jose Victor Paterno, CEO of Philippine Seven Corporation. “Everyone, regardless of status and position, can have a chance to eat quality home-cooked meals at their own convenience,” he added.
7-Eleven Chef Creations' All-Time Favorite Filipino Dishes
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     Chef Creations Bistek Tagalog is a simple dish with tasty, tender beef slices marinated with the unmistakable Pinoy flavors of toyo and calamansi and garnished with caramelized onion, while Chef Creations Pork Binagoongan is a traditional Filipino pork dish stewed in mildly salted bagoong (shrimp paste), garlic, onion, tomatoes, and served with slices of fried eggplant and a hint of green chili.
7-Eleven Chef Creations' Filipino Dishes
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     With Chef Claude's Filipino cuisine mastery, the new flavors of Chef Creations surely bring ready-to-eat meals to the next level. These carry the promise of using only the natural ingredients that are slow-cooked to bring out that distinct Filipino taste.

     The Chef Creations Bistek Tagalog and Pork Binagoongan are available at selected 7-Eleven branches for only P95 each. But they’re not done yet! Watch out as 7-Eleven brings out one more dish. Coming this October, be ready to get your tummies satisfied! 
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Physiogel's #FreeInMySkin Movement + My Freedom List Challenge Result

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     I hate skin allergies! I can't concentrate on what I'm doing whenever I feel that my skin is itching, dry, and starting to get scaly because of fish allergy. I can say that my skin is sensitive and when one has sensitive skin, dryness comes next. Scratching here, there, and everywhere is annoying and can cause other skin problems in the long run. So in order to prevent dry and sensitive skin, using skin care products that is science-based and dermatologist-recommended should be my number 1 priority. 

     Last July 15, 2015 GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) launched their mission to help people do more, feel better and live longer. In line with this mission, GSK’s Consumer Healthcare division and Physiogel, its flagship skin health brand, aims to help Filipinas and all women across Asia, to be free from dry and sensitive skin. Physiogel believes in freeing the strength in sensitivity. To know more about the new line of Physiogel products + the result of my freedom list challenge, scroll down dearies!
Physiogel's #FreeInMySkin Movement + My Freedom List Challenge ResultPhysiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Cream, Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Dermo Cleanser, Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Body Lotion
Did you know that...

On good skin days:

  • women are naturally more confident presenting their best face to the world. 
  • when women love how their skin looks and feels, they want to go out and enjoy themselves, meeting people, making connections, and taking on the world. 

On bad skin days:

  • women with their skin feeling 'dry, red and itchy', they are uncomfortable and easily irritated. 
  • when their confidence dips, women feel more vulnerable. 

     “Sensitivity is a source of strength for women, not a weakness to be hidden away. This powerful consumer insight compels Physiogel to passionately advocate the #FreeInMySkin Movement in 2015. The Movement also coincides with the debut of the NEW Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy line,” reveals Justin Alejandro Lladoc, GSK Skin Health Senior Product Manager. 

     Lladoc says Physiogel’s #FreeInMySkin Movement starts with self discovery. Physiogel aims to help women to be more aware of themselves so they can uncover their full potential. It challenges Filipinas to look past their skin insecurities in the hope of helping them fulfill dreams they have always wanted to achieve. 
Physiogel's #FreeInMySkin Movement + My Freedom List Challenge ResultJustin Alejandro Lladoc, GSK Skin Health Senior Product Manager 
     And this journey to self discovery starts with taking the Freedom List Challenge, Physiogel’s suggested guide in the form of a lifestyle online quiz that is a representation of what women can achieve when freed from dry and sensitive skin. 

The Freedom List Challenge starts with a 5-question quiz: 
1. Which fitness activities give your skin a post-workout glow? 
2. Your potential is limitless, so what’s your dream job? 
3. How do you like to show off your beautiful, strong sensitive skin? 
4. Everybody has a dream “to do” list. What tops yours? 
5. What is your dream holiday? 

     The result of the quiz provides a glimpse to one’s personality that ranges from being a savvy collaborator, inspiring innovator, charismatic motivator and elegant sophisticate - revealing worthwhile hints that may help you embrace and live life to the fullest. 

     The #FreeInMySkin Movement, now made more exciting by new additions with the introduction of the #FreeInMySkin website and Freedom List Challenge, is more relevant than ever because it is able to reach many Filipinas digitally across the nation. And because of its continuous success, from its conception in 2014, it has caught the attention of Mercury Drug. They too were encouraged to free many more Filipinas from dry, sensitive skin by making Physiogel products available across the country. 

     “By the end of 2016, with its continued resonance with consumers, the Movement is expected to have rolled out to the rest of Asian markets,” Lladoc shares. 
 
     The new Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy line continues to be a differentiated science-led solution featuring the unique Physiogel BioMimic Technology® that works to soothe and repair the skin’s natural moisture barrier. 
Physiogel's #FreeInMySkin Movement + My Freedom List Challenge ResultPhysiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Dermo Cleanser, Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Body Lotion, Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Cream
Dermatologists highly-recommend Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy because: 

  • it is non-comedogenic
  • is free from soap 
  • preservative, perfumes and colourants. 
  • Physiogel is the #1 Most-Prescribed Brand by Dermatologists in the Philippines! 
  • Physiogel is made more accessible to Filipinas across the nation as it is available in Mercury Drug Stores and other leading pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide. 

     TV host, model/entrepreneur, and blogger, Patti Grandidge is one of those who suffered from dry and sensitive skin. Patti remains to be the brand’s advocate as she embodies the Physiogel woman: smart, elegant, strong and empowered because she is free from dry and sensitive skin. 

     Patti shares that she used to be more conscious and watchful of what others would think about her skin. “That was sad. I would have liked to be out and about and go for more work, but a little thought would always be at the back of my mind wondering if my skin would be an issue or a hindrance. I was not free to do what I wanted to do!” she now says. 
Physiogel's #FreeInMySkin Movement + My Freedom List Challenge Result
Patti Grandidge
     I joined the challenge and answered the questions found on freeinmyskin website. After answering the freedom list, the result is:
CHARISMATIC MOTIVATOR
You are a mentor, a boss, a sister and a friend — and everyone’s role model. Your inner strength and sensitivity touches others, convincing them to think big and conquer bigger.

     Yay to the result because it is so me! Now, I dare you to take the challenge too and discover your personality. Share it with your relatives, friends, and families. Let's join the movement so that we can bid dry and sensitive skin goodbye! You don't need to hide and feel weak because of dry and sensitive skin, we can be free from this skin problems with the help of Physiogel Moisture Therapy Line!

     Physiogel’s #FreeInMySkin Movement provides women with helpful guides like the Freedom List Challenge so they can share and talk about their skin “journeys” in their lives.

     To fulfill its vision to help people do more and feel better, GSK is strongly encouraging Filipinas to discover their true selves by taking the New Physiogel Freedom List Challenge and join the #FreeInMySkin Movement. Log on to www.freeinmyskin.com/ph and take the Challenge yourself. 
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Hello August Giveaway!

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     Hi dearies! Here's the giveaway for the month of August and I hope you will still support and join this giveaway. Next month will be Dear Kitty Kittie Kath's 4th Year Anniversary Giveaway and I'm planning to make the giveaway simple but for sure the products you'll be receiving will be useful, something that you will use everyday and for the whole family.

     For this giveaway, I would like to thank Mischka Derma Secret for sponsoring my giveaways. Show them some love dearies by reading my reviews on their products and hopefully you can try one of their soaps and lotions. This giveaway will last for 30 days, same simple rules will apply. Give what is being asked in the rafflecopter app below. The winner will receive the following: Coca Cola Mug, Mischka Derma Secret Intense Hair Moisture 200 g, Leaders Insolution Aloe Soothing Mask, Leaders Insolution Tea Tree Relaxing Mask, Avon Ultra Color Lip Crayon in Showstopper Pink, SkinWhite Advanced Facial Cleanser 75 ml, SkinWhite Advanced Power Whitening Lotion 100 ml, 3 Garnier Face Cream Samples, Silka Papaya Deodorant 40 ml. Good luck to all joining!
Hello August Giveaway!
Coca Cola Mug, Mischka Derma Secret Intense Hair Moisture 200 g, Leaders Insolution Aloe Soothing Mask, Leaders Insolution Tea Tree Relaxing Mask, Avon Ultra Color Lip Crayon in Showstopper Pink, SkinWhite Advanced Facial Cleanser 75 ml, SkinWhite Advanced Power Whitening Lotion 100 ml, 3 Garnier Face Cream Samples, Silka Papaya Deodorant 40 ml
     The giveaway will start at 12:00 midnight and will end on September 01, 2015. The winner will be announced through a blog post any day within the first week of September. What are the things you need to do in order for your entries to be qualified?

  • KINDLY SET ALL YOUR POSTS IN PUBLIC so I can verify it. Posts in private will be disqualified. 
  • Log in all you entries in the rafflecopter app below. There are mandatory entries that you need to follow in order for you to unlock extra points.
  • TAG ACCOUNTS OF REAL FRIENDS and RELATIVES only. 
  • DO NOT SPAM the comment section. Leave a single comment that includes your Name and Email. 
  • LET'S PLAY FAIR. Following/Unfollowing, Liking/Unliking, etc will disqualify your entry in the present and future giveaways.
  • PLEASE check the blog post for the announcement of winner. The winner will be notified via email so make sure you'll comment with the email address that you check regularly.

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July Giveaway Winner Announced!

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     Hello dearies! It's August 2 already and my apologies for the late announcement of the giveaway winner. July has been a long month for me. I made some adjustments on my schedule and have to fix minor issues regarding personal matters. Anyhoo, thank you so much for always supporting my blog giveaways. If I can choose 2 or more winners, I will! I guess this will only happen on my anniversary giveaway. Mark your calendars, that's next month already. September is Dear Kitty Kittie Kath's 4th Year Anniversary :)


     I will just make this announcement short. The giveaway winner will receive the following: Safeguard Derma Sense Body Wash for Sensitive Skin, Safeguard Derma Sense Facial Wash for Sensitive Skin, Jergens Soothing Aloe Lotion, Tru Gel UV Nail Polish, Marina Cologne, The Skin Specialist Sunblock, Mischka Derma Secret Hair Spray, Jergen Sticky Notes, and Fairview Terraces Eco Tote Bag. Scroll down please to see who won the giveaway!
Dear Kitty Kittie Kath's July Giveaway Winner Announced
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Dear Kitty Kittie Kath's July Giveaway Winner Announced!
     Congratulations dear! I know you've been joining my giveaways ever since and finally you won! Thank you so much for the never ending support. Enjoy your goodies dear! Please reply within 48 hours on my congratulatory note or a new winner will be picked. To those who didn't win, Hello August Giveaway will be up tonight so stay tuned for that!
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Robinsons Selections' "Pick-Up and Pack-Up" Offerings

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     One of the things that I truly miss is going on a travel. I'm not a travel junkie but when opportunity knocks and the gods are in my favor, I will plan the trip right away. Planning a trip is not easy. There are so many things to consider like the location, expenses, and the essential things to pack. These things consist of travel essentials that you will bring in your trip like food, water, containers, skin care, and other products that will make the travel a memorable one. I have great news, my default and go-to supermarket Robinsons Supermarket wants to share with you their list of travel essential goodies that I'm sure will make your travel fuss-free

     This quarter, Robinsons Selections’ theme “Pick-up and Pack-up” is dedicated to the born traveler who is always up for an adventure. Those who are hardwired to travel can be struck by the urge to pack and go at any given time. Robinsons Selections is the convenient modern store for all travel essentials to ensure a seamlessly fun trip. It has a wide selection of grab-and-go items and healthy food offerings that are perfect for packing.
Robinsons Selections' "Pick-Up and Pack-Up" Offerings
Here is a list of fundamental items that should go in the travel bag for a guaranteed awesome trip:

1. Portable and nutrition-packed food
     If one is to go camping, it is best to bring items that require less cooking and can be-eaten hot or cold. This brings into picture Arrowhead’s flaxseed and quinoa that are both rich sources of dietary fiber and protein

2. Fundamental liquids
     Water is basic necessity and potable drinking water might not always be available when travelling. Always carry bottles of drinking water like B’lue Water in Orange and Lychee for a little twist to your regular water. 
Robinsons Selections' "Pick-Up and Pack-Up" Offerings
B’lue Water in Orange and Lychee
Lock n' Lock Water Bottle
     Another option is to pack healthy drinks in carton boxes such as Tipco’s Broccoli and Pomegranate fresh juices. It doesn’t require refrigeration unless opened and it’s easy to dispose after.
Robinsons Selections' "Pick-Up and Pack-Up" Offerings
Tipco Brocolli Juice
3. Canned goods
     Canned goods have always been every traveler’s trusted companion. It is a meal in a can that’s easy to pack and doesn’t take up too much space. Palm corned beef is highly recommended and it comes in three delightful variants: garlic, onion and bbq.
Robinsons Selections' "Pick-Up and Pack-Up" Offerings
Palm Barbecue Corned Beef
4. Raw cheese slices
     Although cheese may not be considered exactly necessary, but adding dairy to your diet is actually healthy too. Transform simple packed sandwiches into something special by slipping in a hefty slice of cheese. Choose Kraft processed cheese for a creamy twist.
Robinsons Selections' "Pick-Up and Pack-Up" Offerings
Kraft Cheddar Cheese
5. Fruits
     Maintain access to important vitamins and minerals by packing produce that doesn’t easily bruise like Alfa’s Fuji apples and Australian Crimson grapes. But with all the stuffing of items in the bag the possibility of the produce turning into mush is nigh, which brings us to another important item.

6. Containers
     Season travelers know the value of hard-sided containers. Use Saw Glass Foodkeeper with locks and Boseal Round Glass Heat to protect packed produce and other things. It is wise to invest in leak-proof containers such as these, as they are convenient and efficient. For water bottle, Lock n' Lock is your best bet. It's BPA Free and easy to clean and use plus it comes in different colors too!
Robinsons Selections' "Pick-Up and Pack-Up" Offerings
Lock n' Lock Water Bottle
7. Sanitizers
     Hygiene standards vary among destinations. Nevertheless, it is recommended to frequently wash hands to prevent illnesses. For a quick clean on the go get Cleene alcohol or hand sanitizers such as that of Human Nature’s, which comes in Citrus and Floral scents.
Robinsons Selections' "Pick-Up and Pack-Up" Offerings
Cleene Cleansing Spray
8. Insect repellent
     Insect repellent is an absolute necessity especially when travelling to places where mosquitoes and other insects are known to transmit diseases. Take refuge in Human Nature’s insect repellant and lotion bug shield. This is my favorite insect repellent and I highly recommend this brand. Bought more than five bottles and I can truly attest to its effectiveness.
Robinsons Selections' "Pick-Up and Pack-Up" Offerings
Human Heart Nature Bug Shield
9. Skin regimen basics
     Staying pretty and pleasant throughout a trip should not be underrated. Maintain your daily skin regimen with the Olay Regenerist Serum and Total Effects available in travel-sizes. Keep your skin looking in top-shape with the Pond’s Flawless White BB cream and Vaseline lotion with SPF30.
Robinsons Selections' "Pick-Up and Pack-Up" Offerings
Olay Regenerist Serum, Pond's Flawless White BB Cream, Vaseline Healthy White Serum
10. Emergency snacks
     Being mobile opens up to the possibility of long travel periods with no allowance for stopovers, in this case emergency munchies at hand would be very helpful. For sweet fixes, chew on a flavorful bunch of Skittles. It is also wise to bring a box of gingerbread cookies like Anna’s Original Cappuccino and Ginger thins if looking for a bite with a crisp. This one is the new great alternative to your favorite ginger bread cookies, promise!
Robinsons Selections' "Pick-Up and Pack-Up" Offerings
Anna's Original Cappucino Thins
     Delicious Fitbars that come in Fruits, Nuts, and Chocolate are also packed with ancient grain nutrition, making it an ideal healthy and filling snack.
Robinsons Selections' "Pick-Up and Pack-Up" Offerings
Fitbars in Nuts Fiber and Fruit Fiber
     Lastly, make sure to pack all-time favorite snacks Lay’s Chips in Cheddar and Cheetos in Jalapeno and Cheddar, to enjoy with travel buddies. This is our all-time fave snacks! No doubt, both will always go inside our travel bags!
Robinsons Selections' "Pick-Up and Pack-Up" Offerings
Lay's Chips in Cheddae and Sour Cream
Cheetos Cheddar Jalapeno
     Yay! Seeing the list makes me more excited because packing will be more fun and easy. Robinsons Selections encourages everyone to live life to the fullest by providing options that help them lead healthier lives. Head on to Robinsons Selections and pack up on your travel necessities.

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Book and Borders Cafe Grand Opening Celebration

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     I'm a coffee lover. This perk me up drink never fails to give me the amp I need to start my day. I think I'm in love with the smell of caffeine. So when an invitation about the grand opening of a coffee shop in Quezon City arrived in my inbox,  my mind keep on saying 'be still my coffee loving heart'      

     Hello coffeholics and book worms! I'm pretty sure that you'll get excited to know more about this newly opened themed cafe in the heart of Quezon City. Last Tuesday, I was invited to the grand opening celebration of Book and Borders Cafe where good books, good food, and good coffee unite. The celebration was enjoyed by everyone. The charming and inviting theme of Book and Borders will surely perk you up anytime of the day :) To see more of the celebration highlights, scroll down please :)
Book and Borders Cafe Grand Opening Celebration
     Book and Borders Cafe is located at 281 Tomas Morato, Quezon City. If you're frequent to crowded coffee shops, I presume you are used to hearing loud voices and chit chat. This themed cafe has purposely turned their space into something that is more relaxed and quiet.
Book and Borders Cafe Grand Opening Celebration
READ. SIP. DINE.
     Book and Borders cafe encourages customers to go through their extensive selection of books, and take their time to hangout or read. In fact, the cafe also make book stands available for its customers, to make reading their chosen book much easier. I wasn't able to roam around that day to see the tittles on display. I just heard that aside from hard bound books, they have magazines, children's books, style guides, novels, and others that I'm sure will entice you to open and read one from the shelves. 
Book and Borders Cafe Grand Opening Celebration
     Look ma, I feel like I'm inside a school library again! But it's not the usual library where aside from reading some are taking a nap. At Book and Borders cafe, you'll feel relaxed and awake. The smell of books and the aroma of the coffee is inviting so complementing the nice ambiance and the library aspect of the cafe are delicious light fare and refreshing drinks.
Book and Borders Cafe Grand Opening Celebration
Smoked Turkey Ham Sandwich, Fried Tuyo Pasta with Kesong Puti (yum!!!), and Iced Mocha
     During the grand opening celebration, savory and filling meals were served. The choices include sandwiches, pastas, hot and cold coffee concoction, and desserts! Yay for the desserts. Book and Borders cafe have muffins, breads, cupcakes, pies, tarts, squares, doughnuts, and cakes like Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake. They serve different kinds of filling pastas like Truffle Mushroom Pasta and Tuyo Pasta that I really liked. There's also salad and pancakes on their menu to name a few. Of course, a variety of coffees and smoothies on a hot day will complete your visit at the cafe!
Book and Borders Cafe Grand Opening Celebration
A buffet of drool-worthy desserts: chocolate matcha cheesecake, tiramisu, tarts, and others that I forgot the names :(
     The cafe's brand ambassador were present during the celebration. Karylle and Benjamin Alves entertained the invited guests and shared their love for books. They both encourage the habit of reading as well as indulging in one's love for coffee. 
Book and Borders Cafe Grand Opening Celebration
Book and Borders brand ambassador Karylle
     Thank you so much Book and Borders Cafe for having me. 'Read.Sip.Dine' This tagline is definitely a must-try not just for bool lovers and coffee lovers but anyone who is looking for a nice place to hang out in the busty metro. Visit them today!

To know more about Book and Borders Cafe:
Like them on Facebook: Book and Borders Cafe
Follow them on Twitter: @bookandborders
Follow them on Instagram: @bookandborderscafe
You may also call them on 0932 8717856

Good Times!~
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Ways on How to Take Care of Your Skin

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     With the cold weather, it is so much fun to layer clothes. Are there styles and outfits that you’ve always wanted to wear, but could not because it was too hot? You can now rock that pullover and boots. However, there is something we wear that will always be in no matter what season; our skin. This is why you need to take extra care to make sure you’ll maintain a radiant, healthy, and glowing skin all year round!

     Not everyone is blessed with the genetics of perfect skin. Different skin types come with different problems, but we can classify them into three common types.

1. Oily Skin

  • Oily skin tends to have large pores, and blemishes such as pimples or blackheads. 
  • Oiliness can be caused by puberty, other hormonal imbalances, or stress. 
  • To take care of oily skin, avoid over-washing you face. 
  • Cleansing twice a day is advisable. 
  • Use a gentle cleanser to prevent irritating your skin as abrasive scrubs can open the pores and further expose them to more pollutants in the environment.

2. Normal Skin

  • Normal skin has a good balance of moisture, small pores, and an even tone. 
  • This is the goal of most skin care regimens, and most people have this skin type. 
  • But in order to maintain it in good condition, you need to minimize its exposure to the sun and follow a proper skin care regimen.

3. Combination Skin

  • Combination skin can have dry or normal areas along with oily parts such as the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). 
  • This skin type can produce overly dilated pores, blackheads, and a shiny surface. 
  • Resolve these issues by using a gentle cleanser, applying a toner to repair skin, protecting it from sun damage, exfoliating to remove built-up skin cells, spot-treating, and using products loaded with antioxidants which help keep your skin clear and healthy.

     The key to having clear and healthy skin is to have a reliable skincare system. White Result White and Clear, the newest skincare treatment for normal to oily skin types, fights acne and excess oil production, corrects skin blemishes, inhibits melanin production, and keeps your skin fair and young looking! The White and Clear System includes the Facial Foam, Facial Toner, Moisturizer with Sunscreen, and Spot Corrector.
Ways on How to Take Care of Your Skin
White Result White and Clear Line
     Dermatologically tested, safe, and proven to clear acne and blemishes, each product is specifically formulated with Acne Buster, a multi-complex agent with 10 active ingredients that effectively fight acne and excess oil production; Papaya and Pea extract, which are effective whitening ingredients that inhibit melanin production; and Niacimide, a multifunctional B3 complex vitamin that helps reduce skin pigmentation and age spots as well as reviving and hydrating skin, leaving it supple and young-looking.

     Whether your skin type is oily, normal, or a combination of both, White Result White and Clear from Tupperware Brands will give you clear and blemish-free skin. Just remember to cleanse, tone, moisturize, and treat your body’s greatest feature, and we guarantee that you’ll look your best for your next glowing radiant moment!
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Look Good, Feel Good

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     You go through your days feeling low, feeling bad about yourself, lacking self-confidence, and all these negative feelings discourage you from taking care of yourself. You gain weight, you dress sloppily, you leave your hair unkempt. Or maybe you’ve let yourself go a bit. You’ve put on some pounds, your clothes have grown ragged, and the image you see in the mirror leaves you feeling down and steals your self-confidence.

     There's a reciprocal relationship between looking good and feeling good, or on the flipside, feeling bad and letting yourself go. It’s a negative cycle that, regardless of how it started for you, has the power to suck you farther and farther down until the prospect of ever again looking good and feeling good can seem a distant hope. 
Look Good, Feel Good
     We understand what it’s like because we’ve been there, too. We also understand how, little by little, anyone can instill positive habits until feeling good and looking again become realities. Read our tips below and put them into practice. You’ll be amazed at how fast things start looking up.

To start feeling good, try out the following:

1. Commit to becoming a lifelong student. Read books on subjects that interest you, watch educational programing on TV, and stay up to date on global news. Improving your mind will lead to a greater belief in your own abilities and allow you to engage in the important matters of the day.
Look Good, Feel Good
2. Help others. When we seek out opportunities to help those close to us or those in need in our communities, we stop thinking about ourselves and start using our innate gifts to be of service. Not only will you get bursts of feel-good when you experience what it means to make others’ lives better, but you begin to understand that meaning and life satisfaction do not come from outward appearances but from life lived in gracious community.
Look Good, Feel Good
3. Exercise. No, this isn’t about getting ripped biceps or a flat tummy. This is about putting to use a body that was designed for hunting and gathering. Physical inactivity can quickly lead to depression, but extended physical exercise releases a powerful cocktail of mood-improving neuro-transmitters in your brain. And yes, it will improve your physique, and there’s nothing wrong with that as long as you don’t live or die by the appearance of your body.This doesn’t have to take place in a gym, either. Go for a run or a long, vigorous walk. Ride your bike, play tennis with a friend, go rollerblading, practice yoga. Whatever physical activity brings you the most joy, that’s what you should do.
Look Good, Feel Good
To start looking good, try these out:

1. Use designer products. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to break the bank. However, occasionally spending a bit more for designer products, whether clothing or makeup or hair care products or various accessories, can lead to a more put together, polished self-presentation. This means taking the time to find clothing that fits your shape nicely, makeup that’s suited to your coloring and features, and going to a professional hairstylist who can help you determine the best look for you. This is not about competing with others, fitting in, or following trends. Rather, it’s about knowing you’ve taken the time to look your best and done so in a manner that feels comfortable. 
Look Good, Feel Good
2. Consider how you carry your body. We all know that our body language speaks to those around us. Often without even knowing, our sour facial expressions, slouched shoulders, crossed arms, and so on, communicate to others just how low, angry, and standoffish we might feel. What many don’t know, however, is that, due to our mind-body relationship, our body language speaks to our own hearts. Just as the body will follow the mind’s lead, the reverse is also true. If you’re feeling down, force yourself to smile and laugh, to stand tall, to make eye-contact, etc. Make these things habits and you will look only look better to yourself and to others, but you will feel better because you will train the posture of your heart to follow the posture of your body.
Look Good, Feel Good
     We all want to feel good. We all want to look good. What we don’t always realize is just how much those two things go hand in hand. Follow our suggestions above, and we think you’ll find that both aspects of your life start falling into a healthy, life-giving place.
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Birch Tree and DepEd's 'Me and My Milk' Campaign

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     Hi dearies! Last week, I was invited to a very timely campaign for the kids and kids at heart. Who here loves drinking milk? I forgot what age I stopped drinking milk. All I know, I got hooked on drinking chocolate powdered drink so I guess not drinking milk in my younger years is taking its toll on me now. I can feel that I have brittle bones and there are times that I complain of back pains because of bad posture. Milk is a nutritionally loaded food drink, being a good source of Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Protein, all essential in the proper growth and development of bones and teeth. That's why drinking milk should not stop after breast-feeding years or when a child turns five.

     I know there are parents, especially those in the low economic sector here in country who scrimps on buying this essential drink. A healthy mind and body are two of the best gifts you can give a child. Thus, New Birch Tree Fortified and the Department of Education with Marylindbert International partnered in an advocacy called “Me and My Milk” that encourages kids to drink milk at home and even in school. Scroll down dearies to know more about this program and I do hope from now on you'll encourage your child to drink milk everyday :)
Birch Tree and DepEd's 'Me and My Milk' Campaign
New Birch Tree Fortified brand ambassadors: Mutya Orquia and Richard Yap
     The partnership was formally launched on July 22, 2015 at Bulwagan ng Karunungan, Department of Education Complex in Pasig City with Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, Undersecretary Dina Ocampo, regional directors and other key officials of the Department and officials of Century Pacific Food Inc. and Marylindbert International.
Birch Tree and DepEd's 'Me and My Milk' Campaign
     "Starting a milk drinking habit as a child can lead to a lifetime of health benefits," said Edwin Africa, Vice President and General Manager of Snow Mountain Dairy Corp. "This partnership hopes to form milk drinking habit among children for a healthier and stronger future for them.” 

    Schools are venues where knowledge and values are taught and behavior formed. New Birch Tree Fortified partnered with the Department of Education and Marylindbert International to educate kids of the different benefits of milk and ultimately form a milk drinking habit. 
Birch Tree and DepEd's 'Me and My Milk' Campaign
Encouraging mothers to let their kids drink milk instead of sugary or caffeine-filled beverages will help ensure that these children grow up to be productive and responsible citizens," said Usec. Dina Ocampo of the Department of Education
     New Birch Tree Fortified will bring the campaign to different public schools in the Philippines to promote the milk-drinking habit. They will provide free educational materials to benefit educators, parents and students. Initially, the advocacy will be brought to the following regions: 

  • National Capital Region (NCR) 
  • Central Luzon (Region 3) 
  • CALABARZON (Region 4A) 
  • Ilocos Region (Region 1)

     This campaign is something that I'm going to support because I also want my son to be involved to make drinking 2 glasses of milk everyday a habit. I also encourage you to support this campaign of the New Birch Tree Fortified and Department of Education. I'm sure your kids will love New Birch Tree Fortified because:
Birch Tree and DepEd's 'Me and My Milk' CampaignNew Birch Tree Fortified brand ambassadors: Mutya Orquia and Richard Yap
  • It is a great tasting and affordable milk that helps moms continue the milk drinking habit of their kids at home. 
  • Drinking milk instead of sugary or caffeine-filled beverages will help ensure that these children grow to be productive because their healthy.
  • If they lessen the intake of sugary and caffeine-filled beverages, I'm sure that there will be less chances of developing diabetes in the future.

     New Birch Tree Fortified Milk is the only one with FibroBoost®, a unique combination of essential nutrients fortified with Zinc, Vitamin C and Iron further enhanced by Inulin Fiber. Inulin Fiber is proven to help the body absorb up to 18% more Calcium. So there you go dearies and mommies, make drinking 2 glasses of milk a habit. The early they start this habit, the better because starting young is key to a better and healthier future!
Birch Tree and DepEd's 'Me and My Milk' Campaign
New Birch Tree Fortified Milk is the only one with FibroBoost®, a unique combination of essential nutrients fortified with Zinc, Vitamin C and Iron further enhanced by Inulin Fiber
To know more about Birch Tree Milk and 'Me and My Milk' Program
visit http://www.deped.gov.ph/

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3 Reasons to Celebrate International Lipstick Day with Sm Beauty

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     Calling all lipstick and beauty lovers, hear ye hear ye! Let's all unite on July 29 and celebrate International Lipstick Day with SM Beauty! If you want to achieve that Angelina Jolie or Emma Watson pucker, troop to SM and find So Much options with the widest range of lipsticks in the market.

     This day will be a day of swatching, finding the shade of lipstick that will suit your skin tone and a whole lot more! On July 29, raid the shelves full of lipsticks and other lip care products. Steal you favorite brands on a 50% off the tag, oh yeah! Still not convinced? I'll give you reasons why you have to celebrate International Lipstick Day with Sm Beauty on July 29, scroll down pretty please?
3 Reasons to Celebrate International Lipstick Day with Sm Beauty
3 Reasons to Celebrate International Lipstick Day with Sm Beauty:

1. On this special day, the 29th, top brands like Shiseido, L’Oreal, Revlon, Maxfactor, NYX, Maybelline, Ever Bilena, BYS and others are offering lip makeup services and discounts up to 50%. 
3 Reasons to Celebrate International Lipstick Day with Sm Beauty
2. Other special promotions will run from July 23 to August 26. SM Makati shoppers can also get the latest trends in lip color from luxury brands like Dior, MAC, Clinique and Shu Uemura. 

3. Share your instagram-worthy photos with #SMLipfie, tag @SMBeautyPH and get a chance to win special prizes.
3 Reasons to Celebrate International Lipstick Day with Sm Beauty
     I'll see you there, okay?! Join the fun as SM Beauty take you to the journey of finding the best shade that fits your personality, mood or occasion. In order to make your puckers head turning, application of lip care and other lip must haves like lip balms and liners are essential as well as topping it off with a pretty gloss.
3 Reasons to Celebrate International Lipstick Day with Sm Beauty
    So ladies, mark your calendars on July 29 – mix, match and experiment all you want in SM Beauty playground and achieve that perfect pout you’ve always wanted. I'm sure that you'll go home with a bullet or two of your favorite lipsticks because the most affordable to the most luxurious brands, the boldest red to the subtlest nude lipstick color, So Much beauty is within your reach at SM.

    I repeat, don't forget to share your instagram-worthy photos with #SMLipfie, tag @SMBeautyPH and get a chance to win special prizes. 


For more updates on Sm Beauty and International Lipstick Day,
Follow them on Instagram: @SMBeautyPH

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My Beautiful Moments with Papalitz

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     "Nothing is permanent in this world but change".  I grew up with a bountiful life. I have parents who unconditionally give me what I wanted. New pair of shoes, bags, mobile phones, and large amounts of money but these material things are just temporal things that look beautiful 'outside'. I have few beautiful moments with my parents that I can say 'truly beautiful'. Moments that will leave special memories in my heart. 
My Beautiful Moments with Papalitz
My mom Opel and dad Lito. We fondly call him Papalitz
     Years have passed and my parents are aging. I’m so busy with my life and I forgot time is running out. That’s why I need to make beautiful moments now. These are little things in life like family bonding, running hospital errands for my dialysis patient father, and saying thank you to them every day. I think I’ve been making beautiful moments with my dad lately. I know it’s never too late to make beautiful moments with him. He’s getting weak because of kidney failure. There will be a time that we need to face the reality of other complications. He’s aging and it’s inevitable. But those beautiful moments will make him strong and will give him peace of mind. I don’t know until when the dialysis treatment can sustain his life but all I know now is I have been making beautiful moments with him from simple birthday celebrations that we always celebrate with my family, relatives, and friends. 
My Beautiful Moments with Papalitz
My father 3 years ago. He is 51 years old and looks like his true age. 
     Accompanying him during his dialysis treatment and spoon-feeding him even if he can eat on his own. Assisting him when he is walking in the streets. Holding his hands and guiding him every time his eye sight becomes blurry. These are the beautiful moments that I have with my father now. No expensive gifts and material things, just pure, plain simple happiness. These are the things that matters most now because time is of the essence so I need to spend it with him.
My Beautiful Moments with Papalitz
My father at 54. 3 years of battle with Chronic Kidney Disease. Look how this illness took away his physique, physical appearance, and all. This photo was taken last week during his dialysis treatment.
     I’m also taking into consideration on how to share with my father the things that will delay aging. My father is only 54 years old and by looking at his photos, he looks like a senior citizen. This is a reality that when one has a chronic disease and is in pain, his/her physical appearance will degenerate. As a beauty blogger, I know that collagen and hyaluronic acid supplements will help, lessen, and slow down the aging of the skin. I’ve read somewhere that there are supplements that can increase longevity. We’re not after smooth and beautiful skin but that will be a bonus. If taking other supplements that will give my father longer life, I’ll give it a shot. 

     Collagen drinks are said to be the secret for longevity and beauty of Japanese people, who are known for their smooth skin and youthful appearance. Collagen drinks are, in fact, very popular in China and South Korea.

      Premium HyC 150, developed by FINE Japan Co. Ltd., is now available in the Philippines. Premium HyC 150 is unique because it is the only supplement drink that has the optimal combination of active anti-aging ingredients such as:

  • hyaluronic acid
  • collagen
  • ubiquinol
     Premium HyC 150 has other benefits that go beyond skin care and a rejuvenated, more youthful look. To maximize the benefits of collagen, one important element, hyaluronic acid, has to be present. At least 50 percent of hyaluronic acid in our body can be found in our skin. Premium HyC 150 contains 150 mg of hyaluronic acid, the optimal dosage to replenish the body of this essential nutrient. Hyaluronic acid acts as space filler by binding to water and keeps the skin wrinkle-free. It lubricates joints, ligaments and connective tissues. It also hydrates surrounding tissue and keeps the collagen nourished and healthy.

     This drink is perfect for my parents and for me too! There are simple things that I've learned about my family and the beautiful moments I have with them. The material things that I have in life right now are not important, what matters most is that we are complete and my parents are still here with me. I'm happy that my life has changed from a spoiled brat to a more mature and responsible daughter for my father and my family.

     Premium HyC 150, exclusively distributed in the Philippines by BrightRAY Enterprises, is now available at Watsons stores. 

For information, visit www.HyC150.com
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