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Watsons' Most Loved are the Products YOU Picked

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

     Watsons is back with its Most Loved products for the second year. These are the items that Watsons has recognized as the top brands shoppers picked & recommended from their counters and shelves. With over 800 physical stores nationwide and a mobile app, Watsons is available to many Filipinos anytime, anywhere, who was very definite about their health, beauty and wellness find.

     The Most Loved line-up includes Best of Health & Beauty, People's Choice, and New Favorites. While we're used to shopping at Watsons, only to be overwhelmed by the number of choices (all of them good), take a look at the best brands this year.

Watsons' Most Loved are the Products YOU Picked

Feature: Vaseline Daily Tone Up Sun Cream SPF40

Monday, June 21, 2021

     One of the downsides of living in a tropical country is the humidity. In the Philippines, being under the sun is something we experience regardless of the season.  However, the summer months bring on harsher heat and dry weather that even indirect sunlight can cause sunburn and skin damage. That's why when I became meticulous in my skincare regimen years ago, I make sure that I have different sunscreens in my stash. Sunscreen is life for me. 

     That's why here in our country, where we certainly experience the scorching heat of the sun even if it's rainy season, we're always on the lookout for a sunscreen that not only protects our skin from this but is also lightweight, so we can avoid the sticky, uncomfortable feeling, especially in humidity. Whether we’re out by the beach, getting Vitamin D during a workout, or even indoors by a window, sunscreen is a skincare must-have all year round. Vaseline, a skincare brand known for its healing properties, has launched its first-ever sun care product, Vaseline Daily Sun Care to keep your skin protected and hydrated from within. More information about the product after the jump.

Feature: Vaseline Daily Tone Up Sun Cream SPF40

Say Goodbye to Dry Lips with Mentholatum LipCare

Saturday, June 19, 2021

     Our lips are always exposed to the elements and come in contact with food, substances in the air and so much more. They're also prone to dryness and chapping because they lack oil glands.

     The best way to treat dry lips is to hydrate and nourish them with a good lip balm. Kiss dry and chapped lips goodbye with Mentholatum LipCare products. Apply it before you put on your lipstick or after you've applied all your skincare products. Your lips deserve the same TLC as your skin. More information about these lip balms below.

Mentholatum Therapy Lip Balm and Mentholatum Therapy Lip Gel 
  • Not only repair and protect chapped lips with camphor for effective healing against dryness and windburn. 
  • They also provide comfort from the soreness and burning caused by exposure to the sun, wind, and harsh weather. 
  • Both have SPF 15 UV Protection and menthol that provides a cooling and refreshing feel to lips.

Say Goodbye to Dry Lips with Mentholatum LipCare
Mentholatum Therapy Lip Balm and Mentholatum Therapy Lip Gel

    Get Brighter Skin with Hada Labo Premium Whitening Range

    Friday, May 21, 2021

         Hydrated healthy skin responds better and faster to beauty products and treatments and no one does hydration better than Hada Labo, the No. 1 facial lotion in Japan for 13 consecutive years. Hada Labo was not available in the Philippines before 2019. Skincare enthusiasts had to buy their favorite Hada Labo products in Japan or ask someone to get it for them there.

         Since Hada Labo's Philippine launch in 2019, skin-conscious Filipinos have relied on the hydrating powers of the brand's products to give them the soft, hydrated and bouncy skin of their dreams. Finally, Hada Labo brings a second skincare collection to the country. Hada Labo Premium Whitening Range harnesses the Hydrating power of Hada Labo and combines it with a Brightening effect for visibly brighter and bouncier skin with a youthful glow.

    Get Brighter Skin with Hada Labo Premium Whitening Range 

    Protect Your Skin from Harmful UV Rays with Sunplay Skin Aqua Sunscreen

    Saturday, May 15, 2021

         We've been making time for everything from mani-pedis to at-home workouts all in the name of self-care but taking extra time to focus on our skin should be our No. 1 priority. This time, the beauty buzzword is "protect." 

         Now that we are all staying indoors, protect your skin from UV light exposure and the sun with Sunplay Skin Aqua Sunscreens, a Japanese brand with cult beauty status.

    Protect Your Skin from Harmful UV Rays with Sunplay Skin Aqua Sunscreen

    Teen Actress Arabella Del Rosario Is the New Face of Orabella

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

         Just recently, the beauty brand is known for its affordable and quality skincare line Orabella Philippines welcomed teen actress Arabella del Rosario as its new brand ambassador. Anne Acuña, Marketing Manager of Orabella Direct Selling Inc. said “As an up-and-coming brand, we wanted an endorser who is passionate and promising. We see that in Arabella, and we warmly welcome her into the Orabella family,’ 

         Who is Arabella? She was introduced as Orabella’s latest endorser during a virtual press conference attended by members of the media and the blogging community last month. Sharing a short feature of Arabella Del Rosario and Orabella Philippines below :)

    Teen Actress Arabella Del Rosario Is the New Face of Orabella

    Kojie.san Facial Care Line

    Friday, April 09, 2021

         How do you take care of your skin? Facial care is an important part of skincare and knowing the right products will help you achieve the skin that you want. We all know that beauty is subjective and it is you who will decide what products will best suit your skin type.

         I don’t have flawless skin, I have uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, discoloration, Hori’s Nevus, and melasma that’s why I consider using products to lighten or remove those imperfections. Command beauty as Kojie.san celebrates the power to make a choice with the launch of their complete facial care line. This line of facial cleansers, toners, and creams come in different formats and cleansing actions to give you the freedom to command how you choose to wear and care for your skin. Know this promising line of skincare products after the jump!

    Kojie.san Facial Cleansers

    Feature: Imagic Cosmetics PH

    Friday, March 26, 2021

         Heads up makeup junkies, I got some new babies to play with courtesy of Imagic Cosmetics PH. These makeup products are promising because they’re high quality at practical prices. If you are a beginner and building your makeup arsenal, this brand is for you! I'm not a PRO when it comes to makeup as I still can't get a hang of eyeshadow application but they sent these professional basics like the Flash Palettes, High-Definition Primer, Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, and Lip Kohl. 

         Upon research, All IMAGIC products are safe and cruelty-free! They import cruelty-free raw materials from abroad. The brand refuses to test on animals too, yay! Today, animal testing is no longer needed as they have better methods to determine if a product is dangerous for humans. According to the website, their labs will also continue to experiment with innovation, striving to create natural makeup products. This is good news to those who are supporting socially responsible cosmetics and vegan makeup aficionados. Sharing a short feature of the products they sent and why you should try them now :)

    Imagic PROfessional Cosmetics

    Get Hada Labo Products at 10% off on Lazada Birthday Sale

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021

         Asian beauty product lovers will agree that the Hada Labo Gokujyun Hydrating Lotion (30ml/Php 195.00 and 170ml/Php 685.00) deserves its status as the No. 1 facial lotion in Japan for 13 consecutive years.

         With four kinds of Hyaluronic Acid, this lotion is a thin, ultra-lightweight liquid that sinks into your skin to deeply moisturize, leaving it plump and dewy, the Japanese beauty ideal known as "mochi skin." Hada Labo Hydrating lotion, face wash, and moisturizer are formulated without any unnecessary alcohol, mineral oil, colorants, and fragrance making it perfect for all skin types, even for the most sensitive!


    Feature: Mamala Thailand

    Tuesday, March 02, 2021

         Filipinos are always curious- we love to try different things that we see on social media, that we hear from our friends, that we read from magazines, or even gave in when a relative or family member recommends something. We have the power to make something a trend especially in food, beauty, and fashion. Once that thing or that brand has reached the mainstream, it may go viral and becomes a crowd favorite.

         For almost a decade of lurking in different online platforms,  I've seen trends in the beauty industry come and go. If my memory serves me right, Japanese brands became famous for their oral beauty supplements then Koreans are known for their meticulous nth step skincare routine (until now), and Thais are giving the best of both worlds when it comes to inner and outer skincare game. Fast forward today, get to know one of the Thai brands that I discovered last year through my cousin- Mamala Thailand. The brand sent their best-selling products namely Mamala M Intense Intimate Cleanser, Mamala White Body Soap, and Mamala 9M.E.D Elixir Deo Cream. Sharing a short feature about these promising personal care products after the jump.

    Feature: Mamala Thailand

    Herbalife Nutrition Vitamin Mask

    Sunday, February 21, 2021

         Premier global nutrition company, Herbalife Nutrition, unveiled its new Vitamin Mask series in the Philippines last February 09, 2021, through the first-ever Herbalife Nutrition Virtual Spa Experience with Laura Garbato, Director of Worldwide Education and Training and Chairwoman of the Outer Nutrition Advisory Board. She shared her dermatological expertise with us via a discussion on Herbalife Nutrition Skin Care Fundamentals. 

          As a member of Herbalife Philippines for over a year now, I was delighted to know that our company is also on a mission on making the largest part of our body- the skin, healthy and beautiful.  As a new addition to the Company’s outer nutrition range of products, the Herbalife Nutrition Vitamin Mask series was also introduced to us. Sharing more information about these vitamin masks after the jump!

    Herbalife Nutrition Vitamin Mask

    Product Review: Mise en Scene Hello Bubble Foam Color x Black Pink Ash Khaki Brown (7K) and Primer (Pre-Color)

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021

         Hello dearies! If you're a long-time follower of this blog, I'm sure you've seen me sport different hair colors in the past years. Some were colored in salons while most were done at home. I'm a fan of bubble hair color since time immemorial. I've tried around four brands in the past and only one became my default DIY bubble color hair dye brand.

         Fast forward today, I stumbled upon another brand that I consider a new HG (Holy Grail) after using it last December. Fun fact: I bought that brand around August 2020 but decided to use it only last month because I was too lazy to freshen the color of my hair since I'm just always at home. I suddenly realized that my birthday will be less than a month and that made me decide to color my hair so it will look good in the photos. So without further ado, here's my review of Mise en Scene Hello Bubble Foam Color x Black Pink that I bought from Oh My Dy in Shopee for P450 per box. 

    Product Review: Mise en Scene Hello Bubble Foam Color x Black Ash Khaki Brown (7K) and Pink Primer (Pre-Color) 

    Feature: modest. Skincare Line

    Thursday, January 07, 2021

         Hello dearies! Remember my skincare post last year where a big cystic pimple left a dark mark on my chin? If yes, prolly you already know that modest.skincare was the answer to why that nasty dark spot on my chin got lighter. I used modest.skincare Cocktail (A multi-vitamin serum with Hyaluronic Acid) and Alpha Arbutin + B3 (Alpha Arbutin and Vitamin B3-Niacinamide) religiously at night for a month and voila, the mark is barely visible up to now.

         I'm excited to share that aside from the two serums that I've tried and tested last year, I still have four remaining variants on my stash from the brand. modest.skincare's tag line "We do not exaggerate. We do not boast. Modest = Humbly effective formulation" stays true and committed to this promise because they offer high quality and effective skincare technologies at their most simple and humble form. Know more about the brand and the four variants that are formulated to mix and match your skincare routine.

    modest. Skincare Line

    Product Review: FOREO BEAR

    Saturday, December 12, 2020

        Aging is inevitable and the signs that it’s already taking place include fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. The latter is one of the problems that’s hard to address. That's why I was so giddy when I found out that there’s a revolutionary device that workouts the face at the comfort of your home. ⁣⁣ Can I say that this generation is so lucky because smart devices are already at their fingertips? This is one of the devices that I will highly recommend because it effectively tightens and firms the skin with regular use.

         Say hello to my revolutionary facial fitness at home- BEAR by Foreo. I’ve been using this baby for exactly a month now and amazed at how it works. It only takes 3-minutes to achieve toned and glowing-looking skin at the comfort of home. ⁣⁣Sharing my in-depth review of this smart device after the jump.

    Product Review: FOREO BEAR

    Feature: Kojiesan Zero Pigment Light

    Friday, November 20, 2020

         It's a no brainer that when someone asks about an effective kojic soap brand here in the county, the automatic answer is Kojiesan. Kojiesan may be the country’s number one kojic acid soap, but that doesn’t mean that it’s done changing the beauty landscape. The brand is always evolving and seeking for ways to help women Command Beauty by offering high-quality products that give you the power to decide how you want to look. 

         Heads up, skincare junkies! Kojiesan recently launched their kojic acid innovation called Zero Pigment Light that lets you go “all the way light” and achieve an even complexion. This new skin lightening innovation is a powerful mode of action that takes the amazing lightening benefits of kojic acid up a notch by zeroing in on your dark spots, age spots, scars, melasma, and hyperpigmentation for a lighter even skin tone. I made a review of their first product line here: Kojiesan Lightening Range and surprised to see that it's already nearing 100,000 views. This only means that Filipinas are still considering the brand in the whitening department. So without further ado, get to know more and experience this new and improved kojic acid with Kojiesan’s dermatologically tested and paraben-free line of soaps Kojiesan Skin Lightening Classic Soap and Kojiesan Skin Lightening HydroMoist Soap, and new body wash variant Kojiesan Skin Lightening Body Wash with HydroMoist. 

    Feature: Kojiesan Zero Pigment Light R
    Kojiesan Zero Pigment Light Skin Lightening Classic Soap, Kojiesan Zero Pigment Light Skin Lightening HydroMoist Soap, Kojiesan Zero Pigment Light Skin Lightening Body Wash with Hydromoist, Kojiesan Zero Pigment Light Skin Lightening Body Lotion with Hydromoist, Kojiesan Zero Pigment Light Skin Lightening Beauty Wipes

    Product Review: FOREO UFO

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020

         Skincare trends always come and go and in the past years, I've seen a lot of those here and abroad. If you are a certified skincare junkie, I bet that you've seen the evolution- from the basic wash, tone, and moisturize up to the meticulous Korean nth step routine. Even the formulas have leveled up to cater to almost all skin problems and needs. There are devices too and these are labeled as the skincare of the future. Prolly you've tried using or adding a weekly face mask into your skincare routine and have noticed that it gives an added boost to the effectiveness of your skincare products. 

         But not all face masks are created equal because I've recently discovered how to do the utmost self-care using a device that's been the talk of the town- say hello to my revolutionary luxury spa at home- UFO by Foreo Sweden. I’ve been using this baby for weeks now and amazed at how it works. It only takes 90-seconds to achieve a spa-like facial and flawless, glowing-looking skin at the comfort of home. ⁣⁣Sharing my in-depth review of this smart device after the jump.

    Product Review: UFO by FOREO 

    How to Get Rid of Pimples while Boosting Immune System

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

         Let's admit that in almost 7 months of quarantine, our lifestyle has changed dramatically. We are all stressed and we cannot deny the fact that it affected us in so many ways. One aspect of our lives that we have given utmost importance is health. We all suddenly became health buffs and fitness enthusiasts because having a strong immune system these days is non-negotiable. But we must also give importance to another aspect that's affecting us mentally- stress! 

         The pandemic has instilled fear among us and whether we like it or not, we are always overthinking. This habit has contributed to our sleepless nights and hormonal imbalance that's why some of us are experiencing breakouts here and there. Another cause of nasty zits popping in our cheeks and jaw area is the use of a face mask. We are obliged to wear a face mask in public and the material or cloth used in face masks irritates our skin. Fret not because there are effective pimple treatments in the market today and I'm excited to present the first over-the-counter drug that is a clinically-tested and FDA-approved anti-acne and pimple treatment solution in the Philippines- Lactezin. Know more about this after the jump! 

    How to Get Rid of Pimples while Boosting Immune System

    Tips on Looking Beautiful Within Minutes

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

         The girl gang is aware of the hard work of getting ready, particularly when you've slept in through the alarm, you simply want to make some espresso and get out of the house! Picturing it fills you with a feeling of terror: straightening or making your hair, applying primer, base, bronzer, blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, lipstick, highlighter, scent, and taking the ideal outfit to finish the entire look; the rundown of things that numerous ladies have to do appears endless! 

         In any case, there is an approach to looking beautiful and prepared to handle the entirety of life's difficulties without relinquishing huge amounts of time from your bustling morning. Mentioned below are some hints that will assist you with looking amazing within minutes!

    Tips on Looking Beautiful Within Minutes
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    How Long Do Skincare Product Last? Knowing When Enough is Enough

    Thursday, October 08, 2020

         People say that if you’re going to spend money on one product, make it skincare. Makes sense, right? Your skin is delicate and deserves the best treatment. Which is why you always have to be extra careful about replacing and maintaining your skincare. You wouldn’t eat something that had been in the fridge since last June, so why would you ever use that night cream from way in the back of the medicine cabinet that you don’t remember buying?

         Luckily, keeping track of your products is pretty straightforward. While it may break your heart to get rid of a product before you’ve used it all, your skin will thank you. Expired skincare products can lead to some pretty awful breakouts and skin irritations, and you’ll wind up spending more money on more products to fix it.

    Expiration Dates

         The expiration dates on products tell you how long that product will last until it is no longer safe to use. While the FDA doesn’t require cosmetic to include expiration dates, most companies label their products with a Period After Opening date. Generally, the shelf life is denoted by a number followed by a capital M, which tells you how many months the product is good for once you open it.

    How Long Do Skincare Product Last? Knowing When Enough is Enough
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         In order for this to be useful, keep track of when you open new products. Mark it on the lid or even in a calendar for the organizationally inclined. If there is no PAO number, you can also go by the “best by” date. 

         If that all sounds like way too much data tracking for you, there are some general timelines to follow for different products. And remember, when in doubt, throw it out. If it looks clumpy, oily, dry, discolored, or smells a little strange, don’t take the chance. Just get rid of it.
    • Acne products: 4-6 months
    • Cleansers: 12 months
    • Moisturizer: 6-12 months
    • Eye cream: 6-12 months
    • Face oil: 12 months
    • Sunscreen: 1-2 years

    What makes skincare go bad?

         Skincare products are liable to go bad for a number of reasons, most of which revolve around the fact that they’re in constant use. Here are just a few of the things that shorten the shelf life of your skincare products:
    • Dipping your fingers in the product
    • Preservatives breaking down
    • Applicators exposed and reused
    • Water and oil in emulsions separate
    • Exposure to sunlight and moisture

         So there are quite a few things that can affect the quality and performance of your skincare, which is why it’s so important to use only the good stuff. I’ll say it again: when in doubt, throw it out!

    How Long Do Skincare Product Last? Knowing When Enough is Enough
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    Ingredients

         Looking at what’s on the ingredients label is just as important as what’s on the expiration date when determining the longevity of your skincare. While natural based products are better for your skin, they have the shortest shelf life. They lack the preservatives often used in cosmetics and other skincare. This is great for sensitive skin, but it also means the products aren’t as longlasting. 

         As you can see, the world is not always kind to your skincare, so you have to watch and make sure your skincare can still be kind to you.

    Hair Color Transformation Balayage Ombre Ash Blonde

    Thursday, August 27, 2020

         Hello dearies! Sharing a short hair color transformation blog and vlog from last year's visit to one of David's Salon branches- David's for Rever at SM Novaliches. I've been coloring my hair for more than 10 years now and the shades I always choose falls on brown, blonde, and gray color charts.

         I've also tried different hair color techniques in the past like highlights, balayage, and ombre with minimal bleaching. I have a thin, limp, and long chemically abused hair that's why whenever I change my hair color, I achieve the shade or the closest shade easily. This brassy to classy hair color was achieved through Affinage 9.1 Very Light Ash Blonde but prior to using this brand, I've bleached half part of my hair months ago thus getting a real ash ombre. Sharing photos and the link to my vlog after the jump :)

    Hair Color Transformation Balayage Ombre Ash Blonde

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