My Current Skincare Essentials

Beauty, Skin // 26 August 2014 // 11 Comments

my skin care essentialsThe very much awaited post on my current skincare essentials. I’m a no-fuss kind of girl, to be honest. I don’t use a lot of products and once I’ve found the ones that work for me, I stick with them!

St.Ives Apricot Scrub – I use this 2-3 times a week, keeps my pores clean and sloughs off any dead skin cells.

St. Ives Facial Moisturizer – This product claims to visibly reduce wrinkles and fine lines, although I can’t tell for sure if that’s even true. I like to use this because it’s generally soft on the skin and keeps my skin hydrated. I use it after I wash my face.

Spectraban Sun Block Cream – First introduced to me by a dermatologist I visited to get my skin checked. She recommended this because of its high SPF while being a good facial sunblock to wear underneath makeup. It’s quite pricey (Php 600), but worth the buy I believe!

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream – I use this for all my dry skin problems. As seasons change, I get various dry skin in areas like my legs, my elbows, my knees, etc. but my most problematic area would have to be my lips. I use this as a lip balm and it works great! I leave it on overnight. This product is also great as an illuminzer for the skin. Spread a tiny amount on the length of your shin to create the illusion of longer legs, dab a small amount on your cheeks to help catch the light to illuminate your face, etc! It’s a flexible product and truly great for moisturizing. Also quite pricey, but a little of this product goes a long way so it lasts you a long time!

Virgin Coconut Oil – This is just a miracle product over all. You can get it at any grocery store, and any brand will be fine, as long as it’s coconut oil. I mostly use this for my hair, but I also use it as an overall body moisturizer.

If you’ll notice I didn’t include my daily facial cleanser, this is because I still haven’t found The One that I want to stick with for a long time. I’m always on the look out. Although, if you want to know, I currently use Human Nature Hydrating Facial Wash but I’m not completely in love with it to actually buy it over and over again. I’m currently dealing with dry skin, so I’m still looking for a facial wash that doesn’t make my skin feel like the Sahara Desert every time I wash my face. If you’ve got suggestions, I’d be glad to hear them! :)

 

The Sunday Currently Vol.6

Currently, Personal // 24 August 2014 // 4 Comments
the sunday currently 6

R E A D I N G Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, so good so far, really gets me thinking and feeling conflicting emotions towards the main characters.
W R I T I N G blog work notes, ideas, journals, blog posts. The usual.
L I S T E N I N G random spotify playlists
T H I N K I N G about future job interviews, going for a swim, a possible beach trip this weekend.
S M E L L I N G GlamGlow face mask on my face. The little things I do to pamper myself makes me feel all fuzzy sometimes!
W I S H I N G paychecks arrive so I can pay dem billz, please!
H O P I N G  that things go according to plan, because I’m so ready for a new adventure.
W E A R I N G white shirt and undies. I’m at home, so I dont feel the need to wear shorts if I’m alone. Haha
L O V I  N G TinyTea teatox, GlamGlow face mask, my Zenfone 5, eatings tons of food lately.
W A N T I N G to hit the supermarket to do my groceries.
N E E D I N G to start exercising. again.
F E E L I N G relaxed, yet a little anxious for the next few days/weeks.
C L I C K I N G Facebook newsfeed. I hardly use Facebook but sometimes the Newsfeed can be addicting to scroll through and click all those annoying “You’ll never guess why!” articles.

A small note to those who do The Sunday Currently posts but do not credit the original owner, have a little respect. It’s not illegal, but as a blogger, you should KNOW HOW TO GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. I see so many blogs who follow me using The Sunday Currently as a weekly post (Im assuming you first saw the post from me, but I link back every time I use it) but don’t credit the original owner. It’s not proper. So, please. Have a little decency and credit the proper people. Thanks.

Join the Sunday Currently blog link-up now! 

Wink Laser Studio Review

Beauty, Skin // 20 August 2014 // 7 Comments

wink laser experienceWink* Laser Studio is all about your skin, skin, skin — keeping it smooth and clean! Waxing, laser treatments and spot treatments all in one place with a welcoming vibe, neat-freak nurse therapists and their careful care for your skin makes Wink your best bet for anything and everything skin related!

I was invited by Wink to try out their Underarm Laser Treatment, and although I already had another place where I was getting IPL done, I wasn’t entirely satisfied with their services — but we’ll get to that later. I went to their newest branch in Alabang Town Center, the studio is located at the Commerce Mall area (you know, the fancy area of Town, where Lush and Beauty Bar is located — if you’re coming from Fully Booked side, it’s on the right side end, same area as Alterations Express and 158 Designers Blvd. I’m letting you know now cause I ended up getting confused and lost — but Im generally bad at directions, so.) Continue Reading…

For The Love of Vintage: Triplets Getting A Haircut (1956)

50's, For the love of vintage // 19 August 2014 // 13 Comments

Photographer Nina Leen perfectly captured these set of photos of triplets getting a haircut back in the 1950′s. I stumbled across these photos on the web, and was instantly so in love with them I just had to share them with you. I’ve always had an affinity towards anything vintage. I listen to music from era’s 40′s-80′s (Dad finds me extra cool because of this), watching period films, collecting old items (old records, a typewriter, hand me downs from my grandmother, a vintage travel bag, etc) — So if you’ve known me for a while, it wouldn’t come as a surprise that these photos by Nina Leen has captured my attention. (Girls Haircut by Nina Leen can be found in the Life photo archive)
d02babdd43bc7d9c_large Continue Reading…

The Happy List: Vol.20

The Happy List // 18 August 2014 // 11 Comments

20140818-144351-53031367.jpg

  1. My supportive boyfriend who has driven me to all my job interviews this month alone
  2. Mom & Michael guiding me and giving me advice — helping me get through my on going Im-An-Adult-But-I’m-Running-Around-Like-A-Headless-Chicken-In-The-Real-World phase.
  3. Brands I love who love me back (You guys are the best)
  4. Ella Fitzgerald never lets me down
  5. Mechanical pencils, pastel post-its and my trusty clipboard
  6. Getting myself back into a regular reading habit with Gone Girl
  7. Supportive blog readers + blog comments (bear with me! I’m trying to reply as much as I can!)
  8. Peanutbutter, forever.
  9. A lucky streak of great dining experiences
  10. Finding the passion, once again
  11. Unexpected exposure
  12. Diary writing + having a good cry
  13. Being alone but not lonely
  14. Greek food, opa!
  15. Knowing that I can follow my heart, and that’s what matters in the end

 

Watsons: Bath To Basics + A Giveaway

Sponsored // 18 August 2014 // 37 Comments

One of the most important things we learn in life is the importance of personal hygiene. Growing up in a tropical country, showers were limited to at last twice a day — sometimes thrice in the summer time with the blistering heat of the sun at almost 40 degrees Celsius! But taking showers or baths isn’t all about cooling down and washing away the dirty and sweat accumulated throughout the day, it’s a matter of personal health as well. Showering regularly prevents illnesses, and if you’re clean and look good, you feel good, too. In most cultures, poor personal hygiene is considered offensive. Good hygiene and caring for your body regularly will improve your physical appearance, and subsequently will improve others perception of you, and is also helpful in improving your own self-image.

Watsons Philippines has launched the Bath To Basics campaign – why Bath To Basics? It’s a play on words; Watsons basically aims to educate people about the importance of maintaining their bathing habits to achieve better health and skin using the basic products we should have in our bathrooms. It’s also a chance for people to learn about the different body care products that can complete ones bath regimen – from the typical bar of soap to body wash, body scrubs, bath salts, and more. Watsons believe that an indulging bathroom ritual every morning goes a long way. We need to make it a habit to pamper our body and make our bathroom a sanctuary — because this is a space that is personal, private and where all worries are checked at the door.

A few weeks ago I, along with a few other beauty/lifestyle bloggers, was invited to attend the launching of Watson’s Bath To Basics event at Ki Neo Spa at BGC. We were greeted with some hors d’oeuvres, free flowing tea, and a quick talk by Olen Lim about the importance of a bath regimen.
Photo Jul 10, 4 58 42 PM

The key points I remember most from the talk which I believe would be very useful to you:

  1. Keep your bathroom space organized based on which products you use by order, this way your regimen can be done completely so you don’t forget any crucial step
  2. Always wash your face at the end of the day – get rid of any traces of makeup with makeup remover, use toner and moisturize.
  3. Toner can also be used to clean your underarms of bacteria
  4. Always bathe in warm water, never hot. Hot water causes skin dryness.
  5. Cold water for showers is ideal because it gets your blood flowing and closes pores
  6. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Make moisturizer your best friend, because it is the only product that can help your skin stay young and look young as we age.

Bath To Basics products (left), Bath Scrub choices for my body scrub (right)
We were asked to choose between Watson’s body scrub products, I chose the Watsons Milk & Salt Scrub Carrot Extract (reveals your skin’s natural radiance)

In the massage room with beauty blogger Kat, waiting for our body scrub to start (left)

The body scrub begins from your legs, going up to your back, and then they do the front of your legs, your arms, neck and shoulders.  At first the salt scrub hurts your skin because it’s rough and being rubbed in. Make sure that you make it a point to tell the masseuse the truth if you want less pressure or more when she asks. Overall, the experience was quite nice. It lasted about an hour, and afterwards there is a shower in the room where you can wash off and clean up. My skin felt nice and smooth for days afterward, but I made it to a point to not use my loofah in the shower for a whole week, just to let my skin heal a bit after that scrub. Over scrubbing in general is bad for the skin, so an hour of the body scrub is enough for a week and a half or so.

After the body scrub, our next order of business was doing a shopping challenge worth P1000. The objective was to buy as much Watsons Bath To Basics products as we can, and whoever wins the challenge will win a gift certificate to Ki Neo Spa. Honestly, I was just interested in shopping for Bath To Basics products because my bathroom basically consisted of just the essential shampoo, conditioner and body soap! I wanted the whole nine yards, and tried to complete my bath regimen products from bath soap, to bath gels, to hand soap, to big bottles of conditioner, mild body scrubs, etc! I was able to bag 9 products in total, so I’m not entirely sure if I would even win – but I was able to take home Bath To Basics products, so really, who’s the real winner here? Haha

Watsons Philippines’ last leg of the Bath to Basics campaign will be held in SM Manila, from August 14 to 19. This is your last chance to enjoy amazing deals and freebies from participating brands such as Dove, A Bonne’, Nivea, Gluta-C, Moringa-O2, Asian Secrets, Erase and Jao Ming, Yoko, Cosmo Skin, Cetaphil and GlutaMAX; and indulge in free hand massage service, courtesy of Nail Milan!

So what are you waiting for? Head to the Bath to Basics activation booth in SM Manila from August 14 to 19 and get pampering!

 

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

  1. All you have to do is guess the price of the Watson’s product above (leave a comment down below with your name, email, social media accounts where I can contact you!)
  2. 2 WINNERS shall be chosen to get a BDT Pampering Kit
  3. Open to Metro Manila residents only
  4. Contest runs until August 31!

 

Like Watsons on Facebook
Follow & stay updated with Watsons on Twitter