Monday, February 23, 2015

The Best Facial Exfoliator

Nu-uh-uh, I'm not talking about those seed scrubs which I find is a bit painful for me and did not help with the pesky zits. I haven't even tried those high-tech brush gadgets too but I'm pretty happy with this find.

There's actually two of them that I call the best (just my opinion of course,) because it gets the job done and is real el cheapo.

Number 1- is the lady shaver. It's a small straight blade. The T-kind is also being used by some people. I got this very affordable Tinkle at Php 10, but you can purchase whatever brand it is you prefer.

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Choose one with a good quality blade. There are ones that rust quickly.  The challenge, once you have found one you like and if will be used as steady supply, is to know in which store an exact same brand is being sold cheaper. 

When I asked my cousin when she had just arrived from her vacation in Japan what beauty secret of theirs she had discovered, she told me about this. Of course, I thought it was surprising so I did a little research and boy, was this true.  It had even been compared to a more expensive anti-aging derma procedure, dermaplaning.

I do this twice a week. I just put shaving foam all over my face and shave carefully, avoiding the eye and lip area. I saw a video where the eyelid is also being shaved but I am too scared to do that. Maybe you can use moisturizer or cold cream or whatevs if you don't like shaving cream. Other options are just doing it on dry (not wet), clean skin.

I did not have any active acne when I first tried it and I feel like it has kept my skin clear. Now I have stopped doing this and I am having pimples again.

I admire Japanese beauty for their porcelain skin and delicate features and well you can try if this will work for you too but if you have sensitive skin, do a patch test first. I only do this to remove the dead skin cells and make the skin smoother.

If you have facial hair, fact is, shaving does not make the hair thicker, but it makes the tip blunt, And if you insist that shaving really makes hair grow darker and faster, well just shave it frequently. Razors are readily available anyway.

Number 2- is this rubber scrub. I was doing this before I found out about facial shaving.

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Every other day, I would use it to massage in the lather or the foam of the facial wash all over my face. I feel like it helps the cleanser go deeper and is gentle.

I got this for free when I bought a moisturizer. It is a bit hard to find here but I saw one in a kiosk selling organic stuff inside a mall. It is about Php 50.

Thank you for reading. I would love to hear your thoughts about the best facial exfoliator for you :)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Nivea Men #DISKARTE Fun Event

I saw in Nivea's Facebook page that they will be having some activities at the Trinoma Activity Center with "freebies & prizes only if you have #diskarte". I got curious and thought it will be fun so off I went (and we need to also buy a refrigerator that day).

It was an all day event yesterday, February 6, 2015 to "test your diskarte." But what is diskarte?

Nivea Men says #DISKARTE is the ability to withstand the challenges and glitches of life and still emerge triumphantly.
It is the manner of handling and making the best out of a situation in a smooth and confident way.

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There was a program earlier (around noon time), and another entertainment show on 6:00 PM. Celebrities were in attendance.

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Comedian and SPIT Manila founder Mr. Gabe Mercado is flanked by yours truly and my partner

Folks just need to register at the entrance and then they will get stamped and they can enjoy everything Nivea has prepared for them.

There's the Refresh Zone where one can wash his face and try their various products. (Yes, the faucet really has water it is not just a display.)

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Then I think this is what we enjoyed the most... GAMES with PRIZES!!!

Wii.. play basketball or dance dance! I wanted to but my partner was kinda shy because the most number of people are watching in this particular area.

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In this table, one can play stack the cards or another game- I think it's shoot the ping pong ball in a cup. I lost the challenge (ran out of time when there was just 3 cards sayang).  But you know what, I'm still happy because it was exciting, felt the adrenaline rush, though my hands were shaking because of the pressure.

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Then there is magnetic dart game. Magnetic because there is no sharp point, just a roundish flat metal tip. I didn't hit the bull's eye even though I tried to like 9 times. But it was very near. Just a cm near. Ah, I suck at games.

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Then there is the table soccer game.

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But the best part is when you buy at least Php 300 worth of products, you get a FREE t-shirt (choose a HIS or HERS) and a chance to win a trip to Boracay for two. They said they will be announcing the 3 winners (in case he/she is not around, they will call) later in the evening.

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So when you win a game you get this gift pack. My companion has full sized products inside- Anti-Acne Oil Control Facial Foam and Invisible for Black & White Anti-Perspirant. My consolation prize is a sachet of Oil Control Cooling Volcanic Mud Foam Multi Effect 8 (I have a female's version of the Deep Cleansing Mud Foam). We also bought products- Originals Moisturising Shaving Foam to replace the near empty green Nivea shaving cream that we are using, and Whitening Cleanser & Scrub 10x Whitening Effect. Just trying our luck if we win a trip to one of the Philippines' most popular, world class, white sand beach.

Anti-Acne Oil Control Facial Foam and Invisible for Black & White Anti-Perspirant. Oil Control Cooling Volcanic Mud Foam Multi Effect 8.  Originals Moisturising Shaving Foam  and Whitening Cleanser & Scrub 10x Whitening Effect

Nivea is generous. Thank you for the skin care and grooming products! My husband is a straight male, but honestly, he still wants to have fairer skin so we don't appear ebony and ivory! You know how most people in this part of the world are obsessed with white skin!

Nivea Men Extra Whitening Moisturiser Pore Minimiser 10x, 48h INVISIBLE anti-perspirant spray, Body Lotion Whitening Cell Repair & Protect 10x, Anti-Acne Brightening Mud Serum Foam, Active Care Lip Balm with Pro Vitamin B5 SPF 15.

Nivea Men Extra Whitening Moisturiser Pore Minimiser 10x, 48h INVISIBLE anti-perspirant spray, Body Lotion Whitening Cell Repair & Protect 10x (I'm using the female's variant of this), Anti-Acne Brightening Mud Serum Foam, Active Care Lip Balm with Pro Vitamin B5 SPF 15. (I have also bought before their female version of the blue essential lip balm- L-O-V-E it! and the fruity shine.)

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Nivea Men #DISKARTE It Starts with you!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

UNIQLO 2014 Fall-Winter Collection

UNIQLO, the global fashion giant from Japan, unveiled their stylish and functional fall-winter collection at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall.

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Fast Retailing Philippines, Inc. COO Katsumi Kubota shares, "our design principle is called 'Lifewear' because our project equips wearers for whatever life offers, so they can conquer every day in style." More than looking good, UNIQLO creates clothing that provides exceptional comfort, great quality, functionality, and value for money.

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Take a look at all their amazing fashionable pieces-

Travel, Play and Work with UNIQLO

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Travel- Ultra Light Down, Heattech (enjoy cozy comfort with revolutionary Heattech technology for thermal wear without the bulk), Fleece (uses mineral-infused heat storage thread)

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Play- Denim, UT Sweaters, Flannel

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Work- Ines De la Fressange, Smart Style Pants, Extra Fine Merino

Delivering Authentic Denim Quality and Comfort- UNIQLO works with Kaihara Co. Ltd.- the world's best denim manufacturer

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Ultra Light Down can be folded conveniently into tiny, portable pouches for easy packing

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UNIQLO Extra Fine Merino Knits are made of high quality, soft merino wool with special anti-pilling technology

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Between October 2014 to early 2015, you might have noticed some of these 8 new UNIQLO stores (they manage 16 outlets before these newly launched ones.) Which one's near you? :)
Rockwell Powerplant Mall, Makati
Estancia Mall, Ortigas
SM San Lazaro
Robinsons Magnolia
SM City Southmall
SM Makati
SM Lipa
SM Marikina

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Zen Institute's Weight Management for a Healthier Lifestyle

To feel really good, it's not enough that we take care of the outside. We must clean and provide nutrition to the inside of our body as well.

Did you know that only two clinics in the Philippines offer colonics?

The Zen Institute in 69 Scout Rallos, Tomas Morato, Quezon City (call 441-1712 or 412-2528) and Vietura in Sofitel.

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Zen Institute introduces breakthrough products and services, within the concept of holistic wellness. They are guided by the philosophy that holistic health is a harmonious combination of medical science, creativity and aesthetic sense.

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The clinic is sophisticated, yet evokes a feeling of zen or tranquility. It is the first and true medical spa.

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Zen Institute's beautiful and highly reputable Dr. Mary Jane "MJ" Torres.

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For the unfamiliar, what is colonics?

Colonics or Colon Hydrotherapy is a way to clean the colon apart from the non-surgical way of flushing toxins from the body.

The process is done with the use of the top of the line hydrotherapy machine and licensed doctors. It usually lasts from 50 up to 60 minutes.  On a long term basis, colonics could reach a deeper layer of body/mind connections, emotional/mental baggage and energetic re-patterning.

Part of the program is a coffee cocktail to enhance faster metabolism and improve better absorption of the nutrients needed by the body. Colonics should be done at least 4x a year to facilitate the disposal of accumulated toxins in the body. It can also be employed weekly especially by those with unhealthy diet and lifestyle.

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This is the state of the art hydrotherapy machine-

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It also lets you see what is going out of your body.

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One of Zen Institute's popular programs is their weight management, which is scientifically proven to be safe and effective.  To make it effective, safe and precise, they observe a strict science-based protocol, in a holistic approach. For example is their Colonics and IV Micronutrition.

Intravenous (IV) Micronutrition, on the other hand, is a procedure that delivers micronutrients straight to the veins- no need to pass through the gastrointestinal system and liver enzymes, hence sparing the liver and gastrointestinal tract from further exposure to drugs. Nothing is lost in the process; all the nutrients in the right amounts are directly absorbed and become ready for the body to use.

Zen Institute offers 4 types of IV micronutrients- Immune Booster, Revitalize, Rejuvenate and Weight Management.

The Zen Institute has clinics at the G/F Bonifacio Technology Center, 31st St. cor 2nd Ave., Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig, and at the St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center, Maharlika Highway, Brgy. 2, Sto. Tomas, Batangas.

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