Friday, January 29, 2016

The Inspiring Chan Lim Lantern Exhibit at SM North EDSA

Hello po!
I greatly appreciate works of art. If I were to choose between going to a bar or a museum, I would choose the latter in the blink of an eye.

That's why I signed up agad agad when I learned there is a FREE calligraphy workshop in a blogger event last January 24, 2016!

Sm North EDSA's first activity for the coming Chinese New Year is the unveiling of over 100 hand painted Chinese lanterns by the notable (one of the few remaining, and sought after!) Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students.

Sm North EDSA's first activity for the coming Chinese New Year is the unveiling of over 100 hand painted Chinese lanterns by the notable Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students.

Called A New Light of Prosperity, Sm City North EDSA presents a grand collection of Chinese Lanterns as a wish for a bright future.

Featuring works from 35 artists, the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students exhibits more than a thousand art works yearly in different venues nationwide. To date, they have staged the fourteenth exhibit.

Their paintings are in collections here and abroad.

chan lim, sm north edsa, jan 24 to feb 11,

Of course, I will not dare miss having a photo-op with the family patriarch, Mr. Jose Chan Lim, who is also fondly called "Ang Kong". He has dabbled in Western art and specializes in oil and watercolor.

jose chan lim

They also served heart warming Chinese food from Lugang Cafe. Partaking yummy dishes in the same table with dear blogger friends is always a joy!

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Grand performance of well loved Chinese music from the Grace Christian College Chinese Orchestra.

Grace Christian College Chinese Orchestra.

On the spot painting demo by Dr. Alex Chan Lim.

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No prior sketch with pencil, straight on the paint brush with light strokes on the rice paper.

Bamboo, chrysanthemum and landscape were painted swiftly by Dr. Alex Chan Lim's experienced hands.

He jokes that if he makes a mistake while painting, he will not announce it so you will think it is still going on smoothly.

Bamboo, chrysanthemum and landscape were painted swiftly by alex chan lim experienced hands.

Bamboo, chrysanthemum and landscape were painted swiftly by Dr. Alex Chan Lim's experienced hands.

My work hehe! We were taught that day by Chan Lim students. Since I can write Chinese words/characters (studied in a Chinese school) I know the brush is called mo pit and the black ink is called o bak.

Chan Lim Family launched artworks in different materials like fan, lantern and porcelain plate. (Insider tip: Egg shells are in the pipeline!)

Chan Lim Family launched artworks in different materials like scroll, fan, lantern and porcelain plate. (Insider tip: Egg shells are in the pipeline!)

These paintings can last a long time. Make sure to protect them from sunlight!
Let's take a tour of the Chan Lim Family's Artworks in Lanterns-

Let's take a tour of the Chan Lim Family's Artworks in Lanterns-


Lanterns are known as traditional decoration for the Chinese Culture and are widely used in grand celebrations.

Lanterns are known as traditional decoration for the Chinese Culture and are widely used in grand celebrations.

Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students Exhibition runs from January 24 to February 11 in The Block, Atrium, SM City North EDSA!

Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students Exhibition runs from January 24 to February 11 in The Block, Atrium, SM City North EDSA!

Lanterns are known as traditional decoration for the Chinese Culture and are widely used in grand celebrations. The big lantern with a beautiful peacock in the middle is by Chan Lim himself.

Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students Exhibition runs from January 24 to February 11 in The Block, Atrium, SM City North EDSA!


Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students Exhibition runs from January 24 to February 11 in The Block, Atrium, SM City North EDSA!


Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students Exhibition runs from January 24 to February 11 in The Block, Atrium, SM City North EDSA!


Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students Exhibition runs from January 24 to February 11 in The Block, Atrium, SM City North EDSA!


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About  Chan Lim students:
Young and old, they come from different backgrounds, fields, profession, for different reasons- as a form of therapy, hobby etc! Yes, Filipinos or any nationality is welcome. Visit their studio in Rosario, Pasig. Enrollment- 10 sessions, choose from Saturday or Sunday classes.

SM North also has the following exciting activities in line with the Chinese New Year:
Dragon Dance, Oriental Culture Market, Astrological Forecast with Marites Allen (Feng Shui), Golds of Fortune (free goodies), Oriental Classics Musical Performance, Chinese Wushu Arts, Chinese Arts in Letters Calligraphy Workshop (on the 6th of February), Chinese Court and Folk Dances.

Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students lantern Exhibition lights up from January 24 to February 11, 2016 in The Block, Atrium, SM City North EDSA!
Inviting y'all to see the Chan Lim exhibit for yourself to admire the beauty and details of the painting, up close and personal! 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil Review

Recently, the Sally Hansen counter had many items on sale. My eyes at first zoomed in on the nail colors but in the end, I chose this nail care. Though its saleslady wasn't the friendliest I still decided to buy.

Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil Ingredients and Price:

Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil Review
The price sticker was almost at the middle instead of at the bottom, so it hides some of the description. When I try to remove the label, the surface of the carton comes off too, so I can't read it.

Details:
Price- Php 250
Made in USA
Where to buy- Leading department Stores
Scent- Sniffing straight from the bottle, there is a faint oily scent. But when applied on nails, I cannot detect any fragrance.

Nail Problem:
Scaly Nails- When I had a pedicure, the nail tech applied Winmax. It was on my nails for about a month so I was sad to see the nails were scaly when I finally removed the polish.
Discolored nails- Applied a blue China Glaze polish and when I removed it after a week I saw discoloration (not very noticeable in the picture, but evident in person) on the nails. It was a lot worse a few days ago before taking this picture.

Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil price, ingredients,

Results after massaging in the oil on my nails nightly for 1 week-
The scaling on the toe nails did not completely heal and the discoloration on my hand nails did not exactly disappear. However, there was improvement- nails felt healthier and looked shinier!

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Overall, Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil is a good product to maintain healthy nails. But if you are tight on the budget, there are other brands of nail and cuticle oils with cheaper price that you can also check out. Just remember to apply religiously.
Thanks for reading!

Friday, January 22, 2016

New Year, Renewed Skin with Oxygen Peptide Facial

Hello po!
For me, having a facial is always welcome- like a blissful experience- especially since I have oily, problematic (acne-prone) skin. If I had the means, I would have it twice a month!

So I was really lucky to have this GC for Intensive Oxygen Facial Treatment here in Forever Beautiful located at the 5/F Mega B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. If I remember correctly, I had an oxygen facial a few years ago in a clinic in Binondo when it was on an introductory promo price.

Forever Beautiful megamall

Skin Perfection is naturally derived, scientifically proven and perfectly delivered. Made in USA.

Benefits:
The oxygen peptide facial is-
  • Solution for oil control, acne inflammation, hyperpigmentations and anti-aging.
  • Intensive skin correction in just 28 days  (once a week treatment).
skin perfection oxygen nutrient peptide facial

A quick look inside Forever Beautiful clinic. A video on Skin Expert Clinical Solutions is being shown.

Solution for oil control, acne inflammation, hyperpigmentations and anti-aging. Intensive skin correction in just 28 days (once a week treatment).

Read Healthy Skin Magazine while waiting!

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Skin Perfection's Oxygen Peptide serums on display; on lower left is the tool (like an airbrush) used to spray it.

Skin Perfection's Oxygen facial in Forever Beautiful comes in 2 options- Basic applying 2 serums (Php 1300) and Intensive using 5 serums (Php 1800). You can choose oil control, whitening or anti-aging)

Skin Perfection's Oxygen facial in Forever Beautiful comes in 2 options- Basic: 2 serums are applied (Php 1,300) and Intensive: 5 serums are used (Php 1,800). You can choose oil control, whitening or anti-aging).

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We know that we humans are highly dependent on 02 to survive, right? So imagine the benefits having pure 02 facial will do to stressed out skin.

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Here are the steps of my whitening oxygen peptide facial as I remember:

1. Wet face
2. Apply Deep Cleanser (for whitening, anti-aging, oily skin). Massage in circular motions using brush.
3. Wash 1 Exfoliating with 8% Glycolic (stings a bit).
4. Wash 2 Lactic Acid etc to slough dead skin, re-texture.
5. Cover face with tissue.
6. Wet with distilled water, leave for 5 to 10 mins.
7. Wipe off.
8. Pricking using the metal tool (Comment- I wish the therapist had been more thorough in extracting the blemishes and scoured the ENTIRE face).
9. Cover with gauze then High frequency laser for anti-bacterial effect.
10. Infusion in S-Cell Power 2 to 3 drops (relive stem cell).
11. Spray using machine/tool (like an airbrush makeup) the Pure 02 mist for skin renewal, anti-bacterial.
12. MPA extract 2 to 3 drops to eliminate pigmentation.
13. Lastly, apply 12% Nano C serum- anti-oxidant, reduce melanin, stimulate collagen.
14. After care tips- Advised to wait for 8 hours before washing face and not the use creams that night.

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The Before and After picture. Skin feels refreshed and immediately looks brighter:P

before and after oxygen facial
Used the front cam to take selfie inside the clinic. 

I am so happy to greet the New Year 2016 with rejuvenated skin with Oxygen Facial!!! Try it too!
You can check out my related post here http://pisceanrat.blogspot.com/2016/01/healthy-skin-x-skin-perfection-beauty.html
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Healthy Skin x Skin Perfection = Beauty in Full Bloom!

Hello po!
I was really ecstatic to receive an e-mail invitation for a party from Healthy Skin- it's the FIRST beauty magazine in the Philippines with focus on demystifying non-invasive (popular for no blood and minimal pain, and zero downtime), in-clinic wellness, beauty and slimming treatments, and features over-the-counter products, the hottest trends and innovations in cosmetology and dermatology!

beauty in full bloom healthy skin

I'd say Healthy Skin is a magazine devoted to holistic skin care! It is divided into sections such as-
notepad, renew, beyond skin-deep, doc talk, skingredients, beauty 101 and beauty stops.

Healthy Skin- it's the FIRST beauty magazine in the Philippines with focus on demystifying non-invasive (popular for no blood and minimal pain, and zero downtime), in-clinic wellness, beauty and slimming treatments, and features over-the-counter products, the hottest trends and innovations in cosmetology and dermatology!

Healthy Skin Magazine, in partnership with Skin Perfection Philippines, launched the Beauty in Full Bloom bloggers event in Stacy's BGC last November 21, 2015.

Healthy Skin Magazine, in partnership with Skin Perfection Philippines, launched the Beauty in Full Bloom bloggers event in Stacy's BGC last November 21, 2015.

Let's face it, even the best make up artists say that clear, healthy skin is the best canvass! So before all that face paint, it is of paramount importance to take care of our largest organ! Having those scars or "sumpa" on my face, I know that it takes considerable amount of time to cover 'em up.

Healthy Skin Magazine, in partnership with Skin Perfection Philippines, launched the Beauty in Full Bloom bloggers event in Stacy's BGC last November 21, 2015.

I was so glad to be bonding that day with my Filipina beauty blogger girl friends over sumptuous meal at such a dainty venue.

Healthy Skin is a magazine devoted to holistic skin care! It is divided into sections such as- notepad, renew, beyond skin-deep, doc talk, skingredients, beauty 101 and beauty stops.

Skin Need and Skin Perfection products were on display.

Skin Expert Clinical Solutions (Skin Perfection and Skin Need) is created and continuouly developed by leading molecular biologists, pharmacists and biochemists.

A closer look on Skin Need and Skin Perfection's creams and essences for various skin types and conditions.

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One beauty blogger was fortunate to try the oxygen peptide facial that day.

oxygen peptide facial

According to Kantar World Panel, 72% of Filipino women spend a lot on beauty products. Pinays are vain, yes, but home to beauty queens, confidently beautiful with a heart nga e ;) It is no surprise when they related the beauty industry might come in as the second largest industry (biggest industry is mining)!

Welcome Remarks from Ms. Jenny Bonto, Associate Publisher and Managing Editor, Healthy Skin Magazine.

Welcome Remarks from Ms. Jenny Bonto, Associate Publisher and Managing Editor, Healthy Skin Magazine.

Skin and Aging 101 with Dermatologist Dr. Claudia Samonte.

Skin and Aging 101 with Dermatologist Dr. Claudia Samonte.

Explanation during the demo of Oxygen Facial with Skin Perfection's Training Consultant, Mary Grace Cruzat-Garcia, R.N.

Explanation during the demo of Oxygen Facial with Skin Perfection's Training Consultant, Mary Grace Cruzat-Garcia, R.N.

Skin Expert Clinical Solutions (Skin Perfection and Skin Need) is created and continuously developed by leading molecular biologists, pharmacists and biochemists.

It integrates the 3 most powerful aspects in leading skin care research:
1. The ingredients of the formulas are naturally derived and free from harmful and synthetic substances (no parabens, artificial fragrances, colorings, irritants, carcinogens), and are readily absorbed by the skin.
2. Full benefits of Oxygen Facial compressed into nano-sized particles to reach skin's deeper layers to generate reactions such as regeneration, repair and  rejuvenation.
3. Incorporates a novel yet powerful concept called Peptide Chemistry in their formula. Peptides are composed of chains of amino acids that chemically bind together to form proteins- the catalysts of many cellular activities and the building blocks of life.

Skin Perfection Product Information with Nikki, Product Manager.

Skin Perfection Product Information with Nikki, Product Manager.

Look who bagged the Early Bird Award!

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Yours truly with the afternoon's host 

Thanks for having us, Healthy Skin Magazine and Skin Perfection Philippines!

The Skin Need Natural Condition System comes in 3 variants- brightening & whitening, acne skin purifying, and rejuventaing & anti-aging. Made in the USA but suited for Asian skin!

The Skin Need Natural Condition System comes in 3 variants- brightening and whitening, acne skin purifying, and rejuventaing and anti-aging. Made in the USA but suited for Asian skin!
Skin Need set contains cleanser, toner, moisturizer and sunblock. I initially wanted the whitening one, but they recommended the anti-acne since I have oily skin. Of course, I trust their judgment.

Truly, Beauty in Full Bloom is achievable with the right knowledge and products!

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For more info, check out
https://www.facebook.com/HealthySkinPH
https://www.facebook.com/SkinPerfectionPhilippines
Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

December 2015 Skin Care Empties

Hello po!
Every December, during the cold season, I usually suffer from dry, flaky skin. These has kept my skin from being so. The result is just normal, comfortable skin. They also did not cause me breakouts. These are all made in the Philippines!

Body Recipe Milk + Protective Day Cream, facial wash, diana stalder glycerin soap, dual action toner,

Left to Right:
Body Recipe Milk + Protective Day Cream (With goat's milk and shea butter, this cream is color white, just light and not greasy, and I love the calming milky scent. I use this day and night),
Body Recipe Milk + Facial Wash (With the same fragrance as the cream, produces reasonable lather),
dS. Diana Stalder Glycerin Soap (I ran out of the milk cleanser in the middle of using the cream and switched to this. It rinses completely; better if cut into half as it melts fast) and
DS Dual Action Toner (cleans thoroughly, for whitening and anti-aging, contains Arbutin, Tocoperyl Acetate and extracts of Vigna Aconitifolia Seed and Epilobium Angustifolium).

Ingredients of Body Recipe Milk + Protective Day Cream, Facial Wash, Diana Stalder Toner and Glycerin Soap:

Ingredients of Body Recipe Milk + Protective Day Cream, Facial Wash, Diana Stalder Toner and Glycerin Soap:


These are what saved my skin this chilly weather, Body Recipe Milk + and DS. How about you? I'd love to read it in the comments. Thanks for reading!