From Being Half-Orphan to Marrying my Better-Half, and All the Life-Changing Crazy Things of 2017

It’s the last day of the year, and I normally do not blog to review what happened in the last 364 days, but for 2017, I’m making an exception.

There has been no year that has saddened, challenged, frustrated, and uplifted me so much. So to give reference, and make me remember in the future, I’d like to share with you my year, in review.

January – Mom passed away.

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Not exactly the thing I was expecting for the first week of the year. And for the rest of my life, starting at my 27th year on earth.

I never felt so low in my life, and be subjected in a state of so much disbelief. This is something you can never recover from, but you can get used to.

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Sadness. Longing. Regret. Few of the many despairing words you feel when someone you love dies. But then again it leaves you with so much awe how that person has affected you so much, that the feelings left can actually change and improve your perspectives on how you would want to live your remaining days until you see her again.

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As for me, I want to make her proud everyday.

February – I got engaged.

Again, disbelief.

As I accepted that ring 31,000 feet above the ground I knew my life is about to change even more.

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At that moment, I knew this year is going to kick my butt every chance it gets. It maybe for the better or worse, but I just have to be ready at every whim when the kick comes.

But this one, I love so much.

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I was single for 4 years from a colorful 6-year relationship, and at 26 I was worried that I might be still single until I’m 30. I’m not getting any younger, and I was a bit panicky for myself already.

But hey, love finds you when you least expect it.

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I just can’t believe I’m getting married to a younger man I met in a club. 😮 And I’ve never been more sure in my life.

 

March – I resigned.

I ended my 5-year tenure to one of the most established and elite real estate companies in the country.

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I never thought I could be that brave. But then again, choices have to be made, and things are going to turn in one way or another.

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My resignation just happen to be marked on this month.

It was a big leap, the biggest actually for my career. It was heart-breaking and liberating at the same time.

And the most forward-thinking if I may say. I wasn’t planning on shifting to another organization, so it was truly a game-changer.

I was now on my own, planning my own game.

April – I got my first paid freelance talk and a feature in Rappler. And, I changed my hair color!

Changing my haircolor to a very bold hue was one of the bravest and best decisions I made in my life!

Changing it didn’t just paved the way for new opportunities, it also armed me with a whole new gear of confidence for much riskier and happier adventures!

A month ago, I never thought someone would want to hire me to talk in their company. I mean, I’ve never talked anywhere without representing where I’m working for.

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But that day, I felt like a superwoman! I felt like I could do anything, as long as I pour my heart into it.

I created a new module and syllabus, and facilitating it felt like I was already teaching it for a long time.

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I really have to thank my experience and the opportunities given to me before, without which I wouldn’t have the skill to create something of my own.

I will always be grateful. 🙂

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And I also made friends with a young photographer and writer who happens to be having her on-the-job-training in Rappler. I didn’t knew participating in her OJT interview feature assignment would actually end up being released in this bigtime news site!

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May – I got a publicist and had my first meeting with a celebrity for Versaheel.

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This was waaaaay over the top. I was like, it’s barely half a year! And now this? I met this International Blogger and Publicist named MJ Racadio, and he opened doors I never knew were even there before!

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I met him in a Francis Libiran Fashion Show, and he took interest in my shoe work, and before I know it, I was meeting and dressing up Jaclyn Jose.

 

June – I was named a blogger ambassador for a brand.

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My blog is still new. I wasn’t that kind who was very religious when it comes to updating her blog, but I am striving very hard, that was why I was so shocked when I got an email about a brand wanting to partner with Encyclopevia.

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Gown for Rent couldn’t be timelier as I was set to be married soon. So it provided a really good angle for me to write on. And I enjoyed shooting amazing gowns from their studio!

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And since you’re right here already, next time you need a quick outfit fix for an event, you can rent your beautiful dress for a price you can’t refuse, and get 20% off! Use my code: GFRVIA728

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July – Together with my then-fiance, we booked our major wedding suppliers and I was invited to talk in a business expo in SM Megamall.

At this moment, I was extra concerned already because I haven’t quite done a good deal for our wedding planning. I was totally freaking out about the date I wanted, if it’s still available in our non-negotiable church.

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To my good grief, it was STILL! Not the best time slot, but it will do! 🙂

I felt so triumphant, because after two days, we were also able to book the reception and caterer which is just 5minutes away from the church! Yay! 😀

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I also had the stage all to myself when I discussed Instagram Marketing with a bunch of business owners, marketers and students in an expo in SM Megamall. Mall talks are a big deal for me!

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This was the same organization that gave me an opportunity to talk in Glorietta last year. Gladly, I was more calm on this one compared to the travel expo in 2016.

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August – I travelled to Cambodia and Malaysia and got my first feature in a TV show.

This year is totally giving me a lot of firsts.

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I got to visit Siem Reap, Cambodia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! I love travelling! It has made me understand more people and their unique cultures!

I believe aside from being a good story-teller, you also become a better and more tolerant person when you travel.

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Plus, I got to see my face on TV for the first time! Not as an audience of a show, but actually as myself!

I got featured in News5 at TV5 for my story as a shoe designer, and a live interview was also held in Pambansang Almusal at Net25 featuring my work and some designs.

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I never thought I’ll have these opportunities this early when I am just a girl who is madly fixated with shoes.

 

September – I enrolled in a shoe construction class.

Taking my shoe designer dreams and skills to the next level! My then-fiance and I thought it would be a great move to learn more about the craft.

I was so excited because I have always dreamed of studying in SoFA (School of Fashion and Arts).

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I learned to design with more precision, do pattern-making and the actual shoe-making! I am stocking so much leathers at home already! 😮

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I even earned my first battle scar! 😀 I accidentally cut myself while I was tracing my pattern in the shoe last. I am so thrilled on getting my own shoe machines soon!

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October –My first shoe collaboration project happened.

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Before I was just taking photos from the shoe factories, Marikina Public Market, and the basement of Farmers’ Plaza, but now I actually experienced shooting a collection of my own designs! What’s better is that it is for a collaboration between a New York-based artist, Peter Marco of MARCO NOT POLO.

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The Princess and the Peacock 2My heart swells with joy as I also made good collaborations with Tobi Cabrera of Funkadelic Photos and Joshua Miguel Paungan of A Day in the Life.

 

 

November – I met new people for the first time who recognized me and read my blog.

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This was such a revelation for me. Some people ARE actually reading my blog! OMG!

 

I went to some events and met new friends, and to my surprise they recognize Encyclopevia! As it turned out, they’ve visited our humble page before already! I was so kilig and happy! I cannot wait to meet all of you soon and share stories together! 🙂

December – I got married.

I may have started this year pretty sad, but the happiness it brought me as 2017 ends was unimaginable.

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Photo by: Yves Bryan Photography

There were a lot of hiccups that happened on why we were able to celebrate our civil wedding in the last month of the year. 

There were age, time and ID issues to name a few, but I guess everything came in to fruition when we finally set the date on December 20, 2017 – exactly two years after we first met!

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With only 28 days for planning, I am pleased to write that we were able to carry out our goals, and even got bonuses along the way.

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Photo by: Yves Bryan Photography

It’s just fleeting to celebrate a very special day with all the people you love, who reciprocate the same ardour (fortunately for us) as well.

I cannot explain how happy I am that my prayers were answered and the long wait for God’s perfect time was all worth it.

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So 2018, get ready! I’m tougher and (more) ready for your new kicks! 😀

Wishing you more love and happiness for the year to come! :*

 

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How to Achieve Whiter Skin (+ A Glutathione Brand Review)

I have often been asked about how my skin never gets dark despite continuous sun-exposure and long hours of sun-bathing.

Believe me, I always fancied having tanlines I can parade in the city post-beach trip, but maybe the tide isn’t just on my side.

Nevertheless, like what they say, love the skin you’re in. And I love my color, it’s the only one I have anyway.

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But what I’d like to share with you today is how I keep my skin maintain its fair color, and some tips on how you can achieve that whiter skin. Trust me, it takes time, but that’s the safer route.

Let’s begin.

1.      Protect your skin from the sun.

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Of course, you know UV rays, apart from the fact that it encourages your skin to produce more melanin, it also has the ability to damage it. So use an umbrella, and bathe in sunblock! Haha Especially for the face! You don’t want additional wrinkles and dark spots, do you?

2.      Exfoliate your skin!

Since dead skin cells don’t naturally take themselves off, you can just help them by exfoliating. 

You can either use body scrub, or use calamansi to rub in your dark areas. I use these on my elbows and knees. You can also use lemon with sugar as an alternative for the body scrub.


3.      Prick your pimples!

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With clean hands or tools of course!

Contrary to pop culture, I think there is beauty and logic when it comes to pricking pimples earlier or using pimple-clearing speed gels.

It addresses to take away the bacteria that are inside soon before it invades more tissues underneath the skin. Prolonging the pimple or lump inside may cause more havoc as it is not yet being released.

You can see how the beauty aestheticians prick them during facials, and not let you wait until the eye appears or the pus, whether fresh or hardened, is ready to come out.

Letting the pus out sooner means you rid your skin more pimple mark space from darkening.


4.      Use your trusted organic or natural whitening products.

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These products / goodies are way safer and healthier than those that promise instant whitening. Instant whiteners have more chemicals that can be harmful.

Avoid bleaching too and its variants, as they may cause adverse effects in the future, particularly on your liver.

The liver is responsible for detoxifying all cosmetics and pharmaceutical products being applied topically or orally. So it’s not only your drinking that should be moderated! 😉
Remember, health should not be compromised with beauty. Okay, merfriends?

5.      Use Magic Cream for pimple and chicken-pox marks.

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There was a time I hoarded pants and leggings for a year, and I never wore shorts or skirts. This was the year after I had chicken pox. Magic Cream was a savior and erased all the dark marks left by the pox.

I stand by this product so much. It has restored the natural transparency of my skin. My arms and legs look like they never had chicken pox at all!


6.      Don’t wear white bikinis on the beach when the sun is up.

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The white color of the fabric is a good reflector of the light from the sun, when it bounces back – well, you know why your face got extra toasted that day. 😕


7.      You can try Glutathione pills.

I tried KB Glutathione for a month, and while reaction to glutathione pills is relative to each taker’s bodily mechanisms, I am quite happy with the results.

My skin had this radiant glow. And even though I was a late-sleeper, I still wake up fresh and my skin looks moisturized.
My face became clearer too as some of my pimple marks turned shades lighter.

It smells very eggy and foul too, one of my indicators that it’s potent and legit.

It melts easily as I had once let a capsule stay inside my mouth prior to drinking water for like some seconds, and it started to melt.

That’s a good sign actually, as it suggests that it certainly disintegrates once it’s inside the body.

KB Gluta is available in leading drugstores nationwide and can be bought in Lazada too!

You may find them on their social media accounts:

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ILOVEKBWHITE/

Instagram: @KB_whitening

I hope you learned something with these tips, and got some ideas to try! Remember, you are beautiful no matter what color of your skin is!

Got any beauty / whitening tip or idea? Share them in the comments! I would love to know! 😁
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How to Get Beautiful Underarms for P250

It’s always every girl’s dream to have the perfect underarms. The kind of pits you would always want to show off and parade whenever, wherever. The kind which does not dictate your fashion as when you can or cannot wear sleeveless.

But busy schedules get in the way, especially when you cannot properly allot the time to go to a waxing salon and hair removal clinics.

Believe me, my planner gets too colorful being jotted down by work and events, that I barely have time to go and receive my well-deserved waxing treatments. 

Next thing you know, my monthly visitor is here already! Waaah! Another week to endure waxing delay.

Given that hair removal is just one step to beautiful underarms, I would just like to share some other tips that we can do to achieve the perfect pits we’ve always been craving for.

 

  1. Don’t shave. Ever.

I have known this before I even grew hair in my underarms. Having such a vain and beauty-conscious mother is such a blessing! Hehe :p

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Shaving takes away the outermost layer of one of the most sensitive skin in our body, and prompts the underlying tissues to react and produce a tougher and darker skin.

“When skin is irritated, an inflammatory reaction ensues, which stimulates pigment-making cells (melanocytes) to generate more pigment, causing the skin to become darker,” says Baton Rouge, LA, dermatologist Ann C. Zedlitz, MD.

 

  1. Avoid wearing tight clothes, especially if you just had your underarm hair removed.

Tight clothes inhibits the natural growth of hair follicles causing them to go back to the skin and harbor bacteria. This is one of the reasons of painful ingrown hair.

Wearing body-fitting clothes, especially those under your arms can cause irritation, sweating, and skin friction.

 

  1. Exfoliate underarms with natural ingredients.

Lemon and Sugar

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Take a bowl, mix 2 teaspoon of granulated sugar and 1 squeezed lemon juice. Apply the mixture to your underarms, and wait for 10 minutes until it dries.

Gently scrub your armpits for around 2minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.

This home-made exfoliant rids your underarms from dead skin cells, smoothens texture, and removes dark-skin-causing bacteria, leaving a more supple and bright pits

 

Potato Slices

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Soak potato slices in a bowl of water for 2 minutes. Rub them to your underarms after.

Potatoes have natural bleaching properties that helps in promoting bright underarm skin.

 

Yoghurt and Orange Peel

Yogurt-With-Orange-PeelIn a bowl mix 2 tablespoon of fresh yoghurt and some dried orange peel powder.

Apply the concoction to your underarms and let it to dry for about 15 minutes. Wait for it to dry completely, then rinse with cold water and apply some moisturizer.

This brightens your underarm keeping it moisturized and supple. Yoghurt’s lactic acid eliminates the skin discoloration.

 

  1. Avoid aluminum and parabens in your deodorant and antiperspirant.

If your underarms have become a bit red, swollen, bumpy and irritated, kindly check your antiperspirant to see if there are any aluminum ingredients in it; because it is one of the ingredients available in most underarm products that highly causes breast cancer among its users.

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Antiperspirants basically block your sweat, which is the unnatural thing to do. We need to sweat to rid off bacteria and toxins from the body. The aluminum salt in most antiperspirants block your pores and keep you dry, but this could also irritate your skin.

The yellowing of our shirts in the underarm area is actually the stain left by the reaction of the aluminum contents with the urea (waste products from the body) in our sweat.

Antiperspirants that contain alcohol may also be too drying for some people’s skin, which can lead to irritation, as can any ingredient that ends in “-paraben” (such as methylparaben).

  1. Use natural or organic underarm skin care.

To be honest, I really had a hard time finding a natural deodorant before, but I recently saw this wittily named product that can be the answer to our underarm woes.

Pits Perfect is an all-natural deodorant spray. It whitens, fights odor-causing bacteria, leaving you fresh, cool and clean.

Don’t even start with its fragrance. It reminds me of the scent of citrus fruits and flowers combined.

I have been using Pits Perfect for a month now, and my underarm skin condition improved greatly. My chicken skin is actually smoother now, compared before.

They have clearly settled that Pits Perfect is not an antiperspirant, because the brand actually adheres to sweating, reasoning that it’s healthier and natural. 

And the best thing about this is it doesn’t have parabens and aluminum content!
I just apply 2-3 sprays per underarm, and I’m smelling fresh all day! I don’t even need to use perfume! 😀

And can you believe that this is just P250.00?

 You can check Pits Perfect in Facebook and Instagram.
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pitsperfectph/

Instagram: @pitsperfect

Contact Number: 0917 486 0966

Just comment if you have any questions! 😀

Let’s embrace confidence while investing in making our underarms more beautiful!

 

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Free Manicure and More at Nailaholics on National Pampering Day

I can’t believe it has been a year ever since Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa launched its very first National Pampering Day!

I was so excited when I heard about it, considering I rarely go to nail salons; that is why you can imagine how I must’ve felt when they brought in the news that they are celebrating their 2nd year!

 

The National Pampering Day last year was such a big hit as they offered free manicure service and soothing hand massages from 1-AM to 12NN.

This year is so much better though because everyone will be treated to a free service of their choice: calming foot spa, a relaxing foot massage or a lulling manicure.

With Nailaholics’ recent partnership with O.P.I., a leading and well-loved nail lacquer brand in the world, the National Pampering Day will welcome more guests with an extension up to 1PM!

Moreover, this year’s celebration will also support the World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save the Philippine Seas.

I took this chance to experience Hand and Foot Paraffin! It was hot at first, but you’ll get used to it in no time!

When I got into their Fisher Mall branch to have some perfect nail-time,I also saw a good friend! Yay! It’s Me-an Clemente of Yogo and Cream! I remember being extra chatty with her during a pampering session last July.

I was also with John that day, and he also had his manly pampering. Who says guys don’t need a mani-pedi? 🙂

Now save the date, October 17, 2017 (Tuesday) from 10AM to 1PM, and head on to any Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa and go get yourself a free relaxing foot spa, foot massage or manicure!

Your only responsibility tomorrow, is to loosen up and enjoy!
Facebook : Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa

Website: www.nailaholics.com

Instagram and Twitter: @_nailaholics

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​Skin Philosophie by Dr. Kyla Talens

As a millennial Filipina, I suppose you would agree that maintaining good physical image in today’s society is crucial. You have every tool and application at hand that can possibly turn our photos from ordinary to something extra wonderful.


As a blogger, things have changed quite a bit for me. When I was still working, I have this constant notion to keep myself well-groomed at all times to serve as a good example to my trainees. But right now, things had to go up a notch.


For some reason, I never had the time to go to skin clinics, not because I was too busy, but because I thought I was doing okay. I mean, I use a fair number of beauty products, so maybe I was trying enough to take good care of myself, but when I got invited to Skin Philosophie’s event, I realized maybe I should try to consider paying a visit soon.


It’s not really because of vanity, but I guess there can be services that you thought you don’t need but you actually do. For example, eye rejuvenation. I never thought that my simple and random late night activities could cause my eyebags to look really bad.

I am not getting any younger, so investing on my skin and my health should probably be lifted to my top 5 priorities now.

I am so happy that I got to know Skin Philosophie and the brain behind this medical aesthetic and lifestyle solution center.

Dr. Kyla Talens, M.D., DCD, MSc

Dr. Kyla Talens, M.D., DCD, MSc who was celebrating her birthday that day is the CEO and the Chief Aesthetic Dermatologist of Skin Philosophie. Her main interest was aesthetic medicine, specifically skin and laser treatments.

She earned her degree and education from University of the Philippines, Cardiff University in the United Kingdom and Ramathibodi Hospital – Mahidol University, Thailand.

She said that she also incorporates her creative and artistic inclination into her practice. She emphasizes that, “It is of paramount importance for a doctor to have a keen eye for symmetry and proportion so that results look natural after procedures.” And I couldn’t agree more!

I had the best time discovering how Skin Philosophie can help me in my skin problems, which is why I cannot wait to have my own treatment very soon.

Boutique Clinic Concept


The services and facilities are all comfortably placed in a luxurious boutique clinic. I can’t help but admire the casual yet elegant atmosphere. The clinic firmly believes that they want to make their patients feel at ease as they undergo a very positive change in their lives.

Their portfolio of services include, scar repair, age-proofing, age reversing, acne solutions, body contouring with fat reduction, face sculpting, laser treatments, whitening, therapeutic massages, non-surgical procedures, dermal filler injections, face and body art and many more!

Affordable Luxury on Skin Care and Services

The place and location could be a little intimidating, no doubt about that. But the best news is that, while their treatment costs are not exactly that low, they are not abusively high. After all, overly cheap things cannot be trusted.

The smart patients put premium on the value of money. And it is also important to invest in one’s physical image, but there should be enough left for other finer and more significant things in life. After all, we should always spend wisely.


Visit them soon!

Skin Philosophie Medical Aesthetic and Lifestyle Solutions

B3 Bonifacio High Street, 3rd floor, 9th Avenue corner Lane P, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Contact Numbers: (632) 975 3337 / (632) 215 8080

Mobile Numbers: 0917 866 4433 / 0917 890 6800

www.skinphilosophie.com / skinphilosophie@gmail.com

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3 Things Why Foot for the gods is Not Like Your Ordinary Spa

I have been meaning to get a massage ever since I got back from my trip, and I was just too busy to find time! Goodie, I had a free day and took this chance to get my much-needed reflexology! Yay! 🙂



It was my second time at Foot for the gods, and I have always loved how different they are from other spas. They are not your ordinary massage salon, so read more to find out why you need to schedule your appointment today. 🙂

  1. Unconventional Set-Up

First is, they do not have cubicles. You get to enjoy your well-deserved pampering while having the freedom of talking to your friends. It would also be a perfect date idea, and you can hold hands with your beau while your masseurs are massaging your oh-so-tired feet.

Although, if I may advise to keep your voices at a minimum, since there are also other clients in the room. And you may need a flash when you want to take a selfie, because the whole massage common room is on dim light.

  1. More acupressure, and less kneading

I think it’s the Foot for the gods’ exceptional service that’s why people keep coming back. They have such an effective method in relieving stress and tensed muscles.

I was surprised how exact the pressure application was. Their style leans more on acupressure than kneading, which was very odd for me at first, considering it was a dry massage, but I was totally sold on how I felt after.


I didn’t expect my muscles were too overwrought from all the activities I did the past weeks! Gosh!

  1. Specialty Spa Products

Honestly, I like the opportunity of being able to bring home something that can sustain the service, or for this matter relaxation, that I have experienced from the home establishment.


Foot for the gods’ actually has their own perfume and spa product lines. You can avail Scent by the gods, and Muscle Pain Relief Spray when you ask their staff, which come in really affordable prices!

I highly recommend you try and visit them as soon as possible to experience a whole new meaning on stress relieving. Thank me after my merfriends! 😀

You can visit them at the following branches:

SM Megamall   |   SM Mall of Asia   |   SM South Mall   |   Main Square, Bacoor Cavite

Like them on Facebook

Contact number : (055) 607 2763


Feel like a god or goddess at Foot for the gods, and discover why they are the number 1 in reflexology in the Philippines since 2006!

See you there soon? 😀

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Get a Free Body Scrub at Finessa Aesthetica

When I was a kid I often wondered how it was like to be a grown-up lady.

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I suppose “she” never had to endure weird torn up skin appearing just below her nails. She never had to clean her toes after wearing open-toe sandals the whole day.
And she would always smell sweet no matter how intense the sun is.
When it was my turn to finally find out what happens when you’re a lady, I realized it wasn’t totally hearts and flowers after all.
You have to put in an extra effort and invest.
When I was 8, I also remember being fond of watching TV and lying there, curious on why celebrities have this rich, fair and well-nourished skin.
I would be a hypocrite if I tell you I never wanted to be like them, or even have that gorgeous skin. But I’m glad for my parents’ genes because achieving my dream skin felt that it was not so far-fetched as I thought it would be.

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I was given a chance to try a few services from Finessa Aesthetica, and I felt more like a princess than a lady.

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Together with some of my blogger friends, we took the opportunity to experience how it feels to be pampered and prettified at the same time.

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We started with our Whitening Glutathione Drip. It was my first time so I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew is I felt calmer after, and my muscles felt more relaxed.

LIPO LIGHT WRAP

I also tried their Lipo Light Wrap.

I was asked to take a shower and wear this suit while I was inside the lipo light machine.

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Lipo Light Wrap is a service wherein it predisposes your body to sweat by being subjected to some light therapy inside the machine. This is best for people who would want to lose weight, expel toxins and have a better blood circulation.
I fell asleep! Haha 🙂 The whole service is timed for an hour.

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After Lipo Light Wrap I was supposed to experience Laser Lipo in the tummy area. But since I was advised that it may have a downtime and can elicit a few blisters, I politely declined.
My skin is blister-friendly, so it’s a big no no. Tell your beauty aesthetician if you have this similar condition so they can advise you properly.
However, the day wasn’t even drawing to a close as I thought it would.

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Minutes later, these diodes were on my tummy area, sending electric currents to my ab muscles.

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The Ab Sculpt Procedure is probably every gym-allergic person’s bestfriend. If you are too tired or too busy to hit the gym, and would just like to work on the tummy part alone (just like me) this may be a good alternative!

30 minutes of Ab Sculpt is equivalent to around 200 sit-ups! And it doesn’t even cost a fortune!
I had the most amazing time at Finessa Aesthetica! Can you believe all of these services are just in one establishment? 🙂
Find more at:

Website  | Facebook

Address: 26 Timog Avenue corner Scout Tobias, Baranggay Laging Handa

Contact Number: 0917 899 8226

Visit them soon and get your 50% off on your Whitening Gluta Drip!

Wait there’s more!

You can also use my code : FINESSAVIA to get a free bodyscrub when you avail Lipo Light Wrap!
PS.

Now I know what to answer my 8-year-old self-wonders. That looking like a lady, or a princess rather needs work. You have to give time, effort, and invest when you can.
Maintaining an image can and may come with a price. You can opt to avail or not. You always have a choice.
But I’d rather believe that I can always work smart to afford, and not sulk on why the world is just the way it is and complain about why it cannot give me what I want to be happy.

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Stay happy and beautiful merfriends! 🙂
Which of these services would you like to try?
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Angel Skin Face and Body Lightening Bars

I remember way back in elementary school, we were asked to draw what we think is the most important part of our bodies, and explain why we chose it/them.

I was quick to write and draw the “skin”.

I reasoned because it was the biggest organ of our bodies, and they cover all the internal parts that need to be hidden. It also shows direct signals if there is something wrong with our health. Like when the skin is dry, we are alerted that the body is thirsty, and we need to hydrate more.

Since life can be too challenging, and our responsibilities too demanding, our skin tends to show signs of trouble, like uneven skin tone, wrinkles, acne, discoloration, dryness, and open pores. Don’t even start with pre-mature skin aging! That’s a total nightmare!

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Now, I’ve recently tried another skin line that I consider to be heaven-sent! Angel Skin is a new soap brand that caters to giving your skin the angelic treatment it deserves. Their products feel really mild on the skin, leaving it moisturized and refreshed!

They also come in different variants to give us the more identified results we want!

 

Skin Lightening Bar (with Glutathione and Gigawhite)

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Best for: Normal Skin

Benefits: Lightens age spots, dark skin tone, and discoloration; Provides an ultimate brightening glow

 

Skin Lightening Bar (with Kojic and Gigawhite)

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Best for: Normal Skin

Benefits: Effectively whitens; Nourishes, cleanses and renews damaged skin

 

Skin Clarifying Bar (with Tea Tree Extract and Salicylic Acid)

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Best for: Acne-prone Skin / Pimple Prone / Oily Skin

Benefits: Prevents and manages facial and body acne

 

Transparent Facial Cleansing Bar (with Glycerin and Vitamin E)

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Best for: Normal to Sensitive Skin

Benefits: Nourishes, cleanses and moisturizes skin

What I love the most about Angel Skin is that you can use them both for face and body. I mean they are hypo-allergenic enough to use for your facial needs, which could also mean that they are perfect during travels! No need to worry about facial wash spillage from tubes, and unnecessary weight from excess liquids! Plus they are paraben-free!

The soaps are only priced at an affordable P 140.00 in selected Watsons Stores.

So hurry now and get yours soon!

You can like and follow them at:

Facebook : Angel Skin

Instagram:  @angelskinsoap

Looking good with makeup starts with gorgeous skin. Well, definitely not our dilemma anymore, because Angel Skin can now keep ours softer, smoother, and fairer everyday!

Catch their ongoing sale too! 😀

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Look for the AngelSkin Brand Ambassador in the following Watsons branches to avail of the promo:

SM Cubao
Fairview
SM East Ortigas
SM North EDSA
Sta. Lucia East
SM MOA Genex
Robinsons Galleria
Megamall
Marikina
Robinsons Manila

Promo applicable on the following dates only: Oct 7, 8, 14, 15

 

P.S.

Watch out for Angel Skin and I’s early Christmas giveaway! 😀 Yay! More and more reasons to be pretty and merry!

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My ClearLift Treatment  Experience in Facets and Figures

I have been fortunate enough to try various skin treatments from different clinics, and what excited me more about ClearLift Treatment is that, I don’t know anything about it!

I haven’t heard of it, or know someone who actually tried so it roused my curiosity even more.

Based on my research, ClearLift Treatment is a collagen-inducing and skin resurfacing procedure that uses a laser to allow the skin to look more youthful and fairer. This is perfect for anti-aging, and helps a lot in reducing eye puffiness, wrinkles, and dark circles under the eyes.

I am 28, who always sleeps very late at night, and definitely not getting any younger; so I guess I am one of those people who would extremely benefit from this age-defying approach.

I arrived in Facets and Figures Facial and Slimming Spa, and was greeted warmly by one of their staff.

I was briefed that they will be using a laser to help plump my skin to naturally produce collagen. I was wary that this will cause blisters because I am the keloidal-type. Goodie, I was assured that this was non-invasive, and my skin has nothing to worry about.

You can see how my skin needs a lot of aid it can get. ;P

My face was prepped carefully, and my eyes were covered with opaque goggles to protect them from the laser.

Clearlift was systematically done from my chin to cheeks to my nose, then eyes, then lastly towards my forehead. The air above my face smelled very mettalic, although it is something that you shouldn’t worry about.

You might just feel a bit claustrophobic knowing that your eyes are closed, and some weird device is sweeping your face non-stop.

I was a bit sneezy with the smell so I ask my beauty specialist to stop in between the procedure, so I can attend to my nose. Haha 😀

The procedure took about an hour, and the best thing about is that results can already be seen even on the first session!

They recommend at least 6 sessions of ClearLift Treatment would be best to actually show the tantamount difference!

But as you can see, the dark circles and puffiness of my eyes decreased! Yay! And the best part is there are no redness and no downtime! You can quickly return to your skincare and makeup routine the next day! 😀

I highly recommend Clearlift Treatment to all workaholics, and career-driven merfriends out there!

The stress of daily life can be much more terrible, if not prevented or controlled. Aside from the natural way of aging, poor health habits and lack of exercise, improper skin care can result in a catalyzed skin loss of luster and moisture.

So do yourself a favor, and go to Facets and Figures Facial and Simming Spa to get the skin rejuvenation you deserve!

Visit them today at the 2nd Floor of The Rock Lifestyle Hub, Holy Spirit Drive corner De Leon Street, Isidora Hills Subdivision, Quezon City.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FacetsAndFiguresFacialAndSlimmingSpa/

Instagram: @facetsandfigures

You may contact them at facetsandfigures@gmail.com

0917 319 68 30  |  (02) 211 3784  |  (02) 351 1317

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My BeautyMNL Makeup and Skin Care Haul

Shopping online has been a vice since college, and I think there can be no remedy – let alone get my consent. 🙂

How can you stop, when all the things that you want and need are just one click away? The convenience is the total deal breaker on this! Plus, you can use Paypal or your magic cards!

*If you know what I mean! 😉 wink! wink!

I have been wanting to shop and discover amazing new finds in the mall, but I can’t seem to find the time. I have been juggling a fair few things, and a trip to a store can be considered a miracle already!

Good thing, Beauty MNL houses all of these and lets me read about product specifics and score big discounts right in the comforts of my home!

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I was handpicked to give the site a test run,  so my happy finger tips got astray, and found themselves ordering what was supposed to be a 3-4 item filled-shopping cart, but ended stacking more. Please don’t judge me!

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I just love how easy it is to navigate their site. Everything is so organized, and this helped me find the items I need as swift as possible. I also love how they accept PayPal and credit cards for payment.

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To my surprise, I got my beauty package the next day! Considering there was a long weekend ahead! Big thumbs up for that! 😀

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So here is what I got! 😀 I am providing their direct links too! ❤

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L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation (Shade: Golden Beige)

CLAIM TO FAME: An ultra long-lasting foundation with a natural matte finish

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ALL Day HD Smoothing Prep Primer

CLAIM TO FAME: A gel primer that blurs the look of imperfections

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Detail Eye Shadow Primer

CLAIM TO FAME: An eyelid primer that helps intensify the pigmentation of eyeshadows

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Imagic Double-End Highlight and Contour Stick

CLAIM TO FAME: A dual-ended contour stick that delivers natural definition

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Skin Genie Lip and Cheek Stain Alive!

CLAIM TO FAME: An all-natural makeup gel that delivers gorgeous color on lips and cheeks

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Detail Lip Scrub

CLAIM TO FAME: A hydrating scrub that softens and smoothens lips

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AlgyNatural Seaweeds Lotion

CLAIM TO FAME: A lightweight moisturizer for glowing skin all over

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Made by David Organics – Orange and Vanilla Dry Shampoo

CLAIM TO FAME: Get gorgeously bouncy, sweet-smelling and healthy-looking hair in an instant.

(Left – What I Bought / Right – Freebies)

Beauty MNL was such a darling because they even gave me lots of FREEBIES! YAY! 😀 Now, I can try other products and test them for myself without having to buy the regular sized stuff! 😀

Freebies:

Biore Makeup Remover | Esfolio Aloe Vera Moisture Soothing Gel |v&M Naturals Mint Espresso Soap | Glam Glow |Black Beauty Gold Shampoo | Pro Studio Beauty exclusives Tinted Dry Shampoo in Cinnamon & Orange Scent |Stylista Coconut Hair Mask

I can post my reviews on these products in my upcoming posts, so stay tuned merfriends! Which reminds me, that shopping in Beauty MNL is also very uplifting and reassuring as you can also see personal reviews on each item left by the users!

You can even search for specific products and get insights on the users themselves in BEAUTY BY YOU section. You can just key in the product name, and voila!

Are you on Youtube too?

Perhaps you may also want to check out my UNBOXING/UNBAGGING video of this beauty haul! Head on to this link! And maybe subscribe?! 😀

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Reading them aided me in deciding whether I should buy the product or not. Wise move on this feature! 🙂

You can also read Beauty MNL’s in-house magazine, BLOOM to get more beauty, make up, and skin care updates! Just click on the first tab above! 😀

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Find them at:

https://beautymnl.com/

Facebook and Instagram: @beautymnl

You can check out Beauty MNL today and have your very own beauty haul with free shipping starting at P1,500 worth of purchase. Caution – it’s addicting! Once you start, you may never want to stop! 😀

 

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