Monday, August 4, 2014

OOTD: It's A for Ayzee

As I've said in my Great Northern Sale 2014 post, I will be posting OOTDs that will feature the items I got during the sale. So for my first post, I wore one of the Uniqlo tops I bought.

I especially loved this shirt because it's loose and easy to wear with almost anything, and of course because of the letter A print. ;)

I paired it with this school girl-inspired skirt and low-cut black boots to keep it comfortable and edgy at the same time. You guys know I'm not a big fan of heels, right?

I also wanted to point out that a print-on-print ensemble doesn't necessarily mean "busy" or "overwhelming". You just have to make sure that the prints aren't competing with each other; one should be bolder or busier than the other. It also wouldn't hurt if they have similar color(s).

Now who says plus size girls can't rock cute ready-to-wear edgy pieces, hmm?




Top: Uniqlo
Skirt: Forever 21
Boots: Topshop
Hair color: Essensuals Toni & Guy Trinoma

Thursday, July 31, 2014

How To Treat Acne: Benzoyl Peroxide

Lots and lots of anti-acne products are available in the market. Some come in the usual topical form, in a complete skin range and some one should take orally. But what is the best way to treat acne?

Let me tell you how benzoyl peroxide is superior to any medications for acne treatment.

Nowadays, a lot of medications are sprouting out claiming that they can treat acne. But can they really treat acne? For years now, the gold standard of treating mild to moderate acne is the benzoyl peroxide. This is because it is a topical antimicrobial medicine, an oxidizing agent that specifically kills P. acnes, the bacteria that cause acne breakouts. To a lesser extent, it also helps to unblock pores and has an anti-inflammatory effect. BPO is not an antibiotic, and in 50 years of use, there has never been a documented case of BPO bacterial resistance; it is the cornerstone of prescription and over-the-counter acne therapy.

And Proactiv Solution knows that. 



That’s why Proactiv Solution has Micro-crystals (micro-crystal medicine) benzoyl peroxide!
The exclusive form of benzoyl peroxide (BPO) found in the Proactiv 3-Step System’s Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and Repairing Treatment (Step 3). A crystalline BPO that is finely milled in order to achieve the pore penetration required to control the acne cycle. The Proactiv micro-crystal BPO features exceptionally small and uniform particles—designed specifically to penetrate pores faster and to be gentler on the skin.

OTHER WAYS TO TREAT ACNE

PROACTIV SOLUTION VS SOAP 
While it may seem counter-intuitive, harsh scrubbing does not unclog your pores any better than gentle cleansing, and may actually worsen your acne. Cleansing and scrubbing only reduce surface oils and dead skin cells. Many people use harsh products, laden with alcohol and foamy surfactants (detergents) somehow wash the acne off their skin. However, these actions often produce irritation and worsen acne. It is possible to gently unplug pores with fine polyethylene beads that gently relieve impacted pores without irritation. 

Proactiv Solution does not contain any surfactants that can harsh the skin. 

Proactiv® Renewing Cleanser is formulated without the harsh detergents, known as surfactants, found in many other cleansers. I personally use their Deep Cleansing Wash. Surfactants, which are responsible for a sudsy foam and lather, strip skin of its essential oils. As a result, the skin’s barrier becomes damaged and vulnerable to irritation and infection.

PROACTIV SOLUTION VS SALICYLIC ACID
Salicylic acid in a cleanser breaks through the plug but does not kill the P. acnes bacteria, the bacteria that cause acne breakouts.

Acne is caused by a variety of factors that take place below the surface of the skin. That’s why it’s best to gently wash with a medicated cleanser with proven ingredients, like benzoyl peroxide, or sulfur, that can penetrate the skin to help unclog pores, kill bacteria and/or reduce inflammation.

PROACTIV SOLUTION VS. ORAL DRUGS
When acne is severe, dermatologists sometimes prescribe oral drugs like isotretinoin or hormonal pills. There are studies that support that these methods are extremely effective for severe cases, but because of the nature of these drugs there are side effects that make it questionable if the benefits truly outweigh the cost. For example, there were reports in 2010 linking suicidal tendencies and psychotic behaviors among acne patients on isotretinoin. Hormonal pills, which are mainly indicated as a contraceptive sometimes causes water retention, weight gain, mood swings, and in the long run, even breast cancer.

What's the good news? Proactiv Solution does not have these side effects! 

Proactiv Solution is safe and effective in treating and preventing acne. It's more effective than salicylic acid because Proactiv has benzoyl peroxide. It's also much safer than those oral drugs. So if you're still in the market for a solution for your acne problems, give Proactiv Solution a try. 

For more info about Proactiv Solution, visit http://my.proactiv.com.ph.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Great Northern Sale 2014 - Fashion Finds and Filling Food

It's been a while since I posted about fashion, and I couldn't be more excited that this post is about my 
Great Northern Sale experience at SM City North EDSA.



What do I love about going the Great Northern Sale? In case you don't frequent SM City North EDSA (what?! Why?!), it's a mecca for fashionistas; those who are in a reasonable budget up to the ones who can go all out shop 'til their heart's content. They're currently housing some of the newest and trendiest brands that Filipinos, including myself, are going gaga about.

(photo from SM North EDSA's Instagram)

For this year's GNS, I got to go around the mall on a rainy Saturday with Carizza, Rhea and Arnie. When we stopped by Forever 21, we scattered and scouted for stuff that will catch our fancy. I believe I was the one who took so long to decide what to buy that I had to ask the lovely cashier to reserve the items for me for the rest of the day (that's why I don't have anything with me in the photo).






I went back before heading home and bought 3 skirts. They have this promo that if you buy regular-priced items and your total reached at least 2500, you'll get a 500 discount. So instead of paying Php2545, I only paid for 2045. Sweet deal, right?



Uniqlo, being it's only located across Forever 21, was also a stopover. Honestly, I wasn't really a fan.
I think the price is quite steep. But because it's the Great Northern Sale, most of their items are on sale. I also love their collab shirts with Pharell and other music icons. Too bad they no longer have the design I want. :(



This is the design that I want! :(






I bought 2 awesome tops. Their original price was 790 each, but I got them for 490 each. I love these tops because they can really go a long way with my current wardrobe. 



As a beauty blogger, I can get lost in Watson's for hours. My favorite brand is Maybelline, but I've been eyeing on L'Oreal as well. The latter has a new mascara and they've expanded their True Match shades, so that's definitely on my must-try list.











Levi's is such a classic brand, not only because it has been around for a very long time, but also because their jeans never goes out of style. It also boasts of top quality, insuring you'll be wearing them until it doesn't fit you anymore (which only means you should get a new pair. Haha!). 







And what's the perfect way to cap off a fun day of shopping? A REALLY GOOD CHEESY PIZZA. Hooray for Brooklyn Pizza! And check out their wall! <3



Shopping with my fellow fashionistas during the Great Northen Sale at SM City North EDSA really inspired me to create more OOTD and fashion-related posts. Surprisingly, my favorite stop would be Uniqlo. The discounts they offered were pretty good (almost Php300 off!). I really love their shirts especially the ones by Pharell. I love how it promotes individuality and embracing your own uniqueness. SAME is LAME; I couldn't agree more. ;)

Please visit my blog regularly for the OOTD posts featuring the items I got from the Great Northern Sale!


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Start the Trend at The Great Northern Sale 2014



Northern fashionistas unite! Rush to the retail madness as SM City North EDSA with the annual Great Northern Sale happening today, July 18 to July 20. A three-day shopping extravaganza offering up to 70% off on exclusive fashion, dining and even tech treats! Enjoy a blowout of lifestyle experience with great value easy on the pocket! Expect countless fashion discounts all over the mall, which surely will satisfy your fashionista cravings. Discover dining selections at affordable prizes after all the shopping!
The Great Northern Sale from July 18 to 20 offers everything you want at big discounts! This is definitely an event you shouldn’t miss! So better get ready and see you at SM City North EDSA!
For more details on The Great Northern Sale, check out the following sites:

Instagram - www.instagram.com/smnorthedsa

Friday, May 23, 2014

Wen Cleansing Conditioner in Pomegranate - Review and Photos

If you've been following my blog for some time now, you'd know how obsessed I am with my hair. I've been coloring my hair for more than 2 years now, with a lighter shade each time. So it's no surprise that my hair is a bit fragile nowadays. I've invested in a lot of hair treatments and products to cure or at least minimize the damage. I did my homework in what ingredients to look out for before using it on my hair and what I should do to avoid more damage.

The scorching heat brought by the weather here in the Philippines is not helping either. It's really hard to adjust my hair routine because it can either cause excess oil (due to potent products) or let it frizz (very mild products). I was a bit confused on what to do, until I got my hands on WEN Cleansing Conditioner.


Unlike most shampoos that have harsh detergents and sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates (SLS) which make the hair dry, faded, dull, lifeless and frizzy,WEN Cleansing Conditioner cares for your hair without all the harsh ingredients. This revolutionary hair product was created by Chaz Dean (a celebrity-stylist based in the USA) in cooperation with Guthy Renker (makers of Proactiv Solution). They worked together to formulate this new concept in hair cleansing, which is a 5-in-1 formula; this one product takes the place of your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-in conditioner.

What do I love about WEN Cleansing Conditioner? 

It makes my life easier. No, really, it does. I have really long and thick hair, so shampooing and conditioning my hair takes a lot of time. It shortens my bath time which makes my morning routine easier.

It cleanses my hair thoroughly but without lathering and without all the harsh ingredients that may be found in ordinary shampoos so my hair is left with sheen, softness, manageability and better color retention. I usually avoid applying conditioner on my scalp area because that leaves my scalp oily, but with WEN, it doesn't leave my scalp oily or hair greasy, leaving my hair with just the right volume.

I also love the subtle pomegranate scent. It's not too overpowering. The scent doesn't really last all day, but it doesn't make my hair smell awful at the end of the day.

What do I not love about WEN Cleansing Conditioner? 

It's expensive. Hahaha! It retails for P995 (350ml). I also wish it's a bit more moisturizing, but that's just because my hair is really, really dry. If your hair isn't as damaged as mine, it'll work for you just fine.


Just in case you're wondering, here are the key ingredients of WEN Cleansing Conditioner in Pomegranate:

Pomegranate Extract: has anti oxidant properties comparable to wine or green tea. It is also 
incredibly hydrating.

Hydrolized Soy Protein: Protein derived from Soya beans. Increases strength and manageability 

Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice: Healing, moisturizing, anti fungal, antibacterial properties. 

Rosemary Extract: Amazing antioxidant properties, stmulates hair growth and fight scalp 
problems.

Chamomile extract: Calming, soothing with antibiotic and anti inflammatory properties. Also
used for dry and flaky skin. 

Marigold Extract: Helpful as an antiseptic, healing wounds and reducing inflammation/



VERDICT:

 I will repurchase when I don't find something better




Wen Cleansing Conditioner is available in the following stores: 

Selected SM Department Stores: 
SM MOA, SM Makati, SM Southmall, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall

Proactiv Branches:
GF of Glorietta 2, 2F of Trinoma, GF of Marquee

Door to Door Delivery Hotlines 
Landline: 729-2222
Globe Provincial: 1-800-8-729-8888
PLDT Provincial: 1-800-10-889-4444
Mobile No.: 0917-801-8888

Friday, April 18, 2014

Beauty Haul | Essence Makeup

Another Beauty Haul! Haha! This time it's from Essence. :)

I've been watching and reading lots of raves about this brand, particularly their foundations.
They're surprisingly affordable for a foreign brand, which is probably why they're such a hit among Filipinas. I've already tried all of them at least twice now, and so far they're pretty good.

My favorite is their BB cream which I've been using almost everyday for a month now. It provides light coverage so if you don't have much to hide, this will work for you perfectly. I still need to use concealer and powder though. I also love the fact that it has SPF30!

Least favorite would be the mascara. I don't hate it, but it's not the best I've tried. It still smudges and gives me raccoon eyes after a few hours, which is not surprising at all since I live in a very humid country. Good thing it's not that expensive. I'd still use it though but I'll make sure I have makeup wipes in my bag.

Their coverstick is perfect for my shade, but I wish it lasts longer. It also feels a little dry, so if you'll be using it on your under-eye area, make sure you apply an eye cream first. I've only tried their Soft Touch Mousse foundation twice so I still need to use it more to give you a better feedback, but so far it's pretty good. I think it's even better than Maybelline's. :)




Any review request? Leave a comment below or contact me via my Facebook page! :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hair Styling Products | Signature, Heatless Curls And New Hair Color

I grew up sporting really short hair. I was always getting a haircut every month because new haircuts excite me (though some of those cuts ended up as a disaster). It was also practical for me since I always like sleeping a little longer in the morning. Who doesn't love those extra minutes of snooze?!

It was only in 2009 when I was about to graduate college when I started to grow my hair out. When I met Dyms in 2010, I really got inspired to grow it as long as I could so I can style it any way I want. :)

Back to the present, I stopped getting my hair rebonded and finally embraced my natural waves and just go nuts with hair color. I'm currently rocking "Roseo Red" hair color, care of my parlorista neighbor. Haha! :)

Freshly retouched red hair (latest color)

I'm always asked on how I style my hair. Before, I always rely on my trusted Babyliss Curling Iron and heat-protectant spray to achieve my signature curls. (I still use it every now and then especially when I'm going out.)

natural hair (2012)
blonde care of palty (2013)

But when I finally left the BPO industry and lived a normal (dayshift!) life, I no longer have the time to style my hair every morning. Plus, the regular exposure to hot tools will damage my already-fragile hair. 

So what do I do? Heatless curls, baby!

Heatless curls (Blue Violet Hair)

Heatless curls (Faded Roseo Red Hair)

What do I use to achieve heatless curls?

Fantasy Party Volume Curling Cream
I use Fantasy Party Volume Curling Cream. It creates natural waves without the crunchy factor that some mousse gives. It holds the curls for a long time too. This is my go-to hair curling cream. It's my favorite and I use it almost everyday. And did I mention it smells really good, too? :)


Snoe Hair Heroes Super Fresh Texturizing Spray
I also use Snoe Hair Heroes Super Fresh Texturizing Spray to achieve the perfect beach waves hair. My only woe about this product is that it dries my hair out (probably because of the sea salt ingredient). I rarely use this because of that.


Richenna Volume Up Magic
When I feel like my hair feels a little limp and flat, I spray some Richenna Volume Up Magic. It works well for both straight hair and curls.

So these are what I'm currently using to style my hair. Wanna know what hair care products I'm currently into? Check this out. :)


Any review request? Leave a comment below or contact me via my Facebook page! :)