Find Form and Function with CND’s Creative Play Gel Polish Summer 2019 Collection

Summer girls have different ways of expressing their vibe during their most favorite season, including me. It is a known fact that aside from the lips, nails are the absolute accessory of women that are part of the body. And they just call “Hey it’s summer, aren’t you gonna paint or glam us up?”

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True enough, nail trends have been on a great evolution ever since the very first nail polish has hit our shores.

In the 50s, classic red nails were the bomb, straid neutral palettes came by on the 60s that rocked ladies, and then we had gorgeous metallic almost donned in every female nail in the 70s. Fluoro and neon hues were reigned in the 80s, as they were succeeded by the deep angsty colors of the 90s.

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The flow of the century created major breakthroughs as far as the fanciful nail industry is concerned. Golly, I even remember using my dad’s white liquid paper when I was 5.

The beauty and fashion scene have seen the different colors of the decades, from French tips to demure nude tints then to the mesmerizing and intricate nail art, who’s to say that we can’t be blown away with today’s take on nail artistry?

“We’re still big fans of the elaborate techniques showcasing beautiful nail art popularized in recent years; or the classic colors and hues that are trademarks of great eras, but we find the creativity behind the return of basic and bold hues very refreshing,” says Arvin Amaro, Brand Manager.

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The trend somehow is entailed to be a combination of stability and functionality. After all, your hands, your manicure should still make a statement, but that’s difficult to do when your fingertips are crowded with rhinestones, plus you have to carry your baby like I do.

So instead you turn to color and quality instead, but of course it has to be durable as it is head-turning!

If you think we are asking too much from a nail polish, think again. Because I am bunnyhopping with glee as CND’s Creative Play collection is up for the challenge, and wins with flying colors!

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A week ago, I had my nails done using CND’s Creative Play. I was super amazed because they are really sturdy and resilient, despite me carrying my clingy baby the entire pampering time. And even up to today, as I am typing this down, my gel polish is still all intact. No chipping, no kidding!

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As you can see, I am that summer girl who wants to express herself through her nails, so I chose a mermaid pattern as it represents my blog and my passion project.

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Seriously, this gel polish holds! This is a perfect polish for moms like me who does a lot at home, and for girls who are planning on going to their summer getaways!

So where do you get them, merfriends?

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Just visit Nailogy. I went to the branch in Robinsons Magnolia, and the staff is very nice and patient! Calum is extra clingy that day (might be a growth spurt!) so he has to be on my lap the entire time, which made the whole pampering session challenging, as it is for me and my nail fairies!

So before you head out for your sunny adventures, it’s a must to visit Nailogy branches (Robinsons Place Ermita, Robinsons Galleria or Hypermart Pasig) and be sure to ask and try the CND Creative Play Summer Collection!

 

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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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5 Things a Blogger Thinks When It Rains

Aside from singing “rain, rain go away, come again another..” I don’t even want to finish it, and make it come back another day.

Living in Marikina, rain has been such a commonplace that “baha” is part of the community vocabulary, and everyone just knows how to prepare.

I remember waking up with my Mom putting our things heights above their original places because she knows that the flood is one tricky b*tch. Oops. Sorry.

But again, aside from singing it, I can’t help but wonder and think about a lot of things when it rains. Especially now that I have some time on my hands; which I struggle to juggle wholeheartedly, as a shoe designer, public speaker, and a content creator both for the blog and vlog.

Pondering if there are also others who think the same way? Probably yes, probably not.

Here they are:

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  1. More time to catch on backlogs! Yay!

I think fellow bloggers agree! Haha 😀 Finally some time to create those posts, and mind you, it takes a lot to create! Haha Let alone find inspiration! I have loads on my list right now, so time to fix my blog calendar! 😀

  1. Oh my, I have to cancel on the event!

It happened this morning actually! I have to go to an event in BGC today but had to cancel because hello, baha sa tapat ng bahay namin! :O

Well look on the brighter side, we can use today to make other productive things!

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  1. Mr. Sun, where are you? I need natural light for my flatlays!

I don’t have those fancy gadgets yet for my photography, so I really rely on a natural light when taking product photos, especially those I will use for Instagram. So yeah, re-schedule! And better wake up around 10am or else our images will be loaded with shadows! 😛

  1. I hope the typhoon won’t cut my signal!

Yes, praying so hard it won’t! The posts need to be out there, and the line is long! 😀

  1. This bed-weather is making me sleepy to blog!

And the main caveat in this – is the weather. It’s just soooo conducive for relaxation and taking a break from all the hustles of work. So you may have to put up a fight from your bed, and stay seated on your work-desk! 😀

One more thought, and I think the most important of them all is to “Stay safe and dry!” I hope and pray the typhoon will stop and pass soon, so we can all celebrate our happy mornings and beautiful days again!

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The Skin Bureau Pretty Political Ultimate Facial Set Review

I was really giddy to try The Skin Bureau Pretty Political Ultimate Facial Set. They come in really cute packaging, and I was so excited to try how these locally made products are perfect for girls, even for as young as 13.

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I have occasional breakouts and I was hoping these would help. That’s why, I tried them for a month to see the results.

The Skin Bureau is a brand of skincare products owned by Nurse Pharmaceuticals.

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The Skin Bureau Political Ultimate Facial Set is made up of the following:

  1. President Pretty Soap
  2. Beauty Queen Party Day Toner
  3. Charming Campaign Day Gel
  4. Gorgeous Allegation Night Toner
  5. Cabinet of Allure Night Cream

 

The President Pretty Soap

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This product gently removes dead skin cells without drying your skin. It is also an anti-oxidant soap, perfect for keeping your skin healthy.

I was really surprised with this product because they deliver really good results! My face was brighter and clearer!

Pros:

  • Brightens skin
  • Removes makeup even without using a makeup remover
  • Softens and smoothens skin
  • Blemishes looked lighter

Cons:

  • Stingy
  • Easily melts (I suggest you cut it in half to lengthen longevity)

 

Beauty Queen Party Day Toner

This toner fights acne and removes the dirt and excess oil to prevent breakouts. Actually, ever since I started using this my pimples started to decrease in number, and for some reason they sort of stopped appearing. So I can say it is really effective!

Pros:

  • Acne will considerably diminish
  • Removes excess dirt and makeup residue
  • Clears skin effectively

Cons:

  • Dries skin
  • A little prickly to breakouts (As we all call it, “tiis ganda” and “No pain, no gain!”)

 

Charming Campaign Day Gel

I like how this feels on my skin even when I am just home. It glides smoothly on the skin, and preps my face just right before I put on my makeup.

Pros:

  • Good makeup base
  • Moisturizes skin well
  • Prevents skin damage from the sun and pre-mature aging
  • Small amount is already enough for face and neck

Cons:

  • Doesn’t dry quickly
  • Reminds of me of Sebo de Macho’s smell

 

Gorgeous Allegation Night Toner

Your pores are unlogged and leaves skin texture refined and feeling smooth and fresh!

Pros:

  • Removes excess oil, dirt and makeup
  • My face feel refreshed after using this!
  • Leaves face cold and pores feels tightened

Cons:

  • A little stingy for the skin, only you have acne

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What I love about this is that my skin feels so moisturized, and I wake up with a very fresh aura.

Pros:

  • Moisturizes effectively
  • Smoothens skin
  • Restores Elasticity

Cons:

  • Scent can be improved

 

I have read different results from other users, so I guess it would still vary depending on  your skin’s properties and PH.

But overall, I love this beauty set! It may not be perfect on all sides, but they have given me wonderful results!

The main takeaways for this is that my blemishes faded a great deal, and I have a brighter and clearer skin! Pimples hardly appear anymore! 😀

Thank you The Skin Bureau for restoring my face’s brightness and moisture!

Try the The Skin Bureau Pretty Political Ultimate Facial Set for P1,299/set and get yours at:

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

Contact: 0927 603 2250
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International Beauty Expert is in Manila, Thanks to Clarence!

What an amazing year to be beautiful! 😀

No reason to procrastinate about beauty now, with all the available services in the metro today, and competing prices, we beauty enthusiasts have no excuse to achieve the best skin care we deserve!


I got invited to the PicoWay beauty technology launch in Clarence MD, and got the chance to meet an international beauty expert!


Clarence Anti-Aging, Slimming and Dermatology Centre, the first and only one in the Philippines to have the PicoWay technology, brings international beauty expert Kristi Burns to the Philippines. Burns is a Clinical Application Manager of Queensland, Northern Territory and New Zealand at Syneron Candela Corporation Australia Pty Ltd. She has extensive background within the beauty, medical and aesthetic skin industries and expertise in skin care and stakeholder relationship development.

Kristi holds an Advance Diploma in Beauty Therapy, a Certificate in Aromatherapy, and a Laser Safety Certificate. In the last 10 years, Kristi specialised on the entire Syneron Candela product range as well as cosmeceutical skin and treatment after care. In her clinical educator role, she works closely with several respected medical physicians and clinic owners both domestically and internationally.


Kristi is currently looking after SyneronCandela customers in Australia and New Zealand. With her excellent understanding of the skin and its behaviour she advises customers on how essential it is to manage the expected results of the different laser procedures performed during various pigmentation disorders, conditions and concerns, acne, vascular irregularities skin resurfacing and tattoo removal treatments.


In 1999, Kristi operated her own Aesthetic Clinic business, and has since worked for several remarkable organizations, where she underwent rigorous training in cosmeceutical active result driven skincare and advanced aesthetic laser, skin resurfacing and IPL procedures. Kristi has been using advanced medical grade technology for over 15 years and became the subject matter expert for Medical Grade Laser’s and IPL devices.

“The coming of Kristi Burns to the Philippines is an honor for Clarence as we both believe that beauty is attainable through state-of-the-art but cost-efficient procedures,” says Dr. Joan Clarence Morallo, head of Clarence MD.





I also happen to score an Underarm PicoWay Treatment! Yay! But to make things more exciting, we had first dibs on witnessing the fast delivery and more effective results of PicoWay Treatment.

One of the bloggers was able to try their PicoWay Tattoo Removal, and the results were astounding!

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Photo Credits : https://www.facebook.com/ClarenceMakati/

Would you believe it happened in less than 30 minutes? Woah! This is a game-changer!




Clarence MD is a one-stop center with a variety of non-invasive, safe and proven methods to enhance body shapes and improve appearances.

Besides Picos, Clarence offers anti-aging treatments, body slimming and contouring procedures, and facials and peels such as the Hydra Facial, Clear and Brilliant, Thermage, Doublo-SHIFU, HIFU Double-S Face and Neck lifting and tightening, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), Dermal fillers, Botox, CoolSculpting, NIR Firmage, Cellulishock, Mesotherapy, Thermawrap, M-Tone, Ultralight Tripollar, RF Monopolar, LipoContour, Aqualyx, Acne Treatment, Medical Facial, Diamond Peel, Diamond Peel Extreme, and Glycolic Peel.

You may find them at:

Address: 2nd Flr. Mila Holdings Bldg., 28 Jupiter St. Corner Astra St., Bel Air
Makati 1200

(02) 897 2348

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

Website: www.clarencemd.com

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My Korean Facial Therapy Experience at O2 Laser Skin Center

Annyeong!

I have always admired Koreans’ skin. They are poreless, youthful, and undoubtedly flawless! 🙂

It is no wonder that most of the skincare products I use are made from their country. And Korean skin clinics and salons have already established themselves as a credible skincare and beauty provider.

That is why I was soooo stoked when I was invited to try O2 Korean Facial Therapy! 😀

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Their signature facial is a therapeutic treatment formulated to deeply cleanse, rejuvenate and hydrate leaving you a more radiant and revitalized skin.

This 90 minutes facial therapy comes with a relaxing and firming face and shoulder massage which reinvigorates the skin and relieves stress.

Perfect for people who want to be refreshed and relaxed at the same time, just like me!

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This should be exciting because the last facial treatment I had was almost 7 years ago! Haha 😛 I was just so scared that these treatments will cause more damage than good! But my braveheart and beauty instinct told me that this is something I shouldn’t miss!

So here are the things you should expect when you have your O2 Korean Facial Therapy:

1st Step: Cleanse.

Cleansing the face with their Cleansing Milk and Cleansing Gel. This step will involve removal of makeup (if patient has any on) and dirt from the environment.

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2nd Step: Scrubber.

Using a machine, they will scrub off deep seated dirt for a more thorough cleansing.

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3rd Step: Ultrasonic.

Using a special gel, a flat device emitting heat is made to go around the whole face. This helps open and soften the pores to prepare it for extraction.

I was so used with overhead steam in opening pores to allow impurities’ extraction. so this was new to me. Or am I too outdated already after my 7-year hiatus from facial treatments?

Nevertheless, I was advised that the ultrasonic machine is more upscale and healthier for the skin!

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4th Step: Extraction/Pricking of Whiteheads, Blackheads, Pimples.

Now, this is the one I was dreading! As I made my way to the clinic, I was so oblivious that this is part of what’s going to happen to me that day!

I mean, I had facials before but I was only thinking that today’s treatment was more of like a cream-spreading activity only, and no pricking!

I was a bit anxious because a friend actually had a bad experience with one skin salon, and I don’t want my skin to have accidental dents like she had!

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Surprisingly, they weren’t that painful! And I didn’t shed a tear! My facial therapist was really good, and she’s very careful and strategizes effectively to ease the pain whenever she attempts to stick the needle!

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5th Step: Destressing.

This is done through a relaxing face, shoulder and back massage using their special Korean massage oil for 10-15 minutes.

I know, this is a skin care salon, but you have to give them additional brownie points for giving a rejuvenating massage! As in, super narelax talaga ako!

I know I was drifting to sleep already!

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6th Step: Antioxidant Infusion.

Using another machine, they infused a high-end Vitamin C from Korea which helps lighten the skin as well as slow down the aging process. In this treatment, you will feel a mild stinging sensation, especially in the bony areas. This is the machine infusing the Vitamin C inside your skin.

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I felt the tinge and electrifying sensation, but nothing to worry! It was too mild, you’ll only feel a tickle!

7th Step: Calming and Anti aging.

Cold Collagen mask is applied and left on the face for 10-15 minutes. This is another anti-aging procedure and the cool sensation of the mask will help reduce the redness from the extraction done prior.

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I know, I look like a mummy! Haha 😀 But as claustrophobic it may seem, it is my favorite part! I can really feel the rich mask seeping down my skin to make it look healthier and more radiant!

8th Step: Removal of mask and application of Moisturizer and Sun protection Korean creams.

This procedure settled everything, and I was happy they already put sunblock, because I will be going to another event after.

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A nice selfie with Dr. Cherry Ann Co, the Resident Dermatologist sealed this great deal! I even had the most opportune moment to consult her about my skin dilemmas! Thank you so much for being gracious and patient with my questions! 😀

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I’ve been trying their Cleansing Milk, Moisturizing Toner and Sunblock for almost a month now! 🙂 And my skin feels more youthful everyday! 😀

This beautiful change is a kickstart into my journey of achieving a smoother, healthier and more radiant skin!

I will definitely come back for my next session! 🙂 Can you believe that this amazing treatment only costs P1,200? It’s super sulit, and totally worth it! No need for you to fly to Korea just to experience Korean skin care! 🙂

You may visit them at Ground Unit A, Waypoint Building, 4 Bayani Road, AFPOVAI
Taguig 1634.

Contact details:
0920-836-1132 / 0928-874-0580 / (02) 512-8315

http://www.o2laserskincenter.com
https://www.facebook.com/O2laserskincenter/

I highly recommend their services! So go and book an appointment today!

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