Luminous White 4D and How It Can Erase Your Dark Past

Even the very dark ones!

Hello merfriends! Please don’t be baffled by the title! I am referring to tattoos and dark spots here because I just found the answer to your prayers!

While we can’t do anything to upturn life’s darkest moments, we can sure maximize this awesome innovation by treating the leftover scars and unwanted physical memoirs!

A week ago I happen to attend Clara International Skin and Body’s Grand Launch for a new service that’s bound to elevate the standards of skin care.

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I was quite shocked how near it was to our place. 😀

I have tried different skin clinics and aesthetic centres but what impressed me so much about Clara is that apart from offering cutting-edge skin care services, they are also known to offer natural whitening treatments! They have placed great emphasis in utilizing all-natural product resources to ensure safe, effective and amazing results!

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Today though we were introduced to the new technology from Slovenia called – Luminous White 4D.

It has the ability to remove all common pigmented lesions and a wide array of tattoo colors.

Since I don’t have any tattoos, I will definitely benefit from this by having my acne scars and dark spots treated. Not to mention the pesky little wounds I earned from clumsiness. Hehe :p

How does it work?

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The laser delivers an intense beam of light that is absorbed by skin pigments (melanin) only. Melanin is destroyed, but the surrounding skin tissues are left unharmed. Unlike topical creams, laser energy can seep deeper into the skin, hence being able to target strong pigmentations.

Additional benefits?

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This treatment will definitely tighten skin, and provide over-all rejuvenation. The laser energy may stimulate collagen production and remodelling that will improve skin elasticity. It may also reduce pore size (yay!) and permanently decrease fine hairs.

 

Is it painful for tattoo laser removal?

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You may feel a mild discomfort as it mimics the sensation brought about by a hot pin repeatedly pricking the skin. Although many reported that it is more tolerable than the tattooing procedure itself. Black tattoo pigments absorb more laser energy that is why it is easiest to treat. Generally, you may need 5 to 10 sessions to remove black tattoos, but more treatment sessions may be needed for more complex colored tattoos.

 

Any side-effects?

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Contrary to popular belief that laser treatments cause thinning of the skin, this skin technique does not.  It may sometimes elicit temporary mild redness and dryness, but these are natural skin reactions to heat and are normal.

Actually, it even improves skin elasticity as it induces collagen synthesis, leading to dermal layer thickness and skin collagen fiber density.

 

Things to do after treatment?

You may have to avoid the sun for a month, and use sunscreen of at least SPF25. Occasionally, the treated skin may feel dry, so do not skip moisturizer to soothe your skin.

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Clara International Skin and Body are located in the following branches:

QUEZON CITY BRANCH

Sunshine Boulevard Plaza Unit 1 S 2nd floor, 1328 Quezon Ave cor. Scout Santiago, Quezon City

(+632) 374 61 54   |   (+632) 374 09 74

GREENHILLS BRANCH

21 Eisenhower St., Greenhills, San Juan

(+632) 997 33 03

 

Website: http://www.clarainternationalph.com

Facebook: ClaraSkinandBodyCentre

Drop by and book your appointments today! 😀

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7-Days to Forever:  Bride-to-Be Beauty Guide before the Wedding

Hi merfriends!

I know, I know! I was sooooo MIA the past month, and I’ve been really busy taking some time settling into married life. I don’t want to say adjust, because I am pretty comfortable with everybody in my new life right now, so that’s a wonderful bonus!

Now, with all the time that I’m gone, I believe I have quite left some piled blogwork to do. And since I’m still under the wedding high, expect to read tying-the-knot-kind of posts. Bear with me! Hehe :p Consider this an advance preview on what’s to come once it’s your turn to walk down the aisle!

Now with all the preparations and meetings and DIYs you have to make, it’s a little inevitable to feel stressed and rattled about the whole thing. And for me, mine took its toll when I developed some unwanted zits on my face. 😦

Not to mention I had to do last-minute beauty trips to the salon the night before my wedding!

So here are some of my tips to enjoy a beauty-blunder free self and ensure that beauty glow on your big day.

7 Days Before

Be religious in your skin care regimen. Do not be lazy in washing and moisturizing your face. I have tried Bellisima Egg White Skin Whitening Beauty Soap and it worked wonders for me.

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It egg-citingly whitens and lightens skin. It removes dead skin cells and gives an immediate glow. This sweet egg-shaped beauty soap tightens skin, lifts face without redness, and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

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And it doesn’t hurt how fragrant it smelled! 😀 It also helped me dry up my pimples. I really noticed how soft my face turned after using it for a week.

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You can see my little pimple lump on the right. It used to be bigger and more alive days before. Goodie this soap helped me tame it, and look dormant for my big day.

It’s the perfect beauty soap for a bride-to-be! And you can also Bellisima Egg White both for face and body. 🙂

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6 Days Before

Decide your hairstyle and color. I realized that going out of the house to personally attend a beauty matter needs to be addressed first than those you can just do at home.

 

Since I had 3 bleaches already for 2017, and my then-fiance missed my brown hair, I decided to have an ombre. I picked a brown hue to mask my black roots and to do away with the bleaching and let my hair and scalp rest.

 

I totally felt like my old and current self, rolled into one – my old and new haircolor, together. 😀

5 Days Before

Exercise and run just to get the jitters out, and to detoxify. I personally haven’t done this because I was busy doing a lot of DIYs, but if I could do it all over again (or maybe I can, on our church wedding next year) I definitely would.

Or you could go to a spa instead. It’s nice to de-stress and rejuvenate. Your muscles are craving for that much awaiting massage and it’s going to be good for your circulation. And while you’re at it, it wouldn’t hurt to also avail a lavender or strawberry-flavored body scrub.

4 Days Before

This is something I haven’t done, but would definitely want to if time permitted or if I am not wearing my braces. You could go and have your teeth whitened for that beaming mega-watt smile that’s perfect for your wedding photos, and of course for your groom, – and guests. Haha 😀

I have seen so many prices offered by dental clinics and sessions can range from 7,000 to 21,000, depending on required sessions.

So go to your dentist and ask for this service. I would personally do this once my metal babies come off. Hopefully by 2019! 😀

3 Days Before

Get your underarms waxed. And whatever part you need to wax or threaded, just like your eyebrows. It’s another trip to the salon that you need to fulfil being the righteous and responsible bride you are. 😉

2 Days Before

Last trip to the salon, or you could just do this at the comforts of your home. Paint your nails. Just go with the simple and classy ones – French tip manicure, colorless, all-white or platinum. Skip the red and colorful ones.

I personally discourage nail art and bedazzled manicure because they look so messy and tacky for the occasion, and of course in the photos.

1 Day Before

Now that you are all ready, glammed up and pretty, you can now pause and breathe to write your vows.

Writing your vows on the day is also a cute thing to do, but trust me the jitters and the overwhelming nervousness may be too much to handle. Plus a lot of things can happen,a nd you might not be able to have a clear head to write them down.

So do yourself a favour, and your fiancé, write down your vows. When you’re relaxed, it’s easy to convey all your heart’s desires into writing. 😉

And on the day, just breathe. You’re going to get married to the man of your dreams, and the love of your life. What can go wrong? Just let go and enjoy each moment while it lasts.

Happy preps ladies, and advance best wishes!

Now a Mrs.,

Via Galang-Tancuan

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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Credits: My Beauty Ways

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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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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How to Achieve a Killer Smile with GumAlive

Just like most teen girls, I also had my fair share of insecurities. You see, I always wanted to have a nice smile, but since I wasn’t gifted with a good set of teeth, I just have to resolve to other means.

Either I smile without exposing my pearly whites, which is a bit difficult considering how protruding my upper set was; smile a bit while consciously forcing my lower lip forward to create an illusion that my upper set wasn’t too accelerative, or the safest, but also the saddest, is to not smile at all. Period.

Either way, these methods only remind me that I can only do so much; that is why I envisioned myself to self-invest one day.

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Investing in ourselves is always a good thing, especially if the improvement directs you to your goal, the common good, and it enhances your quality of life. So I got braces! Haha

My parents paid for my first one back in college in 2007, but since I am not quite satisfied with the results, I switched dentists. So tadaa, after 10 years, I still look like my college self, only with ginger hair! Haha 😀

Now that I am on the road to get my dream smile, there is only one thing left! How do I maintain it and how do I keep my dental health in place?

So I guess we have to start with what we’re always used to – toothpaste and mouthwashes.

Can I just say I have never been more thankful for blogging than I am today? I got invited to the Bloggers’ Meeting of GumAlive Toothpaste, the first mouth spa in the world. And I was pretty psyched about this product.

I didn’t blog about it after the event because I want to at least try it out first, and let my friends use it, so that I can document their review as well.

So, here’s what you have to know.

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GumAlive is a Thai product that is made with organic ingredients, so you’re sure that everything’s healthy and good even for the most sensitive teeth.

In line with this, GumAlive brings oral health to a new peak by spearheading the concept “The Way Nature Made It”, providing true wellness by natural elements, as it doesn’t contain parabens, SLS and Flouride.

It is also the first mouthspa toothpaste with the integration of “Bodhical” Extract, a substance derived from the widely known sacred fig tree.

There are three variants, and so far my favourite is the GumAlive Fresh Breath.

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GumAlive Fresh Breath

Commonly, we brush our teeth in the evening, only to worry for a bad breath in the morning – not exactly a great start to greet your honey or family. But the most amazing part here is, just when you thought that all toothpastes are made equally the same, they’re actually not.

GumAlive Fresh breaks that myth! Woah! You should try it!

Using this cutting-edge mouth care isn’t like ordinary tooth brushing. The first time I used it, I noticed that it doesn’t bubble that much at the beginning because it neutralizes your mouth’s PH primarily. Our mouth is naturally acidic, same as the toothpaste we generally use.

Consequently, GumAlive is alkaline, which explains the absence of the bubbles. And this mouthspa just leaves your entire buccal cavity minty and fresh.

The two other variants are Natural Whitening and Special Gum Care.

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The good thing about this brand is that they have a specific product on targeted needs. Like Special Gum Care. I believe this is so helpful for those who are suffering from tooth decay and toothaches. It alleviates pain and supports overall dental health.
One keynote I highly value is that I learned in the launch that women who suffer toothaches normally have reproductive issues. So if you’re having sudden concerns with your teeth, better have yourself checked by a doctor. There may be an underlying cause to that.

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I highly recommend this product, but you have to experience it to believe it.

GumAlive retails for P395 a tube, and is available at Cash & Carry, UniMart, Fisher Mall, Makati Supermart in Alabang, and selected Mercury Drug stores.

Follow GumAlive Philippines in Facebook and in their website.

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My fiancé and our families are using it now. So maybe it’s about time to change your toothpaste brand, don’t you think?

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