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Shiseido: Beauty Exchange + Giveaway!

Saturday, August 5, 2017 Philippines


SHISEIDO'S BEAUTY EXCHANGE + GIVEAWAY!

Phew! I just finished checking all the entries for my July Giveaway and I am not sure why Rafflecopter is malfunctioning but congratulations to Johanna Mae Bunjan for winning with your Blog Post Comment! Please email me or DM me in my Instagram account so I could ship your new Maybelline Eyebrow Gift Set

Anyway, last July, Shiseido was so generous to give Shiseido Gift Certificates in exchange to emptied skincare bottles and makeup containers of ANY brand. Yup, you read that right, any brand!


It was a good thing that I saved up some of my empty bottles and containers! I am supposed to be using it for a blog post titled "My Empties" but heck, gift certificates first!

Since the gift certificates will expire this August 2017, I will be giving away 1000php for each winner and I will be choosing three winners! Why 500php? Because you can only use one GC per transaction. I will run this giveaway for a short time only so you could get and use it immediately! (GIveaway open to Philippine residents only.)

My suggestion? Buy their foundation, skincare (I recommend White Lucent) or their facials! Use the gift certificates to avail 500php discount! (Example: Buy their lipstick which costs 1100php and pay 600php only with the use of GC.)

Good luck! :)

L'Oreal: Illuminating Pure Clay Mask

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Philippines


PRODUCT REVIEW: L'OREAL'S ILLUMINATING PURE CLAY MASK

Makeups and skincare products are my kryptonites. These are the items that I simply just cannot resist! Instead of my body, this sort of "kryptonites" weakens my wallet. LOL. That is why when I saw that L'Oreal now released their own pure clay masks, I immediately got myself one! (Another damage to my wallet hahaha!)

I love masks whether it is through clay, gel or sheets. There is something about masks that makes me want to use it all the time! There are currently three kinds released by L'Oreal but I chose the Illuminating first for the first type that I wanted to try. (Another variant will be added late this year.)

As advised by people from L'Oreal, I should buy it directly from Lazada because it is on its introductory price. Instead of 499php, they sell it for only 399php with free shipping! (Plus, I also got free sachets of shampoos inside my package! Double yay!)


There are different uses and targets of each mask created in the market but this one from L'Oreal is designed to illuminate the skin. It means that it will exfoliate the skin to reveal a soft and radiant looking skin. 

Will it be able to make my skin soft and radiant? Let us find out!

Brand: L'Oreal

Type: Pure Clay Mask

Variant: Illuminating

Weight: 50g

Product Description: 




Ingredients: 


Pros: 

I love its jar packaging! It makes the product look expensive and it looks nice on your vanity table when on display. 


The jar has a protective cap to avoid spillage and contamination of the product. I love it when brands do think of this small details. 

Removing clay masks can be devastating but the results that clay masks can do is always worth the shot. I cannot achieve the softness of my skin that I do get from masks compared with exfoliation products and moisturizers. 

I always wanted my skin to look fresh and radiant that is why I chose this variant first for me to try. Was I able to achieve it? Check out my before and after photos below: 


The verdict? Yes! I can see the difference instantly. My skin looked like I had a recent facial done. I don't care if the red spots on my skin were intensified because it was able to lighten up the look of my whole face which is more important for me. I think my few acne just acted up because of the exfoliation process done by the ingredient Lemongrass extract and beads. 

The shine on my skin is not oil instead it is radiant. This is also due to the British Kaolin Clay included in the clay's ingredients. 

My skin feels so smooth and soft, I love touching it to feel its improvement to my skin!

Application is easy and a small amount can cover a lot of area already. It just means that this jar will last long too! Yay! 

For a clay mask, it only requires you to soak your skin for 10 minutes before removing it. Unlike other clay masks that needs at least 20 to 30 minutes before removal. This will save you a lot of time to do other things. I apply it before I go shower at night. It is best used after cleansing the face. I use Maybelline Micellar Water before I apply this. 

The good thing with L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks, I can use all variants together on spots where it is needed. It is very versatile. 

The scent is great and reminded me of usual products used on facials and spas. Smelling it adds to the relaxation while doing your skincare routine. 

Overall, I love it and I cannot wait to try the other variants. I would love to use this everyday but the recommended use is only twice to three times a week. Remember, too much exfoliation is also bad for your skin. 

This jar is affordable for only 499php! It reminded me of Glam Glow's effect to the skin but this is way cheaper!

Cons: 

There is no spatula included but you can just use your own spatula at home or if you are a nurse like me, you can use a tongue depressor. Just make sure not to scrape it directly into your skin. 

SWATCH:



Buy again? 100%

Overall Rating: 5/5

Price: 499php (Buy it in Lazada while it is still on sale at 399php!)

Where to buy? Lazada

How To Save A Life With Love Hope Faith

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Philippines


HOW TO SAVE A LIFE WITH LOVE HOPE FAITH

"Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend, somewhere along in the bitterness. And I would have stayed up with you all night, had I known how to save a life..." okay...the song is not related to my blog post but it is the song that came to my mind when I found out about this watch. 

Are you thinking of buying a new watch? I bought one after reading from my co-worker that half of its proceeds will go to pediatric cancer patients' medicines. As you know, I am a pediatric nurse and I have a soft spot for children and when I learned about it, I immediately bought one for me and my boyfriend. 

This watch is being sold by Love Hope Faith Organization and each watch only costs 250php! Love Hope Faith (LHF) is an all-Filipino social enterprise founded to assist cancer patients. All the products they sell, half of it will go to be donated for cancer patients. Their aim is to provide affordable products to the Filipinos and at the same time, still giving back to the community. 

The watch is simple and yet it looks nice. It is perfect for my work because it is affordable and I will not worry that it will get stained. 




The inscription on the watch's face also suits my profession as a nurse. Life Saver. The watch was made in Japan and is in great quality. 


There are many colors available. You can follow them on their Facebook account for updates. This post is not sponsored, I voluntarily bought the watch because I wanted to help and I am sharing the information so that I could spread more help. Buy a watch and be a life saver!

Realities of Being A Nurse: Sentiments and Joys

Monday, July 31, 2017 Philippines


REALITIES OF BEING A NURSE: SENTIMENTS AND JOYS

Being a nurse was not my first choice when I graduated back in High School but my Mom insisted that I go with this course while my Dad wanted me to get anything that is related to medical field. At that time, I am not yet sure of what I REALLY want so I prepared myself and thought that wearing white uniform might be cool. 

There are a lot of ups and downs in being a nurse. I will be sharing some of my thoughts (or hugot!) for today though and I hope that you forgive me for posting something that is more personal and non-beauty related. 

One thing that I just want to clear before you proceed reading, it does not mean that I do not appreciate being a Nurse even though I am feeling burned-out right now. Caring for patients and making a difference in their life is a fulfilling feeling that I am sure I will not be able to get in other fields. 

But why do I write this post today? It is because I am feeling a little emotional. I cannot tell my family because they want me to still pursue my career as a nurse and even my boyfriend wants me to continue practicing what I studied for four years and took a board exam for. (He is also a practicing nurse like me.) Basically, I do not have someone to talk to that will understand me. That is one of the reasons that I post it here on my blog because I know that they will not be reading it. (I hope!)

I am someone who does not rant online specially on my blog. I love blogging but only for my reviews and experiences but never for personal stuff. I wanted to keep my life private as much as possible. For almost 12 years since I started this blog account, I only posted 2 rant posts wherein I was treated unfairly and that includes my post that I got denied for a postpaid Smart application because of my salary as a nurse. (Yup, it is still related to my job.)

I am working for the same hospital for more than 8 years now and this is not the first time that I felt it but right now, I am questioning myself and I am starting to regret taking this course in my life. I want to turn back time. 

The amount of workload is NOT worth the salary BUT the smiles of your patients and them thanking you will make it worthwhile. Is it enough? I kept thinking about it, I survived until today so I guess the gratitude from your patients were enough. For the salary, let us say it is enough while I am single and does not have any children. Imagine, for almost 8 years and my salary is still at 18,000php. Well, it is fairly decent but remember, other jobs starts at 18,000php and but I worked for 8 years to get this 18,000php salary. 

Take note though that as a nurse, hospitals will NOT (or at least in my tertiary hospital, I am not sure to others) be giving you transportation allowances, health insurances nor bonuses. Na-da! I even have to pay for my own flu shots! The only advantage I get is that whenever I am sick, the doctors won't ask for a professional fee. It is totally free. If I give it a deep thought though, that is the doctors being generous to you, not the hospital. If I ever get admitted, I will have a 50% discount on laboratories and procedures. The room charges is free depending on your position and status at the hospital but mostly it is in ward or semi-private rooms. You will pay for the additional if you wanted to upgrade for a private room. 

I was able to accept all of this, even the salary because my Mom still supports me, thank God! (Though it should be the other way around.) Yes, I complained about my salary but I never turned my back on my job. I only rant about it when treated unfairly just like in my experience at SMART. (You can back read my blog.) The government, PRC and DOH does not do anything to support any increase for the salary of nurses in the Philippines but companies have the audacity to humiliate your profession that you are unqualified to pay for a postpaid line amounting to 1000php per month. Do you even see nurses getting new cars? I don't think so. We literally cannot afford it unless you are supported by family. Well, this is a reality for our profession.

You are always on the go specially on disasters and calamities and yet you are not exempted from coding like physicians do. There are three shifts for nurses, morning, afternoon and night and that is if you are lucky. Philippines lacks nurses nowadays and almost everyday, we take double shifts. So, if you are travelling early in the morning and late in the evening, you can see that most public vehicles contains white uniformed people. I am one of them. The good thing about shifting though, if you have a willing co-staff, you can always cover each other if you wanted to go somewhere and took an extra day off. The time is flexible. 

The department that I chose is under Pediatrics, I love children because they are innocent and they cannot express why they are feeling sick. There is something about kids that makes me feel like everything is worth it. Whenever I sent one patient home, it is their smiles and cuteness that gives me the energy to continue working. Every kid is a challenge, it will never bore you. I enjoy working in my area. 

Working under the Department of Pediatrics is a place that needs a lot of patience and when I say a lot, it means more than your limit. One thing to be sad about though, it is also the department that was always under-rated and unappreciated. My bosses at work thinks that our department needs lesser staff just because we are ONLY handling kids. (Yes, "pedia lang" (or Pedia Only) is the term that they always wanted to use.) Do they even know how long it will take for one child so you could get them to drink their medicine? I don't think so. How can one continue to love our job if your own boss and hospital treats their staff like that, right? This is one of the reasons why my friends quit in our hospital. 

Right now, our unit lacks 4 nurses, 2 nursing assistants and one clerk for the recommended staffing for a 24 capacity ward without any scheduled overtimes. Though for the hospital's computation, they only lack two nurses, 1 nursing assistant and 1 clerk in our area, that is why we have a scheduled overtimes in our monthly schedule. The hospital is not concerned about that because they still continue admitting patients even though they do not have the staff to accommodate it. The result would be, the remaining staff will have to cover the shifts for the lack of staff. Just this week, I worked for 78 hours. That is way more than the 40 hours per week required by the law. I heard from a professional though that DOLE cannot do anything about it as long as you are paid for your overtime. Sad but true. If you want to be a nurse, make sure you are ready to work long hours and be ready that you will be living more inside the hospital over your own home. That is my number one advice. Flexibility to your lifestyle is the key. 

The good thing about staying under the hospital for long hours is that, you will earn friends. Your co-staff will be your second family and confidantes. (Laughingly tell all your hugots together everyday!) Imagine being together for at least 12 hours to 16 hours a day, I am sure you will get to know them quickly!

All of these things sounds nothing though when it comes to what I most hate about in this profession. There are real people who will make you look bad. Just last night, I worked for an overtime shift of 16 hours because we are under-staff as usual. I was not allowed go home by my supervisor even though I am feverish and suffering from flu because our area needs manpower. 

There is a grandmother of a patient in our unit that came out of nowhere and started shouting at us in the station. You know for what reason? Because we are not facilitating their room upgrade. First, she does not have the room transfer slip that will inform us that we can transfer them. Second, it will be given by the admitting area so until then, we nurses cannot do a thing about it. We inquired about it at the admitting section and learned that the room available in the other area is still being checked and not yet ready for release that is why they did not release any transfer slip yet and did not inform us. Honestly, we cannot do anything about it until we are given the green light but the relative insisted that our delayed service in facilitating their transfer is a malpractice. She had many complaints and I asked her to enumerate it so I can discuss and solve it but all she can give me is that she wants the VIP treatment of fast upgrade and fast service and actions. I honestly and calmly (as a nurse even though you are irritated, you can never show it) explained to her that their is a line up for room upgrade. Other patients patiently wait for their turn and that once the room is available, the admitting will be calling them to release a slip for room transfer. This slip is required for patients or relatives to accomplished because most of the time, hospitals asks for additional deposits when upgrading. Of course, I was named then for being a non-accommodating nurse because I was following the "poor protocols" as she calls it. 

You know that feeling when you are feeling sick and your throat is dry and you have a clogged nose? It will make you feel drained and that day that is how I was feeling. I literally do not have the energy to argue with her so I just listened and told her we will ask an update and follow it up to the admitting station. What do I get? I got accused for being too mad that according to patient it made me looked pale. (If I am mad, shouldn't I look red from anger? LOL. Just a thought.) Of course I was pale, it is because I am sick but not for the reason that I am mad at her. I may feel irritated but handling irate patients is not a new thing. It is very common in our field everyday and getting mad at them will never solve the case and the hospital and nurse bosses will not support you either when it comes to patients, they are afraid they will lose customers. It is still a business for them. I knew that so I also know that I cannot get mad even if I wanted to. Honestly at that time though, I literally do not have the energy even to feel irritated.

It is a good thing that there are doctors and staff nurses around me because they never heard me answering rudely back at her. The doctor who stood up (rather answered back) for me for being sick was actually got yelled at too for interfering. (Sorry Doctora and thank you!) To finish it off, I just told her we can review the CCTV in  her back to see if I really did get mad at her. She looked shocked for a second, I guess she did not expected there is a CCTV in front of the nurse's station.

After that, the relative started another complain that she saw us eating inside the station's dining area and did not notice her outside. Yes, we did not see her because she did not call our attention. We did not see that there is someone outside. There is a bell at the station that you can ring but she did not use it. I don't think there is anything wrong in eating together because we eat fast and we can hear bells, call buttons and phone ringing in our dining area. It is still part of the station but with just an obstructed view outside the station. 

She knew that there was a bell she could use to call our attention but she decided to wait outside until some of us see her but it is her reason to get mad that we did not accommodate her. She told us that it is part of our job not to eat. Just for anyone's information though, nurses do not have break hours like corporate jobs. We work straight and no lunch or snack breaks. We only eat whenever we can fit it in our busy schedule. If it is really busy (like someone is getting revived or too much admissions or discharges at the same time, bedside procedures), then we don't eat until we finish our shift. Why do you think that Acute Gastritis is common among nurses? I was diagnosed with this and almost all of the other staff too. It is because we cannot follow the regular eating schedule. What is the next nurse's common illness? UTI or kidney problem. Why? We forget to use the comfort room because we have to take care of other people first. Sometimes, after a full 8 hours shift, that is when I will remember that I have the urge to urinate earlier but forgot to do so. Oh and it feels so good to do it after 8 hours, believe me! You will appreciate the process of urinating. LOL.

The complaint of that relative lightened that night though when another relative showed concern for us because she witnessed the whole ordeal. She was embarrassed that a person can go like that. She called her "Donya". She even joked that for her, we can eat whenever we want to. We all laughed our heart out after that and thanked her. You do not know how your words can empower the staff to continue working and give it their best shot.

My point here is that, all problems are being pointed to a nurse. Everything is the nurse's problem, from air conditioner being too cold or too warm...food is not delicious, trash bins not replaced by janitors, lack of room availability, slow wi-fi connection, delayed time for medicines, bed sheets not changed immediately after they soaked it with food, baby's diaper not changed by the nurse...relatives forgetting to bring their chargers, relatives who does not have a load to call or text and asks for yours...all of it. These are just the common problem that I encounter everyday, some of it may sound absurd but it really happens and I think this can be prevented if there are more nurses or other staff on the job. 

Being a nurse is a profession, we have a license for it. I studied and graduated for it. It is an honest job but it is also a job that is being most judged about. I know that for most nurses, specially among those who quit, the pressure is what made them quit. Everyday, more nurses are resigning. This will not only affect the workload, hours of work, the hospital. Remember, it will also affect you or your family...the patients. Lack of nurses means lesser stations can be opened because there are no manpower. Lesser nurses means eventually some hospitals may close. Not all people understands this. Heck, even the hospital owners does not understand its importance and treats their staff like robots. Their only concern is their income. Unfortunately, the nurse bosses' cannot even do a thing about it too either by being afraid by the management or just simply the shortage. I just wish that even the patients and relatives will understand that there is also rights for staff that you should treat them fairly for their job and that the reality that there is already a shortage of nurses in our country. In fact, not only our country, why do you think other countries hire nurses abroad? They also lack nurses now. For me, I do not want to serve abroad if I can stay here but what choice do I have, if nurses are more appreciated abroad?  

I am just afraid that if I quit right now and look for a new job, will I miss working back at the hospital? Will I miss seeing my favorite patients? Will I miss the feeling of hitting a vein? How about my family who wants me to continue working as a nurse, what will they say about it if I quit? Is it the right time for me that I should try out other jobs that is not related to nursing? The dream job that I realized for years now that I wanted to work in a corporate world like magazines or advertising? I do not know what to do but I know that I am tired and burned out, I feel like anytime now I will start feeling depressed. How long can I keep up with this facade that I can still do it? That is my biggest challenge right now.

Marian Rivera-Dantes Shares Why She Takes Snow Crystal White Tomato

Thursday, July 27, 2017 Philippines


MARIAN RIVERA-DANTES' SHARES WHY SHE TAKES SNOW CRYSTAL WHITE TOMATO

Last July 27, 2017 at New World Hotel in Makati City, we were graced with the presence of Ms. Marian Rivera-Dantes at the Snow Crystal White Tomato launch. Aside from being the newest face and user of Snow Crystal White Tomato, she also shared her amazing story and experiences in life.

Marian Rivera is someone that I looked up to specially when it comes to beauty and finally seeing her in person feels nostalgic. I remember watching her shows when she just started at GMA and take a look at her now, she is known to be one of the most sensational TV personality. 


During the event, Marian shared her reasons on why she pursued to be successful and how it all started. Did you know that she dreamed of being a teacher over being an artist? She even finished a degree in Psychology and worked as a Psychologist until she was discovered for a commercial. Her real passion however is to touch someone's life and she was able to do that more as a celebrity. She was able to inspire people through her shows and helping organization like the The Smile Train with her hard-earned money. 

Lately, she also achieved her lifelong dream and it is to be a wife and a mother. I can really see her happiness and it radiates from her, I can feel her excitement when she shares her stories as a mother and wife. I am amazed on how she can balance and juggle her career, business, helping other people and most importantly on how hands-on she is when it comes to her family. She even admitted that she suffers separation anxiety whenever she is away from her cute daughter, Zia. 

Want to know some of her secrets in staying beautiful, healthy and good skin? She makes sure that she takes good care of her skin! One of her tips is to remove makeup immediately if not needed anymore. Marian pointed out that she removes her makeup immediately after taping and shows. For her exercise, she laughingly shared that taking care of her playing daughter is a good form of workout. She also added she uses body lotion everyday. Her latest discovery and secret though is that she now takes Snow Crystal White Tomato supplements. 


Snow Crystal White Tomato is a supplement containing Glutathione and PhytoFLoral. It is the first product in the Philippines to have an ingredient derived from Crystal White Toamto. Whenever we go outside, it is impossible not to darken because of the harmful UV rays. 

I posted about the newest product by Snow Caps called Snow Crystal White Tomato and its amazing benefits at http://www.allaboutbeauty101.com/2017/06/snow-crystal-white-tomato-benefits.html.

The good thing with Marian Rivera, she makes sure that she tries the product first before accepting any endorsements. The credibility if it is effective is important for her specially if she will accept an endorsement about it. 


Marian Rivera tried the Snow Crystal White Tomato and find it effective in keeping her skin radiant and healthy. According to Marian Rivera, she find that using Snow Crystal White Tomato is beneficial because she stays protected under the sun and that Glutathione will be able to detoxify her from stress. Basically for Marian, feeling beautiful inside and out will make you feel confident. 


Mr. Erick Armigos, the CEO of Vida Nutriscience, believes that Marian Rivera is the perfect queen to represent Snow Crystal White Tomato. Marian Rivera  is a symbol of women empowerment and just like Vida, they both want to grow and show innovations when it comes to health and beauty. 

With Mr. Erick Armigos, CEO of Vida Nutriscience

Snow Crystal White Supplements are now available in all drugstores nationwide particularly at Mercury Drug and Watsons for only 2,985php. It is also available in bar soaps for only 299php. For more information about Snow Crystal White Supplements and Vida Nutriscience, visit their pages at Facebook and Website.


Ms. Marian? How to be you po? LOL...She is so beautiful! 

Pia Takes A Whole New Level of Phonetography Challenge

Sunday, July 9, 2017 Philippines


PIA TAKES THE PHONETOGRAPHY CHALLENGE THROUGH A MAGAZINE COVER SHOOT!

Ms. Pia Wurtzbach was crowned as one of the most beautiful faces in the universe. She shared her disbelief in doing a magazine cover shoot with only the use of a mobile phone, she stated during the behind-the-scenes shot of her cover shoot for METRO magazine's July 2017 issue that "We are using this phone...THIS PHONE..for the cover shoot.". Even the high end fashion influencers take the Huawei P10's dual Leica camera lens to test through a cover shoot. 

Expecting to see a full camera setup for a cover shoot, Pia arrives surprised at the sight of seeing well-known fashion photographer, Dookie Ducay, only bringing the Huawei P10 Plus in his hands. “I was so surprised that upon stepping on to the set when we were doing the shoot for this cover, I find out that we’re actually using the P10 as the camera. And I thought they were kidding. But they were serious… No cheating, guys, as in no cheating,” Pia relates.

Mr. Ducay shared, “I have never done any cover shoot using only a mobile phone so having done this for the first time really excited me. While I may have initial doubts in my head if a phone can deliver stunning photos, I had to correct myself and prove my doubts wrong when I’ve seen how powerful the Leica dual lens camera of the P10 was. For me, it has the best camera for portraiture.”.

Watch Pia’s reaction here and see what happened behind the scenes in this video: http://facebook.com/Metro.Magazine/videos/10155570589159047/.

This is not the first time that the superb Huawei P-series’ camera technology has been showcased in a professional magazine cover shoot. Fashion mavens globally have taken notice of its powerful camera. The first was taken by Egyptian photographer Khaled Fadda using a Huawei P8, and featured actress and model Tara Emad for Insight Magazine. This was followed most recently in Italian magazine Grazia’s cover and editorials that were also shot entirely with the Huawei P10 Plus. 

In fact, most of my circle of friends in the blogging community also uses Huawei. It is their greatest ally!

To know more about the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus, and Huawei Philippines’ updates, visit www.facebook.com/HuaweiMobilePH

About Huawei Consumer BG

Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a third of the world’s population, ranking third in the world in mobile phone shipments in 2014. Sixteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei’s three business units and covers smartphones, mobile broadband devices, home devices and cloud services. Huawei’s global network is built on 20 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.

In the Philippines, Huawei offers best-in-class service even beyond sales. Consumers can easily call its local Customer Service Hotline to arrange for a courier to pick-up a defective device, bring to a Huawei Authorized Service Center for repair, and deliver back to the owner for free. Consumers just need to call any of the following hotline numbers for inquiries and booking:

PLDT/Smart/Sun: 1800-1853-5353

Globe: 1800-8739-5227

Mobile: +63923-0990468

About. Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, it has established end-to-end solution advantages in telecom networks, devices, and cloud computing.

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