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Bath and Body Works: Sleep Lavender Vanilla Body Lotion

Monday, January 15, 2018 Philippines


PRODUCT REVIEW: BATH AND BODY WORKS' SLEEP LAVENDER VANILLA BODY LOTION

The schedule of "Night-Off-Morning" to nurses means you will be on duty for the night, go home and sleep then go back to work early in the morning the next day. Meaning, getting rest for at least less than 24 hours and not being able to enjoy your rest day because you will spend it sleeping instead. I hate this schedule the most because it disrupts my circadian rhythm but it cannot be avoided due to lack of staff nurses. I know that many nurses will relate to this but it is the reality. Under staffing means the rotation of shifts will not be followed anymore because each person on duty is needed to be maximized. 

To help my body cope with the disrupted circadian rhythm, I have to at least stimulate sleepiness when needed. How can you sleep when you are used to being awake in the morning but you have to sleep? How about when you are used to being awake at night then you need to sleep because you will be working early the next day? These are some of the common downfalls in being a nurse, to help my body cope, I learned to use blackout curtains to make any sunny day look like night. 

Sometimes though, the environment is not enough. My body is still awake and alert! Thank goodness that some brands now offer products that will help you sleep without the need for taking supplements like sleeping pills. One of the first brands to release products that helps you sleep is Bath and Body Works. 

Bath and Body Works have a body lotion (also available in body wash) in Sleep variants. It just differs on scents but still has the same goals. For me, since I am not a fan of too much sweetness, I bought the Sleep Lavender Vanilla Body Lotion. 

Do you want to know if it really works? Let us find out!

Brand: Bath and Body Works

Variant: Sleep Body Lotion

Scent: Lavender Vanilla

Weight: 192ml

Product Description: 


Ingredients: 


Pros: 

There is no scientific claims that Bath and Body Works Sleep Body Lotion will really help you sleep but one of its ingredients, lavender - is known to help you body feel relaxed. It is also one of the common scents being used in spas because of its soothing fragrance. Studies showed that lavender increases the slow-wave sleep which means it helps in slowing down the nervous system that will make your overall body feel relaxed. 

The Vanilla's scent is calming and soothing to the brain and when it reaches our senses it can induce sleepiness. With its combination with Lavender, I am sure that in a way it will really help!

I am happy that for a body lotion containing vanilla, the scent is not that sweet. I feel like I am getting dizzy whenever there is too much sweetness on the products that I use. 

The bottles is glass-like and slim. For a precaution, I do not store it in high places. 

It has a slight cooling sensation upon application. The lotion is not sticky nor greasy to skin. My skin was able to absorb it quickly. 

I monitored its effect on my body from the time of application. I noticed that I started to frequently yawn after 15 minutes of application. Of course, help your body to, if you already started to feeling sleepy, do not do anything to prevent it like browsing your social media accounts! Then, after 30 minutes of application, my eyes started getting heavy. In my estimation, I was asleep in at least one hour after application.

Cons: 

For moisture though, the lotion is not that moisturizing. If you want a better coverage for that, use your usual body lotion for moisturizing then apply this over it. For me, I do not use this Sleep all over my body, I just use it on my arms and hands wherein I can smell it the most. 

I wish that Bath and Body Works is readily available in Philippines but for now, you can buy their goods from online sellers. 

HOW IT LOOKS LIKE: 


Buy again? 100%

Overall Rating: 4/5

Price: 500php

Where to buy? I bought it from an online shop. 

I will be featuring the Lush Sleepy Body Lotion next so stay posted! That's all and thank you for reading my review Beauties! Take care!

Bath and Body Works: Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint

Thursday, January 11, 2018 Philippines


PRODUCT REVIEW: BATH AND BODY WORK'S STRESS RELIEF EUCALYPTUS SPEARMINT BODY WASH AND FOAM BATH AND BODY LOTION

I am so glad that I discovered these products because it is a match for my stressful days. By the end of the day, I look forward in using them as soon as I get home. The smell of Eucalyptus always brings a peaceful reaction to me and there was a time that I even told my boyfriend to give me eucalyptus leaves instead of roses. LOL... Anyway, back to the review, let us start with the body wash and foam! 

EUCALYPTUS SPEARMINT BODY WASH AND FOAM


Weight: 295ml

Product Description: 


Ingredients: 


The body wash is concentrated and one to two drops is enough to make any sponge form suds and lather well into the body. The first time that I tried it, I thought that this bottle will not last long but thankfully it will because a small amount of the product would suffice! 

The bottle comes in a high quality glass. Just a precaution though, I do not store it in high places wherein it can break easily. 

Eucalyptus' scent soothes my senses whenever I use it in shower which instantly made me feel relaxed and happy. 

HOW IT LOOKS LIKE: 


EUCALYPTUS SPEARMINT BODY LOTION


Weight: 192ml

Product Description: 


Ingredients: 


This body lotion is best paired with the body wash because it makes the scent last longer on my skin. I love to inhale its scent deeply because it helps in making my body feel relaxed. 

It works fine as a body lotion specially in giving relief to my stress but if for moisturizing, it is not yet enough. I suggest that you put this over your usual body lotions. 

HOW IT LOOKS LIKE: 


Will I buy both products again? Definitely a 100%. This is the most effective bath stress relief that I used. The only problem is that, Bath and Body Works is not yet readily available in the Philippines. I bought these items from an online seller for 500php each. 

I would like to try the candle and oil version of this scent too! Thank you for reading my review and I hope you find this review helpful!

My First Filipino Bloggers Network Christmas Party (2017)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Philippines

MY FIRST FILIPINO BLOGGERS NETWORK CHRISTMAS PARTY

I always wanted to join this Christmas Party and I am so glad that I was able to go for the year 2017! It was a night of fun, surprises and sharing during the annual Get Together party of the Filipino Bloggers Network (FBN), one of the most active bloggers group in the country, last December 12 at Salu Restaurant in Quezon City. With almost 2,000 members across the country, FBN continues to expand as it provides a venue for Pinoy bloggers to interact with other members through discussions and posting opportunities from different brands and PR partners as moderated by co-admins Divine Reyes and Richard Mamuyac. MetroBuzz Bloggers, led by its admin Lariza Garcia, even made the event more fun-filled and exciting in its fifth year. 

(photo credit to David Ferro)

I enjoyed the program so much and also, I am so happy to get one of my wishlists from the exchange gift! It is totally unexpected. I always wanted to have my own sewing machine and from the random exchange gift, that is what I got! 


Salu, fast becoming a popular Filipino restaurant, serve as the venue where FBN members took the opportunity to share great food and drinks, games, and of course, stories and experiences among fellow online writers and influencers. The few hours of fun-filled event were not enough thus the next get-together of the group promises to be bigger and better. Another co-main sponsor is SvelT’i, a skin clinic that provides advanced health and beauty services using state of the art technology. This yearly gathering is an opportunity to make new friends and catch up with old pals they have not seen for a while. Representatives of different PR groups and brands also graced the event to personally thank members of the online community who have supported them in the past years. Here are the sponsors and partners who made this year’s event possible:

 

Salu An all authentic Filipino restaurant. A journey to more than 7,107 taste bud experience. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Saluresto/

Converge Offers bandwidth and transport services which include international private lines (IPL), domestic leased lines (DLL), multi-site interconnectivity (Point to Multi-Point), metro Ethernet and internet connectivity such as Internet connectivity services such as Fiber Internet, Cable Internet, Internet Cable TV Bundle, Cable TV, Prepaid Internet, Enterprise Internet and Business internet. The company also provides data center services such as network management services, multi-homed network, disaster recovery services, network redundancy solutions, 24/7 monitoring, co-location and local connectivity. 

SvelT’i Slim, Trim & Gleam Provides advanced health and beauty services using state of the art technology. They offer non-invasive body and skin rejuvenation therapies to improve body curvatures and reverse the signs of aging. 

Unilab The biggest pharmaceutical company in the Philippines, with a market share of more than 20 percent which it has consistently maintained for more than three decades. Its portfolio includes some of the biggest prescription, consumer healthcare and personal care brands in the country. 

Dermcare is one of the Philippines’ leading skin, hair, and wellness centers. Escape from life’s daily stresses, and bask in pure body and soul pampering in their network of branches all over the country. Website: http://www.dermcareprofessional.com | FB: https://www.facebook.com/i.like.dermcare/ | IG: https://instagram.com/dermcarephilippines

Gardenia Delicia is Gardenia’s delightfully delicious surprise for the whole family. The best compliment to your favorite bread! Choose from 2 exciting flavors -Hazelnut and Milky Chocolate! Website: http://www.gardenia.com.ph | FB: https://web.facebook.com/DeliciaPhilippines/

JJEMM Service Apartment opened its 2-bedroom apartment last December 2016 to serve the short term stay requirements of travelers (families, balikbayan, couples and group of friends) to Bataan. The apartment is fully furnished and bedrooms are equipped with air conditioner. NOW, no need to worry about booking process and have your stay in the beautiful province of Bataan because JJEMM Service Apartment is now on Airbnb: https://abnb.me/EVmg/353UwdZLJI

Novelina is an industry leader in the production of powder and cream hair color. At the same time, it also carries its professional line of hair care products which includes cream hair color, shampoo, conditioner, and rebonding formulas. Novelina is also the OEM manufacturer of hair-color for two of the world’s largest and most prestigious hair-dye brands being marketed in countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, China, North and South America, as well as the Middle East. Website: http://tritanventures.com/tritan/ | FB: https://web.facebook.com/novelinacosmetics/

Porky Pit is a new Brand of Diancia Trading Inc, that will engage a business using a best part of lechon “Lechon Belly” in a theme of “Cebu Lechon on the Go” a Lechon in a Shawarma? So Filipino would not just eat Lechon whenever there is gathering but it is now on the go. 

Cebuana Llhuillier is the Philippines’ leading and largest non-bank financial services provider specializing in pawning, remittance, and micro-insurance. Website: https://www.cebuanalhuillier.com | FB: https://web.facebook.com/cebuanalhuillierpawnshop/

PR Partners

 

Trend Spotting Ads Consultation Agency uncover creative ways to reach untapped markets - whatever or wherever they may be, using alternative, aggressive yet more cost-effective methods. It also offers niche marketing with different media. Wherever are the right opportunities, Trendspotting is there to catch great results. FB: https://www.facebook.com/TrendspottingConsultancy/

Mode Devi is the company behind ExperienceTravel.Ph which is a travel & lifestyle magazine for everyone and where you can share your own passions, and the travel, food and lifestyle finds along your journey. FB: https://www.facebook.com/ExperienceTravel.Ph/

FuentesManila is one of the few full-service PR agencies in the Philippines. While publicity remains its core service, FuentesManila provides the following services to its clients: Publicity, Special Events, Online Publicity, Advertising, Media Monitoring, Creatives & Graphic Design and Digital PR. Website: https://www.fuentesmanila.com/


OCI Group is a full-service agency ready to take on the challenge of the fast changing and demanding world of communications. The goal is to provide clients with strategic communications campaigns that are well integrated with client’s goals, responsive to the needs of client’s public and provide value for every investment entrusted to their team. FB: https://www.facebook.com/ocigroupph/

Havas Media Ortega is the first full-service media agency providing end-to-end solutions in the Philippines. It does not only offer the most complete and cohesive set of media services in the Philippines, it also aspires to provide clients work that is best in class in all the media channels on offer. Website: https://www.havasortega.com

Perceptions, Inc. is a public relations company that provides PR counselling and various corporate and marketing communications services to business and industrial organizations, government institutions as well as trade and professional associations. Website: https://www.perceptions-inc.com/

Strategic Works, Inc. works with the possibility of making an idea come to life as they spot the hot buttons that unlock consumers’ hearts and brand success. They do Public Relations, Creative Services, Activations, Events Management, Digital Marketing and Advocacy and Social Marketing. Website: https://www.stratworks.ph/


Catalytx is a seamless strategic marketing partner to its worthy Clients, committed to helping them build their brands and grow their business. As the name implies, Catalytx is a catalyst for provoking and inspiring change for the better and in becoming the spark that ignites and shapes the world. Website: https://www.catalyx.com/

LeapOut Digital has the technical knowledge, industry experience and full access to hardworking digital tools required to deliver high- performance digital marketing campaigns for their clients. The Manila and Australia operations give LeapOut Digital the wealth of expertise and the full support necessary to create successful digital marketing programs for their suki. Website: https://www.leapoutdigital.com

PRC Inc. is an integrated marketing communications company with PR as its core competency. Our services include brand and corporate PR, mounting of media related events, tactical monitoring and crisis management. Website: http://www.teamprcinc.com 

M2Comms – As a PR agency, M2.0 understands that perfection doesn’t exist – but greatness does. Their team won’t waste your time by coming up with perfect plans that will be easily derailed by circumstance. For them, it’s better to execute now with a good plan and get immediate feedback. If the results are not good, they’re ready to own up to our mistakes and revise the plan. And if the results are good, they’ll improve the plan until the clients achieve greatness. Website: http://www.m2comms.com

MPlify is a marketing company established with a good purpose and powered by great passion in helping businesses reach its higher potential and thus amplify the business, and provide business solutions through various marketing strategies. Website: http://mplify-ph.com

Digital Circles is a digital marketing services PH firm specializing in social media consulting & organizing digital campaigns for brands & organizations. Website: http://digitalcircles.asia

BLOG SPONSORS

 

Moments Around the Corner http://www.larizagarcia.com 
Mom Online Magazine http://www.momonlinemag.info 

Again, our big thanks and we hope to partner with you again this 2018 and years to come!

My 2017 Makeup Product Favorites

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Philippines


MY 2017 MAKEUP PRODUCT FAVORITES

After posting my 2017 Skincare product favorites, let me now share my 2017 makeup favorites! There are a lot of makeups released for the year 2017 or just started trending in. I literally had a hard time choosing my favorites! Anyway, let me break it down for you. 


I never knew I could level up my eye shadow skills with the simple use of this Flormar Khol Kajal Black Liner, I use it almost everyday and will always be in my list of must-haves - I really recommend it! Thanks to Nikki's workshop (AMW Photography Makeup), I was able to learn how to use this well. 


Contouring and strobing made easier! If you do not have a time for a clean and perfect contouring (like me!), this is the easiest solution. Just dab and blend, then your contouring and highlighting is done in an instant! I love this product from Cathy Doll - one of their original idea and best product!


The hype is real with this liquid foundation. It is my new holy grail for liquid foundation. My skin still looks natural but flawless. However, since this foundation is quite expensive, I reserve it for special occasions. 


I am glad I was able to find my fit with Maybelline's wide array of liquid foundation shades, this one gives my skin a flawless finish and I prefer to use this on a daily basis specially since it is affordable. 


If you follow me on my Instagram stories, I am sure you saw me always raving about this nude/beige gel eye liner. I am just sad that this is a limited edition, I hope Maybelline will release something like this nude/beige gel eye liner as a permanent product. 


The best black liquid liner from Maybelline for me. Though it is very similar to their permanent Hypersharp Black Liquid Liner but I just find this more long-lasting and more pigmented. 


Even though this palette is for smoky eyes look, it still have the nudes and brown shades that are perfect to be used for everyday makeup look. From all the eye palettes of Cathy Doll, this one has the best pigmentation. For me, it is similar to Urban Decay's Naked 2 Palette. Check out my review and comparison.


This one is a limited edition highlighting palette and I am so happy when I received it as a gift from my sister-in-law last 2017! The fantasy girl inside me is jumping with joy! 

9. Makeup Forever Brow Liner #20

After using my free voucher for makeup service at Makeup Forever, I fell in love with their Brow Liner, it looks so natural! Review soon on my blog! 

10. Makeup Forever Palette

Makeup Forever Palette is a great investment, their powder pots are highly pigmented and you can choose what you want, whether you want an all blush palette, all contour palette or all highlighter palette in one casing. If not, you can always create your own contouring palette like what I did, I selected one of each from their blush, contour, and highlighter powders then I put it in one palette. It is perfect for on the go! Review soon!


This classic mascara even though it is not new from Maybelline is still an all time favorite. It still is the easiest and gentle mascara I love to use everyday. 


My favorite line from Maybelline's lipstick types is the Powder Matte Lipsticks and my favorite shade is Mauve It Up. I did not realized then that I always use it among all the other lipsticks that I have. 

Do we all have the same favorites? Tell me yours! 

Wait for my next blog post because I will be sharing my 2018 essentials and finds. Let me also start the year right by having a giveaway! Yay! Stay posted and take care Beauties! 

My 2017 Skincare Product Favorites

Monday, January 1, 2018 Philippines


MY 2017 SKINCARE PRODUCT FAVORITES

Happy new year Beauties!!! How did you spend your new year? I am sure wherever you are, you all celebrated the holidays with love and gift-giving together with your family! 

This year, I am looking forward to more exciting reviews, event posts and hopefully travel blogs (and vlogs) to you my readers. Also, I wish I could meet more of you personally, together with my fellow Blogger Babes, we will try to hold another Meet and Greet. I will also run more giveaways this year...Yay! So, if you have any requests for anything you would like me to tackle (talk about things, review products or services, etc.), please do not hesitate to message me. You can contact me through my email, Facebook Page and Instagram, okay? :)

For a blog starter post this 2018, I would like to reflect on my favorite skincare products for the year 2017! Shall we go check it out? Do we have the same favorites? Come on and let us find out!


To remove my makeup when I am too lazy to use the usual makeup remover and cotton (which is most of the time...LOL!) - this Happy Skin Make A Clean Sweep is a great ally!


With my busy schedule, I love using the Esfolio Green Tea Cleansing Tissue on the go since this gentle tissue maintains the hydration of my skin and still able to clean it well. 


For exfoliation and purifying of my skin, I use L'Oreal's Illuminating Pure Clay Mask at least once to twice a week in rotation to my other exfoliating products. This jar is close to empty and I cannot wait to try the other variants! 


This facial wash is gentle to my skin, I love using it for double cleansing after I remove my makeup. 


My all time favorite toner or rather softener. It can remove dirt left on my face that was not cleaned by both makeup remover and facial wash. I want to try the White Lucent Softener soon!


I find this effective in keeping my skin supple and plump, I really feel like it helps whatever product I put on after to be fully absorbed by my skin. 

7. Shiseido White Lucent Micro Spot Corrector

Oh my, this latest discovery of Shiseido's serum is a must-have! Review ongoing. 


Who knew that I will be addicted to Hydrogel Eye Patches? Anyway, sometimes when I am too tired, I skip all the steps in Korean skincare routine, except for this one and the face mask. 


I was able to try a lot of face masks this 2017 but this one became a must-have in my stash!

There you go, do we all have same favorites? Stay posted as for my next blog post, I will be sharing my 2017 Makeup Product favorites! Thank you for supporting me for the past few years and let us make this 2018 more exciting! Take care and have fun Beauties!

Top 5 Highlights Of My 2017!

Sunday, December 31, 2017 Philippines


TOP 5 HIGHLIGHTS OF MY 2017!

1. Blogger Babes Christmas Meet

Of course, this meet and greet with my fellow beauty blogger babes (whom I consider my friends and sisters) is the biggest highlight of my year. I never knew that it would bring so much joy and serve as a fulfilling moment for me. I cannot wait to have another special day with them and our supporters!

2. Vlogging Experience

I was able to practice my vlogging skills for the year of 2017 and I hope I could do better and more committed this 2018 specially when I get messages on how helpful some of my videos are to them. This is my main reason why I blog and vlog - to be able to help others when it comes to beauty and life. 

Also, I want to improve my editing skills! I will try to post more personal things this coming 2018 if you want me too! Let me know if you want by posting some comments below. Subscribe to my YouTube channel please, thank you! :)


3. Being A Part Of The Maybelline Squad Philippines

Maybelline is one of my favorite brands and I am so delighted and honored to be a member of the Maybelline Squad Philippines. Plus, I earned new great friends and I am so happy to spend most of my time with them. 




4. Being Able To Meet Women I Idolize

These beautiful women inspires me to be better and I am so happy that this year, I was able to meet them! I hope I could meet more people who inspire me this 2018!

5. Attending Great Workshops

I am so happy to attend two great and knowledgeable workshops this 2017 (AMW Photography Makeup and Sample Room's Vlogging Workshop)! I cannot wait to learn new skills this 2018!

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