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Taking Care Of Yourself Is Not Selfish

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Philippines


TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF IS NOT SELFISH

I know that being a mother is hard work. I can see the struggles of my mom and my sisters, even my co-workers. Juggling multiple responsibilities and knowing that your child's life highly depends on you can be dreary. 

Most of the time, mothers sacrifice themselves and make personal adjustments just to give to her children and family of what they need. That is one of the reasons that I am still afraid to be a mother, because once you become a mom, you tend to put their needs before yours. That is what makes it overwhelming. 

Remember though, when you stop caring for yourself, your ability to take care of your family will also be affected. A 43 year old mother, Tina, shares "I am a mom of four and as far as I remember, I spent most of my adulthood caring for my children. I start my day at 5AM, fixing my kids' baon and preparing them for school. Once they leave the house, I go on with my usual routine - clean the house, do the laundry, check their assignments, prepare dinner, wash the dishes and then put them to bed. Sometimes my husband jokes that I don't have time for him anymore as I am too focused on being a good mom! But funnily though, that is true. We don't get to spend quality time anymore.". 

She also added, "Don't get me wrong but I love being a mom because it is really fulfilling. It’s just that by being too focused on being a good mom, I have neglected other important things as well.”.

Rose, a 45-year-old working mom of 3, shares the same dilemma as Tina. “I think have mastered the art of juggling!” she jokes. “But on a serious note, nothing feels more awful than the mom guilt. When I am at work, I keep on saying to myself that I am doing so good at my job but am I being a great mom as well? Sure, my husband and I can provide all of our kids’ needs but is that enough? Do my kids know I love them? Do I spend enough quality time with them? Am I giving them attention? The pressure of being a good mom is just too much that I forget to look after myself too. I am too busy working and caring for my children that I had to put my needs aside. And honestly, that doesn’t feel ok,” she says.

“I began contemplating and realized that with all the years that I have dedicated as a mom, it’s about time to think of myself now. With all the myriad of responsibilities that I have juggled and successfully carried out; I feel empowered. So empowered that I am ready to choose what’s best for me, aside from being a mom, of course” Tina says. 

“It is not selfish to take care of yourself!” affirms Tina. “That’s why I made a choice to try something new that I know would make me feel better about myself. After all, I know I truly deserve this.” Rose adds, “I totally agree with Tina! You can’t be a good mom if you don’t do yourself good. After providing the needs of my children, it’s about time that I give importance to myself too. It’s time to work on my best self ever because I deserve it!”

For Tina and Rose, trying SvelT’i’s Femilift has given them a brand-new confidence in themselves. Femilift is a laser treatment that is 100% safe, and is being used globally. It is non-invasive and it only takes 30 minutes for the procedure to be done. This is for women who want to have improvement on stress urinary incontinence. It also enhances lubrication because when women age, they experience dryness and it becomes painful during sexual intercourse. For others, it is for tightening because during normal delivery in childbirth, the vagina never comes back to its pre-pregnant state. While for other women, it is for better sexual pleasure.

“Now, I feel much better about myself and so does my husband! Thanks to SvelT’i, treatments are now available for women who are facing the same condition as mine and help them restore their confidence,” shares Tina. “Now that I feel better about myself, there is no amount of work or mommy responsibilities that I can’t do. I know that I am in my best self ever and I know I’ve got this!” muses Rose.

Mother’s Day is only celebrated once a year but with all the hard work our moms do every day, they deserve a whole year of appreciation and gratification. Visit SvelT’i now and give your moms a treat they deserve!

To know more about Femilift, head on now to SvelT’i or call (02)332-7546 / 0918-878-3584 or you may log on to their website, www.svelti.com.ph or follow their social media pages, FB: SvelT i and IG: @svelti_ph.

Tiffany and Co.: Sheer Eau De Toilette

Monday, June 10, 2019 Philippines


PRODUCT REVIEW: TIFFANY AND CO.'S SHEER EAU DE TOILETTE

When I went to the Great Luxury Beauty Sale, I did not intend to buy perfumes but this Tiffany Sheer caught my heart. Among the three scents available from the brand Tiffany and Co., this one is my favorite. 

It has a musky scent that is still very feminine with the hints of something floral and powdery. The name sheer is perfect for it because the fragrance is fresh, mild, and light. 

According to Tiffany and Co., the scent is dominated by black currant, ylang ylang, and iris. This type of scent is wearable for daily use and I noticed that it lasts long. I do not bring this along with me because I can still smell it on myself and on my clothes even after a long day.

Even though it lasts long, this perfume is not overpowering. It will not make people look at you when you pass because they can already smell you. But if they get closer, they can get a sniff of it. 

The bottle is available in 30ml, 50ml, and 75ml. I got the 50ml which is the biggest available during the Beauty Sale.  


The bottle is simple and yet elegant and classy. The bottle is so clear that it blends into the white background of my photo tent if I do not enhance the photo. 

It is something that I always wanted to see in my vanity area. It goes well with any styles of any vanity table.


I bought this sealed Sheer perfume for only 1300php for a 50ml bottle during the Great Luxury Beauty Sale. The original price in the market is $95, so if you will convert it, it is almost 5,000php. 

This is such a great deal for me! Because of that, I am starting to love collecting perfumes again. 

Pop Studio: Highlighting Powder Duo (Beat 01)

Sunday, June 9, 2019 Philippines


POP STUDIO: HIGHLIGHTING POWDER DUO (BEAT 01)

The first product that caught my eyes during the Pop Studio's launch at Araneta Center is this Highlighting Powder Duo (Beat 01). Under the lights, it looks shimmery even when I tried to swatch it. 

I was surprised on how the powder's texture is smooth and soft. I did not hesitated to bought one since it is not included in my Pop Album Set. So, I will not talk much and I will just go straight to the review! 

Brand: Pop Studio

Type: Highlighter

Weight: 8g

Product Description: (From Beauty Beat's website) Get the ultimate skin glow. Infused with multi-toned, luminescent pearls that amplify your natural radiance, this dual powder has a creamy texture that applies seamlessly and gives a high-impact, elegant finish. Use the two shades separately or together to get your glow on!

Ingredients: 


Pros: 

I tried using it in a sunny day and wherein I kind of sweat a lot and I was amazed to see that the highlighter is still present on my skin. Since it is an affordable makeup, I did not expected it to last long. 

Since the powder is smooth in texture, it is easy to apply on skin. 

The highlighting powders are highly pigmented and yet when applied, it just looks naturally glowing. 

Affordable highlighting powder. Best item from the product line by Pop Studio for me.

Cons: 

It is quite dusty so just clean your casing every after use. 

I just wish it has a sturdier casing. The packaging is lightweight but when opening and closing, it feels loose. 

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Buy again? 100%

Overall Rating: 4/5

Price: 399php

Where to buy? Pop Studio Shopee, Beauty Beat, Watsons.

Yay! Another review done. I know that this post is short but I cannot think of words to make it longer. LOL. Anyway, stay safe and have fun ladies!

Pop Studio: Moisturizing Primer (Intro 01)

Saturday, June 8, 2019 Philippines


PRODUCT REVIEW: POP STUDIO'S MOISTURIZING PRIMER (INTRO 01)

When the Pop Studio cosmetics was launched, I was able to get the whole Pop Album Set to try on but it does not include some of the products that looked nice. Just like this Pop Studio's Moisturizing Primer. That is why I bought one. (Together with the lipstick shade 5 and the highlighter that I will review in a separate time.)

For me, primers are important in a makeup routine and that is why I am usually picky in using one. Shall we review this one and see if it is nice? If you are interested, read more below. 

Brand: Pop Studio

Type: Primer

Weight: 35g

Product Description: (From Beauty Beat's website) This primer-for-all hydrates and moisturizes, making skin healthier and more supple. Slight color correction erases the signs of fatigue and aging, all while allowing makeup to go on smoothly and last longer. This is the only primer your skin needs.

Ingredients: Aqua, Silicone, Propylene, Glycol, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Mineral Oil, 2-Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cera Alba, Caprylyl Glycol (and) Caprylhydroxamic Acid (and) Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, May contain (For colorant) Iron Oxide Black, Iron Oxide Yellow, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide Red

Pros: 

For a primer, it was able to make my pores looked smaller and flawless. (See photo below.)

If you are a fan of dewy look, this primer gives a little glow to the skin. 

Makeup application over the primer is smooth but not as smooth as other brands that I was able to try. 

Most affordable primer that I encountered so far for only 199php. 

Cons: 

The cream is too thick and hard to spread on skin. I used more than the usual amount in primers to be able to cover most of my skin.

Since it has a moisturizing properties, my makeup showed signs of fading after three to four hours and I felt a little oily. So if you are prone to oily skin, I suggest that you use a matte primer instead. 

It has a sticky feel to the skin. 

Last, it has a weird waxy scent.

SWATCH:




Buy again? 50%

Overall Rating: 2/5

Price: 199php

Where to buy? Pop Studio Shopee, Watsons, BeautyBeat.

Thank you so much for visiting my page and reading this review. I have two more Pop Studio products to review. 

Pat McGrath: MatteTrance 1995

Friday, June 7, 2019 Philippines


PRODUCT REVIEW: PAT MCGRATH'S MATTE TRANCE LIPSTICK IN SHADE 1995

When I first saw this brand Pat McGrath and their elegant packaging in Sephora, I wanted to try it. But I find their lipstick to be expensive for something that I have not yet tried. Thank God that I found a solution by seeing a mini-size of the lipstick at @thefabpanda store in Instagram. This way, I would know if I wanted to purchase a full-size one. 

Brand: Pat McGrath

Type: Matte Trance

Shade: 1995

Weight: 1.2g

Product Description: (From Pat McGrath's website) A revolutionary lipstick so luxurious and richly pigmented, it drenches lips in a lightweight veil of opaque colour while delivering a mesmerizingly modern matte finish. Sensually creamy and brilliant in texture, this collection evokes the femme fatale siren with every application. Colour and finish so sinful, your pout will speak volumes without ever whispering a word.

Ingredients: (From Temptalia's website) ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE POLYBUTENE, POLYETHYLENE DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, PARAFFIN, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID SYNTHETIC WAX, COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX/CERA CARNAUBA/CIRE DE CARNAUBA, HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL STEARIC ACID, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX/CERA MICROCRISTALLINA/CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, SQUALANE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, KAOLIN, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE PROPYLENE CARBONATE NYLON-12. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CL 77891) MICA, BLUE 1 LAKE (CL 42090), RED 6 (CL 15850), RED 7 LAKE (CL 15850), YELLOW 5 LAKE C(L 19140) YELLOW 6 LAKE (CL 15985), RED 28 LAKE (CL 45410), RED 30 LAKE (CL 73360), IRON OXIDES (CL 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)



Pros: 

The lipstick is highly pigmented. One layer of application will fully show the color of the lipstick. 

It has a powder-like texture that reminded me of Maybelline's Powder Matte lipsticks, that is why even though it is a matte lipstick, I did not experience any discomfort in applying the lipstick. It just glides on smoothly. 

I love its pinkish brown shade, it goes well with my skin tone. (I am MAC NC20 user.)

It did not make my lips dry nor hydrated. The lipstick can be removed by heavy meals but without any oily food, the lipstick could last for four to five hours without retouch. 

When applied, it did not build up on my lip lines. 

Cons: 

I find the lipstick quite expensive (2,490php at Sephora) because I think you can get this quality of lipstick from MAC though the appearance when it is worn looks really nice. It is still a luxury lipstick. 

It accentuated the dry patches of my lips. 

SWATCHES: 






Buy again? 90%

Overall Rating: 4/5

Price: 2,490php (Mini size at @thefabpanda is only 700php)

Where to buy? You can get the full size lipstick at Sephora PH, but if you wanted to try a mini size first, I got mine from @thefabpanda in Instagram. 

I miss reviewing lipsticks, I do hope you find this helpful. Have fun ladies!

Summer Hair and Skin Care By Megan

Thursday, June 6, 2019 Philippines



SUMMER HAIR AND SKIN CARE BY MEGAN


Megan is one of the most affordable skin care brands in the Philippines. Their product ranges form masks, waxing products, peel-off gels and now they also offer hair spa! I got this mail from Megan and it is the perfect timing because I recently dyed my hair in a salon. 

The summer season is still extended up to this month though we already experience some heavy rains. Still, I can feel the angry heat of the sun. My skin feels dry, rough and hair makes me irritable. I am tempted to cut my hair short again but for now I always tie it up.

You can banish your unwanted hair to feel more refreshed by also trying out their waxing products. 

Protect your skin from the UV rays with their new sunscreen and then feel refreshingly cool with their Aloe Gel Moisturizer. 

Extract your black heads with Megan's peel-off clay masks. It is available in sachets and tubes. 

Rejuvenate your skin with their facial sheet masks, they have different variants so you can look for what is suitable for your needs. 

To know more about these Megan Beauty products, you can visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MegandaKa/

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