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Elements of Style – My Way.

I am at an age where I am expected to dress less like a Millennial on a soul-searching trip, and more like the #girlboss that I aspire to be.  You know the drill: the #TimelessStyle –  a solid and dependable little black dress, trusty black pumps, complementing blazer and a string of pearls around my neck.

Something along this line:

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And while I am in love with this ensemble — floral-patterned wrap dress that flatters the figure and hides the bumps, solid black pumps with good heels and layered pearl necklace — it also does not represent who I am or how uncomfortable I was. My feet were hurting the whole day  from wearing my trusty heels. That while I love this dress, it just doesn’t work for me every single time since working in PR meant being on the go most of the time.  That in as much as I loved how mature I looked and how on-point was my style – it just wasn’t me.

Style icon Audrey Hepburn once said:

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In the day and age of fashion influencers, of #OOTDs and power dressing — who makes the rules anyway on what is really trendy and fashionable? After all, the trends that everyone used to eschew back in the day is currently doing heavy rotation on the pages of fashion magazines: they say the 80s, 90s and heaven forbid, the 70s are back. As the seasons change along with the wants and obsessions of the people, who really has the last say?

At the end of the day, is it all about the timeless pieces or about the fashion statements? Do you opt to get the clothes where you can get the most mileage over the years through good old mix and match? Or would you rather have the stand out pieces that can turn heads and give you “feed goals?”

In my case – I tend to always choose the classic route; alternating between the laid back and the comfortable. Yes, I am the kind of woman who lived for comfortable jeans,  and comfy tops and long sleeves; who loves her brogues and oxfords over heels; who considers a well-made hat as a a fashion investment and whose love for a classic black satchel remains true.

In my case, I’ve subscribed faithfully to a few “timeless buys” as published at Who What Wear:

  • I tend to stick to dark colors which allowed me to mix and match my clothes; and style them no matter how I like – corporate with a bit of edge, laid back or comfy for quick trips and night outs. As you can see from the photo, most of my clothes are black; with a smattering of navy blue and gray. I’d like to invest more on white clothes but the care and maintenance is keeping me on the edge.
  • If you can, opt for quality pieces that lasts – I used to get a kick out of buying dirt cheap clothes, but learned my lesson when it gets frayed (or worse, torn due to wear and tear) in just a year. Case in point: I have this bootleg denim which I bought on sale at Mark’s & Spencer about four years ago. It’s still my go-to piece when I want to wear jeans but does not want to look “too laid back.” I always pair it out with my trusty ankle boots and my black knit sweater and I’m all set for corporate Fridays.
  • Even if you’re a “jeans and sneakers kind-a girl” (like me), invest in a good black dress. Karl Lagerfeld once said, “One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a little black dress” — but if I may boldly paraphrase Lola Karl, maybe don’t stop with that little black dress: buy a full-length cocktail number or a mid-length one. Own it. In my case, I have three black dresses which I can always count on for times when I need to dress up.
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  • They say that the first thing that people notice about you is your shoes. So make sure you’re wearing something nice. It can be your 4-inch stilleto, kick-ass pumps, or the classic white and green Stan Smith. The bottom line is it should be clean and complimentary to what you wear
  • And lastly – and if I may so, always be yourself. Do not be afraid to dress comfortably and revel on who you are. If you are comfortable with the sweat pants and your beanie; or heck, even the pokemon lounge wear – wear it. Timeless dressing means being who you are – beyond trends, beyond brand names and beyond rules.

Investing in clothes also meant that you should be able to take care of them. Why? So that they will last longer and that you will get to wear and enjoy these key pieces for a few years.

In my case, I tend to be OC when it comes to taking care of my clothes:

  • I organize and store my clothes based on colors – the blacks have their own pile, along with the grays, blues and the few colored clothes I have.
  • Invest in quality hangers – I recommend buying wooden hangers with a sloped/curved ends, instead of the usual plastic ones with sharp ends. I learned this the hard way after I left one of my remaining white polo shirt on a plastic hanger.
  • Only keep in the closet the items you wear on a day-to-day basis. For seasonal clothes like sweaters, jackets and even swim wear, put them in plastic boxes and keep them in storage. This will lessen the number of items in your closet and will allow your pieces to breathe. Less stuff in the closet means there’s less stuff crammed inside; clothes do not get wrinkled or misshapen.
  • Store leather items (like belts, shoes and bags) inside cloth bags or dust bags to protect them from the elements.
  • Lastly and more importantly, keep them clean. Timeless pieces like a good cotton polo shirt, that little black dress or a nice pair of trousers served as good investments. While laundry shops are a dime-a-dozen nowadays, it’s still good measure to wash your own clothes.

Obviously, our busy, fast-paced lives meant doing the laundry should be easy, painless and effective as much as possible. Investing in timeless pieces also meant investing on how you care for the very items you wear.

As Rajo Laurel, one of the Philippines’ most prolific designers succinctly puts it:

 

Now, I know not all of us are a fan of washing clothes and ironing clothes (in my case, I’d rather spend the whole day  in the laundry than iron my clothes). Maybe, it helps if you are using a really good washing machine that can assure you that it will do the job efficiently and with the least possible hassle?

In my case, I am currently curious to try out (and maybe invest — *Christmas bonus goals*) on a good washing machine. Right now, I am really partial to Electrolux’ wide range of washing machines currently up for grabs with their ongoing Electrolux Amazing Holideals, with up to 25% in discounts and freebies.

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To learn more about #ElectroluxFashionCare Campaign, visit the Electrolux website at www.electrolux.com.ph or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/electroluxphilippines/

 

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Some of the amazing deals up for grabs with Electrolux’ Amazing Holideals

Electrolux also has an ongoing #ElectroluxFashionCare campaign, which promotes taking care of your timeless pieces, while also getting to know some of the nifty machines that can get this done. To know more, visit the Electrolux website at www.electrolux.com.ph or at https://www.facebook.com/electroluxphilippines/

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Hassle-free OOTDs made possible by Shopee Fashion Week

Fashionistas are In for a treat, as Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, teams up with leading local fashion brands like Bench, Silverworks, CLN, Watch Republic, Banana Peel, Avel Designs, and Unisilver to kick off Shopee Fashion Week, happening 19 to 25 September 2018.

Score one of a kind apparel, shoes, and accessories at wallet-friendly prices, with as much as 95% off on choice merchandise.

To cater to the diverse fashion tastes of all Filipino shoppers, Shopee Fashion Week will contain six themed collections namely Fresh Finds, Sneakerfest, Aegyo! Korean Fashion, Denim + Leather, Holiday Glam, and Accessorize. Featuring unbelievable deals starting from ₱1.00, shoppers can save even more when purchasing their fashion essentials on Shopee. Shoppers can also look forward to the Everything Must Go flash sale on September 25, where the most in-demand fashion items will be available at unbeatable prices.

To officially mark Shopee Fashion Week, the eComm giant officially welcomed Bench, the Philippines’ top fashion brand to the Shopee Mall family.

Bench models Marco Gumabao and Max Collins with Bench general manager Jude Ong and Shopee Philippines director Jane Lim

To celebrate the opening, Bench will be offering 20% off storewide for fashion hunters to fill their wardrobes. Bench Apparel and Bench Body will also offer exclusive bundles for as low as ₱259.00 on a limited time only, so fans of the brand can usher in the festive year-end shopping period with Bench on Shopee. Lastly, the first 100 Bench shoppers will win a free cosmetics set and limited-edition postcards signed by celebrities Max Collins and Marco Gumabao.

Jane Lim, Director of Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee is dedicated to bringing a customised shopping experience that caters to the unique tastes of our users. With dozens of the most beloved local fashion brands on board, Shopee Fashion Week aims to give users first-hand access to exclusive deals on a wide variety of clothes, shoes, and other fashion accessories. Together with themed collections and various other attractive promotions, we are confident shoppers can save even more on their favourite fashion products at Shopee Fashion Week.”

For more information about Shopee’s Fashion Week, visit: https://shopee.ph/m/fashion-week

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From 10 to 3: Miyu Skin Care by Amway (A Review)

To say I a.m obsessed with skin care is an understatement – and to me, nothing beats Japanese and Korean brands when it comes to skin care. Maybe it’s the fact that they know Asian skin better than anyone, their amazing dedication to R&D and commitment to using nothing but only the best ingredients from Nature.

That’s why the invitation from Amway to mark the first anniversary of their very own skin care line, Miyu, came as a nice surprise.

For the uninitiated, Miyu is Amway’s very own foray to the exciting World of Korean skin care. Their unique advantage is they’re making it less complicated for Everyone – by removing the (sometimes) tedious ten-step process and simplifying it to just three.

While I do not mind going through the motions and finishing the whole 10 steps, there are definitely days when all i wanna do is just make sure My Face is clean, devoid of make-up and just crash and sleep.

Miyu’s line up of there products are all infused with natural ingredients, with buckwheat sprout and chaga mushroom on top of the list and are said to be rich in anti-oxidants to help revitalize and brighten the skin.

The process begins with the Miyu Free Me Up 3-In-1 Whitening Cleanser with cleansing, moisturizing and whitening effect. Intended to remove make up residues, dirt and oil; this cleansing cream also moisturizes and whitens skin.

Step 2 is the Miyu Pore Me Down 3-In-1 Whitening Toner with toning, pore minimizing and Whitening effect.

Unlike other toners that stings upon application, this one is a lot milder (I still felt a slight tinge upon application), and there’s no strong smell. If you’d Love to have that smooth, glass-like, pore-less look that is so common among Korean celebrities – this might be the perfect tool to achieve the look.

Lastly, we have the Miyu Easy-Peasy Baby 3-In-1 Creme with SPF30 PA++ for whitening, protesting and moisturizing.

A small dollop can go a long way with this beauty creme – it feels a bit heavier compared with other Korean-branded creme; but In spite of that, there’s no sticky feeling after every use. The test sample I have from above seems a bit too much but I was just about to spread it so it doesnt look good on camera – but yes, a small amount really goes a long way.

I’ll share with you what I learned from watching all these K-beauty channels: apply on the face evenly; then spread by massaging your face in circular motions.

Typical of all Korean-made brands, Miyu comes in a cute packaging; with the colors pink and green giving off that strong Kpop girl group vibe.

These babies are exclusively distributed via Amway Philippines only and has recently marked its first year in the Philippjnes.

My verdict?

These babies are worth a try!

Retailing for PHP499 for the cleanser, PHP699 for the toner and PHP749 for the moistirizer – price points is a mix between the current selling price of other beauty brands in the market.

I will keep on using these to test their effectivity; but offhand- for the last three days, my face is less oily and more moisturised.

Product Review: Novelina Deep Sea Collagen Mask & CoEnzyme

We all have our guilty pleasures – bags, vices, that six-figure pair of shoes, a cartful of cosmetics and jewelleries.

Whatever that maybe – these guilty pleasures keep us sane, helps us relax and remains as our own dose of happy pill. In my case, my go-to mood booster is the so-called “Korean 10-step Face care process.” I get a kick out of all the cleansing, scrubbing, gentle messaging, slathering and the whole nine yards of Face care. The highlight for me is Always the part where I put on a Face mask; pop on to whatever Korean Variety show I a.m watching and just chill.

So, it’s not surprising that I have a ton of Face masks, of every variant, brand and sizes at home.

Some of My stash: Innisfree, Dermal, Farm Stay

I collect them how a 10 year old would collect his trading cards. So I a.m excited when I was asked to review two new face mask variants from skin care brand Novelina.

I first tried the Co-Enzyme Anti-aging & Age Defying Mask and here are My thoughts:

  • I Love that the smell is not too strong and not to cloying.
  • After taking off the mask sheet, I noticed that the essence (composed of Algae extract, fish scale collagen, Allantoin, among others) were not too sticky.
  • The mask did not dry out easily even after I left it on my Face for a long time.
  • Mask is sturdier compared to other brands; material is a bit thicker compared to those sold by Innisfree and Face Shop — however…
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I also find them too big.

And that’s my only problem with Novelina Face Masks – I don’t know what size they are based; but everytime I use it; I feel like a giant lumpia (spring roll) wrapper has been slapped on my face! The slot for the nose is too big; the slot for the mouth is on my chin and I keep on trying to adjust the holes that were supposed to be for my eyes!

But other than that, Novelina is a promising brand. I just tried the Deep Sea Collagen Mask and I love it. For one, it smelled better than the Co-Enzyme variant, and the essence is more watery, without any sticky residue.

Like always, I left the masks on for a good 10-15 minutes; washed it off with miscellar water and my Face felt immediately refreshed after. Skin also feels more supple and softer; just the perfect prep for the next skin care step. At this point, I would usually start massaging my go-to Laneige Face essence on my cheeks, forehead and crease line near the amount; moving on to the Eye essence before usually ending the whole thing with a slather of Nivea Face Creme.

Would I recommend the product?

If you’d like to add something new and different from your usual brands; you can give Novelina a try.

Both variants contain Collagen which is a known anti-aging Ingredient, while the glycerine component whitens, leading to fairer skin.

I a.m looking forward to trying this again – hopefully, by that Time, the size of the sheet masks have also been improved.

My no-make up; freshly-scrubbes; Face mask-pampered Face

How I put my skin care woes to rest with DermClinic

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Let me tell you something about myself: I am deathly afraid of anyone poking my face – because of this, I avoided going to dermatologists, never even tried a facial treatment, more so use any local skin care brand, sticking to my tried and tested brands The Faceshop, Innisfree and Laneige.

To take care of my skin, I tried variations of the 10-step Korean Skin Care Routine, and I haven’t had any break outs since.

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So, I was a both scared and excited when I was chosen by Dermclinic, one of the country’s top skin care and dermatological centers, to try out their 3Face, a moisturizing and anti-aging treatment which combines Microdermabrasion, Collagen Renewal and Skin Tightening leading to full on pampering.

We were also given a full set of the Nuderm Intensive Whitening Package (more on this later), to further achieve that fair, young-looking skin.

Let’s talk about 3Face facial treatment first.

On the day of the visit, I literally asked a few of my friends what to expect during a facial treatment. I was a having a bad case of jitters and I really wanted to have a better understanding on how it will help me take care of my skin. I also had the mistake of watching too many “pimple-popping” videos on the net, further adding to my agitation on having my face screened and prodded for the first time.

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Dermclinic – The Link Ayala Center branch

The process is easy and very straightforward. Upon arrival, new patients are asked to fill a patient information sheet before being lead to thoroughly clean the face prior to the treatment, then finally to the treatment room assigned to you.

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I love the fact that the 3Face treatment begins with a facial. Assigned to me was the kind nurse Jane who patiently answered all my questions, starting from – if the pricking will hurt, to asking her to explain the process she’s doing to my face. I love how my skin was gently cleansed all the way through; steamed to open up the pores and then slathered with a cooling facial mask, said to tighten and encourage smoother skin. I loved the facial massage in between, which was just what I needed, considering the full load that I have at work.

I asked Jane if she will be the one to do the treatment for me, but she explained that at Dermclinic, only doctors are allowed to do procedures/treatments on patients. As a first-time visitor to a dermatological center, this gives me the assurance that I needed.

From the longest time–and because I really don’t have pimples or zits, save for some lone stragglers during a specific time of the month–I’ve always believed that I have a “passable” healthy skin. But apparently, my 10-step process is not working out as much as I would have loved.

Jane and the lovely Dr. Tiu pointed out quite a smattering of white heads on my forehead and then a few black head spots on my chin, then promptly took them out. Contrary to my foremost fears, the pricking wasn’t too bad.

3FACE is composed of three procedures which results to younger-looking, smoother skin. The process begins with the Microdermabrasion, to exfoliate and rid the skin of dead skin cells; Collagen Renewal, where a special liquid-based emulsion was applied to the face to regain elasticity and firmness of skin; and then finally, Skin Tightening, through a small suction/vacuum type tool with the aim of restoring skin’s radiance.

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The procedure lasted a good two hours, with waiting in and prep included. I loved the fact that Dr. Tiu and Jane moved quickly without sacrificing the quality of their work. They are also conscious of the pain tolerance and comfort of their patients, with Dra. Tiu asking me in-between procedures if I am feeling any pain at all (FYI, there was none).

To achieve the fairer skin, we were given full sets of Nuderm Intensive Whitening Package, composed of the following products:

Intensive Whitening Soap with Micropeal – which helps rid pigmentation and hot spots; Intensive Whitening Toner with Micropeel, intended to refresh skin and inhibit its melanin-production; then finally, the Intensive Whitening Cream with Micropeel, which lightens, removes discoloration and promotes regeneration of healthier skin.

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I’ve been using the product for almost a week now, and I love how squeaky clean my face gets after a very long day at work or on field work. The toner doesn’t sting while the whitening cream smells fresh and clean. On the third day, I noticed a slight peeling near my jaw already, which was manageable and was expected. I am curious to see (and share!) if there will be noticeable changes in my skin following daily use of Nuderm.

I am grateful to Dermclinic for tapping me to be one of the lucky few to experience this 46th Anniversary treat. While taking care of your skin through serums and creams are always commendable, it’ still different when you rely on the expect care of a doctor – in my case, it helped me understand that there are minor skin concerns that I needed to address soonest. And yes, sleeping with make-up (no matter how tired you are) is always a bad idea.

To maintain good results, it’s a good idea to have 3Face at least once every two months. This is something I now seriously consider adding to my “Me Time” routine, especially since looking presentable is a must when it comes to my job in PR.

For more info about  Dermclinic, click the link to head to their website.

 

ABOUT DERMCLINIC

One of the pioneers in the industry, Dermclinic opened its doors more than 46 years ago, providing medically-vetted, safe and effective skin care consultations and procedures to many Filipinos.

Known for being accessible due to its high presence in malls, Dermclinic offers a wide range of services, ranging from simple facials to more complicated procedures.

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Current Obsession: Claying My Way to beautiful skin with L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Masks

If there's one thing that I cannot get enough of – it's beauty products. I love taking care of my skin, and I pride on the fact that it hasn't been touched by a dermatologist.

Actually, my skin care habits are pretty basic: in the evening, before I sleep – I wash my face, I follow it up with a toner and that's basically it. When the mood strikes, I extend it up by either putting on a face mask (my personal favorite) as part of my de-stressing routine and then close it all up by applying a emulsion to hydrate.

In the morning, I wash my face and then apply face cream; I have dark eye bags so I apply a serum to the skin around the eye and then I finish it all off with a face lotion and emulsion.

I am not too picky when it comes to brands, but very partial to Korean and Japanese skin care products. Right now, I am using products from Innisfree, Face Shop and Laneige.

Thanks to Lazada, I am including L'Oreal Paris on my go-to skin care list.

I am loving these new L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Masks and is currently abusing the Anti-Pores variant.

Comprising of four types, the Pure Clay Mask is a potent in-jar mask formulation that addresses different skin problems. Each variant is made with natural pure clay with botanical extracts leading to a more revitalized and nourished skin.

  • L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask Illuminating – made with British Kaolin Cl-y, the face is gently cleansed to achieve soft, radiant skin and with lemon grass extract and exfoliating beads.
  • L'Oreal Clay Mask Anti-Pores – With Moroccan Lava Clay, skin is softened and dead cells are eliminated with obstructs pores and regulates sebum secretion. Infused with rosemary extract.
  • L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask Hydration – with mineral-rich bentonite clay, infused with lemon balm, essential oil and hydrating essence. Removed dirt and hydrates.

You can actually use all three at the same time! Called Multi-masking, the anti-pores variant work best for the T-zone (covering forehead and nose), while illuminating and hydration works wonders for the cheeks.

Verdict:

Because I really wanted for finer-looking pores (an offshoot of watching too many Korean dramas), I immediately tried the anti-pore variant and immediately got hooked!

The first thing you will notice,upon opening the jar is the smell. It smelled really good – it smelled really good and natural, and without any hint of the usual "clay" or chemical smell

The product applies very well to the skin and doesn't feel suffocating at all. It dries really fast: within 10 minutes following application, you will feel it tightening a bit, adhering to your skin and hopefully sucking out all blackheads and impurities along the way. You can easily wash these with water once you're done.

What's noticeable immediately after is the clean feeling, like your face is devoid of any all or dirt ah all. My cheeks felt soft, smooth and supple.

I apply the mask before I sleep, as part of my usual bed time ritual, so it comes as a nice surprise that upon waking up, my skin doesn't feel oily at all.

Suffice to say, I am instantly hooked!

If you want to try these out, head over to Lazada. They are exclusively available for only P399 per jar.

Let’s get Nude…! With Ever Bilena Nude Lipsticks, that is! 

 I’m a fan of lipsticks. With just a quick swipe, they add color and a certain bit of ooomph to an otherwise plain face. 

For supermarket runs and days when I can’t be bothered to bring a large bag, I only carry a small tub of powder and the deepest, darkest plum lippie. Yes, I am the girl with an aversion for pink and red shades – I prefer my shades very dark, totally “The Craft” instead of the “Legally Blonde.”

However, there are days when the mood and situation calls for something more subdued. Days like these is when I choose to go Nude… Nude lippies, that is. 

It’s the perfect go-to color all year round, a quick swipe will automatically make a statement to the “no-make-up make-up” look with just the slightest color to make its presence known.   

But did you know that nude lipsticks come in shades that, if not matched with the skin tone, may end up giving apale-faced look? Good thing Ever Bilena, the country’s leading cosmetics brand, offers a spectrum of shades in the Matte Lipstick Nude Collection to ensure that there’s a perfect shade for every skin type.

 

For instance, tinges of dusty, baby pink will work best for women with alabaster or fair complexion. This will warm up the lips and draw a separation between the lips and the skin. With Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in Mirrored Mocha, they can immediately color to the face with its fabulous mix of nude and red. 

Meanwhile, beige and caramel hues are perfect for medium skin tone. Go a shade lighter than your skin tone with The Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in Skin, then add dimension to your whole look with smoky, more defined eye make-up.

Lastly, women with dark skin tone should go for shades that are darker than their complexion. To brighten the face, use bronzy browns with hints of shimmer or dusty rose with toffee shades like Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in Port. Its subdued red color is guaranteed to flatter this skin type. 

The Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in Nude Collection (P165 each) has a stunning matte finish and has a rich pigment that glides smoothly. What’s even better is that each lipstick in this line-up is rich in vitamin E content to ensure that its matte finish won’t dry up the lips, making it a worthy addition to your make-up arsenal. 

Personally, I like Ever Bilena because it’s a make up brand that is affordable but works really well for every skin types. I have been using some of their products, mixing them with high-end name brands, and they work just fine – complementing  very well with other make-up brands. It’s high quality without the steep price tag. 

 To know more about Ever Bilena, visit Ever Bilena’s website, http://www.everbilena.com.ph and Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/everbilenacosmetics