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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…
This Time using the Deep Sea Collagen Mask

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

skin care rediscovered

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.

Aqua Mineral  relies on the power of nature to make Filipinas more beautiful 

Aqua Mineral, the first and the most trusted skin care brand when it comes to Dead Sea Mineral-based skin care products brings us another innovative and unique concept for Filipino skin care enthusiasts. 
Known for its premium cosmetics line ranging from the basic skin care to anti aging products to men’s care sets and the most amazing and awesome products when it comes to effectiveness.

Aqua Mineral boasts itself of having only natural ingredients – sourced straight from the Dead Sea in Israel – in all of its products. 

This is the same reason why Aqua Mineral products are offered at a higher price point. Users are assured of premium quality and effectivity. At the end of the day, the price of investment in making yourself look healthier and more beautiful is worth it. 

A company known for its innovative approach to beauty, Aqua Mineral brings the concept of nature working as the best aide for beauty and wellness with the introduction of the first salt room in the country! 

This concept was conceived and inspired by the hundreds of years old Natural Salt Caves of Europe where various research shows that salt miners working within rarely get sick. With this new found elixir of health, there was an instant clamor for salt rooms or halo-therapy centers in many western countries, as Salt Therapy is recommended for various ailments and illnesses.

In the Philippines, Aqua Mineral is the first to bring this kind of technology. I paid a visit to the Aqua Mineral boutique located at the upscale Century City Mall to take a look on this new emerging technology. 

True enough, within the confines of the quaint, tastefully-constructed store is a salt room where virtually all surface are covered with three different kinds of salt – Sea Salt, Dead Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt. All of which have their own unique health benefits to boast and has so many write ups and review about them. I was allowed to touch the walls and indeed the salt embedded were fine and solidly packed in the small room. 

Aqua Mineral embraces and celebrates the power of nature’s oldest crystal. The Salt Rooms provide a dry, sterile and pollutant-free environment. Salt therapy is safe non-invasive and is naturally anti-inflammatory and enriched with negative ions. The more negative ions you are exposed to, the better and more energized you feel! Salt therapy is recommended as a positive addition to regular medical care and is offered as an alternative and complimentary healing method, thus expanding treatment options.

With this launching of the salt room, the Philippines can now enjoy the privileges of having salt caves like Europe. Visit them at Robinson’s Malate, Gateway Mall and Century City Mall. 

For any queries contact them at aqua@cosmetigroup.com.ph and http://www.facebook.com.ph/aquamineralph Instagram @aquamineralph, Twitter @aquamineral_ph.

Top skin care expert Cathy Valencia believes in going “All Natural”; relaunches Makati branch 

There are a lot of skin care and aesthetics clinics in the country, but not everyone can lay claim to getting the trust and loyalty of many of the top celebrities in the country like Cathy Valencia. 

Ms. Cathy Valencia (photo credit: Cathy Valencia website)

Already considered as one of the “brand names” when it comes to effective and all-natural skin care, Japan-trained skin expert Ms. Cathy Valencia has made it her business to  espouse effective and quality skin and body treatment through her Cathy Valencia Advanced Skin Clinic with seven locations in the Metro plus one branch in Tokyo, Japan. 

It is at the relaunching of the Makati branch where this blogger along with other beauty and lifestyle writers were invited for an afternoon of wine and cheese and a short chat with the beatiful svelte doctor whose youthful glow is at par with her celebrity endorsers. 

The remodeled and re-opened CV Makati branch, located at the ground floor of Prince Plaza Buildinh in Dela Rosa Street (in front of Greenbelt 5) boasts of classy and airy interiors, with dedicated treatment rooms located at the clinic’s mezzanine area. 

The clinic accepts skin and body treatments, from as simple as a facial to the more complicated Ultra-cavitational sculpt. The clinic also offers skin care products, ranging from whitening and skin care items sourced straight from Japan to the high quality, all natural skin care line developed by Cathy Valencia and her team which is then manufactured in Japan. 

The latest in skin whitening 

One of CV’s core strength is skin whitening and she took the time to introduce her latest line of skin white creams during the event. 

According to the Cathy Valencia website, the Eternal Youth Skin Care and Skin Whitening line “seeks to aid cell repair and longevity. It hydrates dead skin and rejuvenates skin cells, improving skin performance by 10 years. It combats aging by eliminating fine lines, restoring skin firmness and dullness. The cream leaves skin visibly younger-looking and healthy. It also works wonders as an eye cream, improving overall skin quality for forever youthful skin.”

The Eternal Youth line also offers a skin whitening soft cream which aims to lessen skin darkening while protecting the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Aside from purchasing the products off-the-shelf at any CV Advanced Skin Care branch, interested buyers can also purchase it online at the CV website. 

When asked on what makes her products different from the other skin care clinics, Cathy emphasized her commitment to offer products that only uses natural ingredients. She’s also very hands on in the development and production of her skin care line and insists on only offering the best to her clients. 

To know more about Cathy Valencia Advanced Skin Care Clinic, go to http://www.cathyvalencia.com. You can also  visit them on Facebook.

Drs Manny and Pie Calayan on their way to exciting return to the “business of beauty” 

Expect 2016 to be a year of changes and big things for doctors Manny and Pie Calayan.

Following a five year stay in the US where her daughters are studying, Dra. Pie returns to Manila with grand plans in tow for Calayan Surgicenter, now on its 21st year in the beauty business.
 The change begins with the opening of more clinics on top of the two existing locations in Timog Avenue, in Quezon City, and the other in Makati. In the offing for 2016 are new branches in Alabang, with more possible expansions  outside Metro Manila, specifically in Baguio and in Japan.

Next comes a planned rebranding veering away from the existing browns, blacks and dark color scheme of their current locations and giving way to cooler and more comforting pastel shades. Instead of solid walls, they plan to install more glass to allow the passage of air and light. They are also putting in new facial beds, and adding newer and more modern treatment machines. “Papalitan lahat. Our goal is to have a major makeover of the clinics and give them a new image and a fresh, modern look. So the client will feel very at home pa rin at di nila maramdaman na nasa clinic sila,” says Dra. Pie.


The rebrand also includes logo re-design and re-branding from Calayan Surgicenter to Drs. Manny and Pie, who are also called “PieMann” for better recall.

Along with upgrading the clinics and machines, they are also working on their online presence. 

This includes a fortified and improved online presence via their website, http://www.mannyandpiecalayan.com where  all the information on their services and clients are included plus snippets of some of their successful campaigns featuring their famous endorsers.  The Calayans will also launch a YouTube channel  where Dra. Pie answers all questions on skin and beauty, among others.  

But the most important change happening is that the couple plans to make their approach even more personalized.

“We are focusing more now on personalized consultation and treatment. Hands-on,” explains Dra. Pie, who is eager and excited over all the big things happening in their group. “Sa ibang clinics kasi, when you go there for a consultation, maraming doctors, may nagko-konsulta sa iyo, tapos may gagawang iba. But with us it’s really personalized. Kami pa rin ni Doc. And we really try to have a personalized relationship with our clients, that if they have questions, madali kaming ma-contact para sumagot. Si Doc ‘yung nag-o-opera, and I do the procedures, especially if the patient wants it that way. But usually, ‘yun nga, lahat ng surgery kay Doc, lahat ng derma sa akin. So that means lahat ng skin-related issues like pigmentation, fine lines, whitening, I take care of those.”

 Part of the more personalized approach this year is to incorporate a more vegan lifestyle into the advice she dispenses to patients. The Calayans — and Dra. Pie in particular — are avid practitioners of what she calls “alternative dermatology” in which drugs or medicine are not always the first option in treatment.

Health and wellness are now prime concerns. It’s not just about looking good on the outside — the cosmetic aspect of it — but also feeling good on the inside.

She explains: “I try to avoid if possible giving drugs to my patients. The products I have are plant-based, like my lifestyle, because I’m vegan. Nakita ko ang benefit sa akin. Pati patients ni Doc, ako na rin nag-co-consult sa kanila on how to maintain their post-lipo figure. I give them what they can do, what food they can eat, kasi ang plants naman are naturally low in calories.”

 A holistic approach to beauty, that’s what it’s about. It’s like going back to the basics, but in a more modern setting. “I treat the patient as a whole, and not just the symptoms,” says Dra. Pie. “Like with acne for instance, there are a lot of factors why people get acne, so we consider all the factors. We unravel everything that could cause acne, para maiwasan. Gusto ng patients ‘yon, especially teenagers. I don’t introduce chemical or drugs into their bodies.”

With this kind of approach, the Calayans are essentially re-defining beauty. But these innovations do not come with an outrageous price tag. As much as possible, says Dra. Pie, they are keeping the prices to a reasonable level.

They believe beauty is — or should be — for everyone. “We want to cater to people from all walks of life.”