Saturday, October 22, 2016

#DareToMask with The Body Shop's NEW Superfood Masks!

Our weekly skincare routine just got more exciting!

Clue: It has something to do with superfoods! The Body Shop's new range of expert face masks all contain natural ingredients that have been packed, crushed, and drizzled - all for the love of skincare. (They all smell REALLY nice, too!)

These masks were launched at The Wholesome Table in BGC. The venue was perfect because they served fresh and tasty organic dishes! That day, we had food for the mind (as we all learned the basics of sketching from Fernando Sena), food for the body (as we ate clean), and of course, food for the skin (as we were introduced to the NEW masks).

Fernando Sena taught us to draw lines. He said if you can draw a vase, then you can draw a face. The activity made me miss Dawn. She can sketch anyone' face in minutes. SO TALENTED!

With my seatmate Krissy

Now to introduce to you the 5 mask variants! All of them are formulated without parabens, silicone, mineral oils, and paraffins.

DETOXIFY: Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask (100% vegan)
For skin that needs to release impurities and toxins to help reveal a healthy-looking, youthful glow

Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions, this tingling mud mask contains powerful ingredients:
  • Bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, known to draw out impurities and excess oils from the skin
  • Green tea leaves from Japan, rich in antioxidants and catechins, effectively exfoliate the skin
  • Community Trade organic tea tree oil from Kenya, known to help keep skin looking clear

HYDRATE: British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask (100% vegan)
For skin that needs to be quenched and re-plumped with moisture to reveal its dewy glow again

Inspired by the European bathing rituals, this refreshing gel mask is infused with real natural ingredients:
  • Real rose petals, and essence of hand-picked roses from Britain, freshly replenishes the skin's water reserves
  • Rosehip oil from Chile, rich in repairing Omega 3 and 6 that helps tone skin
  • Community Trade organic aloe vera from Mexico, known for its gentle, calming, and soothing properties on the skin
NOURISH: Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask (100% vegetarian)
For skin that needs an intense dose of replenishing nourishment to feel soft and smooth again

Inspired by the African healing and soothing rituals, this indulgent melting honey mask blends the finest natural ingredients:
  • Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, rich in nutrients that replenish and retain moisture to comfort and revive depleted skin
  • Community Trade marula oil from Namibia, a cold-pressed light oil, known to restore and improve skin's elasticity
  • Community Trade organic olive oil from Italy, rich in Omega 9 that helps boost skin elasticity and prevents dryness

BRIGHTEN: Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask (100% vegetarian)
For skin that needs an intense treatment to remove dullness and unevenness

Inspired by Chinese traditions, this creamy exfoliating mask combines natural ingredients sourced from Northeast Asia and South America:
  • Ginseng extract from China, known for its skin toning and stimulating properties that help revitalise skin
  • Rice extract from China, traditionally used to moisturise and brighten the skin
  • Community Trade organic sesame seed oil from Nicaragua, rich in oleic and linoleic acid to soften the skin

ENERGISE: Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask (100% vegan)
For skin that needs a fast recharge from signs of fatigue and stress

Inspired by the rituals of Amazonian tribes, this juicy fresh mask with powerful natural ingredients from South America:
  • Acai berry extract from Brazil, rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin C that fight the appearance of fatigue
  • Guarana seed extract from Brazil, known for its energy boosting properties from its high concentration of caffeine
  • Community Trade organic babassu oil from Brazil, an effective nut oil known to soften, smooth, and revitalise the skin

I also learned a new skincare trick called "multimasking". While we all have a general skin type, some areas of your face might have very different needs. You can use two or more masks in different places to give each section of your skin the specific attention it needs.

For sleepy, stressed out skin: The Replenish & Recharge Facial
  1. Apply the Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask to your forehead and nose.
  2. Next, apply the Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask to your cheeks.
  3. Finally, apply the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask to your chin and allow all 3 blends to sink in for 5-10 minutes.

For partied-out, thirsty skin: The Hydrate & Invigorate Facial
  1. Apply the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask to your forehead and nose.
  2. Next, apply the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask to your cheeks.
  3. Finally, apply the Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask to your chin and allow all 3 blends to sink in for 5-10 minutes.

Among the 5 variants, I am most curious about the Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask (for my Chinese skin LOL) since I'm into skin brightening products. I'll put the mask to the test this weekend! SO EXCITED! :D

Price: P1,195
Available at selected The Body Shop stores only: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, Greenbelt, Glorietta 2, SM Clark, SM City North EDSA, Trinoma, SM The Block, SM Baguio, Shangri-La, Ayala Cebu, SM San Lazaro, Rockwell, Market Market, SM Fairview, Robinsons Place Manila, SM City Cebu, Robinsons Galleria, Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall, Terminal 3, and Gateway

How about you, which Recipes of Nature mask do you like most?


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Friday, October 21, 2016

Tutuban Haul (Oh, how I've missed this!)

It's been years since I've last set foot on Tutuban Center! I went here a lot during my college years AKA no money days. Seeing it again brought about so much nostalgic feels, and I was pleasantly surprised to see its new and improved state. The roads are a lot wider (probably due to less vendors on the road) and cleaner. I went here on a Tuesday morning and it was definitely the perfect time to shop because everyone else were at work. Weee! :P

To improve our shopping experience, Tutuban Center has unveiled new and exciting features! The center recently underwent a number of renovation work and building improvements. Christmas season is just around the corner, so make sure to visit Tutuban Center's Main Station and Prime Block!

Tutuban Center Main Station is a heritage building where the original train station built in the 1800s first stood. It looks a lot like the huge mansions in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, as steps were taken to preserve its history - including repainting and improving lighting for its facade details. Brick walls and century-old wrought iron pillars lead us all to the food court. (I'll share with you interesting food discoveries in a bit!)

The iconic Bonifacio Shrine is located just across the entrance of Tutuban Center Main Station.

For this shopping trip, I made sure to wear comfy clothes and flats. (Make sure to bring an eco bag to help save the environment.) We were given "Tutuban Money" for a P1,000 shopping challenge, wherein we had to buy stuff for Halloween, Christmas, and practical home and personal use (AKA my favorite category). I didn't win! Who can finish it all in under an hour? I took 3 happy hours going around stores with zero regrets...since I got all the stuff I actually wanted. None of those creepy Halloween masks that will be useless after October 31. Haha :D

But first, we had brunch care of El Presidente of Binondo.

Dimsum party with new friends

The new and more spacious food court will soon offer some of Divisoria and Binondo's best food brands like El Presidente, Kikiam in Ilaya, King's Bakeshop, and Eng Ho. There are also food carts selling refreshing drinks and snacks. Picnic tables can comfortably seat shoppers taking a break.

Here's my haul! :D But along the way, I'll also be telling you where to get these items + how much they cost. I'm so excited. Haha!

The Main Station holds the mall's retail shops, restaurants, and service stores. This connects to the Prime Block, which offers Tutuban Center's revitalized shopping experience. Three shopping levels of pure bargain buying pleasure await us all! :D

A cluster of stalls have been introduced in the 3rd level of Prime Block, aptly called Prime Block Clusters. Merchandise zoning has been improved in the Prime Block building, so shoppers can have an easier time finding what they want and need in each area.

If you're looking for Christmas decors, look no further and don't buy them in the malls! You can get them from Anding's Toys and Flowers, Inc. - the quality is just as nice at the fraction of the cost. They're located at 3/F Prime Block.

They carry a lot of items - from decors, party favors, to garden accessories. Anding's has been in business for over 20 years already, and they also supply to large malls and merchants! Here at Tutuban, they have about 18 stalls. (WOW!) My favorite part is the toy section, of course! :D

Bad Dog Game + AA Batteries

I hope Panda is not reading this post because this one's his Christmas gift. (If any of you want to know the price, just PM me on Facebook or send me an email.) I wanted to buy this particular toy since I first saw it online way back in July. It's battery-operated, and you have to feed the bad dog tiny bones. Then what happens after is a secret. Basta masaya and shocking! It's pricey online and when you add the shipping fee, it's bound to be expensive. This one's exactly the same, and I'm so happy to find it in Tutuban! And I even got to haggle the price to a sulit deal. ;)

The Prime Block also offers clothes for every occasion, the latest RTW, and even costumes and sleepwear - all organized! Footwear, bags, and fashion accessories are there to match your OOTD. Fabrics, trendy patches, beads, and other trimmings are also available for people who love doing DIY fashion projects. I spotted this lovely romper for only P350, and it reminds me a lot of the one I saw at Zalora for over P1,000! (This was at Ms. G's Fashion Boutique, also at 3/F Prime Block.)

2 pairs of sandals (P150)
Black leggings (P200)

My shopping buddies Jean and Sarah were so amazed with Ms. G's stall of clothes and shoes. We each got 2 pairs of sandals for an unbelievably affordable price! :D I bought them as a birthday gift for my eldest sister. The leggings were for my mom; it's a bit pricier, but the material is thick and comfy.

General merchandise stores offer an array of home and personal items ranging from hardware and cookware, to school supplies and bath accessories. Houseware linens and curtains also abound. My favorite general merchandise store is Orignamura - which I tag as the "Daiso of Tutuban" because of its huge selection of stuff - only better since a lot of the items go below P88!

Panda, for your resto!

You know, I'm already content with my only Starbucks tea tumbler from 2013, but it's ice cream and sparkly and I couldn't decide between purple and pink so...

Here's my Orignamura haul! I realized that I bought stuff mostly for the house, much to the delight of my mom. And the only stuff I got for myself was the pretty pink tumbler, which I don't even need. Talk about having a low EQ for cutesy stuff.

Sparkly Ice Cream Tumbler in Pink and Green (P140 each)

Pink for me, green for my youngest sister but I'll give it on Christmas. HAHA I hope she's not reading this as well. I have so many sisters. @_@

Pink Disposable Masks (P25)

Of course it has to be pink. These are for sick days or dirty commutes. :o

Mini Spring Form (P130)

I dreamed of having something like this when I did my Mint Chocolate Forest Cheesecake. I can't believe I got this for a little over a hundred! YAY!

Baking Cups 75 pieces (P62)

One of my sisters is into baking cakes, so this one's for her! So she won't make kulit for when we pass by Wonderbake in Trinoma.

Garlic Press (P125)

Much to my mom's delight. Haha! Also, for our DIY toasted garlic bread! Hihi

Scrub Sponges (P29 per pack of 3)

You know when you're an adult when new kitchen sponge excites you.
Pack of Clothespins (P38)

Good ol' sipit, no explanation needed.

We went to another general mechandise store, and I saw this cute Hello Kitty water dispenser. I'd probably be forced to drink 8 glasses of water a day if I had this. The periwinkle hair chopstick is so high school. I remember a friend gifting me this exact one over a decade ago. They still sell it! Woah. :D

These are the toys I see when I pass by the market near our place, and I had no idea that you can get them for just P35 at Tutuban! So for you guys na sobrang daming inaanak, alam na this. Haha! The pink beauty kits remind me so much of my childhood. They're so me! Party planners will find the Prime Block a one-stop shop for colorful gift items, wall and table decorations, toys and games, and costume accessories.

Snake & Ladders (from P50 to P40!)

I wasn't expecting a yes when I asked for the last price, and they gave this box of Snake & Ladders to me at P40! I'm not expecting fancy details inside, since this is a very basic game after all. It's a nice addition to DeAntonni Hobby Cafe's lineup of board games!

While I don't advise buying cosmetics/fake makeup from Tutuban Center, entrepreneurs and small business owners can find personal care items, grooming kits, spa and salon supplies here.

Whether it's a children's party, a corporate launch, a wedding, or upcoming celebrations such as Halloween and Christmas, the Prime Block offers the party needs for every occasion.

Last stop before we went home was the Food Court at the Main Station. We were starving and tired but happy. I bought a loaf of bread and floss chiffon from King's Bakeshop for my family. The takoyaki (4 for P50) was so delicious! I will look for them again when I go back to Tutuban soon! The mini churros (P100) was hard as a rock so I don't recommend it. (The food looked haggard, because just like me, they survived the pedicab + lrt + tricycle ride home.) :D

Tutuban opens at 9AM daily. There are enhanced pedestrian and vehicular circulation across the development. If you're driving, you'll be glad to know that they've added 150 parking slots into its CM Recto Avenue paid parking area. With ALL these improvements, it's not hard to see why Tutuban Center is still Divisoria's top shopping destination.

I hope you liked my haul post! Are you excited shop at Tutuban? :D


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Monday, October 17, 2016

101 Ways to Use Vaseline

How many uses are there for our good ol' pal, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly? Let us count the ways.

The award-winning Vaseline Petroleum Jelly has earned itself a reputation as a dependable healing product that offers moisturizing, soothing, and protective benefits. But did you know that apart from these tried and tested benefits, there are still hundreds of ways you can use the world’s original wonder jelly? 

I've always known it to be a very versatile beauty multitasker, but I was floored after knowing that there are actually 101 WAYS of using this product! :o 

How I use my Vaseline Petroleum Jelly:
  1. During my high school days, I always had a mini jar of petroleum jelly with me. I remember it being the cheapest (but very effective!) lip balm I've ever had.
  2. Petroleum jelly is also my friend during sipon season, as it prevents the side of my nose from getting chapped.
  3. When I started wearing makeup, it served as my trusty eye makeup remover.
  4. One of my favorite use for it is for relief from itchy mosquito bites since I'm a mosquito magnet. -_-
  5. Even Michelle Phan swears by the petroleum jelly + socks trick at night to ward of cracked heels and have baby skin by the time you wake up.
  6. It also treats minor cuts and burns by proving a barrier so germs can't enter.

Upon checking out their site, I found out these interesting ways I could further use my jars!
  1. DIY clear eyebrow gel
    • Because I'm maarte, I want to buy an empty mascara tube with applicator, melt the petroleum jelly and pour it inside the tube for easier application. My brows are already tattooed, so I don't really need to apply brow makeup daily, so this can help the unruly strands stay put. This one's probably my favorite learning of the day. LOL
  2. Create your own makeup
    • Mix Vaseline with pigments or eyeshadows. You can even mix Vaseline with melted chocolate to create a tasty flavored lip balm!
  3. Apply on pulse points prior to spritzing perfume to maximize its effect and prolong the scent. (I think this is an amazing trick I can use with my favorite anti-mosquito cologne!)
  4. Blend with bath salts (like the ones you can get for cheap at Watsons) to create your own blend of body scrub. (Gift idea!)
  5. I used to DIY my hair color, but I stopped doing chemical treatments starting 2014. It took me over 2 years (!) to get back to my real black hair. But in case I want to DIY it again at home, I can protect my skin by putting some petroleum jelly on my hairline to prevent it from dripping to my face.

Here are some more practical uses for Vaseline at home!
  1. Remove scratches from CDs/DVDs. Woah!
  2. Wipe clean and revive leather bags, jackets, and heels.
  3. Shine your shoes instantly.
  4. Clean watermarks from wood.
  5. Use a paintbrush with Vaseline to treat annoyingly creaky hinges, windows, cabinets.

Truly, a single tub of the Original Wonder Jelly with 101 uses is a gem anybody can benefit from. There’s no wonder why this product has become quite legendary. 

To see a full list of the 101 ways to use Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, log on to:

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is available nationwide.

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