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SkinZoned: My Facial Care Essentials

If there’s one thing my last twenteenth birthday taught me, it is to give importance to my (aging) skin.

When I was 20, my then boss told me to start using anti-aging facial products already. But being young (and stubborn), I dind’t find the need to, until prolly 9 years later, when I started noticing them signs of time on my face.

I tried a lot of products and I’m so happy to found the product mix that was best for my skin type. Sharing them with you just in case you’re looking for products to use too.

I use different sets for day and night, limiting my usage to the following because I might get lazy putting so many stuff eventually.

My morning mix is composed of collagen powder which I add to either my overnight oats or coffee, Vitamin E, a light facial wash and a moisturizer with SPF.

www.thingsheloves.wordpress.comShiseido Collagen Powder, Healthy Options Vitamin E (400 IU), Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash, Body Shop Skin Defence Moisturizer with SPF 50. 

My evening mix is a little bit more complicated. I use more products at night to rejuvenate the skin after a long day at work because hello sun and stress. I use an exfoliating facial wash for pore-deep cleaning. After drying, I tone my face with micellar water (I was using L’Oreal before but Garnier worked better for me) then apply all my moisturizing products and eye cream.

SnapseedSt. Ives Apricot Scrub, Garnier Micellar Water, Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence (Serum), Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream (Moisturizer), Olay Total Effects Eye Brightening CC Cream.

These products actually works for me because they make my skin tight (or atleast I feel that way hehe) and in effect lessens the baby wrinkles and lightens up the skin too! Also if you can, get a facial treatment at least once a month for better cleansing.

A few more tips — drink at least 8 glasses of water daily, eat vegetables, exercise, get enough sleep, and always be happy and let your inner glow shine out — super basic but will never fail you!

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I hope reading this helped you in any way, let me know if you have other product suggestions too! 🙂

XO.

 

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Hello 2016

New year’s resolution, bucket list, life goals, a new me — no matter what you wanna call it, the idea’s one and the same. Out with the old, in with the new.

Prolly a huge percentage of this world’s population was as excited to welcome the new year. After all, it gives everyone another shot at a fresh start – the perfect excuse for missing out on your resolutions last (new) year haha!

I must admit tho that I’ve missed a good half of my 2015 to do’s, for a long list of acceptable reasons, I must say. Hehe! Trying to recall how my year went so yeah, had to go through my Instagram posts for reference. Lol! Photodumping in 3.. 2.. 1..

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Started the year with a Cebu trip with the bestfriends and loved ones. Braved the crazy Sinulog Festival crowd because yeah, we were all feeling 22.

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Did a lot of road trips earlier this year too. Went to the hot air balloon fiesta for the 2nd year in a row, just because we wanted something cute to post online. No. Really. Ano ba talaga. Haha!

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Also spent a lot of (non-work related) time at the beach. Haha. Just had to put that qualifier. But yes, there were a lot of work-related beach trips too, kailangan pa bang i-memorize yan?

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Two of my bestfriends also got married! Why hello, how time flies

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Went to several gigs too because Francis got into dj-ing and you know, I can be too much of a stage jowa at times. This is him at his biggest racket this year – Neverland Manila’s Zedd Fan Weekend. Top photo is Haywyre opening for Zedd’s actual gig. Had to see Zedd for the nth time because poor Francis have not been to any hehe

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Also got to play volleyball again (after what? 10 years?) and met awesome people in the process! Yey for new found friends and work-life balance!

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Had to go through some bumps with the fam but you know what they say, the family that takes photos together, stays together. Hehe. Praying for better health for this bunch the entire year

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Also took one of the most adult steps I’ve made in this lifetime. Well I thought I’d stop at getting my own car 4 years ago, so I’m really thankful to the universe for giving me this opportunity. Had our house renovated and it was just one of the best feelings ever! Yey!

But honestly, regardless of everything I wrote, I would say it was a good year because hello, came out of it in one piece. That’s all we need after all, another shot – to make things right, to do more things, to see greater heights and maybe, just let it all pass by – whichever makes you happy.

Have a great year!

XO.

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OOTD: Joggermagig

From lazy to office wear, here’s a basic styling take on the classic that is taduh — the jogger pants. Haha! Because hey, it’s Friday and you need a day til night ensemble.

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Also, you see what I did there? My photos would’ve looked better in gif. Haha! Motion fashion blog!

SM Woman Top, GTW Jogger Pants, Parisian Shoes because hello, #IamSMWoman lol!

XO.

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Macau Cotai Strip: Asia’s Las Vegas

Macau is known as the Las Vegas of Asia, thanks to its ever growing gaming district, Cotai.

After spending days of calm and pure cultural travel which I already shared before, my sisters and I decided to have a bit of fun and visit the hotel and casino complex of the Cotai Strip. Did some Wiki research and learned that the term Cotai Strip was actually coined by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, a multinational hotel and casino developer and is one of the major developers in the region. Cotai is actually a reclaimed area which resulted to the connection of Taipa and Coloane, the two out of three  major areas of Macau. Some can easily dub this place as another sin city but for sulit travelers like me, this is nothing but pure heaven because it made traveling in Macau way convenient and easier.

HOW TO GET HERE

Cotai is easily accessible by bus and cab from Central. If you’re trying to save a little for your big gaming night – you may opt to ride the free hotel shuttles which can be found in selected stops within the Central area (there’s one in Hotel Sintra), the airport and the ferry terminal.

WHERE TO GO

Hotel #1, Casino #1, Hotel #2, Casino #2, REPEAT. Haha! Roaming around the area is as easy as 1,2,3. You can actually visit all the casinos in a day but if you want to check out some other attractions then I reco you stay at this area for about  2 days. 🙂

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10906015_10152593613703587_3641001196732198038_nThe Venetian is the most popular complex in the area prolly because it houses more attractions than the others. The Venice inspired architecture, design and experience is easily a plus point. It was Christmas season the last time we went hence the winter theme. Props for the mini ice-skating rink they put up!

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My sisters were too happy they had to do the emoji (dance) haha

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City of Dreams is known for their amazing projection shows. If you have extra MOP or HKD’s to spend, you may want to check the House of the Dancing Water, a state-of-the-art musical that is supposedly set underwater. We wanted to see this but didn’t have enough time to do so. I heard they really have crazy water/fountain techniques!

All the casino complex houses hotels, restaurants and shopping centers as well so you’ll never run out of things to do. But if you wish to take a break from ’em urban stuff, you can go to Coloane.

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The park is open from Tuesday-Sunday, 10am – 5pm and there’s an entry fee of 10 MOP/HKD. Totally cute experience. Haha!

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Walking around the peaceful streets of Coloane

WHERE TO STAY

It’s actually pretty expensive to stay at the Cotai area but I say it’s worth it Because hello, spacious rooms and sheets wif gazillion threadcount! Haha!

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We stayed at the Sheraton in Sands Cotai Central and we super looooved ‘et!

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We got a deluxe room with queen bed for about Php 7,000++ (about MOP/HKD 1,160++). My sisters and I thought it was okay to splurge (haha) after several days of tiring activities. 

WHAT TO EAT

I say Din Tai Fung in a heartbeat!

10922519_10152593589178587_561756692940516292_nMy DTF order template includes wanton soup , fried pork chop best paired with egg fried rice and ya know it — xiao long bao! Best XLB eveeeerrr! Din Tai Fung is located at City of Dreams. 

Going around Cotai was so easy you don’t even have to google it haha! You can just walk from one complex to another or ride the casino shuttles. Going to Coloane requires a bit more effort tho, but Macau’s public transport system is very tourist friendly so you need not worry. There’s still so much more to see actually and I promised myself I’ll check them all out next time. I fell in love with Macau the second time around and I’m pretty sure this is not the last.

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XO.

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OOTD: Dance, Dance

Hey guys, what’s up?

So I realized I haven’t blogged in a while because man whaddup summer? Been here, there and everywhere amidst this crazy heat and boy its really something! The weather just makes it harder to do things! But yeah, there’s really nothing I (and you) can do about it but cope. So here’s a little wardrobe suggestion for all you errands runner, after all, you gotta let that sunshine flow. 🙂

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Of course we all know by now that we need to go for the light colors and fabric. Shorts and skirts are definitely the go-to so for some pizzazz, go put on some statement top! I love mine because it’s a 4-in-1 kind of thing, it can be a full blouse, a tube top, a venus cut and just like how I wore it, an off shoulder. Super sulit and weather fitting. Lol!

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Not to mention you can go dance lambada with it. Haha!

Top from Greenhills, GTW Shorts, Keds Sneakers

Don’t lose your cool. Haha!

XO.

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Of viral videos, graduation and that medal I should have worn

In the spirit of graduation, a video of a girl delivering her salutatory speech went viral recently because she was cut short by a school official when she started talking about transparency and questioned the grading system of the school. Here’s the video, for your reference

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Would’ve been inspiring. So much for freedom of speech haha!

So I watched the material and I can’t help but feel nostalgic and remember the time when I was exactly in the same shoes but felt too young and scared to do something about it.

It’s been years since my elementary graduation but I still clearly remember how I was robbed (or at least I felt I was) of the “honors” I think were due to me just because I was vocal about transferring for high school.

One of my subject teachers (who also held a high post in the school) gave me a grade that is a point away from the honors qualifier so ya, I was disqualified, I didn’t even saw my final paper I swear to God. I was a consistent honor student since first grade so that was so hard to believe, I didn’t even saw it coming, I would’ve appreciated a proactive advise that I might not make it but no, I was caught off guard. Where is the love, really?

Also, a leadership award was given annually to the president of the student council (that was me, and oh, I was vice president the year before) so I was kind of expecting it. Come awarding time, my first name was called – but with a different surname! And yes, they ended up giving the award to the “different surname”. Haha. Must be my lucky year. Seriously, that was my first heartbreak ever. It took me quite some time to get over ha, I really got lazy in high school and felt that I wasn’t good enough. That experience got the best of me, I was traumatized – my hands are cold typing this, yeah, flashback feels.

I guess where I’m coming from is that I failed to do something about it, I was young, naive and scared, I didn’t even cry for help, I just let it pass. I wish I had the same courage, or have developed the same ideals earlier, then I wouldn’t have kept the anger for long. I should have said something during my “presidential speech”, that would’ve gotten me a standing ovation I bet you. Hahaha!

But yeah, you win some, you lose some people. It’s how you come out from the life challenges that matters. When I was in college I knew I had to turn things around. It was like a personal vendetta. I told myself to finish this race with a bang – and thankfully, with some, no make that a lot of help from my friends and a little bit of booze to keep me sane, I made et and ended up in that little fancy stage with the rector handing over a little piece of metal to me and my mom. It really made me cry, the validation was priceless.

So there, never underestimate the passion and power of young minds. After all, it is what gets you places, it is what brought me where I am today. Make that dream happen, and make sure to earn a lot from it haha!

XO.

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OOTD: Back to Black

Because the lbd (or something that looks like it, because mine was actually a two piece thing myehehe) is not your best friend for nothing, haha!

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Add the right pop for the bibbidi bobbidi boo!

Top and Skirt from SM Woman, Aldo Heels, Nava Necklace, Victoria’s Secret Clutch Bag

Plus you know what they say once you go black, right? Meh.

XO.