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The Best Way to Build Your Makeup Kit for Less.

Every makeup lover should have a fully stocked kit to rely on no matter what look they are trying to achieve. You should have the necessary tools for contouring, smoky eyes, and even the right stuff to create a Halloween look to die for. If you’re starting from scratch, though, it can seem quite daunting. Makeup isn’t cheap, right? Right, but don’t worry – there are plenty of easy ways you can save money while building the makeup kit of your dreams.

Remember, sites like eBay can be a great place to check for makeup deals when you’re building your kit – don’t be afraid to branch outside of department stores.
Makeup haul, just because. 
1. Skin Care
The most important piece of your makeup kit isn’t even technically makeup. It’s the skin care. Serums, wipes moisturizers, Vaseline, and even hemorrhoid creams are a must, whether you’re a professional or you just love getting your makeup right on a daily basis. You don’t need name brands when it comes to the majority of these things, but don’t scrimp on moisturizers, wipes, and serums.

2. Your Needs
Building your kit right will take time, so it’s important that you get the basics right the first time. So, it’s time to analyze what makeup tools you have now and assess what other necessities you have. Think about what items you will use most often as that is where you’ll want to spend initially. These are also the things you may want to look for quality in and spend a bit more and save on the other items you won’t use as often.

3. Cost Isn’t Everything
A small price tag doesn’t mean that the product isn’t good, nor does a large price tag mean you’re getting the best product possible. Choose brands that are priced affordably, you get high-quality makeup products at inexpensive prices. Don’t be afraid to choose a combination palette – it is far more cost effective to go down this route than it is to buy a dozen shades of eye shadow separately.

4. Bulk Buys
You should feel confident about buying certain items in bulk because it’s cheaper and you will need to change things up often. For instance, your brushes should be changed regularly to prevent any skin irritations, rashes, or acne, so don’t be afraid to buy more than you need to get a lower price. You’ll thank yourself in the future. The same can be said for mascara wands, cotton balls and buds, foam sponges, and cotton pads. Think about it, the less you spend on these items the more money you will have to spend on the right parts of your makeup kit.

5. Research
Read reviews and check out ratings on new products before you buy. This will help you avoid spending too little on products that aren’t worth it or overspending on big brands that miss the mark.

6. Brushes
This isn’t the area to save money on – your brushes should be of high quality as it will ensure your face lasts and that you get the most of your makeup. You’ll also work faster with better tools, so don’t get stingy when shopping for the perfect brushes.

7. Invest in A Box
It doesn’t matter when it’s a tool box or a tool bag, as long as you have an organized storage area for your makeup you are set. This will allow you to fully organize everything you have and prevent you from buying the same products in multiples. How on earth do you expect to keep track of everything if it’s just dumped in one big bag?

8. Foundations and Primers
While you shouldn’t go cheap on your primers, you can save money when buying foundations. You don’t need to buy the biggest brands you simply need to choose a foundation that will provide you with the right amount of coverage and that will last the entire day.

9. Brush Cleaner
We’ve already covered how important your brushes are, so make sure they live long and prosper by investing in a good brush cleaner and using them after each use. This will help extend their life and prevent any unsightly rashes or acne breakouts from occurring. Of course, it will also ensure your finished look is flawless. You should have an antibacterial spray handy, too.

10. Makeup Remover
This is another item you shouldn’t cheap out on – ensure you invest in a brand that will adequately remove the makeup and is good for your skin type. There’s nothing worse than a remover that aggravates skin and causes breakouts.

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Freebie Alert | #NationalPamperingDay.

The long wait will finally be over as Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa welcomes you once again tomorrow, October 17, 2017, for another real pampering treat at the celebration of the National Pampering Day.
See you tomorrow! :)
Relieve your stress and make sure to drop by at any Nailaholics branch nearest you from 10 AM to 1 PM to get a free pampering service of your choice. You may choose to get a soothing manicure, relaxing foot massage or a calming foot spa.

And best of all, by simply participating in this year’s National Pampering Day, you will be able to support the cause of your chosen organization. You can extend your help in the rehabilitation of Marawi City by supporting World Vision, help protect our country’s rich but threatened marine and coastal resources when you support Save Philippine Seas or support The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in preventing animal cruelty.

“With all the preparations we’ve made, we are very excited to welcome everyone tomorrow and make them feel that they deserve real pampering” said Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa. This is a once a year treat only from the number one pampering destination in the Philippines – Nailaholics.

See you all tomorrow and Happy National Pampering Day!

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Spotlight | Human Heart Nature Bare Necessity Cleansing Balm.

Cleansing is the most basic step of any skincare routine.
For me, it's cleansing twice in the evening - after an entire day of wearing makeup and spending the most part outdoors, exposed to dust, dirt, and pollution.

Double cleansing starts off with a cleansing oil or micellar water to break down the makeup, sunscreen, and excess oil on the surface of the skin, followed by a water-based cleanser for a deeper, thorough cleansing. This has been part of my bedtime routine for years now, and I must say, double cleansing plays a huge part in keeping my skin smooth and 'pore-less' (save for the days before and during my monthly period).

Now if you're the type who finds it too much a bother to cleanse your face twice, or have ultra-sensitive skin and fear that double cleansing might 'over-wash' your skin, then this product is right up your alley.
Human Heart Nature Bare Necessity Cleansing Balm.
Human Heart Nature recently launched an array of new skincare products, which includes the Bare Necessity Cleansing Balm. It's a solid balm that liquefies upon contact with the skin and melts away dirt, residue, and even long-wearing, waterproof makeup.
Product details at the bottom of the tub.
If you're familiar with Banila Co's Clean it Zero (aka the holy grail of cleansing balms and the first step of my double cleansing routine), you'll be glad to know that this product does pretty much the same thing - at half the price AND sans the mineral oil.
Comes with a small spatula.
The Bare Necessity Cleansing Balm is made with pure virgin coconut oil which easily breaks down waterproof eye makeup and even long-wearing matte lipsticks. It doesn't strip the skin of its natural moisture. Instead, it nourishes and hydrates the skin as you cleanse, making it a softer and smoother canvas for the rest of your skincare routine.
Here's what it looks like.
This cleansing balm also contains castor seed oil, known for its anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects; sunflower seed wax, which is rich in nutrients and anti-oxidants; and mimosa flower wax which soothes the skin, makes the complexion glow, and gives this product a sweet, warm, and powdery scent.
A little goes a long way. :)
To use, simply scoop a small amount of the balm using the tiny spatula that comes with the tub. Apply it on the skin and gently massage it on your face to remove your makeup.
Bare Necessity Cleansing Balm vs. Clio Kill Black Waterproof Brush Liner
and Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in TooLips.
As the product melts away your makeup, it also breaks down into a silky oil which you can wipe off with a cotton pad and rinse with just water. 
A small scoop on the back of my hand.
The balm emulsifies as you rinse and leaves the skin with a soft, milky feeling like a cleansing oil would. However, it does not add any excess oil nor does it make your skin look like a greased pan. 
Massage it to melt away your makeup...
I love how this balm removes makeup in a jiffy. Even Clio's Salon de Cara - one of the most resilient mascaras that I have used to date - melted away in seconds with this cleansing balm, making this whole makeup removing/cleansing process a lot easier for me. 
Tadaaa! Look, clean skin!
Sure, I still rinse my face with a water-based cleanser afterwards, but there was this one time that I was too dead-tired to go through the entire ten-step skincare routine that I hit the sack as soon as I removed all that gunk off my face. Thankfully, my face did not suffer from breakouts or irritation, nor did it feel dry or flaky the morning after.

Another thing that I love about this product - aside from the fact that it's made with all-natural ingredients - is its travel-friendly, no-spill solid formula. I can easily slip this into my carry-on without having to worry about the size (each tub weighs 40 grams), or liquid spills in my luggage.

This cleansing balm has definitely earned a spot in my skincare routine! Definitely buying another tub once I finish this one, though I don't think it will be anytime soon. :)

The Human Heart Nature Bare Necessity Cleansing Balm retails at Php 345 per tub and is available at the Human Heart Nature online store and Human Heart Nature branches nationwide.


How Working From Home Can Get You Out of Debt.

Working from home has its perks. You can roll out of bed, grab a cup of Joe and be at your desk in record time ready to start the day. And there’s no need to pull out that pressed suit each morning to make sure you meet the company's dress code. Casual wear or pajamas will do. But there’s another major benefit that may not have crossed your mind: working from home can help you get out of debt faster. Here’s how:
Working at home has tons of perks!
You'll have minimal transportation expenses.
No more leaving home an hour or two early to beat rush hour traffic and make it to your cubicle in time. Working from home allows you to save a bundle on transportation expenses, like gas, maintenance, and repairs, since your vehicle won’t spend a ton of time on the road. Plus, there won’t be much wear and tear so you’ll keep repair costs low. So, if you’re accustomed to spending $40 each week on gas and working from home allows you to cut that amount in half, you’ll free up $80 each month to put on debt.

You won't eat out as much.
It’s not uncommon for coworkers to ditch the office at lunchtime or order takeout. The only problem is buying lunch each day adds up. And if money’s already tight, this expensive habit could be contributing to your rising debt load. To put this into perspective, spending $10 on lunch each day will cost you $50 per day, or $200 per month. But if you’re working from home, you’ll be less inclined to leave your desk as the kitchen is only a few seconds away.

After-school care may not be required.
Depending on your work arrangement, you may be able to cut the day short and avoid paying for after-school care, which can be costly. But this will require stellar time management skills and works better when you have older children.

You can workout at home.
Instead of joining the gym, head to your garage or roll out the exercise mat in your living room and get to work. There are tons of programs you can stream directly from your smartphone or computer to your television. Or you can blare your favorite tunes and march to the beat of your own drum. Either way, you’ll save a nice chunk of cash on that gym membership.

Some side hustles have low start-up costs.
Looking to start a business from the comforts of your own home to supplement your income? Many online businesses, like consulting, writing and e-commerce operations, can help you earn the funds needed to reach your debt-payoff goals faster.

You won't spend as much on apparel and footwear.
At some point, you may have to put on professional attire and head out for an important meeting. But purchasing an entire wardrobe and the appropriate footwear can be costly. Luckily, working from home allows you to scale back and use the money saved to pay down debt. Even better, you won’t have to deal with that weekly dry cleaning bill. And your formal footwear should last much longer if it spends more time in the closet than on your feet.

You may qualify for the home office deduction.
If you’re an independent contractor or run a business from your home, you may qualify for the home office deduction. This means you can deduct a percentage of your home used in business on your tax return. See IRS Publication 587 to learn more.

As a last resort (or if you want to amplify your debt payoff efforts), you can seek help from these top debt relief companies. They may have solutions available that will allow you to reach the finish line faster.


How To Advance Your Yoga Practice.

Yoga is one of the best ways to improve your physical, mental and emotional health. Not only is it a great strength and cardio workout, but it also can improve your overall mood and energy levels. If you've been doing yoga for awhile, you might feel like you're stagnant in your practice. It's easy to begin to get used to your yoga routine.

Just because you've been doing yoga for a while doesn't mean that you don't have room left to grow in your yoga practice. To help you better develop as a yoga practitioner, here are some tips on how to advance your yoga practice.
Photo credit: Veith House.
Change Up Your Routine
It's good to go to the same classes on a regular basis. This keeps you in shape and ensures that you continue to enjoy the mental health aspects that yoga has to offer. However, while having a routine can be healthy, it can also be a bit boring.

If you feel like you're in a yoga rut, consider trying some new classes or styles. If you always go to the same power yoga class, consider trying a hot yoga class. You can also try more daring forms of yoga, such as partner or aerial yoga. You don't have to give up your regular classes, but throwing some new styles of yoga into the mix can be very beneficial in advancing your practice.

Invest In Some New Gear
One of the simplest ways to get excited about your practice again is by investing in some fun new gear. If you're using a simple mat, consider investing in a nicer one that will better cushion and support you while you move through poses. A few new outfits for class can also help you to feel better and more confident in class.

Change Up Your Diet 
If you do yoga regularly but feel like you aren't moving forward in your practice, your diet could be to blame. It's hard to exercise your way out of a poor diet. Most yoga professionals recommend a plant-based, low-fat diet for maximum performance in yoga classes. While you don't have to become a complete vegan, it is a good idea to add more fruits and vegetables into your daily eating plan. It's also a smart idea to cut back on fat and dairy if you really want to improve yoga performance.

Go Abroad
Yoga-based vacations are becoming increasingly popular. They're a great way to get reignite the spark that you have for your yoga practice. One of the most popular destinations for yoga retreats is India, which is where the practice was born. There are many travel groups that offer packages for visits to India, such as Kensington Tours. There are also many yoga retreats based in the US and the surrounding islands. These retreats are a great way to be around other yoga devotees and to expand your practice.

Consider Teacher Training
For many practitioners of yoga, training as a yoga instructor is an inevitable undertaking. There are few yoga devotees who don't eventually undergo teacher training after years of practicing yoga. Even if you don't plan to teach yoga professionally, teacher training is an amazing opportunity for anyone who's passionate about yoga. These courses usually only last for a few weeks, but they're very intensive. Students spend all day doing yoga and taking classes on the science behind the yoga lifestyle. It's a great opportunity to really take your yoga practice to the next level.

Take A Break
It might sound counterproductive, but taking a few weeks away can sometimes help if you're feeling frustrated with your yoga practice. However, don't let this break turn into you just lazing on the couch and snacking on junk food. Instead, try some other athletic classes, such as Pilates or spinning. During your break from yoga, you can explore different forms of exercise and enjoy being a beginner again. When you return to the yoga studio, you'll have a new sense of excitement for your practice.

If you follow these tips, you can reignite the spark that you have for yoga. No matter who you are, it's normal to occasionally get bored with something you do regularly.


October 17, 2017 is #NationalPamperingDay!

When it comes to pampering on a national scale, Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa holds the only spot. After introducing the celebration of the National Pampering Day last year, Nailaholics is back at it again this 2017 with an amplified nationwide celebration of relaxation that everyone is looking forward to this October 17.

The National Pampering Day got off to a good start last year where Nailaholics offered free manicure service and a stress relieving hand massage from 10 AM to 12 NN on all their branches nationwide. This year, everyone will be treated to a free service of their choice: a soothing manicure, calming foot spa or a relaxing foot massage.
Save the date!
We Filipinos are very hardworking in any given aspect of our lives and a nation of energetic and industrious people best deserves real pampering once in a while. This year, as Nailaholics celebrates the 2nd National Pampering Day, we go deeper and dedicate this to everyone and remind them to take it slow, take it easy, zone out and relax for a while.” said Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa.

With last year’s success of the National Pampering Day, we are back this year with a bigger and much more enjoyable day of pampering. In partnership with the number one salon brand and most beloved nail lacquer brand in the world, O.P.I., National Pampering Day 2017 will accommodate more guests with the extension of pampering time until 1PM. Also, the best thing about this year’s National Pampering Day is that it will be in support to World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas” added Amaro.

So save the date and get ready to park away any thoughts of work because the only responsibility you have is to loosen up. Wind down and head down to any Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa branch on October 17, 2017 (Tuesday) from 10 AM to 1 PM and get yourself a free relaxing manicure, foot spa or foot massage.

Let Nailaholics’ skilled nail technicians take care of you for a little while and walk out of this Hamptons-inspired nail salon feeling refreshed and ready to bring it on again. Grab this once a year treat only at the country’s top destination for relaxation and real pampering.

Visit to check their services and find the branch nearest you.
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Nailaholics is an urban destination that offers its customers an escape from the daily grind through its exceptional interiors and exceptional pampering service. It currently has more than 50 branches nationwide, including in Gateway Mall, Eastwood Citywalk, Cash and Carry Makati, Harbor Point Mall Subic, SM Cebu, SM Bacolod, and SM Lanang.


Children and Mental Health - Some Unusual Triggers.

Whеn сhildrеn become viсtimѕ оf mental inѕtаbilitiеѕ, thingѕ might ѕееm to fаll араrt. But it is аll аbоut gеtting a grip and helping thе child with thе right treatment аnd support. The mеntаl problems in a сhild саn sprout duе tо ѕеvеrаl rеаѕоnѕ, some of which саn be beyond general аntiсiраtiоn.

It iѕ a well-known fасt that mеntаl illnesses are соmmоn in a child as well. Some reasons behind thеir mental рrоblеmѕ can bе deciphered еаѕilу, while it can bе tоugh to decode ѕоmе оthеrѕ. Hеrе аrе ѕоmе nоt-ѕо-рrеvаlеnt саuѕеѕ thаt may trigger mеntаl illness in a сhild:
Is your child mentally healthy?
Hеrеditу (Gеnеtiсѕ).
Mеntаl illness tеndѕ tо run in fаmiliеѕ, which means thе likеlihооd tо develop a mental diѕоrdеr mау bе раѕѕеd on frоm parents to thеir children.

Some mental hеаlth diѕоrdеrѕ hаvе been linkеd tо ѕресiаl chemicals in thе brаin саllеd nеurоtrаnѕmittеrѕ. Nеurоtrаnѕmittеrѕ help nеrvе сеllѕ in the brаin communicate with еасh other. If thеѕе сhеmiсаlѕ аrе оut of balance оr nоt wоrking рrореrlу, mеѕѕаgеѕ mау nоt mаkе it thrоugh thе brаin соrrесtlу, leading tо ѕуmрtоmѕ. In аdditiоn, dеfесtѕ in or injurу to certain аrеаѕ оf thе brain also hаvе bееn linkеd to ѕоmе mental illnеѕѕеѕ.

Pѕусhоlоgiсаl trauma.
Sоmе mеntаl illnеѕѕеѕ may bе triggered by psychological trauma, ѕuсh аѕ ѕеvеrе еmоtiоnаl, physical, оr ѕеxuаl аbuѕе; an imроrtаnt early lоѕѕ, such аѕ thе loss оf a раrеnt; аnd nеglесt.

Air роllutiоn.
Aссоrding to the World Hеаlth Orgаnizаtiоn, аir роllutiоn iѕ the world's grеаtеѕt environmental hеаlth risk, linked tо оnе in еight оf the total global dеаthѕ. But whеn it соmеѕ to аir pollution, people gеnеrаllу соnnесt it tо rеѕрirаtоrу рrоblеmѕ, like соughing, whееzing, аѕthmа, In fact, they found thаt thе children whо ѕtауеd in highly polluted аrеаѕ wеrе mоѕt likеlу tо tаkе prescribed mеdiсаtiоnѕ аѕѕосiаtеd with lоng-tеrm mеntаl рrоblеmѕ.

Wеаthеr wоrriеѕ.
Wоrrуing constantly аbоut wеаthеr can cause mеntаl problems, like ѕtrеѕѕ. According tо рѕусhоlоgiѕt and аnxiеtу prevention еxреrt at the Cliniс Childrеn'ѕ Cеntеr in Rосhеѕtеr, being аnxiоuѕ duе tо ѕеvеrе weather соnditiоnѕ is nоrmаl. Hоwеvеr, some сhildrеn dеvеlор ѕtоrm рhоbiаѕ thаt affect their day-to-day livеѕ. He added thаt constantly worrying аbоut the weather makes it diffiсult fоr ѕuсh kidѕ to concentrate in ѕсhооlѕ. Moreover, thеrе hаvе bееn inѕtаnсеѕ when сhildrеn rоutinеlу сhесk thе wеаthеr fоrесаѕtѕ and аrе afraid to lеаvе thе hоuѕе.

Sраnking iѕ seen as a common mеthоd tо diѕсiрlinе a child. However, a 2016 study bу thе Univеrѕitу of Texas at Auѕtin аnd thе Univеrѕitу of Michigan confirmed thаt ѕраnking might increase the riѕkѕ оf mеntаl hеаlth diѕоrdеrѕ, cognitive imраirmеnt, аggrеѕѕiоn аnd аnti-ѕосiаl bеhаviоr in сhildrеn. Sраnking, in fасt, might cause lоng-tеrm mental рrоblеmѕ thаt grеаtlу оvеrѕhаdоw thе ѕhоrt-tеrm behavioral оbеdiеnсе.

Thrеаtеning раrеntѕ.
Pаrеntѕ whо yell аnd thrеаtеn their children саn triggеr dерrеѕѕiоn аnd оthеr diѕruрtivе disorders in thеm. A 2010 ѕtudу done bу Bowling Green Stаtе Univеrѕitу, Ohio, rеvеаlеd thаt vеrbаl hоѕtilitу саn put the сhildrеn аt grеаtеr riѕkѕ оf dеvеlорing mеntаl problems

Physical bullуing definitely causes a negative еffесt оn a child's mind. But with mоrе timе spent on social mеdiа, сhildrеn nоw become viсtimѕ оf суbеrbullуing tоо. Thе Huffingtоn Pоѕt website states thаt ѕinсе суbеrbullуing tаkеѕ рlасе in a virtual ѕрасе without аnу рhуѕiсаl contact, thе agony experienced bу a child саn bе dоublе thаn normal. Sinсе the сhild is роwеrlеѕѕ tо tаkе аnу rеаl-timе measures tо stop ѕuсh a hаrаѕѕmеnt, hе/ѕhе fееlѕ mоrе tоrmеntеd аnd mentally distressed.
Learning happens everywhere.
Aссоrding tо a mаth tutоr, еffесtivе рѕусhоthеrару аnd mental health ѕеrviсеѕ саn рrоmоtе fast hеаling and rесоvеrу. Psychotherapy рrоvidеѕ a way tо mаnаgе mental illness and psychological problems. It also рrоvidеѕ strength аnd ѕtrаtеgiеѕ tо fight with future рrоblеmѕ. A соmреtеnt thеrарiѕt саn hеlр a раtiеnt in mаking their mind stable.

Author Bio
David A. Buhr has over fifteen years of experience in the field of Education. He specializes in setting up Educational State. He is an expert in the area of developing strategies of Education. He is presently working at his Home Tuition agency in Singapore.


Seoul Searching | Seoul Museum of History.

My family and I are such huge museum fans. We love museums so much that we make it a point to visit one or two in the places that we travel to. In Korea alone, we've been to a dozen different museums - but that's just a small fraction of the total number of museums and galleries in this culture rich country. (Korea has over 500 museums throughout the nation.)

Last spring, we had the chance to visit yet another museum in the capital - the Seoul Museum of History, located in the bustling Jongno district.
Seoul Museum of History.
Opened to the public in 2002, the Seoul Museum of History was established to provide visitors an in-depth knowledge of the city of Seoul through interesting and meaningful exhibitions. The main exhibition hall, located on the third floor, charts the history of Seoul since the Joseon dynasty.
Seoul during the Joseon era, a diorama.
More of Seoul Museum of History after the jump!


Sneak Peek | Laneige x YCH Collection.

Be still my heart, this year's Laneige Meets Fashion collection is out and oh-em-gee, the packaging alone is as pretty as can be!
Laneige Meets Fashion, year 4!
A yearly project, Laneige Meets Fashion aims to fuse Laneige with fashion designer's inspiration including collection story, product concept, and design to create an exciting, specially-packaged makeup range.

This year, the popular K-beauty brand teams up with Korean fashion designer Yoon Chon Ho, who is well-loved by celebrities and has had quite a career when it comes to fashion, having worked with some of Korea's top labels before establishing his own fashion brand, YCH.
Some pieces from the YCH Fall Collection.
Inspired by the modern glamour of the 80's, the Laneige x YCH Collection features classic herringbone and retro polka dot prints - hip, trendy, and definitely edgy. 

View the entire collection after the jump!


How to Get Rid of Your Wrinkles in 45 Days.

As we age, our bodies change. You may be doing everything that you can in order to prevent other issues from coming along in the meantime. Are there ways to keep up with those changes? Do you know what it is that you need to be able to do in order to take care of yourself better? And, in the end, do you know how to prevent wrinkles and other issues that may come along in the process of aging?

Wrinkles are, often, the thing that people worry about the most in regards to aging. But, thankfully, there are a lot of ways that you can be certain that your wrinkles stay gone for good, no matter what. Here is how you can get rid of your wrinkles in 45 days – and keep them away, too!
No to wrinkles!
Eat the Right Things!
Many people don’t realize how much that your diet can impact everything that goes on with your body, including how quickly you wrinkle and how prominent that your wrinkles may be. So, you may want to go on a diet that focuses on ensuring that your body has the nutrients necessary so that your skin becomes more elastic and that wrinkles start to fade.

The main thing that you’re looking for, in this case, is antioxidants. There are plenty of foods out there that fall into the category of “superfood” that have these. They include things like raspberries, green tea, strawberries, and honey. Antioxidants help to reduce the amount of “junk” in your body, making your skin more elastic and ready to go.

You also want to make some other considerations. For example, tomatoes have lycopene, which prevents damage from UV rays (which can cause wrinkles). Vitamin E, which can be found in nuts, can also help with its anti-inflammatory properties.

Try Natural Remedies
There are plenty of things that you can use on your wrinkles that you can find in your garden or on the grocery shelf. Cucumber juice is a popular one – if you use it in different areas (like the bags under your eyes) it can help to get rid of the wrinkles. Other popular home remedies for wrinkles include pineapple juice, almond oil, coconut oil, milk, and potato paste.

Consider Products that Work
One of the products that has been getting a lot of attention recently is Jeunesse Luminesce; it has been providing amazing results for many women who are trying to get rid of their wrinkles. By using a time-tested formula, these products actually help you to deal with your wrinkles for good – and it only takes a little bit of time to know that you’re doing what you need to in order to achieve those goals in an effective manner. These sorts of products are very safe to use and you can look all over the internet in order to learn about your options and how it could make your wrinkles go away for good.


Seoul Searching | Gwanghwamun Square.

It's almost autumn in Seoul, but I'm still not done with my Seoul Searching posts. There are still a few more places that I have yet to blog about starting with Gwanghwamun Square, which we visited last spring - the day after the South Korean presidential elections.
Yue meets King Sejong.
A national landmark located in the heart of Seoul, Gwanghwamun Square is a public open space which connects Gwanghwamun Gate, the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace, to Cheonggye Plaza, which marks the starting point of Cheonggye Stream. Gwanghwamun Square is divided into six sections, with the statue of King Sejong as its focal point. He is one of Korea's most famous kings, and one of the only two Korean rulers honored with the appellation 'the Great'.
Hangul, the Korean alphabet.
King Sejong, who placed great emphasis in education during his reign, created the Korean alphabet, Hangul. This, and his other main inventions such as as the sundial, rain gauge, and celestial globe, are on display in front of his statue at Gwanghwamun Square.
Rain gauge.
Celestial globe.
Sun dial.
At the other end of the square, you'll find the statue of Admiral Yi Sun Shin, a Korean admiral and national hero whose naval victories were instrumental in repelling Japanese invasions of Korea in the 1590s. If you've seen the movie 'Roaring Currents', then you probably have an idea why Yi Sun Shin is a much revered figure in Korean history.
Yue meets Admiral Yi Sun Shin.
In front of his statue is the 12.23 Fountain, a symbolic fountain which honors the achievements of the brave admiral. The fountain commemorates the 23 battles he fought with 12 warships when he led Koreans to victory during the Imjin War. The water jet rises to a height of 18 meters along with 300 smaller jets, which symbolizes the battles he fought on the sea. In the summer, this fountain is opened to the public, allowing kids and even adults to play with the water.
Honoring the great Admiral Yi Sun Shin.
As we walked around Gwanghwamun Square, we discovered a door located behind King Sejong's statue. Apparently, this is the entrance to the exhibition hall and museum dedicated to both King Sejong and Admiral Yi Sun Shin. Entrance to both exhibitions is free, with operating hours from 10 am to 9 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays.
Entrance to The Story of King Sejong.
And since Yue and I love museums, we made our way to the exhibition hall which is actually located underneath the statues, at the basement of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts.
The Story of King Sejong.
More of King Sejong and Admiral Yi Sun Shin after the jump!


Kids and Pets: Top 5 Kid-Friendly, Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds.

My son has been begging me to get him a pet for the longest time. He started asking for it around Christmas time last year, when we chanced upon a Korean family buying a pet hamster at eMart. (Oh yes, in Korea they sell pets at their discount stores.)

A few weeks later, he asked me if we can raise an iguana at home - an idea most likely inspired by watching Nat Geo Wild day in and day out. I vehemently disagreed, of course. Save for turtles, I really can't stand the sight of reptiles.

These days, he's been leaning towards more 'normal' pet choices, like a cat or a dog. And if you've been a long time follower of this blog, then you might recall that I used to have a dog - a Shih Tzu-Poodle named Stalin.

After Stalin passed away in 2012, it never occurred to me to get a new dog or a new pet. Losing Stalin had been very traumatic and emotionally devastating, and I thought I can never love another dog again the same way I loved my Stalin. However, it's a totally different story when your child earnestly begs you for a pet dog and wholeheartedly promises to care for it and attend to its needs. *sigh*

My husband has already agreed to Yue's idea, and now it's up to me to choose which dog to get. The Goody Pet has a comprehensive list of child-friendly dog breeds, which I have narrowed down to these hypoallergenic, asthma-friendly choices.

Photo credit: Pup Home.
When it comes to hypoallergenic or non-shedding dogs, Poodles are at the top of the list. They come in three different sizes - toy, miniature, and standard. The latter make good family dogs, as they get along very well with children. Poodles are one of the most obedient and smartest dogs; they love to play, and enjoy physical activities. Poodles have hair - not fur - which do not shed, making them the perfect companion for dog-lovers with asthma and/or allergies.

Photo credit: Spoiled Maltese.
One of the more popular breeds of lap dogs, Maltese are known for their straight and long white coat. Maltese dogs can weigh up to 7 pounds, and have a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. Extremely lovable and playful, Maltese also make good watchdogs as they bark at strangers and other dogs. Shedding is almost non-existent in this breed as they have no undercoat. They do, however, require regular grooming to keep their white coats clean and free of mats.

Bichon Frise
Photo credit: Dogster.
A Bichon Frise is a small breed of dog which traces its origins from Spain and Belgium. One of the sweetest and most affectionate breeds, Bichon Frise dogs are known for their cotton ball cloud of curly white hair which have minimal shedding. They are playful and energetic, and very amicable towards children. Like the Maltese, the Bichon Frise also requires regular grooming to keep their coat in good shape.

Yorkshire Terrier
Photo credit: Pinterest.
Yorkshire Terriers are tiny dogs with a big personality. Good-natured and playful, Yorkies - as they are often called - usually weigh less than 7 pounds and have a lifespan of approximately 14 to 16 years. The hallmark of this breed is its coat color - a lovely shade of tan with a dark steel blue hue. They don't have an undercoat and they hardly shed, but it does take a lot of work to keep their coat fine, silky, straight, and free of mats. Yorkies also make good guard dogs as they tend to bark excessively (sometimes a little too much) at strangers.

Shih Tzu
Photo credit: Vet Street.
Originally bred for for royalty in China, Shih Tzus are known for their warm and friendly personality which makes them one of the most popular toy breeds around the world. Playful and affectionate, Shih Tzus are friendly towards just about anybody - whether its kids or strangers or other dogs. Shih Tzus are also one of the few breed of dogs whose coat is made up of hair. They shed very lightly, but their coat needs to be combed daily to keep tangles at bay. Professional grooming is also recommended, especially during the hot summer months when their coat needs to be kept short.

So, which breed will we be getting? Honestly, I'm still undecided.
I guess we have to visit the pet shop soon so we can see the dogs in person. Hopefully, one adorable pup will steal my heart again, the way Stalin did when I first met him eleven years ago. :)


Sneak Peek | Missha x We Bare Bears Collection.

Looks like there's no stopping the popularity of Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear! The three bear brothers from the animated sitcom 'We Bare Bears' have teamed up with Korean beauty brand Missha, and now they're the stars - yet again - of a new collaboration collection.
Missha x We Bare Bears!
View the entire collection after the jump!


Foodie Goodie | Bill's Bulgogi Burger.

Long weekends like this are the perfect time to go on a food trip, and the other day, my friends and I did just that when we visited Bill's Bulgogi Burger.
Bill's Carwash.
Located a few hundred meters away from the national highway, Bill's Bulgogi Burger is owned by Mr. Hwang Sang Won (more popularly known as 'Bill'), who also owns the car wash adjacent to it. Bill does most of the kitchen work, together with his Filipino wife, Lea.
Inside Bill's Bulgogi Burger.
Bill's menu features traditional Korean food such as samgyeopsal (grilled pork belly), japchae (stir fried noodles), bibimbap (mixed rice), and gimbap (rice rolls). They also serve Korean fusion dishes such as curry rice, buffalo wings, bulgogi nachos, and the bulgogi burger from which this restaurant started. Ironically, none of us ordered the bulgogi burger because we all wanted to eat something with rice. 
Jaymee tries on a hanbok.
Other hanbok colors.
As we waited for our food, Jaymee and I tried on hanboks (traditional Korean clothing) and had our photos taken. It's a service offered by Bill's restaurant at no extra cost - definitely a great marketing strategy with the growing popularity of Korean dramas and the Korean culture itself among Filipinos. (Case in point, the halmonis at the next table who came all the way from Los Banos just to take selfies in these hanboks.) 

Now here's what we ordered at Bill's.  
Omelette gimbap, Php 115.
For starters, we had Omelette Gimbap - rice rolls filled with egg omellete. The gimbap is tasty and sliced nicely in equal proportions. The rice, however, isn't as sticky as I expected it to be; hence, the gimbap tends to fall apart when you bite into it. 
Bulgogi Gimbap, Php 125.
We also had Bulgogi Gimbap, which came with a sweet and savory dipping sauce. Personally, I like this better than the Omelette Gimbap. However, this dish was served way too late (we were almost done eating when this came to our table) and all of us were too full to finish the entire roll.
Spicy Ramyeon, Php 90.
Aiz was also in the mood for ramyeon, so she ordered a serving of the Spicy Ramyeon for us to share. The ramyeon, to my amusement, was served in true Kdrama fashion - tin pot, lid, and trivet. None of us ate the noodles from the lid, though. Haha!
Buffalo Wings Platter.
My friends had a platter each of Bill's combo meals. Each meal is served with rice, japchae, and an entree of your choice. Aiz had the K-Fried Chicken Platter, while the other three ladies had the Buffalo Wings Platter.
K-Fried Chicken Platter.
Jaymee found the Buffalo Wings a bit too spicy, which isn't surprising since she has a low tolerance for spicy food. Aiz, on the contrary, ordered an extra serving of gochujang (red pepper paste) because she wanted her chicken to be spicy.
Samgyeopsal, Php 185.
As for me, I feasted on Samgyeopsal - something I had been craving for since we got back from Korea. One thing I love about their samgyeopsal is that they're already cooked when served. While most Korean restaurants have a table-top grill to cook these meat slices with, Bill's does the grilling for you in their kitchen and keeps you and your clothes from smelling like smoke.
Lettuce wrap! :)
Their mouth-watering and flavorful samgyeopsal comes with a bowl of rice, a small basket of lettuce, four varieties of banchan (side dishes), and a generous portion of ssamjang (dipping sauce). The taste reminds me of the samgyeopsal that we had the first time we came to Korea. Come to think of it, Bill's restaurant does remind me of the siktangs (diners) in our neighborhood in Seongsu-dong. From the taste to the ambiance, it's like one of those hole-in-the-wall mom and pop restaurants in Seoul that serve surprisingly good food.

If you're in the mood for some authentic Korean cuisine, Bill's Bulgogi Burger is the place to visit! I'll definitely be coming back to try the Bulgogi Burger next time, and I'll be taking Yue along so he can enjoy some 'homecooked Korean fried chicken' which he absolutely loves.

Bill's Bulgogi Burger
Purok 5, Brgy. San Roque, San Pablo City
+63908 175 9444