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1.14.2018

Spotlight | COSRX Galactomyces Alcohol-free Toner & Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence.

If I were to give an award for beauty breakthrough of the year, hands-down, I'd give it to COSRX. Although this Korean skincare brand has been around for quite some time now, it wasn't until spring of last year when I finally joined the bandwagon and gave their products a try.

Best decision I have ever made in terms of skin care, as my skin has improved so much since I incorporated these two products - the Galactomyces Alcohol-free Toner and the Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence - in my daily routine. (No, actually make that three, including the Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, which I have reviewed here.)
COSRX Galactomyces Alcohol-free Toner & Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence.
COSRX is love!
Find out why after the jump! :)

1.13.2018

The Benefit of Essential Oils for Women’s Health.

Day to day life contains many stresses and anxieties that are at times, overwhelming, and can take a toll on our physical and mental health. As women, our bodies are constantly changing which means we need a little more TLC than most. While all of us are different and come in all beautiful shapes and sizes, one thing we can agree on is the vital importance of self-care.

Essential oils are a great way to give your body and mind a little extra care throughout the day. Here are some of the best options for daily care:
Good ol' lavender. :)
Lavender – Lavender is widely used and known for its calming abilities. It has been shown to relieve stress and anxiety and has a very soothing aroma. It can also be used as a sleep aid.

Clary Sage – Clary Sage is an anti-depressant and a mood booster.

Lemon – Lemon’s sharp citrus scent is energizing and de-stressing.

Tea Tree – Tea Tree contains antibacterial properties and is great for cleansing the skin.

Basil, Geranium, and Wild Orange – All three of these essential oils are said to balance oils as well as hormones. Basil is also a mood soother and these oils have positive effects on skin and hair.

Ginger – Ginger is not only delicious but also great for your immune system as well as aiding in digestion.

Though there are many other essential oils that have valuable benefits for women’s health, these are some of the best. And while nothing can replace a visit to your health care provider, these oils are a safe and natural way to do a little extra for yourself and maintain your overall health.


1.09.2018

Sneak Peek | Innisfree x Snoopy Collection.

Korean cosmetics brand Innisfree has just launched a new, canine-inspired collection - it's the Year of the Dog, after all - and good grief, it's as cute as can be!

A collaboration with the American comic strip Peanuts, this new collection features Snoopy, the adorable and good-natured beagle that we all know and love. The collection goes by the theme 'Love, Laugh, Dream Big in 2018' - a simple reminder for everyone to dream big, chase your dreams, and enjoy life while you're at it. 
Innisfree x Snoopy Collection.
Woof! View the entire dog-gone collection after the jump! :)

1.07.2018

Spotlight | TupperClean Laundrymate Powder Detergent + Soft N Clean Fabric Softener.

First weekend of the year!
And like any ordinary weekend, I'm spending mine doing the laundry - one of the household chores (aside from cooking and grocery shopping) that I actually enjoy. I find the entire process of washing dirty clothes - from sorting to folding - a very therapeutic activity, and for me, the sight of an empty laundry basket brings nothing but sheer unadulterated pleasure.

Consequently, this has made me quite finicky with laundry products. For laundry detergents, it has to be tough on stains, gentle on clothes, and even gentler on hands - because I'm old school and prefer scrubbing the whites and washing undergarments by hand, haha.
TupperClean from Tupperware Brands.
Just recently, I have been introduced to TupperClean - Tupperware Brands' line of home care products which includes detergents, fabric softeners, air fresheners, toilet bowl cleaners, and dishwashing pastes. I had the opportunity to try and test their laundry products, and I must say, I had a kick out of it over the weekend.
TupperClean LaundryMate Powder Detergent, Php 299.
The TupperClean LaundryMate, for one, easily met my standards. It's a powder detergent formulated with natural enzymes that cuts through stains and lifts away dirt from your clothes. I used this for soaking and scrubbing the whites, and I had no difficulty (read: no heavy scrubbing) in removing the collar stains on Yue's school uniforms. This detergent is gentle on the skin too, as my hands did not feel dry or itchy after scrubbing the whites by hand.
Comes with a 40-gram scoop inside.
I like how sudsy this detergent is, and how it easily dissolves in water. It also has a clean, fresh scent -the kind that you get when you walk inside or pass by a laundromat. You get 400 grams of product with every box of TupperClean LaundryMate Powder Detergent, together with a reusable plastic scoop.
TupperClean Soft N Clean Fabric Softener, Php 299 each.
Now when it comes to laundry care, fabric conditioners/softeners are like icing to cake. I love how they lock the fragrance onto your clothes and make fabrics soft and smooth. However, since the conditioner/softener is what into contact with the garments last, its compatibility with the skin is a big factor me, most especially with my son's clothes. 

Thankfully, these Soft N Clean Fabric Softeners are hypoallergenic, and they do a good job of 'softening' the fabrics and making them 'fluffier' and easier to iron. They also leave a nice, long-lasting fresh scent on clothes, though I find the Lilac Fresh Scent more to my liking. I also like the Lilac's consistency better than the Classic Clean variant, as the latter seemed to have coagulated inside the bottle.
Lilac Fresh variant.
Classic Clean variant.
Maybe because the Lilac Fresh variant was manufactured just recently while the Classic Clean variant goes way back to 2016?
Lilac Fresh variant, manufactured September 2017.
Classic Clean variant, manufactured July 2016.
Each bottle of Soft N Clean contains 500 mL of product. You can use the cap to dispense the liquid on to your laundry, and one full cap is good for a small to medium-sized load on your washing machine. 

TupperClean products are available at Tupperware Brands' business centers nationwide. You can also place your orders through Tupperware Brands' dealers in your area. 


1.02.2018

Sneak Peek | Thank You, Laneige Collection.

Happy New Year, everyone!
How's 2018 treating you so far? I hope the first two days of the year have been good to all of you!

As we usher in the Year of the Dog, Korean cosmetics brand Laneige recently launched a special collection of lip products to welcome the New Year.
Thank You, Laneige collection.
This limited edition line is a collaboration with Thank You Studios, a studio in South Korea that specializes in pet photography, and is aptly named as 'Thank You, Laneige'. Featured in this collection are the Lip Glowy Balm and the cult-favorite Lip Sleeping Mask in a new and adorable packaging.
Thank You Laneige Lip Glowy Balm, 10000 won each.
Thank You Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, 18000 won each.
Photos of Thank You Studios' models, Tank (Pomeranian), Kanu (Poodle), Chulsoo (Terrier), and Song-E (Bichon Frise) are printed on the boxes of each Thank You, Laneige product.  Their cute faces can also be seen on the caps of each Lip Sleeping Mask, and on each tube of the Lip Glowy Balm.
Thank You, Laneige Lip Glowy Balm box.
Thank You, Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask box.
The Thank You, Laneige line is now available at Laneige stores in Korea, and at the Amore Pacific online store.

BRB, hoarding! :)