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Nestle FAB: How to get the FIGURE you’ve ALWAYS wanted April 28, 2010

A surprising gift from the mail arrived care of Nestle. I received a box of their Nestle Fitnesse cereal with a challenge of showing off the shape that you want in 14 days. Honestly, I have noticed that I have gained some pounds especially after I took Lifepak from Nu Skin. Before that, I can eat so much and not even gain a pound but after taking those vitamins I have been gaining a steady increase in pounds but that is another story. So to make sure I curb this weight gain, I told myself to try out this 14 day-challenge. This blog will chronicle my experience so everything I express here will be my own opinion and does not mean that will apply to everybody.

Day 1: 1 bowl of cereal (about 30 grams); 125 glass of Anlene milk; one slice of mango
Got hungry about 10:30 and ate a mango bar; a glass of pineapple juice and 2 slices of mangoes
Lunch: Fish, salad, juice
Dinner: soup, salad, a piece of chicken, half cup of rice
Exercise: Swimming for an hour

Day 2: Failed because I ate breakfast with garlic rice, sardines and freshly squeezed juice I made from Matstone.

Anyway, this was my first attempt to follow the 14-day challenge. I plan to get back sometime soon but I have to do something about those in between cravings. My concern is if I try to ignore the cravings by lunch time I will be so hungry which will make me eat more. However, how do I know if I was just eating enough just to satisfy the cravings. I am a junk food junkie some times hehehehe.

Well, see you in my second attempt to take Nestle’s challenge and hopefully I stay on the program for more than one day.


Review of Estee Lauder’s Event Rustan’s Makati March 27, 2010 April 10, 2010

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I’d like to keep this review simple and straight by listing the things I like, the things I think the staff can improve on and the things I appreciate a lot.

I have not encountered a blogger who wrote a negative feedback for events they have been invited to here in the Philippines. Maybe because of our Pinoy attitude which is to be eternally grateful (also known as utang na loob) and the art of “pakikisama”.

So when I went to this event, I was prepared to be an objective writer by reminiscing the points my editor and adviser in our HS paper advised me on how to write a feature article.

However, I just don’t want to write a narrative. Instead I have prepared some bullets on my observations for this event:

What I like:
a. The Estee Lauder station is near the entrance which makes it easy to locate.
b. The guards are well informed that there is an on-going event and they even plugged it when I asked for the directions to go to the Estee Lauder station.
c. The staff are friendly.
d. Everyone who dropped by the station was welcomed to join.

What I think they can improve on:
a. More details on what the event is for – is it a promotional event; is it an ongoing “sale” event or something else. I went there thinking there will be lots of people and that there will be beauty advisers I can readily ask about my personal needs. Unfortunately, it was different from what I expected. When I arrived, there were ladies selling the package and I became worried thinking I cannot leave without buying anything. Luckily, it wasn’t like that at all and good thing I did not rely on my first impression.

b. Give more information on what are the activities available during the event. I was prepped first for a make-up but upon hearing my seatmate’s conversation with an Estee Lauder representative I became curious with the advance skin profiling system. Thus, I asked the lady who was starting to put make-up on me if I can still have my profile after the “make-over”. Apparently, the profiling requires a clean face so I had to wait for at least ten minutes for the other lady to finish with her profile before I got mine eventhough I was at the skin profiling station 20 minutes before she arrived. Since there were only two ladies attending the make-up and profiling, they asked me to wait at the profile station. When the make-up lady was finished they called me and while she was preparing her stuff that’s the time the lady from the profiling became available and entertained the visitor who arrived later than I did.

c. I hope Estee Lauder appreciates my opinion but I think it will be greatly appreciated if they establish customer rapport and open communication before selling an item. I mean get to know your customers and their needs and show genuine interest. I was sitting there for more than ten minutes while waiting to get my skin profile but nobody was really talking to me. I don’t know why is that but there were several Estee Lauder ladies who seem to be really friendly as they happily chatted with each other. I started talking to the lady who was supposed to do my make-up but then she had to leave me for a personal reason and then that was it. I was asked once or twice what I was waiting for and I replied. Afterwhich, I was left alone.

Things I appreciate a lot:
One of the Estee Lauder representative’s stood out from the rest. She showed concern by explaining my skin profile without making me feel rushed or obliged to buy. After ushering me to have my make-up done with one of the staff, she continued to check up on me. She even gave me a free sample foundation. The brand was not CyberWhite Ex as stated in the invitation sent by StyleBible but it was the thought that counts.

For me getting to meet this person and the information she told me about the Estee Lauder skin products was the highlight of this event. I am really considering to switch from my loyal brand to try the Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher. I was really fascinated with the amazing instant result I received. Apparently, the Idealist when used day and night can help remove those stubborn dead skin cells showing off your natural glow. We spent about five minutes scrubbing my face gently as I remove a thin film of dead skin cells off my face. I looked extra glamorous after that treatment.

Finally a picture of me with my glamorous look was taken by Mr. Richard Ong. I came to know this because I checked Stylebible’s page and I saw my picture at Thank you Stylebible for choosing my picture. I am really flattered.

So that’s the end of my posh event with Estee Lauder. I hope to attend more events like this from them. I really didn’t think Estee Lauder had really amazing skin products and I always connected them with make-up. It was a very informative event and for that I am very grateful.


Beauty tips from Marie Claire November 17, 2009

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I am in a very good mood today especially because I just found out that I passed the board exam. However, this blog will not be about that instead I will write on something I love to do when I am in a happy mood and that is to beautify myself.

I have always known that whatever you feel the moment you wake up affects your overall mood for the day. This will consequently have an effect on the things that you do, the people you deal with and generally your output for the day. Therefore, it is important that we have happy thoughts to start with to be able to share good vibes with other people as well.

That is why I am sharing Marie Claire’s beauty tips. I especially like their tips because they are not over-the-top and you can actually readily apply their advice. Some of the items they promote are also available in the Philippines. Girls, we don’t have to go out of our way, order abroad or scout online and pay ridiculous shipping fees just because we want to have that must-have-item. Take for example, the tinted moisturizer which I have been using for the past few months to replace my foundation. It is super lightweight, does not clog my pores, and has multi-tasks (moisturizer, sunscreen, foundation, concealer) which is perfect for Ms. busygurl like me.

I will post the list in four parts as there are 51 items in the original list. I have to admit I removed some items (especially those about tanning) because I do not promote that and besides we Filipinas like fairer skin (that’s why glutathione’s are selling like hotcakes here).

Without further ado, here is the first ten Marie Claire beauty advice:

1. Surprise! Concealer is only half the battle when it comes to fixing flaws. To perfect your complexion (no matter what your skin tone), try lipstick in a warm pink. “It distracts people’s eyes from blemishes and other imperfections,” says makeup artist Morgan Schick.

2. Overzealous tweezing can lead to emaciated brows and bald patches, where hair only grows back irregularly. Use a protein-spiked brow gel to stimulate healthy growth and brow fillers to shade in problem areas

3. Sure, it’s chilly in your bathroom in the morning, but don’t be tempted to crank up the heat in the shower. Hot water followed by cool, dry air leads to rough skin. To lock in moisture post-shower, pat – don’t rub – yourself dry, and coat skin in a thick alpha-hydroxy lotion.

4. For flawless skin choose a cleanser and moisturizer appropriate for your skin type that you can use A.M. and P.M., and then supplement it weekly with a purifying face mask. You should also consider using a nightly skin treatment that exfoliates dead skin cells

5. Trying to look well-rested when you aren’t? Avoid piling on the foundation. Use a tinted moisturizer instead, followed by a beige eye pencil – it counteracts any redness around your eyes

6. Large pores are caused by two things: genetics and age. Want to shrink them? Go to a dermatologist or a spa to get microdermabrasion treatments, a type of facial that gently sloughs off the dead surface layer of skin.

7. To accentuate your upper lashline without creating overly spidery fringe, apply a strip of false lashes meant for your lower lashes from corner to corner. They’re shorter than traditional falsies, so they’ll thicken your lashline without elongating it too much.

8. Keep your eyes open when applying liquid liner – otherwise your line will look uneven. Apply by drawing three dashes, one on the corner, one in the middle, and one on the inside corner of your eye. Then go back and connect the dashes for a smooth line

9. For full lips go for a glossy look. Try first outlining the perimeter of your lips using a concealer brush dipped in bronzer two shades deeper than your skin tone. Then, top pout with gold, peach, or coral gloss.

10. “To make the waist look narrower, use a white pencil liner to dot an egg shape on each side, starting below the rib cage. Fill in just this area with a self-tanner one shade darker than your natural skin and blend,” says Cindy Barshop, owner of Completely Bare spas.

Watch out for more!!!