Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Dermatologist-Approved Skin Care Regimen for Working Moms and SAHMs

Hi, everyone! Last Saturday, cousin C and I went to Clinique's event entitled The Doctor is In. We had the privilege of talking with Dra. Gina Banate, a licensed dermatologist and member of the Philippine Dermatological Society. I asked her what skin care regimen she can recommend to working moms and stay-at-home moms. Here's what she said.

Start with a clean face by washing it with a mild facial soap with a pH of not less than 5.5. This level protects the natural environment of your skin. 

Next, use a toner that is perfect for your skin type. Toner normalizes skin and brings back what soap has stripped away.

Lady E's Quick Tip - If you don't know your skin type, visit the Clinique counters at Rustan's Makati or Shangri-La Mall and mention me or my blog to get a free Treat or Teach You Time service wherein you can experience the products and get a free consultation. 

Next, apply your favorite moisturizer. Lastly, don't forget sunscreen. It should have an SPF of at least 30. Apply the amount of half a teaspoon to your neck and face 30 minutes before sun exposure. And don't forget about the backs of your hands as they get bombarded with sunlight too. 

You can now apply your makeup. If you are off to the office, make sure to wear and/or bring sun protective clothing. 

SAHMs, you should also follow these steps even if you are at home most of the time. If you are like me and you are constantly in front of the computer, you are also being bombarded by UV rays according to the doctor. So, it's still a good idea to apply sunscreen even if you are at home. 

Don't be lazy if you are a SAHM. The more you need to put an effort to skin care and making yourself look and feel more beautiful. It's easy to get into a rut or burnout as a stay-at-home mom. I know, I've had my share and if you can remember, one of the things I do is to pamper myself. Finally, do it for yourself and not for anybody else. 

I hope you learned a lot in today's post. Please stay tuned for more tips from our beautiful dermatologist. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Deck the Halls with.. Daiso Japan!

Christmas is just a hop, skip and a jump away. Are you ready? Preparing for Christmas on a budget is easy with Daiso Japan. Here are a few things I found at the Shangri-La Mall branch.

I love these candies! And don't forget about the stars!

I'm really glad that Christmas stockings are becoming more and more available here in Manila. Christmas stockings are a huge part of our Christmas. It took me such a long time to find our first ones. 

I really like these two but I bought 3 new ones last December and we haven't used those yet. But who knows. I just might buy these before Christmas. 

These figurines are also great to decorate your Christmas table. Just buy a few and you're all set. 

Just look at Santa with that light-up ball. 

And how can you go wrong with snow globes! I love snow globes. 

And don't forget about your pets!

I'm excited for Christmas! Are you?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

BOGO Halloween Items at Daiso Japan Shangri-La Mall

If you like decorating your house for Halloween or you're planning a party, Daiso has the perfect items for you.

They have wall decals and different pumpkin figurines. 

These buckets are great for trick or treaters. 

Store your candies in these colorful candy dishes.

Stay tuned for more Daiso finds!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

7 Q's with Ms. Verna Marin

Ms. Verna Marin is the Chief MUA of L'Oreal Philippines. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend her workshop. If you missed that post, you can read all about it here.

I was able to ask her a few questions and today,  I will share with you some of her beauty wisdom.

1. What's your favorite makeup and why? (blush, lipstick, etc.)
For now it’s mascara, I’m a girl and I have mood swings!!! Or maybe because the Voluminous Million Lashes of L’Oreal that I’m trying out is super good it opens up the eyes with thick long lashes. It’s coming out soon!

2. Modern moms lead very busy lives that they tend to forget aboutthemselves. What's the most important thing they can do before leaving the house to look more polished without exerting too much effort?
Develop a 10 or even 5 minute makeup routine! It can be concealer mascara, blush and lipstick routine for everyday wear.  Concealer for the imperfections ,mascara to open up the eyes, blush to look healthy and lipstick for confidence!

3. What makeup should women splurge on? save on?
Splurge on foundation if synonymous to your skin. Splurge also on mascara and don’t ever share it with anybody. Save on blush-on buy peach shade it can work on varieties of lipstick colors.

4. Aside from cellphone and wallet, what are the 3 things you always have in your bag?
Tooth brush, tooth paste and lip balm or my favorite lipstick

5. What's the greatest thing you learned in the industry?
The makeup industry is constantly evolving, better products bettertechniques don’t be afraid to try new things and upgrade you skills :)

6. Who is your dream client?
 I am blessed with the most wonderful clients in the industry from personal, bridal, editorial, corporate, stage and TV, if i’m to wish for more it’s for a couple of personalities I see on TV that I know can benefit from a better makeup… let’s not name them. I just love the challenge!

7. What's the best makeup advice you can give to anyone?

One face to live with love and learn as much as you can about it! Try the makeup you like on the magazine or billboard but have a reality check. We all have different facial structures you may look best with less or more makeup it’s all about trying and finding out ;)

Thank you Ms. Verna for giving us the time and sharing with us your knowledge!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Doctor is In

Clinique Shangri-La Mall will be having another The Doctor is In event this coming Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 2 pm.

The guest dermatologist will answer your beauty and skin questions. There will also be a Teach or Trick activity and a giveaway. Food and drinks will also be served. You can reserve a slot at the Clinique counter.

See you there!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Zac's Meals

I avoided this kind of post for a while because I was burning out. I just fed my son the same food that we ate. There's nothing wrong with that really but I like making an effort to prepare my son's meals. He also likes variety as I've mentioned many times before. So here's me, giving myself a kick to crawl out of my rut.

scrambled eggs//ham//dried cranberries//English muffin with sandwich spread//cheese triangle//chocolate milk

For snacks, I had homemade granola and he had pumpkin seeds.

cubed pears// rice// sizzling tofu // yakisoba

snack - mixed nuts and raisins

apple cubes // Honey Bunches with Oats

Watermelon cubes // hash

breadstick // watermelon cubes // corned beef and ham macaroni soup

Vienna sausage // buttered fish English muffins // cranberries // eggs 

breadstick // creamy chicken and stars tomato soup served with Thomson grapes below

I hope you found inspiration for your little ones!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hey, Busy Mom! Get Ready in a Flash with these Tips

When I was younger, it would take me an hour to take a bath, get dressed and basically get ready before going out. Now that I'm a mom, it takes me even longer to get ready, not because of my beauty routine but because I need to prepare my son's things aside from my own things.

This is especially hard when we need to prepare for church and our doctor's appointment. So, I made a few changes to my routine and I'd like to share them with you today.

First, get organized.

My grandfather used to tell us, "A place for everything and everything in its place." That kinda stuck with me growing up. I'm not perfect but I try to organize as much of our stuff as I can. (And with a preschooler, that's kinda hard).

I make sure to have a place for everything so that when I am in a rush, I know where to grab things.

Put essentials close together

Instead of running around all over the house, I group going out essentials in one area. I can prepare and pack the sippy cups, milk, water, snacks and straws in just 5 minutes.

I plan our outfits the night before

or at least take them out of the closet. I don't like ironing clothes in bulk. We only iron them when we need them. I decide what I'm going to wear and what my son is going to wear the night before. Come morning, I only need to iron the clothes. Sometimes I also try on the outfits first to see if I'm comfortable in them. This way, I don't have to do a "fashion show" in the morning.

Have a go-to outfit

I like skirts so when I'm in a rut, I just wear a skirt and a shirt. Other times I just wear jeans and a polo. These are my no-brainer outfits.

I get our bags ready

You know how it is when you have a child. You basically pack half your house or in our case, our room. I like being prepared. Although my son is older now, we still carry a big bag for him. It's filled with toys and activities plus the usual diapers and extra clothes. I also bring snacks, water and milk.

I get this bag ready in the evening. I also get my own purse ready. I need to change purses from time to time depending on my outfit and where we are going and who I will be with. If it's just my son and I, I need a bigger purse. I leave his bag because it's impractical for me to carry two bags and chase after him.

Before leaving,

I make a final visual sweep of our room to make sure that I have everything I need. It also doesn't hurt to make a list ready for times when you have too much going on in your plate. Stick this list on your command center and mentally check it before leaving the house.

I hope these tips were helpful! They have made my life easier and less hectic.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Torch at Circuit

Mom and I took a stroll through Circuit last Friday. There wasn't much to see. There are two restos open and one of them is Torch.

Torch has a wide menu to choose from. They have pizza, pasta, chicken, salads, soups,etc. I ordered this combination 5-cheese and Philly steak pizza. You can order combination pizzas. You will pay for the higher priced variant.

The 5-cheese was okay. It was a bit bland but it had bursts of flavor when I bite into the tomatoes.

The Philly was delicious. The meat was tender and very flavorful. I ordered this to-go so it was already a bit cold when we got home. I reheated a few slices the next day but they were too soggy. The slices were also too big and not uniform so if you are eating as a barkada, one might get a huge slice and another a small one.

Price points are great. This pizza costs 374 pesos. Service is super slow. We waited around 30 minutes or so for this one pizza and we could see a kitchen-full of chefs and cooks just joking around and chatting. There weren't very many people when we arrived so I was really surprised that the food took so long to arrive. I think there were just 3 tables occupied and one party left about 5 minutes after we sat down. Billing out was also a long process.

There was also an abundance of flies. My mom and sister went back yesterday and my sister said that she won't go back because of the flies.

The food is good and the prices are right. I might give this place another shot in the future. But please, do something about the flies and the service!