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My First La Mer Purchase and Experience

Lifestyle, Skin Care and Make Up Reviews By October 10, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

I have to say that in the past three weeks, I have been accumulating skin care and make-up products in my quest for the best possible regimen and it all started with a news article that was in my Google news feed – What Every Guy Can Learn from Kim Kardashian West’s Skincare Routine. In this article, what caught me most was the emphasis on La Mer products.

I went on the La Mer Europe website and started browsing at the many products available from the brand. In the end, all I really, really wanted to buy was the La Mer Renewal Oil. It sounded very promising!

In the end, I walked out with the La Mer foundation, concealer, and bronzing powder instead. Before this, my entire make-up collection consisted of everything Sephora. I have been living make-up free since I moved to El Nido in 2013 so I didn’t know anything.

What I liked about my Douglas boutique experience was I got the exact shade of foundation and concealer that I would have gotten wrong had I bought them on the website. To be honest, I already had the foundation and powder in my cart on the website but actually testing for the right shade was probably the best thing that ever happened to me.

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Aesop Bitter Orange Astringent Toner vs Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner

Lifestyle, Skin Care and Make Up Reviews By October 8, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

I am in the process of curating my skincare regimen to get the best results possible while making it the simplest too.

First off, let’s compare the descriptions of these two products according to their own respective websites.

Sukin HYDRATING MIST TONER AUD10.95
WINNER BEAUTY HEAVEN BEST IN BEAUTY AWARDS – BEST TONER 2014

Our alcohol-free Hydrating Mist Toner combines Rosewater and Chamomile to help soothe, purify and cool tired skin. It can be used after cleansing, before and after make-up application or any time your skin is feeling tired, stressed or overheated. Keep in the refrigerator to instantly refresh skin on hot days. Suitable for all skin types.

Aesop BITTER ORANGE ASTRINGENT TONER AUD37.00

A citrus-based, non-drying formulation with impressive purifying properties that cleanses skin of sweat and grime while soothing and clarifying. Suited to most skin types, particularly oily or blemish-prone.

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Organix Renewing+ Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Lifestyle By September 12, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

I actually think I’m being silly posting a review about shampoo and conditioner BUT my Hair Story New Wash arrived yesterday and it came with a postcard invitation to document our 30-day New Wash journey starting with a Day 1 or pre-New Wash look up to the 30th day.

I happen to not have any problems with my hair. I like it the way it is and I have so far been largely satisfied with the shampoo and conditioner I have been using for the past three years – the Organix Renewing+ Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Organix Renewing+ Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner. I just want to try something different.

Among the Organix products, I’ve also tried the Brazilian Keratin Therapy shampoo and conditioner, the Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil shampoo and conditioner, the Healing+ Vitamin E Shampoo and Conditioner, and none of them worked for me as well as the Argan Oil.

I first discovered Argan Oil in Sardinia in the summer of 2014. I found a bottle of 100% Argan Oil lying around the house. Back then I had frustratingly dry hair that was damaged by too much salt water caused by living by the sea and being in the sea.

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Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser and Bitter Orange Astringent Toner Review

Lifestyle By September 11, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

I love everything about Aesop EXCEPT the price. I was in Melbourne last year when I first encountered the brand.

“Suave Australian beauty brand Aesop has some of the most cutting-edge stores around, including its simple but seductive wood-lined Fitzroy boutique at 242 Gertrude Street (+61 (0)3 9419 8356), designed by local architect Clare Cousins and Aesop director Dennis Paphitis. Aesop was so inspired by the streetscape’s eclectic mix of characters, shops and great bread, pizza and wine purveyors, it even named one of its glam skincare kits Gertrude Street.” Inside Melbourne #5

One thing I love about Aesop, aside from their shop design, is that because they know their prices are a bit on the steep side, they do not put any pressure on you to buy right away. Instead, they give you advice and give samples for you to try. If you happen to like it and get convinced enough to buy, then at least you did not have to waste your money on a product you already shelled out a lot of money for only to turn out to be allergic to or unsuitable for your skin.

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Lifetrons Beaute Ultrasonic Cleanser Review

Lifestyle By September 8, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

I am not going to suddenly become a beauty blogger because I have never been that much into beauty or make-up but I will post my thoughts and experiences, reviews in short, about the products I own and use. Shortly after I started dating my Italian now-husband, I slowly began to obsess about good food, health, and fitness. He made such an emphasis on living a good life by eating healthy, fresh, and delicious, even to the point of being expensive, food; having an active lifestyle, and sleeping well. I never cared much for any of those. I ate what I wanted. I barely exercised and have never been to any gym. I slept at odd hours of the day and night for periods of three hours every time. He changed all those.

Also, I hit thirty-five and every article I read on health and fitness seem to mention skincare. Wear sunscreen! Use moisturizer! Start using anti-aging products!

“This Ultrasonic Cleanser combines ultrasonic ions (positive and negative) with electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to cleanse and lift the skin. Ultrasonic technology combined with positive ions may help clean the pores of dirt and debris. Ultrasonic technology combined with negative ions may help deliver nutrients from serum or face cream deep into skin’s layers. Gentle EMS currents use a unique secondary movement which may help tighten facial muscles and improve elasticity. Compact and rechargeable via USB.”

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On Our Way to Manila (Not Fame or Fortune)

Lifestyle, Travel By July 24, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

At least that’s what the website of FlyScoot informed me as I was booking our flights from Bangkok to Manila with a short lay over in Singapore. In Singapore, Lia would have to get off at Changi to meet her other father to spend eight days with him this summer as part of our agreement that he gets to spend a minimum of 30 days per year with her, depending of course, on his availability, travel plans, business meetings, and over-all career. After this short lay over, I then proceed to Manila alone.

Lia would then be flown in to Manila after eight or so days by her own father, where she would be reunited with me, and from Manila, she and I together will take the return flight to Torino then to Sardegna via Turkish Airlines and Meridiana. Such is the complex life of an eight-year old child with Filipino parents whose marriage has been annulled and are living in different parts of the world.

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Milano Torino Restaurant Sydney, Australia

Australia, Lifestyle, New South Wales, Travel By June 26, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

There is a restaurant in Torino called Milano Torino. According to its website, it is named after “a cocktail, first served in the 1860’s, made by equal parts Campari, the bitter liqueur, from Milan (Milano) and Cinzano, the vermouth, from Turin (Torino).” It is located mostly out of the way out there in Epsom Road in Rosebery.

Milano Torino serves “Northern Italian cuisine with a focus on regional food from Piedmont, and Vermouth Bar. Their philosophy is seasonal, organic and fresh food, using only the the best produce available on the market, including many goods imported directly from Italy.”

It is a fairly small and private restaurant good for couples, friends, and families with kids.

Although the restaurant has a regular menu, it also prides itself in having a dish or two that is dependent on what’s available on the market and the chef’s inspiration.

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Diving in San Teodoro, Sardinia, Italy

Diving, Italy, Sardegna By June 23, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Sardinia is an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, south of the French island of Corsica and to the west of mainland Italy. The water is surprisingly pristine and clear with amazing visibility. Sardinia is best for diving in the summer months!! The dive site Secca del Papa (or The Pope’s Drop-off) in the Tavolara Marine Protected Area is probably one of the best dive sites you’ll ever dive in the Mediterranean!

Blu Infinito Diving Center, located in Capo Coda Cavallo in the town of San Teodoro south of Olbia, is a five-star PADI dive resort that is now on its 11th season. It can be found in the Village of Porto Coda Cavallo fronting Salina Bamba Beach and is one of the few dive centers accredited for diving in the Marine Protected Area of Tavolara.

The dive center has consistently received a Five-Star rating on Trip Advisor since 2015.

“Blu Infinito Diving Center since opening in 2006, has one goal: the pursuit of EXCELLENCE, in the relationship with the customer, in the quality and safety of equipment and procedures, the personalization of services.” It offers PADI diving courses at all levels, snorkeling trips, accommodation+diving packages, transfers from/to airport or between hotel and dive center, as well as Scubapro equipment rental.

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Surfing in La Union, February 2016

Family, La Union, Surfing By June 16, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

While we were in El Nido, something happened. Fabio and I had a huge fight that almost ended our relationship. He moved out to stay at a different resort. Lia and I left for Manila ahead of him while he hung out with his friends for a few more days. He was also waiting for his own Australian visa. I decided to invite him to go surfing somewhere close to Manila. He flew back to Manila and all together we found ourselves in La Union, staying at the apartment of my friend Raffy who works with the owners of Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel and El Union coffee.

I introduced him to my friends at Four Aces Surf School and we went surfing with the Valdezes, Daisy, Anthony, and Lea. We found ourselves having our breakfasts at San Juan Beach Resort and El Union Coffee, dinners at Kahuna, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Naknak’s – a popular carenderia across El Union Coffee for the duration of our one-week stay there.

And even though I was happy to see all my friends in La Union again and go surfing again, you could see the toll of all these frenzy taking its toll on me.

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