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Monday, December 9, 2013

5 Ways To Stay Young And Beautiful For Longer

It’s only natural for mature men and women to want to look youthful for a longer period of time. With the advent of researches and studies pertaining to slowing down the process of aging, I have compiled a list of simple rules that we can follow to halt the hands of time.



1. Fight stress

According to recent studies, stress can speed up skin aging. Beating deadlines, financial problems, lack of exercise and unhealthy diet are just some of the common stressors that can cause a string of negative health blows like insomnia, weight gain, impaired immune system which lead to faster biological aging. According to a 2005 study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, age-related changes in the brain can be prevented by practicing meditation 10 to 20 minutes daily. Meditation can provide you with a sense of peace and calm which can greatly reduce stress more than any medicine could. Yoga, running and breathing exercises are just some of the meditation activities you can engage in.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

DIY Beauty: Homemade Avocado Face Mask with Honey and Yogurt

Today, I’m going to share with you my favorite avocado face mask recipe. I love concocting avocado facial masks in general because of its hydrating and soothing properties that make the skin smoother, clearer and more radiant. Aside from avocado, the key ingredients in this beauty recipe are honey and Greek yogurt which aids in combatting breakouts and brightening up the complexion.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder in 30 Naturel: Review and Photos

The Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder ($45.00 / 15g) promises to give a “translucent and natural matte finish” when used as a setting powder for foundation or touch-up powder throughout the day. This powder is available in four different shades and I purchased it in the shade 30 Naturel following the suggestion of a beauty specialist from Nordstrom saying that it will complement the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation that I have in the shade B30.




Thursday, August 8, 2013

Beauty Tips & Tricks: How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes With Olive Oil and Baby Shampoo

I couldn’t emphasize better how important it is to wash make up brushes regularly. Cleaning makeup brushes is the best way to condition their bristles for smooth makeup application. It is also, the best way to extend their lives significantly. All kinds of cosmetic products, dead skin cells, sweat and oil easily clings to makeup brushes and if they are not cleaned, they instantly become a breeding ground for bacteria. Using a dirty makeup brush on your face can pose serious threats to your skin. I’m talking about acne and pimple breakouts, rashes, pore congestion – should I go on?

The easiest way to clean makeup brushes is to use commercial makeup brush cleansers. Most makeup brush cleansers can really burn a hole in your pocket so if you’re looking for a cheaper or a more affordable way of washing and caring your brushes, continue reading this post. I’m going to show you how you can keep your makeup brushes clean by simply reaching out to a couple of items that you may already have in your kitchen and bathroom – olive oil and shampoo. Ready? Let’s get started!

STEP 1: Take out all your dirty makeup brushes. Here are the dirty makeup brushes I gathered from my vanity this morning.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

MAC Vegas Volt Lipstick: Review & Photos

MAC Vegas Volt Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) possesses a bright orange coral hue with a creamy, amplified finish and faint pink undertones. This loud and fascinating juicy color goes on completely opaque in a single pass. It is one of those orange-based lip colors that is mostly flattering on warmer complexions and is greatly wearable for daytime wear.




Monday, January 14, 2013

Unboxing Glamourbox December 2012: Reviews and Photos

The December 2012 Glamourbox features an assortment of beauty products to keep the skin and glowing and radiant” for the holiday season. Most of the items from this loot are skincare products which is why I tested them all for about two weeks before posting this review. Overall, I love my November Glamourbox and I must say that the December Glamourbox did not disappoint.



Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Celebrating Van’s Birthday 2013: Penne Pasta in Drunken Red Wine Meat Sauce

So soon after the holidays come mine and Van’s birthdays – only a day apart. I know, bad news for any diet-related resolutions. We wanted to avoid another all-out party that will most likely wreck our already bedraggled finances and so decided to spend a quiet celebration by ourselves this year. But a birthday is not really complete without pasta and wine – or any intoxicating liquid for that matter! Since another resolution is to swear off alcoholic drinks for a while, the only recourse is to make the pasta – or sauce – drunk. Nice solution, right? So without further ado, my Penne Pasta in Drunken Red Wine Meat Sauce was born.



Sunday, January 6, 2013

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark: Review and Photos

The MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark ($29.00 / Php 1,750.00) is a domed face powder infused with baked minerals which provides a natural-looking matte finish. Zane purchased this for me at the MAC counter in SM Mall of Asia three months ago and I have been using it religiously since then.



Saturday, January 5, 2013

Celebrating the Holidays 2012: Hot and Spicy Spaghetti

Happy 2013! Yay! Couldn’t believe Christmas and the 1st day of the year have come and gone so quickly – not to mention the end of the world thingy that thankfully never happened! We’re still reeling from a severe case of holiday hangover so this post is waaaay overdue. Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve has been a tradition that me and Van grew up with in our families. Now that we’re both a wee bit “mature” and are living with our horde of 6 adorable cats, we have continued that tradition every year. For the holidays, our Hot and Spicy Party Spaghetti took center stage. We accompanied it with a slow-cooked crispy roasted chicken, crispy pata (deep-fried pork hocks and knuckles), our trusted bistek and seafood sinigang, just to mix it up.




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