29 December 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016

Time is like a flowing river, no water passes beneath your feet twice, much like the river,
moments never pass you by again, so cherish every moment that life gives you and have a
wonderful New Year.

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24 December 2015

Merry Christmas! 2015

May your heart be lifted in praise this Christmas
for the wonderful gift of Jesus
and the joy He brings to our lives.
Have a wonderful Christmas
and a Blessed New Year

Merry Christmas! 2015, Happy Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Happy Holidays

17 December 2015

Best Mascaras on the Market

No one wants flaky mascara, it can ruin your day. Mascara should be volumizing, lengthening, and non-clumping these qualities are hard to find. You will need to try out many mascara that are on the market just find the one that best suits you. Choose the one that won’t clump, flake, wear off easily or that will irritate your eyes. It should also be easy on the wallet since mascara has short shelf life, mascaras that are used daily are usually drying in 3 months and it's no longer viable by six months.

Here's my list:

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara
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Benefit Cosmetics produces great products and I like their makeup. I also love their mascara called "They’re Real". Yes, it's expensive for a mascara, but for me it's totally worth it for occasional use.  It doesn’t flake or irritate your eyes. It put emphasis to your eyes, it lifts and separates. This product, adds volume, lengthens, curls and applies evenly.

It’s also gluten-free.

Price:
Ulta.com $24
Amazon $19.00


LORAC PRO Mascara
Mascaras, mascara, make up
Another amazing mascara that is smudge-resistant, flake-proof and packed with PRO power. It will give you extra-long, thick and extremely dramatic lashes with each coat. It's pricey, but it produces professional look to lashes. It is also ophthalmologist tested and safe for people who wears contact lens.

Price:
Ulta.com $23
Amazon $23



Earth Lab Raw Mascara
Mascaras, mascara, make up
This is a natural product that offers no clumping, no flaking, no smudging mascara that will not irritate your skin. It’s made from earth-bound ingredients.


Price:
iherb.com $20
Amazon $17.10


Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara

Mascaras, mascara, make up
One of the best mascara in the market today, it got rave reviews on Amazon and Ulta. The company said that it has unique formula that gives you beautiful lashes. It doesn't clump nor flakes, it gives you full, luxurious lashes.

Price:

ulta.com $20.00
Amazon $20.00


Ecco Bella Natural Black Mascara
Mascaras, mascara, make up
This is a natural mascara that has no lacquer, shellac and alcohol. It is made from clay and iron oxides so you are definitely certain that it has no toxins like parabens that may hurt your sensitive skin. It's water resistant, but not waterproof. It is also an animal friendly product.

Price:
iherb.com $17.96
Amazon  $14.48

L'Oreal Voluminous Volume Building Mascara
Mascaras, mascara, make up
L'Oreal Voluminous Volume Building Mascara is one of the best Mascara for me since it's not just a great product that can compete with other expensive mascara it is also budget friendly. This mascara gives you alluring big eyes and lashes. It gives you 5X the natural thickness of your lashes, for a full and dramatic look. It is one of the best no flakes mascara in the market.

Price:
ulta.com $8
Amazon $8.45     

NYX Propel My Eyes Mascara
Mascaras, mascara, make up
This mascara is smooth and it doesn't clump or flakes. It also conditioned since it is enriched with Pro Vitamin B5, D-Panthenol and Green Tea Extract.

Price:
ulta.com $8.99
Amazon $5.95 

Maybelline Lash Discovery Mini Brush Mascara 

Mascaras, mascara, make up
It has lash catching brush that gives you a long and well-defined lashes. It doesn't clump, and no globs. It is also contact lens safe and hypoallergenic.

Price:
ulta.com $7.99
Amazon $6.47

Maybelline Full N Soft Thick & Healthy Washable Mascara
Mascaras, mascara, make up
It's a good mascara that applies evenlty, it doesn't clump. It also conditioned since  it contains Panthenol, Ceramide R, and Vitamin E. It also promise no tugging or lost lashes during the application process. It gives you a natural looking lashes.

Price:
ulta.com $7.99
Amazon $5.99

Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara 

Mascaras, mascara, make up
This mascara gives you full, natural lashes with volume. Price is very good for its performance. It doesn't clumps, smudges or flakes.

Price:
ulta.com $7.99
Amazon $7.99 


Boots No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara 

Mascaras, mascara, make up
This is an amazing product that gives you a smooth natural looking lashes. It has conditioning formula for a softer look. It doesn't clump nor flakes.

Price:
ulta.com $8.99
Amazon $14.80 

30 November 2015

Colors of the Fall: NYX Matte Lipstick and Soft Matte Lip Cream Swatches

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Cosmetics, NYX lipstick, NYX lip cream, NYX Matte Lipstick Merlot, Plum Red, Matte Lipstick ALABAMA, brownish red, Soft Matte Lip Cream Copenhagen Rich Plum Purple, Soft Matte Lip

NYX Matte Lipstick are highly pigmented and richly formulated lipstick that slides smoothly on your lips and it gives you brilliant rich colors. It is also design as long lasting lipstick so it stay on your lips all day.

The texture is velvety and non-glossy.  You can apply it using an even layer on your lips. It can also be complemented with a NYX lip liner and lip gloss.



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Merlot (left) Alabama (right)

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NYX Matte Lipstick MLS16 - Merlot (Plum Red) $5.99 at Amazon

Their version of Merlot is a little light and bright shade close to pink, don't compare it to Merlot wine which is on the darker side.

NYX Matte Lipstick MLSO7 - ALABAMA (brownish red) $6.00 at Amazon

It's a beautiful dark brick red color. It can be a bit drying like other matte lipsticks.




NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream has a creamy and silky smooth texture that sets to a matte finish. The cream is durable and it moisturize your lips. However, it takes time to dry the product to a perfect matte, about 30 minutes. It can lasts pretty long, doesn't come off even after 12 hours.

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Soft Matte Lip Cream Copenhagen Rich Plum Purple, Soft Matte Lip Cream Transylvania
Soft Matte Lip Cream Copenhagen Rich Plum Purple, Soft Matte Lip Cream Transylvania

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream SMLC 20 Copenhagen (Rich Plum Purple) $7.95 at Amazon

The shade is a beautiful dark plum. It is very dark, that results to a deeper wine look on the lips.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream SMLC 21 Transylvania (Violet Purple) $7.59 at Amazon

It has a very dark shade, beautiful deep dark burgundy, which results to a vampire lip color.

**** NYX Cosmetics is certified and acknowledged by organizations, such as PETA, as a cruelty-free brand.





  • NYX Matte Lipstick MLS16 - Merlot (Plum Red)
  • NYX Matte Lipstick MLSO7 - ALABAMA (brownish red)
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream SMLC 20 Copenhagen (Rich Plum Purple)
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream SMLC 21 Transylvania (Violet Purple)

22 November 2015

Vichy Dermablend Total Body Corrective Foundation Review


Vichy Dermablend Total Body Corrective Foundation, foundation


The manufacturer promises that the Vichy Dermablend Total Body Corrective Foundation offers extremely high coverage that has a long lasting effects (16 hour hold) and a flawless finish. It can also conceal moderate to severe skin imperfections like tattoos, stretch marks, scars and even varicose veins. It is also good for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

The product is also resistant to water, sweat and rub which is perfect for an active lifestyle.

- Suitable for sensitive skin
- Hypoallergenic
- Non-comedogenic
- Vichy Thermal Spa Water
- No Fragrance
- SPF15

Pros:

The product is really good at covering imperfections. And my skin stay very soft with the product and it looks natural on the skin. It can completely cover large imperfection like scars and large colorful tattoos.

Cons:

Some people cannot match their skin color with the product and it can appear orange. Can be a bit dry and patchy.

The Vichy Dermablend Total Body Corrective Foundation is very thick pigment that can be applied to your body and face. I have a huge scar that's really hard to conceal but with this product it dissappear without a sweat.

How to Apply:


Vichy Dermablend Total Body Corrective Foundation, foundation

Step 1: Clean your skin with soap and water then apply your usual moisturizer before make-up. Then apply a tiny amount of corrective foundation to the affected area.

Step 2: Dab the product with your fingertips.

Step 3: Spread and blend the product gently with swift up and down motions. Allow to dry for 5 minutes before dressing.



08 November 2015

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15

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Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 is moisturizer that is gentle on your skin. It's good for all skin types. You can use it before you do makeup or after shaving.

I use this moisturizer everyday and especially when going out. The texture is light, non-greasy and it doesn't break me out. A lot of beauty products contain mineral oil and it's said to cause break outs, good thing Cetaphil is mineral oil-free. This product not only nourishes and hydrates your skin but it also protects you from sun's harmful rays with SPF 15.

It's easy to use. It doesn't even feel like you have anything on. What I love about this product is that it's really gentle on my skin and it's not greasy.

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Soft, light, non-greasy feel

31 October 2015

Happy Halloween

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Zombies, ghosts, witches, vampires and monsters may lurk in the dark, jesters and vampires may even embark, but if you are ghoulish and ghostly wherever you’re seen, you’re sure to have such a wonderful Halloween!

Happy Halloween to all!

19 October 2015

Organic Infant Milk Formula

You want the best for your baby but sometimes due to limitations of the human body you have to accept defeat and move on. The best milk for your baby is definitely breast-milk, since it contains electrolytes, fats, nutrients, and antibodies that comes only from the mother. If you can't provide breast-milk for your baby you have to feed him/her infant milk formula.

There are tons of milk formula in the market today and it can be overwhelming to choose what is the best for your baby. Baby formula are mostly based on modified cow's milk.

There are two main types of baby milk formula first milks and hungry baby milk.

First milks, are whey based that contains casein (40:60 ratio), the same ratio for breast-milk. These kind of milk are for 0 to 12 months old (birth to 1year). These milk are designed to be digested easier for your baby than casein-based milks.

Hungry baby milk, contains more casein (ratio:80 casein 20 whey), since casein is harder to digest this will keep your baby full for longer hours.

My baby's pedia recommends Enfalac A+, according to some friends the formulation is close to mother’s milk. It is also packed with essential nutrients and has higher DHA and ARA content which are necessary for infant brain development. The feeding guide is 1 scoop for every 1 oz of water. However, after a few weeks, we noticed that our baby's poop is soft and it has blood streaks in it. The pedia change the baby formula to Enfalac Gentlease. Enfalac Gentlease is easier to digest since it has partially hydrolyzed protein (for infants 0-12 months).
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Organic Infant Milk Formula, milk formula, baby formula, baby milk, infant formula, infant milk
There are two kinds of hydrolysed milk available, fully hydrolysed formula and partially hydrolysed formula. Fully hydrolysed formula is made for babies with intolerance to cow's milk or those with allergies since the protein in the formula will cause an allergic reaction.  You can only purchase this if you have prescription. It has the same nutrients as the ordinary baby formula milk. The only difference is the protein in the milk is hydrolysed, meaning it is broken down so your baby is less likely to react to it.

Meanwhile, partially hydrolysed formula are completely made from whey protein. It is easier to digest for the baby. It is also best for babies suffering from colic, wind, and stomach pain. They are also made for babies with allergies.
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After 6 months, my baby's pedia recommend Hipp Organic for our baby. According to Hipp organic they use only organic ingredients for their formulation meaning they didn't use chemical pesticides and GM ingredients. We also like that the formula is packed with iron, vitamins A, C, D, Omega 3 & 6 LCPs (DHA and AA), and other essential nutrients that will help our baby's development.

Why do experts recommend organic nutrition?
 
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"One of the most effective ways to reduce exposure to toxic substances is to eat organic food. It could be one of the single most useful thing a mother can do to give her child a good start in life." ~ Vyvyan Howard, MD Medical Toxico-pathologist, University of Ulster, UK.

"The importance of a healthy lifestyle and correct selection of the food we eat and products we use have an important role to play in determining the level of health we attain and provide for our children. We have to increase our knowledge of how the produce we consume are raised or grown. Check what possible chemicals were used and whenever possible choose better options and avoid compromising our health and that of our loved ones." ~ Laura Soledad Aguinaldo MD, DPPS, DPSCOT Pediatrician and Clinical Toxicologist

"Studies have demonstrated that pesticide exposure harms the brain and nervous system. Many of the processes that occur during brain development are vulnerable to disruption from pesticides. Dietary modifications can help lessen pesticide exposure. Consuming organic produce has shown a reduced amount of urinary pesticide levels in comparison with a conventional diet. It is very likely that with the reduction in pesticide exposure through organic produce, we will have better outcomes for health and development in children." ~ Francis Xavier Dimalanta, MD, FPPS, FPSDBP Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician

"Modification in nutrition, by promoting consumption of organic food does away with the detrimental side effects of additives and chemicals in our body and may decrease the over-reliance to pharmacological agents in controlling asthma. Asthma medications should be supplemented with a good nutrition, which can be found in organic food. These kinds of food do not have food additives and chemicals which can add to the body's toxic burden and trigger asthma attacks." ~ Maria Teresita Sandoval MD, FPPS Pediatric Pulmonologist

25 September 2015

What's the best Baby Bottle?

Well if you asked me my criteria for the best baby bottle is it should be sturdy, leak-proof, easy to clean, safe, and reasonably priced.
We've tried four kinds of baby bottle, Tommee Tippee Anti Collic Bottle, Philips Avent, Playtex BPA Free VentAire Bottle, and Farlin.

baby bottle
Tommee Tippee Anti Collic Bottle is sturdy, wide mouth and nipple base that has a wide base. The nipple mimics that natural feel, flex, and movement of the actual breast. This is great if you are switching from breat to bottle feeding, since the baby won't get used to different nipple style and subsequently reject breastfeeding. This bottle has a vent that is designed to prevent gas and colic. The bad thing about it is, the seperate vent system are harder to clean. It is hard to get all the milk out.

~ $11.59 from Amazon
baby bottle
Philips Avent Natural Bottle is also a wide mouth bottle that has ergonomic design for easy grip. It has an Advanced anti-colic venting system, which is good since there are no extra parts to clean. The wide breast shaped nipple teach your baby how to latch properly that is similar to the breast. This makes it easier for your baby to transfer from breast and bottle feeding.

~ $11.35 from Amazon
baby bottle
Playtex BPA Free VentAire Bottle, this is a thin and tall bottle with an angled neck. The great think about this bottle is that it encourages babies to feed up right, and easier to get all the milk out. It also has a silicon part at the bottom for its venting system.

~ $9.99 from Amazon
baby bottle
Farlin is a standard short with a small nipple. It is a no frills, straight forward traditional baby bottle. Easy to clean and easy to carry when you are on the go. This is the personal favorite of our baby.

Store bought

14 August 2015

Disposable Diapers

A Baby makes a lot of poo and pee, they make more than you expect. So if you are going to use disposable diapers you should be well stocked and choose diapers that is reliable. What you need to do at first is buy small amount of each brand so you'll know what fits your baby best. You should also choose the one that has the best absorption since it is really important that the diaper can keep moisture away from baby's skin. If it can't, and if the baby suffers continuous dampness it can lead to diaper rash.
Here are the brands that I've tried already:
Disposable Diapers
Pampers baby dry stretchy tapes - this is my top choice since it has really good absorbency, provides leakage protection, and gives my baby comfort. I really like the stretchy tapes which makes it easy to tighten and secure the diaper.
Disposable Diapers

Huggies Snug & Dry  - This is my second choice since it is cheaper than Pampers and is also absorbent.
Disposable Diapers
MamyPoko Dry in Blue packaging - good fit for my baby, it is really absorbent. The materials use is soft.

MamyPoko Slim Yellow packaging - it has a nice fit but it don't last that long and after a few hours there will be a leak.
Disposable Diapers
EQ Diaper - it is absorbent, very affordable, but the tape can lose its stickiness.
Disposable Diapers
Drypers - good materials, absorbent but it doesn't hold liquid the same as Huggies and Pampers.

21 July 2015

Diaper Rash Cream

Diaper rash is a nasty and very common infection that causes your baby's skin to become sore, red, scaly, and tender. It usually occurs in infants and children who are 2 years old and below.

The best way to prevent diaper rash is by using diaper rash cream. It contains soothing and healing ingredients. It also acts as a “barrier” between your baby’s very sensitive skin and the diaper.

Diaper rash cream will help soothe, heal and prevent diaper rash.

I have tried 3 kinds of Diaper rash cream, Drapolene, NoRash, and Baby Bottom's Cream. Drapolene is very effective specially if your baby is already suffering from diaper rash, however this cream is the most expensive among the three. NoRash and Baby Bottom's Cream are more of a prevention cream.

Our baby had a diaper rash for a few weeks his pedia recommends Drapolene and it worked after 4 to 5 days the rash cleared up.

Diaper Rash, Diaper Rash cream
1. Drapolene - manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.
             - Active ingredients Benzalkonium Cl and Cetrimide.
             - Cost about Php 300 bought at SM Supermarket
             - It has a light smell of baby powder
             - color pink



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2. Baby Bottom's Cream - product of Health Amendments, Inc.
             - Active ingredients Zinc Oxide and Virgin Coconut Oil
             - Cost about Php 150 at SM department store
             - It has a light flowery scent.
             - color white
3. NoRash    - manufactured by Mix N' Pack Philippines, Inc.
             - Active ingredients Zinc Oxide, Allantoin, Excipients.
             - Cost Php200 at Generika drugstore.
             - It smells like a real baby powder.
             - color white


09 July 2015

Halo SleepSack Swaddle Blanket 2-in-1

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Halo SleepSack Swaddle Blanket, baby, babies, blanket, baby blanket

Halo SleepSack Swaddle Blanket, baby, babies, blanket, baby blanket

Babies love to be the cuddled and it also keeps them warm. Swaddling makes the baby feel snug, comfortable, warm, secure and cozy. It helps them sleep longer. It also calm and soothe babies who are fussy or crying.

Newborn babies don't have the ability to regulate their body temperature like an adult, to keep them warm babies needs to be swaddled. However, check the baby from time to time to make sure that the baby is not too hot. It also helps the baby to sleep longer since it prevents them from startling or sudden movements that wakes them up in the middle of the sleep.

Swaddling can also help a baby focus on breastfeeding, it keeps their arms and legs out of the way. It also prevents a newborn baby from scratching themselves with their nails.

Another benefit of Swaddle Blanket is that unlike loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby's face and interfere the baby's breathing.

I really love this product since it worked out so perfectly. It has an adjustable wrap with fastener strip for easy and secure swaddling. It also washes very well and holds up to repeated use.


HALO SleepSack 100% Cotton Wearable Blanket $17.99 


Follow this instruction for Safe Swaddling:



29 June 2015

Post-pregnancy Body

  
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Belly Bandit, Post-pregnancy Body, postpartum, postpartum belly band, Pregnancy

After giving birth to your precious baby don't expect that your body will return back to the way they were before having a baby. Your tummies will still look pregnant and you will still wear those awful maternity clothes. Your uterus were stretched for nine months so it won't pop back into place immediately.

What you need for faster results is a postpartum belly band to shrink your belly. I used the Original Belly Bandit which was designed specifically for a woman's post-pregnant body. This basic belly wrap will help tighten and shrink your belly, waist and hips post pregnancy.

It also provides comfort for mothers who had C-Section. It also accelerates healing and helps minimize stretch marks.

Here's how to check what size you are.

This product shows results. I started wearing it a week after my delivery and it helped with the pain, and after wearing it for 4 weeks my belly has visibly shrunk. It takes a little getting used to before you get the hang of it.

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Belly Bandit, Post-pregnancy Body, postpartum, postpartum belly band, Pregnancy