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Review: Cathy Doll L-Glutathione Magic Cream and Cathy Doll Ready 2 White Milky Cream Pack

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CATHY DOLL PHILIPPINES

Cathy Doll, Korean Beauty Products

I will be whacked if I say this, but I am lazy in putting sunscreen on my face on a daily basis. I’ve tried a handful of other products but they are all sticky, leaves a white cast and makes my face even more oily under makeup. I know I know, I should be scared of the UVAs and UVBs of the sun’s rays more than I should be scared of an oily T-zone BUT I haven’t found the one that my skin accepts.

I am reluctant to buy full-sized products because most often than not I end up not liking it, and just crowding the space of my drawer. That’s why SAMPLEROOM has always been my hero! This is the place to be for trying new products without the need to buy. Like they say, “Try before you buy!” is their motto. I’ve recently discovered these cute Korean skin and beauty products — Cathy Doll L-Glutathione Magic Cream and Cathy Doll Ready 2 White Milky Cream Pack. I’ve used them between 1-2 weeks before writing this review.

Cathy Doll L-Glutathione Magic Cream and Cathy Doll Ready 2 White Milky Cream PackCathy Doll L-Glutathione Magic Cream 60ml Php299 and Cathy Doll Ready 2 White Milky Cream Pack 100ml Php499

@jaycelleplayda: Don’t we all love products that work multitude of ways? I’ve recently tried Cathy Doll L-Glutathione Magic Cream when we went swimming. It’s the next level of sunscreen with a high SPF 50 PA+++ protecting skin from the sun and harmful UV rays plus it actually shields you from the heat because of its surprising cooling effect! It also instantly whitens my face. All this in just one application! Because of its light formulation and ability to instantly whitens, I’ve been using this as a substitute to my primer under make-up too. The pretty packaging is a major plus too! 💞

Will share my full review of these #Cathydoll products on the blog soon!

You can try them FOR FREE by getting samples from @SampleRoomPH. 🤗

Review: Cathy Doll L-Glutathione Magic Cream

Cathy Doll L-Glutathione Magic Cream

Packaging: It’s super cute and girly. I just find the tube-opening to be wide, but I’m reminded that you can also use this on your body, not just face. I’m also not into the removable cap, which is tiny and I might drop it and lose it at one point.

Texture: It’s smooth to apply, not sticky but can easily dry up and be absorbed by your skin fast so best to spread it immediately.

Overall: This cream contains L-Glutathione and SPF50 PA+++. It’s a sunscreen and whitening cream in one tube. Its high-definition UV protection and whitening ingredients immediately brightens your skin upon application. I noticed its intense cooling sensation too which literally saves you from the heat of the weather, even if you are indoors with no ac. I’m sure we all know too well the feeling of slapping a sunscreen on your face which sticks. You can literally feel that there’s something on the outer layer of your skin like a heavy barrier. Cathy Doll L-Glutathione Magic Cream is different. My face felt hydrated like the cream penetrated my skin layers, acting like a face moisturizer too.

Due to its light and non-sticky formulation, it’s acting as my face primer substitute on a daily basis. Imagine using just one product to hydrate, brighten, whiten and protect your skin — it’s truly a magic cream! I’m giving it five stars!

Review: Cathy Doll L-Glutathione Magic Cream

Cathy Doll Ready 2 White Milky Cream Pack

Packaging: It’s cute and clean-looking. It has the perfect size of tube-opening, dispensing only a little product for the face. Love the flip-top cap.

Texture: It’s smooth to apply on wet face.

Overall: I first tried this on my face with makeup on. It did not remove my makeup. I’m guilty to say that I love face wash that doubles up as a makeup remover (but I still use lip and eye makeup remover). I had to wash my makeup off with my usual face wash (anti-acne), and I used this as a complimentary wash. More like a face treat. It melts like butter as I massage it onto my face in circular motion. You’ll be surprised because it will instantly make your face whiter! I had to do a double take in the mirror when I saw my face haha. I rinsed thoroughly thinking the “whiter look” will be washed off, but no. My skin really looks whiter immediately. I only had to put a baby powder and I’m all set for a quick morning errand. Magic! So I have been using this every after washing my face as a complimentary face treat. I give this four stars!

Cathy Dolls has so much to offer, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of their products!

Both of these Cathy Doll goodies and more are available at SampleRoom! What are you waiting for? Try before you buy! *wink*

BeautyMNL Online Shopping Experience

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BeautyMNL Online Shopping Experience 2016

Online buying (and selling) has become an important part of many people’s lives. And why not? Virtual stores allow people to shop from the comfort of their homes without the stress from traffic, full parking lot, or even pressure of a salesperson.

Online marketplaces offer a new and more convenient way of shopping.

But just like anything associated with the internet, there are benefits and dangers in shopping online. So one must do his assignment in researching how legit the online store is.

For about four years now, I’ve probably done 80% of my shopping online. I bought most of my purchases on the web than in actual stores. Ranging from clothes to home wares and decors, and recently even baby’s stuff.

It was the first time last year when I tried buying cosmetics and skincare from BeautyMNL. Normally I would get my stocks from the supermarket or department stores to see if it suits my skin type and skin color.

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However, BeautyMNL entices me to feel comfortable getting my skincare, haircare and beauty needs online because of the many reviews of fellow Filipina, fellow women of my same skin type, living in this same tropical country, and with my same skin color.

BeautyMNL is our go-to beauty destination created for us, Filipina.

That’s how big of an influence reviews are on my all-time favorite beauty staples, as well as with new beauty items I’m targeting to try. It’s like having your best girl friend or your sister recommend a trusted product that works!

This year I’m excited to share how my BeautyMNL online shopping experience went. Note: I started browsing the website from my mobile browser and continued my shopping on my laptop, and both experiences were great!

Warning: It’s actually kind of an in-depth review of the features why I love shopping at BeautyMNL, other than the fact that they carry TONS of products that I already use and love plus more new products that are being raved by other beauty geeks.

You would love how their website looks — clean and chic. You’ll be excited to rev up the search engine just because you would know that there’s a lot of things you can find in there — product photos, descriptions and specifications, product reviews, and info on the latest beauty craze.

Now let me introduce to you (if you haven’t browsed already) my top two favorite categories on their website: Bloom, The Magazine and the Shop.

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Review: Nivea Body Lotion In-Shower Intensive Skin Conditioner

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Review: Nivea Body Lotion In-Shower Intensive Skin Conditioner

Taking care of my face is something I am proud of being able to do quite on a regular basis. Facial wash, facial scrub, skin activating lotion, face serum and moisturizer — the works. Sadly however, I cannot say the same for my body care. On a daily basis, I am satisfied with just bathing or showering with my usual, trusted regular bar soap. Rinse off then dressed up and I’m done. This is not to say that my skin survived because clearly I have unsightly white marks when I scratch my skin.

Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner

Manila and Cavite weather is generally sunny, hot and humid. Other than the fact that I don’t have time to put on lotion and let it dry before I carry my baby or rush to feed him (I direct-feed him so I skip lotion to ensure we don’t feel sticky together, literally and figuratively.), I intentionally skip putting lotion especially during the day since I dread the sticky feel I get after sweating.

Therefore, I got excited about trying this new type of body care that is an in-shower skin conditioner that you can use in the shower and rinse off!

This new in-shower skin conditioner by NIVEA has three variants, and I got to try the intensive variant recommended for dry skin. This is the variant that has the signature NIVEA blue bottle.

You might wonder how an in-shower skin conditioner really works? Well, when the skin is wet, pores open up and it is pretty much the best time for skin to absorb nourishment easily. The NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner is actually activated by water to fully moisturize and repair dry skin. What it does then is that it leaves a nourishing film on the skin surface without the sticky feel.

Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner

HOW TO USE:
1. SHOWER. Take a shower as usual and use your normal shower product. Rinse off.
2. APPLY. Apply the new NIVEA Skin Conditioner while still in the shower. The wet skin can directly take up the unique water-activated formula so that it is easily and quickly absorbed.
3. RINSE. Wait some seconds and rinse off residues shortly.

Moisturizing Properties ❤❤❤❤
Softer Skin ❤❤❤❤❤
Convenience ❤❤❤❤
Overall Experience ❤❤❤❤
Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner

Pros:
This is the first time I have tried an in-shower conditioner, and I’m definitely excited. The first thing I loved about it is the scent, maybe from the almond oil. It’s so so good and it lingers even after the shower. I used it after showering with my usual body soap. The convenience of the bottle packaging is a plus point. I squeezed some product onto my palm, and applied it first on my neck and then arms just like how I would with regular lotion. It’s texture is more of a runny lotion rather than thick lotion.

It felt like you are applying a regular lotion except that you apply it onto your wet skin. It glided smoothly on every inch of my body. The water activates the product making it easier to apply.

It is enriched with almond oil and is quickly absorbed by wet skin and deeply replenishes moisture.

The minute I’m done covering my entire body, I started rinsing it off. No need to wait! I take time to massage every part of my body to ensure I have rinsed off the product.

It’s an extra step in the shower that I will gladly take because it only takes about 60 seconds and I dare say it saves my skin from drying during the day. I no longer need to put on lotion after I have showered, and yet I keep my skin moisturized.

Note that I have combination skin type and it leaves my skin feeling silky soft instantly. I cannot vouch if this will work as effectively with dry skin, as promised. I even skip applying lotion after shower because this alone is good enough for my skin moisturization.

Cons:
It develops a slippery texture as it interacts with the water. The first time I’ve used it, I applied it literally all over my body including my underarms. I felt weird even after rinsing it off since it left a film of lotion at least on my underarms, making it feel slimy. It also interfered with my deodorant. Tip: Do not apply it on areas you don’t want to feel slimy or sweaty.

As long as your skin is still wet after rinsing, it can feel slimy. So it might get some “getting used to” in using this. But as soon as you towel off or pat dry, no problem. Generally, it does not leave any residual sticky feeling. The slimy feeling will be gone, leaving you with just a moisturized skin.

And because of the ingredient (which I’m not sure what) that is activated by water, it can get slippery on your shower floor. So be careful especially if you use a bath tub. I suggest avoid applying it to the bottom of feet either.

One thing to note though, you’ll need more of the product to cover your whole body.

Overall,  I really love this product! I have been using it for a couple of weeks already, and I’ve been loving how easy it is to keep my skin moisturized so easily. It saves me the hassle of having to apply body lotion after I have showered, which is annoying and I’m really not able to do.

If you love this product as much as I do, or you want to try it for yourself, grab a sample from SampleroomPH!

#IbalikAngFeeling ng soft, smooth baby skin

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#LittleAdamBryce loves the beach and the sand

[10 November 2016, Mövenpick Mactan Cebu] #LittleAdamBryce loves the beach and the sand. This is his first time at the beach, and he loved it!

We recently went on a quick beach getaway, and it’s a first for my baby! We let him play under the sun, in the sand and at the beach. He loved it! We can’t pull him off from the water that easily.

I got a little worried that too much beach water and sun exposure will dry up my baby’s skin. Not to mention that damaged skin makes it more prone to dryness, scratches, even more damage, and even infection or irritation.

But I have just about the right products to ensure immediate skin restoration.

#LittleAdamBryce trying JOHNSON’S® Milk+Oats™ Bath and Lotion

JOHNSON’S® Milk+Oats™ Bath and Lotion

Johnson & Johnson’s now has new products that promise effective yet gentle cleaning of the skin while retaining moisture – Johnson’s Milk & Oats Baby Bath and Lotion. Both products have the nourishing power of Milk and Restoring Oats which help bring back moisture to sun-drained skin.

They came in handy in time for our beach trip. Now we’re ready for bath time!!!

#LittleAdamBryce loves taking a bath

#LittleAdamBryce loves taking a bath!

Confession time. At first I intended to let my #LittleAdamBryce to try Johnson’s Milk+Oats Bath and Lotion first, but upon smelling the lotion, I just had to try them both for myself first! Now, they’re part of my multi-purpose products list as they could work for both me and my little boy.

Scent: ❤❤❤❤
Mildness: ❤❤❤❤
Moisturization: ❤❤❤❤
Suitability for both baby and adult: ❤❤❤❤❤
Overall Experience: ❤❤❤❤❤
#LittleAdamBryce trying JOHNSON’S® Milk+Oats™ Bath and Lotion

#LittleAdamBryce trying JOHNSON’S® Milk+Oats™ Bath and Lotion

JOHNSON’S® Milk+Oats™ Lotion

We first tried the lotion. I’m in love with the scent! It smells like a mild powder, sweet scent. I’m confident that my baby won’t get fragrance allergies since it does not overpower my sense of smell.

It has a light creamy consistency which easily dissolves and absorbs by the skin. It’s like a water-based lotion, which we prefer in our household recently since we don’t have time for drying up time from thick sticky lotion. This one is not thick nor sticky at all. As soon as the skin absorbed it, it does not feel like we’re wearing any lotion at all.

It did a great job of moisturizing our dry skin. For my baby, it sealed in the moisture after his bath. His skin was immediately supple, smooth, baby-smelling and healthy skin!

As for me, it rescued my hands since I love washing with my old-time favorite bar soap few hundred times in a day. You know the feeling when your hands are all dried up and stripped off of moisture? It feels like it’s going to crack any time soon, and the skin feels too tight. That happens to me a lot. Unlike other lotions I’ve tried which only coats the first layer of skin, only leaves a sticky feel and unable to moisturize up to skin-deep, this lotion is different.

It penetrates into the deep layer of skin to nourish and moisturize, in an instant. It truly starts immediate skin restoration.

#LittleAdamBryce trying JOHNSON’S® Milk+Oats™ Bath and Lotion

#LittleAdamBryce feeling and smelling fresh with JOHNSON’S® Milk+Oats™ Bath and Lotion

JOHNSON’S® Milk+Oats™ Bath

It has the same mild powdery scent as the lotion.

This has a runny creamy consistency. I worked up a lather on the palm of my hands (I don’t usually use washcloth for bathing my baby), and started massaging his body with this body wash. I can feel the dirt dissolving into my hands. It’s mild and gentle cleanser, and does not feel like it’s stripping off my baby’s skin moisture. It actually feels rich in nourishing and moisturizing his skin. A little product goes a long way, and is easy to rinse off.

My baby sometimes easily shift moods – from enjoying his bath to immediately wanting to finish his bath. It’s a horror when there’s still shampoo or body wash on him. That’s why easy to rinse-off products is very important for us.

The result after using this even on the first wash –  baby soft, smooth, and healthy skin. The mild scent lingers too. It’s suitable for both my baby and myself. We love multi-purpose products!

JOHNSON’S® Milk+Oats™ Bath and Lotion

We love Johnson’s Milk+Oats Bath and Lotion!

In a month’s time, #LittleAdamBryce will turn a year old! And even if there are so many developments and progress, more beach time and bath time, he will always be #StillMyBaby.

You too can get back that soft, smooth baby skin for you and your baby. We got our free samples from SampleRoomPH. Sign up now to get your own free samples!

Mommy’s Day Out at Nailaholics

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Playtime with Bryce

On normal days, I stay at home and juggle about two things in my life: taking care of my baby and trying to get work done. Yes, this means that sometimes I even had to skip taking care of some of my basic needs (read: no shower). Recently though, since I acknowledged that self-care should be a regular part of my life, I keep my stress level in check and try to squeeze in some time in a day to attune to myself and do some self-care.

Some of the most effective for me are: 1) deep breathing— helps me to calm down and regulate my heart rate; 2) visualization or “guided imagery”— closing my eyes, picturing myself relaxing in a beach with its blue waters instantly transports me to that serene place; 3) mindful snacking— hard-boiled egg or wheat peanut butter sandwich helps me get through a stressful moment; 4) sipping a hot cup of mother’s milk tea while jotting down my thoughts or making lists— helps de-clutter my brain to regain a clearer perspective; 5) kissing my husband— helps my brain release happy hormones; 6) listening to my favorite music— especially songs about love makes me loosen up and gets me so giddy; 7) watching a funny video— there’s nothing a good laughter can’t cure; 8) playing with my #LittleAdamBryce— seeing the spark in his eyes and the way he smiles when he discovers something new is incredibly priceless!

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Mommy’s day out!

On other days though, about twice to thrice a month, I get to go out (or at least I try to) on my mommy’s day out. Other than meeting up and chatting the day away with friends, feasting on comfort food or discovering what’s new in our neighborhood or in the metro, I opt for some r&r and do some pampering activities.

Ideally I want my monthly body massage sessions but since last year when I was pregnant and until now that my boy is ten months old, I still haven’t gone to a spa. It would take me about half a day to be done, and of course that is not feasible for now since I directly breastfeed my baby.

So my most favorite pampering activity and I suppose, the most usual amongst girls and moms like me is— manicure and pedicure.

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Nail.a.holics Nail Salon & Spa in SM Bacoor

I was scheduled for my usual pedicure session at a local salon in our town, when I got an invitation to try Nail.a.holics Nail Salon & Spa. Luckily they have a branch nationwide and the one that is closest to me is in SM Bacoor.

A foot spa, manicure and pedicure just right on schedule is an offer I wouldn’t pass up on, so off we go to the salon!

Celebrate National Pampering Day at Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa

National Pampering Day

Celebrate National Pampering Day at Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa

Consider this the best excuse to give yourself that much-needed day of pampering.

Mark October 17, Monday on your calendars — because from 10 AM to 12 noon, you can head over to any Nailaholics branch nationwide and get a relaxing manicure and hand massage for FREE.

For many, a trip to the nail salon is a rare indulgence. All too often, work and the daily grind of busy schedules keep them from getting the necessary “me-time” that everyone craves and needs. But as Nailaholics celebrates and takes part in the country’s first ever #NationalPamperingDay, the brand hopes to remind everyone that it’s OK to take some time for yourself and indulge.

Perhaps no other nail salon in the country is better known for having perfected the art of a quick, urban pampering the way Nailaholics has. Their interiors are inviting, their service is efficient, and the promise of getting whisked away from realities of looming deadlines, to-do lists, traffic, and whatever else awaits outside the doors of this quaint Hamptons-themed escape, becomes possible— even if it’s only for a few hours.

“We get that,” says Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head. “And it’s exactly why we we’re celebrating National Pampering Day. We want to give people who need a break a quick escape where they won’t have anything to worry about. So be sure that you head over to your nearest Nailaholics branch to get pampered for free.”

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Loving the relaxing hue of this quaint Hamptons-themed escape.

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The couches are a good choice to ensure utmost relaxation for every customer seeking rest and relaxation.

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My “Instagram boyfriend”.

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I still feel relaxed even if Bryce is with me because he’s also relaxed in the atmosphere of the nail salon.

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Bryce helping mommy choose a nail color. 😀

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The feeling of soap suds on the sole of my feet. Priceless.

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On my nails: OPI in “Be There In A Prosecco”, the palest pink I have ever tried and I’M IN LOVE WITH IT!

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On my nails: OPI in “Be There In A Prosecco”, the palest pink I have ever tried and I’M IN LOVE WITH IT!

Enjoy #NationalPamperingDay!

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