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#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!

Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa

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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Product Spotlight: SkinWhite

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SkinWhite

SkinWhite Classic Whitening Lotion SPF 10, SkinWhite Advanced PowerWhitening Face Cream Powder (Light Beige variant) & SkinWhite Advanced PowerWhitening Lotion SPF20

SkinWhite Advanced PowerWhitening Face Cream Powder

Comes in White, Rose white, Light Beige variants.

My review:

I’m such a multi-tasker, making sure I’ve got a padded list of tasks to accomplish whenever I go out. Sometimes I do away with putting make-up on since I want to save time and just get started with my day. But sometimes I feel guilty for not putting anything on my face as a barrier from the pollution. So when I tried SkinWhite Advanced PowerWhitening Face Cream Powder, I had an a-ha moment! This best face multi-tasker compliments my busy lifestyle. It is a 3-in-1 beauty product that moisturizes, whitens and magically turns to matte powder finish! All I need is an eyebrow, and I’m out of the door in no time!

Just ensure you get the compatible shade for your skin tone, mine is in the shade of light beige. Also use sparingly since too much can make you look like a ghost! It happened to me once before. Apply it as you would a moisturizer. It’s incredibly smooth and just glides on my face. This might be the only thing you need on your makeup bag on hectic days when you don’t want to go out barefaced nor fully made up.

SkinWhite Classic Whitening Lotion SPF 10 with Light-Feel Technology

SkinWhite Classic SPF 10 now with better scent and better feel! With its new light-feel technology, this is indeed a light lotion that makes skin smoother and whiter. Its non-sticky formula, almost water-based is so easy to apply. It is formulated with vitamins that nourishes and moisturizes the skin, it is whitening, plus it has SPF to protect your skin for the sun.

My review:

I first noticed its fresh powder-like smell. And since it’s non-sticky and light lotion, I prefer applying this when I’m on the go on a quick errand outside. It has SPF 10 which is perfect when I’m not directly under the sun, but is still expose to the harmful rays from time to time, like going from one bank to the next one. It’s easy to smooth over my arms and legs, no downtime necessary to let my skin absorb it. Both the fresh scent and its light-feel texture are very favorable for me considering I’m always carrying my baby with me. No foul smell and no sticky feel!

SkinWhite Advanced PowerWhitening Lotion SPF20

It’s great that more and more skincare products are adding SPF on their formulation like this newest Power Whitening Lotion with SPF 20. This promises to protect your skin under the sun, make it visibly whiter upon first application, and nourish your skin with hydrating benefits. I have yet to religiously add this to my daily routine to see its whitening effect on my skin.

You too, can try it before you buy! Grab your free sample from SampleRoom.PH!

Status: New Hair New You

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New Hair, New You

New Hair, New You! Hair color by Status Hair Salon Cavite

Changing hair color is a simple yet great way to change or update your look!

The whole duration of my pregnancy (Which was just last year?! Amazing how time flies!), I can count through my fingers the few times I have visited a salon. First was when I had to have a pedicure for my aching toes. Second was for a haircut before my bestie Jajabink’s wedding. And lastly for a blowout for my birthday-baby shower. And these salon visits are all in Manila!

Status Hair Salon Cavite visit

A visit to Status Hair Salon Cavite with my #LittleAdamBryce

Fast-forward to today, seven months postpartum, I had a chance to finally have a hair makeover, in a trusted salon near our place in Cavite no less. Introducing, Status Hair Salon Cavite!

Status Hair Salon Cavite

Status Hair Salon Cavite located inside CityMall Anabu-Imus

Status Hair Salon
Citymall Anabu-Imus
G/F Unit U130
Mobiles: 09228884487, 09956781636

Who knew they already have their first provincial branch. Well, I sure did not let this opportunity pass me by as my tired tresses are truly in dire need of some pampering. I was given a choice between a hair treatment (i.e. rebond, keratin, digiperm etc.) or a hair color. I chose the latter because having a gray hair runs in our family.

Status Hair Salon Cavite visit

I will always be grateful for my B who never ceases to support me through my pregnancy, and now through my breastfeeding journey, as well as my post-pregnancy pampering needs. I’m also grateful how my #LittleAdamBryce behaved so well during my salon appointment. He did not make it hard for his daddy to take care of him and he wasn’t too clingy with me.

But since I am exclusively breastfeeding, I’m worried that the chemicals will affect my breast milk and affect my baby. I had to consult my mommy group for other moms who had hair treatments or hair color done while they are breastfeeding. I received a positive number of moms who had hair colors done while breastfeeding and they reassured that it is ok and there were no bad effect on their babies through their breast milk. Some moms even cheered for me to do it since that’s a simple pampering I can do after all the “work” we’re doing for our babies. I couldn’t agree more that we deserve some pamper-me-time in-between breastfeeding and changing nappies.

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#5NightsChallenge with Olay Regenerist

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With my baby Bryce

Taken last May 31, with my baby Bryce who just turned 6 months! : )

Challenges of a mom
I’m a first time mom to a very energetic 6-month old baby. I’m sure moms out there can agree on the different challenges we, moms, have to face on a daily basis. One challenge I dread the most is — lack of sleep! It could definitely age our skin faster. So in order to fully attend to my baby’s needs, in order to take care of him, I ensure I take care of my well-being first. One way I do that is I take care of my skin. As they say, “when you look good, you feel good“.

Skin Solution
Our skin cells regenerate as we sleep so it’s important to make the most out of the time our skin “rests” by treating our skin to a nightly skin care regimen. This is why it’s called “beauty sleep”.

That’s why I took the #5NightsChallenge with Olay Regenerist.

Olay Regenerist Overnight Ritual

Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Cream and Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost

Olay Regenerist Overnight Ritual consists of two Olay products: Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Cream and Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost.

In five nights, the duo promises skin renewal making skin hydrated, radiant, firmer and lifted. Essentially making skin youthfully beautiful.

#5NightsChallenge with Olay Regenerist

Before and After photos while on the #5NightsChallenge with Olay Regenerist

My review
I used the Olay duo for five consecutive nights. After cleansing and toning, I applied Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-essence and then applied the Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Cream moisturizer after. I concentrated on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, massaging my face in an upward motion.

Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-essence is a light serum-like essence. It melts on my skin and is totally fast-absorbing. It basically preps the skin for fast absorption and boosts the efficacy of the skin care. Next is Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Cream moisturizer which renews, firms and lifts the skin. Since it moisturizes the skin making it plump, it minimizes the look of wrinkles. And since I have oily skin, I only used very little product, and it goes a long way.

My observation and effects
After the first night I tried it, I noticed that my skin has redness and is plump. On the second day, it’s gotten better. No more redness but it was itchy on my nose, forehead and cheeks. Third day, I had micro-peeling but definitely healthier looking skin. I had rosy cheeks! Fourth day, no more micro-peeling. I noticed my skin was more radiant and healthy-looking. On the fifth day though, I developed some zits. I believe it’s somewhat of a normal reaction when you are trying a new product plus, since I have oily skin, I think the cream-type moisturizer had something to do with it.

My conclusion
In conclusion albeit some skin reactions, I love the Olay Regenerist for moisturizing my skin, making it more radiant and healthy looking.

Olay Regenerist Overnight Ritual

Olay Regenerist Overnight Ritual from Sample Room PH

Special thanks to Sample Room PH and Olay Philippines for letting me try these anti-aging products! Want a more youthful, beautiful skin? Get it from SampleRoom.PH! xx

A huge THANK YOU goes out to Brian Sahagun for the photos, video editing and direction (to be posted)! I wouldn’t have made this without your time and talent! xoxo