Thursday, September 8, 2016

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF 30 PA++

Hydration shouldn't be confused with oiliness. A lot of Dermatologists will tell you that no matter the skin type, we should always use a moisturizer to keep skin healthy and supple. I know that a lot of women (especially those who live in the tropics) prefer to skip moisturizer and/or sunblock (gasp!) in order to keep oiliness at a minimum, but let me tell you that this will cause more harm than good. 

First, you're traversing the hot streets of Manila without sunblock which means you're absorbing all the UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays = wrinkles, pigmentation, spots, etc. Second, without proper moisturizer skin becomes stressed and dehydrated = rough skin, more oil production. 

Thankfully, Neutrogena released their own water gel moisturizer with sun protection. It's like hitting two birds with one stone: a hydrating and light moisturizer spiked with SPF 30 PA++ sunscreen made especially for hot, humid weather. Sounds like a winner, doesn't it? 

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF 30 PA++ is part of the Hydro Boost line that claims to boost hydration by 400%, strengthening the skin’s moisture barrier making skin smoother, supple, and younger-looking. 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Trekking in Foresthill, Auburn, CA

Burned out from all the shopping my family has been doing for the past 2 weeks in the US, my Tita and I decided to go trekking and explore the outdoors a couple of days before my return to Manila.

Over an hour away from Sacramento, we headed East to the quaint town of Auburn. My Tita, while on her way to a wedding months ago, made a wrong turn and ended up seeing the Foresthill Bridge. She stopped and looked down, then said to herself, "What a nice place to trek. I shall explore this area soon." She made a mental note to go back, and this was a good a time as any to bring us there for our first trek on American soil.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Pixi Beauty Hydrating Milky Serum

There's something about mint green packaging that makes it seem very friendly, hence my affinity with Pixi Beauty products. The new addition to my skin care routine is the Pixi Hydrating Milky Serum which I got prior to leaving for the US. Although the Pixi Skintreats line was released in May, I'm always a little slow in trying new products. At my age, I don't want to deal with additional breakouts or rashes anymore. So far, it's been deduced that I get redness and irritations when I have too much [direct] sun exposure (surfing or beaching), so yeah, my skin situation is a little difficult.

Anyway, because I was pleased with the Glow Tonic I was a little excited to try the Hydrating Milky Serum. With the word "milky" thrown in, it seemed gentle enough to use. 

This nutrient-rich serum restores dehydrated skin, revealing its natural radiance. Silky-smooth & lightweight, it gives a burst of hydration without a heavy feel. Rose flower extract, jojoba oil, and aloe vera nourish, while glycerin traps moisture to the skin for a plumped effect.

Price: Php 1,280 
Where to buy: www.glamourbox.ph

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Milk Makeup Hero Salve

I love a good salve -- it can moisturize chapped lips, cuticles, soothe rashes and pimples, even tame flyaway brows. It's very versatile and I always have one in my purse (or at my bedside) all the time. But because I was in a hurry to pack for my US trip, I had forgotten -- for the very first time! -- to pack my VMV Boo Boo Balm! I never leave home without it, so I was really distraught since it was my go-to product for anything skin. 

So, off to Sephora I went to look for an inexpensive alternative. I could've gotten just plain ol' petroleum jelly, but I might as well explore what the US has to offer and get something new. 

Enter Milk Makeup Hero Salve. While the brand has been on my radar since my Glamourbox days, this was my first time to actually pick up their product. You know that feeling when you've been pining for a product for far too long and then you actually see it on the shelf? Yep, I was that ecstatic that I let out a gasp and immediately grabbed it. 

I got this for only $10 in the black hole that is the Sephora samples aisle. Because samples still are my guilty pleasure. 

Rich, healing salve is the ultimate multi-tasking product. It melts into skin to condition and nurture. Apply to lips, face, and body - anywhere needing a serious douse of hydration. Made with jojoba oil, shea butter, grape seed oil, and lavender oil. Apply daily and generously to lips, elbows, knees, and cuticles to condition and relieve dryness. All Milk Makeup products are cruelty-free.
Ingredients: Vegetable Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Microcrystalline Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Price: $10/8g

Thursday, August 18, 2016

New skin care finds: Shea Moisture, Sukin, Yes to Cucumbers

Over the last week I've been to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Nevada, and now we're all settled in Sacramento.

I was fortunate to visit the famous tourist spots and I've shared some of them on Instagram @kirasworld. I am still uncertain if I should write a full on post on my first US trip, for now I'll share with you new products that I got from Target.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

My Weekend in Taipei: 10 Things to Do in the City

Just like Palawan, an unexpected trip was sent my way when I qualified for AXA's incentive trip to Taipei. Featuring AXA's top 120 agents nationwide (I lucked out!), I was so happy that I was given a chance to explore another popular Asian destination that, admittedly, wasn't on my list for 2016.

All aboard EVA Air, travel time was approximately 2  hours and 10 minutes. Some delegates were on board Philippine Airlines, I heard they got a warmer welcome there with customized head rests and all.