Sunday, February 28, 2016

Iñigo contemplates love

My three-year-old boy came up to me carrying a small box of raisins. "Mama, this is for you. I'll put it in your bag so when you get hungry, you can have a snack."

I stared at Iñigo and marveled at his thoughtfulness. "Oh, Iñigo! You love me!"

"Of course I do," he said while stuffing the box of raisins into my handbag. "My brain loves you. My hair loves you. My eyes love you. My tummy loves you. My legs love you."

Then he stopped what he was doing, turned to me with his eyes all big and wide.

"Mama! My whole body loves you! Even my feet! Why?"

"This is a scary feeling. Is there something wrong with me?"

I hugged him super tight and said, "Yeah, love is scary but it's the bestest, biggest, most beautiful feeling in the world!"

And he sat there in my arms then said, "I'm not scared to love you, Mama. And Papa and Vito and baby. I'm brave. I can do it!"

Yes, you can, my darling boy. Yes, you can!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Physiogel Calming Relief 14-Day Challenge: Day 1-10

This post is brought to you by Physiogel Calming Relief Cream.

Hi everybody! I'm so happy to announce that I'm a digital ambassador for Physiogel! The first time I discovered Physiogel was in 2014. I was a new mom for the third time and I don't know why but with my third pregnancy and third round as new mommy, my skin became extremely itchy and dry. I tried all sorts of lotions but nothing—absolutely nothing—helped! Then I discovered Physiogel and I fell in love. My skin was finally soothed, moisturized, healed. It was smooth and soft and just drenched with moisture!

How I wished Physiogel could also do that for my face!

Yes, my poor, terrible face! I've been suffering a horrible case of acne since middle of last year and I'm having it treated. But while my acne is slowly but surely going away, the treatment has been harsh on my face, leaving my skin raw, flaky, stinging and red. My face has just been a painful part of me! Check out these photos:
Pus-filled pimples scattered all over my cheeks.
Not visible in these photos but my skin was flaking off all over my face, especially around my nose.

I'm so brave huhu. I'm so panget!

Enter Physiogel Face Calming Relief cream—Physiogel’s first entry into face care. Physiogel knew I was already a fan of their body lotion so they asked if I was willing to give their new face products a try. To be honest, I was reluctant. My face was already a painful mess. I was afraid of using a new product, especially when I saw that it was formulated for dry and sensitive skin. My skin was oily! But Physiogel assured me that their product will still be good for me. So, okay, I gave it a try.

I'm so happy I did!!!

One pump gives you this much product. That's all you need!

Upon first application, my face immediately felt soothed, calmed, comforted. It no longer felt raw and painful. With each use, the redness faded, the flaking skin was smoothed away, the pimples—yes, my pimples!—were lessened. I know I'm undergoing acne treatment but I really believe its efficacy was made faster and more effective by Physiogel Face Calming Relief cream.

I've been doing this acne treatment since November and I already knew that my skin flares up again a week or two after my facials. It was an ongoing thing, you know? I had to keep coming back to the clinic to manage the acne. But when I started using Physiogel Face Calming Relief cream, there were no more flare ups!!! Not only did my pimples die off faster, no pimples reappeared!

Nakakaiyak siya sa sobrang saya ko. Grabe lang!

Anyway, I'm still pimply but here's a side-by-side comparison with Day 1 so you can see that there's been a visible improvement:

Dry patches gone. Pimples lessened.
Flakiness on cheeks and around corners of eyes and nose gone.
Pimples drying up.

I had to watermark these pics because I didn't want other brands to use them!

I'm so happy! I'll give you an update in a few days so you can see what two weeks of Physiogel Face Calming Relief cream has done to my face. So exciting!

The Calming Relief Face Cream comes in two formulations. I used the regular for my 14-day challenge, but for those with extra dry skin, I recommend you try out the rich cream. The regular variant is Php 800 while the rich variant is Php 850. The Physiogel Calming Relief range is available at Mercury Drug and Watsons.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Shopping for Vince's Valentine's Day gift at MANGO Man

This post is brought to you by MANGO.

My husband wants a LEGO Star Wars set and/or a video game for his birthday on the 15th. For Valentine's Day, I decided he ought to get some new threads. So off we trooped to MANGO Man to check out what nice new clothes we can find for Vince's wardrobe.

Since the MANGO Man store in Glorietta 2 is rather large, we made it into a game. We'll go around the store on our own, he'll pick out what he likes, and then I'll pick out what I like for him. If we find an item that both he and I like, that's THE gift!

Here are my picks:
Unstructured jersey blazer, Php 5,995

Henley T-shirt, Php 1,795

 Textured cotton sweater, Php 2,495

Here are his picks:
Slim-fit cotton chambray shirt, P3,295

Pocket cotton T-shirt, Php 995

Suede blucher shoes, Php 5,995

Okay, so we didn’t end up liking the same stuff haha. Vince is in a relaxed and comfy mood, while I seem to want him preppy. I haven’t decided what to get him although he did say he wanted a red shirt (he doesn’t have a red shirt) not because it’s a Valentine’s Day gift but because he wants to match outfits with Iñigo, our middle son who wears only red. I think my husband is so sweet! 

Anyway, if you're looking for a gift for your special guy, or your guy friends, or your dad, do check out MANGO Man. There's a LOT of nice stuff there for men. Vince and I thought his dad would like this jacket, for example:
Reversible bomber jacket, P3,995

Oh, aaaaaaand before I forget, MANGO, MANGO Man and MANGO Kids are all on sale, by the way! Big discounts! I only found out when we were at the store! So drop by soon, dear Loyal Readers, and shop shop shop!

MANGO MAN – Power Plant Mall, Alabang Town Center, Bonifacio High Street, Glorietta 2, SM Mall Of Asia, Ayala Center Cebu, Abreeza Davao

Thursday, February 11, 2016

My favorite style peg: Barbie

The famous doll made a big change recently. Barbie has come out in new forms—curvy, short, petite and tall—in response to deafening criticism of her impossible and unattainable figure. I don't know why people would bully a doll.

I mean, I had a Raggedy Ann doll and I never ever grew up thinking it's unfair that I don't have her red-orange yarn hair, large round head, shapeless body, and fingerless hands. And yes, I had two Barbie dolls, too, and I also never thought it was unfair that I had a vagina and Barbie didn't. I didn't go, "Barbie must have a vagina because if she didn't, then I can't relate to her and I will have serious issues with my vagina because my doll doesn't have one."

In fact, Barbie was such a good influence on me! All Barbie ever taught me was I can be anything and everything I want—have a career most especially!—while looking fantabulous!

That's why I'm so happy that Barbie has an Instagram account. I can stalk her outfits!

Now, I just got rid of half my wardrobe. The KonMari method said get rid of everything that doesn't spark joy. That would be my ENTIRE wardrobe. We can't have that. So I kept some while I earn enough money to shop for new clothes. I've decided on going black, white and gray. It's simpler.

Here are my style pegs:
Full skirt, button-up shirt. 

Okay, I know I said no more colors in my closet but black and white look so nice with pink! Besides, black-white-pink-gold will be the look of the new Topaz Horizon. Maybe my wardrobe should reflect that, too!

Okay, I know I said no more color but I'm also liking red and orange!

I love how she repeats outfits! That means she has a capsule wardrobe of classics that she mixes and matches and accessorizes so that her looks seem endless.

So my style to-do list is:
1. Create a capsule wardrobe of classic pieces in black and white.
2. Add a few pieces in bold colors like pink, red and orange.
3. Invest in big Hollywood-style shades!
4. Invest in chunky gold pieces and statement shoes.
5. Invest in a hairstylist hahaha

Follow Barbie on Instagram! It's @barbiestyle. I love her photos so much! You've got to check out her feed this February—it's all Zoolander!!!

*photos from @barbiestyle at Instagram