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Organic bath

While passing by Lush at the mall, I decided to go inside to check out the strongly scented merchandise.

I sniffed at most of their bar soaps. And I am happy to have sniffed something that I like, make that two of a something.

I am liking Bohemian and Sexy peel, both citrus scented. Citrus scents never fail to perk me up! Zingy, revitalizing and energizing! I really like the scent of it.

So, I am hard pressed on choosing only one as I have a lot of soaps stocked at home. In the end I chose Sexy peel. (just because, of the sexy! hahahaha!)

sexy peel soap

Lush’s Sexy peel soap

Lush is a cosmetics company based in the United Kingdom. Lush makes and sells a variety of handmade products, including soaps, shower gels, shampoos and hair conditioners, bath bombs, bubble bars, hand and body lotions and face masks. That are all organic and without any animal fat! Lush uses fruit and vegetables, essential oils, synthetic ingredients, honey and beeswax in their products.

Simple, straightforward and honest.

  • They are also organic and doesn’t test on animals! A definite plus point! They test on volunteers instead. 

Lush products are vegetarian and uses less preservatives and feature grapefruit juice, vanilla beans, avocado butter, rosemary oil, and fresh papaya and coconut. They also contain more traditional soap ingredients, including glycerin, linalool, and methyl- and propyl-parabens.

*The safety of these parabens? they are made from plant materials. Only the liquid products contain parabens. 

 

What they say:

Super citrus soap, bursting with fresh a-peel. It’s time to bring Sexy to the shower. Jump start your morning with a juicy citrus splash of organic orange juice and zesty lime oil. It’s the perfect solution to recharge your sex appeal when you’re feeling sluggish. Simply unpeel your clothes and get to work with our scrubby soap loaded with citrus peels to exfoliate and tone your skin while you suds up. You’ll feel fresh and squeaky clean again in no time and the revitalizing citrus juices and oils will get your senses going.

Do they live up to the hype?

The citrus-y smell is good! Makes me happy to get in the shower. Provided that this soap is organic, it actually produces a good amount of lather. It has lemon zests that would scrub your skin and this is good and bad at the same time, It is good since it mildly exfoliates the skin, but when the citrus zests start poking out it can be a bit harsh. It makes me feel squeaky clean after the bath, but without that citrus-y scent, all that amazing smell is left at the shower.  This is good for oily skinned people, but I will not recommend it to dry skinned people, as it can be a bit drying. I think this will also be good for a summer soap. However, I see nothing special about this soap. Would try another soap from lush next time.

*Price? I got this for 232.75php. (It is sold for 245php for 100 grams.)

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience with the product. This is not a sponsored post, I paid for this (from) my own pocket. 

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Good old days

My sister made a lot of ice candy for us at home and as she offered me one, and I am suddenly filled with nostalgia.

photo from pinterest

photo from Pinterest

I miss those carefree summer days, we would play from sunrise to sundown. And for the whole summer that we would have no allowance, we made ice candy to sell to other kids for profit and for our own tummies as well. Normally we make the ice candies as soon as my parents left for work in the morning, by early afternoon the ice candy is ready to be sold. It consists of fruit juice or chocolate milk and a lot of sugar, on rare occasions we used cola! Placed in small tubular plastic and frozen in the fridge. Very simple really but, we sold a lot. From our initial capital of 50 pesos we earned 300 pesos by the end of summer.  Not bad eh? It was our “monkey business” to get money to buy french fries and cheese sticks from the bakery near our house.

 

It is a sweet memory of our childhood days.

Oh, how I yearn for the simplicity of days that has gone by.


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Melting Point

global warming  photo from the Fancy

Global Warming

As I write this, I feel delirious from the summer’s sweltering heat.

Philippines being a tropical country is hot enough, but every summer the heat goes for 33-36 degrees Celsius, that could rise up to 37 degrees Celsius depending on the weather. It is as if my brain is being fried, I feel hot and sticky one minute, and the other feeling like a chick being hatched in the incubator the heat is pushing me to sleep. I hate going outdoors because the heat can be too much. I also stay right in front of the electric fan or air conditioner the whole day to feel better but that causes the electricity bills to soar. Its either I stew in my own sweat or pay the electricity bill that is always outrageous every summer. And I feel lazy, I wont bother getting my ass up to exercise, because I hate being sweaty all the more when the weather is this hot! Plus, sweat mixed with bacteria is equivalent to clogged pores and clogged pores is equivalent to acne. I don’t want that so, yeah I will just get fat. Whatever.

Before, I used to take a bath a day and wash my face, and arms before I sleep, now I have been taking two baths everyday to cool myself. One in the morning and one in the evening, and that will also reflects on the water bill. *facepalm*

There is also a cause of concern on hydration. Before the norm was 8 glasses of water or 1.5 liters a day. The new normal is now 2.5 liters a day. What a difference.

I am used to drinking water in room temperature but now it just wont do. I need ice in my water to feel refreshed. I get a lot of juices whenever I go grocery shopping, and now going out across the street to buy carbonated drinks is a legitimate excuse to give to my mum even if it is 8:00 pm. We still use the computer sparingly, close to never watch tv, continue with our usual electric fan and air conditioning schedule yet my parents complain of all the heightened bills every summer.

My pet rabbits also feels the same, they are lethargic due to the heat. They drink and pee like no tomorrow just to cool themselves. I feel sorry for them, but what can I do? I can only just give them more watery fruits/veggies and more water. At times I place ice on their pet bottle, and mist their ears with water to help cool them a bit, it works but just for a while and its back to the uncomfortable heat again.

I can only wonder, how about others, how do they fare with the climate? I mean where I live is in the Tropics, what about those who live in the deserts? I can only imagine. Climate change is strongly felt year by year, and with the polar ice caps melting fast there is a looming possibility that the north and south pole will be ice free. Poor penguins and polar bears, they don’t stand a chance.


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A summer by the sea

Laiya, Batangas

I have always loved summer, simply because I love swimming. I have been swimming since I was a kid, but always on swimming pools and water parks. I have never been to the beach. Embarrassing I know.  But its true, for my 27 years on this planet I have never been to the beach, I have always wanted  to go see the waves and sand that I only see in pictures.

But this summer, Kei and I made a plan to go to the beach. after looking for nearby beaches/resorts online, we decided to go to  Laiya, Batangas.

Map of Batangas City

Map of Batangas City

From Manila to the city proper of Lipa, Batangas is around 2 1/2 hours to 3 hours away; depending on the time/season of visit.  From Lipa, we traveled for almost 2 hours  to arrive at Laiya, then another 30 or so minutes to the edge of the Laiya area where the beach strip is located. 

There are a lot of beach resorts in the Laiya beach strip, and as luck would have it, we picked out the last beach in the Laiya strip! (talk about being remote!)

We set out from Manila at around 8:00 am and arrived at around 1:30 pm in the beach. The travel was tedious and sweaty! I am guessing it was one of the hottest summer days in the Philippines, but then again maybe I could be over reacting since I am usually enclosed in an air conditioned room. After a lot of complaining and hands that hurt from fanning to cool myself, we have arrived at the La Luz Beach Resort!

la luz banner

la luz banner

It was as I thought it was. Clear blue waters, waves, wind and warm sand. Paradise!

I was extremely happy to be on the beach!

the beach

the beach

We immediately went to eat lunch and headed to the shower to get changed. Applied some sunblock and off to the waters!

off to the waters!

off to the waters!

The water was cool and the sand was grainy, the waves are very much active,  the sloshing sounds felt very relaxing to my ears.  All I can think of was finally, finally! I get to experience being in the beach! I alternated on submerging myself in the water and lying around/sitting in the shoreline waiting for the waves to lap at my back.  At that moment, all the sweltering summer heat seemed alright for me.

Then we took some random beach photos to capture the experience.

beach collage

beach collage

After a while, we decided to walk around the beach and look for shells and sea glass to take home as keepsakes. Ventured out till the rocky part of the beach.

the rocky part of the beach

the rocky part of the beach

There were shells, but most of them were cracked, or too tiny. In the end I settled for these.

beach finds

beach finds

(But sadly I did not get to take home the green sea glass and the piece of coral. Some one must have picked it up when I left them in our cabana.)

We then bummed a bit before we prepared to leave.

being beach bums

being beach bums

As the lull of the waves calmed down and the day comes to a close, I was sad to say bye to the beach.

parting shot

parting shot

With sea salt in my stringy, windblown hair, we hurried back home.

So long for now, till we meet again.


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holy week break

Today is Holy Monday, the official start of the Holy week.

Since I filed for  a leave a day early, the day after tomorrow is the start of my holy week holiday.

In the Philippines it starts on Holy Thursday march 27, 2013; and as of the moment I am still stuck in the office counting down hours.

Listening to my summer inspired songs from the acoustic guitar duo Depapepe (デパペペ) they really get me to a relaxing, happy, vacation ready mood instantly. (check out their summer parade album)

photo from 101fundraising.org

photo from 101fundraising.org

As of this year’s holy week break I am planning to go on a short day trip to the beach and probably bum around and catch up on sleep on these few days of rest. Or go to nearby places I haven’t been to  or the usual pool I go to on holy week vacation.

Still undecided as to what my plans are but I can wing it.

*Enjoy the rest days but do not forget to reflect and remember what the Lenten season is all about.


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Slather on the sunblock

Tropical living. 

(photos taken from pinterest)

(photos taken from pinterest)

Tropical living: equates to sunny skies, beach, watery fruits, chilled drinks, a nice evenly tanned skin and basically everything that could consist of  paradise. That is the fantasy…

The reality is:  sweaty bodies, airconditioned everything, light clothing, shorts and sandals everywhere…

Since I live in hot and humid Philippines, particularly  in the busy city of Manila that not a day goes by that I am not exposed to the smoke of the city… I dislike using sunblock since I don’t like the sticky feeling  associated with it, that plus the hot weather equals sticky and sweaty me with the added sprinkling of the city dust.

To add that list of gross-ness I also have sensitive skin, that being said I am very cautious on what I place on my skin… lest I breakout with pimples and clog my pores.

What  killer combinations. wtf.

I also have a problem with skin pigmentation. since I am fair, I have freckles. I think it is sort of weird for an Asian to get freckles, but I have them, a lot of them.

and I don’t want them to multiply!!! (I would look like a dalmatian…. no,no, no.)

For this my dermatologist advised to wear sunblock and stay away from the sun… which I reluctantly did.

Till I got used to it.

I have spf 60 sunblock for my face and spf 30 for my body so I don’t burn my skin.

I cannot leave home without applying sunblock.

The lowdown on sunblocks:

1. EVERYONE needs  sunscreen. No matter what age and skin color.

2. Avoid direct sunlight from 11am -3pm. Stay indoors or if it cannot be avoided make sure you wear protective clothing like a hat, long sleeved shirts or bring an umbrella with you.

3. Wear sunscreen daily even if you’re not in the beach. –this will prevent premature skin aging, wrinkles and sunspots

  • -SPF measures the amount of time your skin burn when exposed to the sun (before your skin starts to darken). You also usually see UVA & UVB on the label of your sunblock. what are they? (Both are sun rays but they have a different level of wavelengths.  UVA are the longer wavelength from the sun and it penetrates deeper into the skin. This wavelength is the number one enemy of our skin and is the culprit behind aging. UVB  on the other hand are the shorter wavelength and is the cause of sun burn and skin cancer.)
  • No need for sunblock if its a cloudy day? -Wrong! Eighty percent of UV rays can still pass through even on a cloudy day. On the beach,  Sand and water increases the sun’s reflection by 25 percent.

4. Use sunscreen on all exposed areas of the body. The amount? 1 shot glass is the ideal amount to cover all the exposed parts of the body.  Using less will still puts you at risk for skin cancer.

5. Allow the sunscreen to dry (about 15 minutes before heading out.)

6. Re-apply sunscreen (on the beach/outdoors: every 2 hours, and sunscreen is NOT and will never be waterproof.)

7. Know what type of sunscreen works for you.

  • Creams for face and lotion type for skin.  Sprays are ideal and easier to apply on children, and hairy areas. (eg. men’s chest)

8. look at the expiration date. A sunsblock is only good for  3years.  

 

 

Got it all covered?

-There are still other hidden causes of UV radiation damage. (ie, cooking can cause melasma)

-Bright lights, even the ones used for reading, are enough to harm the skin.

-Some sunblocks tend to leave a white cast on the skin. this is normal and sort of okay. But stay away from camera flash! white cast plus the camera flash would make you look like a white lady! (I am a constant victim of this. but oh well, at least I will not get premature wrinkles. )
-Wear your sunblock to keep the wrinkles/skin discoloration away.

-Your skin will thank you once you start using sunblock.


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The quest for the swimsuit figure…

Its officially Summer Season!

Time to hit the beach!

carefree summer days are here!

carefree summer days are here!

I love being in the water, swimming and soaking up the golden sun! However, I am a bit reluctant to don a swimsuit because I have a tummy pooch.

Just like any other girl, I have my own share of  body insecurities.

I am petite, sort of chubby but within the normal size, flat chested girl. How do I rock a swimsuit that would make me look sexy?! (look slimmer, have bigger looking bumpers, basically a better version of my body)

I see a lot of my Facebook friends who are posting their “swimsuit figure” photo and I want one too!

I always wore conservative swimwear when I am going out for a swim, but this time I wanted to have my own “bragging-rights-swimsuit-figure” picture of myself in swimwear. what to do now? I am still iffy on the idea of all my flaws being seen by others, and yet I so desperately want to have my own sexy swimwear photo! I mean, I must do it now! because as time passes, I will be too old and it will be too tacky to take a beach photo! whats a girl to do?!!!

I am a lazy girl and I don’t want to exercise or diet. But I still want a swimsuit figure…

I must figure out the magic trick.

so, I went out in search of my magic formula, and my magic swimwear.

And found one. After a lot of trials and ill fitting, too tight and too loose swimsuits, I managed to get my own piece of “Magic” swimwear.

In finding a perfect fit, you have to understand your body shape. and your assets and flaws.

So, here is a chart to help you determine your body shape.

look for your body shape

Look for your body shape. (click to enlarge)

Once you find your body shape, take to account what your assets and flaws are to better help you in your quest for the “magic” swimsuit .

highlight the assets, and hide the flaws.

Here are the tips and tricks for each body type.

rectangle body shape

rectangle body shape

who has the same body type as yours?

Rectangle Shaped style icons -Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman

pear body shape

pear body shape

who has the same body type as yours?

Pear Shaped style icons -JLo, Jennifer Love-Hewitt

hourglass body shape

hourglass body shape

who has the same body type as yours?

Hourglass  Shaped style icons -Megan Fox, Scarlett Johansson

cone body shape

cone body shape

who has the same body type as yours?

Cone Shaped style icons -Reneé Zellweger, Giselle Bundchen

diamond body shape

diamond body shape

who has the same body type as yours?

Diamond  Shaped style icons -Catherine Zeta-Jones, Oprah Winfrey

Turns out I have a pear shape body! 

In the quest  for a “sexy beach body” I got myself a bikini! Yes, a bikini!

My petite 32-26-34  body will rock a bikini this summer! Yey! excited much!

I also looked for a flattering color for my pale yellow-ish, freckled, asian skin tone. And went with a bright fuchsia/dark charcoal to highlight my skin tone.

I got a padded cup bandeau, and high cut legs! makes me look like I have a rack (thanks to the padded top) and look taller (thanks to the high cut bottom).

Turns out shopping for a swimsuit can be so much easier when you know what you are looking for!

Now I just need to find a cover-up, a cute summer dress, and a pair of flip flops to complete my summer look!

^that would be really easy now that I figured out my main summer swimwear! 

I’m ready for summer!