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I am Now an Althea Ambassador! Yey! :)

I am proud and happy to announce that Mr. Pogi Tips is chosen to be a Brand Ambassador for Althea Korea! :)



Althea Korea is the leading one-stop shopping destination for authentic Korean cosmetics and beauty products worldwide. :)

I just usually see them in vlogs of popular Youtubers. And now, I'm already part of their family! Yey! :)

Expect a lot of reviews, tutorials and haul for this amazing shop! :) 

Instagram: @altheakorea
Twitter: @altheakorea

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World Social Media Day Speaker: Loving University of Caloocan City Comm Advocates!

My first speaking engagement about blogging started upon receiving an invite from National University just this year. Read here: I'm their Speaker: Blogging Seminar Experience



It was then followed by a workshop for teachers at Gabriel Archangel Toddler Preschool.

Though I'm not new in giving talks, it still excites me every time students invite me. :) It's not because I'm a teacher by profession but I know I can inspire these young minds. I will always remember the times I was in their seats, dreaming to be a speaker one day. Now that I am, I make sure to always find time for students' requests. :)


I didn't have hesitations when an officer from Communication Department of University of Caloocan City messaged me on Facebook. The event is a symposium themed as "Promoting Mental Health Awareness" in celebration to their 9th World Social Media Day. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about mental health continuum with the help of social media platform.


The topic, blogging is a piece of bread for me, but relating it to mental health awareness is another thing. It is I think the most difficult topic to discuss, but also one of the most special. Mental awareness plays a big part in my life. I remembered being bullied back then because I didn't pass society's standards: nerd, obese and had blemishes on face.



In my eagerness to be accepted by everyone, I tried searching for videos and articles on how to look good. I was disappointed that there were only few men who vlog and blog about their skin care routine and how to put cosmetics. To document my journey and help men suffering from low esteem like me, I created this blogsite.



First Official Logo (2013)

It didn't ever cross my mind that after 5 years of being here in the industry, I would be speaking on stage and will be promoting an advocacy. The blog which started to be just a hobby and an outlet to escape from reality, became a home for those men seeking for answers to cosmetics and skin care questions. My blog becomes an inspiration. Filipino men are now eventually embracing the concept of using cosmetics and skin care products. The readers are not afraid to explore. I salute seeing posts, messages on how they a lot time to do their beauty regimen and routine. MY BLOG IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE. :)




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Been Addicted to Coffee Again: Barlico Review

Few months ago, I posted my acne journey and how I was able to discover the real culprit behind it-coffee. It went viral. I received a lot of messages and my blog readership increased. And after that post, I promised myself never to drink coffee again.



Just this month, I received a message from a brand that challenges to bring my love for coffee. :) I was hesitant to try at first since I don't want to experience another nightmare, but also hoping that it would be the answer after months of longing for caffeine. :)


So what's this coffee brand I'm talking about and why is it different from other brands available in the market?

BARLICO! :)




Barlico’s line of barley and chicory-based instant coffee substitutes are 100% caffeine free and are made from all-natural ingredients, making them a health-conscious alternative for individuals whose health conditions and preferences limit their caffeine consumption.

What is Barley?

Barley is one of the most widely consumed cereal grains in the world. This healthy whole grain has been rapidly gaining popularity over the past few years due to the various health benefits they provide. When roasted and brewed, it is a close substitute for coffee. Why barley?

  • Cleanses the digestive system and aids in kidney function
  • Promotes bone health
  • Lowers blood cholesterol
  • Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Helps prevent cancers in the digestive system

What is Choicory?

Chicory, a close relative of lettuce and cabbage, grows woody and fibrous roots that has a similar flavor with coffee. Traditionally used for herbal medicine for its restorative properties, chicory is considered a superfood. Why chicory?

  • Promotes liver and gall bladder function
  • Aids in digestion as a natural diuretic, laxative and an anti-inflammatory agent
  • Helps manage osteoarthritis and other bone and joint diseases
  • Contains probiotic fiber, which promotes absorption of calcium



Is Barlico Caffeeine free?

Caffeine is a naturally-occurring substance found in plants such as coffee, cacao, and tea, and can be found in beverages and food items such as coffee, cocoa, chocolate, tea drinks, and tea-based desserts.


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950 Pesos for an Overnight Stay in a Hotel: Malate Pensionne Review

Yes! You've read the title right. I had an overnight stay in a hotel for only 950 Pesos! :)


As what I have said in one of my blog entries, I always needed a place to stay whenever our call time from work is either too early or too late since it is not advisable for me to travel from Cavite to Manila, vice versa. Because of that, it has been a tradition of mine to blog the hotels or inns I had been to. :) Here is the compilation of my travel escapades in case you would want to read: Travel Goals



The hotel that I will be reviewing today is actually a last minute booking for I thought, our department team building wouldn't be pushed through because of the Habagat. Luckily, when it was announced that we will still be going to Bataan the next day, I was still able to find a hotel that can accommodate me that night. To my surprise, it was actually cheaper than what I had expected. We all know that prices are much higher if you will only book on the day of your check-in compared to days/s before. 

Oh! I used Traveloka app for this booking (not sponsored). :)


MALATE PENSIONNE

I always been seeing this hotel back when my friends and I used to hang-out at Coffee Bean right next to it. It is accessible to public transportation and in heart of the busy street in Malate. Food establishments, malls, groceries, salons, everything you need is nearby! :) It is also a grab away from my work that's why I didn't hesitate to try a night here. :)



Experience:


Upon entering the hotel, I have already felt a Hispanic vibe of this pensione. The staff are accommodating, one even accompanied me to my room.


It was quite creepy that the place reminded me of a museum rather than an ancestral house. HAHAHAHA. 


It was creepier that you can hear a squeaking sound every time you walk on their wooden floor.


One thing I look forward each time I stay in a hotel is their signature scent. It's disappointing that the hallway of this hotel including the room smells floor polish/wax. It was actually too strong. Tsk.


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Birthday Pictorial: Cosmetics Used Revealed! :)

It's my Birthday! :) I will be sharing the preparation I had before the pictorial for my Portfolio. :) I didn't hire make-up artist since this is just a simple photo shoot. :)




1. Prepare Skin

Here's the article I have written on how I prepare my skin: Morning Skincare Routine

On normal days, after moisturizing my skin with serum, I just usually put concealer, powder, lip balm and I'm good to go. 

2. Make-up

2.1 Foundation


Since I had good sleep, I didn't use primer. :) Every time I have pictorial, I make sure to cover everything with Revlon Colorstay Shade #150. This is one of my favorite foundations! :) Perfectly covers blemishes with natural finish. :)

2.2 Concealer




I cover my dark circles with Fashion 21's SPF50 Perfect Stick. :) I don't usually put concealers on pimples. My skin feels irritated. :)

2.3 Bake


I pat loose powder on the areas I know have the tendency to oil up after few hours. I'll leave it for around 5-10 minutes then wipe using a brush. I am using the famous, Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder.

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I Have Discovered EDSA Shangri-la Hotel's Signature Scent!

Though my age is not yet qualified to be a Tito of Manila, I am already considering myself one since signs are evidently showing. Uh-oh! :) One manifestation I have noticed is instead of going out with friends, I prefer staying in my room, watching Netflix or Youtube videos, drinking a cup of my favorite milk tea. So Tito! HAHAHAHA.



Since 75% of my time is spent inside my room (if I don't have work or event for blog), I make sure that it would LOOK and SMELL like a hotel room. HAHA. By the way, this is not yet a room tour. We'll have a separate post for that. :) 


Before the popularity of the Oilbularyos, fragrance oils have already a special place in my heart. :) I remember that during 2014, there were no cheap oils available. I have to spend thousands of Pesos and travel in Manila to visit few stores offering it. :) Four years after, you could see oils used for humidifier, air purifier, diffuser, touch lamp oil warmer, candle oil burner, ANYWHERE. Some are also using oils such as roll-on oils for preventing and curing illnesses! For 70 pesos, you could now have a 15 ml bottle of fragrance oil! How time flies and things change! :) 



And if you would ask me, I HAVE ALL OF THOSE MENTIONED, INSIDE MY ROOM. HAHAHAHA.

I thought I would be contented with these, but not. Every time I visit hotels, there are scents I know not coming from a humidifier or purifier. I could compare the scent to a perfume, but not that strong.

Through time, I discover that these hotels are using SPRAYS. So why are they using sprays over oils like most of our homes have? First, it is cost efficient. If they have 100 rooms, they would be purchasing 100 units of humidifiers that would consume electricity, have to clean the units and refill water and oil after 12 hours. Imagine how stressful that would be to maintenance personnel? Second, sprays could immediately be smelled while oils would take few minutes before the particles would be released in air. Lastly, it would be easier for them to overwhelm their customers. I remember the time when we were about to check out at Sofitel. The hallway smelled so good. Though it always was during our stay. I remember seeing a room attendant walking around. During that time, I had no idea. But come to think of it, he "might" have sprayed their signature scent because the hotel knew that customers would be checking out. They have to leave best impressions. :) Good marketing strategy, isn't it? :)

Since room is life (LOL), I tried finding home or room sprays. :) These are few of my favorites, with essential oils. :)


Why do I have different scents? My scent of the day depends on my mood. HAHA. Though, most of the time, I have good sleep with Aromaex Coffee beans scent. :) I pair it with vanilla candle in my Touch-lamp oil warmer. :) So relaxing! It transports me to a coffee shop. Perfect while writing a blog entry, script for shoot or reading books. :)


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Skinplicity's Body Wrap: Workout Replacement?

Have you ever tried jacuzzi or sauna? How about Infrared Sauna? Could this be a workout replacement?


Infrared Sauna or Body Wrap is the newest aesthetic treatment offer of Skinplicity. :)

SLIMplicity Body Wrap is a healthy, non-invasive therapeutic treatment that helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks and it is effective in aiding with inch & pound loss, including heat therapy benefits. 



It is believed to burn up to 600 calories in a single session while MELTING BODY FAT & CELLULITE.

Benefits:

Burns calories
Detoxifies & burns fat
Quickens lipolysis (the breakdown/splitting of fats)remove untoward fats in your tummy , waist, hips
Diminishes inflammations & aids in post pregnancy recovery
Tones Skin
Improves Immune System
Increase circulation & blood flow

Procedure:




The client will be laying down inside an infrared sauna bed. Heat of 15-40 degrees Celsius will then be produced inside the unit. Each session will take up to 30 minutes.


Mr. Pogi says:


I so love it! :) Every time I do workout, I can't wait to see sweat coming out my glands, and it usually takes time. This is the first time, I am conveniently laying down while perspiring A LOT. I could compare the amount of sweat I had to my usual Insanity workout routine. Unlike other spas, I didn't feel the heat much which is good. I was able to relax and felt that this soothe my tense muscles. :)

Workout Replacement?

Researchers say that it is best if you would still do cardio or workout routine since this keeps your heart healthy, raises metabolic rate and builds endurance. But according to studies, heat therapy or jacuzzi could be a good addition! :)



SKINPLICITY


Address: 141, Evangelista St., Daan Bukid, (Upper Level of 711 Across Mini Stop), Bacoor, Cavite
Contact Number: 0933-861-7331


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Water Reminder App: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED? :)

How are you all? Today I will be sharing my newest mobile app discovery that is perfect for people who don't usually drink or forget to drink 8 glasses of water everyday. . . . .WATER REMINDER! :)


People say, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" but don't say the most important thing, "Drink Water Regularly". Most of us miss this healthy habit.  I definitely love water. I don't have issues with it. But due to work and busy schedule, I normally tend to forget to drink water. That's why last year,  I developed Urinary Tract Infection (U.T.I.). Gladly, I was able to get rid of it and now conscious of my water intake.




Water Reminder is one of the best apps to remind you every time your body needs water.

Available on IOS :)

The app promises to give these results after using this app for a couple of weeks:



1. Increase Energy and Relieves Fatigue
2. Promotes Weight Loss
3. Flushes out Toxins
4. Improves Skin Complexion
5. Maintains Regularity
6. Boosts Immune System
7. Natural Headache Remedy
8. Prevents Cramps and Sprains
9. Puts You in a Good Mood
10. Save Money

Water Reminder is user-friendly. Once it is installed, you just have to fill-out your profile information (Name, Gender, Height, Weight, Workout) and it will automatically calculate the number of glasses you need in a day.