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Clean Skin With Simple Steps: Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

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There are many things in life that are not quite as simple as black and white, most of them beyond our control. For those that I have control over, I try to keep it simple, especially when it comes to skincare. Gone are the days where I used 9 different products after cleansing. I realized it all boils down to the very first step – proper makeup removal. Even when I don’t apply makeup, I make it a point to remove the impurities and dirt that had accumulated on my skin throughout the day from environmental pollutants or oil and smoke from cooking in the kitchen or sunscreen.

It is imperative to find the right type of makeup removal. I worked out that cleansing oil and milk don’t quite sit well with my oily skin, while it appreciates water-based makeup removers.

How Does Micellar Water Work?

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about Micellar Water, what with all that buzz about it being a magical potion that removes makeup, dirt, and oil from the skin without rinsing. It doesn’t dry out the skin, and some brands’ even provide hydration benefits.

It looks and feels like plain old water, and Simple Micellar Cleansing Water has NO artificial fragrances, colors, or harsh chemicals, making it THE magic potion for sensitive skin like mine.

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Recipe: Chocolate Chip, Almond, Pumpkin Seed Cookies

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If I had no restrictions to title length and zero aesthetics sense, the title of this post would be Chocolate Chips And Honey And Oats And Seeds And Flakes And Whole Grain Healthy Cookies. Hahaha. I love chocolate chip cookies, but they get boring after a while, so I really liked this combination of chocolate chip cookies and an assortment of seeds!

You could prepare portions of cornflakes, almonds, pumpkin seeds or your favorite nuts, or you could simply dunk in a cup of Post Great Grains. Everything is already in there. 😀

I love observing cookies, how each and every cookie looks so unique and imperfectly beautiful.

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No Time To Slather? Try Vaseline Spray Moisturizer

I cannot get enough of body lotion. My skin definitely benefits from hydration, moisturization, restoration of softness, but what I like most is the precious ‘me-time’ that I get when I sit down at the end of a long day, under dim light, massaging tired muscles with the aid of a lotion, and recalibrating the senses for a good night’s sleep. **Ommmm**

But ain’t nobody got time to slather for a namaste moment every night! Sometimes I’m dead beat from work and the only affair I want to have is that with my bed. Lol.

In the morning, I’d rather spend more time getting my makeup right than moisturizing. I know, we are all guilty of this.

But what if a lotion comes in the form of a spray and gets absorbed in SECONDS?

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Where there is demand, there will be supply. But sometimes brands create the demand to let us see how much easier life can be. I think the Vaseline Spray Moisturizer is what we never knew we have all been waiting for! I never thought of getting moisturizer out of a spray nozzle, but now that I’ve used it, I wish everything came in spray form. Lol.

People associate Vaseline strongly with petroleum jelly, so it’s good to see them increase their product offerings. Of course, Vaseline Spray Moisturizer contains micro droplets of Vaseline’s renowned jelly so you get the same nourishing goodness for your skin without the stickiness of the traditional petroleum jelly. 😀

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Vaseline Spray Moisturizer resembles a can of hairspray or sunscreen, the latter in spray form being extremely in trend at the moment. Sprays are hygienic because no dirty fingers dig into a tub thus eliminating cross-contamination. Vaseline Spray Moisturizer has an internal, spray system that uses compressed air to deliver the moisturizer, which is protected by an external twist-lock mechanism to prevent spills.

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12 Things I Didn’t Know (But Now Do!) About Davao, Philippines

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It’s funny the reactions I get when I tell people I love outdoorsy adventures. It seems I come across as so, but I’m really not that girly. Well, I do have an obsession with makeup and all things beauty-related, but I wouldn’t hesitate going on new adventures, jumping into rivers, zipping across lush greenery on a rope, cycling 60 feet above ground.

Some things on my Bucket List: swimming with sharks, skydiving, and hang gliding. I hope I get to accomplish these in this lifetime.

So of course I said YES when presented the chance to go on an adventure-oriented trip to Davao, Philippines!

This trip opened my eyes to the incredible sights and sounds of Davao City and here I share 12 things I didn’t know (but now do!) about Davao, Philippines.

1. That It Exists

When people think of the Philippines, they think of Manila, Cebu or the popular beach capital that is Boracay. When I first got wind that I was going on a trip to Davao, my response was “Huh? Where?” and so were all the responses when I told my family and friends where I was going. Haha.

It’s okie if you’ve never heard of Davao before either because it was, and still remains, a well-kept secret to mass tourism. That’s why they have plenty of unspoiled white sandy beaches and marine-rich waters filled with underwater creatures still unacquainted with humans.

Davao city is located in Southeastern Mindanao and is approximately 946 km southeast of Manila over land, and 971 km by sea.

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2. Be Close To Nature

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Being close to nature and embracing Mother Nature’s beauty is a great respite for city dwellers (ME) who are cooped up in a cocoon of concrete walls. We didn’t get lighting fast internet connection all the time, but that forced us to put our phones aside and simply take in the glory of what this Earth has to offer instead of living through our screens.

The government has been actively developing and promoting an eco-tourism program to exhibit the diversity of the country and the activities it has to offer.

At Eden Nature Park’s Butterfly Garden, thousands of butterflies fluttered around us, pollinating flowers, mating, and basically just going about their daily business, while we screamed in silence when a butterfly gently landed on us. LOL.

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Korean Style Mashed Potato Salad (Gamja-Salad)

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My favorite side dish at Korean restaurants has got to be the sweet, creamy, mashed potato with a hint of crunch. I never get enough of it and even though most restaurants allow refills, it’s too embarrassing to ask for multiple refills, no? =P Heh heh. I don’t know why, but one day I decided to make my own Gamja-Salad. According to Maangchi, Korean style mashed potato salad is kind of a new term, hence the name which incorporates a mix of Korean (gamja = potato) and English (salad).

The ingredients are basic and can be found in most homes. So why not try making it yourself! It’s super easy and requires absolutely no skill. Heehee.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium sized potatoes, around 400g
  • 3 eggs – hard boiled, yolks and white separated
  • 1 carrot – chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • dash of white ground pepper
  • salt to taste

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Top 5 Causes Of Dry Skin & How To Fix Them: NIVEA Body Milk

The best way to assess the practicality of a body moisturizer in Singapore’s hot and humid weather is to apply it before bed, wake up the next day, don’t shower, then go about your business for the day. If your skin still feels soft and hydrated hours later, despite the relentless heat and running in and out of air-conditioned enclosures, then you’ll know you’ve found the right one!

I appreciate that NIVEA, despite being a household brand that has served generations of children, continues to reinvent itself and puts research into producing more products to suit the current market needs. One thing that doesn’t change though – and which I hope will never change – is its signature NIVEA smell. Everyone knows a NIVEA when they smell one. :)

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I was already a fan of the NIVEA Intensive Moisture Body Milk before NIVEA sent the 250ml bottle to me. I previously picked up the 75ml  at Watsons coz it looked cute and portable. I’ve been using it since, so how timely that I’ve been given the chance to share my fondness of their #1 Body Milk!

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