Mother-K Breastmilk Storage Bags

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The second brand of breastmilk bag that I have tried is from Mother-K. I noticed that this breastmilk  bag is usually on the Top 3 of breastfeeding mothers' favourite breastmilk bags here in the Philippines. It's a Korean brand and I have been obsessed with baby stuff from Korea. I just think they're well-thought of.

Mother-K can store up to 7oz of breastmilk. It has double zips to ensure no leaking. And it also has a color indicator to determine whether the milk is too cold or too warm.



Quite honestly, I never got around finding if the color changes because I used them mainly to store my breastmilk and kept them in the deep freezer. We thaw the breastmilk overnight for tomorrow's use and my husband transfers the milk from the bag to the bottle.

We never experience any leaks with this breastmilk bag which makes it my husband's favourite but if you're storing more than 3oz in a bag, it's quite impossible to freeze it flat. It tends to be bulky. Also, since it has a capacity of 7oz, you must only put 2/3 of 7oz in the bag if you will be freezing it as it will expand. Not filling it up to them brink gives space for the milk to expand when it freezes.

The material is thick but thaws quite fast. It's also quite affordable at PhP379 per box for 30 pieces of breastmilk bags.

Mother-K breastmilk storage bag can be purchased at Baby Company and Mothercare.


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Skincare During Pregnancy

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There were a lot of stuff I couldn't use when I was pregnant. First off, I basically couldn't use 99% of my skin care because they all had whitening properties which is a no-no for pregnant women. I also had to make sure the ingredients didn't have paraben etc etc. Good thing, I didn't really break out during my pregnancy so I didn't use much. I just mainly washed my face with water regularly.

But on day when I had to put makeup, I used Bioderma micellar water toremove my makeup and Bioré's foam facial wash.


The two products above are safe for pregnant women and they have kept my face clean! Of course, I still used them in moderation and I hardly wore makeup when I was pregnant except for filing in my brows.

You're growing a human being inside of you so you better make sure of the products that you use because they are being absorbed by the unborn baby.


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Mommy Diaries: Baby Shusher - The Sleep Miracle

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One of the difficulties of taking care of a baby is pacifying them or stopping them from crying. Since they still can't talk, it's pretty much a trial and error scenario on what to do with your baby to calm them down. Add the fact that they sometimes cry non-stop because they are unable to catch their sleep.

When my baby had her newborn shoot (at 2 weeks old), we were wondering how the photographers would make them sleep. They had different sounds all over the place and we kept no hearing this loud human shush from nowhere. It wasn't the photographer shushing my baby to sleep. Then we saw this rocket-shaped like thing on the floor.

The next thing I knew, I was searching where to purchase one.


Baby Shusher - The Sleep Miracle makes a human shush sound that calms your crying baby and puts them to sleep. It might sound too good to be true but it actually works. Newborn photographers use this to help them keep the baby asleep while shooting.


It has two cycles: 15minutes and 30 minutes. Twist to turn on the Baby Shusher and twist the bottom to adjust the volume. Mak sure that the shutter is placed near the baby or that it's a sound going to your baby's ear instead of a sound far away from your baby. Your baby might think of it as a sound part of the surrounding.


That's my baby sound asleep because of Baby Shusher. She was 1 and a half month old at that time. We still use the Baby Shusher until now and we even bring it along with us when we go out. There's just less crying with Baby Shusher.

Baby Shusher is available at facebook.com/MilkinMommiesPH or on Instagram (@MilkinMommies).


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Introducing the New Beauty Trend: The #MakeITHappen Attitude and the ‘Maker’ Mindset*

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Maybelline New York partners with 10 inspiring Filipinas as they share their #makeithappen stories

Manila, 2017- Today’s young Filipinas are more empowered than ever. They express themselves stronger than ever – whether in beauty, in fashion, even in their thoughts. They know what they want and how to be in control, and sometimes, the only thing that they need is a dose of inspiration to push them forward to make their dreams happen – and Maybelline New York, the world’s no. 1 makeup brand, perfectly knows that.

Apart from believing in the transformative power of beauty and using the energy of New York to make dreams happen, Maybelline knows that being a venue to share the stories of young successful women is what every Filipina needs to carve out a name for themselves and make IT happen. That is why this year, Maybelline New York takes it a notch higher and brings forth its ‘make IT happen’ movement as it partners with 10 young Filipina ‘Makers’ by giving them a venue to share their inspirational stories. 

“Maybelline has always believed in the power of beauty to make things happen. We want our message on empowerment and possibilities to be a part of every young Filipina’s narrative,” shared Cary Co, Marketing Director for Maybelline Philippines. “Our partnership with these 10 girls signals our commitments to bring forth what we truly mean by ‘Make IT Happen.’ We hope that by giving these girls a venue to share their stories, we are able to inspire other girls to make their own stories of success happen.”

Maybelline has partnered with these 10 young Filipina Makers to share their own make it happen stories:

Photographer Sara Black on her “Make Imagination Happen” story
Celebrity Stylist Kimi Yap on her “Make Confidence Happen” story
Fashion Designer Rosenthal Tee on her “Make Fashion Happen” story
Model Maureen Wroblewitz on her “Make Bold Happen” story
Calligrapher Alexis Ventura on her “Make Creativity Happen” story
Athlete Denisse Lazaro on her “Make Strength Happen” story
Education Advocate Arizza Nocum on her “Make Change Happen” story
Blogger Lissa Kahayon on her “Make Ambitious Happen” story
Fitness Guru Ida Paras on her “Make Determination Happen” story
Filmmaker Janina Manipol on her “Make Dedication Happen” story


“Being a fashion designer and blogger gives me an opportunity to express myself and share bits of my life to my readers. Being recognized and appreciated for what I do also drives me to succeed and to strive to be better in what I do. I’ve allowed myself to take risks, accept challenges, and dream big,” shared Lissa Kahayon.

Drawing inspiration from within, Sara Black professional photographer shares that she makes imagination happen, through visualizing the image in her mind and translating it into reality through a photograph. “What drives me is the need to stay current and putting my best work forward. Never be complacent,” shared Black. 

As an artist and entrepreneur, Alexis Ventura transformed her hobby into a business, but not without the challenges that this brings. She shares that “though turning a hobby into a business is a blessing, finding the right opportunities to develop myself and my team was not easy. Working to reach big dreams with limited resources allows us to be even more creative with our solutions”. 

These are only but a glimpse of the many Make It Happen stories that Maybelline is set to share to young Filipinas through its ‘Maker’ campaign. To know more about the Maybelline Maker campaign visit www.maybelline.com.ph and watch the latest Maybelline global anthem here: http://bit.ly/2szdmGS.

It’s time to unleash the Maker in you and #makeithappen! Keep visiting www.facebook.com/MaybellinePhilippines.

* PR article


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US Bestseller Fit Me Franchise is finally here in the Philippines!*

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The most awaited and highly-anticipated foundation from Maybelline New York finally arrives in the Philippines – and you better head to the Maybelline counter nearest you!

You asked for it and now you can have it! Starting June 2017, Filipinas can now place their hands on the most asked-for foundation from Maybelline New York as FitMe! FINALLY arrives in the Philippines. 

If you are always trying to find the perfect fit but end up settling for the closest shade to ‘match’ your skin tone, settle no more! Find the perfect one for you as Maybelline brings in here FitMe! Matte + Poreless line which offers a wide range of shades that goes beyond matching skin tone but also fits skin’s texture: your skin the way it is meant to be- fresh, breathing, and flawless. 

 “Most of the time, Filipinas are offered only about four foundation shades to choose from, which makes it a real challenge to find their perfect shade. As Fit Me comes in 10 shades to choose from, Filipinas can finally easily find their FIT. What is even more exciting is that the Fit Me line that we’re bringing in here offers a MATTE + PORELESS finish, which is suitable for the Filipina skin.” says Bianca Sing, Jr. Product Manager for Maybelline.

Fit Me is available in 4 different formats - the FitMe! Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation, the FitMe! Foundation Stick, the FitMe! Pressed Powder, and the FitMe! Concealer. All of them are perfect for oily skin.

The FitMe! Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation fits skin tone and texture. Leaving a natural and seamless finish, this certified US Bestseller is definitely a must have.
o Matte + Poreless 
o Blurs pores and Controls Shine
o Easily Blendable  
o Comes in 10 shades
o Ideal for normal to oily skin
o SRP- P399

The FitMe! Stick Foundation is Maybelline’s 1st powder foundation in a stick. This oil absorbing stick goes on creamy and blends into a natural matte looking finish. It has an exclusive anti-shine powder core that instantly dissolves excess oil.
o Mattifying powder in a Stick
o Easy to use, 2 Step: Swipe and Blend
o Prefect for On-The-Go
o Comes in 8 shades 
o Ideal for normal to oily skin
o SRP- P399

The FitMe! Pressed Powder is the brand’s first-ever mattifying powder that fits the skin tone and texture. Perfect for touch-ups, it offers a  poreless looking finish with shine control
o Matte + Poreless
o Contains blurring micro-powders that blur pores
o Controls shine
o Comes in 8 shades 
o Ideal for normal to oily skin
o SRP- P399

Say goodbye to dark circles, pimples, and dark spots in an instant! Fit Me Concealer gives you that natural coverage for zero flaws and blemishes.
Natural coverage
o Fits Filipina Skin
o Easily Blendable 
o Comes in 4 shades
o SRP- P199
  
With all these four FitMe! formats targeting concerns from tone to texture, while leaving you with a natural finish, there’s no need to settle anymore. Find the perfect fit for you only with FitMe! by Maybelline New York. Indeed, you can tell the world, “Don’t judge me. Don’t hide me. Don’t change me. FIT ME!”

Products are available in Maybelline counters nationwide and online over at Lazada:(http://www.lazada.com.ph/maybellineonline). For more information about Maybelline, please visit www.facebook.com/MaybellinePhilippines.

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Mommy Diaries: SunMum Breastmilk Storage Bag

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I'm back with a new mommy blog post.

Before going back to work, I began building my milk stash because I didn't want to worry about not having enough milk for my baby while I'm away. I initially bought storage cups until I realised they take so much space in the freezer and my 10 cups were not enough.

The first breastmilk storage bag I bought was SunMum. It was the cheapest box I saw at Baby Mama  (PhP165 per box) and since I was still at a trial phase, what did I have to lose right?


The SunMum breastmilk storage bag is longer than the usual breastmilk bag. You can fill it up with 9oz or 250ml of milk. It has 3 zips for leaking security and the plastic is perforated without the need of using scissors. Just tear the perforated part and it's good for use!

The only thing I don't like about this breastmilk bag though is that I find the plastic rather thin. I always got nervous that it might leak or have a tear once frozen. Luckily, I didn't not encounter any leak at all!


This is how it looks like with 9oz worth of breastmilk! a few things I've learned with this breastfeeding journey is that you should not go beyond the indicated measurement of the breastmilk bag. Milk expands when it is frozen. You don't want it to explode or leak because it is liquid gold! If you are a bit OC about storing your breastmilk in the freezer, be consistent with the measurement per bag. I notice with SunMum that if you fill it with 3-4oz only, it can really lay flat. Thefore, they are easier to stack. More oz makes it bulkier and longer to thaw.


SunMum breastmilk storage bag retails for PhP165 and is available at Baby Mama stores.


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Cop Today’s Top Model-Worthy looks with Maybelline New York*

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Bringing trendy looks from catwalk to sidewalk drives the innovation for Maybelline New York. As a beauty brand that brings its expertise to a whole new level with its amazing line of products, young girls are seriously on the watch for the latest beauty trends that the No. 1 makeup brand from New York brings in. And now as the official makeup partner for Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 5, Maybelline New York has a lot of makeup tips and tricks in store for girls who want to make it happen.

As long as you have the right stash of beauty products, nailing runway beauty looks isn’t too hard as it may seem. Here are three (3) trendy looks that girls can easily cop and flaunt:

Uptown Princess
Be the New York princess you want to be! Start off your look with Dream Velvet Foundation (P499) for a buildable coverage that gives a hydrated matte finish and V-Face Contour Blush (P399) for perfectly defined features with a rosy touch. Achieve sculpted and tamed brows in an instant with the all-new Fashion Brow Pomade Crayon (P399). Lastly, finish off the look with Creamy Mattes in Touch of Spice (P299) for gorgeous statement-making lips. 

Midtown Girl
Strut down the sidewalk in perfect street style with V-Face Duo Contour Stick (P499) that contours and highlights to instantly give you a natural slimmer look. Create graphic eye looks with the ultra-precise tip of Eye Studio Hypersharp Laser Liner (P299) that is both smudge-proof and water resistant. Top off the look with Powder Mattes in Make Me Blush (P299) for a lightweight feel to the lips but with an intense color payoff and smooth matte finish.

DownTown Edge
Take edgy to a whole new level with Super BB Fresh Matte Cushion (P749) for a fresh matte poreless perfection look. Nothing completes an edgy look without Hyperink Liquid Liner (P199) that gives intense black ink pigmentation and Falsies Push Up Drama (P459) for intense volumized lashes. Finish off your edgy look with a pop of color. Up your lipstick game with Loaded Bolds in Fearless Purple (P299) with just a single stroke! 

Complete these #MOTDs with your very own runway-worthy #OOTDs with great fashion choices from www.zalora.com.ph. Make heads turn with stylish pieces that will definitely make heads turn as you sashay into the urban streets of Manila! 

Upgrade your makeup stash with products that can make you look bold and edgy like a top model. Products are exclusively imported and distributed by Maybelline and are available in Maybelline counters nationwide and on www.lazada.ph. For more information about Maybelline, please visit www.facebook.com/MaybellinePhilippines.

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Keep your brow game strong with Maybelline New York*

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Sometimes, your brows can speak louder than words.  Always make a statement with perfectly shaped brows!From light brows to sparse brows, Maybelline New York, the world’s no. 1 makeup brand, offers eye brow products that are on point in addressing your brow concerns through the Fashion Brow Collection!

Each product from the Maybelline Brow Studio collection is specially formed to help you fill in your brows whether they be thin, unruly, thick, shapeless, or sparse. Get the brow look you want in 3 easy steps or less with the wide variety that Maybelline is bringing you which includes: Fashion Brow Duo Shaper, Fashion Brow 3D Cream Pen, Brow Precise Fiber Filler, Fashion Brow Palette, and Fashion Brow Pomade Crayon

The Fashion Brow Duo Shaper is Maybelline’s first 2-in-1 brow shaper creates natural-looking brows in just 2 easy steps: define with the precise pencil and fill with the powder end
Two-in-one brow product
Dual tip with retractable pen tip 
Easy glide on and control 
Lasts up to 12 hours
Comes in 4 shades 

Get instant definition with the Fashion Brow 3DCream Pencil, Maybelline’s first angle tip brow pencil to precisely frame and fill the brows. Just shape the brow with the tip, fill with the angled side and brush with the spoolie to get perfectly shaped brows! 
Edge side and angle side tip to precisely frame and naturally fill the brows
Spoolie to groom the brows
Soft creamy formula
Waterproof

The Brow Precise Fiber Filler will give brows instant three-dimensional action! This is Maybelline’s first ever fiber infused filling mascara that delivers full and colored brows in a few easy strokes.
Adds volume and color 
Tapered spoon brush
Provides an instant brow boost
Lasts up to 12 hours
Comes in 3 shades 

The Fashion Brow 3D Contouring Palette is Maybelline’s first ever contouring palette for both brows and nose. With the use of the palette, shape and contour to perfection to change an entire look! 
3 Step process
o Shape brows with wax
o Fill them with 
o Contour with nose powder 
Gives 25% instant lifting effect
Comes in 2 shades 

The Fashion Brow Pomade Crayon is perfect for achieving bold brows in one easy sweeping move. Perfect for unruly brows, this pomade crayon sculpts and tames as it colors. 
Creamy formula
Easily blendable 
Highly pigmented 
Comes in 4 shades 
With all these to choose from, for sure you will be brow game strong! Get your brows on fleek with the new Fashion Brow Collection, only from Maybelline New York!

For more information about Maybelline, please visit www.facebook.com/MaybellinePhilippines. Follow us on Instagram via @welovemaybelline.

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Every Nursing Mom's Best Friend: A Recliner Chair

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Happy Labor Day! This is our day, people! A day to rest. That's why today I'm sharing how I'm able to rest while nursing my newborn at the same time.

When I was pregnant, I came across several mommy blogs gushing about the importance of a LA-Z Boy recliner. The even said it's one of their best investment ever when it comes to nursing their newborn.

I never quite understood the hype though. We had a LA-Z boy recliner in our flat in Hong Kong and we all loved it especially when we were watching TV. See, it was for a different purpose. When I gave birth and started breastfeeding, the first struggle is always feeling and being comfortable on the chair or on the bed. I tell you it is difficult to find the best position where you and baby are both comfortable. It gets tiring carrying a baby, you know.

My dad must have seen my struggle so he got me a recliner chair 2 weeks after giving birth!


The first time I sat on it, I already knew I was going to love it. I no longer need to pile up several pillows for back support. I can recline it at my own phase whichever angle I'm comfortable. Me and my newborn can even sleep on it. It's just simply the best nursing item ever!

Another thing I use when I'm on the recliner seat is a lap pillow. It's the normal lap pillow. I have a maternity/nursing pillow but I decided to sell it when I remember that we have a lap pillow in our car. This was previously used as an oversized neck pillow for kicks. LOL.


I use this nap pillow when I am sitting 90 degrees on the recliner seat. I lay my baby on top of this lap pillow when I am breastfeeding. When she's almost asleep from feeding, that's the time I recline the seat cos that is more or less the time that I feel tired already - that or my back is starting to hurt. But my back pain lessened tremendously when I started nursing on the recliner chair.

It's too bad that this recliner chair is not portable so I can't bring this with me when I'm out with the little one. LOL. But yes guys, I tell you it's the best investment ever. If you're done with your breastfeeding journey, this recliner seat can still be used by the whole family.


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MARCH-APRIL 2017'S COMMENTER OF THE MONTH AND WHAT'S IN STORE FOR MAY-JUNE 2017'S COMMENTER OF THE MONTH!

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It's gonna be May! (cue N'Sync's song)

My months have been hectic and tiring because I'm taking care of my little one all day, everyday! But I'm not complaining. I actually love it! If you would also notice, I have injected mommy blog posts lately and expect more to come!

Also, please let me know if you want me to review specific products that you see on my Instagram account.

Alright, so for May-June's Commenter of the Month, she will be getting the following:

Crane Humidifier

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My nose is almost always congested because of allergic rhinitis. I was told several times that a humidifier might help me breathe at time (when I'm having difficulty). But for some reason, I always stalled on purchasing one and didn't believe on humidifiers.

Then I saw the humidifiers from Crane. 
Okay, so Crane is known for humidifiers that have designs appealing to children. Well, I'm a kid at heart. LOL! When I saw Crane's train humidifier, I knew it's the humidifier we're supposed to have at home.

As luck would have it, we were given a Crane train humidifier. Technically, it's not mine. It's a gift for my daughter.


We started using this in our room when my daughter was born. A lot of people also told me a humidifier is a big help to babies when it comes to ease of breathing.

As months passed by, I noticed that my nose is less congested in the morning. The train humidifier has a cool mist and doesn't require a filter. We use purified water to fill its tank (1 gallon) that can last for 24 hours. We only use it at night though since it's inside our bedroom so we are able to maximise the purified water.

My husband has a travel humidifier which we used prior to having the train humidifier. The travel humidifier has a filter and comes with a cup (to put the water in).

We love Crane humidifiers so much that we are thinking of purchasing their digital humidifier for our living room. And then another humidifier for the master's bedroom once our daughter cn already sleep by herself in her room. But next time na when there's budget!

Crane humidifier has a lot of designs but the train design retails for PhP3,499.75.


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Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump

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Breastfeeding changed how my mind is wired. It's all I think of now. LOL.

One of the things I received before I gave birth was this HaaKaa Silicone Breast Pump. A lot of breastfeeding mothers recommend this as a must-have as if catches your let-down (milk) on the breast that you aren't feeding on.

Panasonic Facial Ionic Steamer*

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I cut down on skin care products during my pregnancy for safety measures since it might have a side effect on the baby. And while I was lucky that I didn't break out during my pregnancy, I still felt that my skin around the nose area got a bit dry.

Now that the baby is out, I can use my skin care products again. But to amp up my skin care routine, Panasonic Beauty sent me one of their beauty gadgets for a new skin care experience!

Nursing in Public Made Easy with Poncho Baby!

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It takes a while to get used to breastfeeding your baby. It takes a while to find comfort even in your own home when breastfeeding. So, Imagine the trouble of having to nurse/breastfeed in public when your baby cries from hunger!

I tried to do all the pre-natal and post-natal shopping because I gave birth. I thought it would be better that way so at least I'm already prepared for "battle". But one of the things that I wasn't able to purchase before D Day was a nursing cover. I only had one good aesthetic reason why: I never liked the design and style of the nursing covers I have seen.

But all that changed when I saw Poncho Baby at The Parenting Emporium. Right then and there, I know it was the perfect nursing cover for me.

Poncho Baby nursing cover
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Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream

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If there's one thing I learned about motherhood, it's the fact that breastfeeding is not as easy as it looks. No one really told me how difficult it could be to breastfeed a baby. You have to be mentally, emotionally, and physically prepared for this thing!

I've been suffering from sore and cracked nipples since the first day I started breastfeeding. I didn't know how to breastfeed and baby didn't know how to latch properly. And really, how do you teach a newborn to latch correctly anyway?!

I searched for tips and tricks on how to "cure" cracked and sore nipples. While the majority is saying that applying your own breastmilk on your nipples and let it air dry is the number 1 cure, I still felt the need to purchase a nipple cream made of Lanolin.

There are a lot of brands out there but I chose Lansing because it's bigger than most of the ones I've seen. It's also what the book What to Expect When You're Expecting recommends.

As per packaging, this is totally safe and hypoallergenic and doesn't need to be removed before breastfeeding - totally great cos I could be really lazy at times! It doesn't have any scent, too.

I've been using this for a month now and I'm really happy with it. I feel that it helped to alleviate my sore nipples. Baby doesn't seem to  be allergic to the cream at all!

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin is available at Mothercare for Php829.00 and at Baby Mama fir Php650.00.


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Using LBC Shipping Cart to Shop Abroad

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how to use LBC Shipping Cart

All right, in case it isn't obvious by now - I like shopping to be convenient. When I say convenient, I highly factor in availability of items, safety, and time against the price tag. Of course, I still have my thrifty moments but most of the time, I'd rather spend (granted I can afford it).

I have been on the look out for the perfect nursing cover. I have been looking since last year but all the nursing covers I have seen in malls and online didn't cut it for me. When I went to The Parenting Emporium, I chanced upon Poncho Baby and it was like at first sight. The nautical feel of their organic nursing cover gave it away. I checked the price tag and it was a whopping PhP4,500! What. I tried to look for other brands with a similar style but I couldn't find any. I told myself that Poncho Baby nursing cover is the only one for me. I decided to purchase online but I somewhat delayed it because I thought utilising the nursing cover could wait until my mom comes back from the states. But certain circumstances made me leave the house with baby in tow and I'm left with makeshift nursing covers aka oversized muslins. It was difficult to use not to mention it isn't fashion friendly.

So, I decided to finally purchase a Poncho Baby nursing cover and use a forwarding service to get the item immediately.

What opted me to use Shipping Cart is the fact that membership is free. Yes, signing up is free. I've seen one forwarding service that has an annual membership of USD20. Truth be told, I was expecting to use Shipping Cart just this one time for the nursing cover since my parents are always in the states anyway and I probably won't need items in a rush.

Signing up at ShippingCart.com is easy. After signing up, you will be given a unique US address and telephone number that you can use to have your purchased items delivered there. Let's face it, there are a lot of online stores that only ship within the US territory. And if ever they do international shipping, the shipping fee is costly and you'd wait at least a month plus you also risk your items being taxed by Customs. We all know nothing good goes down when your items are taxed by Customs.

To maximise my LBC Shipping Cart, I also purchased a few items from Essence Makeup. I got the ones that are not available in Manila. I was a bit worried when I purchased online because it was my first time using LBC Shipping Cart and I wasn't sure how fast their service is. Yes, it's one thing to read reviews about them but it's another thing when you finally use the service yourself. It's like there's always a 50% risk that you might not get your items - that kind of feeling.

I ordered on a weekend (US time) so my orders took almost a week to arrive at my US address provided by Shipping Cart. What's good about Shipping Cart is that they notify you via email once they have received your package. With my experience, Poncho Baby and Essence delivered my items on a weekend (or was it a Monday) and it took Shipping Cart about 2 days to confirm and inform me of my package. I was able to track since Poncho Baby and Essence also provided tracking numbers. But yeh, they took a week to deliver. Shipping Cart took 3 days to inform me they already have screened my packages. They opened it for inspection to make sure that what I'm shipping to the Philippines are not prohibited items. They took a picture for me to see. When I received this email, I immediately logged in to my account and had the items shipped to Manila. That was last March 18. I got an email from them informing me that estimated date of arrival is April 2. Last March 21, I got an other email informing me that my package is on its way to Manila. On March 25, I was surprised to see an LBC Box at home! The package arrived one week in advance!

I chose Air Cargo rather than Sea Cargo because I needed the nursing cover right away. Air Cargo takes about 2 weeks (I think) and Sea Cargo can take up to 45 days. The price range is not that off tangent so I highly suggest you just go for the Air Cargo.

Okay, here's the catch - unless you know exactly the measurements of the items you ordered then you can decide from there whether you want to use their service or not. Shipping Cart has a calculator on their website so you can estimate how much you'd pay for shipping fee (from US to Manila). They compute based on weight (per pound) and size, whichever is higher. I knew the items I ordered wouldn't be that bulky and heavy so I was confident that the shipping fee would be fairy priced. Plus, I have this peace of mind that the items I ordered are authentic. Everything that I purchased was for personal use anyway so I don't mind paying extra for the Essence makeup (since they appear to be more expensive due to shipping fee). I mean, SAs in Sm Store keep telling me that the Essence highlighter has been phased out - which is entirely not true!

The total shipping amount for the items I bought was PhP1,078 but I was able to use a coupon code so there was a 15% discount of the shipping fee. I only paid PhP923 after discount. What's nice about Shipping Cart is that they deliver the items straight to your doorstep. No need to pick up the package at the post office. Best of all, no additional tax to be paid at Customs!

You can opt to pay the shipping fee via credit card or cash on delivery. For online purchases, use either a credit card or debit card. 

I'm very happy with my Shipping Cart experience! This definitely won't be my last time using their service!


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2017 #TRAVELGOALS: CARONIA ESCAPADES COLLECTION*

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Get Instagram-worthy nails this summer with the new Caronia Escapades Collection! Featuring three new captivating shades of gray; the new collection will surely complement your travel look and amp up the excitement to your #travelgoals.

Are you the adventurous type who loves trying things that are out of your comfort-zone? The dark gray shade of Caronia Nail Polish in Break Free is a match for you! If you enjoy long rides and the green views along the way, Caronia Nail Polish in Road Trip is your perfect company. Its mossy shade of gray will liven up that nature-lover in you. Or if you just feel like having a quick escape from everything else, Caronia Nail Polish in Day Off is here for a light weekend getaway.

Moreover, Caronia Matte Top Coat is the new must-have under its Nail Care Category! Who doesn’t love matte anyway? :)

Caronia Escapades Collection is available in 8ml and Caronia Matte Top Coat is in 15ml- in major retailers, supermarkets, department stores, and drug stores nationwide
Caronia by Vibelle Manufacturing Corporation is the pioneering and time-tested nail care brand for the hip and trendy. With over 72 colors in its collection, women are given more opportunities to express and channel their creativity. To get more information and updates about the brand visit (www.caronia.com.ph) or follow Caronia: Facebook & Youtube (Caronia Philippines), Instagram & Twitter (CaroniaPh).

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Mustela Maternité Skin Care Line

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Women go through a lot of changes emotionally and physically when they are pregnant. Linea Nigra comes out. The belly starts to have stretch marks as it expands. A lot say it's hereditary - if you mom had it, you'd have it too. Others go through pregnancy with ZERO stretch marks. Others (like me) suffer from itchy stretch marks and we go crazy trying different products to minimise those zebra lines on our bellies.

I decided to use Mustela Maternité because it's practically everywhere (at least on the places I go to). Scent also matters to me a lot and I love that Mustela has a very gentle scent that doesn't hurt nostrils. No coconut scent whatsoever.

I used the Mustela Maternité Stretch Marks Prevention Cream (PhP1,490) on my belly mostly to prevent stretch marks. The consistency is just like any other body lotion that isn't sticky.

The product that I was most interested to try was the Mustela Maternité Light Legs Gel. My legs were always tired and I was hopeful that the minty feeling of this gel will make me legs feel better. One liner review: It didn't. On the real tho, it was practically a useless product. You can definitely skip this product.

I used the Mustela Maternité Soothing Moisturizing Balm on my shoulder and legs at times. When I almost run out of the stretch marks cream, I used this on my belly as well just to keep my belly moisturised. This is the biggest product among the three and my tube is still not halfway empty. A little product goes a long way. This might be a nice product to have but any moisturiser (without whitening properties) can be used by any pregnant woman.

When I ran out of the stretch marks cream, I decided to try the Mustela Maternité Stretch Marks Care Oil (PhP1,050). It has a mild scent that isn't bothersome.

But yes, truth be told this skin care line did not work for me at all. I started getting stretch marks on my 28th week even with religious application of these products. Quite frustrating because I highly believed in these products as influencers have raved about these - mm-hmm. I was really hopeful I wouldn't have that much stretch marks. But oh well. Part of motherhood.

To all moms out there, what stretch marks prevention products worked for you? I'd love to know!


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Taking Care of Yourself Down There With GynePro*

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Feminine wash is part of my shower routine. I've never been particular about brands as they all seem to be the same for me.

However, GynePro turned out to be a game changer. I admit that I wasn't very excited (to the moon and back) to use this the first time I received it. Tried it after a few months and all I could say was "why didn't I try this sooner?"

GynePro is more gentle on the skin. I know this because I've been having UTI for the last 10 months and when I made the switch to GynePro, my lab results turned out to be negative. And this was the only thing I changed in my routine. My water intake was more or less the same.

The scent of this feminine wash is very gentle. too. No itchy feeling whatsoever. The formula is liquidy like water unlike most feminine wash that happen to be thicker in consistency like liquid soap. It says on the box to use this for not more than 14 days straight so what I do is take a break for about 2 days and use it again. This feminine wash is even recommended for post-partum care.

GynePro (150mL) retails for PhP130 per bottle.


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We're Officially Part of the First Maybelline Squad!

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I'm sure you guys know by now that I (this blog) am part of the first Maybelline Squad in the Philippines! How cools is that, right?! This would not have been possible if not for you guys - for your never-ending support to this blog. With that, I'm saying that we are part of the first Maybelline Squad!

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Bask in the Summer Sun with Céleteque Dermoscience™ Sun Care Line*

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Be ready to bask in the summer sun!
Whether you’re hitting sizzlin’ spots or sashaying in the city this summer, we’ve got you covered.

You’ve planned and booked, rounded up your besties and filed your leaves. And while you’re saddened that the cool-clime weeks couldn’t last longer, you’re also so psyched to welcome the summer season in style. On your bucket list are new summer spots, and you’re so thrilled to fill the season with exciting new memories.

Equally as important as your summer spot or wardrobe is your summer stash. You want nothing short of the right tricks and tools to ensure that you enjoy your vacay to the max without having to worry about sore summer burns. With these highly specialized summer goodies only from Céleteque Dermoscience Sun Care, you’ve got the sun products for skin-caring sun protection that meet your tough wanderlust criteria:

When you want light, breezy but potent sun protection
Say goodbye to sticky, icky afterfeel. Céleteque Dermoscience™ Sun Care Face and Body Sun Defense Spray with SPF50 (P449 for 100mL) is a non-sticky water-proof double sun defense against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays that can be used in dry and wet conditions. Leaving no visible white marks, it looks flawless when applied. Also, its Vitamin E and sunflower oil content mattifies when rubbed unto skin all while keeping the skin moisturized even when under the sun.

This nifty product will soon be a summer staple, because it’s so easy to use. Simply, shake well, hold the can 6-8 inches away from the body while spraying generously and evenly on skin before sun exposure. For face application, spray onto hands and apply to the face. Re-apply after swimming, perspiring, or whenever needed to maintain best protection. 

When you want to look and feel flawless in the summer
Make sure your summer selfies don’t show an oil-slicked you. With Céleteque Dermoscience™ Sun Care Matte Moisturizer with SPF30 (P299 for 50mL), you get mattified double sunscreen protection against UVA/UVB rays during prolonged sun exposure. It hydrates the skin and lends the skin an oil-free and smooth matte finish. Hypoallergenic and safe for everyday use, it is also non-comedogenic and tested for efficacy and moisturization. Apply evenly on cleansed face and neck for daily sunscreen protection. Both shore- and city-ready, this’ll be your best friend in the coming scorching months. 

When you want to soothe the after-effects of the scorching sun
Nothing saps a bright summer mood than a painful burn. Céleteque Dermoscience™ Sun Care Skin Relief After-Sun Gel (P290 for 200mL) provides immediate moisturizing and cooling relief to sunburnt skin. Its Anti-inflammatory Soothing Extracts reduce the skin’s possible inflammation after prolonged sun exposure. Plus, it also has Wheat and Aloe Vera Skin Conditioners that soothe and lessen flaking of overly dry skin. Hypoallergenic and safe for everyday use, it’s the sun remedy you need for those beach visits. Apply generously on dry and reddened skin immediately after long sun exposure for immediate soothing relief and moisture replenishment. You’ll feel insta-relieved as the cool gel glides over your skin. Re-apply as often as possible until the sensation of intense dryness and heat subsides. To supplement the healing process, it is still best to re-apply sunscreen with higher SPF level for intense sun exposure.

Get yourself geared up and ready for the summer season. Stash up on these sun goodies to ensure that you have spectacular time under the summer sun. Happy summer, sun siren!

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JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017'S COMMENTER OF THE MONTH AND WHAT'S IN STORE FOR MARCH-APRIL 2017'S COMMENTER OF THE MONTH!

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It's March already! Ang bilis talaga ng panahon! I can not cope up!

However, I am currently on leave at work for a few months and hopefully I will be able to blog more/frequently. Or at least until before Holy Week.

Well, since it's March - that means Summer is just around the corner. Actually, I've been feeling the hot weather already. Let's hope this summer won't be that hot (wishful thinking)!

For March-April 2017's Commenter of the Month, she will be getting the following items on the photo!

Pond’s Launches New & Improved Formulas For The Modern Pinay*

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Are you ready for a beautiful change? If you think about your skincare rituals from 5 to 10 years ago, the basics were able to keep your skin clear and well-hydrated. But if you take a closer look at our environment now and analyze what our skin faces each day—like pollution, harsher UV rays, and stress—you’ll realize that these basics are no longer enough. Today’s Filipina is in need of modern-day skincare solutions that can keep up with her ever-evolving skin needs and on-the-go lifestyle. “This is why the Pond’s Institute’s recent innovations revolved around developing and improving our formulas,” says Apples Aberin, Unilever Head of PR. “Pond’s wants to evolve with the modern-day Filipina. We want to show her that there is no need to be afraid of the ever-changing environment, because Pond’s is rising up to the challenge and changing with the times.”

Everything Beautiful Begins With Change
With the NEW Pond’s formulations, the power to change your skin into something beautiful is always in your hands. The secret lies in looking for the ingredients and technology that your complexion needs at each stage of your life. Take a look at the NEW and improved Pond’s Acne Clear, Pond’s White Beauty, and Pond’s Age Miracle ranges, especially formulated for today’s modern woman.

For The Blooming Teen
She’s stepping out into the world on her own, and of course, with her besties. The skin challenge? Pimples, oily skin, and stubborn blemishes caused by stress, hormones, and pollution makes her feel self-conscious.

Sofia Andres for Pond'sHer Pond’s Solution: Pond’s Acne Clear is clinically proven to clear acne in just three days. It contains the breakthrough Lock & Clear Technology, which is the first in the world to lock bacteria cells and clear it from the inside for beautiful, acne-clear skin. “Having clear skin helps me feel confident, so I always use the Pond’s Acne Clear Facial Wash and Acne Clear Leave-on Gel combo to keep pimples and oil away,” shares new Pond’s girl Sofia Andres. “I love how it helps my breakouts clear up a lot faster, too.”

For The Girlboss-In-Progress
Whether she’s climbing the corporate ladder or making waves as a successful millennial, this hardworking woman is eager to show the world what she’s got. She lives an on-the-go lifestyle and commutes constantly for work, leaving her skin vulnerable to the sun’s damaging rays and pollution.

KathrynHer Pond’s Solution: Just 10 minutes under the sun can trigger the toughest skin problems. That’s why NEW Pond’s White Beauty uses the all-new, patented ingredient called Vitamin B3+, which works by lessening the production of melanin that causes skin darkening, and preventing the melanin from surfacing. “I noticed that I started getting dark spots from old acne marks and from being under the sun,” reveals Pond’s girl Kathryn Bernardo. “To protect my skin, I started using Pond’s White Beauty since it has SPF that protects it on the outside, and Vitamin B3+ that whitens from the inside. Using it twice daily really helped me get a rosy, white glow.”

For The Empowered Woman
Years of experience—including triumphs and failures—have allowed her to know who she is and what she wants. She’s found her stride and now she’s working on letting go of her anxiety and stress, so she can enjoy her time with the ones who matter.

Toni Gonzaga for Pond'sHer Pond’s Solution: NEW Pond’s Age Miracle helps reduce worry lines, wrinkles, skin sagging, and age spots. It has Retinol-C Complex that works 24 hours non-stop, helping to reduce wrinkles to give you a youthful glow. “As a new mom, I noticed that the late nights were starting to take a toll on my skin,” shares Pond’s Brand Ambassador Toni Gonzaga. “I tried the new formula, and after just 7 days, I noticed that I look a lot fresher and I even got my glow back!”

Making Beautiful Changes With Pond’s
Joey Mead for Pond'sThe All-New Pond’s seeks to inspire women and show them that the power to make change beautiful is in her hands. “They say that the most beautiful faces in the Philippines use Pond’s—and I’m proud to be one of them,” shares new Pond’s brand ambassador, Joey Mead. “As women, it’s important that we strive to inspire and empower one another. We all have the strength and grace to transform the toughest changes into something beautiful.”

At the forefront of skincare science and innovation since 1846, Pond’s continues to show why it is still a leader when it comes to providing superior solutions for cleansing, anti-aging, and lightening. And now, with the NEW and improved Pond’s Acne Clear, Pond’s White Beauty, and Pond’s Age Miracle ranges, the modern Filipina can feel confident knowing that she has what she needs to face the beautiful changes in her life with beautiful skin.

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