Home Inspo || Bright & Spacious Scandinavian Apartment

I've shared a number of Home Inspo posts here on the blog and what you'll find in common with all these is that the homes are always very bright-- a striking feature in most Scandinavian apartments that are always so picturesque. This 132 sq.m. Scandinavian apartment I'm sharing on the blog is MASSIVE with 3 bedrooms but I love that the space looks even more spacious because of less clutter-- something that is a must in Manila because most spaces for sale in the market are quite tiny and dust gathers on every surface all day, everyday even if you clean very often. Hope you enjoy this Home Inspo!

Photos are from .stadshem.se. Click HERE to see more details and photos of this beautiful home.

Black & Gold Brocade

I thought the June showers ushered in cooler weather. It did not-- what it did though, was bring in continuous heat which is sometimes interrupted by crazy strong rains. So rather than put on a sweater to my attire when I leave the house, I have to just bring it with me in case the sky decides to rain real hard late in the afternoon or in the evening. Funny how it tends to pour when most people are leaving in the office-- making traffic worse. 

Curated Links

1. Tumblr is, hands down, the treasure chest of some of the wittiest and funniest people on the planet. Here are just some of the best puns from Tumblr. (buzzfeed.com)

2. All about first impressions -- 8 things people decide within seconds of meeting you. (businessinsider.com)

3. Long bob hairstyles I'm lusting over. If only I can get my flat, limp hair to have more curl and volume... (lefashion.com)

4. Lessons in creative business c/o YouTube star, Michelle Phan (careergirldaily.com)

5. Have you noticed how so many adults are getting hooked on coloring books? If you're not too sure about purchasing one, try out these printable coloring pages first. (everythingetsy.com)

6. Why not try out a new shade of blush? Here are some nice plum blush picks. I have my eye on Cabana Boy. (temptalia.com)

Skin Care Review || Nu Skin Philippines ageLOC Gentle Cleanse and Tone

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve slightly cut back on my makeup purchases and splurged more on skin care. My skin is not as easy to maintain compared to when I was in my teens or early twenties. There are lines that won’t seem to go away (!!!) and tiny bumps that appear when I don’t get enough sleep or when I fuss too much at work. Now that I’m nearing my thirties (SAD), I’ve realized it’s better to splurge or invest in my skin rather than makeup. Investing in a smooth and clean base is better than buying the most expensive cover-up out there.

Last week I was invited to the Nu Skin Philippines Expo and was lucky enough to go home with the ageLOC Gentle Cleanse and Tone which is part of Nu Skin’s ageLOC Transformation Set.
According to Nu Skin Philippines, ageLOC™ Gentle Cleanse & Tone is a luxurious foaming cleanser that combines cleansing and toning into a single step. It gently cleanses, purifies, replenishes, and hydrates skin, preparing it to receive advanced anti-aging ingredients. An effective time saver, this dual-action formula helps maintain skin’s natural healthy pH and delivers an infusion of ageLOC™ to the skin, targeting the ultimate sources of aging, while leaving skin feeling refreshed and youthful.”

I’ve tried maaaaaany products that claim to give a more youthful appearance and sure, after using it for a couple of months, I’d notice a change— but not enough to make me stick with it forever. Contrary to most products in the market, the Nu Skin Philippines Gentle Cleanse and Tone delivers it promise ad there’s a noticeable change right away. I’ve been using the product for a week now and it’s amazing how well it works on my skin. My face looks more taut, no usual little bumps caused by stress in the office, and it looks so much brighter even without my weekly routine of exfoliating. What I like about this is that it cuts back on prep time for leaving the house since it aims to combine cleansing and toning in one bottle. I love this product to bits. I was adamant to try it out first since my skin is ridiculously sensitive , but so far no breakouts!

Product Design:

This I really have to stress. Many products I use have a pump that releases more product that necessary—which I hate since it’s a total waste of product. The ageLOC Gentle Cleanse and Tone has a pump that disposes just the right amount of product. Nu Skin Philippines recommends three pumps for washing your face, but in my case two can suffice. 

Key Ingredients:

ageLOC – Nu Skin Philippines Technology that target the ultimate sources of aging
Betaine – retains water thus increases skin hydration
Mild Sufracants and Glycerin – cleans the skin while maintaining the skin’s natural lipid barrier

+ Cleans the skin without leaving it too tight—I’ve noticed many cleansers like this and it causes breakouts for me
+ Nice, gentle scent
+ Cuts short my morning prep time—perfect for those who are always in a rush in the morning
+ Good for sensitive skin

Can't think of any!

For those of you interested in trying out this wonderful product, but still a bit adamant to try out the entire set-- you are in luck! Cleanse and Tone is the only product from the ageLOC Transformation Set that is sold separately. It retails for PhP 3,040.

Nu Skin Philippines ageLOC Galvanic Spa

During the expo I was also given the chance to try the much raved about Galvanic Spa. It claims to restore the skin’s natural vibrancy and to smoothen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I was dubious up until I sat on the chair for procedure and saw the results—and boy was I surprised.

{Before and After the ageLOC Galvanic Spa Procedure—hello brighter complexion)

Not only did it feel like a face massage, it also really brightened up my face and gave it a more sculpted appearance! I was set to meet up with my boyfriend after the Nu Skin Philippines Expo and I was thrilled when he said I was glowing. Yay for Nu Skin Philippines! The Galvanic Spa works hand in hand with the ageLOC Transformation Set so you can just imagine how amazing your face will look and feel when you incorporate this in your skincare routine.

Interested in trying out the Nu Skin Philippines ageLOC Galvanic Spa and Transformation Set? Do head on to www.nuskin.com for more information. You  can also get in touch with them through their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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Curated Links

1. Have you heard? LOL's out-- emojis in. (wired.co.uk)
2. Dorm room decor that you can incorporate into your own home. (domino.com)
3. Because a lady can never have too many red lipsticks-- there are a gazillion shades after all. (ohhappyday.com)
4. Are you an extrovert, introvert or an ambivert? (purewow.com)
5. A rooftop apartment to rule them all... (thesundaychapter.com)
6. This simple, but oh so chic ensemble makes me wish I could wear a coat in Manila. (lefashion.com)

Beauty Beliefs

Over the years I've accumulated a bunch of beauty beliefs from magazines, beauty bloggers, my mom and my aunts, friends, etc. Some might seem downright ridiculous (putting on a swipe of mascara, a dash of baby powder, and then another swipe of mascara again to make your lashes thicker -- THIS WORKS BY THE WAY), while some seem harmless enough to try. I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to trying out beauty tips and (even products), but I've remained faithful to those I found really work:

1. Never go to bed without washing your face.

2. Wash your face a maximum of twice daily. Overwashing could leave your face chapped or irritated. Also, overwashing could kick oil glands to overdrive thereby increasing the oil on your face.

3. Avoid touching your face.

4. Exfoliating twice or thrice a day can do wonders for brightening up your face. Make sure to find one that is gentle enough for your face. I highly recommend Cure Natural Aqua Gel, which is readily available in Beauty Bar and Rustan's.

5. Having oily skin is not an excuse to skip on moisturizers. Moisturizers are not just for people who have dry skin. There's a moisturizer for every skin type.

6. Drink lots of water. 

7. Groom your brows. Your eyebrows frame your face so it's vital that you shape them well. For those who are not too confident about grooming your brows on your own, you can have it done professionally for a while and once you're familiar with the shape to maintain-- just remove the stray hairs on your own. 

8. Weekly face mask sheets. I've read that Korean women use face mask sheets every night-- and we all know how bright and supple their faces are. I'd do this every night too but that might burn a serious hole in my pocket. Incorporating face mask sheets into your weekly beauty routine however, will really do wonders for your skin. I've tried face mask sheets from Watson's and these are the ones I normally buy

9. Avoid alcohol-based products. It does not take much to make my cheeks flush-- and if you're the same way, you might want to reconsider alcohol-based products as these will just make your face flare up more. 

10. Keep out of the Sun and use sunscreen. If your job entails being out in the sun all day, do lather on sunscreen. You might like the effect of having a bit of color on your skin but prolonged harsh sun exposure could bring skin problems in the future. No time in the morning to put on sunscreen on your face? Opt for products that have SPF. 

I'm always interested to know about beauty beliefs/routines of other ladies. Care to share yours? 

Pop of Peony

{Old Navy denim jacket, SM Department Store Top, Bazaar find Peony print skirt, Shoebox Ballet Flats}

If there's one thing I like about the rainy season, it's that I can throw on a light sweater or jacket/ layer clothes. The top and peony print skirt on their own look formal for a Sunday meant for walking around the mall, so I thought I'd break the formal look with a denim jacket. Opted for ballet flats in lieu of heels since no one wants to wobble around in heels at the mall. 

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