Merci Buco by Locally

BonJUICE! :p Locally, the first quirky Filipino juice line that uses homegrown fruits, recently released a new drink containing delicious, organic coconut juice - the first eco-certified organic coconut water in the Philippines.
You might've noticed Locally's witty juice names like Mangosteenie Miney Mo, Tamarind My Bell, Guyabano-body But You, and Calamansi'z the Day. They're unstoppable with their entertaining puns as they launch "Merci Buco"

Everyone's gone loco with coco! People have become more conscious with choosing healthier drink alternatives, hence the coconut craze all over the world. Did you know that the Philippines is the biggest producer of the most delicious coconuts around the globe? We have exported a total of more than 49 million liters of coconut water in 2015. Amazeballs!

Locally Merci Buco is made from pure and organic coconut water sourced and organically grown from local farms in Bicol and Quezon, assuring consumers not only of 100% freshness from the best-tasting natural coco water, but also of its numerous health benefits: low calorie content of 40 calories per serving, no sugar added (for plain coco water), no fat and cholesterol, gluten-free, not from concentrate, and non-GMO. What’s more, Locally Merci Buco has the natural properties of coco water such as antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc.

Locally Merci Buco is also the perfect post-workout drink for fitness enthusiasts, because it is loaded with electrolytes that boost one’s energy level. It is also a healthier alternative to sweetened and carbonated sports and energy drinks due to its rich potassium content.

And since Locally wants us to have more fun while drinking, they offer Merci Buco in two other refreshing Pinoy favorite variants - buco lychee and buco pandan.

Hit your nearest Rustan's, select Puregold and Robinsons Supermarkets nationwide for your dose of Merci Buco. Gotta love Locally! ❤

Snow Skin Whitening (Thoughts and Quick Review)

Whether you want to achieve lighter complexion or you are born with fair skin but suffering from dark spots and uneven skin tone due to sun damage (like me!), topical whitening products are readily available in the market to help your concerns. One trusted brand that's been in the industry for years is Snow Skin Whitening by Vida Nutriscience.

If you haven't heard of Snow Skin Whitening yet, let me give you an overview of their promising product line and how to use each item.

Snow Skin Whitening Soap
Your skin needs its well-deserved energy and nutrients to keep it radiant and younger looking. This soap has 7 plant extracts from the Swiss Alps that promotes skin lightening and anti-age spots. It also offers anti-oxidants like aloe vera extract, vitamin C, vitamin E, and Niacinamide B3 - all aiding to give your skin moisture, protection, and clarifying benefits.

Price: Php149.00 (135g)

How to use: Apply this soap daily for face and body. Leave on skin for 2-3 minutes before rinsing.

Thoughts: I didn't try this on my face though because I have a different skin care regimen dedicated for my face. However, for my body, I must say it delivered well because I've seen good results after a month of using. I experienced subtle peeling particularly in my arms and shoulders - which is normal with whitening products and can be easily treated with lotion. Peeling just means that the product removes the dead and dry cells off your skin. :)

Snow Skin Whitening Lotion
This product has 7 clinically proven skin whitening actives to provide the following:

✓ Beauty from the inside and outside
✓ Anti-aging and photo-aging
✓ Skin whitening (evening of skin tone)
✓ Protection against UV damage, photo oxidation and sunburn
✓ Prevention of DNA damage
✓ Anti-inflammatory
✓ Enhancement of other active ingredients that this product contains

It's also important to note that the Snow Skin Whitening Lotion is hydroquinone-free and paraben-free. Some brands has those carcinogenic elements, so make sure to double check the components before buying or using!

Price: Php799.00 (175ml)

Some of you might get stunned by its price, but this product is really big, it will last long. :)

How to use: Apply generously all over the body, targeting uneven skin tones on your elbows, knees, neck and nape.

Thoughts: This lotion has several claims but I'm happy to share that it worked well for my skin. It really helped in making my skin look radiant and moisturized. I like that it feels light when applied, not sticky nor heavy, perfect for our hot and humid city.

Snow Pore Minimizer Toner
For my fellow skin care freaks, you might want to try out the Snow Pore Minimizer Toner! This helps in:

✓ Minimizing pores
✓ Controlling excess oil
✓ Exfoliating skin (removes dead skin cells)
✓ Balancing pH levels
✓ Smoothening skin's texture

Price: Php149.00 (100ml)

How to use: After washing your face, use a cotton pad to wipe the Snow Pore Minimizing Toner. 

To make sure that this product is compatible with your skin, here's how to check before using:

Apply a small amount of Snow Pore Minimizer Toner to either side of your cheeks for 12 to 24 hours. Examine if there are redness, itchiness or skin irritation. If none, you may safely use the product. :)

Thoughts: Since I've mentioned earlier that I have a different skin care routine for my face, I asked my mom to try this toner for me for a month. She applied this every morning and evening (after shower) and mentioned that she loves the result. Immediately after use, she told me that her skin feels smoother and her pores got smaller. Also, she didn't get any breakouts! :)

Snow Skin Whitening Cream
Like the soap and lotion, this cream has the elite 7 skin whitening actives for that luminous white skin.

The Snow Skin Whitening Cream can:

✓ Serve as an excellent moisturizer
✓ Protect skin cells against UV radiation
✓ Stimulate fibroblast and collagen synthesis
✓ Promote healing and reduce discoloration of scars
✓ Treat melasma
✓ Act as a non-invasive treatment of skin wrinkles

Price: Php1,499.00 (50ml)

Price may be steep for a whitening cream if you're on a tight budget, but all the benefits it mentioned, especially the "non-invasive treatment of skin wrinkles", is a good reason to purchase! ;)

How to use: After washing your face and toning, apply this cream generously on your face.

Thoughts: My mom religiously used the Snow Skin Whitening Cream right after the toner for a month, too. She loves how it aids in making her look more youthful - our daily restaurant operations made her lose weight plus this cream helped in making her look younger! I also noticed how her wrinkles and eye bags lessened. Even her amigas and our relatives are interested to try this!

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Overall, the Snow Skin Whitening product line is worth trying. The Vida Nutriscience company swears by their core values "integrity, involvement, and innovation" in making each product, so you're sure that you're in good hands. They seek to remain consistent in their philosophy of becoming the country's go-to provider of safe, novel and ethical health and wellness products.

Snow Skin Whitening products are available in Mercury Drug, Watsons, South Star Drug, Puregold, SM stores, and other leading groceries nationwide.

Toby's Sports: National Sports and Fitness Day

Mark your calendars: October 1, 2017 is Natonal Sports and Fitness Day!

Toby's Sports, the largest multi-brand sports retailer in the Philippines, announced that they're celebrating the 1st National Sports and Fitness Day on October 1, 2017. This event is to further highlight the positive benefits of sports and fitness activities for Filipinos of all ages.

Apart from having the widest selection of sports products from our favorite brands in the industry, Toby's Sports has also been at the forefront of the sports and fitness movement through several initiatives like youth sports foundation, regular sports events for amateurs and consistently partnering with other organizations that are dedicated to improving people's lives through sports.

Truly, Toby's Sports is dedicated to help customers find the right gear and assist them in their journey to an active and healthy lifestyle.

Don't miss this! ❤

Cooking Oil That's Best For Your Heart

Since we became restaurateurs, Deo and I are extra conscious about the type of oils that we use - whether for the business or for our personal use. Though some cooking oils put your cardiovascular health at risk, others provide essential good fats that our bodies need.

One of the healthiest and most recommended oils in the market is canola oil, which contains heart-healthy nutrients called phytosterols (an all-natural plant extract that can reduce your body's cholesterol level by up to 15%). Leading oil brand Golden Fiesta by NutriAsia offers this! :)

So why do you need to switch to Golden Fiesta Canola Oil?

Golden Fiesta Canola Oil is a rich source of phytosterols. Scientific studies and trials show that consumption of 2 grams of phytosterols per day may diminish the risk of coronary heart disease, which is one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

Made from the seeds of canola flowers, Golden Fiesta Canola Oil is also rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6, which are also beneficial in lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and some types of cancer when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.

Compared to other vegetable oils, canola oil has a low level of uric acid, glucosinolates, and saturated fatty acids and bad fats, making it one of the healthiest and more widely used oils in the market.

When you go to the supermarket, choose the cooking oil that's best for your heart - the NutriAsia Golden Fiesta Canola Oil!