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CYNOS Inside Hair Care

For ladies (and even men these days), our crowning glory is part and parcel of beauty and it needs utmost care. It can be our shining glory or the bane of our existence. I can't bear the latter so I give extra time and effort for this everyday. An hour just for hair styling. Blow drying + ironing + coloring = OVERLY TREATED HAIR!!! I've been searching for good hair care products for quite some time now (but ending up frustrated every single time), so I'm really thankful CYNOS chose me as one of their bloggers. I know we're perfect match! ;)


CYNOS (Cycle Natural Original System) is an international professional hair care brand, offering a wide range of products for hair treatment, enrichment and styling. Now, they released a new line - CYNOS Argan Oil Products - made of "Liquid Gold" from Morocco.

Argan Oil, according to the New York Times, has restorative and age-defying effects, and has become one of the latest miracle ingredients in the beauty industry. It can protect the cell membranes against lipid oxidation, and thus slows down the process of ageing.


MOROCCO ARGAN OIL
for daily use, as needed

This repairs damage follicles from within, softens hair without leaving it greasy. Never leave home without it! :)


Instructions: Apply just a small amount to the ends of damp or dry hair. Do not rinse. Style as usual. Can be applied when necessary, but not too much so as not leave hair too limp. Can be used on dry skin, too.


ARGAN OIL MOISTURE VITALITY SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
for daily use

The shampoo and conditioner won't strip away color, also good for dry, damaged and dyed hair. These products will leave your hair silky-soft to the touch, manageable and moisturized. After using, hair becomes smooth and silky but does not fall flat.


Instructions: Apply just a small amount to wet hair and lather with a gentle massaging motion. Rinse thoroughly.


ULTRA HYDRATING HAIR MASK

This hair mask hydrates and restores hair's natural moisture balance. It can help restructure hair's protective film to shield it from damage and helps revitalize dry, brittle and damaged hair.


Instructions: Apply to clean, towel dry hair. Massage in thoroughly. Leave in for 5-10 minutes, rinse.

The CYNOS Morocco Argan Oil, by the way, now comes in travel-sized pack! Carry the "most essential Liquid Gold" with you on the go, whenever and wherever you are! The 10ml and 50ml packaging can fit in your purse, gym bag, toiletry bag or even in your convenient make-up kit! :)

Can't wait to show you the results! I'll be blogging about my hair story with CYNOS soon so watch out!

CYNOS is exclusively distributed by Summit Colors Company, Manila. Contact them at summitcolours_mktg@yahoo.com for details.

White On White

Hola! Hope you're having a great Sunday so far! :) If you have no plans today yet, visit and raid my closet (literally, haha) here at the Elements Tent, Centris for Bazaar For All Season! Like always, I'm selling my brand new and pre-loved clothes, shoes, bags and accessories for up to 80% OFF! I also brought my very own clothing line, STYLE CODE, here and all our stuff are on sale, too! Almost sold-out na so hurry! :)


One huge anymoo, let me share with you a simple and fuss-free outfit which I wore to a random catch-up session with my friends days ago. It's amazing that even if we don't see each other that often, and despite our crazy work schedules, the friendship we had since high school still remains; nothing has changed. 


On me: STYLE CODE sheer sleeveless top | white blazer courtesy of ROMWE | teal shorts courtesy of Freeway | anchor necklace courtesy of Crave More | studded flats courtesy of SM Parisian


STYLE CODE sheer sleeveless top | white blazer courtesy of ROMWE | anchor necklace courtesy of Crave More

No doubt, white embodies effortless elegance and class. It complements all skin tones and works well with every shade in the color wheel. Big names in the fashion industry like Stella McCartney, Celine, Marni, Prada and more have sent their models down the catwalk sporting white-on-white (on-white-on-white, hahaha) for their shows! You're rest-assured that you can carry and trust this trend! :)


teal shorts courtesy of Freeway

Renowned brand, Freeway, has an on-going sale - Buy One, Get the Second Item at 30% OFF! It's happening until March 2, don't miss this chance! :)


Photos by Charls Uytanlet

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :)

Go All Natural with Ysabel's Daughter


In the last decade, a vast majority of Filipinos are becoming more and more convinced that they should become eco-friendly, natural consumers, both for their own sake, their family's well-being and for the environment's health. Because of this mindset, a bath and body line called Ysabel's Daughter was made.

Ysabel, by the way, is an actual person. Cristina Cruz or Coty is the brainchild of this skincare line, and she believes that her mother is an epitome of all mothers who raised families in endless, selfless and enduring love. "This is the same care that we would like to share with our patrons," declares Coty.

Ysabel's Daughter is proud to present a line of body care products made from high quality 100% natural raw materials. What sets them apart from other brands is that they use a much higher concentration of natural active ingredients, like the purest of imported essential oils. They use top-notch raw materials like honey, Jojoba Oil, Carnitine, Fine Green Luffa Shreds, Moringa, Green Tea, Walnut Scrubs, Essential Oils, L-Arginine, Olives, Lemons, Oranges, Laminaria, Saccharina Extract, CoQ10, Algae Extract and many more.

Best of all, Ysabel's Daughter uses no preservatives or toxic chemicals which are sadly prevalent in many commercially available beauty products.

This fairly newly formed Filipino-run company has been supporting and contributing to causes of various foundations around the county. "We believe in setting aside a portion of our income to benefit children in need of education and placing them in schools that provide the proper schooling that they deserve," Coty shares.

Ysabel's Daughter is available at the upper ground level of Mega Fashion Hall at SM Megamall. You can also catch them online at their website and Facebook page.

Converse SS2014: Splash of Colors

Shoes are boring while sneakers are the opposite - the classic yet always trendy sneakers brand, Converse, has always believed in this outlook. They've been consistent beginning the 1900s, and these are the attributes (which I've witnessed since I was in gradeschool) that I love about the brand:


Heritage and Tradition. Converse embodies the pioneering spirit and the pursuit of greatness. This embodiment, in turn, is made possible only through an attitude of enduring strength. All of these are clearly obvious, as the brand is being sold by retailers in over 160 countries and through 79 company-owned retail locations in the US.

Converse is all about sneakers, not shoes. Sneakers clash with one's old ideas about the world and bring passion, vitality and positive change. Choosing to wear sneakers instead of shoes reflects a particular mindset - all about feeling confident, relaxed and comfortable in their own skin; just like how comfortable Converse sneakers are on one's feet.


Youthfulness. Less about numbers and age, and really more about vitality, optimism and restlessness. Converse assures that there's joy in creativity, new discoveries and new accomplishments. It's about a youthful perspective that allows one to enjoy life fully and with passion.

Individualism and rebellion. Being daring and willing to challenge the status quo - these qualities are seen in all Converse designs, colors and materials. Only by challenging old modes of thinking can one be truly creative and ambitious - to be able to level-up one's performance and even start a trend or create something new. Life is about change and evolution anyway, and with Converse, you won't be left behind, stuck in the past.

Canvas for self-expression. When it comes to range of colors and designs, nothing beats Converse. Even better, Converse sneakers are a blank canvas that wearers can modify as they please to express individual tastes, moods, philosophies and personal statements.


Expect to witness all the attributes mentioned in Converse's Spring/Summer 2014 collection! With summer being the season for holidays and the school break, everyone, from kids to teens, to young adults and the entire family, it's also the time for showcasing sneakers on the streets, at the malls, or in tourist destinations. Their pieces for SS2014 are all about splashes of colors! ♥

Spring/Summer 2014 All Star Collection


The All Star Collection is updated with exciting new patterns, colors and silhouettes for Spring. Premium materials and new executions elevate the collection and offer sneaker lovers a variety of styles and designs to choose from.


Really eyeing on the Chuck Taylor All Star '70s and Tri-Panel! :)

Spring/Summer 2014 CONS Star Player Skate Collection
My personal favorite collection!!!


When you see these Star Player sneakers in stores, I'm sure you'd find it hard to go home with only one pair. My picks would have to be their timeless low-top CONS sneakers in radio blue or oyster gray, or their CONS Star Player skates in ensign blue or khaki, or the CONS KA-II in camouflage or navy. Ahhhh can I just get them all?! ♥

Spring/Summer 2014 Jack Purcell Collection


Jack Purcells have seasonless quality and clean design heritage. These classic leather-crafted sneakers are versatile, made for everyday use. 


Converse is also welcoming the newest member of the Purcell family, Jeffrey. Named after Jack's grandson, a 20-something golf pro, this style's classic lines make it versatile enough to take one through many wearing occasions. The sneaker is finished with an injected rubber outsole for added comfort, and the iconic Jack Purcell smile on the tongue and forefoot. This will certainly be a favorite for summer adventures!


Excited for everything that's gonna happen with my Converse family this 2014! Expect to see me wearing their sneakers and apparels more often! ;)

For more information and updates, visit Converse Philippines on Facebook.

SwitchEasy PLAY for iPhone 5C

Anyone close with me knows that I'm not a gadget freak. For years, I never really cared about getting into iOS or Android despite the hype. I can go with any phones as long as I can call and send text messages. I was already satisfied with my iPad for Instagram's sake. :p Come Christmas last year, though, my parents surprised me with an iPhone 5C in blue. And when I started using it, I understood and appreciated what the hype was all about!



My everyday weapons: iPhone 5C in Blue (for personal use and blog duties) | iPhone 5C in White (for work-related tasks) | iPhone 5C case in Pink courtesy of Digits Trading and SwitchEasy | 2600mAh USB Power Bank External Battery Charger in Pink courtesy of Romwe


Wonder why you're seeing two iPhone 5C's? The white one is my company phone provided by my new family and I'll be using it for work-related tasks 


I'm very cautious and careful with anything I own, so you could just imagine my delight when Digits Trading sent me this protective but stylish SwitchEasy iPhone 5C PLAY case! Perfect timing, I really needed this :p


This PLAY case for iPhone 5C is made from durable, scratch-resistant hydro polymer material. Inside the package, you'll get this case, a wrist strap, one (1) front protective film/screen protector, one (1) microfiber wipe, and one (1) squeegee for protective film application.


Certainly, it's so easy to fall in love with this versatile but elegant PLAY cover! You can choose from its four dynamic colors - Pink, Yellow, Black and Blue. Of course, my option was yummy pink to complement my persona! :)


Another good thing about this case is the 360 Protection feature. It has a reversible lanyard strap holder and a viewing stand which you can attach or detach, perfect for all users whether left- or right-handed.


Also, you MUST see these pop-out integrated connector protectors! You're assured that these areas are given utmost care (dust-free, too, if I may add).


You can simply flip out the stand on the back of the case and enjoy watching videos anytime of the day! Achieve all these features with the SwitchEasy PLAY case for iPhone 5C!


For people like me who are always on the go, never forget to bring your handy-dandy power bank! Can't afford not to stay connected! Thanks to my favorite international fashion retailer, ROMWE, for sending this over! :)


The SwitchEasy PLAY package is SRP Php895.00, available in the following Digits Trading Distributors:

★ Digits Trading
★ Beyond The Box
★ Digital Walker
★ Digital Hub

You can also purchase this from the following SwitchEasy resellers:

★ 8Telcom ★ Astrovision ★ BCG Computer ★ Banana Telecom ★ BCG Computers ★ CellShoppe ★ Digital Arena ★ District 32 ★ E-Central ★ Electrocomputer Data System ★ Games and Gadgets ★ Graphic All In ★ iCenter ★ iCon ★ iGig ★ JMB Albay Gadgets ★ Islands and More (NAIA T3) ★ Landmark ★ Microstation ★ Mobile 1 ★ PC Hub ★ SEATAC ★ Senco Link ★ Silicon Valley ★ Sync ★ Technoholics ★ The Inbox Store ★ Vertex ★ Sidrah ★ Gui ★ iBook

Thank you so much to Digits Trading and SwitchEasy for this! :)

Workout Chronicles: CrossFit MadMinute

Some of you have probably seen my Sweat Session post last January. If yes then I'd love you forever! To date, I'm staying true with my commitment to a fitter and healthier 2014. I'm glad that even if I get busy during weekdays, I still have the time to continue with my workout chronicles at home. For me, though, it's always different and better if I really hit the gym and follow a strict program. You won't feel lazy and you'll feel the grind to a greater extent.


Holla to my new playground - CrossFit! Thanks to my big sis Ana, I got introduced to their elite take on fitness! Prior to my CrossFit experience, my goal was to have a perfect beach body slash be one of the angels for Victoria's Secret (tsk tsk). Apparently, in CrossFit, they do more than making us sexy. They train using functional movements (no mirrors, no machines) to ready our bodies for whatever we'll face in our daily lives, which can stay with us until we reach the 80s!


Coach RJ handled us for the trial. He briefed us about CrossFit and he mentioned that holistic fitness is what they offer to prepare us for everyday physical tasks. General physical preparedness for the unknown and unknowable. With their program, we'll be able to develop the following:

★ Endurance ★ Strength ★ Stamina ★ Flexibility ★ Speed ★ Power ★ Balance ★ Coordination ★ Agility ★ Accuracy


CrossFit's Workout of the Day or WODs are constantly varied, meaning they always come up with fresh training ideas so you won't get bored, executed at high intensities based on your current ability.


You'll see on my Instagram account a preview of the trial training we had at CrossFit. :) Coach RJ taught us the ways and techniques (including proper posture) in doing these exercises so the right areas in our bodies will be tapped and stretched. Attentiveness in this foundation class is important so we can avoid injuries. After warming up and executing the drills on our own (which lasted for about 20-30 minutes), we had to do as many rounds as we can for 8 minutes.


The circuit was composed of body rows (our favorite station, haha), squats, 1-arm bottoms-up kettlebell carry and push-ups. Ana, Ava and I all reached 5 rounds in 8 minutes! Not bad for starters! :p #nojudging

And you know what? I ended the training with a smile. I had so much fun with what we did and all that I've learned from CrossFit! I loved it! :)

When you experience CrossFit, I'm pretty sure you'll feel this way as well! Whether you're a newbie or a gym goer ever since, CrossFit will help you be ready for unpredictable challenges in life. It's more than your ordinary workout, it's a complete explanation of fitness.


Obligatory photo with my CrossFit buddies Ana and Ava! So proud we were able to finish the training! Love you blog sisters! Scaredy-cats no more! :)

NOTE: CrossFit offers free trials every Saturday at 3PM.



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