Best Begins Now | Aquafina

Whether for your life goals or simple day-to-day tasks, how do you reach your best potential?

As restaurant owners and bloggers, Deo and I pour our hearts in everything that we make - from mise en place, actual cooking, managing cash flow, shooting for new content, writing blog posts, editing vlog episodes, and more. The road to achieving your dreams is not (and will never be) easy. You have to put your 100% even when it's hard, even in the tiniest detail. We can't afford to waste a single day.

Aquafina, the world's best-selling water, has launched their #BestBeginsNow campaign to help inspire people to start living the best version of themselves. At the event, there were series of talks by experts in different fields: beauty, content creation, and hosting.

Deo and I stayed long at the content creation area since it had the perfect mix of what we love to do - cooking and styling! Hey Handsome chef Nicco Santos and food stylist Chichi Tullao were there to demonstrate how to make a simple dish come to life. 

Social media maven and award-winning entrepreneur Martine Cajucom was in that area, too, to speak about personal branding and how one could use it to their advantage.

Here's the beauty corner where queens Pia Wurtzbach and Michelle Gumabao talked about their journey to getting their crowns and how to feel more confident in one's skin. Designer Francis Libiran was also there, joined by Jonas Gaffud and Albert Kurniawan - people behind the beauty queens' successes.

Meanwhile, hosts Sam YG and Suzy Gamboa talked about hosting and mentored up-and-coming Magic 89.9 junior jocks.

There you have it! Remember - delaying is not an option because your best begins now.

Aquafina is available in all leading supermarkets and convenient stores nationwide.

Korean Skincare Haul (Nature Republic Uptown BGC)

My obsession for skincare is pretty obvious... lol! Writing (or talking) about it makes me feel really happy. It's probably one of the best things that you can invest in - your skin will thank you for it as you age. ;) 

In case you haven't watched my skincare routine yet, here's a vlog episode of mine from November 2017 where I shared the products that I use - brands that are purely Korean and Japanese.

However, the changing seasons call for some adjustments in skin routines, so I've been switching up different products in the past weeks to fit my current needs. Today, I'll be sharing with you my discoveries from Nature Republic, so please keep reading! :)

Nature Republic, one of the leading cosmetic brands from South Korea, has opened up a new store in Uptown Mall BGC. They're known for producing quality beauty products that are derived from natural substances and essences.

Their most famous product: Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel

This product gently moisturizes all skin types, including sensitive skin. It has proven to effectively soothe and refresh dry, inflamed, and sun burnt areas, too. You see this pretty much everywhere - even in bazaars or online stores. Be careful of fake ones, though! I highly encourage you to purchase only from Nature Republic stores in malls. Otherwise, you're risking your skin from getting further damage.

There are several ways to know if the product is fake or real. According to their team, one way is to check the recycle sign at the back. Fake ones have two (2) signs, the original has one (1). 

I heard the fake aloe gel costs only Php100.00. The real one from Nature Republic costs Php245.00.

Anyway, here's what you can expect inside the newly-opened Nature Republic store:

From cleansers to sleeping packs, they have products for different skin concerns!

EXO Hand Cream (which y'all are crazy about!)

They also have foundations, color correcting creams, blushers, lip tints, brow pens, and more! In fairness with the foundation bottle - the frosted approach reminds me of Fenty Beauty! :p

Now for my haul - aka the products that I'm about to add in my skincare routine! So much love!

Sun Block with SPF35 (Php455.00)
The last step in morning skincare routines which we tend to forget sometimes. Sun block's super important to shield our skin from the harmful sun rays.

Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Mist (Php275.00)
Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel (Php245.00)
Of course! A Nature Republic trip isn't complete without these!

Iceland First Watery Essence (Php645.00)
To be applied after using toner to add another layer of hydration before creams or serums.

Pure Bud Relief Foam Cleanser (Php345.00)
Trying out this cleanser as soon as I finish up the one I'm currently using (on the vlog!)

Mild Cotton Wipes (Php66.00)
For my toner!

Face Masks (Php55.00 - Php75.00)
For that extra moisture and glow!

Clear Spot Patch (Php235.00)
Blackhead Clear Nose Pack (Php35.00)
Skin emergency savers!

Cream Concealer (Php395.00)
The only makeup product that I picked! Haha! Running out of concealers, perfect chance to finally try this one!

Try before you buy! Nature Republic has starter kits, too, in case you want to try out the products in small batches before purchasing the full-sized ones.

Fresh Green Tea Starter Kit
Toner, emulsion, and cream 

Bee Venom Starter Kit
Cleansing foam, toner, emulsion

Collagen Dream Starter Kit
Skin booster, emulsion, essence, cream

Will definitely share my thoughts on these products! I might upload an updated skincare routine soon. Stay tuned for that!

Thanks so much and congratulations, Nature Republic! Kamsahamnida!

Kiehl's Loves the Philippines (Limited Edition Line!)

You probably know that I'm a huge skincare junkie. Despite the recent insane rain, I made sure not to miss the event of a well-loved luxury skincare brand, Kiehl's. Over the years, they've certainly established how effective their products are.

In lieu of the Philippine Independence Day, Kiehl's celebrated with the Filipinos by releasing their limited edition Kiehl's Loves the Philippines line. It was like an interactive fiesta during the launch since stations were themed after our local sights, sounds, and tastes. There's a photo opp corner featuring the Maskara Festival, a sorbetes stand for avocado-flavored ice cream, nipa hut, mini Banaue Rice Terraces, and so much more!

The best station for me was the Consultation Booth. Each of us had a one-on-one session with a dermatologist/representative. They helped us assess our skin, advised how to achieve our skin goals, and recommended the perfect products for our various needs. 

Through this session, I've learned that I have normal to oily skin on my forehead, and normal to dry skin on my cheek area. I told the dermatologist that I wanted to improve my skin's texture and reduce pores. Since Kiehl's can surely address those, she gave me samples of her recommended products for my concerns - facial wash, toner, moisturizer, sunscreen, and eye cream! I'm so happy I can try these out first before actually purchasing the full-sized ones! :)

You, too, can get your FREE consultation at any Kiehl's branches! Totally helpful - I tell you!

Going back to the Kiehl's Loves the Philippines line, their most popular and cult-favorite products were redesigned with illustrations of our country's culture. The lovely packaging was decorated by New York-based artist Ali Mac.

Kiehl's Loves the Philippines - Products:

Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner (Php2,425.00)
This renowned toner gently cleanses and refreshes facial skin without harsh synthetic drying agents.

Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream (Php1,625.00)
This no-shine moisturizer is formulated with imperata cylindra root extract and antarcticine. It's non-greasy, and offers 24-hour hydration and shine control.

Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (Php1,725.00)
This Kiehl's hydrating eye cream has beta-carotene and shea butter to moisturize the delicate under-eye area.

Midnight Recovery Concentrate (Php2,895.00)
Everyone's favorite! This product has proven to give you an amazing "woke up like this" look. It contains lavender essential oil, evening primrose oil, and squalane to restore and repair skin by morning.

These exclusive products are available at the following malls:
Greenbelt 5
Shangri-La Plaza
Alabang Town Center
SM Mall of Asia
SM Makati
SM Aura Premier
SM Megamall
Robinsons Magnolia
UP Town Center
The Podium
Ayala Center Cebu

In addition to the limited edition products, Kiehl's offers these exciting surprises for the month of June:

June 8 - June 15
Exclusively for SM Mall of Asia Atrium
Get a Kiehl's Loves the Philippines t-shirt for every purchase worth Php1,500.00 of Kiehl's products

Until supplies last
All branches
Get a Kiehl's Loves the Philippines tote bag for every purchase worth Php4,000.00 of Kiehl's products

June 20 - until supplies last
All branches
Get a Kiehl's Loves the Philippines umbrella for every purchase worth Php6,000.00 of Kiehl's products