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Yoga Must-Haves for 2021: Toesox and Manduka

To live through the longest lockdown, along with all the stressors that may or may not be related to the pandemic, it's best to have an outlet that will keep you relaxed and at peace. Yoga is definitely the top of mind activity for most, as it is beneficial for the mind and body. The best part is that you can do it at home, at your most convenient time, while getting all the physical and mental health benefits.

If you're looking into exploring yoga, I'd recommend two online stores that could cater to your needs! One is Toesox Official which is available on Shopee, and they have Yoga Grip Socks to help you perform at your best. Here are some of the reasons why you should try the brand:


Every single pair of ToeSox socks is created with a 5-toe design, giving a hygienic barrier for your feet while still allowing your toes to feel free and uninhibited. Also nice to know that it eliminates friction, chafing, blisters, and moisture.



If you're not into the 5-toe design, they also have a premium category called Tavi Noir Grip Socks. Their pairs are made from certified and ecologically produced organic cotton, guaranteed to make you feel luxuriously comfortable.

Another yoga store that you should check out is Manduka (also available on Shopee) that has yoga mats, towels, mat bags/carriers, props, and mat wash.


They have high quality yoga products that can help you practice free of distraction, so you can focus on the activity and not the product. 

What I have here at home is the Manduka Yoga Mat Eko Superlite Travel 71” in black, which is built with tightly woven scrim that resists tearing or stretching. It also has a closed-cell surface that prevents sweat from seeping into the mat, making it hygienic and easy to clean.

Add to cart and check out immediately before 7/7 ends to get the best deals! Namaste ❤︎

Manduka is a brand made by and for Yoga teachers and students worldwide. For almost 30 years now, Manduka has been the premiere provider of top-of-the-line Yoga Gear from Yoga Mats, Yoga Props and Accessories to apparel. 

The Manduka PRO Black Mat is our most beloved mat and is the golden standard of Yoga Mats for almost all Yoga Studios here in the Philippines and around the globe. Made in Germany, this yoga mat is guaranteed to last a lifetime, and if it doesn't Manduka will replace it! 

By providing good quality gear that lasts reduces our impact on the environment. Manduka has also made eco-friendly yoga mats, like the eKO Yoga Mats, that's 100% recyclable.

Affordable Elegance with Silver Kingdom

The past "Raid My Closet" blogger in me would be shocked to know that I shifted to the minimalist route in accessorizing. From bold and colorful pieces years back, now, I only keep timeless and elegant accessories that would complement any outfit.

I'm always on the look out for nice jewelry brands and I stumbled upon Silver Kingdom on Shopee, which boasts affordable elegance. They have all sorts of high quality blings, even the finest 92.5 silver that are specially crafted or pawnable 18K Saudi Gold.


I swear I could go hours just browsing through their Shopee page! Super love how stylish their pieces are. Actually bought necklaces, bracelets, rings, and other jewelry sets from them... and I still have a lot in my cart! Thank heavens for 7/7! :p


You wouldn't have to worry about maintaining the quality of your purchases because they also have Silver Liquid Solutions. According to reviews on their Shopee page, it's pretty effective in making your accessories look good as new!

Silver Kingdom is like a one-stop shop for silver jewelries, as they also have birth stone pendants, gift boxes, pakaw (plastic stoppers), and more!

Will definitely post my 7/7 budols from Silver Kingdom on Instagram. Tag me on yours, too!

New Korean Skincare Brand: Hello Glow

To those who've been following me, you probably know that I'm a big skincare junkie and I have great bias to Korean brands. Majority of Korean brands use natural, safe, and harsh-free ingredients to help achieve our skin goals. Glad to discover a new player in the market called Hello Glow, with sets for every skin concern.


Hello Glow is made in Korea and has a complete line of affordable skin care products that are vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and SLS-free. 


HELLO GLOW CITRONELLA 4-in-1 BODY LOTION
Available on Shopee

As you may know, it’s so hard to get sick these days. We’ll need all sorts of protection, including one against dengue, and Hello Glow’s Citronella 4-in-1 Body Lotion can help shoo away annoying mosquitos. 

This product can moisturize, reverse visible signs of aging, and provide a cooling yet gentle effect on skin. It's formulated with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Peppermint, Vitamin C, and Citric Acid. You’ll get all these benefits while shielding yourself from dengue.


Hello Glow All Natural Whitening Set
Only ₱360.00 | Available on Shopee

Dark spots, acne marks, uneven skin tone… if you have any of these skin concerns, this set is for you! Hello Glow’s All Natural Whitening Set contains brightening ingredients like Apple Fruit Extract, Glutathione, Arbutin, Papaya Extract, Vtiamin C and Kojic Acid. 

You’ll know it’s really safe because even pregnant and lactating women can use this set!


Hello Glow Acne Defense Set 
Only ₱360 | Available on Shopee 

Breaking out? Have oily and acne-prone skin? This set might help you! Hello Glow’s Acne Defense Set contains great ingredients to remove pimples - Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Acid. Both can cleanse your skin and calm inflamed pimples.


Hello Glow Advanced Rejuvenating Set 
Only ₱360 | Available on Shopee

Here’s a set that’s highly recommendable for those with combination to oily skin! Hello Glow’s Advanced Rejuvenating Set can help rejuvenate without disrupting the skin’s barrier, leaving visibly refined tone and texture.

There you have it! If you're purchasing any of these products soon, I'd love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to tag me on Instagram @arnievillanueva_ 

Makeup Spotlight: blk cosmetics

For years now, blk has been my go-to brand for cosmetics. Aside from having great quality, I love how their products are all paraben-free and cruelty-free. :)

This month, they have a special sale happening on Shopee Beauty! Enjoy up to 40% OFF on your favorite blk products! Here are some products that you should look out for:

blk cosmetics Fresh Sunkissed LED Mirror Beauty Fridge Set

from ₱6,336 now down to ₱4,999


This travel-ready beauty fridge contains blk cosmetics' Fresh Sunkissed essentials + a bonus LED mirror for easy touch-ups!


What’s in the kit: blk cosmetics Fresh Sunkissed Shimmer Jelly Multi-Pot Golden Hour (Glow and Blush), Fresh Sunkissed Creamy All-Over Paint (Poolside, Summer Time, Golden Hour, Palm Springs), Fresh Sunkissed Gloss Gel Tint (Poolside, Summer Time, Golden Hour, Palm Springs), Fresh Sunkissed Volume Boost Waterproof Mascara, and Fresh Sunkissed LED Beauty Fridge (with 3 Light Setting)

from ₱1,077 down to ₱999


These might be tagged as summer essentials, but these are definitely great all year-round! 

What’s in the kit: blk cosmetics Fresh Sunkissed Shimmer Jelly Multi-Pot Golden Hour in Glow, Fresh Sunkissed Creamy All-Over Paint in Palm Springs, and Volume Boost Waterproof Mascara

from ₱1,745 down to ₱1,596


What’s in the kit: blk cosmetics Fresh Sunkissed Creamy All-Over Paint in Poolside, Summer Time, Golden Hour, and Palm Springs. Plus, get a FREE blk cosmetics Fresh Deep Moisture + Collagen Face Mask in Coco Crush

You know where to find them: https://shopee.ph/blkcosmetics ;)

All About Breville's Smart Oven® Air Fryer

Admit it, air fryers are heaven-sent! The technology it has is so amazing that it changed the way we experience fried meals. Now, what more if one device can do 10 different cooking functions... including baking? 😱

This is where Breville comes in. This premium kitchen brand has perfected the art of producing home partners that makes food preparation easy and healthy. Through their new innovation called Breville Smart Oven® Air Fryer, 10 cooking functions can be done with a dual-speed convection feature that reduces cooking time by up to 30% with this new kitchen must-have!

Experienced cooking with the Smart Oven® Air Fryer and I'm so amazed with the results! I actually made a Youtube video so you can see the full process, hope you can watch it!


To those working from home with busy schedules, this Smart Oven® Air Fryer is your new kitchen BFF! It's so easy to use - it has the versatility of an oven and an air fryer rolled in one small product. Healthier pa!


Here's an overview of what I cooked! Complete from appetizer to dessert!

Air Fried Cucumber with Herbed Yogurt Dip - this one's such a good meal starter!
Korean Chicken Wings - that perfect color, though? So amazing!
Wicked Oreos - you can't go wrong!

All these are known to be deep-fried, but we totally skipped the oil and achieved amazing results!

Last April, Breville Philippines had a virtual event called "Hey, Home Fryer!" which featured well-known culinary luminaries Chef Waya Araos-Wijangco of Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe and Chef Gem Tee of Salta Ristorante. You can catch the full episode here and see the possibilities with the Smart Oven® Air Fryer.


Stay tuned for more updates on this culinary gathering by following Breville’s official Facebook page and Instagram

Want to know more about the brand’s products? Visit https://www.breville.com.ph/ for more information about them.

How to Use the Paperang Portable Thermal Printer

This is probably one of my favorite Shopee finds to date! As someone who loves journaling, having extra touches for bullets or keeping memories through printed photos excite me so much! 

With Paperang, I can now instantly print anything - from to-do's, reminders, small notes, business cards, labels, photos, and more! 


Paperang is a portable thermal printer that you can easily connect to your phone via bluetooth. It's so small, stylish, and lightweight! It can fit inside your bag without eating too much space. 

Inside the package, you'll get a bluetooth printer, thermal paper, data cable, built-in 1000mAh lithium battery, and user manual. You can buy it from Shopee at a discounted price! I think this one was at around ₱1,199 only during 5/5!

HOW TO USE THE PAPERANG P1 PORTABLE THERMAL PRINTER

First, you need to download PAPERANG from App Store or Google Playstore.


To turn on the device, 
long press the button for three (3) seconds. You'll see a green light which means it's on standby mode or has charge.

To connect it to your phone, double press the power key and it will print the corresponding QR code. And since you now have the Paperang app, scan the QR code to connect it to your mobile phone.

After connecting, the Paperang's automatically linked next time you start the application!


Here are some screenshots from the Paperang app! You have options for notes, images, templates, and more. As you can see, they have ready-to-use layouts that are so useful... and so cute! 


The app's pretty easy to navigate! Tried to print my weekend priorities with the giraffe to-do template, and here's the output!


AHHHHH *happy dance* Super nice!!! Printed in a few seconds!

Can't wait to do some more! Looking forward to print some labels for our condiments + random cheesy notes for Sam! :p

Paperang P1 Portable Thermal Printer is available on Shopee and they're included on the app's 5.5 Brands Festival! #ShopeePH55BrandsFest #ShopeePH

Forever 21's Organic Collection | Available on SHOPEE

Another earth day post! 🌱 

We'll never run out of ways to help save the planet! Aside from utensils, packaging, and personal care products, even clothes could be eco-friendly and sustainable, too!

So happy to share that one of our most loved brands, Forever 21, just launched their organic collection that uses organic cotton! The best part is that they're really affordable and within our reach because they're available on SHOPEE!


Only ₱295 | SHOP HERE


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Slowly, add more sustainable clothes in your wardrobe! Now's your chance to start! Browse through Shopee's Shop Green campaign here: https://shopee.ph/m/shop-green

Vegan and Sustainable Body Wash and Lotion | Unilever's Love Beauty Planet on Shopee

Happy Earth Day! 🌿 

As we know, protecting the planet starts with YOU.

Really glad that there's a rise of sustainable products! More brands are shifting to eco-friendly alternatives, so as individuals, we get to do something to lessen our carbon footprint.

Unilever, being one of the first major companies to do the switch, actually came up with Love Beauty and Planet years back. I remember attending one of their launches and from then on, I fell in love with the brand! They have a passionate journey of #smallactsoflove - from their ingredients, product packaging, and social partnerships.


Every Love Beauty and Planet bottle is made from 100% recycled materials! They have high quality products for hair and body care, ready to address usual concerns like damaged hair, dry skin, hydration, and more.

I've tried their vegan shampoo with Argan Oil and Lavender, specifically made to give you smooth and serene hair + their vegan conditioner with Coconut Oil and Ylang Ylang for hair repair. Both are super bango and effective!!


Now, I'm really excited to try out their Body Wash! Like their other products, it's vegan, too! I got the one with Tea Tree Oil and Vetiver Aroma for deep cleansing.

Aside from being vegan, here are some more noteworthy items about Love Beauty and Planet's products: 

No animal testing  Ethically Sourced Extract • No Dyes • No Parabens • No Silicones • No Sulfates • Safe for Sensitive Skin • No Guilt


Yay to vegan lotions, too! It's a MUST for me to moisturize my arms and legs because they tend to dry up fast. Glad their Body Lotion with Murumuru Butter and Rose Aroma 
provides 24 hours moisturization, giving you soft and glowing skin. Plus, you'll end up smelling oh-so gorgeous!

Their products are available on Shopee, so it's very convenient and accessible! Unilever's eco-friendly products are discounted up to 25% off until April 25, 2021!

In a few taps, you'll get to pamper yourself while helping the environment. No more excuses 💚

Shopee's Super Brand Day: L'Oreal

Shopee Philippines surely knows how to spoil us this International Women’s Month! Visit your Shopee app and enjoy up to 50% off on beauty essentials on the Super Brand Day! 

Wondering what you can get from their selection? Self-care products from L’Oreal!



Now that it’s safer to get your hair fixes at home, DIY and try out L’Oreal’s Limited Edition Parisian Cool Ash Shades designed to tone and revive brassy or over-processed hair.

With its Advanced Triple Care Color Technology, you can achieve rich and vibrant color without worrying about the hair damage. What I love about this pack is that is comes with a protective pre-color serum that seals and defends your hair from damage + a conditioning balm that keeps hair smooth, soft and shiny even after coloring.


WHY IT’S PERFECT FOR YOU 

✓ High fashion and trendy shades 
✓ High intensity pigments 
✓ High shine complex for intense brilliance 
✓ Suitable for all Filipina skin tones


Still to pamper your crowning glory! These products can help address the 5 most common signs of damaged hair: breakage, dryness, coarseness, dullness, and split ends.


Now, going to skincare, I’ve been meaning to try this particular product from L’Oreal! I’ve seen a couple of nice reviews about this essence!

This ultra-lightweight facial essence deeply penetrates up to 10 skin layers. It has Salicylic Acid that helps remove dead skin cells and exfoliate the skin to minimize the size of pores and prevent blemishes.


The best part? You can get clearer, brighter, smoother skin by using this in 7 days!


SHOP NOW!

Self-Care Loot: Dove | Available on Shopee

Through the years, Dove has been one of the top of mind brands when it comes to personal care. I actually grew up using Dove soap bars and shampoos because my mom loves them! Until now, we purchase Dove products for my folks, plus my boyfriend loves the Dove Men line. :) 

If you're looking into giving someone a nice self-care loot, here are some items from Dove that you can conveniently avail from Shopee!


They're on sale for a limited time only! From ₱150 now down to 126!

I'm really very pleased that their formula for this product is plant-based and sulfate-free! Now, I'm more conscious about the products that I use, and it's definitely a PLUS for me when they have safe and sustainable ingredients.

Also on sale for a limited time only! From ₱150 now down to 126!

Love the scent of this body wash! Aside from it being plant-based and sulfate-free, this product has avocado oil and calendula extracts. 

Only SRP 159

Such a classic! These products are enriched with Collagen and Vitamin B3 concentrates proven to accelerate skin renewal and remove/prevent dark underarm marks.

Price is also discounted on Shopee for a limited time only! Get it for only 200!

Has Vitamin B3 to help repair dark underarm marks. Also gives off fresh and fruity fragrance, plus a 48-hour protection against sweat and body odor.


Find your favorite Dove products on Shopee Beauty, a one-stop destination offering well-loved makeup and skin care products, deals and discounts, tips and tutorials, and more. For more information, check out https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-beauty.

Velvetint by Colourette Cosmetics | Available on Shopee

Given my daily tight schedule for online meetings, I really don't have a long glam time. However, before turning on my camera, I make sure to at least apply a nice lip color after freshening up. If you're looking for a go-to lip product, you can definitely find one from Colourette Cosmetics!

This famous local brand is known in specializing in high quality products at affordable prices. Backed by a loyal community of "Boss Babes," Colourette is all about embracing and expressing yourself! #BeautyInAllWays, always!


To give you that added confidence for whatever it is that you have for the day, here are Colourette Cosmetics' Velvetints! The Velvetint is an intensely pigmented formula which dries down from a velvet to powder matte finish.

It comes in 12 beautiful shades and works 3 ways: on eyes, cheeks, and lips - and stays all day while remaining comfy on skin.


With me are RSVP and Rosé! Red and Nude, perfect for any type of mood or occasion! Also good for all skin types.


Siz just look at that pigment!? I was pleasantly surprised when I swatched these babies!


Rosé - nude pink Velvetint

Pretty sure I'll be abusing this. Those who know me well are aware that I'm in love with nude lip colors! This product is so easy to use, blendable, and lightweight! Even when it gives off a powder matte finish, it has Glycerin to protect your lips from drying.


RSVP - candy red Velvetint 

Go for this shade when you need a little power boost or when you feel romantic! I can imagine wearing this for date nights (even at home :p)


These babies are available on Shopee. Spotted on the product pages: ₱20 OFF Vouchers + FREE Shipping + earn coins!


Aside from that, this February 19-21, Shopee has a #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair to support Filipino businesses. During the trade fair, we can discover local delicacies, pasalubong items, and lots of Filipina-owned businesses to empower local female entrepreneurs. 

Go and purchase! Visit this page and let’s all support local. 🇵🇭

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.