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Friday, November 16, 2012

Slimming down has never been this easy!

I've noticed lately that most celebrities nowadays slim down so easily. It is like I just saw them having those flabby arms, love handles and fat neck, and then after a week, all the fats are gone? How did they do that? Now I would have to ask you this. Have you had that experience wherein you've done all sorts of dieting and exercising, you lose weight, but you haven't lose the flabby-ness? But still, you wouldn't like to go under the knife won't you? Well, I did some research and I found an article about mesotherapy. Oh?

 Mesolipo or Mesotherapy is one of the breakthroughs in fat reduction. It aims to eliminate the appearance of cellulites and increase blood flow in a "specific" area. Sounds interesting right? So what does it mean. Say you want to get rid of your love handles, or the fat on your thighs, these areas are being dealt on directly by the mesotherapy. You wouldn't be able to get rid of these areas fast and precisely with exercise and dieting alone. And since it is a non-surgical technique with less complications, then it is a wise bet against liposuction.
Mesotherapy   Liposuction
  • Non-Invasive Procedure
  • No general anesthesia
  • Treats cellulite directly resulting in a smoother skin
  • Removes fat from the cells and subsequent weight gain is symmetrical.
  • Little bruising and pain.
  • Loose clothing afterwards
  • No down time.
  • Invasive surgery
  • Requires general anesthesia
  • Cannot treat cellulite directly
  • Removes fat cells and subsequent weight gain can occur in abnormal places.
  • Significant bruising and pain.
  • Restrictive garments for weeks
  • Requires 2 Weeks of down time.

Mesotherapy reduces cellulite in the following ways:
  1. Dissolving excess of fat deposit
  2. Improving blood flow to the area
  3. Removing fibrotic, hardened connective tissue
  4. Improving lymphatic drainage

Basically, it is done by applying series of injections of mixture of medications and vitamins on the problematic areas. It has substances that stimulates the body to burn up the fat efficiently. It is usually done on several sessions depending on your physician's assessment of the problematic area. Majority of the patients notice immediate results losing 1-2 inches. While some, the results are slower but still noticeable.

So if you want to have that FHM-worthy body or just want to maintain your shape, you can drop by at your physician's clinic and inquire. You might want to take it a try. There's nothing to lose-- only your fats! :D

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wow... It has been a while. I am quite got preoccupied with my training that's why I wasnt able to regularly update my blog. But I will. Soon.... Just stay tuned. Alright! :D Thank you for the unending support! :D

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Staying Power: 18 Tips for Long-Lasting Makeup

Keep your makeup as fresh as it was when you stepped out of the house in the morning with these tips. By Myra Santiago

Flattering clothes? Check! Stylish bag? Check! Comfortable yet chic shoes? Check! Long-lasting makeup? "I'll get back to you on that..."

As on-the-go women who lead active lifestyles, reapplying makeup may be the last thing on our minds—or at least, an annoying inconvenience. Sure, you won't leave the house without dabbing on a bit of concealer and swiping on some lipstick—after all, you still have to look presentable. But come midday, when work and family become the priority, will this still be the case?

The solution? Long-wearing makeup that will take you from a meeting with a client to cocktails with the girls! After all, why worry about constantly retouching your makeup when you can make it last through the long hours? Here are a few tips and tricks to make budge-proof, long-lasting makeup an easy reality.


1. Exfoliate regularly.
Keep those flakes away. Remove the dead cells that cling to the surface of your skin—they prevent products from setting on your skin—by exfoliating regularly.
TIP: A gentle daily exfoliation is best. Follow it up with a light application of oil-free moisturizer to prevent excessive dryness from the exfoliation.

2. Get primed.

Another way to prepare your skin for long-lasting foundation? Use a foundation primer, which works specifically to help foundation adhere to your skin. Other products to use before foundation: line and pore minimizers and anti-puffiness eye gels. Give the products a few minutes to absorb into your skin before applying your foundation.

3. Use concealer for blemishes and dark areas.

Don’t hide behind your foundation. Concealers cover blemishes and dark circles, but foundation is meant to merely even out your skin tone. Do not use your foundation in excess, trying to cover skin flaws.

TIP: Use a concealer after applying a regular layer of sheer liquid foundation, and blend the edges with a small, flat brush. Thick and dry textured concealers will stay longer because they’re heavy, but do not apply in one thick layer. Apply in thin layers, allowing them to dry in between each application.

4. Use cheek stains when going natural, but powdered blush when fully made up.

Oil and water don’t mix. Long-lasting cheek stains are better suited for bare skin or light foundation only. Do not make the mistake of trying to apply a water-based stain on top of a heavy, oil-based foundation. Use powders instead, and make sure to press some of the blush into your foundation. Blend carefully with a rounded brush.

TIP: It is possible to use a cheek stain and set it with powder, although you will dull that natural-looking blush.


1. When it comes to lipstick, less is more.

Less is more! The more lipstick you put on your lips, the more likely that it’s going to disappear from your lips and transfer to your teeth or your drinking glass.

TIP: Use a lip brush to apply satin-finish lipstick (these types stay the longest without drying your lips) in just the right amount.

2. Powder your nose, not your lips.

Some women think that powdering their lips after applying lipstick will set it and make it stay in place. Wrong! Doing that will only dry your lipstick and make it flake off, besides the fact that it ruins the color too.

TIP: Powder the edges of your lips before applying lipstick to keep color from bleeding.

3. Always keep your lips soft and moisturized.

Dry lips cannot hold color. If your lips are dry and chapped, they won’t hold pigment well. The emollients in your lipstick will just make it slide off the dry surface of your lips. However, keep in mind that too much moisture doesn’t hold color well either.

TIP: After applying lip balm, blot your lips lightly to remove excess moisture.

4. Lip liner is your lipstick’s best friend.

A light layer of lip liner over your lips acts as a base, helping lipstick cling on a little longer. Lip liner also keeps your lipstick from bleeding out towards the little lines around
the mouth.

5. Skip the gloss.

High-shine glosses are so pretty, but they really don’t stay. In fact, they take our lipstick with them when they slide off our lips.

TIP: If you really like it, increase your odds by using a matte, long-wearing lipstick underneath.

6. Color your lips with lip stains.

There is a whole range of lip stains available on the market today, all of which mark your lips with either a deep red or dark pink blush.

TIP: The stains won’t set if your lips are dry or flaking. They won’t absorb into your lips and will wipe off.


1. Make your peepers the star of the show.

Lipsticks smear off, blushes fade and foundation rubs off, but in general, eye makeup doesn’t move unless you mess with it. That’s why the dramatic-eye look is the most popular for long days and even longer nights—less touch-ups needed. Invest time before going out of the house to apply your eye makeup cleanly and carefully. Putting the effort now means you won’t have to repeat it later.

2. Prep your lids.

A base or make-up primer will help your eyeshadow cling longer to your eyelids. But too much moisture will make the product slide off.

TIP: Wipe off any excess moisturizer or eye cream from your lids before prepping your eyes.

3. Use a light hand to downplay under-eye circles.

We know what raccoon eyes look like, but have you also noticed reverse raccoon eyes? This is what happens when coverage over dark circles is excessive. Instead of camouflaging it, these white circles of concealer draw even more attention to it! Learn to apply a creamy concealer with a flat brush and to blend in carefully and little by little, until just below the lash line. Set it with a damp sponge and a couple of light presses of pressed powder.

4. Opt for an eyeliner pencil for everyday use.

True, liquid eyeliner can stay for as long as you keep it there, but the dramatic look is not especially flattering for everyday. It can look too harsh, especially on fairer-skinned women. To get that same longevity, but without all the drama, use an eyeliner pencil (not crayon) and set it with a matching shade of eyeshadow using a stiff, angled brush to gently press the powder into the eyeliner.

5. Water-resistant mascaras are sufficient for daily wear.

When it comes to mascara, waterproof properties have their benefits. But for more urban purposes, a water-resistant mascara is enough. They’re actually friendlier on your eyes than waterproof because they are less likely to flake off and irritate your eyes. Plus, they are so much easier to remove at the end of the day.

TIP: Whether your mascara is regular, water-resistant or waterproof, change it every three to four months. Old mascara smells bad and can harbor bacteria, not something you want near your eyes.


“What stays longer on the face, powders or creams?”

With the humidity and tendency of the Filipina to have oily skin, it’s safe to say that cream shadows and blushes will not stay on as long as powders. They will slip away with the oil and sweat from our face. Powders, on the other hand, absorb oiliness and help set make-up. On eyelids, powder eyeshadow will not crease the way cream eyeshadow will. On cheeks, powder blush adheres easier to base foundation than any creamy blush does.

“When applying powder to my face, should I press it in or rub it in?

Powder should always be applied with light pressure in a dabbing motion. Do not move your hand from side to side. Rubbing in or smearing it on will just ruin the makeup that you’re trying to set. For an even surface application of powder, try using a thick powder brush. Dip the tip into loose powder, shake it off slightly, and lightly brush your face with the powder. This is pretty, especially with translucent powder or bronzer, but this technique doesn’t make the application last any longer.

“Is it better to apply makeup with your fingers or a brush?

Makeup brushes are definitely the better choice; they are much more precise and make flawless blending an easier job. Your fingers are good for emergency situations (when there’s nothing else available), or for quick on-the-spot blending, but always choose the brush over your fingers. The exception is cream blush that is impossible to apply with a brush. In this case, use all the fingers you want.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Contour Your Face with Clarins' Latest Serum?

Contour Your Face with Clarins' Latest Serum?
Clarins’ new Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain serum claims to eliminate fat, drain puffiness, and define facial contours. By Stephanie Castillo

Chubby cheeks? Puffy under-eyes? Double chin? Not to worry, most Asian women have them, too—that is, according to Clarins Regional Trainer Jason Au. During a recent visit to Manila on behalf of Clarins, Jason shared a few facial facts: for instance, all women have the same amount of fatty pockets on our faces—six under the eyes and five around the cheeks—but if you hail from the Orient, yours are simply more obvious.

The fatty pockets of Asian women are more defined than Caucasians’,” Jason explained. “But this is good, because when you age, the fatty pockets will support the skin and keep it looking young.”

Still, many women continue to be self-conscious of their round, plump faces—whether they result from too much water retention, lack of sleep, or just genes. And it doesn’t help that most of the It-girls on film and television are blessed with the beautiful V-contour—the face shape with high cheekbones, small cheeks, and a sharp little chin. (Jason used A-list Pinay actress Angel Locsin as his example).

To address this burgeoning beauty issue, Clarins has just released its newly formulated Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain serum (SFL), which promises to melt away fat, get rid of excess puffiness, and contour heavy facial features. Especially created for Asian women, this miracle serum is said to be proven to significantly reduce facial plumpness in a matter of 4 weeks—clinical evaluation by Clarins revealed a 15.9 percent reduction all over the face, and 14.7 percent under the chin alone.

The new formula also works three times faster, thanks to new additions of blue button flower (which targets fat cells), horse chestnut (which drains excess fluid), and baccharin (which is the primary contouring agent).

Essentially, the product claims to eliminate all the toxins, fat, and fluid retained by the face that cause puffiness or roundness—clearing your skin of all its excess baggage. Jason even shared, “[At Clarins], we think of SFL as your skin’s sewage cleaner."

Here is a step-by-step guide on applying it, to achieve the skin you've always wanted. :)

To use: Squeeze a dollop or two of the product into your palm, then warm it in your hands by rubbing them together.

Step 1 (Front): Place your forehead in your palms, gently massage to smooth the appearance of lines.

Step 2 (Eyes): Place the heel of your palms completely over the eyes to smooth puffiness and minimize dark circles.
Step 3 (Cheeks): Move your hands to the cheeks on either side of your nose. This helps release excess fluid and reduce puffiness.
Step 4 (Chin and Jawline): Rest the chin on your palms with wrists touching.

Step 5 (Base of Neck and Ears): Apply pressure with the full weight of the head to help enhance drainage and refine facial contours.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wow... It's been a while since the last time I've updated my blog. As you all know, I'm in Med School so I was so preoccupied with school stuffs lately. Aggh... Med school is med school. Expect the worst. It has always been emotionally and physically draining but well, I'm enjoying it.
Anyway, i feel so overwhelmed with how loyal my readers are. I feel so embarrassed for not updating this regularly unlike before... I will be posting new articles one of these days. Just don't give up on me yet, okay? Ü Just keep the comments comin'! I love you all! Mwah!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Another award! :)

Yey! I soooo love awards. It makes me feel appreciated. It's nice to know that there are people who take time dropping by this little home of mine. Anyway, thanks fo Gi-Ann of The Second Realm. Mwah!

I want to pass this award to the following:

Photos Are Memories

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

2009 Hairstyles: What's in and What's out?

I have always been a fan of hair make-over. I've had my hair rebonded, permanently curld, colored... aaghh... all for the sake of "new look." Luckily, my hair has not dissapointed me yet. Thanks to hair treatments!

This year, hairstyle trends are hotter than ever ranging from short and sexy to long and curly. We all know that since 1-2 years ago, celebrities and even common girls have been sporting bangs. From side swept bangs to full bangs. Based on the fashion forecast, bangs are still one of the top hairstyles that's gonna rock 2009.

Expect extremes hairstyles this 2009. From extermely short to extremely long. From extremely girl-next-door-ish to extremely sexual. But always remember to choose the hairstyle that suits your face shape and personality. One more thing, the key to a jaw-dropping look is C-O-N-F-I-D-E-N-C-E!

Agyness Deyn's short fringed bob. Personally, I don't think I can pull this off. Only women with confidence can look great with this. :)

This hairstyle is definitely wash-and-wear. However, it would probably look more playful if she applied some mousse. :)

This one I lurve! I'm used seeing Hayden Panattiere in her curly layered long locks in the TV series Heroes. She is definitely beautiful, but seeing her in this hairstyle? Wow. Long or short, curly or straight, she is really lovely. And oh, I love her one-shouldered top. :)

The long and flowy hair is still hot. :) I love long hair. It can definitely complement any face shape, any personality plus you can style your hair whatever you want depending on your mood.

The sleek and straight is still in of course. Make sure your hair is healthy and shiny or else your hair would look like a disaster.

The mermaid look. They also call this as the 1940's waves. Very sophisticated. :)

By the way readers who I love wholeheartedly, since I love you, I found this website where you can have your make-over... virtually. :)

Thanks for the photos. :)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Friendship Chain! :)

Thank you soooo much Blackberry for passing this wonderful friendship chain. You are the first one who tagged me. haha! It was an honor. :)

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Diamond Peel

Okay. Tret has been doing an excellent job on my skin. However, I am still not satisfied. I missed having my skin diamond peeled! It has been more or less one year since my last diamond peel session and I sooo love the results!

According to Godiva Skin Station Philippines:

Diamond Peel is a safe, easy and painless way to refine the texture and color of your skin, improve causes of mild acne, mild to moderate sun damage, early fine lines, skin discolorations & scars, and oily skin. It stimulates blood flow to the surface of the skin, which increases oxygenation and stimulates cell turnover and renewal. It is commonly done on the face, underarms, and the back.

The Diamond Peel is safer, less extreme and has zero downtime compared to chemical peels. There is absolutely no pain during the 30-minute procedure and most beneficial when done every two weeks or so.
  • increased firmness

  • more even skin tone

  • minimized pores

  • reduced pigment marks and scars

  • minimized appearance of stretch marks

As far as I can remember, every diamond peel session with my dermatologist starts by having my face cleansed first. She put on some creams and a facial mask, and was rinsed using a moist sponge. Then she turned on the machine beside us (now, the diamond peeling is about to start), and a wand touched my face. She said that this wand has a disposable tip encrusted with diamonds that will encourage exfoliation. The wand will also act as a vacuum, sucking out the impurities, dead skin cells, whiteheads and blackheads from your skin. It wasn't really painful. It just feels like you are being pinched a lot of times. My face was red after and when I touched it, it was like I can feel the diamond powders on my face. My derma told me not to wash my face when I get home. It should be free of other chemicals and water for at least 24 hours.

The following day, I noticed the difference on my skin. I looked like I am not stressed at all, then my skin felt so soft and smooth just like a baby. My pores were less visible and my skin was free from whiteheads and blackheads! But the downside here is that you have to have this diamond peel every 2-3 weeks to maintain the result since our skin turnover occurs every 28 days.

I miss diamond peel! I miss how my skin looks every after session! Might as well have it before school starts!

Ciao! :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Outfit For the Day

I went into a luncheon, so I have to wear a smart casual attire. Something formal and yet edgy. I've decided to wear this dress, paired with sandal. I can't actually find a nice bag, but since I am wearing a pink toe nail polish, I decided to use a pink bag. And it matched perfectly with my dress. My hair is permanently curled already so I just put on some mousse after the shower. I barely wear make-up even at occassions like this because my cheeks are already rosy, and I like everything to be sweet and simple. You can wear this kind of look when going to a job interview, a meeting with a client, a business meeting, on a typical day at the office, and of course, on a date. Your partner will definitely be impressed. ;)