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Learning More About Amway and Direct Selling

The very first brand that made an impression on me during our first year of marriage was Amway. As a noob in taking care of my own household back in 2001, I was not exactly the most confident since I have gotten used to everything that I need taken cared of before I was married. I did find myself experimenting on brands but it was only Amway that I remember to this day that made life fairly easier as a newbie homemaker. True story.

Amway Home L.O.C.Amway Home L.O.C. (Liquid Organic Concentrate)

Enter Amyway Home L.O.C. – exactly the product I speak of. Although it was packaged differently, it is the same brand I first used some 12 years back. I just love its being versatile as I can use it practically across every corner of our home – from floors to bathroom, to the kitchen, every other nook. Cleaning is a breeze, I do not need to sweat it — literally. Of course, with my love to everything natural, it contains no harmful chemicals. Because I also take care of myself (I would be no kikay if I don’t) and I am not apologizing for it, I love it best because it is gentle enough as a hand cleanser.  🙂

amway products

As I have recently met with Amway Philippines’ Country Manager, Ms. Leni Olmedo, I have learned that Amway has been around since 1959 and the L.O.C. is one of their pioneering products and has been around since the brand started.

In the Philippines alone, Amway has six (6) distributor centers where their more than 60,000 Independent Business Owners can get a hold of their products.


Artistry Youth Xtend Softening Lotion and Rich Cleansing Foam

If there is anything I have been curious about Amway, it is their facial skincare and colour cosmetics line, Artistry. Now, I will get to try and jumpstart with these two Artistry products.

Artistry cologne silk

Amway Carnival Silk Eau de Cologne for Women

Amway also has a fragrance line – Carnival. Carnival contains fragrance oils from France and contains higher oil percentage than regular fragrances which make them last longer. I am personally loving the fun smell of this particular scent. I have quite a collection of fragrances and I don’t usually approve of them if my choosy olfactory nerves don’t agree. 🙂

While we all know that there are hundreds of brands out there, another thing that Amway is proud is their concentration story.  It is with pride that they vouch for their products as concentrate on concentration. Meaning, they pack every product  in such a way that consumers get the most value for their money. Unlike other readily available commercial products that are high on fillers, water and other extender ingredients. For someone who has been using their multi-purpose home cleaner (which I alternate with my very own formulation of liquid castile soap concoction) for close to 12 years now, I can personally vouch for this. Only a capful makes me 5 full liters of cleaning agent. Can we get more practical than that?

Amway makes sure it strictly complies with the Direct Selling Association of the Philippines’ (DSAP) 8 Point Test which differentiates a legit Direct Selling company from those that are otherwise considered as pyramiding scamming ones. Amway Country Manager, Ms. Olmedo belives that direct selling will continue to expand and that Beauty and Personal Care will remain the largest category in direct selling.

With our current “Wellness Generation” leaning towards organic and natural products, I personally believe that Amway products has quite an edge especially since the brand has proven its quality over the years.

SM Masinag Celebrates Earth Day 2013

SM Masinag Earth Day


If there is one mall I conveniently frequent every so often it is SM Masinag. The perks of living just across SM can be numerous. Especially the errands I needed to do on a daily basis within the duration of our house expansion project that took more than 3 months! You can very well guess what particular store I am practically go to –  Ace Hardware. Yes, I also bought my lighting fixtures at SM Store. It is super convenient, I don’t have to go elsewhere for practically everything I need. 🙂

More than the convenience SM Supermalls bring, what I am particularly delighted about is SM actively participating in efforts like that of the recent Earth Day 2013. After witnessing for myself how SM Supermalls simultaneously celebrated last month’s Earth Hour, I am actually no longer surprised.

Earth Day exhibitorsWhen Earth Day officially became an environmental holiday in the Philippines via  Presidential Proclamations, SM has taken part on doing its share in influencing people towards national environmental consciousness. After spearheading the use of eco bags from years ago, SM has totally let go of using traditional non-biodegradable plastic bags. Aside from making use of recycled water in their SM toilets. Yes, I started noticing those trivial things from years ago and from then on, SM has earned my respect even as they follow through on their numerous environmental projects.

At first, it was a big issue for me when SM started constructing SM Masinag right across our village. I was all too worried about flood becoming worse. But as it turned out, when SM Masinag was up and erected, I actually noticed floods subsiding a lot faster. I recently learned that underneath SM Masinag is a huge water tank that sucks rainwater and flood. I’m not really sure what innovation they call it. But from what I have heard, it’s a system that collects rainwater and flood. I asked around how big that huge water tank is and it was said to be as big as the whole of SM Masinag and 2 storeys high.  The water that SM Masinag collects during flooding is recycled in comfort room flushing, irrigation, cooling towers and grounds maintenance. For someone who has experienced the wrath of Ondoy in 2009, that is really a big deal for me and my family.   I just had to mention that since I strongly feel from our very traumatic Ondoy experience, that you can’t get more “earth conscious” than that. Kudos to SM for a job well done! 🙂

lemongrass essential oil

As a big fan of organic and all natural stuff, I roamed around the SM Masinag Eco-Fair during this particular Earth Day exhibitor caught my attention. The producers of these all natural and organic products hails from Rizal and have been around for a few years now. The proprietor of these organic stuff also spoke during the opening of Earth Day in SM Masinag. Introducing these all natural products to the general public allows for more people to be aware that there are better alternative products that promotes health better than preservative-laden brands. Above is a shot of essential oils  that I also have at home: Eucalyptus, Lemongrass and Citronella.

malunggay and kamote chips

Malunggay and Kamote Chips, anyone?

Organic Soap and Citronella spray

If you have been following this blog long enough, you know that I lean towards organic and all natural products. These organic finds – soap and anti-mosquito spray are part of the Eco-Fair exhibit. Here’s hoping that SM will welcome more of these brands soon for its patrons, even beyond Earth Day and these exhibits.  🙂

Earth Day 2013 focused on ECOGOVERNANCE. As this year marks the midterm of Pres. Benigno Aquino III, people are made aware of our  progress in the Environmental Performance Index and the total log ban issued by Pres. Aquino at the beginning of his term to the recent concerns on the Tubbataha Reefs and the mining- related incidents. These are only a few of the many matters that make the celebration of Earth Day all the more significant.

Aside from this, 2013 also happens to be the Network’s 15th anniversary. It was in 1999 that Mr. Mark Dubois of Earth Day International visited the Philippines and helped form the Earth Day Network Philippines in the house of the late Odette Alcantara, the founding Country Coordinator.  Efforts like this by huge companies like SM has a huge impact in our culture. Kudos to SM Supermalls and here’s looking forward to more of SM’s environment-conscious projects! 😀


Kikay Corner’s Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Challenge Result

For a little more than a month, I have been using Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Midnight Recovery Eye exclusively. Although I had my hesitations when I found out it was oil-based, I gave it a go anyway. Without really being sure if I can follow through with it. The last oil based skin treatment I tried (Argan-oil), which is said to be used by prominent celebrities gave me the most shocking milia break out in my life. I had to stop using that Argan-oil altogether on the third night! I knew right there it was just not for me.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery ConcentrateIt was entirely a different thing with Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and its eye cream. When they said I should expect an improvement overnight, I was sure it was an overstatement, part of some marketing and sales pitch that would come people on and get them to check their products out. I am so happy to report that my  initial thoughts were invalidated when I felt the difference upon waking up the next day! I am sold out to these Midnight Magic products! Totally!
Warts Cautery

This was a photo taken a week before I first tried Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Eye Cream. Yes, that was shot right before my first ever wart cautery session at 36! It took me so long to have my warts taken cared of, which were not as many as my milia according to Dra. Glenise Javelosa. I was too afraid that the treatment will be painful. But it was practically zero pain.  I am blogging about that soon. 🙂


Healthy Options love!

So I have been frequenting Healthy Options for a while now but I have not really been sharing a lot of my discoveries. For some reason, they have piled up one after the other that I simply just let my laziness to blog get the better of me.

The inspiration now came from my logging in to my Healthy Options account and finding out that I’m 36 points away to being a Gold Card Member! Wooohooohoo!!!! Our family has been getting hold of our organic supplies from Healthy Options for sometime now. I am slowly but surely, transitioning our home to “organic.” As geeky as that may sound, I really would rather not have anything to do with parabens, sls/sles and all those crap.  So far, our bathroom is 99% organic. Which is a great start. Oh well, I have been in this “starting” business for years now. But hey, organic stuff aren’t cheap. So there.

A few of my Healthy Options beauty products staples:  Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel, Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap 18-in-1 Hemp Lavender Pure Castile made with organic oils,  Dessert Essence Jojoba Oil, Alba Botanica Un-Petroleium Plant Powered Lip Care w/ SPF18 Lip Balm in Cherry, Alba Botanica Terra Tints in Bloom SPF8.


Beyond Bath Organics pampering experience at The Manila Hotel Spa

It was a lovely night of sweet body pampering at Manila Hotel courtesy of Beyond Bath Organics last July 27, 2010. Never mind if I had to struggle my way in because it coincided with the concert Lettermen had that night. I actually had to Google them up. They apparently are the original boy band of the 60’s, which explains the demographics of the crowd that night. The trouble was all worth it, I should say.

Now, if you happen to have been following this blog for a while, you already know that my leaning is towards everything organic. So when I received the invitation for the Beyond Bath Organics some weeks back, I knew there was no way I was to miss it.

When I got in the lobby of Manila Hotel Spa, I was all ears. I was really pleased that business people are getting into the “green” bandwagon. Either it be out of sheer passion or by mere dictation of the wellness generation we are tagged with, the fact remains that this effort makes both manufacturer and consumer value our environment all the more.

the corner of the very spacious room of Manila Hotel Spa where I stayed for a good hour or so

getting ready for a whole hour of Beyond Bath Organics full body massage pampering


Remember Magic Lipsticks?

DSC_1994 Magic lipsticks were very popular back in the 80’s. This is the lipstick that’s green but goes pink when applied to the lips. This is so passĂ© that I never thought I was ever going back to wearing one again. Okay, so I was too young to wear lipsticks back in the 80’s. But because of mood/magic lipsticks’ popularity back then, even little girls got to receive these gifts, so what’s a girl to do, right? 🙂

For those who are clueless what magic lipsticks are, they are the ones that are also called mood lipsticks. They usually come in cheap-looking, (more…)

Also Selling: Organic Thanakha Soap with Glutathione & Rosehip Extract


You can achieve a refreshingly rejuvenated skin with the new Organic Thanakha Soap. The amazing formula of this top-quality soap is an exceptional blend of 100% ORGANIC THANAKHA POWDER, as the main active ingredient combined with the unique skin whitening & anti-oxidant properties of Glutathione and Rose hip extract, respectively, which are both known to successfully diminish scars and blemishes. Retails for P150 or US$3.5/ bar.  Minimum of 2 bars per order.

Kindly proceed to KIKAY CORNER ONLINE STORE to order.

Kikay Corner’s Review of Leyende’s Face Canvas moisture glider & make-up base

It has been more than two months since I started using Leyende’s Face Canvas moisture glider & make-up base. The timing could not have been more perfect. I was about to grab the six times pricier Smashbox but I couldn’t get myself to pay for something that I haven’t tried before for a day’s worth of job. Boy am I glad the cheapskate got the best of me right there. If not, I wouldn’t have known how Leyende’s Face Canvas was created to complement just about any foundation I use. I switch between YSL Matt Touch Foundation to Nutrogena Healthy Skin Enhacer.