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Search for the Happiest Pinoy: 20 Finalists Shortlisted, P1M Tax-Free Awaits Grand Winner

The Cebuana Lhuillier Search for the Happiest Pinoy is now down to 20 finalists and one of them will take home P1 million in cash prizes. The latest edition of the competition garnered close to 800,000 applications from various localities nationwide, making it the biggest in the Search’s ten-year history.

From the 20 finalists, 10 category winners will be named, representing the youth, senior citizens, overseas Filipino workers, lingkod bayan, professionals, manggagawang Pinoy, entrepreneurs, employees, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. They will each receive P50,000 in cash prizes.Cebuana Lhuillier Happiest Pinoy

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How To Maintain Healthy Hair Leading Up To Your Wedding

How To Maintain Healthy Hair Leading Up To Your Wedding

Wedding preparations can be fun but they can also be pretty stressful, especially when you want to look your best. As a bride, you will find yourself prepping your skin and hair so you will look confidently beautiful on your special day. So how do you plan on doing all these things? While it may sound like an easy task to just go to a salon and have your hair styled, but it can actually do more damage to it. You have to understand that you don’t heat damage your hair in these important times. You also definitely don’t want to have so many chemicals in your hair when your wedding day is nearing. You’ll want something simple and effective to fix your hair. (more…)

Beauty Product Review: Latisha Niacinamide Serum

Latisha Niacinamide Serum

My most recent beauty encounter in Latisha Niacinamide Vitamin B3 5% Serum could not have been more timely. After having gotten used to being pimple-free for most of my life, I found myself struggling with pimples since we traveled to the states late last year, and has continued on until now.

The culprit could be anything from hormonal fluctuation, to change of weather, or whatever else really. The only thing I am sure of is it’s wreaking such ugly havoc to my otherwise used-to-be pimple-free canvas. This is why I cannot be more thankful that I have encountered Latisha Niacinamide Serum before I am able to squeeze time to see my dermatologist.

latisha niacinamide serum


Niacinamide is found in vitamin B3 and is also known as nicotinic acid. It is proven to be an effective skin-restoring ingredient that offers multiple benefits for aging skin. Niacinamide also addresses other skin issues as it helps improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, and a weakened skin surface. Niacinamide can also mitigate the damage environmental attack can cause, and is stable in the presence of heat and light.

Latisha Niacinamide Serum Ingredients:

Niacinamide – is an active, water-soluble form of vitamin B3, It is one of the essential vitamins our body and skin need and aren’t able to produce themselves.

Hyaluronic Acid – a lot of interest in using hyaluronic acid to prevent the effects of aging. In fact, hyaluronic acid has been promoted as a “fountain of youth.

Glycerin – used as a moisturizer to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritations.

Aloe Vera Extracts – the useful parts of aloe are the gel and latex. The gel is obtained from the cells in the center of the leaf; and the latex is obtained from the cells just beneath the leaf skin.

I’m not going to get ahead of myself and conclude that this is the very best for one’s pimple issue straight away. Because the truth of the matter is, skin compatibility should always be considered. One product that can work for Jane, does not automatically mean it will also work the same way with the next girl. As for me, I was naturally drawn towards Latisha serum’s natural ingredients, and I’m glad I gave it a shot.

Latisha serum
Latisha Niacinamide Serum is not very thick when it comes to its viscosity. I pump it directly on my face to lessen the chance of wastage. Something I’ve learned to do even with toners nowadays. I can be a cheapskate like that. Lol!

I mostly pump the serum directly on my forehead, and spread away to my entire face. A single pump goes a long way. I also make sure to not neglect my neck. A smooth neck happens to go well with a well-improved facial canvas, yes?

I wasn’t kidding when I said I was pimple-faced since end of 2018 – it’s so bad I felt like puberty throwing vengeance at me for skipping this ordeal when it should’ve. Ack!

Latisha Niacinamide Serum 5 Day actual photos

I have never had to deal with pimples this bad growing up! It baffles me to this day. But I’m grateful that Latisha Serum was plenty instrumental in improving those angry cystic pimples that growl at me whenever I look at the mirror! Yikes! But boy am I thankful for good BB/CC/DD creams that have allowed for me to step out of the house without these bumps being as conspicuous. But I’d rather have a clean canvas to work with – like I used to.

Every day that the pimples tame down, I would be so thrilled. Now that I’ve seen for myself how Latisha works with pimples, I’m looking forward to sharing with you some dramatic improvements when Latisha serum is used for wrinkles. I recently had my mom try the product out, will get this post updated then! 🙂

latisha serum on sun spots

Latisha also evens out hyper-pigmentation caused by sun damage

As good as the Latisha serum has addressed my pimples, it’s hard not to notice how the sun spots on my left cheekbone have lightened a great deal. Right? I know! I was too zeroed in on my pimple bumps that I have almost missed that.

For those reasons alone – pimple issue and sun spots getting addressed, I’m totally vouching for Latisha serum.

If you have tried everything else, this is worth giving a shot. A 60 ml bottle will only take you back P750. A pump goes a long way! It’s very economical, especially because it spreads out easily. I mostly use just one pump for my entire face.

If you happen to have tried Latisha for yourself, let me know how it fares, yes? We girls love our canvas to be clean and flawless. Thanks to products that are naturally derived like Latisha, we don’t need to stuff our system with toxic chemicals to keep pimples, sun spots, and fine lines at bay.

3 Elements You Need to Create a Chic Living Room

Your living room is the focal point of your home. It is the one area that your friends, family members, and visitors get to see the most. It is not only the room to host all of your get-togethers in, but your living room is also a statement; it is a representation of who you are, a reflection of your personality. Because of that, you need to make sure you are giving your visitors the right perception of you.

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Abstract Artist Nadine Ibay Launches Her Very Own NMI Art Gallery

Artist Nadine Ibay at the NMI Art Gallery

Artist Nadine Ibay

Alongside some media friends, I recently attended the launch of NMI Art Gallery, named after the abstract artist herself, Nadine M. Ibay. 

NMI Art Gallery by Nadine Ibay
NMI Art Gallery by Nadine M. Ibay

21-year-old abstract artist Nadine loves traveling, and indulges in her various interests as she continuously develops her craft. This young artist recently held her first solo exhibit, which was a huge success, at the Green Sun Hotel in Makati City last 2017.

An adherent to the principles of Eclecticism, Nadine admires the principles of Gustav Klimt and Banksy, two contrasting artists from different eras known for their private life and highly personal styles of art. In the antithesis of elements found in her painting amidst the vivid array of colors on her canvas, Nadine strives to develop her own style of art born from her own principles as inspired by the great masters before her.

Title: Love It If We Made It (Arylic Mixed Media)

She has an unrelenting thirst for inspiration and finds creative influence in the splendor of nature, and the complexity found in the lyrics and melody of a song. This young artist is the embodiment of her own art—from the jewelry she wears to the antique pieces and crystals she collects,Nadine transforms the numinous realms of meditation and dreams into the reality of her paintings.

NMI Art Gallery

GALLERY

NMI Art Gallery houses contemporary modern artworks. Freshly established in 2018 and run by the artist herself—Nadine Ibay has broken the odds of putting up her own gallery, showing an art independence remarkable for her youth. Nadine’s paintings are filled with bold identity and vivid imagery that stimulate its audiences and move them to pleasant and positive moods—showcasing a combination of enchanting colors molded from the artistry of the mystical world. Within the enveloping white walls, her art is a collection of dimensions and a mixture of forms where each painting is a mirror of emotions showing the authenticity of every art piece; an invitation to an experimental adventure to a lifestyle of flowing passion, spontaneous connection, and pure excitement.

ART

As an artist, Nadine seeks balance in the duality of the world through the abstraction of color, of the form, of art’s own meaning. Finding inspiration from the natural world and the mystical realms, Nadine translates into visual incarnation the artistry of vision unique to her own developing style of art.

The dichotomy of her old soul is the quintessence of her art. The materials she uses—acrylic paints, spray paints, mineral pigments,gold leafs, and textured canvasses bring to life a variety of art that is only given meaning by the eyes that appreciate it. Because of her ability to translate the metaphysical into reality, her paintings are more than a splash of color, they are the personification of emotion. Nadine’s abstract art extends beyond the boundaries of her canvas and captures the attention of all who gaze upon it.

Aside from paintings, Nadine also collects crystals and antique pieces which gives a lot of people an impression that hers is an old soul that seeking for satisfaction in the current reality.

While today’s young generation is good at expressing themselves through more accessible platforms such as social media, individuals like Nadine Ibay are born in order to break the norm. It is young talents like her that provides depth and meaning to a generation that’s sometimes carried away by the superficial. Her effort to open this new gallery is in itself a great trend-twist.

The exhibit would not have been possible without the generous help of the following sponsors:

E.M Cuerpo, Davies, Columbus, Digee, R.R Encabo, GEO, DVF, Hillmarc, Bostik and 5599 Marketing. Nadine feels so grateful for all the support these sponsors have given her.

To experience her work, you may visit NMI Art Gallery on Facebook or www.nmiart.com

Twinings Phils. CoolLuxe Design Competition Awarding & Tea Appreciation Event

Twinings Grand Prize

Twinings Philippines, the original British tea maker which originated at the heart of sophisticated culture in London, recently concluded the “TWININGS #COOLLUXE DESIGN COMPETITION” held at one of the hottest casual dining bars in the metro – BROTZEIT, located at the EDSA Shangri-la Plaza, Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City in an intimate ‘tea party” event. This capped the successful series of university tour campaigns in selected top 6 UNIVERSITIES namely, UP College CAFA department, Far Eastern University Manila- CAFAD; University of Sto. Tomas-CFAD; St. Paul University Q.C.; Miriam College Q.C. and The University of the Asia and the Pacific.

The goal to reach out to the younger generation and introduce them to the world of Twinings Tea in a different approach – with the London “Cool Luxe”  theme, via a Design competition proved very effective. “Cool Luxe,” is a term coined to define the up and coming Londoner who aspires for the finer things in life but with a modern, sophisticated and individualistic style to showcase to the world.     With this campaign, Twinings Philippines was able to connect with the younger segment. All the winning enries ( the top 5; top vote; runners up and the grand prize)  are not only being featured in Twinings SOCIAL MEDIA pages such as, INSTAGRAM @twiningsph; FB@twiningsphilippines and the official contest website https://twiningsdesign.com, their designs will also have the chance to be used in the next Twinings premium gift items in the coming months.

L-R: 
Twinings Brand Ambassador of Southeast Asia, Charles Smith; Michael B. Fajardo, Country Manager of AB Food and Beverages Philippines, FEU Staff of Student Development representative, Ian Margarette Maclang; Grand Prize Winner, JAYVIC VALDEPENA (ORGANOLEPTIC TEA FANTASY) from FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES, and TwiningsBrand Manager, Ms. Rose Gulapa.

The guests were officially welcomed by Twinings Philippines Brand Manager, Rose Gulapa. Everyone experienced what it was like to have an actual afternoon tea, as the Brotzeit team served a variety of tasty sandwiches, cakes and pastries, paired with a delectable hot cup of Twinings tea. While enjoying their afternoon tea, the guests were also serenaded by some of the schools’ homegrown talents. An exclusive short tea appreciation talk was conducted by the Twinings Brand Ambassador for Southeast Asia, Charles Smith, wherein he briefly shared the Twinings heritage and the history of Earl Grey, the types of tea, and how to make the perfect cup of tea.

L-R: 
Twinings Brand Ambassador of Southeast Asia, Charles Smith; Michael B. Fajardo, Country Manager of AB Food and Beverages Philippines, representative of Patricia Ann Tan, University of Sto Tomas Advertising, Mr. Mikhail Philippe Lee and  Twinings Philippines Brand Manager, Ms. Rose Gulapa.

Winners of the design competition were awarded by Country Manager of AB Food and Beverages Philippines, Michael B. Fajardo; Twinings Brand Ambassador of Southeast Asia, Charles Smith and Twinings Philippines Brand Manager, Rose Gulapa. The event was hosted by the seasoned event DJ/event host and Marketing Executive of VIVA live Entertainment, Lee Viloria.

SPECIAL AWARDS

TOP 5 (FIVE) DESIGNERS

1)    PATRICIA ANN TAN  ( UST) – ENGLISH DREAMER

2)    VICTORIA ESQUILLO – (UST) A ROUND TEATIME

3)    NICHOLAS SIA  – ( UST) A LUXURIOUS KIND OF TEA

4)    GIANA ANJALEINE ROBLES – (ST. PAUL UNIVERSITY Q.C)     BACK TO THE CLASSIC

5)    SAVINA FABREGAS – ( UST)  TEA SENSE

TOP VOTE AWARD – PATRICIA ANN TAN-  (ENGLISH DREAMER –DESIGN)  from UST who won PHP 10, 000 cash + certificate and a gift bag from Twinings.

Second runner-up – DANICA MARIE NOLASCO  – (A SPLASH OF LONDON) from UNIVERSITY OF STO. TOMAS –CFAD ADVERTISING. She won a SPECIAL DESIGN TWININGS TROPHY and a cash prize of PHP 10,000 PESOS, plus a gift bag from TWININGS.  The University also received a cash prize of PHP 5,000 PESOS.

First-runner up -WARREN LADION (Crazy Love) – from University of Sto. Tomas Advertising Arts, who received a cash prize of Php 30,000.00 and the faculty /University also received 10,000.00 cash.

Grand Prize – JAYVIC VALDEPENA (ORGANOLEPTIC TEA FANTASY) from FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES, who received 50,000.00 cash.  The faculty received PHP 20,000 PESOS.

My Thoughts on Pawning

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When it comes to pawning, it is the one thing I grew up having a negative connotation over. You wouldn’t catch me red-handed, to be anywhere near a pawnshop, for sure! But now that I’m grown, I have come to realize that pawning is nothing different than getting a loan with your personal property as a collateral.

The negative connotation on pawning may come from those that make pawning a habit. It is of course, always wiser to have the interest work for you. But in the event that you find yourself strapped for cash, and in urgent need to pay something off, is it not a good thing to have something of value that you can use as collateral to settle the bill?  It boils down to discipline, and the fact that it is not a perfect world. Makes sense, right? I know, it took me a while to embrace that.

appraised bangle at Cebuana Lhuillier

More than stuff that depreciate, I learned a long time ago (thanks Mom!) that investing on jewelry is way wiser since it becomes an asset, as opposed to buying say, a car, that depreciates over time. 🙂  (more…)

4 Tips to Caring for Your Wig

how to care for wigs

Wigs require little maintenance and care and that’s exactly what makes them great. They allow you to have perfect hair each day, with almost no effort. This means that caring for your wig can be easier than you imagined. Moreover, properly caring for your wig increases its lifespan, meaning you get to use it for longer.

Unlike caring for your natural hair, wigs are easier and more cost-effective to maintain long-term. You wear it over and over until it gets old. Whether you love your wigs straight or with curls, it’s important to know how to care for them. The following are 4 tips to help you care for your wig:

Top 4 Ways to Caring for Wigs

  1. Frequency of Washing

It is recommended that you wash and shampoo your wigs regularly, about every one to two months of wearing it. This routine helps in maximizing wig life. Fill a basin with cold water and add one tablespoon of shampoo. Immerse your wig in the water and leave it for at least one minute and then gently agitate it.

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Self-care and Confidence: Three women share the secret getting ahead of the game

SkinWhite Lotion

In this day and age, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of life, but these three professionals share their secret to making the most of their time and staying on top of the game.

SkinWhite Lotion

For 22-year old Pauline Del Rosario, it’s self-care. “As a real estate agent, I’m always on the go,” she says. “I don’t have a lot of time in the morning to prep myself up before I face potential buyers. But I know I need to face them with confidence knowing how it can help me close a sale! Good thing there’s SkinWhite PowerWhitening Lotion. All I need is just a few drops to make my skin instantly whit, making me feel more self-assured.  What’s more, I don’t have to worry about the harmful sun rays because my skin gets a big dose of SPF 20 throughout the day”. (more…)