Personalize your skincare.

My friends would always nag me about skincare and I, being the lazy one, would always shove off the idea of putting gunk on my face. But, as one ages, skin changes too. Pollution, temperature, climate, stress, etc. are also factors that affect how one's skin looks like. I've noticed that at the end of the day, my face gets a little bit oily. On days wherein I am mostly outdoors, my face gets dry and dirty (no thanks, pollution!). There's probably more than a dozen of skincare products that, if I start researching now, would confuse the hell out of me. Fortunately, I found out about My Blend and it made my whole battle for skincare way easier than expected. 

My Blend (by Dr Olivier Courtin) is a line of skincare product that is personalised and more precise. I took a skin diagnosis test online that took into consideration my lifestyle, quality of sleep, climactic environment, as well as stress levels. For me, skin care diagnosis goes beyond the usual age and skin type.

After the diagnosis, I was sent the formula so I can mix my own blend of skincare (hence the name, My Blend). My "Day" cream consists of the following: Balance of Power (essential formula, base cream) with Radiant Burst and Anti-Jet Lag boosters. The "Night" cream, on the other hand, consists of Balance of Power (essential formula, base cream) with Antioxidant and Vitamin Power boosters. The best part about this whole skincare line is that I mixed my own day cream by adding the boosters to the essential formula and I felt like a mad scientist concocting some secret formula to rule the world, hahaha *geeks out* <3 AMAZING!

Balance of Power is for normal skin that gets a few shiny patches during the day. 

Radiant burst is for people who lack sleep and/or drink too much coffee *guilty as charged* so this booster aids in making the skin have that healthy glow.

Anti-jet lag is for people who always travel and experience weather changes, as well as frequent exposure to airconditioning that tends to make skin dull.

Antioxidant is for people who smoke or are exposed to pollution thereby increasing free radicals that causes premature skin ageing.

Vitamin Power is for people with unbalanced diets so this booster gives the skin nourishment.

I'm currently making it a habit to constantly take care of my skin and you should too, no matter how old you are. If you have the proper skincare, then you don't need to waste so much time and money applying bazillion products on your face! Start your My Blend skin diagnosis here.

 

P.S. Don't forget to wear sunscreen too!

Stories of the heART

Have you ever felt the need to express your emotions but you don't know where to start? Did you ever feel frustrated about life? Do you want to absorb positivity and live in peace?

On most days, with the multitude of ideas that I want to do and implement all at the same time, I get frustrated. I am pissed off. Instead of lashing out that negative energy out where people absorb it and affect them, I paint. I paint, and paint, and paint. The strokes will always tell stories. Might as well convert that negativity into something beautiful, right? This is what I painted a couple of days ago as a result of that stress and frustration:

 

Kimi Lu (life coach), Geli Balcruz (calligrapher and mandala artist), and I have prepared a half day art retreat for people who want to express stories of their hearts through art. There will be guided abstract painting sessions, mandala making and calligraphy writing, and temperament life coaching. Together, let's start pushing for a more positive form of art!

If you want to join, check out the event page link here

Journey through art

2015. I set up my brush calligraphy classes to incorporate watercolor. I was relatively new in the watercolor industry but somehow, the people who enrolled in my classes trusted me and my capabilities to help them learn the craft too. People started signing up and Ice Idanan was one of them. She cancelled on her first class because her mom has cancer. I actually thought she wouldn't attend anymore but then she booked for the next class. That was March 29, 2015. The final artwork I asked them to do was to write a movie to add to my #TypeYourMovie series in Instagram. She wrote "Sakaling Hindi Makarating" and said that will be her movie, someday. I just looked at her in awe. Somehow, our souls connected.

A few months later, she contacted me. She said she's finally making the film that she has been writing for so long and that the film will require postcards, just like how the Griffin and Sabine book is. I didn't really think about it, to be honest. Favorite book ko kasi yon. I just said "GAME" immediately. That was August.

The rest of 2015 seemed like a  blur to me. I never would have thought that the movie she wrote during our watercolor calligraphy workshop back in March is actually happening, and oh boy, it was happening fast. I was submerged in unknown waters. I had zero knowledge on film making! I was juggling so many things: a broken self, an art career, a lerler and complicated relationship that was nothing but uncertain, a stint in a new industry I never thought I'd really be in. Akala ko masisiraan na ako ng bait, especialy during those LERLER days! I just kept telling myself: Tiwala lang. Repeat. 1 million times. 1 billion times more.

If you must know, back then, I had zero experience in painting landscapes but being my normal risk-taker self, I just said, Game kaya ko yan. So I did it. I remember I was in Dipolog for a series of workshops. Every night, at the hotel, I would paint the postcards for the film. Sabay-sabay, malapit na ang deadilne eh. It was my first time to paint landscapes, and even though I've seen the film a million times, I still feel giddy when I see my artworks to be part of this beautiful love letter to the Philippines. I want to cry, seriously. I guess, when you trust yourself that you can do it, you really can. And of course, if people around you trust and believe in you as well, then the more you will succeed. So thank you, Ice, for letting me be part of this wonderful story of yours. I am forever grateful!

Every time I think about 2015, I smile. That year might have been both the best and worst I've had so far but now I understand that there is a purpose for everything and that the universe brings people together for a reason. This is the reason.

Fast forward to 2017. We finally made it! What a journey this has been. Hindi pa tapos! Today we are screening in 26 cinemas. Tomorrow, I pray, it will multiply by a million!  

You can check all the other updates here.

Thank you for watching, thank you because I know you will watch :)