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!

REVIEW: B NIBS

I've been obsessing over monoline calligraphy for the past few months! It's a break from the usual/traditional pointed pen and brush calligraphy - which is what I need because I'm always on the look out for other ways to write and use whichever tools I have at home. Everyday I challenge myself to write more too esp. since I've focused primarily on painting for the past months. People have been sending me inquiries and questions on what this magical pen is they've been seeing on my Instagram feed and to end that curiosity, here's a quick run through of my current favorite tool:

WHAT IS IT, EXACTLY?

B nibs come in different sizes and brands. I got my Brause B-nib set (0.5mm, 2mm, 3mm, 4mm) from an online store in the US a couple of years ago, when I was still crazy about hoarding things which I really didn't use back then. You can check google.com to search which stores carry the product in your location.

*Update* Locally (Philippines), you can buy B-nibs (Speedball brand) at Deovir stores and Scribe Writing Essentials stores.

L-R: 0.5mm, 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, and 2 straight holders

L-R: 0.5mm, 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, and 2 straight holders

I frequently use the 2mm nib on a wooden straight holder. These nibs have an ink barrel which holds more ink as opposed to regular nibs without barrels. I haven't really used them for anything except monoline calligraphy, but I'll let you guys know if I find another writing use for these nibs.

WHAT INK DO I USE?

I try to experiment with paint and ink. In most cases, I use watercolor paints and dilute them with water. I also use fountain pen and calligraphy inks like J.Herbin, Higgins, and Zig Kuretake Mica gold ink. As long as the paint or ink isn't too thick in terms of consistency, then it should flow properly when you write.

If you are going to use watercolor, then you can brush the paint over the nib or you can dilute it a little and put it in those dinky dips for easier dipping.

Brands of paint I use: Zig Kuretake Transparent watercolor set, Dr Ph Martins Hydrus/Radiant Concentrated Watercolor, Sennelier WC, ShinHan PWC, Lumi Accent Color

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HOW DOES WRITING WITH B NIBS LOOK LIKE?

I haven't really tried flexing these nibs and I primarily use them for monoline calligraphy. Here are some samples I made.

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Hope this mini review encouraged you to try out other ways to write beautifully. Happy inking, folks!

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