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Adam Levine Reveals Secret To His Confidence

If for some insane reason, you do not remember who Adam Levine is, let me refresh your memory. He is the lead singer of the Grammy Award winning band, Maroon 5. He is responsible for such popular hits as This Love, Payphone, and Sugar which earned gold and platinum record awards. He made quite a name for himself in the music industry with his amazing voice and signature good looks that never fail to make women swoon (this one included). He sat as one of the judges in the Emmy Award-winning singing contest, The Voice, and starred in the indie film, Begin Again, where his 222 Records label track Lost Stars was nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.
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While most women go gaga over his hot looks (he was declared the “Sexiest Man Alive” of 2013) and remarkable talent, men aspire for the same kind of charisma and confidence that he exudes. What others do not know is that, he too suffered from severe acne breakouts back when he was a teen. This took away much of his confidence and forced him to stay away from the crowd. Adam shares, “I was so ashamed of my acne. I had horrible breakouts and would hide from cameras or hide in my room. It is like one day acne showed up, caused trouble, and messed with my confidence.” You would think that acne’s been a thing of the past for Adam, but no, when his schedule gets busy, the stress still takes a toll on his skin. He discloses, “I am a very active person and truth is, it kind of lead to zits.”
Fortunately for Adam, America’s #1 acne treatment system, Proactiv Solution, took care of his acne problems before it became worse. If there one thing Adam wants people to understand it is that, just because celebrities look so good on the screen does not mean they do not suffer from skin problems like everybody else. Says Adam, “I always want to make sure that people understand that even though we are celebrities or successful, we are no different than anybody else.” Adam encourages those with acne to try Proactiv 3-Step System. He emphasizes, “You have to take these steps if you want to take good care of your skin. It has your skin in mind, it is legit, and in fact a lot of it is restorative and healthy, which is great.”
Proactiv’s 3-Step System is dermatologist-developed and is designed to help clear existing acne and prevent future outbreaks, while gently taking care of the skin. It is ideal for people on the go because it takes no more than five minutes to complete. It starts with the application of:
Step 1: The Renewing Cleanser which contains Benzoyl Peroxide that help kill acne-causing bacteria. It has ultra-fine, micro-crystal BPO that gently penetrates pores and tiny exfoliating beads which help unclog the pores of impurities, such as excess sebum, keratin and dead skin cells.
Step 2: The Proactiv Revitalizing Toner which refines and purifies pores through gentle exfoliation. It contains soothing botanicals to gently remove excess oil for a refresher and clearer skin.
Step 3: The Repairing Lotion which helps heal breakouts and prevent new ones from forming.
Each Proactiv kit comes with a free Refining Mask that helps keep skin clear and acne-free. Formulated with sulfur, a proven acne-fighting ingredient, this Refining Mask reaches deep into the pores where blemishes begin. It also unclogs pores, pampers inflamed skin, and softens the skin’s texture.
Adam Levine described Proactiv’s 3-Step Solution best when he said, “It is game changer; it treats acne and your skin right,” Adam said.
Proactiv Solution comes in 30-Day kit (P2,495) and 60-Day kit (P3,995) and is available at all Watsons stores nationwide.

Nature to Nurture

When my daughter, Bianca, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age 12 three years ago, I cannot help but look back and ask myself, had I done things differently, like be more discerning with the things we used around the house and things we exposed her to when she was growing up, would I have been able to shield her from cancer? Though doctors pointed at genetics as the root cause of her cancer, studies show that genes can be altered and influenced by chemicals in the environment.
Babies and mommies nowadays are lucky to have vigilant mompreneurs who make it their passion and mission to develop safe baby products. One such mom is Jacqueline Siy, co-founder of Nature to Nurture. In her desire to protect her child from exposure to unwanted chemicals, she painstakingly studied the usual products we use to clean our body and our home. When she found out that most of them are unhealthy and unsafe for babies, she looked for safer althernatives. Since there are not that much available in the market that are just as effective as the commercial ones, she created Nature to Nurture, one of the brands that I wish we had when my Bianca was just a baby.
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Nature to Nurture products were designed having children in mind. Since Jacqueline is a self confessed cleaning addict and a fan of disinfectants and bleach, the first thing she developed was a fragrance free Baby Bottle and Dishwash. This solution contains only ingredients essential for cleaning. It does not have the nasty and harmful chemicals, colourants, and fragrance. When used on feeding bottles, they come out sparklingly clean and free of residues since the mixture of plant-based surfactant and baking soda effectively remove the grease from breastmilk and eliminate milk film and odor. It rinses easily too thereby cutting down the time you spend washing bottles. It is perfect not just for feeding bottles but for toys, teethers, breastpump accessories, fruits,and veggies as well.
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Another product, Nature to Nurture Multi Purpose Cleaner concentrate, acts as a cleaning agent for surface residue. It contains plant based ingredients that safely yet effectively cleans dirt, buildup, grease, and grime. It uses Tea Tree Oil, an antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral solution that kills germs and deters insects. It can be diluted in water and sprayed on surfaces, or for cleaning or mopping floors. It has been proven to kill 99.99% of E.Coli and Salmonella becteria and 99.92% of Staph bacteria by SGS Phils, Inc., a world renowned testing center.
I know some of you would not even give cleaning solutions in your household a second thought but believe me, after having had a close run in with cancer, I say we should especially if we are raising and nurturing babies and toddlers at home. Little things like this matters especially when it comes to our children’s health.
Nature to Nurture products are available at The Parenting Emporium, Cash & Carry, Lazada, Shoppers Mart, Echostore, and Sesou outlets. For more information connect with them on facebook and instagram.

Benzoyl Peroxide: The Best Acne Treatment

Known to be a compound that fights acne from getting worse, Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) is perhaps one of the most deeply misunderstood acne treatment in the market. Users have shied away from this relatively cheap and effective cure mainly because of some misconceptions that surround it, the popular of which is, “quitting its application after continued use will worsen the acne.”
To better understand why it is the best option for acne treatment, here’s a quick rundown of how it works, what it does, and how to use it:
Acne happens when a pore blocked by excess keratin, sebum, and dead skin cells comes in contact with the bacteria which in turn causes inflammation. What BPO does is it breaks down into benzoic acid and oxygen. The oxygen acts as a free radical that destroys the cells that blocks the pores and the bacteria growing on it. During the early stages of acne formation, BPO is known to effectively prevent breakouts from getting worse.
Its misuse, however, can cause stress on the skin. Too much of it can elevate the stress level of the skin making it more vulnerable to breakouts. Experts advised that it should only be used conservatively and as directed since overuse can easily damage instead of repair skin.
Fortunately, America’s #1 acne treatment, Proactiv Solution, offers a 3-Step System. Developed and recommended by dermatologists, this skin care regimen helps clear existing acne and prevents future breakouts while gently caring for the skin. It contains only 2.5% of BPO which is lower than any other over-the-counter acne treatment in the market, making it is safe for daily use.
It only takes no more than five minutes to do this 3-Step System:
It starts with the use of Proactiv Renewing Cleanser. This cleanser has ultra-fine micro-crystal BPO that penetrates deep into the pores to kill the acne-causing bacteria. These tiny, round exfoliating beads unclog the pores of impurities, such as excess sebum, keratin, and dead skin cells.
The alcohol-free Proactiv Revitalizing Toner which is applied immediately after, refines and purifies pores. It exfoliate the skin further by unclogging and removing more dead skin cells. It also has soothing botanicals that gently balance the skin tone leaving skin clear and feeling more refreshed.
Lastly, the Proactiv Repairing Lotion heals blemishes off the skin and prevents new acne from forming. It is what seals the deal to healthy glowing skin.
Each Proactiv kit comes with a free Refining Mask. Since its main ingredient is sulfur, a proven acne-fighting ingredient, it helps keep skin clear and acne-free. It unclogs pores, soothes inflamed skin, and softens the skin’s texture.
Proactiv Solution comes in 30-Day kit (Php 2,495) and 60-Day kit (Php 3,995) and is available at all Watsons stores nationwide. So what are you waiting for, grab a Proactiv Solution Kit and trust BPO to care for your skin now.

Alex Gonzaga Goes "Mellow"

Nope! TV show host extraordinaire, actress, and certified funny girl Alex Gonzaga did not shed off her feisty persona! Lest you get mixed signals, let me set the record straight. She just recently visited the radio station of Mellow Touch 94.7 in order to promote her latest endorsement, Proactiv, a top skin care product.
Exhibiting a young and vibrant charm, Alex, a loyal Proactiv user, wowed her hosts with her trademark wit and candor. She candidly and effortlessly explained how Proactiv’s 3 easy steps makes it the best choice in daily skin care routine:
Step 1: Use the Renewing Cleanser, an oil-free medicated exfoliating cleanser that kills acne-causing bacteria with benzoyl peroxide.
Step: Apply the Revitalizing Toner, a refreshing, alcohol-free toner that refines and purifies pores, with Glycolic Acid that exfoliates dead skin cells to help keep pores unplugged.
Step 3: Follow it up witn Repairing Treatment, a feather-light, invisible medicated treatment that kills acne-causing bacteria preventing zits and acne.
Alex is one of the top TV hosts in the country today and the first Filipina face of Proactiv. Watch her full interview here: http://youtu.be/qhnq7HPzkl8.
Proactiv Solution comes in 30-Day kit (P2,495) and 60-Day kit (P3,995) and is available at all Watsons nationwide.

Property prices for sale in Bursa

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Proactiv Success Stories

I chanced upon a friend who I have not seen for a long time the other day and she remarked how she’s been missing some of my selfies in Instagram. I hate to admit it but my struggle with adult acne have put my face off social media for a while.
It’s true that acne tends to create a wall between you and the world. When you have acne, you avoid social events and shy away from situations that would put your pimples on spotlight. Case in point, I cannot count the number of times I have to save myself from an embarassing conversation that started out as nice but ended up awkward because the person I was talking to cannot help but remark about my breakouts. I know its rude but I mean, how can they help it when I have big angry pimples screaming, ACNE!
Anyway, Acne influences a person’s self-esteem and self-confidence in ways a person with a perfect skin won’t even understand. Even mild breakouts have a negative impact on how a person with acne feels about herself. Trust me, I know.
But for the Acne warriors out there like me who’s been battling with this skin disease for a long time, here’s a word of advice. Carry on, don’t give up because Proactiv Solution is here to help us win the fight! Proactiv Solution is the only acne management system that successfully combines medicated ingredients to treat and control acne. It uses several ingredients in one system to address the blemishes you have now and help keep new ones from forming. With Proactiv, you’ll get back the control you once have over your skin in no time.
Here are some inspirational stories from ordinary people who have won over acne and who are now enjoying the life-changing benefits of clear, beautiful skin.
Alex Gonzaga
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I’m really thankful I gave it a try. I use Proactiv everyday and it’s amazing. It really works! It leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean especially after a long day at the studio. Now, I have balanced skin and my acne is under control. No more oily cheeks, no more dry skin and best of all, no more pimples.”
Know more about Alex’ full story here: ALEX’ STORY
Nolin Dela Cruz
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“After six weeks of using Proactiv, my skin improved. Ngayon, mas confident na ako…”
Watch Nolin’s full story here: NOLIN’S STORY
Lourdes Agcaoili
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“Nakita ko agad ang resulta. Nag-heal ang mga pimples at na-lessen ang oiliness. And then nung umuwi ang husband ko from abroad, he said, Wow ang ganda mo ngayon. You look great!”
Watch Lourdes’ full story here: LOURDES’ STORY
Mark Chuahiock
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“After using it for three months, my friends began noticing that my skin was improving. Then after six months, my face cleared. I recommend Proactiv to my friends. Now, I am the one inviting them for photo shoots.”
Watch Mark’s full story here: MARK’S STORY
Mike Irapta
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“Of course I will recommend Proactiv, talagang effective siya. Makikita nyo naman wala na yung acne ko.”

Watch Mike’s fullstory here: MIKE’S STORY
Start your own succes story, use Proactiv now!:)

Mindful Mom Re-Treat by Mommy Mundo

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend the Mindful Mom Re-Treat organized by Janice Villanueva of Mommy Mundo. It is an off shoot of the Mom Manifesto that she co-created last year with Mommy Mundo Head of Content, Jing Lejano, and registered psychologist and counselor, Michile Alignay. The series of Mindful Mom Re-Treats happening this year, in the words of Janice herself, “are all focused on helping moms be more mindful of where they are in their lives right now so that they can consciously live out their mommy mission amidst the joy and challenges of motherhood.” It is the perfect venue for re-centering and re-energizing for moms.
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Janice Villanueva, founder of Mommy Mundo
A quick rundown. During the Retreat, Mom Manifesto co-creator, Michel Alignay, walked us through the different mindful activities that had us reflecting much about ourselves in a way that we had never before. In the first activity, she had us charting our daily schedule to know whether we are letting ourselves run our day or letting our day run us. Most of us, surprisingly, found out that if we just mindfully go about our day, we need not bend ourselves backwards trying to juggle everything. We can in fact, strike that balance in all areas. In the second activity, Michele had us examine our life scripts, the things that we had ourselves believing and now naturally, doing. This was actually the part where most of the realizations came in. Moving to the third activity was quite easy for most of us then after having had a clear understanding of how we were wired and programmed growing up. The way Michele made us understand our weakness and the way she encouraged us to give more importance to our strengths in the third activity was truly self affirming. By the time we were in the fourth activity, it was pretty clear to most of us who we really are as an individual and as a mom, our special chracteristics and unique talents, and what we want to personally attain for ourselves.
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I had a lot of take-aways from this retreat. Personally, it made me realized that I should love myself better so I’ll have more to give to others. It made me see that I shouldn’t be apologetic of my weaknesses because they are often met and matched by one or two of my strengths. It encouraged me to break free from the trappings of societal norms and expectations often blown out of proportion by media, and measure and align myself only against my own life goals and aspirations. Right now as I am writing this, I am pretty excited to start my own Vision boards. I cannot wait to sit down and start affirming my strengths. I cannot wait to make personal breakthroughs and create my mindful plan of action.
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Kudos Janice Villanueva, Jing Lejano, and Michele Alignay and all the sponsors for a very insightful and inspiring Mindful Mom Retreat! I am looking forward to the next one already!
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(Photo grabbed from Mommy Mundo)
Oooops, before I forget, this Re-Treat is definitely a TREAT because of the ah-mazing treats! Thank you Pampers, Monogramstyleph, Trollbeads, Botanicals in Bloom, Moringa O2, Pylones, Photobooks Philippines, Philips Avent, Celebrity Mom, Urban Ashram, Brow Studio, Oscar Mejia, Blo Blow Dry Bar, Ogalala, Marie France, and Facial Care Center for filling our loot bag with goodies! It was a joy to dig inside the bag!

The Truth About Acne

Acne is not only common to teenagers, nearly everyone experiences acne at some point. Some may have it for a few months while others may have it for years. Trust me, I know. I had relatively smooth skin up until I hit my thirties then it went downhill from there. I have what dermatologists call adult acne.
What exactly is acne? You might ask, and how exactly does it develop?
Well, an acne blemish begins approximately 2-3 weeks before it appears on your skin’s surface. While it may seem like you get a pimple overnight, what you’re actually seeing is the final stage of a much longer process.
Acne formation starts in your sebaceous hair follicles – the tiny holes you know as pores. Deep within each follicle, sebaceous glands are working to produce sebum, the oil that keeps your skin moist and pliable. As your skin renews itself, the old cells die, mix in with your skin’s natural oils, and are sloughed off. Under normal circumstances, these cells are shed gradually, making room for fresh new skin. In the case of acne prone skin, these dead skin cells block the pores resulting to over accumulation of oil underneath. Bacteria that live on the skin naturally begin to grow and multiply on this site, triggering an inflammatory response that causes the red, angry pore that we see as pimple.
What triggers acne?
Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by eating too much chocolates or oily foods, nor does it occur exclusively during puberty. Acne is a cyclic process that everyone experiences at any age. Stress, hormonal imbalance, climate changes, cosmetic products (comedogenic), drugs, and industrial chemicals are factors that trigger acne formation.
How do you prevent acne from forming?
There are certain skin types that are naturally predisposed to acne formation. While you might probably be one of those who might inevitably experience it (like me), there’s a lot you can do to prevent it.
Nourish. There is no perfect diet to clear acne than a healthy, balanced diet. Eating fresh, unprocessed foods and daily hydration of at least eight glasses of water a day, or more when you exercise, can work wonders on your skin.
Cleanse. Sticking to a daily acne-fighting skin-care routine helps maintain a clear skin. Washing your face gently with a soap-free exfoliating cleanser twice a day to remove excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells helps balances skin’s ph level. Just a bit of a warning though, excessive washing can cause skin to dry out and produce more oil so make sure you don’t over do it.
Protect. While small amounts of sun exposure may seem to clear acne at first, the sun actually dries your skin causing it to produce more oil and dead skin cells. This creates an ideal environment for blemishes. Avoiding excess sun exposure and wearing at least SPF 15 sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy, prevents skin from drying up and oiling.
Rest. A good night’s sleep (7-8 hours) does magic to your complexion. This boosts the immune system responsible for fighting infections too such as acne.
Exercise. The skin benefits from an increase in blood flow and oxygen when you exercise. If your body is prone to acne, just make sure to wear loose-fit and breathable clothing when you work out, and shower with an acne-fighting body wash soon after.
Relax. Hormones control the sebaceous glands that produce the protective oil that keeps skin soft and supple. Psychological stress, sad to say, affects hormone levels. Too much stress therefore, causes these glands to produce more oil thus triggering acne. So relax and do what makes you happy. If walking, running, dancing, or yoga calms you, do it!

How can Proactiv Solution Combination Therapy stops acne?

Proactiv is safe and effective to use by anyone with mild to moderate acne. It heals current breakouts and prevents future breakouts. It clears complexion quickly and prevents blemishes from leaving behind permanent scars.
Proactiv combines mild concentrations of antimicrobial acne medicine with botanical skin-care agents to gently remove excess oil and dead skin cells. It kill acne causing bacteria inside pores and soothes redness and irritation. Here’s the breakdown:
1. Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) works by removing dead skin cells to ensure that the pores don’t get clogged.
2. The Proactiv Revitalizing Toner (Step 2) removes excess oils.
2. The Proactiv Repairing Treatment (Step 3) kills the bacteria and prevent proliferation.
3. The Refining Mask helps reduce the inflammation and swelling.
Proactiv is designed to attack acne “proactively” by delivering the right concentration of medicines and acne-care agents in the right order and concentrations. It helps control the acne cycle before breakouts occur. If you have acne, Proactiv Solution is the key to a clear complexion.
Proactiv Solution comes in 30-Day kit (P2,495) and 60-Day kit (P3,995) and is available at all Watsons nationwide.

Look and feel your best this holiday season

Christmas is upon us and for us Filipinos, it only means one thing – endless gathering and reunion parties with our family and friends! It’s that time of the year when we take our minds off deadlines and concentrate on spending quality time with our loved ones. Since we will be seeing friends and family members we probably haven’t seen in ages, it a must to keep skin flawless and acne-free.
While others are simply blessed with a naturally good looking skin, some (me included) are not spared from acne. Breakout is a reality we constantly face everyday. As we know, acne can put a big blow on our self-confidence and can hold us back from being our usual carefree and fun self. This why we need a good product like Proactiv as an ally so we can look good and feel good this yuletide season.
How to achieve acne-free skin this holiday season?
Simple. But first, let me just say that just when you want to look blemish free and beautiful on christmas, your skin gets the holiday blues. Why? It is because shopping frenzies, binge eating, and endless late night parties that we so love to do during christmas can take a toll on our skin. And since there’s too much going on, we tend to neglect our skin causing it to break into acne.
Good news is, the Proactiv Solution Combination Therapy Kit System can help our skin battle against the stresses of the season. It helps clear existing acne and prevents future breakouts. And what’s more this skincare regimen only takes 5 minutes to do, so it is easy to integrate it to your daily skin care routine.
What is Proactiv and how does it work?
Proactiv Solution Combination Therapy Kit System is the No. 1 acne treatment in America. Recommended by dermatologist, it is a combination therapy system that work together to cleanse and heal damaged skin as well as fight the current and new blemishes from forming.
It consist of Step 1, a deep cleaning prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide in the form of Proactiv’s Renewing Cleanser that quickly penetrates pores and heals blemishes fast. This smooth tiny beads gently exfoliate dead skin cells and other impurities. Step 2 is an alcohol-free Revitalizing Toner with soothing botanicals that works to gently balance skin tone and remove excess oil for a clearer and fresher skin. Step 3 consists of the Repairing Treatment, a light, oil-free skin-clearing lotion that heals blemishes and helps prevent new ones from forming.
Proactiv Bonus:
Each Proactiv kit comes with a free Refining Mask that’s sure to keep your skin clear and acne-free this merry season. Formulated with Sulfur, a proven acne- fighting ingredient that reaches deep into the pores, the Refining Mask gently unplugs pores, pampers inflamed skin, and softens the skin’s texture.
Save yourself the unnecessary stress, let Proactiv Solution do the work of getting rid of your blemishes so you can confidently share the love this season.
Proactiv Solution comes in 30-Day kit (P2,495) and 60-Day kit (P3,995). It is available in all Watsons stores nationwide.

Christmas Gift Suggestions: 100 pesos and below

If you are on a tight budget this christmas yet still want to give meaningful gifts, here are some gift suggestions priced at 100 pesos and below. My daughter and I gave them away to friends this christmas and they liked them for their usefulness.
Muji pens for 85 pesos each
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Character socks for 100 pesos each
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Fab Manila coin purses for 35 pesos each in assorted prints
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Succulents for 90-100 pesos eachimageHappy christmas shopping!