Category: Brand Partners

Honeysuckle Breastmilk Bag

Two weeks ago, one of our colleagues in the faculty was looking for breastmilk to give to her three-week old granddaughter who was in the Neonatal ICU. The mom was unable to produce breastmilk which the baby needed so she can be strong and fight the pneumonia that has afflicted her. I wasn’t sure if they were able to get enough for her though because last week we learned that the little angel succumbed to death.
I was unable to produce my own breastmilk too when I gave birth to my daughter so I really envy moms with newborns whose only problem is how to properly store and handle their own breastmilk. When my daughter, Bianca, had cancer last year, it did occur to me that perhaps she wouldn’t have it if I had breastfed her when she was a baby. But then of course that’s more like my guilt talking to me than Science. Anyway, I know the importance of having a good stock of breastmilk and a proper storage kit that would keep it safe until it is ready to be consumed by the baby. I have heard it enough from my mom friends to know that pumping breastmilk is one thing and keeping it from getting spoiled is quite another.
My two best buddies recently gave birth and we were just so thrilled when I received a package with Honeysuckle breastmilk bag inside. I just had to share it to them. They have been looking for one that is handy so they can pump and store their breastmilk easily especially when they return back to work. And of course something that is proven safe to use for storing their oh so precious mama milk. We were so glad to know that HoneySuckle® which is 100% tamper-evident, BPA-free, Oxo-biodegradable and recyclable is already available in the market.

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HoneySuckle® is the more enhanced version of the popular reclosable breastmilk bag Lansinoh® which inventor Nossi Taheri created in 2002. HoneySuckle® as compared to its predecessor, has wider side seals, double zipper and ribbed gusset to protect and prevent breastmilk from leaking during storage. It has a pour spout that would eliminate spills when transferring breastmilk in bottles and an outer write-on tab to help mommies date and organize their breastmilks. It doesn’t take much space as it can lay flat in the freezer and can stand on the counter too when needed. It is the strongest and most economical breastmilk storage bag in the market today.

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With HoneySuckle® babies need not take alternative food when mom is not around and mommies need not worry about how to save their precious breastmilk after working so hard to pump them. Two less worries for mommies if I may say so. To know more about HoneySuckle®, you may check honeysucklemoms.com.

Mompreneur MeetUp at The Crib

Inviting all active and aspiring Mompreneurs! The next Mompreneur MeetUp is going to be this Saturday, June 28, from 9 am to 12 noon at The Crib, Fun Ranch in Pasig.

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With no less than Success Coach, Jackie Caniza as the workshop speaker/facilitator, this Business By Design workshop aims to provide interested mompreneurs the necessary know hows when it comes to designing one’s own business according to target goals and needs.
Based on the book, Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur, this is designed specifically to teach momprenuers, business owners, and teams, how to view their business through a one-page framework that captures all the critical components of a business model. Workshop fee is 800 but free for all past attendees and Mommy Mundo Passport Holders.
To register and for more information, text 09176272425 or clike the link here. Hurry as slots run out!:)

Product Review: Novuhair 3-in-1

Last month, Anna Macaraig sent me some Novuhair products to try. The 3-in-1 pack contains Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Novuhair Herbal Shampoo and Novuhair Herbal Conditioner. Now I haven’t gone bald yet but I must admit that the stress these past two years have taken a toll on my hair. I have been experiencing excessive hair fall these past months that in no time I am afraid I will have my own landing strip at the top of my head.
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Anyway, to tell you honestly, this product is totally new to me. In fact I had to search this online and watch Fanny Serrano’s own testimonial video before I start using this. As we all know, Fanny is a widely respected and seasoned salon/hair expert here in the Philippines so his opinion counts. Well, based on his own personal testimony on the effectiveness of Novuhair, it doesn’t only combat hairloss and hair thinning, it also provides optimum nutrition to hair. It rejuvenates hair follicles, improves blood circulation to the scalp, eliminates dandruff, detoxifies scalp and improves scaling. Pretty promising right?
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But what totally sold me out on the idea of using this product actually is its active natural ingredients. Since my daughter had cancer last year, I am very particular with the products that we use on our body. Good thing Novuhair boasts of natural herbs, essential oils and co-factor nutrients that are proven safe and effective in treating hair problems. Some active natural ingredients that you will find in Novuhair products are: Moringaoleifera / Malunggay / Moringa which helps restore healthy hair. Sweet Almond Oil / Prunusamygdalus, a moisture-rich oil that contains vitamins A, B1, B6 and E, and other essential minerals such as magnesium and iron. These are known to penetrate the scalp to relieve hair dryness and itching, and promote hair nourishment and growth as well. Peppermint, can also be found here which slows down the growth of bacteria and fungi together with Panax Ginseng which  improves blood circulation. The Ginger formulation also provides nutrient to hair while the Aloe Barbadensis effectively induces hair growth and prevents hair fall. Lavender aids in relieving itching while Rosemary contains properties that help disinfect and combat dandruff formation on the scalp. And lastly, Lemongrass which controls sebum flow, clean the scalp’s pores, and prevent dandruff too. I am all into juicing and organic stuff so this product complement the kind of healthy lifestyle that we’ve been adapting at home.
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I am using Novuhair  for a  month now and I have been seeing great improvements on my hair. I noticed how it has suddenly become much thicker and fuller after continued use. It did add volume and shine to my otherwise dry and limpy hair. There is also a noticeable increase of hair growth too in the area of my scalp that has grown thin so I can personally vouch that it really does wonder. If there’s just one downside to it though, it’s its scent. Novuhair scent is nothing like the deep floral scent of most commercial shampoos. Though not really offensive, it is not too pleasant either but then after a while you get used to it. Results were not visible from the first two weeks of application so patience is really the key plus consistency.
The 3 in 1 pack contains: Novuhair Scalp Lotion which energizes and rehabilitates the scalp. Novuhair Herbal Shampoo which removes build-up that can clog pores and renews the scalp. And Novuhair Herbal Conditioner which restores strength and improves hair elasticity, reducing breakage.
I highly recommend Novuhair to people who have been experiencing  hair loss and hair thinning or those who just want to restore health and shine to thei crowning glory. The Novuhair 3-in-1 Topical Scalp Lotion, Herbal Shampoo and Herbal Conditioner Pack, come in 200 mL bottles each. These are available as a bundle at all Mercury Drug and Watsons stores with an SRP of PHp 4980.

Proactiv Unselfie Campaign

Time magazine recently awarded the Philippines as the selfie capital of the world. Not surprising  considering the amount of time Filipinos spend taking selfies of themselves and posting them everyday in various social media. Both young and old alike have actually taken to selfies as a means to express themselves or get themselves noticed in a way that is both fun and refreshing.
Due to the popularity of “selfies,” instant filters and photo editing apps have sprouted left and right in the internet too. And in their desire to join the “selfie” bandwagon, people with skin problems have resorted to using them to keep their acne and other blemishes from showing in their “selfie” photos.
Proactiv recognizes the need of Filipinos to express themselves and connect with others through photos.  And so in an attempt to support this and at the same time enjoin netizens to address acne for real and be proactive, they recently launch the “Unselfie campaign.”  In this campaign, netizens are encouraged to post an unedited photo of themselves with an unselfie pledge placard:

ProActiv_pagepostADProactiv wants to  take active role in making sure everyone start their own journey to  self improvement so they will have clear skin.  They are hoping that this campaign will make them comfortable and confident in posting their real and unedited version of their selfies.  That means without any filters. To join, simply follow these steps:

  1. Like “Proactiv Solution Philippines” Facebook Page or follow Proactiv Philippines Instagram Account, @ProactivPH”
  2. Write a pledge in a piece of paper “I need to be Proactiv”, “#Unselfie” and “#BeProactiv”.
  3. Take a “selfie” with the pledge placard and post it at:
  • Proactiv Solution Philippines’ facebook acccount.  Forthe link, click HERE
  • personal IG account, tagging  @ProactivPH and using the hashtag #Unselfie and #BeProactiv

Their will be three winners of Proactiv 30 Day Kit per week. Join now and start your journey to a clear beautiful skin.

Review: Wen Cleansing Conditioner

I absolutely love summer. I really don’t mind spending long hours under the sun so long as I’m doing something fun like swimming, sight seeing, and running. While others shy away from the sun, I absolutely bask in it. I have a trusty sunblock and sun protection anyway so skin wise, the heat doesn’t bother me. It is my hair I am perpetually worried about. Since my hair has already grown in length, I had to tie it in a ponytail every now and then to keep it away from my face and to cool off a little especially when I run. This unfortunately has left it dry, faded, lifeless, and (sigh!) frizzy. Good thing, I got first dibs on the new Wen Cleansing Conditioner, the new revolutionary product that would change the way we view hair care.
I’ve been using it for the past five days and so far, I am happy with the result. I like that it is a 5-in-1 formula meaning it is an all-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-on conditioner. For someone who doesn’t enjoy using more than one hair product while bathing, this is quite a welcome change indeed. I noticed that after continued use, my hair appears shiny and easy to manage.
I like that it thoroughly cleanses the hair without lathering and it leaves a subtle scent too. I am very particular with the chemicals used in hair products so I am happy to note that Wen doesn’t have all the harsh ingredients (harsh detergents and sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates ) that may be found in most ordinary shampoos.
This new concept in hair cleansing, WEN® Cleansing Conditioner, is created and formulated by Chaz Dean, a celebrity-stylist based in the USA in cooperation with Guthy Renker (makers of Proactiv Solution). It comes in two variants. Sweet Almond and Promegranate. Here are their key ingredients so you’ll know which one will work best for you:

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SWEET ALMOND VARIANT
Aloe Vera Gel (soothing, healing, moisturizing, anti-fungal, antibacterial properties)
Glycerin (contains natural moisturizing factors)
Chamomile Extract (calming, soothing, contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Also used for dry, flaky skin)
Cherry Bark z (keeps hair manaheable and brings out the color, shine and softness in all shades of natural and color-treated hair)
Calendula Extract (helpful as an antiseptic, heals wounds and reduces inflammation)
Rosemary Extract (stimulates hair growth and fights scalp problems. Helps with premature
baldness. Has amazing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties. Is a tonic, astringent,
restorative herb)
Cetyl Alcohol (fatty, moisturizing alcohol used as an emollient, emulsifier, thickener
carrying agent for other ingredients. Derived naturally from coconut)
Panthenol (acts as a penetrating moisturizer. Plumps & moisturizes hair shaft to make it appear thicker, reduces split ends, smoothes skin and strengthens hair as it seals in moisture)
PEG-60 Almond Glycerides (with anti-irritant qualities, provides conditioning and glide to hair, as well as a conditioned feel to skin)
Menthol (has a local anesthetic and counter-irritant quality. Can also reduce itching and
tenderness)
Sweet Almond Oil (excellent emollient, high in protein and fatty acids, ideal in the treatment of very dry, chapped skin. Cintains antiseptic properties, heals and nourishes as it moisturizes the skin & hair without leaving a greasy residue)
PROMEGRANATE VARIANT
Pomegranate Extract (incredibly hydrating, this has anti oxidant properties comparable to wine or green tea)
Hydrolized Soy Protein (protein derived from Soya beans. Increases strength and manageability)
Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice (provides healing, moisturizing, anti fungal, and antibacterial properties)
Rosemary Extract (contains amazing antioxidant properties, stmulates hair growth and fight scalp problems)
Chamomile extract (calming, soothing, and provieds antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties. Great for for dry and flaky skin)
Marigold Extract (helpful as an antiseptic, heals wounds and reduces inflammation)
Menthol (acts as a local anesthetic and contains counter-irritant qualities. Can also reduce itching and tenderness)
Wild Cherry Fruit Extract (provides soothing and anti inflammatory properties)
Wen will be available in the following stores starting this May with a retail sales price of 995 for a 350 ml bottle.
Selected SM Department Stores (SM MOA, SM Makati, SM Southmall, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall)
Proactiv Branches:
a) GF, Glorietta 2
b) 2F, Trinoma
c) GF, Marquee
Door to Door Delivery Hotlines
a) Landline: 729-2222
b) Globe Provincial: 1-800-8-729-8888 c) PLDT Provincial: 1-800-10-889-4444 d) Mobile No.: 0917-801-8888
Treat your hair this summer with some TLC, use Wen Cleansing Conditioner now.

Be Clear Skin Ready This Summer With Proactiv 15-Day Maintenance Kit

I think most of you would agree with me when I say that summer is the best season to have. I mean whats not to like about summer? Even the heat we would welcome if it means a day of frolicking in the beach or a short fun trip with friends. I guess the only thing that would ruin a picture perfect summer is a big zit on your nose or worse an acne breakout.

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But! No sweat, Proactiv Solution has the perfect solution. It came up a new Proactiv 15-Day Maintenance Kit which is compact and easy to carry. This kit comes with a free pouch and free Refining Mask. It includes the complete 3-Step System: Renewing Cleanser, Revitalizing Toner and Repairing Treatment-in three 1-oz. take-aboard bottles. The snap-close pouch is 3.75 x 4.25 x 1.25 inches and fits easily into a backpack, purse or gym bag. It makes maintaining your acne-treatment regimen at the gym, the beach, or on the road easy as 1-2-3. Created especially for existing users of Proactiv who prefer a 15-day supply and for regular users doing an overnighter or a weekender this summer,this Proactiv Solution 15-Day Maintenance kit is only Php 1,650 and is available at selected Watsons and SM Department stores nationwide. Denitely a steal!
As we know, from the moment we were born, our skin begins a lifelong process of shedding dead cells and producing oil. This process may be disrupted by our hormone balance. The acne cycle is initiated when excess oil and dead skin cells combine to plug the pore of a hair follicle; behind the plugged pore, bacteria grow and multiply, triggering inflammation and swelling. That’s acne blemish for you. Proactiv intervenes in this process by killing the acne-causing bacteria, reduce swelling and redness of existing pimples, prevents pores from being clogged, and removes dead skin cells thru mild exfoliation. Using the Proactiv® System every day, twice a day, is critical to maintaining clear skin. So taking Proactiv with you wherever you go is definitely a must this summer.
The Proactiv 15-Day Maintenance Kit has everything you need to maintain your regimen, no matter where you are. The handy carrying pouch includes convenient 1-ounce bottles which is approved for airport security. It is perfect for the gym or locker room, business trips or weekend getaway! So if I were you, before you hit the swimsuit or sundress rack in SM, make a bee line in the beauty section first and grab your Proactiv Summer Kit and kiss acne goodbye this summer!

Proactiv Skin Care Advisor Program

I was at The Proactiv Kiosk at Glorietta 2 last weekend to personally consult with a Proactiv Skin Care Advisor. I heard that Proactiv recently launched a Skin Care Advisorship program whose main objective is to provide customers with the best information on acne care. Skin Care Advisors are technically sales representatives who have undergone training using the module created by Proactiv founders themselves, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields. Unlike ordinary sales personnel or promodisers, Skin Care Advisors are trained to offer free acne care advice and after-sales support. They are all knowledgeable and well informed about Acne and Proactiv.
The Skin Care Advisor I consulted with gave me one on one guidance on how to best use the Proactiv products that I already have aside from the three step combination therapy. The Skin Care Advisor explained to me how the Daily Oil Control, Moisturizer, and Refining Mask work to target my acne problem with proper use. Turned out I am not using them well to my advantage. She also gave me tips on how to prevent my pores from clogging so I wouldn’t have to deal with zits as much. I am happy to note that it sure was a pleasurable experience consulting with the Proactiv Skin Care Advisor.
If I were you, I wouldn’t miss this chance. The Skin Care Advisors are deployed at selected Watson Stores and Proactiv Mall Kiosk im Trinoma, Glorietta 2 and Marquee Mall. Come visit them soon, they will be happy to assist you.

Buy Proactiv Kit Now and Get a Chance to Win Patron Tickets to Avril Lavigne’s Concert!

Good news to Avril Lavigne’s fans out there, the Canadian singer/songwriter will be coming here in Manila to do another major concert on February 17, 2014 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. I am sure you wouldn’t want to miss this chance to see  Avril perform her hits songs,  Keep Holding On, Here’s To Never Growing Up, Wish You Were Here, and Complicated live in concert.
She’s one of my daughter and I’s favorite singer and our playlist wouldn’t be complete without her songs. We just love to sing along to her songs especially during long drives.  We can just imagine how thrilling it must be to see her in the flesh and hear her perform her songs live on stage.
Good news is that Proactiv  is giving its valued and loyal  customers a chance to win Patron Tickets to her concert on February 17, 2014 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.  All customers who purchase a Proactiv 30 day or 60 day kits from participating outlets within the promo purchase period will get a chance to join in the electronic raffle to win tickets to patron seats.  Kits may be purchased at the following outlets.
Participating Outlets:

  1.  Proactiv Online Shopping Site: http://my.proactiv.com.ph
  2. Proactiv Door-to-Door Delivery Phone Hotlines: (729-2222, 1-800-8-729-8888, 1-800-10-889-4444, 0917-801-8888)
  3. Proactiv Mall Kiosks:
  • Trinoma, 2nd Floor (Telephone: 380-3801)
  • Glorietta, Ground Floor (Telephone 388-2848)
  • Marquee Mall, Ground Floor (Telephone: 0935-8341523)

Here’s the complete promo mechanics:
Raffle Date:  February 6, 2014
(Winners will be contacted directly with instructions on how to claim the prize)
How to Join

  1.  Buy a Proactiv Solution 30-day kit (Php 2,495) or 60-day (Php 3,995) kit from any of the participating outlets within promo period. Purchase of 30-day kit is equivalent to 1 raffle entry, while purchase of 60-day kit is equivalent to 2 raffle entries,
  2.  For customers ordering from my.proactiv.com.ph, there is no special instruction or forms to be filled out. The system automatically tags eligible customers and the Account Name will be used as official entry. The promo can be viewed at: http://my.proactiv.com.ph/win-patron-tickets-avril-lavigne-concert.htm#.UrJKN9IW1EI
  3. For customers ordering via phone hotlines, our Customer Service Representatives shall automatically tag all eligible customers and your Account Name in our database will be used as official entry.
  4.  For customers ordering from Proactiv Mall Kiosks our friendly Sales Personnel will assist you and help you fill-out Official Raffle Entry Forms available on site.

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Purchases outside the promo period or from non-participating outlets are not eligible to join the raffle.
  2. If a customer avails of the Proactiv Money back Guarantee that comes with every Proactiv 30-day or 60-day kit, this forfeits the subsequent activation of the raffle entry. If the customer won and subsequently availed of the Money Back Guarantee after claiming the prize, the actual cost of ticket will be deducted to the refund value.

What are the prizes?
One (1) Grand Prize Winner of 2 Patron Tickets worth Php 5, 885 each
One (1) Winner of 2 Lower Box B Tickets worth Php4,825each
Three (3) Winners of 2 Upper Box B Tickets worth Php1,645 each
Important  Reminder:  The prizes are directly purchased from Ticketnet, official ticketing agent of the event. Proactiv Solution is not a sponsor of the said event and is not endorsing the event. Concert organizers are not connected to Proactiv Solution.
per DOH–FDA CDRR Promo Permit No. 221 series of 2013.
 

Super Fab Manila Finds + A Giveaway

I know this post comes late for christmas shoppers out there but for some people like me whose family and friends like to schedule get togethers and do exchange gifts right after christmas, you will still find this post useful.
I like shopping for gifts after christmas because I hate rushing to find things to give to my loved ones. I like to take it slow and easy when shopping for gifts and what better way to do it than right after christmas when all the hype has died down. Besides, I love how post christmas shopping brings forth the best that each store has to offer. Plus they bring out the good ones and put red tags on them too. (*wink*wink)
Post christmas brought me to Fab Manila’s new stand alone store in ATC. I just love how Fab Manila has kept all things nice and pretty in their store over the years. I usually linger a wee bit too long when I’m there. At 35, I haven’t really gotten over my love for floral, pastel, and prints.

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They have cute coin purses, pencil cases, bags, desk organizers, boxes etc. that left me gushing like a teenager. I suggest you go here for some last minute gift shopping or self-indulgence, you’ll love it. My daughter who had some christmas money to spend went home with this uber chic sling. Perfect with jeans and casuals.

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As we all know, Fab Manila is known to produce well crafted bags, travel accessories and organizers. Each design is a celebration of all things feminine and beautiful. It has managed to artistically combine pretty fabrics, unique textures, and fresh colors in each of its product. There’s always that touch of whimsy, dash of fancy, smidgen of cheer and good dose of fun to an otherwise plain and ordinary piece of bag or accessory.
Fab Manila is the brain child of sisters and travel buddies, Jen and Shiela. Their love and passion for all things pretty extend to every product line they make. Each product is a celebration of uniqueness, femininity and creativity. The way they have seamlessly fuse their love and passion for travel and art to create products that are functional yet fashionable, and practical yet pretty. And the way they have successfully showcased Filipino talent at its finest by producing products of excellent taste and quality, truly worthy of the tag Proudly Philippine Made is indeed remarkable.
And now on to the best part, Fab Manila and Blancnotes are giving away these pretty Fab Manila items to one lucky instagram follower of Blancnotes and Fab Manila. Simply follow @blancnotes and @fabmanila in instagram, repost the fabmanila giveaway picture there, tag 3 of your friends, and use the hashtag #blancnotesfabmanilagiveaway. Contest ends Dec. 31.

Review: Proactiv Solution Daily Oil Control

I don’t know about you but this christmas weather is making my skin oilier than usual.  I know that it is very important to keep our face as shine-free as possible especially this season what with all the christmas parties and get togthers with family and friends.  I am sure you wouldn’t want to be caught dead in pictures with a face shinier than the balls in a christmas tree.
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Well, if you are having the same problem as me, I suggest you try the Proactiv Solution Daily Oil Control.  It is a breakthrough facial lotion that eliminates shine.  I have been using it for a week now and so far so good.  I was out and about with friends last weekend in Tagaytay and I am happy to note that I didn’t have to scrub my face dry with oil films the whole time.
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Proactiv Solution Daily Oil Control is designed to absorb excess oil to help give a more mattified appearance while helping the skin fight acne. It also helps the skin to remain soft, smooth and hydrated.
It is ideal for men and women with oily skin as it controls and balances the oil levels and gives a matte finish.  It is also proven to control other impurities that may clog pores as well as sebum production that can cause skin imperfections.  I like that it also moisturize the skin without that greasy feel.
It contains Decylene Glycol, a highly effective moisturizer and oil controller as well as Silicone blend which provides a moisture barrier to soften, soothe, and hydrate the skin.  It also has Nylon-12 which absorbs excess oil, and provides anti-shine properties.
It perfectly complements the Poactiv 3 Step System as just  thin layer of it reduces excess facial oil and balances your skin’s natural oil level to get rid of shine.  If you are wondering where you can buy this, it is available at the following:
a.  Proactiv Online Shopping: http://my.proactiv.com.ph
b.  Proactiv Door-to-Door Delivery Hotlines:
Metro Manila Landline: (02) 729-2222
Globe Provincial: 1-800-8-729-8888
PLDT Provincial: 1-800-10-889-4444
Mobile No.: 0917-801-8888
c. Proactiv Mall Kiosks
Ground Floor, Glorietta 2 – Contact Number: (02) 388 2848
2nd Floor, Trinoma – Contact Number: (02) 380 3801
Ground Floor, Marquee Mall – Contact Number: 0935.834.1523
SRP: Php 899, 50ml Tube