Category: Brand Partners

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
 

Book Review: A Doctor's Secret To A Lifetime Of Clear Skin

I don’t know about you but I feel like much has been said about acne that I can’t even tell which one is true or not. Google the word Acne and you will be greeted with a long list of links you can choose from, from the most comprehensive to the most absurd. To a person like me whose brain can only process information in small bites rather than big chunks, the information from the net can prove to be very challenging and intimidating.
Thanks to the Proactiv Kit I’ve been using, it comes with this little orange booklet entitled, The Doctor’s Secrets To A Lifetime Of Clear Skin. Written by Standford-trained dermatologists, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, founders of the revolutionary acne product Proactiv Solution, this booklet contains 30 doses of skin care wisdom that would make you understand the root cause of acne, the proper attitude in dealing with this chronic disease, and the clear cut solutions in managing and controlling it.
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20131204-153522.jpgAll the information about acne are presented in a simple and straight forward manner in this booklet. The 30 vital nuggets of skin care wisdom listed here are all practical and easy to follow. All the things you need to know and need to do to enjoy a lifetime of smooth, clear, and healthy looking skin are wittingly enumerated in this booklet.
I am happy to note also that I found myself nodding my head a couple times while reading this for I can easily relate to most of what’s written and discussed here. And surprisingly, most of the new information I got from booklet debunked all the myths that I know about acne as well. By the time I put the booklet down, I was armed with the essential information and the right attitude I need to fight this pesky acne disease.
This fun-to-read booklet comes FREE with every purchase of Proactiv 30 Day or 60 Day Kit. It is included in the kit that you can buy in leading Watsons Store, SM Department Store, Proactiv Mall Kiosk, and Proactiv online store. If you have acne, tnis is the book for you, if not give it to someone who does.

Mustela Giveaway Winners

Thank you for joining the Mustela Giveaway.  I am happy to share the amazing Mustela products to these women. Big thanks also to Tammy of Mustela Philippines for sending items for giveaway. May these products bring joy and comfort to you or to the mothers with whom you will share these to.
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Thank you and Congratulations!

World Education Exhibition 2013

I have been teaching in an exclusive private school for girls for the past 8 years now, and I have witnessed countless time how our students would aim and work hard to make it big on top universities abroad. Having the financial means and capacity to turn this dream into a reality, their parents don’t think twice in sending them abroad in the hope that this will pave the way for a bright future for them.
I mean who wouldn’t wish that for their children right.  I dream of the same thing for my daughter.  And I am sure most of  you are too.  So in case you are wondering how to go about the process of choosing the right school and the right course abroad for your children, IDP Philippines can help you on that.  Since 1984, IDP Philippines has been the trusted name for students looking for education overseas.  It is an accredited IELTS test provider and has been the leading test centre in the Philippines for the past 20 years.
Just in case your wondering, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) which is made up of  four parts ­— Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing – determines the applicant’s level of English proficiency and is one of  the important requirements of colleges and universities abroad, particularly those in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada and the US.  Aside from  the IELTS, IDP  has also been providing counselling sessions and knowledge-based program where they match students with the right courses and institutions.
Since its establishment in Manila in 1985 up to the present, it has been sending thousands of students abroad.  It even opened an office in CEBU in 2008 to support the growing market in the Visayas and Mindanao.
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As IDP continues to  bring students closer to their dream of studying abroad in an easy and organized manner, it is set to hold another World Education Exhibition on Nov. 16, at the Marriott Hotel in Cebu and Nov. 17-18 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Manila. The event offers free admission, free seminar and free consultation to participants of the event.
For parents who wish to send their children abroad, this is a good opportunity for you to scout for schools for your children and study the best they have to offer. The representatives of  different Universities from countries like New Zealand, Australia and Canada will be at the expo to talk about their learning institutions and curriculum offerings.
If you wish to attend the World Education Exhibition, you may register at  info.manila@idp.com, or info.cebu@idp.com
 
 

Say It With Flowers

Today, my husband and I would have been 13 years married. I remember countless times how I would secretly wish for a big bouquet of flowers everytime we celebrate our anniversary or everytime I celebrate my birthday. Funny but for the longest time, he would shower me with wonderful gifts except that.
Don’t get me wrong, my husband is the sweetest and most thoughtful guy in the world but when it comes to big birthday or anniversary surprise, well he was an epic fail. In fact, I have a lot of funny tales of how I would go to great lengths just to let him know exactly what I want for our anniversary or birthday. Had I known beforehand that  Philflora.comManilaBlossoms.com, PHgifts.com  offer gifts and flowers services, I would have saved ourselves a lot of time and trouble getting me what I want (*wink*wink). As crazy as it may sound, most often I had to prod, insist, or demand to jumpstart him on the idea. For a while there, I went by the matra, you create your own happiness.
With my husband’s track record in the gift giving department, it is no wonder then that I didn’t expect anything other than the usual from him last year on my birthday. But this I have to say with a voice full of pride, love, and affection that, though it was my last birthday spent with him, it was, the happiest and most memorable one. For for all his shortcomings in the gift giving department, his one final act of love more than made up fo it. On the way to work during my birthday last year, while I was sleeping soundly in the car, unmindful and unknowing of what was to transpire, he passed by a flower shop and picked up the most beautiful boquet of long stemmed roses I have ever seen. For the first time, I woke up to a surprise that I didn’t coin myself. After more than a decade of marriage, he finally gifted me with the bouquet of roses that I’ve secretly been dreaming to receive from him since the start of our relationship. It was the first and apparently the last bouquet of flowers from him because three weeks after, he died.
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But then, love moves in mysterious ways as I’ve later learned following his death.  And I believe that there really is some truth in the saying that love transcends because the few occassions when I wanted to feel his presence, he would send me a rose. Like on his 40th day of repose where I asked him in my prayer to send me one so I’ll know that he’s at peace with the Lord, our favorite little boy came up to me to give me this.
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Or when I was feeling the blues on my birthday last August, an old friend of his sent this bouquet of roses because he dreamed of my husband the previous night and in his dream  he was asking him to buy me one, which he did without realizing that it was my birthday.
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Some may call it coincidence but to me flowers will always be more than just a bunch of blooms. They will always remind me of the special love and connection I shared with my husband. Eversince my husband died, one of my happy places has been the flower shop. Though it was a long time coming, my husband did indulge my one special wish before he died.  I believe that  it is my turn now  to shower him with flowers.
If you want a hassle free flowers and gift delivery, check out  Philflora.comManilaBlossoms.com,  PHgifts.com.

Mustela Essentials + A Giveaway

Sensitive skin is not something new to me.  I was some sort of a walking eczema advertisement when I was a kid.  And as we know, there were limited skin care products to address skin irritation and diseases back then.
My daughter, Bianca, inherited my skin’s sensitivity level. She had cradle cap and rash aggravated by skin asthma when she was a baby. Growing up, she would often get eczema ocassionally too.  Though there are a lot of very good skincare products for babies and children in the market today, I only swear by Mustela products. Even if my daughter, Bianca, is not anymore a baby at 12, this is still her go to brand for skincare.
Mustela Stelatria Purifying Recovery Cream is something we can’t do without at home.  It soothes irritation easily, purifies, and speeds up skin repair.  My mom, daughter, and I use it whenever we have sudden skin irritations and rash. It is fast acting and pleasant to use.  We have also developed a penchant for Mustela Facial Cleansing Cloths.  It is alcohol free and gentle to the skin plus it has a mild baby scent that my daughter absolutely loves.  This is the only facial wipe she uses to clean her face. It is the perfect make up remover for me  too.
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Bianca and I also love Musti Eau de Soin from Mustela™.  A delightful combination of an alcohol-free Eau de Senteur (tender aromas of flowers and fresh fruits) with extracts of plants renowned for their softening properties. The smell leaves us with happy thoughts of babies!

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Mustela has been around for more than 60 years.  It is an old French brand whose mission is to provide moms and babies with the safest skin care products that would address specific skin needs. Since protection of mommy and baby’s skin is Mustela’s ultimate priority, it uses only ingredients of natural origin and leaves out questionable ingredient typically found in many skincare ranges such as parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, chlorophenesin and essential oils.

Mustela products are guaranteed safe to use since they are hypoallergenic and have undergone rigorous testing.  They are also proven effective since the products were developed in close collaboration with healthcare professionals. Ingredients were rigorously tested,  80% of which comes from  natural origins.  They are also a pleasure to use since they emit delicate scents that will make you and your baby feel good. Even its packaging was carefully chosen to make sure that the boxes are made using wood  from sustainably managed forests and are printed with ink containing vegetable oils.
Mustela’s complete range of products  caters to the specific skin care needs of  not just newborns, babies, and children but of new and expectant mothers as well.  All of its four skin care range (Mustela  9 months, Mustela Bebe, Mustela Dermo-Paediatrics, and Mustela Sun Care) are  tested following the strictest standards of quality, high tolerance, and optimum safety.
I highly recommend Mustela to expectant moms and moms with new babies. It makes for the best baby shower or christening gifts too.  Now on to the good news.  Tammy of Mustela Philippines has sent in Mustela products to share to three lucky Blancnotes reader and followers.  If you are an expectant mom, a mom of a new born, or someone who has a mom or a baby in mind who will benefit from using Mustela products, then you are welcome to join this giveaway.
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Mustela and I will be giving away the following to:
Winner no. 1 : Stelaprotect Face Care Cream and Body Lotion worth 1,100 pesos. Stelaprotect moisturizes and soothes baby’s skin.  It also improves tolerance with its  natural patented active ingredient and helps prevent the risk of an infection. mustela-stelaprotect-body-milk-200mlWinner no. 2:  Mustela 9 Months’ Specific Support Bust 125ml worth  1090 pesos plus travel sized Cleansing Milk and Physio Bebe’.  Specific Support Bust helps prevent the slackening / sagging of the bust area.  It helps ease tension on the breasts while pregnant and breastfeeding. It is  hypoallergenic and does not contain paraben, phthalate, phenoxyethanol.  It contains the natural ingredients Elastoregulator and Lupeol which activate the production of the skin’s supportive fibers.

 
 
Winner no. 3: Mustela 9 Months’s Post Partum Restructuring Gel 200ml worth 1090 pesos  plus travel sized Cleansing Milk and Physio Bebe’. The Post Partum Restructuring Gel helps firm up the skin that has slackened / sagged after pregnancy and childbirth.  It’s natural ingredients of elastoregulator, lupeol and centella asiatica helps restore firmness to the tissues.

Here’s how you can join the giveaway:

  1.  Like Mustela Philippines in facebook.
  2.  Like Blancnotes in facebook.
  3.  Share this giveaway on your facebook status with the following message: “@Mustela Philippines and @Blancnotes are giving away Mustela skin care products. Join now @friend1, @friend2, and @friend3. Giveaway ends on November 30! #mustela #blancnotes” (Don’t forget to properly tag Mustela, Blancnotes, your 3 friends.)
  4.  Share while you love Mustela in the comment box below together with your complete name, email add, URL of your facebook post, and city.

You can send in your entries until 11:59 pm of  November 30. I will pick the winner thru random.org. You can also join the quick and easy Instagram giveaway, just follow Blancnotes in instagram and repost the Mustela Giveaway picture there.  Goodluck!:)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Woodrose Bodega Sale 2013

Following the success of last year’s ‘Pre-Christmas Bodega Sale,’ Paref Woodrose is opening it’s doors once again and inviting everyone to do their early christmas shopping here.
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This year’s Pre-Christmas Bodega Sale promises to be more exciting with new additions on the list of  product line ups available on sale. Aside from the usual apparels, accessories,  and linens, shoppers can also score great deals on kitchenwares, glasswares, hotel-restaurant equipments and many more. Paticipating merchants include popular brands such as 101 New York, XOXO, Toy Kingdom, Imarflex, Claire’s, Popstar, and Krispy Kreme, among others.
The Pre-Christmas Bodega Sale will be from November 13 to 16, 2013 (Wednesday to Saturday) at the Woodrose Promenade.  This is a fundraising project for the benefit of the Friends of Woodrose Scholarship Program.