July 21, 2014

Are You Always Tired?

Posted by Marie Bulatao at Monday, July 21, 2014 0 comments Links to this post

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Are you always tired?

You are not alone.  Probably one third of the world population end up dragging themselves to work every single day and wishing the day is over.  What sneaky energy-zapper did this?

Surprisingly, it must be your posture.  Your poor posture.

Slumping and ignoring the soft pile of sofa cushions on your feet make your body literally tired that staying upright would take a lot of effort on your part, leaving you with less energy .

Cabin Fever

Staying indoors, especially when it is cold and cloudy outside literally drains your energy.  Spending a quick walk around the block or just spending twenty minutes outside will make you feel more energetic.

Energy drinks

Energy drinks give you energy, until you feel the slump afterward.  Energy drinks are often high in caffeine, which gives you a high, until you literally slump and get really tired after the “I-can-do-anything” feeling.  For lasting energy, opt for a snack of whole wheat pita bread with chicken breast and cucumbers instead, which gives you a dose of complex carbs, protein and fiber.

July 19, 2014

Get Glowing with BB Creams

Posted by Marie Bulatao at Saturday, July 19, 2014 0 comments Links to this post


Back in my mom’s time, there were Oil of Olay and Ponds and Max Factor and Revlon (and they are still pretty much visible these days, with new formulations to keep up with the times and what is uso*)


Youthful skin with BB Cream
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BB Cream, also known as Blemish Balm, just like kimchi, bubble tea, Oppa Gangnam Style, ramen and K-Pop, is very Asian which has become so big and so uso that brands like L’oreal, Maybelline, Max Factor, and Ponds have a version of it.

Let’s start with a little BB 101:

Everybody thinks that BB Cream was originally from Korea.  BB Cream has actually been around for more than 50 years! (Why my mom does not know and why she stuck to Olay – although Olay is good I still actually use it - I just don't know!) Thanks to this German doctor named Dr. Christine Scrammek who formulated this cream to help skin heal after skin peels plus hide any scars and redness after  treatments and thanks to South Korea which years later would make BB a big buzz word, we now have this wonderful cream formulated to make us look blooming and radiant (no matter how sawi from pag-ibig** you are).

I was one of those people who went crazy over BB Cream years ago! 

See, I was having issues...

I just gave birth, I had dark spots on my face, I had problems with self-esteem, I wanted to look radiant (you know, that "I am soo happy, I just had a baby and oh, yes, I sleep through the night, thank you" look).  I need something to make me feel good.  I had to get that BB cream people are raving about online! And I found  one from Skin Food (the only Korean shop then that had BB Cream.)

 



Skin Food Aloe Sun BB Cream has aloe, which hydrates and soothes your skin as it moisturizes and nourishes your skin while protecting your skin from UV rays with its SPF 20+





Yes, back to those dark ages when BB Cream was scarce unless you lived in South Korea, I was one of those who asked/demanded drug stores if they had BB Cream and the sales lady would look back at me and say, "You mean, baby cream?" and I go, "Never mind."

And then I had to shell a big amount to buy this one from BRTC, which had so many raves on how it can transform your skin. I really, badly want to have it.





BRTC Perfect Protect System Gold Caviar BB Cream SPF50 / PA+++ is a triple-functioning BB cream that adds a glow to your skin and protects against damage. Caviar, collagen and other beneficial nutrients help create a soft and smooth complexion.
And the BB Creams delivered.  They are multi-tasking products that do everything!  

They moisturize, soothe the skin, are used as a skin primer, whiten, hides dark spots, make you glow.

You really have to be careful with choosing your shade, though. Unlike traditional foundations, they are available in just  a few shades.  You also have a choice in choosing an oil-based or oil-free formulations (and be very discerning about this because some people do say that they get blemishes when using a certain brand).

You can try  the following BB Creams:


MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream No.23 Natural Beige SPF42 PA+++ (50ml)


It is Korea's best-selling BB Cream and you won't believe the long lines at Missha stores!  It brightens and evens out your face and it looks so natural, like your second skin - only more radiant, flawless and glowing!

FAIRYDROPS BB Cream (Ochre)




This one gives you a flawless, photo-finish look and never washes off your face!
It has Micro-Gold Pearls that hide acne, scars and freckles instantly while creating a thin barrier to protect skin from getting dry and rough.  Its soft focus powder diffuses light, hiding wrinkles and giving you the illusion of smooth-looking skin.  It nourishes your skin with five nourishing treatment essences - hydrolyzed collagen, royal jelly extract, squalane, jojoba oil and macadamia seed oil.
It covers spots and blemishes and does not cake at all!   It has pearl infused sheer coverage that promotes silky complexion.   It is infused with adenosine and arbutin for anti-wrinkle and whitening.  Plus, it has SPF, too !

Next post would cover CC creams.

*uso - fad, what's in

**sawi from pag-ibig - broken hearted, unlucky in love

May 18, 2014

How To Banish Boredom

Posted by Marie Bulatao at Sunday, May 18, 2014 0 comments Links to this post

 If you're often bored, maybe what's going on (or not going on) around you isn't to blame.  In a study, inquisitive people found something that most people consider boring - making 45 minutes of small talk with someone they'd just met - to be a positive, meaningful experience.  Less-inquisitive people, on the other hand, didn't enjoy the conversation and were less likely to feel a connection with the stranger.

To cultivate courtesy and prevent boredom, step outside your comfort zone to seek out and try new things.

Here are a few tips:

Expect to be nervous. "Anything novel involves some anxiety and challenge.

Follow your passion.  Were you singing and dancing in the theater parking lot after you saw a musical?  Take a jazz or hip-hop dance lesson and check out some awesome stuff at katydid.com.

Focus on fun, not perfection.  You'll enjoy a fiction writing workshop more if you're not pressuring yourself to be the next best selling author.

Buddy up.  Not brave enough to take on a class by yourself?  Recruit a friend to go with you.
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