Friday, August 31, 2018

Enhance your best features with the Sculpt and Strobe Stick

Ever Bilena’s Sculpt and Strobe Stick (P225) is the newest make-up go-to for a bright and glowing, well-defined look.

The 2-in-1 cream-based stick helps sculpt your face to enhance your facial structure and illuminate it for a glowing look.

The Sculpt and Strobe Stick comes in Medium for fairer skin and Deep that is best suited for darker skin tones.

Also, this product is Paraben-and-cruelty-free. It is available through Lazada and major retail stores nationwide.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

10 Things to Look For in a Smartphone

Check out must-have smartphone features at the #AweSM tech deals weekend

Gone are the days of 2G networks, hard-to-press keypads, and 3MP cameras on cell phones as flagship brands offer more advanced and user-friendly features to provide the best service for users. Marking its annual celebration of Cybermonth this August, SM has its pulse on the trends with a list of smartphone must-have features to consider when shopping for new phones!

  1. Biometrics. Biometrics are now used to lock smartphones and keep our private data safe. The most common biometric security features include fingerprint scanning, face recognition and even iris scanning. It is best to buy smartphones with a biometrics feature to ensure the security of files.

  1. Multiple cameras. Most smartphones are already equipped with back and front cameras but there are phones with dual rear cameras emerging in the market now. Smartphones with multiple cameras are perfect for those who love to take selfies or professional-like images without the hassle of bringing heavy camera equipment every day or during travels.

  1. Wireless charging. Many popular brands are now adapting wireless charging where users can simply place their smartphones on top of a charging block, stand or mat and leave it to charge. It’s neater, faster and hassle-free.

  1. Voice control. This feature enables users to do tasks on their smartphones without using their hands and is best for those who drive and are always pressed for time. Through voice control, users can play music, answer calls, open apps or find files by just speaking directly to the device’s microphone.

  1. Waterproof. It is best to get a waterproof phone to protect it from spills, humidity, rain showers and sometimes, even full immersion underwater.

  1. 256GB storage. Big storage space enables users to store more files, photos and videos and to install more apps.

  1. Front-facing speakers. Speakers are important for those who watch movies and videos on their phones a lot or for those who like entertainment on-the-go.

  1. Big-screen display. For those who like to stream videos and edit photos on their phones, it is best to get a smartphone with a screen size ranging from 5.5 to 6 inches in full HD display.

  1. Powerful processor. Smartphone processors run web browsing, GPS, music streaming, videos, 4G connectivity and other scores of tasks performed by our phone on a daily basis. For those who use their phones often, it is best to look for devices with a powerful chipset, such as Apple’s A11 Bionic, Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660, Exynos 9810, and HiSilicon Kirin 970 among others.
  1. Multi-window. This feature is perfect for those who like to multi-task. It enables the user to accomplish different tasks at once such as watching a move while browsing on Google or messaging a friend while video-calling another.

Smartphones continues to evolve, that is why it is exciting to shop for gadgets with the most advanced features.

As part of Cybermonth and SM’s #AweSM 60 years celebration, you can discover a wide range of mobile phones with the latest must-have features. Score amazing gadgets on August 24 to 26 as SM Supermalls treats shoppers with a fun weekend of #AweSM tech finds and deals – where you can experience 60-themed deals, such as pay only 60%, less Php60, or pay only Php60, on #AweSM items in participating stores!

Visit your favorite SM mall now, or check for more details.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Irresistibly delicious dark chocolate flavors

Enjoy the rich and healthy goodness of Villa Del Conte Bonta Dark Chocolates that comes in two unique yet irresistibly delicious flavors: extra dark chocolate pralines with caramel coffee cream and wafers; and extra dark chocolate pralines with pear-flavoured cream filling and cereals.

Villa Del Conte Bonta dark chocolates are individually wrapped in bite-sized packages so that the delicious and healthy benefits of dark chocolates can be shared with family and friends.

These guiltless artisanal chocolates are masterfully crafted from Padova, Italy and are available at Villa del Conte stores in Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, SM Megamall, and Robinsons Magnolia. For bulk orders and to know more about Villa Del Conte’s indulgent creations, contact 893-2575, visit, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram: @VillaDelContePh and on Twitter: @villadelconte.  

Friday, August 24, 2018

Good Nutrition Starts Now

Mondelez Philippines’ Joy Schools program aims to empower students to take positive steps towards their overall well-being focusing on Nutrition Education, Physical Activity and Access to Nutrient Fresh Foods.

Mondelez Philippines’ Joy Schools Program Aims to Help Develop
Students’ Well-being

Nutrition Education is recognized as one of the most important tools to help promote well-being – through early interventions to help ensure children grow up with good nutrition practices, knowledge and actions. Nutrition Education provides children with the right knowledge about well-being including having a balanced diet, the kind of foods the body needs to achieve good nutrition and the importance of being active, all lessons which children can bring into adulthood.  

      The Case of Nutrition for Filipino Children

Among children in the Philippines aged 5-10 years old, 31.2% are underweight, while those who are overweight are at 8.6%. The National Capital Region (NCR) is also identified as one of the regions in the Philippines with the highest number of overweight and obese children aged 5-10 years old at 17.9%. (Food and Nutrition Research Institute National Nutrition Survey. 2015). We have the double burden of over and undernutrition among our children, which shows the need for greater nutrition education.  

“To help reverse the trend in obesity or malnutrition, Nutrition Education should start early,” says Dr. Rodolfo Florentino, a renowned health expert in the Philippines and the former Chairman President and now adviser for the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines, Inc.

“Indeed, school age presents an excellent window of opportunity for teaching children the basics of proper diet, balanced meals, the value of vegetables and fruits, and inculcating in them proper dietary habits and practices, as well as the need for being physically active through play and exercise. They are very receptive to new knowledge taught them by their teachers,” Dr. Florentino shares.

He continues, “School children religiously follow what their teacher teaches them. At this age, children tend to be less and less dependent on their parents for the food they eat. They choose the food they want to eat. Thus the home provides the venue for practicing what they are taught, and as long as balanced and nutritious food is offered in the family table, optimum growth and development is assured.  The parents then have an important role of supporting what the teacher taught them by offering nutritious and balanced meals on the table, choosing balanced snacks in and outside the home, and providing the opportunity for play and exercise. The knowledge, practices and habits children learn in school will remain with them through adolescence and adulthood,”

Since 1959, the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (NFP) has been operating as an assisting agency complementing and supporting the nutrition efforts of agencies in the government and non-government sectors.  “NFP’s main thrust is Nutrition Education and is the core component of majority of its programs and services. Nutrition education classes discriminate no one and are given to various groups in the communities to provide them knowledge on health and nutrition,” explains Lenliegh Hope Luces, NFP Acting Assistant Executive Director.

“Topics discussed include but are not limited to: the basic food groups, meal planning and food preparation, food safety, utilization of edible wastes, nutrition in the life cycle, environmental sanitation, livelihood opportunities, and nutritional management of diseases. We also use different methodologies such as role-playing, workshops, games, and cooking demonstrations are to make the class interactive and participative,” Luces reveals.

To further promote public health nutrition among the population and help alleviate nutrition problems in the Philippines, the NFP joined the regional South East Asia Public Health Nutrition Network (SEA-PHN), a partnership of key stakeholders in the region, namely nutrition societies, government agencies and corporate companies. Under the partnership between the SEA-PHN and Mondelēz International in Southeast Asia, the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines partnered with the snacking company to implement the Good Nutrition Key to Healthy Children module, a nutrition education project of the Network, for the Company’s community program, the Joy Schools.

Partnering with Mondelez Philippines for the Joy Schools Program

Established in 2013, the Joy Schools program of Mondelēz International across Southeast Asia has been adopting public elementary schools. This aims to empower young children to take positive steps towards their overall well-being focusing on Nutrition Education, Physical Activity and Access to Nutrient Fresh Foods.

          Shanahan Chua, the Head of Corporate and Government Affairs of the Company described the Joys Schools program and what it aims to achieve, “Through the Joy Schools, we are helping empower communities to lead balanced lifestyles thereby helping address nutrient needs for at-risk populations – all of which also help support the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Since it started in the Philippines in 2013, our Joy Schools program is now implemented by our Company in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, all following the same program structure. I’m proud to say that this 2018 we have adopted 16 new Joy Schools all over Southeast Asia.”

         Chua continues, “We have partnered with the Philippine Business for Social Progress for our Joy Schools program locally to provide access to fresh food and promote the importance of active play. In school year 2017-2018, 88% of 400 students who benefitted from the Joy Schools’ daily 9-month lunch feeding program have gained weight, while 80% saw an increase in height. Donations of much-needed sports equipment have also been made to the schools to help promote active play.”

       He added “For nutrition education, we partnered with the NFP to implement their Good Nutrition Key to Healthy Children for our three current adopted Joy Schools in Metro Manila. The program began in July 2018 and will continue to March 2019, covering Grade 3 students, who will be taught basic nutrition knowledge and good nutrition practices. We know the importance of early nutrition education to help develop good health habits in the future. Through the NFP, we are helping provide this knowledge to children in our adopted schools.”  

           At the end of the program, both Mondelēz International and the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. aim to see an extensive improvement of the knowledge, action and practices of the students when it comes to good nutrition.

About Mondelez Philippines Inc.

Mondelez Philippines has been creating more moments of joy by providing consumers with delicious snack products since 1963. Its product portfolio includes: Tang powdered beverages, Eden cheese, mayonnaise, and sandwich spread, Cheez Whiz spread, Oreo cookies, Tiger energy biscuits, belVita breakfast biscuits, as well as Toblerone and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates. The company employs about 450 people in the Philippines, with a manufacturing facility in Parañaque City.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Concentrix Philippines opens newest site at Exxa Tower

Leading global business service company Concentrix Philippines officially opened its 9th site at EXXA Tower, Bridgetowne, Quezon City. The 18,000-square-meter site occupies seven floors with exceptional facilities that provide an outstanding environment for growth and well-being. It features a modern wellness center, shower rooms, vanity areas and a salon.

Moreover, it is located close to major transport systems, top schools and universities, as well as large residential areas and lifestyle support services, enabling staff easy access to work and areas of interest to them. 

Gracing the very special inauguration were (L-R) Concentrix Philippines delivery senior director Digvijay Ankoti, IT director Felranie Velasco, reso and projects director Mitzi Ignacio, Robinsons Land Corporation’s Faraday Go, Concentrix vice president of Philippines operations and delivery and country leader Elek Toth, human resources senior director Hazel Bañas and business operations services and delivery governance senior director Amit Jagga.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Filipino kids get a better shot at college education with Troo’s college savings plan

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino parents work hard to set up their child for the future. And they know that a good college education is key to ensuring their child’s success. But with tuition fees increasing yearly at a rate of about 10 percent, sending their child to the college of their choice might just be a dream for many.
Life insurance firm Troo recognizes this need and is helping give future changemakers a chance at a better future. That is, through its latest financial solutions offering – Troo Graduate, a traditional life insurance policy that insures the child as well as acts as a college savings plan.

“In creating solutions, we always have our customer’s needs in mind. And to most Filipinos, a college education is the most important stepping stone to a better life. We designed Troo Graduate to be affordable to the average Filipino so that more Filipino children can get the college education they deserve.  With Troo Graduate, we believe that the next generation of Filipinos will have the opportunity to change their world for the better,”  Troo President & CEO Hans Loozekoot said.

Troo Graduate is designed to be K-12 compliant and offers parents a way to cope with rising college fees with the guaranteed five (5) annual payouts. The annual payouts increase every year while the child is in college, while the premium payments remain the same for the entire term of the policy. And for a minimum cover of ₱250,000, parents can pay as low as ₱11,094 annually.

With Troo Graduate, parents can start planning their children’s college education as soon as their child is 30 days old until age 11. It’s always better to start planning as early as possible. This gives the parent more time to save up for college. It also means lower premiums.
“Education is a priority for Filipinos, and for many, a college education is a sure step to a better future. We have a deep sense of responsibility to see our children get to college and realize their dreams.  We want an assurance of a better future for them,” Milot Valencia, Chief Bancassurance Officer of Troo, said.
On its third year of operations, Troo continues to create financial solutions to help Filipinos plan for tomorrow so they can live their best life today. The life insurance company is a joint venture between Ageas, a listed international insurance group with a heritage spanning over 190 years and EastWest, one of the fastest-growing banks in the Philippines.

PLDT Home, the country’s No.1 home broadband, launches its first prepaid broadband service

With the company’s vision of bringing world-class Internet to Filipino families, PLDT has launched its first ever PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi, an affordable service that makes it easier than ever for more families to enjoy their online activities in the comfort of their home.

The PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi is a plug and play device that instantly connects you to the Internet. Once plugged into a power source, it can simultaneously connect up to 5 WiFi-ready devices, such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, to high-speed Internet.

Unlike the regular Pocket WiFi which is meant for users on the go, the PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi is specially designed for home use as it utilizes the LTE 700MHZ band, a low frequency that easily penetrates houses and buildings. This way, the PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi is able to deliver high-speed Internet indoors – whether in the living room, kitchen, or bedroom.

PLDT’s pinakasulit Home Internet

Aside from being affordable, PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi also lets you enjoy PLDT Home’s pinakasulit Internet with the Home Boost 15, which comes with 1GB valid for 1 day for only Php15. You can enjoy Home Boost 15 as an add-on to promos like Home Boost 50 or up, for greater savings.

With the PLDT Prepaid Home Wifi, families can learn together and research for school; bond by streaming videos and music; stay active on their favorite apps; or catch up with loved ones and friends on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter – all in the comfort of their homes.

And because it is prepaid, there’s no need to worry about monthly bill payments, lock-in period, or uncontrolled data usage because customers simply have to load it up and register to promos that suit their family’s needs.

Powered by the Philippines’ fastest mobile Internet

The PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi is powered Smart’s LTE network, the Philippines’s fastest mobile Internet, according to the latest Speedtest® report of Ookla, the global leader in Internet testing and analysis.

In its analysis of over 2 million user-generated tests on LTE devices in the Philippines from Q1 to Q2 of 2018, Ookla said Smart provided the country’s fastest LTE connection with average download speeds of 17.25 Mbps, and average upload speeds of 7.65 Mbps.

On the other hand, UK-based mobile analytics firm OpenSignal also recognized Smart for having the country’s fastest LTE network, bestowing the company four citations in its March 2018 report: best in 4G LTE download speed; best in overall download speed; best 4G latency performance; and best 3G latency performance.

High-speed Smart LTE now covers major urban areas including Metro Manila, Rizal, Cebu, and Davao, and top sites in Bacolod, Baguio, Baler, Batanes, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Laguna, Leyte, Palawan, Sagada, Sarangani, and Zamboanga, among others.

Get the PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi with FREE 10GB for only P1,995

The PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi is now available at all PLDT Stores and retailers nationwide and comes with FREE 10GB, valid for 7 days, for a one-time payment of only Php1,995.

FINTQ’s online lending platform Lendr also makes it easier for customers to get hold of the PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi via affordable installment payments.

With Lendr, customers can buy the device for an initial low cash-out of Php495, followed by six weekly payments of Php370, which can be paid through any Smart Padala center, Bayad Center, ECPay, and 7-Eleven outlets. They simply need to visit to create an account, complete the application form and apply for a loan to purchase the device. FINTQ is the financial technology arm of Voyager Innovations--the digital innovations arm of PLDT and Smart.

What are you waiting for?  Get your own PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi now! To know more, visit and follow PLDT’s official accounts on Facebook ( and Twitter (@PLDTHome).

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Filinvest Mimosa+: Revitalizing leisure destinations up north

With exceptional amenities set amidst an abundance of greens, Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City, the newest integrated township in the north, is fast-becoming the preferred destination for vacations in Clark, Pampanga.

Centerpiece attractions
The sophisticated Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark and the award-winning Mimosa Golf Course—all harmoniously co-existing with rich flora and mature trees in the estate—are considered the current centerpiece attractions on Filinvest Mimosa+’s well-maintained 201-hectare expanse. As they collectively preserve the impressive Filinvest Mimosa+ environment, these two tourism-oriented properties continuously attract visitors seeking fine accommodations or a challenging round of golf.

The premium Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark
In keeping with Filinvest Mimosa+’s commitment to be the top leisure destination in the north, the Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark is now undergoing extensive renovations to maintain its world-class status. But more than this, the hotel is a favorite for staycations with their well-appointed rooms, the signature Mequeni restaurant, where guests can indulge in some of the most famous Kapampangan dishes, the Charley’s Bar, where guests can choose from a wide selection of craft cocktails, wines, and champagnes, as well as the swimming pool which has become every kid’s favorite. Villa living is also taken to the next level at Filinvest Mimosa+ with its two new opulent Grand Villas, each offering three bedrooms, a living area, grand bathroom, and private swimming pool that overlooks the estate’s greeneries. For an even more luxurious and personalized experience, a personal butler is assigned to each villa.

The award-winning Mimosa Golf Course

The Mimosa Golf Course and its attractive promo packages
The Mimosa Golf Course of two par-72, 18-hole courses cover a total over 150 hectares, more than half of the whole estate. This legendary golf course has played host to a number of prestigious tournaments and top golfers, including Tiger Woods. As a membership-free golf course, it continues to attract a strong base of returning guests of varying skill sets, as they enjoy every challenging hole. Every month, the club also offers irresistible golf promotions including a sumptuous weekend brunch by the greens.

One of these is the Mimosa Summer Swing package—available until July 31, 2018, with rates that start at Php 6,550.00. The Mimosa Summer Swing package offers an activity-filled summer vacay for the whole family. This includes a stay at the Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark, green fee for 18-holes golf play at the Mimosa Golf Course, consumable food and beverage at the Q by Mimosa, and access to the pool and other hotel amenities.

The newly developed Acacia Park at Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City

The verdant Acacia Park
Another point of pride of Filinvest Mimosa+ is the newly developed nature sanctuary called the Acacia Park. Located just across the Quest Hotel and Conference-Clark, it is a place for respite that features a verdant landscaping with a profusion of trees and gazebos where one can sit down and relish the relaxing environs. It is a perfect spot for having a picnic and even for stargazing. Families and friends can also enjoy more outdoor and recreational activities as Filinvest Mimosa+ purposely integrated foliage-canopied walking paths and bike lanes in its progressive masterplan. The Acacia Park—where fresh air and clear skies can be savored—marks the beginning of Filinvest’s vision to transform the Mimosa estate into a green township.
A masterplan like no other
Other exciting future attractions at Filinvest Mimosa+ is the $200-million world-class integrated gaming complex, a lifestyle mall and an al fresco retail strip that will offer specialty boutiques and unique dining concepts, and a sprawling Events Grounds and the Mimosa+ Events Pavilion that are set to host some of the country’s biggest music festivals, summits, and conferences.
As Filinvest Mimosa+ progressively works toward putting all four components—leisure, business, nature, and hospitality and residence—in place, no doubt, it will soon be the premier destination in the north.
To learn more about the many exciting things that Filinvest Mimosa+ has to offer along with all coming developments, visit its official Facebook page at

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Raising Well-Rounded Kids for the Future Starts at Home

Nowadays, most of the children loves to eat junk foods and fast food chains are everywhere. Sometimes we prepare instant foods at home because that's easy to prepare and very convenient! Obviously, nutrition has been compromised sometimes because of the food we choose.

And more kids now are prone toward obesity because of a combination of technology activity and physical inactivity. As a result, many children grow up facing issues such as obesity, social difficulties, attention problems, and learning deficiencies.

For sure, many parents are facing
different challenges today. But how can we make sure that our children will grow up ready to face whatever the future brings?

These new challenges that parents have to contend with can be overwhelming. That’s not to say however, that you can’t do anything about it. With consistency, dedication, patience, and a little guidance and support from fellow parents, experts and Parentology+, powered by NANKID, it’s entirely possible for parents to ensure that their kids are future ready.

Excited to drink his NANKID milk! 

The Future Starts at Home

As parents try to navigate the new challenges presented by changing lifestyles and technological advancements, Parentology+, powered by NANKID, is making sure that parents are empowered with the tips that will help reshape their children’s future. 

Launched earlier this year, Parentology+ is anchored on three pillars—proper nutrition, active lifestyle, and high social quotient. “The success of Parentology+, gave parents an opportunity to address challenges presented by modern parenting. We would like to go deeper into these issues and really flesh out the importance of these three pillars, as well as give parents the tools to establish this at home,” exclaimed Jean Espino, Vice President for Marketing -Premium Milks of Nestlé Philippines.
Understanding that parents seek guidance and tips from people they trust, Parentology+ sought the help of various experts to weigh in and give advice for the three pillars, partnered with the NANKID ambassadors.

Cat Arambulo-Antonio is skilled at juggling relationships in different situations, and with clinical psychologist, Dr. Cely Magpantay, the two believe that in order to help your child socialize, it’s important to put your child in new situations where they can learn and listen to others. To better encourage kids to socialize with others, Dr. Cely says, “Warm up, be present at first, then be invisible during playtime. Join them during the start of the activity, and eventually let them be. Be a role model to them.”

In the event, they have also prepared an activity that lets moms and kids do work together to see what traits their child already possesses and how they can further build on them to make them more socially competent.

My baby Jam drinking NANKID! 

Nutrition can be challenging for parents, especially when kids need around 3,000 calories a day. However, Joy Sotto and Ms. Aleli Magtibay, Nestle’s own Nutritionist, say that it can be done with moderation, balance and variety of food options. Ms. Aleli further advises parents, “Follow portions by making sure to give a combination of go, grow, and glow foods in every meal, and practice variety, in terms of flavor, texture, color, and food preparation.”

For Parentology+, a kitchen set-up was created for kids to be able to select different food in the pantry to create a balanced meal which will then be verified by an interactive nutrition guide and scanner.

Play time may seem like a regular activity for children, but its benefits on the child’s physical health is hard to ignore. Anton Del Rosario and Dr. Edgar Eufemio, an orthopedist specializing in sports medicine, want parents and kids to realize that some activities are better than others. 

Through a fun goal kicking challenge, kids learned the different traits that are beneficial to their physical development and lifestyle.

When asked how to encourage kids to be more active, Dr. Edgar says, “Give them a taste of success by giving words of encouragement. Be supportive of your kids’ activities, so they would just continue doing what they love to do. Also, play with them. If you expect them to be disciplined and grow up a certain way, do it with them.”

Parents are encouraged to be a role model for their children, and participate in their various activities, may it be socializing, eating healthier and staying active.

Through learning the style of modern parenting, Parentology+, can help parents create a customized model that can help reshape their child’s future. These three pillars are essential to the development of a healthy, well-rounded child that’s ready to take on the challenges the future holds.

The ambassadors and experts all encourage everyone to drop by Parentology+ to learn more about the three pillars, and how they can make their own home, a home of the future. 

With the different activities that await participants, exciting prizes such as digital instant cameras, premium tumblers, and other exclusive NANKID items can be won when they post their experience at Parentology+ on social media using the hashtags: #NANKID #PARENTOLOGY #ReShapeTheFuture.

Parentology+, powered by NANKID, will also coming to SM City Cebu on August 11-12 and Abreeza Davao on August 25-26.

For more details, visit their Facebook page at

NANKID® OPTIPRO® FOUR and NANKID® OPTIPRO® HW FOUR are not breastmilk substitutes. These products are for healthy children above 3 years of age.

A beginner’s guide to makeup

The newest Careline Multi Sticks for a better than basic look

If you’re new to makeup and the thought of experimenting with it intimidates you, let Careline, the Filipina teen's go-to cosmetic brand under Ever Bilena Cosmetics, help you with these better than basic makeup tricks and tips for beginners in using its newest products called Multi Sticks (P205):

Use your fingers. You can now set aside your brushes because the newest Multi Sticks are created to build and blend easily! Apply each product in thin layers then blend with the pads of your fingers (make sure to wash your hands first!), start from center of your face and moving outwards. Using your own fingers to apply these products gives you the most natural skin-like finish and doesn't look cake-y throughout the wear.

Combat shine and keep face smooth. Want to know the secret behind a polished makeup look? It’s primer! Before applying your favorite foundation, tinted moisturizer or BB Cream, swipe on the Blur Stick all over the face to keep it smooth and oil-free. This will also ensure that your makeup stays in place the whole day.   

Hide blemishes. Whether you’re looking to conceal dark circles, large pores, age spots, and other blemishes or you just want to highlight your facial features, the Brighten Stick is the perfect product for that. After putting on your foundation, draw an inverted triangle under the eye to mask dark circles and create an illusion that the face is lifted. Pat it on skin using your ring finger so it’s evenly blended out.  

Add definition to your face. Look fierce by adding definition to your face. With the Contour Stick, draw a line along your temples, the hollows of your cheeks, jawline and sides of the nose. Tap area of contour color with your fingers as it can be easily blended into your foundation. Also, this stick has a cool undertone that mimics the natural shadows of your face. (Tip: The Contour Stick is also great as an eyeshadow color)

Brighten your face with pops of color. Add pops of color to the face using the Rose and Peach Sticks. Both work as lipstick, blush, and eyeshadow. For a monochromatic look, dab your preferred color all over the lids and apples of cheeks. Finish off the look by swiping it on your lips.

Keep your glow on. Get the best healthy-looking glow on your face by applying the Strobe Stick on the high points of your cheeks, the inner corners of the eyes, eyebrow bone, bridge of your nose, Cupid ’s bow and chin. Voila! You’re ready to face the day!

Go ahead and experiment with makeup using Careline’s newest Multi Sticks available at any Careline counters at leading supermarkets, drugstores, convenience stores and department stores nationwide.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

BDJ Rendezvous: Declutter Your Life

I was invited last July 28, 2018 at the BDJ Rendezvous Declutter Your Life event at SM Light Mall, Ground Floor, Activity Area.

The BDJ Rendezvous: Declutter Your Life aims to educate and inspire the community by giving them a new perspective on the practice of decluttering, both material and mind.

They have invited four speakers to talk about how can we declutter our home and our mind.

The first topic is "Dig Deep and let go" with Patricia Tangcongo, Organizing Consultant and founder of Aliwalas.PH.

When decluttering your home, you have to do it yourself. And you have to imagine your own before and after after decluttering.

Some questions you may answer:

~What are your goals?
~What makes you happy?
~What do you value most?
~What is your dream life?

Some tips to discard your things:

1)You can sell it online.
2)You can do a garage sale with your family or relatives.
3)You can donate it to the charities.

You can answer these questions after decluttering...

~How decluttering change your home?
~How decluttering change your daily life?
~How decluttering change you?

Decluttering is not just a chore, but a form of self-care.

The second topic is "Decluttering like a Guru" by Renelyn Tan-Castillejos, KonMari Consultant-in-Training.

The 2 skills you need for KonMari:

1)The ability to keep what sparks joy and discard the rest.
2)The ability to decide where to keep each thing and put it back in place.

Marie Kondo's 6 Basic Rules of Tidying:

1)Commit yourself to tidying up.
2)Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
3)Finish discarding the first.
4)Tidy by category, not by location.
5)Follow the right order.
6)Ask yourself if it sparks joy.

When decluttering your home, you have to be thankful for the things that already served you,  be grateful, thank them and let go...

Tidying is the act of confronting yourself ; cleaning is the act of confronting nature. - Marie Kondo, Founder of KonMari Method

The third topic is "Make the Switch" by Phoebe Blas, Minimalist advocate and founder of Mean Living PH.

Ms. Phoebe Blas talks about how can we switch to a cluttered free lifestyle by having fewer things at home like clothes including bag, shoes, etc. but being more happy.

She shared the one month challenge she did to let go of the things she doesn't need anymore. On the first day of the month, she removed one item, on the second day, she removed two items, on the third day, she removed 3 items and so on and so forth. After the one month challenge, she removed 400+ items she doesn't need anymore including clothes, books, "abubot", etc. You can put it on a clean plastic bags and donate the items you discarded at your home.

Ms. Phoebe also shared to us that she switches to other products like having a bar shampoo and bar conditioner. And she's also using a cloth napkin instead of a disposable napkin!

Questions you may answer before buying things:

~Do you really need it?
~Will you use it more than once a week?
~Can it serve more than one purpose?

Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life's path, we can all make room for what is most important in life. Getting started is as simple as asking yourself one question: How might your life be better if you owned fewer material possessions? While the goal of Zero-Waste is to move to a circular economy where we write trash out of existence. The circular economy mimics nature in that there is no trash in nature. Instead of discarding resources, we create a system where all resources can be resumed fully back into the system.

The last topic is "Clear it all out" by Miqo Dionisio, Sound Healer and Owner of I am Healing Space.

We have to plan our life out of love not out of fear. And always ask yourself "Is this thought beneficial to my goal?" because taking care of our inner peace is also the key to a cluttered-free lifestyle.

I am so happy to be invited at this event. I've learned so much about how can I declutter not only the things but also the mind. I also learned not to buy things that I don't really need. I just have to keep the things that makes me happy and discard the things that don't add value to my life.

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Sunday, August 05, 2018

Step up your mobile experience with the Nokia 1 and Nokia 8110 4G

HMD Global brings accessible mobile communication technology with new Nokia phones

Today’s fast-paced, digital-driven world may connect and empower people in new and exciting ways not known nor explored in the past. But it also creates a gap for those who find it difficult to keep up with the latest technology. Sometimes some find new technologies and devices inaccessible and complicated, causing them to be left out of the digital world.

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, brings reliable mobile phones that deliver not only innovation but also technology with a purpose—technology that is accessible to everyone.

Shannon Mead, country manager of HMD Global Philippines, said:

“We make sure that at HMD Global, we provide mobile experience customized to the needs and style of our diverse markets. More than the promise of innovation, we create technology that is accessible and reliable without compromising premium quality. The Nokia 1 and Nokia 8110 4G are innovations designed to optimize experience with functions and features that can keep up with any pace.”

Nokia 1: The complete first smartphone

Designed for first-time smartphone users, the Nokia 1 is equipped with a quad-core processor, front and rear cameras, 4G connectivity and dual-SIM support, elevating the feature phone experience in an accessible smartphone package.

With the Nokia 1, stepping up to smarter mobile experience has never been easier. Packed in a refreshingly familiar design and promising the reassuring quality of a Nokia phone, the Nokia 1 also brings back Xpress-on covers, allowing users to personalize their phones through a range of playful, vibrant colors.

Running on the latest Android Oreo™ (Go edition), a version of Android for devices with 1GB RAM or less, the Nokia 1 comes with a new range of apps from Google designed to run faster while consuming less data. With fewer pre-installed and much lighter apps on Android Oreo™ (Go edition), you get 2x more available storage out of the box.

Nokia 8110 4G: The hero sidekick

Whether it’s to minimize the daily digital buzz or to find the perfect companion phone that’s ready to take on everyday challenges, the Nokia 8110 delivers more than an ordinary feature phone can offer. This newest member of the Originals family brings a familiar and easy-to-use classic interface with an intuitive tactile keypad and slide-to-answer and end-call features, plus an addictive upgraded Snake game.

The Nokia 8110 is a durable phone that delivers crystal-clear VoLTE calls. With its 4G connectivity, users can access apps such as Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search, Facebook and Twitter while performing basic tasks such as sending and receiving emails, importing contacts, and syncing calendar with Outlook and Gmail. The Wi-Fi capability lets Nokia 8110 serve as a portable hotspot, letting you share internet connection with up to 10 devices at once.

Reliability amid changing times

Packed with all the qualities expected of a Nokia phone, the Nokia 1 and Nokia 8110 4G are breakthroughs of accessible technology focused on elevating user experience. The phones’ design and performance emphasize durability and reliability to cater to the needs of their target users.

The Nokia 1 is available in Warm Red and Dark Blue while the Nokia 8110 4G comes in Traditional Black and Banana Yellow. Both come at an affordable price of PHP3,990.


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