Grab Your Himalaya Herbals From Sample Room!

Happy Sunday everyone! Am I on a blog roll (with 4 entries for the day) or what??? :) :) :) I have heaps of beauty dibs for you but first — checkout this new brand introduced to us by Sample Room last September. There’s still a bunch of Himalaya Herbals samples as of this morning so make sure you grab some stat!

Love how there’s a cleanser for every #PhoebeProblem!

For the uninitiated, what’s interesting about Himalaya Herbals is apart from its international presence in 85 countries, it’s also:

  • Composed of 100% herbal actives
  • Free from harmful chemicals aka. SLS, SLES, parabens, pthalates, etc.
  • Dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic, and clinically tested for effectiveness
  • Suitable for all genders and children
  • Does not test on animals (they get Lola and Junkie Poo’s vote!)
  • Reasonably priced with the most inexpensive product being only Php 25!

Check out some of the products locally available at leading drugstores and supermarkets nationwide:

Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash (15ml – Php 25, 50ml – Php 79, 100ml – Php 129) is a soap-free herbal face wash that helps prevent pimples by removing impurities, unclogging pores, while being extremely gentle on skin as it is formulated with 100% herbal actives and is free from skin harming chemicals like Paraben, SLS/ SLES .

Gentle Exfoliating Daily Face Wash (50ml – Php 74, 100ml – Php 199) is a soap-free, daily use exfoliating face wash that effectively cleanses your skin. Apricot granules gently scrub off dead skin cells, help stimulate fresh cell growth and prevent formation of blackheads. Neem and Lemon deep cleanse and remove excess oil while Aloe Vera soothes your skin and maintains its natural moisture balance, leaving your skin fresh, rejuvenated and glowing, day after day.

Nourishing Skin Cream (50ml – Php 99, 150ml – Php 199) is a light and non-greasy daily use cream for all day moisturising. A rare and exotic blend of Aloe Vera and Winter Cherry extracts, it protects your skin from pollution and dryness. While Aloe Vera’s hydrating and softening properties moisturise and nourish the skin by preventing trans-epidermal water loss, Winter Cherry’s antioxidant properties help protect and regenerate skin cells making it look young. So wherever you are and whatever you do, keep your skin moisturised, nourished and protected all day long! And by the way, NSC is the No. 1 Moisturising Skin Cream in Singapore and most suitable for South East Asian Skin.

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Instabeach Trip Everyday with Dial Coconut Water

I’ve been meaning to write an extensive post about my recent trip to Phuket but boyyyyy I’m slammed! Our home renovations, my work schedule plus growing project list’s just gone super c-r-a-y! I rarely, rarely get flu-bugged and more than anything, I attribute this asthma, cough, and colds to my lack of “vitamin sea”. :) In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a snippet of my recent trip to Phuket. The beach, the party, the bumming around all day, all night — arrggghhhh I miss it!

To cure this mad lemming, I’m using another Sample Room find from a couple of weeks back:

This fresh and energizing Coconut Water line from Dial is the bomb!!! It’s said to be the first of its kind in the market, having coconut water (found no less than the one from young green coconuts) as its primary ingredient in cleansing and caring for the skin. More than being rich in anti-oxidants (thanks to coconut water and bamboo leaf extract), I love how this tandem leaves me feeling super rejuvenated and invigorated with every shower. For a clear body wash that leaves me feeling fresh and squeaky clean, I’m surprised that my skin feels supple too. Such a great addition to my wahine must haves! :) The best part? It’s so inexpensive! The 437ml body wash is only Php 199.75 while the soap bar comes in packs of 3 (4 oz. each) with a price tag of Php 139.75. I will definitely consider these as stocking stuffers for the holidays for my beach buddies. I’m sure they’ll love the instatrip too! ;)

Iconic and Epic: Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation

I rarely work on collab projects with my Twin and when we do, I’m extremely pressured! His craft demands the talent to be on point to the brink. :) Yesterday’s project required me to wear makeup good enough for print and HD video. I haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup recently (I don’t want another round of acne surgery!!!) and finding the perfect and HD flawless shade’s been painfully difficult.

Not too long ago, I got my hands on Max Factor’s Whipped Creme Foundation in Natural. I knew it’s too light for me but I found it to be interesting so I got my usual Max Factor shade, Golden. It set me back by Php 895 at SM Department store. One swipe and I knew it’s going home with me.

Making its debut backstage at Valentino AW13, Max Factor Global Creative Design Director, Pat McGrath used the lightweight whipped formula to create a gorgeous, all-new flawless ‘demi-matte’ skin look for the upcoming season; “Demi-matte is a beautiful finish we created backstage at Valentino. It’s a dimensional matte finish but with a bit of brilliance – a really fresh, slightly radiant look.  Not shiny, just sophisticated and flawless. It’s going to be one of the key skin finishes for AW13.”

Before I go into the product low down, let me share with you yesterday’s FOTD and see for yourself why I am in love with this drugstore product! :)

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The Takshing Signature Electrotherapy Massage

Hello from January 2014!

It’s been 9 months and something days since I tore my ACL. When my orthopedic surgeon told me that it will take a while for me to recover to at least 70%, I was heartbroken a million and one ways. The Ironman challenges this year have been back to back the last couple of weeks and I would’ve been done with my first if I didn’t have that ill-fated slip.

But you know — I’ve always been optimistic and I thought, there must be a good reason why I’m forced to slow things down a bit. :) The last 9 months have been pretty expensive for me — I have to undergo physical therapy sessions 2-4x a week depending on my rate of improvement plus buy new shoes since I can’t wear high heels that might trigger another accident (naturally, more clothes came with it). More than the shoes, believe it or not, I actually enjoy the physical therapy sessions. They’re usually very painful and tiring (I’m already at the conditioning phase) but my favourite part aka. electrotherapy keeps me coming back!

To most athletes, electrotherapy is a treatment sent from the heavens. Apart from the relaxing sensation, it’s also invigorating depending on the intensity and of course, the method of application. When Sample Room announced that they partnered with Takshing for the latter’s Signature Electrotherapy Massage (60 mins – Php 1000, 90 mins – Php 1500, 120 mins – Php 2000). Can you guess who rushed to her computer to grab a sample? LOL

I’ve never heard of Takshing in the past but with Sample Room vouching for it, I’m in! If you frequent the Greenhills – Annapolis strip, the building they’re situated in shouldn’t be hard to miss.

At Takshing, we have discovered a unique way to keep your body healthy, fit & gorgeous. Our Signature Electrotherapy Massage is unlike any other in its ability to heal the body from the inside out while bringing out your natural inner glow. It effectively defends against a myriad of illnesses by unblocking clogged blood vessels, improving the way your body distributes nutrients, antibodies and oxygen. Takshing’s massage treatment also works to stimulate and maintain muscle tone without any pain or side effects.

The Signature Electrotherapy Massage treatment is proven to give immediate relief while at the same time, begins ridding your body of certain illnesses for the long term. We de-stress your body while improving your health.

Health benefits:
Improve overall circulation, unblock blood vessels, relief from muscle pain & swelling, lymphatic drainage, toxin release, weight, fat & inch loss, body reshaping, toning & firming, cellulite reduction, increased energy & improved wellbeing, compliments exercise for overall wellness

May also help relieve & alleviate conditions such as:
“Lamig” or nodules, neck, shoulder & back pains, arthritis & rheumatism, stroke, insomnia, migraines & headache, prostate enlargement, dysmenorrhea, gout & joint problems, ports injuries

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SAVE THE DATE: October 17. SM Megamall. H&M PHILIPPINES.


All roads will finally lead to SM Megamall Fashion Hall on October 17, 9am for the much awaited opening of the H&M Manila flagship store! The Swedish retail brand will open its first Manila store (very huge at approx. 3,000 square meters split into 3 floors!) at 9am until midnight.

“We have been waiting for the best opportunity to be in the Philippines and now the wait is finally over. The Philippines is indeed ready for the next level of fashion and we are so proud to debut our amazing flagship store at SM Megamall! It is such an exciting moment for us to bring fashionable and sustainable design, with good quality at the best price to fashion-conscious Filipinos. At H&M we always have something for everyone, and we can’t wait to welcome all shoppers in Manila to this fantastic store!” says Magnus Olsson, Country Manager of Greater China and South East Asia.

The Philippines’ first H&M store will carry the brand’s full assortment for women, men, teenagers and children, including athletic wear and lingerie. The store’s crisp and bright interiors – reminiscent of expansive art museums and fashion galleries – will be the perfect backdrop to this selection, providing the best shopping experience for every fashion-conscious customer.

The October opening will also coincide with the launch of the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, at the forefront of which is the limited edition H&M Studio line. This special collection is all about the modern-day bohemian woman, presenting playful prints, earthy colors and flowy silhouettes. For men, Autumn 2014 mixes Parisian cool with the attitude of London and the sleekness of New York to create a wardrobe for the mod urbanite.

Early bird retail mavens will enjoy special treats on the opening day:

Customers shopping on the opening day will get to experience all of this first hand plus exclusive opening deals! The first 200 in line will get gift cards valued as high as P6,000 each, and opening offers that are up to 50% off. Regular store hours of 10am to 10pm will be resumed on October 20 onwards.

I. Am. So. Excited! See you all at H&M! :)