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Are you getting ready for a staycation, or an out of the country summer escapade? Whatever you’re up for, don’t forget to have lots of fun and to pile on the sunscreen! Where is your ideal summer destination? Share yours with us in the comments!

Vanessa Mayuga-Santos, Mompreneur/GB Contributor

I’ve always been a beach person. My husband, on the other hand, loves the cold and snow. We compromise and split our trips between the two. Anywhere is ideal as long as I’m with my best friend and favorite travel companion. 

Nana Caragay, Writer/GB Contributor

But of course, the beach! It’s the one place where I really don’t mind the heat and I’m happy to embrace the sunshine because a refreshing dip in the water is just a few footsteps away.

Gretchen Gatan, Writer/Blogger/GB Contributor

Anywhere, as long as it includes the beach because I’m a huge beach baby. I can spend the whole day in the water, playing with the waves, and letting the sand tickle my toes.

Kira Ramirez, GB BizDev Officer/Beauty Blogger

I would love to back to the pristine waters of Dakak, love that it’s not teeming with tourists and the seafood is always fresh! 

Paoie Minerales, PR & Social Media Officer

I would love to be in Korea or Japan right now! I’d rather escape the summer heat and bask in the cold weather and lovely cherry blossoms :)

Real People: Hindy Weber-Tantoco

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Cool and sophisticated Hindy Weber-Tantoco tells us about transitioning from glam city life to her more organic and serene farmland in Laguna. She talks about her favorite beauty discoveries as well as her booming business, Holy Carabao.

1. You are a model, designer, wife, mother, and entrepreneur — which role excites you the most?
The excitement in each facet is different. But being a mother gives me the ultimate joy.

2. What made you start Holy Carabao?
We wanted to grow our own food, food we could trust. We wanted to live better and somehow give back to the world and one way was through farming. We started in our backyard and it just grew into a business out of demand.

3. What is sustainable living to you and how do you practice it at home with your kids?
To me, it is about living holistically and that’s why we called Holy Carabao a Holistic Farm. It’s always looking at the small picture, big picture and everything in between simultaneously and interdependently. Our vision can’t be shortsighted or compartmentalized.

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4. What were the perks/adjustments/obstacles of moving from the bustling city to your farm in Sta. Elena?

The most difficult was the initial travel time but now we have grown accustomed to it. The city is a mere 45 minutes away but it feels worlds apart. We also have had to employ more staff living on a farm. The perks are living amidst nature and all the splendor that brings. Most of all, seeing my children learn and grow in a natural, holistic way.

5. What does your daily beauty regimen look like?

I use a non-drying cleanser such as the ones from Human Nature, plus Pond’s Pimple Clear White Acne Facial Wash once a week. I use Jurlique Toner, Heliocare Ultra SPF 90 Gel to protect my skin from the harsh rays of the sun, and Pond’s Miracle Day Cream.

6. What’s your one beauty indulgence?

I really can’t live without home massages with Weleda oils.

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7. Any beauty secret that you learned from your mom?

Don’t overpluck your eyebrows and don’t do any plastic surgery.

8. What is/are your must-have beauty product (s)?

I am in love with Emu Oil, the Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Wash, MAC Concealer, Davines organic hair products, and Pond’s Age Miracle Eye Cream.

9. Best beauty discovery from abroad?

I’m so glad I discovered Pronamel whitening anti-acidity toothpaste and Aesop deodorant.

10. Where is your summer destination this year and what are you bringing to this trip?

We are planning to go to Siem Reap, Amanpulo, Tokyo, and California. We have lots to bring since we are going as a family!

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Summer is in full swing and aside from the occasional beach trip, I swim with kids about 2-3 times a week. This means making sure I get good sun protection. 

I have my old favorites but was more than happy to try the new SUN EXPERT line from BELO Essentials. I must say they passed with flying colors.  Both my kids and I loved them!

REVIEW:

Consistency & Coverage – I love the light and easy lotion texture of both the face & body sun block. They are easy to apply and don’t leave the kabuki white look at all.  The texture melts easily into your skin, while still giving 100% protection.SPF40 for the face and SPF60 for the body.

Scent – This is one of my pet peeves for other sun care ranges. I love how this SUN EXPERT line smells so clean and fresh.  It is perfectly refreshing for the summer.

Packaging – The pretty yellow tubes & bottle look great and classy. They are at par with foreign sun protection brands for a fraction of the price.

Convenience – The best of all the 3 is the SunExpert Transparent MistSPF 50 that your can spray on when you are in a hurry and also for re-application after dips in the pool.  This is a winner for fussy kids! Both the tubes and mist bottle are also so lightweight and are easy to take on trips.

MY FAVORITE TANNING TIPS:

1. Scrub-a-dub-dub.  A body scrub is a must to prepare your skin to soak up the sun.  It also ensures than you will tan evenly all over.  You can do this all through out the summer to remove dead skin cells. Just make sure to use a gentle scrub after sun-exposure.

2. Waiting Game. After applying any sun care product, make sure you wait about 10-15 minutes before heading out or jumping in the pool.  This gives the product ample time to be absorbed in your skin for maximum protection.

3. Layering is Key.  For those like me who like to tan and use amplifiers too, make sure to layer properly.  After 15 minutes of the sun expert, you can then apply your favorite tan enhancers. Then after swimming, make sure to re-apply another layer of sun block.

4. Wrap It Up.The best part of the summer is getting delicious body treatments. I treat myself to a delicious body wrap after every beach trip. It helps heal the skin and actually seals in your tan. My favorites are anything with honey, coconut, or mango for after-sun wraps.

Thanks to all the advances in skincare technology we now have a great option for sun protection that is both lovely to use and affordable. Don’t be afraid to soak up the sun! A nice golden tan makes you look like you’ve lost 10lbs.

 Have a wonderful summer Glamababes!

Love,

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Vanessa aka #thevainmama

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Last weekend, my sister and I spent half a day in a new adventure park called Sandbox. It was located in hot and dry Porac, Pampanga and we were prepared with sunscreens, caps, umbrellas, extra shirtss, and bottles and water. 

You can check my Instagram for our Giant Swing ride which, as expected, scared the bejesus out of me! Anyway, we had tons of fun but after a couple of hours under the sun, we were badly sunburned. 

I’m sure for those of you who’ve been to the beach, we have so much fun and we forget that after too much sun exposure we end up with sunburn marks or really red skin. 

Here are some ways to alleviate and soothe sunburned skin: 

1. Shower with cool water

To offset the effects of the sun’s heat, shower with cool water (below lukewarm and not teeth-chattering cold) and relax for 20 minutes. The low temperature can help soothe the pain and prevent further skin irritation. 

2. Hold the soap!

As your skin is obviously very dry and burnt, lay off harsh soaps or abrasive scrubs as these can exacerbate stress on the skin. Try a creamy bath cleanser instead, like The Cream Factory’s Goat’s Milk and Avocado Bath Cream.

3. Aloe Vera to the rescue

Quell the scorch of a sunburn with the cooling effects of aloe vera. Try Aloe Derma Soothing and Repairing Gel. It contains 99.7% organic aloe extract that can be used to treat minor wounds, sunburn, dry patches, etc. 

So that’s it! 3 easy tips on effectively soothing sunburned skin. Share your other tried and tested tips with us in the comments!

xoxo, 

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Real People: Ariella Arida

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Learn more about Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-up Ariella Arida’s makeup secrets and best beauty discoveries. 

1. How did you end up joining the Binibining Pilipinas pageant and how has winning one of the titles changed your life?

It has been a silent dream for me and when the opportunity came, I didn’t let it pass. From having an unknown provincial life, I became an open-book to everyone. The attention I received was overwhelming, and yet the people I met along the way were truly inspiring. I felt blessed that the events I had to participate in were all unforgettable and I was starting to become an inspiration to everyone especially to the young ones who look up to me. 

2. What career would you like to pursue after your stint as Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2013 winner?

I really don’t have a specific plan right now. But having this go-getter attitude makes me embrace all the opportunities that may come after my reign. Whatever comes my way, I will definitely pursue it.

3. What does your daily beauty regimen look like?

My daily regimen is very simple, I make sure I wash my face and remove any trace of makeup before going to sleep. Proper hydration everyday is key and as much as possible getting enough sleep.

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4. What’s your one beauty indulgence?

I religiously go to nail spas like Nailaholics. I’ve always loved getting my nails done, and my shade of choice is always gel polish in nude for both hands and feet. 

5. Any beauty secret that you learned from your mom?

Use chilled cucumber to alleviate eye bags.

6. What is/are your must-have beauty product (s)?

I can’t leave the house without my MAC Studio Fix, Prestige Eyeliner, MAC lipstick, Rice Paper Oil Control Film from Beauty Bar and blush from NARS.

7. Best beauty discovery from abroad?

I discovered this the blue green eye liner that Latinas were using, I forgot the brand but the product was really good. I also discovered a Korean electric eyelash curler where the heat helps curl the lashes better.

8. What useful makeup trick(s) did you learn from being a beauty queen?

For a smoother, even finish, apply your foundation towards the direction of hair growth. Swipe shimmery white shadow on the inner corners of your eyes in a sideways V shape to catch light. This helps give you a wide-eyed look. To achieve a slimmer nose, swipe a streak of highlighter down the center of your nose bridge. This make the sides of the nose appear darker and slimmer.

9. Where is your summer destination this year and what are you bringing to this trip?

I’m definitely heading to Boracay and I’ll be bringing my tanning lotion and moisturizer, lip balm, hair spray, colorful bikinis and summer dresses.

Image credits: Rappler.com, www.missuniverse.com

Summer means wearing carefree sun dresses, sleeveless tops, bright colors, and baring more skin. If you’re still conscious about your underarms, you can try using a whitening deodorant, or a potent whitening cream that promises to not only brighten but nourish the skin as well. 

When I received my Belo Glamourbox, I was instantly drawn to the luxe packaging of the Belo Underarm Whitening Cream. The sleek, matte gold container was clearly the star of the box (at least in my opinion). Once opened, I caught a whiff of the floral scent, I dipped my fingers in the tub and the fresh pink cream was thick and emollient. I thought to myself, "This looks promising!"

Why do our underarms darken anyway? Well it’s mainly due to friction from clothing, arm movements, using the wrong deodorant, or possibly due to over plucking, shaving, and waxing. The Belo Underarm Whitening Cream claims to lighten the underarms in 14 days due to its powerful whitening active, Alpha Arbutin, It also aims to prevent chicken skin, redness (due to overplucking), and hyper-pigmentation, whilst making our underarm area smoother and softer. 

I tried my sample for a couple of weeks, and off the bat, I was blown away by the lightweight, non-greasy texture! It definitely was so comfortable to apply. I did notice lightening by the 2nd week and if used religiously, it will continue to lighten my underarms. It’s specifically formulated for sensitive skin so you don’t have to worry about allergic reactions!

Are you ready to bare it all this summer? Grab your Belo Glamourbox and be confident under the sun!

xoxo, 

Over dinner at the beach, my friends and I got to talking about the Filipino obsession with skin whitening. It’s something I find rather dismaying because, as a naturally pale person perpetually trying to get a tan, I can’t tell you how much I envy girls with gorgeous morena skin. So I roll my eyes whenever those TV commercials peddling fairer skin with just one swipe of lotion come on—if you have skin that’s naturally tan, why would you ever want it to look otherwise?    

There’s one area where I would concede to using whitening products, though: underarms. No one wants dark, spotty underarms, and that is a fact. It’s not so much that I want them to be whiter—I just want them to look smooth and blemish-free. Not easy when you subject them to regular hair removal, but hey, that’s life when you’re a girl.

So when this month’s special edition Belo Glamourbox arrived, I was thrilled to see Whitening Anti-Perspirant Deodorant, in both spray and roll-on form, in it. I use deodorant every day anyway, might as well lighten my skin while I’m at it! I tried out the spray first, then packed the roll-on for my beach trip. Here are my thoughts:

  • I have to say—the stuff works! The label promised whiter underarms in just 7 days, and while I didn’t keep count, a couple of spots and lines that used to bother me began to fade, no joke. I got so into how well the whitening worked that I applied it on days when I wouldn’t even leave the house. So in that aspect, I give Belo an A+!
  • The fragrance is fresh and breezy. Kind of reminds me of air freshener—and that’s a good thing!
  • As for keeping sweat at bay, this worked well enough. Now that summer is upon us, you’re going to need products that work overtime, and this did the job.

My only negative observation is that the roll-on instructs you to apply just four swipes, and I’m not sure if I was storing the bottle wrong, but four swipes weren’t quite enough. Other than that, I’m really happy with how this performed. I’d definitely pick it up on my next grocery trip!

Have you give Belo products a try? What did you think? 

xoxo, 

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Let’s face it, not everyone is blessed with well-defined, face-framing brows like Cara Delavingne or Emma Watson. Thankfully, there are a lot of products in the market today that can help transform wayward brows into perfection. 
Here’s the lowdown on filling in your eyebrows: 
BROW SHADOW
For a softer, more natural look, opt to use a Brow Shadow to fill in sparse areas. Your best tool for this is an angled brow brush, just dip into the shadow, shake off excess, trace the outline of your brow, and slowly fill it in using light, short strokes. I recommend choosing a brow shadow one shade lighter than you natural eyebrow color (if you don’t have an eyebrow shadow, cheat by using any matte eyeshadow).
Lastly, seal in the look by brushing brows with a clear mascara or brow gel. 
Try: Dolly Wink Eyebrow Shadow which contains 2 shades so you can customize the gradient and depth of color of your brows. 
BROW PENCIL
Perhaps one of the most basic and most common ways of filling in your brows, brow pencils come in a variety of colors to suit every eyebrow hair color. Use short, light strokes (to mimic hair’s natural growth) to fill in your brows, then gently brush with a spoolie to soften the look and brush brows in place. 
Try: Empro Triangular Brow Pencil, the unique shape allows for easy brow definition and shaping. 
BROW GEL
Brow gels really do the job in taming and defining unruly brows, keeping them in place the whole day. You will only need a smidgen of product, apply it lightly to brows using an angle brush. Brows are more defined from end to end using a brow gel, so I highly recommend this for whole day affairs, or more glam events. 
Try: MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow or Snoe What’s Up Brow Eyebrow Gel Corrector which are budge-proof, sweat-proof, virtually melt-proof products that stays on even during swimming, . 
How do you boost your brow game, Glambabes? Share your fave brow products with us!
xoxo, 

Let’s face it, not everyone is blessed with well-defined, face-framing brows like Cara Delavingne or Emma Watson. Thankfully, there are a lot of products in the market today that can help transform wayward brows into perfection. 

Here’s the lowdown on filling in your eyebrows: 

BROW SHADOW

For a softer, more natural look, opt to use a Brow Shadow to fill in sparse areas. Your best tool for this is an angled brow brush, just dip into the shadow, shake off excess, trace the outline of your brow, and slowly fill it in using light, short strokes. I recommend choosing a brow shadow one shade lighter than you natural eyebrow color (if you don’t have an eyebrow shadow, cheat by using any matte eyeshadow).

Lastly, seal in the look by brushing brows with a clear mascara or brow gel. 

Try: Dolly Wink Eyebrow Shadow which contains 2 shades so you can customize the gradient and depth of color of your brows. 

BROW PENCIL

Perhaps one of the most basic and most common ways of filling in your brows, brow pencils come in a variety of colors to suit every eyebrow hair color. Use short, light strokes (to mimic hair’s natural growth) to fill in your brows, then gently brush with a spoolie to soften the look and brush brows in place. 

Try: Empro Triangular Brow Pencil, the unique shape allows for easy brow definition and shaping. 

BROW GEL

Brow gels really do the job in taming and defining unruly brows, keeping them in place the whole day. You will only need a smidgen of product, apply it lightly to brows using an angle brush. Brows are more defined from end to end using a brow gel, so I highly recommend this for whole day affairs, or more glam events. 

Try: MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow or Snoe What’s Up Brow Eyebrow Gel Corrector which are budge-proof, sweat-proof, virtually melt-proof products that stays on even during swimming, . 

How do you boost your brow game, Glambabes? Share your fave brow products with us!

xoxo, 

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Sexy is a State of Mind

Here is some breaking news: Research shows that harping on your imperfections is a surprisingly unhealthy habit, one that can actually alter your physical appearance. In fact, a new study found that normal-weight people who viewed themselves as fat were more likely to end up overweight. And the pitfalls go beyond the scale, says Christel Parker, a psychotherapist in New York City. Low self-image can hinder friendships, job prospects, and overall well-being.

Here’s how to start loving all of your body — and looking and feeling better than ever.

Get Moving
Research has linked any type of exercise — cardio, strength training, stretching — to greater body confidence. And it works whether or not your fitness level or weight changes, or whether your sweat sessions are mild or intense. Plus, just talking about a workout can up your self-image, says psychologist Louise Wasylkiw, Ph.D., of Mount Allison University.

Listen Up
The more in touch you are with the way your body works, the less you may dwell on its appearance, says cognitive psychology researcher Vivien Ainley. In one study, women who could more accurately count their heartbeats objectified themselves less. Practices like meditation and yoga can help you tune in to you.

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