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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Beautynomics in its Beauty Sleep

I've been under so much stress lately that I have seen myself age in a matter of days! So I'm trying to de-stress, and get off from anything electronic, like TV's, Computers, and just snuggling up with a book before bedtime, like the old times.

So bear with me! I'm on my beauty-sleep, and will post again soon :)

posted at 5:06 PM by Charmed One


Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Summer Essentials for Efficient Functioning of Your Beautiful Self

This summer season, certain products really fly off the shelves. It's called, seasonal demand. Unlike Christmas where almost every product in the market ( since everything can be considered gifts ) are almost sold out, selected items only apply this summer season - the relevant products to protect us from the sun, and at the same time, help us make the most out of the wonderful gorgeous sunny season.

Yes, the sun is making its way into the limelight again, slowly giving us the boost of sunshine that we deserve, lifting our moods, but sometimes, giving us too much "glares" and leaves us burned.
Here is my must-haves for summer to be able to stay beautiful, and impossibly gorgeous, under the sun :)

SPF : Nothing beats SPF. It protects our precious skin from the harmful rays of the sun. It's totally cool to be tanned, but never cool to get burned. Remember, the ozone layer's in grave danger right now, and we might want to live longer by staying away from the number one possible cause of skin cancer. Live long, because you're beautiful! =)

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Shiseido's got the best sunblock for the face. It's light, and it doesnt clog your delicate pores!

COOLING FACE WASH : I'm a huge fan of minty things. With the icky days ahead, when all you can feel is your skin sticking just, everywhere, your skin deserves to relax, and feel some freshness, and relief, by a truly cooling facial wash. Hmm...wonderful! =)
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Biore Cool -
my teenage whim! It really, really refreshes the skin after or, in between an icky, icky day! :)

. They will definitely burn your skin, don't you want to become a barbeque stick? Tender on the inside (yes, inner skin hurts too ) , but definitely charcoaley-burnt on the outside ( looking this way definitely HURTS TOO! ).
Remember what happens when alcohol reacts with anything really warm? It ignites fire! The same will happen to your skin if you try to do that. I had a bad experience with that during my ignorant years - I was in swimming team, and after swimming, I yearned to get rid of all the dirt from my face from the pool, so I used an alcohol based toner since I believed alcohol really cleans. Ouch, the effect was horrible. My skin reddened, peeled, and felt awful. So don't ever do this.

Lotion - Keep your skin hydrated this summer season! Although it feels icky when you apply this in the morning, try to apply it in the evening, to nourish your skin! :)
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Kose Junkisui White Lift Serum
A cooling, watery skin hydrator! :) Smells like mint! :) Also firms the skin:)

SPF - Body-SPFs are great , because they help you sport a tan, but protect you from the bad effects of staying long under the sun. There are also cool self-tanners there that you can pull off this really sexy tanned looked without trying too hard to get a tan from the sun. The sun isn't the only source of beautiful tans, y'know :) Science, is just, wonderful :)
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Hawaiian Tropic products are proven to have great sunblock/suntan lotions!

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Sport a flawless, airbrushed tan with ModelCo airbrush in a can

Soothe your skin with the best products in the market that gives comfort to your burned skin, if damage has been done :)
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Clarins After Sun Soothing Gel
Best for tender, burnt skin. Soothes those pains away like a cool breeze :)

Ah....there goes my favorite again! After a long icky icky day of work, or play, don't forget to take a shower! Grab the most minty-flavored body wash that you can get and bathe in utter luxury! I found this really neat body wash that just does the trick! I step out of a shower with a minty aura! :)
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Kose Junkisui Pure Body Wash it evident? I am addicted to Kose Junkisui. I step out of the shower, with a minty minty aura! I love, taking a shower after an exhausting day at work. :)

As the cliche goes, our hair is our ONLY crowning glory that we can ever have. Believe it or not, it protects us from the sun, too! So, let's give our hair some tender lovin` and protection!
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Kerastase Soleil Set ( perfect for colored, and sun-drenched hair )
Includes : Bain Apres Soleil *repairing hair bath*, Voile Protecteur ( a leave-in light fluid for protection against the sun ), Serum Apres Soleil ( serum with Vitamin E to help nourish hair )
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Gelee Fraiche or Creme Richesse ( any of the two )
This is one cool masque. Intensely conditions the hair that is sun-damaged. I've been using this lately, in fact, everyday, and I love how it makes my hair really soft and smooth! :)
Hair Care Tips :
- For chemically treated hair, this is danger season for you ladies and gentlemen. Be it coloured , rebonded, permed, or whatsoever chemical treatment undergone. The sun, certainly reacts with chemicals in your hair, and makes it even drier, or more damaged. The quick fix to this, is getting some amount of SPF ( well, you can get them in your lotion, or gel, gel would be better ), put it in a sprayer, and dilute in very clean water, then spritz to your hair. Voila! instant hair-SPF
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Try Bobby Brown's Leave In Hair Conditioner with SPF! :)

- Dry hair certainly gets the most damage this season. Dry hair becomes drier with the intense heat! Please do not, forget to moisturize your hair, doubly! Make it thrice a week hotoil! hehe :) I mean home-hotoil! :)
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Garnier Fructis 3-Minute Masque
We all need masques! Try this! :) Oooh.I wish we had them here!!!

- This sizzling summer season, steer away from styling products. They're mostly alcohol based. Refer to my previous mention on alcohol based toners. The effect would be on your hair!


1. Don't forget! Even makeup, has SPF!!! Go get these foundations/powders and lippies with SPF! :)
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Bare Escentuals Mineral Foundation with SPF 15
I'm too smitten about this new discovery of mine - mineral makeup that glides to the skin perfectly, and flawlessly! I'll tell you more about it, next time! ( this is WORTH one entry! )
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MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner with SPF 15
Love your lips , moisturize, & protect them with lovely shades, too!
MAC is the best, in terms of producing lip products, for me.

2. Get that fabulous glow on the beach, or just walk around like a sun goddess. The bronzer, is the "it" makeup piece, this season! :)
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Nothing Beats the Body Shop's wide range of bronzers! :) This one's a favorite:)
So, really, don't fail to enjoy your summer season, arming yourself not only with protection and glamour ( thanks to me, ), but with a great smile as well! :) Summer memories are mostly cherished for the sun shine with our happy smiles :)

posted at 6:33 PM by Charmed One


Sunday, March 05, 2006

Prelude : I've been gone for like, a week! I think I was just totally jinxed last week, and voila! I'm here again! :)

Why Economic Models Don't Work, While Other Beauty Regimens Don't, Too.

While I was in college, studying, and religiously applying makeup to impress my crush ( hehehe ), Economics was such a fascinating thing to study about. There were models that promised to alleviate property, some mathematical models that explained how investments can generate employment, and the most exciting thing that I have ever learned - that taxes, actually improve the economy - physically ( roads, infrastructure ), and "spiritually" - improving human life condition ( alleviating poverty, more funds for education, etc. ). But I don't see it that much. Super, duper weird. Let's just try to point out the reasons, WHY.

One of the most fun, and idealistic textbooks to read, are books in Economics. We were made to solve alot of problems, both mathematically, and logically. Economics is almost perfect since Mathematics is a vital part of Economics - and Mathematics is one of the most beautiful things ever created - it IS exact science. Everything that can be translated into Mathematics can be solved. Therefore, with Economics, every problem in the economy can be solved by Economic models with Math. Right? Wrong? Both are to be considered.

Right , in the sense that yes, everything that has math in it can be solved, and can be implemented with perfection, but there's one point wrong there. In Economics classes, we were taught the term "ceteris paribus". This intimidating-sounding term ( that is not too intimidating really, so please keep on reading) means "holding all things constant". For Economic models to work, we must "fix" it at a situation that everything is OKAY. No corruption, no political instability, no non-mathematical disturbances, or to be honest, no human frailty. We fix it at the assumption that all humans are rational, and they're all good and nice, with the hopes of improving their welfare as well as the nation's :)

Case and point? Economics, and economic theories WORK only in our dreams. Upon waking up, it's all but a dream, a nice dream.

Okay, then. I have to refute my statement again. Here's my corrected statement. Economic theories WORK on Economies that don't have the following - CORRUPTION, AND POLITICAL INSTABILITY.

They're definitely grave hindrances for Macroeconomic models to work ( I'm talking about a larger scale of Economics here- the more complex Macroeconomics. Microeconomics is definitely all in our daily lives ). No matter how you try to increase your taxes to redistribute wealth in this country, if the affluent part of the economy gets away with tax evasion, and the more less fortunate has no choice but to pay taxes ( taxes, are everywhere. Jollibee, McDonalds... ), then it doesn't make sense again. If alot of taxes are collected, there might be a great hope for a better future - but if they just fall into the pockets of the greedy, then again, the main goal of taxes prove to be a failure. So there, this country is so tired of paying taxes and getting nothing out of it. Taxes have never been seen so negatively than this country ( which is my perception ).

In a clean Economy - well, let's define "clean" - no corruption, or the most minimal one and no political instability, results are more visible. Taxes, of course, are taken with less hostile acceptance, and you can see why - their children have access to free education, there is unemployment benefits thanks to the government, and so forth. That's so great, right? I wish some people would just quit being obsessed over money - or EARN their own money the dignified way, as I may say.

So, is there any sense that Filipinos study Economics? Definitely. Microeconomics - for them to make the most out of their purchasing, and business decisions, and Macroeconomics- to be more aware why we are like this, and realize, that somehow, there is still hope.

BEAUTYNOMICS-WISE, Why do some Beauty Regimens don't work? There are key behaviors with human beings that hinder efficient beauty regimens - the "L" words - LAZINESS, LIFESTYLE, and LACK OF KNOWLEDGE.

Skipping your beauty regimen, just because you're so sleepy already? Forgot to remove your makeup before sleeping? Skipped your daily moisturizer since you hate that sticky feeling? How about your weekly mud pack? Goodness gracious. You don't know what you are missing. And you complain why your beauty regimen doesn't work? It's a religion, for goodness' sake. ( haha don't take me seriously, you have to apply and do it "religiously!" ). Skin needs to be really clean and given necessary treatment before bed. Skin needs to be prepped well before starting the day. Skin needs to be cleansed off all the dirt accumulated at the end of the day. Skin needs to "drink" water - hydrated. So there ya go, please please, don't put your skin care regimen into second priority, unless you're willing to sport a zit, or dull skin on chosen days.

I don't seek to insult anyone, but believe me, one shouldn't always depend on TV commercials, and try everything that are in TV commercials with their false promises. Those products are backed up with a marketing plan - and a huge budget on advertisments to lure consumers to try them , is one of them. I mean, anything to lure people to them. But the thing is, they don't really give the effects as promised, since not all people are well-suited for those kinds of products. I can't dictate what products YOU should buy since we don't have the same skin * well, I can always suggest..check out previous, and future posts! * , but I can tell you what NOT to buy :

- for powders, avoid TALC. TALC might be found in body powders ( for babies ), but it actually makes skin break out and is comedogenic ( can clog pores ) for the face. Settle for either rice starch, or mica, which are non-comedogenic and WAY finer in texture. Your skin's gonna be safe, and would not look cakey at all :)
- avoid comedogenic ingredients. Believe it or not, there are some makeup in the market that just makes you break out. Always check the "ingredients" used in manufacturing the makeup. Whenever I see any freaky looking word like oil, I freak out.

Other BAD BAD ingredients are mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulfate ( can cause some irritation ), and parabens ( anything with the suffix paraben, it's kind of a preservative, but can damage skin in the long run )

For a list of safe cosmetics, check it out here

No matter how hard you try washing your skin, and applying products, they're no use if you don't get help from within. Within your body, that is. The glow that a healthy body possesses cannot, ever, outshine the artificial glow given by makeup.

Some tips :
- One great secret on how to make skin glow, from within, is drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. Your skin would certainly break out or look really tired without water.
- Sleeping early , also, helps your skin get the rest that it needs, and be really fresh the next day
- Fresh fruits and vegetables can also help your skin look fresh, and glowing. Green, leafy vegetables, are the way to go!
- Exercise can improve not only your body ( say sexy! ), but also promote better blood circulation - it rids you off your old cells, turns over new ones, and will reveal really healthy skin. Sweat, also makes us get rid of all our body impurities . :)

This just goes to show that skin care products and makeup take care of the job skin-deep. Internal beauty regimens, like adapting a great lifestyle would also help, and reveal a more beautiful you!

posted at 7:36 PM by Charmed One


Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Ack!!! I've been itching to write something substantial in my blog, but my biggest hindrance - I have no strength anymore! hahaha :) My secretary left for Dubai, Saudi, or some middle eastern country to work (YES! Brain-drain. The Philippines, in no time, will be a whole lot short of skilled, and talented labor! Wah...) , and left me loadsful of work, with a new secretary that doesn't know a thing that I have to teach her everything! I had to battle with my undereye circles by applying eyecream everyday, and loose powder to make my skin a little bit less stressed- not to mention my moisturizing lipstick to hide my pale valor. With this, concealer is the bestfriend I can ever have ( for my undereyes ). I'm halfway on my draft for my next entry, and I hope you watch out for it!

Just a thought - in lieu of my next entry - is there any sense that Filipinos study Economics? :)

Tata, I can hear my boss screaming!

About Me

An economics graduate that always hated her math
but loved her theories.
Believes that Economics can be found in :
- the bathroom
- in front of your vanity mirror
- an in every place beautiful.

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