Cetaphil Experience at Karma Kandara, Bali, Indonesia

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Oh my goodness, where do I begin? I surely had the time of my life in Bali during The Cetaphil Experience 2016. Not only did I get to meet new friends and fellow beauty bloggers from all over Southeast Asia but I also got to take home with me a renewed sense of self.

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Even before I got selected to be one of the participants in the Cetaphil Experience 2016, I knew this opportunity is a huge deal and will make me, as a beauty blogger myself, more wiser in choosing skin care products and I was not disappointed. I have learned a lot throughout the experience with all the skin workshops and activities they had in store for us.

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I always thought that in choosing a facial wash, the foamier it is the better it cleanses the skin. Well, now I know it is not the case.  Foaming facial wash can actually contribute to premature aging of the skin, so the less bubbles, the better.

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This is just one of the many highlights of the skin care tips and myths shared by Ms. Martina Fink, a beauty and life coach from Zurich, Switzerland, the host of the Cetaphil Experience 2016.

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I also would like to thank the local workshop we had, headed by Ms Cassie and Cheska, because if it weren’t for it, I wouldn’t be able to know the exact condition of my skin using the Skin Analyzer.  I realized that I have been so obsessed with whitening the skin that I overlooked how much damage it can also bring hence, the redness on most parts of my face.

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Did you know that there is a 3 minute window in applying lotions or creams immediately after taking a bath? I did not! I learned that during this time frame, lotions, creams and moisturizers should be applied to ensure that the water is locked inside our skin. This is the main purpose of these products and little did I know that reapplying lotion without having to take a shower or at least dampening the skin with water is pointless, just a waste of product and money!

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All these years I thought I knew my skin already but there is more to what the eyes can see! I have learned how to choose the right products for my skin type.  Plus there’s a bonus skin care hack I’ve learned that can instantly make the skin firmer without having to go under the knife.

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This oats, brown sugar and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser concoction is a MUST TRY if you want to achieve a firmer and younger looking skin in an instant!

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Overall, it was a time well spent away from the family because I got to learn all of these and more! I was able to enjoy the serene surroundings of Karma Kandara, mingled with fellow beauty bloggers from Southeast Asia and renewed my skin confidence so I can come home a better person inside out!

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Thank you so much for your time and be sure to follow me for more updates about my Cetaphil Experience!

~ANNE

NEW Spendless Cosmetics Beauty Box!

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Spendless Cosmetics is finally here in the Philippines! For as low as 732.90php per month, you get a surprise 5 full size products delivered right at your doorstep.

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This month’s picks are the Covergirl + Olay Face Lift Effect Firming Makeup, Wet N Wild Cream Lipliner Pencil in Berry Red, Wet N Wild ColorIcon Bronzer in Princess, Wet N Wild ColorIcon 6 pan Eyeshadow Palette and Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Pink Peony. If you want to see the unboxing video, scroll down below!

I have one extra box this month to giveaway to one of my lucky followers! All you have to do is comment below why you want to get this beauty box and your Instagram username! I will be announcing the winner on October 30, 2016! Good luck!xx

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Don’t forget to check out Spendless Cosmetics HERE! #scbeautyphil

~ ANNE

Meet the Kimy Cool Reward Chart!

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Having the kids help out with chores can be a burden, believe me I have been there (still am) and will be again in the years to come. With my 11-year old daughter and 1-year old son, I admit to sometimes doing the chores myself to avoid the stress of having to remind my eldest to do this, do that–that she’s old enough to be responsible for some chores in the house–BUT it’s not a good idea because leniency can affect her in the long run.

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Teaching the kids to help with household chores is a mom’s responsibility and has to start at home. Not only can doing so instill confidence and sense of reliability, but it’s also a great way to bond with my child. Good thing there’s a FUN and HEALTHY way to do this through the KIMY #CoolReward Chore Chart!

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The KIMY #CoolReward Chore Chart has a list of common household chores we can teach our kids, from fixing the bed to sweeping the floor.

Each time Jeya finishes up a task, I’ll hand her her favorite KIMY Ice Cream as a reward. She can even save the specially-marked popsicle stick to mark the completed task on the chart!

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The first time we did this, she had so much fun. She says it felt like she was 6 years old again, but in a really good way!

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Jeya and I enjoyed trying out the different kinds of KIMY ice cream.

The new KIMY Choco Popstar is an ice cream lollipop with 3 layers of chocolate, dipped in white chocolate and popping candies. But I was surprised to know that it still has the right amount of fat, sugar, and salt for kids, and no artificial colors! As a mom, I felt assured knowing that KIMY is a permissible snack to give to my little ones.

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Jeya’s favorite was the KIMY Krazy Banana Surprise. I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy the idea of peeling that jelly covering like a banana to relish the vanilla goodness inside! KIMY Jelly Tongue was also a lot of fun to eat–with the added bonus of Vitamin C!

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I would say that this KIMY #CoolReward Chart has helped a lot in teaching Jeya the importance of helping around the house. She even reminds me about it every time she comes home from school.

Make your chores COOL with the KIMY #CoolReward Chore Chart! Download it here: bit.ly/CoolRewardChart

Complete your chart to join the #CoolReward Raffle Promo! You can get a chance to WIN an LED TV with Home Theatre System, or a NESTLE Ice Cream Party Package! Just visit the KIMY Facebook Page HERE for more details, or read the full mechanics here.

Promo runs from September 1 to November 30, 2016.

~ANNE

Huawei P9 Review, Blogger’s Phone?

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Being a makeup enthusiast/blogger, taking selfies, product shots and flat lays are usually part of my routine so having a phone equipped with a good camera is a must for me.

Today let’s deviate from my usual makeup/beauty review and find out if Huawei P9 is the right phone for you. Take note though, that this review is very basic, exactly how I find this phone as a simple human being who loves to blog and do makeup.

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This phone is elegantly designed with a full brushed metal thin body of 6.95mm, very comparable to the iPhone 6s, lightweight and smooth.

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It has a 5.2-inch display which to me, is a good size for watching Youtube videos. The screen is glossy but has a nice feel to it so even if it is lightweight it does not slide off from my hand easily.

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No home button since all of the navigational keys are on-screen.

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The earphone jack, charging port and speaker can be found on the bottom part.

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On the right side is the volume rocker and the power button.  On the left, the nano SIM tray.

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On the back part is where this phone gets a bit more interesting, at least for me, it has the dual-sensor camera, flash as well as the fingerprint reader which is very helpful if you take a lot of selfies because it can be used to trigger the shutter and scroll through photos and answer a call.

Overall, this phone is a beauty.  Huawei P9 comes in white, gray, silver and gold (with 3 different variations).

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Okay, so let’s get on to the juicy part of this review, the camera performance.  It takes great photos even in low-light, in a moving vehicle and even better outdoors. However, the video is not as good of a quality compared to my Canon G5x, of course, it lacks the image stabilization which is a must in a vlogging camera. You can watch my vlog for a sample video:

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The dual-lenses can deliver better light sensitivity therefore better photo quality even in low lighting.

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The camera setup is co-engineered by Leica, which is why to me is a great camera for bloggers scroll down below to find out why.

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In comparison with the iPhone 6s, Huawei P9 delivers more crisp and true to life colors which makes this a more reliable camera for taking product shots involving colors and different shades.

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SPECIFICATIONS:

Display:  5.2″ LCD Panel, 1920×1080 resolution

OS:  Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1

Processor:  Hisilicon Kirin 955

RAM:  3GB

Storage:  32GB + microSD

Cameras: 12 megapixel Dual-sensor Leica rear camera with LED flash, 8 megapixel front camera

Battery:  3,000mAh

Weight: 144 grams

Additional features:  Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, LTE-capable, fingerprint scanner

Retail package contains USB cable, charger, earphones, manuals and the unit.

The Huawei P9 has all the camera features a newbie blogger needs. It can replace the usual point and shoot ones especially for bloggers like me who attends events and hates to bring bulky DSLRs, this camera is enough to take blog-worthy photos.  The rich and vibrant color is particularly important for me when shooting makeup products especially swatches. It gives true-to-life colors with good exposure.  Being able to adjust the depth of field of the shots, works exactly like a DSLR, however it can create an unrealistic blur so take note of this.

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I am not really a big fan of the beauty mode though, it gives a distorted look to my face each time I try to use it  but the good thing is it can easily be adjusted.  I was surprised also to see a Beauty Video mode on it which reminds of a particular Snapchat filter. But for beauty bloggers I doubt this beauty mode feature is even needed. It elongates the face, hides and conceals blemishes so quite unnecessary especially if I am reviewing foundations. I do love though how it does not look too obvious (unless set on 10).

Overall, this phone is a must buy IF the camera features on a phone is in your priority list.  It does take GREAT quality photos with a DSLR feel with each one even in low light settings. Battery life is good, no heating issues so far plus the phone looks elegant.

~ANNE

 

Goodbye Pimples in 3 days?! Pond’s 3-Day Challenge!

Hey guys! Have you seen my 3-Day Pond’s Challenge?! 5 lucky winners will get to win Pond’s Selfie Kits! Good luck!
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Mechanics:
1.Post a video of yourself doing the 2-step regimen on IG, Twitter, and/or FB with the hashtag #PondsAcneClear and #PondsAcneClearChallenge and tag me @anneclutz.
2.Entries can be posted until August 28, 2016.
3.PondsPH will choose the best videos among all who participated, and winners will get an exclusive #PondsAcneClear selfie kit
4.Winners will be announced on August 29, 2016. PondsPH announce the winners and will send a private message to all winners on how they can claim their prizes.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

~ANNE

Pond’s Acne Clear Facial Foam and Leave-On Expert Clearing Gel are now available at all leading drugstores, supermarkets and department stores nationwide!
Pond’s Acne Facial Foam 50g – 85php, 100g – 155php, sachet 10g – 15php, sachet 4g – 6php
Pond’s Acne Clear Leave-On Expert Clearing Gel 20g – 180php
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